Welcome to my tour stop for The Dawning of Firebird Alex by Orren Merton. The tour will consist of reviews, interviews, guest posts and spotlights and runs April 27- May 8th. Check out the tour page for more information.
The Dawning of Firebird Alex by Orren Merton
Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Gold is a Seduman: her humanity and compassion come from her deceased human mother, and her powers over spirit fire and super-human strength from her demon-like Sedu father. Collecting the first three novels inThe Sedumen Chronicles, this volume includes:
Firebird Alex: When Alex unearths her father’s Sedublade, it sets in motion a journey that challenges everything she thought she was. Rescuing her friends from another Seduman gives her a taste of the heroine she might become.
Lady Firebird: Her old nemesis, down but not out, executes a horrific plan to conquer both Earth and Sediin. It’s up to Alex to assume the mantle of Lady Firebird and hunt her adversary across universes.
Firebird Vengeance: Just when Alex thought she’d won, she discovers her victory has unleashed a horrible vengeance that threatens to destroy human and Sedu alike. In order to save everyone, she must convince skeptics in both universes that she truly is the heroine that she claims to be.
Also in this collectionFirebird Manor: In this bonus novelette, Alex and her friends unwittingly awaken a murderous eldritch horror in a beachside manor. They must defeat the monster before it kills again.
"Hello?" I said.
"Hi..." Linda answered hesitantly.
I immediately turned back to Jake in alarm.
Jake shared my alarm. He turned on his right turn signal to get off the freeway.
"Do you need something, Linda?" I asked.
Jake took the Brookhurst South exit and started looking for somewhere to pull over.
"Could you...could you pick up the girls today..." I could hear her voice breaking. She sounded scared.
"What's wrong?" I nearly shouted. "Linda? Are you okay?"
Jake turned into a gas station and pulled over behind the station office.
We heard the sound of Linda's phone being moved around.
"What a truly special occasion..." a deep, raspy male voice said.
I immediately felt sick.
"I never thought I'd speak to a female Seduman," the voice continued. "You and I...two of a kind...so much in common my dear..."
"Where's Linda?" I demanded.
"We can talk about that over dinner, too," he replied, his arrogant smugness making me more nauseous with every word.
"What do you want?" I asked, my throat dry, dreading the answer.
"The ascendance of the House of Raum. But that's more of a long-term goal. For today, we can start with dinner."
"Never!" I shouted. I felt my hair ignite. I immediately opened my eyes and jerked my head away from the headrest so as not to burn up the car. I grabbed the door handle and in one motion shoved open the door and twisted myself out of the car so that I was facing it, still holding the phone away from my face. My eyes and hair were openly on fire in the middle of the day, but I was far too pissed off to be self-conscious.
"Release Linda this instant!"
"You can throw as many tantrums as you wish, Alexandra. That's not going to happen."
Hearing him use my name made me almost as nauseous as the idea of him touching me.
"I am Lady Firebird!" I said.
"Lady Firebird?" He repeated dismissively. "How old are you, twelve? You get that from a video game? Or the Renaissance Faire? Your favorite comic book?"
The Seduman from the House of Raum burst into a cruel laugh. "You really don't know what you're dealing with, do you?"
"You don't know what you're dealing with!" I retorted.
"Fair enough," he said. "I don't. You clearly mean something to your House. I have a nice thing going here, building up my House with fresh rumam, and even if you're just a petulant brat there's no need for me to antagonize another Sedu House. So I'm willing to make you and your House a deal. You may want to write this down, Alex. This is the part that's important, and you don't want to miss any of it because you're too busy being puerile."
"Go on," I fumed. I was seriously considering taking back my not-killing-anyone policy.
"I will move my operation to another state, out of your way. I just have a few loose ends to tie up, and I'll be out of here in a day or two. If you don't try to interfere or locate me in any way, when I leave I'll release Linda. If you or anyone else gets in my way or tries anything...she's Sedu food."
I felt furious. Helpless. Insulted. And the worst part was, part of me kinda believed him. I did feel over my head.
"Did you catch all that?"
Orren Merton started writing fantasy and science fiction at an embarrassingly young age. In high school, he picked up guitar and start playing up and down California in a few bands, culminating in his industrial rock band Ember After. During that time, magazines, developers, and corporations began to pay him to write and edit music software related articles, manuals, and books. Since then he has written the urban fantasy novel The Deviant and the science fiction novel Skye Entity before working on his current series of YA novels. He lives in Southern California with his family, pets, collection of sci-fi/fantasy memorabilia, and curiously large stuffed animal collection.
Orren will be giving away ecopies of his book to 5 winners of the below Rafflecopter.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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