Welcome to Stop #14 on the Triple Threat Blog Tour featuring Myra McEntire, Kate Ellison and Jennifer Lynn Barnes! Today we welcome Myra McEntire, author of the Hourglass series. All three authors have new releases that you won’t want to miss. “From Myra McEntire comes Infinityglass, the final installment of her popular Hourglass series. Kate Ellison, author of The Butterfly Clues, unveils an otherworldly murder mystery in Notes from Ghost Town. And Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of the best selling series Raised by Wolves, hits another home run with Nobody, an exciting futuristic romance between an assassin and his mark.”
Thanks to Egmont USA, not only can you win the first two books in Myra McEntire’s Hourglass series, be among the first to see the cover reveal for Infinityglass, but one Grand Prize winner will win Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Nobody and Every Other Day, Kate Ellison’s Butterfly Clues and Notes from Ghost Town and Myra McEntire’s Hourglass and Timepiece! See below for details.
Deleted Scene from Timepiece
(This scene is in its original unedited, unproofed form)
In the original draft of Timepiece, Kaleb leaned way too close to angsty. This early scene with Lily takes place at his house, where Lily has just discovered (via testing done by Kaleb’s dad) that she has the time gene. Parts and pieces of this scene made it into the final draft, including the apple/snake section.
“I’m only here because I was worried about you.”
“Why? Is being nice to me your good guy act for today?” she asked. “So you can check it off your list and go back to insulting people and grabbing random body parts?”
“Absolutely.” I met her eyes. “Don’t you think you should be protecting yourself? Really, who knows what I’ll grab next?”
Lily made a loud sound of frustration and leaned against the wall, dropping her bag on the floor. “I’m sorry. I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at the situation.”
“You have the time gene.”
The hallway was dark and a little spooky, the only light coming from the display case in the huge grandfather clock that stood in the entry way. I thought about asking her into the living room to sit down, but I figured she take the opportunity to make an excuse and leave.
I didn’t want her to.
“I know you probably want to talk to Emerson about all this stuff first, and I really do fear retribution for even asking, but if you need to vent …” I pointed at my ears.
“Not vent, more like … ask insanely stupid questions.” She slid down to the floor and dropped her head onto her knees.
“I don’t think it’s stupid to want to know about something that’s a part of you.” I sat down, too, leaning my back against the wall. “I’m listening.”
“Why?” she asked, her voice muffled. Her hair was up in a sloppy bun, but somehow it was still shiny black. I wanted to touch it. Maybe to comfort her, maybe just to see how it felt in my hands. “Why didn’t I know about this before now?”
She looked up. No makeup. Dark circles. Bloodshot eyes.
“I don’t really have an answer. All of us displayed indicators – Dad hates it when we say symptoms – at different times in our lives. The fact that you haven’t shown any yet –
“But the rip, the other night. Was that an indicator? What if I am a traveler? If I am, how come I don’t have that buzzy thing that happens when Em and Michael touch each other? I’ve touched Michael before, and I’ve touched Em a million times, so how could I be like them and not know?”
“I don’t think you’re a traveler. I think the fact that so many of us can see rips now is a sign something is … not right in our world
“Our world.” Lily rested her chin on her fists. “I’m part of your world now, huh?”
“If you want to be. The good news is that you don’t have to figure it all out by yourself. I can … I mean, my dad can help you.”
“Are you admitting you can’t help?”
“I’m … um … he’s better at that kind of thing.” And he wouldn’t be thinking about how it would feel to touch her skin if he were here instead of me. “I’m more of a troublemaker.”
“No, not a troublemaker.” She had the same look of reassessment on her face now as she’d had the other morning in my kitchen. “I think you’re the exact kind of boy my grandmother has always warned me about.”
“Boy?” I was flirting a little, but she needed the stress relief, and it was working. At least that’s how I justified giving in to it. “What kind of man would I be, exactly?”
“A temptation.” She smiled a half smile at me.
I leaned over to bump her shoulder with mine. “Like the snake in the Garden of Eden?”
“No. More like the apple.”
“Yeah. I’m pretty sure Eve never considered taking a bite out of the snake.”
“You want to take a bite out of me?”
I did some kind of snort-laugh that ended in a cough. Dead sexy.
“It’s confusing. You’re confusing,” she admitted with a shrug and a smile. “You were a jerk at the masquerade, then you kept me from being sliced open by falling glass from the chandelier. One second you’re all cute and awkward, the next you’re blocking my view of a murder. You do honorable really well.”
I realized my mouth was gaping open, and it probably would’ve been a good idea to shut it, but I couldn’t seem to remember how.
“Obviously I’m attracted to you, even when you’re wearing a pirate costume. And in Speedos ….” She trailed off. I could hear her blushing. “But you’re exactly like a hundred other guys I’ve dealt with in my lifetime. Cocky, confident, a game player.”
“I can’t stop thinking about you.” Admitting it out loud was a rush.
“How did I know you were going to say that?”
“I didn’t even know I was going to say that.” I was being as honest as I knew how to be. “You’re … different.”
“Hearing she’s different is what every girl wants from a boy like you. One who’s looking for a hookup, but swears he’d totally change if he could just find the ‘right girl.’” She used air quotes. “Then she gives in, starts to feel feelings, and ends up disappointed.”
“You’re lumping me in with a stereotype. It’s not fair.” Even if up until this point in my life, it had been true.
“Actions. At the masquerade –
“If you’re going to judge me by my actions you have to judge all of them. I already apologized for the way I acted, and I won’t do it again, because I meant it the first time. And the second time.”
“You’re acting like this matters to you.” She was genuinely confused.
She wasn’t the only one.
“Maybe it does.” I should have kept my next thought to myself, but somehow I ended up saying it out loud. “But you’re probably right. I’m just saying what you want to hear.”
“Wow.” She laughed bitterly and started to stand up. “I guess I should appreciate your honesty.”
“Hold it.” I grabbed her arm to stop her. “You don’t understand.”
“I don’t?” She tried to jerk away but I wouldn’t let go.
I let go of her wrist and she sat back down beside me.
“Whether you believe it or not, Lily, I don’t want to disappoint you.”
“You just did that honorable thing again. All it does is add another layer of confusing.”
“Does it help if I tell you I want to do all kinds of things with you that aren’t honorable at all?”
She dropped her head back against the wall and belly laughed.
“I’m sorry,” I said. “But it really matters that I do this right. Whatever it is that we’re doing.”
Her emotions radiated from underneath her skin, and the way she felt made me think maybe I could wrestle alligators and win.
“I guess that’s an answer I can live with.”
She stared at my lips for a second before looking away.
Don’t miss a stop on the Triple Threat Blog Tour for additional Infinityglass puzzle pieces & more Triple Threat prizes!
·Tuesday, January 22nd – Read for Your Future
· Wednesday, January 23rd – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
· Thursday, January 24th – Page Turners Blog
· Friday, January 25th – Read, Breathe Relax
· Monday, January 28th – Evie Bookish
· Tuesday, January 29th – Reading Teen
· Wednesday, January 30th – Cari’s Book Blog
· Thursday, January 31st – YA Books Central
· Friday, February 1st – Once Upon a Twilight
· Monday, February 4th – Bookhounds
· Tuesday, February 5th – Luxury Reading
· Wednesday, February 6th – Good Choice Reading
· Thursday, February 7th – I Read Banned Books
· Friday, February 8th – All Things Urban Fantasy
· Monday, February 11th – Supernatural Snark
· Tuesday, February 12th – 8-10 pm ET LIVE book chat on Mundie Moms
Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories.
She’s an avid Doctor Who fan and will argue passionately about which incarnation is the best.
One copy of Hourglass and one copy of Timepiece.
One hour to rewrite the past . . .
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
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A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…
Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples – cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?
In the wake of Landers’ return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered – with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…
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INFINITYGLASS cover reveal piece #8
- There are a total of 15 pieces to the puzzle – one for each stop on the tour.
- Collect all 15 pieces to reveal the cover of Infinityglass by Myra McEntire (pubbing in July)
- Submit the assembled cover via this link by no later than 2/12 at 10pm ET. You will be entered to win the 6 book Grand Prize Giveaway of: Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Nobody and Every Other Day, Kate Ellison’s Butterfly Clues and Notes from Ghost Town and Myra McEntire’s Hourglass and Timepiece.
- The puzzle can either be assembled electronically or a picture of the assembled printed pieces is also acceptable
- The winner and completed cover will be posted on Myra McEntire’s blog www.myramcentire.com on 2/13.
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