Monday, 13 April 2015

Book Blitz: Half Breed Queen (Skatia Narratives #1) by L.A. Hendricks {Excerpt + Teasers + Giveaway}

Author: L.A.Hendricks 
Series: Skatia Narratives #1
Release Date: March 2015
322 pages

Summary from Goodreads

Devastating tragedy puts 14-year-old high school freshman Marla Owens, on a fast-paced journey of survival, revival and coming of age. Driven by a force she can't begin to understand and a burning need to find out the truth, she heads toward her mother's home in North Dakota. She soon learns more about herself and her family than she could have ever imagined — her mother was royal heir to the powerful Skatian throne! And now the Skatian people need her to protect their world from those who wish to conquer it.

In a classic tale of good versus evil, set on Earth and beyond, a young girl fights to survive to become a young woman—and the reluctant queen of Skatia. Who can she trust? Will she be able to control her own immense abilities and justified anger to do what's right? One thing's for sure: Marla's not in Texas anymore!

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A spark in the air hurtled towards us. As it grew larger, I knew that the thing the ghost of Melusine had turned into was like a child’s toy compared to the creature descending upon us. Flames streamed from its nostrils with every breath, lighting up the sky. The dragon was the size of something from a monster movie poised to destroy New York City, but it flew gracefully above the buildings. Burgundy-colored scales covered it, but where the fire reflected off them, they sprang to vivid, crimson life. 
As it landed on the edge of the terrace, its wings beat the air into powerful gusts and we were knocked to the ground. I could feel Peter’s wild joy where he crouched beside me, but I didn’t share it. Almost against my will, I looked up. 
Straight into the slitted pupil of a giant eye.I’d been afraid so many times in the past few months that I’d become an expert in discerning the subtle shadings hidden within the white of terror, but what I experienced now was pure nothingness. Just when I thought I would lose my mind, the warmth of the dragon’s power filled me. It was the color of a fire that warms a home in the middle of the winter, not burns it down. 
Rise, little Earth Queen.

Teaser quotes 

Weeping at the loss of magic both darker and brighter than anyone should ever possess, I knew I was a monster.  

I’d learned the hard way that clothing and fire don’t mix.  

Back arched and gasping, I was a column of fire reaching for the sky.  

The choices caught up in color and magic are never black and white.

About the Author
LA Hendricks is an IT project manager by day and science fiction/fantasy novelist by night. A longtime lover of words, she reads science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance novels regularly (when there is time). When not reading, writing or working, LA can most often be found watching football or basketball with her adorable cat, Mona.

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  1. I absolutely love the cover it is sooo pretty and the book looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  2. Nice concept and excerpt. Good writing! :)