Friday, January 4, 2013

Blog Tour (Scavenger Hunt & Giveaway): Ward Against Death by Melanie Card

Welcome to my stop on Entangled Teen's Ward Against Death blog tour! I am so excited to take part in this because scavenger hunts are so much fun, and I may be a little bit addicted to them. (By the way, you may want to keep an eye out for the color red.) Somewhat off topic, I met Melanie at Authors After Dark in New Orleans this past August, and she is such a super nice lady. I bought the book after hearing her read an portion of Ward Against Death at a panel, and I'll be posting my review soon. I hope you'll enjoy learning about Ward Against Death and Melanie, and I wish you the best of luck in the Scavenger Hunt!

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1)
by Melanie Card

Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…

Excerpt - Chapter 1 Part 3:

Ward plastered on his calmest, gentlest expression. The newly wakened dead often assumed they had just roused from sleep. “You’ve been unwell.”

“Unwell? Is that what my father told you?” A hint of dark colored her tone.

“Yes, well... in a manner of speaking.” She wasn’t acting the way she was supposed to. Noblewomen, particularly those around his age, were usually demure or aloof. They weren’t... suspicious.

“Well, I’m fine, and I’m sorry my father troubled you.” She threw back the covers, sat up, and stepped onto the thick rug. “Now go, be a good doctor, and tell my family I’m healthy and sleeping.” She punctuated her last word by pulling her nightdress over her head, revealing a slim waist, athletic muscles, and pale skin marked with the purple bruises of livor mortis along her back. And no other clothes.

“But—” He flushed and spun around to face the wall. “What are you doing?” No. Wait. What was he doing? He’d seen a dead naked woman before. Just never like this.

She chuckled. “I’m going for a walk.”

“A what? No— You can’t.” She really wasn’t acting the way she was supposed to.

“I beg to differ.”

The situation was spiraling out of hand. Damn it, he had to take control. He was the necromancer, she the newly awakened. She was supposed to listen to him.

He turned to confront her. Thankfully, she was fully dressed—in men’s clothes, but at least she was dressed. “Listen, I—”

She slipped her hand under her pillow and removed a sheathed dagger.

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Ward Against Darkness(Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2)
Coming July 2013!

The last thing Ward de'Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can't allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire. But the mansion is filled with monsters--human and undead--and Ward has no way of telling who's friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She's still dead and he's still alive . . . for now.

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About Melanie Card

I have always been drawn to storytelling. In fact, I can't remember a time when I wasn't telling a story in my head or on paper. In grade school, we had journal writing time which I turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that I loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that I nurtured this love and started my journey as a writer.

I write fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join me on my tales of magic, adventure, and romance.

You can keep up with Melanie on her Website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads!

Tour Schedule

12/31 K-Books - Ch 1 part 1
1/1 Tynga's Reviews - Review
1/1 Fiktshun - Ch 1 part 2
1/3 Always YA At Heart - Review
1/4 Bibliophilia Please - Ch 1 part 3
1/7 Refracted Light - Q&A with Celila and Ward
1/8 Chapter by Chapter - Ch 1 part 4
1/9 Book Briefs - Ch 1 part 5
1/10 Rants & Scribbles - Review
1/11 My Life With Books - Ch 1 part 6

Giveaway Information

You could win either:

• A Ward Against Death Prize Pack including a signed copy of Ward Against Death, a mug, and a tote bag
• One of 9 copies of the eBook of Ward Against Death

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