Sunday, January 26, 2014

New Year, New Books Day 26: Teri Brown + Born of Deception

Welcome to Day 26 of New Year, New Books! Today I'm featuring

Teri Brown
-author of Born of Deception (June 10th, 2014)

Out of like, the millions of "YAY" or "CHEER" gifs I found, this one is literally my favorite.

Title: Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2)
Author: Teri Brown
Shelves: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray


Summary from Goodreads: Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

First Lines from Novels with Teri Brown
Teri's website|Goodreads author page

I spend hours on the first line of every new book. Sometimes I come up with a great line that doesn’t end up being the first line. When I first came up with the concept of Born of Illusion the first line jumped out at me even before the name of the heroine…”I was thirteen the first time I broke my mother out of jail.” During the editing process, that line actually got moved to later in the chapter. Here are a few of the first lines of my favorite books.

·        1)  There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel's, high school quarter-backs, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus..."

·         2) Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.

·        3)  When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie theater, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.

·         4) My wound is my geography.

·         5) When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

·         6) On a morning in mid-April, 1687, the brigantine Dolphin left the open sea, sailed briskly across the sound to the wide mouth of the Conneticut River and into Saybrook Harbor. 

Teri is giving away an ARC of BORN OF DECEPTION! Here's how to win EXTRA ENTRIES!

See those first lines from books up there? *makes arrow to Teri's post* If you can guess which book each of those lines comes from, you can earn 5 EXTRA POINTS! However, only correct entries will count, so be careful!

Rules of entry:
2) No cheating with the entries, I always check!
3) The ARC will be sent out at the publisher's discretion.
4) Take the time to read this post with Teri, not just enter the giveaway. All the authors featured in New Year, New Books are crazy busy, and deserve as much love and attention as any giveaway you enter.
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***Grand Prize Giveaway***
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
2) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If not, I will have to pick a new winner. 
3) The prize will be sent out at my discretion, so I might take me a little longer than a week to get it to you.
4) In order to earn the maximum amount of entries, you can comment on EVERY SINGLE DAY of New Year, New Books!
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  1. Ooo! I loved this! So glad to see one of my favorite books on there! And I was glad I recognized two of the six without searching it up. ;)

  2. Born of Illusion is such a fantastic book, and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us in Born of Deception. The first line of a story doesn't make or break a story, but a first line can absolutely grab you, and get you completely sucked in. The first line of Born of Illusion is a great one. I was immediately interested!

  3. Born of Deception is one of my most an anticipated books in 2014:-) Loved the first one in the series.

  4. Thanks for featuring all these interesting books this month! It's been fun to read the author interviews.

  5. First lines really are so important. I don't know any of the lines she's mentioned, but I agree that the first line really can set the stage.

  6. A review and the sequel of the first book!? I really like the featured authors too!

  7. I've wanted to read the first book in this series for awhile- the covers are fantastic! I love the first lines, I've been trying to figure them out. It's a fun challenge! I've loved following along with this month of authors- I've discovered a few I want to read and I've seen some authors whose books I'm excited for as well. Thank you for putting all of this together!


  8. I haven't even read the first book, Born of Illusion, yet and there's a second book coming out???? Excuse me as I flail around in excitement!

    Okay, I'm good.
    At least I have plenty of time to grab the first book before this second book gets released to the world, haha. I have to agree- the first line in a book is usually the most important. It's weird that I only really remembered the first line out of one book out of all of the books I've read in my lifetime so far: "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit."

  9. Oh I love looking at 'first lines'. They can be SO great sometimes. SO unexpected as well.

  10. I love the 'first lines' thing! So fun and honestly it's making me want to pay more attention to first lines of books! Definitely going to have to do that! :)

  11. Aw too bad the giveaway is US only,
    I can't wait to read this book! It looks absolutely fantastic :)

  12. I love a good first line to a book! Especially creative ones. :)