I’m excited to be a part of this blog tour and to bring you an excerpt from Nicole Conway’s MAD MAGIC! See below for information about the book and author, the excerpt, and of course the giveaway!
About the Book:
Title: MAD MAGIC
Author: Nicole Conway
Pub. Date: November 14, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.
Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse… she meets the guy from across the hall.
Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.
With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.
My name is Ashley “Nicole” Conway. I’m originally from North Alabama and attended Auburn University where I earned a BA in English with a concentration in Classics & Mythology. I’m happily married and have one son, Ethan. I also have a cat, Mr. Darcy, and a dog named Phoebe.
Writing has been a passion of mine since childhood, and to be able to do it as a full-time career is something I take as a great blessing and honor. My heart is in children’s literature, specifically middle-grade and young adult fantasy. I’m best known for my MG/YA fantasy series THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, which is published by Month9Books. The second series, THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY, just launched this fall!
My other works in include MAD MAGIC (2017), THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (2017), SCALES (tbd), and SHATTERBEAST (tbd).
I am represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel.
Look for my books on Amazon.com and at your local Barnes & Noble Bookstores!
1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.
1 winner will win a finished copy of MAD MAGIC, US Only.
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And now, here’s the excerpt!
The beast backed me up against the living room wall, prowling
closer and closer. There was nowhere to run, and nothing I could use
as a weapon. I trembled, trying to find my voice so I could scream for help.
Suddenly, my front door burst open with a loud crack. Shards of
wood went flying. The black wolf whipped its huge head around, and
we both stared at the figure standing in the doorway.
The light flooding in from the hallway was too bright to make
out anything more than a tall man’s silhouette.
I knew it was Zeph. I could feel it.
I was afraid he wouldn’t see the creature. No one else ever saw the
things I did. Why would he be any different? But when Zeph raised
his gaze to meet mine, his strange eyes glowed like fiery amethysts.
In an instant, his attention flicked from me to the wolf. His mouth
twitched and curled into a vicious snarl that displayed prominent,
Panic squeezed the breath from my lungs. It wasn’t possible—it
couldn’t be real. Was he some kind of demon? I opened my mouth to
scream, but a strangled panicked squeak was all that would come out.
“You.” Zeph pointed at me. “Don’t freak out. Deep breaths. Got it?”
I squeaked again.
“And you,” he snarled, his focus back on the wolf. There was
power in his voice that made me tremble. “Eldrick, you worthless
scumbag, I should have known it was you starting shit over here.
You’ve got a lot of nerve.”
As he came into the room, his shadowed form warped with every
step. His head rolled to the side slightly as two tapered, spike-shaped
horns emerged above long, pointed ears. His powerful shoulders
flexed, hunching forward as two huge feathered wings seemed
to unfold from somewhere within him. They glowed with a faint
lavender light and shimmered as though each feather were made
from beveled glass.
He walked right toward me. As he got closer, I could see strange
markings on his powerful arms and chest coming to life like they
were glowing under a black light. It was some sort of writing, but not
in any language I recognized. It reminded me a little of the writing
from my dad’s books, though. It was intricate and elegant, like spirals
and swirls that flowed beautifully over his darkly tanned skin.
I was paralyzed with awe—torn somewhere between terror and
mystification. He couldn’t be a demon. No, he was something else—
something I didn’t have a name for.
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