Friday, December 6, 2013

Mine to Tarnish - Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to day 3 of Christmahanakwanzika. Today, I have the honor of sharing an excerpt from YOU ARE MINE by Janeal Falor. Please don't forget to check out the giveaway down below.

I love music. It makes me move and feel. I often listen to it to refill my creative side after a long batch of writing. When I heard the song Brave by Sara Bareilles, it immediately captured the same feeling of strength the main characters in YOU ARE MINE and MINE TO TARNISH had to find within themselves. Now I listen to it when I need a boost working on other books in the series.
Do you have a favorite song you like to listen to when you need a pick me up?

Mine to Tarnish (Mine #0.5)
Janeal Falor
YA Paranormal Fantasy
Published December 2, 2013

Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run.

Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.

You Are Mine (Mine #1)
Janeal Falor
YA Paranormal Fantasy
Published May 6, 2013

Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.


“What's wrong?”

She's always been able to read me too well, but I've never said a word to her before about how I feel. Not one. I want to tell her. Tell someone. My thoughts go against the Woman's Canon, though. I can still feel Thomas's arms around my waist, his gaze raking across me, his fingers in my hair, his lips pressed against my cheek. I've barely spent any time with him, but he already owns me in a way worse than Father ever did. It pushes and tugs against something inside of me until it breaks.

“It's not right.” My voice is louder than I intend. I work to make it softer. “It doesn't feel right.”

Cynthia stops playing with my hair and looks at me in the mirror. “What do you mean?”

“All of it. Any of it. I'm not ready to be a wife, a mother. To be owned by a husband. Getting away from Father would be, well, you know how Father is, but how do I know Thomas will be better? What I really want is...” What do I really want? I don't know, but not this. Something different. Something that won't require me to constantly submit myself to another's will.

About the Author
Janeal Falor

Amazon best selling author Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it's time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family or drinking hot chocolate.

One (1) ecopy of YOU ARE MINE and one (1) ecopy of MINE TO TARNISH

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