Thunderlight Blog Tour: Teasers, Excerpts, Interview, Review, and Giveaway

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Thunderlight Blog Tour: Teasers, Excerpts, Interview, Review, and Giveaway

I received this book for free from the PR company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Thunderlight Blog Tour: Teasers, Excerpts, Interview, Review, and GiveawayThunderlight by adrienne woods
Series: Dragonian Series #2
Published by AmazonEncore on November 25, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Friendship
Pages: 434
Format: eARC
Source: the PR company
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Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

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 Review:

“Thunderlight” is the second book in “The Dragonian Series.” The covers in this series are gorgeous. Summer break is over and Elena Watkins must return back to the Dragonia Academy. Elena is struggling with the death of Brian. There is still many secrets that are to be told in the world of Paegeia. Elena has to deal with the troubles of the academy and her personal life. I found that this story has ton of action and plot twists. I do believe that the author is in this business to torture her readers because it seems like she just wants to drag your emotions through the mud. The biggest question is what it Elena?

I can’t say that I am completely impressed with this book. I think that it has a lot of action, so it keeps the reader entertained and engrossed into the novel but I can’t say that in any normal circumstances that this would be a novel that I would grab off of the bookshelf. The story captured my attention but it didn’t capture my job. Woods does a great job developing her characters and of course she brings new characters into her story. I did enjoy getting to the know characters, so it will be interesting to see what happens next to them.

 

Excerpt One

SUMMER WAS ALMOST over but everyone’s spirits were high as Sammy searched for something

in her room. I had recently arrived at the Leaf’s after spending the first weeks of my vacation with

Becky. Sammy was in rare form this evening as she bounced off the walls of the room with barely

contained excitement.

Elena, cheer up! We’re going to the Warbel games and I know it sucks that Lucian won’t be there, but

I promise, you’re going to enjoy it, okay.” Sammy spoke fast as I moved out of the way of one of her

shirts as it sailed toward me.

“Sammy, it’s not like I’m trying to be like this, I just really miss him …” my lips puffed out a breath.

“Tell me again why the Warbel games are so mind-blowing.” I tried to change the subject away from

Lucian. He was still away on a hunting trip with his father and the girls had decided the best way to

brighten my mood was a sport that basically sounded like Greek warfare. I still had no clue what the

Warbel games were about even after Sammy tried to explain it to me as she searched for the jersey

of her favorite team. It sounded exciting as words like soldiers, attackers and scorers made it into her

lengthy explanation.

“Because it’s the Warbel games,” she simply said.

The only thing I retained was that Warbel was some sort of dragon and human sport that they loved

to play on this side of the wall. She also said that Dragonia had a similar game at the beginning of each

school year, but it wasn’t as dangerous as the real one. I became even more confused when she started

talking about raiders and incantations and couldn’t figure out how all of it came together.

Guess I’ll have to see it before I can really understand what it’s all about.

“The one thing you need to understand is that the game we are going to tonight is really dangerous,”

she added as she continued to tear apart her closet, “and that the humans who participate are extremely

well developed magic wielders, for their own safety as much as winning the game.”

Okay, awesome. I thought sarcastically as I still had no clue what the Warbel games were about.

Sir Robert had gotten five tickets for all of us from a friend who couldn’t make tonight’s game.

Lucille, Becky’s mom, had also gotten tickets for her, Becky and George, so we were all going to the

game together.

I had spent the first three weeks of my vacation with Becky and Lucille. Lucille was not a typical

mother, but was the most selfless person I’d ever met. She also seemed way too young to be Becky’s

mom and looked more like Becky’s older sister. She hated it when I called her Mam or Mrs. Johnson,

and insisted that I called her by her first name. She was a lot like Becky in a sense, they shared the

same type of fashion choices and clever comments, but she also had a love of art, which Becky didn’t

have. That part connected with me one hundred percent.

Becky and her mother lived in the totally opposite neighborhood of the Leafs, and they had more

money than I could even dream of. I guessed it was why Becky was a bit of a brat. Staying with them

made me realize what type of a person she could be sometimes. Having all that money made Becky

bossy and turned her into someone I never thought I would be friends with. But the thought of not

having her around to give me her two cent comments, especially when I didn’t ask for them, was

unthinkable. She was also one of the bravest and fiercest girls I knew and the best friend, apart from

Sammy, a girl could ask for.

 

Bonus Excerpt

ANGER, BETRAYAL, AND HATE turned my stomach to acid. It consumed my mind and I watched

as bottles, papers and books on the desk flew off and crashed to the floor.

A maid rushed to my side. She didn’t say anything, but her eyes reflected fear in their watery depths.

The dustpan in her hand trembled as she started to sweep up the jagged shards of glass. Rising, she

began to straighten the books that had fallen to the floor in a heap. Every few seconds her eyes darted

nervously in my direction as if a mere breath would make me lash out at her with my outstretched

hand.

I touched her face gently until my hand reached her neck, tightening slowly as my anger began to

rise once again. My grip tightened around her soft, shapely neck as I lifted her up from her position at

my feet until her face was level with mine. Listening carefully I heard her heart fluttering like a bird

trapped inside a cage.

“How did I become this way?” I spoke, giving voice to my reality softly.

She just stared at me with round, brown unblinking eyes. Her eyes were sunken deep into the surface

of her face and her cheek bones were sharply defined.

Looking at her sullen face made me feel worse. I lifted up my other hand and struck the woman hard

across her cheek.

A cry left her mouth and I threw her from me as if she weighed nothing. She skidded across the floor

landing in a heap against a wall of cold, unforgiving stone. If I was a dragon I would blast fire, reduce

this wretched place to a pile of insignificant ashes.

Two other maids, hearing the startled cry, rushed into the room. Their eyes were wide as they took

in the room and the immobile heap near the far wall. “Sorry, m’lord,” the older one said, her voice

slightly trembling. “She’s new, we will train her better.”

They picked up the maid who had come to and was sobbing. She clutched the side of her face,

covering the huge, red handprint where I’d struck her.

I nodded. The old maid knew her place well, although I still didn’t care for her name, she knew where

she stood.

I plunged myself down onto the chair and closed my eyes. A silent roar growled inside of me lighting

a fire of rage deep in my core.

The girl had made it.

The Rubicon saved her life, so a part of him was still fighting me. I could still see her eyes searching

mine. They bore into my soul, seeking answers. How was this possible! The wall wouldn’t allow any

human to go to the other side.

Albert’s laughter echoed inside the castle; a startling reminder that good would always win. He would

pay dearly for this. I would find a way, and I promised myself she wouldn’t live much longer.

I pushed myself up from the chair and rubbed my face hard. The emotion of my anger escaped my

lips making a sickening sound. Rage that emanated from deep within me overpowered the haunting

laughter and echoed throughout the entire castle.

“Master,” Cain’s voice interrupted my thoughts.

“Speak, my loyal servant,” I said out loud. “What is the news?”

“Everything is in place. We won’t fail you,” his voice said in my head.

I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and let it out hard. “We’ll see.”

 

Interview:

1.Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, there is. A couple to be exact. Imagination can make a huge difference in your life, don’t

ever be afraid to imagine places like Paegeia. Friendship, the true kind is very important and

cherish it with all your life because if it’s gone, it’s gone, and that no matter how bad a situation

is, somehow it will work out the way it’s supposed to, there is always some light at the end of a

dark tunnel.

2.What books have most influenced your life most?

So many. I don’t think I can name them up all together. I loved soppy stories but read only one,

once a year as I don’t do well with them. Love fantasy, so you can imagine what a huge Harry

Potter, Dragons of Pern, and Narnia fan I am. I tried Jane Austin once, and the only book I really

enjoyed was Jane Eyre. The rest were just crazy with words I didn’t understand that I ended up

putting them down. Hahahahaha

3.Do you enjoy writing female characters or male characters the most?

I love female, but I’m starting to write in male POV too. It’s a bit difficult as you have to grasp

the opposite sex in order to know how they think and they are sometimes more complicated

than us ladies, believe me. So I hope I’m doing my male POV’s justice.

 4.Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes, a lot. My first language isn’t English, so you can just imagine how many editors I have, but

it hasn’t stopped me.

5.What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Killing off my babies, as they are after all just like your own children, be open minded to change

where change should, other than that, I don’t get writers block or anything. I’m truly blessed

with that. I have also learned something the hard way too, that first drafts are most of the

times the best draft and should never be changed too drastically.

Thank you so much for having me, if any of you have more questions for me, please leave one

in the comments. I’ll try my best to answer them all.

Kind wishes,

Adrienne Woods

 

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About adrienne woods

Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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