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Friday, February 15, 2013

Author Spotlight ~ fantasy author Elizabeth Baxter and her new release, The Last Priestess

I'm very pleased to share information today with my readers about a wonderful fantasy author--Elizabeth Baxter. She's here to share information about her exciting new release, The Last Priestess.

We’re celebrating the release of The Last Priestess today. The Last Priestess is a fantasy novel by author Elizabeth Baxter. Purchase the book today on Amazon!

There is a name that is uttered only in whispers. The Songmaker. A ruthless rebel mage, he is bringing civil war to the once-peaceful kingdom of Amaury, enveloping all in a tide of violence. For Maegwin, a tormented priestess, the path forward lies in forgiving her temple's enemies—but she dreams only of revenge. For Rovann, a loyal mage haunted by his failures, salvation might be found in the unthinkable: defying the very king he swore to protect. If they are to succeed they must form an unlikely alliance. For someone must stand against the Songmaker. Someone must save Amaury from his dark designs. But first, they’ll have to learn to trust each other.

And so a magical fantasy of darkness and redemption begins.

Read an excerpt:

Maegwin turned her gaze skyward. The heavens were a clear, perfect blue. Yes, it was a good day to die.
“…to be hanged from the neck until she be dead. Fates have mercy on her soul.”
With a crunch of splintering wood, the executioner kicked the stool out from under her. Maegwin fell. The noose snapped tight, pain exploding through her. Maegwin choked, desperately trying to suck in a breath. Blood pounded in her ears. Her eyes bulged in their sockets and she squeezed them shut. Her body bucked and jerked. As her muscles convulsed she felt her legs kicking. As her breath left her, the movement became slower, slower, slower.
Then stilled.

How did The Last Priestess come about?

I think it’s safe to say that most readers have their favorite genre. Some like romance, some like crime, others like thrillers. For me, it was always fantasy. I’ve always read it so it makes sense to write it too. There’s just something about the boundaries you can push in fantasy fiction that appeals to my imagination. I like to write about worlds and people that much more crazy and impossible than our own.

The Last Priestess started with a character. My books always do. Maegwin, the main character turned up in my head one day, fully-formed and ready to go. She dropped her bags, announced, “I’m here!” and demanded I write her story. How could I resist? For me, it’s always about character. So I asked myself, what is it about Maegwin’s story that people will want to know? What is it that makes her life interesting? What struggles/hopes/dreams does she have? From there, her story told itself. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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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.


Small Blonde Hippy said...

Thanks for having me, Marsha!

Marsha A. Moore said...

Very glad to have you spend a day! :)

Carrie Sullivan said...

Very cool! Following Elizabeth on Twitter now!