Saturday, March 2, 2013

Breaking the Nexus Blog Tour

Breaking the Nexus
Book 1 of the Mythrian Realm series
Lindsay Avalon

Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Blue Phoenix Publishing

ISBN: 978-0615753140

Number of pages: 200 print pages
Word Count: 42,000

Cover Artist: Miranda Stork (front cover)

Book Description:
Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?
Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.
For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.
The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.
Detective Connor Flynn fears he has a serial killer on his hands when another body is discovered following the same pattern as two other victims. What is different is that there is a tiny blonde woman with blue streaks who may be the key to him solving his case.  He knows better not to get involved with a witness but he cannot ignore the attraction anymore then Sha can.  
Sha is from the realm of where all the stories we heard as kids are true and she is pulled into the Human Realm and soon is helping Connor find the killer who just not be human.
BREAKING THE NEXUS is a hot, sexy, fun and did I mention hot? read that will have readers glued to their reading devices eager to find out what happens next. Connor and Sha are a smoking hot couple and I also fell for Ian, Connor's partner with the Denver police department. Also the creepy bad guy is enough to give readers nightmares. 
My only complaint is that the next installment WAKING THE PHOENIX isn't coming out fast enough. I want to find out what happens next and I know other readers will 
feel the same way. 
Ms Avalon is definitely and author who's books I will grab the minute they hit the shelves.

                                           Chapter One

Fire leapt toward the sky as a massive explosion rocked the earth. For a few minutes chaos reigned while animals raced from the blast zone and the night air was filled with a cacophony of panicked cries.
“What the hell was that?” Luca looked more than a little shaken as he picked himself off the ground.
“If I had to guess, I’d say something went ‘BOOM!’ What’s the matter, Luca? You’re looking pretty pale there. Tsk, tsk, not the best look for a fearless bad ass.” Sha didn’t bother to hide her grin. To be fair, since he was Elven hailing from the southern regions, his olive complexion showed only the barest hint of pallor. But she’d just keep that to herself. No, it was much more fun to get a rise out of him while his moss green eyes were still wild with shock.
“Very funny. I saw you dive for cover just like me. Don’t try to deny you were just muttering a prayer for forgiveness to the Seven Founders,” Luca snapped. “You do realize that you have leaves stuck in your hair, right?”
“Crap.” She’d never admit it, but there might have been a moment when she considered making amends for past sins. And while she might have ducked down quickly during the explosion, she wouldn’t call it diving for cover. Cursing, she struggled to untangle the leaves from her thick, golden hair. The streaks of ocean blue signifying her status as an Aquarum Sorceri were imperceptible beneath the crushed foliage. Wonderful. Just her luck, there’d be some sort of creepy bugs crawling around in there.
“Is that a spider I see?”
“What, where?” Her hands raced around her head, desperate to locate and eliminate  the hideous creature. It took her a moment to realize the asshole was now doubled over in laughter. “I hate you, you know that?”
“Sorry, couldn’t resist. Everyone knows how much you hate spiders so I—oomph” Breath whooshed out as she elbowed him in the stomach.
“Sorry, couldn’t resist. I think the blast originated in that clearing.” Glancing back, she was satisfied to see he still hadn’t regained his breath. Served him right.
“There’s a Gate…in that direction…isn’t there? Could it have come…from the Human Realm?”
Unlike Sha, Luca couldn’t sense the subtle vibrations emitted by the portals that connected the two realms, but he’d studied their locations during training so he could patrol the Nexus looking for weak spots. Lucky bastard, she thought as her head began to throb. Instead of steady pulsations, the energy was erratic, overwhelming her shields and driving into her brain like a knife. “Doubt it’s from the humans; it was too loud and bright. Mother Night, my head. I don’t know what’s going on with that Gateway, but we’d better go look.”
“We need to let the commander know what happened.”
“Don’t worry, we will. Besides, he’d have our heads if we didn’t ensure the entire forest didn’t go up in flames.” A sudden thought occurred to her. “Think we could make s’mores? I’ve always wanted to try them and I’ve heard they should be made over a campfire. Does that count you think?” She gestured toward the orange glow in front of them.
“Seriously? What is up with your fascination with all things human, Sha? It’s not natural. They don’t have gifts or magic or anything that makes them remotely interesting. They’re boring.”
She rolled her eyes. Her partner shared the opinion of most Mythrians. He was glad the Nexus had been erected millennia ago to separate the two realms. As far as he was concerned, the humans could live their quiet, little lives and continue believing their legends, myths, and fairytales had no basis in reality.
Shrugging, she continued in the direction of the apparent epicenter of the blast. “Considering it is our responsibility to make sure no one can get through the Gateways in the Nexus, I would think it’d be advisable to study the humans.” She snuck a glance at him, wondering if he’d bought the rehearsed speech and grateful it was a moonless night as she felt her cheeks begin to burn.
More times than she could count, she’d cursed the fact that she hadn’t inherited her father’s complexion. That would have made life so much easier. But no, she had to take after her mother with skin so pale that during training she had been nicknamed The Ghost. Well, until she’d flattened the other trainees with a flame surge. Her lips quirked at the memory. Never underestimate one of the Infernum.
“I know plenty about them. They have no magic, they have no idea there is any other realms besides their own, and they think we are nothing more than silly stories they hear as children.”
She took a moment to concentrate and formed a soft, glowing orb of light to illuminate their path. “Don’t you think it’s interesting that we have protected them for all these years and nobody really knows why?” From the day she had joined the Sentinels she had adored the archives, which housed everything Mythrians knew about the humans and their ever evolving technologies.
“I would say it’s more interesting that you care so much, but then I’ve always known you were a bit strange in the head.”
Sha pinned him with a withering glare that only resulted in Luca doubling over with laughter. “You better watch it, Lucarion. Otherwise I’ll be forced to tell Soren you’ve been shirking your duties.”
“Using my full name and vague threats? I’m scared, truly.”
“Remind me to blast you later.”
As they neared the clearing, Sha focused on picking up any trace magical signatures in the vicinity, leaving her partner to visually scan and communicate with nearby animals. She envied the Elves for their ability to speak to animals as well as their enhanced night vision. Not that she was afraid of the dark or anything, she just preferred being able to see everything around her. Especially things that could eat or pulverize her.
“You’re not still afraid of the dark, are you? You’ll give yourself a migraine concentrating so hard.”
For someone with telepathic abilities that supposedly only worked on animals, he had the most obnoxious ability to read her mind. “I am not afraid of the dark; I just happen to like seeing where I’m going. Besides, need I remind you of your fear of chickens?”
“I’ll have you know chickens can be quite vicious when pissed off. And you have a spider on your shoulder.”
Sha prided herself on her calm, rational reaction. Rather than slapping at her shoulder, she took a deep breath…and vaporized the offensive creature. Seeing that Luca had gone still, she frowned. “What’s wrong?”
The instant the words left her mouth, she realized the energies emanating from the Gateway had changed, growing stronger. There was an undercurrent of dark magic that troubled her, but before she could explore it further, alarms rang in her mind. “Shit, the Gateway’s destabilizing.”
His mouth settled into a grim line. “Call for backup.”
Trusting Luca to watch her back, she tried to locate the mental thread that ran to their commander. An invisible fist punched her mind, driving shards of glass into her brain. Mother Night, that hurt.
“Sha!” The sharp tone penetrated the haze of pain and gave her something to latch onto long enough to come out of her stupor.
“Fine, I’m fine. Raging migraine to end all migraines, but it’ll pass.”
“I take it you couldn’t reach the commander?”
She bit back the bitchy retort that welled up. It had been a fair question after all. “Something just attacked, something strong to have gotten through my shields. I think we’re on our own for now.”
“Do we keep going or head back for reinforcements?”
“If that Gate falls, it will rip open part of the Nexus. Nothing like that has happened for centuries so it’s hard to predict the consequences.”
“I’m betting nothing good. Alright, I’ll send one of the wolves to headquarters instead. It’s not the best solution, but it should bring help, especially if one of the watch happens to be Elven.”
“Do it. I’ll see if I can shore up the Gate.”
Sha continued into the clearing, dread weighing down on her with every step. It made no sense that the Gateway could be this unstable; daily patrols ran every area containing portals through the Nexus since they introduced vulnerabilities in the barrier. There was no way it could have degraded to the point of collapse this quickly, at least not by natural means. Someone was working very hard to compromise it, but what the hell did they hope to gain?
Metal overpowered her senses, filling her mouth with the bitter tang, the scent of it enough to make her eyes water. Mother Night, blood magic! Seconds later, the world exploded.

About the Author:
Lindsay Avalon

I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.
My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.
When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.


  1. Congratulations Lindsay on a fantastic book! I know everyone who reads it will love it! Great review Barbie!

  2. Awesome Review! I agree Barb, Lindsay is writing way to slow for us! I cant wait for more!