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Monday, December 20, 2010

Dark Winter Tale Part 14 with A.M. Robinson

Dark Winter Tale

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I am happy to have debut author Andrea M Robinson with us today! Her first book, Vampire Crush will be released by HarperTeen on Dec 28th, so I am very excited! I really hope you enjoy her part of the story, and please come back tomorrow for more of her writing!




Olivia didn’t know what to expect. When Wyatt had first handed her the book, it was wrapped in a paper bag, and she had stashed it away without looking, too scared to investigate what she had imagined might be a cover made of hair or human skin or at least something scaly. She had definitely not imagined that the key to their survival would be a slim tattered paperback with the initials “R. L.” scribbled on the corner.

“This is it?” she asked.  “This is worth a horde of trolls?”

As if to prove a point, a troll leaped forward and swiped at her with a ragged claw. Liv stepped out of reach just as Wyatt yelled another spell word that threw the hissing minion back several yards.

“Oh, it is,” he said, stepping in front of her. “Alice and I can hold them off for a little while, but we need the book’s magic to send them back underground.”

“And you’re the only one who can release it,” Alice added. She threw the now-empty shoulder bag at an approaching troll and followed it up with her own one-two magical punch.

“But why--”

“It was your Nana Rose’s,” Alice said.  “Family stuff, blood stuff, yadda yadda. But you have to use it now.”

The ground started to shake again, and the edges of the hole where Alice had pulled them to safety began to crumble and widen until the fifty yard line was a jagged crevasse. A screech split the air, followed by a clap of unexpected thunder.

“That’s Aodh,” Wyatt shouted. “And above ground he’s not going to look like a demon biker elf.”

Well, that’s one thing for the thankful list at least, Olivia thought as she hurriedly flipped through the book’s thin pages, her fingers feeling numb and stupid. For all that they were telling her she had to use it, no one was telling her how to use it. Her eyes skimmed over the titles of what seemed to be spells. “For Redcaps and Their Ilk” . . . “For Meddlesome Pixies” . . . “For Unwanted Unicorns” . . . nothing that said “For Aodh and his Trolls When They Are Coming To Kill You.”

She came to the last page, which was covered in faded script that looked to be an entirely different language. She was about to turn back to the the beginning, but something deep inside told her to stop, here, focus on this. What the hell--her instincts had gotten her this far, hadn’t they? She took a deep breath and started to yell.

“Melio abram pavlavakesh!”

The first few words were accented much like her eighth-grade French--Madame Remy would be so proud--but as she continued, they began to flow off her tongue, easing into something that sounded much more melodious, much more ancient.

“Helios standata kush!” she continued. “Mandata reyes! Fortunata libris san--”

Suddenly, a dark laugh cut through the cacophony, loud enough that it set the metal of the goalposts and bleachers humming. A hand shot over the edge of the crevasse, its long, skeletal fingers trying to find purchase in the quickly shifting earth. The palm alone was easily the size of a Shih Tzu.

There was no way in hell she wanted to see what was attached to that.

Here's a bit more about Vampire Crush

Supernatural suspense, star-crossed love, and drama of undead proportions. Meet Sophie McGee. Her life is about to get very interesting.

First, six mysteriously pale new students show up at Sophie McGee’s high school. Then, Sophie’s childhood nemesis James reappears, still displaying a knack for making Sophie’s blood boil. When Sophie finds out that James has a connection to the new students, she decides to investigate…never expecting her life will quickly begin to resemble a campy horror movie, complete with budding crushes and bloodthirsty villains.

Available in stores December 28th · Read an excerpt »


Andrea is offering One signed finished copy of Vampire Crush.

Open Internationally!

Ends Dec 27th, 2010.


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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8 People left their mark' :

  1. Sounds good and I can't wait to read it :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. This is so great! Awesome post! I've been hearing alot of great things about this book and I would love the chance to read it soon! Thank you for the opportunity! I signed up and tweeted :)


  3. I wonder if we'll get to see what Aodh will look like.
    great installment.

  4. Can't wait to see if she stops him tomorrow. Thank you.

  5. It sounds really good ! Thank you for this giveaway and for making it international :)

  6. OH I don't think I would want to know what was attached to that hand

  7. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Sue B

  8. This is the first time of me hearing about this book. It looks like a pretty good read and am glad that I came across it here. I hope I win it because I am definitely intrigued.