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Blog Tour: Stones & Finger Bones - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: Stones and Finger Bones (The Black Towers #1)
Author: Jessica Minyard
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo
Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Aurelia Barone, Jewel of Starry Stone, harbors no illusions about the purpose of her life as heir to the throne. But after two failed betrothals, she starts to feel like nothing more than a pawn being moved aimlessly about a game board.

Until the night she loses everything.

Kidnapped by a wise-cracking mercenary with more than one identity, Aurelia embarks on a mission across land and sea to avenge her father’s death.

But an evil is rising from the ashes of memory. Insidious magic is stirring. The dregs of a once-powerful nation are thirsty for blood and revenge.

They seek to harness Aurelia. To tempt her. To manipulate her.

And if necessary, to destroy her.

Excerpt:
1606
16th Day of Kuldakast

     You only truly know life when you have known death. When you have felt death reach icy hands inside your chest and settle ‘round your heart. When death has knocked on your door, beckoning, “Come, brother.”
     I should have died by now.
     My disease eats away at the body, taking bits and pieces day after day. The Maker’s fever, as they call it, is a curious ailment. Unpredictable. Unfathomable in its destruction. Virtually unheard of. There are only a few known cases of the Maker’s fever in hundreds of years of our race. The same magic that prolongs my meager life, destroyed it. Normally, extreme fatigue or unconsciousness will occur before someone reaches the point I did. But I went beyond the reach of my powers, further than anyone I’ve ever known. Reaching for energy that was not there. So now, I lie dying.
     The healers speculate thirty more days at best. Hopefully I’ll make it ‘til Bolvadur. I would dearly like to see the earth come alive once more. A year would be miraculous. By Maker’s chance I could be dead tomorrow. I’ve decided to write you, my dearest Erylie, as much as I can, for as long as I can. Maybe I can earn your forgiveness. I hope the most for your understanding. Understanding of my decisions. Understanding of how I became this man you claim not to recognize. This husk. Empty shell. A slave to my power and my king.
     I will not start at the beginning; there is little to be achieved by that. Let me start instead, at the beginning of the end.

Author Bio

Jessica wrote and illustrated her first story in the fourth grade. “The Dragon of Grindley Grun” was about an evil wizard, a princess, and a dragon who was actually a prince. She likes to think her writing has evolved since that very first story, even though she still writes about magic and evil wizards...sometimes.

She likes to sing loudly and dance on occasion without being particularly talented at either. Her interests include reading, writing, procrastinating, animal advocacy, musicals, accessories, memes, Harry Potter, and sweet tea.

Jessica lives in Kentucky with a spoiled pitbull.
Author Links:
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