Thursday, 23 June 2016

Blog Tour + Giveaway - 27 Days to Midnight by Kristine Kruppa

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27 Days to Midnight by by Kristine Kruppa
Genre: YA Steampunk Adventure
Release date: May 3rd 2016
Giant Squid Books 

Summary from Goodreads:

Everyone in Dahlia's world knows when they're going to die. Except her.

Her father has never shown her the pocket watch counting down the days she has left to live. When he sacrifices himself to save her from her scheduled death, Dahlia abandons her comfortable home and sets off after his murderer to uncover the secrets her father died to protect…and the time research that could bring him back to life.

Then she meets Farren Reed. She should hate him. He’s an enemy soldier, a cowardly deserter, and the most insufferable man Dahlia’s ever met. Still, she needs all the help she can get, and Farren is the only chance she has to find the man who murdered her father. But Farren has only twenty-seven days left on his watch.

In that time, Dahlia must recover her father’s time research, foil a psychotic general’s plot, and learn to survive in a world that will never be the same. But the research holds secrets more dangerous than she had ever imagined. She will have to choose what is most important: revenge, Farren's life, or her own. And time is running out. 

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From Chapter 13

Dahlias heart stopped. She leapt to her feet, hardly noticing the twigs scratching her skin. The backpack slid from her shoulders.
She fled. The long skirt flapped at her ankles, threatening to catch on the lines of low crops. She didnt care. It was either run or be captured and sold to Anglia, into the clutches of the man whod killed her papa…
“Dammit!” Farrens yell snapped through her adrenaline. Dahlia shot a glance over her shoulder without slowing.
The airman had only just managed to extricate himself from the bush. He jogged along, cursing the leg brace with every step, stumbling after her.
A panel slid open in the airships gondola. Something leapt out, something huge and shadowy. The hulking shape dropped to the road, stirring dust and shaking pebbles. A pair of burning yellow eyes fixed on Dahlia.
It was a gargantuan mechanical man. Tall and hunched, covered in segmented armor plates that clicked as it started forward. It passed Farren in four massive strides.
Dahlia ran faster than shed known she could. The mechanical thumped along behind her, heavy steps drawing closer. Panic gripped Dahlia. Her pulse pounded in her ears.
A pistol shot shattered the sound of the mechanicals metal plates. Dahlia risked a look back, just in time to watch Farren empty his clip into the things head. Four perfect shots.
It didnt even flinch. The bullets that should have torn through its processing circuits simply splattered against the back of its metal skullplate.
Then it was upon Dahlia. She shrieked with fear as a steel hand wrapped around her waist. The thumb jabbed into the small of her back, and the tips of the fingers pressed against her bellybutton. Her feet left the ground.
Dahlia struggled, beating vainly at arms the size of tree trunks. The mechanical turned her so they were face to face.
“Stop that,” it ordered. The low voice rumbled up from deep within the creature. A slotted face grille shielded the place where its mouth should have been.


 About the Author

Kristine Kruppa is a mechanical engineer, writer, and world traveler. Her days are spent

designing cool new car parts, but her evenings are filled with writing and cats. She has traveled solo to seventeen countries on five continents. Her other hobbies include hunting for the perfect cup of coffee, exploring used book stores, and accidentally climbing mountains. To keep up with her adventures, follow Kristine on Twitter @kskruppa.

(Author photo credit: Sunny Wong)

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