Monday 9 October 2017

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - A Memory of Fire by R.L. Stedman

A Memory of Fire
(SoulNecklace Stories #3)
Author: R.L. Stedman
Publication Date: October 1st, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:
About my wrist is a tattoo of roses, strung like beads on a bracelet of thorns. I have a past, if only I could remember — but I cannot remember.

Held captive in a strange city, Dana dreams of fire and flight. There is something she must find, but she does not know what it is, or why it is important. If only her dreams would let her rest.

Half a world away, Will studies a new, exciting discipline. But while N’tombe the enchantress is impressed by his newfound skills, inside he feels only desperation. A terrible moment is approaching; soon, Dana must face her final ordeal. Is his new power enough to save her? And is he prepared for what might happen next?

In this thrilling conclusion to the award-winning SoulNecklace Stories, Will and Dana must make a heart-breaking choice. A choice that may change their world forever.

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"About my wrist is a tattoo of flowers; six roses, strung like beads on a bracelet of thorns. I have a past, if only I could remember. But I cannot remember.

Twice a day a serving girl delivers food and water. Her dark hair swings across her face like a curtain. She reminds me of a shadow.

Who am I? Why am I here?

I open the door to my chamber. Two guards in chain mail stand on either side of the entranceway. For a moment they look surprised, then their spears bar my way. Behind the soldiers I see wide wooden stairs, leading down into darkness. From the shadows comes a dry rustling, like leaves scudding in the wind. In the shade of the stairwell something moves. There are more guards than just these men.

Thoughts fragment. The world turns. The serving girl appears and departs again. Days become nights and nights become days. I lie staring at a white ceiling from which hangs a red lamp. I have no name, no voice.

Below lies a city and a courtyard with a silver fountain. Far in the distance are snow-capped peaks, with names I do not know. In dreams I feel the tug and pull of planets, the cold dust between the stars. There is music here; I sing fragments of song to tie the memory to my heart. If I can capture the truth of my dreams, I might remember who I am. And then I will be whole.

Time continues onwards until, without any warning, I have another dream. And it changes everything. This was my dream ..."

About the Author 
Award-winning author Rachel Stedman lives in Dunedin, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Her first novel, A Necklace of Souls, won Best First Novel at the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014. In 2012 Rachel was the winner of the Tessa Duder Award and was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award. If she’s not got her nose in a book, she’s on instagram or twitter (@rlstedman) or at her local library. Her website is

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  1. Congrats on your new release and I wish you the very best. Thanks also for the excerpt and giveaway.


  3. Oops I accidentally pasted in my comment haha. Thanks for hosting today! :)

  4. Wishing you every success with your latest offering, Rachel!

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

  6. Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing it.

  7. This excerpt was absolutely intriguing, and the cover is great!

  8. Memories come and go, but a bitchin' tattoo is forever.

  9. I love the cover and thanks for sharing!

  10. thanks so much for the posting and all the comments. Much appreciated xxx

  11. From reading the description and excerpt I am interesting in reading this book but first I want to read the other books in the series.

  12. did anyone influence your characters?

  13. thanks this sounds like a great book

  14. The cover is awesome. Thanks for hosting.