We would love to welcome again Joanna Wiebe here at the Bookworms to celebrate the sequel to “The Unseemly Education of Ann Merchant”, which is a “deliciously dark tale” that was received so amazingly last year! Today, we have an excerpt to share with you and a Giveaway at the end!
Exclusive Excerpt 9: The Mentor
Here she is, my brunette friend who’s at least a foot shorter than I am but is always, even now, especially now, larger than life. She tosses down the sweater she was stretching onto a hanger and throws her arms around me, ignoring my owl-like stare and the stiffness of my drenched body as she squeezes me hard.
“You’re soaking wet, but I don’t care!”
“Oh my gosh. I was totally right about you,” I stammer.
“Good to see you, too.” Her laugh fills the room as she lets me go. When I don’t crack a smile, she shakes my shoulder like she’s waking me up. “What, has rigor mortis set in? Look alive, Anne! It’s been sooo long. Did you forget me already?”
“I was just looking for you. Ben and I. We fell. We fell into the water. Looking for you. And then the demons were there. And then. Gone.”
She smiles coyly. “Ben? Ooo la la. I want to hear everything!”
She tugs me onto her clothing-covered bed, oblivious to the fact that I’m going to drench all her stuff. She starts flouncing my wet hair over my shoulders.
“Look at you. Look at us! Roommates at Cania Mother-Effing Christy. Who’da thunk it?”
“How long, Mol? How long have you been vivified?”
The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe
- Publication date: January 20th 2015 by BenBella Books
- Book 2 of The V Trilogy
- Get a Copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BenBella | BooksAMillion | Chapters/Indigo | IndieBound
- Learn more: The Unseemly Book Website
Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.
Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves…or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben’s destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe
- Publication date: January 14th 2014 by BenBella Books
- Book 1 of The V Trilogy
- Get a Copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BenBella | BooksAMillion | IndieBound
About The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant
After her mother’s death, 16-year-old art prodigy Anne Merchant moves from sunny California to the cold woodlands of Wormwood Island, Maine for what is supposed to be a fresh start. She is the newest student of Cania Christy, an elite boarding school that is as filled with secrets as it is with the world’s most privileged—and competitive—teens.
From the first day of school, Anne finds herself thrust into the Big V competition, an intense race to the top of the class. With enviable talents, she quickly becomes the enemy of every junior seeking the Big V—especially Harper, the presumed frontrunner.
Like every student, she is assigned a guardian, and a unique mission. Anne’s assignment is to “look deeper.” Anne is determined to succeed, and won’t let anything —not even her distractingly beautiful neighbor Ben—get in the way. But the deeper she looks the more questions arise, and the more she is forced to reexamine all of her assumptions—about the school, her classmates and even herself.
As layers of secrecy deepen, Anne leans on the friendship of Molly, a lifelong islander, and Pilot, the only junior not competing for the Big V, to make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world. But when people start disappearing, Anne uncovers a stunning truth that she must face head on—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.
About Joanna Wiebe
By day, Joanna is a copywriter and the co-founder of CopyHackers.com and Page99Test.com, a critique site for published and unpublished writers. As an undergraduate student, Joanna won several academic awards for excellence in creative writing: Canada’s James Patrick Folinsbee Prize, which she won twice, as well as the Godfrey Prize.
After graduating, she lived for a year on the remote northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, which is the inspiration for the verdant Wormwood Island of the V Trilogy. She holds a BA in Honors English and an MA in Communications from the University of Alberta and lives with her partner Lance in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is her first novel and the first installment in the V Trilogy.
Find Joanna Wiebe
Monday, January 12th – Reading YA Rocks – Guest Post
Tuesday, January 13th – Literary Meanderings – Interview
Wednesday, January 14th – Such a Novel Idea – Interview
Thursday, January 15th – Of Spectacles and Books – Guest Post
Friday, January 16th – Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post
Monday, January 19th – To Each Their Own Reviews – Guest Post
Tuesday, January 20th – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Author Interview
Wedneday, January 21st – Aphonic Book Reviews – Guest Post
Thursday, January 22nd – Her Book Thoughts – Guest Post
Friday, January 23rd – Book Lovers Life – Guest Post
Monday, January 26th – Jump Into Books – Interview
Tuesday, January 27h – Bad Bird Reads – Guest Post
Wedneday, January 28th – Addicted Readers – Interview
Thursday, January 29th – Behind the Pages – Guest Post
Friday, January 30th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Interview
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