Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Book Spotlight/GIVEAWAY: Sellsword 's Oath by Gail Z. Martin

Get ready for a swashbuckling time as Fantasy author Gail Z. Martin delivers to the readers a new series to devour and get lost within the pages in Sellsword's Oath. Don't forget to enter the giveaway in the post as well to be in the running for a $25 Amazon/BN GC from the author. Tour is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Now talking with author Gail Z. Martin, one of my favorite authors out there about Sellsword's Oath.

Two Guys Who Can’t Play By The Rules

By Gail Z. Martin

Sellsword’s Oath is the second book in the Assassins of Landria series, which has plenty of action, adventure—and explosions.

Joel “Ridge” Breckenridge and his best friend Garrett “Rett” Kennard never do anything half-way. They met as children in an orphanage, where they quickly teamed up to watch each other’s backs. Ridge taught Rett to read. Rett taught Ridge to pick locks. They bonded over hardship, big dreams, and the secret flicker of magic each of them needed to hide from the monks.

Later, they worked their way up through the Landrian army together, and became King’s Shadows, the elite assassins who protect the monarch and the kingdom. Unlike the rest of the assassins, who work alone, Ridge and Rett work as a team. Their unmatched success lets them get away with their unconventional approach, and buys them forbearance for bending or breaking a lot of rules on the way to saving the king.

They might be the vexation of their boss, and a dangerous—but essential—nuisance to the king, but when the chips are down, Ridge and Rett get the job done and stop the bad guys in their own unique way (that tends to involve blowing a lot of things out)!

GENRE:   Fantasy



Buddy flick epic fantasy! The second in the Assassins of Landria series from the award-winning, bestselling author of Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst and The Chronicles Of The Necromancer books!

Wandering mystic Yefim Makary, known to his followers as the ‘Witch Lord’, disappeared before he could be accused of inciting dissent against King Kristoph. His supporters among the disenchanted aristocrats who weren’t arrested have fled or died by their own hand. The king is happy to put the matter behind him. Yet Burke, the commander of the elite King’s Shadows, doesn’t believe the threat is over, and he assigns his two most troublesome, rule-breaking—and successful—assassins to ferret out the real threat and put a stop to Makary’s plots.

Joel “Ridge” Breckinridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard rose through the ranks of the Landrian army together, from teenaged conscripts to seasoned fighters. Together, they became the most feared team of assassins in Landria, surviving longer that most in their profession by virtue of excellent fighting skills, legendary bravado, peerless strategy, and an uncanny synchronicity.

As the threads of a new plot come together revealing disloyalty among the priests and generals, Ridge and Rett once again find themselves on the run, hoping they and their allies can figure out the Witch Lord’s latest scheme before it costs them their lives—and the king his throne.

Excerpt One:

The trick, when setting off gunpowder, was to be far enough away.
Ridge had never been good at that part.
He’d almost reached the embankment when he heard the shot from Rett’s matchlock. Knowing what was about to happen next, Ridge dove into the ravine, taking his chances with brambles and thickets over flying rocks and shattered glass.

Behind him, the country manor exploded in a fireball as Rett’s shot touched off the barrels of gunpowder on its roof. That would bring down the ceiling and blow the bombers on the roof sky high while trapping the traitors inside, where they’d either be killed by the blast or buried in the rubble for the king’s guards to collect.

Ridge grunted as he tumbled over roots and rocks, tucking his arms over his face and trusting his leather cuirass to take the brunt of the hits. Even so, rock dust settled like snow over the whole area, and small bits of stone pelted like hail.

To keep it all official, Ridge had nailed the letter of marque to a tree in front of the manor, after he had ensured that no one but the smugglers were inside the abandoned country house. The smugglers—and their rivals on the roof—were already in the process of setting explosives when Ridge and Rett arrived to carry out the assassination. That was a bonus, killing two sets of troublemakers in one swoop and without the personal danger of getting close enough to throw a knife or slit a throat.

He trusted Rett to stay in position, where he would be able to pick off stragglers from his vantage point high in a sturdy tree. Ridge dragged himself to his feet, brushed off the worst of the dirt, and climbed back up the slope. Once he got to the top of the embankment, he would have a good view to spot anyone who might have escaped the explosion and eluded Rett’s aim.

“Damn,” he muttered when he reached the top and saw the results.


Gail Z. Martin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, SOL Publishing, Darkwind Press, and Falstaff Books. Recent books include Witch of the Woods, Sellsword’s Oath, Inheritance, and Night Moves. With Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of the Spells Salt & Steel, Wasteland Marshals, Joe Mack and Jake Desmet series. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance including the Witchbane, Badlands and Treasure Trail series. Recent books include Loose Ends and Unholy.

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James Robert said...

I appreciate getting to hear about your book. Thank you for sharing!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post!

Bernie Wallace said...

Did you design the cover of the book?

Caryl Kane said...

What authors inspired your writing journey?

Anonymous said...

Sounds great! Love the cover too!

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