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The young selkie princess closed her deep, blue-green eyes listening to the sound of the wind through the palm trees and the waves crashing against the beach, ever since losing her skin, she longed to return home. Damn the local lord, with his amber eyes and short, red hair, for entrapping her and damn herself for letting herself get lost in promises that turned into ash. Sariah didn’t know where Lucan kept her skin but she knew that it was in whatever chest the key around his neck unlocks, he had a few around the room. Most were for his gold or other possessions.
It was late at night, but the moon was full; she had always felt restless, however, the fuller the moon got, the more she felt the call of the sea in her blood, her heart and her very soul.
“Come to bed, Sariah…” Lucan entreats her, softly.
“Give me just a little more time, Milord.” Sariah turns her head to respond to Lucan before turning back to stare out the window. She waits until he is deeply asleep, then like a ghost, takes the key from around his neck and looks around the room as Lucan rolls over in his sleep. She finds the chest and unlocks it, only to freeze as the rusted, iron hinges of the old, warped chest creak loudly.
Lucan’s eyes open and he smiles sadly. “So, it has come to this, has it? I thought I could keep you, but you can’t truly keep a being of the sea, can’t you?” He asks himself, softly. “Go, take your skin back, I’ve seen how unhappy you have been these past few months and I thought showing you what I, no the human world, could offer you would be enough. I was wrong, so very wrong…”
“Take your skin back, my beauty, but never forget I loved you…” He swings out of bed and stands, moving towards her, before hugging her from behind.
Sariah twists in his arms before pulling away gently to take the seal skin out of the oak chest. “I won’t, but my home is the oceans and you, as a man, will never understand that. Perhaps we shall meet again, if the fates allow.” She kisses him softly, a final goodbye. With that, she slips out the window, taking the ladder she had hidden in a shadowy alcove and climbs down it slowly, her skin tucked tightly under one arm, before stepping onto the beach below, a lone palm tree sways in the wind. Her hair blows around her as she strips off her nightgown and steps into the water. It swirls around her ankles, and she shivers in cold and delight from finally being able to be free, before covering herself with her seal skin. She looks back at Lucan’s mansion and briefly wonders what might have happened if she let herself stay before mentally shaking her head to clear it and starting the long journey back to her home.
You can enter the contest here!
Today I’m giving away a copy of Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield and an ARC of A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear.
Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where having any Paranormal power is illegal. Caitlyn is on the run from government troopers, who can enslave, torture, or even kill her, or make her hunt other Paranormals. When Caitlyn settles down in a city, she falls for Alex, a Normal (someone without Paranormal powers), which is dangerous because he can turn her in. And she discovers renegade Paranormals who want to destroy all Normals. Caitlyn must decide whether she’s going to stay in hiding to protect herself, or take a stand to save the world
Meara Greymere is in charge of the cabin rentals on the rugged Oregon coastline, so her brother and his mate could take a delayed honeymoon. But while Hunter is away, the she-wolf intends to play—she just has to convince the right alpha male to rent one of the cabins, and she’ll take it from there. But when Finn Emerson arrives with every intention of pretending to be her lover, she’s not going to take this lying down. She knows he’ll tell her brother what she’s up to and put an end to her game.
Finn Emerson is a Navy SEAL, formerly one of Hunter Greymere’s team members, and now he’s trying to track down a gray wolf, who’s already made an attempt on one of their team member’s lives. Finn believes Hunter will be targeted next, only to discover Hunter is off with his mate on a honeymoon, and he fears Hunter’s sister is in grave danger. But the SEAL soon learns protecting the unpredictable sexy she-wolf is a mission and a half and protecting her isn’t all he wants to do.
Post a comment to enter the giveaway, I’ll be using a random number generator after Friday, May 11th at 11:59pm EST.
Tiki’s greatest fear suddenly becomes all too real: the fey have returned to London seeking revenge. As war escalates in the Otherworld, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold, is attacked. In order to protect her family and the ones she loves, she needs to know the meaning of an fáinne sí, the birthmark that winds around her wrist. But will Tiki be brave enough to face the truth?
Available October 2nd, 2012
I am so exited over this cover! I love how dark it is compared to the first book. I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long for the book to come out. *thinks about asking the author’s publisher about maybe getting an ARC or two if the current contest(s) don’t pan out*
WHAT IS OLDEST WILL BE NEW, WHAT IS LOST SHALL BE FOUND.
The ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and the sun is a daily enemy. But global climate change is not something new in the Earth’s history.
No one will know this better than less-than-ordinary Owen Parker, who is about to discover that he is the descendant of a highly advanced ancient race—a race that took their technology too far and almost destroyed the Earth in the process.
Now it is Owen’s turn to make right in his world what went wrong thousands of years ago. If Owen can unlock the lost code in his very genes, he may rediscover the forgotten knowledge of his ancestry…and that less-than-ordinary can evolve into extraordinary.
This book starts off slowly but keep going and you will quickly find out that nothing is as it seems, after the slow beginning it picked up speed very quickly and the romance in it was subtle enough that I didn’t feel bashed over the head with it like in so many other romance novels (dystopian or not), although it could have easily been left out and still been an enjoyable read.
The book’s ending leaves me to wonder, if Lily isn’t the other Atlantian, who is? And what challenges will they face next?
“The Sin Collector” follows the life of Liliana, a born Sin Collector. She has spent over 100 years absorbing people’s sins so they may rest in peace come death. However when she meets another Collector, one who insists everything she has been taught is a lie, Liliana must make her way from Sunny L.A. all the way to the streets of Madrid. Searching for answers to a question we all share. Why are we here? The friends and enemies she makes along the way only seem to blur the line between right and wrong. Can Liliana fight the Castus, an organization bent on killing off every Sin-Eater? Should she trust her head or her heart when the two most important men in her life are fighting alongside her?
Then there is the worst question of all, who will be left when the dust settles?
I was gifted this book sometime ago (I know, I’m late. I had a lot going on and will be playing catch up this month!), once I started reading it I could not stop. I got sucked in from the first page to the last!
Lili is a delightful character to see through and the mysteries that are shown and bought to light along the way just makes for a more enjoyable read, this chapter may have come to a close but there is more to come and I for one will be looking for the next in the trilogy eagerly!
If you haven’t picked this book up yet, what are you waiting for?
Jon didn’t expect to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts at his new boarding school. Now he and his friend Ella must uncover a centuries-old murder, all while haunted by terrifying spirits. When Jon summons the ghost of Knight Longspee, only one question remains-can Longspee be trusted?
To be honest, for being a Kidlit book, I really had a hard time finishing this – the drawings are very distracting and I’ve put the book down several times before finally being able to finish it.
I didn’t like the characters at all, Jon was far too Emo and everyone seemed cookie cut, even Ella didn’t get the fleshing out that a lot of characters do.
Claire is giving away prize packs to 5 lucky winners, do you want to see a 6th? Follow her on GFC! http://clairelouisereads.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/250-follower-giveaway.html
I am honored to be a part of the blog hop celebrating Carrie’s birthday today, She’s wonderful to talk to and I was surprised to learn that she’s younger than I am age wise (I will be 29 in about 6 months) – she certainly doesn’t sound her age at all!
Now onto the reason you’re here, giveaways! Thanks to the many people who helped me put this together, including (but not limited to) Natasha Duncan-Drake (@beren_writes), Cheryl Rainfield (@CherylRainfield), Patti Roberts (@PattiRoberts7) and everyone who intentionally or not, gave me enough items to put together a massive swag pack.
Thank you all, but I especially have to thank Kenya Wright (@Firebaptizedd), she not only offered one of her e-books as part of the prizes given away but she also sent me a paperback copy as well for the blog hop. Because of that, those of you in the US/CA will have a chance at it, along with a swag pack included.
I haven’t forgotten any international readers either, you will have the option of choosing an e-book pack of your choice; I have gathered two of them, one for Amazon’s Kindle and one for the Nook and other e-readers such as Kobo.
If the second winner choses the same pack as the first, both will have the same books, I will re-draw and will also do so if I do not hear from any of the winners within 24 hours after the contest is over – it will last until Saturday, April 7th at 11:59 pm EST.
My fellow blog hop members as well as the person who organized this are below:
Theirs was a love destined to be — torn apart by the wrath of Vesuvius
Pompeii, AD 79
David and Sera are soul mates destined to be together, if only their bumbling guardian angels could do their job right…
First united in Pompeii as a privileged merchant’s daughter and a slave gladiator, their young love is cut short when Vesuvius unexpectedly erupts. After several botched attempts, their angels get one final chance to bring the couple together and personally escort them back to war-torn Italy, nearly two thousand years later.
Sera is now an archaeologist excavating the ruins of Pompeii. David is an American soldier masquerading as an Italian, sent to spy on the Germans camped near the ruins. With the help of their earth-bound angels, they soon find each other again as they excavate the ruins.
But will deception, the horrors of war, and the forgotten tragedy of their past lives, prevent them from unearthing the love of a lifetime?
I had to read the epilogue again to make sure I didn’t miss anything since I was tired when I finished this, it’s a wonderfully crafted tale – weather you are in Pompeli or Italy. Both eras were crafted beautifully and the life of an arena slave back in 79AD was sadly very much the reality at that time period – there wasn’t any honor in fighting, you fought or you died. It was as simple as that…
*shakes her head, coming out of her memory of a previous lifetime* And then we fast-forward to 1943, during World War II, Sera has many reasons to hate Americans but it boils down to self-loathing more than anything else. Hostility comes when she begins to suspect that her assistant isn’t Italian like she thought he was, from that comes understanding after her breakdown followed by love.
The twists and turns that follow afterwards leave me in knots because they court death almost every step of the way and I sadly could see this ending the same way we did… *remembers being on a balcony stealing a moment away with a WW2 nurse, only for it to be our last…*
It was a quaint, little tale; nothing to get fired up about but if you’re interested in historical tales at all feel free to give this one a try.
All in all, not bad for a beginner… She could use some time to polish her craft but I have seen worse first attempts, a lot worse..