Tuesday, February 11, 2014

THE RIDDLE OF PRAGUE, by Laura DeBruce


Pressed Leaf Publishing is proud to host for 
Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tours, 
The Riddle of Prague, by Laura DeBruce, 
a YA Supernatural thriller.  
This book is part one in the Quicksilver Legacy Series. 
 It's got a mix of the past with the present….looks like an exciting read…enjoy…
and don't forget to leave us a comment…and enter your name in the Giveaway below…thx, PLP.



pages: 214
publisher: Quicksilver Legacy
genre': YA Thriller, Adventure, Mystery, Paranormal


"An exciting YA thriller with supernatural elements and a brave, enterprising heroine." -Kirkus Reviews  


BLURB:

When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague to reclaim her family’s home, she discovers a riddle that may lead to a long-lost flask.

The contents of that flask could change the fate of the world. When a ruthless enemy kidnaps her family Hana has to find the flask to rescue them. On her quest she meets a mysterious man with a penchant for poetry, a Gypsy girl with a haunting past, and Alex, an all-American boy who’s trying to save his sister from a crippling disease.   It’s hard to trust anyone when the stakes are this high — especially when surrounded by experts in deception.


There’s only one flask, and Hana desperately needs to find it.


“Bonjour, mademoiselle. Good day to you.”

I struggle awake. My eyes feel like they’ve been super-glued shut. A heart-faced flight attendant with her hair in a neat bun is waving a breakfast tray with an omelet, a croissant, and a glass of orange juice. “Your breakfast!”

“Thanks.” I sit up and notice people onboard who weren’t there before.

“Did I sleep right through Paris?”

“Oui, mademoiselle. Is a pity to sleep through Paris.” She gives a perfunctory smile and turns down the galley way.

“You can just leave a tray for him.” I gesture toward David’s empty seat. The flight attendant blinks twice and gives a very French shrug. “He’s probably in the bathroom,” I explain.

“Mademoiselle, no one is assigned to this seat.” She hands out trays to a couple in the next row. I look under the seat. David’s bag is gone.

“At the beginning of the flight,” I say patiently, “someone was sitting here.”

“Possibly. But not now.” She nods to signal the end of our conversation and expertly pushes her cart down the aisle. I shift my breakfast tray in order to stand up. Wobbling at first from not using my legs for so many hours, I walk down one aisle to the back of the plane and then up the other side. I study the passengers carefully. At the curtain that cordons off the upper classes, the flight attendant wags her finger. I duck my head through anyway and take a cursory glance at the passengers. There’s no David Bolton. The flight attendant nods to acknowledge a small triumph.

“There was someone sitting next to me,” I repeat. “And now he’s gone.”

“Perhaps he got off in Paris.” She waves her bright-red nails to indicate that this is the sort of thing men do all the time.

“He was going to Prague.”

“He’s not going there now, at least not on this plane.” She has the last word.

It doesn’t make sense. David Bolton was on his way to Prague. Wasn’t he? I stare out the window, lost in thought, until the pilot announces our descent, and the landscape rushes upward to greet our flight.


Excerpt 

“Bonjour, mademoiselle. Good day to you.”

I struggle awake. My eyes feel like they’ve been super-glued shut. A heart-faced flight attendant with her hair in a neat bun is waving a breakfast tray with an omelet, a croissant, and a glass of orange juice. “Your breakfast!”

“Thanks.” I sit up and notice people onboard who weren’t there before.

“Did I sleep right through Paris?”

“Oui, mademoiselle. Is a pity to sleep through Paris.” She gives a perfunctory smile and turns down the galley way.

“You can just leave a tray for him.” I gesture toward David’s empty seat. The flight attendant blinks twice and gives a very French shrug. “He’s probably in the bathroom,” I explain.

“Mademoiselle, no one is assigned to this seat.” She hands out trays to a couple in the next row. I look under the seat. David’s bag is gone.

“At the beginning of the flight,” I say patiently, “someone was sitting here.”

“Possibly. But not now.” She nods to signal the end of our conversation and expertly pushes her cart down the aisle. I shift my breakfast tray in order to stand up. Wobbling at first from not using my legs for so many hours, I walk down one aisle to the back of the plane and then up the other side. I study the passengers carefully. At the curtain that cordons off the upper classes, the flight attendant wags her finger. I duck my head through anyway and take a cursory glance at the passengers. There’s no David Bolton. The flight attendant nods to acknowledge a small triumph.

“There was someone sitting next to me,” I repeat. “And now he’s gone.”

“Perhaps he got off in Paris.” She waves her bright-red nails to indicate that this is the sort of thing men do all the time.

“He was going to Prague.”

“He’s not going there now, at least not on this plane.” She has the last word.


It doesn’t make sense. David Bolton was on his way to Prague. Wasn’t he? I stare out the window, lost in thought, until the pilot announces our descent, and the landscape rushes upward to greet our flight.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Laura DeBruce is a documentary filmmaker and writer. She grew up traveling all over the world thanks to her father’s work with the U.S. Embassy. She and her husband spent twelve years living in Europe including Prague, Paris, Amsterdam and London where she found inspiration to write The Quicksilver Legacy Series. In Prague she worked as a lawyer for the first private nationwide television station in the former Communist bloc.  It was there that she fell in love with the ancient city of Prague and its legends.  

She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and son and an unruly Golden Retriever.  

Website with blog and trailer:  http://theriddleofprague.com/

Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Riddle-Prague-QuickSilver-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00FFBNUVA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386523998&sr=8-1&keywords=riddle+prague

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRiddleofPrague

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/LauraDeBruce                                  




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8 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting The Riddle of Prague!

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  2. Oh, it's my pleasure..i plan to read this one…the book trailer was great! thx for letting me join in your journey! june

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  3. I like that it sounds like it has some interesting people in it.I like interesting characters in books.

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  4. the blurb's interesting

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  5. Great excerpt and the cover is just gorgeous.

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