Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Owlet" by Emma Michaels ~ Blog Tour (Excerpt/giveaway)

It is exciting to take part in this blog tour.  Readers have the opportunity to follow the tour and read the excerpts in order for a read along.  You will find the excerpt assigned to this blog below.  A linky for the tour will be near the bottom of the post.  That way you can read all of the excerpts!

Book Description: Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

My Thoughts:  Owlet had a dreamlike quality to it that kept me enchanted.

  Iris is a young woman who doesn't get out much.  She has asthma and because of her disease has many physical limitations.  She is home schooled and has a companion. Her mother is deceased and she has no memory of her or of her childhood.  She lives a very sheltered life.

She has vivid dreams.  That may be why I feel there is a dreamlike quality to the book.  She dreams of feathers and a place that in her heart is her home.  She dreams of someone just out of reach who she wants to be with again.

She is given the opportunity to travel.  She embarks upon a journey with her companion, who is more like an aunt.  They travel to the island of her dreams.  She thinks of it as her Never, Never.  It is just as she imagined in her dreams.  But she soon learns that the dreams are more than dreams.  She has been here before, she just can't remember.  

She learns that there are secrets from her past and her heritage that are dangerous.  She has been hidden to keep her safe.  There is so many questions and so much to take in.

This book resonated on a level with me, mainly because my daughter has asthma.  I loved having a main character that she could relate to.  Iris condition is many times more severe than my daughter's.  Iris doesn't give up but adapts.  I love seeing this strength.

There is romance for Iris.  While it seems sudden, it  becomes clear that there was a previous relationship that has been lost with her memories.  Little snippets are revealed and I look forward to learning more in the rest of the series.

Read the Excerpt:


Falcon finally managed to find old jeans and a sweater and was relieved when they fit him. The last time he had seen Roger was years ago and he couldn’t remember if he would have been the same height Falcon was now. Heading to the bathroom, Falcon started filling the tub with warm water.

“If you put your face under that water I will kill you myself!” He heard Diana yell from the other side of the door. “Just warm up enough to be safe and get back out here...Iris is in bad shape. Her soul doesn’t understand what is happening and I am scared she might start convulsing. Seems she hadn’t made a connection with it yet, it doesn’t understand that she was already sick before the water.”

“Really?” Falcon said, already getting into the running water and rubbing his arms and legs. “How is that possible? She should be old enough...”

“I am not sure. But she keeps muttering as though they are talking. I have never seen anything like it.”


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About Emma:  Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel 'Owlet' is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma.  While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer. 

As the founder of The Writers Voice blog ( she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams.

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  1. Lisa, I know your review will mean a great deal to Emma. I'm so glad that as an asthmatic, Iris is a character that you and your daughter can really relate to. Thanks for taking the time to share that with us.

  2. This book looks great! I love the cover and excerpt. Thank for the chance to win!
    -Brooke Banks


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