Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March Giveaway Madness #9: Strong Blood by Dale Ibitz

Strong Blood (Last Moon Rising Series #2) by Dale Ibitz:

The war between nature's gods continues to rage on Eyidora and Haley, descendant of the Air Eyid, struggles with her own battles.

She's mired in a battle with Ian, the Fire Eyid descendant, over the lost Eyid stones. She needs the stones to stop the war, and he needs the stones to destroy Eyidora. She knows where the Land Eyid stone is hidden, and she races to Tamoor to find it before Ian does. 

Haley still doesn't trust Tuggin, the stone-faced Eyidoran assigned to protect her. As a Menta witch, he's adept at lying, mind-control, and killing. Even though Haley is starting to believe that Tuggin may be serving more than one master, she continues to battle her feelings for him, never sure which duty he feels most inclined to serve.

But Haley's biggest battle of all comes when she meets Luke and Telsa, twins with undeniable strength. Haley invites them to join her on her mission to find the Land Eyid stone. Has she put her trust in someone who may be just as dark and dangerous as the descendant of Fire himself?

***Please leave your NAME & EMAIL for a chance to win one print and one ebook of this second book in an exciting fantasy series. Drawing 3/20/13***


I closed my eyes, and the still-childish part of me longed for my mom. There was one place I could go to feel close to her. I bolted from my room and scurried down the hall. Head down, focused on reaching the Portrait Hall – where I hoped I could sort out my nightmares and insecurities – I rounded the corner and smacked into a very firm, very warm obstruction. 

An exotic, coconut scent invaded my head and warmed my veins. My breath evaporated in a tiny gasp, a mental sigh popping like a bubble inside my head. A tongue of electricity caressed my spine, and my stomach muscles spasmed. I didn’t need to lift my gaze to know what I’d just run in to.


I stepped back. We stared at each other in the cold hallway, and that faint buzz of electricity I felt whenever I came into contact with Tuggin skittered over my body. My conflicted feelings about him battled in my chest, taking a couple of nicks at my heart. While my body initiated a melt-down sequence when I gazed at his ice-blue eyes, longish, dirty-blond hair, and over-all Greek Godiness, my brain registered several shortcomings in the demeanor department. Emotionally he was a void – a zero, a big, fat nothing – and snarkier than a hornet trapped in a used pee cup. Not to mention that he disliked me. 

His black tunic brushed against muscled arms and wide chest, which narrowed down to a pair of solid hips and long, strong, legs. I bit my lip, trying to not think about what lay beneath those clothes. I tried to douse the heat slipping through my gut, but the flare of nostrils indicated Tuggin had already spied the taint of my infatuation. I sucked my lips between my teeth. Damn, but he was serious hall-god material.

Tuggin leaned against the wall with his arms crossed. His gaze held the warmth of a glacier and the softness of boulder. I tried to meet him glare for glare, the trickling warmth that had ignited my spine a moment ago icing over.

As my Menta-protecter, Tuggin always knew what I was feeling, and what I was thinking. Mentas were trained to fight, to influence people’s thoughts, and to read emotions. Those powers made them pretty well-suited to protecting Council members and Eyid-emos. That was, of course, before the war had erupted generations ago, and those Council members and Eyid-emos who weren’t killed went into hiding. At that point, the Mentas took control of Eyidora. 

Those powers also enabled Mentas to become very adept at assassination. 

And Tuggin was dammed good at his job; he’d saved my ass on more than one occasion.

***Please leave your NAME & EMAIL for a chance to win one print and one ebook of this second book in an exciting fantasy series. Drawing 3/20/13***




  1. wow..the plot sounds cool..i would to try this book..
    Name: Iris Yeo

  2. I would love an ebook copy. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway.
    nancy reece

  3. Sounds like an exciting series. I would definitely like a chance to read this one. Thank you! ~April
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  4. What a fascinating read this is going to be.


  5. That was a nice excerpt


  6. I cannot wait to read it!!! I just LOVE fantasy novels like this one!!!


  7. Wow sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Another book for my tbr pile! Thanks for sharing!

    tobihelton at gmail dot com

  9. Congratz Andrew (print winner) and L (ebook winner)! You should get your prizes shortly :)


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