Monday, September 9, 2013

Author Spotlight - Allyson Gottlieb: 9/9/13 Cover, Blurb, Excerpt & Giveaway

This is my very first post in the PTB's AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT SERIES. It will be a week long event highlighting authors and their book(s). Usually, I will spotlight newly published or authors in process, but not always. I've got to give some love to my other Indie authors too!

I super excited because this week is jam-packed! I've got an excerpt, author interview and Top 10(ish) list, a book trailer, cast photos and playlists! And best of all...a giveaway! I know you all love giveaways, right?! Well, I do anyway!

So let's get started...

Allyson is the author of the DARKEST LEGACY SERIES. But we'll get to Allyson tomorrow. Today is all about the books!

DARKEST LEGACY is the first book of the series. It's out now and avaiable on Amazon. (You can get it >>>HERE). Book two, DARKEST SHADOWS, is in beta reading right now. Hopefully we'll get something by mid-December...but no promises!


Cover & Book Summary:
A fast-paced, high-stakes novella

Everyone has secrets they'd prefer stayed buried.  But information wants to be free... and so does Tamara Kingsley's ex-lover, incarcerated on the maximum-security prison planet, Alpha.

Tamara has done things she's not proud of, but that was years ago.  

Now the headmistress of the Silvermist School of Magic for Girls, she has an honest life, one that makes her happy.  For the last twenty years she's fought like hell to keep it that way, and she thought she'd succeeded.

She's about to find out just how wrong she was to think her past was dead and gone.

I love this cover! It's so beautiful and intriguing! 

I know, I know! Sometimes the blurb or summary on the back of the book just isn't enough. Well...I have some great news for you! I've got a little sneak peak of DARKEST LEGACY just for YOU! That's right! This came hand-picked direct from Allyson! Enjoy!

"I had a meeting with Mrs. Mikaelson earlier," he said offhandedly, and Tamara froze, the cup against her mouth.
Mrs. Mikaelson was Ravenwood’s guidance counselor, though no one ever went to see her unless they were called in. Around this time of year, she started calling in the third-year students to talk about their plans for life after graduation.
It was something Tamara tried very hard not to think about, that Valentine was graduating this year. She couldn’t imagine her life at Ravenwood without him anymore, though she never would have dreamed of saying something like that to him.
“Oh really?” She tried to sound casual. “What did she say?”
“Gave me the usual spiel about my options. Nothing I didn’t already know.” He scoffed. “It’s kind of ridiculous that they expect me to be able to figure out exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life after talking to her once.”
“Well, have you given it any thought? Outside of talking to Mrs. Mikaelson?” Putting aside her own feelings on him leaving Ravenwood, Tamara realized she wasn’t quite sure what she imagined Valentine doing as a career. He was the kind of person who was good at virtually everything he tried. “You’re so good at fighting… You could join the army.”
“For which planet?” He scoffed, turning away. “I don’t have anywhere to go after I leave here. Ravenwood’s the closest thing I’ve had to a real home in a long time.”
Tamara pursed her lips. A few months ago, he’d finally told her about his past, and she’d been shocked to hear that all the rumors were true, even the part about the headmaster finding him on a street corner. He’d had a miserable childhood, which made it all the more incredible that he had become such an amazing and talented person.
“Then maybe you could teach,” she offered. “You’ve done such a great job with me… and you like it, don’t you? I think you’d be a wonderful teacher.”
“Maybe,” he said, not sounding fully convinced. “I just… I don’t know how to explain it, but I feel like me being able to come here, to Ravenwood, was this amazing opportunity, and I shouldn’t waste it doing something menial with my life. I don’t want to be just another person out of billions in the dimension. I want to do something that’s going to have an impact.”
“Wow.” She’d never heard him talk like this before, but at the same time, she could believe it. She sometimes thought Valentine shone so brightly he didn’t belong in this world. Of course he would have more lofty ambitions for himself. “I can see that. I can definitely see that.”
He chuckled. “If only Mrs. Mikaelson had that kind of faith in me.”
“Well, she just doesn’t know you,” Tamara insisted, shifting on the bench so she could look him in the eye. “And how could she when she has so many students to look after? Don’t listen to her. I think you could do anything you put your mind to.”
Valentine smiled. “You’re too kind, Tamara.” He sighed. “But… I mean, look at how I grew up. There are so many problems with society, all over the dimension. Don’t you ever see bad things and wish more than anything you could do something about them? Don’t you ever think, ‘If I tore everything down and started from scratch, I could do so much better’?”
“The world isn’t a great place,” she allowed, “and I’ve definitely wished I could change it. But that’s the difference between you and me, because I’d never be able to actually do something about it.”
He tilted his head to one side, staring at her from an angle. “Don’t underestimate yourself, Tamara. You have some of the qualities of a great leader. You could do great things too, if you weren’t so scared of what you’re capable of.”
Tamara bit her lip to keep from laughing. “Are you kidding? Me, a leader? If I was in charge of anything, I’d just mess it up.”
“And there you go again. Sometimes I think confidence is your fatal flaw.”
She opened her mouth, but he cut her off. “But fine,” he continued, the look in his eyes suddenly serious, “if you don’t want to change the world on your own, then what about with a partner?” Her breath caught. “You and me… I think we could make a great team. We already do.”
Tamara looked away, embarrassed. “I’ve still got one more year of school left…”
Valentine reached out and took her chin in his hand, directing her gaze back to him and making it impossible to look anywhere else. “I’m not going to forget about you just because I’m graduating,” he said slowly, as if he could read her mind.
She squirmed, and when he finally let go, he laughed and added, “Some day, I’ll make you understand just how special you are, Tamara Kingsley.”

That was a great excerpt! One of my favorite parts! I bet you can't wait to read it now huh?! That all I have for now. I'll post my review of DARKEST LEGACY in another post today.

I can't believe I almost forgot the

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along with both e-books of 
(Books 1 & 2 of the Talented Saga) 
by Sophie Davis!

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This giveaway will last until Friday 9/13/13 at 11:59 p.m. You can tweet every day to earn extra entries. You can find this giveaway on this blog, in selected posts (pertaining to this Spotlight Series on Allyson Gottlieb) and on PTB's Facebook Page. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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