18 November 2013

Blitz and Giveaway: Drawn by Cecilia Gray



Drawn
by Cecilia Gray.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: December 13th 2013 by Gray Life, LLC.
Take a journey into the gritty world of political espionage through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal from the author of The Jane Austen Academy series....

Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?

Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.

To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.

Excerpt...
All alone in a foreign country, Sasha isn't sure what to do so she hits the streets, trying to get her
bearings…

Brussels, Belgium

I tighten my scarf, shove my hands in my pockets, and quicken my pace.

I challenge myself to make it downtown without peeking at the map. The residential townhouses give way to a bustling business district with dimly lit storefronts. Pockets of bundled pedestrians lazily stroll by.

It's unreal to clop down a cobblestone street in a foreign city like a real spy. Since getting wind of the new assignment, I've watched countless espionage movies and read an endless supply of intrigue books—about other people.

Now, this is me. These are my sneakers squeaking against stone damp from tonight's rain. My breath fogging the chilly air. My adventure in full swing.

Who needs boring dinner conversation when I have this?

When the suit first laid out the CIA reassignment, I'd assumed I'd be based in Baghdad or London. I wasn't psyched when I got Brussels. I kept thinking, how am I supposed to flex my mojo in the city of Brussels when nine times out of ten, Brussels makes you think of sprouts? The city's claim to fame is a statue of a naked kid pissing into a fountain. Seriously. And a comic strip about tiny blue creatures who live in 'shrooms. Again—seriously.

But then I learned Brussels is home to the European Union. Headquarters for Europe's political shenanigans.

If I play my cards right, Brussels could be home. My own apartment. One door instead of the revolving door of well-meaning foster parents, overeager research scientists, and partners who would rather not double as a babysitter. It's all led here.

This will make it worth it.

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Stella Artois Restaurant and Bar, Brussels, Belgium

The wooden door swings into a smoky tavern with a wall-length bar backed by hundreds of colorful bottles stacked to the ceiling. Clinking glass and hushed conversation muffles a peppy rock beat. Cigarette smoke cloaks the room and settles into the fibers of my clothes and hair. A shiver of excitement rocks through my body. My new life, my awesome mission, and now my first bar, thanks to Belgium's low drinking age. Chelsea would freak if she knew.

The bartender doesn't seem old enough to drink beer in America, either. He wears a white V-neck tee that sets off a deep tan and a head of close-cropped black curls. He wipes down the counter in slow circles.

Exit—the porthole door behind him that likely leads to a kitchen with an alley door. Weapon—any of the glass bottles behind the bartender, broken in half.

He glances up—chiseled jaw, pronounced nose—and holds my gaze from across the bar with dark eyes that scrutinize the newcomer. I amble up to the counter and take a seat on a red stool.

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Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.

Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).

Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What’s Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling mix of action, drama and love.”

She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.





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3 comments:

  1. Oh, I haven't read The Jane Austen Academy series yet but it's on my list! Big fan of anything Jane, this new book sounds intruiging though :D

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  2. "Through the eyes and lies," what a great hook! And I'm lovin the cover art. So simple yet so expressive at the same time.

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  3. Hi Kelly and Anjana - thanks for featuring my blast!! :)

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