Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Blitz: Spotlight + Sneak Peek + Giveaway: Steel Lily (Periodic Series, #1) by Megan Curd

Steel Lily (The Periodic Series, #1)

Author: Megan Curd

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Synopsis: AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued. But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.

Check out Annabell's Review for Steel Lily: 5/5 stars: "I am GIDDY with EXCITEMENT for this book! There aren’t a lot of dystopian novels I have really enjoyed and I haven’t read too many steampunk books that have gained my interest, but Steel Lily won me over! I ASBOUTELY LOOOOVE this book! ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2013!


“Running around on a day when the filtration system is off with one mask? That makes me think you have a death wish.” (Jaxon)
‘Being willing to watch someone die leads me to think you’re an ass.’” (Avery)

“Another perfectly acceptable place to breathe, since the alternative would be you suffocating to death. I’d really prefer that not happen. That’s not fun for anyone involved, and it’s extra paperwork for me.” ~Jaxon to Alice when she exclaims that they’re outside, breathing without masks on.

“Are you sure you two aren’t being stupid just to test me?” ~Jaxon to Avery and Alice who keep asking questions Jaxon refuses to answer.

“He’s a guy after your own heart. Overconfident, good looking, and witty. It’s like you in male form.’ (Alice)
‘I am not like him.’ (Avery)
‘Uh-huh. Don’t look now, but I think I can already see your dreads growing in. Which, by the way, would be disgusting. I bet his are moldy inside.’ (Alice)
‘I resent that. There’s no mold in my dreads. They’re probably cleaner than the grease ball you call a hairdo.” (Jaxon)

“Have you heard of morale?’ (Jaxon)
‘Where we’re from, we don’t have time for morale. Surviving is priority number one, and if you don’t see life for what it is, how do you expect to survive the ugly when it’s thrown at you?’ (Avery)
‘You’re just a ray of sunshine, aren’t you?’ (Jaxon)
‘Sure am. But you know what? If I piss in your Wheaties, you’ll know it. I won’t try to hide it with a hologram.” (Avery)

“Say, why are your eyes two different colors?’ (Jaxon)
‘Got into a fight.’ I replied. ‘Guy punched me, and they said he permanently altered the color.’ (Avery)
‘That’s not possible,’ he said argumentatively. (Jaxon)
‘What isn’t possible is that I won’t punch you and do the same thing,’ I said without a hint of jest in my voice.” (Avery)

“I like having you around about as much as sitting in a tub full of rusty scissors.” ~Avery to Jaxon


I was moving double time to keep up with his long strides. He seemed so sure of himself, so in control of his destiny, even in this place, where he claimed we were imprisoned. I didn’t have a shred of doubt that what Jaxon wanted, Jaxon got. He owned his life. I so desperately wanted to own mine as well. Could he help me take control of it, or would he cause it to crash around my feet? For some reason, it felt like either option would be exhilarating if he were involved.

Exhilarating and dangerous.

The back of his shirt was soaked. The small “v” of muscles at the base of his spine flexed as he craned his neck to make sure I was still behind him. Why did that give me butterflies?

He turned and smiled. “Are you even listening to me? You’re way past your ogling allotment.”

“I’m not ogling you.”

“Trust me, I’ve experienced enough ogling to know it when I see it. If you’d prefer to ogle in peace, I’ll turn around again. There have been contests where my ass took first place in squeezability.”

“You must have been the only person in the running.”

He grinned mischievously. “And the only one to vote, but a win is still a win, right?”

About the Author: Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. 

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Kentucky with her husband, son, and Great Dane named Dozer.

Where to Find the Author: Website/Goodreads/Twitter/Facebook

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