This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. P.I. Alltraine will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.
However, things don’t exactly go according to plan. Instead of embarking single-mindedly on his sober mission, Petyr meets an 18-year-old girl who does things to his emotions that he can’t quite fathom or control. Petyr is falling in love, and he almost forgets the gravity his choices have on his entire world. Despite the risk it poses to his life and hers, he wants to know her, and he wants her to know him–and his world.
Enjoy an excerpt:
I defied my fate the moment I leapt out of my apartment’s third-story window. I landed on the pavement without a sound. In the same instant, my feet blended into the measured pace in which humans carried themselves.
Gazing up at the sky, I tried to find something to remind me of my home, of my duty. The future leader of a realm in peril cannot be overcome by irrational desires, I thought.
Thick smoke obscured the heavens so much even the brightest stars were dull and barely visible. A reminder I was trapped in this city, in this realm. Too far away from everything I knew, too restrained, too human.
Through the chaos in my mind, I captured the image of the girl with brown and dark-auburn tones in her hair, the shine that bounced from her loose curls, the depth in her hazel eyes, and even the awkward half-smile when she caught me looking at her. But the memory wasn’t enough. I needed to see her again.
I kept walking until I reached the riverbank in the heart of London. The water rippled with a disheveled mesh of gold and red, reflecting a large architectural structure. My gaze lingered on the clock tower adjacent to the building, gauging its height. A temptation to feel even a fraction of my true nature became a need in every fiber in my body. No longer able to rationalize, my muscles coiled, and I let go. Wind enveloped me with its familiar warmth as I sprang across the River Thames. I aimed to land on the lower portion of the tower, to indulge in the pleasure of my ascent. Though too fast for human eyes, each maneuver, each somersault, each back flip was slow enough for me to savor every moment of my liberation.
On a part of the roof concealed from the passersby below, I was closer to the heavens than I’d been since arriving in the city. Still, I didn’t belong here. Hundreds of lights sparkled below me, each representing a life I didn’t comprehend. Allowing myself to break free from my human façade had made me a liability to the others. For a few moments of freedom, I let myself forget the importance of my purpose here—the lives that depended on it.
Somehow, having the girl’s image in my mind brought calmness within me. One that felt permanent. One that extinguished the sense of entrapment, despite the thick layer of smoke that was still very visible to me. I held on to the calmness as I regained the confidence to face the others.
The first three chapters of Heartbound can be read online at: http://www.amazon.com/Heartbound-P-I-Alltraine-ebook/dp/B0125TOMNO.
About the Author:
She teaches English Language and Literature in London. She earned her degree in BA English from Queen Mary University of London, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Master’s in Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London.
Before moving to London, she lived in the Philippines where she was ensconced in the rich culture encrusted with dark myths and enchanted tales. She draws inspiration from these in her writing. Although she has lived in different places and experienced different cultures, she always enjoyed the constancy of writing in her life. Her favourite authors include John Milton, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/pialltraine
Buy the book at Amazon.
book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5mii9Q1TZM&index=2&list=PLzGNZUy-U7wx4tUquvzG-EDU1DeiPyT8P
‘unmoving’ spoken word poem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2q4JxaN1fw
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks for hosting!ReplyDelete
Thank you for featuring 'Heartbound' :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for the chance to win :)ReplyDelete
No problem Lisa. Good luck! :)Delete
I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.ReplyDelete
Thanks Rita, glad you enjoyed it. :)Delete
I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a really good book, good luck with the tour and your book, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Eva. Really appreciate you taking the time to read the excerpt. xDelete
I loved reading the excerpt, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thank you Victoria. Really glad you enjoyed it. xDelete
The excerpt sounds great, can't wait to read it!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! Your review was amazing! I am so grateful and so happy you got everything I was trying to do in the book! xxxDelete
I really like the excerpt. I can't wait to learn more about the book. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Thank you Ree Dee! I hope you enjoy the book. xDelete
What are you working on next?ReplyDelete
I'm working on Heartless, the second book in the series, and also some spoken word poems (there's some on youtube). :) xxx Thanks for your interest.Delete
love the cover, thanks for the chance!ReplyDelete