Happy Monday, y’all! Today, it’s Jeff Altabef’s latest book, The Ghost King!
Who are Aaliss and Wilky, and why are they going to war? Will there be more magic and mayhem, like in Altabef’s first book, The Red Death (which won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Science Fiction last fall, FYI)? One of the best parts of this release is that you can get both books for only 99 cents each this week!
Led by a powerful witch, a wild invading army threatens to tear the Soulless lands apart. To survive, the three tribes must join together, but old grievances and hatred divide them. Only Wilky can unite them, but when he glimpses the future, he sees only a glimmer of hope; too much of the future remains veiled in darkness.
As the battle approaches, King Dermot orders his brother, Eamon, to stay behind at the Stronghold and defend against a possible siege. Eamon, who took an oath to fight the invaders, defies his brother, risks everything, and plunges into a desperate race with Aaliss and Wilky to unite the tribes.
Enemies from all sides conspire against them. Only together can they hope to succeed against the witch who will stop at nothing to destroy them. Yet, even united, they will need magic to defeat this enemy at their door.
As the battle looms, only one chance at survival remains – the Ghost King – but who is he, and what will be the price of their redemption?
What else is so great about this release? This exclusive excerpt! There are 5 featured excerpts on this tour: one on the Novel Publicity page, one on Jeff Altabef’s website, and 3 spread among the 20+ blogs that have helped Jeff with this release!
Rage pulsed through Cassian. He wanted to kill them all, but his brother was right. There were too many warriors, and the rumble of the war band in the distance only grew louder.
Max pulled an arrow from his quiver, but Cassian grabbed him and yanked him behind a pine tree. His young cousin squirmed, but Cassian held him back with one arm as his head cleared.
Lucian frowned. “We can’t wait around here. We need to run back to the horse.”
The horsemen had regained their confidence now that the arrows had stopped flying. Three galloped toward the forest, shouting and pointing as they rode. Luckily, they didn’t know where to look and had guessed wrong.
If they stayed there, the horsemen would find them—and soon.
“Come on.” Lucian raced into the forest.
Cassian tossed Max over his shoulder and ran after him, sprinting away from the approaching horsemen, the smoke, and his dead cousin. Using his hunter’s instincts, he ran quietly, passing trees in a green blur. He scooted under branches, leapt over roots, and cut around hedges and tall grasses. Sweat drenched his shirt as he churned his legs hard.
He stopped when they reached the ghost tree where they had tied the horse. They had brought only one.
He dropped Max to the ground and listened for the sound of approaching horses, but he only heard normal forest sounds coupled with their own heavy breathing. Once he was sure no one had followed them, he dropped to his knees and winced as the image of the axe beheading his cousin played in his mind.
How could they kill her? She was defenseless.
About the Author
Jeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center at his local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official, and Altabef now writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, was his debut novel. Evolved Publishing has published Jeff’s second thriller, Shatter Point, which won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Fall 2014 in the category of Best Thriller. Jeff’s first young adult novel, Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel, will be published in March by Evolved Publishing. He’s extremely excited that his daughter, Erynn Altabef, is his co-author of The Chosen Series. As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column with The Examiner focused on writing, and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories.