Thursday, April 26, 2012

Excerpt from Survival by A.M. Hargrove and Giveaway of Resurrection!


I am participating in the blog tour for A.M. Hargrove's Survival! Check out the other blogs participating in this tour on the What's Your Story Book Tours website. Today you will get to read an excerpt from this novel AND get an opportunity to win an ebook copy of the sequel, Resurrection.


Survival by A.M. Hargrove
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Currently available for FREE (so get your own copy today!):
~Barnes & Noble~ * ~Amazon~
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"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.
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~EXCERPT from SURVIVAL

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I heard someone screaming, and I wanted it to stop. The noise reminded me of a wounded animal; it was ear-splitting and unnerving. It never occurred to me that I was the one producing the horrific noise.


Suddenly, the strangers moved aside to make way for another person. I became aware of someone touching my arms. Then came soothing words in a language I didn’t understand.


“Madeline, look at me!” he commanded.


I ignored him, still squirming and trying to free myself. I once again felt like a trapped animal.


Louder still he commanded, “Madeline, look at me! Look into my eyes!”


I was shaking my head from side to side, not wanting to see this person who held me prisoner.


I felt him firmly take my chin in his hand and once again command, “Madeline, I command you to look into my eyes!” He placed his hand on my forehead, and I felt the inability to ignore him. The fight in me simply fled.


Oddly, I felt peaceful and calm. I no longer felt the terror that had only moments before held me in its grip. Then, something else bizarre happened. I inhaled deeply, and my senses were filled with the most wonderful of fragrances. It was the forest of pines again—that delicious woodsy, earthy scent. I felt my nostrils flaring with the intensity of it. My curiosity had me now, so I dared allow myself to look at the person responsible for this tranquility.


I lifted my gaze, and my eyes locked onto an exceptionally tall boy. No, not a boy at all, or not like any of the boys with which I hung out. This was a man of the likes I’d never seen—an unbelievably amazing man.

His long and wavy thick black hair brushed the tops of his broad shoulders, and he had one long, thin braid hanging down past his chest, which looked strangely out of place. A lock of his hair hung down his forehead, and my fingers itched to brush it back in place.

His facial features looked like they had been drawn by a brilliant artist, and then molded to perfection by the most talented of sculptors. Everything was perfectly shaped, but his mouth was absurdly beautiful. His full and sensuous lips grabbed my attention and refused to release it. I suddenly had visions of touching them and… tasting them. Whatever was I thinking? I had never been affected by anyone like this… ever!



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About the Author, A.M. Hargrove:
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One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.


“Hello.”
“Boss, is that you?”
“Why yes A. M., who else would be answering my phone?”
“Er… right. Well, I’m calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate because I quit.”


A. M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.
“Hi yummy hubby, can you pick me up at Starbucks?”
“Sure honey bunny… having some car trouble?”
“Not at all. I need a ride because I just quit my job.”
“You WHAT?!”
“It’s time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.”


So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks. 


Well, it didn’t happen exactly like that. The real story is that after years as a successful sales manager in the world of pharmaceuticals, her company was gobbled up by a larger one and her career came to a screeching halt. Always one to look at the glass as being half full, she took the job loss as an opportunity to forge down the path of her life-long dream– that of becoming a writer. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival is her first book in the series and her second, Resurrection will be released in January 2012.
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Where you can find A.M. Hargrove online:


~GIVEAWAY~


Since you can snag a copy of Survival for FREE on Barnes & Noble and Amazon, I am pleased to offer ONE ebook copy of the sequel, Resurrection, to you! (Copy will be provided through the author via email.)

Rules:
1. You must be a follower.
2. You must be over 15 years old.
3. This is open to international followers.
4. This contest runs from April 26th to May 2nd (ending at midnight).
5. Winner will be selected on May 3rd and notified via blog post announcement and email.

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