06 June 2012

Blog Tour : Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey (Excerpt + Signed Copy Giveaway)

I am thrilled to be a part of the Dragonswood Blog Tour hosted by Dark Minds Blog Tours! I've heard raving reviews about this book and today, I have an excerpt and thanks to Janet (the author), a signed copy giveaway of Dragonswood (US Only)! So read on :)

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/ Paranormal, Fantasy.
Publication : January 5th 2012 by Dial Books for Young Readers.
Wilde Island is not at peace. The kingdom mourns the dead Pendragon king and awaits the return of his heir; the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is strained; and the regent is funding a bloodthirsty witch hunt, hoping to rid the island of half-fey maidens.

Tess, daughter of a blacksmith, has visions of the future, but she still doesn't expect to be accused of witchcraft, forced to flee with her two best friends, or offered shelter by the handsome and enigmatic Garth Huntsman, a warden for Dragonswood. But Garth is the younger prince in disguise and Tess soon learns that her true father was fey, making them the center of an exciting, romantic adventure, and an ancient prophecy that will bring about peace between all three races - dragon, human, and fairy.



Dragonswood was just across the road from our camp here in the cliff. I’d tried to convince Meg and Poppy we’d be safer walking inside the refuge. Dragonswood’s eastern wall traced Kingsway north to Oxhaven, where Grandfather lived, and beyond that all the way to Pendragon Castle. But my friends wouldn’t go over the wall. Poppy feared we might be fey-struck like Mad Jack, who’d gone off hunting one day, and returned a week later, singing, snarling, and pissing in public. Meg believed the gossip that the fey cruelly punished trespassers, casting spells on them and turning them into Treegrims. All the years I’d gone to Dragonswood, I’d never seen a dragon or a fairy harm a man or find a person magicked into a tree. Still, in our four days running north, I’d stayed on this side of the wall.

We’d not gone far enough; spent too many hours searching for food, begging in our leper’s garb. Tomorrow I would make my friends walk faster no matter how hungry we all were. I was thinking this, stirring the coals, when a woman’s high-pitched screams cut through the night. We all jumped up, alert and trembling.

“Where’s it coming from?” Poppy cried.
We raced to the cliff edge overlooking town and harbor. Far below us, smoke rose from the town square. At first I thought a cottage was alight. Thatch roofs easily catch fire, and when they do, the house burns swiftly. But from our lookout spot, I focused on the rising smoke and saw now it came from a witch fire in the middle of the town square.

Townsfolk dressed in black moved in a great, slow circle around the bonfire. The girl they’d bound to the stake shrieked louder as the blaze raced across the logs, catching her white gown at the hem. Up on the cliff under the hawthorn trees, I clung to Meg and Poppy. Her screams ripped through us.

Two mounted figures rode in, the bonfire bathing them in golden light. Meg saw who it was and yelped. Poppy quickly covered her mouth. “The witch hunter can’t see us so far away up here,” she said. “And these trees and bushes will hide us.”

From behind us, I heard the deep woofing sound of pumping wings. A massive shadow swooped overhead. Against the night the dragon’s scales seemed black. Tail whipping in the wind, he dove for town. At first the townsfolk did not see him, so when the dragon swept into the square, tearing the girl and staff straight up from the burning pyre, the folk below had little time to run. Some few scrambled into shop doorways. Most dropped to the cobbles, covering their heads.

The dragon spooked Lady Adela’s horse, who galloped off full speed, the Gray Knight racing behind. High above the town, the dragon dipped up and down awkwardly, trying to reach the sea. The tip of his left wing burned, and so did the girl in his claws. He made it just beyond the harbor. Skimming but a few feet above the bay, he dipped both girl and wing in the water, and put the fire out.
Meg and Poppy stayed by the hawthorns, but I stepped out a little, watching the great dragon. Twice lit by the moonlight above and reflected in the sea, the dragon was the same old one I’d spied from the branches, the same one who’d dropped a turtle in the millpond. His yellowing scales and the long neck scar confirmed it.

His flight was so ragged from his damaged wing, I feared he might drop the girl, yet he kept aloft. Over the sound of waves, I heard the girl sobbing. She was injured from the fire and, no doubt, feared her rescuer, but I was sure the dragon meant to save her. I saw how he pressed her against his coppery chest scales as he soared closer to our cliff.

Somehow the dragon had unbound the stake the girl was tied to. He dropped the charred pole, and I jumped back as it hit the grass, tumbled off the cliff edge, and landed on the rocks below.

Too late the church bell down in Hessings Kottle rang out a dragon warning. He had already flown back to the sanctuary.
The bonfire burned. The girl was gone.

Giveaway Terms and Conditions :

  • Giveaway is US Only.
  • Prize is a signed copy of the book.
  • It's the author/publisher's responsibility to ensure that the winner gets the book, not mine.

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Janet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of eight Children's and YA novels. Her YA fantasy is critically acclaimed: "Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best–original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.” School Library Journal starred review. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers to make a difference in the world. She tours in US and abroad presenting at schools, children’s book festivals, and conferences.

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  1. I've heard some really awesome things about this book and really love the cover so I'm definitely stoked to read it! And my fav. paranormal read is probably the ever-popular vampires. Not very original but I can't help it!

    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

  2. I've been wanting to read Dragonswood! I dig all sort of paranormal characters. Angels, vampires, werewolves, aliens. Throw them all in a ring and I'll love it!

  3. I love Janet Lee Carey, so I am super excited for this one! I love my fantasies and paranormals to have any type of fae in them.

  4. I guess I tend to favor the classics. My favorite is The Hobbit.

  5. I"m really excited to read this one! The cover is beautiful. I got it once from the library but ran out of time to read it so I was bummed. Looks SO good! Great tour stop!

    I like a variety but I'm not really partial to vamps or zombies.

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  7. Sounds awesome and I love vampires!

  8. This book sounds awesome, but I will admit my favorite is fallen angels.

  9. Oooo my friend had this book,:) the cover is reallly pretty:) And i love angels, vampires, and MERMAIDS:)

  10. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    I love the excerpt!

    I haven't read many dragon books, but this one sounds awesome!

    My favorites are angels and vamps:)

    Thanks so much:)

  11. I've read it already and it's incredible!

    My favs are werewolves and vamps...and everything else :D

  12. I put this book on my wish list some time ago when I saw that it had both dragons and fey in it. I love fantasy adventure stories.

    I do not have a favorite supernatural; I like them all.

    Thanks for the post and for the giveaway opportunity.

  13. I can't wait to read this book! My favorite paranormal/fantasy reads always include vamps and/or fae.

  14. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I can't wait to read this book! It's been on my wishlist forever. My favorite paranormal reads are vamps, but I love almost anything paranormal.

  15. i've been looking forward to this book for a while and i can't wait to read it!! my favorite paranormal reads are fairies/fae or pixies : )

  16. This book is exactly the type I like to read. Really looking forward to reading it.
    I love all things paranormal. I couldn't choose a favorite. It changes with each authors book I read:)

    laura thomas

  17. I've read Dragonswood and loved it!!! It's one of the best high fantasies I've read in a long time.

  18. This book sounds like a great book.
    I'd love to read it.
    I love any type of paranormal/fantasy book. It doesn't really matter to me whether they be about vampires, werewolves, fae, or all of them.

  19. Loved Dragon's Kepp, so really forward to Dragonswood!


  20. I would LOVE to read Dragonswood! I love all paranormal but I get in moods sometimes I want Vampires sometimes Fae etc.... I just go with my mood! <3
    Thanks for the giveaway

  21. I liked Fey but ill go for anything thats got some action in it!

  22. I really want to read this!!
    And my fave would be witches and fae, I guess.

  23. My favorites are shapeshifters, wolves and big cats! I love those! ;) Fairys come in a close second.

  24. I've been wanting to read Dragonswood for a while now. I love shapeshifters! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. I usually prefer second-world fantasy to paranormal, but I like to keep an open mind.

    1. (Not in reference to this book, in case there was any confusion.)

      I hadn't heard of this one before, but I do like the premise.

  26. I have already had the pleasure of reading Dragonswood and it is one of my absolute favorites. As far as my favorite paranormals, ALL of them? Honestly, I love vampires, were's, the fae (fairy, faerie!), dragons, ghosts, succubus....on and on. I just love 'em all! Thanks for the giveaway of this wonderful story!

  27. Well as you can see from my name..I do like my vampires. But I love to read about any kind of paranormal species really. Paranormal Romances and Urban Fantasy are my favorites usually.

  28. I'm very excited to read this one! I've read the first few pages online and the writing is beautiful, and I've heard great things about the author. I like pretty much all paranormal creatures!

  29. I've been wanting to read this one for a while. A few of my teen patrons have told me some pretty good things. As for the paranormal creatures - it all hangs on the world-building. I've gone through more fairy and vampire phases than anything else, though.

  30. This book looks great and I would love to win it! My fave type of paranormal fantasy book has all the different creatures in it - wolves, vampires, fairies, shapeshifters! The more the merrier!

    Suz Reads

  31. Really stroked! I've heard some nice reviews on it and I like the plot so I'm pretty eager to read this :)
    I like vampires and wolves... Fairies are nice also :)

    Thank you and Janet Lee Carey for the giveaway!


  32. I would love to read this book and vampires are my favorite.

  33. Sounds like a pretty cool story. I'll have to add it to my TBR. Thanks for the giveaway.

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