Hello and welcome to my tour stop for the 27 Days to Midnight Blog Tour. 27 Days to Midnight is a steampunk novel and was published at the beginning of May by Giant Squid Books. You can see the full list of blogs for the blog tour here but at my stop today, I’ll be sharing an exciting excerpt with you all!
About the book:
Everyone in Dahlia’s world knows when they’re going to die. Except her.
Her father has never shown her the pocket watch counting down the days she has left to live. When he sacrifices himself to save her from her scheduled death, Dahlia abandons her comfortable home and sets off after his murderer to uncover the secrets her father died to protect…and the time research that could bring him back to life.
Then she meets Farren Reed. She should hate him. He’s an enemy soldier, a cowardly deserter, and the most insufferable man Dahlia’s ever met. Still, she needs all the help she can get, and Farren is the only chance she has to find the man who murdered her father. But Farren has only twenty-seven days left on his watch.
In that time, Dahlia must recover her father’s time research, foil a psychotic general’s plot, and learn to survive in a world that will never be the same. But the research holds secrets more dangerous than she had ever imagined. She will have to choose what is most important: revenge, Farren’s life, or her own. And time is running out.
About the author:
Kristine Kruppa is a mechanical engineer, writer, and world traveler. Her days are spentdesigning cool new car parts, but her evenings are filled with writing and cats. She has traveled solo to seventeen countries on five continents. Her other hobbies include hunting for the perfect cup of coffee, exploring used book stores, and accidentally climbing mountains. To keep up with her adventures, follow Kristine on Twitter @kskruppa.
Excerpt (from Chapter 13):
Dahlia’s heart stopped. She leapt to her feet, hardly noticing the twigs scratching her skin. The backpack slid from her shoulders.
She fled. The long skirt flapped at her ankles, threatening to catch on the lines of low crops. She didn’t care. It was either run or be captured and sold to Anglia, into the clutches of the man who’d killed her papa…
“Dammit!” Farren’s yell snapped through her adrenaline. Dahlia shot a glance over her shoulder without slowing.
The airman had only just managed to extricate himself from the bush. He jogged along, cursing the leg brace with every step, stumbling after her.
A panel slid open in the airship’s gondola. Something leapt out, something huge and shadowy. The hulking shape dropped to the road, stirring dust and shaking pebbles. A pair of burning yellow eyes fixed on Dahlia.
It was a gargantuan mechanical man. Tall and hunched, covered in segmented armor plates that clicked as it started forward. It passed Farren in four massive strides. Dahlia ran faster than she’d known she could. The mechanical thumped along behind her, heavy steps drawing closer. Panic gripped Dahlia. Her pulse pounded in her ears.
A pistol shot shattered the sound of the mechanical’s metal plates. Dahlia risked a look back, just in time to watch Farren empty his clip into the thing’s head. Four perfect shots.
It didn’t even flinch. The bullets that should have torn through its processing circuits simply splattered against the back of its metal skullplate.
Then it was upon Dahlia. She shrieked with fear as a steel hand wrapped around her waist. The thumb jabbed into the small of her back, and the tips of the fingers pressed against her bellybutton. Her feet left the ground.
Dahlia struggled, beating vainly at arms the size of tree trunks. The mechanical turned her so they were face to face.
“Stop that,” it ordered. The low voice rumbled up from deep within the creature. A slotted face grille shielded the place where its mouth should have been.
One (1) winner receives a hardback copy of the book (US only)
Three (3) winners receive a digital copy (INT)
One (1) winner recieves a $10 amazon gift card (INT)
Prizing is provided by the publisher, hosts are not responsible.
Must be 13 or older to enter and parental permission if under 17.
Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.