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Blog Tour: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

February 26th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 4 Comments »

Melinda SalisburySeveral of the reviewers here at Dark Faerie Tales have been very excited about this book since the book cover was released, so naturally we were ecstatic to be a part of The Sin Eater’s Daughter Blog Tour! Want to know more about this book? Read our interview with Twylla from The Sin Eater’s Daughter below. The novel was released on February 5, 2015 from Scholastic Press.

Five lucky readers will win a copy of The Sin Eater’s Daughter! A huge thank you to Rock Star Book Tours & Scholastic Press. This contest is US only.

About Melinda:

Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel, and will be published by Scholastic in 2015. She is represented by the amazing Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

She tweets. A lot.

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Please welcome the wonderful Twylla from The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury!!!!

Dark Faerie Tales: I am so excited that you agreed to join us today for an interview. To start things off will you introduce yourself and tell us three unique things about yourself?

Twylla: You’re very kind. I am Twylla, the embodiment of Daunen, daughter of Næht and Dæg, the Gods who watch over us here in Lormere. That itself is a unique thing, it is not often that the embodiment of Daunen is amongst the people, but I pass the Telling each month to prove I’m truly she. Of course, one of the side-effects of the Telling is that the poison that proves me blessed remains in my skin, not killing me, but making me poisonous to the touch. Another unique thing – not many young women can kill with a caress.

The royal family alone may touch me, because they are also of the Gods, as I am. When I marry their son, Prince Merek, he will be able to touch me. That is a third unique thing about me. I was born to Eat the sins of the dead, and yet one day I’ll be the queen of Lormere.

DFT: I know that growing up you always thought that you were going to be the next Sin Eater because you were the first born daughter in your family and your mother is the current Sin Eater. That is no longer your fate, but do you ever wish you could go back and become the Sin Eater instead of living the life you currently have?

Twylla: That… that is an impossible question. How am I to answer it? Of course it would be wonderful to be with my sister once more. But I am here, I have been chosen. I can’t turn my back on the destiny I have now, now without deeply offending the Gods, and I would never do that. I may not always understand the path I’m on, but I have to trust that they love me, and will guide me. It’s a fool’s errand to wish away one’s life with imaginings of how else it might be… no matter how much you might want it. Or think you want it. Be careful what you wish for – you might just get it.

DFT: As the Goddess Embodied your touch is lethal to anyone you come into contact with except the royal family.  On top of that the Queen has made you an executioner for anyone that commits an act of treason.  I imagine that this would cause your life to be rather lonely, what is it you do to occupy all your time?

Twylla: I love to sing. My whole life I have loved always to sing, it is a miracle to me – that I can make music with my voice. When I was younger I was forever composing my own songs, about any silly thing that caught my eye and I loved to…

Forgive me, I forget myself. That was before I knew my voice was Gods-given, and not truly mine. Now I sing in their honour. I pray to them, asking them to watch over the people of Lormere, and keep us peaceful and prosperous. I pray for the health of my old family, and my new, the king and queen and Prince Merek. I like to walk in the gardens when the weather permits, I love nature and all the beauty of it. I embroider. I fill my time as the Gods will me to. How can I feel alone when I have them with me? It would be a sin for me to say I was lonely, look at what I have – I live in a castle, I’m to marry the prince, I am favoured by the Gods. I cannot be lonely. I cannot be unhappy. I cannot.

DFT: I know that you love to sing and you have a very beautiful voice.  You perform quite regularly for the court, but the Queen decides what you get to sing.  If you had the choice to sing whatever you wanted what song would you choose and why?

Twylla: Oh! I would sing everything! I love the songs the king has taught me, Fair and Far especially. I would love to sing it more, it’s so much like the songs I would make up before I came to the castle. But I think, the song I would most like to sing is very modern, I have heard it but once, sang by a maid who wouldn’t not dare sing it to me when I asked. It is called Shake It Off, by a young woman named Taylor Swift. It is a song about not letting people rule you, not letting yourself be controlled by the bad thoughts and deeds of others, and I find that very inspiring. I think this Taylor Swift must be a very courageous young woman and I would sing her song cheerfully. Perhaps one day I shall.

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DFT: The Queen is a very cruel woman and all her subjects fear her.   She has turned you into a person you never wanted to be, but she also saved you from a life you never wanted to live.  I know that you despise the Queen, but are you also grateful to her for all that she has done for you?

Twylla: How dare you. I, of course, do not despise the queen. She has given me everything – even her only son. To suggest she is anything other than just and good is treason, and I am the punishment for treason. Who told you to ask these questions? Are you some kind of spy, or trickster? I pass the Telling each moon, which means the Gods still favour me and they would not, could not, if I were to disappoint them.

So even if I were to hate her for making me into a killer, even if I longed to turn back the clock and refuse her offer, it would be a small, temporary thing. The weakness of a girl who isn’t wise enough to trust in her Gods.

DFT: The King is a good man and has always treated you kindly, but he is a very passive person. He lets the Queen do whatever she wants, and very rarely does he ever stand up to her.  What do you think the Kingdom would be like if it had a more aggressive king on the throne?

Twylla: Again you flirt with treason and try to make me complicit. You go too far, you will bring ruin on us both. Besides, we had an aggressive king in Rohese, Prince Merek’s father, and the Gods saw fit to take him early and place the queen’s cousin, Terryn, on the throne beside her. So the kingdom is as it should be, as the Gods willed it to be. To try and imagine otherwise is a sin. Do you even believe in the Gods?

DFT: Merek is the Crown Prince of Lormere and the man you have been engaged to since you came to the castle years ago.  He has been traveling for the last few years so you haven’t really had a chance to get to know him all that well, but out of what little you do know about him what is your favorite quality he possesses?

Twylla: Prince Merek is… I admire his conviction. He is a clever, thoughtful man and will make an excellent king for Lormere when the Gods decide the time is right for it. Prince Merek is a good man. And goodness is a quality so often overlooked.

DFT: Lief is your new guard, and the first person to treat you like a normal girl in a very long time.  You soon strike up a friendship that quickly turns into something more. Out of all the moments you spent with Lief which one is your favorite?

Twylla: He took me once, to a garden. It’s funny, I’ve lived here for four years and yet I know so little of the castle, I see so little of it. But he took to me the apothecary garden and I got to see so many flowers and plants I thought I’d never see again. It was a quiet, lovely place. Don’t misunderstand me, I am so grateful for what I’ve been given. But I did treasure those few moments when it was just me, the sky and the flowers. And him.

DFT: The ending of your story was a little heartbreaking and I am really intrigued to see where your adventures take you next.  Is there any way you could give us a few hints as to what we can expect in the next installment of your story?

Twylla: What started in Lormere will have far reaching effects, for Lormerians and Tregellians alike. Some things are best left sleeping…

Quick Fire Questions:

(What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the following?)

Music? Joy

The Telling? Tyrek

Sin Eating? Despair

Merek? Goodness

Lief? Freedom

Lormere? A cage

Tour Schedule

Week One:

2/16/2015- Fiktshun Interview

2/17/2015- Katie’s Book Blog Review

2/18/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads Guest Post

2/19/2015- Beauty and the Bookshelf Review

2/20/2015- Novel Novice Interview

Week Two:

2/23/2015- Fiction Fare Review

2/24/2015- Supernatural Snark Guest Post

2/25/201- YA Bibliophile Review

2/26/2015- Dark Faerie Tales Interview

2/27/2015- Two Chicks on Books Guest Post

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About this Book:

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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Blog Tour: Ignite by Sara B. Larson

January 2nd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 6 Comments »

Sara B. LarsonDark Faerie Tales is super excited for today’s awesome Blog Tour and giveaway! Ignite by Sara B. Larson was released on December 3o, 2014 from Scholastic Press. Ignite is the second novel in the Defy series. We really love this series! Below we have an exclusive interview with Damian, please enjoy but beware there are some spoilers for Defy. Want to know our thoughts on this series? Read Bridget’s review for Defy and Ignite by clicking on their titles.

Offer up a huge thank you to Rockstar Book Tours & Sara B. Larson for today’s giveaways! One lucky winner will win a a finished copy of Ignite & a Dagger Charm! Nine additional winner’s will win a copy of Ignite! This contest is US only.

About Sara:

Sara loves writing, reading, and dessert–but the order varies by the day. She wrote her first book in second grade about a woman who had a premature baby, complete with a “to scale” drawing of the baby’s size–while her mom was pregnant. To say she was a bit precocious is putting it lightly. Now that she’s an adult, she writes books for teens that have magic and romance and kick-butt girls (and very few premature babies). She lives in Utah with her husband, two young sons and baby girl. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims that she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish. she is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary and her YA debut DEFY is coming January ’14 from Scholastic!

You can visit Sara around the web here: WebsiteTwitterFacebookPinterest

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WARNING for anyone who hasn’t read DEFY yet—Damian’s point of view is full of spoilers!

DFT: For those of us who have not had the immense pleasure of meeting you yet would you please introduce yourself and tell us 3 unique things about you? 

Damian: I am Damian, formerly the Prince of Antion. I am now the King of Antion, but it was a very difficult and painful road to reach this point. Many might say that the fact that I am a king is fairly unique. But if you’d like three more, I suppose you could say that being in love with my guard, Alexa, is also quite unique for a king. Especially since she apparently doesn’t reciprocate my feelings, though I thought she did at one time. I am also a sorcerer, though I had to hide it for most of my life. And finally, I really enjoy horseback riding, but rarely have time to visit the stables, much to my dismay.

DFT: You were just recently crowned king and things in your kingdom have drastically changed since the death of your father. What has been the most stressful thing you have had to deal with since becoming king? What has been the most rewarding thing?

Damian: It has been a very difficult transition, and I feel the weight of my father’s wrongs every minute of every day, pressing in on me. The most stressful part of being king is trying to heal those hurts, to put my kingdom back together and do what I can to right the wrongs of the past. But the most rewarding part is when I feel like I have made a difference, when I see one of my subjects smile—genuinely smile. That is why I did what I did, and why I work so hard. I want to see my people truly happy.

DFT: You always knew that you were a sorcerer but until recently you never used your powers. What is the best part about being a sorcerer? Have you ever wished that you could be just a normal person with no powers?

Damian: I rarely used my abilities, it’s true, but I trained as much as possible to prepare myself for the time when I would rise up against my father and seize the throne for myself. The best part of being a sorcerer is being able to protect or help the ones I love with my power. Although, being able to sense everyone’s gender around me also proved very useful, since I immediately knew Alexa’s secret from the first time I met her and therefore knew she was like me, hiding in plain sight. I think it’s a waste of energy to wish for things that cannot be. I am a sorcerer, and there is no changing that. And I have used my power to the best of my ability to help those in need.

DFT: For the most part your childhood was not a happy one because of your crazy father, but I know that there must have been a few rare moments when things were good. Can you tell us one of your favorite childhood memories and how it affected you?

Damian: Some of my favorite memories are the times when my mother would tell me and my brother stories at night. We would sit on either side of her, with her arms around us, and her magical voice would take us away from the realities of our life in the palace with my father and all of his atrocities. Sometimes she would even show us a few of the things she could do with her powers. My brother and I adored her. Those are the best memories I have.

DFT: For most of your life you had to live in fear of your father. What does it feel like to finally be free of him?

Damian: I can’t adequately put into words what it feels like to be free of him. Definitely a huge amount of relief that our plan worked, that he is gone and I have been able to take the throne and try to help my people. I can finally relax and be myself without fear of what the repercussions would be. And my kingdom can finally live in peace, free from his vile control. But he was still my father and sometimes I struggle to suppress the guilt of having to take my own father’s life to help my kingdom. He was a horrible man and he deserved to die. But I have often wondered what led him to do what he did—why did he become the kind of man that would kill his own wife to start a war, or start a breeding house to control his people and make them fear him? I wish I had known him better…that I had been able to change him, not have to kill him to stop him. But as I said, I don’t believe in dwelling on wishes that can never be. He is gone and I am glad for it.

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DFT: Because I can’t help myself these next few questions are going to be about Alexa :D !!!! What was the one thing or one moment that made you realize that you were in love with Alexa?

Damian: I knew she was a girl from the first moment I met her. At first I was shocked to realize a girl was that skilled. But that shock quickly gave way to admiration and then… There were many moments when I realized I was beginning to care for her, but I had to hide it from everyone. I tried to convince myself to squash those feelings. They were dangerous and could have put us both in grave peril. But it was when she lost her brother that I could no longer deny what I felt. We were so alike in so many ways, but she didn’t know it. When she tried so hard to hide her emotion from me, because she thought so lowly of me, it hurt. It hurt deeply. Everyone treated me the same way, with disdain or worse, but no one’s scorn made me feel that way, except for Alexa’s. And that was when I knew. Despite my best intentions, I had fallen in love with her. My guard, a girl masquerading as a boy. And that was when I decided to start to test her, to see if it was at all possible for her to come to see me differently and eventually include her in my plan. [Author’s note: if you want to read more from his point of view about his feelings towards Alexa, make sure to check out the bonus scenes I’ve posted on Wattpad!]

DFT: I know that things between you and Alexa haven’t always been easy, but you have been through a lot together. She can be amazingly stubborn at times and I was wondering if there was ever a moment where you considered giving up on her and moving on?

Damian: She is unbelievably stubborn, but I only love her more for it. I knew if I could win her over, she would use that same stubbornness to help me succeed in overthrowing my father. I had hoped she would also be stubborn in believing in the good in me, in coming to care for me. But I was unfortunately wrong about that.

But no, I never considered giving up on her then and I still don’t plan on giving up on her now. I hated having to keep things from her, but I didn’t have a choice. I will just have to prove to her that she can trust me.

DFT: Alexa has some pretty cool skills especially when it comes to sword fighting and lots of other useful talents.  On top of that she is also a wonderful person who loves with her whole heart. I want to know what you think her best physical trait is, and what your overall favorite thing about her is?

Damian: I love her eyes the most. They are the gateway into her heart and soul. She is very skilled at hiding her feelings and thoughts from those around her, but the truth can be found in her eyes, if you look closely enough. However, my very favorite thing about Alexa is her heart. She is a person who loves with every fiber of her being. That is what truly makes her beautiful—and no scars inside or out could ever change that. And that is why I am determined to win her love back, if at all possible.

DFT: In Defy it was discovered that you always knew that Alexa was a girl. How did you know when so many other people were completely fooled by her disguise?

Damian: As a sorcerer, I am able to sense certain things about everyone around me—whether they are sorcerers or not for one, and what gender someone is for another. So I knew from the first moment I met her that she was a girl. She pulled off her disguise very well, everyone else believed her, except for Rylan who also apparently knew because of a mistake she and her brother made when they first joined the army. I think it helped that she and her twin brother looked so much alike and could both fight so well.

DFT: After reading Ignite I have to admit I am dying to see how your story ends. Can you give us hints as to what we might expect to see in the final book?

Damian: I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that if you thought we’ve all been pushed to our limits already, just wait until you see what is still in store for all of us…

Quick Fire Question: (What is your favorite)

Food? Clotted cream with berries. It was my mother’s favorite, too.

Hobby? As I said earlier, I love horseback riding, though I rarely get the chance to visit the stables.

Weapon of choice? I prefer my sword, as that is what I used to train with at night when everyone else was asleep.

Season? Antion doesn’t really have seasons. It’s either hot, hotter, or sweltering.

Moment with Alexa? I can’t really say, but I will tell you that my favorite moment with her up until this point takes place in IGNITE.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

12/29/2014- Reading YA Rocks Interview

12/30/2014- Crossroad Reviews Review

12/31/2014- Mundie Moms Guest Post

1/1/2015- Fiction Fare Review

1/2/2015- Dark Faerie Tales Interview   

Week Two:

1/5/2015- A Backwards Story Review

1/6/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads  – Guest Post

1/7/2015- The Book Cellar Review

1/8/2015- Supernatural Snark Interview

1/9/2015- Two Chicks on Books Guest Post

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This giveaway is provided by Sara B. Larson & Rockstar Book Tours!

One lucky winner will win a finished copy of Ignite & a Dagger Charm

Nine additional winners will win a finished copy of Ignite

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Available December 30, 2014 from Scholastic Press

About this Book:

Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Ensnared by A.G. Howard

December 5th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 184 Comments »

AG HowardIf you are a huge fan of the Splintered series, we are revealing Chapter 1 of Ensnared! It is the third and final book in the Splintered series. Ensnared will be released on January 6, 2015 from Amulet/Abrams.We are a huge fan of this series at Dark Faerie Tales. Want to know our thoughts on this series? Read Bridget’s review for the first two books in this series, Splintered & Unhinged by clicking on their respective titles.

We have two giveaways today! Ten winners will have a chance to receive a hardcover of Ensnared! This contest is US only!

The second giveaway is for an entire signed ARC set of the Splintered series! This contest is international!

About A.G. Howard:

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

You can visit A.G. around the web here:

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr Pinterest | Goodreads

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Welcome to the final day of the Ensnared in a Winter Wonderland Tour. Hope you’ve had fun seeing glimpses of the Splintered Series third and final book.

Today I’ll share the biggest teaser of all: the entire first chapter of Ensnared.

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read chapter one!!***

 

Want to read the rest of the book? You can preorder Ensnared online now at any of these these venues:

Abrams
Amazon
Kindle
Barnes & Noble
Nook
Powells
Books a Million
Indie Bound
Indigo
Kobo
 

You can also enter the rafflecopters below.

There are ten hardbacks up for grabs for domestic participants.

But I’m also throwing in an INTL prize: A signed ARC set of the entire series.

Thanks for hanging with us on the tour and good luck with all the giveaways! Prize winners will be announced in three weeks on December 20th. Have a great weekend!

Ensnared Tour Schedule

12/1/2014- Fiktshun Morpheus Post

12/2/2014- Two Chicks on Books Jeb Post

12/3/2014- All The Write Notes Playlist

12/4/2014- Adventures of a Book Junkie Jeb Post

12/5/2014- Dark Faerie Tales Ch 1 Reveal

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ENSNARED

Available January 6, 2015 from Amulet Books

About this Book:

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Falling for the Enemy by Samanthe Beck

December 3rd, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off

Samanthe BeckWe are once again excited to host Samanthe Beck here today at Dark Faerie Tales! Falling for the Enemy is the 3rd novel in the very *hot* Private Pleasures series! This novel was released on December 1, 2014 from Entangled Brazen. Want to know my thoughts on the second book in this series, Light Her Fire? Read my review here.

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Light Her Fire & Private Practice, a Bead Bracelet and a $50 Amazon gift card. A huge thank you to Samanthe Beck for today’s giveaway! This contest is limited to US only addresses.

About Samanthe:

Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their elementary-aged turbo-son. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

You can visit Samanthe around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Falling for the Enemy Excerpt

Shaun groaned and let his head fall back, and all she could do was cling to the edge of the sink while he gave her exactly what she asked for. Thrusting, withdrawing, and thrusting again in thrilling succession, using the angle of their bodies to ensure he hit all the right spots along the way. The room spun behind her closed eyelids. A heady mix of pheromones, body heat and sex stormed her senses. With frightening speed, he had her trembling at the brink again, panting and shivering and striving for relief from the pressure building inside her. Her pulse pounded, setting off a surprisingly loud echo in her ears.

She nearly jumped out of her skin when Shaun called out, “It’s occupied.”

Holy crap, the pounding in her ears wasn’t her pulse. Somebody was knocking on the restroom door. A voice from the other side said, “Hurry up in there buddy. I gotta get back on the road.”

Shaun didn’t bother with a reply, but drove into her with renewed energy, dragging her agonizingly closer to the edge of control. Her body clenched around him in a fruitless effort to cling to the moment—to a semblance of sanity—but he thrust again and sent sanity hurtling out of reach. The pressure tightened, pulsed there for one heartbeat…two…she whimpered in the face of what waited for her, and a big, calloused hand gently covered her mouth to suppress the noise.

He withdrew and rocked forward again, then froze. His eyes drifted closed, and a groan rumbled from somewhere deep in his chest.

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The pounding on the door came again. “What the hell, man?”

“I’m…not…done yet,” he growled, and unleashed a series of quick, jerky thrusts. The sink rattled on its pedestal. Between her legs, the clenching became spasms. Shaun cursed, and then groaned again, a low, long sound vibrating with relief. Hard as she tried to hold it back, her own jagged moan escaped, merging with his, outlasting it, until the high-pitched cry reverberated in the tiny room and slowly subsided.

The voice came again from the other side of the door. “Forget it. I don’t know whether you ought to burn a candle when you’re done, or set fire to the place, but I know I’m not going in. See a doctor, or something.”

Brown eyes opened and stared into hers, and she detected a gleam of humor in their depths. She returned his stare while footsteps retreated across pavement. After a moment, a vehicle door slammed and a big engine rumbled to life. Picturing some disgusted trucker opting for a nice, private outcropping of limestone along the Double A over what he imagined awaited him at the Gas ’n Go had her laughing on her inhale. The result was an inelegant snort.

He grinned down at her. “Admit it, I provide a refreshing break from rose petals and satin sheets.”

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Falling for the Enemy

Available December 1, 2014 from Entangled Brazen

About this Book:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Caught between a rock and a rock-hard body…

Salon owner Virginia Boca has declared herself celibate…at least until she wins the election for mayor of Bluelick, Kentucky. No hot men. No sex. And her plan to play the good girl might have worked—if the mysterious, hard-bodied stranger she’s seen around town hadn’t pulled her from the street and saved her life. The least Ginny can do is offer her savior a free haircut.

But when an innocent haircut turns into hours of wickedly hot sex, former Navy SEAL Shaun Buchanan knows his plan to keep a low profile is shot. Especially once Ginny finds out he’s the current mayor’s son. With her reputation and the election on the line, Ginny seems determined to keep their nightly sexcapades a secret, but Shaun’s not willing to stay in the shadows forever…

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

November 20th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 148 Comments »

Maggie StiefvaterHere at Dark Faerie Tales, we are huge fans of Maggie Stiefvater. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is an amazing book that we loved and obsessed over. Make sure to read the accompanying review post to see what Michelle has to say about that. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is available now!

One lucky reader will receive The Raven Boys,  The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck. A huge thank you to Scholastic for the giveaway! This giveaway is only open to US addresses only.

About Maggie:

Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and byBookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers WeeklySchool Library JournalThe Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.”Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

You can visit Maggie around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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If you have been following The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour, you will have seen some amazing interpretations of the Major Arcana 22-card tarot deck that Maggie Stiefvater has designed for this campaign. Each tour stop has featured one tarot card from the deck. Not only do readers get an insight between the relationship of the Tarot card to the books in The Raven Cycle series, but one winner will win a copy of one of the Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot decks!

The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.

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To see each of the 22 tarot cards that has been featured on the tour, visit the This Is Teen’s Pinterest page for the tour, with a copy of the artwork and a link to each tour stop.

Dark Faerie Tales is please to present to you The Sun Card.

The Sun Tarot

The Sun is card number 19, and represents positivity and success. From reading The Raven Cycle books, we understand that interpreting a tarot card is based on what the original intention of a question is. We can look at the many connections that connect The Sun to The Raven Cycle series. Tarot reading is about learning a combination of knowledge and intuition, based on the symbolism of The Sun tarot card as well as the information we have from The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and now, Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Let’s hold a reading of The Sun to interpret the meaning, as related to the past, the present, and the future. And while our interpretation could mean one thing, the tarot could tell an entirely different story for you.

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Past:

While The Sun tarot means fun, warmth, success and positivity, it is also an image of optimism and fulfilment . The Raven Boys is the introduction of such positivity. There was a commonality to search for Glendower. While Gansey drove the original thought, it quickly became something positive for everyone else. Glendower held a goal, with the hopes of achieving success. If we look at success in the other term of the word, we would then have to look at Gansey. Gansey, in particular is epitome of success. He seeks out, and he achieves.

“You’re as bad as Gansey,” Adam said, but he didn’t sound as if he thought that was very bad at all. “He doesn’t need anything but to know it’s real.”

In The Dream Thieves, success comes to the best of them. Whether the original instance was a positive or negative one, each single person had a version of success. They are one step closer to Glendower, and in reality, to the end. It was a little more difficult to interpret The Sun with The Dream Thieves. The book, overall, had a darker theme, and that may have clouded success and positivity, at least for us.

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Present:

In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, success was sought after, and success was taken. Without spoiling too much, there was much to categorize as success. An argument won, an item retrieved, or even an impossible task achieved. Stiefvater wrote Blue Lily, Lily Blue as an in-between book. And while many people may have not thought there would be much success written out, we felt there were many. Most of these successful instances were achieved closer to the end of the story, so we won’t spoil it for anyone. But just know, that they are there, and they were written really well.

Future:

As for the future, there can only be one outcome – positivity AND success. But the road to success won’t be easy. From reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the reader will discover many things that will prove that statement true. There will be sacrifices and eye-opening moments, but in the end, we feel that there will be success. For Glendower, for The Raven Boys, and even for Blue.

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Blue Lily Lily Blue

Available October 21, 2014 from Scholastic Press

About this Book:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

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