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Monday, November 5, 2012

Meet the King and Queen of Denial from Tournament of Chance ~ guest post & giveaway by S.G. Rogers

I'm very pleased to have author S.G. Rogers here today with a guest post for my readers. CONTEST ALERT~ See bottom of post for details.


Meet the King and Queen of Denial from Tournament of Chance

Thanks, Marsha, for allowing me to talk about TOURNAMENT OF CHANCE on your blog!

Have you ever been in denial? I know I have.  In fact, I’ve practiced denial so frequently I’ve become quite good at it.   Whenever I read novels where the characters are in denial about their feelings, I sometimes wish I could reach inside the book and give the characters a good shake! Of course, I will confess those sorts of characters are the most fun to write.  In TOURNAMENT OF CHANCE, the main character is seemingly the Queen of Denial.

Heather has nothing but antipathy toward royalty after the king of Destiny mistreats her.
So when she agrees to help a trio of royal Ormarian wizards overthrow the king, she has no plans to fall for one of them. From the moment she meets handsome Dane Ormvalder, Heather denies her attraction to him. In the beginning, his arrogant demeanor and caustic attitude make that easy.  When Dane’s true good nature begins to surface, however, Heather finds it increasingly difficult to feign indifference to the best looking man she’s ever met…


Dane conjured a sword and armor for Joe and the two of them practiced swordplay above deck when the sun shone. Joe was well trained, but he lacked discipline and focus. Heather was impressed with Dane’s ability as an instructor. She also noted how quick Dane was to give Joe the encouragement and praise he sorely needed.

“Not too bad that time, Jovander. I thought you had me once or twice.”

“I learned from the head of the king’s guards,” Joe boasted.

“I was the head of the king’s guards,” Dane replied, winking at Heather. “Let’s work on that disarming move. You’ve almost got it down.”

The third morning dawned wonderfully clear and bright. Heather soaked in the sunshine while enjoying Joe and Dane’s latest match. She was glad for a ready excuse to gaze at Dane, admiring not only his quick reflexes and finesse, but also his athletic frame and handsome face. When she’d first met him, she thought his looks were arresting—despite his disdainful and arrogant attitude. Now, she acknowledged privately he was the most handsome man she’d ever seen. After he caught her staring a few times, however, she tried to be more discreet. She had no wish to give Dane the false impression she was besotted with him. One can admire a thing of beauty, such as a stallion or a dragon, without desiring to possess it, she told herself firmly.

Okay, Heather’s obviously in denial.  But if you want some REAL denial, you should hear what’s going through Dane’s mind.  Heheheheh. 

~ S.G. Rogers

In Tournament of Chance, a hunter’s daughter becomes the spark that ignites a revolution—in time.

When a beautiful commoner enters the Tournament of Chance archery competition, her thwarted victory sparks a revolution in the oppressive kingdom of Destiny. Although Heather never believed the legends about the restoration of Ormaria, after three shape-shifting Ormarian wizards awaken from a long magical slumber, she joins their perilous quest to regain the throne. Heather battles vicious predators and angry trolls to free the wizards’ magic, but at a horrendous cost. She is unexpectedly torn from the arms of the man she loves and hurled back in time to fulfill a prophecy not yet written. The ensuing maelstrom tests Heather’s survival skills, wits, and endurance. Will she become an unwritten footnote in history, or can she trust the magic to lead her back to her one true love?

Available in all e-formats from Musa Publishing HERE and Smashwords HERE. Kindle format is available at Amazon. Coming soon to and wherever fine e-books are sold.

To learn more about author S.G. Rogers, visit her blog at

 S.G. Rogers is making a digital copy of Tournament of Chance available to one commenter. 

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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED, and Book Three, LOST VOLUMES. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


S.G. Rogers said...

Thanks so much for letting me guest on your blog, Marsha.

Sharon Ledwith said...

Hey, Suzanne, who isn't in denial at one time or another! Great post and excerpt. Best of luck in all your publishing ventures, and you have many! Cheers!

Marsha A. Moore said...

Glad to have you spend a day here, Suzanne!

Juli said...

I agree with Sharon. We all court a little denial now and then. Loving the book, Suzanne. Good luck with it!