Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Dark Tyranny by C. M. Pendleton Excerpt & Giveaway

A Dark Tyranny chronicles the onset of the savage invasion of Altaris.  Wolven beasts and gorgons ravage the four realms of man.  Rumors of an ancient and greater evil lay in their wake.  The rule of kings is at an end.  The hierarchy of class and heritage are no more, as families are torn apart and lives are forever changed.  A small few find their fates intertwined, as they fight for survival and for those they love.

An exiled commander is thrust back into a world he longed to forget.

A lone Nighteye finds his curse lifted and his true image restored.

A young noblewoman struggles to escape a gorgon caravan.

A former slave befriends an ancient and majestic creature.

The afflicted brother of a traitorous king discovers a secret that could cost him his life.

A Dark Tyranny is a thrilling epic that brings readers into a vivid world full of magic, adventure, and treachery.  Discover the world of Ehlür and experience the beginning of a gripping saga.

Mirkus sat up in a start.  Something wasn’t right.  He could smell it.  There was a thickness to the air.  Those last hours of darkness seemed to harbor a dread.  There was a sense of fear that crept up his neck causing a cloud of anxiety to grip him like an iron vise. 

I must do something.  What?  Something’s wrong. 

Thoughts poured through his head.  The ground began to tremble.  He heard the mallop tree cry out like a great ship turning hard at sea.  Wood twisted slightly and then settled back in place.  The ground moved and swelled.  Dust fell to the floor; it filled the air.  The ground continued to move.  It was a slow stirring, like the earth itself was waking from a deep slumber.  A large echoing grind pulled through the bowels of the dirt below.  Then … it stopped.  There was silence.

Mirkus left his tree.  The normal chill was gone.  There was a musky stench of decay rising from the ground.  It was nauseating.  Worms and other creatures scurried from the safety of the soil.  They toiled blindly on the loose dirt.  Mirkus could hear stirring in the village. 

I’m not the only one that heard this. 

A howl pierced the night.  It was neither dog nor wolf.  It had the sound of human agony layered with a bestial moan.  The ground moved once again.  Mirkus shifted to keep his balance.  There were screams. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
C. M. Pendleton is the author of the epic fantasy series Of Darkness & the Light.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  He lives in North Carolina with his wife and four children.




C.M. Pendleton will be awarding $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.
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  1. Enjoyed reading the exciting excerpt today. Love the cover too.

  2. Where did the character's name come from?

  3. Great excerpt, thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Thank you for the excerpt~very enjoyable! And for the contest, too!

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  6. This sounds like a fantasy version of Crash. Interesting idea :) I don't know if I would've matched this plot to that book cover (it makes me think of the eagle on our currency, so I'd guess something history-related). I'm intrigued.

    Also, don't you just love spammers? At least the post has been changed since I last saw it the last time. It sounded like the good doc would HELP you get pregnant, which must be a pretty sweet job for him! I kind of want to set up a gmail account and just spam that email address... I'm horrible...but it'd be fun!

    Anyway, hi, Alisia! Nice to meet you and your blog. Not sure if your 'about me' is current, but hope you're enjoying freshman year! I used to have a couple of exams around this time while in school. Not as bad as midterms right before spring break.but still frustrating.

    1. Spammers, ugh, hard to keep up with them. The about me also needs updated lol. I will get around to updating my info soon. Nice to meet you! Thanks for commenting.