♥~~Spotlight + Giveaway~~♥ LUMINOUS by Jasmine Angell
Author: Jasmine Angell
Series: The Psyne Series (#1)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Saga Ventures, LLC
Release Date: Aug 12 2013
Editions/Formats Available In: eBook
What would you do if the world you loved was taken from you forever?
…and what would you sacrifice to get it back?
Magical, Mythical, Mesmerizing…
A powerful race of beings lives and works among us and we don’t even know it. To us, they are known as mermaids, sirens and water nymphs, but they call themselves the Psyne. They have lived on Earth since ancient times, wield powerful magic and have only one weakness—love.
When Psyne suddenly start disappearing around the globe, the remaining aquatars are evacuated to their home world and a ban is placed on Earth. Ilauria, a devoted servant to the Psyne Council, can’t abide abandoning the missing eight, and with the help of her long-time friend, Shivan, and a subversive member of the Venvian Psyne named Adante, she embarks on a harrowing rescue mission to uncover who or what is powerful enough to subdue her kind.
What Ilauria discovers will cause her to question her loyalties, re-examine her dual nature, and will shake the very foundations of the truths her society holds dear.
Jasmine was born in Tucson, Arizona, the oldest of two children. She spent her teen years living in Phoenix, Arizona and then attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing. She married and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where her husband attended graduate school at the University of Utah. There she adopted a love for the changing seasons, snowboarding and the beauty of the mountains.
She spent several years working on a literary novel but found her heart wasn’t in it. Finally she quit her day job to write full time and embraced her life-long love of fantasy fiction. She wrote Luminous, the first novel in the Psyne series (pronounced “sign”) and followed it up with the sequel, Prism, due out the summer of 2014. With a third series novel in the works and no end in sight, Jasmine will be spending a great deal of time in the Psyne Universe over the next several years. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she loves to horseback ride, dance, make elaborate costumes just for the fun of it, and is always planning her next decadent tea party.
THE LIVING MYTH
The breeze sailed through the branches causing the afternoon light to glisten off something shiny and smooth. The glimmer caught Gavin’s eye and he approached the thicket with caution. He quickly dropped to his knees, peering into the bushes. His eyes adjusted to the dimly lit underbrush and danced across a shiny area of blue-green fish scales.
His breath stuck in his throat as he followed the scales upwards. They gave way to a narrow waist of milky skin that led to the torso of a woman with long, red curly hair. He swallowed hard as his eyes took in the woman curled up on her side and the glistening fish tail undeniably apart of her.The same memory from before of the woman in the ocean flashed across his mind. The soft glow of her skin contrasted against the water as her black hair streamed behind her. Her blue eyes sparkled like flaming sapphires and her fish tail swayed beneath her.Gavin’s heart pounded against his chest as he attempted to steady his breathing. When he shook his head and focused on the woman before him, he couldn’t believe he was staring at a living myth right before his very eyes.In stunned silence, Gavin spread the branches apart and crawled into the thicket, pausing to take in the spectacle of the mermaid before him.The luxurious flukes of the abundant fish tail were curled beneath the woman’s body, pressed into the moist earth and wrapped around her hips. The delicate blue-green tail reminded him of the showy dorsal fins of Siamese fighting fish. Smaller fins adorned the sides of her slender hips and the iridescent scales of her tail faded below her navel, giving way to smooth skin that covered the rest of her body. Her hair obscured her face and her thin arms were folded against her chest with her hands wrapped tightly under her chin.Hesitantly, he touched the shiny scales of her tail and goose bumps broke out on his arm.“Oh my God,” he whispered.She was cold to the touch but she was real, as real as he was.His mouth hung open in disbelief as his mind raced, struggling to process what he saw before him. The seconds ticked by but only one thought hovered in his mind: he had to get her out of there and he had to get her somewhere safe.