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Monday, November 9, 2015

Overwhelm by Layla Messner Book Tour, Excerpt, and Giveaway


Release Date: November 13th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

The living crystals that feed elemental power to Atlantis are exhausted. They give and give, but the Altantians just want more energy to fuel their magical city. Sixteen years ago, the crystals came up with a plan to make it all stop, a plan that revolves around three teens:

KALIOPE is a soulsinger, an empath with the power to sing the souls of the dead to their next lives. She just wants to grow up, but her mother won't let her. 

DANICA is Kaliope's whipping girl. She gets punished whenever Kali disobeys. 

CHIARAN is a firestarter, so reckless even his family considers him a monster. 

When Chiaran arrives in Atlantis, he's the first fire person to set foot on the island in a hundred years. Kaliope naturally considers him an enemy and uses the last of her depleted power against him. But the battle reveals that the two have more in common than anyone could have guessed. 

Anyone, that is, except the crystals. 

Three teenage antiheroes, a bisexual love triangle, and an island about to sink. 

Overwhelm is a darkly sensual fairy tale about growing up against all odds.

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About the Author

Láyla Messner is a young-adult author and the founder of ChrysalisSanctuary.com for healing childhood sexual abuse. She has an M.A. in embodied writing from Goddard College and her novels provide New Sexual Mythology for teens. She believes that love is real. She does not believe in unsolicited advice or the word "impossible."

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Excerpt - Kali & Chiaran: Recklessness and ruin

When my time comes around
Lay me gently in the cold dark earth
No grave can hold my body down
I'll crawl home to her”


- Hozier, Work Song


I just can’t,” Kaliope said, backing away.


Chiaran glared at her. Why was she doing this? She didn’t want to leave. He could feel what she wanted. Closeness, comfort, more. His whole body ached to give her what she wanted and yet she retreated from him.


Just like all the other girls.


No,” he repeated. Not this, not again. And he just…dropped to his knees in front of her, while a thirteen year old part of him snickered.


Look at you. You’re on your knees in front of a female. Whipped!


He shushed his inner pre-teen.


And felt suddenly like a man, instead of just an overgrown boy. As if one couldn’t achieve manhood except on his knees. Not through trials of strength, though males wanted it to happen that way, but only by giving in, to a woman.


It was the weirdest feeling he had ever had. Potentially deadly. So he went with it. He took both her hands and cupped them in his.


Just tell me. Whatever it is. Please.”

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  1. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and learning about this book. This book sounds very interesting. Also, I like the book cover! Very intriguing!

  2. Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me but I would love to learn more! Thank you for the reveal!

  3. This sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing!