About the book:
When she least expects it, sixteen-year old Holly Burton’s unremarkable life is shaken to the core. A vision of the mother Holly never knew leaves her questioning everything she believes.
Eager for answers, Holly enrolls at a boarding school for highly gifted students in Wolfebane, New Hampshire. But things will get worse before they get better, as Holly accidentally transports to a parallel existence where she’s confronted by a dark and ancient evil.
With the help of Joss, a sexy alpha warrior sworn to protect her, and her new BFF, the equally swoon-worthy Quinn, Holly faces her fears and an unlikely adversary in a showdown that is worse than anything she could’ve possibly imagined …
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Praise for Scion of the Sun:
“Charmed and drawn in by Holly’s spunk and snark, Scion of the Sun will leave you spinning and falling for Joss right along with Holly. Marsh’s unique story is packed with action, mystery, romance and suspense. This is not to be missed!” – Jennifer L. Armentrout, USA TODAY Bestselling Author
Nicola Marsh tells us about how Scion of the Sun was “born”:
I love research.
(Especially if it involves googling pics of hot heroes…) But I digress.
For SCION OF THE SUN, my initial research actually sparked a major plot in the book.
The first line of the story popped into my head one day:
‘I always thought cults were for crazies. Until I joined one.’
I had a 16 year-old heroine Holly who had to join a cult-like boarding school out of necessity.
I wanted her to have an affinity for heat. In particular, the sun.
I wanted her to be able to teleport.
I had an interest in Celtic mythology.
And this is when I started to research…and the entire plot opened up for me.
I discovered Holly had a ‘geis’ (a bond) to an ancient sun god. She can’t break this bond on risk of death. So she needs to do whatever it takes to honor the geis.
Including face-off with the Lord of Darkness.
I also found that the Celts had an ‘otherworld’. So I created a twist on this, and made Holly teleport to NYC’s ‘Innerworld’, where her bond to the sun god morphs into something earth-changing.
The Celtic calendar became essential for key dates in the book, particularly Beltane (May 1st) a fire festival when Holly is welcomed officially into the Sorority of the sun.
And the Celtic language, Ogham, is important for many reasons, in particular showing Holly how her sexy warrior Joss is also bound to her.
I wanted Holly to be torn between her two worlds: C.U.L.T. (Clique of the Luminary Telepathies) her boarding school, and Eiros, NYC’s Innerworld where she’s bound by more than obligation. She’s surrounded by parapsychological talents at school, and ancient druid protocols at Eiros.
She’s a heroine who faces a huge learning curve in both her worlds and needs to master all her talents/tasks to survive…
I hope you have as much fun reading SCION OF THE SUN as I did creating it!
About the author:
USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.
She has published 43 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist.
Her debut young adult novel, a supernatural thriller BANISH, released with Harlequin Teen August 2013, and her YA urban fantasy series kicks off with SCION OF THE SUN, November 2013, with Month9Books.
She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!
Connect with Nicola:
- One (1) print copies of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh and Endless by Amanda Gray, and one (1) $15 Starbucks Gift Card (US Only)
- One (1) ebook copy of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh and Endless by Amanda Gray (INT)