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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

06 Xpresso Book Tours blitz/giveaway: Bleizgeist by Hazel Butler

by Hazel Butler
published by: Astrid Press

publication date: December 15th 2015
genres: Epic, Fantasy
Ingary is a harsh land. Cursed by a perpetual winter, the isolated little town has all but forget why they worship the wolf.
Marked by magic she cannot control, Marishka is an outcast. Alone and starving she is plagued by geiste, the unconscious minds of the people of Ingary, roaming the wilderness as they sleep. Attracted to the gramarye in Marishka’s blood, the geiste give her no rest. Losing herself to madness, she is saved when she chances to fall in love. But when her affair is discovered, all hope is taken from her.
Beaten and lovelorn, she resigns herself to death.
And then the wolf walks through her door, and Marishka recalls the meaning of Bleizgeist—the spirit of the wolf.

The unwelcome knowledge of all that passed between them poured into my mind as clearly as if he had spoken the words. Sighing, I tried to push it aside and enjoy the company of one of the few in town who had ever shown me genuine kindness.
"Are you well, child?"
"Quite well, Kasch, although the year has been long and harder than usual." I dropped my gaze as guilt washed through him at the realisation he had abandoned me, not only to my grief for my parents—a grief he shared—but also the hardship of being a woman alone, suddenly bereft of her income. Which reminded him of the real reason he had wanted to talk to me, and suddenly I was tense.
"You won't know if you have not been to town for a spell, but we have been having trouble with wolves coming down from the forest."
"Wolves?" An image flashed through my mind of several of Kasch's flock, slaughtered and bloody, the meat torn from their bones by powerful teeth. I shuddered, not due to revulsion at the sight but because it was something with which I was far too familiar.
"A pack of them by the number of sheep taken. I have lost a dozen of my flock in the last half-month alone."
"I am sorry to hear that, but are you certain it was wolves?"
Kasch nodded eagerly. Despite the loss of his flock, the presence of a wolf pack in the forest was an exceedingly good omen. Of course it created a problem, for few could properly manage the gramarye that ran with a wolf, let alone a pack. Shepherds they might be, but they knew little of guarding a flock. They knew only how to move them from one field to another, and feed them, and shear them, and spin their endless wool. The latter they did exceptionally well. They were also adept at breeding sheep, and the bloodlines in these parts were as fiercely protected and as finely honed as a thoroughbred horse might be in the cities. We had no use for horses out here, we had only sheep. The shepherds knew everything and then some about them.
Except, of course, how to keep a wolf at bay.
For that they needed someone of the blood. Someone with knowledge of the pack.
Someone like me.
And it was so many years since wolves ran freely that the magic that would keep their flocks safe was the very same power that had come to be so taboo.
Kasch shuffled uncomfortably, and I had to brace myself against the onslaught of his indecision.

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Hazel Butler
Hazel is an author, artist and archaeologist from Cheshire, England. She is the founder and owner of The Bookshine Bandit, a business dedicated to helping authors, writers, bloggers, and those looking to self-publish achieve their dreams and maximise their writing potential. 

Since 2010 she has been working on a series of Gothic Literary novels, the first of which, Chasing Azrael, was released in April 2014. The Deathly Insanity series is a set of Urban Fantasy novels with overlapping character and plot-lines. Hazel’s other published works include ‘Grave’, a short Dark Fantasy story, and an additional short story and novella published under a pen name.

While her primary interests are in Gothic and Fantasy art and fiction, Hazel reads a wide range of subjects and enjoys most forms of art. In addition to this, she runs The Bipolar Bear, a blog on bipolar disorder, and loves dogs. Her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Dexter (yes, after the serial killer), is her near-constant companion.

Hazel is currently in the final year of her PhD, which focuses on Gender Dynamics in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Britain. She studied at The University of Manchester for her Undergraduate degree, then Bangor University for her MA and PhD, spending the two years between her MA and PhD doing corporate archaeology and research excavations, both in Britain and in Austria. She has two papers published in international journals.

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5 paperback copies of Bleizgeist + Fine Art Giclee print of the Cover Art
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