{Excerpt/Giveaway} FIRSTBORN by Lorie Ann Grover

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Today's Zondervan Blink Tour Stop features...

by Lorie Ann Grover!

I'm really excited to be talking about FIRSTBORN today!

In January, Kat and I were lucky enough to meet Lorie at ALA Midwinter and snag ARCs. (We also picked up REMNANTS by Lisa T. Bergren, which is another book/author on tour this week with Blink!) I featured the title as one of the New To Me titles I was most excited about picking up, but haven't had a chance to read it yet (Or, err....any of the other 4 or 5 books in that picture. Gotta love long illnesses, even longer reading slumps, and big events! But next week, I have time to read whatever I want for the first time in months and I am looking forward to it!!!

I'm actually reading FIRSTBORN right now, in celebration of the tour and getting to feature the following excerpt from Lorie, but I'm not far enough into it to comment yet.

The overarching theme is the fact that Tiadone lives in a world where only firstborn sons are important. They gain extra strength and are highly valued. If the first born child is female, she's left to die...unless her family declares her male. Tiadone is the first female to have been declared male. All males are issued a rapion to twine with and raise. When Tiadone's rapion Mirko is born, she quickly realizes that he's a rare singer...and that's dangerous. As Tiadone begins to mature as a female, can she continue pushing away those traits in order to live life as a declared male? (And...that's what I've got so far for you!)


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Author: Lorie Ann Grover
Release Date: Jan. 28, 2014
Publisher: Blink // Zondervan

Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men?

When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn't make a mistake by letting her live.

As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted. But her body has begun to betray her, and the bird she's been twined with is seen as a sign of evil.

Worse, as Tiadone completes her rites, she finds she is drawn to her male best friend in ways that are very much in line with the female gender.

Confused and desperate, Tiadone tries to become what she must be while dealing with what she indeed has become: a young woman who may be able to stand up to her despotic rulers and uncover her real purpose in life.

 The Zondervan's YA Imprint Blink Tour continues all week!

Check out in person AND online, and enter to win all the books on tour!

Each stop on the five-city tour will feature a combination of seven prolific YA authors, including Golden Heart finalist Carey Corp and HonestlyYA blogger Lorie Langdon (DOON); Christy Award finalist Lisa T. Bergren (REMNANTS); co-founder of readergirlz Lorie Ann Grover (FIRSTBORN); Robert Treskillard (THE MERLIN SPIRAL series); Christy Award winner Jill Williamson (THE SAFE LANDS series); and Jonathan Friesen (AQUIFER), whose first YA novel Jerk, California received the ALA Schneider Award.

Events will feature a reading and Q&A, tons of swag up for grabs, and even bigger prizes to win in the grand prize giveaway at every stop.

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Sunday, May 11 - Tour Launch Blitz

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Monday, May 12
 – Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful EndingsLorie Langdon & Carey Corp: Doon (Doon #1)

Carey Corp  Doon (Doon, #1) Lorie Langdon

Tuesday, May 13
- Meet the authors in person at School Events in the Atlanta Area
- Kathy @ I Am A Reader:  Lisa Tawn Bergren: Season of Wonder (Remnants #1)

  Season of Wonder (The Remnants #1)  Lisa Tawn Bergren

Wednesday, May 14 
- 6:00 pm at THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 Perkins Road Extended, Memphis, TN 38117. Robert Treskillard,  Lorie Anne Grover ,  Jonathan Freisen
- Amber @ The Wonderings of One PersonRobert Treskillard The Merlin Spiral Series: Merlin’s Blade, Merlin’s Shadow, Merlin’s Nightmare

Robert Treskillard

Merlin's Blade (The Merlin Spiral, #1) Merlin's Shadow (The Merlin Spiral #2) Merlin's Nightmare (The Merlin Spiral #3)

Thursday, May 15 
- 7:00 – 9:00 pm at SALT LAKE CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 210 East 400 South, Conference Room A, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.  Lorie Ann Grover,  Jill Williamson,  Jonathan Freisen,  Lisa T. Bergren
– Bonnie @ A Backwards Story: Lorie Ann Grover: Firstborn

Lorie Ann Grover   Firstborn

Friday, May 16 
School Events in the Phoenix Area
– Laura @ ColorimetryJill Williamson: The Safe Lands Series: Captives & Outcasts

Captives (The Safe Lands, #1) Jill Williamson Outcasts (The Safe Lands, #2)

Saturday, May 17
- 4:00 pm at CHANGING HANDS, 6428 S McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283. Lorie Ann Grover, Jill Williamson, Jonathan Freisen,  Lisa T. Bergren.

Sunday, May 18 
– Lisa @ Bookworm LisaJonathan Friesen: Aquifer

Aquifer Jonathan Friesen

About Blink: Blink brings true stories and fiction to YA readers. The literature published by Blink is a positive reflection of what is inspiring and heartening while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and exciting storytelling that will bring readers to the edge of their seats, immerse them in a heartrending love story, or engross them in a story of a life well-lived. Readers will see themselves in all facets of Blink’s literature and will find new levels of entertainment that enrich and uplift. For more information please visit http://blinkyabooks.com/ or visit us on facebook and Twitter.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

May 11 - 27, 2014
Must be old enough to enter (see Raffelcopater). USA/Canada only. 9 Winners!!

Aquifer (Hardcover)
Captives (Paperback)
Doon (Hardcover)
Firstborn (Hardcover)
Merlin’s Blade (Paperback)
Merlin’s Shadow (Paperback)
Merlin’s Nightmare (Paperback)
Outcasts (Paperback)
Remnants (Hardcover)

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