Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SpotLight: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard with Giveaway

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 22nd 2014
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #3
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

Extra Scene

Clack-clack-clack, thwump! I snapped shut my spyglass

and pressed my face to the porthole in my airship’s cargo hold.

Below, servants from the Hotel Le Meurice tied down the

enormous balloon-not that it was easy to watch their navy

livery scurrying about. Ever since I'd cut the airship’s engines a

few minutes back, the wind off the river Seine had grabbed hold

and my stomach was more than ready for this ship to be towed


After half a day of nothing but the clouds and occasional

high-flying bird for company, the rising skyline of Paris had

seemed a welcome sight-and the solid ground  the Tuileries

Gardens even more welcome. But since that first glimpse 

steady land and gray-roofed buildings,  caught sight of all the

people. Everywhere. Thousands of Parisians crammed into the

flower-lined gardens, with faces upturned to watch my airship.
To watch me . . ..

Clearing my throat, I rolled my shoulders. You can do ibis.

Somehow, in the space of three breaths, my lungs had tied

themselves into knots, and my desire for company had vanished.
At least the Marquis will be happy, l thought. Frederic

Lejeunes-the Marquis de Baziilac and our host in Paris-had

told me to make my return to the City  Light as grand as I

could. I reckoned I was succeeding, what with being the largest

balloon currently aloft in the entire world, let alone Paris.

I threw a final once over at the pulleys and sandbags in the

cargo hold. All looked in place, as did each of the crates full 

my new inventions for the Spirit-Hunters.

My eyes lingered on a smaller box that contained a . . .

special invention. A gift for Eleanor Fitt. One day, when I saw

her again, she’d squeal and smile and shower me with thank-

yous for that gift. Maybe T'd get a kiss out of it too.

But that day wasn’t today.

I reluctantly finished my examination of the room, only to

spot a thumb-sized switch by the exit door in the wrong

position. That switch should have been down if I wanted to keep

the air in the balloon stable. And I sure as hell did. Otherwise,
I'd soon be crashing right into that copse of chestnut trees by

the Rue de Rivoli.

Swearing under my breath, I strode over and flicked the

switch to the right position.

But that act didn’t take nearly enough time to finish . . . and

now there was 110 avoiding the exit door. l had to de-board. I

had to  Joseph and Jie . . . and I had face all those waiting

Parisians below.

Descending the  ladder had been a lot easier '1n Germany,

when no one had been watchin’ me.

Please don't fall. Please don't fall. The thought repeated-a

shrieking command-as l clambered down each rung. The

bellow of Parisian spectators eventually shifted to a distant buzz

behind the  roar of blood in my ears.

Please don’t fall. Please don't fall.

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I am a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I reallylike swoon-worthy rogues).

I live in the Midwest with my husband and two dogs (Asimov and Princess Leia), and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on my blog or twitter.

My debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is now available from HarperTeen along with the prequel, A DAWN MOST WICKED, and the sequel A DARKNESS STRANGE & LOVELY.

Look for STRANGE & EVER AFTER in summer 2014 and TRUTHWITCH in fall 2015!

Note: I am on Goodreads to READ. So, if you want to discuss books and the joys of literature, add me as a friend!

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1 comment :

  1. I've only heard fantastic things about this last book so I can't wait! Hope you enjoyed it too!

    Eileen @ BookCatPin :)


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