Guest Vlog & Signed Giveaway! Bound By Duty by Stormy Smith

bound by duty

Bound by Duty
by Stormy Smith
Publication date: July 24th 2014
Category: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal

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Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and she doesn’t even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky Southern girl and to fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is and not what she’ll be.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head or her heart win the battle?

~Guest Post~

Hi everyone! I have to kick this off with a huge thank you to Toni for having me on the blog today. My debut novel released just yesterday and I was ecstatic to be able to share a little bit about it with her fabulous community. I’ve got something a little fun and crazy for you today ― an intro to both me and my new release in video form. It’s my first video blog, so please forgive weird lighting and my overuse of the word “fantastic”. I was a little nervous.

I also brought along my prologue for the book!

Her stark white hair fell down around her face. For the first time in one hundred years it wasn’t pulled back in a waist-length braid. Her crimson robes were torn and stained. She bit back a groan, her lips a tight line as the pain ripped through her once again. The invisible knife raked its way up her back as wounds no one could see flayed her skin and weakened her resolve. It had been days of this and she wasn’t sure if she could continue. As she looked up and met the queen’s eyes, Lavignia pushed the anger down and forced compassion to rise yet again.

“What is it you hope to learn, Julia? What is it you think you have to gain from all of this?” she asked weakly as she tugged on the restraints that kept her tethered to the heavy wooden chair. Her power was already weak when the Hunters had found her, and the enchanted chamber had dampened what remained to a tiny flame.

The room was dark, but the sun was slowly rising. An orange and pink glow filtered through the small window above Julia’s head. The colorful rays that should have resembled hope of a new day only shed light on the reality that Lavignia would never leave this room alive.
Julia stepped from the shadows and walked slowly toward Lavignia. She stopped and crouched down, putting herself at eye level.

“Oh, Livvy, dear. Don’t do that,” she said, her tone patronizing as her ice crystal eyes narrowed. “Don’t pretend you can still look down on me from your Elder tower. Don’t pretend you can utter your polite words and suddenly I’ll remember who you are versus who I am. I know exactly who I am. I am the one who rules them all. I am the one they will bow down to and worship. I am the Queen. Not you. Or your sisters. Your time is done.” Read More…

~About the Author~

stormy smith

Stormy Smith calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly that stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.

Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Becky Stephens

    Oooh, can’t wait to read this one! The cover is fantastic! Great job on your first vlog, Stormy. (I can’t help but think of Odd Thomas’s girlfriend when I see your name.)

    • LOL, I’ve never read Odd Thomas, but I watched the movie on Netflix a couple months ago. I forgot about that, though.

    • Stormy Smith

      Thank you, Becky! I adore my cover, the designer did an amazing job. And I would love to hear what you think after you’ve finished! Making the video was really fun.

  • Susan

    I enjoyed your blog! It was a great way to connect the author with the story. Love the eyes on the cover, as well. Looking forward to reading this!

    • Stormy Smith

      So glad you enjoyed it! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the story. And to get myself started writing the second installment. 🙂

  • Laura

    The book looks amazing, and the cover is beautiful. Cant’s wait to read it.

    • Stormy Smith

      Thank you, Laura! I’m so proud of it and I appreciate your comment!

  • Bonnie Clancy

    Great Blog!! I have known Stormy all her life. She’s a fantastic lady and never ceases to amaze. Be proud of your achievements you’ve got the world in your palm…

    • Stormy Smith

      Much love to you, Bonnie!! Thanks for helping to spread the word for me!

  • Lenore Kosinski

    OK Stormy, you are super adorable!! Loved your first vlog!

    • Stormy Smith

      Ha! Thanks, Lenore! I really did have so much fun doing the vlog. I just might have to do another one.

  • That is a beautiful cover. Good job!

    • Stormy Smith

      Thank you, Jennifer! I really adore the cover.

  • Marcia Berbeza

    Congratulations on your first novel! I’m sure it will be one of many! The decisions between heart and head are age old. Nice to see them get a paranormal spin.

    • Stormy Smith

      Thank you, Marcia! I was ready for a story without a love triangle and decided I could be the one to tell it. 😉 I hope you get a chance to check it out!

  • Great job on your first video Stormy and congrats on Bound by Duty! I’m really looking forward to reading it soon! P.S. My favorite movie is Ever After as well. LOVE it! My husband hates it because I’ve watched it way too many times. 😉

    • Stormy Smith

      Thanks, Ginny!! I really thought I was the only one who liked that movie but so many girls have talked about it. I love it!

  • This book looks right up my ally.I added to my TBR list.That cover is amazing.Thanks for the giveaway.

    • So glad I could add something new to your TBR, Nicole!

    • Stormy Smith

      So glad to hear it, Nicole! And thank you for the add – I hope you get a chance to check it out. 🙂

  • Amie Stockton

    Sounds like a great book and great cover.

    • Stormy Smith

      Thanks, Amie! I appreciate the comment!

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