Ondine Quartet Read-a-long and ReaderFest

Several exciting events will take place in November!

ONDINE QUARTET READ-A-LONG

OQReadALongI’m pleased to announce the Ondine Quartet Read-a-long will take place on my blog throughout this month.

For series readers, this is a perfect opportunity to re-read previous books in preparation for Breaker’s release. For new readers, this is a fun way of catching up on the series while interacting with the author and other readers.

My assistant, Aeicha, will run this event every Wednesday. I’ll also provide tidbits discussing my thoughts from each of the books, including my experience writing them as well as reflections on the story, world, and characters.

I highly encourage readers to participate in the comments! It’s a great chance to ask me questions, reminisce about your favorite moments, and chat with others about your favorite characters.

Active participants will also be entered into a giveaway for a very unique prize which will be awarded at the end of the event.

Here is the schedule:

  • November 12: Whirl
  • November 19: Billow
  • November 26: Chevalier, Warrior Prince, Ondine
  • December 3: Crest

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ONDINE QUARTET READERFEST

Crest_200Are you a fan of the Warrior Prince? Active on social media? Following me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, or Pinterest?

The OQ ReaderFest, an online reader event, will take place between November 12-21 in celebration of the read-a-long and the upcoming finale of the series.

The prize?

Fifteen lucky readers will receive a certain cave scene in Crest from Tristan’s point of view on Thanksgiving Day in the US (November 27)!

If you don’t have any social media accounts, don’t worry – this special extra will be sent out with the Breaker release newsletter. But those who participate will receive it over a month early!

So what is ReaderFest about? You! It’s all about readers sharing their love for the Ondine Quartet with other readers. Showcase your own creativity by sharing fan art or fan fiction. Create your own unique music playlist inspired by the series. Share your favorite quotes from your favorite characters, images of places and people who remind you of the OQ world and characters. Snap a pic of one of the series books on your e-reader or share a photo of your paperback copy! The possibilities are endless.

The event rafflecopter will go up here on the blog – each time you share your enthusiasm for the series, you’ll earn entries toward the prize.

SAVE THE DATE

The Read-a-Long and ReaderFest kick off on November 12 – hope to see you then! 🙂

First Breaker Excerpt and a Halloween Giveaway!

I promised you the first extended excerpt from Breaker once we reached 1000 adds on GoodReads…and you guys did it!!

I got so excited I even decided to hold a special Halloween giveaway 🙂

Before I share all of that, a quick reminder:

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Breaker, the fourth and final book in the Ondine Quartet, is available for pre-order now at the special price of $0.99 (release day price $4.99)!

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Don’t forget:

Now, here’s that excerpt you’ve been waiting for – enjoy! 🙂


We turned down a dirt trail that wound into Acadia National Forest. Maple and spruce trees cocooned us, their straight trunks casting shadowy masts in the moonlight. The car’s lights flashed across several abandoned cottages. Darkened windows stared at us like empty eyes.

Frances took another left and the pull of the ocean strengthened as she cut toward the coast. Soon, the dirt trail smoothed into paved asphalt and the tree density lessened until the forest abruptly ended.

According to Jeeves’ debriefing, Merbais had been here for hundreds of years, long before the French arrived and named the island île des Monts Déserts because of the craggy cliffs towering over the sea. While it wasn’t the wealthiest or most populated community, it possessed a striking landscape of mountains, rivers, lakes, and bluffs against the powerful Atlantic ocean. Winters were harsh, but the community lived in perfect balance between nature and sea.

No boundaries or gates separated it from the surrounding beauty. Even the paved road sloped and lilted, meandering as if following an invisible course laid out by the island.

Merbais almost seemed to have sprung, perfectly formed, out of the ground.

Frances slowed the car. Shards of glass littered porches and front steps. Smashed doors hung off frames. Broken windows and damaged wood marred once pristine cottages.

To our right was a small, boxy building with a crimson handprint smeared across the bright white siding. The sign above the door read “Merbais Sundries” in neat letters.

A small exhale from behind me. “Oh.”

Ahead, a cluster of cars and buildings indicated the town’s main junction. Frances pulled over and parked a few blocks away.

“The losses…” Her fingers tightened around the wheel. She cleared her throat. “The losses are high.We had to covert our Academy’s cafeteria into a makeshift morgue.”

Hesitant, she glanced at me then at the rearview mirror. “You need to know.”

The warning wasn’t for me.

Patrice sat still and tall, pale hands folded on her lap. Her perfectly pressed teal designer suit appeared starkly out of place against the ripped fabric of the truck’s back seat.

The usual haughtiness hardened her face into ice. But what reflected in her eyes was a fear I’d once seen in a glittering white palace cradled on a bed of rugged cliffs.

Just as I was about to suggest she remain behind, she spoke. “I understand.”

She opened her door and I slowly exited the car after her. Maybe Julian’s mother had a stronger spine than I thought.

Patrice straightened her suit, expression smoothing into the kind of professional blankness you saw in career politicians.

Wariness quickly replaced my surprise.

Maybe she had something else planned.

Frances led the way. Patrice’s heels clicked against the sidewalk, the precise rap echoing down the empty street. The area had already been cleared, but stains of violence remained. An overturned garbage can. A bloodied hammer. A child’s shoe.

Stifling, overpowering currents of emotions surged against my Virtue as we neared the town square. I slammed my filters down, steeling myself for what lay ahead.

Worst of all was the silence. A thick blanket of grief suffocated the night, punctuated only by the occasional cries of utter despair.

This wasn’t an attack.

This was an annihilation.

Bodies lined the side of the road, covered in sheets and tablecloths. A few residents, their faces gaunt with shock, aimlessly staggered between corpses. Others collapsed beside cloth-covered shapes, haunted eyes blankly staring at the lumps and contours of the dead hidden beneath.

An ondine lay sprawled on the ground outside a café, her neck twisted at an awkward angle. She couldn’t have been older than twelve or thirteen. Her hair, a beautiful shade of flaxen gold, spilled across the sidewalk beside her, the tips tinged crimson from the blood pooling beneath a nearby body.

Nausea rose, flooding my mouth with an acidic taste.

She looked like Helene.

Someone hurriedly covered her with a cheerful, floral-patterned curtain.

Chevaliers and gardinels moved among the carnage, movements efficient and expressions numb. Blaise’s white-blond hair gleamed under the streetlamp beside a sign for the Merbais library. He and Ethan dragged a body toward a waiting truck.

A chevalier ran to Frances and whispered. She frowned.

“Is everything all right, Marquisa?” Patrice asked.

“An infrastructure problem I need to deal with.” Uncertainty flashed across her face. “Maybe you’d like to —“

“I’ll join you.” Patrice tilted her chin. “I’m sure my experience on the Council can prove useful in some way.”

Frances looked at me and I shook my head. “I’d like to take a look around.”

Patrice shot me a pitying glance. My political diplomacy skills clearly left room for improvement.

Frances didn’t take offense. “Come by my office when you’re done.”

After they left, I slowly picked a path through the debris. Here, in this vicious destruction of beauty, the Shadow had left something for me.

It was a certainty resonating deep in my bones, an instinct as strong as the stench of coppery blood, salty sea, and loamy mud assaulting my nose.

I stepped around chunks of wood, the edges jagged as if they’d been clawed off. On my left, long scratches marked the front door of a two-story home. A demillir’s head lolled on the porch near the front steps. The rest of him slumped by the door a few feet away, fingernails bloodied from his attempts to get in.

A slight movement came from the window. Ivory lace curtains shifted and a pale, wide-eyed child stared at me. What was etched into his face was a scar that would eventually fade over time. But it would never completely disappear.

He released the curtain and sank back into the darkness.

I pulled aside a nearby chevalier and gestured. “Kid’s in there.”

And because his job demanded it, the chevalier entered the bowels of the house and pulled back from the abyss yet another child who’d experienced something that never should’ve happened.

Stopping a recurrence meant ending this war.

But how do you find reason behind senselessness? How do you uncover logic behind depravity?

Where are you?

I scoured the eight blocks of the town center, desperate frustration mounting with each passing minute.

Nothing spoke to me.

No iris, no cryptic message, nothing I could use to understand what had happened here.

There was only death, raw and potent, an unadorned, merciless display of what he was capable of.


A SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY

Halloween is just around the corner. In celebration of the season and as a thank you to my readers for getting us so quickly to our goal, I’m holding another giveaway!

One winner will receive the following prize pack:

  • Signed paperback copies of Whirl, Billow, Crest, and Ondine Quartet Companion Works
  • Signed swag

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Contest is open US only and will end November 1, 2014. Winner will be announced here on this post and will be notified by e-mail. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen. Author is not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.

Good luck!

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Reminders and Updates

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A few updates:

  • There is currently a GoodReads giveaway for one signed paperback copy of Breaker. The giveaway is open to readers in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. You can enter here.
  • Speaking of GoodReads, we’re nearing 1000 adds for Breaker! Once we hit that number, I’ll be sharing the first extended excerpt – it could be as early as this week! If you haven’t added it to your to-read shelf yet, you can do so here.
  • Bloggers: A final reminder to sign up for the Lost Blood cover reveal on October 31. Giselle from Xpresso Tours is handling all the details – it’s a gorgeous cover and I can’t wait to share it with you! You can sign up here.
  • Discussion questions for the Ondine Quartet are now available on my website! Whether you plan on re-reading the previous books prior to Breaker‘s release or are just starting the series now, these questions are a great way to dig deeper into the story. You can use these as guidelines for discussions with your book club / reading group or just to speculate what will happen next with your friends! Download them for free here.
  • Finally, a quick reminder that if you have pre-ordered Breaker, you’ll need to provide us with your info in order to receive the post-Breaker short story during release week. Just enter the name and e-mail you want to receive the story at as well as the order number listed on the retailer receipt. It’s okay if the retail account is under a different e-mail (like your spouse’s, etc.). We just need the order number off the receipt. You can enter your info here. If you have any questions, just send Aeicha an e-mail.

That’s it for now – hopefully we’ll hit our GoodReads goal soon and I can share the first extended excerpt! Stay tuned 🙂

Breaker: Kendra

A reminder before I share today’s teaser: Breaker is currently available for pre-order at $0.99. Release day price will be $4.99.

>> Click here for details on how to receive a bonus post-Breaker short story during release week.

Breaker_500Releases December 29, 2014

Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo | Amazon: Paperback

War. Prophecy. Freedom.

She fought for herself.
She fought for friendship and love.
Now, Kendra Irisavie fights for the survival of her world.

War rages on, leaving no one untouched. Destruction rips through elemental communities and terror flourishes in its wake. Suspicion soars, order fractures, and loyalties crumble despite Kendra’s desperate attempts to protect everyone she holds dear.

When an organized Aquidae army launches a series of merciless assaults, Kendra and her friends set out to end the bloodshed once and for all. With the fate of elementals hanging in balance, the Shadow and sondaleur hunt each other down in a brutal match of cunning and will.

Kendra has trained for this her entire life. But in a ravaged world where trust is scarce and no life is sacred, she soon realizes her battle may be against an invincible enemy and that her darkest days lie ahead.

Twists and turns shape her harrowing odyssey, leading to a stunning climax that challenges everything she believes in.

Torn between destiny and autonomy, Kendra must finally decide whether the cost of freedom is too high.

Heartbreaking decisions, turbulent alliances, and shattering revelations collide in Breaker, the explosive conclusion to the Ondine Quartet.

**The first extended excerpt will be shared once we hit 1000 adds on GoodReads!**
Add it to your GoodReads To-Read list now!

 

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OQ Super Sale, Breaker Pre-Orders, and a Giveaway!

As promised, I have three HUGE announcements today.

ANNOUNCEMENT #1:

Thank you for waiting patiently for news on Breaker. I’m so excited and thrilled to announce that Breaker is available for pre-order with a release date of December 29!

As a way of thanking my readers and Ondine Quartet fans who’ve been waiting for this finale, Breaker is available for the special pre-order sale price of $0.99! It will return to its regular price of $4.99 on release day.

If you pre-order, you’ll also receive a bonus post-Breaker short story during release week! 🙂 This short story will not be available anywhere for at least six months after Breaker’s release!

 

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Here’s how to get your exclusive bonus content:

  • Pre-order Breaker from any retailer
  • Enter your information here. You will need to provide the order number listed on your receipt.
  • Please be sure to use a valid e-mail address and add my assistant Aeicha’s email to your server’s safelist to ensure you receive your story.
  • The bonus story will be sent out during release week (the week of December 29th)

A note to print readers:

Due to current distribution agreements, I am only able to offer Breaker paperback pre-orders on Amazon. I know many international readers purchase from other retailers and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Breaker will be available at all your usual retailers (Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Books-a-million, etc.) about 1-2 weeks after release date.

Breaker_500Releases December 29, 2014

Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks  | Kobo  | Amazon: Paperback

War. Prophecy. Freedom.

She fought for herself.
She fought for friendship and love.
Now, Kendra Irisavie fights for the survival of her world.

War rages on, leaving no one untouched. Destruction rips through elemental communities and terror flourishes in its wake. Suspicion soars, order fractures, and loyalties crumble despite Kendra’s desperate attempts to protect everyone she holds dear.

When an organized Aquidae army launches a series of merciless assaults, Kendra and her friends set out to end the bloodshed once and for all. With the fate of elementals hanging in balance, the Shadow and sondaleur hunt each other down in a brutal match of cunning and will.

Kendra has trained for this her entire life. But in a ravaged world where trust is scarce and no life is sacred, she soon realizes her battle may be against an invincible enemy and that her darkest days lie ahead.

Twists and turns shape her harrowing odyssey, leading to a stunning climax that challenges everything she believes in.

Torn between destiny and autonomy, Kendra must finally decide whether the cost of freedom is too high.

Heartbreaking decisions, turbulent alliances, and shattering revelations collide in Breaker, the explosive conclusion to the Ondine Quartet.

**The first extended excerpt will be shared once we hit 1000 adds on GoodReads!**
Add it to your GoodReads To-Read list now!

ANNOUNCEMENT #2
In celebration of Breaker becoming available for pre-orders, I’m doing a massive, super sale on the entire Ondine Quartet Series!

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For a limited time, you can grab the first three books in the series – Whirl, Billow, Crest – at $0.99 each!Whirl (Book 1): Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboBillow (Book 2): Amazon | Barnes & Noble |iBooks | Kobo

Crest (Book 3): Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

If you know anyone who’d enjoy the series, please share this sale! You can now get all four books in the series for less than $4!


(THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED)

…WHICH LEADS TO ANNOUNCEMENT #3: 

All of this exciting news deserves its own giveaway, don’t you think? 🙂

Up for grabs: One beautiful 16GB Kindle Fire HD 6 tablet!

This contest is international and will close on October 9, 2014 at 5:59 AM EST. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. By entering this contest, you agree that I am not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.

Good luck!

The winner of the Kindle Fire Giveaway is Clari Ferz!! Please email us, within 48 hours, at aeicha@emmaraveling.com to claim your prize.

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Today’s Breaker Snippet

snippetsIt’s been crazy busy around here. But a lot of exciting things will be happening over the next few weeks – can’t wait to share them with you!

Here’s your BREAKER snippet for today:

A tall, thin shadow separated from the line of trees and emerged from the darkness. Coarse, dark hair was messily tied back and a full beard now concealed his jawline. His leathery, tanned skin blended into the night.

“Why the hell are you following—“

He moved fast. I caught a streak of silver before cold metal pressed against my forehead.

Ray cocked his gun. “How do I know you are who you say you are?”

Moonlight shifted, catching the paranoia flashing through his eyes. Sudden moves were clearly out of the question.

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