March 4, 2014

Eden Forest Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Eden Forest blog tour! Today I have an excerpt to share with you and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow along with the tour, click on the banner above!

Eden Forest (Saskia Trilogy #1)
Author: Aoife Marie Sheridan
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 28, 2012


Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.

When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession.

She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.
On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
A hush falls over the barn as Mirium the storyteller takes his place at the top of the barn. He is five hundred years old so he walks with a white staff. He has a long white beard and kind grey eyes. He swings his heavy gold tunic out as he sits down.
Lots of people believe he is an oracle. Some girls go to him to see their future match and how many kids they will have, but it never interested me.
“Greetings. Must I say, ladies, you all look glorious on this fine night.”
Giggles sound around the barn. I let out a sigh, causing Corrona to give me a harsh look. She is a believer. Then she squeezes my leg to let me know she isn’t mad at me. Corrona couldn’t get mad; she has a kind soul. That is one of the reasons I like her so much.
Mirium starts with our history of how we came to be. It is one told to all girls before being matched. I heard it when I was younger, but this is tradition. He starts in a hushed voice.
“A long time ago in heaven, there were four angels who did their best to always please God. God looked fondly upon his faithful servants. When the time came, the angels were sent down to earth to be born to the mortal world with free will.
The four angels, Veronica, Lucian, Jeremy, and Sarra, watched as the other angels made their transition to life. The four angels talked about being mortals all the time, they did extra things to please God, yet they still remained angels. One day, Lucian convinced the other three angels to follow him, as he believed he knew how to become mortal without God knowing. Jeremy and Sarra were swayed by Lucian, but Veronica was nervous, as she didn’t want to upset God.
That day Veronica was bathing God’s feet. God noticed the conflict within her soul. ‘My child, tell me what troubles you.’
So Veronica told him of Lucian’s plans. God was enraged by this betrayal. He struck the four angels down. He looked at each of their souls and he could see the greed to be mortals within them. So God banished them to a world parallel to Earth. He gave each of them an element. Lucian was given the ability to control fire. Veronica was given an earth affinity. Jeremy, the ability to control air, and Sarra, a water affinity. Spirit was God’s. So each new generation was born with an affinity passed down by our ancestors. God gave them these powers so they could understand what he had created, and in time, he hoped they would understand the values of each element that he had given freely to the mortal world.
He built a wall of fire to divide the worlds and gave them partial immortality so they could pay for their sins. And so forth, our world Saskia was created by four fallen angels.” You couldn’t hear anything in the barn. It was so quiet.
Mirium rose. “That was twenty centuries ago and our founders have paid for their sins. God loves us, as we are as much his children as mortals are. We know he has forgiven us, as we can pass through the wall of fire to the mortal world.” I felt as if Mirium was looking directly at me when he said this.

Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.
Giveaway: (2) eBooks of Eden forest (Part One of the Saskia Trilogy) and (2) eBooks of City of Secrets (Part Two of the Saskia Trilogy)


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