Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Hidden by Amy McKinley ~ Presented by Christine

Please welcome Amy McKinley author of Hidden.

Prizes for the tour are as follows:

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
One randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

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Hidden

by Amy McKinley

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

Cursed since birth, hunted by gods, and desperate for love—Jade never stood a chance.

Half-demon, half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her.

Roen, a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who is connected to her destruction?

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EXCERPT:

Jade froze, her paintbrush hanging mid-air above her palette. An eerie, surreal frame was cast as light streamed diagonally through the bay window.

Whispers seduced and coerced.

She scanned the entire painting. The buildings cast long, ominous shadows, stalking the pedestrians as they made their way to and fro, huddled against the misery of the evening. A man lay sprawled, his lifeblood staining the sidewalk crimson. Half in a deserted alley, he was yet to be discovered. This was the detail Jade concentrated on. She blended a burnt red and used careful brush strokes to complete the scene as the portrait fell prey to the darkness that burned inside her.

Without meaning to, her gaze was once again drawn to the slain man. She reached up and touched the blood seeping from his body, coming away wet. Bringing her hand to her nose she closed her eyes and inhaled.

Instead of the cloying scent of her oils, she inhaled the coppery smell of blood.

Stunned, her mouth parted on a silent scream. No! Darkness bubbled to the surface, invading her senses with a roar. Unable to fight the invasion, her heart beat an increasing crescendo. Part of her didn’t want to struggle, not with the temptation of death on her hand.

Deep inside, a macabre shadow stretched. Hungry for more, its long arms clawed for purchase with each breath. Changing her, as part of her argued for the better. The other part—the one that gloried in her fire-kissed hair and shimmering eyes—cried against this crime and screamed for redemption.

She crouched to welcome the demonic strength as the parasitic monster grew inside her. Evolving into a fierce predator, she was able to taste, weigh, and measure the souls who sifted through her fingers.

Still, she fought for space in her own body. For control.

But with the scent of blood, of death, of prey—she was losing fast. It’s happening. Unshed tears burned her eyes. Finally. The curse of the three Fates had begun. With her.

Slowly Jade stood and bit down on her lip and welcomed the pain. The distraction would help fight the transformation. Dipping the brush into the Caribbean blue, she swirled then began to paint a shimmering cove. The vision soothed the beast that lurked just beneath, but it was temporary, and Jade knew its evil would soon rebel. The Fates’ curse would change her over time, unleashing an unstoppable power within her, annihilating the gods who created her and anyone who got in her path.

Including her family.

Dropping the blue-tipped brush, Jade’s back snapped straight and her mouth opened on silent scream. Succumbing to a surge of menace, she lost control. Every cell stretched to accommodate the new presence. Shivering from the effects of her altered state, she briefly shut her eyes, adjusting. When she opened them, her painting was before her, and she viewed the scene anew. Cocking her head, she closely observed a woman who tightly clutched her rain slicker about her body.

This one will not make it home tonight.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. Her debut novel, Hidden is the first in the Five Fates Series.

Connect with Amy

http://www.amymckinley.com

Twitter: Amy McKinley@amymckinley7

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amymckinleyauthor

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/amymckinley7

WordPress https://amymckinleyauthor.wordpress.com

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Prizes for the tour are as follows:

  • One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
  • One randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1230

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19 comments on “Hidden by Amy McKinley ~ Presented by Christine

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 11, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Amy McKinley
    November 11, 2015

    Thank you so much for hosting, Christine! I’m happy to answer any questions and good luck on the drawing 🙂

  3. Mai Tran
    November 11, 2015

    What is your most bizarre talent?

    • Amy McKinley
      November 11, 2015

      Hi Mai 🙂 Most bizarre? Hmm…I’m pretty average. Mom, wife, crazy cat owner, hoarder of as much time as possible to write during teen chaos. I guess I’d have to say I’m flexible (and I know my teens would not agree if they thought it would be with rules, bwahaha). I was a gymnast when I was younger (yep, much younger!) and could bend in half.

  4. MB
    November 11, 2015

    Do any of your characters reflect traits of people in your life?

  5. MB
    November 11, 2015

    Do any of your characters reflect people in your life?

    • Amy McKinley
      November 11, 2015

      Hi MB! The characters in my book are all made up, but they do happen to have a trait or two of people I know. Jade’s occasional hair twirling trait and fear of spiders is something I have or do. Our house is also split down the middle by what I call “team kill and no kill” for spiders. I have a go to teen when there is a spider present 🙂 She’s not on the same team as me though, annoying! 🙂 I also know many artists that are friends and family members and draw from aspects of their craft.

  6. achristay
    November 11, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • Amy McKinley
      November 11, 2015

      Thank you, Christine! I appreciate you hosting me 🙂 This is my first tour, in addition to my cover reveal, and I’m very excited.

  7. Trix
    November 11, 2015

    Very evocative excerpt!

  8. Amy McKinley
    November 11, 2015

    Thank you, Trix! Good luck in the drawing 🙂

  9. Rita Wray
    November 11, 2015

    Sounds great.

    • Amy McKinley
      November 11, 2015

      Thanks, Rita 🙂 I hope you enjoy Jade’s story and good luck in the giveaway.

  10. Victoria
    November 11, 2015

    Really great excerpt, I’m looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Amy McKinley
    November 11, 2015

    Thank you, Victoria! I hope you enjoy Jade’s story and good luck with the drawing 🙂

  12. karenh43
    November 21, 2015

    Love the cover of your book. Not my usual reading genre, but I do like the sound of this story.

    • Amy McKinley
      November 21, 2015

      Thanks, Karen. I love the cover too and was thrilled when I first saw it. I’m very excited to see what Layla’s looks like too. If you do check out Jade’s story I hope you enjoy it. Good luck in the drawing!

  13. nikolina84
    November 22, 2015

    Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

    • Amy McKinley
      November 22, 2015

      Thank you, Nikolina! I appreciate you stopping by and good luck in the drawing 🙂

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