Hey guys! I’m really excited to be on the blog tour for Glitter by Aprilynne Pike (October 25, 2016 – Random House Books for Young Readers)! I’m in the middle of reading this and it’s AMAZING BEYOND WORDS IT GETS ALL THE STARS AND I’M NOT EVEN DONE READING IT!! Today, I have an excerpt to share with you, plus an amazing giveaway! First, here’s more about the book:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
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And now for the excerpt! Enjoy!
“Your mother was quite insistent.”
“You’ve spoken to my mother about this?” I shouldn’t continue to feel a pang of heartbreak every time I hear yet another piece of my mother’s betrayal, but I suppose a child’s hope never completely dies.
“I have to speak to your mother about everything these days, don’t I?”
I feel a bit lightheaded and struggle to keep my face impassive. At least she placed some limits. A small favor, I suppose. “Why such a drastic change?”
“Where is your father?”
And it’s not a question; it’s the answer. My father has passed much of the last few weeks languishing in a stupor. A drunken stupor, I’m certain, except no one can figure out where he’s getting his liquor. Still, he spends nearly all of his days in his chambers, staring absently into space and occasionally giggling to himself. Which is most disconcerting from a man in his mid-fifties. My mother stopped sharing his rooms a month ago. Now she shares with me, which is, of course, delightful…
“Fine. Why now?” I press.
His Majesty rolls his eyes. “We have a bit of a PR problem. Rumors are cropping up. More from the outside than the inside.”
The outside. In other words, the rest of the world. “Rumors? Truths, you mean?” I say, batting my eyelashes.
“Besides which,” he says, ignoring my words, “you don’t actually have a choice.”
I chafe at his arrogance, but he’s right. He’s the King. As long as I remain a citizen of Sonoman-Versailles, his word is law.
“When I make the announcement you must appear to be utterly delighted,” he whispers, sensing my defeat. “There’s a great deal riding on this.”
He takes his time, pulling his gloves off then running a fingertip up my arm to the stripe of skin between my own glove and sleeve. The feel of his skin against mine makes me feel ill. “You’re as tangled up in this as anyone,” he whispers. “Conspiracy, aiding and abetting, tampering with evidence.”
That sets me shaking with fury, and though I grasp for control it slides through my fingertips like oiled ribbons. “I didn’t do anything.”
“You’re right,” His Majesty says, and he tips his face to look me squarely in the eye. “You didn’t do anything.”
And now for the giveaway! 3 winners will receive a finished copy of GLITTER, US Only. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below!
About the Author:
Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.
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