October 12, 2017

Traitor's Hope Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

TRAITOR'S HOPE (Blade's Edge #2)
Author: Virginia McClain  
Publication Date: October 14, 2017 
Publisher: Artemis Dingo Productions 
Pages: 284 
Formats: Paperback eBook 


Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the strength to survive it.  

17th Day, 2nd Moon, Cycle 1 of the New Council 

AS THEY ROUNDED the corner that opened onto the view of Rōjū City, Mishi's skin felt as though a thousand snakes were writhing across it. The view was breathtaking, certainly, a hundred tall buildings with intricate roofs joined by dozens of bridges that crossed over gorges, rivers, and canals, all shrouded in mist and nestled in the cradle of two large mountains. But that wasn't why she found it difficult to draw air into her lungs. No, that was caused by the icy claws of memory that grappled with her now, tearing at her body as well as her mind, forcing her to remember the last time that she had been in this place, all the violence done to her and, worst of all, by her.

She closed her eyes against the memories that flooded her, but it did nothing to stop them. The sound of steel ringing against steel was almost drowned out by the cries of men as they were cut down before her. The smell of blood mixed with smoke filled her nostrils, replacing the cool scent of pine that had pervaded only moments before. Mishi reminded herself that it wasn't real, but that didn't stop the visions from coming. It never did.

Suddenly, she was surrounded by the rush of battle, men fought on all sides of her, she could hear the screams of the dying and she held her katana at the ready as yet another Kisōshi allied with the Rōjū Council charged her. She cut the man down, and only as her blade slid through his shoulder did she realize she was on horseback. Why was she on horseback? She dismounted and prepared for the next attacker. Did she have room to use her fire kisō without hurting her friends? Better not to risk it. She kept her hands on her katana, but when she shifted her grip she found her katana was no longer there.

Someone grabbed her shoulders and she shifted and threw him to the ground. She didn't need a weapon to kill a man. She lunged for his throat as he lay on the ground, planning to crush his windpipe and be ready for the next attacker. She had to get back to Taka and the others. They were too far away from her current position. She couldn't protect them from here.
Just as she reached for the man on the ground she thought she heard a voice call her name, and then a hand grabbed her neck and darkness overtook her.
Virginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.  

From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.  

She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog. 

(1) winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE - US Only!
(3) winners will receive eBook sets of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE - International.

Tour Schedule: 

Week One: 
10/9/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview 
10/9/2017- Blushing Bibliophile- Review 
10/10/2017- Arvenig.it- Guest Post 
10/10/2017- Bibliobakes- Review 
10/11/2017- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews- Excerpt 
10/11/2017- Ashley M. Delgado- Review 
10/12/2017- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt 
10/12/2017- Don't Judge, Read- Spotlight 
10/13/2017- BookHounds YA- Guest Post 
10/13/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review 

Week Two: 
10/16/2017- Novel Novice- Excerpt 
10/16/2017- Nick Bryan Dot Com- Review 
10/17/2017- Books at Dawn- Guest Post 
10/17/2017- YA and Wine- Excerpt 
10/18/2017- Fire and Ice- Spotlight 
10/18/2017- A Gingerly Review- Review 
10/19/2017- My Nook, Books & More- Excerpt 
10/19/2017- Jena Brown Writes- Review 
10/20/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland- Interview 
10/20/2017- Ramblings From An Alternate Reality- Review 

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