Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

 Welcome to my stop in THE WINTER PEOPLE by Rebekah L. Purdy Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Today on my stop we have an Excerpt + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway! 


 The Winter People

The Winter People
Rebekah L. Purdy
Published: September 2nd, 2014

Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she'll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

My thoughts got the best of me as I put my head in my hands. A sob escaped my lips. I didn’t want to go back outside. I didn’t want to feel the cold air on my skin, or see the treachery winter brought with it.

I needed to get a grip and quit being so stupid—my imagination was running wild.
Grandma counted on me to take care of things. Sitting on her foyer floor crying wasn’t getting the chores done.

Nevin. Maybe I’d drum up enough courage today to ask him about the voices.

His name brought me to my feet. Wiping tears away, I forced myself to the slider door.

My gaze swept the yard. Disappointment overwhelmed me when I didn’t see him. Stepping onto the deck, I trudged toward the shed.

One. Two. Three. Only seventeen more steps.

I stared at the wrought iron gate and a shiver raked through my body. Evil lurked somewhere, on the other side of that fence. Or maybe it was all in my head like the shrink said. Damn, I should’ve let Mom come with me.

I got through the first couple of feeders then stopped at the oak. When I peered at the ground I noticed tiny footprints in the snow. Bending closer, I gasped. They were like small human footprints. Impossible. People weren’t that tiny.

“I’m definitely losing my mind.” I stood back up. Out of sheer curiosity, I reached inside the hollowed area in the oak to find yesterday’s trinket gone.

Frowning, I dropped a gold watch in then delivered food to the last two containers, all the while counting my steps. Once finished, I headed back to the shed and locked it. I sighed. Looked like I’d been stood up.

Then I saw him. Leaning against the gazebo. Nevin’s dark hair touched
the collar of his black leather jacket, his wintry eyes focused on me. A slow smile spread across his face.

“I thought you might not show.” I fought to keep the surprise from my voice. Geez, was I so desperate for a friend that I put all my hope in a complete stranger? No, I told myself, he was the key to my sanity...or maybe insanity.

He straightened to his full height, sauntering gracefully to my side. “There isn’t anything that could’ve kept me away.”

Holy God, he needed to turn down the charm. I moved closer to the gazebo steps and reached for one of the poles, twirling around it as flakes peppered my cheeks.

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

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  1. This book sounds amazing and I really want to read it! I already love your blog! Just looking at the sidebar I see Divergent, Vampire Academy, The Hunger Games, Graceling, Angelfall... and is that an alternate ending to Allegiant I see??? :D

    The Life of Little Me

  2. Cute idea for a giveaway. It looks like a good book.

  3. I am just dying to read this book.. I meant to go out and purchase it the day it came out but unfortunately I have yet to get it. I just need this in my life <3 Anywho, thanks a million for this opportunity


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