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Tuesday 25 May 2021

☀ Company Assassin: Relic Trilogy [1] - Claudia Blood

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Company Assassin, a Fantasy by (, Dragon Bane Publishing, 210 pages).

This is the first book in the Relic Trilogy series.

Don't miss our promotional Q&A with author Claudia Blood.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below, as well as full details of the series.

Author Claudia Blood will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.  Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), reviews (✍) and guest blog posts (✉).

|| Synopsis || Teaser: KCR Preview || The Series || Author Q&A || About the Author || Giveaway & Tour Stops ||


It’s Duff Roman’s eighteenth birthday, but no one is lighting candles.

Turning eighteen in the orphanage on Kalecca means starvation for those who aren’t hired into a Family. Outside the Family compounds lies the jungle. And in the jungle lies death. And Relics—the only real currency on Planet Kalecca.

The orphans are Duff’s family, and he’s sacrificed everything to keep the orphanage running, even his chance to move on. Now, at eighteen, he has no choice but to leave. Without him to bring in extra money, the orphans will starve under the Company’s control. Duff's only chance to save them is to find a spot on an independent crew and hopefully find a Relic to sell.

A seemingly chance encounter with Z, leader of the most feared independent crew offers Duff his opportunity to score a Relic. And offers Z a chance to relieve the guilt he feels over his past.

But a company assassin has plans to lay waste to Duff's future, and the orphanage as well.

The Series: Relic Trilogy

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Click on the book cover to Look Inside the book on Amazon and read an excerpt.

Horizon Found [2]

Duff Roman has managed the unthinkable—saving the orphanage where he grew up. But his trials are far from over.

The second book in the Blood Relics series pits Duff against his enemy Ravenne once more, but the very ground on which they battle is becoming increasingly unstable, and the time particles, Relics, and Seers that fuel the economy are disappearing.

As Duff works to save his world, his efforts are complicated by the arrival of Willow, a Seer who Ravenne believes took her daughter the day she died—and in whom Duff has more than a passing interest.

Duff and Z-Crew team up with a long-hidden group of scientists working to save them all, while Ravenne continues her endless efforts to discover what really happened to her daughter.

[Published 12 February 2021, 269 pages]

Time Rift [3]

Duff Roman and Z-Crew are trapped in an impossible situation—time itself is coming apart at the seams, and they suspect the key rests with one girl: Horizon.

The problem? Horizon is the long-sought-after daughter of their nemesis, Ravenne. She stopped at nothing to retrieve her daughter from the past. Now it’s clear sending Horizon back is the only way to repair the rift, but Ravenne won’t let her go.

The underground alien artifact where they accidentally created the time-rift is crumbling, and no one will survive unless they can escape, but time is shuddering and echoing around them, and the way out isn’t clear.

To make things worse, thanks to the unpredictability of time rifts, the crew now faces not just one mortal enemy—there are two Ravennes working against them!

Will Z-Crew escape Ravenne’s clutches and set time right again, or will Duff finally have to bend to his enemy’s will? Find out in the final installment of the Relic Trilogy!

[Published 10 March 2021, 238 pages]

Author Q&A

What group did you hang out with in high school?
"I am an introvert by nature.  Going into the cafeteria was a nightmare for me.  Way too many people.  I signed up for extra classes to avoid the experience.  I also never took a study hall for the same reason.

When I moved to the Midwest, I found a group of D&D nerds to hang with.  I had played D&D with my Dad since the third grade, so finding this group was amazing."
What are you passionate about these days?
"I struggled with being too much of a people pleaser for most of my life.  I've landed on feeling very strongly that people need to embrace who they are and let others be who they are because it is going to be different than you are.  And that is great."
If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?
"I wish I would have heard the advice to treat your book like art, but selling books is a business far sooner."
Ebook or print? And why?
"It depends on the book.  For non-Fiction, I love having physical books.  I can leave them for my hubby to read.

For my auto-buy authors, I usually get both physical and e-books.

For a newly discovered author, mostly ebooks."
What is your favorite scene in this book?
"There is an emotional scene at the end of Company Assassin that is my favorite.  I don't want to say too much because it would give it away."

About the Author

Claudia Blood’s early introduction to Dungeons and Dragons, combined with her training as a scientist and a side trip into the world of IT set her up to become an award-winning author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

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Follow Company Assassin's tour at:

Feb 23: Muse Happens
Feb 25: Travel the Ages
Mar 2: Author C.A.Milson
Mar 4: All the Ups and Downs
Mar 9: Author Deborah A Bailey blog
Mar 11: The Avid Reader
Mar 16: Becoming Extraordinary
Mar 18: Andi's Book Reviews
Mar 23: Kit 'N Kabookle
Mar 25: The Key Of Love
Mar 30: Dawn's Reading Nook
Apr 1: Viviana MacKade
Apr  6: Fabulous and Brunette
Apr  8: Pine Enshrined Reviews ✍
Apr  13: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
Apr  15: Literary Gold
Apr  20: Welcome to My World of Dreams
Apr  22: Novels Alive
Apr  27: Long and Short Reviews
Apr  29: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'
May 4: The Faerie Review
May 11: Westveil Publishing ✍
May 13: The Obsessed Reader
May 18: Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
May 20: It's Raining Books
May 25: BooksChatter
May 27: Musings From An Addicted Reader
Jun 1: Readeropolis
Jun 1: The Reading Addict
Jun 3: Straight From the Library


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Claudia Blood said...

Good Morning! Thank you for hosting!!!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good read.

TDK said...

Author, Tell us about the process for coming up with the cover.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a good read!

Claudia Blood said...

Hi tdk, I worked with Kelly Lambert. We looked at the covers in the genre. It was hard to find an exact match. This book is not overtly sci-fi at this point, so spaceships felt like it would be misleading. It's has a romantic side plot, but is not a romance. So all of the two person covers would also be misleading. So we went with the shadow figure. The first version was too dark and we ended up moving the shadow guy to be more in focus visually.

Kelly's contact: