Monday 31 July 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Beacon (Lantern #2) by Chess Desalls

(Lantern #2)
Author: Chess Desalls
Genre: YA Fantasy / Sci-fi
Release Date: January 9th, 2017

Book Description:
When Serah’s life in Havenbrim becomes unbearable, she accepts an apprenticeship with a celestial mechanic and glazier. Her master assigns her the task of opening a globe framed in copper. But the glass and seal are unbreakable. The solution to the puzzle traps Serah inside the globe, and transports her to a world where she longs for home.

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Serah squared her shoulders and followed, her steps ceasing where Machin stopped before a table filled with globes of glass. He’d turned his attention to the ceiling. Wisps of gray hair brushed the back of his shirt collar as he considered the lanterns above him. He adjusted his goggles and focused magnified eyes on her.

“Most of these,” he said, pointing to the glass globes, “will be framed and sold by the shopkeeper in town. New owners will light the globes with candles or fill them with wicks and oil.”

Serah nodded, thinking about the candle lanterns and oil lamps she’d seen in Havenbrim and in her parents’ home.

“But, there is one globe at this table that will become one of those.” Machin raised a finger to the lanterns that hung from the ceiling. Their globes glowed and sparkled without wicks or candles. The lanterns were filled with light from no discernable source.

Serah’s breath hitched. During my interview, Machin said he’d reveal the source of the light to his apprentice. She waited, hoping he’d continue on the subject.

Machin slowly bent forward until his nose touched the table, and then he disappeared behind it. When he emerged, his hands were filled with a gilded casing that shined copper.

“While you’ve been away,” he said, “I’ve been crafting this.”

“It’s beautiful.”

“I was hoping you’d say that.”

He lifted a round, crystal clear globe from the table and slid it inside the casing. It fit snugly between the gilded edges of the frame, allowing the bottom of the globe to stay suspended without a bottom. Serah’s breathing shallowed as Machin untied the pouch from his belt and shook its contents onto the table: a domed lid that matched the casing’s copper gleam.

He twisted the cap into the hollowed end of the globe. A sharp hiss drowned the clinking of metal to glass. The cap’s lower ridge glowed red.

Serah reached out, pausing when she felt a warm, dry heat, not unlike fire from the furnace. She snapped her hand away.

“How is this possible without fire?” she said.

“The metal reacted with the Celestial Glass to form a seal,” said Machin. He rubbed his hands together and smiled. “An impenetrable seal.”

Serah had difficulty returning his smile. Her brows pinched together. “Master Machin, if the globe is sealed, how are we to light the lantern?”

“That, Serah Kettel, will be one of your tasks. You must figure out how to open it again.”

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About the Author
Chess Desalls is the author of award-winning young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has been included in academic and industry publications, with a focus on law and technology. She's also a contributing editor for WritersTalk, South Bay Writers' monthly newsletter. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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  1. Loved the excerpt sounds awesome.

  2. Thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway,

  3. The book description and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

  4. Chess's books sound great! Looking forward to reading them. Thank you

  5. The excerpt sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  6. I liked both the excerpt, and the lovely book cover.

  7. Great excerpt and the covers are lovely, very artistic.

  8. Thanks for sharing the excerpt & the beautiful cover!

  9. Such a unique concept. Love it.

  10. This sounds like a great read! I love the cover.

  11. did anyone inspire your characters?

  12. Such a great premise. Sounds like a great read.

  13. I love the cover!


  14. thanks this sounds like a great book

  15. I like the book cover. Serah sounds like a good character in a fun adventure.