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Blog Tour: Dwellers of Darkness - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3)
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: February 27, 2014

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. She had only been in the Otherworld for a day or two when she returned back to the Earth’s realm. But it is three years later on Earth. Em is now 22. It would matter if she was human, but she’s not. She is a Dae, part Demon and part Fay, with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her even more of a freak.

Seeing Seattle rebuilt only confirms she has been gone three years. For her it was not long ago that the Seattle area was just rubble of concrete and death. All done by her hand.

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is her undeniable connection to Eli Dragen, who is sexy, gorgeous, and even more volatile and frustrating. But her problems go way past him. The Seelie Queen of the Otherworld still holds Mark, Em’s father, and her friends, Ryan, and Josh as hostages. Em needs to rescue them without, once again, getting caught and being used as a pawn to help the Queen regain possession of Earth. At the same time Ember is in hot water with Lars, the Unseelie King, after breaking her contract with him.

As some secrets have come to light others seem to become even more enigmatic. The only truth Ember knows is,everyone is harboring secrets. As Eli’s past is revealed, Em understands more clearly why he acts the way he does and how much their lives are intertwined. But she also knows Eli is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

Em herself continues to wrestle with her feelings toward Torin and her own secret she’s withholding from Kennedy. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound mounts even more as they prepare to obtain the sword no matter what the price. But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.

     Bending my knees, I positioned my feet onto the dirt, feeling the earth seeping into me. After hearing the chant sail over the wind into my ears, it was only a heartbeat later when the force of her words hit me. Like a hurricane, the power smacked into me, and once again I was in the air. My face hit the makeshift target, knocking it down as I crashed to the ground.
     I lay face first in the dirt, spread-eagle. The sound of feet running to me was mixed with the howling laughter from the group on the grass.
     “You okay?” Eli’s voice reached me first. His hand touched my arm.
     “Oh, Em. I’m sorry.” Kennedy came down on my other side. “Again.”
     I moaned into the dirt. Snickering, Eli rolled me over. “She’s okay.”
     “There’s blood.” Kennedy pointed at my face.
     “Only her nose.” Eli pulled me up, using the bottom of his shirt to wipe the blood off.
     “I am so, so sorry.” Kennedy grabbed my hand; her teasing confidence had vanished.
     “No worries. You warned me it might hurt a little.” I waved it off and grimaced as Eli continued to clean dirt and blood off my face. I looked into his glittering, green eyes. “I know you are dying to make a bulls-eye joke so go ahead.”
     Eli pressed his lips together trying not to laugh. “Me?”
     “Maybe if you imagine yourself the arrow next time, you’d get better trajectory,” Cooper shouted, still howling with laughter. “Become one with the arrow, Em. Be the arrow.”
     I flipped him off over Eli’s shoulder only making the group on the grass hoot louder. I looked at my mom. She had made it halfway to me but stopped. Now seeing I was okay, she was also fighting back laughter.
     “Nice, Mom. You, too?” I threw up my arms. “Go ahead . . . tell me I nailed it.”
     With that everyone lost it. The situation was hilarious, and I laughed along with them, even though my face hurt when I did.
     “All right, Jared, see if you can sketch the map exposed on Em’s back before it fades.” Cole addressed Jared as we calmed a bit. “Or we’re going to have to do it again.”
My eyes widened, but Eli had a huge grin on his face. “Seriously. Best day. Ever.”

Author Bio

Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

Author Links:
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