Saturday, May 16, 2020

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Gilded Ruins (Blinding Night #2) by Chantal Gadoury


Title: Gilded Ruins
Series: Blinded Night #2
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Publisher: Parliament House
Publication Date: May 12th 2020

Print Length: 295 pages
Genres: Mythology, New Adult, Paranormal, Retelling, Romance

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The Story Continues. . .

Summer and Darce are summoned by the order of Zeus himself to travel to the home of the Gods: Mount Olympus, where they’re to face even more ancient Gods and Goddesses.

Summer braces to confront her mother again, illuminating secrets about the truth of her tragic pasts, while also persuading Zeus to allow her to stay with the God of the Underworld, her true love – Darce.

Aboard Poseidon’s luxury yacht, Summer meets her mythological family, while also uncovering what exactly happened to her past lives – and the true roles her mother and Darce played.

When Darce and Summer suddenly find themselves separated, Summer must find her inner power and unite them together, before her mortal time runs out.

EXCERPT:
“As tempting as you might appear, Summer, I’ve had lots of practice resisting.”

“Resisting charms?” I asked with a laugh. I didn’t bother to ask whose charms he had resisted. I already knew that Morpheus had spent decades resisting the gentle teasing of Persephone all those centuries ago.

“Exactly,” he replied with a chuckle of his own. “Speaking of which. . .” He released a sigh. “Perhaps I should prep you for the charms you should resist when we arrive at Mount Olympus.”

“I have no desire to flirt with anyone,” I stressed, wrinkling my nose.

“Oh, flirting will most certainly occur,” Morpheus said with a nod. “Flirting will only be the beginning. They love to flirt with each other. Sleep with one another. Tease and gossip. You’re entering a whole new world, Summer.”

“Sounds like Gossip Girl,” I said with a roll of my eyes.

Morpheus looked at me a little confused. “Never mind. So who should I prepare myself for?”

Morpheus lifted his hand, stretching his fingers for me to see. He lowered his thumb and murmured, “Hera. For starters.”

“Why?” I tried to recall what exactly she was the Goddess of. Marriage? Fertility?

He grinned. “You’re an offspring of Zeus. Technically. You are royalty in the eyes of the courtiers, and Hera will hate you for that. You’re not one of her own. She is jealous of anyone who is deemed more beautiful than her.”

“She sounds like an evil queen from a fairytale.”

“Far worse,” Morpheus replied nodding. “You will either gain her favor, or she will turn the other cheek.”

“And how do I gain her favor?”

“You’ll have to decide if you want to,” Morpheus pressed. I wasn’t sure how to take his comment. He lowered a second finger before I could ask.

“Ares.”

“He’s the God of War,” I replied.

“Yes,” Morpheus said. “He is not favored by the others. He is aggressive, and quick to anger.”

“Which I suppose is why he’s the God of War,” I finished, leaning up on the ledge, resting my chin against my arms. Morpheus shrugged.

“He was also once the lover of Aphrodite.”

“Are they not anymore?”

Morpheus raised a brow, his eyes twinkling with a hint of amusement.

“Well, while they have children together, Aphrodite is promised to another.”

“Oh right,” I said, “I forgot. This is like a soap opera show. Everyone is related to each other. They’re all sleeping together, and everyone hates each other.”

Morpheus snorted, dropping his chin to his chest. At least he still laughed at my jokes. “That sums it up perfectly.”

“So beware the wife of Zeus, who is jealous of everyone. Don’t make Ares angry, because he has a quick temper…who else?” I mimicked him and counted down on the one hand, too. Ticking them off like chores I needed to get done.

“Stay away from Minthe,” Morpheus said cautiously. “Keep your distance. You should already know that by now, but it’s still worth repeating.”

“I don’t plan on being alone with her at all,” I said, lifting my chin. “Anyway, go on.”

“Demeter, your mother,” he continued without pause, “she will paint a lovely picture for you. A picture of the life she wants you to have. You’ll need to see it for what it truly is.”

“A sham?”

Morpheus pressed his lips together and lifted his gaze out over the pool again. After a moment he said, “it will be up to you if it is a sham or not.”

Was it wrong to miss my mom? Was it wrong to miss hearing her laugh, or watching her flip through her romance novels? I even sort of missed her home-made pizzas. If my mom painted me an image of our old life—what would I do? I had a feeling she would make it hard for me to resist.

“What about Zeus? Should I be cautious of him?”

“Always,” he replied. “Always. Zeus does what he wishes, when he wishes. He is the God of all Gods. Whatever his will, it shall be done. Zeus could shower you with endless blessings one second, and then rip them away in the next breath. There is no rhyme or reason.”

He sounded a little unstable, though, I was too afraid to voice my thoughts aloud.

“You told me that they’ll try to change my mind about Darce. My mother. . . Zeus.”

“A lovely impression,” Morpheus repeated. “Just remember. Nothing is as it seems. Not with them. Truly, not with any of us. None of us should be trusted. We certainly do not deserve your trust.”

I couldn’t ignore the ice in his tone, and his words sent a shiver down my spine. I wanted to ask what he meant by that, but even I wasn’t sure how much information I could get from him. Besides, maybe I was being paranoid, and all this talk of Gods and Goddesses that I should be cautious of, only made that worse. Morpheus narrowed his eyes as he peered at the sky and jerked his chin back towards the door.

“It’s nearly four. We should get you back to bed. You should have some sleep before we leave.”

Releasing a groan, I slipped under the water, wanting to ignore him. I wanted to forget that the dawn of the day was mere hours away. I didn’t want to go back to bed. I didn’t want the morning sun to come up yet. I didn’t want to go. . .

Suddenly, an abundance of bubbles swarmed me like angry bees. There was hurried movement in the water; arms reached for me and began to yank me back up towards the top. I gasped and water gushed into my lungs. As I broke the surface, I opened my eyes wide with surprise and I began to cough. Morpheus was in the water beside me, his long silver hair surrounding us. His black eyes were filled with alarm.

“Why did you do that?” I asked, pushing my wet hair from my face as I reached for the pool’s edge. I continued to cough, my lungs burning for relief. Morpheus’ warm hand was on my back as he held me up.

“Do what?” He asked breathlessly.

“J—jump in?” I sputtered. I wanted to slide my hand over my face, to hide my mortification.

“Weren’t you drowning?”

I darted my gaze to his and shook my head.

“No, Morpheus,” I replied with a small laugh. “I wasn’t.”

The fear in his eyes slowly eased away as he processed what I said. The corner of his lips turned into a cracked, breathless laugh.

“I thought you said you were able to resist other’s charms?” I asked as I eased away from the wall. He looked defeated, surrounded by his silver, tangled hair and his drenched clothes. I suddenly felt bad for him. I reached for the ladder and pulled myself up from the water. Morpheus didn’t follow me out, instead he was floating on his back staring hopelessly up at the sky.

Then, just as I turned away, I heard him murmur, “it seems, Summer, I’m able to resist all but yours.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published several titles, including "The Songs in Our Hearts" with 48Fourteen Publishing, and "Between the Sea and Stars," "WinterDream," and "Blinding Night" with Parliament House Press. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues to love writing today. Chantal is also the Co-Founder and Senior Editor of the Parliament House Press. Writing and sharing books with the world has become a dream come true! When she's not working, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her family.

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GIVEAWAY:
Win a $10 Amazon gift card or an eBook of both Blinding Night and Gilded Ruins by Chantal Gadoury!


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