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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Entangled Teen Presents 12 Days of Kick-Ass Christmas and a Giveaway! Karri Thompson introduces Danielle Ellison!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Join us in celebrating Entangled Teen’s 12 Days of Kickass Event! This event is going to be a blast!

We are joining together to share some exclusive content with you all! There will be 2 teams, The Smartass Team who will post a good or swoon worthy deleted scene or an excerpt and The Badass Team who will post a villainous deleted scene or excerpt. And the cool part is we’ll be posting on each other’s blogs! The party starts on December 2nd and goes all the way to December 13th! We will wrap up the event with our monthly twitter party on December 13th 9 PM EST/6 PM PST as well! Each day will have 2 posts from us along with an EPIC giveaway!

So how do I join in you ask? It’s easy just follow along with the tour and find the hidden word (it will be highlighted) in each post and fill out the Rafflecopter form! What can I win you ask? You can win one of 2 Kindles (valued at $69) and we’re giving away 5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only, and 10 Entangled Teen eBooks International! Also we will be giving away more books and Amazon and Barnes & Noble Gift Cards during the twitter party! That means 2 people will win a kindle, 5 people will win 5 of our amazing print titles, and 10 people will win eBooks!

Hey I'm Karri Thompson and I'm hijacking Two Chicks on Books today to introduce you to Danielle Ellison a fellow 2014 Entangled Teen Debut Author. Her book Salt comes out in January and I have a deleted scene to share with you today! Make sure to look for the highlighted word in the post and enter it into the rafflecopter for a chance at some awesome prizes!

About Danielle:
Danielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly and talking to imaginary friends. When she grew up, she finally flew away (in an airplane) and started traveling the world. She hasn’t stopped yet, but someday she may decide to settle in one place. Her real life friends would definitely like that; they would probably also like if she stopped talking to her characters out loud. 

SALT comes out in August 2013, and then it's sequel. In October 2014, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS (book one of the BOUNDLESS Trilogy) comes out. She's got a busy few years! 

Blurb: (Cover Reveal Tomorrow!!!)
Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own. 

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

Exclusive Deleted Scene!

So very excited to be sharing a smart-ass post from SALT. This is one of the few deleted scenes I have from the book—and it had to go because I changed the way the story was set up, but the characters are the same and I really love this moment. Hope you do too! Should keep you nice and warm in the chilly weather.

I fall to the ground again. I’m never going to this maneuver that we’re supposed to learn by tomorrow. What is wrong with my brain? Get it together, Penelope.

“You’re close, but not quite,” a voice calls. I look out the observation window and Carter is standing there, complete with brown leather jacket and smirk. Awesome.

“I forgot; you know everything.”

“I don’t have to help you. I’m sure there’s a lost episode of Buffy where she shows you how to do it in a step-by-step method,” he says back. I’m never going to live that down.  

I roll my eyes. “I don’t need your help.”

Carter puts his hands up. “I’m just trying to save you some time.”

“How do you know this anyway?”

“Your trainer is my cousin, so I’ve been her guinea pig before.”

Of course he has. I look back at the window and he’s still waiting for me to change my mind. Like he somehow knew I would. “You’ve spent all this time stalking me here so I might as well give you a purpose.”

My cheeks are flushed before he’s anywhere near me, and I hear the soft swish as he tosses his jacket to the ground.

“It’s like you were, but the back leg is wrong,” he says. Carter puts one hand on my calf, the other under my knee, and slides my foot back several inches. Electricity sparks from his touch, and my stomach rumbles. I am losing all control of my life if he can’t even touch my leg. I don’t even know him beyond our three encounters. When did I become that girl?

 “You want to be under the move to give it more force before you add the magic. Now curve your shoulders forward slightly.” I curve my back until my neck disappears.

Carter releases a soft chuckle that I can’t help but smile at—even though I know the sound is because of me. I think I like it more because of that. “Not so much, master. You’re not auditioning to be Igor. Like this,” he says and tilts his shoulders until there’s the slightest curve to his back.

I mimic his pose, and he touches me quickly to fix my stance. I can still feel his hand there after it’s gone and my stomach is seriously sick, filled with rocks instead of butterflies. I take a breath. It doesn’t really help.

Note to self: that never works.

 “This is awkward,” I say.

“Looks good from where I’m standing.” Heat rushes to my face and I just pray that I don’t fall over. Forget impending death from demons. My cause of death will be hot boys. Or a hot boy. Wow, stop it.

“I think I’ve got it from here,” I say.

He chuckles again. “We’ve only just started, Poodle. Your follow through on that counter is off.”

Poodle? “Do I get to punch you now?” I say, putting my hands up toward him. He can go away because—Carter takes my hand in his and I swear if he never game them back to me I’d be okay. I’d be totally okay walking around without hands if it meant I got to feel his more. I watch him, his face all scrunched up as he positions my fingers. Why is he touching me?

Carter looks up at me, a sparkle in his eye as his thumb trails over my knuckles before he drops my hands. “Just making sure you don’t break anything.”

I know how to throw a punch, but in this moment, I barely know my name.

“Okay.” The word comes out on a breath, soft and unsubstantial.

He pulls my right arm up, until my fist is just below my eye and shifts my left fist up to my chin. “Tuck your elbows in closer.”


“So you don’t look like you’re doing the chicken dance.” He smiles at his own joke. I want to forget all about my fists and feet, my punches and posture, and just lean into him, into his light, into his magic. Hell, I’d even do the chicken dance if it would make him really laugh.

Carter laughs and walks behind me. “Legs apart.” He bends down and moves my right foot back a little more. His hand trails up my leg and taps on my knee. “Knees bent.” If I bend them too far I’ll fall over. I’m already weak. Kinda dizzy. His hand presses against the small of my back. “Back curved.” His body is curled around mine and he drifts his arms against mine, touching my elbows. “Elbows in.” I let him guide my arms to the right place. Please do not stop touching me. My arm drifts up so my right fist is directly under my eye. “Arms up.”

My whole body is on fire, stomach floating, magic racing through me. He’s still pressed against me and it’s only going to be a second before I completely fall apart and my bones melt and I sprawl out on the ground like a pile of mush.

“Can you remember that?” he asks. His breath is warm on my neck and everything inside of me screams out. If I say “no” will he keep touching me? Work voice!

“I think I’ve got it,” I say. It’s just above a whisper and all cracked when it comes out. His hand lingers on my arm for another second then all I feel is the chill of his body no longer near mine. Water on fire, the steam of his touch lingers.

He steps in front of me, points to one of the dummies and turns the simulated illusion on. “Now go kill that fake demon.”

Haven’t read today’s other post? Stop by Danielle’s blog and check out my excerpt!

Giveaway Details:
2 Kindles (valued at $69) US ONLY
5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only
10 Entangled Teen eBooks International!

(no purchase necessary) 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And here’s the post schedule so you can follow along each day!

12/2/2013            Kendra Highley will host Rachel Harris with a Smartass post.
12/2/2013            Rachel Harris will host Kendra Highley with a Smartass post.

12/3/2013            Christine O’Neil will host Vivi Barnes with a Badass post.
12/3/2013            Vivi Barnes will host Christine O’Neil with a Badass post.

12/4/2013            Karri Thompson will host Danielle Ellison with a Smartass post.
12/4/2013            Danielle Ellison  will host Karri Thompson with a Smartass post.

12/5/2013            Princess Sophie will host Cecily White with a Badass post.
12/5/2013            Cecily White will host Princess Sophie with a Badass post.

12/6/2013            Jolene Perry will host Lea Nolan with a Smartass post.
12/6/2013            Lea Nolan will host Jolene Perry with a Smartass post.

12/7/2013            Victoria Scott will host Sara Hantz with a Badass post.
12/7/2013            Sara Hantz will host Victoria Scott with a Badass post.

12/8/2013            Kelley York will host Tiffany Truitt with a Smartass post.
12/8/2013            Tiffany Truitt will host Kelley York with a Smartass post.

12/9/2013            Melissa West will host Cindi Madsen with a Badass post.
12/9/2013            Cindi Madsen will host Melissa West with a Badass post.

12/10/2013         Rebekah Purdy will host Shea Berkley with a Smartass post.
12/10/2013         Shea Berkley will host Rebekah Purdy with a Smartass post.

12/11/2013         Lisa Burstein  will host Jus Accardo with a Badass post.
12/11/2013         Jus Accardo will host Lisa Burstein with a Badass post.

12/12/2013         Renee Collins will host Tracy Clark with a Smartass post.
12/12/2013         Tracy Clark will host Renee Collins with a Smartass post.

12/13/2013         Chloe Jacobs will host Brooklyn Skye with a Badass post.
12/13/2013         Brooklyn Skye will host Chloe Jacobs with a Badass post.

We’re super excited to share all of these awesome posts with you and make sure to follow along on twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #12DaysOfKickass!

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