Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Women of War (Lisa Beth Darling)

Women of War (Of War #5)
Venture on a Mystical Journey through Time and Secrets Past
Book #5 in the OF WAR Series spans four generations of women in Alena's family from her great-grandmother, Shar Draiocht the last known Queen of the Dark Kingdom to her tortured daughter Morrowind, to Maven Alena's free-spirited mother and through the lonely life of Alena MacLeod ending where "The Heart of War" begins with the night Alena washes up on Ares' shore. With intensity, lust, fear, and strength these Women of War make their way in the world revealing the hidden truths of the past and Ares true connection to his beloved Wife, Alena.

Book Five
Lisa Beth Darling
Genre: Paranormal/Immortal/Mythological Adult
Publisher: Moon Mistress Publishing
Date of Publication: 2/14/2013
ISBN: 978-0615767611
Number of pages:203
Word Count: 58,000Cover Artist: Lisa Beth Darling
Book Trailer: 

I've been married for the last 27 years to my wonderful husband and incredibly talented musician & rockin' DJ, Roy. We live in my hometown of New London, CT where we have raised two beautiful daughters to adulthood.
My writing career began in junior high, around the 7th grade. A fact that my fellow students adored but often got me called down to the Guidance Counselor's Office to discuss the adult nature of my early stories. While the experience was never pleasant, I was not deterred by the counselors' worries I was spurred onward by them, as well as by my teachers, and my classmates, I continued to hone my craft throughout those formative years.
Through my full-length novels and series I bring conflict, passion, love, and suspense to unique couples--how about a Greek God and a Fae, a retiring military man and an aging widowed hippie, a famous writer/director and a lonely hitch-hiker, or a b-grade actor and a very lucky first-time author? Since I'm never one to shy away from the less pleasant things in life, indeed I believe that it is in the Darkness where Character is created, determined, and defined, my heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons from within and without. 
To date, I have penned some 14 novels and 30+ short stories. All of my books and stories are filled with steamy sex, hot passion, dark intrigue, and nail biting suspense. ALL of my works are intended for a Mature Audience Only this includes most of my non-fiction books. My books are for those who like their reading on the gritty side. They are not intended for the faint of heart or those who enjoy a sweet read.
Also, being a Pagan (which is helpful when I write about the Ancient Gods!) I've penned a few useful guides for Ritual Sex/Love Magick and for those wanting to start out exploring Magickal Herbalism.

Author Contact

Twitter: @lb_darling

Sitting in the dank cell hour after hour and day after day, time lost all meaning. Not even the rancid food came to him on anything that resembled a steady basis. All Ares knew for sure was that one moment he'd been doing his best to sleep on the tilting cot with his knees hanging over the foot of it when the cell door burst open and a full battalion of the Queen's Guard rushed him. Wrestling him to the ground, they clasped him in chains and dragged him to the center of their little underground village. The whole town gathered to witness, torches, staffs, and readily available throwing items in hand. They hissed at him, cursed him, and tossed their stones while guards led him up to a round platform with a pillar of granite jutting out of the middle. Ares needed no introduction to the structure or to learn its intended purpose, after all he invented the whipping post.
Understanding their intention, Ares fought as mightily as he could with his ankles and wrists bound together. "I'm a GOD! How dare you try to whip me?" he railed as he threw off the guards to deliver double axe handle blows upon them, but they were so damn small and agile that he kept missing them. This infuriated him mostly because he was so large they couldn't help but land their return blows on his half-naked frame. It wasn't long before the Queen's Guards knocked his legs out from under him with a heavy blow of a study staff. Once on his knees, blows landed on his head, shoulders, and jaw. Ares discovered that tiny fists hurt a great deal. Bloody and dazed, they shoved him down on all fours and attached the chains on his wrists to the post.
Looking out at the crowd with seething eyes, he cursed them. "You're going to regret this."
"I think not," replied a soft but stern voice from behind him.
Ares looked back over his shoulder to see Shar Draïocht standing there, whip in hand, ready to dole out the punishment they thought he so rightly deserved. "Unusual for a Queen to get her hands so dirty," he snarled.
"It's a special occasion," she hissed back as she brought the whip forward with a practiced wrist. It licked between his shoulder blades and split open a wide swatch of his olive flesh.
Each time the whip sliced through his perfect flesh, Ares snarled, "You bitch!"

With every crack of the whip they raised their staffs high in victory while the crowd shouted out, "Hazzar!"

Top 5 Characters in the OF WAR Series
Introduce Themselves to You

  1. ARES-What can I say about myself you don't already know? I'm handsome, that's obvious, very physically fit, also obvious. I clad my hard body in battle-hardened black leather.  I speak my mind. Some say I can bit a bit overbearing but I think they're just weak. Either that or they're afraid of getting a fireball shot into a very tender spot. I never shy away from a fight when it comes my way though I've slowed down quite a bit on starting them. I'm head over heels in love with my wife, Alena.
  2. ALENA- Hello, I'm Alena the wife of the God of War although I was betrothed to Cernunnos, the Celtic God of the Forest. Up until recently, I believed I might be the last living Fey on Earth. I love my husband, Ares, with of my heart but the Olympians hate me. They do everything they can to break us up even to turn us on each other. They detest our children, Raven and Rose, I've tried to shield them but they are Gods and I am not.
  3. RAVEN-Let me tell you, growing up an Olympian ain't easy especially when none of them like you just because your mother is a lowly Fey.  I'll stop at nothing in order to prove to them that I'm just as good, probably even better, than any of them.
  4. ZEUS-Anything that makes Ares happy makes me miserable. Why should that godawful warmonger be happy?  He's the worst thing I ever made. To think that he was foolish enough to be tricked into marriage by that stupid little Fey Alena, she's just using him for protection. Trust me, no woman loves war. None of them. She's no different. I'll make him see that if it kills him.
  5. APOLLO-I agree with my Father; anything that makes my Brother, Ares, happy is bound to be a bad thing and it must be destroyed. Unlike my Father, I want more than that. I want it ALL. I'm going to bring Ares down, take his pretty little Wife and rule over the brave new world that is starting to arise from the ashes of the old.

1 comment:

  1. In addition to being totally intrigued by this series, these are books I would love to share with my advanced reading class!