July 28, 2012

#AADNOLA Author Spotlight: Melanie Card + ebook giveaway!

Enjoy this excerpt from Ward Against Death:

Her eyes narrowed and her hand snaked under the pillow. “It’s not wise to enter a lady’s bedchamber without her consent.”

Ward plastered on his calmest, gentlest expression. The newly wakened dead often assumed they had just roused from sleep. “You’ve been unwell.”

Her icy blue eyes examined him, her gaze jumping from his face, to his wig, to his jacket, and back to his face. “Unwell? Is that what my father told you?”

“In a manner of speaking.” She wasn’t acting the way she was supposed to.

Noblewomen, particularly those around his age, were usually demure or aloof—not suspicious.

“Well, I’m fine, and I’m sorry my father troubled you.” She threw back the covers, sat up, and stepped onto the thick rug. “Now go, be a good doctor, and tell my family I’m healthy and sleeping.” She punctuated her last word by pulling her nightdress over her head, revealing a slim waist, athletic muscles, and pale skin marked with the purple bruises of livor mortis along her back. And no other clothes.

“But—” He flushed and spun around to face the wall. “What are you doing?” No. Wait. What was he doing? He’d seen a dead naked woman before. Just never like this.

She chuckled. “I’m going for a walk.”

“A what? No—You can’t.” She really wasn’t acting the way she was supposed to.

“I beg to differ.”

The situation was spiraling out of hand. Damn it, he had to take control. He was the necromancer, she the newly awakened. She was supposed to listen to him.

He turned to confront her. Thankfully, she was fully dressed—in men’s clothes, but at least she was dressed. “Listen, I—”

She slipped her hand under her pillow and removed a sheathed dagger.

Great Goddess! She kept a dagger under her pillow? Ward inched toward the door to block her escape without appearing obvious, although he had no idea what he’d do if she fought him. Why did he always get stuck with the difficult corpses?


Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…

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About Melanie Card

Melanie has always been drawn to storytelling and can't remember a time when she wasn’t creating a story in her head. Her early stories were adventures with fairies and dragons and sword swinging princesses.

Today she continues to spin tales of magic in lands near and far, while her cat sits on the edge of her desk and supervises. When she’s not writing, you can find her pretending to be other people with her local community theatre groups.

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Melanie Card is giving away one eBook Copy of WARD AGAINST DEATH to one of our readers! 

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  1. This is going to be a bit different from most books out there right now. There aren't many books where the necromancer is the lead. I've read a couple both by Kelley Armstrong. I look forward to the read.

  2. This sounds like it's going to be be good. I want to read more after that little teaser! ;)

  3. Now this is a book I can get into. It's not the normal thing out on the market today. I love the oddity books.
    Thanks for the introduction to it.

  4. The surgeon-turned-necromancer angle does sound intriguing.

  5. I just felled in love in author's writing style because of the excerpt! Seems amazing!

  6. Ward Against Death sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Loved the spotlight on this book. I've been really curious about it. The premise is definitely intriguing.

  8. I'm going to NOLA this year and I would love to get to know this author better and read her book because it sounds awesome.

  9. The teaser makes me want more!! Thanks so much!!

  10. It sounds like a fantastic book...thank you so much

  11. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  12. This book sounds ridiculously good and I can't wait to read it. I like necromancer stories because there is so much that you can do with the story. Thanks for posting about it.

  13. Cant wait to read this book it sounds amazing.Thank you for this chance to win it.Have a fantastic weekend .

  14. Ooh, love the cover. :D sounds good too. :D

  15. What an awesome cover and the story sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  16. Yes the cover is gorgeous. I saw one review for this and I really want to read it!

  17. This looks like it would be a really good series! I'm excited to check it out :)

  18. Looks like she doesnt't really know she is dead... Sounds great! :D

  19. The only necromancer book I've read is Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. I hope this book is funny as well!

  20. I have never read a necromancer book before, but I love the aspect that nothing is as it seems with the female character. I would love to see how it all comes together and if the ever find the justice she seeks.

  21. I like what I see and can't wait to like what I read. If my gal pal Damarias say's its kickass, I'm there. Way to go girl! See you in NOLA!

  22. Oh wow! First review I've seen on this book. Definitely going on my wishlist if I \don't win a copy.

  23. This sounds pretty darn intriguing. I really like the cover; it is very eye-catching. I think, if the whole book is as good as the excerpt, we might just have a prize on our hands. Can't wait to find out!

  24. Sounds really really good - and it sure doesn't hurt that the cover is amazing.

  25. This sounds like a great book also love the cover! Great post thanks for sharing!

  26. I have not heard about this book until I read your blog post! OMG, now I really want to read it :).

  27. Yaay! Thanks so much. I saw that I won on Twitter, and I am excited! I didn't get an email, though, and I wanted to let you know so I didn't pass the deadline without knowing it. Just in case, here is my address again.



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