Monday 16 March 2015

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson

Riddle of Fate
Author: Tania Johansson
Publication Date: May 29th, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult 

Book Description:
Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.

Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well. 

The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?

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Running and hiding wasn’t new to him, but this was the first time he had someone else to look after. At least, it was the first time since he’d died. The riders were gaining on them. There was no way they’d be able to escape them.

Frantic, Derrin cast his gaze around as they ran, looking for somewhere, anywhere, to hide. There was nowhere. “We are going to have to fight,” he said over his shoulder.

“What?” she gasped, her mouth gaping. “I’ve never been in a fight in my entire life.”

“You will have to use Insight.”

“No,” she said, tugging to free herself from his grasp. He clamped his hand round hers and drew her on.

“I know you don’t like it, Khaya, but if they catch you, your life will be forfeit. It’s them or us.” He stopped, holding her by the shoulders. “Prepare yourself, they are near.”

He turned, stepping in front of her as if to shield her. He realised how ridiculous that was since no one could see him besides her. Their pursuers emerged from the trees and drew rein about ten feet from where they stood.

“Miss Pherela, I presume,” the blond man sneered. He slid from his saddle, his hand on the hilt of his sword, but he left it sheathed. “I’ve been warned that you’re dangerous. You don’t look it,” he guffawed at his joke, looking back at his bushy-haired companion who snickered. “A little woman like you won’t give me no trouble, now will you? You aren’t even armed.”

Khaya stood frozen in place. “Use your Insight,” Derrin urged. “If I attack this buffoon, the other lout will quickly have one of his arrows through you.”

Her eyes flickered to Derrin and away. “I can’t,” she said.

“What was that?” the blond asked. “I’ve heard she’s crazy,” he said over his shoulder to his companion.

The burly man behind him looked at her, his face paling. “Stop toying with her then,” he said. “Let’s get her bound and take her in.”

The blond chuckled, but his eyes were hard as he looked back at Khaya. “Now, little lady, we can make this easy or hard for you. Our orders said to bring you in alive. If possible. I don’t mind either way.”

He inched closer to her, pulling his sword from its sheath.

“Khaya, do it!” Derrin commanded as he marched over to the second man.

Her face went blank, her eyes locking on the blond, and her head cocking to one side. She stretched out her hand and Derrin wondered if she was even aware of doing that. Slowly, her hand balled into a fist and the blond man’s sneer turned into a grimace. There was a crunch and he bellowed in agony and dropped his sword, his right arm hanging limp by his side.

About the Author
I grew up in a small town called Ficksburg in South Africa and moved with my family to England aged fifteen.

I then completed my schooling through a correspondence course from South Africa. This challenging time taught me a lot of self-discipline and determination. Qualities that have been invaluable while writing my first novel.

In 2004 I started studying optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and currently I live and work as an optician in Kent.

In 2008, I married my wonderful husband, Tor. He has been such an amazing support and wealth of internet wizardry from when I started writing through to designing a cover for Book of Remembrance, to publishing my book on amazon as well as setting up this website. I cannot thank him enough.

Reading has always been one of my passions. I have fond memories of trawling through the library aged five (yes I was a geek from a young age!). More recently, I found myself wondering about the process writers must go through to complete a novel. I started thinking about how they would go about planning out a story and keeping track of all the various aspects of it. Finally, I decided to try my theories out. I have not looked back since!

I started writing Book of Remembrance end of May 2011 and finished it in December 2011. Since then, I have self-published it as an e-book on amazon. I have also started writing the follow up novel, which is untitled at the moment.

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One ebook copy (ePub, Mobi or PDF) of Riddle of Fate.

Ends April 16th (Midnight GMT).
Prize will be sent out after April 20th.

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