Please join us in welcoming author Erin Kellison here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The second book in her Shadow Kissed paranormal romance series, Soul Kissed, was released on September 3, 2013 from Zebra/Kensington. You can read an excerpt from the book below.
One lucky reader will win Soul Kissed in print or ebook (winner’s choice)! This contest is provided by Erin Kellison.
Erin Kellison is the award-winning author of the Shadow series, the Shadow Touch novella series, and the Shadow Kissed series, all of which share the same world, where dark fantasy meets modern fairy tale. RT calls her latest, Soul Kissed, “a dark fairy tale with a twist, perfect for readers who love passion with their fantasy.”
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Cinderella, dark and twisted
First, thank you to Dark Faerie Tales for having me here today to celebrate the release of Soul Kissed, book two in my Shadow Kissed series.
All of my Shadow world books are contemporary fantasy takes on fairy tales. Soul Kissed is my fifth installment (sixth if you count the Shadow Touch/Peter Pan novellas). Sooner or later I was going to write a Cinderella, but truth be told, it’s never been one of my favorite stories. I’m more a Beauty and the Beast kind of girl. But then, I loved Robin McKinley’s telling of it (titled, Beauty). LOVED. Classic.
My imagination runs a little darker. Plus, I enjoy flipping story elements on their heads and mashing them up. The rags-to-riches plotline goes to my rough-and-tumble hero, Mason—until the twist, that is. Which makes heroine Cari Dolan magical royalty, though she’s in for the fight of her life. (She does get the dress, though.) The stepmother actually wants the best for Cari, whom she’s pledged to care for as her own. That doesn’t mean they see eye-to-eye. My fairy godmother, Mad Mab, is an insane megalomaniac. She’s my favorite character. The villains always are.
There’s no Disney in my story. The world is on the brink of new Dark Age. Think witch-hunt and pitchforks, seduction on the run, a hunt for a killer during a nightmare. Magic. Desperate choices. And, yeah, love. Because I am and always have been a sucker for love stories. Just not pretty ones.
Ultimately, I had a hell of a good time writing Cinderella, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with the world now.
About that dress… here’s an excerpt:
Cari found herself buoyed up on magic to the pinnacle of a sudden high throne. Her silver gown disintegrated and gold filigree curled over her skin in an intricate lace that scrolled over her breasts, her thighs, her pubis—concealing nothing—and then rippled out into the flourishes of a decadent Otherworldly gown. The webbing pulled back her arms and hair and caught her in jewel-crusted splendor. The metal seeped into her every pore. She was an icon, rich in power, trapped in magic.
Magekind looked upon her in terrible awe. She was their queen.
Dark House, Revel House. Dolan House ruled.
Cari opened her mouth to speak to her people, and her first word was, “Run.”
Also, Shadow Bound (book one in my original Shadow series) is FREE on Amazon and iTunes ($0.99 on Nook). And Shadow Fall (book two) is $0.99 everywhere through the end of next week.
I’m happy to give away a copy of Soul Kissed today (print or e) to a random reader who tells me what their favorite Disney fairy tale is.
This contest is provided by Erin Kellison
One lucky reader will win a copy of Soul Kissed (print or ebook – Winner’s choice!)
Available September 3, 2013 from Zebra/Kensington
About this Book:
While the world slumbers in Shadow, a fatal plague has swept through magekind. No one is immune to its ravages, and now that her father is dead, Cari Dolan must wield the fearful magic of her House to save innocent lives.
At the mage Council’s bidding, dangerous outsider Mason Stray joins forces with Cari to hunt down the fiend responsible. But can he trust the daughter of wealth and privilege, especially when his own son is at risk?
The princess will always welcome to her bed the warrior, even if one must pay the ultimate price…
Click HERE to read an excerpt
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