Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Family Cross (Circle Seven #1) by Gabrielle Ash

Title: The Family Cross
Series: Circle Seven #1
Author: Gabrielle Ash
Publisher: City Owl Press
Publication Date: July 6th 2021
Print Length: 324 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

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Matilda Ashby has a pair of Ivy League degrees and a dream of unseating her brother as their billionaire father’s favorite. But just as she inches close to her goal, Matilda’s world is rocked by monsters roaming the Manhattan streets and the elusive enemy at her father’s corporation who hired them to kill her.

With assassins on the heels of her Manalos, and the family business’s reputation in danger of being destroyed, Matilda hires the mysterious Samson, a telepath with a shady past, to help her find out who wants her dead.

But when the would-be assassins can take the form of anyone in her life, Matilda doesn’t know who she should fear most—the monsters hiding inside her family business or the ones coming for her head.

If you like Charlaine Harris, K. F. Breene, or Phillipa Bornikova, you’ll love this urban fantasy romance with mystery, suspense, and family drama!

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EXCERPT:
I pulled my key from my clutch and stuck it in the lock. The long whine of wood creaking beneath weight sent my heart in my throat as I continued to wrestle with the doorknob. I looked behind me, both relieved and surprised to see nothing there. I’d grown up in an old home in the Upper East Side, a monstrous townhome originally built in the early nineteen hundreds. I knew what footsteps on wood floors sounded like.

I swallowed and finished unlocking the door.

The door swung open, and I hurried inside. Even as the door closed, my heart didn’t stop its frantic beat.

The squeal of hardwood shattered my thought processes again, but it wasn’t behind me this time.

It was ahead of me. The living room.

The tremor in my hands returned. My condo was dark, even with the light of the city pouring in from the balcony window. Shadows jutted out along the floor, and I slowly stepped through the foyer, eyes wide.

“Hello?” I asked the darkness, voice cracking against the back of my throat. I swallowed again.

My gaze traced along the edges of my entertainment center and jerked over to observe the balcony. My condo sat ten stories off the ground. My door had been locked while I was gone. Yet I could feel someone there. Eyes were on me. Someone was picking me apart.

Was I losing my mind?

“Hello?” I asked again, slowly stepping toward the light switch with my back to the front door. Had I locked it behind me? Should I turn around?

It turned out not to matter.

The floor in the shadow of my entertainment center moved.

My floors were solid. I’d walked all over them and did yoga in my living room. There was nothing fluid about them, yet the longer I stared, the more the shadow stirred like waves along the shore.

I took a slow step back. The shadow stretched toward the ceiling, a familiar shape emerging where nothing had been before. The silhouette of a person, formed from nothing and something all at once, molded right in front of me. It changed quickly, gaining definition and an unmistakable realness in the darkness, and as a familiar face materialized in the shade, I knew his presence in the alley had been no coincidence.

My entire body shook, and I continued my hesitant steps back, eyes fixated on the person that now stood in my living room.

“Hello again.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gabrielle Ash is an author and perpetually tired mom of four from the great state of Texas. Born into a family of mischievous storytellers, she grew up listening to tales of the chupacabra, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night, never entirely confident that she wouldn’t get eaten if she went out to the creek after sunset.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, which ultimately landed her in a high school classroom to teach writing and coach the debate team. Dismayed at her inability to wear sweatpants to work, she left the classroom and now dedicates her brain power to books and taking care of her daughters.

When not writing, she spends time with her husband, four daughters, and their dog. The Family Cross is her debut novel.

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26 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. I like the cover and excerpt. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This looks so intriguing! Love to read and would like to thank you.

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  4. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  5. Good to come by and learn about your book.

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  7. Congrats on the book!

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  8. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful story.

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  10. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  11. You did a great job with the excerpt!
    And I love the cover.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  12. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Pretty cover. This looks like a book for me to put on my Next To Read List-thanks

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  15. Have not read a book in this genre as yet...This one will be my first...

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  16. Sounds like a great read and I love the cover too.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  17. Beautiful cover, and I can’t wait to read this!

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  18. I really love the book cover photo it looks lovely and very creative.

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  19. how do you come up with the main story plot? thanks

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