Monday, July 21, 2014

"The Star Catcher" by Stephanie Keyes

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
The Star Catcher
(The Star Child Book 3)
by Stephanie Keyes


The Star Catcher is the final book in The Star Child series. Also available: The Star Child, After Faerie, and The Fallen Stars.


The Star Catcher is currently on tour with Royal Street Publicity. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to follow the tour on the author's Facebook page.


Description
Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves.
Her kiss … the feel of her skin … the beat of her heart … For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper.
Cali has been taken …
Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?
Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?

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Excerpt
"This is one of my favorite scenes, so I’m excited to share it with you today! Gabe, Kellen’s best friend and Singer, Cali’s niece, lie their way into the organ loft at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin to access a hidden portal to the Star Catcher’s world." ~ Stephanie Keyes
When we reached the top, the organ dude stopped playing immediately. He slid off of the stool, and then backed into the corner to allow us access into the cramped space. “Who are you? What are you doing here?” He tugged at his suspenders, running his fingers on the undersides.
I tripped on a couple of mud-splattered tennis shoes on the floor as I tried to make room for Singer. She looked at Organ Dude and put a finger to her lips before examining the instrument.
“Reginald Vanderkeller.” I held out my hand in a single fluid motion. “American Guild of Organists. You’re a finalist in our contest, but we have to do an inspection first. If you could give us some room?”
Singer was probing along a cluster of round, white things above the keys. “We’re not looking for a stop sign, we’re looking for an organ stop.”
“Are those stops?” I asked.
“Who are you?” the organist demanded again. “You can’t be from the AGO if you don’t know what a stop is.”  The organ dude was kind of condescending. I was tempted to go all Big Bird on his ass and make him pee his pants.
Instead, I cut the guy a break. We had busted into his loft, after all. “She’s in training.” I placed a hand on Singer’s shoulder. “I have to ask her questions in order to test her. Please, if you could give her a moment.”
Singer continued searching. “Anyway, a stop keeps the pressurized air—they also call it wind—from flowing into the pipes so the organist can control which pipes sound. It lets them have different sounds like reed and cheesy saxophone and stuff.”
“I’ve never liked the saxophone one much either,” Organ Dude said. I glanced at him, and he shrugged.
“How do you know all this?” I asked, turning back to Singer. “Besides your studies with the AGO, of course.”
“Dad used pipe organs in some of his recordings. I paid attention. He liked to bring me to the studio.”
Singer continued to examine each stop until she paused. A sly smile formed on her face as she pressed a button. The faint clicking sound filled the quiet loft. The organ swung forward a bit, like it was on a hinge or something. What had we found, exactly? 



Praise for the Book
"The Star Catcher is everything you would want in a final book in a trilogy." ~ Jackie Jackson, The Book Maven
"The writing style was beautifully descriptive and enabled me to visualise each scene easily and clearly ... This was another imaginative read that captivated me throughout, a wonderful finale!" ~ Kate Verrier, Reviewer
"Stephanie Keyes has once again delivered the goods with this book. It had me hooked from page one ... The Star Catcher is exciting and fast-paced and had me hold my breath in anticipation on more than one occasion. I'd highly recommend this series to all! What an imagination Stephanie Keyes has!" ~ JB Johnston, Reviewer, Brook Cottage Books

About the Author
Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel. As a teen, her family always accused her of having an "overactive imagination". Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.
Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.

Giveaway
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