Goodreads #Giveaway for DARK LIGHT OF DAY #UF #SFF #Fantasy

Jill Archer's Dark Light of Day

To kick off the upcoming release of the third Noon Onyx novel, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, my publisher is doing a Goodreads giveaway for the first book in the series, DARK LIGHT OF DAY. If you haven’t yet read a Noon Onyx novel, this is the place to start! Check it out here and feel free to help me spread the word about the giveaway (US only; 15 copies; ends 4/23/14).

 

Also, just saw the RT Book Reviews review for WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, which is terrific:

urban fantasy, dark fantasy, fantasy, White Heart of Justice, Noon Onyx, Jill Archer, cover reveal, cover artArcher’s Noon Onyx series continues to be an original and compelling tale of what happens after Lucifer’s army triumphs at Armageddon and a new demon-based society is formed. Already an oddity because she has waning magic rather than the usual feminine waxing magic, Noon Onyx is determined to control her own future – but the cost could be higher than she suspects. Kudos to Archer for creating such a compelling heroine and mythos! (4 Stars)

RT Book Reviews, June 2014

Archer w Mouse EarsYou may have noticed how quiet I was last week. We went away for the first part of Spring Break. These pictures give you a hint about where we went. 😀 We had an amazing time. I hope to load up more pictures and do a post about our trip later this week. Fiery Dragon

I’ve also got some other neat things planned for the upcoming week: a guest blogger on Tuesday; a one day promo blitz for my first two novels (including a giveaway) on Wednesday; and some information about a fun Twitter contest I’m doing to help get the word out about the Noon Onyx series on Thursday. So stay tuned…

I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring. If you celebrate Easter, have a happy one!

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Fiery Edge of Steel Sneak Peek Tour is at Rabid Reads Today

The Fiery Edge of Steel exclusive excerpt tour is wrapping up. Today and tomorrow are the last days to enter to win a signed ARC and a $25 eGift Certificate to the bookstore of your choice. Check out today’s excerpt at Rabid Reads. And see below for more Fiery Edge of Steel inspirations. Happy Friday!

Jill Archer, Fiery Edge of Steel, inspirations, bonfire, urban fantasy, speculative ficion
BONFIRES = INSPIRATION FOR… BONFIRES 😀

I’ve always loved bonfires. I still remember spending one Christmas Eve with my dad, step-mom, and brother watching the bonfires burn along the Mississippi River. I also remember my high school used to let students build and burn a big bonfire for homecoming. And, growing up in western Pennsylvania and now living in rural Maryland, there have been no shortage of friends to hang out with who also love to safely burn things. Despite the picture above looking very “Lord of the Light-ish” I took it last summer at a local backyard bonfire. I took it with my cell phone so it’s a little grainy, but the timing couldn’t have been better. I was walking out to my car and I turned around and saw the moon and the guy standing in front of the fire (yes, he’s in front of the fire, not in it :-)). I couldn’t help thinking that scenes like this have likely happened throughout human history with very little change. I edited out the farm house, which really gives the picture a timeless look.

Those of you who have read Dark Light of Day know that bonfires play a minor role in the story. They do in Fiery Edge of Steel too. And I even managed to work in my idea that scenes like this have been repeated with each passing generation for countless years. (Chapter 21 for anyone who’s curious). Unless something drastic changes during edits, there will also be a bonfire in Act I of book #3. Why? To me, they are a symbol of continuity and community, friendship and warmth.

More Inspirations for Fiery Edge of Steel and Teaser Tour Excerpt Part Three

The third Fiery Edge of Steel, Chapter 1 excerpt is at the speculative fiction blog, Preternatura (Suzanne Johnson’s blog). Find out which demon they’re bringing to Timothy’s Square for the Carne Vale and enter to win one of six signed ARCs of Fiery Edge of Steel (US) and a $25 eGift Certificate to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice (international). And see below for some more “behind the scenes” type stuff. Happy Wednesday!

Lady Justice, fantasy with legal fiction elements
LADY JUSTICE (AND HER MANY PREDECESSORS: JUSTITIA, MAAT, THEMIS, AND DIKE) = INSPIRATION FOR THE ABSENT DEMONESS, JUSTICA

I name all my chapters and then take the names out during edits. Some of my chapter names could probably be left in — the ones that are evocative because they play off some thematic element in the chapter. But many of them are just sign posts for me, the drafter. They help me to keep track of what the chapter’s supposed to be about. When I was drafting Fiery Edge of Steel, I had this idea to put little snippets of stuff at the beginning of each chapter. Things that would provide information to the reader, but not necessarily as part of the narrative. I decided against it. For one thing, the books have enough information for the reader to digest. But for those of you that like extras, here’s the one I drafted for the beginning of Chapter 20:

Lead investigators shall have the following duties:

1. To the Demon Council: Lead investigators shall be loyal, faithful, and respectful to the Council, and shall uphold its authority at all times;

2. To the Investigative Team: To the extent possible based on field situations, lead investigators shall keep members of their investigative team reasonably safe;

3. To the Outpost Lord: Lead investigators shall not unnecessarily offend an Outpost Lord who is under investigation. During the investigation, investigators shall cause as little disturbance as possible in outpost operations and shall take care not to diminish the Outpost Lord’s adoration; and

4. To Justica: Lead investigators shall conduct a thorough investigation, shall render an impartial and fair judgment, and then mete out punishment, including execution, as necessary.

Rule 2290.13(g) of the Maegester’s Rules of Engagement (Demon Complaints; Investigation of Outpost Lord; Duties of Lead Investigator)

Fiery Edge of Steel Teaser Tour Part Two at Urban Girl Reader

Fiery Edge of Steel Chapter One, Part Two is up at Urban Girl Reader! Click here for the 2nd excerpt and more chances to win signed ARCs (US) and a $25 eGC (international). Hope everyone’s day has been great! Mine has been wet and rainy.

MAGIC 8 BALL = INSPIRATION FOR ALBA’S BLACK ONIONS

Here’s a deleted snippet from Fiery Edge of Steel, Chapter 2. It’s the menu at Alba’s (a.k.a. “the Black Onion”), a tiny cafe on the corner of River Road and Widow’s Walk where Noon and her study mates go when they want to get off campus.

Alba’s
Bread $3.95
Soup $6.95
Fish $12.95

Black Onions $0.60
Don’t you want to know?

Cover Reveal: Fiery Edge of Steel, Noon Onyx Book #2

Today, I’m excited to share with you the fantastic new cover for Fiery Edge of Steel, the second book in the Noon Onyx series. Check it out below and then stick around for my thoughts and a chance to celebrate and win some terrific prizes!

fantasy, new adult, post-apocalyptic

Cover Artist: Jason Chan

Art Director: Lesley Worrell

I have to admit that when my editor first confided that they changed the cover artist, I was wary. I really loved the cover for Dark Light of Day and it had been well received. But this second cover is terrific! As with the first cover, I love the clothing details and the expression on Noon’s face. That’s one of the neatest things about having two different cover artists. Having the opportunity to see the character interpreted two different ways. And each interpretation has perfectly fit the character within the book.

Noon looks bolder and more confident on the cover of Fiery Edge of Steel. And, of course, I love the dramatic fiery knife, moody sky, and troubled waters behind her. But my favorite part is the way the glow from the knife is reflected on her face and clothes. I often complain that covers just aren’t the same digitally as they are in print, but this cover works incredibly well on the screen. In fact, it almost looks like a lenticular print. (Go ahead, lean back in your chair and see how Noon’s face disappears in the shadows. Neat, huh?)

For those of you that like cover details, I’ll also share that Noon is standing in front of the New Babylon docks. She’s holding a filleting knife that’s made of fire and waning magic. Where is she headed? The Shallows, a swampy outpost far to the east of St. Lucifer’s. Here’s the blurb for book #2:

Fiery Edge of Steel

Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task which will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…

Celebrating the New Cover – Prizes!

In celebration of Noon’s new cover, Bewitching Book Tours helped me organize a cover reveal giveaway. There are some terrific prizes! For U.S. participants, I’m giving away signed copies of J.D. Robb’s Delusion in Death (hardcover), Sara Humphries’ Unleashed (mass market paperback), Addison Fox’s Warrior Enchanted (mass market paperback), and Dark Light of Day (mass market paperback). For international participants, I’m giving away one $10 eGift Certificate to either Barnes & Noble or Amazon, winner’s choice. See the Rafflecopter form: a Rafflecopter giveaway or the Bewitching Book Tours website for details on how to enter the giveaway.

Fiery Edge of Steel is available for pre-order now

It will be released May 28, 2013

Goodreads and Pre-Order Links

Who else is participating in the cover reveal?

Thank you to all of the cover reveal participants! Earn extra entries by visiting additional stops. 🙂

So, what do you all think?

Do you love Noon’s new cover as much as I do?😀

Goodreads Giveaway for Dark Light of Day

My publisher has generously sponsored a Goodreads giveaway for Dark Light of Day. If you are interested in entering to win one of the 25 copies Ace is giving away on Goodreads, please click here. Hope everyone’s having a great week!

“There is a fresh new voice in urban fantasy, and she has a unique take on Armageddon: The war is over and the demons won.” — RT Book Reviews (4 star review)

 

 

Love Post-Apocalyptic Novels? Then Stop by The Qwillery Today

 

The Quillery invited me to participate in its 2012 Debut Author Challenge. Participants are encouraged to read one debut novel a month for 12 months. Want to get in on the fun? Click here.

As part of the Challenge, I’m guest blogging there today. My topic?

One of my absolute favorites — post-apocalyptic stories. I divide them into three types.

I also talk about how Dark Light of Day is a post-apocalyptic story… but one that is very different from the rest.

Stop by and tell me if you’re a fan of the genre and, if so, share some of your favorite novels, movies, and/or TV shows. Here’s the link to the article:

A Post-Apocalyptic Novel without Zombies, Robots, Aliens, Dystopia, the Plague or Even a Recent War

Hope to see you there!

* I’m doing another sampler giveaway there, but you can only participate from The Quillery! 🙂