Friday, 27 July 2012

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison **Blog Tour** Extract + Giveaway

I'm really excited about this bookl, the first in a new series (The Frost Chronicles), by Kate Avery Ellison.
So imagine how excited I am, to be able to bring you an extract of the book, as part of the blog tour, today!!
I'm just going to stop talking about it, and let you read - I'm sure you'll be just as excited as I am!
Click me to go to Goodreads

I could just make out the crumpled form, but I saw only isolated details in my anxiety. A thin, wet shirt, a pair of shoulders, a face almost hidden by the snow. I took a step forward, trying to place the face... and then I saw the sharp features, the dark hair, the slightly tanned tone of the skin. I halted as my blood turned stone-cold. Time became protracted and dense, like swimming underwater. Sound was muffled. My chest felt tight.

You must be strong, Lia. My mother’s voice rang in my head. I remembered her wind-weathered face, her chapped hands gripping mine, her earnest eyes as they scoured my face for weakness. There could be no weakness here in the Frost, where we clung to life between the mountains as desperately as a drowning man clings to a stone.

“He’s not one of ours,” I said, turning to her with sudden fierceness. “Ivy...”

“He’s hurt,” she said.

“Don’t you understand?”

She just looked at me. I drew in a deep breath.

That is a Farther.”

Ivy’s eyes widened a fraction at my harsh words. The wind blew between us, spraying ice against our faces. She blinked. I didn’t.

“A...a Farther?”

Of course she knew what that was—every person in our village knew who the Farthers were, even those who’d never caught a glimpse of them across the river. We barely ever spoke of them, but they inhabited everyone’s nightmares all the same.

I nodded curtly.

Ivy struggled to understand what I was implying. “But he’s hurt,” she managed, as if that was the only concern. “And it’s getting dark.”

“We must protect ourselves,” I said.

Ivy swallowed hard.

I glared at her. “No.”

She looked back at the figure lying in the snow. I glanced at the sky again, trying to calculate how much time we had left before the sun sunk completely behind the trees, and we were no longer safe from the things that prowled in the darkness. The Watchers never moved across our yards or around the town perimeter during the sunlight hours, but some had reported seeing them during the narrow span of twilight that joined the day and the night, and it was rumored that they wandered freely in the deep of the forests even during the day.

The wind howled through the trees and tugged at my cloak. Snow fell sideways.

“But he’s hurt,” Ivy whispered again, breaking into my thoughts.

I closed my eyes briefly. My sister was the kind of person who brought home baby birds who’d fallen from their nests and raccoons with thorns in their paws. But we couldn’t simply take a Farther and bandage him up like a lost puppy. “The Elders say—”

“I know they’re dangerous. I know what the Elders say.” Ivy’s voice was as brittle as ice. “But are you telling me you’re going to leave him out here to die? After what happened to Ma and Da?”

I bit my lip so hard I tasted blood. Ivy looked at me with her big brown eyes and the fear in my gut snarled. What would the villagers say? This is dangerous, my mind screamed at me. This will endanger the family!

The figure in the snow stirred. “Please,” he whispered, his voice just a hiss.

I stepped to his side, crouching down to touch his face. His eyes opened a crack, and then...

He looked at me.

I felt hollowed out and filled up again as our gazes collided—mine and this Farther from beyond the edge of my world—and then his eyes shut as he passed out again, and I was released from the spell of them. I stepped back quickly, but the damage was already done. There was already an ache in my chest from the knowledge of what we were about to do.

“Lia?” My sister looked from the Farther’s still form to my face.

“All right,” I said, angry at my own weakness. “Fine. But we have to hurry. It’s almost dark.”

She dragged in a quick, relieved breath.

“Help me carry him,” I said.

About the Author
 From Goodreads
"I've been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I'm thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I'm not writing, I'm creating digital art, reading funny blogs, or watching my favorite shows (which include TVD and BSG). I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA."

To read more about Kate and her books, click here to go to her Goodreads page.

There is also a giveaway running for this blog tour, so if you'd like to enter, please make sure you're following Pen to Paper via GFC, and enter in the Rafflecopter below :)


Helene said...

I read The Curse Girl and thought it was amazing! This book is on my wish list :)

Tara said...

I think favourite book I've read recently would have to be Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, though I've no idea what my overall favourite book would be!

Andra said...

My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It's a classic and it has rocked my world.

Chocolate Chunky Munkie said...

Sounds like a great book Dani!

AlexSarahLouise said...

I cant choose a book so it has to be a series! The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine! :)

thank you for the giveaway:) xxx

Julie Witt said...

One of my all time favorite books is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon :)

sienny said...

JD robb's in death series and Linda howard's mr perfect are some of my favorite books.

kristiana said...

Few of my favorite reads ever are In Death Series by JD. Robb, all Agatha Christie's books and Harry Potter series ^^

M Buttars said...

Gail Carson Levine's Fairest is by far one of my current favorites. I think it speaks to anybody who has ever felt they don't fit in with the normal standard of beauty.

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