Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blog Tour: All's Fair in Vanities War + Giveaway

Interviews, reviews and a little of everything in between - including a ton of bookmark giveaways, e-book giveaways, and the opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
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At this stop on the Tour we are listing the Top 10 Magical Items List

Top ten magical items in ALL’S FAIR IN VANITIES WAR
1.       Fireball. Locke uses a fireball to kill the basilisk in the opening scene. A fireball is Locke’s weapon of choice, it’s an easy spell since he has mastered the element of fire, he taps the Leyline for a power source, and when it surges in his hands he says a few words that ignite the energy then he simply throws the globe of fire as if it were a football.

2.       Amulet necklace. Keleigh wears a quartz necklace that her mother gave her as a toddler. This necklace is charged with enough magic to diminish Keleigh’s  Neart o laigstigh, or inner light. Keleigh is a Devas, an ExtraOrdinary being of light and without her amulet her skin would radiate particles of energy, actually making her beam. Until Keleigh can learn to control her radiance from within, she would be well served to wear the necklace, because the ShiningOnes are always fascinated by any ExtraOrdinary being who stands out from the rest.

3.       Stray sod. There is a Celtic warning, “Don’t step on a stray sod.” To Ordinary eyes a stray sod appears to be a small piece of misplaced grass, but these fly sized creatures have the ability to lead travelers off their path and they can also cause someone to forget where they’re going or even what they were thinking. If a few sods band together they can wreak havoc on an entire village. Other magical creatures often capture stray sods and use them to trick people into forgetting whatever it is they want them to forget. Clancy is particularly fond of using stray sods.
44.       OGPS. OtherWorldly Galaxy Positioning System is basically a magical GPS system, except a ShiningOne’s brain works as both the satellite and the tracking system. Trust me, NASA wishes they had OGPS technology.
5.       Serpent’s egg. The egg symbolizing new life. This cosmic egg in mythology represents the egg that rises from the primeval waters and hatches the universe. Every druid, vate and bard has their own egg which they use for divination. They usually have a representation of a snake on them; some in antiquity were formed from baby snakes molded together.
6.       Celtic hand mirror. The mirror and comb are powerful symbols to the Celts, many standing stones are engraved with these two images, indicating a female of considerable status. The mirror and comb is possibly equivalent to a man’s sword and shield. For ExtraOrdinary females, who often use their mirrors for divination, the mirror is a sacred and powerful item that is handed down from mother to daughter. Keleigh inherits this mirror from her mother and she has extraordinary abilities with it and other mirrors as well.
7.       Torque. The torque is a choker, a necklace marking distinction among Celtic men, indicating any that possess it as a warrior. Cernunnos gives Keleigh one of his, offering it to her as a token of protection.
8.       Witches Bottle. This single handed salt glazed jug is also known as a Bellarmine jar, it is fashioned after the grimacing face of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmine. It was a common storage container for beer and wine that originated in the Rhineland of Germany. Many of these jars have been recovered by archeologists across Europe and they usually contain strange items, like pieces of leather cut into the shape of a heart and then pierced with straight pins. Pieces of hair, nail clippings, urine, nicotine and traces of sulfur have been found in others. But none discovered by scientists has anything as strange as what Keleigh finds in the one she unearths.
9.       Fairy Arrows. The arrowhead on the left most closely resembles a fairy arrow, it leaves an x-shaped entrance wound and is very difficult to dig out. Celtic legend says that fairy assassins dip these arrowheads in dragon venom which is poisonous to humans. A single arrowhead properly placed in the body is usually fatal. Locke was more than just lucky to survive five of these to the chest.
10.   Cantrips. The Lovers knot is a symbol of the universe drawn in a continuous line. This cantrip has two halves that connect together to form a heart, it was drawn in blood, and only packs and oaths are drawn in blood. It’s a sinister love spell and the person who wrote this one wished to harness the emotional state of the person they left it for. Do you know who drew it???

Ebook Giveaway for 2 Copies of All's Fair in Vanities War
a Rafflecopter giveaway courtesy of Elizabeth Marx

All's Fair in Vanities War Tour Stops
Below is a list of all the dates and blog stops during the five-week tour for Elizabeth's book. This list also includes links to each and every blog participating, and the links will be updated on the date of the blog tour stop to take you directly to its official tour post.

Sunday, January 15 - Tour Introduction @ Missy's Reads & Reviews
Monday, January 16 - Book Review @ Refracted Light Reviews
Tuesday, January 17 - Author Interview @ Shadow Kisses
Thursday, January 19 - Guest Post @ Full Moon Bites
Friday, January 20 - Guest Post & Book Review @ Arianne Cruz
Saturday, January 21 - Book Spotlight @ Pages of Forbidden Love
Sunday, January 22 - Guest Post @ Moonlight, Lace & Mayhem
Monday, January 23 - Guest Post @ Literary Exploration
Tuesday, January 24 - Top 12 List @ A Word's Worth
Wednesday, January 25 - Guest Post @ Book Briefs
Thursday, January 26 - Author Interview @ Turner's Antics
Friday, January 27 - Book Review @ Book Whore
Saturday, January 28 - Top 10 List @ The Magic Attic
Sunday, January 29 - Book Review @ Sweet Tidbits
Monday, January 30 - Author Interview @ Splash of Our Worlds
Tuesday, January 31 - Top 10 List @ Snarky Mamma
Wednesday, February 1 - Guest Post @ Must Read Faster
Thursday. February 2 - Author Interview @ Ramblings of an Amateur Writer
Friday, February 3 - Book Review @ The Life of Fiction
Saturday, February 4 - Guest Post @ Esther's Ever After
Sunday, February 5 - Book Review @ Turner's Antics
Monday, February 6 - Top 10 List @ The Bookish Babes
Tuesday, February 7 - Book Review @ 909 Reviews
Wednesday, February 8 - Author Interview @ Spades High Reads
Thursday, February 9 - Top 10 List @ Xpresso Reads
Friday, February 10 - Book Review @ Missy's Reads & Reviews
Saturday, February 11 - Author Interview @ Paper Cuts
Sunday, February 12 - Book Review @ Splash of Our Worlds
Monday, February 13 - Guest Post @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Tuesday, February 14 - Book Review @ Snarky Mamma
Wednesday, February 15 - Author Interview @ 909 Reviews
Thursday, February 16 - Guest Post @ Crazed Bookie
Friday, February 17 - Book Review @ Esther's Ever After
Saturday February 18 - Tour Wrap-Up @ Missy's Reads & Reviews

Grand Prize
Not only do you have enormous amounts of opportunities to win bookmarks and copies ofAll's Fair in Vanities War, but you also have the chance of winning a $50 Amazon gift card! All you have to do is "like" the Seer's Facebook page and post your favorite line from All's Fair in Vanities War. Easy, easy!

Book Information

Salem’s always held sinister secrets. No one understands this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer. 

The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame. 

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, and part of the Order, a clandestine organization entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world. Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriends life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him, because only those without blemish can rule the Order. And once at the helm of the Order he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death. 

On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents’ murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares. She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are. Keleigh wants to be Ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she’ll have to use all her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it. 

As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order’s involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy. While Locke’s affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is torn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh’s love . . . 

But if they don’t find the witches bottle before the 
ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.

Title: All's Fair in Vanities War
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Series: The Seer's Seven Deadly Fairy Tales, Book 1
Format: Kindle Edition
Release Date: October 24, 2011

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Author Information

Windy city writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi town.

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