Breaker Countdown Giveaway

Aeicha, assistant extraordinaire, here to say that Breaker is releasing in less than twenty days! Are you excited? I know I’m THIS excited! Here’s a lsit of awesome fun stuff that’s happening in the lead up to the release on December 29th. Plus, a huge countdown giveaway!

Ondine Quartet Collection: Volume 1 is on sale!

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The Ondine Quartet Collection: Volume 1 is on sale right now for the low, low price of just 99 cents (regular price $5.99)! Included in this collection is Whirl, Billow, Chevalier, and Warrior Prince…you get two novels and two novellas for just $0.99! Y’all, it really doesn’t get any better than four books for less than $1.

This sale is for a limited time only, so grab it while you can, and for that amazing price, why not share with family and friends?

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Here are other can’t miss events happening during this month:

Breaker Facebook Release Party

BreakerReleaseParty_IGWe’re celebrating Breaker’s release in a big way with an all-day release party on Facebook! December 29th will be a day full of fun, games, lively discussion, and of course, lots of prizes (books, gift cards, and more!)

We have a great lineup of authors stopping by to help Emma celebrate the end of the series:

Join the event here and stop by on the 29th!

Prologue First Look and ARC Sign-ups

On December 22, Emma will be posting Breaker’s Prologue on this blog, so be sure to stop by check it out!

And sign-ups for Breaker advanced reader copies will open on Wednesday, December 17th, on Emma’s website. Because this is the highly anticipated series finale, only a limited number of ARCs will be available. Selected readers will receive ARCs three days before the release.

Pre-Order Breaker

DON’T FORGET TO PRE-ORDER THE SERIES FINALE!

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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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Breaker Countdown Giveaway!

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We’re counting down to Breaker’s release and celebrating with a fantastic giveaway! One winner will win the following prize package:

  • Paperback copies of YA fantasy books featuring strong heroines:
    • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
    • Sabriel by Garth Nix
    • Graceling by Kristen Cashore
    • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
    • Signed paperback copies of Whirl, Billow, Crest
  • Ondine Quartet swag pack (bookmarks, stickers, photos, postcards)
  • Tristan “You are so much more than that” button
  • Sondaleur Tote Bag
  • Ondine Quartet series mug

How great are all those prizes? Whoever wins is going to be one happy reader!

This giveaway is open internationally. Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to contact us before another winner is selected. Author is not responsible for lost or damaged mail. Good luck!

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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)!

Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo

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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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.

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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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Ondine Quartet Companion Works Release & Giveaway

**The winner of the 1/24 Friday Reading is Alina – congrats! Please check your inbox for a message from me. 🙂 The next Friday Reading giveaway will be on February 7.**

Happy Release Day!

Here’s all the info for ONDINE QUARTET COMPANION WORKS, the latest collection in the Ondine Quartet series:


Companion Works ReleaseEmma Raveling’s short stories – Ondine, Chevalier, and Warrior Prince – featuring characters from the Ondine Quartet series are now available in a single collection for the first time.

ONDINE, the series prequel, sheds light on Kendra Irisavie’s Rogue life in Los Angeles a month before the start of Whirl.

CHEVALIER, told from Julian LeVeq’s point of view, follows his complicated partnership with Kendra in New York City.

WARRIOR PRINCE
delves into the mind of the mysterious Tristan Belicoux and features a collection of scenes from Whirl and Billow in his point of view.

This collection also includes THE GIFT, a bonus short story set within the Billow timeline.

AVAILABLE AT:

Kindle | Nook | Smashwords (epub only) | Amazon Paperback
**Kobo, iBooks, The Book Depository, and other retailers coming soon**


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In celebration of the release, here’s a video BookNut sent me for Tristan & Kendra! 🙂

Boys Like Girls: Two is Better Than One

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GIVEAWAY

One randomly selected winner will receive a beautiful paperback copy of ONDINE QUARTET COMPANION WORKS and a signed Ondine Quartet swag pack featuring bookmarks and stickers.

To enter, just fill out the rafflecopter below.

Giveaway ends February 14, 2014 and is open internationally. Good luck!

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Friday Reading: 1/24/14

Friday ReadingToday’s Friday Reading features an excellent young adult dystopian that blends sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, and romance.

I’d heard exciting things about Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky since its release and finally got around to reading the first two books (Under the Never Sky | Through the Ever Night) at the end of 2013. It was one of the few YAs that earned a spot on my top reads of the year.

utnsThis is a sophisticated coming-of-age story featuring two main protagonists, Aria and Perry. I greatly appreciated the lovely, subtle beauty to the writing. Since the world is both wild and harsh, fresh and imaginative, the restrained hand Rossi takes with the prose serves the story well. Aria and Perry are well-rounded protagonists, the romance unfurls elegantly, and there is a strong cast of fully-realized supporting characters.

Another thing I enjoyed was how Rossi doesn’t spoon-feed the Reader information about the world, something I see often in YA fantasy. Information is gradually revealed
as we uncover a new layer to each character, seamlessly tying all the elements together into a highly immersive experience.

The story is not as action-packed as other YA dystopians but the rich world-building and nuanced depth in both text and characters make an indelible impression.

Since the final book in the trilogy, Into the Still Blue, is releasing Tuesday, January 28, today’s giveaway gives the winner the choice of receiving either Under the Never Sky (Book 1) or Through the Ever Night (Book 2). So if you haven’t read Book 2 yet, you can enter for a chance to win it. 🙂


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  • One winner will receive their choice of an e-book copy of either Under the Never Sky (Book 1) or Through the Ever Night (Book 2)
  • Also open to international readers

To enter: Leave a comment below and tell me what book(s) you’re currently reading or a book you’ve recently enjoyed. Fill out the rafflecopter for more ways to gain entries.

Giveaway ends in a week (January 31, 2014). Have fun!

** Friday Reading is a bi-monthly feature. The next post will be on February 7.

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Friday Reading: 12/27/13

Friday ReadingToday’s Friday Reading is a special end-of-the year edition.

Several of these books have already been featured in previous Friday Readings. Others will be featured in a future Friday Reading post where I’ll have a chance to go into a bit more detail.

A few things I’d like to note:

  • These are books I enjoyed reading in 2013, not books released in 2013. Although there are a few recent works, the majority of these were published in previous years.
  • Favorite Books list: Those marked as favorites are ones that will stay with me for a long time.

    These works have deeply moved me (A Personal Matter) or have shown me something so extraordinary about the art of narrative that I could spend a lifetime thinking about it (Blood Meridian); books where the author’s voice was so original, so strong, that I found myself absorbed and thrilled at the way his words portrayed people and the world (A Drink Before the War) and which explored ideas and themes I also found fascinating as a writer (The Double).

  • Books I enjoyed list: Works that left an impression on me. Some because of the character arc, others because of the strength of world-building or the clarity of the author’s voice. Some had gorgeous prose, others had a remarkable sense of narrative structure.

Putting this list together was a bit of an eye-opener for me. I read 167 books in 2013 (not many compared to some of you out there), an eclectic collection of non-fiction research and fiction in a wide variety of genres.

Eighteen of those books were YA. Though I enjoyed them to some degree (I don’t read books I don’t enjoy – too little time to force myself to finish), I had enough reservations, usually relating to the heroine’s character and/or with a rushed (i.e. not believable) romance, that prevented me from including them on the list.

The exception was Eleanor and Park, which is a romance (and an intense, headlong one), but the excellent prose and construction of the protagonists are done well enough to believe the rush as a natural result of their ages and identities.

Favorites of 2013:

I also enjoyed:

  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Young Adult contemporary)
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop: Book 1 in The Others series. (Adult fantasy)
  • Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs: Book 3 in the Mercy Thompson series (Adult urban fantasy)
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher: Book 1 in the Dresden Files series (Adult urban fantasy)
  • Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland: Book 5 in the Kara Gillian series. (Adult urban fantasy)
  • Omens by Kelley Armstrong: Book 1 in the Cainsville series. (Adult urban fantasy)
  • Abandon by Blake Crouch (Adult mystery/horror)
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: Book 1 of trilogy (Young Adult Dystopian)
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Young Adult contemporary)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Adult Mystery/Thriller)
  • One winner will receive his/her choice of three e-books from any of the works listed above.
  • If you’re interested in a book from a series you haven’t read yet or haven’t caught up on (like Iron Kissed or Touch of the Demon), you can choose to receive the first book or an earlier work in that series.
  • This giveaway is also open to international readers.

To enter: Leave a comment below and tell me what book(s) was your favorite for 2013. Fill out the rafflecopter for more ways to gain entries.

Giveaway ends in a week. Have fun!

** Friday Reading is a bi-monthly feature. The next post will be on January 17, 2014.

** Another note: Don’t worry if your comment gets caught in the spam filter – just go ahead and indicate you left a comment on the Rafflecopter. I’ll release your comment from the spam cage as soon as I can.

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