Friday, February 7, 2014

Blog Tour Spotlight: The Saskia Trilogy, by Aoife Marie Sheridan

Welcome to this stop in the tour for 
The Saskia Trilogy,
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About Eden Forest

Eden Forest
(Saskia Trilogy #1)
Aoife Marie Sheridan
Trade Paperback, 218 pages
Universal Publishing Group
Sept. 28, 2012
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy,
Young Adult Fiction

Book Synopsis Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year-old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.  When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession.  She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.  On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives, and who dies?

 Paperback Edition

 Kindle Edition 

About City of Secrets

City of Secrets
(Saskia Trilogy, #2)
Aoife Marie Sheridan
Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Universal Publishing Group
Dec. 7, 2013
 Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Book Synopsis:   A war awaits her arrival, a warrant for her arrest. She must rise as a princess. And Darkness shall fall. But will their love survive this battle? For Tristan and Sarajane? Sarajane was taken from the mortal world, the only world she had ever known, and thrust into this new and strange world, when her mother was kidnapped. Learning she was from a different dimension and that her father was someone else was shocking to say the least, but now she is told she will be the one to save them all? Faced with gifts unlike anyone else before her, Sarajane is special, not only the saviour of the people, but a princess too. She must train not only to use her powers but to hone her diplomatic skills as befits a princess of the people. As things spiral out of control and wars break out, Sarajane doesn't know who to trust anymore. If it weren't for her beautiful and sexy warrior Tristan by her side, she is sure she would have run home to the mortal world by now. But amazingly, as more time goes by and more battles are fought, the more this world begins to feel like home. Step back into Saskia.
Note: The paperback edition is 
out of print.

Kindle Edition


    I put my head down against the rain  and hoped they would let me pass.  No need to panic yet, I told myself.  As I stepped closer, Saul drew closer, his fists hanging at his side.  Rain had soaked the men, but they didn't seem to notice or care.  I stopped a few feet away and looked up as they moved around me.  
    "Are you lost, lass?" Saul asked.  He didn't look as if he had drunk anything.  "Give us all your money and you can be on your way.
    I didn't have anything on me and told them as much.  Saul removed a small dagger.  "You don't want me to mess up that pretty face, so do as I say."
    The others had created a full circle around me, barricading me against escape.  Their breaths filled my breathing space; alcohol hit me like a slap on the face....along with the knowledge that drunk men were dangerous men.
    "I said give me your money now!"  Saul warned me one last time.
    I looked around, trying to see if I could see anyone, but their large forms blocked my view.  I tried to relax my racing heart and felt for my dagger.  I had to keep it together.
    "I'm afraid I have nothing to offer you, except...."  My stomach turned as I mimicked Dea's actions, running my hand aimlessly along his chest, but that's as far as I went.
    Saul laughed.
    "You don't interest me."  His face turned into a snarl as he grabbed my waist, bringing his knife closer.
    I was out of options.  I slid my knife with my free hand out of my waist band.  A large hand grabbed my other wrist.

    I turned to the man behind me.  He squeezed my wrist until I dropped the knife.
    "Not so fast," he said.  The sky lit up with lightning and a rumble ripped through the night.  I felt it vibrate deep within me.  I wasn't sure how to use my so-called powers, but there was no time like the present. I looked at Saul and raised my hands slowly.  I let the fear of the situation become alive on my face.
    "Okay, I'll give you everything I have," I said.
    He gave me a toothy smile and turned to his comrades, as if to say that's how it's done.
    "Good choice," Saul said, still smiling.
    I felt the storm build up inside me, as well as around us.  The rumble of the thunder sounded overhead, giving a deafening crash.  The men jumped as the lightning flashed across the sky.  The storm was growing angry now.
    Saul lifted his knife again to my throat.  "Hurry up!" he shouted as the storm was working up.  The tip of his blade cut me, releasing red droplets of blood.  I willed the lightning to strike, and it did, three feet away, causing the men to fall with the impact.  Two of them ran for their lives, but when Saul looked up at me from the ground, his eyes held suspicion.  So much for going under the radar.
    But he wasn't done.  He rose and made a leap for me, grabbing me around the throat.  I stamped on his toe hard.  He yelled but didn't loosen his grip, causing my cut to burn now.  I got my hands above his, reached for his eyes and pushed them in with my fingers.  He screamed and let go as lightning struck beside him, blasting him off his feet.
    He stood, shaking his head, as if to make sense of what was happening.  The next fork of lightning struck his friend, whose screams were covered by the loud rumbles of thunder and the crack of lightning.
    The smell of cooked flesh filled the night air.  The man lay on the ground, convulsing.  Saul raced toward me and hit me with as much force as possible, into the face, knocking me to the ground.
    I could feel the gush of blood from my nose, and my head swam from the impact.  I felt the storm leaving, moving on, as I lost contact with it.  My dagger lay only a foot away.  I started to crawl even against the dizziness I was now faced with.
    "Running away, are we?  Had your fun?" Saul said.
    I looked back as he made his way toward me, rain pouring down on top of him.  He hadn't seen my knife; he thought I was trying to crawl away.  When I reached the knife, I laid my body on top of it.  Saul's heavy foot came down on my back, pushing my face into the soaked ground.  He lifted it and grabbed me by the hair, making me look at him.  My hand felt for the knife and I tightened my fingers firmly around it.
    Saul's hand tightened around his own knife, and he brought it to my face.
    "I'll mess up that pretty face of yours," he said as he still held me up by my hair.
    I knew I had to act.  I drove the knife into his foot that stood firmly beside me.  He screamed, and there were no rumbles of thunder to cover his cries.
    My head lolled back as his grip faltered.
    A figure moved toward us swiftly and quietly, face covered by a hood, but I could tell it was Tristan.  I would know his movements and build anywhere.  He silenced Saul by snapping his neck.  Saul's body fell to the ground.  Tristan removed my dagger from his foot and helped me stand, wrapping an arm around my waist.  I felt disoriented from the punch Saul had given me; warm blood made a trail from my nose down to my chin and dripped like a tap onto my rain-soaked clothes. 


Aoife Marie Sheridan

About the Author

Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with Mills and Boon’s books, given to her by her grandmother.  Her love for romances grew; by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife also has a passion for writing poetry; she won first place for two of her poems, and had them published at the young age of nineteen.  Realising she needed to get a real job, she studied Accountancy and worked in that field for many year, until her passion for reading returned, and she found Maria V. Snyder.  Poison Study is one of her favourite books, and has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife’s first book, Eden Fores (Part One of the Saskia Trilogy), came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse, jumping through a wall of fire.  The idea of Saskia was born.  Now, with her first novel published and taking first place in Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy, and is currently working on her third book for The Saskia Trilogy, amongst other new works.


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