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Deadly Destinations: Tessa Gratton’s Mab & The Kansas Prairie

**Visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Deadly Destination tour with Erica Ridley & enter for a chance to win one of two copies of her backlist titles**

Deadly Destinations ventures to the Kansas Prairie and introduces Mab Prowd from the forthcoming The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton. The Blood Keeper is the second title in The Blood Journals series and will be released on August 28, 2012. Thanks to Tessa, one lucky winner will receive a copy of The Blood Keeper.

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The eastern Kansas prairie is a place usually associated with buffalo and pioneers, American Indians, corn, and Jayhawks basketball.

But on the blood land, where Mab Prowd and her family of witches has lived for more than a hundred years, there are dark secrets lurking under the cottonwood trees, shifting through the tall grasses and fields of sunflowers and phlox. Here, the Prowds have buried the most dangerous curses.

Once a week, Mab gets up before dawn and shares a handful of berries and nuts with the flock of crows that act as her familiars. Together they go to the northern edge of the land to the binding ground. It’s a circle of earth surrounded on three sides by the curve of the Child Creek and on the forth by a line of honey-locust trees with their wicked bundles of thorns. A great, twisted oak tree holds the center, its curving roots like spokes that reach out to the edges.

There are possessed books, black candle boxes, fossils and stones imbued with dark magic, and all manner of chaotic, dangerous curses buried in the ground there, and Mab’s job is to rebind the land. First she presses her hand into the thorns of one of the honey locusts. The sharp lances cut five marks into her palm, and as she cups it, blood pools. Mab walks three times around the circle, flicking drops of her powerful blood onto the earth. “Bound through seven nights and seven days” she whispers as she goes.

In the end, Mab touches her hand to the trunk of the oak tree, and a shudder passes through the old heartwood down into the roots, and out into the binding circle.

The blood land is safe for another seven days.

But there are secrets living in the earth that even Mad doesn’t know, and sometimes they break loose. Sometimes they claw up through a tangle of roses to walk again, spreading fear and shadows across the sunlit prairie.

It’s up to the Blood Keeper to find them, and destroy them.

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About Tessa:

When Tessa was a kid, she wanted to be a wizard. Or a paleontologist. Maybe both.

She’s neither now, but magic and monsters are still her favorite things.

Born in Okinawa, Japan, while her Dad was on duty with the US Navy, Tessa moved around throughout my childhood and traveled even more. She’s lived in Japan, California, Kansas, and England, and visited 4 continents.

After graduating from the University of Kansas in 2003 with a degree in Gender Studies, she went on to graduate school for a Master’s in the same. Halfway through, she ditched the program in favor of the blood, violence, and drama of Anglo-Saxon and Germanic epic poetry and to focus on my writing. Tessa doesn’t have a graduate degree, but she did translate her own version of Beowulf!

Despite having traveled all over the world, she settled in Kansas where the sunsets are all in Technicolor, with her partner, two cats, and a mutant mutt named Grendel.

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

Want to read more from Tessa Gratton?

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This giveaway is provided by Tessa Gratton

One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Blood Keeper

Available August 28, 2012 from Random House Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

Paranormal romance fans who are looking to up the ante will be drawn to this tale of horror, fantasy, and romance. For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It’s all she’s ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she’s connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions. Mab will do anything to keep the ancient practice alive and guard its secrets. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab’s magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.

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24 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Tessa Gratton’s Mab & The Kansas Prairie

  1. siennyNo Gravatar
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    i think this one’ll fall to ‘books i won’t read at night, alone, in the dark’ category.

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  2. erinf1No Gravatar
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    this series sounds awesome! This is the first I’ve heard of it and I’m definitely adding it to my wishlist :)

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  3. Caty RNo Gravatar
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    I would be kind of terrified to touch anything but it seems really interesting so I think I will add it to my TBR pile.
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  4. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    It sounds interesting and kind of scary.

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  5. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Oh yes! I’ve been wanting that first book and it’s on my wishlist. It sounds deliciously dark and so I want to read it!!

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  6. NatashaNo Gravatar
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    I have not started it yet, but I hope to soon!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. Jessica@a GREAT readNo Gravatar
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    I definitely found the first book to be very good! It was way bloodier than I thought but still awesome!

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  8. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Wow! Sounds fantastic! Thanks much for the awesome giveaway!

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  9. VivienNo Gravatar
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    I really enjoyed the first book!! It was just dark enough for me. So excited for her book signing tomorrow :D

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  10. Kristen HeylNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t read any of this series yet but it sounds like it will be right up my alley….crossing my fingers that I win.

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  11. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    I’d never heard of this series until now; it looks really interesting!

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  12. Kai W.No Gravatar
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    I have not heard of this series or about the author. I’m already like the interview and the excerpt of the book. Sounds good and definitely will be on my TBR List.

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  13. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    News series for me. I’m always looking for another series to toss into the mix.

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  14. KaitlynNo Gravatar
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    So excited to read this!

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  15. Stephanie ZieglerNo Gravatar
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    After reading the synopsis, all I can say is – oh oh OH!!! Sweet!

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  16. StacyUFINo Gravatar
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    THis sounds great.

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  17. Brenda DemkoNo Gravatar
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    This sounds like a series that I need to check out. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  18. Jen D.No Gravatar
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    The setting for the binding circle sounds both beautiful and creepy all at the same time.

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  19. JasmynNo Gravatar
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    I hadn’t heard of this series before. It soulds like quite a good one and onto the wishlist it goes.

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    I haven’t read the series yet. It sounds interesting.

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  21. SariahNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t read this series, it does sound like an interesting read. Thanks for the chance.

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  22. CherylNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t started it yet, though I did buy Blood Magic sd s gift for my sister. I’ll have to swipe it from her at some point.

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  23. SusanNo Gravatar
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    I’m unfamiliar with this series, but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    I have Blood Magic on my wishlist and think it sounds like a great read!

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