Thursday, July 26, 2012

Elemental's Tour- Water Excerpt

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We have an excerpt from Water and a give away! Don't forget to click on the tour banner to visit the master site so you can visit all the Elemental Tour stops!

Water (Elemental's #3)
by Shauna Granger
Shayna's first surfing session of the summer is interrupted by the screams of a mother who has lost her little boy in the water. Without regard to her own safety, Shayna swims out, rescues the boy, but must escape the clutches of something far worse than she could have ever imagined – mermaids.

Compelled to answer the sirens' call, the boys of Shayna's town are drawn to the sea, but when they return are afflicted by an unknown illness, a sickness which is draining them of their life force. Unable to tell anyone about the mermaids, Shayna and her friends are forced to solve the mystery before it's too late, and in doing so, Shayna will finally have to face the full force of her powers. Whether she’s ready or not, she will have to face her true nature. 

Air (Elemental's #2)
by Shauna Granger
It was a rough start to the school year for Shayna and her friends, Jodi and Steven, but thankfully summer break is near. Trying to sort out her feelings for the new guy in town, Shayna agrees to let Jensen join her on a group date with her friends. While out they end up at a local coffee house where their classmate, social outcast Jeremy McCormick, is humiliated by his baseball star brother. When Jeremy runs away from the jeering crowd, Shayna and Jodi hear the unmistakable sound of a thousand wings chasing after him, but no one else seems to hear them. These are not like any air elementals that Shayna or Jodi have ever encountered before and they fear Jeremy has gotten himself tangled up in something too dangerous for him to handle. But when Shayna tries to help Jeremy control his magical abilities she realizes it might be the biggest mistake of her life.

Earth (Elemantal's #1)
by Shauna Granger
Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start. 

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it's only a ploy to draw her out; she can't let someone die because of her.

Excerpt from Water:

Jodi turned her head suddenly, drawing my attention with her as she looked off to the distance, her blonde brows drawing together and wrinkling her forehead. What is it? I thought at her.
I thought I heard something? Her mind voice was a whisper, as if thinking too loudly would make her miss whatever it was that she heard.
Like what? I found myself whispering as well.
A wail, she said, and we both strained to try and hear it again. Jodi jumped suddenly, letting out a yelp and knocking into me. She nearly yanked her hand free of mine, but I clutched her fingers tightly, keeping hold of her.
What? What is it? I asked, almost in a panic.
Something just touched my leg! I squinted instinctively against the bright yellow of her thoughts.
Like seaweed?
No, definitely not sea- oh my god! she screamed both in mind and in voice as she was yanked suddenly under the water, dragging me under with her as I clung to her hand, grabbing her wrist with my free hand as we plummeted down. Jodi’s finely manicured nails were digging into the back of my hand, cutting half-moons into the skin and letting small streams of blood eke out into the water around us. I flipped in the water, pointing my head to the surface and holding onto Jodi’s arm with both hands as I tried to kick against the pull that was dragging us further down into the sea.
Jodi was panicking with pain that I realized was centered around her calf muscle, and I knew if we got out of this, all three of us would have matching scars as mementos from this battle. Her panic was intoxicating, threatening to overwhelm me, making my attempts to pull us to the surface muddled. Jodi screamed again, and I realized I was hearing her scream, not in my mind, but in the water, and that snapped me out of the haze of her panic, realizing she was still able to use her ability to breathe underwater. Without her performing the charm on me again, however, I soon would be out of breath and would risk passing out if I didn’t let her go to get to the surface.
I redoubled my efforts to pull her free and kicked frantically, trying not to hit Jodi in my attempts, and concentrated on blocking out her fear. I gained some distance back and took heart in that, continuing to kick as my lungs burned with the desire to breathe, a stitch forming in my side, searing and sharp. Another foot and I could see the distorted surface of the water again just a few feet away. I yanked on Jodi’s arm, focusing on the biting pain of her nails in my skin to anchor my concentration and block out her screaming.
I don’t know when I became aware of the heat surrounding us, but suddenly the water around us was rising in temperature and tiny bubbles were racing to the surface. I knew that magic; it was a familiar taste in my mouth like roasted peppers and campfire smoke; Steven was sending us his magic to help us free Jodi. The heat became concentrated in a thin line like a missile and Jodi’s hand jerked in mine as it burned her leg, and she bit her lip against the desire to swim away from it.
It couldn’t have been more than a minute, and just when I thought that she couldn’t take it much longer, I looked into her blue eyes as they flew wide and she was suddenly kicking frantically. I pulled on her arm and she came away easily and we were rushing for the surface.

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  1. Loving the excerpt! This tour is so much fun!

  2. New follower to the blog :D Love the blurb of this book!!