Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Gleaning (Spellspinners of Melas County series) by Heidi R Kling 1st was Wiches Brew


Lily and Logan’s bond is put to the ultimate test as dark forces threaten to destroy them. Good and evil collide. Alliances shatter. And the Gleaning reveals just how deep betrayal runs.



“Some moments are like bruises…Dark and deep and so malformed that even once the color fades back to normal, when the blood flattens and the bump erodes and you begin to recognize the skin as yours again, you remember the moment it happened. That unexpected pain. And you do your best to avoid it forevermore.” 

In the second installment of the Spellspinners saga, Lily’s worldview is rocked by fear, mistrust, and heartbreak, as she deals with the fallout from the night of her enchantment.

Someone powerful is determined to keep her and Logan apart. But who? And why?

As the covens prepare to do battle in the Solstice Stones, the lines between good and evil, dark and light, begin to blur. Allegiances are called into question. Trust is broken. And all Lily knows may just be an illusion.

Will the star-crossed lovers unearth the seeds of betrayal before it’s too late? Or will the witches and warlocks of Melas County be forced to say goodbye to their magic—and any chance of reconciliation between the covens—for good?


In The Gleaning, nothing is as it seems. And Lily and Logan will have to tread carefully if they hope to uncover the truth in time to save their love and break the curse.


What’s Cool from Coliloquy:
The Gleaning is the second installment of The Spellspinners Of Melas County, an Active Fiction series from Coliloquy. Throughout the series, author Heidi R. Kling uses a unique interactive format to augment the typical reading experience.


Lily and Logan’s fate is already decided, but Heidi explores several different possible pathways for how they get there. She shares scenes that wouldn’t normally fit in a book format and gives readers more precious moments between the two young lovers. As the series progresses, you’ll see some normal narrative forms, interspersed with smaller scenes, alternate points of view, and a lot of “what if” scenarios.


And read carefully…Heidi employs high-tech trickery to let her readers experience some Spellspinners magic.



“Hey you. I didn’t think you’d ever wake up.”

It was the best I’d slept in ages. One of those deep, utterly comfortable sleeps you never want to wake up from. And now this voice lured me back into consciousness. This deep, sexy, familiar voice. My eyes flew open, and saw, a little blurry but familiar mess of hair hanging over wily blue eyes. “Jude? How are you here?”

I was lying in his arms, my cheek against his smooth, lyrically inked chest. A white sheet was tangled loosely around our bare linked ankles.

He traced the outline of my jaw, tucking a stray piece of hair behind my ear. “You’re beautiful.”

“I’m naked.”

His eyes ran down my body. “So it seems.” He kissed my neck.

“Jude!” I protested, shivering. But even as I said it, I was scanning the side of his exposed thigh for the mark.

“Ahh, so I was right.”


“You wanted to get me into bed to check for the mark, didn’t you? Well, here I am. Check away.”

What was I doing with Jude? Why did I crave his kisses?

He pulled me on top of him, kissing me deeper. I didn’t resist. I couldn’t. I didn’t want to. His kiss, his body, was like the ocean on a stormy day. I wanted to dive deeper.

A harsh breeze chilled my skin, drawing my attention to the parted curtains where wiry shadows drifted in through my open window, slithering across my wall like serpents.

I was suddenly alert.

Alert to Jude tangled next to me in Logan’s place.

I yanked the sheet up to cover my nakedness. “Why are you here?”

“To be with you, Lily.”

“Well, you can’t be. I don’t even like you.”

The tilt of his head, and his mildly entertained expression, told me he didn’t believe me. “The magic between us. You feel it, too. We are strong together, Lily. And we could be invincible. It’s almost as if you gave up your chance to find Logan’s mark on purpose, because you wanted to find it on me instead.”

“I didn’t even know you then.”

He shrugged like that was a moot point. “To step aside and offer the job up to your sexy doppelganger, generosity like yours hasn’t existed since…well, the Beginning. No wonder he thinks you’re so special. Offering up a nice slice of your own cake and a lick of the other you, too.”

“You’re disgusting.”

He rolled on top of me. “You sure you don’t want to check me for the mark?”

“Get off me,” I said.

Chuckling, he did what he was told. “One day you’ll ask me to kiss you. And maybe, just to spite you, I’ll be the one feigning protest.”

“I doubt that.”

“Even if I’m wearing this?”

With only a sheet wrapped around his waist, he stood next to the bed. On his hipbone, a mark appeared. Shaped like a broken-rose moon.

“It can’t be you,” I protested...

I heard a high-pitched giggle outside my window. Then she floated into view, white hair floating around her face, eyes like fireballs. My doppelganger.

[She] reached out a pale hand, calling to me.

I went to her. Jude followed.

Taking our hands, she led us through the air until in the distance we saw a golden Mediterranean coast...Then I saw him--Logan, and he was drowning...

“I have to save him,” I cried, diving away from Jude into the stormy sea. My amulet shone in the dark water, and Logan’s terrified eyes met mine as I swam toward him. Wrapping my arms around him, I struggled to carry him to the surface. But he was too heavy, and I was too weak to save him. Down, down, we sank like stones, until his eyes were dead and gray, and his body lay limp in my arms.

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Heidi R. Kling earned her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and is the author of multiple-award nominated novel Sea (Putnam/2010). She’s published short stories and essays to anthologies Truth & Dare (UK/US), The Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls (Smart Pop), and The First Time. Heidi loves to obsess over young adult lit and pop culture, so make her day by visiting her on or on Twitter at @heidirkling. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, CA, near the real Black Mountain and coastal towns much like Melas County. She hasn’t spotted a warlock in real life. Yet.



List of links:

If you were stranded on an island what 10 things would you most want with you?

1. Oliver from Arrow. He's already survived a stint on a deserted island. Has weapons. Knows how to use them. Bonus? Abs.


2. Running water.


3. Working toilet.


4. Catering service with all my favorite foods.


5. One of those massage tents that you see in fancy travel magazines. With masseuse. (See #1 for ideas.)


6. Library stocked with books. Working laptop so I can write.


7. Smart phone with service so I can FaceTime with my family. They'll be missing me, yes?


8. The Swiss Family Robinson tree house. With working elevator.


9. The entire series of The Vampire Diaries that streams on some sort of self-recharging magical devise.


10. Did I mention the guy from Arrow?

Giveaway- 1 digital copy of THE GLEANING
(winner to pick format preference: Kindle, Nook, Andriod or iOS).



zed said...

Thank you for the giveaway

bn100 said...

Nice excerpt.

bn100 said...

Nice excerpt.


Jennifer Janes said...

love the giveaway, thank you so much!

Farhana said...

Thank you for the giveaway