October 1, 2014

Four Exquisite Nights || Night 3

I'm truly honored and excited to be a part of Four Exquisite Nights! I've had the privilege of reading Exquisite Captive, the first in a new series from Heather Demetrios, and it's a magical, alluring adventure - one you won't want to miss out on. My review is up on the blog soon, but today, check out a sample of this story!

Welcome to night three of a four stop/four night blog tour celebrating the 10/7 audiobook release of Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios! Beginning Monday (9/29) and ending this Thursday (10/2), you can listen to the first four chapters (one per day) of Exquisite Captive in their entirety and enter for a chance to win a digital download of the entire audiobook, performed by Erin Mallon! Tonight, I'm sharing chapter two!

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow at 9:00PM EST at Mostly YA Book Obsessed for chapter three of Exquisite Captive! And to hear the rest of the chapters you might have missed, click here.
More about Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights:
We all know that stories can save lives, but this is literally true in the case of One Thousand and One Nights, the collection of ancient stories that inspired Exquisite Captive.The narrator of the story is Scheherazade, a Persian queen who manages to save her life through weaving a story that keeps her husband from killing her. Here's the deal: Scheherazade volunteers to marry a seriously insane king who kills all of his wives after spending just one night with them. That's right: he marries a virgin and the very next day has her beheaded. Then he marries another virgin...and so on. But Scheherazade comes up with a brilliant plan--one she is so confident will work that she volunteers to marry the king, hoping to spare the lives of the city's virgins. On her wedding night, she asks the king if she can tell her sister a bedtime story and he agrees, staying in the room to hear the tale. So begins The Arabian Nights, sensual tales that bring to life the world of the jinn, of thieves and princesses, and magic lamps. At dawn, when the king would normally be getting ready to have his new wife beheaded, Scheherazade does what every good storyteller decides to do when she wants to keep her audience: she stops in the middle of the story--a good old-fashioned cliffhanger. The king, who was entranced by her story, spares her life in order to hear the end of the story the next night. Scheherazade does this night after night for--you guessed it---1,001 nights. By then, the king had fallen in love with her and he made her his queen. Not only did the stories save Scheherazade's life, but that of all the women in her kingdom who would have been the king's victims.
And now, I'm pleased to be able to offer you a chance to win the full length Exquisite Captive audiobook. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter! The Twitter entry is required, but feel free to change up the wording as long as you use the hashtag #exquisitenights and the URL  http://bit.ly/1xtgTWf. This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and one random winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, 10/6 at 9:00PM EST.

Exquisite Captive Heather Demetrios book cover
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it? (from Goodreads)

Exquisite Captive comes out Tuesday, October 7th. Pre-order your copy today and receive a signed bookplate, pin, and bookmark. Pre-order here.


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