The Magic Wakes New Release Tour & Giveaway

Hello everyone, Sher A Hart here with another kind of heart, the Random Acts of Kindness Hop hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Read for your Future. I’ve linked to all our other open giveaways at the bottom of this post, so when you’re finished here, please check them out. Today’s book is The Magic Wakes by Charity Bradford, one I’m really looking forward to reading because it’s YA with both SF and fantasy, all my favorite genres combined! So here we go.

The Magic Wakes
Coming Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Scientist Talia Zaryn has always had visions of an alien invasion and her own death. She’s kept them a secret, hoping they were nothing more than childish nightmares. But when the face in the mirror matches that of her dreams, she knows her death is imminent. If she can prove that life exists beyond her planet, perhaps people will prepare to fight.
Her work at the Space Exploration Foundation leaves no time for personal relationships, but Major Landry Sutton isn’t looking for a friend. He’s looking for a traitor. His ability to sense emotions convinces him Talia is that traitor until a touch sizzles between them. In an instant their minds are connected and they can communicate telepathically. Just as the two begin to trust each other, the invading force arrives.
Talia and Landry must uncover the secrets of Sendek’s past if they hope to defeat these terrifying creatures. Talia is the key–if she can learn to trust the magic coursing through her veins.

I thought I’d share something I haven’t shared anywhere else in the blogosphere yet. This is the beginning of the invasion.


She watched the light draw closer, every muscle tightening.

“I’m not going to wait for them.” She spat the words out and bolted.

She hit the zipway heading toward the edge of town at a full sprint. It was twenty miles to the forests, and she doubted she could make it even with the help of the moving sidewalk, but she had to try. She gritted her teeth against the pain in her shoulder and refused to look back.

The whir of engines filled the air and a spotlight illuminated her. Talia stumbled and fell when she tried to get a good look at the ship. The zipway kept her in motion but she knew she had to hide somewhere. One roll and she was off the sidewalk and struggling to her feet, her shoulder hanging limply by her side. Talia ran into an alley as the ship landed in the street.

There was nothing in the alley to hide her. No doors. No windows. Not even a trash receptacle to crouch behind.

Talia ran to the dead end and sank to her knees sobbing. She ached for someone to hold her together for the last moments of her life.

“Talia!” Landry’s voice called into the alley.

“Landry?” Talia turned to see him running toward her. She only had time to stand before he had her in his arms. She clung to him.

“Talia, we have to get you out of here.” Landry pulled her toward the street.

“They’re here, aren’t they?”

“Yes, but not close. They started the invasion on the west side. We’ll head for the forests to the east. I’ll get you to the first town we pass before I join my men.”

“Do you have to come back?” Talia’s chest tightened. Landry had found her, but he already planned to leave. If he left, she knew it would be forever. There was no way to fight the Dragumon.

“Landry . . . you can’t win—their weapons . . .” It was more than she could take. The fleeting moment of safety fled and she broke down completely.

Landry scooped her up and carried her to the scytheglider. He pushed her across the seat and climbed in. Once the door closed, he cloaked the ship and lifted off.


Author photoAbout the Author:
Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys. She’s the mother of four kids that keep her on her toes, constantly reminding her that imagination still makes the world go round. She lives in Arkansas with her hubby and children, and firmly believes that a smile can solve most problems. The Magic Wakes is her first novel.

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If you have time, please read Paul R Hewlett’s interview  at The Haunting Of Orchid Forsythia for the All about Middle Grade Challenge. Then check out all our open giveaways, starting with The Three Lost Kids and Cupid’s CaptureThen there’s the Phantom Book Blast Giveaway and the Sunshine Syndicate tour and huge giveaway. Head on over to the Jack Templar: Monster Hunter tour giveaway. At A Thousand Wrongs blog you can read another interview of Paul as well as enter to win an ebook copy of his children’s chapter book Lionel and the Golden Rule. The Talisman of El Book Blast Giveaway and The Talisman of El Blog Tour Giveaway are both open one more day.  Enjoy!

Before you go, don’t forget to tell me why you want to read Charity’s book. If you could say your preferred format, it’ll save time for the winner. In case you don’t already have Calibre, a free ebook converter tool, you can download it yourself or I will do the conversion for you. Thanks and see you soon.

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  1. This sounds like a fascinating book. I can’t imagine having a scary dream and then seeing signs that it was coming true! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!! Random acts of kindness happen all the time. Sometimes we don’t even notice when they occur. Living on a christian college campus, I’m constantly thanking people for opening doors to the point of ridiculousness. In fact, the other day while I was working at the campus store, a young boy, probably the age of 16, found $17 on the floor and turned it in claiming that someone had dropped it. How honest and sweet is that!?
    Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope your day is filled with random acts of kindness!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  3. I want to see what happens to Talia…Great Giveaway..Thanks
    Tina grandmatinaof2(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I want to read this book because I love sci fi/ fantasy books! The cover looks really pretty too 🙂 I want to see what happens to Talia 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  5. Talia sounds like a great character! It would be scary to have a dream like that!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  6. It sounds good!!! Tks for this giveaway 😉

  7. This sounds very interesting and fresh and I’d love to read it 🙂

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