Friday, November 29, 2013

Crystal Collier's Moonless and the Ink Smith #BlackFriday Sale

Crystal Collier's blog tour for MOONLESS has been going like crazy for the past few weeks and I'm excited to be part of it today! I am sharing a short excerpt from the book as well as info about Crystal's Mystery Sentence Game.

Here we go!

The Mystery Sentence Game:

Unravel the mystery of the Moonless night! Hidden in each of the 8 blog tour excerpts is a single word. Gather all 8 and figure out the sentence to win a free copy of Moonless. Send your mystery sentence to crystal (AT) with the subject MYSTERY SENTENCE before December 10, 2013, and you will be entered to win one of 10 copies of MOONLESS—just in time for Christmas. Happy hunting!


“There’s an old legend ‘bout these parts.” Their host sat his tired body down on a stool. “Dangers in the moonless night what’d make you shake in your skin.” He indicated the empty chairs across from himself and they took them willingly. “It’s said a hundred years back a wil-o’-the-wisp passed this way.”

“Like a faerie?” Alexia suggested.

“Oh sure,” he nodded, “only stronger. It liked our little town and settled down here. It aided people’s harvest, blessed our children with health, kept the cattle, stayed the plague.” He shifted. “A doctor on the hill housed the creature, fed it, took care of it and did its bidding on our behalf. Then one day he disappeared—he and his whole family.” He looked Alexia right in the eye. “A plague started upon us, things what appear on moonless nights and stealed away our children. There weren’t no more helps of a miraculous nature. Ones like this,” he pointed to the youth who’d saved them, “started popping up instead of the healthy pretty ones. No offense, lad.” The young man smiled a toothy grin. “It’s said the old man insulted the creature and earned its wrath. We been dealin’ with it ever since. Bein’ left to wander outdoors on a night such as this is as much a death sentence as hangin."

Title: Moonless

Author: Crystal Collier

Series: Maiden of Time #1

Publication: November 13th, 2013

Category: Young Adult (YA)

Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance

Log Line: Alexia must choose safety and an arranged marriage, or true love and being hunted by the Soulless every moonless night. Short Description: Alexia’s nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless. MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

Buy MOONLESS HERE or add it on Goodreads.

Author Bio: Crystal, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

Also, a quick note from me about my publisher's fantastic sale this weekend. All of our books are on sale! Paperbacks are 50% off and ebooks are 60%, so if you're interested in The Ghosts of Aquinnah, Polar Night, or any of the rest of our books this is a great time to get them. Visit the Ink Smith store and check them out here.

Thanks again to Crystal for being here and Happy Weekend, all!

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  1. Crystal is rocking the blogosphere with some great excerpts.

  2. And I really wish I'd been writing down the words...

  3. @Cathrina--Aw. Stop making me blush. =)

    @Suzanne--You're so kind.

    @Alex--They excerpts are all linked in one central location...for anyone one to gather all the words. (The Read More link.)

    Julie, I'd be out buying your books today, if I didn't already own them. ;)

  4. I love your excerpt, Crystal, and I think I've got 6 words now. Ink Smith sure has a great sale, and I hope lots of people are in a buying mood! :-)

  5. So glad it seems like a wonderful giveaway! Good luck to both of you!

  6. I've got Moonless on my TBR list. Ooh, but you just reminded me I need to add your latest to my Goodreads list as well, Julie.

  7. @S.K. Anthony--Thank you.

    @Lexa--Six out of 8. You're almost there!

    @Nancy--I'll take the luck!

    @L.G. Smith--that's because you're rock awesome!

  8. Crystal's excerpts are always so amazing. So fun to see her featured on your blog, Julie!

    And wow, what a great sale your publisher is having!

  9. Fun way to do a tour! Good luck with the rest of it. Great sale at Ink Smith!

    The Warrior Muse

  10. Great excerpt! This is such an original idea for a tour! I will definitely checkout the special deals at Ink Smith!


  11. love your excerpt,keep it up
    hope you can visit my Celebrate Small Things

  12. Agree. These excerpts are what prompted me to buy the book. Great job, Crystal. :)

  13. Great excerpt -- glad to have both you and Crystal participate in 'Tis More Blessed this year!

  14. I loved Crystal's book. Couldn't put it down and finished it on 2a.m. one morning. ;-)

  15. Yikes! All these kinds words. You peoples rock.


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