Today Danielle Ellison and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for SALT, releasing in early 2014! Check out the gorgeous cover, exclusive excerpt, and enter to win an eARC!
On to the reveals!
About the Book
Author: Danielle Ellison
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.
When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.
Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.
Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.
“Jealousy is cute on you, Pen.”
“Don’t call me that,” I snap, pushing my coffee away from me. “And I’m not jealous.”
He leans back on the chair. “Sure. And I don’t think you’re adorable.” I jerk my eyes up. He’s smiling. Screw this—this is so frustrating. I tap my foot under the table.
“We’re stating the facts, right?” he says.
“Right,” I say.
I don’t have time for this. And what is wrong with this coffee? I feel like I swallowed a fire and it’s all just burning at my stomach.
“You look sick again,” he says.
The poorly—or perfectly—timed waitress comes back with Carter’s coffee and a whole tray of drinks. Carter, obviously, flirts again. I don’t know if he’s doing it to get a reaction out of me, but I’m not going to give him one. I watch him and say nothing, but the whole time it feels darker inside my head and my stomach whirs. It’s more empty, and more full, and unsettled at once. The waitress turns to leave a when it happens.
The waitress coughs, as if she suddenly can’t breathe, and trips. She flies across the air. The tray spills all over a table of four. I gasp, horrified. Another waitress grabs her by the waist, trying to give her the Heimlich. The waitress coughs out the gum. She’s crying hysterically, apologizing to the customers dripping with water.
The weirdest part? As soon it happens, all the fury that was building up inside of me disappears. It’s calm again, normal. The change is so sudden that my fingernails dig into the table. All I can hear is the waitress’s cry.
“I don’t know what happened,” she sobs over and over again. I close my eyes. Everything inside me is completely still. No storm, no clawing, no emptiness or fullness. In fact, I’m suddenly starving.
Carter’s looking at me when I open my eyes. There’s something unsettling in his gaze, something suspicious.
“I gotta go,” I say. He starts to say something. I don’t stay long enough to find out what it is.
Somehow I just did magic.
Danielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly and talking to imaginary friends. When she grew up, she finally flew away (in an airplane) and started traveling the world. She hasn’t stopped yet, but someday she may decide to settle in one place. Her real life friends would definitely like that; they would probably also like if she stopped talking to her characters out loud.
SALT comes out in August 2013, and then it’s sequel. In January 2014, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS (book one of the BOUNDLESS Trilogy) comes out. She’s got a busy few years!
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It’s #PitchWars time!
Choosing four mentors to send an application to was ridiculously difficult, since they are all like freaking super heros! And can I just say that Brenda Drake is a NINJA!
Seeing on Twitter that writers are posting their bios, I thought it would be fun to come up with something little for potential mentors to read about little ol’ me.
1. I’m an 8th grade language arts teacher- Writing aside, I love teaching 13 and 14 year olds! I mean what greater joy could there be than getting kids excited about reading and writing? Plus, it helps that I still at age___ haven’t yet grown up. (You didn’t really think I’d reveal my age, did you?)
2. I caught the writing bug after hearing a Kelly Clarkson song. Weird right? Well, I could see this scene in my head so vividly I just had to write it down. This story never went anywhere, but right now I’m using parts in my latest WIP.
3. I swear like a sailor. I hold it inside around kids (mostly), but if you get to know me well, I’m sure my filter will disappear.
4. Stephen King is my hero. I mean, the man is insane but so smart and talented! Ditto for The-All-Mighty-Powerful Joss Whedon!
5. I have a tattoo that I will add to when I sign with an agent. That will be my celebratory gift to myself. It’s super old and I paid $15 to get it done in the basement of this guy when I was in college. Might I mention that when I was a teen I pierced my own ear 2x?
6. Getting my first agent is a dream and of course I want to sell my novel, but it’s not why I write. There is just something inside that’s been begging to be let out for years and I’ve finally been able to give it a voice. Kinda like an alien that has incubated long enough and is ready to hatch. Now there are visions of a drooling alien standing in front of Sigourney Weaver dancing around my head.
7. I think I’m a closet geek. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my hero and I’m really invested in the show Arrow, so much so that my daughter and I have begun buying The Black Canary comic books. Shhhhh!
8. I am a huge baseball fan. YANKEES ALL THE WAY! I yell at the TV during a game more than the guys in my family (and I have a huge family).
9. After reading my novel, the question most asked is: What is wrong with you? AND Did something terrible happen to you that I don’t know about? Swear it’s nothing like that. I just like the creepy and dark.
10. Honestly, I’m ready to work more on my story and I’m looking for a mentor who’ll push me to make my writing better. Seriously, I can take it:)
Don’t forget there are others out there posting, so check out the other links here: http://dcmorin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pitchwars-mentee-contender-bio-blog-hop.html?showComment=1386031494274#c7956056573365439527
I’ve finally gotten to begin reading THE BOOK THIEF. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Liesel’s journeys that I pushed it right to the top of my TBR pile. So far, the book is a slow read but I’m enjoying it. The jury is still out as to whether or not I’ll go see the movie version or not.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
FIRE & FLOOD Bonus Scene
Harper Shaw, Minor Character
The Brimstone Bleed started four hours ago, give or take. I’ve traveled as far as necessary for now, put adequate distance between myself and the other Contenders. There will be plenty who travel without stopping, without making a plan.
Like the others, I don’t know anything about this race, only that I need the prize—the Cure—more than I need my own beating heart. I can still remember my mother’s words as I left our home.
“I don’t know where you think you’re going, Harper,” she said. “But you can’t just leave us like this. Not now.”
But I did leave. It’s not like I could tell her about the invitation. Or explain what would happen next. Because the truth was, I didn’t know. Two days ago, I was lounging on my bed, listening to Linkin Park and watching MTV on mute. Today, I’m here, in a jungle, fighting to save the most important person in my life.
A caw rips through the late afternoon, and the dense canopy overhead rustles. I breathe in the smell of rich, damp soil that is almost invigorating. The air is thick and damp and clings to my skin, and everywhere I look is a plant I’ve never seen before. The world is a canvas of purple vines and orange flowers and greenery that swallows the ground beneath my feet. It’s both horrific and captivating at once.
Every few seconds, I stop to swipe insects off my skin. It doesn’t bother me. I’m not the squeamish type. The only thing I’m worried about is the egg in my Brimstone Bleed issued bag. A Pandora, the device said. An animal that will help me win this competition. My heart roars in my chest when the bag against my hip stirs once again.
Now that we’re alone, I drop to my knees and remove the egg. When I see a prominent crack down the side, my entire body buzzes with anticipation. I’ve never had a pet before. Not a dog, not a cat…not even a goldfish. And now I’m supposed to travel with an animal that could potentially save my life and Lillian’s? It’s hard to absorb.
The egg cracks again, and I freeze. My hands hover over the iridescent shell, unsure of what to do. But this Pandora doesn’t need my help. It’s eager to escape its prison, eager to fulfill its destiny. I admire its tenacity already, but my stomach churns wondering what my Pandora will be like. Will it be ruthless? Endearing? Will it make it so that I don’t feel utterly alone?
The egg burst open and I fall back, a gasp escaping my throat. I glance around to ensure we are alone. And when I look back, my hands shaking, my eyes widening, I see it—
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