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Book Tour & Gìveaway (Int’l): The Curse of Gremdon by Ciara Knight

by davincikittieJanuary 14, 2012

The Curse of Gremdon

by Ciara Knight

In a world where marriage is forbidden, sex is only granted to male warriors, and the outer realm is full of murderous creatures, Arianna fights to protect the life of her only living relative, her brother.

Tardon, an elite warrior, is granted anything he desires by the Elders, but finds little joy in the voluptuous women presented to him. Born for the bloodlust found only in battle, complicated emotions emerge when he discovers his equal in the alluring warrior, Arianna.

Charged by the Elders with saving the castle from attack, Tardon and Arianna risk the curse when they traverse the vast outer realm to retrieve serum from the Tree of Life. If successful, the Elders have promised Tardon the right to marry and Arianna the cure for her brother’s death fever. Will their love carry them through or will the discovery of a great deception be their ultimate demise?

 

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Read an excerpt…

Arianna inhaled the damp night air and glanced over the castle tower wall to the center courts. All the inhabitants lay asleep in their chambers below, leaving only her opponent and the Elder to stand as witness to her honor or demise.

She slid her palm down her leather skirt to wipe the sweat away and stepped forward, gripping her sword tightly. The Elder’s head, shrouded in a black hood, nodded in consent to begin. Instinct propelled Arianna to attack.

Blades clanked. Tremors reverberated through Arianna’s shaking biceps. She whipped around to counter-attack. Loose strands from her braid distorted her vision of Tardon, her opponent. She swung high while he ducked.

“Certainly, you can do better.” He enunciated each word through a playful snarl.

With shoulders the size of an ox, Tardon towered over her by a foot, but she held her ground. His copper eyes bore into her soul and his contemptuous grin ignited a flame at her core. Only her burning desire to win Elite Warrior status drove her forward and allowed her to stay focused on what was important—winning.

In one fluid motion, she swept around with her leg extended and knocked him off balance. His shoulder smacked against stone and he rolled onto the ground. Before she struck again, he arched his back and flipped onto his feet, sword at the ready.

“You would do well to pay attention to your own defense or risk the slice of my blade.” Arianna squeezed her weapon so hard her knuckles ached.

Swatting his thick brown hair away from his cheekbones, he wielded the blade in his right hand and rotated it in small circles.

From high atop the Elder’s tower, she watched the thick mist roll in over the castle walls below. Swirls of gray lingered like fingers ready to grab a leg and pull her into the darkness of the outer land. A shiver shot up her spine. Too many souls have been lost to the Curse of Gremdon. Her heart ached at the memory of the last time she held her sister. She swallowed, forcing down the incessant feeling of doom.

A sharp pain swept from her side and radiated through her abdomen, taking with it the last ounce of air in her lungs. Gasping, she clutched her side and Tardon withdrew the dark hilt of his sword from her ribs.

“Distraction means death.” He pulled back then bounded toward her.

With a well-timed pivot, she diverted another blow. Leaning back on her left leg, bringing her right knee up, she thrust her foot into his gut. He stumbled back, but swiftly regained his footing.

Both stood in a ready stance.

Both gasped for air.

Neither was willing to admit defeat.

A rush of wind filled with sweat finally penetrated the barrier in her lungs.

Dull pain settled low in her stomach, but she lunged forward, blade aimed straight at Tardon’s abdomen to claim her victory.

But he parried.

A fist smashed against her cheek. Her back slammed against the stone wall. Dust and dirt plumed around her face, taunting her to sneeze. She blinked back tears.

The familiar metallic taste of blood invaded her mouth. She swiped her leather gauntlet across her lips, wiping the blood away, never removing her eyes from Tardon.

She pushed up onto shaking legs. The Elder standing on the edge of the cobblestone circle raised his arm. His gnarled hand extended from the black cloak, ashen skin matching the surrounding mist.

The breath caught in her throat while she waited for his life or death signal. A flick of a pasty white finger summoned her to continue. Icy pain raced through her body as though she’d jumped from a great height on a cold day. The Elders only demanded death once in a thousand moons. Certainly, today would not call for true bloodshed.

But things had changed recently, and no one knew what to expect.

Tardon’s pupils widened, leaving only a thin circle of copper.

She shifted and covered her bubbling despair; her emotions threatened to ruin everything. Arianna adjusted her stance in hopes no one would see her desire to run from the fight to avoid killing him, an unforgiveable sin for a warrior.

You can’t run. Too much is at stake.

She fought the facial muscles betraying her cover and coaxed her face into a blank stare. Tardon shuffled around and she followed, keeping her attention on his best assets and greatest weakness: his muscles. They twitched before he moved.

Arianna circled him, until the Elder crossed his arms with impatience. A match to claim Elite Warrior status required more than a few bruises and flesh wounds. No more time would be allowed. Tardon’s bicep twitched.

Arianna pulled a dagger from her belt, maneuvered under his blow, and slashed his upper chest. Blood flowed down his leather vest. She swept his legs out from under him. He fell to his knees and she jumped on his back, knife at his throat, sword aimed at his gut.

His Amulet of Protection glowed orange.

Her stomach twisted in knots at the thought of harming him, but she had no choice. If the Elders demanded such an offering, she’d have to slice deep and end his life. They remained motionless awaiting the life or death decision. The masculine scent of leather and earthy spices wrapped around her, testing her resolve.

The blade shook in her hands, and she steadied it against his skin. The hooded Elder lowered his arms and turned away from the fight. Loud clicks echoed from the doorway then faded with each step as the dark figure descended the Elders’ tower.

Relief flooded her. After seasons of sacrifice and training, she would receive the Elite Warrior Mark.

Arianna released Tardon and the breath she’d been holding. She stumbled down the stairs to the main passageway and collapsed in a nearby alcove. The knife clinked against the gray stone.

Tardon sauntered from the tower. He sheathed his sword and marched down the walkway but stopped briefly. Sweat rolled down his hard, striated triceps.

Warmth curled through her belly, but no, she could not care for him. One day I might have to kill him.

 

About the author…

Ciara Knight always had a passion for storytelling. At an early age, she wrote several short stories and poems, and in college she started work on her first novel. It wasn’t until late 2008 that she returned to her true passion of writing. Over the past few years she has penned five novels and joined several professional writing organizations to better her craft.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.
Ciara is happily married and enjoys family time. She has learned to embrace chaos, which is a requirement when raising three boys, and utilizes the insanity to create stories not of this world including, Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Young Adult Dystopian.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

 

 

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
43 Comments
  • sienny
    January 14, 2012 at 5:45 am

    lookin’ forward to see will the curse ends and how. ’cause the background mentioned in the blurbs kind of sucks

    • January 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Sienny,
      They have had a rough time of it, haven’t they? I don’t know two characters more deserving of an HEA. I guess you’ll have to let me know if you think Tardon and Arianna got what they deserve in the end, if you snag a copy. Good luck!

  • Linda Henderson
    January 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I’m looking forward to discovering how they manage to stay together, or if they do.

  • January 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I’m most looking forward to a great adventure with some exciting romance (and maybe a few HOT sex scenes) – lol!

  • January 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I’m interested to see if Tardon and Arianna are able to defeat the curse. I’d also like to see if Arianna can save her brother. Thank you for a great excerpt.
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

  • books4me
    January 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I’m most looking forward to reading a new author who obviously knows how to write! After reading the excerpt, that I got lost in, I know it will be a great read!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  • January 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Ciara’s book will rock! Shame the giveaway is only through Facebook, but I wouldn’t enter anyway. Will purchase when it hits the iPad.

  • January 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Good luck with your book. Caring for or having to killing someone. This poses great conflict that moves the story forward.

  • Kelsey d
    January 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Well first off, that cover is one if the best I’ve ever seen, I would probably buy the book for the cover alone. But the blurb and excerpt have me dying to read it and fi d out what happens! I have a feeling that this is truly an epic story!

    • January 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Kelsey – I LOVE the cover. I’ve thanked the cover artist at CMP about a dozen times. When I saw it, I almost cried. It was perfect. Good luck with the contest. I hope you get a chance to read it.

  • Lindsay
    January 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I love the conflict you have going on in this book

  • Teresa Morris-lloyd
    January 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Learning the way they lived in the beginning, and how they live now. What they are willing to do to break the curse. There passion in there beliefs and in there love for one another.

    I am so looking forward to reading this book!!!!

    Happy reading*
    Teresa

  • January 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve heard such good things about this. I love the blurb. I am looking forward to the adventure and the romance. I’m interested to see how she went about the romance part – hoping I can get some pointers when I finally write my first romantic scene. 🙂

    • January 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Leigh,
      This book was the first time I’d ever written a love scene. I’ve been shocked at the comments from people who have read it. I didn’t know if they were going to work or not. It turns out I can write those kinds of scenes. Who knew? 🙂 Good luck on the drawing.

  • January 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Welcome to GraveTells, Ciara! It’s awesome to see you commenting so much – I <3 when authors do that. We’re reviewing Curse of Gremdon on 1/26, so I can’t wait to see what Rachel has to say about it!!

    • January 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Danicikittie,
      It is so great to get to meet new people. I’m extremely sociable online. 🙂
      I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on 1/26 about The Curse of Gremdon. Thank you for taking the time to read and review.

  • Joanne B
    January 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing if and how the curse will be broken and seeing what happens with Arianna and Tardon.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  • Tanyaw1224
    January 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I look forward to finding out how the two come to have feelings for each other. It sounds like they do but it’s not allowed. I love everything I’ve read so far about this book…sigh…I hope I win if not I’m going to have to but it. Thanks for the chance.

  • Sophia Rose
    January 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Wow! That was an intense excerpt. I love the premise behind this story and look forward to seeing a romance flourish in such an environment.

    Thanks for the post and for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Robin Blankenship
    January 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I am dying to know if he gets to marry

    • January 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Robin – It’s funny. A friend of mine read the blurb and said, “Why would a guy care about getting married.” She read the story and changed her mind. 🙂 Good luck with the giveaway.

  • Linda
    January 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Looking forward to a great fantasy story with a strong hero & heroine and a big dose or romance! I hope they get together in the end!

  • Natasha Liggett
    January 15, 2012 at 6:11 am

    This book sounds awesome. i am looking for adventure and love in this book. awesome giveaway. thanks : )

  • January 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    DaniciKitty and Gravetells,

    Thanks for having me on your blog. I’ve really enjoyed hanging here and getting to know a few of your followers.

    Ciara

  • January 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I’m most looking forward to the battle of wills and emotions between Tardon and Arianna. This sounds like a great story!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  • January 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading what happens with Tardon and Arianna. The books sounds like a very exciting adventure!

    • January 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Pam,
      Thanks so much. I hope you get a chance to read The Curses of Gremdon. There are plenty of other stops on my tour with more chance to win. Also, it sounds like GraveTells is going to put up a review on 1/26.
      Have a great weekend!
      Ciara

  • January 16, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Congratulations to Pam R. on winning the Curse of Gremdon ebook! I’ve passed on your information to Ciara so you should be hearing from her soon!

    Thanks also to everyone who commented and entered the contest. Wow, what a great roll of responses!

  • January 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations, Pam!! I’ve sent you an email. Thanks everyone for participating.

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