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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Comments 120

Camille on Saturday, 11 July 2015 18:49

The cover is really ingenious (apple, a classic), I love the fact that the title looks carved into, or bitten form the apple, rather than the text simply being over it, or below. As for the synopsis, magic is amazing, I love how it's more of an original version of Snow White (battle of magic between the queen and the princess) as opposed to just another recreation of the classic fairytale.

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The cover is really ingenious (apple, a classic), I love the fact that the title looks carved into, or bitten form the apple, rather than the text simply being over it, or below. As for the synopsis, magic is amazing, I love how it's more of an original version of Snow White (battle of magic between the queen and the princess) as opposed to just another recreation of the classic fairytale.
Camille on Saturday, 11 July 2015 19:04

The cover is really ingenious (apple, a classic), I love the fact that the title looks carved into, or bitten form the apple, rather than the text simply being over it, or below. Also, the black dripping from it really ties the book together, and gives it a darker feel. As for the synopsis, magic is amazing, I love how it's more of an original version of Snow White (battle of magic between the queen and the princess) as opposed to just another recreation of the classic fairytale.

the above comment posted was mine, I just forgot to put my name, and I wanted to say a few more things

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The cover is really ingenious (apple, a classic), I love the fact that the title looks carved into, or bitten form the apple, rather than the text simply being over it, or below. Also, the black dripping from it really ties the book together, and gives it a darker feel. As for the synopsis, magic is amazing, I love how it's more of an original version of Snow White (battle of magic between the queen and the princess) as opposed to just another recreation of the classic fairytale. the above comment posted was mine, I just forgot to put my name, and I wanted to say a few more things
Guest - Brittany t on Saturday, 11 July 2015 22:22

I am beyond excited for this book!! I mean CJ alone but the blurb sounds perfection!!

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I am beyond excited for this book!! I mean CJ alone but the blurb sounds perfection!!
Guest - Jacklin Updegraft on Sunday, 12 July 2015 18:08

The cover is amazing and the summary is absolutely amazing! I'm so excited to read this one!

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The cover is amazing and the summary is absolutely amazing! I'm so excited to read this one!
Guest - bn100 on Sunday, 12 July 2015 23:37

not really my kind of cover

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not really my kind of cover
Guest - sarah s on Monday, 13 July 2015 10:05

I love the cover and it sounds like an awesome retelling. I've loved C. J. Redwine's other books so I'm really looking forward to this one.

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I love the cover and it sounds like an awesome retelling. I've loved C. J. Redwine's other books so I'm really looking forward to this one.
Guest - Kayla C on Monday, 13 July 2015 16:06

THIS COVER IS SICK. I LOVE the Defiance series and I LOVE fairytale retellings, so you could say I'm just a little excited for this book.

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THIS COVER IS SICK. I LOVE the Defiance series and I LOVE fairytale retellings, so you could say I'm just a little excited for this book. :D
Sandra on Monday, 13 July 2015 16:30

Absolutely looove the cover, that black apple is just perfect. I'm a big fan of fairy tale retelling, really excited to read this one. Loved Defiance trilogy and super excited to read something new from C.J.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Absolutely looove the cover, that black apple is just perfect. I'm a big fan of fairy tale retelling, really excited to read this one. Loved Defiance trilogy and super excited to read something new from C.J. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
Guest - Laura lesko on Monday, 13 July 2015 16:32

SO FABULOUS!!! That cover is gorgeous, and the synopis is a smart twist on the snow white fable!! Can't wait!

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SO FABULOUS!!! That cover is gorgeous, and the synopis is a smart twist on the snow white fable!! Can't wait!
Guest - Carol Riggs on Monday, 13 July 2015 17:11

Gorgeous cover, love the detail of the water droplets, and how the title is on the apple. Very eye-catching, a strong image. I love retellings!

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Gorgeous cover, love the detail of the water droplets, and how the title is on the apple. Very eye-catching, a strong image. I love retellings!
Guest - Cassie H on Monday, 13 July 2015 18:11

The cover is beautiful and I love fairy tale retellings!

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The cover is beautiful and I love fairy tale retellings!
Guest - Kelly Mather on Monday, 13 July 2015 21:48

I love the simplicity of the cover. It's gorgeous! The book sounds absolutely amazing! C J Redwine is one of my all time favorite authors and can't wait to read this!

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I love the simplicity of the cover. It's gorgeous! The book sounds absolutely amazing! C J Redwine is one of my all time favorite authors and can't wait to read this!
Guest - Kristelle Linawan on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 03:43

The synopsis sounds really really good! I can't wait to read it. Especially because the cover is so gorgeous and looks very delicious!!! HAHA!

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The synopsis sounds really really good! I can't wait to read it. Especially because the cover is so gorgeous and looks very [b]delicious[/b]!!! HAHA!
Guest - Kaitlyn A on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 10:54

The cover is amazing and the story sounds like it is going to be a wonderful book!

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The cover is amazing and the story sounds like it is going to be a wonderful book!
Aurore BUON on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:41

Gorgeous cover and the synopsis is very interesting ^^ Thanks for the chance! Have a nice day

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Gorgeous cover and the synopsis is very interesting ^^ Thanks for the chance! Have a nice day :)
Amie Lambert-Gaudet on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:54

LOVE THE COVER
This cover accomplishes exactly what all authors want to achieve = it draws the eye and makes you want to read the synopsis.
The synopsis is terrific. It gives enough information to make it seem like you have a good idea of what the book is about while still leaving the reader wanting to know more.
GREAT JOB

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[b]LOVE THE COVER[/b] This cover accomplishes exactly what all authors want to achieve = it draws the eye and makes you want to read the synopsis. The synopsis is terrific. It gives enough information to make it seem like you have a good idea of what the book is about while still leaving the reader wanting to know more. GREAT JOB
Jennifer Lancaster on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 13:29

The cover looks awesome and I can't wait to read. I love all fairy tale retellings.

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The cover looks awesome and I can't wait to read. I love all fairy tale retellings.
Guest - Zoey Talbon on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:47

THIS SOUNDS ALL KINDS OF AWESOME. The cover is definitely one of my absolute favorites revealed. The apple is sooooo creepy.

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THIS SOUNDS ALL KINDS OF AWESOME. The cover is definitely one of my absolute favorites revealed. The apple is sooooo creepy.
Daniela on Friday, 17 July 2015 01:11

Good Lord this looks just awesome! i NEED to read it! loved the cover and the book sound so good!

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Good Lord this looks just awesome! i NEED to read it! loved the cover and the book sound so good!
Kerry O'Donnell on Friday, 17 July 2015 14:37

The excerpt sounded really great, and I'm intrigued by the premise of the story. I like that the prince is also a dragon?! That's excellent! I'm definitely looking forward to reading this!

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The excerpt sounded really great, and I'm intrigued by the premise of the story. I like that the prince is also a dragon?! That's excellent! I'm definitely looking forward to reading this!

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