Friday, August 24, 2012

Excerpt & Giveaway: The Hands of Tarot, by SM Blooding

Today we have an excerpt from The Hands of Tarot by SM Blooding! And we have a giveaway of a signed paperback of The Hands of Tarot AND a totally adorable Tarot Doll of the winners choice! Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for your chance to win! Here's a synopsis of The Hands of Tarot:

She killed his father.

She imprisoned and beat him.

And now she thinks he’s her trophy.

Synn El’Asim will do almost anything to prove her wrong. But he’s only proving her right.

Queen Nix awakened his Mark of power and inducted him into the House of Wands. She knew what she was doing. The son of the two most powerful Families standing against her is the ultimate prize.

What she didn’t take into consideration was that maybe he was too strong for her.


But the Families aren’t. They’ve been weakened and it’ll take a lot more than one young man with a powerful Mark to take on the Hands of Tarot.


As soon as my eyes adjusted to the brightness, the air escaped from my lungs. Before us was carnage. There were two wooden pyres burned to smoking ruin with the charred remains of people on top of them. The air reeked with the smell of burned flesh. Several more pyres stood, two currently burning, three more untouched, all of them in a circle surrounding a large cage. 
Filled with children. 
Guards walked from one of the burning pyres and lit torches, walking to the neighboring one to set it ablaze. 
The children inside whimpered. One screamed, her hand reaching through the bars. Most of them silently wept, watching as their loved ones succumbed to the smoke.
I couldn’t just stand by and watch this. I took a step forward, my hand going for my sword. 
My father stopped me, his eyes troubled with sorrow. 
Queen Nix turned to me and smiled. “Do you wish to declare war?” 
“Let them go,” I commanded, my voice ragged. “What have they done to you?” 
She stalked toward me, her nose nearly touching mine, all semblance of beauty twisted with rage. “They refused to submit to me.” 
I stared at her aghast, my hands clenched, my jaw tight. “So because you couldn’t control them, you’re going to destroy them?” 
The rage turned cold across her features as she drew away, her shoulders back. “Are you so weak?” The muscles in my cheek twitched. 
Father took a step toward us. “Perhaps we can reach a mutual agreement.” 
Someone in the cage screamed, the scream turning to ravaged sobs. 
I let out a growl. “You will stop this!” 
The queen turned her eagle-eyed stare to me. “I do not take orders from a mere boy.” 
“Queen Nix,” my father started, “let us be reasonable.” 
She took a step back and assessed him. 
“The Umira have never been a harmful Family.” My father’s hands were wide at his side, his expression open. “They have always lived in peace with the Hands.” 
Her eyes flared and she advanced on him. “You’ve allied yourself with them.” 
Father’s eyes widened as he took a half step back. 
I watched in alarm, unsure of what to do. My father was the strongest man I ever knew. 
The queen grabbed his coat and pulled his face close to hers. “The Umira have always been a peaceful Family, so imagine my surprise when they assaulted us with cannons and weapons.” 
“They have the right to defend themselves, Nix.” 
“Not against me.” She pushed him away and turned to her gathering guard. “Take him and his heathen son. Throw them on the pyre.” 
My father drew his sword and faced the guard. “Go, Synn, now!” 
Our men drew their weapons and stood by his side. 
“I’m not leaving you, Father.” My sword was in my hand. I was ready to die an honorable death by my father’s side. 
He backhanded me and roared, “You will protect our people, Synn El’Asim.” 
I was torn. I wanted so badly to fight beside him, to protect him. 
But my father had given me an order. One I could not ignore. 
I turned and ran.

About the author:

SM Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, their new addition, Mr. Bird, who’s a real bird. She likes to hike the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and is learning to play the piano and guitar. Currently, she’s trying to MURDER them both. Friends call her Frankie.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Find out more about her at:
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Choose a Tarot Doll (from left to right): Swords, Wands,  Coins, or Cups?
Aren't these Tarot Dolls absolutely adorable? I can't choose a favorite! If you'd like to win one enter the giveaway below! Or click HERE to find out more about the dolls and their houses!

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  1. This sounds so good! I want the doll from House of Cups :) Simply because I love how the House of Cups give value to family and friends. Though I think I can fit to the House of Wands, too (being a FIRE sign and all...). Anyway, THANKS SO MUCH for this awesome giveaway! I'm not sure if this open to international followers, but I hope it is. :)

    Hugs, April David

  2. You betcha! I sent one of my demon dolls to England and a book to Bahrain. So...yeah! I'll send the tarot doll anywhere you need it to go! LOl! Good luck, April!!

  3. Most definitely the doll from The House of Wands.
    Fire is my element and mirrors much of my personality.
    These dolls are so great! Very creative :]
    I can not wait to read the book!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! The Wand Doll is my favorite.

  5. Hey, Jill! Okay! Wands it is if you win!! I'll email you in just a bit.

    Jenny! Good to meet you! Another Wand doll. LOL! You got it! Good luck!

  6. Hi!
    I just came across your site and it is really lovely! I happily followed you and will enjoy reading your updates. You can find me over at Rainy Day Reads, It would be great if you could stop by and I would love to have a fellow book lover as a new follower.
    Christine x
    Rainy Day Reads

  7. Sounds like an interesting book! Hopefully I'll get a chance to read it. :)
    Aw, all of these Tarot dolls are cute! I can't choose a favorite either, but considering what I've read about each of them I would most likely fit into the House of Cups.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  8. Hey, Christine! It's good to meet you. Your blog is gorgeous! I'll be back to stalk you later and you'll probably have an email as well.

    Marie, thanks for stopping by! I'll keep a Cups set aside for you! *grin* They really are a lot of fun!

  9. This books sounds so good! I would love the Wands Doll! I love the colors!

  10. AH! I WON!
    Is it obvious i've had this page open, laying in wait for the giveaway to end... ^^

    1. Ha! Congrats! I'm so excited for you :)

    2. LOL! You worked so HARD for it, to! I'm just so happy for you! Putting together your package now! Whoot!!!


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