Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ties of Smoke - Fantasy - and a Contest #Fantasy #GCGiveaway

If you like fantasy tales, as I do, check out Claudia Herring's Ties of Smoke. Sounds fascinating.

She's also hosting a great contest. Read on for details...


Claudia will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Ties of Smoke
by Claudia Herring

GENRE: Fantasy



Lady Lavinia Bramley is master of a Djinni.

Lavinia runs away from her husband to make a life with the djinni Yasir, but it’s not what she thought, not pearls and flying carpets and wishes come true . . .

Her desperate efforts to find happiness with Yasir are foiled by her husband’s reappearance, murder attempts by the jealous magician who cursed Yasir to the urn, and Yasir’s desire for revenge.

Lavinia finds love, and loyalty, are as ephemeral as ties of smoke.

Exclusive Excerpt:

Chapter 6: page 2-3

With a hard twist she pinched the skin on her forearm and flinched from the pain. She stamped her velvet slipper on the shiny stone floor—solid beneath her feet. This was like waking from a dream, but instead of waking into a familiar place . . . She looked around. A decidedly different place, a place that—

She jumped at a crash, and looked down at a bulging bag dropped next to her.

“And where art thou headed, milady?” The young man burst out laughing. She looked up, eyes blazing. Who was this, to think he could talk to her without an introduction.

“Oh, sorry. Thought you were, you know, playing around. Are you going to a Renaissance festival somewhere?” He cocked his head, his hair tousled as though he had jumped out of bed without a thought to his toilet.

If she answered him, he might leave sooner. “Why no. I have just recently arrived,” she said.

He widened his eyes. “Man, you sure have the accent and mannerisms down. You’ll kill ‘em.” He rubbed his fist across his unshaven face, plopped into a chair a few down from her and plugged his ears with white wires. She frowned at the rips in his dark blue trousers, but he ignored her and leaned back, shutting his eyes.


She turned her head. In front of her stood the djinni, haloed by the glare of bright rectangles in the lofty ceiling. 

“Yasir.” She jumped to her feet. “You’re better.” She took his hand, an anchor in this foreign place. His magic surrounded her. She had forgotten how it took her so out of herself.

“I–you–you weren’t in the bed. I fell into the bed.” Lavinia gaped at her surroundings. She could see so much more when she was standing above the sea of chairs. Huge, this palace. Lighted letters flashed red, blue and orange. People on silver stairs glided up and down, but stood still on the steps, clutching the plain banister. So much of silver.

Yasir led her to a vacant area across from the boy, who gaped at them and pulled the wires from his ears. A shrill sound burst from behind her. Lavinia snapped her head around just as Yasir yanked her from the path of a stunted hackney coach on fat black wheels. Ugly and plain, not like the grand carriages at home. And driven inside a palace, through crowds of people.

“Where are the horses, Yasir?” She followed the conveyance with her eyes until the crowd closed behind it. He turned her face towards him.

Do not be distracted by this place. Why did you follow me, Lavinia? Ir-A was to keep you safe.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Claudia Herring aspired to be a baton twirler when she was five and an archaeologist at thirteen. When she became a graphic designer and an author of fantasy, she decided she'd hit upon the perfect compromise.

Along the way she worked as a gift wrapper, a server in a Mexican restaurant at an amusement park (where she rode the Black Dragon at midnight—an actual ride, not a sexual allusion) and an illustrator in medical graphics (where they featured videos on wound healing during lunch) at the Texas Medical Center.

Her novel, His Master's Bride, a historical fantasy with romantic elements set in Regency England, won first prize in the Houston Writer's Guild Novel Competition. Ties of Smoke is the second in the series The Djinn Chronicles.

When she's not delving into the world of the Djinn, Claudia is practicing yoga to go to that hushed space where she imagines and plots her next fantasy novel.

If you like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series or Carol Berg’s Soul Mirror series you'll love His Master’s Bride and Ties of Smoke.


Twitter: @claudiakherring
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  1. Thanks for hosting my novel, Ties of Smoke. Happy Reading!

  2. What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. I really loved "Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, And The Unearthing Of The World's Oldest Printed Book" —about an intrepid English explorer around 1900. Non fiction and fascinating.

    2. I really loved "Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, And The Unearthing Of The World's Oldest Printed Book" about an intrepid explorer in 1900. Nonfiction and fascinating.

  3. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)


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