Blog Tour for Queen To Ashes by Mallory McCartney (excerpt and giveaway)




Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Queen To Ashes by Mallory McCartney.  This tour is being hosted by Rock Star Book Tours.


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Title: QUEEN TO ASHES (Black Dawn #2)

Author: Mallory McCartney

Pub. Date: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing

Formats: eBook

Pages: ?

Find it: Goodreads, AmazonAmazon Canada


“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.” 

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface. 


With the King’s attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process. 


Sequel to Black Dawn, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her title. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?


Renegade and Black Dawn will be available in the following #Vancouver area locations : Chapters Burnaby, Indigo Surrey, Chapters Coquitlam, Indigo West Vancouver, Indigo Granville (2505 Granville St) and Indigo Robson (1033 Robson St) in December!



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Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)

Author: Mallory McCartney

Pub. Date: July 3, 2018

Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 274

Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads


“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”


Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.


An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.


In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.



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Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)

Author: Mallory McCartney

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing

Pages: 352

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads


Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.



Book Excerpt from Queen To Ashes:


Part One

Naithe Warrior


The Oilean


The  sisters  knew their  world had been  born from marrow, blood, and ice. A flicker of shadows and a drumming of lust was the  first sluggish recognition of a memory. Their rage was cultivated from the echoes of screams, a private orchestra just for them,  building a woven masterpiece. Crashing, consuming, inspiring, haunting. It stirred within them, in this in-between place, and like a vessel, existence and sustenance carried them. For years, they  waited, feeding and growing, feeding and growing. The shadows grew, and their minds and bodies did as well. The fear of the world waged, igniting them. Then, in fractured, splintering light, it all changed. They had been found.  No longer just a pulse of darkness. No longer caged. And as that man grinned viciously at them, they knew everything had changed.  

The  sister  that had  been once called  Lasair tilted her head, ripping  herself out of the memory. She inhaled  the scents on the wind deeply, a web of stories that she sifted through, searching for the one they sought. Her bloodlust was a wild, burning thing, and she quelled it. They couldn’t win this world if their king was rash.  No, they had to play this game of lies and betrayal until they played their pawns exactly where they needed them, leaving their path clear. Then nothing could stop them.

Hissing  in pleasure,  her magic flared,  burning and consuming.  It had always been an  exchange of energy. Even  in Daer. The sisters killed  and stole the magic of the fey,  a race of faerie that were flawless,  strong and gifted in the seelie court  of Daer. They destroyed them until the world  was nothing but an empty shell and their king had been made invincible.  

Then, the sisters were sent searching for  more.  

Rolling her neck, her bones cracked as she walked towards her  sisters. The wind held the promise of the change of seasons, and she knew they were running out of time, that their king was running  out of time. She stopped, the command at the tip of her tongue when she felt it. They all froze, as they felt the chord snap. Their dark magic that had made up Brokk Foster’s living nightmare in an instant was gone. They carved him, shaped him, and broke him. She had banked on the fact that they had never failed before.  

The Oilean were deep in the woods, stalking trails, mapping routes of how they would destroy Brokk Foster first. They liked a challenge and a hard one at that even better. Everything they did had a meticulous purpose, and they tilted their heads in unison as they  felt that dark magic bleed out of existence like a dying star. Strange. For the first time, someone had defeated one of their servants. The sisters shivered against that fading light, growling as the emptiness replaced it. Their beautiful, dangerous creation—the doppelganger—had been destroyed.

“The girl is stronger then we thought,” the sister to the far left hissed, looking behind them to where the false king’s city lay. “But not strong enough to face us. She wouldn’t stand a chance.”

They  paced,  hissing at  the ashes floating  around them, the scorched  ground, the disruption in their  tangled web of destruction. But one  sister stalled, looking to the horizon  as if seeing past the trees, past the flickering shadows in the forest, and at  the demons that resided within their land, growing and flourishing.

“We must do this ourselves sisssters.” They stopped, looking to her. Rolling her neck, bones popped and cracked, her pale skin drawn. “She must be stopped. They  all  must be stopped. Our King left  us with the task of preparing  this world for him. We have wasted our time. No more spells. No more hiding. Not while they can still find out the truth.”

Whispers  cut through  the wind, and  the sister tilted  her head, breathing it  in. This world would be  theirs. This world, its power, would be harnessed. The three sisters started to giggle, first a hiccup of a laugh here and there. But soon, the forest was filled with  their madness, and in cracking bones and ripping of sinew, their limbs elongated and grew. The Oilean all looked towards the Draken Mountains and the sinister  force that had seeded there. They shot off, loping through the fading light, sparks chasing at their heels. Lasiar loped forward, leading the way. In the  fading daylight, she hissed in pleasure as night started to sweep in. The woods blurred around her. She started to count down the seconds, the minutes, the hours until she sank her teeth into that pale neck. Until she tasted the acclaimed Fae blood.  

Until she would kill her.  



author info


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Mallory McCartney is the author of the bestselling Black Dawn series. She currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Giveaway ends March 15 at midnight, EST!


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Follow The Tour:


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/18/2019- That Transylvanian Chick Book BlogSpotlight

2/19/2019- BookHounds YAExcerpt

2/20/2019- The Page UnboundExcerpt

2/21/2019- Kelly P’s BlogSpotlight

2/22/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt


Week Two:

2/25/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

2/26/2019- Novel NoviceExcerpt

2/27/2019- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt

2/28/2019- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt

3/1/2019- dmcireadsblogExcerpt


Week Three:

3/4/2019- Smada’s Book SmackSpotlight

3/5/2019- Defining Ways Excerpt

3/6/2019- K.L. Knovitzke – AuthorExcerpt

3/7/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt

3/8/2019- Lauren is Reading Review


Week Four:

3/11/2019- D Books and ReviewsReview

3/12/2019- Writer of WrongsExcerpt

3/13/2019- Here’s to Happy EndingsSpotlight

3/14/2019- BookriotReview

3/15/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt



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