Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Tour/Giveaway!! The Amber Elixir, by Ariella Moon

Welcome to the Blog Tour for
The Amber Elixir, sponsored by
XPresso Book Tours!!

For my stop, I'm featuring a mini-review plus excerpt!
There's also a tour-wide giveaway!!

The Amber Elixir
(A Two Realms Novella, Volume 1)
Ariella Moon
Trade Paperback, 204 pages
Star Tribe Publishing
September 17, 2017
Digital Edition, 145 pages
Star Tribe Publishing
October 3, 2017
Arthurian Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, 
Paranormal Fiction

About the Book

Viviane, the new Lady of the Lake and High Priestess of Avalon, accepts a challenge from Merlin unaware her bold actions will have tragic consequences. Two of her priestesses are turned to stone. A forbidden love deserts her. Now alone, she has six young handmaidens to train and protect.

When Morgan le Fay demands assistance with a spell that could change the balance of power in the Two Realms, Viviane refuses her. But what if Morgan’s secret knowledge could restore the stone priestesses? Will an alliance prompt Viviane’s love to return? Or will the gamble cost her all she holds dear? 


This mini-review is of the excerpt below, and not of the entire book. I only do this kind of thing 
when I come across a book I REALLY want to read,
and that's DEFINITELY the case here!!

When I saw this book on the XPresso Book Tours site, I signed up RIGHT AWAY!! I ADORE the original tales of King Arthur, so ANY Arthurian retelling will ALWAYS make me sit up and take notice! This one sure sounds fascinating, too!
I love how the two characters in the excerpt below are presented. Their dialogue lets the reader know that all is not exactly well in Avalon, and the Lady of the Lake has had to deal with Merlin, who turns out to have been her teacher in the ways of spellcraft. Interestingly, they have been at odds with each other, and he has taken drastic measures to ensure Viviane never forgets who is the master....
These fascinating glimpses into the fabled world of King Arthur and Merlin make me eager to read more! And I am absolutely planning to do so!!

Book Excerpt

Glynis, a priestess of Avalon, Viviane’s handmaiden and more, shook her head. “All this because you stole Merlin’s spell book.”

“Merlin challenged me to steal the tome, remember? I bested him, and he retaliated by imprisoning me in ice!”

Glynis’s knuckles whitened as she tightened her grip on the cloth bundle she carried. “Challenged? We are no longer nine years old, nor Merlin eleven. He is King Arthur’s Mage now, and you are the Lady of the Lake. The time for childish games has long passed.”


“Merlin encased you in ice! You could have died.” Hurt and fury tinged Glynis’s words. “For all I knew, you had died.”

“Had I not cast a spell forward in time, and brought back the one person who could free me—”

“Lady Fenella paid a high price for helping you. We all did.”

“Glynis, I—” She stepped towards Glynis, but the priestess backed away, rocking the barge. Rebuffed, Viviane breathed in the cold acrid air then rubbed her arms inside her heavy cloak. In a softened voice she said, “My remorse knows no bounds.”

“You appear unharmed.” Glynis brushed back an errant lock of her pale blond hair. “Merlin’s spell must have protected you from the cold.”

“He cast it so I would suffer…just enough to remind me he is the master, and I, the apprentice.” The memory of Merlin’s cruel punishment—his betrayal—still shivered her core.

Glynis shook her head. “After three years of formal apprenticeship—”

“Each dark moon.”

“It has come to this. Why did Merlin imprison you here? Surely he knew your sanctuary would be ruined.”

“Spite. Revenge. Jealousy.” She frowned at the water’s unnatural green bloom.

“Mayhap.” Glynis’s eyebrows pinched together.

“’Tis the only explanation.” Viviane fumed.

“Merlin is impulsive, but he acts with purpose.” Glynis adjusted the sack. “Mayhap he wondered why you needed a sanctuary on another isle. Was Avalon not enough? Were your priestesses such disappointments, that even Avalon’s lake provided inadequate escape?”

Viviane stepped closer. “You never disappointed me.”

Glynis averted her gaze.

“No lessons, no rituals fully prepared me for becoming Lady of the Lake. I came to the sanctuary to remember my roots.” She frowned as she spied a scorched stump, the sad remains of an ancient pine she used to sit beneath. Viviane’s voice fell to a husky whisper. “I clung to the part of me that is still human.”

“But your one true desire had been to become a goddess—the Lady of the Lake.”

Viviane uttered a harsh laugh. “As usual, I had not fully thought through the consequences—such as outliving the people I love.”

Purchase Links
Print & Digital Editions
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Digital Edition Only
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About the Author

Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult Fiction. Her Two Realms Trilogy is a medieval fantasy adventure series. The Teen Wytche Saga is a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances.

Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students that mistook her for a leaning post marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.


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  1. I really like the cover! Sounds like a good read!

    1. Hi, Janet!

      I do, too!! And I KNOW I'm going to enjoy reading this!

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)

    2. So glad you liked the cover, Janet! Amanda Matthews at AM Design Studios designs all the covers for my Two Realms and Teen Wytche Saga books. I love her work!

  2. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

    1. Hi, Giselle!

      You're very welcome! And thanks to YOU for putting this book on tour!! I LOVE Arthurian retellings!!

      Thanks as well for the comment!! <3 :)

  3. The excerpt was beautiful. I could imagine that outliving your loved ones would be awful. You want to live forever but at the same time you don't want to be alone.

    1. So glad you liked the excerpt, Samantha! You perfectly captured Viviane's dilemma.

    2. Hi, Samantha!

      Yes, I LOVED the excerpt, too! :)

      Outliving your loved ones is also a dilemma for those who are turned into vampires, in paranormal fiction. it would indeed be a very difficult thing to deal with, if it were to really happen!

      Thanks for the great comment!! <3 :)

  4. Hahaha so first of all before I read what the book was about I was thinking how it looked like something from the tv show Merlin. But now I'm obviously super intrigued by this book. I'm obsessed with anything Arthurian related. <3

    1. Hi Stephanie and Maria!
      I'm so glad to have found others who love Arthurian retellings as much as I do! My editor adored the Merlin television series, so after The Beltane Escape was published, she kept telling me, "More magic! More Merlin! More Morgan and Viviane!" More magic and Arthurian tales to come, I promise!

    2. Hi, Stephanie!

      Oh, I didin't know there was a TV show with that name! I wish I could watch it....:( The problem is that I work at night, so I don't watch much TV..... Maybe in the future I'll be able to catch the reruns!

      I'm obsessed with Arthurian fiction, too!! And I can't wait to read "The Amber Elixir"!!

      Thanks for the great comment!! <3 :)

    3. Hi, Ariella!

      I'm SO glad to hear that you have MORE Arthurian tales coming!!! YAAAAAY!!!! Yes, I LOVE Arthrian fiction TO THE MAX!! I wish I could watch that TV show, but, as I told Stephanie, my job prevents me from doing so......:(

      I thought that your characterizations of Glynis and Viviane were spot on, and I REALLY want to read this book!! And I will DEFINITELY order the paperback edition, as I MUCH prefer printed books!! :) :)

      Thanks so much for commenting!! Sorry for the late reply.....:( I've been a little busy, and am now trying to catch up with all of my replies and comments back. HUGS!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  5. I can't wait to read The Amber Elixir. Thank you

    1. Hi, Linda!

      I can't wait, either!! :)

      You're very welcome for the giveaway! It's the tour company that's holding it, though.

      Thanks for commenting! <3 :)


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