Monday, March 6, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Celtic Fire by Liz Gavin


We are excited to be one of the sites to kick off this 12-day Blog Tour for Liz Gavin's Celtic Fire, the first book in the Highland Celts series! This can be read as a standalone novel. On this tour, there will be excerpts, reviews, and other fun stuff to share by various participating blogs! On our stop today, we have an exciting excerpt to share! Check it out and grab your copy today! Follow the tour, HERE!

Genre:
New Adult
Historical/Paranormal Romance
Series:
Highland Celts, #1
Publish Date:
January 31, 2017

Note:
 Contains mature themes
(violence, religious war, and pagan rituals)
Might not be appropriate for audiences under 18

Synopsis:
When ancient gods ruled and Druids kept Faith alive, the Celts thrived as a democratic, matriarchal society. Then savage Roman soldiers swept across Europe, killing and enslaving. The Celts did not succumb without a fight. Their Old Ways survived centuries of ruthless domain until another menace loomed: a tortured god worshiped in cold stone buildings. The sacred shores of Avalon began to drift away, the mists threatened to hide the island from mortal eyes forever.

Against the bleak backdrop of war, the gorgeous Scottish Highlands stood tall, sheltering its inhabitants from greedy invaders. Yet the reach of the eagle banners was long and the highlanders turned to the Goddess for protection. However, the sacred groves felt silent and grim as Avalon faded away. Once sad, pealing bells began to sound strangely comforting while the high walls of monasteries offered an alluring barrier from violence. Caught in the middle of this centuries-old war, a young High Priestess might be Avalon’s last chance.

Wise beyond her years and powerful like no other Priestess in her lifetime, Rowen had served the Goddess faithfully, forsaking her family and the company of her soulmate. When the Lady of the Lake asks for another sacrifice, it might be one too many for her scarred heart. How could she obey the Goddess without betraying Caddaric? Could she trust Eochaid, who embodied everything she despised and hated? Would she be able to fulfill her duties without losing her soul?

Caddaric had been Rowen’s companion in countless lives; but, now, they existed in different realms. Beautiful Rowen lived in the mortal world while sweet Caddaric remained in the sacred isle of Avalon, watching over her. Could he step aside to allow another man – a flesh and blood man – to become her protector?

Eochaid had sworn to protect the Old Ways. The rude warrior never quite understood his faith yet his loyal heart belonged to the Goddess. A gorgeous, fiery High Priestess was not in his plans. He would risk his life to protect Rowen; but, would the Goddess safeguard his heart? Could he defend the bewitching maiden from himself?

When stakes were so high that a simple mistake could cost their very world, a priestess, a Druid, and a warrior must learn to trust each other and the mysterious ways of the Goddess. Their success would save Avalon. Their failure would tear the island from the human realm forever, condemning it to oblivion.

Failure was not an option.


   

*Excerpt*
Caddaric


Night falls in the material realm, tearing the veil between the worlds and allowing me to reach Rowen’s house. Even though I feel like a criminal hiding from other human eyes, I reckon it’s wise to avoid being seen by the villagers. They’re faithful to the Goddess yet they don’t have the Sight, or knowledge, to understand how the spiritual world coexists with the material plane so they might get scared. As soon as the chants around the Samhain bonfire decrease in intensity, Rowen comes inside looking for me. She doesn’t need to search for long.
“I’ve missed you!” she whispers as her arms snake around my waist and I hold her close to me.
Inhaling her scent as sweet as the apple blossoms in Avalon, I kiss her forehead, “So have I.”
We sit in front of the fire pit, which will keep us warm during the cold October night. Her soft arm around my waist, her head on my shoulder.
“This isn’t fair. This world seems to have only one moment set aside for us instead of the eternity I’d like to share with you.”
“Your time in this plane unfolds faster than that in Avalon so it’s your impression; but, it isn’t necessarily so,” Rowen pouts and I can’t avoid chuckling at her childish reaction. I caress her lower lip with a thumb and whisper. “So unbefitting a High Priestess.”
I watch her fighting back a smile until she loses the battle, “Don’t mock me, Caddaric Seagha. It’s so lonely on this earth without you.”
Choosing not to engage in this old argument, because it’s pointless, I run my fingers through her red curls and stare into the dying fire, summoning courage to deny the request she’s about to make. I don’t need the Sight to know she’s going to ask me what she does on every sacred festival.
“Caddaric, will you lie with me?”
“You know we shouldn’t.”
“I’m not asking you to make love to me. I just wish to feel your arms around me like we used to do in past lives.”
“That I can do. I’m glad you’ve finally resigned yourself to our new roles in this life. Although the sacred days allow me an easier passage to your realm, my body doesn’t have the same desires as a human body does.”
Feeling her shiver against me, I tighten my hold and rub her arms to keep the chill away.
“I know that. It’s just that I sometimes feel as if we’ve been tricked into accepting our separation, like we had no say in that and it’s all been decided for us.”
“To some extent, it’s been the case. However, it’s the Goddess who has made the decision. She’s All-wise and All-knowing. Whatever her plans, they’re the best for us. Everything will be fine in the end.”
A heartfelt sigh indicates Rowen acknowledges my argument, despite the fact she might not agree with it. Kissing the top of her head, I pull her closer. I might not have carnal desires for her any longer, but the strong connection between us, which has been built throughout multiple past lives, warms up my chest, enveloping us in a cocoon of harmony and joy.


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**About the Author**
When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade - just a couple of years ago, really - her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.

Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.

Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.

As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz’s creativity has improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.

Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.

Sit back, fire up your Kindle and enjoy the ride!

Stay connected with Liz Gavin
   

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***The Giveaway***

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10 comments:

  1. Thank YOU so much for the warm, kind words. I couldn't have asked for a better tour kickoff. :D
    Celtic Fire is free on Amazon until March 9th, so please rush over there to grab a copy and follow the tour for additional chances to win the giveaway.
    Hugs, Liz

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    1. Totally my pleasure to help and support amazing authors! :)

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  2. Thanks for hosting today, Jasmine!

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    1. No problem. It was absolutely a pleasure to share!

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  3. I love the cover! Thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

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    1. Right! Love the cover, too! It's mystical and beautiful! Any time! :) Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing the excerpt with all of us! :) This book looks SUPER intriguing and like something I would really enjoy. And it's on KU which makes me happy!

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  5. Oh this sounds so good! I love the romances...so neat this is historical and paranormal! I cannot wait to read! Liz is a new author for me!

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