November 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels – Excerpt, Guest Post & G!veaway

Hey there readers!  Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels

presented by Tribute Books!

At our stop you’ll find the the excerpt for those of you following the read-along,
and a fantastic guest post from Emma about the second Iris drawing!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels
Publication Date:  October 13, 2012
Publisher:  Tribute Books
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“Strawberries,” he said, lying on his back.

She copied him, lying close enough to be able to hear him but far enough to keep her wits about her.

“Your mother always smelled like strawberries and when she was here she would also smell like fresh apples. There is a spot near the other house on this island; the one hardly anyone knows about that both Joseph and I use that has trees your mother was given by her father, everblooms from some island in Europe. The same ones from the garden, only the ones in the garden she would leave for the birds and deer.”


“Do you at least remember the apples? Like the one I put in your mother’s room…your old room?”

“I…think I do.”

“You used to have her cut them into slices for you all the time.”

Iris smiled, slowly starting to remember reaching up for apples and something…dark in front of her face, but comforting. “Your favorite thing in the world, even though you normally hated to be touched, was a piggyback ride. You would reach your arms up and your mother would kneel so you would grab on and you both would walk around like that for hours, picking apples, filling birdfeeders or walking to the beach. You know the eagle dance you saw yesterday? It was the one time each year that it was just you, her and Jarem. Your father would stay behind for that one day while the three of you would all go together and watch them, or have a picnic.”

Falcon looked toward the forest and suddenly his expression went cold.

“I thought I told you not to do that,” Iris said. She’d gotten used to his brilliant expressions, enjoying the emotions that’d played out on his face as he spoke. The love in his voice when he spoke about the past was riveting.

“Iris, get away from him.” She heard Diana’s voice from the other side of the trees and jumped.

The Second Iris Drawing

The second Iris drawing is of her as she falls through the water. The image inspired the moment in the novel where she falls into the ocean and we realize that Stryx cannot go under water, that if they do, they lose consciousness, because the two halves of their souls separate.

In the original manuscript, it was a big deal when she went out and bought a dress because it was not something she would normally wear. In the picture, she is looking right at the person viewing the image, allowing us to look into not just the type of person she is but to see the two halves of the soul inside of her. She is Stryx, half avarian and half human. We can see her reaching toward the owl that will forever carry her through the sky.

Although Iris originally had long, dark hair, now she has light blonde hair. In many ways, it was this second drawing that brought to life Iris’ current evolution. Iris has undergone many changes, and I’ve been fortunate to be there by her side while she changed. She has grown into an extraordinary young woman, and I feel certain that readers will see her world and the person that she is inside when they experience Owlet.


About the Author:


Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel ‘Owlet’ is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma. While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer.

As the founder of The Writers Voice blog ( she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams.

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  1. Tribute Books

    MaryAnn, thanks for inviting Emma to stop by and talk more about the character she created. We appreciate your support of ‘Owlet.’

  2. brandileigh2003

    It is great getting insight into a book through drawings and through the excerpt. Thanks for posting.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. Brenda D.

    Thank you for the post. I can’t wait to read this! I keep seeing it everywhere. I love the cover! :D

  4. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    The book sounds awesome!! Cannot wait to read it!! Thank you for having this giveaway it really is awesome!!

  5. Denice Mae

    I wonder what the story really is… But the blurb sounds exciting…

  6. Candy

    Thank you for posting the excerpt…sounds good! ^.^

  7. Brooke Banks

    This book looks great! I love the cover and excerpt. Thank for the chance to win!
    -Brooke Banks

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