In this holiday season it's wonderful to discover new books to gift to others! Boone Brux is here today talking about her favorite gift as well as giving us a glimpse into her latest release, Kiss of the Betrayer, which you're going to die for once you read the blurb. You can also win a copy of the book by telling us what your favorite gift is. So keep reading to get into the holiday spirit.....
I’m so excited to be here at the Scarf Princess. The holidays mean gift giving, so I thought I’d write about the best gift I ever received. There’s been many magnificent presents given to me by my friends, family, and fans, but one meant more to me than all the others.
My mother sent a set of bookends to me when my first book, Shield of Fire, was released. They’re not just any bookends, but ones I coveted as a child in my grandmother’s house and then fawned over in my mother’s home after she received them.
These two heads, one a man, the other a woman, were brought back from Africa by my grandfather in the 1940’s.
So the story goes, while working as a civil engineer in Africa, building roads and runways, my grandfather hired Sabu, a young native man. Sabu loved my grandfather and carved these bookends by hand out of ebony wood for him.
They’ve now been passed down two generations and I plan on gifting them to one of my children. Of course I’ll have to find another fantastic heirloom to bestow to my otherdaughter or there might be hell to pay. I dare not split the pair of bookends because I was told Sabu infused the wood with tribal magic. Who am I to tempt fate?
I never knew my grandfather, but my mother has passed on many stories about his time in Africa. They are tales that you tell around the campfire. He claimed that during a dance ceremony, the details have gotten lost through the years, my grandfather said he watched a dancing woman split into two and then rejoin with herself. Now he may have been drinking some kind of hallucinogenic concoction, but I prefer to believe that what he saw really did happen. Another story he retold was about a boy who drowned. Nobody jumped in the river to save him and when my grandfather asked why, Sabu told him that the River God had him and would return him in three days’ time. On the third day the boy surfaced with gold rings in his ears and nose.
Who’s to say if these things really happened, but the tales make the bookends my mother gifted me all the more special.
Do you have a special gift somebody gave you? Share it in the comments and be entered to win an e-copy of my new release, Kiss of the Betrayer. I can’t wait to read your stories.
For fifteen years Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt has led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to none.Killing Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. But when her plan goes awry and she's brought into the Bringers' fold, her own dark secret threatens to be revealed. Desire for a better life wars with a promise made long before she understood the ramifications.
In a deadly mission, Jade and Luc embark on a journey into the Shadow World. As they attempt the impossible, ignoring the attraction growing between them becomes harder to deny. The slightest misstep could mean the loss of their souls and give the Demon King exactly what he needs to open the Abyss of Souls and annihilate the Bringers.
Now that Jade had tried to kill Luc, doubts plagued her. She’d never stopped to consider what it meant to take another person’s life, never thought about the cost to her own soul. It had always been: It had to be done. Luc had to pay for his betrayal.
Rell thirsted for vengeance. With each cruel deed she seemed bent on performing, Jade volunteered in her place, hoping to slow her sister’s descent into the world of the Bane. For so long she’d fought to keep Rell rooted to humanity, but never once noticed her own slipping away.
A twig snapped, jolting Jade from her thoughts. She crouched and searched the forest. Nothing moved in the murky grayness. A shiver ran across her skin, the woods’ coolness suddenly feeling a lot less welcoming. Maybe the follower was Rell, or a deer. Jade didn’t dare call out in case someone or something else stalked her. Other creatures lurked in the forest, none of which she wished to encounter. She cursed herself for not keeping the knife she had used to stab Luc. Now her inability to stomach its feel seemed idiotic.
Another twig snapped. She spun and ran in the opposite direction. Footsteps thundered after her, closing fast. She broke through the trees and was halfway across the clearing when someone hit her full force, taking her to the ground. The breath burst from her body from the weight of the person landing on top of her. It took only a second to realize who the attacker was.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a multi-published and an award winning author, Boone's writing drips with experiences from real life. Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it's not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra. Be warned, anyone and every even is fodder for one of Boone's novels.
Prize is a digital copy of Kiss of the Betrayer to a random commenter.
-Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE.
-To be entered, leave a comment answering the question Boone asks in her guest post (and highlighted), along with your email addy.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 12/12.