Tour Stop: A Cast of Shadows by Hailey Edwards + Giveaway

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Please join us in celebrating the release of the latest story in Hailey EdwardsAraneae Nation, fantasy romance series that both Alisha and Stella like a lot (to see what they thought of the first book check out their dual review). So read on to see what this new book is about and you could even win a Hailey Edwards book, so don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end! 😉

A Cast of Shadows by Hailey Edwards

The strongest net is no match for destiny.

Book # 2.5 of the Araneae Nation series

Daraja has grown up watching her brothers journey down the river on the traditional Deinopidae rite of passage. Each returned with riches from their travels, and lovers with whom to share their lives.

Now she has reached the age where she would strike out on her own to seek her fortune—if she were male. Instead, she is expected to sit patiently, weave her nets and wait for the river to bring a husband to her.

Patience, however, has never been her strong suit.

Brynmor haunts the forest surrounding the city of Cathis, his disembodied spirit inextricably bound to the wild canis roaming his lands. Until the day he stumbles across a brazen trespasser in his woods.

Compelled to step in when the canis suspect her of poaching one of their own, Brynmor fears he has lost a piece of his ragged soul to the feisty, adventure-seeking female. And when the canis confront the real poachers, he is forced to choose which life to sacrifice. Hers…or his own.

Warning: This book contains one heroine with a knack for weaving nets and one hero who relishes getting caught. Expect singing, some howling, ghostly shenanigans, and the start of a love that transcends death.

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Exclusive excerpt:

Tipping his head back, Brynmor inhaled rapidly, filling his lungs with a sharp copper smell. Beneath that, he caught a faint whiff of pine and musk hard to distinguish from the other scents. He was a tracker by trade, all those of his line were, so he caught the scent trail and followed it to where he first heard Daraja sing. There they found a tent and the snuffed-out remains of a fire.

A crossed pair of hind legs extended past the neatly folded bedroll. Brynmor’s blood ran cold as he skimmed their length, his gaze snagging past the hocks, where the paws should be.

Fisting Errol’s scruff, Brynmor tugged to slow him down. “Wait here.”

“No.” Errol snapped at Brynmor’s hand, drawing blood on his knuckles. “You wait here if you like.”

He tightened his grip. “We don’t know for certain the female is traveling alone.”

“Then we find out.”

Brynmor’s hand slid down the length of Errol’s spine when the canis darted past him. He rounded the tent as Errol leapt the bedroll and approached the body. Lowering his head, Errol sniffed at the blood matting the fur until it became more rusted brown than gray.

“It can’t be.” Errol tossed his head. “I saw Scipio only hours ago.”

The kill was recent, but the familiar scent of death made Brynmor’s gorge rise. The corpse’s head and all four paws were missing, but a thin white ring around the right foreleg identified the mutilated canis. Brynmor swallowed past a tight throat. “Scipio is the only pack member with those markings.”

Errol choked on an anguished cry, and Brynmor collapsed as sorrow saturated their bond.

When Errol threw back his head and sang for their departed brother, the chorus was lifted by the voices of the pack. Howls pierced the night sky as canis rushed from their den to the clearing.

“She will pay for this,” Errol swore. “Tonight we will hunt the huntress.”

“We can’t be sure—” Brynmor began.

“—she won’t kill another of us?” Errol circled him. “You came to me as a spirit, as nothing. You asked that I use my body to give your soul shelter. I agreed. All I asked for in return was your vow that you would protect the pack as if they were your own, that you honor my rule and never endanger those under my protection. Yet here you are, eager to lead us to slaughter.”

“I have kept my word,” Brynmor grated past tight lips.

“But will you continue to do so?” Errol asked. “Something has changed. You are no longer the restless soul I offered asylum to. In the past few weeks, you have begun leaching my essence, using my life force to manifest in the flesh. I did not begrudge you this use of my strength. Your triumph was my own. I know how it pained you to be…insubstantial. But it worries me how fast you leapt to the defense of a female you met tonight, when we have been bonded for far longer.”

No ready excuse for his actions sprang to his lips. Through Errol, he all but lived once more.

He was a fool to risk that for anything. He was a fool to risk that for anyone.

Flicking his tail against Brynmor’s leg, Errol asked, “Where do your loyalties lie, brother?”

“With the pack,” Brynmor answered by rote.

Errol was right. They were his family now.

Purchase at Samhain – Amazon – Barnes & Noble

About the author:

Romance Author Hailey Edwards_sm Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her husband works for the local sheriff’s department and her daughter is counting down the days until she’s old enough to audition for American Idol. Her doxie, Black Ilex, helps Hailey write by snoozing in his recliner in her office.

Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after.

Connect with Hailey at

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Hailey is gifting a digital book from a select list of her backlist titles to a commenter!

To be entered just fill out the Rafflecopter form below:

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This giveaway is open to everyone!

Giveaway ends on 2 February 2013 and Lit Connect will contact the winners.

Good Luck!

For more chances to win follow the blog tour HERE.

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Felicia Chartier-Plastini February 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

    You are a new author for me and I am excited to start reading your books.

  • Hailey Edwards February 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I hope you’ll enjoy them, Felicia. 🙂

  • Michele H February 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for the great excerpt! I can’t wait to read this…it’s on the top of my TBR pile now!

  • Wanda C. February 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Loved the excerpt. Its nice seeing a female going for what she wants instead of waiting around for a man to take care of her. Instead she is looking for a man to walk beside her. Great!!

  • Lory a February 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Love this series!

  • Tracey February 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I’m hooked on your Araneae Nation series!

  • Linda February 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Congrats on the release of the book Hailey! Have to admit I’m amused that it’s book “2.5” in the series. I keep expecting to see someone title their book a quarter or three quarters in the sequence next.

  • bn100 February 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Sounds like a nice series.

  • Jbst February 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I have the first two books in my huge TBR pile. Congrats on your new release.

  • erinf1 February 14, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Congrats to Hailey on her new release! I have the first book and I’m getting ready to start reading it here soon 🙂

  • Victoria Zumbrum February 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hailey congratulations on your new release. I would love to read your books. They sound very good.

  • Hailey Edwards February 15, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I agree, Wanda. I love stories where women fight their own battles and take what they want. 🙂

    Thanks, Lory and Tracey! I’m so glad y’all are enjoying the series.

    Linda, it tickled me the first time I saw a book that was 2.5 too. My publisher will publish the novellas as “An Araneae Nation Story” but I number it so readers who want to read in order can if they want. While the novellas won’t impact the series arc, they often tie up loose ends from a previous book. 🙂

    Thanks Jbst!

    I hope you enjoy Frost, Erinf1!

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