Happy Holidays Everyone!
Join us in celebrating Entangled Teen’s 12 Days of Kickass Event! This event is going to be a blast!
We are joining together to share some exclusive content with you all! There will be 2 teams, The Smartass Team who will post a good or swoon worthy deleted scene or an excerpt and The Badass Team who will post a villainous deleted scene or excerpt. And the cool part is we’ll be posting on each other’s blogs! The party starts on December 2nd and goes all the way to December 13th! We will wrap up the event with our monthly twitter party on December 13th 9 PM EST/6 PM PST as well! Each day will have 2 posts from us along with an EPIC giveaway!
So how do I join in you ask? It’s easy just follow along with the tour and find the hidden word (it will be highlighted) in each post and fill out the Rafflecopter form! What can I win you ask? You can win one of 2 Kindles (valued at $69) and we’re giving away 5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only, and 10 Entangled Teen eBooks International! Also we will be giving away more books and Amazon and Barnes & Noble Gift Cards during the twitter party! That means 2 people will win a kindle, 5 people will win 5 of our amazing print titles, and 10 people will win eBooks! Make sure to enter our contest at the bottom of the page!!!
I have to give a HUGE welcome to Shea Berkley and thank her for stopping by and sharing her Smartass post with us today. Trust me, you guys WANT to read her book The Rising King! Dylan is like WAY hot (hehehe). Without further ado check out Shea’s Smartass post:
The summer before Dylan Kennedy’s senior year in high school is turning out to be anything but boring. Ridiculously hot girlfriend? Check. Killing evil Dark Souls who suddenly have aspirations of taking over the magical realm of Teag because its protective spell is gone? Check. Not even Teag’s King, Dylan’s father, Baun, can stop them. People are dying, and a dark magic that his girlfriend, Kera, received from Baun is growing stronger. Dylan wants to believe Kera is suppressing the darkness that’s in her, but every day he sees that control slip just a little more.
Baun sends Dylan to find a powerful magic that stop the Dark Souls, a magic so strong that Baun hid it so no one else could use it. When Dylan doesn’t expect to find along with it, are consequences that could end the lives of those closest to him.
EXCERPT for The Rising King:
What girl doesn’t love a guy who can be a strong shoulder to lean on? And if he happens to be ridiculously hot, all the better. Dylan, the hero in The Keepers of Life series, is that kind of guy. He’s one of those guys who knows how to treat a girl, make her feel special and then help her realize how amazing she really is. In this excerpt from The Rising King, the last book in the Keepers of Life series due to hit shelves in the spring of 2014, Kera is having a rough time dealing with the dark magic she’s harboring within her. Royally born and trained to lead, she’s always been the champion of the people of Teag, the magical realm connected to the human realm by an invisible barrier, and she naturally does what’s right. Yet now, the dark magic is causing her to do terrible things she wouldn’t normally do, changing her in ways she doesn’t like and it’s scaring her. Still, the lure of so much power is hard for her to resist, and she’s caught by surprise that she’s actually struggling to control her new powers. When Dylan finds her, he sees his usually strong, capable girlfriend isn’t doing well, and he naturally wants to help the girl he loves. If only Kera would let him know what’s really bothering her. She tries, but she worries the secrets she holds are too horrible for her to share…
I’ve never been so aware of time. It’s something I take for granted. My motto’s always been, If not today, there’s always tomorrow. Not now.
I go looking for Kera. Not to tell her what I’m about to do, but because I have to see her, to hold her one more time before I leave. All I want is to drag her back to my world and find a way to close the barrier. She won’t come with me. I know it. Teag is everything to her.
I check her room. She’s there, sitting on her bed. Her fingers poke through her long, dark hair as she holds her head in her hands. She’s taken out her braid and let the heavy mass of hair fall over her bent knees. I push the door wider. “Kera?”
She looks my way, sweeping her hair back to reveal dark violet, restless eyes. I step inside and close the door. “Are you okay?”
Her tongue darts over her full lips and she bites down, tugging the corner of the bottom lip in her mouth to worry at it. She shakes her head and looks away.
“What’s wrong?” Seeing her like this makes it difficult to leave.
“Am I a good person?”
I sit next to her on the bed that’s princess large and slip a section of her hair behind her ear to get a better look at her. “Of all the people I’ve ever known, you are the kindest, the sweetest…the coolest,” I gently tilt her face to mine, “the most amazing person. Ever. Good doesn’t even begin to describe you.”
The look she gives me, like she’s scared to believe me, melts my heart. I pull her into my lap. Her arms rest limply on my shoulders as she straddles my hips to face me. Her knees rest against my sides, and I cup her face between my hands and kiss her forehead.
“Can a good person, a really good, honest person, turn bad?”
The desperation I hear in her voice makes me pause. “I don’t know.”
Philosophy was never my thing. I rarely had the need to think beyond myself, not until I met Kera. She definitely changed my life. She opened my eyes to the needs of others in a way that had me feeling personally responsible for their happiness. From day one, she’s been grooming me to be king by leading the way.
My answer isn’t the one she wants, and she drops her gaze, her lips a straight, neutral line. I hate seeing her so sad. I duck my head to find her eyes, and I mouth the three words I will never get tired of saying. I love you. Not even a tiny hint of a smile touches her lips. There’s only one thing that can get her this worked up.
“You’re worried about the dark magic, aren’t you?”
She nods. “I can’t stop thinking about it.”
She should be worried. “I know. I thought I was going crazy there for a while, but something finally clicked inside me. It’s our choice. Either we control the dark power or it controls us. I came to the conclusion that if I couldn’t be in control, then I’d rather not have any of it.”
She blinks and sits straighter. “You gave away some of your powers? You can’t do that, you need them.”
“I didn’t give any away, but I’ve lived most of my life without magic. I can’t say I was happy to force the part I didn’t like deep within me, but I had to do it. The power tried to convince me only it could make me happy.”
Kera’s teeth tug at her bottom lip and I force her to look at me. “It’s a lie. Power doesn’t make me happy. You make me happy. Only you.”
I pull her close and kiss her eyes, her nose, her cheeks, and whisper in her ear, “I love you down to my bones. To my core.”
her ear and move to her neck. I smile when her hands slide into my hair and she tilts her head toward mine. We kiss, the beginning of it gentle, quick pecks and nuzzles, but all too soon our kiss deepens. She tastes exotic and warm, and I can feel that crazy addictive need only she creates start to take over.
I twist and we fall onto the bed. I roll her onto her back and stare into her big violet eyes. They’re filled with the same need as mine. She stares at my lips and presses closer for more, and I have no way of stopping myself now, not when she looks at me like that.
How will I ever leave her, even for a short time? I must be crazy to think I can.
Shea’s an author of YA fantasy novels, which means she’s the luckiest person alive ’cause she gets to spend her day playing with her characters. Some are totally cool, others aren’t so nice, but they all bring something to the party.
2 Kindles (valued at $69) US ONLY
5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only
10 Entangled Teen eBooks International!
(no purchase necessary)
You can check out my Smartass post today as well for another exclusive excerpt of The Legend of Me here: http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/
Make sure you follow along with the rest of the blog posts this week!!
12/11/2013 Lisa Burstein will host Jus Accardo with a Badass post.
12/11/2013 Jus Accardo will host Lisa Burstein with a Badass post.
12/12/2013 Renee Collins will host Tracy Clark with a Smartass post.
12/12/2013 Tracy Clark will host Renee Collins with a Smartass post.
12/13/2013 Chloe Jacobs will host Brooklyn Skye with a Badass post.
12/13/2013 Brooklyn Skye will host Chloe Jacobs with a Badass post.