July 5, 2013

Excerpt + TWO Giveaways: The Children and the Blood by Megan Joel Peterson


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Children and the Blood by Megan Joel Peterson! 
Hosted by Xpresso Book Tours

Title: The Children and the Blood 
Author: Megan Joel Peterson
Publication Date: February 28th 2013
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Blurb:
A forgotten life.
A secret war.
Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashley’s family and left her with a childhood she can’t remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.
Until that past comes looking for her.
Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night, determined to take everything she loves away from her again.

***Excerpt***
A bare light bulb dangled from the rafters of the weathered porch, and moths danced around it madly. The splintered steps bowed beneath her feet as she climbed, and she winced, fully expecting that this time, one of them would finally give way. Swatting ineffectually at the bugs with the bulky flashlight, she ducked low and then rapped on the wooden screen door. A chorus of discordant meows greeted her, and the cat struggled to escape her grasp at the noise. Moments passed and the meowing faded, but no one came to the door. Flinching away from a kamikaze moth diving toward her head, Ashley bit her lip indecisively. She could leave the cat on the porch, but odds were it would return immediately to the basement and she’d just have to bring it back again. The stupid animals never learned. Grimacing, she raised her hand to knock again. With a creak of rusty hinges, the door behind the screen inched open, revealing nothing but darkness beyond. “Thelma?” “Ooh,” came a voice from behind the narrow opening. “Thelma, one of your cats got into our basement again,” she called, telling herself to be patient. Thelma kept things interesting, the farmhands said. She just hoped the old woman was lucid enough tonight to see the cat in front of her. Or the person, for that matter. The crack widened and a frail hand emerged to push at the screen door. A pause followed, punctuated by renewed meows from within the house, and then Thelma slipped through the narrow space and stepped onto the porch as though emerging onto a stage. A cloud of gray hair surrounded her thin, wrinkled face and too-bright eyes darted between Ashley, the cat and the darkness. Her razor-thin lips parted, revealing yellowed teeth in what passed for a smile. “Ashley, Ashley, burning bright…” she whispered fondly.


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Author Bio:
Megan Joel Peterson lives somewhere between the cornfields of Illinois and fantasy worlds filled with magic and wizards. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and has worked a little bit of everywhere over the years. Now she spends her days and nights creating new stories, and thinks writing is the best job she ever could have asked for. The Children and The Blood is her first published novel.

Giveaway #1:
One paperback copy of The Children and the Blood.
U.S. ONLY
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Giveaway #2:
One ebook copy of The Children and the Blood.
Open Internationally
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8 comments:

  1. The excerpt is really creepy...but in a good way =)

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  2. Oh, wow. Love it! Eerie. And anything featuring cats (as long as they aren't harmed) is something I should enjoy!

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  3. Thanks for being on the tour, muffin!

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  4. What a scary sounding situation! I wonder what is up with the old woman...

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  5. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Great excerpt and giveaway!! <3

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  7. Sounds great...gonna be a great read!

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  8. The blurb is intriguing and the excerpt has a haunting quality. Definitely got my attention!

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