Within Ash and Stardust by Chani Lynn Feener (The Xenith Trilogy #3) ***Excerpt -- Giveaway***
Within Ash and Stardust
by Chani Lynn Feener
(The Xenith Trilogy #3)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 16th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Having gone from kidnapped faux princess to the legitimate heir to an intergalactic throne, an impulsive, sarcastic teen must take charge of her own destiny in this epic YA novel.
On Earth, Delaney is a normal teenager who recently graduated high school with a fantastic best friend and a loving boyfriend.
But Delaney isn’t on Earth. She’s on Xenith, a war-torn planet half a galaxy away. Originally mistaken for an alien princess, Delaney has gone from kidnapped imposter to the recognized heir to an alien throne. Oh, and she’s engaged to the prince of an enemy nation whose ruthless father is on the warpath.
Torn between two planets, two fates, and two loves, Delaney is finally ready to choose her own destiny in Within Ash and Stardust, the stunning conclusion to Chani Lynn Feener’s Xenith Trilogy.
“Did you enjoy Zephra Viya? I hear it’s quite a sight, especially this time of year. Were there many couples present?”
“There were, and it was amazing. We don’t have anything like that back on Earth; I could probably spend an entire day there, just looking. You’ve never…?”
“No,” he replied. “I’ve never had a reason to.”
He’d never been in a relationship before that warranted it, he meant.
“They have a lot of other stuff,” she said, only partially noting that her voice had dropped. “You’d enjoy the food. I didn’t get the chance to try much of it, but I liked what I did.”
“There’s that.” He eased closer. “But the true purpose of Zephra Viya, the heart of the market, is for lovers.”
“Trystan…” She didn’t like where this was going. “Don’t.”
“You made me a promise, Delaney.”
“Back when the Rex approved, and I had no other choice.” Finally she realized that she’d been touching him, and pulled back, straightening some in her seat. The renewed distance did nothing to help clear her head, however, and she could tell by the clenching of his jaw that she’d annoyed him. “Admit it: Things are different now.”
“Everything is,” she insisted.
He paused, canted his head. “Including us?”
“Of course.” Hadn’t she just said that? “Your father never really approved of you marrying a human anyway, and Tilda—”
“That isn’t what I meant,” he cut her off, and she wasn’t sure he’d even been listening to her anyway. “We’ve been different since the cave. I can’t be the only who’s noticed. I’m not the only one. The Ander—”
This time she stopped him. “I don’t want to talk about Ruckus with you.”
“Because you know I’m right.” He waved a hand at her throat. “You just returned from the most romantic location Vakar has to offer, your boyfriend is just downstairs, and yet you’re here. With me.”
“I’m giving him space to grieve his dead friend,” she said. “But yeah, he is my boyfriend.”
“Aren’t you luck, then? You have a boyfriend and a betrothed.” Trystan grunted, pulling away and returning his attention to the console. His fingers moved across it, undoing the autopilot feature as swiftly as he’d set it. Once he’d taken hold of the controls again, he glanced her way, catching her gaze.
“Last I checked, Delaney, only one of those is a person you promise to spend the rest of your life with.”
Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, and graduated in 2012. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of teen paranormal series, the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.
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