Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Blitz: Excerpt and Giveaway for The Reluctant Sacrifice by Kerr-Ann Dempster

The Reluctant Sacrifice by Kerr-Ann Dempster 
Publication date: August 7th 2015 
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope…

If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith.

Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar.

Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind?

Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua’s love could do more than break her heart.

It could kill her.


Majestic wings slapped the air. With beaks pointed toward theground, the hawks plunged into the market. Shrieking, theshoppers covered their heads and ducked. But the hawks did notattack. With a burst of feathers, they transformed into naked,muscular men and women. Wings and tails billowed out likesmoke, and then formed hooded, feathered cloaks around theirbodies.

The crowd heaved a collective gasp. I did not. I could do nothingbut stare at Joshua Kaito. He stood twenty feet in front of me. Hairas black as soot spilled down to his chin, and sunlight bounced offthe crystal in the gold medallion at his throat. Shape­ shifting hadhardened his features, sharpening them in a way that made himbeautiful, but also terrifying to look at. A whirlwind of emotionswhipped through me.

Did his lips recall mine? “Please remember,” I whispered.

Joshua’s head swung to the left. I followed his gaze. My heartplunged when I saw Mom. She was hard to miss since she was theonly one moving. Making no effort at stealth, she shouldered herway toward the gate.

Joshua’s narrowed eyes clouded with doubt, but then blazed with purpose when Mom flipped him off. “Over there,” he hollered,pointing to Mom.

Mom bolted. Joshua dashed after her like a comet. His fellowhunters followed, jabbing elbows and knees into those who blockedtheir paths. Panic rolled through the crowd. Fear screamed at meto go with the tide of bodies to safety, but instincts—or stupidity—screamed at me to stay.

I planted my feet, but I was no match for the crowd. I crashed tothe ground, skinning my palms on the pavement. Using mybackpack as leverage, I pushed my body upright.

No sooner had I stood than a leg the size of a tree trunk struck mein the stomach. Pain ripped through my chest, threatening to splitmy heart in two. The ground tilted up to kiss my cheek. Shades ofgold danced beneath my eyelids. Then the world turned to black.

Kerr-Ann Dempster lives in Michigan where she is often found with her nose in a book, knee-deep in snow, and online fan-girling over fictional characters and fellow authors. She is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. After working in Visual Communications and as a Flight Attendant, Kerr-Ann decided that life was best spent being happy. With that in mind, she published her first novel, Beneath Scarlett Valley, in August 2014. She then published her second novel, The Reluctant Sacrifice, in August 2015.

To learn more about Kerr-Ann, connect with her on: Instagram (author.kerr), Twitter (@annk3rr), Facebook and Goodreads. If you live in Michigan, you may also find her in line at Moomers purchasing homemade ice cream.

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Richard Brandt said...

I like reading about alternate societies. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea Amy said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

karin said...

This book sounds amazing! thanks for the chance :)

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