Welcome back to the place that aims to please the bookish side of you every day of the week, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we are hosting a blog tour celebration for a NEW author whose first work hits the literary world TODAY! That's right...it's RELEASE DAY, or the BOOK BIRTHDAY as many of us like to refer to it as, and how exciting is that?! I mean really, it's pretty cool and not only for the obvious reasons. Nope. My spot on this tour consists of introducing you to this new talent, the title in question that I've thus far kept a secret (hehe), sharing an excerpt or two along the way, AND possibly something more that I'm sure will make your Monday THAT much brighter. Sound good? Well, first things first. Let's learn a bit about the book. Today's blog tour guest and featured title courtesy of Entranced Publishing is...
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories.But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love.Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.
About the author...
Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel "The Sacrificed", which will be released on May 6, 2013. She won first place in Jack L. Chalker's Young Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story “The Bubble”, and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology "Oh, the Stories They Tell!" which will be available on Amazon. Her early love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.
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Sounds pretty cool, right?
To get a visual experience with the book, you know before your mind creates the movie in your head from reading it...check out the official book trailer. Now, continuing the vein of fun we've entered, how's about a word from the author herself? Your wish is my...well, not command because it SO doesn't work that way, more like my pleasure to fulfill when the means are available (^_^). Here is author Jordan Link....
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Author Jordan Link
Release day for The Sacrificed is May 6th—that’s today! As a premiere novelist, and a fifteen-year-old girl, I couldn’t be more excited. This day is the result of reading, writing contests, encouraging friends, and just about everything else that fell along the way. What better thing could I possibly post than a giveaway and an excerpt?
“I know what you’re thinking,” the boy muttered, drawing closer to the spot where she sat still. The little ones had noticed her. She could see them over the winged’s shoulder as he spoke, exchanging glances, sparing moments between bites to mutter. “I know what they teach you, and I know about the blood sacrifices too. Trust me, Emerald Hayden, not all of us share that nature.”
Emerald’s heart raced. Her lips were parched, inflexible. He had spoken to her. He was one of them, and he had spoken to her. And he knew her name. Praise the Barr, he knew her name! With a confidence she didn’t feel, Emerald replied, “You shouldn’t be here.” As soon as she saw his miffed expression, she wished she could withdraw the words.
But he recovered quickly. “Have you ever seen the Barr from high above?”
Ashamed, Emerald continued to move backward until her fingertips were pressed up against the wall behind her. “The Barr?” Of course she knew what he spoke of, but his question was almost rhetorical. A high wall stood before it, leaving only its peaks exposed to the walkers’ prying eyes . How would she have seen the Barr in the way that he described, as a wingless walker?
He smiled again, those crystalline eyes glowing slightly in the dark. Then, suddenly, those lights were doused. His mouth fell open, and his right arm shot out and pointed to the sky. His wings drew back like a bird’s, illuminating his fear. “Emerald, do you see that? The Eagles are here! The blood sacrifice is upon us!”
What’s left? That’s right, the giveaway! This time, two e-copies of The Sacrificed are up for grabs. What would better accompany a cup of steaming coffee than a book filled with death and romance? That’s right: nothing!
Thanks for having me on the Insatiable Readers blog!
....and my thanks to you for stopping by Ms. Link!
So, guys....what'd ya think of the excerpt?
No, really...thoughts, comments, I'm all ears!
Oh, just a sec. While you're ruminating on that one, allow me to share one more quick excerpt that the publisher was kind enough to supply to tantalize you even more....
Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.
There was a winged boy standing there, muttering something to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald had only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy’s wings, however, were by far his most striking feature. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.
It was bread.
Now whatcha think?
Getting back to that contest the author mentioned, after you share your comments, feel free to snag your chance to win one of two ebook versions of The Sacrificed to call your own! Just use the Rafflecopter below and you're in it to win it.
Special thanks to Suzanne at Entranced Publishing for the chance to host a spot on this tour. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their complete catalog and a chance to be a part of the new Entranced Reader's Club, be sure to check out their official website, like them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter. To find out more about author Jordan Link or pick up a copy of her debut novel today, feel free to click through the links provided within this post.
Until next time...good luck...and happy reading!