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The Spear Alight by Judith Sterling is a Fall Into These Great Reads pick #yalit #paranormalfantasy



Title: The Spear Alight


Author: Judith Sterling


Genre: YA paranormal fantasy


Book Blurb:


Ashling Donoghue has almost lost hope of finding her missing parents. As her faith wanes, her love for two men waxes, rending her heart and causing friction in the Breasal household. The time has come to make a choice, to create a future untarnished by doubt. But how can she embrace the light when lured by the soft seduction of shadow?


At last, her brother Conall channels the Spear of Illumination. He's a natural shapeshifter, and he sees through illusions in both the material world and the Otherworld…not a moment too soon. An ancient evil has surfaced, and it threatens all worlds.


Only the Donoghues can save Ireland. They must face their greatest fears and act as one to fulfill their destinies as guardians of Erin.


Excerpt:


All aspiration toward sleep left me. I needed company. Now.


Lorcan.


Bad idea. Far worse than waking up my sister. But he wouldn’t judge. In fact, he’d probably be glad to see me. Me, Ashling Donoghue, pariah and maven of mistakes. I’d made a million of them. What was one more?


I imagined the interior of Lorcan’s tent at Dun Aengus on Inishmore. Then I flexed my will and was there, surrounded by rich colors, sumptuous fabrics, and perforated hanging lanterns. The intricately patterned Persian carpet felt soft and soothing to my bare feet.


Was he in bed? There was one safe way to find out. “Lorcan? Are you here?”


“Ashling?” His silken voice, warm and rousing, flowed from the bedroom and washed over me.


“Yes. It’s me.”


A heartbeat later, he appeared between the drawn, red curtains that separated his bed from the main section of the tent. He wore a black velvet dressing gown and an expression of mingled surprise and pleasure. With relaxed strides, he closed the gap between us. “You’re the last person I expected to see tonight.” His heated gaze roamed over me.


Too late, I realized I was wearing a thin, white night shirt that refused to cover anything below my upper thighs. I grabbed the hem on both sides and pulled downward…in vain. “I never planned to come.”


“Why did you?” His shoulder-length black hair looked as luxurious as his robe. I stifled the urge to touch both.


“I needed a friend.”


“Haven’t we traveled beyond the bounds of friendship?”


My stomach trembled at the memory of our passionate kiss. Stop it! I huffed. “That never should’ve happened.”


“But it did, because it had to.” His ice blue eyes held my gaze. “You belong to me. We belong to each other.”


“Aengus would disagree.”


“If he were here, but he isn’t.” He reached for my left hand and turned it over. Gently, he caressed my palm with the pad of his thumb.


“You have an answer for everything, don’t you?” My palm tingled.


You are the answer. Nothing and no one else.”


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What’s your favorite thing about autumn:


It’s my favorite season, and I love everything about it. That makes it hard to pick a favorite thing. But if I have to choose, I’ll say HALLOWEEN!!!


What inspired you to write this story:


This is the fourth and final book in my Guardians of Erin series, and I had to write it because I plotted out the entire series before I ever started writing the first book. What inspired the whole series was my deep, everlasting love for both Ireland and the paranormal.


Giveaway –


One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon US or Canada gift card



Open internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon CA account to win.


Runs September 1 – 30


Drawing will be held on October 3.



Author Biography:


Judith Sterling is an award-winning author whose love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Whether penning medieval romance (The Novels of Ravenwood) or young adult paranormal fantasy (the Guardians of Erin series), her favorite themes include true love, destiny, time travel, healing, redemption, and finding the hidden magic which exists all around us. She loves to share that magic with readers and whisk them far away from their troubles, particularly to locations in the British Isles.


Her nonfiction books, written under Judith Marshall, have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.


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9 Comments


andreadrake1
andreadrake1
Sep 23, 2022

I love the weather the fresh breeze and halloween!

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Unknown member
Sep 07, 2022

I like the cooler weather. The book sounds great

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Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Sep 07, 2022
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Thank you! I love the cooler weather too.

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Jan Sikes
Jan Sikes
Sep 06, 2022

Congratulations to Judith!!

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Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Sep 07, 2022
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Thanks so much, Jan!

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N. N. Light
N. N. Light
Sep 06, 2022

Thank you, Judith, for sharing your book in our Fall Into These Great Reads!

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Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Sep 06, 2022
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Thank YOU! It's always a pleasure to be here. Happy (early) fall!

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kathrynhills.author
kathrynhills.author
Sep 06, 2022

You can't go wrong with a Judith Sterling book, especially in autumn! :D

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Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Sep 06, 2022
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Aww...thanks so much, Kathy. Our favorite season is almost here!!!

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