April 19, 2018

Tracing Shadows Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Author: Alex Lidell 
Release Date: April 8, 2018 
Publisher: Alex Lidell 
Formats: Paperback, eBook 
Pages: 312 

Find it:Amazon, Goodreads 


To protect the throne, seventeen-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night.  

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life.    Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer.  

As Kali edges closer to the truth behind the violent group’s identity, she uncovers dangerous secrets that could bring her mission to a brutal end. A scout’s job is to observe and report, never to engage . . . but if it means saving her sister and kingdom, Kali may have no choice.  

TRACING SHADOWS, by Amazon bestselling author Alex Lidell, is the first novel in the Scout series. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J. Maas.  
“What are you doing?” Trace asks, a note of alarm in his low voice.

“Taking off my shirt. Your shirt. Your shirt that is on me.” Stars take me. I shake off his touch before my hot skin sets Trace, the creek, and the whole bloody forest on fire. “I’m a scout. Scouts aren’t raised to have much modesty.” There. An explanation. I’m one of the men, and it would behoove both Trace and me to remember that.

“Yes, well.” Trace coughs and turns his back to me. “I’m not a scout. So...just tell me when you are through.”

Right. I take a few steps toward an overhanging branch where I can hang my scouting outfit, and I’m spreading them to dry when Trace’s soft voice hits my back. “You are a great deal more than a scout.”

I swallow and feign deafness. When I turn again, Trace is submerging himself in the freezing creek. He surfaces with a snarl, like a disgruntled lion, the water lapping his waist and running from his silver hair down the grooves of his spine.

“Hurry up and wash,” he calls without turning.

“You could wait on the shore, you know,” I call back, pulling off his shirt.

Trace makes a sound in the back of his throat. “I prefer this,” he says tightly and takes a step deeper into the freezing water.
Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.   

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(3) winners will receive an eBook set of Alex’s TIDES SERIES & an eBook of TRACING SHADOWS - OPEN INTERNATIONAL!

Tour Schedule: 
Week One: 
4/9/2018- A Backwards Story- Review 
4/9/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Excerpt 
4/10/2018- Zach's YA Reviews- Review 
4/10/2018- Reese's Reviews- Review 
4/11/2018- Book-Keeping- Review 
4/11/2018- History from a Woman’s Perspective- Review 
4/12/2018- Myth and Magic Book Club- Review 
4/12/2018- BookHounds YA- Excerpt 
4/13/2018- Smada's Book Smack- Review 
4/13/2018- Paulette's Papers- Excerpt 

Week Two: 
4/16/2018- Read. Eat. Love.- Review 
4/16/2018- Zooloo Book Blog- Excerpt 
4/17/2018- Lauren is Reading- Review 
4/17/2018- Book Briefs- Review 
4/18/2018- The Underground- Excerpt 
4/18/2018- Don't Judge, Read- Review 
4/19/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review 
4/19/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt 
4/20/2018- The BookWorm Drinketh- Review 
4/20/2018- TwoChicks on Books- Excerpt 

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