Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery + #Giveaway + Excerpt


Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery
Self published on the 1st October 2018.

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From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!

My name is Ashley Ellis…

I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.

When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.

With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father

…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

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Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available now Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) - available now Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) - available now Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) - coming October 1, 2018 Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon

Excerpt

Instead of going inside, I walk around the house, to the backyard, to see if I can help bring in any dirty dishes, but the picnic table is empty. All traces of our dinner party have already been cleaned up by the Ducharmes siblings.
I look up at the midnight sky, at the dozens and dozens of stars, and I wonder if Gus is righr. What he says feels right, but I feel very young and very small as I stare up at the universe. It's not wrong to give yourself over to loving if the chance arises.
"We get amazing night skies up here."
I look over my shoulder and find Julian, tall, barefoot, and beautiful, walking toward me.
"Yes, you do," I answer, giving hima a shy and tentative smile before I turn my attention back upward.
My skin prickles with awareness. My lips tingle, remembering the insistent pressure of his. And elsewhere in my body, I clench hard, willing those deep-set tremors not to start up again right now. I want to believe what Gus has told me - that liking and wanting a man isn't wrong - but it's new to me, and I need a little time to reconcile my desire and conscience together.
"When I lived in DC, it was what I missed the most, besides Noelle. More than the cheese. More than the beer. More than the skiing." He stops, standing beside me, staring up at the firmament. "I missed Vermont's night skies. And the millions of stars."
"I can see why," I say. "When I lived in LA, I never saw stars." I giggle. "I mean, I saw the people kind, but not the sky kind."
"Who's the most famous person you ever met?"
"Hmm. Maybe ... Gigi Hadid ... or Bella? Hmm ... Or Cara Delevingne? Kate Moss mentored my m - Tig for a while, um, and she knew Gisele, of course. Also -"
"Wait a second! Gisele? Did you ever meet Tom Brady?" he asks, his voice eager.
"Let me guess." I glance at his face. "Patriots fan?"
"The biggest."
"Tig went to their wedding, but I never met him. Sorry." I say, giggling as he lays a hand over his heart and pretends to cry. "Speaking of the rich and famous, Noelle tells me you met the vice president while you working in Washington."
"She did?" His teasing expression disappears quickly as he straightens, dropping his hand. "Uh, yeah. Long time ago."
"Not so long." I say.
"Yeah, well ... I guess it just feels like a while ago." I wait for him to say more, hoping to learn why he left Washington so abruptly, but he stretches his arms over his head and yawns. "I'm tired. You must be exhausted."
"At school I was on the dining hall rotation, which meant cooking for one hundred souls regularly. Tonight was a breeze."
"Your soup was amazing."
"Thank you."
"The steak too."
"Thank you again'"
"And the tart."
"That was your sister. Let her know you thought so."
"And the kiss."
"Thank - " I'm grinning at him, but my eyes widen at the unexpected compliment, and I immediately look back up at the sky. It's dark out so he can't see my blush.
His chuckle is soft and low beside me, and maybe I'm wicked for not feeling more guilty, but I feel my smile grow as I trace Orion's belt. I don't dare look at him, but I feel him step closer to me, the warmth of his chest radiating against my back. If I moved slightly, one step even, his body would be flush against mine, and the shiver down my arms has nothing to do with the night chill. I want him to touch me, butI know he won't.
As though he can read my mind, he whispers, close to my ear, "Not unless you ask."
I close my eyes and say a prayer for strength and virtue, which, sadly, works, because the next thing I hear is his footsteps receding.
"Good night, sweet Ashley," he says to my back, his voice a low rumble.
My eyes open slowly to the glittering heavens.
"Good night, sweet Prince," I whisper to Julian's stars.

Meet the Author 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Thirty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.

Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Katy LOVES connecting with her readers and answers every e-mail, message, tweet and post personally! Click below to connect with Katy!

Author links:
Website ~ Facebook ~ TwitterGoodreads ~ Pinterest

And now it's time for the Giveaway!

One Winner will win a $20 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Fragments Of Ash.
Open Internationally until the 18th October.

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22 comments:

  1. Ooh Cinderella re-telling. Thanks for sharing!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. Thanks for hosting today, Stephanie! :)

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  3. The idea of taking fairytales and making them modern and more realistic is always cool!

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    1. I think that is why these stories have endured over centuries. We can identify with their central ideas and adapt them across cultures and eras :-)

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  4. I have heard great things about this author. I would definitely give this book a try.

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    1. I hadn't heard of Regnery before this post

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  5. I love a new take on a traditional story

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  6. Will definitely have this book on my list when I've read the few I have in the wardrobe (about 20)

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    1. I love that your book are in the wardrobe!

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  7. This sounds a really enjoyable book. I must read it

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  8. Sounds intriguing and a book you don't want to put down!

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  9. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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