Monday, November 18, 2013

Forty Night Book Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway

Forty Nights (Neima's Arc #2) by Stephanie Parent 
Neima, her family, and her grandfather Noah have found themselves trapped aboard an ark as a great flood destroys all life in the world. As their time aboard the ark lengthens, food begins to run out, wild animals grow restless, and family tensions become as much of a threat as the flood outside. In the second and final installment of Neima’s Ark, the stakes are higher, the conflicts are greater, and Neima finds herself facing a choice as impossible as the destruction all around her.

Forty Nights is a continuation of the story begun in Forty Days, and it’s recommended that you read Forty Days first for the best experience. Forty Nights does, however, contain a character guide to refresh readers’ memories. The Neima’s Ark series is a historical, feminist reimagining of the story of Noah’s Ark rather than a religiously oriented one, and the novels are best suited for readers who are comfortable with new interpretations of biblical stories.

Forty Days, the first half of Neima's story, is free on all major ebook retailers including Amazon.

Author Bio:
Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.
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Shai turns toward the cage and says, “The other dove—he’s rejected Aliye, hasn’t he? We can’t put her back in that cage now. We kept them apart for too long.”
“Yes, I—I think so.” I have the sick feeling that we’ve stepped beyond our place somehow, taking these animals, separating and pairing them off, keeping them caged here. We do not own these creatures, don’t control them even if we try to—certainly we can’t control the tigers, the jackals, the wolves. Look what’s happened when we’ve tried to interfere in the lives of just two little birds.
Another thought, less fully formed, tugs at the edges of my consciousness and leaves me feeling even sicker: isn’t this ark really one large, none-too-sturdy cage? And that question leads to another, more unsettling one: If the ark is a cage, just how much longer can its bars hold us all together? How long before, within its walls, we tear ourselves apart?
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