EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
by K. L. Kranes
The Travelers by K. L. Kranes is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.
Dagny lives a dangerous life. Pursued by an unknown enemy, Dagny and her family are always on the run and must use magic to stay hidden and safe. When Dagny meets Marc, everything changes. For the first time, she can imagine a future that doesn't involve constantly changing her life. Despite the risk, Dagny vows to stop running. But as their enemies start closing in, Dagny wonders if she can ever really live a normal life and if she can actually trust Marc.
This fast-paced debut novel by K. L. Kranes merges fantasy and romance and takes the reader on an exciting magical adventure.
Up until this point I had done a laudable job of evading my interest in him. I was not taken in by his affable nature. I was definitely not mesmerized by the way his gray-blue eyes crinkled at the edges into small triangles when he smiled. His long, prestigious nose and chiseled angular jaw also had no effect on me. Neither did the sexy scar on his neck. Also, I refused to be influenced by the way his muscular arms looked in his t-shirt. Some might say he was “cut” but I really didn’t notice.
Marc’s steel blue eyes glanced at me and my chest tightened. I was such a liar.
“Folks, this is the Captain speaking, we are preparing for our final decent,” said the voice over the loudspeaker. “For those of you who are headed to Dulles airport in Virginia after the layover, it looks as though due to a weather pattern in the East, we will not be able to get you there this evening. Please go to the ticket counter for assistance with lodging or re-booking flights.”
What did he say? We would have to stay in Vegas overnight? Excitement involuntarily rocketed through my body.
“I guess we’ll have more than 4 hours,” Marc said. My heart quickened.
The plane dropped suddenly and then leveled off. I grabbed the armrest and took a calming breath. I could Travel above the world on the wings of a raven but I hated to do it with just the wings of a plane. I’d rather fly using magic. It seemed safer.
My mother always held my hand on the landing. She’d squeeze it tightly and I would know it would be OK. I choked back a sob. She would never do that again.
Marc placed his palm on my hand. “You OK?” he asked.
The gesture was intimate, too intimate. I pulled my hand away. It was pointless. Sure, he was possibly attracted to this body. It was just a body, though. What would happen when he met the real me? I had been very careful with everything I said, so far. But I didn’t remember some of the most basic things. I would say something dumb. It was inevitable. He would start to see there is something wrong with me, that I’m not a real person. I’m just a broken soul wearing a person as a costume. Why would he want that?
He put his hand back in his lap awkwardly. The plane lurched and shook. I gripped the armrest tighter. His hand tensed as though he wanted to try to comfort me again. Shame washed over me.
The tires struck the tarmac and screeched as the plane finally touched down. Our bodies fought to stay still as the pilot yanked the break. Finally, the plane slowed and started taxiing to the gate.
Praise for the Book
"Boy this was really a good book. I didn't know what to expect, but I really enjoyed reading it. K. L. has a future as far as I am concerned. Looking forward to her next book. Really loved the format! Thanks so much." ~ judith g.
"This lovely debut of a book by K. L. Kranes is brainy, riveting, and thrilling, all at the same time. The story of Dagny, the spunky forgetful heroine, and her family, takes unexpected turns that at times can leave the reader breathless with anticipation. When you finish this fast paced, adrenaline filled, delight of a book you will find yourself wanting for K. L. Kranes to release the next book immediately!" ~ Deborah H.
"Fantastic read. Sucks you in right away and tough to put down. Appeals to everyone with great characters and unique plot. I have two little kids with very little time to read but once I started, I had to finish." ~ NatThibo
"I really enjoyed this book. It captured my attention immediately and kept me wanting to read more. The characters were well developed and came alive as the plot developed. Very well written, I might add." ~ Alysa R
"I really enjoyed this book! It was very suspenseful and kept me wanting to keep reading - definitely a page turner. I really liked how the book alternated between the characters' points of view. It allowed me to get a better understanding of each character. I would definitely recommend this book!" ~ Amazon Customer
About the Author
K. L. Kranes lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, daughter and their adorable dog. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communications. K. L. moved to New York City after college and worked in public relations before returning to her true passions of writing and editing. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and trying out new potential hobbies. Her latest endeavors include driving her dog crazy as she learns the guitar and making a fool of herself as a novice swing dancer.
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