Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blog tour: Portals fantasy anthology + excerpt & giveaway

Tour Schedule

Welcome to our stop on the Portals blog tour! We are shining the spotlight on author Christy Thomas's story, Maronda's Quest. Portals is a fantasy anthology featuring six diverse and well crafted short stories and it is published by Roane Publishing. There's also an excerpt and a tour-wide giveaway. Enjoy and thanks for spending some time with us. We always love to talk about books. (And Reader Girls would also like to mention that our very own Mom Reader Girl, Laurie, has a contemporary urban fantasy in this collection.)
Genre: Fantasy Anthology (mixed sub genres)

Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: June 5, 2014
Keywords: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Short Stories, Picture Prompt

 No matter what world you call home, or what your station in life, there are just some paths that weren't meant to be tread.

Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas

Mexmur, the Huntress by Anna Simpson

Entrance of Lost Souls by Echo Shea

Where Once were Hearts by Havva Murat

Ordinary World by Laurie Treacy

The Lunatic Queen by Michael Siciliano


DIGITAL: Roane Publishing | Amazon | Amazon (UK) | Barnes and Noble |Smashwords | Bookstrand | Kobo (coming soon)


Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas

“I’ll keep you safe from the dragon,” Lenox leaned over Maronda and licked his cracked lips. “Come to my bed.”

Bile rose in her throat. “Pig. Get away from me. My training will keep me safe, not your stench and sweaty palms.” Maronda picked up the closest sword on the practice field and swung at the oak limbs tied together with twine meant to resemble a small version of the dragon. The wooden head fell to the dirt with a thud.

“Don’t listen to the old hag at the apothecary.” Lenox circled behind her and peered over her opposite shoulder. Dirty blond hair fell over his boyish face. “A woman is safe from the dragon’s thirst only after she loses her virginity.”

She felt him grab her hips from behind and grind into her backside. “Ewwww.” Maronda jabbed her elbow into his abdomen, forcing him to release her. “That’s not true. The dragon attacked Ma when I was in the womb, and when Pa battled in her defense, he died.”

“The dragon killed your Pa, too? I should have known. The beast has slain so many.” He studied the closest cloud formation. “Of course, the last dragon known to exist would be the deadliest. He’s extremely cunning to take down most men who engage him in battle.” He pointed to the sword with his chin. “If you keep training like a man, he’ll hunt you, too.”

Maronda raised her sword and stepped toward the mock dragon. “Anyone will satisfy his palate, if the demon’s hungry.” A red cloth was pinned to the side of the replica. It taught inexperienced hunters the ideal spot to penetrate the dragon’s thick hide and pierce the heart. No longer needing the teaching aid, she closed her eyes and thrust the sword into the constructed beast. “I must go. Ma’s waiting.”

“Wait.” Lenox rushed beside her. “You don’t have to—you know—take the quest decreed by the Grand Wizard. No one has seen him in years. He’s probably dead.”

About Christy Thomas

Christy has had a vivid imagination as long as she could remember. As a child, she’d keep her younger sister amused with made up stories of bunny rabbits that had fallen in love, and tales of the friendly monsters that live in the closet.

When she isn’t kicked back reading a book, Christy can be found with pen and paper writing stories not much different from those she wrote when she began decades ago.

Now that she’s grown, she’s settled in Sunny Florida with her husband and a four-legged companion named Sidney.

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Next stop on the tour:

 $10 Amazon Gift Card & paperback copy of Portals
a Rafflecopter giveaway