Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale ~ Guest Post & Giveaway

Guest Post Topic: Favorite MORTAL ENCHANTMENT Moments
By Stacey O'Neale

I love the entire MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series, but I have to admit my favorite scenes are the ones with Rowan and Kalin. Seriously, I could write a novel with just the banter between them—it never gets old for me. So, I've picked two of my favorite moments and I'll tell you why they stand out for me.
“You’re not safe here. The elemental who attacked you wasn't the only one they sent. There could be others.”
“This is insane!” Pulling back on my arm, I forced him to stop. “I’m not taking another step until you tell me who you are and what’s going on.”
“Look, this wasn't the way it was supposed to go down. I was supposed to be done, and now—” He cut himself off, emitting a low growl. “Trust me, this isn't going to make the highlight reel for me either.”
His answer only confused me more. “You were done with what? You're not making any sense.”
“You, I meant,” he snarled. “You and your…situation.”
“Wow, and up until now, I thought you were part of the welcoming party.” My situation? What was this guy’s damage? He didn’t even know me. And who said I invited him to be part of my situation anyway?
I love this for so many reasons. One, because Kalin doesn't just go blindly with him. She stands her ground which is one of the many reasons I love her. Two, this is classic Rowan. Always trying to do the right thing even when he knows it's not the best move for him. The selfless hero.
He pressed the blade of his sword into the ground. As he pulled his arm over his head for a stretch, a bead of sweat trickled down his neck and over a row of muscles on his stomach. I swallowed hard. The window’s edge dug into my skin but I refused to move an inch. The tiny droplet disappeared into the waistband of his shorts. I had seen plenty of guys in gym class with their shirts off, but none of them looked like…that. He was physical perfection—a living work of art. I sat on my knees with my chin relaxed on my crossed arms, unable to look away.
“Enjoying the view?” he said, eyes suddenly on me. His chiseled face wore an overly confident grin. Clearly, he was used to being admired.
My cheeks burned.
I stood, pretending to check out the scenery. “Not much to see.”
He raised an eyebrow, letting me know that he knew I was full of crap. 
Who can really blame Kalin for staring at him. I mean, hello? Rowan is all kinds of yummy, but I love that Kalin refuses to acknowledge it. This tension between them is so much fun to write. I have to admit, many of these scenes had me cracking up.

Thanks for reading my excerpts and hanging out for a few minutes. If you have a favorite quote from THE SHADOW PRINCE or MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, I'd love hear it. J   

Book Blurb
“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” 
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past. 

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing. 

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize. 

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

Available Exclusively at Amazon eBook for $2.99 and Paperback for $8.99

Before you read MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, make sure you check out the FREE prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE!
Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
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Author Bio
Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.


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  1. I would control water because I would make the oceans clean, and I would control the water so nobody or anything had to worry about flooding.

  2. I'll go with Air - I could use it to breathe underwater, for one thing! :) Maybe use it to be able to fly too :)

  3. That is a tough one but I would have to say earth or water! Really any of them would be awesome! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  4. I would have to say earth to control the growth of food so this way we will have to never go hungry.

  5. I love these covers. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sigh... I have the Novella, and I really need to start it! Thanks for sharing Valerie!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace