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Deadly Destinations: Evolution by Stephanie Diaz

August 30th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 1 Comment »

Deadly Destinations 2015

Deadly Destinations travels to the ravaged world of Kiel. Kiel may look beautiful but it is quite dangerous and living there is absolutely terrifying for its inhabitants. For more on Kiel check out the post below and the Extraction series by Stephanie Diaz. The final novel in the series, Evolution, will be released on September 8, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin. The Extraction series is for readers who love young adult science fiction/dystopian type novels.

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Visitor’s Guide to Kiel’s Surface

By Clementine

So, you’re thinking about visiting Kiel’s Surface? I suppose my home might look appealing from the outside. From space the planet looks lush and full of greenery: jungles, and mountains and plains. The desert seems small in comparison. And have you seen our moon? Those swirls of pink fog collecting on its surface make the night sky simply lovely as you’re strolling down the streets of camp.

But here’s my biggest piece of advice for you: Don’t come any closer. Turn your spaceship around and fly it straight back to wherever you came from. Trust me, anywhere is better than here.

Don’t believe me? Fine, I’ll show you around and we’ll see if you change your mind. But I won’t be putting my skin on the line for you if you do anything stupid. So don’t do anything stupid.

(Again, you really should run while you still can.)

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Our planet has five sectors, four of them underground. The Surface is easily the most dangerous sector of them all.

If you’re twenty or younger, you’ll be tossed straight into the death camp and put to work pulling weeds out of the crop fields, tending to the animals in the pens, and starving half to death. There’s no escape from it, unless you’re lucky enough to pass the Extraction test when you turn sixteen. Then you just might win an escape, but only ten kids are chosen out of hundreds every year so the odds are slim. Oh, and if you don’t pass, when you turn twenty the officials will haul you to the quarantine facility. Gas chambers. Even our deaths can’t be quick or painless.

But I haven’t even mentioned the worst part. You’ve seen the moon shining up there, all pink and glowing every night? Well, I wouldn’t stay outside to gaze at it too long. That pink gas is acid—acid that’ll burn your face off and make your death a hundred times more painful than the gas chamber. The shield up in the atmosphere is supposed to protect us from the acid, but it’s been known to glitch.

Already over the age of twenty? Well, you might get lucky. There’s a chance the Developers might decide you’re worth keeping around if you have an exceptionally high Promise. But your intelligence or strength would have to be off the charts. And you’ve already missed your chance to take the official Extraction test, so it’s pretty unlikely the Developers will make an exception.

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Let’s say you’re lucky enough to pass the Extraction test, or lucky enough to win an exception—where do you go next? Your prize is a one-way ticket to the Core, the sector built around—you guessed it—the core of Kiel. Don’t worry, you won’t die from molten lava or anything; our engineers have done an excellent job of making the Core inhabitable over the centuries. In fact, you’re safer in the Core than anywhere else on the planet. You’ll have better food, more recreational options, job opportunities that don’t involve coming home covered in mud and stinky of manure, and, best of all, you’ll never even have to think about the moon’s acid seeping through the walls.

But there are three important rules you need to follow in order to have a safe life in the Core:

  1. 1. Don’t ask questions.
  2. 2. Don’t fight the doctors.
  3. 3. Don’t disobey the Developers.

My trouble was: I’ve never been great at following the rules.

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SD Author Photo Hi ResAbout Stephanie:

Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, Extraction, while studying film at San Diego State University. She has since written two sequels, Rebellion and the forthcoming Evolution, which hits shelves September 8th. In her spare time she fangirls over TV shows and writes music.

You can visit Stephanie around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Evolution

Available September 8, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin

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The final book in the brilliantly paced Extraction series. About a fearless girl who wins escape from a brutal life only to find herself battling to save her planet from destruction.

THE FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES STARTS NOW

Clementine and Logan’s world is on the brink of destruction. An army of aliens from the distant planet Marden has arrived with a massive fleet of battleships, intent on finally putting an end to an age-old war. With the Alliance headquarters reduced to rubble and one of the rebel leaders close to death, Clementine and her friends have no choice but to retreat to the Core to escape the alien ships attacking the Surface.

But safety in the Core means forming a temporary alliance with their sworn enemy. Though he’s a ruthless man they cannot trust, striking a bargain with him—his pardon in exchange for their help defeating the Mardenites—seems the only way the rebels might survive. The only way that Clementine and Logan might finally live in peace. But their hope for peace is short lived as they soon find out that Marden’s force is more powerful than anyone anticipated, with weapons and technologies never before seen on Kiel. Unless old feuds can be set aside long enough for a diplomatic solution to be found, all of Kiel’s people will be destroyed, and all of Clementine’s sacrifices will mean nothing.

With pulse-pounding twists and turns, the stunning conclusion to the Extraction series will leave you breathless!

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Deadly Destinations: The Wanderers by Kate Ormand

August 29th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 7 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations is going to the circus today and it’s not just any circus! It is a circus that is populated with shapeshifters! For more on this circus, check out The Wanderers by Kate Ormand. The Wanderers is a young adult fantasy novel. It will be released on September 1, 2015 from Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press.

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Hi Kristie! Thank you for having me on your blog for Deadly Destinations! As introduction to the shape-shifter circus and some of the characters readers will meet, I’ve written this short scene where the cast is watching a commercial for their circus. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek into their world! Over to you, Flo…

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The elders call us into the main tent to watch the commercial Jonah, one of our area agents, filmed to advertise the circus. This is the first look at the final thing, which I still don’t know if the elders are going to use. Jonah thought it was a good idea—to widen our reach, attract more visitors. Nora thought it was a terrible idea and would draw too much extra attention to us. She’s been arguing with Ava and Hari about it for a couple weeks. In the end, Jonah was given permission to put something together to show us. Once we’ve all had a chance to see it, we’ll vote on its use.

Jonah brought the equipment in with him—a large screen and projector, the camera equipment he used for filming, and speakers. Everyone’s really excited. We’ve never watched something on a big screen before, and this is like a mini movie about us! I think I already know I’m going to vote no, though. I don’t want too much attention on us—something that could attract larger protests, or even hunters. But I’m still excited to see it.

Once we’re all settled on the benches around the ring, Jonah starts the commercial. The screen lights up blank for a moment before the words Come One! Come All! To the Animal Circus! flash on a black background in bright, colorful lettering. I smile.

A curtain drops down over the text, then there are the elephant triplets—Lucas, Lance, and Logan—standing in front of the site entrance, beside the worn-out sign that reads the same thing. Except, the paint is so chipped you can’t really read it anymore. So they say it, “Come one! Come all! To the animal circus!” in perfect unison. Lucas whistles at himself and the monkeys laugh until Nora shushes them.

I step into the shot beside the triplets, a forced smile on my face. I was really nervous about being filmed. I lift my hand and gesture for the camera to follow me. I stop in front of the bearded lady’s stand, where customers pay admission or hand in their tickets, and pretend to pay Ruby. She gives me a fake ticket and I hold it up toward the camera. Then I part the green and red striped curtains and go inside the tent.

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I glance at Ruby now. She’s covering her eyes, and eight-year-old Star is tugging her sleeve excitedly. Ruby always works the door. No one’s really sure what her shape is—she’s the only one of us who can’t fully transform into an animal. When she shifts, she grows hair on her face and her hands and feet, but she doesn’t change shape. I often wonder what it feels like for her, stuck in that in-between stage.

On screen, I angle my body toward the camera as I walk and talk. “Visitors will be greeted by our bearded lady, then enter the big top here. There are refreshments available before you find your seats and during intervals.” I stop in front of Pru and Lexi—two of the tiger girls—and “buy” a bag of butter popcorn from them. Everything looks so good. The way Jonah’s worked this makes the circus look much better than it actually is. I guess that’s the point. On screen, I go find a seat on the benches, bag of popcorn in hand. My part is almost over. “All our seats offer an excellent view of the ring, and—oh! Look!” I point to the stage where Jett is performing in his bear form. He’s riding a small bicycle around in circles and wearing a red waistcoat and cone-shaped hat that sparkles under the stage lighting.

The angle changes now, leaving me and passing Jett, until reaching the stage curtains where Owen and Ursula stand. The zebra siblings talk into the camera with confidence about the different acts the audience will see, including an appearance from Itch and Oscar (two of the monkeys) and Star (a seal). The elders (lions) reluctantly finish off the commercial with a roar—literally.

The screen goes dark again, displaying information on where to find us and our tour dates. The elders stand and face us. “Well?” Jonah asks hopefully. He clasps his hands together and awaits our verdict.

Ava glances at him, then looks at us. “Time to vote,” she says. “By a show of hands, who is for the commercial airing?”

And we vote.

Star and Ruby vote yes. Owen, too.  The tigers—Pru, Lexi, and Maria—raise their hands in vote. Out of the elders, only Hari approves of the footage. The triplets go for it, too, but no one else.

“Ten,” Ava says with a small smile. Jonah sighs. “And, by a show of hands, who is against the commercial airing?”

Everyone else raises their hands and it is decided: the commercial is scrapped.

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kate ormandtwAbout Kate:

Kate Ormand is YA author of DARK DAYS and THE WANDERERS. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She graduated from university with a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also member and co-creator of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. Kate is represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd.

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A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance

Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.

In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.

Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.

Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?

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Deadly Destinations: The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano

August 28th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations No Comments »

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Welcome to Deadly Destinations! Today we have author Anna Caltabiano with her series The Seventh Miss Hatfield! What happens when your life as a time traveler doesn’t allow you to stay in one destination for too long? Find out in the post below! The Seventh Miss Hatfield was released on August 11, 2015 from Epic Reads Impulse. The second novel in the series, The Time of the Clockmaker, will be released on December 8, 2015.

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You really don’t know what you’re doing, do you? You’re the seventh Miss Hatfield. You need to know certain things. There are rules about being immortal and traveling in time that you need to ingrain in your mind to survive.

But first, you should call me Rebecca. None of that “Miss Hatfield” stuff. Yes, you’re Rebecca Hatfield now, too. Since we’re the only people we can trust, we all take on one shared identity. We need a life to turn to when we lose our own. This way, we have a history. A life.

Of course, there aren’t many of us left—just you and me. The first Miss Hatfield drowned herself—I’ll tell you that story some other time. The second Miss Hatfield died in a fire aboard a ship heading to Wales. The third was tried in a town court and found guilty of witchcraft because people noticed she wasn’t aging. Missing children and failing crops were blamed on her, and her death marked the beginning of the Salem witch trials. The fourth Miss Hatfield died in an asylum. Her fiancé helped them lock her away. It’s not clear exactly how she died, but it was probably the torture they put her through that ultimately did her in. And the fifth Miss Hatfield… She killed herself in front of me. I suppose I have to tell you the story of that too some other time.

We’re exceptions in time. I know you like to call it “time travel,” but that’s not quite accurate. You see, “travel” indicates a journey with a beginning and an end. We have neither.

The Seventh Miss HatfieldThe Time of the Clockmaker

Time isn’t a river, as most people think. It’s more like a lake or pond, if you will, in which multiple times exist simultaneously. One time doesn’t just begin and end abruptly. They all coexist as parts of a whole. One mortal belongs to a series of times in their lifetime. They leave a part of them behind in each, but each part is slightly different from all the others, even though they belong to the same person…

Confusing, isn’t it?

I believe mortals call it “change” and “personal growth.” To a mortal, it looks as though people change slowly over the course of their lives, but the reality is that people leave a different version of themselves behind in each moment of time. Mortals just can’t see the whole human or perceived these different versions of each person.

And what about us? Well, we only have one version of ourselves. If you go back in time, you won’t run into another version of yourself. It doesn’t work like that.

But we can travel beyond our former mortal time spans, because we’re immortal. Think of it as a cord being cut. You’re now free to roam any time, because you don’t belong in only a certain period. Of course, this has its difficulties as well: Because you’re a visitor in all time periods, you can’t stay for long. You’ll start to get a strange feeling in the pit of your stomach—a sort of discomfort and then a pain—that persists and intensifies as you stay in one time period. It’s said that one of the former Miss Hatfields was driven mad by it… But what do I know?

I almost forgot to impart on you the most important point of them all—Immortality from the waters of the Fountain of Youth can only protect you from illness and death by natural causes. You can still die in an accident. So do be careful.

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Anna CaltabianoAbout Anna:

Anna Caltabiano is an up-and-coming young adult author, who though only recently turned 18, has already published two widely acclaimed novels. Her most recent novel, The Seventh Miss Hatfield, is the first book of a new trilogy, published by the Hatchette Group. Caltabiano has received an increasing amount of media attention for her compelling stories to which young adults can deeply relate. The idea of writing her first book was born as a result of a bet she made with her dad to avoid having to go to camp the summer after middle school. Four years later and Caltabiano is still writing. In her books, articles, and media appearances, she continues to tackle everyday, but often painful, issues for teens.

Though now residing in Palo Alto, California, the multi-cultural influences on her writing run deep. Born in British Colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools, Caltabiano was brought up speaking Japanese at home. In Palo Alto, surrounded by neighbors who are the pioneers of Google, Apple and Facebook, the desire to create the future clashes with the traditional-bound immigrant roots of many of its inhabitants. Having now spent much time in privileged suburban America, Caltabiano has always felt fascinated, but troubled, by her high school classmates’ personal struggles as they deal with the contradictions in their lives. The high schoolers themselves are a microcosm of the area–an eclectic mix; the offspring of ultra-wealthy Silicon Valley magnates, aspirational internet entrepreneurs, and Stanford philosophy professors. Her writing reflects her concerns for her generation as it seeks out salvation, meaning, and companionship in online communities, with pop culture as its only shared language.

Caltabiano feels that when she is not busy writing about the pressures and emotions of modern adolescence and teenage life, she is just a regular teenage girl who enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing tennis, and practicing the guitar.

You can visit Anna around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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All That is RedThe Seventh Miss Hatfield The Time of the Clockmaker

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The Seventh Miss Hatfield

Available August 11, 2015 from Epic Reads Impulse

About this Book:

Romantic and action packed, The Seventh Miss Hatfield is a 300-page novel about a young girl with the ability to travel through time—and the secret she must protect. With an epic romance that cannot be stopped by the bounds of time, as well as deeper questions regarding immortality,The Seventh Miss Hatfield is the beginning of a series perfect for fans of love stories such as The Time Traveler’s Wife as well as historical fiction with a fantastical twist like The Diviners by Libba Bray.

As a child, Cynthia was lured into the home of her mysterious neighbor, Miss Hatfield. There, Miss Hatfield tells her they are both part of a long line of immortal women able to travel through time. But this gift might be more of a curse, and it comes with a price. Cynthia is beginning to lose herself: she is becoming the next Miss Hatfield.

But before the process goes too far, Cynthia must travel back in time to turn-of-the-century New York and steal a painting. This picture might provide a clue to the whereabouts of the source of immortality, a clue that must remain hidden from the world.

Her assignment isn’t as easy as it appears, especially when Cynthia meets an attractive yet sullen boy named Henley. As their friendship grows into something stronger, Cynthia is hesitant to leave. But how can she stay with the boy she cares for when she must return to her own time before the time travel has a fatal effect on her body? And would she rather stay and die in love or leave and live alone?

And who is the mysterious stranger who shadows her from place to place? A hunter for the secret of immortality—or someone who has already found it?

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Deadly Destinations: Elisha Rex by E.C. Ambrose

August 27th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 5 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations travels to England where we get a tour of St. Leonard’s at Hythe. Prepare yourself for this grim bit of history in the article below! For more on this world, check out Elisha Rex by E.C. Ambrose. It is the third novel in the Dark Apostle fantasy series. Elisha Rex was released on July 7, 2015 from DAW/Penguin!

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Deadly Destinations:  Madoc’s Tour of St. Leonard’s at Hythe

It’s in this little town of Hythe, on the coast between Hastings and Dover, there’s a church I want to show you.  Unique in all England, so they say, and I shouldn’t wonder if that’s true anyhow—but the townsfolk prefer not to call attention to that, do they?  You can hardly find signs to the place nowadays, and in my time, it was just about on the shingle itself, where fishermen drew up their boats and strung out their nets to dry.

Hythe is one of the Cinque Ports, required to give ships for the king when he needs ’em. It’s a prosperous town, with that fine harbor, and being on the pilgrimage trail to Canterbury.  O’course, right up the hill you’ve got Saltwood Castle, where those wicked knights met up to plan the murder of Thomas a’Beckett.  So you might say the town’s got a long history with death.

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Sure, from the outside, St. Leonard’s looks like any church the Normans erected after they come in and claimed the whole country. There’s a right lovely boneyard off the side here, green and flowery in the summer, and a view of the sea. You’ve got your square bell-tower, with those spikes at each corner, and a short nave and transept runs across.  The one side, you can see that little round tower, which might have been from the first church on the spot, built by the Saxons.  But the moment you step up in the porch, you can see there’s a problem.  It’s these two sundials, see?  Who puts a porch over the sundials?  How’re the fishermen to know how long ’til Mass?

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On the inside, St. Leonard’s isn’t too much different either. It’s plain plaster now, but in the day, it had paintings of images from the Bible, the life of Saint Leonard himself, who is a patron of prisoners, as you can see by the stained glass.  Back a hundred years ago, they had plenty of pilgrims here, mostly back from the Crusades, and all giving thanks to Saint Leonard for their escape and survival, or on the way to Canterbury to pay respect to Saint Thomas.

Anyroad, it’s right there in the porch where the heathen bit begins, and I’m glad I’ve got me mum’s charms to ward against roving spirits.  I know, the priest claims there’s nothing heathen about it, just some bones as got disturbed when they raised the church and did that expansion.  He figures they’d planned to re-bury them, once the boundaries for the new boneyard was worked out, but, what with one thing and another, the bones are still here, aren’t they?  Some folks think these’re the remains of French sailors from a failed invasion a while back, and others say there was some famine or great disease.  Elisha’d know more about that than me.

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And they’re not just lying quiet and plain, waiting the Judgment Day, they’ve been all rearranged.  Here, come over to the crypt—that’s where they all are,  now.  Jaw bones cupped together like dishes in a pantry.  Great, orderly stacks of thigh bones.  What’s become of the small bones I don’t like to ask, and I don’t know as that the priest would tell me.  And there at both ends, skulls heaped up on shelves, and some with birds living in them.

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Must be two thousand dead in here, all waiting, watching.  They do give me the shivers, I don’t mind saying.  What about you?  Would you rather be out there, in a tidy grave, to wait God’s calling—or in here, among these all unsettled bones?

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E.C. AmbroseAbout E.C.:

E.C. Ambrose is the author of “The Dark Apostle” historical fantasy series about a medieval barber surgeon starting with Elisha Barber (DAW 2013), and continuing in Elisha Magus (2014) and Elisha Rex (2015). The author blogs about the intersections between history and fantasy at ecambrose.wordpress.com and can also be found at www.theDarkApostle.com, on twitter @ecambrose or facebook/ECAmbroseauthor.  Published works include “The Romance of Ruins” in Clarkesworld, “Carver” in Fireside,  and “Custom of the Sea,” winner of the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction Contest 2012.  E. C. works as a climbing instructor and adventure guide in beautiful New Hampshire.

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Elisha Rex

Available July 7, 2015 from DAW/Penguin

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Elisha Rex is the third book in the gritty, sharp historical fantasy series, The Dark Apostle.

Elisha was a skillful barber-surgeon, cutting hair and stitching wounds for poor peasants like himself in 14th century London. But that was before catastrophe ruined his family. Before he was falsely accused of murder, and sent to die in an unjust war. Before he discovered his exceptional potential for a singularly deadly magic, and was forced to embrace his gifts and end that war…by using his newfound abilities to kill the tyrannical king.

Elisha is no longer the lowly barber he was, but it is hard to tell exactly who he is now. The beautiful witch Brigit, his former mentor, claims him for the magi, all those who have grasped the secrets of affinity and knowledge to manipulate mind and matter, and who are persecuted for it. Duke Randall, the man who first rose against the mad King Hugh, has accepted him as a comrade and ally in the perilous schemes of the nobility. Somehow, he has even become a friend to Thomas, both the rightful king and, something rarer, a good man.

But he is still a regicide, and in order to solidify Thomas’s authority among the restive barons, he had to let the new king sentence him to a horrific public execution. With Thomas’s covert aid, Elisha faked his death and went into hiding, but the peasants of London are beginning to call it a martyrdom, as legends of Elisha’s spectacular “miracles” in the service of his country have spread. Yet Elisha is finally beginning to understand the dreadful power within him, and he has never felt less holy—or more terrified.

Because there is another force at work in the world, a shadowy cabal beyond the might of kings and nobles, that sees its opportunity in the chaos of war and political turmoil—and sees its mirror in Elisha’s indivisible connection with Death. For these necromancers, Elisha is the ultimate prize, and the perfect tool.

When the necromancers’ secret plans begin to bear black fruit, England teeters on the brink of a hellish anarchy that could make the previous war look like a pleasant memory, and it appears Elisha is the only man who can stop it. But if he steps forward and takes on the authority he is offered to save his nation once again, is he playing right into the mancers’ hands?

Why does it seem like his enemies are the ones most keen to call him Elisha Rex?

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Deadly Destinations: Smoked by Mari Mancusi

August 26th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 15 Comments »

Deadly Destinations 2015

A huge thank you to author Mari Mancusi who is here to tell us how to survive a Dragon Apocalypse in today’s Deadly Destinations post! The third novel in her Scorched series, Smoked, will be released on September 1, 2015 from Sourcebooks Fire.

**Enter for your chance to win a copy of Smoked at the end of this post. This contest is open to US & Canada addresses only.**

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The Dragon Apocalypse: Are you prepared?

In SMOKED, the third and final book in the Scorched series, Team Dragon has done everything it can to stop the dragon apocalypse. But one bad choice threatens to spark the flame of war, all over again. And while our world may be consumed with the idea of surviving a zombie outbreak, if dragons actually came back in the world? We may have a bigger problem on our hands. After all, while zombies are just shuffling around aimlessly from place to place, looking for brains, dragons are busy setting the world on fire. And while sure, most of us are equipped with fire insurance, smoke detectors and maybe, if we’re lucky a fire extinguisher under the sink—that’s not going to cut it during a true dragon rising. So what would you need to keep the dragons at bay and stay safe during a dragon apocalypse?

Here’s what Connor Jacks, Dragon Hunter, would suggest you keep stockpiled:

  1. 1. Burn salve. Goes without saying, right? While you probably won’t need it for a full on dragon attack (read: you’d already be dead) if you were hit by a burning branch or had to escape a burning building, burn salve would be your best friend.
  1. 2. A rotting leg of lamb. Dragons are always hungry. They’re like dogs – they’ll eat until they explode. And if you don’t want them to select you from the menu, you’d better have some specials on hand. Preferably good and bloody specials with really strong smells. Throw them out and tell that big boy chasing you to have at it. Dragons are luckily also pretty lazy and they’ll choose the food that’s not moving vs. the one they have to catch every time.
  1. 3. The Shiny! Dragons love treasure almost as much as they love food. The shinier and more sparkly the better. And let’s face it, the world has collapsed – those antique family heirlooms aren’t going to do you any good anyway. Throw them at the dragon and you may have a chance of distracting him enough to get away.
  1. 4. A Saddle. Now this won’t work for everyone, but there are individuals out there who have what’s called “the spark” which allows them to communicate telepathically with dragons and get them on your side. If you are lucky enough to have this gift, well, you might suddenly find yourself a proud owner of a big ass dragon. And what do you do with big ass dragons? Duh. So it’s best to come prepared. Note: Do not try to ride a dragon until it has given you its full permission. Otherwise you will splat on takeoff, saddle or no.
  1. 5. A Time Travel Machine. If all else fails, you can always volunteer like Connor Jacks has, to go back in time to stop the dragon apocalypse from starting in the first place. The good news? You will not get eaten by a dragon. The bad news? There’s no coming back—you’ll be forced to live out your days two centuries before you were actually born. Oh and your twin brother might try to kill you.

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Mari MancusiAbout Mari:

Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small–so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.

When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys goth clubbing, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their dog Mesquite.

You can visit Mari around the web here: Website | BlogTwitter | Facebook

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One lucky reader will win a copy of Smoked!
(US/Canada)

Smoked

Available September 1, 2015 from Sourcebooks Fire

About this Book:

Once upon a time the world burned.
Until a girl and her dragon smothered the flame.
But the spark that ignited the apocalypse never went out.
And the Scorch is about to begin.

When Team Dragon rescues Emmy from the government lab, they think the future is finally safe. But they soon discover that Emmy has a secret–a secret so dangerous it could trigger the very apocalypse Connor and Caleb were sent back in time to prevent.

As a dragon hunter, Connor has committed his life to saving the world. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to complete his mission… even if it meant betraying his brother and losing Trinity’s heart. Even if it meant doing the unthinkable. But a desperate choice meant to prevent The Scorch, may become the spark that sets the world aflame once more.

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