My Teaser Tuesday is for the following...
Expected Publication Date: September 2, 2014The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
*Teasers are from an Advanced Readers Copy. They are subject to change.*
Teasers are from ebook page: 11
"I never quite understood those girls, the ones who bought into all the caretakers' lines about how important we are, how we are fulfilling a long and noble tradition."
"Did you get your lot number?" I ask.
The spoon tinkles against Raven's cup, her hand trembling for the briefest moment. "Yeah." It's a stupid question--we all got our lot numbers last night. But I wanted to know what Raven's is. I want to know how much longer I'll be able to see my best friend.
"Lot 192. You?"
I exhale. "197."
Raven grins. "Looks like we're hot commodities."
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