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Rise of the Temple Gods: Vol. 1

The first three books in the Rise of the Temple Gods series:

Exclusively on Kindle Unlimited in a single volume!

 

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“Bone has crafted a world that is both colorful and rich, and will certainly provide a backdrop for stories as long as she chooses to write them.” — USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah M. Cradit, Praise for Rise of the Temple Gods: Heir to Kale

“Fear to the fearless. Hope to the hopeless. Mercy to those who hate you. Death to those who love you. That is your destiny, Princess of Kale, Princess of Koloso, heir to both.” – Prophecy of the Kalian Twins

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Two heirs. One throne. Journey to the Kalian kingdoms and follow twin princesses as their struggle for the crown divides not only their hearts, but the kingdom they strive to rule.

Trained in the arts of combat, swordplay, and the ancient traditions of the Gods, Mariana and Ameria have been raised separately by rival temples. But their complicated relationship is strained even further when the king declares only one of them can succeed him as queen. Now competing for the Kalian throne—and the heart of Ameria’s second-in-command, Kyle—the twins’ destinies are shepherded down a road of betrayal and treachery at every turn, each stalked by creatures charged by the Gods themselves to ensure neither strays from their destined path.

As primeval powers awaken, the two sisters must learn the truth behind an ancient prophecy and search for a way to change their inevitable fate as a voice growls through the darkness: Beware the Twins of Kale.

This boxset contains the first three books in the Rise of the Temple Gods series: Heir to Kale, Heir to Koloso, and Heir to the Defendants. The fourth book, Heir to the Prophecy, is coming 2018.

 
Amazon USA:  http://a.co/iaczHQY
 
 

 

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Rose City Comic Con – 2017

Earlier this year I attended what has quickly become a tradition, exploring the fun world of Rose City Comic Con. The event, held once a year in Portland, was an exciting event of spending time with good friends and meeting the stars.

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The show began with a Q&A session with James and Oliver Phelps, most famous for portraying the Weasley brothers from Harry Potter. Together they charmed the audience with their memories from the set and their favorite scenes to shoot from the magical wizarding world.

 

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We also, much to the delight of many members of the group, got to visit with several members from the cast of Star Trek. Those we met included, Brent Spiner, (Data) and John De Lancie (Q) from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

 

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And the original captain of the Enterprise himself, William Shanter, who apparently, in addition to leading perilous journeys where no one has gone before, also proceeded to describe in great/excessive detail how he recently managed to breed his female doberman.

 

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I also had a fun chance to meet Rose McIver, the main actress from iZombie who was exceptionally nice with her wonderful New Zeland accent.

 

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And my friend got to meet his spirit animal, Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants.

 

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Also got to meet Weird Al, who was both fun in his stories and gracious in person. And in case anyone is wondering, yes he brought his accordion.

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I enjoyed visiting with my long-time friend and amazing fantasy author, EA Channon. Author of the Flesh of the Blood series, Channon and I met a few years back in New Orleans at the Vampire Lestat Ball where we have both been featured authors over the years. It was fun getting to chat and visit with him throughout the con. And I attend a panel where he presented on writing techniques for aspiring authors.

 

 

And of course, my favorite portion of any Comic Con…watching the cosplay!

 

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Overall we had a wonderful at the convention!

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Silver Rose – Book Release!

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Silver Rose, Book V in the bestselling Black Rose Guard series, now available!

Cover Design by: Skyla Dawn Cameron

Featuring map illustrated by: Raven Quinn

 

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History called it the shimmering court. A palace of glass upon the water surrounded by silver roses. For a millennia it stood as a symbol of power and stability within the immortal realms. 

In a single night, it washed away in a sea of blood.

Six hundred years ago, Mara, the immortal Captain of the Black Rose Guard, led her knights to their greatest victory: the annihilation of the Muir Court. For avenging a fallen princess, she was hailed a hero. Yet for Mara, the mirror reflected only a killer.

Haunted by the slaughter carried out in the name of honor and duty, Mara hoped she had fought her last battle. But when knights of the Arum Court murdered her sub-captain, hope shattered and the blood roses began to bloom.

Determined to avenge her fallen comrade and save the young woman for whom the long-dormant roses have awakened, Mara dons her ancient Arius blade, and prepares to once again lead her men into a fight from which they may never return.

All the while, her enemies prepare to exploit her greatest weakness: the life of her only love, Edward. Deep in the heart of the Arum Court, King Mathew hoards secrets of his own as a voice whispers through the shadows: Beware the Silver Rose.

Available at the following links: 
Kindle & Paperback: http://a.co/4kYEyh9
 
*Audio formats, coming soon!*

 

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Silver Rose – Cover Reveal

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The Black Rose Guard Book V: Silver Rose

August 17, 2017

Cover design by: Skyla Dawn Cameron

 

History called it the shimmering court. A palace of glass upon the water surrounded by silver roses. For a millennia it stood as a symbol of power and stability within the immortal realms. 

In a single night, it washed away in a sea of blood.

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Six hundred years ago, Mara, the immortal Captain of the Black Rose Guard, led her knights to their greatest victory: the annihilation of the Muir Court. For avenging a fallen princess, she was hailed a hero. Yet for Mara, the mirror reflected only a killer.

Haunted by the slaughter carried out in the name of honor and duty, Mara hoped she had fought her last battle. But when knights of the Arum Court murdered her sub-captain, hope shattered and the blood roses began to bloom.

Determined to avenge her fallen comrade and save the young woman for whom the long-dormant roses have awakened, Mara dons her ancient Arius blade, and prepares to once again lead her men into a fight from which they may never return.

All the while, her enemies prepare to exploit her greatest weakness: the life of her only love, Edward. Deep in the heart of the Arum Court, King Mathew hoards secrets of his own as a voice whispers through the shadows: Beware the Silver Rose.

Featuring Map by Raven Quinn!

Kindle pre-order: http://a.co/4kYEyh9

Goodreads: https://goo.gl/cr8NTc 

Additional formats coming soon!

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Shadow of the Rose – Cover Reveal!

ShadowoftheRose-KindleThe Black Rose Guard book IV: Shadow of the Rose

Summer 2017

Cover Design by: Skyla Dawn Cameron

If you stay with the Lorcan Guard, you will honor your original vow, it is true. But you shall remain forever a shadow of the rose…

For as long as she could remember, Sarah had wanted to be a knight. One fated evening, a man with dark eyes appeared at her mother’s modest inn, and told her a story of love, loss, loyalty, honor, and a life of which Sarah had only dreamed.

Devastated when the man is condemned to the dungeons by her own father, Sarah was told she would never see him again. She safeguarded his story, and secrets, resigned to them forever being the treasures of her imagination. More than twenty years later, he reappears, offering Sarah an opportunity beyond her wildest dreams.

A half-mortal, illegitimate child of a lesser court, Sarah’s struggle only begins with leaving all she has known. Her hope for a better future, amid the prejudice of those who look down upon her tainted blood, is maintained by a blossoming love, and being personally trained by the court’s captains.

An unexpected turn of events gives Sarah an opportunity to change her fate—a position of leadership in the Black Rose Guard. But to accept will mean abandoning both the man she has come to love, and her vow to Captain Edward.

Loyalty and desire clash in one woman’s quest to find her place in the immortal guard.

Will include map by illustrator Raven Quinn!

New to the series? Book 1, Black Rose, is available for download for only .99 for Kindle, Nook, & Kobo.

Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Rose-K-L-Bone-ebook/dp/B00OGN59WG/

Nook:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/black-rose-k-l-bone/1122564452?ean=2940150985377

 

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/black-rose-34

Also available in Audiobook Format:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/k.l.-bone/id1083974689?mt=11

Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Black-Rose-Audiobook/B01J63LMY4/

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Blood Rose Audiobook

BloodAudioNarrated by: Sara Dunham

Cover Design by: Skyla Dawn Cameron

A woman with no memory of her past. Another unable to forget. Both haunted by a sinister creature of roses and shadow with an unquenchable thirst for royal blood. Return to the world of the Black Rose Guard.

Mara, Captain of the Black Rose for over 800 years, thought she had taken her last immortal life. But now, with her sub-captain dead at the hands of the Arum Court, she again must don the blade she vowed to never raise again. However, the task will prove ever more dangerous as the shadow of Mara’s past returns to awaken the long-dormant roses.

Reunited with her lost love, Mara must also come to terms with her past in order to embrace her future. Can she forgive the man she loves for betraying her heart? And can she redeem herself for the death of the princess she failed to save?

Across the sea, Sandra is haunted by the same presence, leading her deeper into the pieces of her mysterious past. Echoes of memory. Glimpses of fate. And a secret that will change everything for both herself and the captains who seek to rescue her from the hands of Mathew, King of the Arum Court, who has a dark agenda of his own.

Join the captains of the Immortal Guard on their journey toward honor, vengeance, forgiveness, and a love that refused to be banished.

Now Available!

Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Blood-Rose-Audiobook/B06XS5QYLV/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/blood-rose-the-black-rose-book-3-unabridged/id1225749968

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Rose-Black-Book/dp/B06XRKYYSV/

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Australia, New Zealand & Middle Earth

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Our crazy foray into the Outback began with more time in airports and airplanes than I’ve ever spent. After the brief puddle-jumper flight to Vancouver, B.C. we boarded our flight for Australia.

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16 hours later we arrived in Brisbane in order to catch a flight to Sydney, before then catching a flight to Cairns (a town on the Australian east coast). Which means, with the time changes, we got on a plane in the US at 8pm on Saturday night. We reached our first destination at 9pm on Monday night! Time travel! Great Scott!

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After collapsing at the hotel for the night, we got up early and caught the shuttle to the marina for our boat tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Personally, I’m very nervous when it comes to being out on the water, but managed to work up the nerve to get into the ocean for a little while. We saw the coral and loads of fish, including a few from the cast of Finding Nemo.

My husband and Steve, on the other hand, loved the water. So they were out much longer while I enjoyed the scenic views of the upper deck of the boat. It was a clear, sunny day, just perfect for it. Which was very fortunate considering the thunderstorm that rolled in a few hours after we got off the boat.

The three of us grabbed some dinner downtown. My husband and Steve (again, far braver) also sampled some of the local delicacies. On the Bill of Fare: Barramundi (a kind of regional sea-bass), Crocodile, Kangaroo, and Emu. I decided to stick with Shrimp, though I’m told Roo can be tasty. I’ll live with the mystery.

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We then flew to a place I had always dreamed of visiting, Sydney!

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Naturally, we made sure to visit the Sydney Opera House. We took the full tour, learning the history of the conception, construction and history of the famous building. It was a lot of fun though, I must say, the Opera House itself was a much more practical building than I imagined. I guess, for some reason, I envisioned something like the royal opera house of Paris or Munich. Elaborate structures with paintings on the ceilings and velvet curtains. Instead, it was a modern marvel, practical with a major emphasis on function over aesthetic compared to its European counterparts. Given that it was completed in the 1970’s, the modern nature of the building makes a lot more sense.

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The next day in Sydney we went out to explore more of the city. As anyone who knows me will be anything but shocked, our wandering led to a wine bar. Along with some delicious native wines, they served an amazing fondue. The first course: goat cheese with chaarcutere & the second: dark chocolate with fruit and sweets. We basically ended up with the room to ourselves and the staff matched Australian wines to all the foods we were trying. All three of us love wine tasting so that was a lot of fun and we got to relax and marvel at the fact that we were actually trying Australian wine in Australia with Australians.

 

 

Steve did not accompany us to New Zealand (some nonsense about “going home…paying bills…fired if I’m not back by Monday”), so that was just me and Cam on that portion of the trip. We started our Kiwi adventure with a tour of the Glow-worm Caves.

After a pretty hike through the hills, we were taken into a pitch-black cave and put on this inflatable raft. The group floated down the river running through the insides of the caves. Looking up, at times it was like looking at a starry-night sky with a slightly blue-green glow to it. A glow-worm is itself like a small caterpillar, smaller than most fishing lures, and the bio-luminescence is meant to attract food. I wasn’t crazy about the bug, part, but the visuals were certainly something to behold.

Going into the cave was a bit of a trial for me, as it was narrow in a few places and I can get a touch claustrophobic, but I am glad that I did it, as it was certainly a unique and beautiful experience.

Then we went to my favorite part – Hobbiton!

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On a working farm a couple of hours outside of Auckland is the original set for Hobbiton, home town of the Hobbits from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series.

 

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 We managed to grab tickets to the evening banquet tour and it was AMAZING!!! We took an extended evening tour of the shire, got tons of photos and heard fun stories about the movie set and filming. The story of the discovery of the filming site was fascinating enough. A scout wandered onto the property on a random farm on a Saturday. Fortunately, it was halftime during the Rugby game and the owner opened the door. The scout was allowed to tour the property and found the three things Peter Jackson was looking for: a lake, a tree, and of course, hills.

 

The scenery itself was beautiful. Each of the Hobbitt Holes had a different theme, noting the different jobs each of the inhabitants would have done (gardener, bee-keeper, fisherman, post-box artist, etc.) We also got to see Sam’s House, the Party Tree, and Bag-End. After the tour, we went into the Green Dragon and tried some ales that were made specifically there (I brought home a bottle of Southfarthing Cider and Middle Earth wine).

 

Dinner began with a red-velvet curtain reveal of the Hobbit-inspired feast. Food was displayed like a work of art!

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Roasted chickens, fried sausages, beef-and-ale pie, ham-hock, all manner of veggies, and more than enough for Seconds (or Thirds, if you are in the Hobbit spirit). It was also followed by a huge dessert tray with some varieties of New Zealand desserts, which were interesting to try including Kiwi Pavolva (hard meringue, whipped cream and fruit).

Then we got to take the tour back through the Hobbiton set by lantern-light. The entire experience was incredible and we got really great memories captured by some great photos.

 

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I had my conference the next day—the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia. (GANZA) I presented a paper on child vampires that seemed well received and had the pleasure of getting to meet a wide range of Gothic scholars whose company I greatly enjoyed.

 

Then we headed down to Wellington, which is on the southern tip of the North Island. I loved the city. It was on the coastline so we walked the beach and had dinner where we could see the ocean.

This began our independent Lord of the rings filming site expedition.

 

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We saw Mt. Victoria (the filming location for the scene where Aragon gets the sword Anduril in Return of the King) and then went to see the filming location for Rivendell! It was also incredible, inside of a National park that was rather breathtaking in itself.

 

We also took a brief tour of Weta Studios, which designed all the props for LOTR and did the digital work on Golum and and few other main scenes. They also worked on District 9, The Avengers, and the new Wall of China film with Matt Damon that is coming out soon, just to name a few.

 

While in the area, we spent a couple of nights with family friends who live there. They played tour-guide for two days and took us to the filming location of Mt. Doom. Another beautiful site, and an actual active volcano no less.

 

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And then we spent the second morning at a vineyard, trying some local New Zealand wines.

 

That’s the condensed version of my trip. I loved it, but it went by too fast!

 

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