Thursday, August 11, 2011

The sky: The World by Jessica McHugh Excerpt & Giveaway : Enchanted Book Tours

Who is Doctor Azaz? It is the 19th Century, and Azazian England is at it's pinnacle. Aeroplanes rule the sky, and crystalline technology has transformed life itself. But for stunt pilot Jack Racine, life is little more than an endless tailspin into liquor, laudanum, and loose women. But all that is about to change. For Jack Racine is about to have an audience with the architect of the age, the mysterious Doctor Azaz...


The room was perfumed with the opium's alluring scent of soap and sex, and he breathed it in with a sigh as the administrator of The Dark Room sat down next to him with his eyebrows raised hopefully. It had been weeks since Jack’s last visit, weeks since he'd been able to justify the luxury, but when he slipped the coins into the proprietor's hands, he slipped the layout into Jack’s. The tray’s accoutrements gleamed with freshly polished cloisonn√©, and he could smell the coconut oil already in the chamber: the first step of intoxication. He sparked the wick and drew a steady flame as he lay down with his head upon his favorite pillow. With needle in hand, he pierced the pill, heated it over the lamp, and then gingerly but hungrily placed it in the ceramic bowl affixed to his ox-horn pipe. As he inhaled deeply, his eyes danced across the decorations on the pipe-bowl, the Buddhist symbol called the "endless knot", and he contemplated, as he usually did, how it applied to his life. He smoked the pill to bubbling tar and down to wasted ash, and gazing around his dream world, he beheld the opium girl: the one who came to love him in the dark and followed him home to punish him in the light of day. He didn’t see her in a real light, of course; she was just some drug-induced ideal, but he made her real when he stumbled through The Still with arms open and eyes closed and dry tongue ravenously seeking a cool sip of love. His thirst was almost painful and when a dram of laudanum was passed into his hand, he downed it without a thought of recourse. The girl came again, more brilliant than ever before with scarlet locks cascading down her bare, milky shoulders and eyes illuminated with wanton expectation, and when he reached out to touch her, she danced into his embrace as if she knew it would happen all along. He felt as light as a feather as they floated out of The Still and onto the street, and under the gawking eyes of the lamplighters, he quenched his thirst again on the opium girl's nectar, and even though she was not doused with as much sugar as the laudanum, her tincture tasted far sweeter.

Giveaway Information
Jessica is giving away several eBook copies of The Sky: The World. There could be up to five(5) winners - it depends on how many total entries there are. This giveaway is open internationally.  To enter simply fill out the brief entry form below.  For an extra chance of winning please also leave a comment or question for myself or the author.  You do not have to be a follower of this blog to enter, but again, followers get an extra entry.  This promotion ends Aug 20th 11:59PM CST.

Author Bio
Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction that spans the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A prolific writer, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, novellas, and even playwriting. She has had eight books published in three years, including "Song of Eidolons", "The Sky: The World", "Rabbits in the Garden", and the first two installments in her "Tales of Dominhydor" series.
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Tour Schedule
August 8th : Review and Giveaway
August 9th – Review and Giveaway at Shirley’s Surely Reviewing

August 10th: Review and Giveaway at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

August 11th: Excerpt  at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

August 13th: Author Interview at Marsha A. Moore’s Blog


Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book in return for a review.  I have not received any monetary compensation in return for my honest review, whether positive or negative. Promotional banners and information was provided through Enchanted Book Tours. I am an authorized Tour Host.


Karen C said...

The blurb and excerpt are certainly intriguing and based on that, the first thing that comes to mind is what 'inspired' you to write this story?

Hope it's successful for you!
GFC follower

Jessica McHugh said...

It all came from my husband and I talking about steampunk pilots one night. I just started getting crazy ideas for this story, and from that brainstorming session, Jack Racine was born. From that point on, Jack Racine's character built the rest of the story for me.

He was certainly a trip to write. :)
Thanks for checking out the post, Karen!

Anonymous said...

This story sounds interesting. I think I'm going to have to read it. Great post!