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Monday, March 21, 2011

Lemniscate Sneak Peek & Angel Star/Lemniscate Giveaway!

It's finally March 21st! You know what that means? It's Lemniscate's release day! Happy book birthday to Jennifer Murgia's gorgeous second novel, the follow up to the lovely Angel Star, we have Lemniscate!!!

As part of the celebration, I'll be posting the first chapter of Lemniscate! If you like it, go buy yourself a copy!

Chapter One
Lemniscate by Jennifer Murgia

It had been raining for three days straight. I rolled onto my side to face the window towards the bit of light glowing behind the thin skin of my eyelids and grew excited for a moment, thinking today the sun might finally make an appearance. I should have known better. Under normal circumstances I would have been more than happy to cinch my covers in closer, keeping the warmth in as long as possible, thawing my flannel-wrapped arm after mercilessly sending it out into the open to slam the snooze button. But not today.

I opened my eyes to Garreth standing at the glass, his skin reflecting back a pale glimmer against the dry side of the window. My warm light on the bleakest of Monday mornings was tracing the crooked lines of water with his finger, seemingly deep in thought.

“Writing love notes to me on my window?” I mused out loud, stretching my cramped legs toward the bottom of my quilted bed. I propped myself up onto my elbow as he turned around, his striking blue eyes reminded me of his perfection.

Each day I’m astounded to find him here with me.

My angel. My guardian. My boyfriend.

Garreth has been earthbound for months now, choosing to live the life of a mortal just so he can spend each and every waking moment with me. It’s not that he’s giving up an extraordinary existence, he’s just trading part of one for another. He’s still my guardian, still here to protect me. True, there isn’t anything human about him besides the charade he plays for others, and his looks, which, now that I think about it, aren’t quite human either. I remember the irregular heartbeats I felt the first time we met at school last spring. The way I would feel all weak and fluttery. Words can’t describe what he means to me. My mother would call it unhealthy and irrational if she ever learned the true depth of my emotions. Anyone would.

Garreth’s aura isn’t like the average guy running around my school or at the mall. He’s pure. Surreal. And his heart beats only for me. I should feel important and flattered, I know. But honestly, it makes me uncomfortable. Why anyone would give up the freedom of roaming the heavens to be stranded here is beyond me.

Especially for me.

“You’re awake,” he said, walking slowly to my bedside. Sitting down and looking deeply into my eyes, Garreth bent to kiss me good morning. His hand rested gently on my cheek, allowing me to feel the exceptional warmth of his skin, his soft touch nearly lulling me back to sleep.

“Oh, no you don’t. It’s time for you to get up.”

“Please tell me it’s Saturday,” I murmured, forcing my face into my pillow.

“Unfortunately, it’s Monday and unfortunately again, we have a calculus test today.” Garreth nudged my ribs and I couldn’t help giggling.

“Ok, ok! I’m up!” I smiled into his chiseled face. He looked as handsome as always. His sandy hair, tousled as usual, hung seductively over his brilliant blue eyes. My eyes traced the strong bridge of his nose, which led to his perfect lips, and I let my eyes rest there for a few minutes. Picking up on my thoughts, he bent lower. I could smell the warmth of his skin, fragrant and spicy, as if he’d just showered with an amazing fragrance not yet discovered and bottled. It was his scent, an incense of sorts that belonged only to him and gently surrounded him like his aura. It made me dizzy, but I loved it. I closed my eyes as his lips rested softly on mine and my arms wove up and around his neck to keep him longer.

“Test? Remember?” He grasped my hands, still clasped behind his neck, and uncurled my fingers with a gentle strength, bringing them to rest at my sides. “Later . . . later you can kiss me and not let go,” he whispered softly into my hair and then stood up.

“Of course you’ll ace this test. You have infinite knowledge.” I was being sarcastically playful, and Garreth rolled his eyes.

“I’ll make sure I get a few wrong.”

“Gee, thanks,” I responded.

I could hear my mother stirring down the hall. Within minutes she’d be padding softly in this direction to her shower and stop at my door along the way, urging me to wake up. She’s not aware that I’m usually up by this point, nor is she aware that Garreth is the one to wake me before she ever gets the chance to.

A dresser drawer scraped shut, usually Garreth’s clue for a silent, celestial exit, knowing twenty minutes from now he’d be knocking on the kitchen door to take me to school. I kissed him goodbye with one last chance to see the blue of his eyes sparkle like diamonds. Like clockwork, my mother’s knuckles rapped at my door.

Only twenty minutes longer.

That’s all I have to wait.

Twenty minutes.

And! The fun doesn't stop there!

Do you want to win prizes? Yes, prizes!!! Here's what you can win:

A beautiful double wing necklace!

SIGNED copies of Angel Star & Lemniscate!

All you have to do is leave a comment in this post. Tell us what you think of the first chapter, raves, rants, or if you're just plain excited about Lemniscate's release, voice it out! All comments left in this post will be included in the drawing for the contest. Don't forget to leave your e-mail address! Oh, and yes, THIS CONTEST IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

I will be posting my review of Lemniscate tomorrow, so watch out for that!


  1. I can't wait to start reading Lemniscate myself!
    Happy release day to Jennifer!

  2. Awwww ... I'm always thrilled when I can read the first few pages of a book, so THANKS for that! The book sounds awesome and I like the feel of this first read, so I'd obviously LOVE to win :-) !

    danaan at gmx dot at

  3. AH! SO EXCITED! I was impressed by Angel Star and Lemniscate sounds like it will be awesooooooooooome. Thanks!

    shutupjessicasreading @ gmaildotcom

  4. Oh, I'm excited, all right. I can't freaking wait!!!!
    Please, please, let me be the winner! :D The prize is awesome and I LOVE the first chapter.

    judittten at gmail dot com

  5. I'm eagerly anticipating this release. I have been dying to read it since I read Angel Star. Great chapter!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  6. Cant wait. Thanks for posting!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  7. Thanks for the sample - I love the way she describes his scent.
    I'm very excited for the release!
    The book trailer was awesome, I like the part where the angel flies down. HAWT!
    I would love to win!
    My email is d.septer at
    I am a blog follower.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I haven't read the first book in the series, but I have to say that the excerpt did intrigue me! I'd love to read both books! And the necklace is lovely!!! Great prizes!!


  9. This book has been on my radar for a while now, and the first chapter, I have been avoiding like the plague so I can focus on this final project I have looming. I am super excited to read this - and OMG, how cute is that necklace!? Thanks so much for the contest! :)

  10. Im extremely excited about the release!

  11. yay! Please count me in!! Lovely necklace.

  12. Nope, nope, nope, not reading this till I read Angel Star.
    I'm an old follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  13. Aya, this sounds like Twilight! Anyway, it has different atmosphere than Twilight and I don't like to compare books. Silence.

  14. Well I haven't read the first book so while the writing looks good it reminds me of Twilight a bit; especially the inventory of what he looks like it's what Bella does a lot.
    I'd love to win, thanks

  15. So I haven't read Angel Star yet, but I love this excerpt and now I really want to read both!


  16. I didn't read the chapter because I haven't read either of the books yet and I hate spoiling the storyline! But your giveaway is awesome! I LOVE that necklace!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  17. gimme more..gimme me the books :) i want to read them !

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  18. The first chapter is awesome! I can't wait to read it!

  19. OMG! Signed copies of Angel Star & Lemniscate! I can't wait to read these two! Thank you for this giveaway and for making it international! :DD


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