Welcome to another book blitz organized by Xpresso Book Tours for a new NA urban fantasy – Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn. This blitz includes some details about the book and author, excerpts, and a giveaway. If you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter via link at the bottom of this post. So, here is the book of the day 🙂
Title: Enchantress Undercover
Author: A.C. Spahn
Series: Arcane Artisans #1
Publication date: March 18, 2019
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Adrienne Morales is a hunted woman.
Stalked by Voids—people immune to magic—and pursued by a deadly past, Adrienne wants nothing more than to avoid spells and sorcery. Her powers as an enchantress make that impossible. Every few days she must release the magic gathering around her, or it’ll steal her sanity. The only way to stay alive is to practice her magic in secret, hiding enchantments in works of art she sells in her craft store.
When a firebreathing psychopath controlled by enchantment tries to burn down her store, Adrienne unleashes her powers to stop him. Unfortunately her battle has a witness—Adrienne’s handsome business partner. Turns out he’s a Void, and sworn to a Union that executes rogue magic users. Worse, the firebreather isn’t the only victim to pop up around San Francisco. Someone is using magic to create monsters and destroy minds, and the Void Union wants them dead.
Now Adrienne must capture the rogue enchanter before they ruin more innocent lives—and before the Voids punish her for the rogue’s crimes. But Voids aren’t the worst thing chasing her. Every enchantment she crafts makes it more likely her past will track her down. And if it does, madness will be the kindest fate awaiting her.
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In this excerpt, we see our heroine Adrienne at the end of a battle, after using up an oppressive amount of magic to defend herself. Unfortunately, she broke a few laws in the process.
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The magic finished flowing. The entire storm of power dispersed at once. My skull lightened, freed from the burden that had threatened to crush me. The dog monster stood still, seemingly relaxed, and for a moment I felt relief that my makeshift enchantment hadn’t hurt it, had in fact helped calm it down. Then I realized why it wasn’t moving. Its eyes roamed wildly, and tiny, panicked breaths puffed its chest in and out.
I’d done more than calm it. I’d paralyzed it.
Feeling sick, I retrieved my fallen necklace, deactivating its enchantment so the silver chain went limp. I looked back up the road. Desmond was wading out of the grass, his sword slick with blood. Kendall had reached the car, and was now climbing out of the backseat in her clothes once more.
There was no way to hide what I’d done. Desmond would see it. I stared at the new tattoo line on the frozen dog-thing’s hump. My gaze traced it to the network of other tattoos winding from the creature’s temples, down his chest and along his legs.
I’d enchanted a human. Whether he was under previous enchantments or not, that was a crime. And as a member of the Void Union, Desmond was supposed to kill me.
Favorite Upcycling Craft Projects, by the Book’s Characters
My favorite upcycling project? Cut up an old pair of jeans to make a purse with built-in pockets. And if we’re talking about my jeans, there’s lots of pockets. Like, hella pockets. The other day I was rummaging in my purse and discovered a pocket I’d completely forgotten about. I thought maybe there’d be surprise money in there, but nope. Just some lint, and a couple stale peanuts.
Another awesome upcycling project is to take an old glove, and glue on googly eyes, foam ears, tails, horns, and whatever to make a hand puppet. I have literal dozens of cousins, and the little ones love it when I make dragon puppets and chase them around.
Most of my upcycling involves turning pieces of driftwood into furniture, which is a little involved for a brief conversation like this.
But one easier idea is to improve old photo frames with glued-on embellishments. For Adrienne’s birthday last year, I gave her a framed photo of her, me, and Kendall making silly faces at an art show, and I decorated the frame with mini wooden glue guns I’d carved for her. She gave this adorable squeal of delight. So if you need a one-of-a-kind gift idea, try this out. (I’ll just casually mention that you can buy wood and metal embellishments and other art supplies at our store, which is the premier independent crafting shop in San Francisco.)
I like to use empty toilet paper tubes to make organizers for cords and cables. Just slice open the tube, cover it in wrapping paper or printed fabric, and wrap it around a folded cord. These are big sellers in my workshop. People buy entire sets of them as housewarming gifts. Personally, I go with bold, crazy printed fabrics, but choose whatever colors and patterns work for you. I gave a set of these to Desmond one year, done in a printed fabric of saws and hammers. His cords and cables remain as messy as ever, but he does have the organizers displayed on a shelf in his office.
However, my favorite upcycling craft is to collect old CDs, glue them back to back, and hang them up with fishing line to make a suncatcher. I love the way the light reflects off the discs and casts patterns on the walls. They’re also therapeutic. Sometimes I suffer from night terrors, of being trapped, bound, with ashes in the air and shadows closing in. But even after a night like that, waking up to a suncatcher reminds me of the good in life and gives me a bright start to the day.
Want a free step-by-step crafting guide from the novel’s characters, and a chance to win other awesome swag? Enter the Enchantress Undercover pre-release drawing! All you have to do is pre-order the book for 99 cents, then submit a copy of your e-receipt, plus your name and mailing address to EnchantressSwag@gmail.com. (You need to include an address to be eligible; otherwise you can’t get your prize if you win.) There are three levels of prizes:
- Everyone who pre-orders and submits their pre-order receipt will receive a link to download a digital crafting guide written and annotated by the characters from the novel. The guide teaches you to make five easy and intermediate handcrafts step-by-step, plus contains fun hints about the plot and people of Enchantress Undercover.
- Ten randomly chosen entries will win a mini swag pack that includes a handmade replica of Adrienne’s shield ring from the novel, a handmade leather bookmark, a magnet with a quote from the book, and a temporary enchantment tattoo.
- One randomly chosen entry will receive a crafting gift box including a signed paperback of Enchantress Undercover, a $25 Amazon gift card, exclusive jewelry, a glue gun and glue sticks, and more.
To get your crafting guide and your chance to win the other prizes, pre-order Enchantress Undercover on Kindle, and submit a copy of your e-receipt, your name, and the address where you’d like possible prizes shipped to EnchantressSwag@gmail.com.
C. Spahn is the author of the Endurance series and the Arcane Artisans series. Her shorter works have been published by Daily Science Fiction, Star*Line, Outposts of Beyond, Disturbed Digest, and others.
She wanted to be an interstellar starship captain when she grew up. Since nobody was hiring, she became a writer instead. She enjoys training in martial arts, organizing messy rooms, and cooking, sometimes all at once. When not commanding imaginary starships, she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and feline overlord.
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