Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday + Giveaway: Relic

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine and is a fun way to see what books other bloggers just can't wait to get their hands on!


Renee Collins
Paranormal Young Adult
Entangled Teen
September 3rd, 2013

THE STORY
After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.

Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.
 

Relic is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.

This book sounds really different, and I think that's what I like most about it. A paranormal wild west of sorts. WIN. Also, when I first looked at the cover, I thought the markings around the title were simple tattoo-like scrollwork, but I love that they're actually line drawings of dragons and other creatures. I'm pretty sure I see a wolf in addition to the dragons, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say I see a mermaid (siren?) in the lower left corner. I really enjoy the fact that this cover is more than what it initially seems at first glance:)

More information on Relic and Renee Collins can be found here:


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Thanks to Entangled Teen, I have a couple very special treats to accompany this WoW post. Not only do I have an exclusive excerpt to share with you, but I also have both a print ARC and e-galley up for grabs as well. *happy dance* To enter, please just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

EXCERPT

The evening started off so calm. Crickets were singing in the sagebrush, and the oppressive heat of daytime had been swept away by a velvety breeze, which drifted in through the open windows. Ella was playing with Sassy’s new litter of kittens up in the loft, and Jeb sat by the fire, polishing the brand new gun he’d gotten for his fourteenth birthday the week before. I was scraping a broom over the floor of our little one-room house, trying my best to banish the red-orange sand that seemed our constant companion. But my mind soon drifted from my chores.

I stood in the open doorway, in the warm twilight, gazing at the vast desert beyond. It stretched endlessly in either direction, with nothing but sage and rocks and the occasional scrub brush to break the monotony. The dark smudge of Haydenville sat on the horizon, a small spit of a town, not much more interesting than the cactus. It always made me feel lonesome to stare out at the stillness around us.

As I leaned my head against the doorframe and watched the first star pierce through the indigo sky, a reckless wish burned in my heart. I gazed up and let myself envision a sleek dragon diving out of the scrape of clouds. A creature long extinct, returned to breathe life back into this barren place. I pictured the ancient animal curling around the moon and soaring over the red-rock cliffs beyond our house. But as it swept downward, a strange glow on the horizon caught my attention.

I straightened, squinting in the direction of the wavering light. It was a wide line of orange spreading across the dark landscape in the distance, painting the night sky a deep amber. The breeze that drifted past my cheek carried the distinct scent of smoke. This was no figment of my imagination. This was fire.

And it was coming from Haydenville. 

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43 comments:

  1. Looks kind of fantasy like, I like that

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  2. I really like the writing in that excerpt. Jenny, why do you always have the best WoWs???! Thanks for introducing me to this one too :). Here we go to the GR link!

    PS - The cover is really nice... except the figure and the sand (?) she's standing on kind of seem out of place to me. Was that done in a different imaging editing program? I don't know... Maybe it's just me though.

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  3. You're right that it sounds VERY different. And I didn't even notice the dragons until you pointed it out. *facepalm* I can be so blind sometimes. And I'm curious about this cowboy! Landon, I think I like that name.
    As always, fabulous pick, Jenny!

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  4. Oh, this one does sound different. I think I'm going to see what people have to say about it before I add it to my wishlist though; lol, I tend not to like books that are too different, you know?

    And, I didn't even realize that the design around the title is actually composed of drawings of different creatures!

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  5. OOh interesting! Haven't heard of this one!

    Here's my WoW

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  7. I love the sound of this! It actually seems to be kinda like fantasy, which is my favorite genre, so I'm really looking forward to this now, especially with that great excerpt! Thanks for putting this on my radar, Jenny! I love that you do that so often! :)

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  8. This is on my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway, too!

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  9. This one sounds great! I like the twist on the whole magical creatures thing and how it works in her world. can't wait to read it!

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  10. This sounds like an awesome fantasy....definitely adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the great giveaway, too!

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  11. I love the red on that cover and the synopsis sounds pretty intriguing! Thanks for sharing the cover, Jenny!

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  12. Sounds good! I'll have to add it to my ever growing list of must haves! Jenny!

    Heather

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  13. Sounds coool. I can't wait to start reading reviews for it.

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  14. Thank you so much for featuring my book on your amazing blog! It's really an honor! :)

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  15. Wow, paranormal romance meets the Wild Wild West. Hmmm...could be really good. I'll keep this one on my radar.

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  16. Hmmm, Rafflecopter thinks I've already entered for the drawing, but I haven't. Oh, well. I did Tweet about it. Good luck, everyone! RELIC looks so amazing!!

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  17. This sounds brilliant! I've been looking forward to it for a while now, and I didn't realise the cover had been revealed! It's definitely one of Entangled's better covers. Thanks for sharing, Jenny. :)

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  18. The cover is gorgeous. Definitely fits a town named Burning Mesa. The color scheme reminds me of Josephine A's Goddess covers.

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  19. I love the cover and I didnt even notice the pictures to the markings until you mentioned it. Now it just makes me love the cover even more.

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  20. Alrighty, so I love the cover.. but I'm even more intrigued by the synopsis!! SOUNDS awesome!!!

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  21. This cover is gorgeous! I love how it is so red - red is an amazing cover on YA books. I love it! :)

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  22. Yep... 2 mermaids. The other is at the top (left-middle). So, you know I like mermaids... so yes on the cover. :D

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  24. This is SO cool! When I first saw this cover, I didn't notice the creatures in the scrollwork around the title either. Love the cover artwork and the synopsis sounds so unique. I love fantasy that breaks the mold and goes it own way.

    And that excerpt is wonderful, I feel like I was right there in the desert! I want to keep reading. Amazing WoW pick, Jenny, and thanks for sharing this awesome cover and sneak peek! :-)

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  25. I like the cover, very eye catching and the synopsis does sound intriguing. I will be on the look out for this one. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  26. Gorgeous cover! And VERY interesting concept! Added to GoodReads for sure :)

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  28. That cover is almost on fire!

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  29. looks fun and a excting read-cowboy-dragons-my daughter lives in colorado!

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  30. The sky is painted beautifully; the red makes it very dramatic.

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  31. I really like the cover a lot! But it's the description that really got my attention! This sounds amazing!

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  32. Paranormal wild west?! SOLD! I love the cover too!! Thanks for the giveaway and for spotlighting Relic, Jenny. I would have no idea about it if it weren't for you. It is so going on my to-read list. :)

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  33. I love the sound of this setting-wild west is so cool and not used nearly enough.

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  34. I like the cover but think it could be better if the text was a little more muted (or rustic-looking) in tone.
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  35. Totally different from what is out there. I like! Adding it :)

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  36. Sounds interesting and unique. Doesn't look like the same old same old.

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  37. I like the design around the title of the book. It combines many fantasical creatures that I love!!

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  38. Ooh, how did I not know about this book? It sounds right up my alley. here there be dragon bones and magic being harnessed? Oh yes please.

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  39. I got excited about this book as soon as I heard the concept, and I'm glad it got an awesome cover to match! The figures around the text are especially fitting.

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  40. I love the cover and can't wait to get my hands on and read this book!:)

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