Monday, August 5, 2013

The Defiance by A.G. Henley: Book Blitz GIVEAWAY!!


As you may already know, A. G. Henley is one of my favorite authors. On July 29, 2013, Book 2 of her Brilliant Darkness series released, The Defiance.

In celebration, I am giving away one Kindle copy of A.G.'s newest arrival to one lucky reader!!! Wahoo!! This is the first time I've done a giveaway and I'm super excited!

Also, as a sweet cherry-on-top of this literary sundae, The Scourge, Book 1 in the Brilliant Darkness series will be a piddly $0.99 on Amazon from August 5-10 so you can get all caught up.

I have posted about this before- just a couple of weeks ago actually- when The Defiance released, but to save you the hassle of scrolling down through my posts, here it is again...



BOOK 1
The Scourge by A.G. Henley
(Brilliant Darkness #1)
Publication date: January 31st 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.

And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.

The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's.

Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.

As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.


Purchase:

Praise for The Scourge:
“Lovable and relatable heroine? Check.  Swoon-worthy, kick-butt hero?  Check.  Compelling romance that makes your heart melt and toes curl?  Check.  Captivating story and fascinating world? Check.  Eagerly anticipating the next book?  Check, check, check.”-- Refracted Light Reviewsblog review



BOOK 2
The Defiance by A.G. Henley
(Brilliant Darkness #2)
Publication date: July 29th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Read The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness, #2), the highly anticipated sequel to The Scourge (Brilliant Darkness, #1), a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist!
Suspicion Trust. Fear Compassion. Hate Love.
It hasn’t been long since Fennel, a Sightless Groundling, and Peree, her Lofty Keeper, fell in love and learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, are not what they seem.

Fenn and Peree are determined to guide their people to the protected village of Koolkuna, but first they must convince them that everything they believe is a lie. An impossible task, especially when someone seems hell-bent on trying anything—even animal sacrifice and arson—to destroy the couple’s new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties. Not everyone wants to uproot their lives in the forest, and those who stay behind will be left terribly vulnerable.

Fenn and Peree’s resolve to be together, and the constant threat of the Scourge’s return, push both groups to the breaking point. Unable to tell friend from foe, Fenn must again decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to ensure the future of the people of the forest.

Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear.


Purchase:

Praise for The Defiance:
"Fans of The Scourge, you will not be disappointed with this sequel. The Defiance was thrilling, romantic, and full of surprises. Loved this book!"
-- Imagine a World, blog review

"I had very high hopes for this follow-up novel, and Henley DEFINITELY delivers in her sophomore release!"
-- Booking It With Hayley G, blog review

"I absolutely LOVED The Defiance! No, I
more than loved it! It was breathtaking, intense, romantic,
suspenseful . . . the list could go on and on!"
-- ARC review

Excerpt from The Defiance, by A.G. Henley:
The morning passes quickly. There was more wood to move into the storeroom in the caves this morning, new stores of salt meat and dried beans to deliver, and our herbalist, Marjoram, told me she has some poultices and teas she wants me to bring in. Marj was underprepared for the accidents and illnesses resulting from such a long confinement last time. She won’t make the same mistake again.
There’s plenty of space in the storeroom—it was almost empty by the time we left the caves after the Reckoning. It’s an easy job to stow the supplies neatly along the natural stone shelves. My stomach rumbles, anticipating a midday meal, as I cross the cavern to the storeroom carrying the second-to-last load of wood. Even the lingering stench of crampberries doesn’t deter my appetite.
 “Fennel.” The word whispers across the cave.
 I freeze. “Who’s there?”
 “Stay away from the Lofty. Groundlings and Lofties aren’t meant to be together. You’ve been warned.”
 I can’t tell anything about the speaker—man, woman, their age. But quiet as the person’s words are, it’s hard to miss the implied threat. I drop most of the wood, keeping one thick log as a potential weapon. The person is between the passage out and me.
 I hold the log firmly in front of me, trying to tame my wild breathing so I can hear. Fear strangles my thoughts. An indefinable amount of time passes. Finally wrestling the courage to move, I step forward, keeping the log at the ready.
 And I cough.
 The air is wrong, and not simply human-waste wrong. Something else. There’s light where there shouldn’t be, and . . . smoke. That’s what I’m tasting and smelling.

 There’s a fire in the passageway, and it’s blocking my way out. Terror doesn’t steal through me. It rips my head off.

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AUTHOR BIO:
A.G. Henley is the author of the BRILLIANT DARKNESS series. The first novel in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

A.G. is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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OK! Now that you have all the information and are dying to read it- you need to know...

...HOW TO WIN YOUR COPY!

It's so easy. All you have to do is comment below, and list your favorite book of all time. That's it. On August 10, I will choose one participant at random to receive their Kindle copy of The Defiance, Book 2.

So, what are you waiting for?!

9 comments:

  1. My favorite book off all time was Frank Herbert's Dune. A book that weaved politics, religion, and the economics of scarce resources into a Sci-Fi story like no other. Plots within plots keep me turning the page

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    1. I haven't read that one yet, though it came up in a recent class I took. It's on my list now! Thanks for posting.

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    2. The Scourge reminded me of the book the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

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    3. I can see that, too. It was interesting to me how AG Henley managed write as a blind protagonist without robbing me of the ability to experience the story. Reminds me of "The Village" in that way- she did a wonderful job, I think.

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    4. The Village popped into my head too when I was reading the Scourge. (99 cents!. What's not to like). Though the book did take an unexpected plot turn which is refreshing.

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  2. The Mists Of Avalon, or The Outlander Series, or (don't judge me) The Harry Potter Series...I could go on and on....

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    1. Judge you for loving Harry Potter?! Those are some of my favorites!! They have a special place on my mantle. :) You have great taste. Thanks for posting!

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  3. I have so many books that I have loved....(been an avid reader for quite some time!) But you give me any fantasy fiction and I would probably love it....magic/dragons/knights....it's all good!!! Ann McCaffrey's dragon series books are my all time favorite... and yes.... Harry Potter! I even have a favorite Bernstein Bears book.... "The Spooky Old Tree" ... it's a must read!!! I recently read a new author's book that was delightful.... "Bewildered" ....watch for it on the shelves soon.... don't miss it.

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    1. Oh yes, dragons and witches and kings, oh my!

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