It’s the 28 March! Which just happens to be Natalie’s birthday!
To celebrate, Natalie wanted to share an exclusive excerpt from PHOENIX with you, which happens to be about her 17th birthday! Plus, because she’s in the party spirit, she’s asked me to run an international giveaway! Isn’t she lovely?
We all gather around the table as Day brings out a lopsided chocolate cake, which is slathered in gloopy icing that’s already started to slide off. The large, wonky piping on top reads HAPPY BIRTHDAY NA. She ran out of space for the T. I absolutely love it. It’s nice knowing Day isn’t perfect at everything.
“It’s a masterpiece,” I say.
Day rolls her brown eyes. “It’s the last time I’m ever baking, so you better enjoy it.”
“Make a wish,” Harold says.
I blow out my candles, wishing for a positive outcome at tomorrow’s vote.
Day serves everyone a slice of cake, while I sneak off to the restroom to get a moment to myself. I splash some water over my face and check my reflection in the small mirror above the sink. My cheeks are flushed, and my curly hair is a bit frizzy from being spun around by Ash, but I look happy. I smile.
I’m about to turn away, when something makes me pause. The corner of my left eye looks strange. Is it my imagination, or does it look a little yellow? It must be a trick of the light.
What did you guys think? A BIG event happens at Natalie’s 17th birthday, but you can find out more when you read PHOENIX, which is due out on 4 June 2013!
Here’s an artist’s impression of the birthday cake Day baked for Natalie (yup, I have mad skillz):
The following is up for grabs:
* 2 x ARCs of PHOENIX
* 1 x Copy of BLACK CITY
* 3 winners will also receive some swag!
How to enter
Leave a comment below, telling me what your best or worst ever birthday gift was! It’s that simple. Don’t forget to include your email address (or twitter name if you’d prefer to keep your email private) with your comment, so I can contact you to let you know you’ve won!
You get extra entries if you:
* Tweet about the giveaway, using #HappyBirthdayNat
* Like my Facebook fan page
* Add PHOENIX on Goodreads
I run an honor system, so simply tell me what you’ve done in your comment, and I’ll trust you.
The contest ends at 12 noon, BST (that’s UK time!), on Wednesday 3 April. Winners will be notified via email or Twitter, and will have 1 week to respond to claim their prize. Winners will be randomly picked using Random Thing Picker. Contest open internationally.