January 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Reaper's Novice by Cecilia Robert (Excerpt + 3 Giveaways)

Title: Reaper's Novice (Soul Collector Book One)
Author Name (Pen Name): Cecilia Robert
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: December 5th 2012

Book Description:
17- year- old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.
Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her.

Breathe. Concentrate. Conceal. Focus on my destination. Shift.
And smack straight into a wall. Rubbing my nose, I scan my surroundings and head for the hospital’s entrance while digging out the trench from my rucksack and putting it on. I shift to room 302 and freeze.
Eight people surround the bed obstructing my view, speaking in low voices. I scoot around them. On the bed lies a tiny woman, her hands clasped together as if in prayer. She says something, stops, and takes a jagged breath. The red soul flickers along the skin’s surface. Seconds later, she smiles, deep lines creasing her pale cheeks. A little girl with blond curly hair sitting on the bed next to my client whimpers. She wraps her small fingers around my client’s.
My number one mission: Know the names. The souls deserve respect. I peek at the nametag stuck on the metal rail at the foot of her bed: Frau Elfriede Hofer.
I wait as Frau Hofer’s family pays their last respects. I shove my hands inside my pockets and shift my blurry gaze out the window. Once her family leaves, I wipe my face. Although I have collected souls with Grim the past weeks, it still gets to me every time.
Frau Hofer opens her eyes and smiles. I cover my hand around hers, holding her green-eyed gaze. And our soul conversation begins.
She’s had a wonderful life. She met her husband at the beginning of the second World War and fell in love. At eighteen, he was drafted. It took her three years before she saw him again. They got married before he went back to war. I see images of him coming back when the war was over, and life after the war, struggling to make ends meet. Her six children were her dream and life. Her husband passed away fifteen years ago. She adores her three daughters-in-law and three grandchildren, but she’s worried what will happen when she leaves. From her memories, I see how she’s kept her family glued together. Nothing can break that bond.
I tell her exactly that. She nods, and I know she’s ready. She closes her eyes and, with a smile, she draws her last breath.
As soon as the soul dances its way inside the vial, I replace the cap, mark it, and slip it carefully inside the padded pockets of my trench.
Outside the room I slump on the wall, drop my face in my hands, and take deep breaths. I did it. All I need are a few more steps to deliver the vial to the soul chamber. I climb to my feet and hurry down the bustling hallway. With my head low, I head for the stairwell. I could shift, but I need to savour this feeling. My success. A male nurse dashes past me, pushing a patient on a stretcher. I brush past a group of nurses waiting at the elevator. As I’m about to push the door leading to the stairwell, a familiar scent swathes my senses, freezing me on the spot.

About The Author:
Cecilia Robert lives in Vienna with her two children, has an incurable obsession with books, anything romantic, TV and medieval architecture. When not working in her full time job, catching up with her two children, writing or reading, she can be found, knitting or crocheting, taking photos of old buildings.

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Here are three separate giveaways sponsored by the author. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs so check them out!


Giveaway #1: TWO (2) eBook copies of Reaper’s Novice

Giveaway #2: TWO (2) $15 Amazon gift cards
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Giveaway #3: The Swag:
 Violin Magnet

Violin Pin

Beaded Necklace/Bracelet

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  1. these are 3 very nice giveaways! and the excerpt was pretty cool, too. it sounds like an interesting idea on reapers, too. thanks for sharing!

  2. love the excerpt thanks for the giveaways

  3. love the excerpt thanks for the giveaways

  4. Sounds fantastic! Congrats to Cecilia on the new release and thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you for hosting me on today, Jessica. <3 So much appreciated. :) Aw... what a sweet baby (on your profile photo) Happy Friday! :)

    @Erin--thank you! :)

  6. I loved the excerpt. I hope I can read the book soon. Thank you for the giveaway.


    abinormyl AT gmail DOT com

  7. I really liked the excerpt. It sounds like a really good book. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. I like the idea about a reaper in training! Thanks for sharing with us!

  9. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing the book and giveaway :D

  10. Loved the excerpt! Sounds amazing!

    Jolene A

  11. Loved the excerpt; can't wait to read the book.

  12. I really love the premise of this, but what intrigues me the most is the cover. As a former Orchestra student, I really think that more books should involve string instruments.

  13. Great excerpt! This sounds so go ood. And the cover? So pretty! I look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing =)

  14. I LOVE the cover. And it sounds like a good book. Like the excerpt!


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