Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Books of Ascension


I’m happy to host the starter day party today for “The Books of Ascension”, a fantasy series. The books sound great, and I’m really looking forward to reading and reviewing them during the tour. Happy starter day party!

Tour Schedule

March 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 3rd: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

March 5th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

March 7th: Book Review “Zenith” @ Books, Books and More Books

March 9th:  Promo Post @ The Book Daily

March 11th: Guest Post @ The Right Book For You

March 13th: Book Review “Equinox” @ Books, Books and More Books

March 15th: Book Excerpt @ Forever Book Lover

March 17th: Author Interview @ Runaway Pen

March 19th: Book Review “Eclipse” @ Books, Books and More Books

March 21st: Guest Post @ Illusions of Intimacy

March 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

March 25th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

March 27th: Book Review and Giveaway “Zenith” @ I Heart Reading

March 29th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

March 31st: Book Review and Giveaway “Equinox” @ I Heart Reading

April 1st:  Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

April 3rd: Promo Post @ The Book Gazette

April 5th: Book Review and Giveaway “Zenith” @ Tome Tender

April 6th: Book Review and Giveaway “Equinox” @ Tome Tender

April 7th: Book Review and Giveaway “Eclipse” @ Tome Tender

April 9th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

April 11th: Book Review and Giveaway “Eclipse” @ I Heart Reading

April 13th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

April 15th: Guest Post @ Endazzled Reading

April 17th: Book Review “Zenith” @ For The Love of Books

April 19th: Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

April 21st: Book Review “Zenith” and Author Interview @ Pretty Little Pages

April 22nd:  Book Review “Equinox” @ Pretty Little Pages

April 23rd: Book Review “Eclipse” @ Pretty Little Pages

April 25th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

April 27th: Book Review “Equinox” @ For The Love of Books

April 29th: Book Reviews “Zenith”, “Equinox” and “Eclipse” @ Readers Writers Connect

May 1st: Book Review “Eclipse” @ For The Love of Books

About the Books

Zenith – The First Book of Ascension

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A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit

A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it

An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world

A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine

The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.

When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.

Equinox – The Second Book of Ascension

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The Keep

The most beautiful city on the great Mountain

The pinnacle of Maelir culture

The home of the Inner Sanctum

The place where secrets hide


The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power.

As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.

Eclipse – The Lost Book of Ascension

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What happens if after the winter solstice, the days keep getting shorter?

And shorter?

Until there is an eternal night?

What happens as the darkness grows?

And the creatures of dusk take control of the Mountain?

And the quest for the third Book is the only hope?

The Mountain is in its death throes as the Nazir send their wraiths to finish what the dusk-rats and grale had begun. Soon there will be no daylight to protect the Maelir and Faemir, and with each twilight there are fewer places to hide. Will the Mountain finally collapse under its own instability or will Atreu and Verlinden’s descent find the words of salvation in the Lost Book of Ascension?

Author Bio

Dirk Strasser photo 2Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books for major publishers in Australia and is an Active Member of the SFWA. He has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards, a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement, and has been short-listed for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His acclaimed fantasy series The Books of Ascension – including Zenith and Equinox – was originally published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and by Heyne Verlag in Germany and has been re-published by the Macmillan Momentum imprint, this time including the “lost” third book. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. His short stories include “The Jesus Particle“ in Cosmos magazine, “Stories of the Sand” in Realms of Fantasy, and “The Vigilant” in Fantasy magazine.  His most recent sale was “The Mandelbrot Bet” to the 2014 Tor anthology Carbide Tipped Pens, edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.


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