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For today’s author feature, Erica Crouch has given us an excerpt from her novella, Entice. This is part of the Ignite series. There’s also a GIVEAWAY below~ Make sure to also check out Always Lost in Books for an author feature with Lea Nolan!
I’m trapped in a sea of screams. The cries of war swell and break like turbulent waves, pulling back for a breath before raging forward again to knock me off my feet and drown me under the noise. Voices claw desperately, a greedy symphony of agony that comes from every direction and I can’t separate out one wail from another. They all merge into one horrifying howl so loud I’m surprised my eardrums haven’t begun to bleed.
Maybe they have; there’s blood everywhere, who’s to say some of it isn’t mine?
I swing out with my dagger and cut an angel across her cheek. She retaliates, quickly loading a small golden slingshot with molten rocks. Her thin fingers wrap around the weapon and she draws it back, her muscles tense. I spot her mistake before she does and when she lets the sling go, the rocks soar past me, striking one of her comrades. A slight miscalculation, and I live. The angel she struck, however, is not so lucky. His wings catch on fire, and the demon he was locked in battle with uses the distraction to deliver the final blow.
Her eyes grow wide with horror. A scream begins to bloom on her lips but I pluck away her voice before it flowers, plunging my dagger deep into her chest. She falls to the ground and I turn away from her just in time to see another angel charging me with a long spear that is dripping in already spilled blood. His eyes are feral and dark, and I duck just before the spear skewers me, sending him toppling to the ground.
Sprawled on his back, the tanned angel looks up at me and we lock eyes. Faintly, in the deep recesses of my mind, I recognize him. I know you. And he knows me—but it didn’t stop him from trying to kill me.
I try not to think about what I’m doing, who I’m killing. Burying the thoughts under the screams and making them incoherent is easier than acknowledging the lives I take. I scramble forward and put my boot on his chest, pinning him down to slit his throat.
I add two more tallies in my mind to document their deaths. Five thousand, twenty-four.
Erica Crouch is a 21-year-old living on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in English & Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. She is the cofounder and head of editorial services at Patchwork Press. Her debut novel,Ignite, was published June 2013. The e-novella sequel, Entice, is due November 2013, and the last book in the series is expected Spring of 2014. Along with the YA series Ignite, she is working on publishing a New Adult series, titled the Undying series, with the first installment, Cut, due Winter of 2013. When Erica isn’t writing, she’s reading an overwhelming stack of books, watching an obscene amount of Netflix, and procrastinating.
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Erica Crouch is giving away 3 ebook sets of Ignite and Entice. This giveaway is open to everyone, even non-participants of the read-a-thon.
I’ve finished Ten Things We Did last night but I was so sleepy to read another book.
I knew I said I would read Ghost Girl: Lovesick next but I realized Lovesick is the third book to the Ghost Girl series and I haven’t read the first book so I decided to read Beastly by Alex Flinn instead.
There’s already a film adaptation of the book and I have seen it (but I didn’t really pay attention to the movie LOL) but i haven’t read the book so I thought this is a great opportunity to finally get to reading it.
Ten Things We Did was a fun read and I really love it. Please look forward to my review of the book soon~
As for Beastly, well, I expect it to be great too. I hope it doesn’t disappoint me.
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