Happy Holidays Everyone!
Today is the last day of Entangled Teen’s 12 Days of Kickass Event! This event has going to be a blast so far, and we’re finishing it off with a deleted scene from Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs!
So, everybody knows that Greta from Greta and the Goblin King is pretty bad ass. I mean, how many other seventeen year old girls do you know of who could live in a world where humans are hunted down as the enemy, and totally take care of themselves? Greta rocks a sword like nobody’s business and she’s always found a way to come out on top, no matter what she goes up against.
With that in mind, have Entangled Teen author Chloe Jacobs here to share a deleted scene from the upcoming GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM that shows Greta kicking some ass…
But first, the blurb:
The sequel to the Hansel & Gretel retelling Greta and the Goblin King ups the stakes of danger and romance. As conflict surges across Mylena, the tough Greta struggles to save those she loves.
Against all odds, Greta and the Goblin King miraculously survived the battle against the evil Agramon. Greta should be happy to be alive and ready to claim her place in Mylena by Isaac’s side. Yet nothing is the way she thought it would be. The battle against Agramon left a dark magick inside Greta that will eventually kill her. Isaac hasn’t been the same since he almost went Lost. And there are whispers of a rebellion brewing throughout Mylena…
Determined to save Mylena from a bitter civil war, they travel to the mysterious Glass Kingdom to form an uneasy alliance with the deadly Faerie race. But when an unexpected disaster tears Greta and Isaac apart, she must make the journey on her own. Along the way, she discovers a conspiracy stretching back to events she never thought she would have to revisit, betrayal from allies whose loyalty she never questioned, and an enemy vying to control all of Mylena.
Follow Greta into unexpected romance, explosive secrets, and shocking betrayals that will leave her and all of Mylena forever changed in the stunning second installment of The Mylena Chronicles.
And the deleted scene!
Five gnomes stopped in a staggered line at the entrance to the alley. Each was dressed in tattered, grimy rags and walked on hairy, bare feet. The first two were short and squat with thick, bushy eyebrows over scrunched up faces. Siona shouldn’t have any problem taking them on by herself. The last three might prove to be a problem, though. They could have been brothers. Wait, were gnomes even birthed? They all looked like they’d gotten burped out of a swamp bubble. Tall, wide, noses the size of golf balls, and hands that could have closed around Greta’s head with room to spare.
“I’m certain you gentle gnomes would much rather continue on your way than disturb a bounty hunter on the king’s business.” Siona’s voice rang out strong, clear, with emphasis on the king part. Of course, she hadn’t mentioned which king she served.
These guys weren’t buying it, though. They advanced a few steps further.
“Hell.” Straightening with a huff of exasperation, Greta stepped up beside her. “You’re going to make me save your bony ass, aren’t you?” She drew her sword, letting the long sound of steel pulling leather echo in the night.
The one with the dirty birthmark looked at her. “The ugly one’s a human,” he snarled, pointing.
“Oh no. Say it isn’t so.” She replied with a dramatic flair and a roll of her eyes.
Three gnomes went for Greta, two of them pulling knives on her. The third just took a swing with his oversized club-for-hand. They attacked harder than she’d expected, pushing her deeper into the dark alley. And the hits kept coming. The gnome that remained weaponless was actually more dangerous than the rest. He knew how to use his fists, striking hard while she was busy dodging blades.
“You will be my first human,” he said, looking her up and down and licking his lips.
“Don’t count on it.” She shivered. A chill ran down her spine. “I’d rather slit my own throat…” She adjusted her grip on the weapon, “although I’ll settle for slitting yours instead.”
She stepped forward and swung her arm in a wide arc that sent the tip of her blade in line with his throat, leaving a thin slice in his neck that immediately started to spread apart.
Blood sprayed, splattering her hands like green paint coming off a brush. The gnome’s mouth worked, spittle flying. His eyes bulged and his hands flailed out at his sides as if he would flap his arms and take flight.
Greta didn’t wait for him to fall, letting the momentum of her swing carry on into a slashing thrust of her blade across the sternum of the other gnome already moving in behind her.
That one screamed and careened backwards a few steps, dropping his knife into a murky puddle with a tinny splunk. His palms flattened over his chest, blood seeped between his fingers before he collapsed to his knees.
She was already shifting again, turning to face the last one.
He wasn’t going to let her take him so easily, and only grinned at the sight of his friends fallen and bleeding around him. “I know all about you,” he rumbled. “You’re the Goblin King’s human slave.”
Siona’s gasp reached her. The ugly mutt’s grin widened.
But Greta was still. Her gaze was steady, locked on her opponent, and she only smiled.
“Come on then.” She lifted her blade. “I’ve already cut down your two buddies here but you shouldn’t have any problem taking me on, right? I mean, how hard can it be to overpower one puny human girl? Especially a human slave.”
The gnome growled but didn’t move a muscle. “After all that big talk, you are going to at least give it a shot, aren’t you? Don’t tell me you’ve already changed your mind?” She lifted an eyebrow and sneered.
That did it. He roared and finally rushed her. Greta channeled her own fury, letting it take over. It was all about the sword in her hands, warm from her grip, the narrowing and sharpening of her vision, the measured breaths expanding her chest before being expelled in short plumes from her lips.
She ducked the gnome’s swinging fist and moved in smoothly to trip him. He shifted and made it past her, knocking her blade aside. Spinning back around, legs spread and feet planted flat on the ground, she lifted the sword in front of her again and blocked.
He was getting quicker. If any of those hits landed, she’d be done, but Greta had already picked up on his tell—a tensing of his biceps just before he swung—and so none of them did. Finally, she saw her opening, and knew none of them ever would, either.
The familiar pang of regret hit her as her blade slid into him until it met his sternum. He froze and looked down at her with wide eyes and a surprised grunt. As many times as she’d been in this exact position before, this moment—the moment of no return—it never really got any easier.
The gnome fell over as she yanked the long length of steel back out of his chest. She’d taken another life. Three of them, actually. She swallowed the bitterness of regret and sent him the rest of the way over with a boot to the side of the head.
Check out Greta and the Glass Kingdom Summer 2014 from Entangled Teen. And in the meantime, Greta and the Goblin King is available now, wherever great books are sold!
About Chloe Jacobs:
Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she’d at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.
And now for the giveaway!
So what can you win?
2 Kindles (valued at $69) US ONLY
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10 Entangled Teen eBooks International!
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Be sure to join the thirteen authors from this event (listed below) on at our Twitter Party TONIGHT (12/13/13) at 9
PM EST/6 PM PST on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #12DaysOfKickass!
Kendra Highley, Rachel Harris, Christine O’Neil, Vivi Barnes, Karri Thompson, Danielle Ellison, Princess Sophie, Cecily White, Jolene Perry, Lea Nolan, Victoria Scott, Sara Hantz, Kelley York, Tiffany Truitt, Melissa West, Cindi Madsen, Rebekah Purdy, Shea Berkley, Lisa Burstein, Jus Accardo, Renee Collins, and ME! (I can’t believe I’m amongst these amazing authors).