Mercenaries, Magic, and Giveaways

It’s been an announcement long since coming and delayed only in the effort to present an amazing story to you guys. For the last two years, I’ve been working on a set of stories I first titled The Unquiet Dead, which has since received a facelift and a title change while the series of tales have evolved. Today, it brings me great pleasure to announce…

flamy symbolDeathspell is upon us!

On April 15th, the book will be released on Amazon, for you lovely people with Kindles. (Don’t worry Nook, Kobo, and iTunes lovers, it’ll be available in all formats sometime this summer.) If you don’t want to wait until release day, then don’t worry. You can pre-order the book right now through the power of the internet.

Click here to pre-order Deathspell.

I have been looking forward to sharing this series with you guys and now that I can, I’m asking for your help. And I promise there’s incentives for you all in doing so. Pre-order the book! Prepare your rave reviews! And get your social media sharing fingers ready, because here’s the request first, and then here’s the carrot.

Please Support the Thunderclap Campaign

We have a campaign going to get people to tweet, Facebook post, and Tumblr post about Deathspell. Plus, if you sign up to help us, it counts as five entries into a giveaway we’re running. (“Giveaway?” you ask, leaning forward in your seat a bit. Giveaway, indeed. Read on for more details.)

By doing this, you help spread the message far and wide to people, and believe me when I say I have high hopes for doing so. You are the amazing people who helped me become a Bestselling Author and the best fans an author could ever have.

There Are Other Ways to Help!

Even if you do support Thunderclap, then you can still help expand our reach. Have a blog or a website where you do author features? At the end of this post is a story excerpt and a book synopsis for you to post. And this, too, will count for entries to our giveaway. (Above are the book links and cover image for your use as well.)

Don’t have a website or aren’t keen on social media? You can review one of the Flynn books for entries as well.

Now, what are we giving away to you fine individuals?

The Rafflecopter!

Here are the prizes and all of the different ways you can enter the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s one week of madness left, so visit back daily. The winner will be announced on this blog post and on my Facebook page. And if you’re helping us out on your blog, then here’s some more useful information for you.

Thank you one and all for your support!

Deathspell Synopsis

DEATHSPELL will be the first book in a brand-new series written by USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes.

A boy orphaned by violence grows up in the shadow of his father’s murder. His older brother offers him a home, but the life of a farmer is a poor fit for Christian Richardson.

Set in England in the 1400s, the Wars of the Roses litters the country with plenty of jobs for a young mercenary trained in how to wield a sword. Christian grows out of his youth and becomes a capable fighter, one who inherited his father’s blade. As a member of the Brotherhood of the Black Rose, he puts coins in his pockets and food in his stomach, but every day he searches for the sigil of the men who took his father’s life.

Finally, after years skirting the edges of a group called the Luminaries, he’ll make a discovery that will put him in reach of his goal. Vengeance.

The sword was not the only possession his father had given to him, though, and unbeknownst to Christian, the Luminaries have been hunting for Richard’s son – the boy who escaped from them nearly a decade ago – just as he has been scouring for signs of them.

An almost successful attempt on his life reveals hidden gifts, and even more secrets that his father had taken to the grave. As Christian reaches the threshold of claiming revenge, he faces the realization that retribution might come at a high price. Will he listen to the pleas of his loved ones, cautioning him away from danger? Or will his pursuit for justice take him down a path from where he can never return?

Deathspell Excerpt

“I can teach you how to use that sword of yours for money. Real money, not these coins people throw at you for show,” he said. When I failed to attend to the plate of food again, he arched a brow back at me, mirroring my expression. “You ever kill a man, lad?”

“No, I can’t say that I have.”

“The thought bother you?”

This time, I couldn’t conceal the reaction his question inspired. My eyes shifted to the far wall, then down to the table, a deep breath filling my lungs before being exhaled. Whatever Roland read of it, I neither knew, nor cared, but in the moments which followed, I saw the demons I used to entertain while working Jeffrey’s farm; the ones who lured me away when I couldn’t ward them off any longer. At the very least, I held them at a distance in using the blade, even for show. Each time I held a sickle or polished my father’s sword while under my brother’s roof, however, I wanted nothing more than to cut into the man who had taken Richard Hardi away from me.

Slowly, my gaze lifted, a look in my eyes even I could feel without seeing it for myself. Roland sobered and I shook my head. “No, sir,” I said. “The thought of killing people doesn’t bother me at all.”

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About Connor

Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. While Peter Dawes is also the name of the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, Connor assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.

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