Exclusive Sneak Peek at A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Exclusive Sneak Peek at A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray + Giveaway (US/Canada)

FIREBIRD SERIES

by Claudia Gray

Today we're super excited to bring you an exclusive excerpt from A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, the first book in the FIREBIRD series, releasing in paperback on November 3, 2015. Before we get to the excerpt, here's more about the books in the series!

About the Books

b2ap3_thumbnail_ATPOY-cover.jpgA THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (FIREBIRD #1)

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You, the first book in the Firebird series, explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

The second book in the series, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, also launches on November 3 in hardcover.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_17234659.jpgTEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU (FIREBIRD #2)

In this sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, Marguerite races through various dimensions to save the boy she loves.

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross through to alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurt the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked, and his consciousness is scattered across multiple dimensions.

The hunt for each splinter of Paul's soul sends Marguerite racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each dimension brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with every trial she faces, she begins to question the one constant she's found between the worlds: their love for each other.

 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

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My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall. Rain falls cold and sharp against my skin, from a sky I’ve never seen before. It’s hard to catch my breath, to get any sense of where I am. All I know is that the Firebird worked. It hangs around my neck, still glowing with the heat of the journey. 
 
There’s no time. I don’t know whether I have minutes, or seconds, or even less. Desperately I tug at these unfamiliar clothes—the short dress and shiny jacket I wear have no pockets, but there’s a small bag dangling from my shoulder. When I fish inside, I can’t find a pen, but there’s a lipstick. Fingers trembling, I unscrew it and scrawl on a tattered poster on the wall of the alley. This is the message I must pass on, the one goal I have to remember after everything else I am is gone.
 
KILL PAUL MARKOV.
 
Then I can only wait to die.
 
Die isn’t the right word. This body will continue to breathe. The heart will continue to beat. But I won’t be the Marguerite Caine living in it anymore.
 
Instead, this body will return to its rightful owner, the Marguerite who actually belongs in this dimension. The dimension I leaped into, using the Firebird. Her memories will take over again, any second, any moment, and while I know I’ll awaken again in time, it’s terrifying to think about . . . passing out. Getting lost. Being trapped inside her. Whatever it is that happens to people traveling from another dimension.
 
It hits me then. The Firebird really works. Travel between alternate dimensions is possible. I just proved it. Within my grief and fear, one small ember of pride glows, and it feels like the only heat or hope in the world. Mom’s theories are true. My parents’ work is vindicated. If only Dad could have known. 
 
Theo. He’s not here. It was unrealistic of me to hope he would be, but I hoped anyway.
 
Please let Theo be all right, I think. It would be a prayer if I still believed in anything, but my faith in God died last night too.
 
I lean against the brick wall, hands spread, like a suspect’s on a police car right before the cuffs go on. My heart hammers in my chest. Nobody has ever done this before—which means nobody knows what’s about to happen to me. What if the Firebird can’t bring me back to my own dimension?
 
What if this is how I die?
 
This time yesterday, my dad probably asked himself that same question.
 
I close my eyes tightly, and the cold rain on my face mingles with hot tears. Although I try not to picture how Dad died, the images force their way into my mind over and over: his car filling with water; brownish river lapping over the windshield; Dad probably dazed from the wreck but scrambling to get the door open, and failing. Gasping for the last inches of air in the car, thinking of me and Mom and Josie—
 
He must have been so scared.
 
Dizziness tilts the ground beneath my feet, weakens my limbs. This is it. I’m going under.
 
So I force my eyes open to stare at the message again. That’s the first thing I want the other Marguerite to see. I want that message to stay with her, no matter what. If she sees that, if she keeps running over those words in her mind, that will awaken me within her as surely as the Firebird could. My hate is stronger than the dimensions, stronger than memory, stronger than time. My hate is now the truest part of who I am.
 
The dizziness builds, and the world turns fuzzy and gray, blackening the words KILL PAUL MARKOV—
 
—and then my vision clears. The word KILL sharpens back into focus.
 
Confused, I step back from the brick wall. I feel wide awake. More so than before, actually.
 
And as I stand there, staring down at my high heels in a puddle, I realize that I’m not going anywhere.
 
Finally, as I begin to trust my luck, I step farther into the alley. The rain beats down harder on my face as I look up into the storm-drenched sky. A hovercraft looms low over the city like yet another thundercloud. Apparently it’s there to fly holographic billboards across the city skyline. Astonished, I gaze at the hovercraft as it soars through this strange new dimension, 3-D advertisements flickering through their motions in the sky around it: Nokia. BMW. Coca-Cola. 
 
This is so like my world, and yet not my world at all.
 
Is Theo as overwhelmed by the journey as I am? He must be. His grief is nearly as deep as mine, even though Dad was only his adviser; more than that, this is what Theo and my parents worked for these past few years. Has he kept his memory as well? If so, we’ll be in control throughout the trip, our minds piloting the selves born in this alternate dimension. That means Mom was wrong about one thing—which is kind of staggering, given that every other theory she’s ever had has just been proved true. But I’m grateful for it, at least for the moment before my gratitude disintegrates in the hot blaze of anger.
 
Nothing can stop me now. If Theo made it too and he can find me—and I want so desperately for him to find me—then we’ll be able to do this. We can get to Paul. We can take back the Firebird prototype he stole. And we can take our revenge for what he did to my father.
 
I don’t know if I’m the kind of person who can kill a man in cold blood. But I’m going to find out.
 
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Claudia-Gray-author-photo.jpgAbout the Author

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodReadsInstagram or (of course) my own home page.

If you want to contact me, you can email me here, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and GoodReads.

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Guest - Susan on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:58

After that first chapter, I'm ready to read this book.

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After that first chapter, I'm ready to read this book.
Guest - Jenna Freedman on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:18

YES PLEASE.

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Guest - Dianne Barahona on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 02:18

That first chapter has drawn me in already! I WANT MORE!

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That first chapter has drawn me in already! I WANT MORE! :D:D:D:D

Good Information and Thanks

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Good Information and Thanks :D
Guest - Kalani on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 18:21

I love it! I really want to read this!

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I love it! I really want to read this! :D

Information fun and thank you

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Guest - Danielle D. on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 16:51

That first chapter was really good! Now I'm hooked!

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That first chapter was really good! Now I'm hooked! :D
Lillian Lozada (website) on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 18:25

The 1st chapter was enough to pull me in! I can't wait to start reading this series

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The 1st chapter was enough to pull me in! I can't wait to start reading this series :)
Guest - danielle hammelef on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 21:31

I love the writing! Wow! You are inspiring and I love the voice.

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