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Friday, April 20, 2018

Blog Tour: TRACING SHADOWS by Alex Lidell An Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for TRACING SHADOWS by Alex Lidell! I adore Alex she is a dear friend and I freaking love all of her books! She writes fantasy like nobody's business!

I have an excerpt to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of TRACING SHADOWS? Check it out!

Title: TRACING SHADOWS (Scout #1)
Author: Alex Lidell
Pub. Date: April 8, 2018
Publisher: Alex Lidell
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 312
Find it: AmazonGoodreads
To protect the throne, seventeen-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night. 

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life. 

Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer. 

As Kali edges closer to the truth behind the violent group’s identity, she uncovers dangerous secrets that could bring her mission to a brutal end. A scout’s job is to observe and report, never to engage . . . but if it means saving her sister and kingdom, Kali may have no choice. 

TRACING SHADOWS, by Amazon bestselling author Alex Lidell, is the first novel in the Scout series. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J. Maas. 

Now on to the excerpt!

My eyes sink closed. The pressure of Trace’s mouth engulfs my world. His lips are smooth and warm. Hot. Trace’s damn hair, smelling of the creek’s freshness, falls across the groove of my exposed neck. I grip his arms, clawing my fingers into his flesh, dragging him closer.

Trace growls against me, his hand cupping the back of my head. His tongue claims my mouth and my core vibrates in answer. I can’t breathe. Can’t think. I want.
Trace jerks back. His eyes are wide, his fingers pressing against his mouth. “I . . . I’m sorry,” he says hoarsely.

I groan in frustration and pull him back down, feeling the noise he makes in the back of his throat all the way down to my ankles. He presses me into the tree with his whole body, running a hand up my side under my damp shirt, leaving a trail of heat from my waist to my ribcage.

This time, we both push away. He takes two steps back, just out of my reach. I swallow hard, the air suddenly cold and empty. We both breathe heavily, watching each other. Trace breaks the silence. “Stars. I didn’t mean to do that.”

My mouth opens. I shut it. The world spins and it’s an effort of will to keep my hands from grabbing on to his arms once more. “No. Of course not. We . . . I didn’t mean it either. Attacking you.” My voice sounds wrong. Everything I’m saying sounds wrong. I am a better liar than this. I grab my walking stick. Feel its rough bark. “Let’s just return to the palace, all right? I . . . I won’t press you for secrets. Or reveal them. Your decisions are your own. As are mine.”

Trace nods but avoids my gaze, staying several paces away from me as we reclaim our way back in uncomfortable silence.

About Alex:

Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive an eBook set of Alex’s TIDES SERIES & an eBook of TRACING SHADOWS, INTERNATIONAL.
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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
4/9/2018- A Backwards StoryReview
4/9/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt

4/10/2018- Zach's YA ReviewsReview
4/10/2018- Reese's ReviewsReview

4/11/2018- Book-KeepingReview

4/12/2018- Myth and Magic Book ClubReview
4/12/2018- BookHounds YAExcerpt

4/13/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
4/13/2018- Paulette's PapersExcerpt

Week Two:
4/16/2018- Read. Eat. Love.Review
4/16/2018- Zooloo Book BlogExcerpt

4/17/2018- Lauren is ReadingReview
4/17/2018- Book BriefsReview

4/18/2018- The UndergroundExcerpt
4/18/2018- Don't Judge, ReadReview

4/19/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview
4/19/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

4/20/2018- The BookWorm DrinkethReview
4/20/2018- TwoChicks on BooksExcerpt

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