Once Excerpt and Giveaway of Eve AND Once

We have a treat for you all today!

To celebrate the release of Once by Anna Carey (book 2 in the Eve series--already out in stores), not only do we have an excerpt from Once but we are also giving away BOTH Eve (the first book in the series) and Once.

But first the excerpt...

This excerpt is from the first chapters of Once. After spending several months in Califia, Eve has been kidnapped by one of the King’s soldiers. She’s taken to the City of Sand, a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. Here she sees the Palace for the first time and discovers the fate that awaits her...

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The Jeep was turning left, cutting up a long road that snaked toward a massive white building. Rows of government Jeeps sat out front. Soldiers were stationed along a strip of narrow trees, machine guns slung across their backs. I stared up at the expansive structure. The main entrance was lined with sculptures—winged horses, angels, women with their heads cut off. After driving so many miles we were here. The Palace.

The King was waiting for me.

Stark took me from the Jeep, his hand clamping down on my arm. I could barely breathe as we entered the circular marble lobby. The King’s face had haunted me for months. I thought of the photo I’d grown up with in School. His thin grey hair hung over his forehead. His skin was loose around his jowls and his beady eyes were always watching, following you wherever you went.

Soldiers milled about the lobby, some talking, others pacing in front of a fountain. Stark took me through a set of gold doors and into a small mirrored elevator. He punched a code into the keypad inside. The doors slid shut and then we were moving, up, up, my stomach rocking as the floors flew past—fifty gone, then fifty more.

“You’re going to regret this,” I said, straining against the plastic rope around my wrists. “I’ll tell him what you did. How your men threw me to the ground in that parking lot. You threatened to kill me.” I looked down at the gash in my arm, where the blood was crusted black.

Stark shook his head. “Whatever it takes,” he said, his voice flat. “Those were my orders. Do whatever it takes to bring you here.” Then he turned to me, his eyes bloodshot. He clutched the collar of my shirt and pulled me toward him so my face was just inches from his. “Those men you killed were like brothers to me. They served with me every day for three years. The King will never punish you for what you did, but I will make sure you never forget what happened that day.”

The doors opened before us with a terrifying bing! Stark’s nails dug into my arm as he led me to a room across the carpeted hall. “You’ll wait for him here.” Then he pulled a knife from his belt and sliced the plastic restraints in two. My hands tingled from the sudden rush of blood to my fingers.

The door closed. I leapt up and grabbed the handle, knowing before I even tried it that it would be locked. A long mahogany table sat in the center of the room, surrounded by a few heavy chairs. A massive window looked out onto the City, a two-foot ledge just a few inches below. I went to the glass, wedging my fingers beneath the pane, straining against it. “Please,” I muttered under my breath. “Please just open.”

“They’re sealed shut,” a voice said. I turned. Standing in the doorway was a man of about sixty. He had gray hair and thin, papery skin.

I stepped away from the window, my hands dropping to my sides. He wore a deep-blue suit and a silk tie, the New American crest embroidered on his lapel. He stalked forward, taking one slow lap around me, his eyes scanning my tangled auburn hair, the linen shirt soaked through with sweat, the scrapes around my wrists from where I’d been bound. He studied the wound on my arm. When he finally finished his survey he stood before me, then reached out and stroked my cheek. “My beautiful girl,” he said, running his thumb over my brow. “You’re here.”
Want to read more? Or you're a bit confused because you haven't read Eve yet? Well, thanks to Deb Shapiro & Co., I have a copy of Eve and Once to give away to one lucky reader!
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One winner. US only. Ends July 31, 2012.

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25 comments

  1. Wow after reading the excerpt i really want to read the book now.

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  2. Awesome giveaway and thanks for sharing the excerpt. I like what i read.

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  3. I really enjoyed Eve (despite her poor decision making skills) and am so curious to find out what happens next!

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  4. Great excerpt. These books sound good. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. I have Eve and Once on my wish list. The excert has me intrigued. I can't wait to find out who all of these characters are!

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  6. I actually haven't read Eve yet, but this excpert from Once has me excited. I also love both of the covers. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  7. this is the first im hearing of these books but they look great and i love the covers

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I enjoyed Eve a lot. Set in my homestate of California I was thrilled to see a dystopian CA on the bring of self destruction. I cannot wait to read on what happens within Once between the characters.

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  9. I like the excerpt. The old man though: creepy. Just plain creepy.

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  10. The excerpt sounded really good. I would love to read Eve and Once.

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  11. I haven't read Eve yet but that excerpt really intrigued me...especially the fact that it seems as though this one girl, Eve, killed all of these well-trained men on her own. HOW??!?

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  12. I wish the excerpt kept going. I wanted to keep reading.

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  13. I thought the excerpt was tantalizing, it made me want to know just what was going on and what happens next.

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  14. It's an interesting excerpt. thx for the giveaway!

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  15. I really want to read this series. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  16. I read Eve and LOVED it, great story! I have Once on my wishlist=)
    Lethea B
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

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  17. At first I thought that I might not read the series but after reading the excerpt I am totally going to read it!!!

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I had wanted to read Eve for a very long time (so long that the sequel came out!) but I never got the chance. After reading the excerpt, it totally makes me all excited for it, all over again!

    Check out my YA book blog sometime: www.princessoflit.blogspot.com

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  19. I loved Eve soooo much, and I haven't gotten Once yet & that excerpt just killed me!!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    -Megan @ Bookworm in Love

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  20. Great excerpt! I read Once a few months ago and while I found it to be extremely frustrating at times it was still really good! Now I'm on needles & pins waiting for Rise to come out. Thanks for the giveaway =D

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  21. I have Eve on my kindle but not yet read. I wish i had bought it for the cover though because i'm a cover obsessed lol!! I didn't read the excerpt as i haven't read the 1st book and i didn't want want to spoil or ruin anything just incase lol xx Great giveaway- not entered as i'm in the uk xx

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  22. The excerpt does leave me wondering what the king will do to Eve.

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  23. I remember I had Eve on my kindle from netGalley, but the formatting was just unbearable. I loved the opening scenes (so scary and creepy!) but couldn't get past the passages of the book all mashed up together. I would LOVE to finally have a print copy and re-read the first book + the new addition to the series! Especially since my name is Eve, too (although i usually go by Evie :D).

    I loved the excerpt! it seems to me that the writing has improved since the first book and it only makes me even more excited for Once to come out!

    Thank you for the fabulous giveaway! I'm so happy to be moving to US in just a week! (hello, my US shipping address! :D) wink, wink <3

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  24. Eve has been on my wishlist for so long now!!! I had to jump at the chance to get both of these awesome books! Thanks so much. As for the excerpt it sounds really good and makes me want to read both of these books so bad!

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  25. It's really interesting! I haven't read Eve yet, but I certainly want to give it a chance and I want to know why she had to kill those people. It certainly spiked my curiosity!

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