Today I am excited to be a part of The Binding book tour by Lightning Book Promotions. Below you will find an excerpt, the synopsis and cover of this exciting new young adult novel. Enjoy and be sure to grab a cup of coffee it's fresh.
by L. Filloon
Publication date: December 11, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Two nights after her eighteenth birthday, Lily is attacked while out jogging, but is saved by Tharin Lunar, a Sidhe prince. When she discovers that her attacker is her own brother, Lucas, who disappeared four years ago, Lily refuses to believe that her brother would truly hurt her and becomes determined to find Lucas and bring him home. Lily finds that Lucas’ disappearance is somehow tied to Tharin; so when he informs her that she is his betrothed and must return with him to Velesi, fulfill a treaty between their families and unite the two strongest clans through their marriage, Lily agrees. However, she’s not going to Velesi for a wedding, but to bring home her only family, Lucas. On their journey to the borders of Velesi, the realm of the Thirteen Clans, they’re pursued by a Sidhe assassin group call the Ange, meet with an ogre crime lord that ends badly, deal with a sleazy troll motel manager, and when they discover that there’s a bounty on their heads, they must keep one step ahead of every assassin, bounty hunter and low-life criminal in Velesi.
Protecting Lily has become the biggest challenge of Tharin’s life. Lucky for him he has help in the form of his twin brother, Tolan, Lily’s best friend Julia and his three bodyguard cousins.
"Cessa." The voice from the kitchen door is not as booming, but still commanding. Tharin’s look-a-like walks slowly into the room. He stops near the entrance and with a crooked smile takes in the scene before him. Tharin sitting annoyed in the armchair, with me clutching onto his knee for dear life. The big cat sits staring at the both of us waiting to find out what the game is.
Tharin’s double walks over to the small desk in the corner and sits down. At first glance, I thought he was identical to Tharin, but there are small differences. His hair is lighter and shorter than Tharin’s, tucked under a beanie of his own, and its length falling just above his shoulder. He seems fit, but his frame is not as broad, and Tharin is slightly taller. The biggest difference between them is their eyes. Tharin’s are green, burdened and guarded, while his twin’s are also green, but clear and open. I can’t explain how I can read these differences, but they are clear to me. Whatever connection Tharin and I share, it seems that everything about him is apparent to me. Then again, what do I know? I’ve only known the two of them for…what? About an hour?
"Cessa," says the soft voice, "you’re scaring her. Go." His order is quiet, but to my surprise the big cat does as she’s told. Cessa moves away from me and hops onto the sofa. I imagine hearing the springs strain under the big cat’s weight. I just don’t know how I would explain it to
Marilyn, if the sofa should snap in two under such bulk, but Cessa doesn’t seem to care. I wince as she kneads at the cushions. I wait for the fabric to tear and the stuffing inside to fly everywhere, but the old worn cushions endure Cessa’s assault. She lays her big head down and closes her eyes. The rumbling purr is instant, vibrating through the floor.
I realize clear green eyes are on me and I turn to face Tharin’s twin. He leans forward, resting his elbows on his knees. As he stares at me, the memory of the black mist comes back. I hold onto Tharin’s knee tighter, digging my nails in and ignoring his startle intake of breath.
He is so warm and easy going. It’s hard to imagine that he is the black mist demon I saw earlier. His smile is inviting, and he looks at me as if I’m an old friend, that I suddenly feel at ease. I feel myself relax and I sit for a moment looking at Tolan not sure where to start. He smiles again and before I can stop myself, I’m smiling back at him. I’m so at ease with Tolan, I find myself loosening my grip on Tharin’s knee.
"Thank you," snaps Tharin as he jerks his knee away from me. I scoot away putting some distant between us. I’m too embarrassed to look at him. I sit with my legs crossed, pulling the tie from my hair, letting it fall down my back. Quickly, I pull my hair back up and re-band it into a fresh ponytail, all the while keeping my eyes on Tolan. He keeps quiet and waits patiently until I’m done. It’s a cozy scene. If anyone came in they would think that we were friends, just sitting around sharing the day’s events.
About the author:
I was born in Samoa, spent 6 to 11 years in Hawaii (Oahu), grew up and finished school in California, and lived my adult life from the age of 30 in Las Vegas, and here is where I have been since. I have been writing since before I even knew what writing meant. The Binding is my first novel.
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