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The A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2013  has reached its first weekend. If you’re participating in the challenge, what are your Sunday plans? I’m co-hosting the A to Z on Amlokiblogs, so drop me a comment there if you have something to say about the challenge itself. On this blog, I’ll be featuring mostly indie-published book excerpts for all of April. I love reading, and supporting author-friends, and this is a good way to do both.

Today, for F, I give you a YA Fantasy/ Paranormal: Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan.  It is the second installment in the YA fantasy/paranormal series that continues to follow the main character, Llona Reese.

Fractured Soul

Fractured Soul

Elevator Pitch: Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her newfound friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat.

Excerpt: I slumped against the wall and slid to the floor. I stared at the window, waiting for the inevitable night. Hours passed. I was practically willing the light from my room. I was so transfixed that I didn’t answer when May knocked on the door and called my name. And then, slowly, as the sun set, darkness crept toward me. I smiled.

 The moment my room went entirely black and I heard no movement from within the school, I opened the window. The faint sound of hundreds of heartbeats rose from the forest. They seemed to be calling me. The creatures of the night.

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Watch the book trailer here. YA Paranormal is a popular genre, and its fans might fall in love with the premise of this book. Will you follow Llona’s journey?


Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • Claire says:

    Great post – I loved the first book in this series! Love what you’re doing for the A-Z Challenge, what a champion 😀

  • I read this several months back. It was awesome.

  • Damyanti says:

    Your blog is lovely, and thanks for stopping by here.

  • onecoolsoul says:

    Thanks for liking my blog and I have to agree that the elevator pitch is quite well done!

  • ladysknight says:

    sounds like a good book to ck out
    thanks for the review

  • I’ve been searching for some new reads so this was a great post to come across! I’ll definitely come back for more reading inspiration!
    A to Z Participant

  • Carol says:

    Stopping by to say hello. Your theme is great!

  • janu says:

    It is nice that you are introducing to new books everyday. Nice.

  • Interesting !

  • Vidya Sury says:

    That’s a powerful excerpt, Damyanti! You’ve certainly picked some fabulous books so far!

    My plans for Sunday – 😀 I take part in a weekly meme every Sunday, so I’ll be posting tomorrow as well! 😀

    • Damyanti says:

      Vidya, you’re a much more dedicated blogger than I am :)…thanks for stopping by and liking the book. I’m hoping this author gets sales like some of the others before have done.

  • josna says:

    Damyanti, it was you who, months and months ago, visited my bog and suggested that I participate in this challenge. I looked it up then, but thought that since I had plenty of time to decide, I would return to it later. Then, in the afternoon of the very last day of March, someone involved with the challenge visited my blog and I realized that it was now or never. Though April was shaping up to be the busiest month for me and I had not given any thought to my topics, I went ahead and signed up, and here I am, having completed A-F. Thank you for having been the prime mover for me.
    I am enjoying your daily photograph and accompanying though and have just found this second A-to-Z blog. Wow!

    • Damyanti says:

      Josna, it is so kind of you to drop by and leave a comment. I’m glad my words inspired you to take up the challenge 🙂

  • Jan Morrill says:

    What a great idea to promote indie authors in the A to Z Challenge. I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to more.

    Thanks for commenting on my “F” post. Good luck with the rest of the challenge, and enjoy your Sunday off! — Jan

  • Jianne Carlo says:

    How wonderful of you to feature and support other authors during the A to Z. Going to explore your blog and see what genres you write.

  • John Wiswell says:

    All these YA series make me wish I had superpowers. How does the title play into the plot of this one? Does she get torn over potentially helping the antagonists?

    And I’ll try to drop by on Sunday! I was thinking of expanding on my ‘E’ entry for that day, since my fictional piece didn’t get to cover as much of the world-building.

    • John, the title Fractured Soul plays into it because Llona, the main character, was biten by a Vyken (the baddie) at the end of book one, Fractured Light. She now has their darkness and must learn to control it before it controls her, hence a fractured soul. Thanks for the question!

  • Olivia Stocum says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous cover on that book!

  • Dee J Kirkby says:

    Great book title and the excerpt is very compelling!

  • This book has a good cover.

  • I love that you are promoting indie authors. Kudos to you. Indie authors need lots of love & all the promotion help they can get! I found you by following #atozchallenge on Twitter today. Happy Friday!

    • Damyanti says:

      Hey Cheri, thanks for your comment. I love the #atozchallenge on twitter — I started it two years ago 😉

  • mel says:

    Hi D, just wanted to drop a note to make sure that you’re holding up ok taking on the mammoth role as A-Z host! Thanks for dropping by to check on me earlier this week, you’re so sweet. We still haven’t caught up in real life, GAH!

  • cariwiese says:

    Love the elevator pitch! Thank you for visiting my blog, always love yours.