Blog Tour, Excerpt Reveal & Giveaway: Golden Skies by Juan Zapata

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GOLDEN SKIES Digital Assets
Author: Juan Zapata
Pub. Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 320
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

A man-god and his army of religious zealots swarmed the South nine years ago. As a child, Malik watched severed heads falling, blood spurting onto concrete, and his dear grandfather run through by a black sword.

But there’s peace…somewhere. At least that’s what Malik tells himself as his body is ripped apart by whips at a religious conversion camp. That’s what his best friend whispers as he frantically creates new force jetpacks to rescue Malik.

Yet when war bursts through the skies, and the sky troopers, assassins, and heroes fall—when the world comes crashing down—Malik Zzoha stands strong amidst the sands, infidel of the state number one.

Golden Skies is the first book in the The New Order trilogy.

My body burned in an unquenchable fire. I coughed, my throat dry. I opened my eyes with difficulty, the lids littered with sand and blood and spit. The cool, wet concrete I lay upon soothed my bare body, and a heavy mist fell steadily onto my heated skin—the sprinklers had been turned on to wash away the sinners’ blood. Night loomed above me, only partly illuminated by a nearby street lamp and the rays of Certamen’s halfcrescent violet moon.
I stared at a lonely ray that hit the gray ground beneath me. I was unbound, and when I shifted slightly, I knew why; the pain in my ruptured back stopped me—consumed me utterly. Igroaned and lay still, my ragged breathing breaking the harmonious cadence of the water falling around me. I focused on taking deep breaths, trying desperately to escape my world ofagony. In and out. In and out. Still alive. Why?
A sudden whisper. “Malik? Malik? Please…you can’t be…” A small sob echoed nearby. Eliza.
I tried to speak—to alleviate my sister of her worry—but my barren and parched throat couldn’t utter a single sound. I forced my mouth open to drink in the water falling around me. Small droplets flew inside, beads of magic. Graceful. A small puddle had formed next to me. I drank it, lapping it up like a dog and closed my eyes, basking in its life-saving qualities. I moaned softly, resting my face on the concrete.
I cracked my eyes open to find Eliza heaving herself up onto the platform. She rolled on its surface and rose to her feet, wet, but not dismayed in the least. She walked toward me, moving hesitantly. Though dark, I could make out streams of tears upon her cheeks; she wore no mask.
“Malik…answer me, please!”
I coughed and finally managed to croak, “I couldn’t before…”

Eliza exhaled sharply and sank to her knees beside me. She hugged my head close to her, her shoulders shaking.

About Juan:
​I'm a presidential scholar, residential assistant, and senior at Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. I endeavor to become a police officer and join a federal agency in the future.

​When I'm not writing I like to play For Honor and pretend I'm a knight, laughing with happiness at my victories and then almost having aneurisms when defeated. Challenge me to a duel anytime :D

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of GOLDEN SKIES, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/11/2018- Mythical BooksGuest Post
6/12/2018- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling ReviewsExcerpt
6/13/2018- RhythmicBooktrovertSpotlight
6/14/2018- BookHoundsInterview
6/15/2018- FUONLYKNEWSpotlight

Week Two:
6/18/2018- Book-o-CrazeExcerpt
6/19/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
6/20/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt
6/21/2018- Sincerely Karen JoExcerpt
6/22/2018- Jaime's WorldSpotlight

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