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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Excerpt from Spell Struck by Ariella Moon

I have an excerpt from an exciting paranormal YA that released last week, "Spell Struck" by Ariella Moon. It is released by my employer, Astraea Press, so you know it's a clean read.

DISCLOSURE: I am not being compensated by Astraea Press or Ariella Moon for putting up this post. I am an employee of Astraea Press. 

Ariella Moon writes about magic, friendship, and love in Spell Check and Spell Struck, Books One & Two in The Teen Wytche Saga from Astraea Press. After a childhood spent searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia (I did the same thing. :D ~ Bea), Ariella grew up to become an author and shaman. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred Ariella’s teen years. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She now lives a nearly normal life with her extraordinary daughter, shamelessly spoiled dog, and an enormous dragon. (I want a dragon! ~ Bea)

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Goth outcast, Salem Miller, believes her love spell failed until Aidan Cooper arrives at Jefferson High. When he chooses her over the popular girls, Salem knows magic brought him. But can she summon enough wizardry to save her sister? Salem fears Amy’s next suicide attempt will succeed. Magic brought Aidan. Maybe it can cure Amy. Salem’s last hope lies hidden within a damaged grimoire, nearly destroyed by a wrongful love spell. Was her rightful love spell enough to restore it?

Newest Jefferson High transplant, Aidan Cooper, doesn't expect to be attracted to a goth. Then he realizes Salem is throwing a glamour—pretending to be something she’s not. Guess it takes one to know one, since his whole life has been a lie. But if his kidnappers discover he's broken their No Attachments rule, he'll never see Salem again. Worse, he’s terrified they’ll harm her when they discover she possesses the ancient grimoire. To protect Salem, Aidan must destroy the grimoire, and escape his captors.

While Salem races to unlock the Get Well Spell, Aidan scrambles to overcome his past. With their star-crossed paths at odds, will time run out for both of them?
Publisher: Astraea Press
Format: ebook
Length: 221 pages, 421 KB
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Buying Links: Astraea Press | Amazon* | Barnes & Noble
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Aidan lowered his hand. His finger pressed against my skin, shooting a delicious tingle up my arm. When I didn’t move away, he hooked his finger over mine. My breath caught. We stayed, frozen, hyper-focused, for what seemed like three lifetimes. Then Aidan trailed his fingertips across the back of my hand. The soundtrack, popcorn smells, and theater audience melted into the background. The world narrowed down to the unspoken grief and need entangled in Aidan’s touch.
I rotated my hand so my palm faced upward. Aidan hesitated. Our gazes locked in the flickering light. The spell link humming between us lit up like blue lightning. At least I think it was the spell link. Aidan plunged his fingers between mine. Our palms pressed together, igniting a current. Air shuddered from my lungs. Magic rippled from us in successive waves.
My heart stuttered. My breath ceased. Every cell within me vibrated. Troops of fairies or dragonflies took flight in my lower abdomen. It’s possible blue lightning shot from my boots.
Good thing I wasn’t holding the popcorn.


  1. This sounds like one that I would really enjoy Bea!

    1. YAY! If you get it, I hope you enjoy it.

  2. Thank you Bea for featuring Spell Struck on your blog today. I loved the characters from Spell Check, Book 1:The Wytche Saga, and knew I had to bring them back for more adventures. Besides, everyone wanted to know who the love spell brought for Salem!

    1. It was my pleasure and the book is on my wishlist. It sounds like a book I'd enjoy. :)

  3. Great cover .... and I liked the excerpt as well! Congratulations!


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