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We only have a few more days left on our Deadly Destinations summer tour. Today’s tour takes us to northern California and the beautiful redwood forest. Debut author Karsten Knight is here to give us an exclusive excerpt from WILDEFIRE, the first book in his Wildefire series. Thanks to the amazing team at Simon & Schuster/BFYR, five of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book! See details below
An Exclusive Excerpt from Wildefire by Karsten Knight
In the misty redwood forests of Northern California,
where the trees touch the sky
there are things in the dark
that even a volcano goddess should fear.
From the Chapter Blue Flame
Image from Kevin Gong
After several minutes in the knee-deep mist, Ashline’s confidence in her navigation waned, replaced by a nagging sense that she should have stumbled upon the meeting place by now, or at least heard the laughter of her troublemaking classmates.
Instead, she found herself in a disquieting vacuum of silence and a pervasive darkness that even her lantern failed to illuminate. In fact, the glare was keeping her from seeing much beyond her own bubble. She turned off the lantern and waited for the light to fade from her eyes so she could restore her bearings.
Alone among the wooden skyscrapers, she might as well have been a flea. Without even the dim pall of the stars and moon to light the way, Ash couldn’t even see the tops of the redwood trees, which in the darkness looked like pillars holding up the roof of the heavens.
Then she heard the crackle of a footfall on dry leaves.
The fingers of terror wrapped themselves slowly around her internal organs and squeezed. The sound had come from the gap between two trees straight ahead.
Ash stumbled back until she felt the soft bark of the redwood behind her. She slid into a sitting position and hugged her knees in silence, praying that whoever it was would be equally night-blind.
Maybe it was Jackie or Darren. Hell, maybe it was Colt doing some late-night ranger work. But this near to the midnight wanderer, Ash should at least have been able to see the glow of a flashlight or lantern. Logic said that anyone moving around in the tar blackness of a redwood night was either crazy or didn’t want to be seen.
Ashline was still contemplating this when a figure emerged from behind a nearby tree. And when it did, she wished she was still back in her nightmare with Lizzie Jacobs’s corpse.
It—for Ash wasn’t going to make hypotheses as to its gender—lumbered forward with sinister patience. At twice Ashline’s height, and many times her circumference, its enormity was dwarfed only by the mighty redwoods. Behind its slow cautious saunter there was untapped physical strength, yet as far as Ash could see on its thick, dark body, it had no limbs at all except for its squat, reptilian legs. Its skin—or scales, or hide, or whatever it was that coated its body—was darker than the night itself. Ash had a notion that if she turned on her lantern and held it up to its belly, the creature’s body would simply absorb the light, lost and gone forever.
Ashline remained perfectly still, frozen in place against the trunk of the redwood. The dark creature had paused and brought its “snout” low to the ground. Then it straightened up. And it turned its head in her direction.
Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before finally deciding that his true calling was as a volcano goddess biographer. He resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather and football, and is on a far-too-successful quest to visit every restaurant in the city.
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This giveaway is provided by Simon & Schuster/Books for Young Readers
Five winners will each receive a copy of Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Available on July 26, 2011 from Simon & Schuster/Books for Young Readers
About the Book:
Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
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