Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shea Berkley Guest Post and Giveaway!

The land of Teag 

I’d like to thank Melissa and her crew for letting me hang out at Books and Things for the day and share a bit about the world I created for my book, THE MARKED SON.

Have you ever visited a place that was so beautiful it made you cry? Or at the very least, made you never want to leave? In THE MARKED SON, the land of Teag is such a place. It’s been perfected by its people who can control nature.

On the outside, Teag looks beautiful, peaceful and perfect, but the deeper you delve into its people, the firsts, you find the rot that’s destroying the land. The firsts are elitists, believing only those whose first blood runs pure should live in Teag. The taint of human blood must be exterminated at all costs because unlike the firsts, the humans are liars and manipulators—a dishonorable, faithless breed.

Long ago, the barrier between the first and the human realms was easily traversed. The firsts loved science and magic and melded the two, and harnessed the power of the earth. Their need to develop beyond the element of steam lost its appeal, and they settled into an age of refinement and strict decorum, using their skills to enhance the earth’s beauty. It’s their calling and they take it seriously.

The firsts view humans as barbaric and destructive, and not surprisingly, they decide to use the humans as slaves. The humans’ ability to lie and their blatant disregard for the firsts rules becomes a problem, and the firsts build a wall between the realms, blocking any human or first from traveling back and forth. Only a few gateways exist and only a select few can use those gateways.

Can you see the problem that exists? What happens to all the humans that were taken into the firsts’ realm?

After the initial rush of accusations and killings, the humans that survive at first become trusted members of society. Decades pass and then a series of events destroys that trust and war is declared. Humans are murdered. Any first with mixed blood is hunted down and killed. The land splits, and a king is lost to madness because of his love for a woman of human descent. All too quickly, the firsts turn into the barbarians they have always accused the humans of being.

Out of the quest for perfection evil can rise. Although the theme of this book is dark, when I wrote THE MARKED SON, the one thing I wanted more than anything was to write a book that would give my readers a fun, wild ride. I hope you fall in love with Dylan as much as I did. He’s a great hero, and Kera is the perfect girl to help him achieve his goals.

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Woah! That has to make you curious about this book! Curious about this world? Well...
I am able to give away one hard copy of this book to a US/Can entrant! All you have to do is comment to enter! Leave an e-mail if it isn't in your profile. I'll end the giveaway on the 21st. Good luck!
Giveaway is over!
I'll also have my review of this book tomorrow.

Also coming from Shea Berkley on 11/1/11:

Torrien by Shea Berkley 

What if the only hope of saving a magical world depended on an ordinary boy? 

Taelyon is a land divided; its mortals distrust those different than them; its wizards live indifferent to the suffering of others to see the danger on their doorstep. The battle for dominance is never far off, and death is a daily fear provoked by King Hcaon the Younger's inability to lead. 

Torrein’s parents are powerful wizards, and Torrein's greatest fear is that he'll be denied the gift of magic. When magic is denied him, he's chased from his own village by those he used to call friends. Alone and wandering in a world he doesn't know, Torrein doesn't understand that his destiny is far greater than any he could have achieved if magic had been granted him. What plagues him is a desire he can't have - to be with his family and live his life in peace. 

Peace is not easily found in Taelyon. The destiny Torrein fights lies in a prophecy soaked in blood. To claim his rightful power, he must calm his fears and face those who want him and his people dead. Everyone has been blinded to the real evil in their midst, and it will be a fight till the end of the age to reclaim Taelyon's freedom. Though it's hard for him to accept, it’s up to Torrein to protect those who have been deceived, and to make sure the evil in their midst doesn't destroy them all.


  1. Holy Crow! Look at that face! *faints*

    I can say I'm already in love with Dylan, but his world does fascinating and complex.

    Thanks so much for the guest post and giveaway.

    missie at

  2. Thanks for the great giveaway! The Marked Son is on my to-read list, so I'd love to win a copy!
    GFC- audreyclair

  3. I love the cover for the book, to me it fits the story well. Would love to win a copy! Thank you so much for the giveaway and the chance to win!


  4. Very nice but not entering - the reason as usual.

  5. I so want to read this book! Thank you for the chance!


  6. OH! I love this book, The world created in it is AWESOME!!! I agree that Dylan and Kera belong together. Thanks for the giveaway!

    bwithbite (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. This sounds like an interesting read. Please enter me. juliecookies(at)

  8. Please enter me in the draw!

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Sounds good, I'd like to be included!

  10. Sounds like a great book! Please enter me in the drawing.

  11. I've heard of some information about this book but haven't had the chance to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    GFC: Ivy


  12. I would love to read this book, it sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

    myra01502 at yahoo dot com

  13. I would love to win this.

  14. This sounds great! I've seen the book posted around, but no in depth information about it!! Nothing like the author giving an in depth look at the book and the world! Sounds great!

    Sign me up!


  15. Cool cover :)
    nice to know a bit more about it

  16. I'm really looking forward to reading this book! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :-)


  17. Thank you for the giveaway! I have read some great reviews of this book, and have it on my To Read list. :)


    ceeenndee at gmail dot com

  18. Twitted about your giveaway at:!/cherrymischivus/status/102843479352291328

    Goodluck to everybody entering! :)

    Cherry Mischievous

  19. Ok third time trying to win this book has got to be the charm. Sign me up!
    tlabunski (at> gmail

  20. Please sign me up for the giveaway!

    email= bandrocks95 AT gmail DOT com

    <3 Alexis

  21. Oooh I want this one SO bad!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! (:


  23. Oh my gosh, I want to read this book SO bad!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy:)
    I am a GFC follower
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  24. Would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance!

  25. It does sound like a wild ride! I'd love to read it!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  26. This sounds like an incredible book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

  27. Thanks for the giveaway!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  28. I have been stalking this tour and book and I want to thank you for sharing about this world with us today. I also appreciate the awesome giveaway opportunity :)


  29. This sounds exciting, would love to read it.


  30. Woah... I was just checking this book out on another bloggers review... Anyway I love any dystopian/alt universe books so this seems right up my alley, thanks for the giveaway!


  31. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  32. Great giveaway.

    truebloodfan AT

  33. I want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway. :)
    Jennifer K Jovus
    kjovus at gmail dot com

  34. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  35. Oooo, sounds intriguing!!! Sign me up ;)

  36. oh wow! It sounds like an intense read and an intense world... I'm not quite sure if there was ever a place where I cried, but there have been places that I never wanted to leave.. once place I know I always have a hard time leaving is my bed =D lol
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
    TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

  37. Well, yes. It does make me curious. :) Thanks for this post!


  38. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read this.


  39. What an awesome book cover! I'd love to win this book.

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  40. This book sounds fabulous! Shari

  41. WoW! This sounds like a fabulous read. I've just finished The Hunger Games trilogy as this sounds like a perfect fit to follow.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  42. Thanks for the giveaway Melissa! I have heard really great things about this book!


  43. This book sounds really great and I would love the opportunity to read it.


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