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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Everything has a price - Blue Note (The Fractured Prism, #1) by Krissy May & Holly Graf

"This is an amazing fantasy adventure. The characters are well written full of personality, flaws, talents, desires and charm that draws the reader into the story." Suzanne, Goodreads


Description: 

Published: June 21st, 2019 
Cover Artist: Krissy May

Niels Poulsen, self-styled God of Rock and lead singer in a popular punk band, has everything he could want: family, friends, fortune, and fame. When his best friend and fellow band member, Jace, goes missing, Niels will do anything to get him home safe. 

Niels discovers that their money and connections won’t help them on their journey. They will rely on an model airplane, a family secret, and a tangled magic that weaves the band into the fabric of other realms so tightly they may never make it home again. Their quest takes them across new worlds, through foreign dangers, and straight into the path of an ancient prophecy that wants Niels for itself. 

If Niels and his friends survive long enough to find Jace and negotiate their way home to Manhattan, will it be worth the price? The magic says one of them will have to die… 

EXCERPT 

       As they walked away from the sketchy people, Niels leaned down close to Hattie’s face. “The liquor stall? Or do you think it’s a setup? Christ.” He leaned away. “I’m as paranoid as Rhyss now.”
       “No you’re not.” She side-hugged him as they walked. “I’ve got a bad feeling too.”
       “They pointed that way,” he gestured, “so let’s go this way.”
       “Good idea.”
       They passed several stalls. One had all kinds of colorful eggs on display. Another had a row of kids dancing in front with a sign that read: Ontriss Academy of Noc Thui. Another stall had fried dough smothered in cinnamon.
       Niels’ stomach rumbled again.
       They should’ve begged Kenzie for some money before she left, but Niels had the feeling she didn’t have much in the way of funds. Land pirates were still pirates, after all.
       Something just ahead of them started screeching.
       Places to go: not in that direction. Whatever was up there probably ate people. Niels steered them casually toward a stall with jewelry, but Hattie was having none of being steered around.
       “What is that?” She moved towards the keening, cutting off a pissy guy with a cart full of vegetables. Some of the food toppled off the cart.
       Niels almost reached for one, but two thoughts stopped him: One, he had no idea whether they were even edible; two, Kenzie said they executed thieves, and this didn’t feel like a good day for that. Dying wasn’t on his agenda.
       He let Hattie pull him across the road on her quest for death-by-screech, until they were in sight of the screeching thing.
“Is that a dragon?” Niels asked.
Holy shit.
Not just a dragon, but...a dragon. It was about the size of a teacup, or a gerbil maybe because teacups didn’t have tails, and this dragon did. It was covered with spines and opalescent scales in every pastel color of the rainbow.
Even though it wasn’t as big as the other dragons they’d seen in Sylem, it made the most god awful noise to make up for its size. Niels was tempted to screech back at it, see how it liked that. Or bring his guitar and climb into the higher notes, with an amp.
When the dragon saw Niels, it screeched even louder, rattling the side of its cage so violently Niels thought it might knock itself off the table.
“It wants you,” Hattie said.
No it didn’t. Clearly it wanted out so it could attack him. While that technically counted as wanting him it wasn’t the good thing Hattie’s tone made it out to be.
He stopped freaking out. What had he just said to himself? He needed to trust that Hattie was often more right than he was about shit.
He finished crossing the road with her and didn’t stop her when she asked, “Can we look at that dragon?”
The stall owner, a beefy guy who would have been a butcher - or a Mafioso, which amounted to the same thing - in any decent, clichéd movie, frowned at them. “You spoiled my dragon.”
He lifted the latch on the cage door and the little rainbow-tiled monster shot out of the cage, directly at Niels.
Niels backed away. He couldn’t die yet. He still had songs to write, Hattie to date, his mom to annoy…
The dragon landed on his shoulder, chirped once, and let out a huff of steam that condensed into beads of water on Niels' neck.
Okay, so not dying today. Not yet, anyway.
Niels allowed himself to breathe.
The dragon was kind of cute if he ignored its claws digging into his shoulder through his shirt.
“That’s three hundred Angmol.”
Oh yeah, Niels could just pull that out of his ass.
“We don’t have three hundred those things,” Hattie said.
“Or one,” Niels muttered so only she could hear. She laughed.


About the authors: 
Holly began her career as an accountant. While her sense of humor tends appropriately dry, her love for writing far exceeds the constraints of an office job. She attended four colleges across three states in pursuit of her BS in Accounting, while taking extra courses in philosophy, law, and writing. Between words, she spends her time immersing herself in the magic of life.

Krissy lives in a chaos factory, which is run by a merciless team of miniature humans and their pets. She enjoys music, foreign languages, noise-cancelling headphones, and the smell of fresh-mowed grass. She has a useless degree in Physics and part of another useless degree in Nursing, neither of which helped in the creation of this book.

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29 comments:

katieoscarlet said...

Cool cover. Love it. This sounds like a great fantasy read.

Dale Wilken said...

Sounds great.

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt.

Nancy Payette said...

Interesting cover

DebP said...

What an interesting storyline.

CJ said...

Great cover... looks like a great read.... :)

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, I enjoyed reading the excerpt !

James Robert said...

Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

Valerie said...

What was your inspiration for this book?

Michele S. said...

Very interesting cover.. thank you for excerpt.. makes me want to check out this book...

katieoscarlet said...

I imagine being an author is more satisfying that being an accountant.

Calvin F. said...

What a very wonderful themed book.

Sherry said...

This sounds like a very interesting book.

Michele S. said...

I really like the title and the cover.. right up my alley.. Thank you....

tetewa said...

Cool cover!

katieoscarlet said...

From the highlighted goodreads' review this sounds like it has exceptional character writing.

katieoscarlet said...

I too, along with Krissy, love the smell of cut grass. I love the bio, I giggled

katieoscarlet said...

Love the dragon on the note/cover

katieoscarlet said...

I like stories that include rock n roll characters

katieoscarlet said...

A model airplane seems to be a weird thing needed to rely on to help find their friend but can't wait to read to see how it ties in.

Debbie P said...

This book sounds like an awesome read.

katieoscarlet said...

Looking forward to reading. Sounds interesting

katieoscarlet said...

Sounds like a great fantasy read

katieoscarlet said...

I like fantasy reads. This sounds good

katieoscarlet said...

The cover artist did a fantastic job.

Debra Branigan said...

The cover is very attractive. The storyline sounds interesting. Best wishes to the author on the book release.

Darby Elizabeth said...

Beautiful cover, all the best!

katieoscarlet said...

It is impressive the author attended four colleges

katieoscarlet said...

This is the first in a new series, is the series going to be short or long?