Monday, February 19, 2018

{Blog Tour} MERCURY RISES by Scarlett Kol—Excerpt + Giveaway

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Mercury Rises
by Scarlett Kol


A girl looking for a way out.

Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.

A boy looking to be a hero.

Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.

A love that could kill them both.

Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.

A near-future YA biopunk retelling of Robin Hood.

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Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retelling
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
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My breath started to come in short bursts. I clamped my palm over my mouth to hold it in, or at least slow it down. Hawk rolled closer to me and took my other hand, gripping it tight.
“It’ll be okay,” he whispered in my ear so quietly I wasn’t sure if he’d even said anything out loud or if I’d simply felt the words flit across my skin.
“She couldn’t have jumped, there’s no way out over there,” the guard on the dumpster yelled to his buddy, his voice far too close.
Metal rumbled under the guard’s boots. Back and forth. Pacing.
Fingers popped up on the edge of the roof. Thick fingers with bulging knuckles and a crooked black star tattoo. I started to shimmy back, but Hawk’s squeezed my hand and shook his head.
What was he doing? We needed to get out of here. We needed to—   
“We’re chasing a girl, not a damn monkey. She probably went the other way,” the second guard yelled from farther down the alley.
“I swear I heard noise from this dumpster. I know she came this way,” the first guard responded.
“Then get down, check inside it, and let’s go. I still have to go back and look for my book. My ass will be on the line if I don’t find it.”
The fingers disappeared followed by a metal bang. More footsteps and the creak of the lid opening.
“If she’s in here the smell probably would’ve killed her by now. I think I’m going to puke.”
“See. You probably heard those dumb cats. Let’s get out of here.”
Two sets of footsteps faded into the distance. My lungs started breathing again.
Neither of us moved. We just lay there, still, listening to the noisy clamor of the city at nightfall. The dark, a blanket weighing heavy on our backs. The rush of the chase had drained from my body, but my mind still ran in circles at full speed. What were all those guards doing at an inner-city shelter? What would have happened to me if I’d been caught? Why was Hawk still holding my hand?


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Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she's still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she's likely freezing at the hockey rink.







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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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23 comments:

Sally Gearhart said...

Sounds like a really great book, definitely need this one in my life! Mercury sounds like an intense and complex character and hawk even more so. Thank you so much for sharing this book.

Jacqueline Daly said...

The cover is very catching. Makes you want to pick it up and read. The short snippet so very intriguing.

Elena said...

Sounds like a great read

Samantha Kurtz said...

Seriously love that necklace!

slehan said...

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 
slehan at juno dot com

Leela said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Natosha Miller said...

Gorgeous! The book sounds very interesting and the necklace looks priceless!

brendaelsner said...

Sounds like an awesome book!!

Kathy Pease said...

I think the book sounds great and I would love to read it.

Amy Deeter said...

I love checking out new books. Looks like a great one

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I used to have an arrow necklace that I loved when I was a teenager, so thanks for this opportunity to win another one. Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

Julieh said...

I like the cover it’s intriguing.

binabug said...

I have to admit that I'm the type of person drawn into a cover first!! and this one drew me in!!

Linda Fast said...

The cover is fantastic. Most of the time I buy books because of the cover.

Princess Seronica said...

It sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway.

kat said...

Looking forward of reading.

Julie Waldron said...

The cover is beautiful, thanks for the chance.

rockergoddess2002 said...

The books sounds great and I love the necklace.

Tracy Shafer

Tarissa G said...

Cool book cover! Plus, I like that necklace A LOT.

Jerry Marquardt said...

I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Mercury Rises. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

A. B. said...

This book looks so intriguing! And the girl on the cover... That look in her eyes is so captivating. She's drawing the reader in, and it's hard to resist.
--Ann
(Email: L-----B@yahoo.com)

joyven said...

anxious to read your book

Andi Setiawan said...

This was an awesome story. I’m really glad I have found this info. BTW, how do i get more information about this?

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