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Friday, 11 March 2016

BLOG TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Amid Wind & Stone by Nicole Luiken

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Through Fire & Sea (Otherselves, #1) by Nicole Luiken:

There is one True World, and then there are the four mirror worlds: fire, water, air, and stone. And each has a magic of its own…

In the Fire World, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm’s most powerful lords. She’s hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods. But she has another gift…the ability to Call her twin “Otherselves” on other worlds.

Holly resides in the Water World—our world. When she’s called by Leah from the Fire World, she nearly drowns. Suddenly the world Holly thought she knew is filled with secrets, magic…and deadly peril.

For a malevolent force seeks to destroy the mirror worlds. And as Leah and Holly are swept up in the tides of chaos and danger, they have only one choice to save the mirror worlds—to shatter every rule they’ve ever known…





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Amid Wind & Stone (Otherselves, #2)

Author: Nicole Luiken

Release Date: Mar. 7, 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy

There is one True World, and then there are the four Mirror Worlds: Fire, Water, Air, and Stone.

Audrey and Dorotea are “otherselves”—twin copies of each other who live on different Mirror Worlds.

On Air, Audrey has the ability to communicate with wind spirits. As war looms, she’s torn between loyalty to her country and her feelings for a roguish phantom who may be a dangerous spy.

Blackouts and earthquakes threaten the few remaining humans on Stone, who have been forced to live underground. To save her injured sister, Dorotea breaks taboo and releases an imprisoned gargoyle. Brooding, sensitive Jasper makes her wonder if gargoyles aretruly traitors, as she’s always been told.

Unbeknownst to them, they both face the same enemy—an evil sorceress bent on shattering all the Mirror Worlds.

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About the Author:


Nicole Luiken wrote her first book at age 13 and never stopped.
She is the author of nine published books for young adults, including Violet Eyes and its sequels Silver Eyes and Angels Eyes, Frost, Unlocking the Doors, The Catalyst, Escape to the Overworld, Dreamfire and the sequel Dreamline. Through Fire & Sea, book one of Otherselves, and Amid Wind & Stone, book two of Otherselves, are her most recent releases. She also has an adult thriller, Running on Instinct, under the name N.M. Luiken and a fantasy romance series, Gate to Kandrith and Soul of Kandrith.
Nicole lives with her family in Edmonton, AB. It is physically impossible for her to go more than three days in a row without writing.

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Nicole Luiken’s 9 favourite books of all time

9/ Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (who also wrote Anne of Green Gables) -- Oh, the tears I shed over this book as a teen. Set in the 1920s, 29-year-old Valancy Stirling lives a miserable life, hen-pecked by her dreadful relatives for being a spinster--until she finds out she has a fatal heart-condition and starts doing what she wants, instead of what is expected of her, even finding love along the way.

8/ The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan -- Brooding teen hero Nick and his brother Alan set out to save Maia’s brother Jamie from demons. Nick knows Alan likes Maia, but he can’t help falling for Maia himself. And OMG the ending is FANTASTIC.

7/ Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward -- This was the first Brotherhood of the Black Dagger novel I read and it blew me away. Not only did it have a tragic hero (almost an anti-hero) and an utterly unique take on vampires, but I loved the tension between Bella and the villain/kidnapper.

6/ Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton -- A childhood favorite. This book had everything I wanted as a kid: a treasure hunt, some cool history tidbits, and fantastic dream adventures that grew more and more perilous. The mirror adventure that partly inspired my Otherselves concept.

5/ The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann -- Romantic suspense at its best with Seal Team Ten. Not only do we get the awesome Nils/Meg love story--Meg’s daughter is being held by terrorists and she’s being forced to commit a crime. Nils knows something’s wrong and goes AWOL to help her--but we get the real beginning of the Sam/Alyssa superromance in which drunk Alyssa handcuffs herself to Sam, and a WWII romance involving the evacuation of Dunkirk.

4/ The Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold -- Okay, I’m cheating here by naming an entire series, but I really can’t choose between Barrayar, Brothers in Arms, Memory, and a Civil Campaign. Incredibly well-drawn characters in an SF setting. A series I will reread again and again.

3/ Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher -- Though mostly known for his (awesome) wizard-detective Harry Dresden series, Jim Butcher also wrote an epic fantasy series. Book three is my favorite. Tavi is smart and incredibly resourceful--especially considering he is Furyless (i.e. lacks magic) and is thus handicapped in his world. In this installment of the high-action series, enemies take out all the higher-ups leaving Tavi, a lowly lieutenant, in command of the Legion just as the wolf-like Canim invade.

2/ Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs -- This werewolf urban fantasy novella begins the Charles and Anna spin-off series. Charles is utterly wonderful and I love seeing the shy Anna come into her omega powers. Every time I reread this, I immediately go on to reread the rest of the series. It’s a compulsion.

1/ Alien Taste by Wen Spencer -- Ukiah Oregon was raised by wolves and now uses his unique tracking skills to find missing persons. Except partway through the book, everything you know gets turned on its head. The plot fits together like a wonderful puzzle, and I have a book-boyfriend crush on Ukiah.

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Read below for an excerpt from Amid Wind & Stone:
Stone World

The lights went out, plunging the cave into absolute darkness.

Dorotea froze on her hands and knees in the tunnel. Behind her, Marta wailed. Dorotea reached back and found her little sister’s hand. “It’s all right. The lights will come back in a moment.” Despite her reassuring words, worry wormed its way into her stomach. It wasn’t unusual for one or two of the light squares embedded in the walls to burn out and stay black for a few weeks before being replaced, but every light in the whole tunnel had winked out at the same instant as if it were False Night instead of an hour short of noon.

Instinct prodded at her. Something’s wrong.

Marta squeezed her hand with six-year-old strength. “I’m scared! Make the lights come back.”

As if being eleven years older conferred magic powers. “The Elect will fix it. All we have to do is wait.”

“I’m so scared,” Marta whined.

“Crawl up closer to me,” Dorotea said. “The tunnel’s wide enough here.”

Marta squirmed up. Dorotea lay on her side and cuddled her sister’s small body. The contact comforted Dorotea, too. Marta’s presence meant Dorotea couldn’t panic.

Her eyes remained open, uselessly straining to see in the utter darkness. She’d never experienced anything like it. During False Night, each cavern had a few lights that remained on so people could find their way to the privy. This darkness was blacker than the inside of a coal seam.

Maybe only the tunnel’s lights had gone out. Maybe there was still light in the main caverns.

“I’m scared of the dark,” Marta whimpered again. “What if the gargoyles get us?”

Dorotea’s heart jumped into her throat at the thought of hands reaching up through solid stone, but she made her voice calm. “Don’t be silly. All the gargoyles are safely locked up in the Cavern of Traitors.”

“But what if they tunneled through the floor?”

“They can’t,” Dorotea said shortly. “They’re frozen in place. Why are you scared of gargoyles? You’ve never even seen one. They were imprisoned before you were born.” They didn’t kill your father, like they did mine. Marta’s father, Martin, was annoyingly alive.

Dorotea had been younger than Marta when the gargoyles rebelled. She barely remembered them except for fuzzy images of her father’s gargoyle: a very tall, silent man made of gray stone with a craggy, rough-hewn face.

The gargoyles couldn’t have caused the blackout. Could they? Surely not, but anxiety still twisted inside her, keying her nerves to a higher pitch. She shivered in the clammy embrace of the stone tunnels. The rough trousers and tunic she’d donned for weeding were better suited for crawling than her usual robes, but the material was also thinner.

Something’s wrong. Something more than a Tech malfunction.

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A Red Jasper Pendant inspired by Jasper from Amid Wind & Stone (US & Canada Only)

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for joining the Amid Wind & Stone blog tour!!!!