Friday, 11 July 2014

Blog Tour: Excerpt, #Giveaway + More: Winter's Demon by Eric R. Asher #VesikSeries


Winter’s Demon
Series-Vesik Series # 3
By- Eric R. Asher


Some things can never be undone. The horrors I've defeated—or even caused—with my own hands … they are nothing compared to what’s coming. Philip Pinkerton has brought his madness upon my family, my own blood. His army of necromancers is on the move, harbingers of a great darkness. I fear the war has begun ... and damn, I don't get paid enough for this.


I finally caught a glimpse of Sam in the snow-obscured scene. She was back-to-back with Cara as they fought off four of the vampiric zombies in a constant, dizzying motion. They were losing ground. Cara winced as one of the zombies reached past her flickering blade and tore into her left wing. It cost the zombie an arm, but the bastard didn’t care. Sam lunged and punched through his head, but it left her back open. One of the others got an arm around her neck and started to bend her backwards. The vampiric zombie was damaged, and its aura was exposed. I’d seen enough.

I raised my arm and my necromancy flared out. It enveloped the zombie on Sam’s back and I flinched as the flash of knowing began.

Ancient, he’d died in the black plague, or at least he should have. So many years past, lost, alone, a rogue vampire for almost three hundred years. So many dead lay in his wake, and he reveled in the destruction. He laughed as he stood on the rubble of a fallen castle. Years passed before a man found him. A man with a sandy complexion, round features, and dark, kind eyes. A demon in everything but body. He tore the vampire’s soul away and replaced it with a demon’s aura, birthing a vampiric zombie. Conscious of his surroundings, but unable to act, he just wanted to die.

I shuddered as the flash faded and my mind became my own again.


I’d been looking into the eyes of Ezekiel. I inhaled and tore the zombie’s head off with a flick of my wrist and a blade of necromancy.



Please share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to ‘Winter’s Demon’

Savior by Rise Against

Fireworks At Dawn by Senses Fail

Islands by The xx

The Kids Aren’t Alright by The Offspring

20 Years by The Civil Wars

The Humbling River by Puscifer

Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych

Into Dust by Mazzy Star


Sometimes the Line Walks You by Murder By Death

What the Water Gave Me by Florence + The Machine

Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons

The Last Few Minutes by The Vincent Black Shadow



Please share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Winter’s Demon’


I was on a serious Offspring kick while working on Winter’s Demon, as you’ll probably notice. My Chemical Romance and Florence + The Machine were also on repeat quite a bit. I tend to use different sections of my playlists to help set different moods while writing. I grew up playing the cello, and music has always had a big role in my life.


The Offspring: Amazed / The Kids Aren’t Alright / Come Out Swinging / Vultures / Half-Truism / You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid / A Lot Like Me / Can’t Repeat


My Chemical Romance: Helena / The Ghost Of You / Cemetery Drive / Famous Last Words / SING / DESTROYA


Florence + The Machine: Only If for a Night / Shake It Out / What the Water Gave Me / No Light, No Light / Seven Devils


A few others that found their way onto my playlist while writing Winter’s Demon:

Fireworks At Dawn by Senses Fail

Islands by The xx

The Humbling River by Puscifer


Sometimes the Line Walks You by Murder By Death

Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons

Into Dust by Mazzy Star




Days Gone Bad
Series- Vesik # 1
By Eric R. Asher
Genre- Urban Fantasy


My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.


Audio Book:
US ** UK

I was standing outside the birdcage in the dead of night with a tiny ghost holding my hand and a seven-foot fairy watching our backs. I closed my eyes and focused, gathering up a glowing ball of fae before sending it out in a pulse of power across the park. It wasn’t aimed at just any dead; it was aimed at attracting the attention of one particular ghost. It didn’t take long.


The little girl at my side squealed as Happy came bounding through the bars of the birdcage, much to the chagrin of the scattering birds.


Happy pulled up about six inches in front of us. I held up another ball of energy and the spirit quaffed it down before I started scratching his ears. “Hey buddy, still terrorizing the birds, huh?” He leaned into the ear scratching and grunted.


“That is so wrong,” Foster said.

I turned to the little girl. She clung tightly to the back of my leg. Happy pushed his head between my legs and I heard another squeal. So, there I was, with a fairy laughing at me, a ghost panda between my legs, and a little girl unwilling to relinquish her death grip on me while she tried to get away from Happy.



Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Days Gone Bad’ with us?


Music played a role in my life long before I realized it. I went through my school career in orchestra, was raised playing the cello. I eventually picked up a guitar, wrote some songs, and joined a band. After that didn’t work out so well, I settled down into writing. These are some of the songs that helped me hammer out the first draft of Days Gone Bad.


Open Hand – Her Song

Open Hand – You and Me

My Chemical Romance – The Ghost of You

My Chemical Romance – Cemetery Drive

Brand New – Luca

Paramore – Misery Business

Evanescence – Tourniquet

Murder By Death – One More Notch

Senses Fail – Rum is for Drinking, Not for Burning

J.S. Bach – The Cello Suites (performed by Yo-Yo Ma)



Wolves and the River of Stone
Series-Vesik # 2
By- Eric R. Asher
Publication Date- October 22nd, 2013
Genre- Urban Fantasy

Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?


Kindle ** Nook ** Kobo 


I eased the bullets into my six-barreled pepperbox one at a time, forgoing the speed loader in the name of intimidation. Lewis’s eyes went wide and locked onto the gun.


“Where is she?” I said. I took a deep breath, the Missouri River beside us masking every other scent aside from the decay of the blasted zombies. The shadowed tree lines hid us from the nearby population of Saint Charles.


Lewis shook his head.


Two days ago we learned Philip was still alive. Yesterday his servants kidnapped Zola. I didn’t know why they took her, but she didn’t go quietly. The Watchers would be using a spatula to clean out the alley where she was taken.


“You sicced your zombies on us?” I said. “A fairy and a necromancer?” I glared at Lewis. “I find myself ... irritated.”


Lewis held up his hand and started to speak.


I holstered the pepperbox under my arm and wrapped my hand around the shield rune on my staff. A flowing glass surface sprang to life as a thread of power wound into the wood and metal.


“Don’t even think about it,” I said.


Despair washed over Lewis’s face. He was breaking, and I could see it.



Can you share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to ‘Wolves and the River of Stone’’ with us?


Absolutely! Music has always been a large part of my life. I grew up in orchestra, playing the cello. I’ll list out some of the band and album names, and then the tracks I actually listened to while writing several of the scenes. There were many, many more, but I’ll keep the list at a reasonable length. :)


My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

-The Sharpest Lives

-Famous Last Words


Matt & Kim - Grand

-Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare

-I’ll Take Us Home



Senses Fail - Still Searching

-The Rapture

-Negative Space

-The Priest and the Matador


AFI - Decemberunderground

-Miss Murder

-Kiss and Control

-The Killing Lights


Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See

-Fade Into You

-Into Dust


J.S. Bach – The Cello Suites (performed by Yo-Yo Ma)


About the Author

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.




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