Monday, November 11, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Rabbit and the Raven by Melissa Eskue Ousley

Today I am so excited to have Melissa Eskue Ousley back for the cover reveal of the second book in her Sign of the Throne series, The Rabbit and the Raven! We're also giving away an ARC of The Rabbit and the Raven and a paperback copy of Sign of the Throne! Check out the synopsis:

Adopted and raised by loving parents, David Corbin had no idea his life as he knew it was a lie. Then he met a girl. Abby Brown freed David from the spell keeping him from the truth, that he was the lost heir to the throne in a magical realm.

After escaping the clutches of the woman who kidnapped him, fleeing an army of blood-thirsty monsters, and winning Abby's heart, David returned to claim his crown as Solas Beir, king of Cai Terenmare. Even though he got the girl and gained a kingdom, David had no clue about the unfathomable power he would inherit, nor did he realize how much he would have to sacrifice to keep the throne.

Tynan Tierney, the man who ordered the assassination of David's father, has been freed from his wasteland prison by Lucia, the very woman who abducted David. Together, they plot to usurp the new king, once again gathering Tierney's dark disciples. If there is any hope of winning the war against his Kruorumbrae, the deadly Blood Shadows, David, Abby, and their friends will have to journey to the outer edges of the realm to secure the loyalty of the four Oracles.

Their quest leads them to new knowledge about the evil lord’s origins and the character of those who are loyal to him. Along the way, Abby makes her own discoveries as she uncoversher powerful abilities as a seer and learns that the lines between good and evil are sometimesblurred. Being seduced by darkness may be far easier than she ever imagined.


I really loved the cover of The Sign of the Throne, but I think I might like this cover even more. I love the green and how it just fits perfectly with the cover of book one!


What do you think of the cover?

Giveaway:

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Excerpt from The Rabbit and the Raven:

Out of the shadows of the labyrinth, a massive beast emerged. He was bigger than Calder had been, but while Calder had been a hairless, muscled brute, this feline creature was lean, muscled in a way that was beautiful and terrible at the same time. He had the look of a sophisticated and efficient killer—covered in thick, shiny fur with black-on-black stripes. He approached Abby with a menacing deliberateness, bearing long, primeval fangs. 
“Hello, Rabbit,” the creature said as he circled her slowly. “I’ve been waiting for you.” Abby could feel the beast’s hot breath on her skin. Don’t show fear, she thought, planting her feet in a fighting stance and drawing herself up to look taller, brawnier. Look him straight in the eye. If you’re going to die, at least have a little dignity about it. She stared into his eyes and spoke his name: “Tierney.” 
The creature stared back, eyeing Abby’s clenched jaw and defensive stance, and then he smiled apologetically. “Oh, I’m so sorry,” Tierney said. “I forget this face can be, shall we say, rather off-putting. Allow me to present a more pleasing visage.” His form changed, melting away like smoke, leaving black ashes lingering in the air. In the creature’s place stood a handsome young man with dark eyes—nothing like the beast he had just been.

Don’t be fooled by the illusion, Abby told herself. He’s the same monster he was before—it’s just a mask. She stood her ground, infusing her voice with authority. “On the contrary. You know that face is off-putting. That’s why you wore it.” 
To her surprise, Tierney started laughing—not a mean, condescending laugh, but one of genuine, unguarded amusement. It wasn’t quite the response Abby had expected.

“Well, now,” he chuckled, “you are a surprisingly perceptive one. Do you know why I’m here?” 
“I assume it’s to get to the Solas Beir by killing me,” Abby said. 
“Oh, come now, Rabbit, I’m hurt. I have absolutely no such plans. None at all,” Tierney replied. 
“I have trouble believing that—your reputation precedes you,” she said. 
“Well, dear Rabbit, a reputation is really quite subjective, don’t you think? And you must concede that your sources may be a bit biased when it comes to me.” He began circling her again, looking her up and down. “Actually, I’m here because I heard a very interesting story about you. And I must say, I think there’s more to you than I was originally led to believe. I heard that an ordinary human girl rescued the Lightbearer by killing a Blood Shadow—and not just any Blood Shadow, mind you, but one of the strongest among us. And I wondered to myself, an ordinary human girl? How can that be?”

Abby noticed that Tierney used the term “Lightbearer” rather than David’s formal title of Solas Beir. She didn’t think it was an accident. In fact, she was certain that Tynan Tierney never said or did anything that wasn’t calculated. “What is it you want, exactly?” she demanded, putting her hands on her hips. 
“Only to see if the story was true. I can see now that you’ve been underestimated. Clearly, you are no ordinary human girl. You are turning out to be much more interesting than I thought you would be, pretty little c’aislingaer,” he said. 
Abby glared at him. “Thanks, but you can’t fool me into falling for flattery.” 
Suddenly Tierney stepped close to Abby, his arms pulling her to him, his breath on her neck as he whispered in her ear. “No, indeed I cannot. For I have met many a fool, and you are not one.”

He was so warm, and his touch made her skin tingle, much to her chagrin. She fought to show no response, reminding herself to keep her guard up.

He continued, his lips almost grazing her skin as he talked. “What I want, Abigail, is to show you the truth—to help you see my side of the story so you can decide for yourself if my so-called reputation is deserved.” He pulled away suddenly, his head cocked to one side as if he had heard something.

Abby heard nothing. 
Tierney turned back, his dark eyes on her. “Your boyfriend is coming. Better not let him see you fraternizing with the enemy. Until we meet again, little Rabbit.” Taking her hand, he held it to his lips, kissing it with a disarming tenderness. Then he was gone—not in some magic puff of smoke, but simply not there anymore.

Abby heard the crack of a twig breaking as someone approached. Rather than feeling a sense of relief, she felt oddly guilty, like she had been caught in the act of doing something wrong. She had just survived what should have been a lethal encounter with a monster, but instead of being frightened of Tierney, she found herself attracted to him. And that terrified her.

About the Author:

Melissa Eskue Ousley lives in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she’s not writing, Melissa can be found hiking, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

Before she became a writer, she had a number of educational jobs, ranging from a summer spent scraping road kill off a molten desert highway, to years spent conducting research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona. Her interests in psychology, culture, and mythology have influenced her writing of The Solas Beir Trilogy.

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13 comments:

  1. I loved the cover and how it perfectly matches that of the previous book ^^

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win S2

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  2. I am liking these covers, they are mysterious and make you curious about that is going on inside :) Thank you for sharing with us.

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting me, Jesse! I appreciate it.

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  4. I wish you huge success with your book! (BTW, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest!)

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  5. The PNW is beautiful! Thanks Brenda, Denise, Ella, and Magicamagi for your kind thoughts.

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  6. CAN NOT WAIT!! Cover looks amazing!!! And the 2 covers work with each other too, if that makes sense. :D

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  7. Beautiful cover. Just like the first!

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  9. Sign of The Throne was fantastic!! I can't wait for The Rabbit and The Raven. Thank you SO much for this wonderful opportunity!

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