Sunday, 14 February 2016

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#WO2016 Valentine's Blog Hop: Character's Sending Valentines (+ Giveaway!)

Today I'm taking part in the #WO2016 Valentine's Blog Hop, organised by the lovely Julie Ember, debut YA author of Unicorn Tracks.

Wo2016 originally stood for ‘Waiting on 2016’ and was started as a supportive FB group for writers publishing a book in 2016 by Suzanne Van Rooyen and Louise Gornall. The group is comprised primarily of YA and NA authors, about 70% of whom are debuts. Now that 2016 is officially here, the #WO2016 group thought it would be fun to do a blog hop together. Since the group’s primary objective is support, which is a type of love, they picked Valentine’s Day as a theme.

For my part in the Valentine's Blog Hop, three authors are sharing extra content: valentine's sent between the couples in their books - all title links go to Goodreads and author links go to the author's website. And at the very end of this post is an epic giveaway!

First up we have the first book in the Never Veil series Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty (released 21st April 2015), with a Valentine from the veiled lord to Olivière.

Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNultyIn a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
From Goodreads.

Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty


I look at you and I see what could be. I see your hands in mine, your dark eyes glistening as they gaze at me. I see that smile you think I have never seen, evidence of that small bit of happiness you have felt since you moved into my castle—in those moments you were away from me.

I know that you will never be mine. Even though I longed for you for all these years, more years than you can imagine, more years than you will ever see, you made it clear to me. You did not want me. You would forget me, if you could. You refuse even to ask my name, as if by knowing it, you would have to acknowledge I exist, and that I love you.

You are my subject, but I am your slave. My chest burns with never-ending desire to make you happy, to do everything you ask of me. But I know in your words lies a careless sort of power. I know what you would ask of me, if I let you. I cannot let it end now, after all this time. After all you have put me through.

I love you, but I hate you, and I know you hate me, too. I want to love you, to only love you. I wish I had the sort of power you have over me over you. I wish we could start anew.

Forever yours,

The veiled lord

And now we have Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen (publishing 8th February 2016), with a Valentine from Raleigh to Crow - a playlist he created for him.

Scardust by Suzanne van RooyenDead Rock, Texas, 2037

Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he’d scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can’t seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.

Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother’s last wish.

Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen

And finally, we have Of Scions of Men by Courtney Sloan (publishing 22nd February 2016), with a Valentine's emails between Rowan and Devon.

Of Scions of Men by Courtney SloanGeopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic enough to break the rules and prey upon humanity without a license. All it costs her is her freedom and a pint or two per week to her new Master.

But juggling her job and duties becomes even tougher when she is tasked with keeping a contingency of diplomats from Canada from getting gnawed on. However, negotiations for an International Blood Exchange are interrupted when bodies start showing up.

Now Rowan must rely on her talent and wit to defend the society she despises to save the lives she’s sworn to protect. But as she stumbles into the truth, she chances becoming a target of not only these killers, but of her own government. With shifters, ghosts, vampires and psychics all watching her, can she stop the killings before she is silenced?

Thank you to all three authors for sharing such intriguing Valentines! Do check out their books and their websites! And now for the giveaway! One winner will win all of this:

1 x Paperback ARC Copy of Pat Esden's A Hold On Me with Book Swag
1 x Hardback Copy of Sarah Ahier's Assassin's Heart with Book Swag
1 x Hardback Copy of Pintip Dunn's Forget Tomorrow with Book Swag
1 x Paperback Copy of Suzanne Van Rooyen's Scardust
1 x Paperback Copy of Jessica Gunn's Gyre with Book Swag
1 x Paperback Copy of Jodie Andrefski's The Girlfriend Request
1 x Paperback Copy of Vicki Weavil's Facsimile
1 x Paperback ARC Copy of Lucy Briand's Magnetic Shift with Book Swag
1 x eARC of Julia Ember's Unicorn Tracks With Book Swag
1 x eARC of Nina Rossing's Fjord Blue
1 x eARC of CK Oliver's Daybreak Rising with Book Swag
1 x eARC of Courtney Sloan's Of Scions and Men with Book Swag
1 x Ebook copy of Amy McNulty's Nobody's Goddess
1 x Ebook copy of Melanie McFarlane's There Were Once Stars

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