Sky’s End by Lesley Young – Excerpt and Giveaway

 

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A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around – so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.

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When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.

Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother – even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

Enjoy this exclusive excerpt:

I make for the entrance, determined not to be left behind. Dig deep Cassiel, you can do this. Quickly I move all the way in—someone has blown the lights—so no one inside can see my silhouette in the doorframe. A thick smog, about three feet high, greatly reduces ground visibility. The only noise is a muffled alarm,which one of us must have tripped, going off. I stick close to the wall, entering the first room slowly. I observe nothing in the dim light given off by the equipment but a typical outpost room. Comms, satts, a few tables and chairs. I look around again. There! Bloody handprints on the wall near the entrance to a room on the west side. I catch my breath. This is wrong. Very wrong.

A loud bang makes me jump, and the sound of wrestling in the room next door sends me into action. I race for the entrance, and go down like a ton of bricks. My chin hits the floor and by the grace of a nebula, I don’t bite my tongue.

Unbelievable. Did I really just fall on my face? Dazed, I don’t bother trying to shake off the distorted vision. It begins to clear on its own.

I must have tripped over something in the fog. Heart fluttering, I twist around on the ground prepared for a Gogol, but it’s clearly Stoddard’s buzz cut. I crawl up to him real close because of the thick fog, and see, what the . . .?

I can’t believe my eyes. Stoddard’s throat is slit. Wide open. Less than one foot from my face. Blood, lots of it, on my arms and hands, and I make the connection about why I felt something wet on me as I crawled over to him. Is he dead? Of course he’s dead. He looks doll-like. I have never seen a dead person before.

I sit up, my legs straight in front of me, shocked. To the core. This is . . . wrong. I rub my hands on my legs desperately, but the blood just gets stickier. I hear a whimper. From me, I think.

More banging next door. My head pops up. Focus. Drumming! That’s your heart, idiot. I lean forward on my hands to get up and feel a wave of dizziness. I prop myself up as best as I can and weave my way toward the next room’s opening.

About the Author:

Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.

Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.

Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, décor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.

Soul Mate Publishing releases “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Excerpt sounds intriguing. Congrats on the new release. thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  3. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I liked the excerpt is very suspense full and I want to know what happens next!!!

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

  4. wow, it left me wanting to read so much more than just the little blurb!! very descriptive and got my heart pumping, like i was right there!! 🙂

  5. Rita Wray says:

    Another great excerpt.

  6. Thanks for all the comments and for hosting!

  7. What an exciting and frightening excerpt.

  8. Betty Olsen says:

    Loved the excerpt and this really sounds like a fantastic book-not my usual genre but this one really sounds good.

  9. Angie Turner says:

    This sounds amazing!

  10. SHELLEY S says:

    GREAT EXCERPT! GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  11. Wooh! The excerpt is so intriguing, it’s great!

  12. I really like the way you drop the reader right into the action.

  13. I was lost for a moment but obviously I had to read the whole thing to understand it LOL I has definitely piqued my interest =D

  14. this looks really suspenful!

  15. Mare Bookworm says:

    I got a bit distracted by the names with apostrophes, but it sure looks interesting! I think space and/or sci-fi YA is the next big trend.

  16. Ramon Rojas says:

    Thanks for the excerpt. It’s really interesting.

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