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May 27, 2013

PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards - Guest Post & Giveaway! (BLOG TOUR)



Today we kick off the mini PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards BLOG TOUR! Author Elizabeth Richards is here today sharing a guest post and photos of how she pictures certain parts of the book, and what inspires her. Enjoy!



I believe it was Paul Rudnick who said “writing is 90 percent procrastination”, and that’s probably about right. As an author, I spend far too much of my day on Twitter and Facebook (it IS work, I promise!), or trawling the internet for ‘inspiration’—this usually means sending pictures of hot boys to my author friends and debating if he’d make a good character for one of our books. However, along the way, I do occasionally stumble across an image that sparks an idea for my WIP, which I quickly add to my Pinterest board, to be referenced later when I’m hitting my head against the laptop searching for inspiration. To celebrate the upcoming release of PHOENIX (A Black City Novel), every day this week I’ll be sharing an image from my Pinterest board, along with an exclusive excerpt from the scene that it inspired. Here’s the first image, to kick things off…

THE GILDED CITY



Source: George Tsypin “Glass City” 2009

Sharp-eyed readers of BLACK CITY might recall a place called Centrum, in the Dominion State, where Natalie lived after her father was murdered. The beautiful metropolis earned its nickname ‘The Gilded City’ because of its giltstone skyscrapers and sidewalks, and this photograph of George Tsypin’s amazing glass instillation really captures the essence of this prosperous and majestic place. Centrum also happens to be where the tyrannical leader of the United Sentry States, Purian Rose, lives and it’s with him that the story begins in PHOENIX…

EXCERPT
Purian Rose stepped out onto the balcony of the Golden Citadel, adjusting the white cotton glove on his right hand. The sun had just started to set over the city, making the giltstone buildings shimmer gold. He was greeted by the melody of a million voices calling out to him across the metropolis, united in their evening prayer. Normally this would bring a smile to his thin lips. Centrum was his creation, his perfect vision of the world: purity, faith and power combined. But not tonight. How could he be happy when everything he had worked so hard for was in jeopardy?

-from PHOENIX (A Black City Novel), page 1

PHOENIX (A Black City Novel) is released on June 4.  You can view the full synopsis on Goodreads.

Available on  Amazon † Barnes & Noble †  Indie Bound





Title: Phoenix (A Black City Novel, Book #2)
Released: June 2013
Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons
Synopsis

The much anticipated second book in the enthralling Black City series.

Engaged to be married, Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together, when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of the turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.

Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings. The only way to save everyone is to escape Black City and find the Ora, a powerful weapon that could take down Purian Rose for good. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon is easier said than done, if it even exists, and becomes a quest that could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.

Fast-paced and absorbing, Phoenix is a delicious, steamy can’t-put-down read.


Visit the following blogs all week to see where Elizabeth Richards takes you next, and for more chances to win!






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51 comments:

  1. OK, I need to read Black City and Phoenix. Am completely intrigued by the world and romance. Will be following the tour! Thanks!

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  2. I loved Black City and can not wait to read Phoenix!

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  3. I loved Black City and can not wait to read Phoenix!

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  4. I really love the covers of these books! Black City's still on my wishlist, but hopefully I'll get to read it soon. Then Phoenix. :)

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  5. AH! So exciting that the release date for Phoenix is finally really close! I loved Black City and will be eagerly awaiting Phoenix's release :)

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  6. OMG, OMG, OMG!! I can't wait to get my hands on Phoenix to read more of Ash's awesomeness!!

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  7. I AM IN LOVE OF THIS SERIES ... everything is sooooo perfect ... you made my world ....so awesome ... and this book... blow my mind .
    almendra in the rafflecopter

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  8. OMG, OMG, OMG, I can';t wait to get my hands on Phoenix!! Love the cover.

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  9. "this usually means sending pictures of hot boys to my author friends and debating if he’d make a good character for one of our books."

    Ahhhh! Best description of writing ever.

    Thanks for the post! I love reading down-to-earth guest posts by authors.

    Brynna

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  10. Eep!!! I got a chance to read it early. I absolutely LOVED it!!!

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  11. I'm really looking forward to Phoenix and see how the world building progresses!

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  12. I cannot wait for Phoenix! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I just read Black City. Can't wait to read this.

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  14. I looove this series! Cannot wait to see where else Elizabeth takes these characters!

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  15. Thanks for the excerpt. Can't wait to read Phoenix :-)

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  16. I still need to read the first book.

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  17. I really loved Black City and I can't wait to read Phoenix :)

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  18. God I can't wait!!! I loved Black City so much and the ending changed everything! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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  19. I can't wait for Phoenix!! I loved Black City sooo much and the ending changed everything! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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  20. That glass city artwork is beautiful. I probably stared at it for five minutes. Some of the glasswork just looks so real. (real like a skyline/buildings, not just glass) I haven't read this series yet but it's been on my radar since the first book came out. Thanks for the giveaway!

    flannabanana(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. oh man Black City was epic so I cannot wait for the unfurling of Phoenix!

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  22. Absolutely loved Black City ! Can't wait 'til Phoenix comes out :o !

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  23. Gorgeous photo!! Amazing covers for this series too!

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  24. I absolutely cannot wait to read Phoenix! I just NEED to know what happens next!!!

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  25. I haven't read this series yet, but I definitely want to!! Adding to my wishlist and TBR list :) Thank you for the great giveaway :)

    Cassandra
    closkot.blogspot.com

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  26. I haven't read either, but I'm very interested. Thanks for the great giveaway

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  27. Thanks to Good Choice Reading for highlighting this author-- its the great things about blogs, we get introduced to a wide range of writers. Would love to be a winner! Thanks to Elizabeth Richards for contributing to the giveaway!

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  28. I read Black City, and I can't wait to read Phoenix. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

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  29. I read and LOVED Black Cite & Can't WAIT to get my hands on Phoenix! It's right around the corner! Thanks for this AMAZING Giveaway! :)

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  30. I'm very pleased to see Phoenix become available. I'd really like to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. the pic are great and lov eto read and blog on the book for you

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  32. I am dying to read Phoenix to find out what happens next to Ash and Natalie!!! Thanks for the give away :)

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  33. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I cant wait to read this book Sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com

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  34. Wouldn't mind retiring at The Gilded City, it's mind blowing! So excited about Phoenix, fingers crossed.

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  35. Thanks so much for participating in the tour! I love the excerpt and The Gilded City pic looks magical! :)

    - Diana @amalia_chartres
    chaoticreader.blogspot.com

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  36. What a great way to share part of Phoenix by using images to introduce the excerpts.

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  37. I cannot wait for Phoenix, I loved Black City so much!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    ~k

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  38. Really enjoyed Black City, so can't wait to read this sequel!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    Leanne :)

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  39. That Pin is beautiful, and now when I reread Black City and FINALLY read Phoenix, it will be in my mind and make the story even better. And that excerpt just makes me very impatient. Can't wait for some more pins!

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  40. I have Black City sitting on my shelf, I really need to read it. But now I can read the two back to back without the wait!

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  41. I haven't begun this series yet, but it looks fantastic.

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  42. CAN'T WAIT TO READ PHOENIX!!! Aweeeesome!!
    xx Loie

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. These sound sooooo good. I really need to read them!

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  44. I am in love with Black City's and Phoenix' covers!!!

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  45. I am in love with Black City's and Phoenix' covers!!!

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