Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blog Tour Spotlight, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast!

Title: Amber Smoke

Series: The Monster Within #2

Author: Kristin Cast

Publisher: Diversion Books

Release Date: June 9 2015

ISBN: e-9781626815520 | p-9781626815537

Price: e$9.99 | p$14.99

About the Book:

There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another. Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the House of Night series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.


"Amber Smoke is thrilling and funny with just the right amount of magic. Brilliant job, Kristin Cast!" —Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"I love Kristin Cast! In Amber Smoke, Cast's wit, creativity and talent shine! I turned the pages at lightning speed, ready for more! What a tasty treat!" —Gena Showalter, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


Please try to keep it at or under 800 words if possible
“Just breathe. Everything is fine now." She straightened the skirt of her wrinkled dress and wiped away the tears flooding her eyes. "That was way close."
She took one more deep breath before the elevator door dinged. Eva tiptoed into the lobby, hoping she wouldn't run into Bridget making a last call dash to the hotel bar. She didn't have the strength to fake happiness, and she also didn't want to ruin her best friend's night. With no squealing friend in sight, she relaxed, pulled her car key from her clutch, and made her way into the quiet Tulsa night.
Eva began to regret "borrowing" her mom's designer shoes as she walked, with her toes pinched and heels blistered, down Main Street to her car.
"Couldn't parallel park under a street light. Had to park in a pull-through space off in the dark. But at least I'm out of there and away from Spencer." She sniffled back the last of her tears and dug for her phone to text Bridget.
Omw home. Call me later. Lots of Spencer stuff to talk about. He's such an ass! Be safe. Love you!
Distracted by her phone, she felt less uneasy about the dark trek to her car. "Let's see who's posted pictures from the party." Before she clicked the app's box, she stopped. A shape teetered on the brink of her peripheral vision. She stood on the sidewalk, frozen by panic.
Clunk, clunk. Clunk, clunk. Then a pause. They had to be footsteps. Maybe it was Spencer, pissed off and coming to get what he thought he was owed.
All the ways she could have avoided the terror building inside of her pummeled her thoughts. I should have just crashed in Bridget's room. Or never have gone up with him in the first place.
Without looking back, Eva wrangled her fear and sprinted toward the safety of her car. She had only gone a few steps when her pace slowed because of the pain of her shoes. Their rough straps rubbed raw on her toes and heels, and she hopped awkwardly down the street. Luckily, her silver Chevy Spark was only feet in front of her. She threw open the door and yanked it closed. Eva held her breath and looked in the driver's side mirror.
"You've got to be kidding me." An empty water bottle lazily tripped down the street and passed her car, creating the clunk, clunk she escaped. Dread released her stomach and she laughed with relief. "Wow. Now that was totally embarrassing. I'm so glad no one was out here to see me."
Her hands still shook from the encounter with the killer bottle, and she wrung them out, trying to take in deep mouthfuls of air to calm herself.
"And you didn't even lock the car doors. So stupid. What if someone was really chasing you? He could've just hopped in the passenger seat. And then I'd be trapped in this little box with some lunatic. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I really need to start listening to my mother." She tossed her clutch on to the passenger seat and began quoting her mother aloud. "Eva, park under streetlamps. It's safer. Always lock your car doors. It's safer."
A slick voice laughed softly from behind her. "Always check the backseat. It's safer."
Eva began to scream.

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About the Author:

Kristin Cast is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves relaxing with her significant other and their dogs, and discovering new hobbies. This year she'll work on swimming, yoga, and adding to her Doctor Who collection.

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1 comment:

  1. I will tell you I read numerous books penned by her and with her mother. No matter what it is the story will entertain you so much that you need to read the next one and the next thereafter. Awesome writer in her own right. Congrats Kristin! Thanks, Darlene Cruz