Today's VBT# is author Emma Ravelling and her new novel "Whirl" , this tour is on behalf of The Bookish Snob Promotions and I have the privilege of kicking the tour off by being the first stop :).
Synopsis: Whirl - Book #1 An Ondine Quartet- September 2011
Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental caught in the middle of an ancient war with the Aquidae, immortal dark demons who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world.
Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules. Gifted with the powerful magic of Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter, she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble.
When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past. Alone and with no one to trust, she must now navigate through a dangerous new world, face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny.
All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down, in the hopes of eliminating her forever…
Book Excerpt:The following is an excerpt from the Prologue of Whirl.
My eyes scanned the area. Nothing.
I released my filters and extended my Virtue outward. Magic’s cool refreshing tingle flowed through me like a bubbling brook.
No human emotions nearby. At one in the morning, the residential street in the bland suburban neighborhood was dark and quiet.
But it didn’t hurt to be too careful.
I slipped past the hedges into the backyard and made my way to the slightly open window. The streetlamp buzzed, casting a slanted yellow light on the bushes and shrubs bordering the small, white house.
The light briefly flickered, ready to burn out. A shadow shifted on the front lawn.
Wary, I stopped, instincts going into high alert. With my back against the sidewall, I hid behind the row of hydrangea bushes and crept forward, staying as low to the ground as possible.
Two figures stood near the sidewalk, their silhouettes highlighted by the wavering light. A twinge of annoyance shot through me at the sight of the familiar female.
She stood with her back to me, facing a tall, dark-haired man. It was hard to make out his features, but my heightened eyesight allowed me to get a pretty good look. He was over six feet, maybe six-two or six-three, and was a little older than me, probably in his early twenties. Thick brown hair curled around his neck onto his shoulders. Gleaming dark eyes. His easy stance exuded an effortless grace and elegance.
A black leather coat came down to his calves, emphasizing the lean, muscled contours of his body. If I’d seen him anywhere else, I definitely would have thought he was hot.
They spoke quietly, almost in whispers, and I couldn’t make out what they were saying.
I had no idea why he was here, but I decided not to stay and find out. Stepping back, my leg brushed against a hard branch and a sharp crackle cut through the air.
About The Author:
Emma Raveling is a fantasy author who leads a slightly eccentric life traveling throughout the world with her accommodating husband and charming, neurotic dog.
Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she has a strange love of spreadsheets and organizational tools because they give her the illusion that she is somehow in control of the chaos that is her life. A dedicated practitioner of vipassana meditation, Emma loves to cook and often spends time scouring the Internet for new recipes. She adores beautiful art such as painting and sculpture, classical music, lyrical writing, and great graphic design.
Whirl is her debut book. She is currently busy at work writing Billow, the second installment of the Ondine Quartet series.
The next blog stop: Oct 18 – Breathing Books http://diaryofacambridgestudent.wordpress.com/