Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Branded Tour: Excerpt

As part of the blog tour for the first book in Keary Taylor's Fall of Angels series, Branded, I'm excited to share with you a small snippet from the novel as well as some information on the next release in the series!

BRANDED SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads)

Jessica’s had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she’s a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.

But when two men she can’t ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn’t be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion what will puller her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.


I stripped down and turned the water in the shower on. Knowing what I was about to see, I stood before the mirror and turned my back to it, peaking over my shoulder back at my reflection.

My parents had always insisted that nightmares weren’t real. They couldn’t be real. The scars that covered my neck and back suggested otherwise. A beautiful and detailed X was branded into the back of my neck and an intricate, rather realistic pattern of wings spread itself from the lower portion of my back, up to the top of my shoulders. Both were a fresh, scarlet red. The color wouldn’t last long. After a day or so both would fade to a flesh color, no longer swollen but just a raised scar. I compared the wings to the African tribes I had seen that would cut their flesh to make the beautiful patterns that covered their bodies. I believed it was called scarification. Mine looked just like this but in the right light you could see a strange metallic silver in the wings, just like the angels from my nightmares. The X was a beautiful and terrifying scar, as if a red hot iron had indeed been pressed into my neck.

I stepped into the shower and relished in the hot water. If only it could burn the marks from my skin. Some would say my scars were beautiful but I hated them. They were sore reminders of just exactly how abnormal my life was. I could never have a normal existence because of all this. I was a freak.

Book two in the series, Forsaken, releases January 11 so be sure and add it to your lists! For more information on Keary, you can find her here:



  1. Eeeeee this one sounds good. Thanks for the excerpt.

  2. This book looks so good!! Will be adding it to the TBR pile!

  3. Ooh, that's really interesting! I haven't heard of the book before, but it's definitely one I might enjoy.

  4. Tori - You're welcome, glad you enjoyed:)

    Brandi - Welcome!

    Kelsey - Can't wait to see what you think if you give it a try.

    Adriana - It's definitely got a haunting concept and a very different take on angels:)

  5. Sounds interesting...I need to read this one :)

  6. Huh. This sounds very interesting. A different twist on the typical angel book. Sounds pretty dark.

  7. This sounds really neat, but that cover is totally creepy (in a good way). I've not seen this one before, I'll have to check it out.

  8. Pirate - It's got a great premise, I don't want to meet her angels. Ever.

    Savy - It is!

    Alison - Definitely darker than most angels, they don't have so many redeeming qualities.

    Jennifer - I really like the covers for both, they fit the tone of the books really well!

  9. thanks for the excerpt! those covers are a little creepy!!

  10. This sounds awesome!!

  11. Thanks for sharing this one. It sounds really interesting. I love the covers!

  12. I absolutely love the sound of these books! Great pick, Jenny! Those covers are stunning, too :)

  13. I actually read this book awhile back and was pretty impressed considering that it is an Indie book. I thought the story was pretty original. I'm not big on the whole angels/fallen angels theme, but this one wasn't like most.

  14. Oh wow, the summary sounds like it's somewhat unique and the writing in the snippet is so strong. Thanks for posting about this one :)

  15. Ooh, this one sounds fascinating. So glad you posted this as I haven't heard of this book until now. Will be on the look out for this one now that's for sure :) Thanks Jenny!