Monday, September 14, 2015

Blog Tour and Excerpt: Steam by Stacey Rourke

Title: Steam (The Legends Saga, #3) 
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publication Date: September 14th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

Time passes, sins forgotten.

The bodies of the victims long since rotten.
Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.

Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.

All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.

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A motion behind her spun Ireland around. Flipping her sword over the back of her hand, she seized it in an overhand grip. Anticipating a ferocious assault, she was dumbstruck to find the exotic-looking specter with a lion’s mane of unruly hair bowing her head and dropping to one knee. One by one the others mirrored the act, humbling themselves before her.
Only you can send us home to the Summerland, they avowed.
Ireland dropped her weapons to her sides, the art of language escaping her. “Pardon my inability to find a more eloquent way to ask this. But … huh?”
We will guide you, use the powers granted to us by Mother Earth to help you. The unison of their chant echoed off the walls of Ireland’s mind, causing a spastic twitch behind her right eye. All we ask in return is that when this is all over you will grant us the mercy of death.
 “How do I grant you death when it seems you’ve mastered that particular state of being?”
Our spirits have died, our bodies are being forced to linger. For centuries an abhorrent succubus has kept us alive only for her sustenance. Their heads tipped up, foggy gray eyes pleading with her. Come to the island of Roanoke. Rid our bodies of their last shred of life so that we may finally find peace.
Flipping her weapons over her middle fingers, Ireland returned them to their holsters. “Fortunately for you all, I have the reputation for being the harbinger of death. Never before has that been considered a pleasing attribute. That said, Roanoke was on my itinerary, which I’m sure you already knew. When I get there, I will happily go all Daryl Dixon on your flailing corpses … under one condition. What you did to my witch on the train could’ve killed her—”
She is not a witch, she is—
Cocking her head, Ireland raised one finger. “Lips moving. Still talking.”
Obediently, they lapsed into silence.
She paused a pointed beat before continuing, “If any of you harm one of mine—be they living or dead—again, I’ll keep you alive as long as I live just to make you regret the day you crossed me.” Cobalt lips curled into a villainous smile. “Is that in any way unclear?”


RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

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