Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Captive Rebel (The Allegiance #1) by Erin McDermott

Title: Captive Rebel (The Allegiance #1)
Author: Erin McDermott
Publication Date: July 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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In a world where Greek Gods rule over the Allegiance, Marylyn O’Conner struggles to survive.

Marylyn is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion’s bidding until an unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war against the Allegiance, she is obligated to become a rebel spy, or her family will suffer.

When word spreads that an Allegiant Prince, Ariston, has escaped rebel captivity vowing to hunt down rebel spies, Marylyn realizes her only hope is to escape Allegiant territory.

While on the run, Ariston captures Marylyn, preventing her from any chance of returning home. Desperate, she knows she needs to escape her alluring captor or risk the safety of her family.

But Marylyn can’t keep herself from falling for the mysterious prince as she finds that he can empathize with her troublesome past – a past no ally has understood before.

Excerpt:
"Marylyn O'Conner," I heard Fanny's husky voice from behind me. Turning in my cotton covered chair, I looked her way. A smug smile was plastered across her porcelain face. "Have you heard the news?" she breathed, already knowing the answer. Her sense of entitlement, being King Deimos' daughter, was overpowering.

I gave her a fake smile. I was never a fan of her, her lush red hair, her beautiful clothes, or her perfect figure. Perhaps I was a bit envious, could you blame me?

"Oh yes. I'm so excited your brother is returning!" No, I was not thrilled about his return in the slightest. "He should arrive by next week, correct?"

"Sooner," she winked, shooting me a devious smile.

Masking my panic, I managed to feign indifference and asked, "Oh, how soon?" Hopefully my question appeared relaxed enough.

A dark haze shadowed her emerald eyes. She grinned, but her smile sent shivers down my spine. Her grin never reached her eyes. I knew that grin all too well, because it was the exact one I had been giving to everyone the last several months. My smiles, the ones that never reached my eyes, were fabricated to match the lie I lived.

Seeing a mirror of my own face in hers terrified me. Tonight, I feared Fanny knew something I did not. "Soon, I promise," Her sinister smile remained unwavering as she turned and glided away.

In that moment I knew Ian, Charles, and I were in trouble.
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About the Author:
Erin McDermott was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated college with a bachelors degree in History. If she's not in her room writing, you may find somewhere on the Jersey Shore with her family. She has been writing stories since 3rd grade. It was not until after experiencing the fast-paced life New York City had to offer that she decided to finally take the plunge and finish her first book, CAPTIVE REBEL (The Allegiance, Book 1).

During her years in college she expressed a deep interest in Greek Mythology, which she incorporates into The Allegiance Series. She is incredibly grateful to her family for supporting her throughout the trials and tribulations of the independent publishing process.

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Author Interview:
When did you first begin writing?
I began writing in 3rd grade while watching my brother's Little League games. I would just sit in a corner and write. The books I wrote were inspired by "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I would sit and write about my life in the houses I lived in, just as she wrote about her life in her diaries.


When did you decide to first publish a book?
I always loved writing, but the idea of publishing a book seemed like an impossible dream. I never thought I'd finish a book, never mind actually publish something. It wasn't until I was working a job that I really didn't enjoy that I decided to set to my dreams and complete a book. Then my first book was born, Captive Rebel.


What advice would you give to those who are trying to write a book?
I once read somewhere that writing is like building a sand castle. The first draft is you filling a sandbox with, well, sand! It's messy, it's unstructured, but it's something to work with. Knowing the first draft is going to be sloppy is the only way to finish the book. Once you finish a book your goal seems more realistic and the edits will come on easy. The edits are you building the sand castle in that scenario, by the way.


What inspired you to write Captive Rebel?
Actually, I had a dream. It was a vivid dream and I needed to get it down on paper. In one night I wrote 10,000 words. Then, I didn't look at that story again. Not until after my job in New York City when I finally decided to begin pursuing my dreams.
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19 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this excerpt and the author interview!

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  2. love the plot and the cover is gorgeous.

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  3. Sounds good can't wait to read this. Pretty cover .

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  4. I love that cover, it's beautiful!

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  5. This cover is absolutely gorgeous. I love the sound of this one. Im excited to try it.

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  6. Just beautiful, cannot wait to start it

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  7. This book sounds like a fantastic read.

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  8. Pretty cover. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  9. sounds so good!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  10. the book sounds good-thanks for the giveaway

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  11. Beautiful cover, I love the dress! Thanks for the chance.

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  12. Sounds like a great read. Love the cover.

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  13. Oh this sounds really good. Erin McDermott is a new author for me.

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  14. This sounds really good, I never heard about it before

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