Cover Reveal & Excerpt & Giveaway: Of Silver and Beasts (A Goddess Wars Novel) by Trisha Wolfe

Of Silver and Beasts (A Goddess Wars Novel)
Release Date: June 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult Dark Fantasy
Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound
Cover Designed by: Steven Novak

Summary from Goodreads:
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.


***Excerpt***

I open my mouth to say something comforting, but I’m unsure of what. In this moment, I’m reminded that I know little about him. Other than the sarcasm and desire to understand nothing of my queendom, he hasn’t allowed me past the surface. But then, I have my own walls, hiding things I’d never want him or any other to know. And I understand that need to hide them. You can’t trust anyone. “Caben…” I start, but still can’t find the right words. He lowers his hand from his face, never taking his eyes off the glinting water top. “You’re right,” he finally says. “Let’s find the access to Lilly’s section.” A hollow pang hits my chest, and I’m not sure why. Something in his voice sounds lost, broken. I imagine the gears around my heart spinning faster, trying to keep up with my racing heart. When he sidesteps me, I reach out and grab his arm. “Caben, I didn’t mean—” “It’s fine, Kal,” he snaps. “We have work to do.” “No, I’ve said something to offend you.” I drop my hand, but keep close to him, not allowing him to leave my side. Goddess, trying to understand the male brain is harder than anything in protector training. I’ve heard people say that you have to tip-toe around a woman’s emotions, but a man’s ego is every bit as fragile, if not more so. He releases a heavy breath through his nose and walks back to the pool. He sits down along the edge and rolls up his pants, then slips off his boots. “I honestly don’t think Bax or his goons will be returning tonight.” He sinks his bare feet into the water and sighs. Glancing at the back of the cave, I plant my hands on my hips. We don’t have time for indulgencies, but the prince is still my charge. If it were my empress, I’d give her anything she’d ask for. Allow her as much time as she needed to collect herself. I have to watch over his mental state as well as protect him, so I try to push the pending need to find Lilly aside and sit down next to him. “Here,” he says, turning his hand out near my crossed feet. “You have to feel this.” A smile tugs at the corner of my mouth. “I can remove my own—” “Have you never been pampered a day in your life?” he asks, lifting an eyebrow. “I know that the Nactue are fierce and will put a hurt on any man for touching them. But try to relax.” “Is that the rumor in Perinya?” “What?” I bite my lip, suddenly regretting my blurt. “Nothing. Never mind.” From the corner of my eye, I see his lips pucker into a pinched smile, as if he’s trying not to. “Ah,” he says, like he’s made some great universal connection. “Well, there are many whisperings about the Nactue. Some I dare not repeat for fear I’d leave here missing a limb, but that’s one, yes.” He takes my booted foot and begins to unlace it. “I’ve heard that the empress’s protectors are untouchable—forbidden to give themselves to men. And that they’ll snap a man’s neck just for making an advance.” My mouth drops open. Appalled, I counter, “That’s not true.” “All right,” he says, as if he hasn’t just insulted my very existence. “It’s only rumors. Things men jaw about in pubs. The unattainable woman is a fantasy, Kal. Don’t be offended.” “Unattainable?” I grit my teeth, trying to maintain my composure. “Tell me, prince. Do men in your country just go around bedding every woman they can in order to keep them compliant?” I shake my head. “If their fantasy is a woman that would have nothing to do with them, it seems to me it’s their way of feeding their egos after being rejected.” His eyes widen. “No! How does your brain come up with these—” He bites off his words, his lips thin as he presses them together. “Look, it was a joke.” I nod, many times. “Another joke. I’m glad that our hard work and sacrifice is amusing to the men of Perinya.” Caben lets out another sigh and slowly pulls off my boot. His warm fingers skim my calf as he inches up my pant leg. “Just stick your foot in,” he says, then adds lower, “while I stick mine in my mouth.” Unexpectedly, I laugh. “At least it’s now clean,” I say. “Would you like some help getting it to your face?”

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My swoon is from: Ruining You by Nicole Reed. Ruining You is the sequel to Ruining Me. Okay, I loved this scene Jay's gay friend Eli (yeah Jay a girl with a boy's name) is getting her out of the house to just have a little fun. They end up at a bar where Jay's ex-boyfriend, Rhye who is a lead singer in a band. Jay is in love with Kane, but these two can't get their feelings for each straight yet. Kane who hates Rhye and has never met Eli, Walks into the bar with other girl and let’s just say Jay gets pissed. This first scene is not a swoon, but I have to share a little of how all this plays out with Jay, Kane, Eli and Rhye. I love Eli and he’s so funny in this scene and scared to death that he's fixing to his ass kicked when Jay uses him to try and make Kane jealous.



“Let me get this straight. You are trying to make the guy, who we both know you are insanely in love with, jealous with your gay soon-to-be ex-friend? If you get me hit while your boy-toy serenades you with love songs, I swear, Jay,” he snorts loudly. “Trust me. You don’t need me to piss him off, and you’re about to do just that. Just being in the same place as Rhye while he sings to you is enough. As your friend, my advice is that we get the hell out of here before Kane sees you.”
  Seeing a human-bullet heading my way out of the corner of my eye, I mutter, “Too late.” Looking down, I say, “Hey Kane.” His green eyes drop to my boots before slowly rising until they reach my face. The appreciation in his eyes makes me shudder. His desire is tangible.
 “Hi Jay, he says, narrowing his eyes at my hand holding Eli’s.
   Eli shakes my hand free and reaches out. “Hi, I’m Eli. Jay’s ‘gay’ friend.”
  Turning back towards Eli, I give him an exaggerated eye-roll before facing Kane.
  Kane’s face is almost completely relaxed now, and he even has a slight smile on his lips. Shaking Eli’s hand he says, “Kane. Jay’s ‘straight’ friend.” He and Eli look at each other before bursting into peals of laughter.
  “Real funny guys. Laugh it up.” I glance around to see Kane’s date looking a little lost without him at the bar, so I sarcastically ask, “Lose something, Kane?”
  Giving me a scorching sexy smile, he replies, “Not yet.”
  Crossing my arms across my chest, I shake my head at his answer.
 “What?”
Nodding my head towards the bimbo at the bar, I look at the expression of shock on his face.
 “Shit,” he utters.
Wow, it seems like he really did forget about her. Brunettes one, blondes zero. 


Okay, Here's my Swoon:

A guttural groan escapes him, and his hand tightens in my hair, exposing my neck. Placing his mouth in the middle of my throat, he beings to suck. The gentle open-mouth suction causes my body to tighten like a vice. I whimper, not from the pain, but from the intense pleasure that spreads throughout my body.
 Bringing my lips to his, I whisper into his mouth, “Touch me, Kane.” Sticking my wet tongue out, I trace his lips before letting it slip inside his mouth and out again.
 “Fuck,” he gasps as a quake racks his body. The intensity of the moment claims us as we ravage each other’s mouths. Lip to lip and tongue to tongue, he breathes for me. Reaching down with his large hands, he pulls up the hem of my dress and grabs my ass. A low moan flows from me.
         
  The brick wall scrapes my back as he lifts me to step deeper between my thighs. It’s a welcome pain.