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Monday, November 26, 2012

Owlet by Emma Michaels: Excerpt, Guest Post, and Tour Giveaway

Society of Feathers, #1
Emma Michaels

Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

***Excerpt for Read-Along***
The water felt like hundreds of knives slicing into Falcon’s skin, ice cold and deadly. He knew the water was tearing half of his soul from his body and soon all he would have was instinct if he could just keep moving.

I won’t last long but neither will she. I can’t lose her again. I can’t lose her. Please, Iris, hang in there. don’t know how much you mean to me. Iris! He saw her, swimming deeper he grabbed her leg and pulled it towards him. Reaching his arm around her stomach, Falcon held her to his side and started to swim for the surface. He couldn’t think anymore, just act, but his body seemed to be fueling a type of primal fear when he realized he was carrying dead weight. She wasn’t moving.

Her soul had never been separated from her body before. She might not make it. He got to the surface and Diana was waiting. He felt like he was about to collapse but he picked Iris up, draping her over both of his arms, and started to run for the house. Diana was running by their side. “You won’t last long. I don’t even know how you are still breathing.”

Falcon wanted to answer her but part of his soul was still adjusting, still trying to mend the wounds the water had just made deep inside him. Even if he could speak, the cold water made his teeth chatter too fiercely for any words to escape. You have no idea what I can or cannot do for Iris. I would do anything for her.

***** Guest Post *****

Iris in the Garden Drawing
By Emma Michaels

I have always had a love for art, even before I was able to draw stick figures. Which, by the way, I was terrible at even doing that until the sixth grade when I found a teacher who said no artists are “good” or “bad” at art, they either do it or they don’t. So I decided to become a better artist and over the years… well, I can do more than stick figures now! In fact, I am a cover artist for a number of publishers and love to help designers bring their silk screen designs to life in my free time.

So naturally, as my ideas for Owlet grew, so did my collection of sketches of the characters. I have decided to give away four sketches and one partial acrylic painting or Iris for the release. This particular sketch was done with a pen only last year. Elena’s garden has played some part in each of the drafts of Owlet. In some version it played a small part and in others a very large one but it was always there.

While sitting by the side of a large window at a friend’s house I was looking out at her garden and daydreaming about the garden from Owlet. I imagined what it would be like to just lay there in that garden surrounded by all of the beauty. I pulled my sketch book out and started to draw. As first just a few little flowers making a heart, then a stick of lavender, a poppy and a long stemmed rose and before you know it, I was drawing Iris.

I ended up liking the piece so much that I kept it - until now. I want someone to get to share that wonderful garden fantasy.


Emma Michaels' Bio:

Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel 'Owlet' is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma.  While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer.

As the founder of The Writers Voice blog ( she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams.

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