Today I have the pleasure of being a part of the blog tour for Courtney Cole's Bloodstone Saga. Keep reading to find out more about the author, the first book in the saga and to read an excerpt from it, and to enter two great giveaways.
About Courtney Cole - website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Courtney Cole is a YA novelist who loves thunderstorms, cake batter and insane amounts of coffee. She wrote her first story at the age of 9, although thankfully it has remained hidden away in an old cedar chest beneath musty blankets. Her more recent efforts are much better.
What would you do if you held Fate in your hands
17-year old Macy Lockhart has the weight of the world on her shoulders. For thousands of years, she has been a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae… and she literally holds fate in her hands. But this is something that she forgets because her memories are wiped clean in every life until it is time for her cycle to start again.
For the last two thousand years, this has never been a problem.
Until now. And now…
Fate, the very thing that Macy was born to keep, is being challenged and she has only one choice: To return to a previous life to fix it; a life where she was Cleopatra’s handmaiden, Charmian. And that’s not all. Unless she interferes with the fabric of time, the very thing she has returned to repair, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and allow the love of her life to die all over again?
Excerpt from Every Last Kiss
“How did you get in here?” I demanded. “How did you get past the guards?”
She smiled peacefully at me, but didn’t answer.“Can you speak?” I asked. “Who are you?”She studied me again, unmoving and silent from her perch on my bed. She wore silvery robes embroidered with rich blue which were spread around her and her long fingernails were silver. They sparkled in the muted light from my window. She reminded me of what a fairy would be like. An odd sensation began to build in my chest and I hesitated.“Who are you?” I whispered again.“You know who I am,” she said gently, as she rose from the bed. She was so graceful that it seemed as though she floated as she walked toward me.“I don’t,” I argued, as she came to a stop behind me.“You do,” she insisted softly, as she placed her hands on my shoulders. And in that instant, the second that her hands touched me, I did.I was standing face to face with Lachesis, the middle sister of the Fates. Terrifying and powerful, the last time I had seen her, she had been an ancient, stooped hag. My eyes flew in amazement to her lovely, young face.She smiled.“I can appear as I wish, Charmian,” she said lightly. “You are beautiful. So, of course I wanted to appear beautiful, as well. I have no wish to scare you.”“Then what is your wish?” I asked quietly, keeping my eyes locked on her face.She reached past me and picked up the jar of oil, dipping her long fingers into it. Picking up my arm, she gently began rubbing the scented oil into my skin as she spoke.“You are one of twelve, Charmian. Did you know that?” I shook my head, instantly intrigued.“Yes. Twelve very important people were chosen so long ago to assist us throughout the millennia. You were chosen for your bravery and your heart.”She turned my wrist over and fingered my scar.“I placed the mark of the phoenix upon your wrist myself. The phoenix is sacred to the order, Charmian. It symbolizes re-birth and life, the very thing that we stand for… the things that we protect. And we gave you that mark. It is an honor.”I nodded. “Yes, of course it is.”“Then why have you been doubting us?” she turned her large blue eyes to me, beseeching me.
There are two giveaways you can enter here today.
#1: You can win a signed copy of Every Last Kiss as well as an authentic Greek Drachma, something which is necessary to pay the ferryman to the Underworld (see the picture below). To enter, leave a comment on this post with a way for me to contact you if you win. This giveaway is open for 24 hours only and is only open to those in the USA/Canada.
#2: You can win a Kindle Touch, fully loaded with Courtney Cole's books and made to match the fourth book in the saga. To enter please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Once again, the giveaway is only open to participants in the USA/Canada.