Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ravenous Excerpt, Trailer, & Giveaway


I have an AMAZING giveaway today! The author Heidi Loney has gracelessly offered an ARC Copy of her new YA dystopian thriller, Ravenous (Book 1, Ancetry series) and some swag! And it get's better, it's INTERNATIONAL! So go and ENTER...

Ravenous (Ancestor, #1)
Title: Ravenous
Series: Ancestor #1
Author: Heidi Loney
Published: June 1st 2013

Overpopulation throttles the world’s food supply. In 2050, the government of the Americas introduces the Food Crisis Act—new measures that create a system for growing and rationing food.

Calla Ryan is pretty much your average teen, except for enduring hunger every day of her life. One morning, new sensors at her high school determine that she exceeds the weight limit of the State, and they send her north to a “fat camp” or re-education centre.

Calla begins to realize the centre holds many secrets. Her counsellor dies mysteriously, and new shipments of recruits are the picture of health. Finally, Calla becomes a guinea pig for a dangerous lab experiment.

On the outside, a virus that began overseas has now made its way to the Americas with deadly consequences.

Calla must run from her captors, escaping to the far north with help from the facility’s chef and fellow inmates Billy and Madge. And to complicate things, the infected are very hungry.

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The harvest goes as planned as we extract thousands of corn stalks, beans and squash. We strip the ears of corn from the stalks, peel back the husks, and dry them in the sun. We separate the beans from the vines, dry them in the sun, and store the squash in a cold cellar on the property. This process involves the entire village and takes many days. The good mood resonates in the village, despite the unknown outside our perimeter.

At the end of a long week, everyone in the village attends a dinner at the community centre, followed by a dance. The men and women clean up and wear their best clothes. Marnie lends us a couple of pretty dresses from her youth. I cinch the waist in with a sash and put some wild roses from Marnie’s garden in my hair.

The women of the community and Chef prepare the feast. The unattached women of the village have taken special notice of him. I suppose he is handsome for a man of his age. He’s tall and strong and neatly kept. I always thought that Chef was cold as ice, but as I get to know him better, I realise that he’s a real softie underneath. Of course, he’s also a lean, mean, killing machine. What’s not to love?

There’s an assortment of old and new dishes: succotash, three sisters’ soup, and Iroquois soup with haddock and wild mushrooms; grilled elk, venison and cranberries, and venison stew. The main dishes are accompanied by baked squash, grilled corn on the cob, cornbread and corn pudding, and wild rice pudding. I try not to “pig out” but everything tastes so yummy that I have to have a little sample of everything. Everything except the mushroom soup. By the end of the meal, I am stuffed. It’s the first time in my life I have ever felt this way, the feeling of being so full that I can’t move. Billy is in the same boat. He suggests we go for a walk before the dance starts.

With the business of the harvest, we don’t have much time together. He takes my hand as we stroll through the village. The village is tranquil with everyone assembled at the centre. Billy looks very handsome in his dress-up duds borrowed from Caleb, whose size is close to Billy’s.

“That was an amazing meal,” I say to break the ice.

Billy turns to me and smiles.

“What?” I say with some embarrassment.

“You’ve changed.”

“I have?”

“For the better.”

He kisses me before I have a chance to respond. It’s so deep and intense, the kiss he gives me. I feel a tingling feeling down in my core.

“I love you,” he whispers in my ear.

I smile at him. “Let’s get back. I want to be the first to dance with you, before all the other girls in the village get a hold of you.”

We walk back to the recreation centre, arm in arm.

When we return, the party is in full swing. A small band plays a type of music I haven’t heard before. Madge dances with Caleb. I’ve never seen her so happy in her life. She looks slightly awkward, trying to match Caleb’s steps, but he is a strong partner and leads the way.

“Would you like to dance?” Billy asks me.

“I’d love to.”

Billy whisks me across the floor. We must look like fools, as we have no sense of rhythm. I don’t care. I haven’t laughed like this in months. Billy laughs too.

“May I cut in?” Daniel asks.

“Of course,” I say.

Daniel is a great dancer. I remember as a child, Dad would dance with me in our living room, swooping me around the room. I look over Daniel’s shoulder and see that one of the pretty girls from the village has taken Billy onto the dance floor. He looks at me with a helpless expression on his face. I laugh at him.

After my dance with Daniel, young men from the village ask me to dance too. I guess as outsiders, the other teens find us rather interesting after spending all of their lives in the same community with the same people. Daniel tells me that once a year, in the summer, they have a gathering with other villages like theirs. They use these gatherings as a chance to trade resources or equipment and set up alliances with other families. Some courtships come from the gatherings, like in the case of Daniel and Marnie. Daniel came to live in Marnie’s village, both matriarchal and matrilocal, with the women in charge, and the husbands coming to live with their wives’ families.

I stop to rest and get something to drink. Madge sits and rests at a table while she watches Caleb dance with a local girl. I sit next to her.

“So, it looks like Caleb finally noticed you,” I say.

“Mmm hmm. I took your advice and made him some cornbread muffins with maple syrup. Marnie told me that they’re his favorite, and she even gave me the recipe.”
“So what happened? Did you bring them over to his house?”

“Well, I sort of did. I left them on his front porch with a note, from his secret admirer.”
“Madge, you didn’t. What happened?”

“In the note, I told him to meet me by the barn and that I would reveal myself to him.”

“And he met me…at the barn.”

“Would you please stop being so cryptic. It’s maddening.”

“Sorry. I was waiting for him. Marnie gave me a pretty dress to wear, one that she had when she was a girl my age. She did up my hair real pretty like and sent me on my way. When he first saw me, he was shocked that I was the one who left him the note. He told me that I looked lovely. I asked him if he has a special girl, and he said no. Before I had a chance to say anything further, he picked me up and swung me around in the air before setting me down on the ground. He knew that he loved me from the moment I threw up on his shoe. Isn’t that romantic? Anyway, we haven’t been apart since.”

“Nothing says I love you like vomit. Anyway, I’m really happy for you.”

Caleb struts over to Madge and tugs at her to come and dance with him. The music slows down a bit. Across the room, Billy says thank you to his dance partner. With his index finger, he calls me over to him and waits for me in the middle of the dance floor. I stand and smile and then make my way to him. He takes my hand and pulls me in, but I don’t know how to slow dance. My parents’ speak of it from when they were young. It was popular in their day, but it just faded out of fashion. The song has a sweet melody, and it’s easy to find the rhythm with Billy. He puts his arms around me and squeezes me tight as I close my eyes and take in the warmth of him. His clothes stick to him from the heat of the room and all of the dancing.

“Are you having fun?” he asks as he looks me in the eyes.

“The most fun I think I’ve ever had.”

“You look beautiful. I’ve never seen you glow like this before.”

“It’s hot in here.”

“It’s you.”

Billy takes my hand and leads me outside once again. He brings me around back of the centre.

“I want you all to myself. I was getting jealous seeing you with all of the other boys. They can’t take their eyes off of you.”

He kisses me again, like he did before. I have no place to go, as he has me pinned up against the exterior wall of the building. I don’t mind, though. He kisses me so deeply, but gently as well. He takes my face and looks into my eyes. It’s been there all along. My home, my love.

“I love you too,” I say rather eagerly.

He smiles and kisses me again.

About Heidi Loney

Heidi Loney

Heidi Loney lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Before beginning her writing career, Heidi studied theatre at Ryerson University and worked as a costumer in many of Toronto's theatres. She spends much of her time blogging, drinking coffee and crafting, not necessarily in that order.

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  Heidi Loney is offering an SIGNED ARC Copy of her new YA
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Contest runs: June 6th to 15th, 2013 11:59pm (10 Days)

Open to: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions:  ONE winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner.


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