August 31, 2010

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted

by: Mizb of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can do it, here's how:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences/paragraphs from somewhere on that page.

4. Share the title and the author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

Be careful not to include SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away, you don't want to ruin the book for others.)

Here's our tease for the week:

Alyxandra Harvey - Blood Feud
The action and romance continue as the Drakes face a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge. It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.

The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.

This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more. 

Teaser by Dee:
"Is that your young man?" Kala whispered hoarsely. Isabeau flicked him a glance. 

"This is Logan Drake," she said, "Logan, this is Kala."
"Nice to meet you." My training was such that I could bow and keep a grip on my weapon at the same time. 
Kala crackled. There was no other word for it.

"Told you the bones never lie," she said. I could have sworn Isabeau blushed. Magda looked at her sharply, then at me.

"What?" I asked. 
"This is hardly the time," Isabeau murmured, "And it's not like that."

Page 137 - Blood Feud - The Drake Chronicles. 

End of Teaser

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

THE NAMESAKE follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli arrive in America at the end of the 1960s, shortly after their arranged marriage in Calcutta, in order for Ashoke to finish his engineering degree at MIT. Ashoke is forward-thinking, ready to enter into American culture if not fully at least with an open mind. His young bride is far less malleable. Isolated, desperately missing her large family back in India, she will never be at peace with this new world.

Soon after they arrive in Cambridge, their first child is born, a boy. According to Indian custom, the child will be given two names: an official name, to be bestowed by the great-grandmother, and a pet name to be used only by family. But the letter from India with the child's official name never arrives, and so the baby's parents decide on a pet name to use for the time being. Ashoke chooses a name that has particular significance for him: on a train trip back in India several years earlier, he had been reading a short story collection by one of his most beloved Russian writers, Nikolai Gogol, when the train derailed in the middle of the night, killing almost all the sleeping passengers onboard. Ashoke had stayed awake to read his Gogol, and he believes the book saved his life. His child will be known, then, as Gogol.

Teaser by Maria:

"And then the grand finale the moment they have all been waiting for. To predict his future path in life, Gogol is offered a plate holding a clump of cold Cambridge soil dug up from the backyard, a ballpoint pen, and a dollar bill, to see if he will be a landowner, scholar, or businessman. Most children will grab at one fo them, sometimes all of them, but Gogol touches nothing." (page 40) 

End of Teaser 

Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory's magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe, but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon she'll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe's ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn't been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?

 Teaser by Lisa:

"Cease your babbling! I have little faith in your judgement anymore. This mission is now in your brother's purview. He will succeed in this where you have failed. She is old enough now to be vulnerable to a man, and from what you have told me, she has become wistful after love like most maids. Even if she has this inner strength you speak of, he will crush it." (Page 63)

End of Teaser


  1. Oh, I really, REALLY want to read Hearts at Stake and Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey. I've heard so many great things about both of the books, but I haven't had a chance to read them yet. Thanks for sharing the teaser!

    If you're interested, my teaser is here.

  2. Great teasers! Have to say the 1st and 3rd certainly got my attention... *curious*


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