Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Mage Tales Prequels (books 0-11) by Ilana Waters (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY)


Ilana Waters

From USA Today bestselling author Ilana Waters:

Vampire. Witch. Hero. Monster.

Titus Aurelius is all of these things. Ever since he rose from the ashes of ancient Pompeii, this former Roman general has fought for survival.

A few millennia later, bloodseeker Titus isn’t looking for trouble—just a quick meal. But when his path crosses the witch Abigail’s, that plan gets shot to Hades. They find out the Paranormal Investigation Agency (PIA) is plotting something monstrous—something that involves exploding gas mains, lethal bird-shifters, and sadistic vampire minions.

Will they uncover the PIA’s murderous secret before every supernatural in its path is destroyed?

And what is Titus and Abigail’s connection to the mage who, almost twenty years later, is exiled to a paranormal boarding school? Can this mage solve a mystery concerning a stolen potion and ghostly figure before students—including him—wind up dead?

Together for the first time, the Mage Tales Prequels: Books 0-II are action-packed, edge-of-your-seat suspense stories shot through with a megadose of snark. If you love authors like Kevin Hearne, Lev Grossman, and Ilona Andrews, give these a try! This box set contains one novella and two full-length novels:

When Darkness Falls
Blood and Magic
Mage Lessons


From Mage Lessons:

It took all I had just to keep the protection spell up. My supply of magic began to run dangerously low.

Miles . . . Pen . . . anyone! If you’ve a heroic rescue in mind, now would be a really good time. My heart hammered against my rib cage. Even with the protection spell, I was covered in sweat. I felt the heat seeping through, burning my mouth, my throat. What little air I could get was so hot, it hurt to breathe.

No one’s coming. The realization hit me like an iceberg dropped into my stomach, despite the heat all around me. No one will get here in time. I’m going to burn to death, just like the witches of old. Now my heart was beating so fast, it felt like one long whir. Futilely, I covered my head with my arms and squeezed my eyes shut.

Oh, God. This is going to hurt so, so bad. At least it’ll be quick. Please, God, let it be quick.

Just as I was sure the fire would claim me, I saw a blinding flash of white. I honestly thought it was because I was about to die. Then, I heard a strange sound. It was faint inside my fiery prison. It took me a moment to recognize the sound as glass shattering. The hourglass had exploded, the way it always did at the end of a game. Outside the window, I saw its brightness light up the nighttime sky. Tournament was over.

And so am I.

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About the Author:

Hi! I'm Ilana Waters, USA Today bestselling author of the Mage Tales.

I write urban fantasy for those who like it fast, funny, and fierce. If you're into cross-blended creatures (think witch-vampire hybrids and half-breed mages) and supernatural ass-kicking, I'm all over that. Ditto if your book turn-ons are equal parts creepy and action-packed (think ancient cities and crypts combined with beheadings and bombs).

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Ilana Waters will be awarding a $75 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

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  1. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks so much, James! Comments like this make my day. <3

      And many thanks to our host, Reading Addict, for making it happen!!

    2. I always appreciate you taking the time to come by, J.R.!

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    1. Belated acknowledgment, but you're always very welcome!

  3. I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.

    1. Welcome back, Rita! Sure sounds like you're interested. I hope you'll tell me what you think of the whole book when you're done. :-)

    2. Thanks for dropping by, Rita!

  4. Looks fabulous to me. I love vampires, witches, heroes and monsters of all shapes and sizes. :-) Congratulations Ilana.

    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. "All shapes and sizes" . . . ha-ha! I think you'll definitely find the in my books, Sherry. (And if you're looking for a bad-ass brownie, check out my "Broken Oath" on Amazon. :-)

    2. Glad you like such a wide variety of paranormal folks, Sherry. I hope you get a chance to enjoy these stories. Thanks for popping in!

  5. Great post and awesome giveaway - thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thank YOU for showing up! Love your name, b.t.w. Very regal-sounding!

    2. You're very welcome, Victoria. I appreciate you taking the time to visit (and apologize that it's taking me so long to comment!)

  6. Vampires, witches, and heroes...oh my! LOL You already know I love me some pranormals and vampires are right there at the top of my list. This sounds great. I loved the excerpt. I can't even imagine being in a situation where you're about to burn to death. *shudders*

    1. Yeah . . . burning to death is DEF not high on my list of priorities either! But you can always read the book and see what REALLY happens. ;-)

    2. Yep, sounds like your kind of genre, Mary. I look forward to your review if you have a chance to read this tale! Thanks for taking the time to visit!