Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: The Black Tower by Steve Montano

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The Black Tower  is Book Three in the Skullborn Trilogy

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City of Scars

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Path of Bones

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black_tower_cmyk (1)War returns to Malzaria in this epic conclusion to The Skullborn Trilogy.

Deep in the wastes called the Bonelands, rival crime guilds and renegade Bloodspeakers battle through the ruined streets of Corinth.  At the heart of the doomed city lies a magical portal which grants access to the dark citadel of Chul Gaerog, wherein lie the secrets of the long dead Blood Queen.

Armies amass to the south as powerful forces from the Jlantrian and Den’nari Empires make ready to clash with the monstrous Black Army and its frightful leader, the black giant called Ghul, agent of the Cabal and ally of the dreaded Iron Count.

And deep in the heart of the black tower, the dream witch Ijanna Taivorkan comes face-to-face with the dark angel Calladar, once guardian to the Blood Queen and self-appointed master of the citadel.  Only the fallen knight Azander Dane can help her survive her trials, but first he must face the demons of his past, as well as a merciless squad of Jlantrian hunters sent to destroy the woman he’s sworn to protect…

Return to a world of dark magic, tainted heroes and dark plots in this action-packed sequel to City of Scars and Path of Bones.

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He emerged from the narrow corridor, passed through another cleft in the rock like a sliver cut away from the edge of the mountain, and stepped into something far less sane.

The cavern at the bottom of the steps was enormous, a field of hedged black rock and cleaved limestone, unspeakably vast and hollow.  There was no ceiling, just a void filled with pockets of crimson steam and rancid cold shadows, and the stench of burning stone was overpowering.  Distant walls bled oozing water, and shattered crystals dotted the floor, glowing faintly like fallen stars.  The ground buckled as he walked, as if it were made of wet wood rather than stone.

The tree stood before him.  Massive, mighty, impossibly tall and wide.  Its roots bore into the vagueness of the ceiling, whorls of shadow and clouds of rot.  The black limbs were dead and gnarled like an old man’s withered arms, the branches like claws that tried to touch the ground even though they fell a full twenty paces short.  The twisted plant was a hundred times bigger than any tree he’d ever seen, and its presence filled the air with a miasma, a stain of degeneration and decay.  Every breath he drew in its presence filled his mouth with the taste of burning souls.

The Janus Tree.  The tree of the Veil.  It was an apocryphal tale, a fable made up by those few naysayers of the Church, back in the days when it wasn’t a capital offense to be such.  Those stories said that the tree grew from where Corvinia’s blood had fallen, that it had grown with the Veil, had maybe even become its source over time.

It was all but impossible to determine where the tree ended and the ceiling began.  Shadows oozed down like tentacles, and on the dark stone floor some thick substance gathered and coalesced, sludge-like sap with the consistency of tar.

He heard singing.  A distant and mad whisper cut through the dark.


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Art Up (6): Weasley is Our King


Fan Art Up! is a weekly feature hosted by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read. It is dedicated to showcasing our Fan Art and doodles inspired by entertainment media, whether it’s Books, Movies, Anime, Comics, etc. Or even your random self inspired art! Break out those dusty art supplies!

The Christmas festival for the town is getting closer so I made a trip to the craft store to pick up some chacopaper and a few different colors of paint, and then got back to work on some quote art. I had originally painted a red background in order to do a christmas themed quote, probably something from Polar Express or Twas’ the Night Before Christmas, and I was irritated to find that the red paint I had looked like blood.

Nothing says Christmas like a canvas that looks like I sacrificed an animal on it. So I had a canvas I couldn’t use for my original purpose, so I proceeded to coat it in layer after layer of red paint until finally it began to look normal. I don’t really know how to use Acrylics since I’ve only used them like this a grand total of ONE time. I don’t like them as much as watercolors but it is a cheaper version of the same hobby, I just have to practice.


This is my first time using chacopaper, so I wasn’t quite sure how it worked and I ended up sliding it slightly so a few of the letters are higher than they should be. However it looks good on the wall and I’m pretty confident that the next one I paint will be much better.