Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Excerpt and Giveaway: Once by Anna Carey



This excerpt is from the first chapters of ONCE. After spending several months in Califia, Eve has been kidnapped by one of the King’s soldiers. She’s taken to the City of Sand, a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. Here she sees the Palace for the first time and discovers the fate that awaits her...

Once Excerpt

    The Jeep was turning left, cutting up a long road that snaked toward a massive white building. Rows of government Jeeps sat out front. Soldiers were stationed along a strip of narrow trees, machine guns slung across their backs. I stared up at the expansive structure. The main entrance was lined with sculptures—winged horses, angels, women with their heads cut off. After driving so many miles we were here. The Palace.
    The King was waiting for me.
    Stark took me from the Jeep, his hand clamping down on my arm. I could barely breathe as we entered the circular marble lobby. The King’s face had haunted me for months. I thought of the photo I’d grown up with in School. His thin grey hair hung over his forehead. His skin was loose around his jowls and his beady eyes were always watching, following you wherever you went.
    Soldiers milled about the lobby, some talking, others pacing in front of a fountain. Stark took me through a set of gold doors and into a small mirrored elevator. He punched a code into the keypad inside. The doors slid shut and then we were moving, up, up, my stomach rocking as the floors flew past—fifty gone, then fifty more.
    “You’re going to regret this,” I said, straining against the plastic rope around my wrists. “I’ll tell him what you did. How your men threw me to the ground in that parking lot. You threatened to kill me.” I looked down at the gash in my arm, where the blood was crusted black.
    Stark shook his head. “Whatever it takes,” he said, his voice flat. “Those were my orders. Do whatever it takes to bring you here.” Then he turned to me, his eyes bloodshot. He clutched the collar of my shirt and pulled me toward him so my face was just inches from his. “Those men you killed were like brothers to me. They served with me every day for three years. The King will never punish you for what you did, but I will make sure you never forget what happened that day.”
   The doors opened before us with a terrifying bing! Stark’s nails dug into my arm as he led me to a room across the carpeted hall. “You’ll wait for him here.” Then he pulled a knife from his belt and sliced the plastic restraints in two. My hands tingled from the sudden rush of blood to my fingers.
    The door closed. I leapt up and grabbed the handle, knowing before I even tried it that it would be locked. A long mahogany table sat in the center of the room, surrounded by a few heavy chairs. A massive window looked out onto the City, a two-foot ledge just a few inches below. I went to the glass, wedging my fingers beneath the pane, straining against it. “Please,” I muttered under my breath. “Please just open.”
    “They’re sealed shut,” a voice said. I turned. Standing in the doorway was a man of about sixty. He had gray hair and thin, papery skin.
    I stepped away from the window, my hands dropping to my sides. He wore a deep-blue suit and a silk tie, the New American crest embroidered on his lapel. He stalked forward, taking one slow lap around me, his eyes scanning my tangled auburn hair, the linen shirt soaked through with sweat, the scrapes around my wrists from where I’d been bound. He studied the wound on my arm. When he finally finished his survey he stood before me, then reached out and stroked my cheek. “My beautiful girl,” he said, running his thumb over my brow. “You’re here.”

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23 comments:

  1. If this wasn't already on my TBR list, it would be after that excerpt!

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  3. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Well, I do make a mean trifle. :)

    Great excerpt. I was on the fence about continuing this series, but once again, I've let my curiosity get the best of me. :P

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  5. I would bring some brownies, bc let's face it, they are the best thing on earth. And maybe some ice cream too.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. Oh, I would bring Anna some amazingly decadent Sweet Marie bars, with chocolate, peanut butter, rice kris pies and caramel - yum!! I'm sure that would get me a great book secret!

    Thanks for the excerpt and the entry!

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  7. I would bring a double chocolate cake. yummy!

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  8. I would bring her a really moist triple chocolate fudge cake, where the chocolate syrup is oozing out of the cake... Yum :D

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  9. I would offer up my sinfully delicious triple chocolate mocha cupcakes with white chocolate frosting! Thanks for the chance!

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  10. I just found the perfect recipe for White Chocolate chip Red Velvet cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting. That's what I'd bring ;)

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  11. Cookies. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies can change the world.

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  12. Hmm......maybe the classic choocolate chip cookies, or strawberry shortcake ice-cream. OOH! NO! My mom's cheescake chocolate chip cookies. :D

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  13. I would offer her double fudge brownies with chocolate frosting on top with mini m&m's on the frosting:)
    -JennyC

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  14. I'm not sure of Anna's tastes but I think a chocolate-strawberry cheesecake might get her talking.

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  15. I'd bring her blueberry cheesecake followed by a double chocolate icecream!

    Thanks so much:)

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  16. Chocolate cheesecake. Yum! Who can turn down chocolate cheesecake?!

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  17. Let's see... Tiramisu seems too stereotypical as a "fancy dessert." I think I'll just give her some creme brulee.

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  18. I love desserts too, so I would give her a sticky bun from Fritz's Bakery. They are to die for.

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  19. I would like to bring her creme brulee for dessert. Yum!

    GFC: Na

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  20. I would bring funfetti cupcakes. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Oh, I love desserts as well, I'd bring her an Oreo Ice Cream cake, it is to die for! Or a slice of chocolate pie, or some Oreo pie from Baker's Square, it is ultimately amazing.

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  22. Ohh deserts... :) I would probably bring Anna a bear claw (really sweet Danish type of desert) from my favorite bakery.

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  23. CALEB! C'mon. Like a white knight to Eve and on a horse no less. But Arden is a close second, for all that she isn't exactly there much.

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