Monday, February 20, 2017

•٠•● (o,..,o) ●•٠• Review & Giveaway For By Virtue Fall (A Song of the Shadowdance 1) By Mark Wooden •٠•● (o,..,o) ●•٠•

By Virtue Fall 

(A Song of the Shadowdance 1)

 By Mark Wooden

 236 pages Published March 8th 2014

By Writer Greek Press

"Spare her life," Adriana begged, "and I shall do all you ask!"

"Really?" Cytheria said with a malevolent smile. 
"You don't know what I'll ask. Or what it will cost."

Vampire assassin Adriana Dupré travels from 
modern-day Los Angeles to Berlin, battling warrior
 sorcerers and a pack of vengeful werewolves for 
possession of two ancient shards.

With the shards, she can complete a deal with a sorcerer
 who will give her the information allowing her revenge 
against the vampire Cytheria who murdered her family 
and corrupted her baby sister.

But is revenge worth giving the sorcerer the power to 
enslave the world? And can she avoid becoming 
embroiled in the secret war between supernatural 
creatures - the Shadowdance?

The "Shadowdance" saga fills the void for fans of 
"Underworld" or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." 
Be the first to tell your friends about it!

Okay first. This is not a Romance story. There is a lot of 
violence in this book. But it is well thought-out is he wonderful
 story-lines. It is told multiple points of view.

The main story follows a young woman Adriana who is turned into 

a vampire during the age of Mozart. She literally knew him; she 
was a sweet young woman. That is till she is taken by The 
Daughters of Lilith, and trained to be an assassin. But she is so 
tired of the leader lying to her. And she turns against them and 
sets on a quest to get her revenge.  Unfortunately for her there are
 so many people after her. Even the good guys were after her 
(The knights of Vyntari). But she needs to quit throwing a tantrum
 and talk to the knights. They may be help to her. If she can see
 beyond her rage.

Now before I ruin this for you I will leave off here. I hope 
you enjoy this book as much as I did. If you do like this 
book, please consider leaving a review. The Authors really like 
it when you do; they value your opinions too.

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Strathan snapped his fingers, sparking a magical flame. Adriana’s expression of irritation faded to something more docile. “Better,” he said.
Heading back toward the locker, Strathan shook out his flaming thumb. Despite the apparent taunt, Adriana maintained a predatory watch over the sorcerer.
“Golem’s aren’t big on independent thought,” Strathan began. “The Order could take him out and steal the package. If they did, they’d feel all-powerful and try to tame me.”
Strathan turned to Adriana, using his index finger to accentuate his next words. “That’s just not gonna feckin’ happen.”
“What is so special about this package?”
“See for yourself.”
The sorcerer opened the locker, grabbed something from within and threw it to Adriana. She caught a chain. Swinging from it was a round, bronze amulet with a blood red jewel embedded in its center. Adriana stared at the necklace, then at Strathan. “You want me to go to Berlin to retrieve jewelry?”
Strathan shook his head. “You give them eyes, yet they cannot see,” he said to no one in particular. He then walked toward Adriana.
“What you hold in your hand is one of the fabled Vyntari shards. Rare as rocking-horse shit and what this whole Shadowdance is about. Initiates make Uninitiated minions start wars between nations over the sodding things.”
The information failed to impress Adriana. The sorcerer threw up his hands.
“Oh, what the hell do you care, huh? Go to Berlin, get the other fecking shard and bring it back to me. There’s a third one down in Africa somewhere. Get that too. Then, if you’re nice, I’ll still tell you what happened to yer sister. That fecking simple.”
The two now stood in front of one another. Adriana did not trust Strathan, but she could not let the opportunity to learn anything about her sister, who she had not seen for over a decade, slip away.
“The Knights of Vyntari will attempt to stop me,” Adriana pointed out.
“What? You gettin’ all rabbit on me, Dupré?” Strathan teased. He raised a finger to stroke Adriana’s jaw line. It never reached its mark.
Adriana caught the finger in her hand and twisted it just enough to elicit a gnashing of teeth from Strathan. She threw his hand away.
The sorcerer frowned as he looked down at the shorter woman. “My acolytes are a day or two away from pinpointing the exact location of the Berlin shard. I’m really in no rush, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare for both your theft of the shard and the Knights’ retaliation.”
Putting on his best game face, Strathan made a final pitch. “Seriously, Dupré. Two in and out jobs. You get to kill some people. And, as a bonus, you find out about little sis. Think of it as an early Christmas present from me” he gestured between them “to you.”
Adriana heard Strathan speak, but her mind focused on the many ways she would bring pain to the man should he not fulfill his end of the deal.

“A Reason to Live” – short story available exclusively at Smashwords
“By Virtue Fall”

“For Her Sins”

Working up a few more short stories chronicling the missing 
six months within the second “Shadowdance” novel, “For Her
 Sins.” Also, I’m writing a fan fiction team-up of Iron Man and 
Batman, with guest stars Batgirl and Black Widow. That will 
post to the “Shadowdance” saga website.
The third “Shadowdance” novel, “Illusion of Love” 
will drop later this year.



•٠•● (o,..,o) ●•٠•  Mark Wooden •٠•● (o,..,o) ●•٠•

The son of a sharecropper (not really), Mark Wooden has actively 
pursued the dream of being a Creative since his epic kindergarten 
work, "Ne-Ne the Vampire Panda.”

He draws inspiration from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Blade," 
decades of "Batman" and "X-Men" comic books and conspiracy 
epics "24" and "The X-Files." He'd be remiss if he didn't mention 
a certain Frank Miller-created assassin named Elektra.

Mark mines his two decades of experiences as a video director in live
 entertainment (concerts and corporate events) to instill humanity into
 the vampires, demons, werewolves, sorcerers and other creatures of 
his “Shadowdance” urban fantasy saga novels.

Catch author Mark Wooden’s pop culture musings on Facebook, his
 Thinking Out Loud blog and Twitter (@Shadowdancesaga).

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