Flight of the Golden Harpy Excerpt and Giveaway

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Flight of the Golden Harpy Excerpt
by Susan Klaus
Reprinted with permission by Tor Books.

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Kari crouched as motionless as a doll beneath the ferns and stared across the lake carpeted with purple lilies to the trisom trees on the opposite shore. The towering trees swayed in the breeze; their branches overloaded with sweet fruit at this time of the year. After an hour of patient waiting, the eleven-year-old brushed her sweaty locks from her forehead and fretted. Her two-mile hike through Dora’s hot jungle had been in vain. Nothing but birds and small-winged mammals had come and feasted on the fruit.

She heard a pair of squabbling kilts, squirrel-type creatures, and lowered her gaze to watch them as they tussled, rolled, and chased each other up and down the vines. So entranced with the kilts, she failed to notice the male harpy who had flown in and landed in the trisom trees. She rose to leave and saw the flutter of his pale yellow wings before he folded them against his back.

She ducked back down and swallowed. “He’s a golden. A real, true golden harpy,” she muttered, watching him. He picked a ball of fruit, leaned his slender, humanoid frame against the white bark, and nibbled.

Her chest pounded with excitement, realizing she gazed at the rarest creature on the planet. Numerous times, she had seen brown-winged harpies, but the blond, yellow-winged species were nearly extinct. Prized by hunters, the goldens were considered the ultimate game animal and slaughtered for their trophy wings. The golden flung the shoulder-length hair from his boyish face and sniffed the air before hopping to another limb, out of view.

Kari dismissed her father’s warnings about dangerous harpies and crawled from her hiding place for a better look. Approaching the lake’s edge, she was so captivated she never noticed the ripples of water created by a stalking mogel. It shot out from the murky depths and latched its mouth around her leg. The giant eel-like beast knocked her down on the muddy bank and dragged her toward its watery domain. She screamed for help, but was too far from home and her father to be heard.

With her free foot, she frantically kicked the beast’s leathery black head and silvery eyes, but the mogel remained undeterred, holding on to its meal. Its sharp fangs clamped down and released their venom. While thrashing in the shallow water she felt a burning pain enter her bite wound. She grabbed a large rock and clung to it, but with the mogel’s strength and steady pull, her hands quickly slipped over the algae-covered stone. Total paralysis from the poison and drowning would soon end her struggle.

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SciFi Book Review: V is for Villain

V is for Villain by Peter Moore

Synopsis:
Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad’s basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn’t measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he’s happy to join a new crew-especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own.

But when they’re pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he’s on. And once he does, there’s no turning back.

Review:
Brad is a regular teen out of place in a school of super-powered classmates. And he lives in the shadow of his famous, overachieving brother. Brad is extremely smart, but unfortunately no one except for his new group of friends appreciates his genius level intellect. Brad and his new friends seem to be the only ones who don’t idolize the super heroes – who serve up their own justice, no matter who gets in the way, and without remorse.

I’m hoping V is for Villain is just the first a series. It was fast-paced, action-packed, and thoroughly enjoyable. The characters are intriguing and complex and the world of super heroes is not a simple, black and white setting. Full of mystery, danger, suspense, and humor – this is a must-read for comic book fans.

Universal Pictures’ LUCY Giveaway


LUCY
In theaters July 25, 2014
Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures’ LUCY Giveaway
Two (2) winners receive:
• LUCY T-Shirt & Hat

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 1st. I’ll draw names on August 2nd, and notify winners via email.

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Book Giveaway: The Wurms of Blearmouth

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 8. I’ll draw a name on August 9, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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SciFi Book Review: The Hunt

The Hunt by Stacey Kade

Synopsis:
Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane’s help means putting him in danger.
Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently.

To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs theother hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?

Review:
Ariane and Zane are on the run from the research group who created her. She’s a human/alien hybrid. But not the only one. When she finds others like her, she decides to try to free them too. But these hybrids were not raised in the same environment and are missing Ariane’s human personality.

The Hunt is the second book in the Project Paper Doll series for young adults. It’s an action-packed adventure with plenty of mystery, suspense, and romance. I enjoyed this sequel even more than the first – as the drama and intensity improved. The excitement builds to a climactic conclusion that will leave readers eager for the next in this unpredictable series.

Fantasy Book Review: The Lost

The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

Synopsis:
It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.

Review:
Lauren is running from her mother’s cancer update when she finds herself in the town of Lost. But leaving isn’t so easy. After a strange run-in with the only person who can send her home, the whole town turns against her. Her only allies are a strange, little girl and the mysterious man who sent her to Lost.

The Lost is a dramatic and suspenseful tale – haunting and unique. This fantasy is set in a town where lost things and people are sent. Durst is an author who is an automatic-read for me. Her novels go to the top of my reading lists. And her latest adventure is a dark and creepy story that I couldn’t put down. The setting is a strong character in itself – engaging and captivating. With mystery and a bit of romance – this quick read is one I won’t soon forget.

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