Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Read an exclusive excerpt from The Sword in the Haned by J.J. Fischer

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Welcome to the book tour for The Sword in His Hand by J.J. Fischer! I have an exclusive excerpt for you today from this Christian historical fantasy. Please enjoy and then follow the tour linked above for even more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

The Sword in His Hand
(The Darcentaria Duology #1)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 496 Pages
February 9, 2021 by Ambassador International

“One is an opportunity. Two is a threat. Three is an invasion.”

For hundreds of years, strange things have been washing up on the shores of Darcentaria. But when a young foreign woman named El is found unconscious on the beach amidst the burning wreckage of a strange metal craft, the villagers of Odessa are immediately suspicious—is she an agent of the Dalriadan Empire, their cruel oppressors for as long as they can remember? Or does she come from the Outside, the vast and legendary lands beyond their borders from which no man or woman alive has ever returned?

Torsten Eiselher, a talented young swordsman, has spent the last nine years of his life wrongfully imprisoned by his uncle, the Empire’s ruler. Betrayed and deceived at every turn, Torsten has survived by keeping a firm grip on his sword—and by staying well away from anything to do with the Outside. But when his young sister is murdered, Torsten finds himself irrevocably drawn to El despite her Outsider heritage—and he begins to question everything he has been told about her world.

Intrigued by the existence of a powerful and dangerously advanced world within his reach, the Empire’s ruler, Jurien Arminius, launches a hunt for El and the two Outsiders that arrived with her—the ones who could help him win his war against Torsten and the rebellion that threatens to topple his Empire.

Suddenly, Torsten is forced to choose between defeating his long-term enemy or saving the woman he has come to love . . .

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A single man stood at the gallows, with the noose already around his

neck. He was tall and exceptionally well-built for his sixty or so years. From

where she stood, El saw the fine cut of his clothes and knew this was no

commoner. Even this close to death, there was a pride and arrogance to his

posture as he looked out unseeingly at the crowd.

It was then that she saw the other man standing beside him. At first, he

seemed a less impressive figure: still muscled, perhaps slightly shorter. But it

was this man’s face that held her.

He was the type of man who would only become more striking as he

aged; at fifty or so years, he was still in excellent health, with an unfurrowed

forehead and high cheekbones and a full mouth. He was not handsome, but

his eyes were dark and compelling, and, unlike the condemned man, he

looked fully at the crowd before him, as if seeking the face of each one and

trying to win him over.

And then he began to speak.

Although she did not perfectly understand the words—he was far away

and spoke quickly in a thick accent—their effect was undeniable, even on her.

His voice was rich and smooth and unquestionably powerful, the kind that

stirred a person to passionate action, even that which would result in his own

death. His voice was the toll of a bell against which all else was measured. It

meant life at the same time that it meant death. It betrayed a mind at once

cautiously hopeful, courageously daring, and righteously angry. She felt the

mood of the crowd change as they were swept along by the man’s honeyed

tones: their murmurs rose and fell with his; their eyes lifted heavenward as

his did, then descended with loathing on the object of his hatred.

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The Secret of Fire
(The Darcentaria Duology #2)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
July 13, 2021 by Ambassador International

Only one can save them.

The Rebellion has fallen.

The door to the Outside has been opened.

And the one who opened it—Jurien Arminius—is now the most powerful man in Darcentaria.

But everything they have known is about to change forever.

Separated by Arminius but fighting to get back to each other, El and Torsten encounter unlikely allies that reveal stunning truths about each other, the Outside, and the very beginnings of Darcentaria itself.

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About the Author

Jasmine (J.J. Fischer) is living proof that it is possible to be addicted to tea and coffee simultaneously. Both made it possible for her to complete her Bachelor degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2012.

Jasmine is married to David, and together they are the proud owner-parents of five warring pet chickens who tolerate each others' existence—most days. When tempted away from the keyboard, she enjoys reading, thinking about lasagna almost as often as Garfield the cat, and working towards her black belt in karate. She vows to one day write the perfect fight scene. Jasmine makes her home near Sydney, Australia, where most animals want to kill you and drop bears enforce a daily reign of terror. If you're reading this, please send help.

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One winner will receive print copies of The Sword in His Hand and The Secret Fire, a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card and a $5 discount code to Ambassador International's store (US only)

Ends July 21, 2021

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