Cover Reveal: Vultures Hardcover

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I have a special surprise for you today! Recently Luke Tarzian, author of the Shadow Twins series asked me and a handful of other bloggers if we’d be interested in helping him with a special post. I readily agreed, and today I bring a special cover reveal for a new hardcover edition of Luke’s dark fantasy debut novel…

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A Fortune’s Fool & Smuggler’s Fortune Cover Reveal!

I have a surprise for everyone today! 

Last year I had the honor of hosting the cover reveal for Angela Boord’s renaissance inspired fantasy epic Fortune’s Fool, which went on to place second in the 2019 Self Published Fantasy Blog Off (#SPFBO). This year Fantasy Book Critic hosted the cover reveal for Boord’s prequel novella in the Eterean Empire series, Smuggler’s Fortune. Both books feature stunning cover art by John Anthony di Giovanni and a cover design by Shawn T. King.

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Cover Reveal: Shadow Debt


I have something special for you today!

As many of you know I love to read self-published fantasy, and my gateway book for self-published fantasy was Gedlund: A Tale of The Verin Empireby William Ray. Gedlund was followed up by The Great Restoration and featured one of the characters from the original story. Now Ray has completed book three in the Tales of The Verin Empire series and today thanks to Ray and the fabulous team at Story Tellers On Tour, I get to share the cover reveal for Shadow Debt with you!


“Glynn Sorley is sheriff of Keat’s Field, a tiny settlement in an otherwise lawless frontier. With the discovery of diamonds, her town is flooded with fortune-hunters looking to strike it rich. It’s also a target for competing colonial powers, savage goblin tribes, and outlaws.

A rustler on the run from the law stumbles across his father’s mysterious legacy – a weapon of immense magical power. He uses it to ravage across the territory as the notorious outlaw Gentleman Jim.

But the weapon’s power comes at a terrible cost, and Keat’s Field may just have to pay the price…

This third Tale of the Verin Empire returns us to the world of Gedlund and The Great Restoration. It explores a frontier trapped between competing nations, where goblins reign and a lone sheriff fights to keep the peace.

Drawing inspiration from L’Amour’s  Comstock Lode, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and our own late 19th century, Shadow Debt continues William Ray’s bold, critically acclaimed reinvention of classic fantasy in a world of memorable characters and unique perspectives.”


Book Information

Shadow Debt by William Ray
Series: Tales of the Verin Empire (#3)
Release Date: September 20, 2020
Coming to Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Cover art and design: Ramona Marc: (
Interior chapter illustrations: Tom Parker: (


Author Info


William Ray is the author of the Tales of the Verin Empire; including Gedlund (named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016), The Great Restoration and the forthcoming Shadow Debt.

Originally from North Carolina, he currently lives in Reston, VA with his wife and dogs. A graduate of Ithaca College, and Wake Forest’s School of Law, he has worked in television, retail, patent prosecution, trademark law and other irrelevant nonsense. To paraphrase Lloyd Alexander, however, if being a life-long lover of fantasy literature qualifies one to write it, then he is well qualified indeed.


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Cover Reveal: Fortune’s Fool

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Today I have the honor of hosting the cover reveal for Fortune’s Fool, the debut novel by independently published author Angela Boord. Fortune’s Fool is a Renaissance inspired, epic, historical, black powder, and romance fantasy. It’s the first book of the Eterean Empire series and releases June 25, 2019 on Kindle and later in paperback.

About The Book

A secret affair. A disfiguring punishment. A burning need for revenge.

Kyrra d’Aliente has a bad reputation and an arm made of metal.

Cast out of the safe and luxurious world of silk to which she was born, played as a pawn in a game of feuding Houses, Kyrra navigates a dangerous world of mercenaries, spies, and smugglers while disguising herself as a man.

War destroyed her family and the man she loved. Vengeance is within her grasp.

But is she willing to pay its price?


Cover Art: John Anthony Di Giovanni; Cover Design: Shawn T. King

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