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Monday, February 13, 2012

February ARC giveaway of A Breath of Eyre & Exclusive Sneak Peek!

A Breath of Eyre is six weeks from its release day, so I thought this would be an excellent time for another ARC giveaway (I'm giving away 2 signed ARCs with swag!) plus a teaser excerpt. As many of you know, A Breath of Eyre is about a girl who gets lost, literally, in her favorite novel, Jane Eyre. Emma is a sucker for storybook romance, so much so that she fails to see the possibilities for love in her own world.

I’m also sharing an exclusive teaser from A Breath of Eyre in which Emma may or may not be ready for a little real world romance. All you have to do to enter is read the teaser below and then, in the comments section, predict what's going to happen next. Plus, you'll get:
 +1 entry for tweeting or posting on Facebook: February ARC #giveaway for @evemariemont's A BREATH OF EYRE, plus exclusive sneak peek teaser: http://tinyurl.com/7m8a8cp
+1 entry for posting the contest link on your blog
+1 entry for following my blog
The giveaway is open internationally and will end Monday, February 20 at midnight EST. Remember there are 2 ARCs up for grabs now, so better chances! Thanks so much for entering!

A Breath of Eyre Excerpt:

“Tell me about your necklace.” He stopped walking and reached across to touch the pendant. When his finger brushed my skin, I stopped breathing.
“It was my mother’s,” I said, hearing my voice shake.
“Oh yeah. I knew I’d seen it before.” He bent his head to inspect it, his eyes at my level. I dropped my own because the moment felt too heavy, too real. I was staring at the top button of his shirt when I saw a glint of silver. “Hey, you’re wearing something, too.” I reached out and barely grazed his collarbone with my knuckle. He drew open his shirt to reveal a pair of dog tags.
“My uncle’s,” he explained. “He died in Cambodia when he was nineteen. My dad tells me I’m a lot like him. I wish I’d known him. My dad and I don’t really get along, but I have a feeling me and my uncle would have. My dad just thinks I’m a screw-up.”
“My dad thinks the same thing.”
“Your dad thinks I’m a screw-up?” he said.
“No, no,” I said, laughing. “He thinks I am.”
Gray regarded me quizzically. “He couldn’t possibly. You’re, like, the goody-two-shoes, straight-A student. My mom told me you have over a 4.0 G.P.A. with all those honors classes you take. We refer to you as Miss Perfect around the dinner table."
“Believe me, I’m not perfect,” I said, flattered that they talked about me at the dinner table. “Barbara thinks I’m troubled. My dad doesn’t even like me anymore. I’m just so tired of trying to please everyone. I’m tired of being good all the time.”
“Don’t underestimate good. There are times I’d give anything to be good.” His face clouded over, like some awful memory had just caught up with him. I wanted to say something to make him feel better, but I didn’t know what. When he turned to face me, he looked like he wanted to tell me something.
“What is it?” I said.
“Nothing. It’s just…” His voice trailed off, and he bit the inside of his cheek. For a moment, his eyes held on to that vulnerability, and then they got a mischievous glint in them. “It’s hard to take you seriously in those braids, Townsend.”
I glanced down at my costume. “I know. I feel so stupid. Nobody else dressed up.”
“Don’t feel stupid,” he said. “You look adorable.” He tugged gently on one of my braids, and my heart soared. One little compliment, and I was getting all soft around the edges.
I started to say something, but before I could finish my sentence, his hand was cupping my cheek and he was leaning in to kiss me.


Cassie said...

AHHHH! What a fabulous, amazing concept for a novel! I can't WAIT to read this...either as an ARC, or when it's finally released. I really, REALLY, hope I get to read the ARC though. Thanks for the giveaway!

I followed your blog and tweeted...


Unknown said...

You don't have to enter me in the giveaway, but I love the excerpt!! Fabulous stuff!!

Giada M. said...

But then he suddenly moved away from her. Shocked and embarassed she left the room, wondering what she was doing, what *he* was doing. Why did he stop himself? She wanted him to kiss her so bad. Maybe she wasn't good enough for him, she thought. Truth is that *he* thought he wasn't good enough for her.

I tried. :P Great teaser! Thank you for posting and for the awesome giveaway! :D I'm dying to read your book and this is a fantastic chance. Fingers crossed! >_<

+1 entry for following your blog

GFC: Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Faith E. Hough said...

Great excerpt!
Hmm...I'm sensing the approach of a mean-girl bully who will interrupt the kiss with some insulting snarky comment...

Angelica R. Jackson said...

We all seem to agree they will be interrupted--I think we've been primed by all those romantic comedies! It is a great way to build tension, though . . .

I'm already a follower of the blog, and I tweeted and posted on facebook. Can't wait for this one!

Lynsey Newton said...

LOVE this excerpt! I believe they will be interupted somehow (as always) and this will leave them pondering the kiss.

Thank you for the giveaway, I can't wait to read this book :)

Lynsey Newton said...

Forgot to say that I'm following the blog and I just tweeted :)

Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

You should totally sign up for my Books of Eyre Reading Challenge.

Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

Well, they have to kiss a bit more and then get interrupted, right? I follow your blog!

Emma said...

+1 Followed your blog
+1 Posted on my own blog
+1 Twitter

Sounds great and can't wit to read it - loved the excerpt and hoping I get the chance to read this soon!!

Happy Valentines day :)


MonicaP said...

Of course they will get interrupted! Or maybe she will disappear into thin air Lol it could happen, right?

I tweeted this: http://twitter.com/jaffobsession/status/169176792597401600

Can't wait to read this! :)

ZaraAlexis said...

Ah! I can't decide whether or not to blush or gush! Let's see...I predict that as soon as he leans in to kiss her, she time travels and disappears from all this temptation!!!! Whew! And all this BEFORE Valentine's Day!

I've tweeted about the giveaway +1
And I follow your blog +1

Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
Email: zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

Cassie said...
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Cassie said...

*facepalm* I totally forgot to answer your question about the except (which was fantastic, btw). As for what will happen next...I think they'll get interrupted by someone. Too bad. It seemed like such a sweet moment between the two. haha. But I guess I'll have to wait to read and see. :D

Erica said...

Oh gosh . I have NO idea what is going to happen next, only that I am even more sold on your book that I was before :)

I follow and I tweeted here https://twitter.com/#!/thebookcellarx/status/169248610641379328


Alishia said...

Wow, I can't wait to read this book.

I think that just as their lips touch, someone will come in and disturb them.

Blog follower and I shared on my fb book blog page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Treasured-Tales-for-Young-Adults/222960084380861 (I can't work out how to link directly to the post)

Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Kris Mathewson said...

I am thinking maybe her father will interupt them.
GFC Follower: Kris Mathewson
Twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/Kristie_04/status/169268737248202752

Gigi said...

Noooooooo! Where the KISS go? :( I want to know!! 1. They kiss or they are interrupted! Pick me for the ARC! hahaha! Thanks for the giveaway!

-I follow your blog: Gisele Alvarado
-And post it own my blog:


Rebecca said...

I have a feeling that she'll kiss him back and he'll pull away, saying that he shouldn't of kissed her and quickly duck out of the room.

Great excerpt, want to read your book even more now!

Following the blog under: REBECCA@ReadingWishes

Also, tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/readingwishes/status/169297309992091648

Thanks for the ah-mazing giveaway. :)

Devan @ Book Strings said...

Such a tease with that excerpt! I think their almost kiss gets interrupted. Your book is officially my WoW this week.

Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/bookstrings/status/169400868167352320

Blog post will be up on tomorrow's Waiting on Wednesday.

I follow GFC: Devan @ Book Strings

Thanks for the giveaway!

ArtemisG said...

It sounds great and I love your cover.
Thank you for the giveaway!
GFC follower as Diana
Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/artdem83/status/169867214172856320

artgiote at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

I tweeted...again! I know it probably won't count, but I just wanted to help spread the word!



Kulsuma said...

They will be interrupting by someone!

I would love to read this!
GFC follower-Kulsuma

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

That seems like its leaving an opening for a horrible interruption!

Thanks for this fantastic giveaway!

I am a follower of your blog - GFC - Claire-Louise

Tweet - https://twitter.com/#!/clairelouisef/status/171493484715458560

Blog Post - http://clairelouisereads.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/breath-of-eyre-giveaway.html

Thanks again :D

Claire Frith

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great read!!!! I've followed (Hannah @ The Girl in a Cafe) and tweeted as well - https://twitter.com/#!/thegirlinacafe/status/171582250582949888

Jaime Morrow said...

This has been on my TBR list on Goodreads for a while now. Can't wait to read it, whether as an ARC or when it comes out in stores :-)

+1 for tweeting about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/MorrowJaime/status/171610460976709633

+1 for following your blog

Thanks for doing this giveaway!

Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

Ohmigoodness! That's a mega-teaser excerpt! Hmm, my prediction...
...I'm thinking Emma may interrupt her own kiss. Something tells me she might be the kind of girl who panics at the last second and says something - anything - and then messes up the moment accidentally.

This is so amazing, and if I don't manage to win an ARC, I can't wait to read it when released officially! :oD

Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

+1 I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/RivkaBelle/status/171612193350090752

Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

+1 I follow your blog via GFC (RivkaBelle) :o)

Shelby said...

I follow blog (via GFC)!

Um, so they are either going to be iterrupted or kiss and that leads to awkwardness between them??? I don't know, but I tried...

Patricia E. Riley said...

Could not be more exited to get my hands on A BREATH OF EYRE!!! That teaser is torture!!! This is going to be one of those books my reader friends are going to get as gifts for the next few birthdays/holidays for sure!

I tweeted and follow you via GFC!

Patriciaeriley (at) gmail

Cassie said...

Well I tweeted again to help get the word out...


Also, I posted on my blog (I just started it). You can choose to count it or not. Thanks, again, for this giveaway!


darcyette AT hotmail DOT com

roro said...

1st to say i can't freaking wait 2 read it/ so i read jane eyre in december/good luck all

I think that just as their lips touch, someone will come in and disturb them.

I follow your blog[rogier] and tweeted...


roro said...

my email i 4got


Marian said...

I'm following your blog now! :)