Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THE TWIXT GUIDED TOUR Stop #5: Dover Mill with Filly (+Giveaway)

Hi there! Welcome to my stop on The Twixt Guided Tour! Dover Mill is just around the corner, if you’ll follow me. Our guide today is the brash but charming Filly, who will show us around inside. Although this is kind of an abandoned section of Glendale, I’ve heard it should be something to see— Ah, here’s the Mill. And that tall woman with the braided blond hair and bronze corselet will be Filly! Hmm, I don’t like the look of her frown, perhaps we should hurry a little? I’ve heard she can be quite friendly, but I certainly don’t want to become another finger bone in her cape! Oh good, she’s spotted us…

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Hoy! Are you the ones I’m supposed to show around the place? I’ve been waiting for more than a while on this damnable rock. Let’s on with it, shall we? Hup!

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You may call me Filly and this is an old mill. Exciting? Hardly. Drafty, dusty thing built of cold stone and rot. Look at that—the wind off the river’s stripped the shutters nearly bare and the waterwheel’s been cemented in place. What’s the point of that, you ask? None at all. Useless as the prattle of the hags in the Halls to my mind. Ah, but then again, you know something of the Twixt—enough to know things aren’t always what they seem!

Before we go in, mind if I ask: any weapons hidden on your person? No? Wards? Marks? Tokens? Charms? Any magic on you at all? Really? Huh. You’re either very brave or very foolish. Let’s go find out which one together, then!

Now follow my footfalls exactly. Watch your step. Duck a little and… there you are! See? Not much of a mill now! Those steps there lead down into the belly of the cave, just under the outcropping of black thorns. Oh, that? That was nothing—just an old shield spell, an illusion; common enough for field units when the battle lines move, but this was more like camouflaging a squirrel’s cache rather than a soldier’s. You know squirrels? Small rodents, fluffy tails, good sport to catch and the meat’s not bad? What? Really? Well, take my word for it then. Anyway, they’ll dig little dens and store food here and there, spread it around in case other squirrels snatch one or a cat’s been paying attention. That’s what this place was—a cache. Not for food, though. More like prey. Those shelves were once filled with all sorts of potions and poisons and stuff mixed up by the witch who squatted here. That slate wall was her battle map and reams of handwritten ledgers tallied her minions. Oh yes, she was crafty—a good hunter: patient, intelligent, single-minded, ruthless. She had a warrior’s mind, but none of the heart. And mark my words: a warrior’s heart will carry one to victory every time—beyond pain, beyond death, beyond hate. Victory was born here. I should know! I know well the one called Joy Malone.

Speaking of…it seems I have a message. *cough* Ah. Here it is. Yes, I know well it’s on fire! Give me a moment. Huh. The good news is it’s not our dear friend with the Sight yelling, “Help! Help! Save me!” but the news does mean I have to go. Take those stairs back up and you’ll be in front of the mill by the fence. You can find your way from there, can’t you? Good! Then I’ll be going—best stand back, I hear the thunder packs quite a punch! May we meet again before the EverBattle! Well forged and well met!


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Isn’t this something? You can practically feel the magic soaked into the walls! Too bad they wiped the marks from the slate though, they would’ve been something to see… Ah well, let’s head back outside.

So did you catch today’s code word? Don’t forget to enter it for your chance at the grand prize! And be sure to collect all the code words, because there will be a special digital prize at the end of the tour for those who collect them all. Well, this is where I leave you – good luck and good fun with the rest of the tour!

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Dawn Metcalf has always lived on the edge between reality and magic, which explains her current profession and love of fantasy books and games. Her passions include karate, fairy tales, Victoriana and dark chocolate, often combining one or more of them in unexpected ways. Currently, she lives with her husband and family in northern Connecticut. If they had a sign, it would be: Confounding the Neighbor Children Since 1999. Dawn’s current Young Adult series with HarlequinTeen, The Twixt, has four titles: Indelible (July 2013), Invisible (September 2014), Inviolate (June 2015)and Invincible (May 2016). She debuted with a Young Adult standalone, Luminous (June 2011, Dutton Juvenile).

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Indelible (The Twixt, #1)
Title: Indelible (The Twixt #1)
Release Date: July 30, 2013

Some things are permanent.


And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…


Invisible  (The Twixt #2)
Title: Invisible (The Twixt #2)
Release Date: September 30, 2014

Some things lie beneath the surface.

Joy Malone wants it all: power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more shattering than anyone can know.


Enter this Tour's code word (underlined in the text) in the form below and 
collect all 6 code words to win the Grand Prize Pack!

US/CAN only | Must be 13+ to enter | Contest runs 10/7-10/30
For full giveaway details and rules, see the Tour Kick-Off post here.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the Tour!

Tues, 10/07: Libby Blog 
Thurs, 10/09: Feed Your Fiction Addiction 
Tues, 10/14: The Starry-Eyed Revue 
Thurs, 10/16: Danasquare 
Tues, 10/21: Skye’s Scribblings 
Thurs, 10/23: Lili’s Reflections 

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