26 October 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Phoenix Awakens (The Phoenix, #1) by Eliza Nolan

Phoenix Awakens (The Phoenix, #1)
by Eliza Nolan.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: October 12th 2015.
Paranormal debut about a high school senior who finds herself in a fight with a secret society for control of ancient magic.

Julia never believed in magic.

Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Graham admits he was part of the Phoenixes — a centuries old secret society — but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she's discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.

But the Phoenixes want Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they'll do whatever it takes to get it.

In a mundane world where magic does not exist, Julia is the only one with a shot at stopping them. Will Julia learn to control her new abilities in time to stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?

Our eyes met, and that was all it took for me to become lost in his heavy-lidded, crystal-blue eyes.
He turned to Clara and his face brightened. "Hey, Sis." His voice was raspy like a smooth low buzz that set my insides humming.
"Graham, this is, Julia," Clara said.
His lips turned up into a crooked grin, making heat rush to my cheeks. "Julia." He nodded, reaching out to shake my hand and, although it was something Dad would do, I didn't care. His Southern drawl was borderline hypnotic and sucked me in.
As he took my hand, my fingers tingled. Not the stomach dropping, sweaty, tongue-tied sensation you get from being around hot guys. Graham was definitely that hot. But no, this was different - a subtle prickling, like carbonated soda on the tongue. It tickled. We both looked down at our hands, eyes wide. The prickles crept up my arm, giving me goose bumps.
It was as if a current moved through us. My vision blurred and my legs weakened. Passing out became a serious possibility.
Was he doing something?
Then the sensation faded, replaced by a subtle wave of euphoria. Graham's expression relaxed, and I finally remembered to let go.

Book Playlist by Eliza Nolan
Music is so important when I’m writing. It sets the mood for the piece I’m working on. I sometimes have several playlists for one book. Phoenix Awaken’s playlists have almost 100 songs. I’ve chosen the top ten to share. I hope you like them!

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Eliza Nolan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few years, after which she returned to icy Minnesota - where she now lives with her two cats in a house smaller than your closet.

She is an avid reader and writer of YA. She has ghostwritten a novel or two, but also writes her own stuff, and is FINALLY getting ready (to get ready) to publish her debut young adult urban fantasy novel, Phoenix Awakens.

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  1. Graham and Clara seem like a great couple. BTW, I am from MN too.

    1. I think they're a lot of fun. :D
      MN is pretty a great place to be from. ;)

  2. Eliza, I live in South Carolina, and it gets to cold for me here. Congrats on your book. It's on my TBR list for my winter hibernation. .

    1. You're right. It got cold in Charleston. But MN is even more frigid!
      One day in January, Charleston it got up to 80. We all spent the day partying outside. But that was definitely a freak occurrence. It snowed a few times there as well.

      Hope you enjoy the winter hibernation (and the read). :)

  3. This sounds like an exciting read! So cool that her weird dreams become reality. I don't think I'd want that to happen to me but it would make for a good dramatic story. :)

  4. Nice fish-out-of-water angle on the world of the magical.

  5. OMG! I'm so excited about this book! Can't wait to read it. I know that it's going to be an excellent read. Love her work <3 Thanks for the chance!

  6. This book sounds amazing! I love the paranormal theme and the excerpt