Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Moonless Blog Tour - excerpt & giveaway

I'm excited to have the wonderful Crystal Collier here with me today sharing an excerpt from her new release, MOONLESS.

Unravel the mystery of the Moonless night! Hidden in each of the 8 blog tour excerpts is a single word. Gather all 8 and figure out the sentence to win a free copy of Moonless. Send your mystery sentence to crystal (AT) crystal-collier.com with the subject MYSTERY SENTENCE before December 10, 2013, and you will be entered to win one of 10 copies of MOONLESS—just in time for Christmas. Happy hunting!

A body dangled from the rafters, several inches above the dirt floor.

Alexia’s scream froze in her throat. 

Soft honeydew tresses spilled loosely over thin shoulders, the child’s eyes heavily-lashed and downturned. Her cheeks were blotched, wide, and white, contrasting with vibrant crimson lips. Scarlet skirts hung about the girl, like the bleeding petals of a rose, still as death. 

Alexia swallowed. A child. She couldn’t be more than thirteen. Great wide irons looped her wrists, cutting wicked lines in the little one’s skin.

It wasn’t right. Disgust bubbled through her chest. She covered her mouth and hurried down the steps, anxious to rescue the body, or at least lay it to rest.

The girl’s eyes turned up. Brown, chocolate, swirling.

Alexia tumbled back. She thunked into the stairs and landed on her rump. Hard. She sucked in a breath. The little face watched her, expressionless, innocent, beautiful. Her stomach twisted. No one should be that perfect—not even in death.


In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Among the many things to change for her that evening are: her physical appearance—from ghastly to breathtaking, an epidemic of night terrors predicting the future, and the blue-eyed man’s unexpected infusion into her life. Not only do his appearances precede tragedies, but they are echoed by the arrival of ravenous, black-robed wraiths on moonless nights.

Unable to decide whether he is one of these monsters or protecting her from them, she uncovers what her father has been concealing: truths about her own identity, about the blue-eyed man, and about love. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with the man of her dreams and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

Buy MOONLESS here: Amazon & Smashwords

Author Bio: Crystal, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

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  1. Hi Christine and Crystal - the decisions Alexia has to make .. would make me want to become a hedgehog and hibernate!! Sounds an interesting premise for a story ..

    Cheers to you both - Hilary

  2. Loved the little blurb. Congrats to Crystal!

  3. I found one word! This time of the morning, that's an accomplishment for me.
    Congratulations, Crystal.

  4. Congrats to Crystal! I've read so many good things about her book!

  5. Congrats to Crystal- what a beautiful cover.

  6. Yay for Crystal! I'm so excited to have her here today. Thank you to everyone that stopped by. :)

  7. First off, Christine, thank you SOOOO much for having me here today.

    @Suzanne--thank you so much!

    @Hilary--You would make an interesting hedgehog. ;)

    @Natalie--It's a little intense, right?

    @Alex--Yeah, you were up a little too early for me. =)

  8. @Dana--Thank you, with cheese on top.

    @Decadent Kane--Much appreciated.

  9. Very cool excerpt. Just the right amount of ominous creepy stuff in there. I'm hooked! :-)

  10. This is such a fantastic excerpt. Makes me so much more eager to check out Moonless!

  11. Fabulous excerpt!!
    I have a lot of reading to do once NaNo is finished :)

  12. Oh the story sounds so exciting! Best of luck!

  13. Creeepppyyyy... I want more ;)

  14. Wow, another scary excerpt. Very nice. And I found an underlined word :)

  15. @Sherry--Thanks!

    @Lexa--Hold on. Let me get my fishing reel.

    @Heather--You're awesome.

    @Lynda--Don't we all? ;)

    @TMB--Thanks. It is.

    @sjp--You're welcome to more. =D

    @Susanne--Thank you!



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