Monday, October 8, 2012

Blog Tour - Owlet by Emma Michaels (Guest Post + Giveaway + Excerpt)

Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.
Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.
Author Bio
Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel 'Owlet' is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma.  While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer. 

As the founder of The Writers Voice blog ( she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams.

Guest Post

The History of the Stryx
The series title ‘Society of Feathers’ is based off of a quote inside of the novel that is part of the story that was Iris’ namesake. Her mother had an avid love for all things literary and named her daughter after an important historical figure for the Stryx. While writing Owlet and creating the Stryx, I wanted them to be more than just a different type of person but more of a secret culture hidden within our own with their own history, legends, constellations, songs and novels.
The creation story for the Stryx is a mystery but we do know the point in history when they started to come together as a group and discover just how many of them there were around the world. Five men went out on a journey to find others like them and bring them back to an island called The Isle of White where they could live out their lives in peace and learn to understand one another. That story doesn’t stop there though. They ended up with individuals from all over the world in their search and the more people were added, the more their culture grew as a whole.
Some of the legends mentioned in Owlet are Tessa and Orinthian, The Sparrow and the Fairy Wren and the tribes of the Stryx. Each of these have a clear story to tell and through the time I have written Owlet I can come up with many other legends and even ideas of entire text books and other literature they might use in the hopes of making their world that much more real to me and immersive.
As you read keep an eye out for those little bits of history, because you never know, they just might come up later on in the series. ;-) 
She wanted to ask him where she was but she panicked again when she realized she was intubated. She had to keep herself from moving because she knew she could scratch her throat, or seriously injure herself if she gave in to the temptation to rip the uncomfortable machine from her mouth. Instead, she just looked to her father and let her eyes open wide, pleading silently to be freed.

Nodding, he opened the door, calling out for help. Iris glimpsed the hallway wallpaper and felt herself go still. She was in her house, after all. Her father had always needed his own personal area where he could work and write in peace. Iris had come to understand the reason for his private space when Diana explained to her that sometimes it was hard for a single father who homeschooled to spend every moment with his daughter and her caretaker and have no time for himself...especially when he missed his wife so much. Of course, Diana had also taught her that it could be her own private time, too, if she wanted—where they could sneak books her father didn’t approve of, go shopping online, order Chinese takeout, or make all their crazy kitchen concoctions that were almost always filled with chocolate. Even if the chocolate wouldn’t cook, got a little crispy, or went terribly wrong, it was always good enough to eat when you were done trying.

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ISBN: 9780985792213
ISBN: 9781476473338
Pages: 170
Release: October 13, 2012

Buy links go live on October 13, 2012.  PDF buy link is live and available for pre-orders.
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Nook buy link - $4.95

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  1. This book sounds so intriguing! I'm just dying to know what lies her father told her and what she finds out about her memory loss. The except was interesting as well because I'm wondering how severe her accident was if she still needs a caretaker and to be intubated. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Janina, we are delighted to have you on board for the "Owlet" blog tour. Thanks for sharing Emma's YA series with all of your followers, and we look forward to celebrating with everyone this Saturday (Oct. 13th) for book one's release! :)

  3. Thank you so much for hosting! I can hardly wait for Saturday!!! <3

  4. This book looks great! I love the cover and excerpt. Thank for the chance to win!
    -Brooke Banks