Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Defiance Books Blitz!!!! Excerpt AND GIVEAWAY

The Keeper: A Brilliant Darkness Story (Brilliant Darkness, #1.5)

So, I don't know if you know, but I ADORE this series!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! And I can't get enough of it! So I am excited to get to share my love for this series by participating in The Defiance Book Blitz hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!
You can see my review of The Defiance, here.
And my review of The Keeper, here.

So first let me tell you a bit about the author!

A.G. Henley is the author of the BRILLIANT DARKNESS series. The first novel in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

A.G. is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
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And here is a bit about the first book, THE SCOURGE!!!
Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.

And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.

The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's.

Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.

As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.
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And as for book two, THE DEFIANCE:
Read The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness, #2), the highly anticipated sequel to The Scourge (Brilliant Darkness, #1), a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist!
Suspicion Trust. Fear Compassion. Hate Love.
It hasn’t been long since Fennel, a Sightless Groundling, and Peree, her Lofty Keeper, fell in love and learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, are not what they seem.
Fenn and Peree are determined to guide their people to the protected village of Koolkuna, but first they must convince them that everything they believe is a lie. An impossible task, especially when someone seems hell-bent on trying anything—even animal sacrifice and arson—to destroy the couple’s new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties. Not everyone wants to uproot their lives in the forest, and those who stay behind will be left terribly vulnerable.
Fenn and Peree’s resolve to be together, and the constant threat of the Scourge’s return, push both groups to the breaking point. Unable to tell friend from foe, Fenn must again decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to ensure the future of the people of the forest.
Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear.
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And then for those who are a bit to obsessed with the series (I am so not talking about myself!) There is a novella from Peree's POV!!!!
Peree knows what he’s doing as the new Keeper of the Water Bearer, Fennel.

He knows Fennel’s Sightless. He knows that means the Scourge can’t hurt her while she gathers fresh water for her people. He knows how to wield his bow and arrow to take out the revolting flesh-eaters when they swarm around her. He’ll motivate her, distract her, do anything he can to keep her working. And most important, he'll make sure his people get every drop of their share of the water she collects. Peree knows his duty is to his people and his people alone, and not to the Water Bearer.

What he doesn’t know is that he's falling in love with her.

This companion story to The Scourge stands alone for new readers and allows series fans a glimpse of the first few days of Peree and Fenn's relationship from Peree's Lofty point of view. It includes a sneak peak of the first chapter of Book 2 in the Brilliant Darkness series

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-Amazon


The morning passes quickly. There was more wood to move into the storeroom in the caves this morning, new stores of salt meat and dried beans to deliver, and our herbalist, Marjoram, told me she has some poultices and teas she wants me to bring in. Marj was underprepared for the accidents and illnesses resulting from such a long confinement last time. She won’t make the same mistake again.
There’s plenty of space in the storeroom—it was almost empty by the time we left the caves after the Reckoning. It’s an easy job to stow the supplies neatly along the natural stone shelves. My stomach rumbles, anticipating a midday meal, as I cross the cavern to the storeroom carrying the second-to-last load of wood. Even the lingering stench of crampberries doesn’t deter my appetite.
 “Fennel.” The word whispers across the cave.
 I freeze. “Who’s there?”
 “Stay away from the Lofty. Groundlings and Lofties aren’t meant to be together. You’ve been warned.”
 I can’t tell anything about the speaker—man, woman, their age. But quiet as the person’s words are, it’s hard to miss the implied threat. I drop most of the wood, keeping one thick log as a potential weapon. The person is between the passage out and me.
 I hold the log firmly in front of me, trying to tame my wild breathing so I can hear. Fear strangles my thoughts. An indefinable amount of time passes. Finally wrestling the courage to move, I step forward, keeping the log at the ready.
 And I cough.
 The air is wrong, and not simply human-waste wrong. Something else. There’s light where there shouldn’t be, and . . . smoke. That’s what I’m tasting and smelling.

 There’s a fire in the passageway, and it’s blocking my way out. Terror doesn’t steal through me. It rips my head off.

So, WHAT DO YOU THINK???? (That is actually one of my favorite scenes from the book!!!) Don't you want to go out and buy it??? Or BETTER YET, WIN IT??? Yes you guessed right! The author is giving away one KINDLE copy of THE DEFIANCE!!!  YAY!!! So fill out the form below with the email you want it sent to! 

One (1) KINDLE copy of The Defiance, the SECOND book in The Brilliant Darkness series!
A comment would be appreciated but not required.
A winner will be picked August 29th and there e-book will be sent out after September 2nd!!! 
One (1) Entry per person.
Open Internationally.
Sponsered by the author!!! 

2 comments:

  1. I'd never head of this series before, but it sounds very interesting. I'm always a sucker for people falling in love when they are usually enemies (or at least distrustful of each other).

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    1. Yep!! Same here! I'm always like, you stupid people just fall in love already!!! Forbidden Love just is sooo fun!! :)

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