We've gotten a little taste of Simon and Josh, and we've met Ash. Now it's time for a sneak peak at a Druid ritual! To check out more teasers, click on the link to the right, or download a free sample for Kindle or Nook.
Walking to the center of the circle, Simon held the blood-filled vessel up to the sky. “By earth, air, water and fire,” he said, his voice ringing, “and by our blood, we invoke the strength of flame, of living, breathing things, of stone, spring, and the sea. We invoke the strength of the very air around us and in our lungs, and we invoke the strength of thunder.”
As he said the words, a great gust of wind blew through the glade, whipping my hair off my face. I could almost feel the earth shift beneath me, almost hear the faint rumble of thunder in the distance. My mouth was full of the taste of blood, and my skin shivered under the touch of the wind.
For a moment, we all stared at each other, our eyes wide.
Did that just—what was that?
And the description:
For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.
Spending two months with her mom, Dr. Mike (don’t call him her stepdad), and their pooping, puking infant son? Not what she had in mind. It’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix (leather and spit-up so do not mix).
Not only does she get put on diaper duty (gag), but there’s also Dr. Mike’s cute research assistant to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than her trying to plant one on him hours after they meet? Knowing he’ll be a witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long.
So when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, the summer suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she expected. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom...and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.
Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.
In other news, I finally got to the bookstore yesterday to use my Christmas giftcards! And boy did I score! Check out this awesome new stack of books I've added to my collection! :-)
(Why the pic is showing up sideways I have no clue, but you get the idea. ;-))
I'm so excited to be part of this awesome cover reveal!! Here's the skinny...
Check out the cover for Jennifer Walkup's Second Verse and click below to enter the Epic Cover Reveal Contest over at Me, My Shelf and I - she's giving away signed ARCs, signed bookmarks and an Amazon gift card!
Isn't it gorgeous?? I love how the "S" in Second is shaped like a treble clef. :)
Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.
Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.
Sounds amazing, right?? (Spoiler - I've read it, and it IS!!)
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In other news, I'm excited to announce the winners of last week's contest!! Our twitter winner is Alyssa Goodnight, our blog winner April S., and the Facebook winner is Nigel Jones! Congrats!! You'll be receiving a message from me soon regarding your prize! :-)
I'm so excited to be reviewing a book for the Bookanistas this week! It's been a long, long time...turns out having a baby cuts into your reading time a LOT. Reading before bed doesn't really work anymore...if I'm in bed, I'm asleep!! But I did make some time for THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF FIRST SIGHT. I've been hearing about this book for a while, and it sounded right up my alley.
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
Fiction Imitating Life
Ironically, I've been in a situation much like Hadley's. During college, I was flying to Canada and ended up stuck in the Toronto airport when my flight was canceled. Met a guy also waiting for the later flight, talked for hours, ended up dating for almost a year. At the time, I felt like Hadley did...giddy, and unsure of whether I could *really* be having feelings for someone I'd just met. So...yeah. I definitely connected with this story on an emotional level. ;-)
This was a sweet, beautifully written book. The relationship between Hadley and Oliver wasn't as developed as, say, the relationship between Anna and Etienne in ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. But it wasn't meant to be. The entire book takes place in the span of a day and is the story of that first spark, that initial connection.
I love the way Jennifer E. Smith wove the present day with meaningful flashbacks to give us a full picture of who Hadley is and what she's dealing with; each vignette felt necessary and short enough not to slow down the narrative. While this story is ultimately a romance, the added complication of Hadley's feelings gave it depth and helped us understand Hadley as a character.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. The writing was lovely, the characters interesting, and the chemistry between Hadley and Oliver kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend!
See what the other Bookanistas are reading this week!
Jessica Love covets the cover of ALIENATED
Elana Johson thinks MAGISTERIUM is magical
Shelli Johannes-Wells is wild for POISON
Katy Upperman shares her passion for ELEANOR AND PARK
Stasia Ward Kehoe basks IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS
Nikki Katz adores OUT OF THE EASY
Also, don't forget there are three copies of BY BLOOD up for grabs! Just comment on yesterday's blog post, or tweet about it to be entered! :-)
Happy Hump Day!! MAJOR HOTSAUCE, the bug, and I were traveling yesterday so I didn't get a chance to post a BY BLOOD teaser. So I'm going to post TWO teasers today...and announce a giveaway!! I have three copies of BY BLOOD up for grabs, and three easy ways to enter to win!
1) Leave a comment! Easy peasy. I'll choose one commenter at random to receive a copy for Nook or Kindle. :-)
2) Tweet about the contest! Include a link to this blog or BY BLOOD's Amazon page (found here), or retweet my tweet/link and you're entered to win! (Be sure to include my handle @tracythewriter so I see the tweet!). I'll choose a winner at random.
3) Share the link to this blog or the Amazon page on Facebook. (If you're my fb friend, tag me so I see the share, if not, just leave a comment here and I'll enter you in BOTH the comment AND fb giveaways!).
Contest is open through Sunday night at midnight, winners to be chosen Monday morning. May the odds be in your favor. ;-)
Before we get to this week's teasers, I'm also excited to share some super awesome news...BY BLOOD received its first official review!! Booknut over at 21st Century Once Upon a Time gave it 4.2 stars! WHOO HOO!!!! Read her fabulous review here and follow her Goodreads reviews here, for some great recommendations and insights!
Alright, time for teasers!
I half expected him to give me the middle school dance treatment – you know, straight arms, hands on shoulders – but he danced with me properly. His hands rested lightly on my waist and if he didn’t pull me as close as George had, his sense of rhythm was better so it was still easy to follow the sway of his hips. Even with my curves – and my dress’s full skirt – I felt small in his arms. He smiled down at me, his face red in the swirling light.
Caught up in the moment, I ran my hands down his chest, over the smooth, slightly damp cotton of his shirt, and pulled him closer. I felt him resist, just for a second, and then his hands slid to my back and suddenly we were pressed tight against each other.
Simon walked over. I looked down at my menu; no question my face was glowing like a bug light. He put his hand on my shoulder and bent to kiss my forehead.
“Emma.” Just that, just my name. But it sounded exotic, rough and sweet when he said it.
“Hey Simon.” I tried to sound casual.
“How’s my favorite American?” He left his hand on my back and I leaned into it slightly.
“Great,” I said, feeling suddenly as if it might be true. He seemed happy to see me and for an instant, as I felt the warmth of his hand seep into my shoulder, I forgot everything else.
And, to finish, here's a little visual sneak peek of the standing stones at Avebury.