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Avian (Dragonrider Chronicles #2) by Nicole Conway Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2)
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Nicole Conway

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What kind of power is lurking inside him?

After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves.

Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not . . . he wonders if he will even survive it.

The truth will soon be set loose.

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Grabby Paws: Jackaby by William Ritter + The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

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“Grabby Paws” is my version of the Waiting on Wednesday meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that I can’t wait to get my paws on. 🙂

Today I have grabby paws for…

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Why I have grabby paws…

Well, considering Doctor Who is one of my favorite things ever and I love Sherlock too, and the Victorian Era is my favorite historical time period, I need this now. Lucky for me, Algonquin contacted me and asked if I was interested in reviewing this title (and the one below) and I said YES! My first official review for a publisher! SO excited!

Releases September 16th

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“A lightning bolt erupted from the cloud and aimed directly at Ned’s heart. He couldn’t cry out. He couldn’t even move. He could just feel the magic sink into his skin and spread itself over every inch of him, bubbling and slithering and cutting deep, until he didn’t know where the magic stopped and he began.”

When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging, bewitched river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Sure enough, Ned grows up weak and slow, and stays as much as possible within the safe boundaries of his family’s cottage and yard. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic that Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it’s Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community.

In the meantime, in another kingdom across the forest that borders Ned’s village lives Áine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King. She is haunted by her mother’s last words to her: “The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his.” But when Áine and Ned’s paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to make their way through the treacherous woods and stop the war about to boil over?

With a deft hand, acclaimed author Kelly Barnhill takes classic fairy tale elements–speaking stones, a friendly wolf, and a spoiled young king–and weaves them into a richly detailed narrative that explores good and evil, love and hate, magic, and the power of friendship.

Why I have Grabby Paws…

Algonquin also asked me to review this title, and I think it sound adorable. I love that excerpt! A fairy tale with real fairy tale language. Gimme!

Releases September 16th


Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Copper Magic
by Julia Mary Gibson
Publisher: Starscape (July 1, 2014)
Genre: MG Historical Fantasy
 

Can an unearthed talisman found on the shores of Lake Michigan save 12-year-old Violet’s fractured family? Exploring themes of Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, this historical fiction novel comes brilliantly to life.

The year is 1906, and twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand—beside the stream where her mother used to harvest medicine. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic—and if anyone is in need of its powers, it’s Violet. Her mother and adored baby brother are gone, perhaps never to return. Her heartbroken father can’t seem to sustain the failing farm on the outskirts of Pigeon Harbor, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Surely the magic of the copper hand can make things right for Violet and restore her fractured family. Violet makes a wish. But her ignorant carelessness unleashes formidable powers—and her attempts to control them jeopardizes not only herself, but the entire town of Pigeon Harbor.

In Copper Magic, land and waters are alive with memories, intentions, and impulses. Magic alters Violet and brings her gifts—but not always the kind she thinks she needs. First-time author Julia Mary Gibson brings Violet and her community to life in this impressive and assured debut.

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Researching This Book

Research for Copper Magic was extensive and consuming.  I read all I could find on the history of the midwest, of Michigan, of the town I used as a model for Pigeon Harbor, Native American history, Anishinaabe tradition and culture, Hopewell art, copper, the logging industry, archaeology, astroarchaeology, plant medicine, quillwork, Edwardian fashion, and many other topics.

I went to every small-town museum and historical society in northern Michigan that I could find.  I went to Ohio and Illinois and visited Cahokia and the Hopewell sacred sites.  I watched movies set in the early 1900s, read the literature of that time.  I interviewed people.  I wrote letters.  I kept reams of notes in file folders.  I tacked images on my office wall: a dilapidated farmhouse, cherry trees in bloom, copper repousse plaqueous, Anishinaabe quillworkers selling their birch boxes by a tourist hotel, a map made by the French explorers, a modern map of Michigan, a map of the forced relocation of Natives, birch trees, Lake Michigan ice floes.

I never didn’t want to find out more.  I felt I had a responsibility to be as authentic to the time period and to the characters as I possibly could.  What would a 12-year-old small-town girl read?  What animals would she see in the wild?  How would her mind work?  How would she allow herself to feel?

A downside to research is that sometimes you want to use stuff that’s really cool that doesn’t serve the story.  In my writing group we call this phenomenon The Pickle Factory.  One of us was writing a book about a certain time and place, and in that actual time and place there was a pickle factory.  She found out all about how the pickles were made and what the factory smelled like and what kind of women worked there, and she really wanted one of her characters to work there too.  She wrote a wonderful scene in the pickle factory, but it didn’t quite go with the rest of the book.  She resisted dumping it, but eventually she did.

I contended with some Pickle Factories in Copper Magic.  Pickle Factories have to be put aside.  They drag the story down.  But they can be saved in one of those nice file folders.  Maybe that’s why I’m working on a story set in 1918, not so far from the 1906 of Copper Magic.  Those Pickle Factory files might come in handy.

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For a significant chunk of my life I worked with sprocketed celluloid, as a garage animator and in various capacities in the visual effects industry. My colleagues were geniuses and magicians and sorceresses. The work was a blast (sometimes literally – catch me as Frances McDormand’s double in an awesome old-school beamsplitter shot in Sam Raimi’s DARKMAN), but a time came when my own work cried out to be fostered again.

I live in Hollywood, California, surrounded by my four-generation extended family of poets, thespians, dancers, filmworkers, and urban farmers.

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Liminal Lights by J.M. Bogart Blog Tour with Excerpt

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Title: Liminal Lights
Author: J.M. Bogart
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

What if faerie magic is real?

Nadia discovers an ancient truth hidden by Liminals, coveted by Shadow Monsters, and protected by humans.

Somewhere, between faerie legends and story books, lies the truth to magic. It grows in children, matures, and is eventually captured by Liminal beings. These small, faerie-like creatures harvest and manipulate it, crafting it into the talents and skills inherent in humans. The rest, they keep for themselves in an effort to sustain their own life forces.

The human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.

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“Do you know that teenagers are habitually nocturnal creatures?” Pritts announces without preamble. Tissa and I shake our heads in unison. How would we know something like that?

“At about the time their magic starts to take shape, something in their physiological makeup shifts. Their bodies and minds are naturally more wakeful during the evening and night.”

I shrug my shoulders, unconcerned. When I had left Nadia, she had been tucked up in her bed, complete with fuzzy pink pyjamas. To be certain her magic would remain safe from the outside world until morning I had been extra diligent in layering security along her doorframe and outside window. Tissa had done the same for Jake. I know because I had checked the seals to be certain.

“Even if you think they are safely tucked away, sealed up tight so nothing can get in – that doesn’t mean they can’t get out.”

This catches our attention. I hadn’t considered that possibility. Nadia is a creature of habit, well behaved and obedient. Her parents rarely need to interfere because she follows the rules so carefully. I don’t know enough about Jake to make any assumptions, but, to be honest, that was now Tissa’s department. I look at her, silently questioning if she had thought of this.

Tissa shakes her head and flits toward the door, her studies abandoned.

“How do you know?” I ask Pritt as I pull the door shut behind me. The night air greets us with the fresh scents of newly sprouting leaves. Obviously our duties have taken on an entirely different level of surveillance.

“Are you seriously asking me that question?” He sighs, looking rather annoyed. “My job is to watch those whose magic has already been harvested but still retain small unharnessed glimmers. They tend to be teenagers. By the time these humans reach adulthood, they have forgotten their magic and lost their connection to it. Human teens are the most unstable, unpredictable group out there. This is when their minds are the most fertile and their psyches are undergoing the greatest amount of change. These pseudo-adults are balanced precariously between childhood and adulthood. They’re as liminal as we are.”

His words make us increase our pace. My heart rushes at the thought of losing my charge for the second time in the same day. During the day, we keep watch over developing magic, at night we seal their magic within their homes, so uninvited guests can’t take advantage of it. After all, we aren’t the only creatures in need of magic and power to maintain our existence in this world. If the children are left unattended outside of the protected area, I shudder to think of what could become of them.

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J.M. Bogart believes there’s a spark of magic in every person, regardless of age or background. Her upper Middle Grade novels are written with bright and imaginative youth in mind. She hopes to provide fun and appropriate content combined with challenging language and concepts for readers drifting in those precocious middle years.

Ms. Bogart spends her days writing, editing, and caring for her very busy family. She used to dream of the day when Mary Poppins would swoop in to help with the children, but now that they are older she wishes those chaotic days filled with giggles and sunshine hadn’t disappeared quite so fast. You can follow J.M. Bogart on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and her blog.

Other Books (Women’s Fiction):

Money, Masks & Madness (2013): http://www.amazon.com/Money-Masks-Madness-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B00CCH5IIS

Reflections (2012): http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B009JUQ30S

Remember Newvember (2011): http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Newvember-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B0052UAG70

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The Labyrinth Society: The Versailles Vendetta by Angie Kelly Book Blast + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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When 12 year-old Mia Cornell is sent to live at the Tarpley Estate, her ninth foster home, she has no idea what she’s in for. Having a kind but mysterious foster mother and three quirky foster sisters is all well and good. Discovering that her new family is a secret society—they use a portal in their garden labyrinth to travel the globe seeking lost art, artifacts, and OSOs (objects of supernatural origin)—is something else entirely.

Mia barely has time to wrap her head around the truth when the Society’s latest job, tracking down Marie Antoinette’s necklace, goes sideways. Mia and her new siblings—Tomi, the historian; Devon, the hacker; and Lily, the muscle—must use their wits, plus a few cool OSOs filched from the Society’s vault, to stay a step ahead of a sinister enemy from their foster mother’s past. But just how far back does Mrs. Tarpley’s past go? And will Mia stand by her new family or cut and run when they need her the most?

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Angie Kelly is the pseudonym of a former member of the Labyrinth Society. When she’s not writing about her adventures, or reading about other people’s adventures, she’s busy traveling the world and indulging her inner twelve year-old. Although she was last sighted lurking around the British Museum after hours, her current whereabouts are unknown.

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Friday Cover Reveal: Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway + Giveaway!

 

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Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway

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Find the fortune, break the curse!

The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entire family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he’ll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it’s too late.

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Reading is a thing of magic. It has allowed me to enter into worlds I never would have known. I’ve cried, laughed, and been scared right alongside my favorite characters. And my hope is that one day kids will do the same for my characters. I want kids to see that reading is one of the greatest gifts. Luckily, my daughter already agrees with me!

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Fledgling Blog Tour: SCAVENGER HUNT POST #13 – Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Title: Fledgling

Publication date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Author: Nicole Conway

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Can one boy stand between two kingdoms at war?

Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future.

While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor.

Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.

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And now for my interview with author Nicole Conway!

1.) You originally self-published this title. Can you tell us a little bit about your journey from self-publication to publication with Month9Books?

My road to publication certainly wasn’t the conventional one! I knew Fledgling was special right from the start. Of everything I had written up to that point, I knew this was the story I wanted to take the plunge into real publication with, so I started querying to agents. Six months and several dozen query letters later, I hadn’t even gotten any interest at all. Most of the time, all I received was a form rejection letter. Naturally, I was a little discouraged. Others had given me plenty of fair warning about how much rejection I was in for, but even they admitted it was strange that I hadn’t even gotten a single bit of interest.

No one in the business, publisher or agent, was willing to give me the time of day. So I took a leap of faith and self-published the book. I knew I had a sellable product. I just have to prove it.

Three months and 30 thousand sold copies later, I got my first contact from a publisher interested in the rights to my book. But even that wasn’t what surprised me the most. I was absolutely blown away and humbled by the response from fans who loved Jaevid and Mavrik as much as I did. They left reviews and praise for my work. I got fan mail every day from readers begging for more. It was the most validating thing in the world to know that other people believed in the book as much as I did.

I met my agent, Jennifer Mishler, through a mutual friend. She was eager to get started submitting the book right away, and I was relieved to finally have someone in my corner who knew the business end of things. Jennifer submitted my work to Month9Books, and within a week or two I was signing a contract for the Dragonrider Chronicles. It absolutely was a childhood dream come true. My path to publication was a little bizarre, but it taught me a lot about having patience and faith. Sometimes, you have to believe in yourself even when no one else does.

2.) What draws you to the fantasy genre?

There’s so much in the fantasy genre that captures my imagination. Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite books revolved around stories of fantasy kingdoms, dragons, elves, and knights. I really don’t think I ever grew up pasting wanting a pet dragon of my own, or imagining myself as a knight on a quest. There’s so much freedom in inventing your own world and populating it with creatures and people of your own design. It’s an addiction I’ll never get over, and I’m perfectly fine with that.

3.) What are your influences? What books have inspired you?

My husband influences me a lot, mostly because I consider him to be a modern-day knight. He’s chivalrous, honest, brave beyond comprehension, and so noble in his morality. I’m incredibly blessed to be sharing my life with him. As far as books go, there are so many that have inspired me over the years. It’s really difficult to narrow it down. But to name just a few. . .

I would have to say that Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville is what made me fall in love with the idea of dragons. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones captivated me with the concept of whimsical magic. The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip opened my eyes to the unconventional love story. The Dark Elf Trilogy by R. A. Salvatore taught me how powerful a narrator can be when drawing you into a story. Of course, there are plenty of others, but these come to mind immediately when I think about books that have been as instructional as they were inspiring to me.

4.) What was it about this story that compelled you to write and publish it? What is the “heart” of your story?

From the very beginning, Jaevid captured my heart. He was unlike any other character I had made before. He was an unlikely hero with a soft heart, who had faced the horrible brutality of war and managed to retain his sense of compassion in spite of it. I knew he could not only carry a story, but he could also tell it in a way that would be enjoyable and relatable to others.

Without giving too much away, one of my favorite quotes comes from Fledgling’s sequel, which is titled Avian. The quote is actually the very heart and soul of the entire series. The essence of it is that “it takes great darkness to reveal great light,” meaning the times when circumstances are at their worst are the best opportunities for those who can stand strong to become beacons of hope to others. As human beings, we are given a special gift to rise up and overcome the most impossible obstacles. Those are the moments when real heroes are born, even in the smallest everyday situations.

5.) What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

My advice for an aspiring writer is simple: Don’t. Stop. Writing. The more you write, the better you will become. Keep your mind open to every possibility, and don’t give in to discouragement and frustration. There will always be people who are more than happy to tell you that you can’t do something. But you choose your own level of success. People who achieve their dreams aren’t the ones who just sit on the sidelines and hope. You have to work hard, you have to be relentless, and you have to be willing to take criticism with poise and grace. Believe me, in the end, it will make success taste even sweeter.

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Excerpt (and secret word for stop #13):

The Crookin’s house was not as big as ours, but it felt more like a home instead of the prison I lived in. Smoke came out of the chimney in the house, and out of the stack for the bellows in Mr. Crookin’s forge. Mr. Crookin didn’t really like me. That’s not to say he hated me as much as Serah did, but he didn’t like me coming around his house too often. He hadn’t minded it so much when I was younger, but now that I was fifteen, I could tell he was on the verge of telling me not to come back anymore. He didn’t talk much, and he had a face that was mostly hidden behind a thick, wiry beard. He wore his long black smithing apron every day, and his face and arms were almost always smeared with soot.

Mrs. Crookin, on the other hand, was one of the few people who didn’t make me feel unwanted. She smiled at me when we came inside, wiping her hands on her apron before she pulled me in immediately to kiss my forehead and ruffle my hair. She always hugged me until I couldn’t breathe, and asked me if I was getting enough to eat.

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Author Bio:

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

 She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Finally, to celebrate, a giveaway!

Winner will be drawn May 31, 2014

·         Four (4) winners will receive an ebook copy of Fledgling by Nicole Conway (INT)

·         Five (5) winners will receive a paperback copy of Fledgling by Nicole Conway (US/Canada)

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Arms of Anu (Arrow of the Mist #2) by Christina Mercer Book Blitz + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Arms of Anu by Christina Mercer 
(Arrow of the Mist #2) 
Publication date: March 13th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Follows Award-Winning Preteen/Teen Fantasy ARROW OF THE MIST

Blood of body, blood of soul,
Entwined for life, then unfolds;
If blood still runs when magic binds,
Soul is never too far to find.

In ARMS OF ANU, Lia and Kelven battle through a land of tyrants, war and magic.
Can Lia escape the foes who ensnare her?
Will Kelven’s love withstand the darkness taking root inside Lia?
Is freedom too high a crown to reach, or will they forever remain in the hollows?


  
 
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Now for an excerpt!

LIA~ 

Lia Griene folded birch-white arms against her chest. Wynn stood beside her with his wrists and ankles shackled in chains. Lia winced at the fresh blood seeping from her cousin’s wounds. She might have just enough knitbone sewn in the hem of her cloak to set a poultice on them after they returned to the cart.

If we return.

Royal Sage Conall eyed them, his mouth dripping with jellied pork and wine. “I see your tempers have calmed since leaving Rockberg this morning. Amazing how rebels quiet under lock and key.”

Lia tried to calm the loathing that brewed like bitter nightshade within her. She’d rather fight bog goblins for a thousand years than spend another minute before Nemetona’s nobility. But she held her composure. They still had a fortnight of travel to the royal city of Anu and she’d prefer to face the king with her tongue attached. She met the sage’s glare with silence.

He responded with a snort and continued to stuff his face with greasy meat. His brother, Royal Sage Lorne, cleared his throat and spat in a wrinkled cloth he kept gripped in his hand. He resembled Conall in crimson attire alone. Where Sage Conall was fat like the swine he feasted upon, Sage Lorne was akin to rotting leather over bone. He peered at Lia and Wynn from black hollows set too deep for the candlelight to reach. 

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Author Bio

ChristinaChristina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She placed in the Semi-Finals of the Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, won an Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and took Writer’s Best in Show at the SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference. She resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs and about 100,000 honeybees. For more about her and her writing visit her Web Site.

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