Friday, February 13, 2015

Blog Tour: Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison- Excerpt & Giveaway

The Blog Tour for Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison stops by The Rest Is Still Unwritten today thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! Yesterday I posted a 4 star review of the novel and today I have an excerpt and tour wide giveaway to share with you!

All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.

Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving...

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From Of Sea and Stone.....
"Aemi," Nol said softly in my ear.

I opened my eyes and stared at the ceiling that looked like silver. The round, flameless lights embedded in it glowed faintly, like the start of a sunrise. They were sometimes bright and sometimes soft. I had decided that they followed the sun’s path somehow. I did not understand it.

"Aemi," Nol said again.

I rolled over and looked at him. His face was pale, and he looked fragile as a shell.

"Do you think they’re all dead?" he whispered. "The others?"

I didn’t answer. I thought of Nealla, her hands red from the heat of the fire as she made cakes. The Old One, muttering as he mended the nets. Kit, smiling at me, laughing as he told a joke.

Tears choked me, but they didn’t fall.

I looked at Nol’s face and something in me tugged. He’d lost everyone too. I moved a little closer, inexplicably drawn to comfort him. I wanted to touch him, comfort him.

"I don’t understand," Nol continued bitterly, not noticing my movement toward him. "Why did they take you, but leave Tagatha?"

His words struck me like a slap. I froze and inched back so there was space between us again. I turned my face away without responding. I had no desire to hear him speak anymore.

Men came again, bringing us more food and water. These ones looked less cruel than the ones who had come before. When they returned to collect the water bowls, I grabbed the sleeve of one of the men with my fingers as he bent down.

"Please," I whispered. "Where are we?"

He looked like he was about to shake me off, but something in my face must have made him change his mind, for his mouth softened, and he glanced around before responding. "We’re a mile below the surface and a day’s way from your village," he said gruffly.

I looked around us at the windowless walls. "Below the surface?" I asked, feeling a sense of panic. I hadn’t felt the familiar rocking that came with traveling on the water. Did we move by magic?

He snorted now as if I was insane. "We’re beneath the sea, girl."

Panic sunk its cold fingers into me. Beneath the sea? How was such a thing possible?

He pulled away and followed the rest of the men out the door before it slid shut. Nol, who had been listening to the exchange, looked at me out of the corner of his eye.

"Don’t do that," he said angrily.

"Do what?"

"Lick their boots. Beg them for answers. Don’t act like a thrall."

"I am a thrall," I said, angry now too. "And now you are too."

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In her own words: I’ve been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I’m thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I’m not writing, I’m creating digital art, reading funny blogs, or watching my favorite shows (which include TVD and BSG). I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA.
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I very much enjoyed this book and can't wait to read and review the rest of the series!


  1. Absolutely beautiful cover!! I really enjoyed the excerpt.. thanks for sharing!

    1. You're very welcome. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

  2. this story sounds awesome & the cover is gorgeous!!!


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