I’m super excited to be one of the final two stops on the FIREBLOOD Blog Tour today and to be able to share Author Trisha Wolfe’s Top Five Favorite Passages from her upcoming book.
This book sounds awesome – a kingdom in jeopardy, a rebellion, a prince whose fate is in the hands of one girl – and I can’t wait for its release this December. Especially after checking out all five short passages. Both Sebastian and Devlan have piqued my curiosity and I cannot wait to meet them and find out who I like more.
In addition to the peeks into FIREBLOOD, I’ve also included some information about the book and the prequel eNovella, as well as some information about the author. The full tour schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the bottom of the post, so if you’d like to check out a few reviews, interviews and guest posts, be sure to visit any or all of the stops on tour.
The tour includes a tour-wide giveaway for a few awesome prizes. So if you’d like the chance to win, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter. The giveaway will only be open for another day.
But before all that here are the passages the author chose. I have a favorite and I’m curious to see which one is yours….
Top Five Passages
The prince’s voice follows me out of the square. “Let us not waste another moment. As I’ve been relentlessly searching the realm for my princess, I cannot wait.” I can almost feel the anticipation thrumming back in Town Square. Just as I pass through the gate, he says, “On the morrow, one of your own will become my betrothed, my princess, and the future queen of Karm.” He pauses. “Zara Dane. I’m honored to—”
My blood stills.
A whoosh floods my ears, snuffing the rest of his words out.
The ground beneath my slippered feet seems to shift. The well-worn tracks of the roadway come at me as I stumble forward.
My head jerks around, and I try to peer past the gate into the square, where shouting and applause and mayhem crack the silence like thunder. My pulse bangs against my veins.
My father’s frenzied attack on the Force haunts my mind. I’m to get as far away from Castle Karm as possible. These were his last words to me. This was his wish.
I clutch the hilt of the dagger and stare down at the stone wall surrounding Court. Renewed anger and determination rise within me.
I’m going to escape.
“Princess,” Devlan says, his voice deep, calm.
I continue my attack on the bushes. My hands are streaked with red. Devlan tears me away from the wall and turns me around, then pushes my back against the shrubbery.
He breathes deeply through his nose, his lips pressed into a hard line. His eyes scan my face as his chest rises and falls. “Don’t let them break you,” he whispers. “Be made of steel, like the walls that surround you.”
The depth of his pale blue eyes holds me captive. I see fear in them, but I also see strength, honor. His gaze is heated and steady, and something inside me wavers. As their blue intensifies, matching the lit streaks marring the sky, a strange calm settles over me.
When he seems convinced I’m through with my fit, he tentatively releases me. He’s close enough that I feel the heat rolling off his body. The inch of air between us is alive with tension until he slowly takes a step backward.
We stare at one another. Then he glances around the maze, his eyes seeking invisible ears, reminding me that I’m being spied on.
He turns and motions me before him, and we walk back silently. No more words between us.
I stare at the floor as I await Sebastian’s gift. He reaches out and slides his fingers along my jawline as he tilts my face up to look at him. His golden eyes shimmer in the candlelight.
“With this,” he says, undoing the clasp of a silver chain. “I will commit myself to being your husband. Body, mind, and soul.” He separates his hands, expanding the chain, then drapes it around my neck. His hands press against my neck as he clasps the necklace, and my skin tingles at the feel of his soft skin on mine.
A heart-shaped silver locket rests against my breastbone. It weighs on my skin, cold and heavy. His hands linger, cupping my neck just below my jawline; his thumbs rest against my cheeks. I hold my breath as I wait for Sebastian’s lips to touch mine.
His gaze traps mine, and a rare flash of concern registers on his face. He draws me to him as he moves forward, closer. The hand facing the crowd shields my lips as he places a kiss next to my mouth, on my cheek.
“I can be patient,” he whispers in my ear. “Just don’t make me wait too long.”
He spins me toward him, his face a mask, unreadable. Turning my gauze-free hand over, he spreads my fingers open as he places something cool and heavy in my palm.
I look up questioningly as he retracts his hand, resting it on the pommel of his sword. “It’s set to my frequency,” he says. “If you should ever need anything, just press the button to summon me.”
“Sebastian fears for my safety this much?” I rotate the contraption and rub my thumb over its sleek silver.
He doesn’t respond immediately. Instead, he clears his throat and transfers his weight from one foot to the other. “Nay,” he finally says. “This is from me.” My eyes look up in time to catch him drive his hand through his tousled dark hair. “Just in case you should want for anything, and…it’s not much, but it’s my present to you. For your birthday.” His eyes shift, glancing around the corridor. Looking everywhere but at me. “What I have to offer you.”
To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.
When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.
Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince’s first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.
When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.
But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.
Series: Fireblood #1
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Other Books in the Series
Part of the Fireblood series coming 2013.
Amongst the wasteland lies the gleaming city of Karm. A Camelot-esque utopia built from the ashes of a dying world.
Seventeen-year-old Fallon is no daughter of Karm.
She’s its assassin.
Raised by a secret society of rebels, she’s bent on bringing down the king’s sham of an existence. But her first mark, one of the king’s top knights of the Force, makes her question everything. Even her heart.
About Trisha Wolfe
Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY’S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE’S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, December 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS and her NA Contemp THE DARKEST PART are available now.
A proud business owner, she is partnered with her partner, her husband. When she’s not busy doing all of the above, she’s a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who’s the sounding board for her male characters.
This tour includes an awesome tour-wide giveaway for…
A copy of FIREBLOOD (US only) – one winner
An eBook copy of FIREBLOOD (International) – one winner
A FIREBLOOD T-Shirt (US only) – one winner
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
The Tour Schedule
Nov. 18 – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
Nov. 18 – Chapter by Chapter – Review
Nov. 19 – Bookish – Interview
Nov. 19 – K-Books – Review
Nov. 20 – Pieces of Whimsy – Review
Nov. 20 – Bookish Things & More – Guest Post
Nov. 21 – Mostly YA Book Obsessed – Spotlight
Nov. 21 – Kindle and Me – Excerpt
Nov. 22 – Book Nerds Anonymous – Review
Nov. 22 – The Eater of Books! – Interview
Nov. 25 – The Reader’s Antidote – Guest Post
Nov. 25 – Book Briefs – Review
Nov. 26 – A Backwards Story – Interview
Nov. 26 – Fluttereal Flight – Review
Nov. 27 – Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks – Review
Nov. 27 – She Dreams in Fiction – Interview
Nov. 28 – Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance – Guest Post
Nov. 28 – The Demon Librarian – Review
Nov. 29 – Fiktshun – Guest Post
Nov. 29 – The Cover Contessa – Spotlight