Craving Beauty by Jennifer Silverwood (Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway)

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Come along with us as the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is retold in a Gothic setting where nothing is exactly as it seems and the heroine must become her own hero. Check out the excerpt and enter the giveaway below...

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.

  
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Excerpt

Unseen eyes burned into her back. The beast had been watching her for some time.
With a sigh, she lowered her head in defeat. A sudden wind broke through the stuffy heat, causing beads of sweat to fall down her neck. The candles that had lined either side of the hearth were quenched. The draft blew into the hearth, dashing embers to pieces and tossing ashes up in a cloud that burst and then scattered through the room. She cringed from a terror that was due more to the sparks singeing her cloak than the monster hunting her. She scrambled back on her hands and knees.
It was her fear of fire that was her undoing, her knowledge of what it could do and already had done to her. She stumbled over unfamiliar stone steps until her fingers found something hard, sharp and ringed by thick fur. Her scream died in her throat as she stood and twisted to meet a pair of luminous golden eyes.
Those intelligent eyes were too similar to those belonging to the creatures that had haunted her on her journey through the endless forest. She could still see their glowing green eyes when she shut her eyelids and hear their cries as they had stalked her long into the night. Now she was faced by a terror far worse than a pack of hungry wolves.
With no other alternative, she raced back into the ash cloud until her hands were braced against the shoulder-high hearth. The beast’s golden eyes, the only part of it she could see, pursued her with growing fury. But she had not come all this way to be eaten for dinner. After several deep breaths, she reached into the edge of the dying fire and gathered a fistful of hot ashes.
Had her hand not already been damaged, she would have screamed from the pain. Instead the golden eyes disappeared and the beast let out a strangled roar when she threw the ashes into its face.
Without thought she ran into the dark unknown of the strange castle. Her legs were weak after so many days spent traveling the wilderness, with little nourishment in her aching belly. She was so weary she wondered why the cold hadn’t simply taken her when it had the chance. She should have been dead many times before this night. Whatever forces were at work, whatever it was that wanted her to remain alive, Vynasha sensed she mustn’t give up now. She must honor it.
The creature’s heavy limbs pounded upon the floor with every scrape of its claws. Roars echoed her flight over the crimson carpet. The hall was black as pitch without the light of the fire and candles. It wasn’t long before she felt the creature’s hot breath above her neck. Her heart pounded as she pushed harder and barely missed colliding with a column. She pivoted to avoid one agony, only to feel the rip of claws sinking around her waist.
Then she knew no more.

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Other Books by the Author

Silver Hollow Qeya (Heaven's Edge #1) Ohre (Heaven's Edge, #2) Stay

About the Author

Jennifer Silverwood
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.

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