Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Release Day: Excerpt from FEAST by Merrie Destefano

Today, for the second installment of the Invasion of the Urban Fantasy BOOK BABES, I'm going to be sharing all of FEAST's delicious news and reviews, a contest and a scrumptious excerpt. You can also read other excerpts of FEAST on my fellow BOOK BABES' blogs here: Karina Cooper, Jocelynn Drake and Nicole Murphy.


First up, there have already been a number of cool reviews for FEAST here:

"Feast was like a dark fairy tale come to life, full of monsters and heroes and things that go bump in the night that feed on your dreams. Part Urban Fantasy, part Horror, I fell in love with this world."

"This isn’t a traditional Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance. It is a dark Fairy Tale, a Fantasy. A story of dreams and nightmares, where the spoken word has a power of its own. Her descriptive prose builds a magical atmosphere."

And there are some guest posts and interviews here:

There's a guest post and contest over at Book Faery, where I confess why I the bad guys. You should check it out!

I have an interview over at I Smell Sheep where I discuss how long it took me to write FEAST. And there's a contest running over there.

There's also a guest post and contest at Bitten By Books where I discuss the world-building and creation of the Darklings in FEAST.


She was just a girl—bony, pale-skinned and wild—when we stumbled upon each other in the woods, the wind shimmering through the trees around us. I remember thinking that she was nothing like her parents, both of them sleeping back in their rented cabin, the stench of rum and coke seeping out the windows and doors.

She should have been scared when she saw me, appearing suddenly in the russet shadows, but I could tell that she wasn't. Her long dark hair hung in a tangle, almost hiding her face. In that moment, I realized that she lived in a world of her own.

Just like me.

“Do you work at the inn?” she asked, her gaze running over my form curiously.

I nodded. Somehow she had recognized me. True enough, we’d seen other often. I did work at the inn. I brought her parents fresh linens and coffee every morning. But this was my free time and I no longer wore human skin.

“You're different. Not like the other one.”

I frowned, unsure what she meant. I cocked my head and then followed her pointing finger with my gaze. She gestured toward a trail that led deep into the woods, all the way to the edge of my territory.

“Have you gone that way?” I asked, concerned when I saw her yawn.

She nodded and stretched, all of her barely as tall as my chest.

I heard him then, one of my wild cousins, calling to her. She lifted her head and listened.

“He wants me to come back.” She shifted away from me, started to head down a path that led to shadows and darkness.

In that instant, a stray beam of sunlight sliced through the trees, fell upon her milky skin and set it aglow, almost like fire.

That was when I saw them.

She was surrounded by imaginary playmates. Transparent as ghosts, though they were only visible occasionally. An arm here, a leg there, a laugh that echoed and followed after her.

I quickly glanced at her forearms, bare for midsummer and they bore no mark. No one had claimed her yet. She was still free.

I could have claimed her for myself right then and to this day I sometimes wonder why I didn't. I think it was because she was so small—only seven years old, much too young to harvest, though my wild cousin wouldn’t think so.

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Here's a LINK where you can read an even longer excerpt on the HarperCollins website.

And here's where you can purchase your very own copy of FEAST: Amazon l Barnes and Noble l Borders l Mysterious Galaxy l Laguna Beach Books l Vroman's Bookstore l Indie Bound Books l Or at your favorite local bookstore.

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To enter the contest, all you have to do it post a comment below and tell me what's the best book you've read this year. Be sure to include your e-mail address so I can contact the winner. This contest will run through July 13. Prizes include: Afterlife totebag, copy of FEAST, copy of AFTERLIFE, buttons and bookmarks.

I look forward to reading your comments!


  1. Feast sounds amazing and congrats on the release! Best of luck to you! :) And enjoy the day.

    Hmm, the best this year... Well, it's so hard to pick! lol. I enjoy all my books so much and in different ways. But I think the one I really enjoyed and surprised me the most was Bloodlines by Skyla Dawn Cameron. It was a wonderful read with a vampire. I enjoyed the new take on vampirism here, and the action packed story.


  2. I agree, Feast sounds like an outstanding book!

    Best book this year is hard. I'll go with the one I just finished, When The Sparrows Fall by Meg Mosley.

    Happy partying today. ;-)

  3. ohhh well I just ate up FEAST and it was pure brilliance, but for the whole year I would have to say that I was totally take by the release of Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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  4. This year? How about recently... Phoenix Rising is a great steampunk novel! I'll also add Blood Red Road for the YA crowd. I loved those both! Wonderful giveaway!

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  5. Best book I've read this year...Well, only a few days ago I cried whilst reading Carrie Jones's GIRL, HERO. And I NEVER cry whilst reading, so that was scary!

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  7. Oooh, I'm so excited for Feast. It's gearing up to be even better than Afterlife and I thoroughly enjoyed that book.

    Best book I've read this year? Whoa, that's tough... I'd say it's a toss up between Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (I adore her and her husbands world building, incorporation of mythology, and her references to A Princess Bride) and River Marked by Patricia Briggs (I really like the Native American mythology she put in this one and plus I adore the main character and her love interest).

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  8. Oh, difficult question as I read some really terrific books.
    I'll go for Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams!

  9. OMG, I can´t pick one!! From the new releases - Nalini Singh´s Kiss of Snow, Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione, Lover Unleashed by JR Ward, Pale Demon by Kim Harrison.. Too many! LOL..


  10. Deeper than Midnight. First one I have read from this series and couldnt put it down.

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