Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Summer Spotlight: Unbound by Georgia Bell


Welcome to Summer Spotlight! Lately I've gotten a number of requests through email from authors to read their books. While I'm always happy to receive those emails, it isn't very often I get to accept the books for review. Hence, I've created Summer Spotlight. If there's a book or author I feel deserves more attention than I'm currently able to give them/it, I'll post it. This is to promote the books and authors and gather opinions from readers. I hope we can all have fun and enjoy this new (intermittent) feature!

I'm so happy to see this little meme take off! Welcome the fifth Summer Spotlight book.


After her father dies, Rachel realizes she is scared and stuck. Scared of heights, of cars, of disasters harming the people she loves. Stuck in a life that is getting smaller by the minute. Stuck with a secret she has kept all her life: Someone has been watching over her since birth. Someone who tends to show up when she needs him the most. Someone she believes is her guardian angel.

Eaden is a 1,500-year-old immortal who wants to die. Drained by a life stretched too thin, he has requested his final reward – a mortal sacrifice bred specifically to bring him death. But something went wrong. Rachel’s ability to grant death has mutated in ways that threaten to upset the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. And utterly beguiled, Eaden discovers that although Rachel is the key to his death, because of her, he no longer wants to die. And he will do anything to protect her.

Swept into a world of legends, caught between the warring political factions of immortals, and carrying the future of mortal kind in her flesh and bone, Rachel must risk everything to save her world and the man she loves.

I'm thinking this could be a good one. The mortal/immortal feud is a little old, but I'm confident Bell has figured out a new way to approach it. Plus, there's no tension quite like "I love you, but I have to kill you" plots. In this case the victim wants to be killed which makes it a bit unique. Actually, can I even call him a victim if he wants to be killed? I don't know. These are things for higher powers like lawyers to figure out. I wonder how Rachel's father's death figure into all of this. Does it make her realize her own mortality? How funny is the irony then, that she is born to kill someone "immortal." If anyone has or is planning on reading Unbound, let me know how it is!

I must add a line about how much I love Unbound's cover. It's so lovely and simple! A fantastic design.

Georgia has also been kind enough to include an excerpt of Unbound for us. 

“I know you’re there,” I said, pitching my voice towards the darkness. It echoed down the empty street. 

“We need to talk.” I waited, forcing myself not to move away, not to look away. My heart pounded in my ears and I took a deep breath to steady myself. A car moved down the road towards me and I watched it pass, the headlights glaring and then receding as it rounded the corner of the next street. 

His shadow stretched out before him as he moved on to the sidewalk under the glow of the streetlamp. He said nothing, only stared at me with a bemused expression. I wanted to say something else, but found that now I could only stare back. He wore the same long dark coat and gloves he always wore, his clothes tailored, but nondescript, his hair disheveled, but not untidy. The familiar feeling of tranquility settled on me as he moved closer and my head swam as if each of my thoughts was sinking slowly through deep water. Looking up at him, his stormy grey eyes were as sad and as haunting as I remembered them. 

We stood staring at each other silently, as if the other was something new and remarkable. I was puzzled by my lack of speech. After all of this time, there were so many things I had wanted to say to him. Why wasn’t I talking? Reaching up to touch my throat, I frowned, trying to remember how to voice the questions that waited patiently for articulation. Seeming to notice my confusion, his expression became strained and his eyes guarded. He stared down at his gloved hands as if he was unable to bear witness to my struggle for words. 

Minutes passed and neither of us moved.  

Distantly troubled, I watched as he confronted whatever demons were wrestling within him. Eventually, his shoulders slumped in defeat and he nodded to himself – an acknowledgement that a decision had been made. 

Moving slowly, he took off his gloves and placed them in his coat pocket, raised his hand towards my face with infinite care, and lightly touched my cheek. He let his fingers trace the line of my jaw, his expression now unfathomable as a shiver raced down my back. 

“Hello,” he said. 

I finally found my voice and my eyes locked on his. “Who are you?” 

“My name is Eaden,” he said. 

I nodded. It was a start. 

“We need to talk,” I said again. It was unlikely that I had ever been guilty of such an understatement. 

He stepped closer, our bodies almost touching. I was aware of every inch of him, as if somehow he had become an extension of me, another limb once lost and now recovered. My heart rallied and sped up as I tilted my head to study him. Sighing, he raised his eyes to the sky and then closed them, shaking his head before looking back down at me, a hint of a smile dancing around his lips. 

“I’ll see you in the morning, Rachel,” he said and then turned and walked away. Within a few heartbeats he was hidden amongst the shadows once again. 

“Eaden,” I said and went inside.
*****

Georgia has also offered to give away a copy of  Unbound to one lucky MSGB reader. All you have to do is comment on this post to be entered. Preferably with something meaningful, not spam. I will choose the winner 1 week from today on December 3rd!

For a bio and links on Georgia Bell, look below.

Georgia Bell was raised on a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy, courtesy of her father, a man who loved his family, fishing, scotch, and science (although not necessarily in that order). Georgia is an avid reader of young adult fiction, and a lover of good wine, music, children, and cats (although not necessarily in that order). She's currently working on Unknown, the second book in the All Good Things trilogy.

To find Georgia Bell in social-media-land, look below. 



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