A Lila Review: The Blacksmith Prince by Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus

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Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake.

Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them – Jehan.

Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own.

The Blacksmith Prince is a lovely fairytale that takes the reader on an adventure from the very beginning. One of the authors’ strong suits is their capability to create magnificent worlds, filled with peculiar characters, and this story is not the exception. The 17th century Perigord they described only enhances the story, grounding the characters, and allowing them to grow as they explore it.

Giraud’s and Jehan’s love is simple and chaste, but strong enough to have them taking risks for each other. Their friendship is the base of their relationship and the importance of family is strong in both cases. They were willing to do everything for each other and for those they love.

Jehan is my favorite in the couple. The way he interacts with the mythical creatures is funny and keeps the reader wanting to know more. His powers were perfect for the story and only added to it. Giraud didn’t stay behind. His talent complemented Jehan’s and made their adventure work.

The only reason it’s not a perfect five for me is that some parts were a bit slow and I wanted more information in some plot’s aspects. Other than that, this story is a perfect combination of magic, love, and an engaging plot. Definitely, worth reading.

The cover by Lady Tiferet follows the authors’ style and shows Giraud in one of the story scenes. It goes with the descriptions and the fantasy genre, but it has a comedic feel that takes a bit away from it.

Sale Links: SmashwordsAmazon | Kobo

Book Details:

ebook, 290 pages
Published: July 14, 2017, by Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus
ISBN: 9781542456104
Edition Language: English

Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus on”Capturing Magic” and their latest novel ‘The Blacksmith Prince’ (guest post)

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The Blacksmith Prince by Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris Brackhaus

Editing & Proof Chantal Perez Fournier
Layout & Book Design Julia Schwenk

Cover Anna Tiferet Sikorska | tiferetdesign.com
Map Kosmic | kosmicdungeon.com

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris Brackhaus today as they talk about ‘Capturing Magic’ and their latest novel “The Blacksmith Prince”.

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“Capturing Magic” by Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus

When authors go on vacation together, it is inevitable that book ideas will happen, ranging from crazy nonsense to viable stories. Many, if not most of them, will never get written, simply because you can only write so much and you’ll have to pick what you want to work on.

When Osiris and I went to France last year with another author friend, we spent two wonderful weeks filled with eating and plotting novels and soaking up the very special atmosphere of the Perigord.

It feels, in many ways, like a magical place, a little lost in time. It is very easy to imagine men in laced shirts with large hats, dashing and daring. You just need to squint the right way and the cars disappear from the narrow roads and are replaced by horses. When you walk in the woods, you can almost hear faery creatures whisper in the underbrush.

There was talk of pirates, of orcs and dwarves and of a fisherman.

The fisherman turned out to be the most persistent. When we got back home, we were supposed to start working on ‘Moonstealer’, the third part of our Smilodon pride series. But the fisherman just kept talking about his hopeless love for the local blacksmith, about fairies and curses. He was relentless. So in the end, we had to give in and write down his tale.

All the little details we saw in France effortlessly wove themselves into the tapestry of the story. The swallows over the river, the steep cobblestone alleys, the breathtaking view over the valley from the cliffs, the food, the golden afternoon light – sights and sounds everyone who has set a foot into the Perigord will instantly recognize.

We hope we managed to capture the magical feeling of those wonderful two weeks on paper, wrapped in a story that makes it fun and beautiful to read for everyone. Maybe we will even manage to make our readers feel the beauty and joy of that corner of the world, and that in itself would feel like magic to us.

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Once upon a time, a young blacksmith sought a witch’s help to save his parents. And foolhardy as he was, he paid him with a kiss…

Blurb

17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake here.

Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them – Jehan.

Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own…

From Rainbow-Award-winning authors Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus, ‘The Blacksmith Prince’ is an old-fashioned, swoon-worthy historical fantasy romance about tender love in a time when history and fairy-tales were one and the same.

ISBN-13 978-1542456104 (softcover)
ASIN B071QZG4R5 (ebook)\
Length 290 Pages /  85.000 words
First publication July 14th, 2017

Buy Links

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And others on http://www.brackhaus.com/the-books/blacksmith-prince/

About the Authors

Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus are a couple currently living their happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of their cat.

Both of them are voracious but picky readers, they love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, they write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of their happiness with their readers.

Beryll

An artist by heart, Beryll was writing stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word at the same time and the driving creative force of the duo.

Osiris

An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to-earth, practical part of our duo. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.

Contact

Email osiris@brackhaus.com

Website http://www.brackhaus.com

Twitter @brackhaus

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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6427435.Osiris_Brackhaus

An Alisa Release Day Review : Sunchaser (Smilodon Pride #2) by Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris Brackhaus

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

sunchaserRoan has pretended to be a human for long enough. He needs to get out of town and roam the land, as any proper werecat should.

 

The last thing he wants is his conscience insisting he should save an abused werewolf from a traveling circus first. The very last thing he expects is the local sheriff’s daughter having the exact same idea – and beating him to the punch.

 

Their rescue goes spectacularly wrong, and suddenly Roan, Betsy and their crippled wolf find themselves fleeing across the US for the Mexican border, chased by the police and vengeful circus fey alike.

 

Sunchaser is a non-romance, road-movie-ish urban fantasy adventure novel about a werecat drifter, a wide-eyed human girl and a defective werewolf learning that sometimes, family really is the ones you didn’t pick.

 

Roan has spent his life roaming all around, never staying in one place longer than necessary.  He still keeps up with his family, but never allows himself to care for anyone else.  When he decides to save the abused werewolf he forces himself to have a hard look at how he has been living his life.

 

This story is told from Roan’s point of view and we get to know Betsy and Martin through his eyes.  To put it plainly Roan is quite selfish at the beginning to the story and does his best to put aside any introspection.  He learns that people are not always what they seem when he is injured while rescuing the werewolf and Betsy takes care of him.  As they spend more time together they grow closer as friends and we can see Betsy growing up a bit now that she has gotten from underneath her father’s thumb.  I loved all three of these characters and felt horrible for Martin in what had happened to him, but at least we were able to see him getting better.  I just wish we were able to learn some more about him, but maybe that will come in later books.  I look forward to reading more books in this series and learning more about this family.

 

Cover art is great and portrays the story setting and characters nicely.

 

Sales Link: Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 194 pages

Published: October 14, 2016

Edition Language: English

Series: Smilodon Pride #2

Release Day Blitz for Suncatcher – Smilodon Pride Book 2 by Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus (Author and Character Interviews, exclusive excerpt and giveaway)

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Smilodon Pride, Book Two
Genre: Paranormal, Adventure
Length: Novel

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words got lucky and not only are the authors here today but the 3 main characters as well!  We cornered them all and gave them some questions to answer and this is how it turned out!

From the authors, Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus:

  • Will we see more of the siblings interacting in this series?

Yes, we absolutely will. This book had a little scene with Roan’s and Connor’s sister Deirdre having her first appearance in person. The next book in the series, ‘Moonstealer’, will be mainly about her, but there will be some interaction with her brother Connor from ‘Softpaw’. As the series progresses, we plan to bring all of them together more closely, with more interaction between them until the three storylines converge altogether.

  • Will we learn more about Martin?

Eventually, his past will be revealed and he will even be able to turn back into a human. But there’s no miracle cure for him – it’s going to be a piece of work for the entire pride.

  • Will we see more about the twist at the end of the first book with the judge?

Yes, of course. All three storyline are connected and will merge at some point over the course of the series. As it stands for now, the next book after ‘Moonstealer’ will return to Paris and continue Connor’s and Michel’s storyline. Though we also plan to have something of a poll for our readers once ‘Moonstealer’ is out, to see how and where they’d like the story to continue. The way we have set up the series, with three initial storylines that will eventually converge into one, we have several options on whom to put the focus on in future books. So while we will continue with the overall storyline as planned, there’s definitely going to be reader input involved.

From the characters, Betsy, Roan and their wolf friend, Martin:

For Betsy: How does it feel to be human amid non humans? How scary, small…wild…is it?

  • Betsy: First of all, let me thank you for having us here today. It’s such a rare thing that I can talk freely about those things. So how does it feel? Oh my. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. I may have lived my whole life in that small town, but I was always so curious about the world and the internet opens up so many opportunities to bring the world into your home, and into your mind. I think all things considered I was reasonably well prepared for the challenges. Although most of the facts in my novels turned out to be garbage, really, the general idea of what to do and not to do was right. What they really don’t prepare you for is the shedding. And the smell. Those huge predators can get really smelly and they are so HARD to wash. *laughs*

I think what annoys me most is how useless I sometimes feel. In the books, they never mention how squishy you feel, with my soft skin and with no claws or proper teeth. But then I remind myself of all my useful skills and just carry on. Roan says I think too much anyway. *laughs again*

For Roan: The exact same question and also how hard also was it to pose as a human?

  • Roan: Yeah. Hi. Really, I don’t mind living as a human for a little while. I even like my human body. It’s the humans who tend to annoy me, especially when there are many in one place. I feel boxed in, and that makes me want to shred them, which is generally frowned upon.
  • Betsy: *frowns at him*
  • Roan: See? Exactly. *laughs* No, seriously. Human life if so tedious and planned. It’s boring to know exactly what you will be doing next month or even next year. But Betsy’s okay. It’s a bit weird to have a mixed-species-pride, but then again – I don’t really give a fuck. We’re cool.
  • Martin (from the floor): Arf!

What made you rescue the wolf?

  • Roan: Stupidity? Yeah, that. It was foolish, unnecessary and a typical spur of the moment decision. Do I regret it? Obviously not. I love my stupid, stinky mutt!
  • Martin (from the floor): *groans, but doesn’t even look up*
  • Betsy (whispers): He’s got a conscience, but don’t tell anyone.

For all of you…what do you think keeps you all together?

  • Betsy (looks at both Roan and Martin): I think our skills and personalities compliment each other really well. I provide the social aspect and the knowledge of the modern world, Roan does the fighting and hunting and brooding and Martin reminds us how happy the simple things in life make us.
  • Roan: Uh… I don’t know? And I don’t really care, either. I mean, it works, why question it? Stupid question.
  • Martin: *sits up with a giant doggy grin, threatens to lick Roan’s face*
  • Roan: NO! Down! Get off me, you…!

Synopsis

Roan has pretended to be a human for long enough. He needs to get out of town and roam the land, as any proper werecat should.

The last thing he wants is his conscience insisting he should save an abused werewolf from a traveling circus first. The very last thing he expects is the local sheriff’s daughter having the exact same idea – and beating him to the punch.

Their rescue goes spectacularly wrong, and suddenly Roan, Betsy and their crippled wolf find themselves fleeing across the US for the Mexican border, chased by the police and vengeful circus fey alike.

Sunchaser is a non-romance, road-movie-ish urban fantasy adventure novel about a werecat drifter, a wide-eyed human girl and a defective werewolf learning that sometimes, family really is the ones you didn’t pick.

Exclusive Excerpt

Roan let go of the human shape he had been holding onto. Usually, it took a little effort to shift, but this time, it felt like the human just flowed out of him like water from a broken jug. His cat body took the place of his human one in less time than it took for Betsy to blink. Finally on four paws again, Roan shook himself and breathed in deeply. The scents of the wilderness washed over him, exactly the feast he had been imagining. Subtle aromas of plants and dry earth and fine trails of prey. The bright smell of jackrabbit was strongest. Not far from here at all.

“Gosh, you are just magnificent, you know that?” Betsy’s voice startled him.

He hadn’t even noticed she was still there. It was odd since her scent was the strongest around, warm and special. He couldn’t even put a name to it. It was entirely her. And entirely familiar, he realized. He hadn’t paid attention to it because it had been near him constantly. It was a scent he had come to associate with things being right.

She was looking at him, her eyes shining with honest awe. It made him first stand up straighter and then stretch languidly, putting his grace on display. Then he walked over to her to gently rub his nose against her cheek, taking care not to poke her with his sabre teeth. Yeah, maybe Martin was impressive, but he didn’t make her give such a breathless little laugh like she did now. The touch of her fingers as she trailed them down his neck wasn’t casually petting, but as reverential as it should be. A deep purr reverberated through him.

Then he pulled away.

There would still be time for a thorough scratching later. He jumped up onto a rock, striking another majestic pose in the moonlight for Betsy, before he disappeared into the night.

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Buy Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0H6JIO/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M0H6JIO/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01M0H6JIO/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01M0H6JIO/

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Softpaw

Connor’s life used to be the dream of any cultured werecat. He spent his days in Paris’ gay quarter with comfortably little real work, playing the piano, surrounded by art, fine food and good friends. Now, a feral vampire preys on the prostitutes of ‘his’ quarter, killing the boys of the Marais one by one.

When Connor invites a newly arrived hooker to stay on his houseboat, the last thing he expects is Michel to be a member of the Brigade Criminelle – a troubled, hunky rookie cop sent undercover to explore Connor’s connection to the murders, picked mostly because he had been a boy of the Marais himself, not so long ago.

Hiding their true natures becomes a problem for both when their initial attraction becomes much more than they ever thought possible. But in order to bring down the serial killer and maybe have a chance at making their relationship work out, one of them will have to take the first, critical leap…

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Buy Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GU4WWYG/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GU4WWYG/
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-softpaw-2054902-145.html
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/635900
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Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/de-de/ebook/softpaw

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/softpaw/id1113949196?mt=11

About the authors

Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus are a couple currently living their happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of their cat.
Both of them are voracious but picky readers, they love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, they write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of their happiness with their readers.

Beryll
An artist by heart, Beryll wrote stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word and the driving creative force of the duo.

Osiris

An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to-earth, practical part of the team. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.

Website: http://www.brackhaus.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Osiris-Brackhaus/100011014541510
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brackhaus

An Alisa Review: Softpaw (Smilodon Pride #1) by Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris Brackhaus

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

SoftpawConnor’s life could have been the dream of any cultured werecat. He is spending his days in Paris’ gay quarter with comfortably little real work, playing the piano, surrounded by art, fine food and good friends. It could have been, if not for a feral vampire preying on the prostitutes of ‘his’ quarter, killing the boys of the Marais one by one.

When Connor invites a newly arrived hooker to stay on his houseboat, the last thing he expects is Michel to be a member of the Brigade Criminelle – a troubled, hunky rookie cop sent undercover to explore Connor’s connection to the murders, picked mostly because he had been a boy of the Marais himself, not so long ago.

Hiding their true nature becomes a problem for both when they realize there maybe is more to their initial attraction. But in order to bring down the serial killer and maybe have a chance at making their relationship work out, one of them will have to
take the first, critical leap…

 

Connor has been living a quiet life in Paris while trying to figure out what he really wants to do with his life.  Connor is surprised when Michel takes him up on his open invitation for a place to stay.  Both hide important information about themselves from the other while opening their hearts to the other.

 

This story is told from both of the main characters’ point of view, which helps to understand them a bit better.  Connor does everything to be helpful to others and do what he feels is right it personally hurts him when the vampire begins its’ killing spree.  Michel wants to do his job, but has trouble believing Connor’s connection to the murders is anything other than coincidental.  When Connor uncovers Michel’s duplicity I could feel how betrayed he feels and how much more determined he is to take care of the vampire.  Connor and Michel get a wonderful HFN ending that they both deserved.  There was a look at the next book in the series and I look forward to reading it in the future.

 

Cover art is nice and portrays the story setting nicely.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 229 pages
Published: July 14, 2016
Edition Language: English

Series: Smilodon Pride #1