YA New Release – The Battle of Iron Gulch ~ Outside the Margins with Hank Edwards

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Happy almost Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/New Year! You may or may not know that I also write a young adult series under a different pen name. The series name is The Town of Superstition, and the pen name is R. G. Thomas. Harmony Ink Press released the first two books of the series so far: The Midnight Gardener – The Town of Superstition: Book One,

and The Well of Tears – The Town of Superstition: Book Two.

Now, just in time for you to make use of those gift cards you received as gifts, the third book in the series, The Battle of Iron Gulch – The Town of Superstition: Book Three, will be released on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in both e-book and paperback. As an extra special treat, the first two books will be released as a print combo on Tuesday, January 5, 2017.

Now you can have on your bookshelf all three books in the series so far.

The Battle of Iron Gulch begins where The Well of Tears left off. Thaddeus and his group are journeying to Wraith Mountain. This is where they expect to find Thaddeus’s mother, Claire, hiding in one of the many caves, as well as Isadora, the evil witch who cursed Claire many years ago. When the group finally reaches Iron Gulch, a small town built right at the base of Wraith Mountain, they are forced to stop until they are able to procure supplies for the remainder of their travels. Thaddeus tries to tamp down his impatience, but it is difficult being so close to their goal and not able to do anything about it.

Here’s the Town of Superstition series blurb:

When fifteen-year-old Thaddeus Cane moves to the town of Superstition, he quickly realizes the place lives up to its name when he meets and falls in love with Teofil, the garden gnome next door. But Teofil isn’t the only magical being in Superstition, and Thaddeus will encounter witches, wizards, and even dragons as he embarks on a dangerous journey—and the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, he’ll uncover family secrets and learn that there’s much more to him than he ever imagined.

And here’s the official blurb for The Battle of Iron Gulch – The Town of Superstition: Book Three:

Thaddeus Cane has finally reached the foot of Wraith Mountain. He hopes to soon find his mother, Claire, who was cursed by the witch Isdaora when Thaddeus was just a baby, and bring Claire back to Superstition to live with him and his father, Nathan. With Teofil, his garden gnome boyfriend, and Teofil’s mother, sister, and new elf friend Dulindir, Thaddeus discovers, however, that getting to his mother will not be as easy as they’d hoped. They are forced to find shelter in the small town of Iron Gulch as Thaddeus’s father takes a job in order to secure the equipment they will need to climb the mountain.

The longer they stay in Iron Gulch, the more Thaddeus feels things in the small town are not as pleasant as they appear on the surface. When a new and vicious enemy suddenly reveals itself, Thaddeus and his group will have to battle not only for their own lives, but those of the residents of Iron Gulch. As the battle rages on, they find Thaddeus’s mother, and turn their fight to free her and end Isadora’s tyranny once and for all.

~Hank Edwards


Title: The Battle of Iron Gulch – The Town of Superstition: Book Three
Author: R. G. Thomas
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: 01/10/2017
Cover Artist: Anna Sikoska
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay, Gay Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Blurb:

Thaddeus Cane has finally reached the foot of Wraith Mountain. He hopes to soon find his mother, Claire, who was cursed by the witch Isdaora when Thaddeus was just a baby, and bring Claire back to Superstition to live with him and his father, Nathan. With Teofil, his garden gnome boyfriend, and Teofil’s mother, sister, and new elf friend Dulindir, Thaddeus discovers, however, that getting to his mother will not be as easy as they’d hoped. They are forced to find shelter in the small town of Iron Gulch as Thaddeus’s father takes a job in order to secure the equipment they will need to climb the mountain.

The longer they stay in Iron Gulch, the more Thaddeus feels things in the small town are not as pleasant as they appear on the surface. When a new and vicious enemy suddenly reveals itself, Thaddeus and his group will have to battle not only for their own lives, but those of the residents of Iron Gulch. As the battle rages on, they find Thaddeus’s mother, and turn their fight to free her and end Isadora’s tyranny once and for all.

Excerpt

The fire crackled, and tiny sparks and embers spiraled up toward the velvety purple sky that stretched overhead. Something rustled in the grass a dozen or more feet away. Thaddeus got to his feet and Teofil stood alongside him.
“Did you hear that?” Thaddeus whispered.
“I did,” Teofil replied.
“Where’s your father?” Miriam asked, and when Thaddeus looked around, he found her and Astrid standing and looking off into the darkness as well.
A chill of fear went through him, leaving him as cold as if he’d swallowed water from the Wretched River. He was in motion before he realized it, sprinting out into the darkness that surrounded their small campfire. The grasses parted around him, the sounds of the tall blades like conspiratorial whispers.
“Dad?” Thaddeus called. Nathan did not answer, and so he tried again, a little louder, squinting into the dark.
A warm glow suddenly appeared, revealing Teofil standing a few feet behind him, shoulders and expression tense. Then Thaddeus realized that Dulindir had followed him as well, his hair glowing with starlight and illuminating the immediate area.
“He was walking off in this direction the last I saw him,” Dulindir said and pointed.
A shout that sounded like his father prompted Thaddeus to break into a run.
“Dad!” Thaddeus shouted. “Where are you?”
“Thaddeus, wait!” Teofil called, and Thaddeus could hear him coming up behind. But Thaddeus could not wait. His father had been gravely ill just days before, grazed by a troll’s poison dart, and Thaddeus worried that Nathan might not be strong enough to fight off another threat.
In his panicked rush to find him, Thaddeus very nearly passed his father by. A rustling off to his left brought him to a stop, and then Dulindir stood beside him, illuminating the area. Nathan lay on his back, struggling with a small creature he was trying to pull off his chest.
The creature was small and dark in color. It had short but powerful-looking limbs, each of which appeared to end in hands tipped with claws. Spikes ran from the crown of its slightly flattened head and along its spine to a stubby tail.
“Dad!” Thaddeus exclaimed as Nathan struggled to keep the thing from biting his neck.
“Stay back!” Nathan shouted without looking at him.
“Goblin,” Dulindir said and looked over his shoulder as he pulled out his sword. “They are rarely alone.”
Frustration, fear, and anger seemed to collide within Thaddeus as he stood helplessly by, watching his father fight for his life. He clenched his fists and bit his lip as a warm tingle started within his chest. It traveled down his arms and seemed to pool in the palms of his hands, stinging slightly as it instilled within him the need to act, to move, to do something, anything.
Thaddeus thrust out his arms, fingers curled into claws as he released a shout of rage. The heat in his palms seemed to leap from his hands, directed right at the goblin. With a jolt the creature stopped struggling with Nathan and looked over its scaly shoulder to fix Thaddeus with a hostile look. It felt to Thaddeus as if he now held the goblin in his hands, even though he stood at least a dozen feet away. And the goblin seemed to be feeling Thaddeus’s touch as well, because it pulled out of Nathan’s grasp and turned to face him, still standing on his father and holding him in place.
When the goblin moved, it seemed to move within Thaddeus’s grip, and the sensation was so startling, and the feel of the creature so disgusting, Thaddeus reacted without thinking. He flung his arms to the side as if throwing it far away from him. To his astonishment the goblin was hurled off his father’s chest and sent spinning high into the air, an annoyed and surprised yelp fading away into the night.
The heat in Thaddeus’s palms cooled immediately, and he stood staring down at his hands. Dulindir, Teofil, and Nathan all stared at him as well, and then Nathan broke the stunned silence by falling flat on his back and laughing long and loud up at the night sky. After a moment, the rest of them followed suit. The laugh felt odd but refreshing to Thaddeus. He approached and reached down to help his father stand.
Nathan clapped a hand on Thaddeus’s shoulder and squeezed. “Apparently either you or someone you care about needs to be in danger for you to conjure magic.”
Thaddeus grinned and shrugged. “I guess so. Hopefully I can learn to do it without the danger.”
“We’ll work on that,” Nathan promised him.
“We should move back to the fire,” Dulindir said. He had his back to them and stood staring out at the grass, which was shifting quietly in the slight breeze. “Goblins rarely travel alone, especially this far from a mountain, and light hurts their eyes.”
Thaddeus helped Nathan pick up the wood he had dropped when the goblin attacked him, and they made their way back to the fire.

Links

The Battle of Iron Gulch – The Town of Superstition: Book Three on Goodreads
Harmony Ink Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

About Hank Edwards

Hank Edwards is a curious mix of practical realist and feral dreamer, with over a dozen books published. His body of work covers a host of genres from gay romance to humor, paranormal to suspense, and mystery to time travel romance.

He is also a member of the Story Orgy group (www.facebook.com/SOGroup), a clan of writers who post free gay romance reads to their blogs every Monday morning and self-publish steamy stories based on writing prompts. Find his posts atwww.hankedwardsbooks.com/hankerings.

Like his Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/hankedwardsbooks or www.facebook.com/venomvalleyseries), favorite his Amazon page (www.amazon.com/author/hankedwards), and follow him on Twitter (@hanksbooks) to become a true “Hankie.” You may also visit his website at www.hankedwardsbooks.com or send along an email to hankedwardsbooks@gmail.com.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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One thought on “YA New Release – The Battle of Iron Gulch ~ Outside the Margins with Hank Edwards

  1. Hi Hank … I enjoyed the previous two books of this series. I’m happy to see that book #3 will be a novel (YES!). I hope you have more dragons haha

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