Friday, March 6, 2015

Queen of Someday by Sherry Ficklin Book Spotlight & Excerpt

EXCERPT:


And then he does the most dangerous, reckless thing he ever could have done.
He kisses me.
The moment our lips touch, the last fraying strands of my self-control snap and I reach up, clasping my hands behind his neck and pulling him against me. There’s no reason, no judgment—only gentle waves of relief. I’m lost in the ocean of his embrace, drowning in him. I could live a hundred lifetimes inside his kiss, and it would never be enough. One single thought surfaces through the tide of emotions.
“Of the entire universe, I only wanted you,” I whisper the words against his lips, a solemn pledge.
His hands slide up my back and into my hair, working it loose with his fingers until it falls in brown waves across my shoulders. I sigh against his mouth and he responds by pulling away just a bit, laying a kiss on the tip of my nose, my forehead, and beside my eye, before returning to my lips.
“You have ruined me,” he whispers against my mouth, his voice thick with desire.


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Title:  Queen of Someday

Series:  A Stolen Empire Novel

Author:  Sherry D. Ficklin

To Be Published: October 7th, 2014

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Page Count:  262

Genre:  YA Historical Romance

Content Warning:  Mild violence, language, fade to black sexual content

Recommended Age:  17+




Synopsis:

ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES…

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?



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About the Author:

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2014 with a second book in that series to follow. Her newest YA steampunk novel, Extracted: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.





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Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:



  • A bookmark swag pack,      Winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift      card. 

  • Giveaway is International.





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    Queen of Someday Quotes:

    “It’s not Peter’s heart you should be concerned with. You must win the heart of the empire.” ~Sergei

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    “After tonight, Princess, everyone in court will know your name.”

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    “Don’t worry, Princess. I’m sure you will come to love it here, as I have. There are many beautiful and wonderful things to see at court.”
    “Like what?” I ask playfully.
    He looks right into my eye and half smiles, “Well, there’s you for one.”

    ***

    “When waging a war of the heart, you must only fight if you are absolutely sure you can win.”


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    Peter’s gaze slides over to me, a wide grin still spread across his face. “Enemies of Russia beware. Someday, Sophie will make a fierce queen.”

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    “Love is irrational by its very nature. It demands passion, fire, and no less than absolute surrender. It is a longing, a burning that consumes you, leaving you without reason, or defense. When love comes, nothing can stand in its way.”

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    “You are young, beautiful, and na├»ve to the wiles you possess, to the way even your subtle gestures and words affect the men around you. Your feminine nature will be one of your greatest weapons, but it must be honed, and you must be taught to wield it.”
    I look up at him, our faces only inches apart. Why do all these Russian men have to be so devastatingly, frustratingly handsome?
    “You speak of me as if I possess a sword, and swing it recklessly.” My voice cracks, unable to contain the tidal wave rolling in my belly.
    “You are the sword,” he whispers, releasing me and stepping back.

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    “It seems like everything here at court is managed in some way or another,” I say before taking a sip. “I dislike being managed.”

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    “If any were to remain here, as empress, I wish it to be you. Should Peter’s heart fall to a beautiful face, he need look no further than what is right in front of him.”
    My heart skips in my chest painfully. I stare at him for a long moment, unsure what to say. He is a dark beauty. His gaze is fervent and almost excruciating to behold. Unlike the others at court, all golden hair and fair skin, he feels wild.
    Dangerous, a soft voice whispers in the back of my mind.

    ***

    “You have ruined me,” he whispers against my mouth, his voice thick with desire.
    I can’t help but laugh.
    “And I would ruin you again,” I say breathlessly.





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