21 March 2022

Blade of Ash | Excerpt + Giveaway


The only way to beat death is to chase it.

Newly crowned, Red blames one person for his father’s murder: the secret sorceress sworn to protect the king. Alyana Barron, Royal Sorcerer to the throne of Tandera, fears her magic is weakening. For reasons they don't fully understand, a powerful enemy twisted by dark magic wants them both dead.

When Red is cursed, his life entwines with Aly’s in ways neither of them expected. Together, they chase after a cure that will heal the king and restore her magic, but the closer they get to a cure, the nearer they step toward death, for the path to the cure is as dangerous as the curse itself.

Blade of Ash is the first in a new, epic YA fantasy series perfect for fans of clean enemies-to-lovers romance packed full of royal intrigue, legends, and plenty of ballgowns. If you like female bodyguards and forced proximity with life-and-death stakes, check out Blade of Ash.

Publisher: Hillcity Press
Release Date: January 25, 2022



Doors didn’t often bother Prince Frederick, nor did they give him headaches or drag him out of bed after a restless night. But this wasn’t just any door. Of all five hundred twenty-seven doors in the palace, this was the only one he had not been permitted to enter. Ever.

Or rather, that had been the rule before Frederick’s father died.

Working up the courage to say what he’d spent half the night rehearsing in his head, the prince, groggy and puffy eyed from grief, stared at the Royal Sorcerer’s door. The shock of his father’s passing was still a raw, wide wound, muddying his thoughts.

Today, when the world would turn their tear-stained faces upon the crown prince for guidance, when he had a million other tasks to accomplish, a million other issues to think about, here he was, trying for the hundredth time to open this door.

The gray wood carved with delicate patterns and covered in tiny shadows hinted at the magic hidden behind it, the magic that he’d once envied—the magic that should have kept his father alive.

Frederick swatted a curl off his forehead and checked the corridor for watching eyes; he saw none but the silent faces on the paintings, then stepped closer to the knob. He lifted his chin and pounded his fist against the door; he was reduced to knocking on the door that, in his opinion, had kept him from his father far too often.

Excerpted from Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black, Copyright © 2022 by C.F.E. Black. Published by Hillcity Press.


C. F. E. Black loves to get swept away in books, both reading and writing them. When she’s not writing or chasing her son, she’s teaching high schoolers and trying her best to be a light in their lives. She lives in beautiful north Alabama with her superhero husband, sons, and fur-family. Connect with her and find free stories at www.cfeblack.com.


A signed hardcover of Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black, a character art print of Red and Aly, and a map print (US only; $20 Amazon e-gift card will be substituted for INT)

Ends March 30, 2022



  1. Nice cover, enjoyed the excerpt and new author for me.

  2. Congratulations on your release of Blade of Ash, C.F.E, I enjoyed the excerpt and the book sounds like my kind of read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an exceptional day!