Welcome my friends, to my epic stop for the THORN blog tour, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! This post will include an excerpt, and an amazing giveaway/goodies for the book!
About the Book
A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own.
Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl. But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.
About the Author
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles and Thorn (HarperTeen (US) / Hot Key (UK), 2020)
“Princess Alyrra,” the king says. I rise and lift my eyes to his. He studies me as if I were a prize goat, his gaze sliding over me before returning to my face, as cold and calculating as a butcher.
“We have heard tell of you before.”
“My lord?” My voice is steady and calm, as I’ve learned to make it when I’m only half frightened.
For all my prayers, there’s no sign of softer traits in the man before me.
“It is said you are honest. An unusual trait, it would seem.”
Dread curls tight in my belly. I force some semblance of a smile to my lips. There is no other answer I can give that my family will not despise me for. My brother has gone rigid, his hands pressed flat against his thighs.
“You are most kind,” my mother says, stepping forward.
The king watches me a moment longer, leaving my mother waiting. Just when I thought I might finally escape my history, how my family sees me, I find I am mistaken. There is no better future to hope for now. The king has come for me, knowing full well I am nothing to my family.
Goodies when you pre-order:
- pre-order/order a copy of Thorn before March 31st at 23:59 .
- OR requests it from their library (library hold / suggested purchase) before March 31st at 23.59
Physical goodies (US/UK):
- A Thorn Bookmark
- A set of Chibi Stickers featuring Thorn characters
- A Signed Bookplate
PLUS Digital goodies (worldwide):
- A PDF of Brambles–a Thorn prequel short story so you can jump into Alyrra’s world now!
- A PDF of The (Annotated) Goose Girl–the original fairytale with annotations from yours truly in the margin
- A coloring page of three Thorn-themed bookmarks
All you need to do to enter is send a proof of purchase (or screenshot of your library hold), your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. T&Cs apply!
UK entrants: Hot Key Books rocks and can mail you physical goodies as well as the digital. Check it out here: http://hotkeybooks.com/thorn-pre-order/
Non-US/UK entrants: If you would like to cover the cost of an international stamp ($1.20), the author will mail you the goodies as well. E-mail in your proof/screenshot for your digital goodies, and she’ll link you up so you can do that.
You can either win a book of your choice, or a THORN swag pack! Open internationally! Closes April 7th.