Possession – Excerpt and Giveaway!
I am super psyched and honored to be kicking off the blog tour for the book Possession by the amazing J. Elizabeth Hill.
For those of you who still haven’t read the first one, you can find it on GoodReads. You can also check out my review here. Trust me – if you haven’t read this one, you’ll want to do so before September 10, when the second book comes out.
But today’s not about the first book in the series. It’s about the second book, which is even more awesome than the first book (although the first book is still awesome). Today I’m excited to share with you all an excerpt from the first chapter – as well as an awesome giveaway. I hope you’ll read the book description and excerpt. However, if you haven’t read the first book and want to remain spoiler-free, feel free to skip ahead to the end of the post, where you’ll find the link to the giveaway.
(Book 2 of the Mirrors of Bershan)
By J. Elizabeth Hill
“I never meant any of this, least of all for you to pay the price of my pride.”
After binding themselves to each other through their magic, Faylanna Derrion and Tavis journey back to her ancestral home, Iondis, intent on restoring the estate to its former beauty. From the moment they arrive, they find the secret horrors of the place aren’t exhausted yet.
Faylanna finds an old journal of her father’s, one that shakes her understanding of her own past. Worse, Faylanna and Tavis are both nearly killed when attacked by one of the men set to guard the Ninth Mirror of Bershan, still residing at Iondis. In the aftermath, he disappears with the newly-found journal. Sure there is more to this event than they know, Faylanna and Tavis return to the capital, Rianza, for help.
More secrets await them there, ones kept for years by people Tavis never suspected. When the truth is revealed, it alters his present and future completely. Can he rise to the challenges this new fate presents him with or will the change be more than he can handle?
The truths each learn about themselves and those they thought they knew will test Faylanna and Tavis’ love for each other. Will they be able to endure the pain and chaos they face, or will it tear them apart?
Excerpt (from Chapter 1):
“Is it time to get ready, Mother?” he tried to keep his concern for her out of his voice.
“We’re not going with Faylanna and Keari.” Her voice was brittle as she spoke.
“Oh. But I thought Keari said all of us were expected.”
“Let it be, Tavis,” she said, an edge in her tone that he’d been hearing more with every day since they’d come back to Rianza.
“I’m sorry. I was just curious. I guess I figured that, with Faylanna and I- Well, I’ve never seen a palace.” He tried to keep his voice even. He wasn’t happy with the idea of Faylanna being so far from him, even for a short while. He’d told her that he would always protect her, but how could he do that from the house?
“That life isn’t for you, Tavis. It’s impossible for both of us,” she snapped.
He held his silence, carefully controlling his face while he let his temper cool instead of reacting to hers. She sat down next to him on the bench. When she spoke into the silence, he heard only contrition and was amazed that her temper could be extinguished as quickly and unexpectedly as it had flared. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that.”
“You’re ashamed of me.” It was the only reason he could think of, the only one that fit everything that had happened. He couldn’t look her in the eye, but went on before she could speak. “That’s why you never came back for me, even after you were here in Rianza. You’re ashamed of the peasant farmer you married and the child you had with him.”
She gasped, but he couldn’t make himself take the words back. Tavis didn’t think he was wrong. “No, never. Tavis, I wanted to. I missed you every day after I left. I wanted to go back, but I couldn’t. And I couldn’t take you with me. I thought you understood that.”
The hurt in her voice mirrored his own feelings and made him doubt his conclusion, even though he couldn’t think of any other explanation. He looked up at her. “I don’t understand any of it. You’ve never explained anything, Mother. I love you, and I can understand why you left Father. I don’t blame you for that, but why did you leave me with him?”
“Tavis, you need to trust me in this. You can’t go to the palace, and you can’t see the Emperor. You can never be part of that world, any more than I can. I wish I could explain it to you, but there are reasons.” She put her arm around his shoulders and he suppressed the urge to shake her off. “I love you, my son. You were the one thing that kept me going during the years we were apart. I used to try to imagine how tall you were growing and I would remember your smile. Please, whatever you think of me for leaving, remember that I love you, that I left you there because of that.”
He wanted to be angry with her, for the love that hadn’t been enough, and for the way she seemed determined to keep him hidden. Yet he couldn’t, not matter how hard he tried. “I know. If I’m not going to the palace, then I think I’ll stay here in the garden and practice a little. I’m still having some trouble with water. I can’t seem to make it hold the shape I want.”
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About the Author
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Julie Elizabeth Hill exported herself to Vancouver, British Columbia after many years of staring longingly at the map following every snowfall. For as long as she can remember, she’s been making up stories, but it wasn’t until high school that someone suggested writing them down. Since then, she’s been hopelessly in love with story crafting, often forgetting about everything else in the process.
The first book in the Mirrors of Bershan trilogy, Bound, is available from the following places:
Twitter – @jlizhill
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And now for the giveaway!
Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a chance to win free books?
(Especially free books that are well-written and entertaining and just all-around awesome.)
Just click on the link below for your chance to win signed paperback copies of both Bound and Possession. Three winners will be chosen, and each winner will receive a set of both books.