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The Alchemists Academy Book 1: Stones to Ashes by Kailin Gow

What do you learn here…at the Academy? Wirt asks. Magic? The responsibility to use your powers responsibly? Uh…something like that, his roommate Spencer said. More like how to rule worlds. Wirt, is used to being shuffled from foster home to foster home, adopting a devil-may-care attitude toward the world along the way. Now he s in a school he can t escape, learning to develop his latent magical abilities, for what use, he doesn’t know…to save his world or to destroy it…


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Excerpt from Stones to Ashes

Wirt screwed his eyes shut, wishing fervently that he was somewhere, anywhere else. Right now, being back with Joan and Peter was looking an awful lot more appetizing. First, though, he had to find some way to get out of here…

Wirt doubled up as his stomach suddenly cramped. For a moment, he though he had been hit, but that hypothesis went by the wayside as the feeling spread to every muscle in his body at once. As far as Wirt knew, and thanks to some of his earlier misadventures he did know, not even three people could manage to hit you everywhere simultaneously. Wirt forced his eyes open, and then quickly shut them again, because the golden radiance surrounding him was simply too bright to look though. Around him, the gasps of the three bullies were clearly audible.

“He’s glowing, Rich. Why is he glowing?”

“How should I know? Look, just grab him.”

“You grab him. He could be radioactive or something, the way he’s glowing.”

“Oh, so it’s all right for me to grab radiation boy, is it?”

The sounds of a scuffle came to Wirt, but they were quickly replaced by silence. He didn’t really care, because by now the unpleasant sensation running through his body had reached unbearable levels, feeling as though every scrap of him were being pulled in a different direction.

As suddenly as it had come, the sensation passed. Wirt had to concentrate just to breathe, and he stood like that for long seconds. He didn’t dare open his eyes, at least until it occurred to him that the three older boys might still be there waiting to hit him. That made his eyes snap open so quickly that for a second he couldn’t make sense of anything around him. When he did, Wirt took a step back, and that itself was surprising enough, given that there should have been a chain link fence in the way. Instead, he was standing in the middle of a field, with no sign of any fences anywhere in sight.
 
 


The Alchemists Academy Book 2: Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow

A new student has entered The Alchemists Academy, and he brings with him an explosive power that threatens the Academy and the legend of Merlin. Wirt thought he was the only bad boy at the Academy, but he was wrong. Not only is Roland Black worse than Wirt, but a new teacher had replaced one of their beloved teachers, and she has more planned for Wirt and his friends than just lesson plans. Alana, his crush has grown prettier, and now he is rivals for her attention with not only his best friend Spencer, but newcomer Roland, as well. On top of that, it is their second year, and the year where all the students must pass a test to move on to the Elite Class at the Academy. The Elite Class is the only class in the third year at the Academy, and the students who fail will be sent home, others will face something even deadlier.

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Excerpt from Elemental Explosions


The moment didn’t last long, and Wirt opened his gift in a shower of wrapping paper. His parents looked on, those same smiles present on their faces. He looked down into the box, only to see that it was empty. Or not quite empty. Inside was a square of paper, on which careful handwriting stood out clearly. Wirt picked it up and read the words “Merry Christmas, beloved son. You cannot see, taste, or smell your gift, but you will know it when you feel it.”

“What?” Wirt asked. “I don’t understand. Is this some sort of riddle?”

His dream mother and father didn’t say anything. They just smiled and stared at the box in a way that suggested that Wirt was missing something. Not knowing what else to do, Wirt reached down into it, searching it by feel in case there was something at the bottom that he might not have noticed.

There was. Wirt yelped as something closed around his wrist, and tried to yank his arm back. It didn’t move, and as Wirt looked down, he saw dark fingers clasped on his arm. They weren’t just dark-skinned; they were absolutely black, as though carved from onyx or jet. They were as implacable as stone too, refusing to relinquish their grip as Wirt tried to jerk away.

“Help me,” he said to his parents, but they just shook their heads sadly, staring in that way parents had that told you that whatever was happening was for your own good.

The arm pulled at Wirt, and it pulled with far more strength than Wirt had ever experienced. He tried his best to brace himself against it, but slowly, inexorably, the hand drew him towards the box. That swirled with darkness now, and Wirt got the feeling that it was suddenly far deeper than it had been a moment ago.

He found out as the hand dragged him in, though how he fit into the box, Wirt wasn’t sure. He only knew that he fell. Only after a second or two, he wasn’t falling. He was walking along a tunnel instead. The walls were of natural earth, while huge tree roots showed up at intervals like roof beams and standing stones lined the walls, marks on them seeming to tell a story that Wirt could not understand.






Author Kailin Gow

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women’s Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.



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Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop – Win Venom by Fiona Paul!

Welcome to my Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop,  hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and  co-hosted by Maryann from Chapter by Chapter.  This hop runs from December 4 – December 10, and you can win lots of new reads.   Click here for a complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

I am giving away an ARC of VENOM by Fiona Paul!

  

About the book:

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?
Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

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Naughty & Nice Blog Hop! Win Awesome Reads from Romance at Random!

Romance at Random is hosting a blog hop starting October 22!  You can win some awesome prizes just for visiting a few blogs.  Look at all of the cool stuff you can win!

 

Prizes – R@R is giving away (must be 18 or older to participate):

·  15 Net Galley Preview copy winners of Naughty & Nice +

·  5 ABOUT LAST NIGHT paper giveaways (US only) +

·  Grand Prize of $15 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice!!

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Diamond Jubilee Celebration Hop at Romance at Random!

To celebrate the release of Ruthie Knox’s About Last Night (see my review here), Romance at Random is hosting the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Hop from May 21 through May 31.   Check out all of the details here.

They will be giving away some of their jewels of romance, including:

1 winner, 1 copy – Born To Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann

1 winner, 1 copy – The Proposal by Mary Balogh

1 winner, 1 copy – Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian

3 winners, 1 copy of WITCHFUL THINKING by HP Mallory

10 winners, 1 copy of a PREVIEW from Net Galley of ABOUT LAST NIGHT by Ruthie Knox

10 winners, 1 copy of PREVIEW from Net Galley of DEEP AUTUMN HEAT by Elisabeth Barrett

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Love In Bloom Giveaway Hop–Win When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle!

Welcome to my Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Portrait of a Book.  This hop runs from May 18th to 23rd, and you can win lots of new reads.  This hop is for romances, so cuddle up with your sweetie and get ready to enter for your chance to win a ton of contemporary love stories!  Click here for a complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

I am giving away a finished copy of When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle.  This is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, one of the most enduring romances ever told. Only this is narrated from the point of view of Rosaline, Romeo’s spurned lover.  I couldn’t put the book down, and now I want to share the book with one of you.  It’s about finding yourself, hope, and new beginnings, so enter for your chance to win!

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Follower Love Giveaway Hop–Win Don’t Breathe a Word (Signed!) and Swag!

 

Here’s a chance to win free books!   I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Rachael Renee Anderson are hosting the Follower Love Giveaway Hop.  The giveaway is February 7 – 14th.   There will be a ton of chances for you to win some new reading material.  Just hop on over to I am a Reader, Not a Writer to see the other giveaways!  Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

I am giving away a SIGNED ARC of Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala.  Did I mention that there is swag, too?  There are some bookmarks and some promo sheets, too!  You know you want to win!

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Follow Friday – August 26th Edition

If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow them to show off more new blogs!  Click here and here for this week’s hops.

This week’s question:

Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

Shape-shifters!  I don’t know if it would a good thing for a bunch of magically transforming beings to suddenly start popping up around the planet, though.  It would probably be ok if there were were-deer or were-giraffes, but let’s be honest here: Nobody would want to transform into a wimpy herbivore.  Everyone would want to shift into something cool, like lions, tigers, or bears.  Maybe even an uber-cool dragon here and there.  That would leave the rest of us normal people running for cover! 

What about you?  Leave a comment and share which paranormal you wish was real.