August 6, 2013

Kaleidoscope Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Kaleidoscope blog tour presented by IFB Tours! Today I have an excerpt from the book for you and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the tour wide giveaway!

Kaleidoscope (Faylinn #1)
Author: Mindy Hayes
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: March 8, 2013
Self Published by the Author

Buy Link: Amazon 


“Was I still a human? Gosh, I still wanted to be human. Even just to keep a sliver of whom I thought I was. But as I thought about being human, standing in the shade of the forest, I felt less human than ever. The trees fought for my allegiance."

It starts in her chest. The change Calliope doesn't see coming. It pulses like a second heartbeat, urging her to give in to the need to be in the depths of the forest. She's compelled to fight the pull, but the more she denies it the stronger it becomes until she finally surrenders and is pulled into a secret world of enchantment.

Kai and Declan need her to accept what she is, but with everything left unsaid, acceptance may be the least of their worries. Knowing their fate lies in her hands, they’ll stop at nothing to protect and prepare her for what lies ahead.

Will Calliope be able to accept what Kai and Declan reveal or will her desire to be normal keep her from acknowledging her true destiny?


Decisions should be black and white. Either it's wrong or it's right. But there's too much grey area for that. Things that tug at your mind, causing you to question your actions and motives. Where do your loyalties lie? Where are they supposed to lie? Whose lives are supposed to be spared? Who deserves to die? But most importantly, whose right is it to make those decisions?

While watching the scene play out in front of me, the light gradually dimming as sunset approached, I was suddenly aware of the decision I needed to make. She smiled so happily as the swing flew higher in the tree, the wind blowing in her long blonde curls. He stood behind her, his face splashed with that same happiness, those same gleaming green eyes. He encouraged her to hold on tight with fatherly care.

I approached quietly, camouflaged by the trees, weighing my options. My mind knew what it wanted to do, but the consequences would fall on me tenfold. Would it be worth it? Could I even get away with it?

Her laughter trailed through the air, filling the outdoors, resonating in my ears, solidifying the choice I needed to make. The consequences suddenly didn't matter. I knew where my loyalties lay. It would be worth it. The grey area separated and all that was left was stark white and solid black.

That was the moment my dagger tore through flesh, cementing my decision.
Mindy grew up in San Diego, California exploring her interest for singing and playing the piano. Mindy first discovered her passion for reading when she had to make her first flight alone to South Carolina to visit her, then, fiancé. Mindy's love for writing followed shortly after. She and her husband have now been married for five years and live in Summerville, South Carolina.
Kaleidoscope is her debut novel, its sequel, Ember, will be released in September 2013.

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  1. Cool excerpt!

    Thanks for participating :)

  2. sounds like something I'd start reading right away. Great review/excerpt.

  3. Look forward to reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  5. "Kaleidoscope" does sound very interesting!!

  6. This sounds great! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. This sounds like the book that will restore my faith in faery books.