Bloodthorn by Tamara Grantham Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Crimson Tree Publishing is proud to present Bloodthorn, Olive Kennedy Fairy World MD Book 3, by Tamara Grantham! Check out the excerpt and awesome giveaway below!!!
Olive Kennedy doesn’t believe in fairy tales.In a desperate attempt to earn income, fairy world therapist Olive Kennedy resorts to finding clients at the Texas Renaissance Festival. When she discovers the corpse of her client’s husband discarded in her booth, she realizes that earning her next paycheck is the least of her worries.As more of Olive’s clients fall prey to the killer, the fairy prince and princess arrive from Faythander with troubling news. The starstone—the fairies’ source of magic—has been stolen, and the thief is hiding on Earth. The bloodthorn, a mythical beast born of fairy legends, is rumored to be responsible, but no one is certain if the creature exists.Of course, the fairy royalty do not travel alone. Their protector happens to be the one man Olive never wanted to see again. Her ex—Kull.Following a trail of clues, she learns that the killer may be a shape shifter. Worse, she learns the identity of his next target—her.After months with no contact from Faythander, Olive hoped the magical drama was over, yet it seems she’ll never escape the beings who haunt her nightmares… or be free from the man who took away her happily ever after.
Bloodthorn Excerpt: This scene takes place near the last half of the book, but I didn’t feel it was too spoilery because it’s just a dream, so it doesn’t reveal anything pertinent to the plot. However, it does give us a glimpse into Olive’s mind, and into her hopes and desires. There are some terrifying things going on in Olive’s real life, so we needed a break from the horror to enjoy a little romance.
Olive calls the dream an episode from My Life That Should Have Been, and it’s an appropriate title for the scene. So, grab some popcorn and a comfy seat, and enjoy an episode from Olive’s life that never really happened… My head was resting on Kull’s shoulder, and my fingers were threaded through his. For a moment, I panicked. How had I gotten so close to him without realizing it? But then my brain informed me I was dreaming, so I brushed my fear aside. Instead, I enjoyed an episode from My Life That Should Have Been.
I stood with Kull on the terrace, overlooking the Rheic Sea. We were in the stronghold on the eastern peninsula, and I’d decided it was the most beautiful place in Faythander. The water here, unlike so many other places, sparkled glacier blue. A thin layer of snow blanketed the water-worn pebbles along the seashore, but I didn’t feel the cold up here. The room’s enormous fireplace put off a heat strong enough to combat the outside air.
“It’s very pretty here,” I said.
“Why have you never brought me here before?”
He shrugged. “My family has so many strongholds it’s hard to keep track of them all. I haven’t been here since I was a child. Do you like it?”
“I love it. I think I could spend the rest of my life here and be happy.”
“Then we shall not leave until you are ready.”
He gently stroked his thumb across my cheek, then brushed away a stray strand of hair that glowed auburn in the morning sunlight.
He leaned close to my ear, whispering, “It’s not as beautiful as you.”
“Stop it. You might make me blush,” I whispered back.
He cupped my face, smiling that grin I hadn’t seen in so long, yet when he smiled now, it didn’t seem so long ago.
“It is my life’s mission to see you blush. My work is not complete until I have made you blush at least once every day for the rest of your life.”
“That might be a very long time, you know. I could live well past your lifetime.”
“No. We will die together in each other’s arms.”
“How could you possibly know that?”
“Because that is the only way it can be. The gods will allow nothing else but for us to be together until we make our final voyage together to Valhalla.”
I wished it were true. But then I realized that in this world, it was.
His lips met mine, catching me off guard. He kissed me slowly, but with a passion that made excitement ripple through my body. The warmth of his body engulfed me, and all my thoughts disappeared. It was just him and me, alone, and nothing else.
When he pulled away, a twinkle lit his eyes. He left me breathless, speechless; and though I was dreaming, I hadn’t felt so alive in ages—ten and half months, to be exact.
“There,” he said with a smile, his thumb gently caressing my cheek. “Now that’s a proper blush.”
Beyond the terrace, gray clouds rolled in, stronger and faster than any natural weather pattern. The contrast of the light and dark began to form a picture. Hollow eye sockets appeared, and around them formed a skull. Even in my dreams I couldn’t escape the evil that stalked me.
“Don’t worry,” Kull said. “It cannot harm us here.”
“I know,” I said.
Soon the wind picked up, breaking the clouds apart until once again, the sunlight broke free. I rested my hand on his chest, feeling the steady beating of his heart.
“I miss you,” I said. “I don’t feel right being away from you. I don’t even feel like myself anymore. My magic knows it, too.”
“But you are here with me now.”
He took my hand. I tightened my grip on his fingers, feeling that as soon as I let go, he would be gone.
“Sometimes it’s good to experience sorrow,” Kull said, gently squeezing my hand in return, “because it makes you appreciate the better times.”
“Do you think there will be better times?”
“There are always better times. Just as the mountains have peaks and slopes and the waves rise and fall, so life is filled with heartache and happiness. Better times will come. We’ve just got to be patient through the hard times until they arrive.”
I sighed, wanting to believe him, watching as the clouds cleared to reveal snowcapped peaks far in the distance, their sun-streaked slopes colored in shades of pink and lavender.
End of the excerpt-
Hope you enjoyed! Dreamthief (Book 1)
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston’s only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now.\ Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can’t love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much. As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough…
Spellweaver (Book 2)
Olive's to-do list: Feed the cat. Pay the rent. Save Faythander. Again. After Olive's last trip through Faythander, she wants nothing more than a nice vacation. But there's never time for relaxation when goblin treachery is afoot. When Geth, a goblin Spellweaver, destroys the Everblossom—a tree containing Faythander's pure magic—the fairy-world utopia begins to die. The bloom of the Everblossom is all that remains of pure magic. Now Olive must travel through Earth and Faythander to find a place where it will flourish. As a psychiatrist, her skills are top notch. However, her abilities to handle patients with abnormal mental behaviors will be put to the test when she confronts Geth. Nothing has prepared her for what he reveals to her about goblins and elves. As Olive's quest takes her from her home in Houston through the most dangerous places in Faythander, she learns that history is a muddled subject, especially when elves are involved. Her only comfort comes from Kull, her Viking warrior sidekick—who somehow negates her bad fortune. Yet how long can their relationship last when his past is brought to light? Olive will be tested beyond anything she has endured so far, as the secrets of Faythander's sordid and bloody past are exposed—one that could irrevocably alter the future and destroy the lives of everyone she loves.
About the Author
Tamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. After marrying her husband David, she followed him through his training to become a burn surgeon, which consisted of moving from Vidor, Texas to Galveston, Texas, then to Tulsa, Oklahoma, back to Galveston, and they finally settled in Wichita, Kansas. Tamara and David have five active, sweet, and almost always well-mannered children, ages zero to ten years. Their two pets, June—the Jack Russell Terrier, and Chester—a black cat, help to keep the house lively (in addition to the children.)When Tamara isn’t writing or tending her children, she enjoys taking walks through the woods, eating chocolate, and very infrequently, she enjoys a good night’s sleep. Check out Tamara's website at: WWW.TAMARAGRANTHAM.COM
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