Thursday, 14 May 2015

BLOG TOUR - Compendium by Alia Luria **GIVEAWAY**

Compendium

Welcome to the tour for Compendium by Alia Luria! 
This is a sci-fantasy novel that is adult but clean and appropriate for young adult readers. 
Read an excerpt and you could win $100 in the giveaway!!
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Compendium
Compendium by Alia Luria
 
On the heavily forested planet of Lumin, the Network has slept, dormant, for over six hundred cycles. Only a select few remember that it resides beneath the crust of the planet, waiting, and for them, the battle for Lumin’s future has raged in the shadows.
 
When Mia Jayne’s path crosses with an ancient volume in the Archives of the Order of Vis Firmitas, this ancient battle moves from the shadows into the light. Compendium opens up a world of knowledge, and, for the first time since arriving at the Order, Mia has the key to reclaim the freedom she has lost. To do so, she must choose between her conscience and her heart. Conceived against an ailing world of fantastical beauty where long-lost technology tips the balance between extinction and survival, Mia must remember that there is always a choice, and that makes all the difference.



Excerpt


“So you just come here and lie under the trees?” he asked, turning the topic back to Mia’s presence in the Crater Grove.

“Thus far,” she said. “I do have an interest in the systems, but when I get here, the warmth and the hum of the trees cajoles me into a relaxed state, almost like a trance, I guess.” She looked over at Cedar to gauge his reaction.

She’d never mentioned the humming to others, except for Brother Cornelius, who didn’t seem to notice, but she felt warm and comfortable, and Cedar’s steady heartbeat under her hand reassured her. He looked over at her, his dark, luminous eyes searching hers for something.

“I hear them too,” he said. “I thought I was imagining it, but I hear it.” He frowned slightly. “They’re always like this?”

“All trees and roots hum and vibrate,” she said. “Some louder than others. I’ve heard them since I was a small child.”

Cedar looked surprised but not disbelieving. It probably helped her case that he heard them too, at least here, in a room where the trees practically screamed with joy.

“Does it drive you mad?” he asked.

“Not at all. I find it incredibly comforting. It’s as if I’m never alone. The trees are always whispering to me.”

“That seems kind of creepy,” Cedar said softly.

“I suppose it would to someone unused to constant noise. To me, though, the deep quiet of the stone walls of this cavernous Compound seems creepy.”

They lapsed into a comfortable silence. Mia succumbed to the sounds of the trees once again, and when she glanced over at Cedar, his eyes were round and absent, as if they were out of focus.

Finally he said softly, “Did your Father make it?”

Mia’s body tensed a little at the question. “I don’t know,” she replied, and bit her lip.

Cedar squeezed her hand reassuringly.

“They haven’t told me anything,” she continued, her voice trembling like her hand.

“Is he your only family?”

“Yes. For as long as I can remember, it’s just been Father and me.”

“What about your mother?”

“I never knew her. She died when I was an infant. I have no drawings of her, and Father never described her except to say she was very beautiful. I must resemble her, because I look nothing like him.”

“Does he not talk about her?” Cedar asked.

“He avoids talking about her to the extent that over time I conditioned myself to stop asking. Instead I make up fantasies about her in my head. Silly, I know.” Her cheeks grew warm from the embarrassment of the admission. “All I have of her are my fur bag and her locket.”

“You have a locket?” he asked, perking up. “Is there anything inside?”

“I don’t know,” she replied, disengaging her hand from his to tug at the long, intricate chain around her neck. She retrieved the chain from deep inside her robes and slowly pulled up the shiny metal egg at the bottom. “I’ve never been able to get it open, and I don’t want to damage it, so I’m hesitant to force it. I like to think it’ll open when it’s ready.”

Cedar took the small golden locket from her hand and ran his thumb over the latch. “It almost looks as if someone jammed it intentionally,” he said softly, peering closely at it in the dim light. “It would require some fine tools to work it open. The quality is exceptional, though. How old is it? The details look too fine to be accomplished by just any old country jeweler.”

“I really don’t know,” Mia said, feeling useless. What did she know? Apparently nothing. She admired the way the locket glinted in his long brown fingers as he handled it.

“Well, you’re quite a mystery,” he whispered solemnly then gently placed the locket in her hands.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Compendium

Alia Luria resides in Orlando, Florida with her partner and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis. When she is not busy writing her epic sci-fiction/fantasy series, she is very, very busy practicing law as a corporate mergers and acquisitions and data privacy attorney. Apart from writing and reading voraciously, she really enjoys travel and photography and mixing the two. She also spends an inordinate amount of time enjoying fountain pens.

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GIVEAWAY
 
The author will be giving away $100 Amazon Gift Card (INT) to the winner of the below Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends May 20th.
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