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Pentimento ( a dystopian fairy tale ) will be available on amazon on December 18th.
Because it has a been a freakin' amazing long year with all of you, there will be a lot of great prices and giveaways this year.
A Kindle Fire or Paper White (the winner's choice), gift cards, and free copies of Pentimento. I arranged the giveaway below where you can enter the giveaway. Wish you all the luck.
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The day Iris
Beaumont turns seventeen, she is threatened to be taken by the Beasts, the
rulers of the new America.
After the destruction of the world, the Beasts provide citizens with whatever
they need in exchange for the one teenage girl they enslave every week. They
call them the Brides, and they never comes back. Iris isn’t the worrying type
though; she’s been defying the system since she was ten and never cared for the
Beast’s rules. Then she meets Colton Ray, who is not like any other boy she’s
ever seen. His confidence and dominance are otherworldly she can’t rationalize
the attraction she feels for him. Colton
had one slight problem though. It’s rumored he is one of the Beast, and Iris
could be the next on the Beast’s list.
Here is an excerpt of the book:
girls watched Eva Washington plod to her death. She shuffled barefoot on the
red carpet, hardly breathing against the fear inhabiting her lungs. The tense
muscles in her face wrinkled the features of her adolescent beauty. Iris
watched the sticky tears in Eva's eyes thicken, and probably blur her
destination to the Beasts' glowing spaceship.
the sun showed no empathy, still splaying its bright rays upon the scene, the
Beasts' spaceship shone an even brighter light toward her. Iris thought it was
ironic how the Beasts hid behind the glaring light. Instead of wearing metal
armors or using the latest hologram technologies, they hid behind a light
brighter than the sun.
should help her," Iris said, Zoe still standing next to her. "Eva's crying
so hard, she can't see."
mother says that it's better to die before staring in the eyes of the
Beast." Zoe commented.
of the girls were allowed to talk in the Ceremony of the Beast. They stood on
both sides of the red carpet leading to the ship, silently witnessing one of their
own being sacrificed. The ceremony was a reminder for other girls, a torturing
memory. Iris always wondered how the Beasts selected their Brides. Was it some
kind of lottery? Did they follow a list with names? A prophecy maybe? Or did
they choose the most beautiful? Iris was sure it wasn't the latter case. Last
time, the girl wasn't as beautiful as Eva. Not even close. But who knew what
beauty looked like in the eyes of the Beast?
was still walking toward the Beasts' ship. She wasn't permitted a stop of any
kind. Every reluctant step Eva took closer, the girls on both sides did their
best to silence their screams. Some of them wiped the trickling teardrops from
their ripe cheeks. The punishment of sympathizing with the Bride was as
horrible as Eva's inevitable fate. To the Beasts, this was a happy day, which
led many to think the Beasts actually married the Brides. A disturbing suggestion, Iris had always thought.
sudden cloud blocked the grinning sunlight, shading Eva's wedding dress with a
gray stain. The chosen girls had to wear an expensive wedding dresses to meet
the majestic Beasts. Like any normal wedding, each girl wore their best make up
and had their hair styled. It was a
painful process, being groomed while knowing one's horrible fate. No one could
protest. It was the Law of the Beasts.
girls were given a beautiful bouquet of roses, which were either synthetic or
polyester, but smelled like real roses. For some reason, most things in The
Second were artificial. The roses, as well as the grass in the local park, were
as dead as the steel of which the metallic skyscrapers were built.
wiped the tears from her eyes and began throwing random gazes toward the girls
on both sides. This was the same girl who was probably going to be the Prom
Queen, the same girl that everyone envied in school, Colton’s girlfriend. Now her gaze was
shattered, like splintered glass across the girls faces. She'd meet your eyes,
but you'd think she wasn’t even there. She became hollow, a fading portrait,
soon to disappear in the Beasts' light.
could you be so cruel to me?" Eva snapped, talking to the ship's blinding
light. "I was about to go to college next year. I was going to be engaged
to Colton Ray next month! We planned to get married while in college," Eva
continued, shouting at the light. "We've been planning to have two
children; a boy named Jeremiah, and a girl named Flower."
held her tears No girl had talked to the Beasts this way before. Most of them
sank to their knees and pleaded for help. Some cried and fainted halfway
through until elders had to carry them as close as possible to the ship. And
some prayed as if they were in a chapel. Those were the brainwashed ones. They
believed this was their fate; that they were going to die as a sacrifice for
the other girls to live.
none of them had spoken in such an emotional way like Eva did. Her words reminded everyone that someone's
life and dreams were being killed today. Still, most elders thought of the Call
of the Beasts like natural disasters; earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes.
Stuff like that happened all the time. And the Beasts, who ruled their world,
must have a wisdom behind it.
unusually vulnerable, pulled out Zoe's phone and took another peek. The screen
didn't show Eva's name. The Beasts didn't believe in human names. It read:
Beauty 57135LL; Eva's citizenship identification number in The Second United
States of America.
horn roared again, buzzing into each girl’s bones. Instead of an answer to her
question, the unseen Beasts were urging Eva to step closer toward her death.
silliest thought crossed Iris's mind. What if she just ran into the ship and at
least peeked in, to see what they looked like? If they had the right to take
one of them, didn't they have the right to know who they were?
disappearing into the light, Eva took one last glance at the girls. She waved a
weakened goodbye as the girls lowered their chins to their chest and laced
their hands together. It was as if Eva, the school's queen bee, had turned into
a contagious epidemic they preferred to avoid. Many girls were teary-eyed
though. But most of them were glad they hadn’t been the one walking the red
of respect, Iris didn't lower her eyes. It was the least she could do. Why
wasn't anyone doing anything about it?
an unexpected moment, Eva caught Iris's eyes, and nodded back. Iris glanced
behind her for a second, not sure Eva meant her. But she did. Not only that.
Eva mouthed something to Iris, something that gave her Goosebumps. She watched Eva
disappear behind the light of the ship, still not believing what just happened.
second later, Iris caught sight of Colton
standing second row on the other side. His blue eyes had turned into puddles of
blurry tears. In front of him, girls raised their heads, most of them glad this
was over. The ship's drone was deafening as it howled back up toward the sky.
couldn't take her eyes off Colton,
wondering if she should tell him what Eva mouthed to her. Who'd have thought
that the queen bee, who treated her like shit, would ask this of her?
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