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Exclusive Sneak Peek at THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine + Giveaway (International)

Exclusive Sneak Peek at THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine + Giveaway (International)

YABC is super excited to host the exclusive sneak peek of C.J. Redwine's upcoming THE SHADOW QUEEN (Balzer + Bray 2/23/16), and epic fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. The cover was first revealed on EPIC READS, along with 4 other EPIC covers. (Check those out HERE)

 

First, let's hear from C.J. about the inspiration behind writing this book. 

 

Hi YABCers! I'm so excited about this book (about the series, really). I was raised on fairy tales. Every week I checked out another volume of Grimm's fairy tales from the library. (Anyone remember the white book, yellow book, red book etc?) I get excited every time another live action or animated fairy tale hits the big screen because there's nothing I love more than a good retelling. However ... not all retellings are created equal. :) The inspiration for THE SHADOW QUEEN actually came from the incredible disappointment I felt after seeing Snow White and the Huntsman. I ranted for the 45 minute drive home, and finally my husband looked at me and said, "Why don't you write the story how you want it to be told?"

And so I did. 

I wanted Snow White to be an epic battle between two equally powerful females. I wanted the huntsman to have compelling reasons for obeying the queen and to be deeply conflicted. I wanted the prince to fall in love with the princess because of her courage, her intelligence, and her heart, not because he stumbled upon a random corpse in the woods and decided to kiss it. (I mean really.) 

So that's what I wrote. And I'm so very grateful to Sarah Kaufman, my cover designer at Balzer + Bray, for giving me such a captivating cover! I hope you love the cover and the story as much as I do.

CJ

 

Are you ready to meet THE SHADOW QUEEN? Scroll to see the cover and read an exclusive excerpt, and be sure the enter the giveaway for the first advanced review copy!

 

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About the book:

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

 

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

“You cannot outrun me.” Irina’s voice echoed down the street. “You cannot hide from me. You can either surrender or die.”

“Your Highness, the dragon needs a scent to follow,” a man said.

“I don’t need a hunter to follow a scent when my prey is so close. I can find them myself.”

“Ready?” Leo whispered as he nodded toward a narrow iron catwalk that bridged the distance between the alley-side corner of the smithy and the brewery next door.

 “Ready.” Taking a deep breath, she found her balance and ran lightly down the sloping roof, onto the iron catwalk, and across to the brewery’s roof in seconds.

Irina’s voice rose. “You have chosen death.”

The catwalk creaked behind her, and then Leo was behind her. Moving quickly across the brewery’s roof, staying low and hugging the chimneys for cover. Lorelai followed, her stomach churning as Irina’s voice echoed across the alley below them.

            “Nakhgor. Kaz`prin.”

            A light as brilliant as fire shot into the air, arced, and then plunged deep beneath the alley’s cobblestones.

            Lorelai’s palms blazed with heat in response. She grabbed Leo’s hand and yanked him forward, their boots sliding dangerously against the brewery’s shingles as they fought to get to the next catwalk.

            “Nakhgor,” Irina shouted as the cobblestones shook violently. “Find the ones I seek.”

            Lorelai and her brother reached the catwalk that led to the harness maker’s workshop as long jagged cracks split the cobblestones beneath them.

Sprinting across the catwalk, Lorelai scrambled up the harness maker’s roof and half-slid down to the other side, Leo right at her heels.

            “Kaz`prin.” Irina’s voice filled the air. The cobblestones cracked and crumbled as her spell gained strength. “Bring them to me to face their punishment.”

Lorelai was halfway across the catwalk that led from the harness maker’s to the weaponsmith’s when a score of thick black vines exploded out of the ground.

 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive an ARC of THE SHADOW QUEEN (when available).

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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Comments 120

Guest - Melanie on Sunday, 28 June 2015 06:14

The cover is both beautiful and creepy and it's a fairy tale re-telling so this book is definately on the top of my TBR pile!

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The cover is both beautiful and creepy and it's a fairy tale re-telling so this book is definately on the top of my TBR pile!
Alexandra on Sunday, 28 June 2015 06:17

Yes! An amazing cover with the Snow White them! Thank you for the giveaway!

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Yes! An amazing cover with the Snow White them! Thank you for the giveaway!
Samantha Birch on Sunday, 28 June 2015 15:22

The cover looks freakin awsome! And i love fairytale retellings if i won this i would be so happy its unbelievable!

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The cover looks freakin awsome! And i love fairytale retellings if i won this i would be so happy its unbelievable!
Lynette Floyd on Sunday, 28 June 2015 17:29

I seriously love the cover! This book looks like just my type of book. Thank you for the giveaway.

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I seriously love the cover! This book looks like just my type of book. Thank you for the giveaway.
Guest - Dianne Barahona on Monday, 29 June 2015 06:48

OH MY GOODNESS! This cover is giving me life right now! It is just ridiculously beautiful. I love how the apple is black instead of red. It's just so awesome! The synopsis sounds intriguing! Can't wait to read it!

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OH MY GOODNESS! This cover is giving me life right now! It is just ridiculously beautiful. I love how the apple is black instead of red. It's just so awesome! The synopsis sounds intriguing! Can't wait to read it!
Guest - Carol on Monday, 29 June 2015 10:40

this cover is so cool, and it almost seems real! The synopsis is pretty interesting, I really need this book in my TBR!

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this cover is so cool, and it almost seems real! The synopsis is pretty interesting, I really need this book in my TBR!
Guest - Arianne van Molkaar on Monday, 29 June 2015 14:05

I love the black apple instead of a red/green one

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I love the black apple instead of a red/green one
Agustina Gonzalez on Monday, 29 June 2015 21:27

The cover is gorgeous. I cannot wait to read it!!!

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The cover is gorgeous. I cannot wait to read it!!!
Megan Elaine Flanagan on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:35

So excited for this! I added this to my goodreads list when I saw it advertised on FB! Love the cover and synopsis...

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So excited for this! I added this to my goodreads list when I saw it advertised on FB! Love the cover and synopsis...
Rhea on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 07:27

The cover is just FANTASTIC. Black apples are my new official favorite apples (I solemnly vow only to eat black apples henceforth) and although Snow White isn't my favorite fairy tale, I can't wait to read The Shadow Queen!

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The cover is just FANTASTIC. Black apples are my new official favorite apples (I solemnly vow only to eat black apples henceforth) and although Snow White isn't my favorite fairy tale, I can't wait to read The Shadow Queen!
Guest - Lillian on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:44

The cover's gorgeous I love the detail and the synopsis sounds interesting. Snow White was one of my least favorite fairytales but I like the inspiration behind this retelling and I'm interested to read it. Maybe this book could revive the fairytale for me, especially since one of the things I hated most was that the prince kissed a random corpse.

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The cover's gorgeous I love the detail and the synopsis sounds interesting. Snow White was one of my least favorite fairytales but I like the inspiration behind this retelling and I'm interested to read it. Maybe this book could revive the fairytale for me, especially since one of the things I hated most was that the prince kissed a random corpse.
Kim Hall on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 17:43

The cover is perfect! It's definitely eye catching. This book is definitely on my TBR list!

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The cover is perfect! It's definitely eye catching. This book is definitely on my TBR list!
Kim Hall on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 17:43

The cover is perfect! It's definitely eye catching. This book is definitely on my TBR list!

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The cover is perfect! It's definitely eye catching. This book is definitely on my TBR list!
Guest - Shai Villanueva on Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:47

Omg I love the cover! You can tell right away that it's a fairytale retelling. The synopsis kind of remind me of Once Upon A Time series!! (Magic always comes with a price, Dearie!!) I just recently finished it so I'm kind of obsessed with fairytale retellings right now. It would be great if I win this, but even if I don't, I will definitely add The Shadow Queen to my TBR!!

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Omg I love the cover! You can tell right away that it's a fairytale retelling. The synopsis kind of remind me of Once Upon A Time series!! (Magic always comes with a price, Dearie!!) I just recently finished it so I'm kind of obsessed with fairytale retellings right now. It would be great if I win this, but even if I don't, I will definitely add The Shadow Queen to my TBR!!
Guest - camille on Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:25

I love everything about the cover! It's pure perfection! And CJ Redwine's the writer this is a must read! Though I haven't read anything retellings story but I want to read this book!

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I love everything about the cover! It's pure perfection! And CJ Redwine's the writer this is a must read! Though I haven't read anything retellings story but I want to read this book!
Rachelle on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:52

Gosh! This is so pretty! It's definitely the best of the Harper cover reveals! :D I can't wait to read it. Loved The Courier's Daughter trilogy! Logan and Rachel are my OTP! (I used way too many exclamation points in this comment...)

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Gosh! This is so pretty! It's definitely the best of the Harper cover reveals! :D I can't wait to read it. Loved The Courier's Daughter trilogy! Logan and Rachel are my OTP! (I used way too many exclamation points in this comment...)
Guest - Vika S on Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:23

LOVE LOVE THE COVER!

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LOVE LOVE THE COVER!
Guest - Cindy on Thursday, 02 July 2015 23:02

I love the simple, yet elegant cover, and the synopsis sounds really interesting!

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I love the simple, yet elegant cover, and the synopsis sounds really interesting!
Guest - Rachel Danielson on Friday, 03 July 2015 01:42

This cover is awesome!! It makes me want to find out more about it and the characters in it! :D

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This cover is awesome!! It makes me want to find out more about it and the characters in it! :D
Guest - lauren on Friday, 03 July 2015 13:21

I LOVE THIS COVER SO MUCH.
And this synopsis... Can't wait for this one!

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I LOVE THIS COVER SO MUCH. And this synopsis... Can't wait for this one!

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