Friday, November 28, 2014

The Challenge by Cas Peace

Friend against friend, lover against lover, ally against ally.
Conflict is coming …   Nine months have passed since Brynne Sullyan helped forge an alliance between the realms of Albia and Andaryon. A fragile peace reigns as both sides recover from the events of the previous year. Then mysterious raiders strike Andaryon villages. Attempts are made on the life of Albia’s High King. 
As Sullyan scrambles to find those responsible, unseen enemies threaten to pull apart everything she has worked for, including her marriage.
To betray either one would break her heart, but
if conflict is inevitable, she must make a choice …
The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father. 

I've read all the books in this series to my husband. Another stellar offering. I love the characters, and my heart goes out to them. Boy, what can I say? Sometimes authors are just mean to their characters!

Series Synopsis:
On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm, Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertantly carrying the Staff.

Concerned by the vicious raids that follow Taran's actions, Major Sullyan of the High King's forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne.

Slowly dying, Sullyan escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle. Her handsome Captain and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But Rykan's greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him.

If Robin cannot lay hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan's life and the lives of all Artesans are forfeit.

The race for the Staff has begun.

Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.  Cas's other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing.  Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.

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  1. Awesome artwork and a great trailer to

    1. So glad you like it, Pat! Why not check out the cover of the brand new release, The Circle? The paperback's just gone live, the ebook will follow soon.

  2. Donna, many thanks for your help in promoting my work - I really appreciate it!

  3. The trailer won't work in this browser. :( Will have to watch it later. Looks like an exciting read. Congrats to Cas.

  4. Ooh, wonderful! Very interesting. This is definitely going on my reading list.

  5. Congrats on the new release! I love the cover, it reminds me of Black Beauty. Yes, I was horse crazy back in the day and read anything with a horse in it. Wishing Cas much success!

  6. Congrats on the release! Loved the trailer!

  7. Sounds like a fabulous read! Congrats, Cas!!

  8. Awesome cover. Congratulations on the book release to Cas, and thanks Donna, for featuring this.


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