Sunday, June 8, 2014

Class of 2014 Day 5 ~ Sara Raasch

Welcome to the fifth day of Class of 2014! For the next couple weeks, I'll be spotlighting some of this year's debut authors. I wanted a way to celebrate both my high school graduation and one year blogoversary, so I decided to feature authors of the same "class" as me on Reading is My Treasure! (Want to learn more about this event? Go here.)

Today is my blogoversary, which means today's author is extra special. Sara Raasch is the author of Snow Like Ashes, otherwise known as the fall 2014 release I am most excited for! It looks absolutely amazing I am incredibly excited that I get to feature Sara today. I have a snippet of SLA and a giveaway for a swag pack (you want this) to share with you today, and I hope you enjoy them!


Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, comes out October 14th from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.



Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pre-order: Amazon / B&N
Find it on Goodreads

Synopsis:
Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self. Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. 
Sara: This part comes from Chapter Two. It's an exchange between Meira and her leader/father-figure, Sir. No book is complete without tense parental relationships, eh?

Snow Like Ashes snippet
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Sir looks at me as I walk alongside him. “Did you beat Mather in sparring?”

I grimace. Sir reads that as my answer.

“That’s why it’s too dangerous for you. We’re too close to take any chances.”

Prairie grass pushes against my hips, my boots tearing into the dirt with every step. “You’re wrong,” I growl. “I can help. I can be—”

“You do help.”

“Oh yes, that bag of rice I bought in Autumn last month saved our kingdom.”

“You’re most helpful where you are,” he amends.

I grab his arm to make him stop. He turns to me, his face streaked with dirt and blood through his white beard, frazzled strands of ivory hair sticking out around his face. He looks tired, hovering between taking one more step and collapsing.

“I can do more than this,” I breathe. “I’m ready, William.”

I called him Father once. In the wake of his stories about my real parents dying in the streets of Winter’s capital, Jannuari, as Spring overtook it, and how he scooped baby-me up and rescued me, it seemed logical to an eight-year-old that the man raising her should be called Father. But he turned such a shade of red that I feared he’d start spitting blood, and he growled at me like he’d never done before. He was not my father and I was never, ever to call him that again. I was only ever to call him by his name, or a title, or something to show respect. But not Father. Never Father.

So from then on, I called him Sir. Yes, Sir. No, Sir. You are not my father and I will never be your daughter and I hate that you’re all I have, Sir.

Now he ignores me, pulling his horse onward. His decisions are final, and no amount of arguing will change his mind.
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Sara has offered to give away a swag pack! (Thank you, Sara!) The giveaway is open internationally and ends on June 23rd @ midnight PST. I will announce the winners on Twitter and will send emails to the winners. If you win, you have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize.

Good luck!
I hope you enjoyed SLA snippet! Come back tomorrow to read an interview with the next Class of 2014 author.

Hint: She is the co-author of a July release.

34 comments:

  1. That snippet!!! I've been dying to read SLA for (what feels) way too long now, and that snippet makes me want to read it even more.
    Congratulations on your One Year Blogaversary (yay!) and your Highschool Graduation (double Yay!). That's double the party :) I get my exam results on June 12th (almost!) and then I am graduating as well. It feels good to be done with High School huh?

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the snippet! It's such a good one!
      Thank you. :) It feels so good to be done with high school. Happy early graduation!

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  2. I'm dying to read Snow Like Ashes, That snippet is just so awesome. Can't wait.

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  3. THAT SNIPPET SOUNDS SO GOOOOD
    Omg this makes me even more excited to read the book! I hope it's just as good as the snippet makes it sounds.

    Also HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY KAITLIN!!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. I bet the rest of the book is as good as the snippet. :)

      THANK YOU! :)

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  4. Eeep! Happy blogoversary! :D I'm super excited for this one and hopefully I can read my review copy soon! Thanks so much for the giveaway! And it's so awesome that you're spotlighting some 2014 titles! <33

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    1. Thank you, Aimee! I hope I can read my review copy soon too. You're welcome. :)

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  5. Happy blogoversary! I can't wait to read this book, it sounds really great! Wonderful giveaway!

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  6. The mashup sounds awesome! Now on my tbr list ;-)
    Happy blogoversary!

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  7. I can't wait to read this book and the swag pack looks awesome. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. Ooh, I'm absolutely hooked. It was already on my TBR (because I love the cover and I'm...bad like that, hehe. But I love awesome covers!) but I really enjoyed that snippet. The writing is fabulous. Happy blogversary!!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! This book looks so darn good. Thank you. :)

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  9. Happy blogoversary! First time on you blog, but I love the layout :)
    Thanks for sharing the giveaway and the snippet, I'm really looking forward to reading Snow Like Ashes!

    Joy x

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    1. Thank you, Joy! I'm glad you like the layout.

      You're welcome. :)

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  10. Thanks for the excerpt. Really looking forward to this release:-D

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    1. You're welcome. :) I'm glad you want to read the book!

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  11. This book sounds so interesting! Like...I need it! Now!! :D

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  12. I have wanted to read this book for awhile now!! And swag with it...! Thank you for the giveaway!! ;)

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  13. That snippet has me so excited! SO cool you got to do a blog post on this!! :)

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    1. I was so excited to be able to post it!

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  14. Every time I read something about this book, I want to read it even more! I think the excerpt sealed the deal ;)

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  15. Instant snow? What is this wizardry? Gotta have it.

    I have high expectations for this book! Comparing something to Game of Thrones is a nice marketing strategy, it gets me every time. And this beautiful cover doesn’t hurt, either.

    BTW: I’m glad that, through this giveaway, I was introduced to your blog, because I really like it! :)

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    1. The instant snow looks so cool! I have some, but I haven't used it yet.

      Thank you, Lina! I'm glad you like my blog. :)

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  16. Oh my sweet goodness!! This just decided my decision on reading this book!! So stoked to read it.

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