January 27, 2014

Excerpt + Giveaway: All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

Welcome to my stop on the All That Glows blog tour! Today I have an excerpt from the book, as well as a chance to win a finished copy!

All That Glows
by Ryan Graudin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 11th 2014
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Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.
       Disgust overwhelms me. If I were mortal, truly powerless, there's no telling what this man might do to me. He moves forward with awkward, wide steps---like a puppet being stung by a five-year-old. He's less than an arm's length away when he reaches out, his fingers twitching and eager.
      The magic isn't even on my lips when the man falls to the ground. I blink. Richard is by my side, standing over the howling drunkas he writhes on the floor clutching his face and his awful, running nose. 
     "Don't touch her." His words are deep, forceful. The slur of his drinks has vanished in the adrenaline of the moment. 
     Hands fall from the drunk's face, revealing a nasty crimson split above above his lip. It melds perfectly with the blood from his nostrils. He snarls and tries to get up again. Tries to grab for me. 
     Richard's fist descends on its target with sobering precision. This time the man doesn't move. He's a loose marionette, all angles, out cold on the tile. 
     "Are you okay?" Richard asks as he shakes out his fist wincing. 
     The prince came to my rescue. He protected me. This is so shocking, so unprecedented, that I can't think of anything to say. 
     I can't let him remember what happened. 
     "Forgiete." I face him, murmur my enchantment in the old tongue.
     The magic is gentler this time. His face grows blank as the spell takes him, wiping away the past few minutes. I guide him toward the door before his senses clear up enough to see his passed-out victim. Dazed and disoriented, Richard wanders through the crowd back to the bar top.
My name is Ryan and I've been writing ever since I grabbed one of my dad's old tax ledgers and created this masterpiece: see image.

My writing has since improved, though my obsession with wolves has remained relatively the same (I even own a wolf-hybrid pup.) My childhood was a happy, sunny thing. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales, salt-marshes, music and brothers who would re-enact Redwall battles with me in the back yard. I went to an artsy sort of high-school that allowed cello recitals in the hallways and impromptu poetry slams in the cafeteria. It was there I decided that writing was what I wanted to do more than anything.

I'm officially a grownup now (I suppose one must admit that once they turn 26). My diet still includes fairytales, salt-marshes and art, but there are a few new loves thrown in. A big one is travel. Pieces of my heart are scattered like breadcrumbs all over the globe--I've bartered them off for writing inspiration, so I suppose it's a fair trade.

When I'm not cramming my earthly belongings into a backpack and waiting in airport security lines, I'm doing one of the following: Writing YA novels, Photographing weddings with my husband, Making our little white cottage more homey, Playing with my wolf pup, Trying out Korean r├ęcipes, Haunting local coffee shops with my friends.

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Review & Winners of the February FFBC!!

- 2 autographed copies of ALL THAT GLOWS with 2 tins of custom ALL THAT GLOWS tea
  • Open in the U.S. & Canada ONLY
  • There will be TWO winners
  • You must be 13 or older to enter this giveaway
  • Each day there will be available a #QOD (question of the day) in each participant blog. You can earn more points by answering the questions.
  • For those who don't know how this works, the winners will be those who have participated the most. Meaning, the winners will be those who have more points. No Rafflecopter luck this time, Book Addicts. This is all on you now! If there's a draw, then the odds will decide and this time the Rafflecopter luck would be a major factor deciding if you win or not.
Question of the Day:
 If you were a Faery, what would your Fae name be? (Yes, just make up a fun name for your awesome Faery self!) 

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  1. to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff you post. Bulk SMS Service Provider in ORISSA

  2. Thanks for the excerpt!! I can't wait for this book to come out!!!

  3. I'm looking forward to reading this! My fae name would be Sephora.

  4. My name would be Sapphyrius Jadore. I can't wait to read the book. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

  5. It is times like these I wish I lived in the US lol Good luck to all those entering! =)

    Have a great week! =)

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  6. My name would be Waterlilly

    Thanks :)

  7. I think my name is a pretty good Fairy name already. Jaime Lynn! Ain't too bad is it? Or Willow? My fairy name imaginator is broken I think!

  8. my fae name would be Willow


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