Hey everyone, welcome to my stop on the Eden-South Blog Tour! I have an excerpt for you as well as the link to the tour wide giveaway. :)
Eden-South (Eden #3)
by Janelle Stalder
Published March 2013 by Createspace
Aiden has been through his second battle in the magical world of Eden. The victory is short lived and Aiden is sent racing toward his friends in the Capital. After being back in Eden with the Riders, he is eager to reunite with Wolf, Elisa and Logan, although he doesn’t realize just what he’s returning to. Surprises await him when he arrives in the Capital; his close-knit group of friends is slowly falling apart. On top of it all, another battle is just around the corner, one that will change everything.
Rain has made her choice, and now she is in some unknown fortress with the feared sorcerer, Aziz. She wants nothing more but to please him, but being his Queen isn’t as easy as she thought. While trying to learn sorcery, and dealing with Aziz’s advances, Rain is finding her new life a bit overwhelming. Just when she thought it couldn’t get worse, she discovers a secret of Aziz’s, and it is nothing she could have expected.
Rose has supported Callum throughout their journey, but now that the final battle is just around the corner she is faced with a hard reality. Everything she has gained with him could be taken away. Is she willing to live the rest of her life without him? Can she just stand by while he destroys everything, including himself? Will he ever be able to find peace? Will she?
In the third installment of the Eden Series fates will be decided, and the battle between brothers that has been a decade in the making will finally come to an end. Only one of them can be High King.
The battle starts now.
Now on to the excerpt! :)
His children were nothing less than terrifying. Rain swallowed the bile at the back of her throat with extreme effort as the smell hit her nose. It was indescribable. Blood, sweat, and pure animal stench filled the large cavern they entered, after walking deep into the fortress. It was a room similar to the dining hall, in the way that the ceilings rose hundreds of feet above them, but no night sky was open to below. Only cold stone surrounded all sides, glistening from water that seeped through small holes within the walls. She wondered where the water came from. They entered high above the room, so they could look down in a pit. She shivered against the cold that filled the place, despite the large fire built in the middle of the room.
Hundreds of beasts, both the large kind who stood on two feet, and the smaller ones that ran on all fours like large boars, were leashed to the stone walls. Their angry roars were almost deafening until Aziz walked in. Each pair of yellow eyes immediately sought his form, and their protests ceased. Rain watched as an enthralled look passed over their features. It was as if they worshipped the man who kept them caged in the dark, damp space. Out of the corner of her eye, she watched as his look changed to one of pride as he surveyed the creatures.
“What do you think?” he asked, turning his head to look at her. She looked away, letting her gaze soak in the scene before her. Truthfully, it repulsed her, but she wouldn’t admit it to him. Instead she wore the same impassive face she was used to wearing around others, hiding the emotions that would betray anything about her true thoughts.
“There are so many of them,” she replied calmly. He cocked an eyebrow at her questioningly.
“I ask you what you think, and all you can do is comment on their numbers?”
She shrugged, keeping her eyes away from his. Every time she looked him in the eyes, she would find herself caught by their brilliant golden colour. His physical change was still having an effect on her, and would take a while to get used to. He was beautiful, in an exotic way, but it wasn’t real. She felt like he was just wearing a pretty mask; something that could easily slip away. A couple of times she had noticed his hands shaking during their meal, and his voice would sometimes get the husky sound back to it. Whatever magic he had done to accomplish the change was clearly not permanent. Aiden, she thought wisely. It was no wonder he wanted him so bad. The memories of the human screams she had heard before were suddenly loud in her head. Slowly, she glanced over at him again, meeting him as he looked intently at her. She knew how he had done it, and suddenly the food she had devoured before wasn’t sitting right in her stomach.
After she was finally finished, he came towards her, gently placing her hand on his arm again. As they walked back up to the entrance, a bellow filtered up to them, reverberating off the high stone walls, amplifying it tremendously. Rain had to stop and cover her ears with her hands. It was that same scream that haunted her more than any of the others. It was filled with so much pain and frustration. It hurt her just to hear it. She could feel her eyes begin to water, and quickly blinked it away. When she looked up at Aziz, he seemed unaffected by it. It seemed to go on for forever, until finally, it stopped.
“What is that?” Rain asked. The beasts below began to pace back and forth, as far as their chains would allow. They seemed just as deeply disturbed as she was by the sound.
“That, my dear, is my most prized possession,” he said, looking over at her. “Or at least it was, until you arrived.” He didn’t wait for her to return his smile before continuing up to the exit. She quickened her steps to keep up with him. “Perhaps one day I will show you.”
“Is it another of your creations?” she asked, pushing her luck by prying.
“My greatest,” he answered. “Well, at least one of them. It will outshine the rest, and be my deadliest weapon yet.”
Praise for Janelle Stalder and Eden-South
“Eden-South is jam packed with heart-stopping action, eye-watering emotion and breathtaking romance. I love this series and I will definitely read it over and over again, it is without a doubt a must-read for everyone.”
Kayleigh Gore – K-Books
“It was my favorite thus far in the series. Run out as soon as it's available! It's a great book, and series, for older and YA audiences alike!”
Alana Rock – Dark Obsession Chronicles
“It’s not often that you want more than to enjoy a book but to crawl in the page and experience it. This is it. The world building is fantastic. The cast is amazing. I’m surely in love with each of the guys in the book…This is just a full body cast. I haven’t met many authors who could write so many characters and you don’t feel cheated that you didn’t get enough of your favorite…The writing is phenomenal and spectacular world building and cast. You won’t be disappointed by this one. Those that love Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and Divergent will surely enjoy this series.”
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~The first two books in the Eden Series~
Published September 20, 2011 by iUniverse
It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war, where Aiden will finally learn to trust himself and those around him. Accompanied by Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer, Elisa, Aiden is soon thrust into a battle to save Eden. Meanwhile Elisa, the only girl in the King's Army, is in the midst of her own struggles. Betrothed to a man she has no intention of marrying, Elisa is caught between the need to prove herself and her desire for true happiness. And now that she has met Aiden, she is more confused than ever.
In this action-packed fantasy tale, romance, adventure, and intrigue surround Aiden as he learns just what he is capable of when he discovers confidence and courage.
Published August 14, 2012
New beginnings, new conflicts, and new adventures arise in the second installment of the Eden Series, Eden-West.
Months after his initial journey to Eden, Aiden is learning to cope with his own transformation. His social status has changed, his friendship with his best friend Ethan is in jeopardy because of it, and worst of all, he has heard absolutely nothing from his new friends in Eden. What has become of the world he fell in love with? Are his friends safe? Is the war over? With no answers, and no hope for contact, Aiden decides to focus on his life in his world.
Just as he makes this decision, he encounters a familiar bright light and thinks he knows exactly what it means. Except the light isn’t at all what he expects and neither is the person behind it. When Aiden returns to Eden, it is to a whole new part of that special world, and a whole new set of adventures.
Weeks after Aiden was returned to his own world, Elisa is sent to Nysa, the revered Southern city, to retrieve the one thing she’d rather avoid – Wolf. Captain Turk instructed her to get in and get out - but that is easier said than done. When she finds her missing friend, she also stumbles upon a great deal of trouble. This trouble goes by one name – Markus, the leader of the Sun People.
Follow all your favorite characters as they ready themselves for battle and fight for a world threatened to be destroyed.
Tour Wide Giveaway
1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:
1 personalized and signed paperback copy of Eden, Eden-West, and Eden-South by Janelle Stalder
1 Custom Bookmark Inspired by The Eden Series
1 Limited Edition Map
5 Winners will receive:
1 digital copy of Eden-South by Janelle Stalder
1 "Paper Punch" Bracelet Inspired by The Eden Series and signed by Janelle Stalder
10 Winners will receive:
1 digital copy of Eden by Janelle Stalder
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