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Welcome to my stop on the Azure book tour hosted by Page Turner Book Tours!  Enjoy a spotlight of the book, Azure (Drowning In You).

 

About Chrystalla Thoma:

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Chrystalla is Greek Cypriot (hence the strange name) and likes writing about bratty, angsty boys and spunky girls in fantasy and science-fiction worlds. She writes mainly for a young adult public but not only (heed the warnings!) 

She’s currently preparing a non-fiction book about dragons, because the truth must out, and is juggling two series (“Elei’s Chronicles” and “Boreal and John Grey”).

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Title: Azure (Drowning In You)
Author: Chrystalla Thoma
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Formats Available In: Digital

 Blurb: A terrible mistake haunts college student Olivia Spencer. To escape the past, she travels to the Mediterranean island of Crete, hoping for the courage to start anew.

By the sea, she meets sexy and enigmatic Kai. But there’s more to Kai than meets the eye — and nobody wants to talk about it. The locals shun him, accusing him of magic. Kai, apparently, belongs to the sea, no matter how crazy that sounds.

Kai isn’t free to be with her or live his own life, and this is how he will stay, unless Olivia can break his curse and save him — in doing so atoning for those she failed in the past.

Contains mature content. Ages 17+

 

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Excerpt:

 Kai marched up to her table and whipped out his notepad, not looking at her. He stared at it as if it held all the secrets in the universe. “Why aren’t your friends with you?”
His cold tone was like a slap. “Do I have to answer the question or will you get me something to drink anyway?”
He glanced up, brows arching, and swallowed hard. “I’m sorry. I was just… When I saw how far you swam…” He shook his head and lowered his gaze. “Never mind.”
Hell. He’d been really worried about her. The anger left her as fast as it had come. “Markus had a heatstroke. He’ll be fine. Kirsten is nursing him back to health.”
He nodded, a jerky movement. “What can I get you?”
“A lemonade, please.” She waited but he didn’t look up, only nodded again and turned to go. “So you’re Panos’ little cousin.”
He stopped, his broad back to her, muscles bunching across his shoulders. “What did he tell you?”
“That I should hook up with him because he’s a man and you’re still a boy.”
His stance relaxed and he shook his head. “He’s an idiot.”
She snorted. “He’s very funny.” Damn, she felt weird, talking to his back. And ass. His cute ass. “And he’s nice. Like you.”
“You don’t know me.”
“Sure I do. You help me. Look out for me. You seem nice.” And hot. And kinda sad.
He turned around, his pretty lips pressed tight. “Appearances can deceive.”
“Then yours is particularly deceptive.”
A smile flickered at the corners of his mouth and she took it as a good sign. “Look, I know appearances aren’t everything. That all that shines isn’t gold and all that.”
“Is that why you threw your gold ring into the sea? Was it a fake?”
She bit her lip and shook her head. The ring had come from a true place, a true feeling — only not hers. At least she thought so. “It’s a long story.” And she didn’t feel much like talking about Justin, especially to Kai.
He took a step toward her, his gaze intense. “I have to work.”
“Oh? Sorry I’m keeping you.” She glanced around at the other tables. Nobody seemed to be looking for a waiter. “You’d better go, then.”
“I finish my shift at four.”
Was that what she thought it sounded like? “So you wanna go for a coffee afterward?”
“Yeah, sure.” He tapped his pen on the notebook, head cocked to the side, his eyes gleaming. “I want to hear the story. Will you be here?”
“I’ll come back,” she promised and watched him go, biting her lip nervously.
Holy hells, was that a date?

 

 

 

 
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Welcome to the Spark Tour hosted by Page Turner Book Tours!  Please enjoy this spotlight and don’t forget to enter the contest!

About Karyn Pearson

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Karyn Pearson is a post-grad university student with a B.A. in Anthropology, currently living in California with her two dogs. Over the years, she has created many worlds, characters, and series, which naturally makes her head a very crowded place to be.

When she’s not writing, she can be found curled up with a book, playing video games, doing research for her books on the web, or attempting to not burn the house down with another kitchen experiment, a hobby otherwise known as cooking.

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Title: Spark
Series: The Hellfire Series
Author: Karyn Pearson
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: The Writing Network
Formats Available In: Digital

Release Date: June 23, 2013

 Blurb: For centuries, the powers of Heaven and Hell have been at war, locked in a perpetual stalemate. Fifty years ago, the war spilled out on Earth and the last modern age of man ended. Humanity now finds itself at the brink of annihilation, barely surviving in small pockets of civilization scattered across the globe. But even in the direst of circumstances, the human spirit lives on.

Now, in this post-apocalypse, humanity has but one choice: resist or die. In order to combat the forces of Hell, man has learned to fight, training from their youth to hunt the demons that threaten their very existence.

Twenty-five years ago, a demon hunter dared rise against an ancient demon family, the Saligia—the Seven Deadly Sins—and was cursed for her defiance. The curse appeared in the guise of an innocent: the huntress’s own daughter, Ardentia, who had been born with a demon soul attached to her own.

In the present day, Ardentia, now grown, seeks to free her mother from her curse by hunting down the demons responsible. But the road ahead will be difficult now that the demon within her has awakened. Trusting him is dangerous, especially when he can turn on her at a moment’s notice. Others have warned her that succumbing to the demon will be her own downfall.

Now Ardentia must decide what she’s willing to lose: her mother’s freedom or herself.

 

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The demon snapped his fingers and the daemonis igni behind Ardentia grew blindingly bright and white-hot, the flames reaching over forty feet high and surging straight toward her. She froze with fear, knowing that in a few seconds she was about to die, burned alive in the fires of Hell.
“Ardentia!” Noxius was shouting. “Run! Run now!”
She was too scared to move. She could not even muster up the strength to take that first step. Somehow, even if she did run away, she knew that the flames or Gula would end up devouring her anyway.
Distantly, she could hear the voices of her comrades, yelling for her to run, to find higher ground, but still, she could not move.
Noxius snarled with irritation, muttering a stream of curses in lingua daemon.
“Idiot girl!” he hissed at her. “I’ve no other choice. I simply cannot allow us both to die here.”
And then an indescribable force slammed against the inside of Ardentia’s skull. She saw bright lights pop in front of her eyes, nearly blinded with pain, and dropped to her knees in a daze. Dimly, she could feel Noxius seizing control; his power coursed through her, flooding her with an unimaginable strength and power that she was incapable of using. Her hand started to reach for the reliquary dangling from her belt, only to feel an invisible hand within her snatching it away.
“What are you doing?” she asked weakly.
“You’ll thank me in a moment,” Noxius answered her.
Ardentia’s eyes fell shut and she thought she could hear the sound of wings being spread then close around her. If she leant to the side ever so slightly, she swore she could feel the leathery velvet of the wing brush against her cheek.
An intense heat passed over her; she realized that it was probably the demonic fire, having reached her at last. She inhaled sharply, preparing to scream as she burned in the hellish pyre, only to find that she did not need to. There was only heat but no flames. She was not burned.

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About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still – despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.

Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series ‘The Wanderer Trilogy’ and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series ‘Elemental Killers’ before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.
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Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
ASIN: B00BDQ3QGA
ISBN: 978-1-291-41025-9

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The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.
She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.
His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.
What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.
She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.
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“I will admit I scoffed at the way it started but in the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound.” Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)

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Happy with the amount of photos I had collected I started to head back out of the forest, still flicking through my shots. As well as close ups, I had taken a few landscapes and as I was almost at the edge of the forest I noticed something in one of the photographs that made me stop.
In the left hand corner was a figure that looked mostly human, but was blurred as if they were moving on the spot.
A cold shudder shot through me.
Looking over my shoulder I became slightly panicked and felt as if someone was following me.
My eyes flicked and searched the shadows. Even though there was no sign that anything had ever been behind me, the forest looked different now – dark and threatening.
Instinctively I broke away and ran, still clutching the camera that was displaying the freaky image. Surrounded by trees I didn’t stop until I was free of the forest and back in the open light and sight of my house.
Throwing open my door, I slumped against the inside of it, regaining my breath from the short sprint. Once I had recovered I looked down at the photo once more, just to make sure that I hadn’t been seeing things. The old saying “the camera never lies,” came into my mind and for the first time I wished it not to be true. Sure enough though, as I looked down at the screen, the figure was still there and this time I noticed a red and orange glow around where its feet should have been. The image almost looked like the person was on fire but I thought I would have surely noticed if there had been a burning man in front of me.

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Mia Hoddell is giving away an Amazon gift card this month only there is a slight twist: the more entries she receives the more money she will put on the gift card to giveaway! For example:

No matter what = $5
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150 entries = $15
200 entries = $20
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So if she gets 1000 entries she will give away $100, there’s no limit!

To enter all you have to do is buy or have bought Deadly to Love. It’s only $0.99 or £0.79 on Amazon for the duration of the giveaway! This will also unlock extra entries for you so you can earn more points by sharing the giveaway. Remember the more entries she gets the bigger the prize for you so share!

Link to giveaway http://miahoddell.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/appreciation-month-gift-cardkindle.html

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Welcome to today’s stop on the Hearts in Exile tour, hosted by Page Turner Book Tours…
Today, we have an excerpt from Chapter 3.

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About Mysti Parker:

 Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s six week free course, F2K.  Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

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Title: Hearts In Exile

Series: Tallenmere (stand-alone)
Author: Mysti Parker
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print
Release Date: June 3, 2013

 Blurb:   Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive. Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard’s High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria’s inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae’s descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.
Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn’s tyranny and the dark god Tyr’s abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he’s been without Loralee, presumed dead.
One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to re-establish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands.  Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.

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After a shipwreck, Sir Robert wakes up in a strange cottage, only to find Loralee, the love of his life, whom he thought had been dead for a decade… “I don’t understand. What is this place?”
“It’s an island. Very few know of its existence.”
I shook my head, trying to clear the fog of this confusing dream come to life. “But, why would you be here, and why would you be sorry? Unless…”The words wouldn’t come. My racing mind pitched in to help. Unless she didn’t want to marry me after all.  Wrenching pain I’d kept tucked inside broke free, and I clambered to my feet. Loralee
followed suit, backing herself into the small dining table. I tried, but could not hide the bitter anger in my words. “How could you do this to me? Do you have any idea what I’ve been through?”Her eyes widened. She clutched the table with one hand and her robe with the other. “What you’ve been through? I didn’t want this. I was forced here.”
“What do you mean, forced here? Where are your shackles?” My voice roared through the little cottage as I gestured around me with one arm. “Where are the bars? This looks like no prison I’ve ever seen.” Her voice cracked the air, rivaling with my own. “I was betrayed, forced into exile. Don’t you understand? I never wanted to leave you. I never wanted anything so much as I wanted you.”Pacing away, I closed my eyes and breathed deeply. I had to calm myself, to let the weight of this discovery, the improbability of her explanation to sink into my waterlogged brain.
I couldn’t bring myself to look at her just yet, so I stared at my bare feet instead. “Why didn’t you tell me, write to me?”“I tried. I begged the supply ship crew to bring my letters to you. They always took them, but never brought one in return. I suspect they destroyed them, but I had no way of knowing.” She sucked in a shaky breath as though trying to hold back her tears. “I never stopped loving you.” Turning back to face her, I felt like a mindless beast. Here I was, raging against the love of my life when she’d all but been brought back from the dead. “Loralee.” I eased toward her. She cringed. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you.”
Without a word, I leaned in and pressed my forehead to hers, allowing myself to breathe in her scent for the first time in a decade. We stood suspended like that for a while, lost in time, and emerging from a purgatory neither of us had imagined ten years ago. I would have been content to stand like that forever, but Loralee burst into tears and wilted to the floor.I followed her down and opened the quilt to wrap us both inside. I held her tight while she cried. While I cried.
I finally got enough breath to speak again. “What did you mean by forced here? They told me you were…” I couldn’t say it, not with her warm and so very alive against me.“I know.”
The weight of it all came crashing down on me. “This is my fault, isn’t it? You’re here because of me.”She made no attempt to wipe her cheeks, but shook her head and stared at the rafters as though entreating the gods. “No, it’s not your fault. Not at all. There is so much to explain, I don’t know where to start.”
I couldn’t comprehend any of it, so I focused on the here and now. “You found me on the shore?”She nodded.
“The crew, Francis…did you find anyone else out there?”
“No, I had Xax-, I mean, no, I searched but didn’t find anyone else.”
The familiar weight of grief squeezed my chest, and a few more tears escaped before I could stop them. She pulled me close and whispered, “I’m so sorry. I know how much you loved him. We all did.”
“We all grieved for you. You’ve been here…all this time?”“Yes.”
“By the gods, Loralee, I’ve missed you so much.” I put my wet cheek against hers and pressed my lips to her soft skin. “Part of me died the day I thought you… please…just tell me how you ended up here.”Loralee took a few deep breaths and finally pulled away from me. She caressed my cheek and smiled weakly. “I’ll make us a pot of tea. And then, I think we should start at the beginning, back to the Great Plague and when we first met. Do you remember that?”Smiling past the sadness, I covered her hand with mine and closed my eyes. “How could I ever forget?”

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 Hello and welcome to my stop on the Split Decisions Tour, brought to you by Page Turner Book Tours and

 

Title: Split Decisions
Author: Carmen DeSousa
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: 5 Prince Books
Formats Available In: All eBook formats & Print
Release Date: June 27, 2013
Digital: ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-65-3
ISBN 10: 1-939217-65-2
Print: ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-66-0
ISBN 10: 1-939217-66-0

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Blurb: Sometimes you want something so badly you are willing to abandon everything.
Eighteen years ago, Jaynee Monroe married the man of her dreams, became the mother of four, and fulfilled her career goals. About to turn forty, she senses something is missing from her idyllic life. While Googling her name in an attempt to find herself, she unearths something so impossible, she contemplates her own sanity. Seeking answers, she embarks on a journey to discover the truth, only to end up abducted by a deranged Caycee took the road less traveled. Rejecting a marriage proposal from the only decent man she ever knew, she ventures to California to become famous.
Eighteen years later, success has left her alone and miserable. Attempting to locate her lost love on Facebook, she discovers his infatuation with her. Not only does his presumed-dead wife have Caycee’s uncommon middle name, it appears he has photo-shopped her face over hers.

Never could Caycee and Jaynee have imagined decisions they made years earlier would threaten not only their lives but also their loved ones. Caycee must now reunite with the southern gent she dismissed eighteen years ago and convince him to accompany her to New York to locate his wife, the most important person in both their lives.

 Excerpt:  Jaynee awoke with a start, salty tears streaming down her cheeks, burning her already chapped lips. She attempted to swallow, but didn’t have enough saliva to moisten her mouth. It’d just been a nightmare. The nightmare she used to have nightly after her father committed suicide. Though, she hadn’t had it in years. Not since Jordan had taken her away from her previous life, providing a stable home, love, and strong arms to shield her from the demons that haunted her.
Unfortunately, Jordan wasn’t here, and her surroundings were all too real. Pinpricks of sunlight streaked through the corners of the shaded windows, illuminating the dust motes dancing in the air.
The room was still dark in most spots, but she could almost make out her surroundings. It looked like a cabin of some sort. The walls were a dingy off-white or possibly just stained from years of exposure, but the ceiling and trim were dark wood along with the slatted floors. A musty scent permeated the area, irritating her sinuses, but she couldn’t even scratch her nose. Cuffs still secured her to the four bedposts. What kind of sicko would do such a thing?  Her arms and legs ached from the position they’d been in all night, and she had to go to the bathroom something awful.
When she opened her mouth to speak, nothing but a croak escaped, leaving a trail of lava in her parched throat. “Hel-lo?” Though her voice had cracked, she attempted to sound friendly. Screaming or sobbing wouldn’t do any good. Not that she had the strength or vocal cords anyway.
She wasn’t in the city; only the country would be as dark as it’d been last night when her assailant brought her here. Even if she screamed her head off, no one would hear.
“Please,” she tried again. “I really have to use the bathroom.”
The door opened finally, the hinges protesting in a lengthy screech, begging for oil. Her captor entered the room still wearing a black ski mask, gloved, and the same dark jeans and thick overcoat he’d had on the previous evening. He wasn’t too tall or heavy. If given the chance, she could probably take him. Jordan had taught her a few things. But as long as he had the gun trained on her, she’d have to be submissive.
His gauntleted hand unlocked just one of her wrists. Then placing the key in her hand, he stepped back. Obviously she was to unlock her other restraints. She didn’t waste any time. She unlatched her left hand, then both of her ankles. After rubbing them to increase circulation, she jumped out of the bed on the opposite side of her detainer. He motioned with the gun that she should move to the door on the far side of the room. She did as instructed, opening the door to a small bathroom with just a sink and toilet. No window. She quickly relieved herself. It felt incredible; she’d actually been in pain.
When finished, she opened the medicine cabinet and cubbyhole under the sink, finding nothing usable as a weapon. Both rooms were completely barren, stripped of everything.
The abduction had not been a coincidence, but premeditated.
About Carmen DeSousa:  A romantic-suspense writer, Carmen DeSousa’s books overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a great story be without a tragic event setting the stage?  Her sensual and gripping mysteries have earned bestseller status on three continents because of her ability to make readers love, laugh, cry, gasp, and hope.
All of Carmen’s novels are standalones; however, she does link each f her stories with a little surprise. If you read out of order, you’ll never notice. But if you read in order, it’s fun.

Find her novels in print and eBook formats at your favorite retailer: 
She Belongs to Me – December 2011 
Land of the Noonday Sun – May 2012 
Entangled Dreams – September 2012 
When Noonday Ends – December 2012 
Split Decisions – June 2013 

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Thank you for stopping by and joining us for our stop on the Read-A-Long portion of The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang virtual tour. We are excited to post this segment of the story and we hope you enjoy it too! 

 

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On the cusp of freedom, Adrian Stannis is plunged into the world of bounty hunters and rebels, each one valuing his head with the kind of single-minded intensity that does not bode well for his dream of peace and a fully stocked lab in a quiet and obscure corner of the galaxy. 

Dragged along against his will by a barbarian intent on selling him back to the Empire, Adrian ‘accidentally’ kidnaps an emergency room doctor–because that is the kind of thing he does, while Kali and Bryce try to find him and become embroiled in an adventure of their own, one that leads to a sinister mystery that might destroy them all.

Part adventure, part misadventure, this tale packs one punch after another until the final shocking ending.

 

 
 
 

 The Rebels – Chapter 15 

Adrian stared at the self-professed rebel with a blank expression on his face. If the man had said two-headed aliens, he could not have been more surprised. “You’re not smugglers.”
We’re free traders,” said Trey. There was a confident lift of his head, as if the title were a uniform he wore proudly.
Smugglers with a different name,” he said dismissively, twisting his wrists in the cuffs, trying to ease the spreading numbness. Knowing who these people were did not tell him if they intended to honor an agreement bound only by commerce.
Trey leaned forward, his fingers tensing around the grip, aiming a little too close to Adrian’s head. “We’re free traders.”
Semantics.”
We transport supplies for the rebel alliance.”
For a hefty price most likely,” said Adrian with an insulting lilt. He knew the rates these smugglers charged for their ‘transportation services’. It had cost a sizeable chunk of the bounty hunter’s bank account. It was a piece of information he had not seen fit to tell Argus yet.
We have to eat.”
You could buy a chain of restaurants with the money I’m paying you.”
Yeah well, we have to live,” Trey said defensively, emphasizing this with a wave of the muzzle in Adrian’s face.
Adrian followed the movement nervously. With the proximity of the gun, it only took a single mistake to be the last one and he currently didn’t have the luxury of moving out of its way.
He kept his voice even. “Which is why I contacted you. What I did not expect was your affiliation with the rebels.”
You have something against rebels?”
I have no feelings about them one way or the other.”
You should considering who you are.”
Adrian fixed him with a penetrating stare. He was getting a suffocating feeling, the kind where people were making plans for his life without consulting him first. Why did they always do that? Why couldn’t people leave him alone?
What do you intend to do with me?” he asked.
The sharp bark of a phaser cut off any chance for a reply, followed by several bursts in quick succession. Adrian stretched his cuffs towards the door, his ears straining.
Trey’s lips curled in a nervy half-smile. “It’s your friend. We set a trap for him.”
He’s not my friend. He’s a killer.”
If only he had a few more seconds, long enough for Trey to respond to the question. Unanswered, it hung in the air like a noose waiting for a neck.
You paid us to neutralize him. He’s going to be neutralized.”
The shots stopped, filling the pause with a sinister silence.
A growing uneasiness made Adrian’s skin crawl. “What do you mean by neutralize?”
Trey motioned him to be quiet and put his ear to the door.
You’re going to kill him?”
The free trader whispered, “That’s what you paid for. Sounds like they’re done.”
The bottom dropped out of Adrian’s stomach and his face paled. These people weren’t supposed to be assassins. They were supposed to capture the bounty hunter and remove him as a threat. He leaned into the cuffs and they bit into his wrists with malice. It never occurred to him that ‘neutralize’ would involve killing.
He took a shuddering breath. “You made a mistake. I made a mistake.”
What?” Trey turned to ask when the door burst open, knocking him back as a fist hammered into the side of his head. He dropped like a dead weight, thudding to the deck as Argus shoved the door the rest of the way.
Adrian froze at the appearance of the hulking ex-soldier and a wave of relief washed over him.
We have to get out of here,” Argus wheezed, pressing a rapidly spreading red stain on his right side just below the ribs. His eyes were bright, feverish. “It was a trap. They were going to sell us to the Empire.”
Adrian refrained from correcting him. He looked down at the unconscious Trey. With the bounty hunter alive and here, it only left one possibility. “You killed the others?”
What do you think?” Argus staggered over and unlocked the handcuffs.
Of course you did. That’s what killers do.” Adrian’s hands clenched as his wrists pulled free.
Don’t even think it,” growled Argus, the muzzle of his gun magically appearing under Adrian’s chin, forcing it up.
I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
I’m injured, not dead. Even with one arm and one leg, I can still beat you to a pulp, so don’t try anything.”
I wasn’t thinking of it.”
Then you’re either a liar or a fool. This would be the perfect opportunity to try something.”
I don’t need to knock you out to escape; I only have to wait. The blood loss will take care of the rest.”
Don’t hold your breath.” Argus grabbed a towel from the shelf and pressed it to his blood-soaked shirt. He cinched his belt over it and zipped up the jacket. “Let’s go.” He shoved the rucksack into Adrian’s hands.

 

~~~

 

Kali covered her nose, suppressing a sneeze. Every brush of her knees on the metal tunnel, every whisper, echoed in the confined space, sounding unnaturally loud.
Bryce crawled ahead, holding a hand torch in his left hand. He rapped it on the side and the thing flickered.
Damn. I think the charge is going.”
We’d better move faster then.”
You don’t have to tell me twice.”
Adrian felt close; she was almost certain he was in the spaceport, or at least nearby. They had to find him soon.
We should have used the service entrance,” she whispered.
And get ourselves caught? No thanks,” said Bryce. He brushed aside a cobweb and yelped as a red-spotted spider skittered away.
What’s wrong?”
It was just…nothing.”
I have a feeling Adrian’s close. He may already be on a ship.”
In the shadows, Bryce was a dark blog twisting around to look at her.
Then we’re sunk.”
No, we’re not. I’m not giving up.” She pushed his leg. “Keep going.”
It’s too bad you can’t tell where he is.” He continued forward.
You know I can’t do that with humans.”
Yeah, I know. We’re too alien for you.”
We’re not that different,” said Kali. It was an old prejudice she generally tended to ignore. “Tellarans are human too, or humanoid as you Earthers like to call us. The original settlers on our world came from Earth over a millennia ago. Genetically, we’re identical except for two genes that encourage psi abilities.”
He slowed again. “I thought all Tellarans had psi abilities.”
Not all of us, but there are more with each successive generation.”
I didn’t know that.”
It’s not common knowledge.”
It was information Adrian had taken the time to research when they first met. His natural mistrust of people drove him to find out as much as he could about the woman who had been assigned to work with him, but she had sensed something else, an undercurrent of personal interest.
She continued, “My people believed the human condition could be improved through genetic engineering. They weren’t looking for psi abilities specifically. At first, we thought it was a flaw in the genome.”
Some flaw. I’d love to be able to read minds.”
You’re only thinking about the uses of telepathy.”
Of course.”
Not the ramifications. It wasn’t easy for the progenitors. Some became insane before we realized what was happening. Some were driven mad because they couldn’t shut out the voices in their heads. Now mental discipline is mandatory and—”
Ow!” Bryce rubbed his head.
Now what?”
We’re here.”

 

 ~~~

 

 Adrian shifted the rucksack to his left hand. It didn’t seem this heavy when the bounty hunter was carrying it. He shuffled along, a combination of weariness and the need to draw out the time until this man collapsed.
The ham-fisted hand at his collar yanked back and Adrian choked.
Quit stalling, Stannis,” Argus rasped.
I’m still waiting.”
I’m still breathing.” Argus twisted the material and pushed him ahead.
Adrian gasped. “Not much from the sounds of it.”
Their boots clanged on the mesh as they headed for the stairs. If only there was something he could do to speed the process along. How much blood did one person have to lose in order to fall unconsciousness?
The injured man leaned on his shoulder, hissing through clenched teeth. “Keep going.”
Even if we get off this ship, you cannot get very far in your condition.”
Don’t bet on it.”
I’m not a gambling man, but it wouldn’t be much of a gamble.”
Kali’s words entered his mind. Adrian, we’re inside the port. Try to stay on the planet until we can find you.
A hatch creaked opened on the right and two men in faded military fatigues rushed at them from a side gangway, aiming at the closest target, which appeared to be Adrian’s head.
No!” Argus shouted, jerking back, sending Adrian flying. The first bark of his gun sliced through the air as a tracer tore into the right side of his chest. He staggered, crashing into the rail with an oomph as he continued firing, grabbing onto the top bar for support.
Adrian smashed into a closed hatchway and crumpled to the gangway, stunned. The freshly painted gray walls swam towards him as he fought to stay conscious. The rest of the scene played out like a slow-moving dream as he clutched at a rail to pull himself up but couldn’t seem to reach it.
Short spears of deadly rays flared on the metal walls like a celebratory light display. Panels sparked and one burst into dancing flames of partially nude women. One of them looked like Kali. Adrian shook his head and groaned as an upsurge of nausea overtook him. He forced his mind to stay focused.
Double bursts hit one crew member and he toppled like a statue with its legs cut off at the knees. The other screamed as a fiery beam plunged into the middle of his chest. His pistol dropped from slack hands and he fell forward.
The bounty hunter slid down the railing, his gun still clasped tightly in fingers that seemed molded to the grip. The adrenaline-fueled flame in his eyes dulled as he slumped forward. It was the last thing Adrian remembered before a rush of darkness washed over him.

 

 ~~~

 

 Argus groaned and lifted his head. Death rattled in his lungs and a heavy weight of agony crushed down on his chest. It took all his strength to drag air into his lungs.
The gray-coveralled attackers lay where they fell.
It was a good battle and he was the last man left…lying down. He chuckled and groaned as pain clawed through his body. His blood dribbled down, squeezing through the mesh and splashing to the deck below.
In a way, it was a relief.
He angled his head back. Stannis lay on the walkway like a folded up rag. The man was finally free and he wasn’t conscious enough to appreciate it.
At least he finally stop talking, a minor miracle. The man was determined though, and he was loyal to his friends. It made him somewhat tolerable.
It was too bad that it was only a matter of time before he was caught.
His hand curled tighter around the gun. It was an old friend, staying with him longer than anyone he had ever known.
They were a good team, mainly reliable and almost as deadly as he was. He slid the safety into place and tossed it carefully.

 

 

Also, Elizabeth Lang has shared with us exclusive pictures from The Empire Series 

  

To read more of the Read-A-Long please follow the tour schedule… 

03/03/2013 – Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways –  Chapter 1

04/03/2013 – Vixie’s Stories – Chapter 2

05/03/2013 – Decadent Decisions –  Chapter 3

06/03/2013 – Reviews From Beyond the Book – Chapter 4

 07/03/2013 – Great Alpha Speaks – Chapter 5

09/03/2013 – The Edible Bookshelf – Chapter 6

10/03/2013 – Independent Writers Association – Chapter 7

11/03/2013 – Self Publish or Die – Chapter 8

12/03/2013 – Natasha Larry Books – Chapter 9

13/03/2013 – Michelle Anderson-Picarella – Chapter 10

17/03/2013 – Sheenah Freitas – Chapter 11

18/03/2013 – Castle Macabre – Chapter 12

19/03/2013 – My World – Chapter 13

20/03/2013 – Reading, Writing And More – Chapter 14

21/03/2013 – Ami R Blackwelder – Chapter 15 

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About Elizabeth Lang: 

I’m a science fiction writer who started off life as a computer programmer with a love for reading, especially science fiction, fantasy and mystery. Being in computers, I found my writing skills deteriorating so I decided to take up writing. It became a joy to create characters, stories and worlds and writing soon became a passion I couldn’t put down. As a writer, I like to explore, not only the complexity of characters but the human condition from differing points of view. That is at the heart of the Empire series, of which ‘The Empire’ and ‘The Rebels’ are the first two of a four books series. 
You can connect with Elizabeth Lang at the following places: 

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Page Turner Book Tours is fronted by the face behind Read2Review, Kate. Page Turner Book Tours has been put together to help promote authors and give something back to the writing world. Kate has put together a team of incredibly talented people to help with the project by incorporating their individual skills into making new, fresh and exciting promotional plans that we hope you agree are amazing. If you would like to book a tour with Page Turner Book Tours please check out their tour packages. If you would like to become a tour host with Page Turner Book Tours please check out their Tour Host page. You wont be disappointed! 

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 Thank you for stopping by and joining us for our stop on the Read-A-Long portion of The Empire by Elizabeth Lang virtual tour. We are excited to post this segment of the story and we hope you enjoy it too! 

 Blurb: 

“It will be interesting to discover which will make you beg. Will it be the pain or the pleasure?”
How do you tame a man without breaking his spirit?
The galaxy is under siege from alien invaders. The Empire is the only force that stands in the gap, trading the freedom of its citizens for a tenuous security.
Amidst this chaos, Lt. Adrian Stannis is a brilliant scientist trying to stay out of the limelight. He hides on a research vessel plying the Outer Rim and finds peace of a sort with Kali Mirren, a psi-enabled humanoid. But his days of anonymity may be coming to an end. Someone has discovered his secret and is determined to make him pay for his treachery. He must finish the project he abandoned years ago, one the Council deems essential in its fight against the aliens, but things are never that simple where Adrian is concerned.
Is he more man than machine, or have years hiding behind a mountain of logic eroded his humanity? Can he learn to love and will he be able to survive the tangled web of political expediency and psychological manipulation that surrounds him?
Will Kali be able to save him from himself, or is there a mystery surrounding him that may explode in their faces?
Everyone wants to know the truth, but will it set them free? 

The Empire – Chapter 14 

 Adrian charged into his cabin, tearing off his lab coat and uniform. He threw the clothes on the floor, not caring where they landed, and stepped into the shower. All he felt was Boudreaux’s hands on his body, everywhere. It had been terrible and overwhelming. His body warmed in memory and his pulse quickened.
No! He pounded his fist on the tiled wall.
Her seductive voice whispered in his mind. But I am never far, not for you. You will never be able to escape me.
Adrian twisted the temperature controls to the coldest setting, choosing the strongest jet spray, and slapped the ON switch. He gasped and every muscle tightened as cold water blasted his body, strangling any hint of warmth. His body shuddered violently and desire waned. He plunged his head into the cold streams; his mouth opening in shock as his brain froze, driving out all thoughts of the woman who haunted his life. His whole body tensed against the onslaught of cold driving against his skin.
It was good. Cleansing. Numbing cold. Washing away all traces of weakness. Of Boudreaux.
He could almost forget her name, but not quite. Not yet.
Adrian ordered himself to relax and braced his hands flat against the wall, forcing himself to stay. He needed the cold to touch his core, seeking to numb himself to everything, losing everything except the one person who meant the most to him.
~~~
Kali was tired but happy when she returned to her cabin after the po st-diplomatic briefing. The negotiations had been a resounding success and she had impressed the Admiral and his staff with her competence and psi abilities.
A gentle smile spread across her face when she heard the strong splashes of water in the bathroom. Adrian must be washing up for the evening.
The Admiral had been bombarded with news about the Neutron Wave tests the moment he stepped off the teleport platform. The news was almost as good as the success of the Verindi negotiations, at least for the people on the ship. She knew it wouldn’t be for Adrian.
Kali sighed and loosened the high collar, shrugging off the stiff formal jacket with a sigh of relief. It was only then she noticed Adrian’s clothes lying in a tangled pile on the floor. This was unusual for a man organized to the point of obsessive-compulsiveness. He must be troubled about the progress of the Neutron Wave Project or Kegan and Boudreaux had broken through his barriers, shattering his control. Damn them.
She opened up her perceptions and reached towards the bathroom, and gasped at the cold nothingness from his mind. “Adrian!” Kali rushed into the shower. Adrian was standing as frigid water splashed down over him. He was a hunched over, his arms and legs spread, and his hands flat on the wall. Just like someone bowing to the authority of a Security officer who was about to search him. His body shook like a leaf fluttering in the wind.
It was freezing. A quick search revealed the water temperature. She hit the OFF button and the water cut out immediately.
“Adrian, why?” She hugged him, willing warmth into his body as she reached for a fluffy towel from the rack and wrapped it around him. For a moment, he stayed in the same position. He didn’t seem to hear or feel her.
There was an agonized exhalation of breath and his head moved slowly, looking up at the nozzle. His lips were blue. With a shaky hand he reached for the ON switch
“No!” Kali pushed his hand away but he reached for it again. They wrestled as she stepped into the shower but his limbs were heavy, sluggish.
She held him as he struggled, trying to push her away. His eyes were empty and that chilled her even more than the frigid water that soaked her shirt.
She didn’t like to use her psi abilities without his permission but Kali reached into his mind, pushing, trying to find the places he left open for her. Adrian, don’t do this. Tell me what’s wrong.
The cold turned to pain as his eyes focused on her face. “K-K-ali?” He stopped struggling and sagged against her as she led him back into the cabin.
He stared blankly and was unresisting as she lay him on the bed and covered him with several heavy blankets. His eyes closed and he fell into an exhausted sleep. Kali brushed her fingers across his face, waiting for it to relax and lose its harsh lines, but it never did. Somewhere inside he could not sleep, he could not rest.
She slipped under the covers beside him and hugged him, pressing her body to his as her mind sent him as much calm and warmth as she could.
~~~
“You know, it wouldn’t hurt to say something nice once in a while,” gr umbled Bryce, as he and Kerril lined up to watch the latest action holovid.
A guaranteed heart thumper. At least that was the buzz around the ship. Bryce was looking forward to this. In the lower level grids where he grew up, they had holovids but only the barest minimum in sensory inputs. He tried not to let his enthusiasm show too much. It would ruin the cool, experienced, man-about-the-galaxy image he was keeping with Kerril.
“By which you mean, nice to you I presume?” asked Kerril.
“Well, you know, I wouldn’t mind if some of it accidentally came my way. I wouldn’t want you to strain yourself.”
She stared at him, studying his face as if he were something under a microscope. “You have nice teeth,” she said seriously.
“I…what?” he asked, mystified.
“You wanted me to say something nice.”
“But…but,” he sputtered, “That was it? I have nice teeth? Who says that?”
“I did.”
“But—” He was at a loss for words.
“You don’t like it?” She seemed hurt and that deflated any outrage Bryce was feeling.
“No. I mean, yes. Uh. I’ll take whatever I can get.”
Kerril flashed him a dazzling smile. “And you’re great fun to tease.”
“You mean…” Bryce sighed and returned a wry smile of his own. “Don’t forget fun to insult at parties too.”
The line moved. “How did I ever get along without you?”
“Luck?” They passed through the doors into the theatre hall. Bryce suppressed a rush of excitement. The walls had a brilliant sheen that reflected the best in holovid technology. It was going to be out of this world. They found their seats and sat down. “This must be really good. The place is packed.”
“That’s what they say.” She leaned back and adjusted the sensory inputs. “I heard about the success of the Neutron Wave Project. Congratulations.”
Bryce stared at her, not expecting the change in topic, and even more surprised that she was making the effort to be nice twice in a row.
“I didn’t have anything to do with it. It was the Lieutenant. He’s brilliant.” He copied her movements and marveled at the plush comfort of the couch-like chairs and the sophistication of the sensory technology. The Sedener had nothing compared to this, just tables pushed out of the way in the mess hall.
“You help him.”
“Well, barely.” He flipped up the menu screen and scrolled through the options. “Which POV are you choosing?”
“I usually pick all of them.”
“But that’s no fun. Where’s the mystery?”
“This is an action vid.” Her eyes narrowed. “What’s the intimacy rating on this?”
~~~
The next morning, Adrian shuddered and his eyes opened. Kali was snuggled up against him, her body thawing the ice at his core.
Memories filtered back in a haze. He remembered standing in the shower as frigid water rushed over his body, chilling him to the bone. Kali had been there. It was a vague memory but she must have helped him.
She was always helping him. Adrian’s eyes closed, shutting out her image and hating himself for not being able to handle things on his own.
“Adrian? Are you awake?” Kali stirred beside him, her clothed body rubbing lightly along his unclothed one.
“Yes.”
“How do you feel?”
“Fine.” “I don’t suppose you want to talk about what happened in the shower last night?”
“Not particularly.” He rolled away from her and contemplated the bare white ceiling.
Kali sighed loudly. “We’re headed to Serias Four next to pick up some supplies. The Admiral is going to allow some R&R. Would you like to come to town with me?”
“I can’t.” Adrian didn’t want to explain that he couldn’t leave the ship because of the implant in his head. It was too private, too embarrassing, like having a leash no one could see. “I have work to do.”
“You need a break.”
He turned to face her. “I will rest after the Project is finished.” Adrian drew his thumb along the curve of her jaw. For now, the shower had achieved its purpose. Boudreaux was a fading presence, held back by memories of the numbing cold.
He felt clean and secure with Kali. There were no pressures to perform or people to push him down. He leaned closer and kissed her lightly, pleased that he could do that at least.
~~~
Chell poured himself a cup of coffee from a container in the side tab le, dropped in a cream cube and stirred the murky depths with a spoon.
The heady aroma of smoked vanilla tickled his nostrils. Just the scent of it made him more alert. “You were saying, sir?”
They were in the Admiral’s office discussing the impromptu trip to Serias 4. “We’re picking up a psychostrategist for Stannis.”
He sank into the leather-like couch across from Verel. “A psychostrategist? That’s not good.”
“He is taking authority over Stannis’ case.”
As the Admiral drank his coffee, Chell shook his head. “Case? That makes him sound like a project.”
“He is someone’s.”
“Does that mean we won’t be able to assist him?”
Verel sighed as he put his cup down on the table. The golden fist emblem of the Empire glinted on its side, reminding him of his allegiance and that he was only an instrument for someone else’s policy. “We’ll do what we can.”
“I’ve had a report from Security Section. Seems Kegan told them Stannis has rebel leanings. They want to remind you that this is a serious matter and they should be allowed to handle it.”
“They do, do they?” The spiked edge in Verel’s tone could have cut through armor plating. “Tell them they do not have the security clearance to handle Stannis.” His smile was humorless and his eyes were dark, unforgiving pools. “If they do not back down, demote the whole section one pay grade.”
“With pleasure, sir.” Chell grinned.

 

Also Elizabeth Lang has shared with us an exclusive picture from The Empire Series 

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  To read more of the Read-A-Long please follow the tour schedule… 

03/03/2013 – Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways –  Chapter 1

04/03/2013 – Vixie’s Stories – Chapter 2

05/03/2013 – Decadent Decisions –  Chapter 3

06/03/2013 – Reviews From Beyond the Book – Chapter 4 

07/03/2013 – Great Alpha Speaks – Chapter 5 

09/03/2013 – The Edible Bookshelf – Chapter 6 

10/03/2013 – Independent Writers Association – Chapter 7 

11/03/2013 – Self Publish or Die – Chapter 8

 12/03/2013 – Natasha Larry Books – Chapter 9

 13/03/2013 – Michelle Anderson-Picarella – Chapter 10

 17/03/2013 – Sheenah Freitas – Chapter 11

 18/03/2013 – Castle Macabre – Chapter 12

 19/03/2013 – My World – Chapter 13

 20/03/2013 – Reading, Writing And More – Chapter 14

 21/03/2013 – Ami R Blackwelder – Chapter 15 

Page Turner Book Tours and Elizabeth Lang have teamed together to set up an amazing contest, be sure to enter today for your chance to win a KOBO MINI!! 

http://pageturnerbooktours.blogspot.com/

Buy Links:

About Elizabeth Lang: 

I’m a science fiction writer who started off life as a computer programmer with a love for reading, especially science fiction, fantasy and mystery. Being in computers, I found my writing skills deteriorating so I decided to take up writing. It became a joy to create characters, stories and worlds and writing soon became a passion I couldn’t put down. As a writer, I like to explore, not only the complexity of characters but the human condition from differing points of view. That is at the heart of the Empire series, of which ‘The Empire’ and ‘The Rebels’ are the first two of a four books series. 

You can connect with Elizabeth Lang at the following places: 

Author Page on FaceBook | Blog | Twitter | Website 

About Page Turner Book Tours:

Page Turner Book Tours is fronted by the face behind Read2Review, Kate. Page Turner Book Tours has been put together to help promote authors and give something back to the writing world. Kate has put together a team of incredibly talented people to help with the project by incorporating their individual skills into making new, fresh and exciting promotional plans that we hope you agree are amazing. If you would like to book a tour with Page Turner Book Tours please check out their tour packages. If you would like to become a tour host with Page Turner Book Tours please check out their Tour Host page. You wont be disappointed! 

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 Welcome to the Prowl Trilogy tour hosted by I Luv Tours. Today we are featuring an excerpt from the second book, Entice.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

From Goodreads:  Mackenzie is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday and upcoming high school graduation. Until an unwelcome visitor from her past appears, threatening her future plans.
Will she ever be free?
Armed with a new weapon and the boy she loves by her side, Mackenzie prepares to fight. She doesn’t realize that she is about to step into the ultimate battle between good and evil, where the stakes are higher than ever before.

To see my review of the first book, Prowl, click here.
For my review of the second book, Entice, click here.

Excerpt From Unveil

Tears filled my eyes. “I love you, Isaac. I do. That hasn’t changed.  It’s just that Tanner and I have spent a lot of time together and we’ve been through a lot.”  I looked back at Tanner who was watching me with an expectant look on his face.  “I care about him.”  I faced Isaac again.  “I care about both of you.”
Isaac sighed. “You can’t have us both.”
“He’s right,” Tanner chimed in. “You have to choose.”
I bit my lip and stared into Isaac’s eyes. I knew I loved him, but did I love Tanner too?  I wasn’t sure. How could I choose between them?
“Kenzie?”  Tanner asked.  I looked at my friend, my protector, the boy who had spent the last few months looking out for me.  He had just professed his love for me and all I wanted to do was run into his arms and tell him I loved him back.
“Kenzie?” Isaac asked.  Glancing at my boyfriend, my heart tugged.  Before tonight I had been convinced he was my soul mate.  I had wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He was the first boy I had truly loved.  I’d missed him for so long that I wanted so badly to hold him and kiss him and tell him how much I loved him.
Why did this have to be so hard?  No matter what I chose, I couldn’t win.  By choosing one, I would hurt the other.  The thought was more than I could bear.  And yet, I knew they were right. I had to choose.  It was time to make a decision.
I glanced up. The minute our eyes locked, I knew.  It was him.  He held my heart.  He was the one I truly loved.
I opened my mouth, ready to share my decision.

The Giveaway

What you can win: One (1) e-book from the Prowl Trilogy (Prowl or Entice or Unveil). Open internationally. There will be only one winner from this blog throughout the tour, although I will have a post for each book in the trilogy. Giveaway ends October 25th.

How you win:  Comment on this and/or one of the other posts I have for this tour.  Extra points given for:  following the author’s blog, http://www.ambergarza.wordpress.com/ and following this blog.

Please leave your email in the comment, along with details for any of the extra points.

There will also be a tour-wide giveaway. All three (3) e-books of The Prowl Trilogy + Surprise to one winner. Open INTERNATIONAL, ENDS October 30, 2012. To enter this giveaway and find the tour schedule, click here.

 You can buy the books via the following links:
Prowl in paperback
Prowl on Kindle
Entice in paperback
Entice on Kindle
Unveil in paperback
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