Thursday, November 14, 2013

Knight of Wands Guest Post

by SM Blooding

Book 2 of the Devices of War Trilogy

Genre: New Adult Fantasy Steampunk Adventure
Publisher: Blooding Books Book Description: (Can be read as stand-alone)

Return to a world of mind blowing visuals, heart stopping action, and ships that sail the skies.

Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants—Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is not easily controlled. If she wants him, she must do the one thing that pains her most. Let him go, and give him what he desires. Peace.

Armed with a treaty bearing Nix’s seal, Synn sets off to bridge the gap between the world’s two reigning tyrants—the Hands of Tarot and the Great Families. He struggles to trust Nix as he fights for control of his soul. He’s going to need every ounce of restraint when dealing with his mother, leader of the Great Families. She will not give up her power without a fight. Nix will honor her treaty only if Synn agrees to become her knight. His mother refuses to sign the peace agreement if he falls into the queen’s control.

Frustrated, Synn does the one thing neither woman saw coming. He invites all the tribes, currently voiceless in the war between these two ruling tyrants, to partake in the treaty negotiations. All they have to do is prove their worth in his Peace Games. As Synn’s influence and subsequent power grows, a new fight begins.

Who will control Synn’s League of Cities? Can he protect more people as a leader of the Great Families, or as the Knight of Wands?

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Praise for Fall of Sky City
Wow! What did I just read?? The story was deliciously complex, full of fear, wonder, magic, gadgets, gizmos, one heck of a psycho Queen and wonderful friends. Every character brought something to the story, each with a unique personality that came to life through the book, each with their own fears to overcome. Victoria Limbert I love the world Blooding has created. She managed to create it in a way that it combines specs of all my favorite movies, books, etc. It’s a mixture of young adult fantasy, steam punk, dystopia, sci-fi, paranormal and even some tiny bit of romance. Fall of Sky City is a diverse book that is intense, a little bit violent, and a whole lot of awesome! I look forward to reading the next book of the series! Unputdownable Books

SM Blooding is a new author to me, but this is definitely not the last book I’ll read by her. Synn El’Asim is a powerful character–the reader sees him grow from a young man who has not yet come into his power to a strong man who is courageous enough to fight for what he believes in–his family and his people. The world building Ms. Blooding does is nothing short of remarkable. A world composed of flying ships, ice worlds, danger, and intrigue. My World of Dreams

This book is action-packed and intense. You feel like you’re part of the drama. This story is intense. The action is perfectly paced. I had trouble putting the book down. I really felt for Synn from the very beginning. He goes through so much. As soon as he gets his mark, he is plunged into one situation after another. Queen Nix, who is horrifying by the way, pushes Synn to new levels, in more and more diabolical ways. With the help of friends and family, Synn becomes a strong leader.  Waiting on Sunday to Drown

I’m amazed of the world Blooding has created and built. It has Sky, Land, and Water Cities. These cities each has its own technologies, language, and a whole different way of life. These worlds remind me a lot of Avatar the Last Airbender and Star Wars, which I both loved wholeheartedly. Bahrain Newspaper Article Review!

Meet the Author:

SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

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Introducing the Characters to IM/Chat

I made the mistake—thanks to my daughters—of introducing my steampunk fantasy characters to the wonders of IM (Instant Messaging). My oldest daughter wanted to introduce them to Twitter or Facebook. She’s evil. I decided to give them each a phone and open a chat room for them. That whole sharing a computer thing just wasn’t working at all.
For your convenience, here’s everyone’s log-in names:

Syn: Flying_Vigilante
Nix: Evil_Seductress2536
Keeley: What_Is_This?
Joshua: Mad_ScientistT965
Yvette: Still_In_the_Room
Frankie: Insane_Author

Flying_Vigilante: I discovered popcorn.
Evil_Seductress2536: Why is this box whistling at me?
Flying_Vigilante: It’s telling you I’m IM’ing you.
Evil_Seductress2536: Why are you IMing me about popped corn?
Flying_Vigilante: It’s not popped yet. I’m popping it now.
Evil_Seductress2536: I don’t care.
Mad_ScientistT965: You discovered the microwave, Synn, not the popcorn.
Flying_Vigilante: The microwave just makes things spin. The corn sounds like firecrackers.
Mad_ScientistT965: You’re hopeless. You realize I’m in the room right next you. Right?
Evil_Seductress2536: I still don’t care.
Flying_Vigilante: The instructions say to punch in 4 minutes, but that it will stop popping at 2 ½ minutes. Why am I punching in 4 minutes?
Mad_ScientistT965: I can’t explain how everything works, Synn. Just follow the instructions.
Insane_Author: Hey! Don’t burn the popcorn, either.
Flying_Vigilante: How do I know when that happens?
Evil_Seductress2536: Why won’t this box stop whistling? How do I turn this off?
What_Is_This?: There’s a ribbon at the top. Just swipe.
Evil_Seductress2536: I don’t know what you’re talking about. There are no ribbons on this box.
Insane_Author: It’s a black strip at the top of your screen, and the “box” is a phone.
Flying_Vigilante: It’s popping a lot.
Evil_Seductress2536: Stop whistling at me, Synn.
Flying_Vigilante: I’m not whistling at you. Figure out how to use your phone.
Insane_Author: Synn, the popcorn is burning.
Flying_Vigilante: HOW CAN YOU TELL?
Insane_Author: The silence inside the microwave, maybe? Or the smoke?
Jack the Real Bird: *starts squawking in the Real World*
Insane_Author: The bird is letting you know you’re destroying the popcorn.
Flying Vigilante – has changed his name to Flaming Popcorn via InsaneAuthor.
Evil_Seductress2536: Would someone TURN THIS WHISTLING OFF?
What_Is_This?: You’re not swiping.
Evil_Seductress2536: What do you want me to swipe at?
What_Is_This?: Don’t swipe with the phone.
Insane_Author: Synn, would you open the window? The smoke detector’s about to go off.
Flying_Vigilante: You have a detection device that tells you when there’s smoke?
Mad_ScientistT965: Because you couldn’t figure that out on your own?
Insane_Author: It helps me if I’m in the other room.
Mad_ScientistT965: You’re not supposed to start cooking and then walk out of the room. Now I know where Keeley gets it.
Insane_Author: Shut up, you. I don’t find you funny.
Mad_ScientistT965: I find me hilarious.
Still_In_the_Room: It’s so much easier to understand you when you IM.
Mad_ScientistT965: LJIEJSITW DKITH!@lkOksST
Still_In_the_Room: I don’t know what you just said. Is that even a language?
Mad_ScientistT965: Just wanted to make you feel at home.
Evil_Seductress2536: I’m going to kill someone.
Flying_Vigilante: The smoke’s not going away. Someone open the door.
Insane_Author: And set the smoke detectors in the hallway off? No. I don’t need the fire department here on top of everything else.
Evil_Seductress2536: Seriously. If this box doesn’t stop whistling, I’m going to kill someone.
Flying_Vigilante: Do you have something to pull the smoke out?
Insane_Author: Use your hands.
Flying_Vigilante: On SMOKE?
Evil_Seductress2536: Would. You. STOP. WHISTLING AT ME?!
Evil Seductress has changed her name to I_Will_Kill_You_In_Your_Sleep
Insane_Author: You’re all cut off. Synn, get out of my kitchen. Joshua, you’re completely useless. Nix, put the phone down and go to your room.
Flying_Vigilante: Aren’t we supposed to eat the popcorn?
Insane_Author: Let the popcorn go, Synn. You killed it.
Flying_Vigilante: But it was so much fun.
Insane_Author: Walk away, Synn. Walk away now.

And that is a night in my head. There is really smoke sometimes. These characters do distract me to the point of forgetting what I’m doing. I hope you enjoyed.