Friday, March 13, 2015

'The Thorn and the Sinking Stone' by CJ Dushinski: Promo Post

The Thorn and the Sinking Stone
by C.J. Dushinski
Release Date: March 2015
Entangled Teen
313 pages 

Summary from Goodreads: 

Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape… 

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth's Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future… 

To avenge his father's death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword.Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know. 

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…

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Full name: Valencia Hara
Age: 17
Affiliation: The Black Roses
Birthday: June 10
Eye Color: Silver/light gray
Hair: Black/violet
Height: 5’6”
            Brother: Garrett Hara
            Father: Bane Hara
            Mother: Alexandrya Hara

·       Martial arts
·       Katana swords
·       Speeding motorcycles
·       The smell of dirt in a rain storm
·       Boat rides
·       Golden wheat fields
·       Masquerades
·       Strawberries

·       The smell of  flowers
·       The Two Daggers
·       Rain
·       The Watchmen
·       The color red
·       Eggs

Valencia Hara, named after a fallen city of the old world, is the youngest of the Hara children. Descended from Japanese and Northern European parents and born into privilege, Valencia has never wanted for anything. Despite her position of wealth in the most notorious family in Rain City—the Black Roses— she is down to earth and somewhat recluse, having been confined to Hara House most of her life due to her illegal Curse—the ability to see seconds into the future. Although not useful for much, her Curse does allow her exceptional accuracy with a blade, and has been trained since childhood in the art of the samurai. Because of this, Valencia is exceptionally well disciplined, trained to be loyal, fierce, passionate, and resilient. She believes in vengeance, as her father before her, and will fight to the death to defend those she loves; which are few but valued above all else. Disowned by her mother and treated as a prisoner by her brother, Valencia is lonely and looking for her place in a dark and cold world. She keeps her feelings close to her chest and trusts very little, but once she lets someone in, she loves with reckless abandon. Sharp intelligence, with little patience and an innate moral compass, make Valencia a complicated, yet captivating young woman that no one, not even her fiercest rival, can resist.

About the Author 

While attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from 
university with a B.Comm and worked her way along as marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world. Born amongst the wheat fields and open skies of theCanadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii.

After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ was inspired and began work on her debut Young Adult novel THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE, to be published by Entangled Publishing 2014/15. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada– home of the CanadianRockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the 
world, and weave her experiences into stories.

CJ is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency LLC.

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