April 29, 2014

BLOG TOUR + SCAVENGER HUNT GIVEAWAY (STOP 2): Fledgling by Nicole Conway

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Welcome to STOP 2 on the Fledgling blog tour and scavenger hunt!
For my stop, I have an excerpt from Fledgling + a guest post where you will "meet" our main character, Jaevid!

Title: Fledgling
Author: Nicole Conway
Publication date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult

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.

(Note: The secret word for the Rafflecopter is in this excerpt.)
It was a lot harder than it sounds. Not the trading itself, that part was easy, but I had to be very sneaky about it. I was always on the watch for guards, or humans. Gray elf children were rare, even in the ghettos. Any elf living in the kingdom of Maldobar as a refugee was absolutely not allowed to have children. It was forbidden. Having children was a great way to get thrown into a prison camp, or worse.
But I didn’t just have to worry about that. It was bad enough to be a gray elf kid, hiding until you were old enough to be overlooked. But I was a halfbreed. My father was a human from Maldobar. So instead of looking at me with anger, everyone looked at me like I was a cockroach. The humans didn’t like me touching their stuff because I was mixed with the filthy, wild blood of a gray elf. If they hadn’t liked my mother’s produce so much, they probably would have turned me in to the guards. The gray elves didn’t like me, either. But there was a very strict code amongst them: you didn’t betray your own kind no matter what. So they ignored me rather than ratting me out to the city guards.  
I really didn’t fit anywhere, except with my mother. She loved me unconditionally. She was the most beautiful person in the world. Her hair was long and silvery white, and her eyes were like stars. All gray elves had eyes like that. When she smiled at me, her eyes would shine like gemstones in the light, as white and pale as diamonds with faint flecks of blue, yellow, and green in them.

***Guest Post***
Name: Jaevid “Jae” Broadfeather
Age: 15
Race: Halfbreed mix of human and gray elf
Occupation: Fledgling dragonrider
Height: 5’5”
Build: Boyish and scrawny
Eyes: Pale blue
Hair: Long and jet black

Jaevid isn’t exactly what you might expect from a dragonrider. He’s small, timid, and his mixed racial heritage makes him everyone’s last choice for a new recruit. Normally, there’s no way he would ever be allowed inside Blybrig Academy as a student to train with the other new riders. But when a wild dragon named Mavrik chooses him as a rider, no one can keep Jaevid from embracing his destiny. He was born to be a dragonrider, and now nothing can stand in his way . . . well, except for maybe the Lord General, a king drake, and a prison camp full of guards.

But what is Jaevid really like? Sure, he may be small and scrawny, but he’s got a big heart and plenty of room to grow. He’ll never back down when it comes to protecting his friends. He’s still getting the hang of using his bizarre ability to talk to animals, and he’s got a lot left to learn about being a soldier before he ever reaches the battlefront. But with new friends and a fire-breathing dragon to watch his back, Jaevid’s future as a dragonrider is definitely looking bright!

 About the Author:
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.

Author Links:
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Purchase Links:

  • 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)
  • One (1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Fledgling by Nicole Conway AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)
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