Friday, January 24, 2014

Alchemy blog tour and Excerpt

Author:   Sheena Boekweg , Melanie Crouse ,
Sabrina West

Release Date: 
  October 11th 2013
ISBN:1492730785 (ISBN13: 9781492730781)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.


“I’ll find a way to help you. I promise,” I said to Ana.

That was when they kicked the door open.

Anastasia and I jumped to our feet. A ball of energy hit me square in the chest, knocking me hard into the wall behind me. Stars exploded behind my eyes. Before I could even cry out in pain, they were on me, wrenching my arms behind my back. As they dragged me from the room, Dr. Tanga straightened from where she’d been bent over Anastasia. Clear liquid dripped off the tip of a syringe.

My whole body was numb. My vision kept coming in bits and flashes. I had impressions of bright lights, of worn carpet sliding beneath my dangling feet. Hands clutched tight at my elbows. There was a flash of pain when they dropped me to the ground. My head lolled, taking in the ceiling of the theatre, and then the faces of the others: Sam shocked, Sebastian’s mouth in a thin line, Dr. Felix looking like a marble statue, Ana slumped to the floor across the room. Dr. Mercer, running in, tie flapping over his shoulder, Zach close behind. And then Dr. Child, his face inches from mine, his mouth moving.

Everything still seemed so distant. His voice was dulled by a sound like the rushing of wind past my ears. I began to shiver uncontrollably. And then, in a flash, his voice came back.

“… will make sure of it, I swear to you. Do you understand me, Juliette? If you infect Anastasia, if by intent or by chance any piece of your magic touches her, you will never see your family again.”

Panic exploded from me. My world had once again gone silent, but my mouth was open and my throat aching, so I knew I must be whimpering or screaming. I rolled into a ball and clutched my head in my hands.

These past few weeks, once I knew I’d never see my sister and brother again, I’d pushed the knowledge down. And now it all came rushing back: the visions of Charlie and Georgie alone, without any love or attention. Visions of them growing up neglected, just like me. And the crushing guilt that this was all my fault, that if only I’d run instead of staring entranced at the colors, then I’d be at home, safe, caring for the people who needed me most.

Color swirled behind my eyes, the very echo of what I’d seen in New Orleans. I heard a crackling, a hum, and the sound of people shouting. And then something crashed nearby, and I wrenched my eyes open. The colors were there, filling up the theatre. And they were coming from me.

About the Authors

Sabrina West, Sheena Boekweg and Melanie Crouse never dreamed they would actually create a book worth publishing when they started writing together. Alchemy was merely supposed to be an exercise in flexibility. And it has been that, but it is so much more. Friendships that span the American continent have been forged, and unforgettable characters have been created.

Writing this first book in the Prophecy Breakers was a fun-filled adventure, and we hope that reading it is just as fun for you.

Visit us at or check out Sheena Boekweg's amazing novel, Funny Tragic, Crazy Magic.


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