I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for PLAINS OF SAND AND STEEL, and to bring you an exclusive excerpt! See below for information about the book, a giveaway, and the excerpt!
Title: PLAINS OF SAND AND STEEL (An Uncommon World Novel)
Author: Alisha Klapheke
Pub. Date: June 16, 2017
Publisher: Alisha Klapheke
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
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Make sure to grab the companion novels in the Uncommon World Series!
WATERS OF SALT AND SIN
Award-winning author Alisha Klapheke wants to infuse your life with unique magic, far-flung fantasy settings, and romance. Her inspiration springs from medieval art and artifacts, the world travel she enjoys with her husband, and the fantasy she grew up reading when she was supposed to be doing her math homework.
When she’s not writing, Alisha teaches Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and krav maga at her family’s dojo just outside of Nashville. That may be why writing fight scenes is her favorite.
Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency represents Alisha in all things books.
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1 winner will receive signed paperbacks of WATERS OF SALT AND SIN, FEVER, and PLAINS OF SAND AND STEEL & Swag (Stickers & A Signed Map), AND Paperbacks of AIR AWAKENS by Elise Kova & FIRST YEAR by Rachel E. Carter, US Only.
3 winners will receive eBooks of WATERS OF SALT AND SIN, FEVER, and PLAINS OF SAND AND STEEL, International.
And now, here’s the excerpt!!
“We may be from vastly different places, but we have one thing in common. We all want to be prepared when the Invaders strike. The small bands of them never stay away for long and all of us have lost someone we know. Who knows when they might come in full force.” Lucca paused, his face darkening like a coming storm.
Seren’s chest tightened. The Invaders’ land was ravaged by drought off and on, so they kept coming. Why didn’t they try to negotiate? Why didn’t anyone try to negotiate with them? And the way they killed…that haunting shriek. It was almost like they’d been possessed by some evil spirit. Like they were tortured and had to take their pain out on the world.
A hidden memory suddenly surfaced in Seren’s mind.
She was closing the shutters of the house in the mountains, right before the attack. An Invader at the front of a group had spotted Cyren, a neighbor boy, and pushed him into a haystack before the rest of the unit made it to the top of the rise.
So the Invaders did have hearts. They’d spared Cyren.
Why then did they kill when they could simply injure? Why did they annihilate when they could negotiate? Seren pushed the puzzle out of her mind and focused on what Lucca’s mouth.
“As Silvanian fighters,” Lucca said, “we learn to chant.” His voice was deep, strong, as he walked a line in front of the warriors, not a drop of sweat on him. “Not all can do it. Seems it’s like most skills—some are born to it, others can pick it up with practice, others never do learn. A chant is a phrase spoken loudly. While said chant is being shouted, the fighter strikes their steel with a flint to make a spark.”
There was a flash of movement, then Ona was dragging a flint over her weapon. Sparks danced away from her hands.
Her voice echoed across the plain, against the stables, along the city walls. She drew a spark again and yelled foreign words into the air. Her arms moved like lightning, blurred in their speed. The steel she wielded was an arc of silver, a spray of shining power in her hands. No one would be able to touch her.
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