Monday, June 4, 2012

Dark Inheritance Book Tour: Guest post, excerpt & GIVEAWAY

Today we are hosting a cover reveal for Flight, Alyssa Rose Ivy's latest YA paranormal series and K. Reed's Dark Inheritance: Fallen Empire, a Regency period adult novel with a dystopian setting. Both posts have giveaways.

Dark Inheritance: Fallen Empire  by K. Reed
Genre: Regency Dystopian
Format: print and ebook
Publisher: Self (May 8, 2012)

BLURB: The once glittering ballrooms of Regency England now lay desolate. A plague has ravaged the countryside. The government has fallen. What vestiges of order remained have been consumed by the endless funeral pyres.

Grayson, once the Baron of Harwich, sought only to protect his people. Rescuing a half-dead woman was not among his plans. But something about her pulled at him. Perhaps it was her beauty, still evident beneath the pallor of loss. Perhaps it was the recently fired rifle at her side. Or maybe he was simply tried of death. All he knew was that the plague had taken too much already. He couldn’t let it take her as well.

Lady Juliette Adair had been ready to die with her brother. She didn't expect to be shown mercy in a world that had no room for mercy. When Grayson saved her she questioned his motives but soon found herself intrigued by him, drawn to him.

Societal rules were a thing of the past, dead along with the ton. Juliette had no manner by which to measure her growing closeness to Grayson any longer. But when she discovers he may not be the man she thought she knew more is at stake than just her heart. The secrets she carries could make a king or destroy one.

An excerpt from Dark Inheritance:

“How do you survive if you gather every beggar you find?” she wondered softly.

Grayson took a step closer and, even if he didn’t know himself why he insisted on taking her back to Harwich, answered honestly. “I’ve never taken one before now.”

Shaking her head, Juliette glanced to her brother. “Do not start with me, then. I should be here.” She gestured to the body. “By his side.”

When her eyes met his again, he saw it. Despite her weakness, her delicate state, strength sparked in her blue eyes. Unbidden, fury flashed through him at her words, at a sentiment that contrasted with the look in her eyes.

He’d given his men strict instructions. No matter what they saw, how many begged for mercy, they were to perform their duties—find supplies to help their village, their people. Never had they disobeyed him.

Today marked the first time his commands had been broken. And it was he who had broken them. Instinct, an unnamed feeling, wouldn’t allow him to leave her behind. Grayson was drawn to her, wanted her. Juliette touched a part of him he’d thought long abandoned.

Leaning closer, Grayson said clearly, “I have no interest in your absolution.”

Guest Post by K. Reed:
Reader Girls asked the author: Alternate reality and historical romance sound like a wonderful combination I haven't seen done too often. How did Grayson and Lady Juliette's story come about?

K. Reed: After I had the world in place, and knew certain aspects of it, I needed to populate it! I wanted a heroine who was more than just a lost soul in need of saving—so I gave Juliette a very important secret. And then there was Grayson—who was he? He was the Baron of Harwich (who may have been molded off an actor I found exceptionally good looking but that’s neither here nor there). Anyway, Grayson survived the plague though it took the rest of his family.

Grayson is a survivor. However, even he knew he couldn’t do it on his own so took his military experience and fortified both his estate and the village and created a compound. During the opening of the story, Grayson does something typical a man like he would have done—he searched for what is left (if anything) of the government.

On his return from London, he encounters Juliette. From that point on, their story is of two people attracted to each other, definitely, but both with individual agendas and views on how to survive. They want to trust each other, and on certain levels do, but their natures oftentimes collide.

In the end, they’re simply trying to do what everyone else is—survive. Preferably with each other!

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About the author: Romance author with an historical twist.

Too many post-apocalyptic stories, movies, and what-ifs crowded her head, and K Reed decided to do something about it. So she plotted one out, decided an historical post-apocalyptic romance was the way to go, and wrote that one instead.

A lover of all things historical, of strong heroes with equally strong heroines, and of sexy pirates, she’s going to explore the post-apocalyptic world of plague-ridden 1804 and the gritty criminal element of Victorian England.

Luckily she has an understanding family, supportive friends, and a day job that offers her the flexibility she needs to plot, plan, and write. Sure, one day she’d like to travel the country in search of fantastic storylines and great locale pictures, but for now she’ll stick to the east coast and the internet.

Purchase links: AllRomance | Amazon | Barnesand Noble

Print: CreateSpace

The author will award nine Post-apocalypse survival baskets (which include tea, a fan, a shawl, a bracelet and more -- Plus ONE Grand Prize basket will include an iPod Touch) -- to randomly drawn commenters during the tour and one to the host with the most comments (excluding hers and the host's) -- US/Canada only. Enter below and leave your email.

Follow the tour and don't forget to comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning! The tour dates can be found here.

This tour is presented by Goddess Fish Promotions.


  1. Thank you for hosting the author today.

  2. I love the idea of a post apocalyptic set in this era.

  3. Thank you for hosting me today, Readergirls!

    Glad you like the idea of this book, Debbie. It is definitely different from the norm :)

  4. Very refreshing idea for a story. It sounds amazing and the excerpt was great!

  5. I love the sound of this story!!!

  6. Not only do I love the sound of this story, and want to read it. It is on my to buy list. I want it to keep.

  7. I'm just so intrigued by the idea of a post-apocalypse survival basket. They must be so fun to put together...and even more fun to win! I'll have to ponder what I would gather in such a basket.
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  8. I came across this title the other day and was immediately drawn to it. I think it sounds like a new twist on a current popular genre and am looking forward to the read. Thank you for sharing with us today.

  9. Very nice excerpt. The characters sound fascinating.


  10. I would also love to travel the country one day!

  11. Thank you all for stopping by! What would you put in a post-apocalypse basket? Not what would you gather for a post-apocalypse emergancy (despite the government's assertion there are no zombies!) but in a basket...tea. A scarf. A bracelet for times past. What else?

  12. Lets my post-apocalypse basket I would have a stash of chocolate!!! LOL!! and hot sauce :) Everything can be made ok with hot sauce and!! This book sounds awesome!

  13. I love the idea of a post-survival basket, especially with 2012 doomsday approaching :P. I would definitely make sure to include chocolate in mine. Dark chocolate. It's healthy and it makes you feel good. A valuable necessity. Anyways, thanks for sharing!!