January 5, 2016

Release Day Launch – Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake – Excerpt and Giveaway

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I’m thrilled to be taking part in Brenda Drake’s Release Day Launch (hosted by Jen Halligan PR) for THIEF OF LIES (Library Jumpers #1)! Check out the book and excerpt below, and be sure to enter the amazing giveaways!


Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1)
by Brenda Drake
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather-clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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We stepped into the Children’s Library and stopped in the center of the room. A massive light fixture designed to resemble the solar system dominated the ceiling. The hushed rumble of two male voices came from one of the reading nooks. I crossed the room, paused at the built-in aquarium, and inspected the fish. Afton halted beside me.

“This is great,” I whispered, not wanting to disturb whoever was in there with us. “Fish and books. What’s not to love?” Spotting a sign referencing classic books, I searched the shelves for my all-time favorite novel.

The male voices stopped and there was movement on the other side of the bookcase. I paused to listen, and when the voices started up again, I continued my hunt.

Warmth rushed over me when I found The Secret Garden. With its aged green cover, it was the same edition I remembered reading as a young girl. The illustrations inside were beautiful, and I just had to show them to Afton. Coming around the corner of the case, a little too fast for being in a library, I bumped into a guy dressed in leather biker gear. My book and notebook fell and slapped against the floor.

“Oh, I’m so sorry—” I lost all train of thought at the sight of him. He was gorgeous with tousled brown hair and dark eyes. Tall. He flashed me a crooked smile, a hint of dimples forming in his cheeks, before bending over and picking up my forgotten book.

He held the book out to me. “Mistress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” He’d quoted a verse from The Secret Garden with a sexy accent that tickled my ears.

I stood there like an idiot, my heart pounding hard against my chest, unable to think of a response. The fact that he had read the book and could recite a line from it stunned me. And impressed me.

Say something. Anything.

“Good read there,” he said when it was obvious I wasn’t going to speak. He winked and nodded to a guy behind him before ambling off. When he reached the end of the row, he paused and glanced back at me, flashing me another killer smile, and then he disappeared around the bookcase.

Tingles rose in my stomach. He looked back at me. The guy following his Royal Hotness gave me a final appraisal before departing. His stringy blond hair hung over his large forehead. It looked like he hadn’t washed it in weeks, and there was probably an acne breeding ground under it. He grinned, and I broke eye contact with him, making for the nearest window.

Oh God, you’re so lame, Gia. You could have finished the quote or anything less tragic than not speaking at all. The response I would have said played in my head. With silver bells, and cockleshells, and marigolds all in a row. Why? Why hadn’t I said that?




Brenda Drake


Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up are of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling.

So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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  1. Viki S.

    I think the excerpt makes it sound like a nice read. It starts out innocent ;).

  2. Emily Endrizzi

    My favorite book ever is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

  3. Nancy Jones

    I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and I would like to go to any library that is huge with lots of books.

  4. Emily Endrizzi

    The excerpt is very interesting. It leaves me with many questions.

  5. DJ Sakata

    kewl post. I would love to visit the New York Library

  6. Marcy Meyer

    The excerpt sounds really interesting. The library that I would want to visit would be the Library of Congress. Thanks for the giveaway chances!

  7. Rocio Bazan

    Great excerpt! Really awsome :)
    My favourite book/saga is ghe mortal instruments!!

  8. Lee Todd

    great excerpt :)
    my favourite book/series is The Temptation series by Ella Frank

  9. Judy Thomas

    Great excerpt, thank you.

  10. Judy Thomas

    I would go to the library at Hogwarts Wizard school.

  11. JK Bovi

    Royal Hotness!!! Now that got me interested. Nice writing style.

  12. Rachel B

    Great excerpt. Really makes me want to read the book.

    If I could go to any library in the world, it’d probably be the British Library.

  13. Emily

    The excerpt sounds amazing.

  14. Summer

    My favorite book ever is Pride and Prejudice.

  15. Mary G Loki

    Library of Alexander! :D

  16. Naznin Azeez

    I would go to the library shown in the Harry Potter movies ♡. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Naznin Azeez

    What’s not to love about the excerpt?. It’s exciting and interesting!

  18. Dario

    I’d go to the Royal Danish Library!

  19. Dario

    I really enjoyed this excerpt!!

  20. Mary G Loki

    The concept pretty interesting! Photos locked portals!

  21. Natalie

    My favorite book of all time is The Bible.

  22. Judy Schechter

    I loved the excerpt and the premise of the book! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  23. Rocio Bazan

    Great excerpt! Really awsome :)
    My favourite book/saga is the mortal instruments!!

  24. Sarah Hayes

    i think the excerpt sounds great

  25. Sarah Hayes

    Id love to go to the Library of Congress.

  26. Alex

    Barrons Books and Bobbles bookstore from the Fever Series

  27. Kayla

    I’m not sure?????

  28. Judy Schechter

    I’d love to visit the Smithsonian library! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  29. Bridgett Wilbur

    I loved it and I would love to read this book.

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