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!
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…
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.
Released: June 2013
Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons
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.
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