Monday, February 20, 2012

Excerpt + ebook Giveaway with Augusta Blythe, author of Winterborne and Ravenstoke

Today we have indie author, Augusta Blythe with us to share an excerpt of her book Ravenstoke and a giveaway.

Before the excerpt, I thought you might like to learn more about the books in this series. Below are the summaries and covers:

 Winterborne (Universe Unbound #1)

Sixteen-year old Mia Winterborne is destined to be special. Details are sketchy, though, as her dad disappeared with all the answers when she was five. Mia only knows that she'll inherit her kickass superpowers on her seventeenth birthday. Helping Mia prepare for her anticipated ascendancy is Loie Bryce, her best friend and eternal sidekick extraordinaire. The girls' intense friendship has never wavered until now, when Andreas arrives in Salcey Ridge. They both fall hard for the British hottie, who quickly becomes a fixture in their lives. When they discover that Andreas is not who he appears to be, the frightening reality of Mia's powers finally hits home. The nearer Mia's birthday draws, the more the danger escalates and long-buried lies are exposed, putting the girls on a path that they never expected.

Find it on Goodreads, Amazon

 Ravenstoke (Universe Unbound #2)

In Winterborne, Loie and Mia's seventeenth birthdays brought more drama and surprises than they ever expected. Now, in Ravenstoke, they are adjusting to the aftermath and struggling to keep those newfound powers in check. When Andreas is called away to England under mysterious circumstances, a new guy is sent to Salcey Ridge in his place. Cian is smarmy and cocksure and Loie wants nothing more than to unleash a hellhound on him. Unfortunately, Cian isn't the only complication in their lives as the girls must also contend with the reappearance of Mr. Winterborne himself and Loie's most dreaded fear of all - a part in the school musical. Can the girls survive the rest of junior year unscathed.

Find it on Goodreads and Amazon

Excerpt from Ravenstoke:

Once back at the house, I creep in through the patio door and jet upstairs before Georgia sees me.  The last thing I need is to explain why I’m soaking wet and what happened to my pants.  Mia is already upstairs.  Upon hearing my footsteps, she hurries into my room and lets out a hearty laugh when she sees the state I’m in.
“Hey, don’t mock,” I say, taking off Cian’s black jacket and stripping off the rest of my wet clothes.  I grab a towel and rub it vigorously all over me.  “I almost died.”
“In your Hello Kitty underpants?  That would’ve sucked.”
“Yes, Mistress of the Obvious, it certainly would have.  I root around for a decent outfit.  “Have you read anything about kelpies?” 
Mia thinks for a moment.  “They look like horses and drag people to their death under water, usually a lake or river.”  She glances at the wet pile of clothes on the floor and back at me.  “Are you serious?  A kelpie in Salcey Ridge?”
“Why not?”  I sigh.  “Bring us your kelpie, your homicidal pixies, your huddled masses of magic-folk yearning to practice the black arts freely.”  
“Hyberbolic much?”
I pull on a pair of jeans and a light blue sweater.  There, much more flattering, although I don’t know why I care how I look for Cian McSlick.  Basic vanity, I guess.
“Whose jacket is that?” she asks, eyeing the clearly masculine jacket on the bed.
I give my head a little shake to clear away memories of the pixie.  “Cian’s.  Oh yeah, forgot to mention Cian.”
“Keane?  Like the band?”                       
“Yes, the entire band of Keane happened to pass by and rescue me from the clutches of a kelpie.  They’re standing on the riverbank in a brooding formation, playing a song about it as we speak.”
Mia ignores my sarcasm.  “Stranger things have happened to us.”  I can’t argue with that.  “So who is he?”
“Some Universal assigned to stalk me until Andreas gets back.”
“Someone you met in Sanctuary?”
“Nope.  New guy.”
“Is he hot?”
“He’s slimy and sleazy and I’ll bet the only animal he can morph into is a snake.”
“Wow,” Mia says, “all that in how many minutes of meeting him?  Sounds like a keeper.  So where can we find this Cian?  Somewhere Only We Know?”
I groan.  An actual Keane joke from Mia.  Will wonders never cease?  “He’s staying at the cabin.  Please come with me.  I feel like he’s going to pull the old yawn, stretch so he can put his arm around me.”  
“Well, he already managed to get you out of your pants.”
I roll my eyes in disgust.  “I need back-up, not back talk.”
“Wild horses couldn’t drag me away,” she says with a wink.  Oh, the hilarity at my expense.  I’ll remember this the next time she skids toward death. 


 About the author:

Augusta Blythe is the author of Winterborne and Ravenstoke, YA urban fantasy novels. She is also the author of Hostel Takeover written under the pseudonym Keeley Bates. She currently lives in England with her husband, two children, a clown fish, a cleaner shrimp and a mine urchin.

Find her on Goodreads, her blog, Twitter, and Facebook


I have an ebook copy (.mobi, .epub or PDF) of both Winterborne and Ravenstoke to give away. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form.

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Good luck, everyone! I hoped you all enjoyed the excerpt today.


  1. These books look good! I really like the covers :)

  2. *fingers crossed* I hope to win this giveaway :)

  3. I would love to read these books! Thanks for the chance.

  4. These sound interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. These look like interesting books. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. Thanks for the opportunity to win these books. :-) I enjoy your blog.

  6. My grandson asked me if I knew of any good books for him to read, I think I can tell him to read your books.

    Clenna at aol dot com

  7. Haven't heard of your books before but I like the sound of them. Thanks for the chance to win.


  8. These look great seen then on a few blogs and would love to read them myself.

  9. Hi Augusta, What is England really like? Have you ever been to the USA? What made you write stories like these? I have to tell you i have not read these books but the reviews make me what to right now. I hope i win, Thanks Joannie P.S. Erika have a Great Day also. jscddmj [at] aol [dot] com

    1. Hi Joannie. Thanks for coming by to check out the excerpt and giveaway and please have a great day yourself :D

  10. Very nice please enter me


  11. I am dying to read these books, Augusta! Congrats on their awesomeness :) LOL Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  12. Awesome giveaway!! Would love to be entered!!
    yabookaddict at hotmail dot com

  13. Can't wait to read Ravenstoke. I would love to have these on my shelves at school.

  14. Love the covers! Thanks for the chance to win AND read your books!

  15. I haven't heard of these books before today. They sound very interesting.

    Lisa S F

  16. Would love to read these books, thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Oooohhh, these books look great! I love the covers! There aren't too many books out there right now that don't feature people on the covers, that are very intriguing. But, these pull me in and make me want to read them! Thanks!

  18. Hi! These books sounds interesting! The covers are a bit scary but still, I like them! Thanks for this chance, I would love to read them!


  19. Oh these look interesting! Good luck to everyone who's entered :)

  20. Thank you for giving away both books that is really awesome of you. This is actually the first time I am hearing about these. Both sound really great and I especailly want to read Winterborne to find out what Mia's powers are. I can't wait to read these.

  21. Both books sound wonderful - just the kind I like to read. I also really like the covers. They would certainly grab my attention, especially "Winterborne." After reading that, I would naturally go on to "Ravenstoke!" Thanks for the great giveaway.

  22. These sound fantastic! Thanks for the chance!