8 May 2014

Excerpt of Soul by Claire Farrell + giveaway

Series: Chaos #1
Publication date: November 8, 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 306

Cara Kelly’s life is going nowhere when she’s lured to a faery festival. There she sees darkness and magic, madness and lust, and she comes out the other side with new eyes and an addiction to the fae.

When the faery who saved her life returns to her, Cara knows there’s something wrong. Two souls exist in one body, and both need her, but to help one, she’ll end the life of the other. At first, her mind is made up, but both souls know how to charm her.

As the days pass, it becomes clear that the faeries need a leader, and Cara finds herself sucked into a world where morals don’t exist. The truth of her past is hidden in the magic, but all Cara needs to do is survive the king’s coronation, then the fae will let her go forever.

But that’s not what she wants anymore, and it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between a king and a half-blooded solitary fae. Cara’s losing her way, and her heart, to the fae, but there’s still her life, and her humanity, left to lose.

He leaned in close, and my heart beat extra fast. “You could stay here as your reward. I would allow one wish if you helped me. But this isn’t a life, not for a human. You would hide here, avoiding death but never really living, not the way you want to, not the way you’re meant to.”
“I wouldn’t want to live for an eternity. What’s to live for?”

He rested a hand on my knee. “There’s a lot to live for, child of Ireland. You should know that better than I, you with the miniscule lifespan. But you don’t, or it wouldn’t have been you who witnessed that night. So why does the light keep dying in your eyes?”
His question threw me so much that a sob caught in my throat. I wasn’t unhappy; I was disinterested. In everything, until Drake. I had woken up that night, every emotion inside me had been awakened, and it had all been because of the fae. My world had come to life.
“It doesn’t,” I lied.
Zoe had once drunkenly told me to get away from her because it hurt too much to look at me. People thought of me as miserable and cold. I blocked off my emotions, brick by brick, so it always surprised me when anyone saw past the wall and into the hollow that should have been my heart.
He touched my cheek and made me look at him. “Doesn’t it?”
I knew I was being entranced. I stared into his green eyes and felt his magic surround me until there was nothing else in the world. And there wasn’t, not in that place. I could stay and wait and avoid my world, if I wished, and suddenly, that didn’t seem so bad anymore. He could be kind to me, but one day soon, he would grow tired, and I would be forgotten. I wasn’t sure if I would care, but when he touched me, the longing for fae eased just a little.
He leaned in to steal a kiss, and I knew I was going to let him.
“Why would a king want to kiss a girl?” I asked as his lips brushed against mine.
“The king likes to taste the world,” he replied, holding my gaze. “He doesn’t want to keep the girl.”

I wished for purple but let myself get lost in green, allowing his eyes to swallow me. I let the king taste what he didn’t want to keep because I felt something. Maybe it wasn’t real, but imaginary bliss was far better than none at all.

This giveaway is a bit different from the rest, there will be 3 winners: 1 will receive a complete series of their choice (ebooks) by Claire Farrell and the 2 others will receive a single ebook of their choice by Clare Farrell. All you have to do is write which series/books you want from Claire Farrell (and maybe include a little note as to why you want that series/books) along with your email address in a comment. 

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