Wednesday 4 March 2020

Death Unleashed by Steve McHugh BLOG TOUR @StevejMchugh #RandomThingsTours #MyLifeInBooks #DeathUnleashed

A deadly venom. A looming rebellion. A vicious siege. And the clock is ticking.
For sorcerer Nate Garrett, the stakes have risen. If Asgard falls, he may lose much more than his home—he may lose the thing dearest to him. To stand a fighting chance against Avalon, he must be ready to go to war. But when his best friend and father are poisoned, Nate must race against the clock in a desperate quest to find a cure.
Layla Cassidy is tasked with gaining the aid of the Valkyrie in Valhalla, but once there, she finds herself involved in another rebellion and must pick a side.
Meanwhile, Mordred finds himself on a hunt for Excalibur, a weapon of incredible power that would aid the rebellion in their fight against Arthur and his allies. But to retrieve it, Mordred must face uncomfortable truths about himself.
War looms over the rebellion, and the battle for Asgard is at hand. Time is running out as Avalon’s forces threaten total destruction. But Nate can’t be in two places at once. Can he find the cure, and can he, Layla, and Mordred save the realms before it’s too late?

Death Unleashed by Steve McHugh was published in paperback on 27 February 2020 by 47North and is part of The Rebellion Chronicles.

As part of the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour today, I'm delighted to welcome the author to my blog. He's talking about 'My Life In Books'

My Life in Books - Steve McHugh

Every author has a collection of books that mean something to them. This can be because they inspired them to become an author, or for a host of other, more personal, reasons. Here are 12 books that are important to me, and a little bit about why.

I could lump all three of these together because each of them opened me to a new genre, a new type of writing, and characters that endure even after all these years, but the actual reason they’re on the list is a bit more personal.

When I was 13, my teacher told me to go to the school library and find a few books to read for my English assessment. I picked Legend and Men at Arms. That night I went to the library and picked up It. Those three books were at least part of what made me want to be an author.

Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld were one of the first urban fantasy books I read back in the early 2000s. And it was just a series that I loved reading. On a more personal note, I joined Kelley’s online writing group in 2004 and that was when I started to get serious about becoming an author. It was a group that I credit with helping me get to where I am today.

One of my favourite stories ever, and probably the greatest anime ever. The manga is a phenomenal read too, but either way, it’s a story that has so many parts that stick with you for a long time. Also, the Elric brothers are two of my favourite characters in anything, ever.

Greg got me reading Batman. It’s that simple. I never thought that someone would take Batman and essentially turn it into an almost noir crime story. It’s my favourite run on the character.

I’ve read a lot of historical fiction over the years, but Azincourt is the one that made me want to write about the time period (and I did in Crimes Against Magic). It’s a phenomenal book.

I could populate this list with pretty much just Terry books to be honest. Good Omens is just a book that I read as a teenager and just loved it to bits. It’s one of my favourite books ever, and still makes me smile and laugh even after having read it so many times.

I love a good post-apocalyptic story, and this is one of the best. Mostly though it’s just the characters that stay with you. And it’s so hopeful, that you come away feeling good about the end of the world.

Jack Reacher is one of my favourite characters in Literature. And the Killing Floor was where the series started. I’ve gotten so much fun out of reading these books.

I know this is a bit of a cheat, but I couldn’t pick. Gail is one of my favourite comic book writers, and has been for years. Secret Six is one of the funniest series I’ve ever read, with wonderful characters I adore reading about, but Birds of Prey is phenomenal. Oracle is one of the greatest characters ever in the DC universe, and Gail writes her wonderfully. They’re series I never missed an issue of, and I remember them with a lot of fondness.

So, that’s it. 12 books from a wide variety of styles, genres, and even medium, and I could have picked 12 more without any problems, but then I’d have been here all week and this would be hundreds of pages long.

Every writer here is worth your time to read, and if you’ve never heard of any of them, or you think it might not be for you, give them a chance, they might surprise you.

Steve McHugh - March 2020 

Steve's been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up 'One boy and his frog' was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.

It wasn't for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel, the result of which is Crimes Against Magic.

He was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.
Twitter @StevejMchugh

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