The Purple Girl by Audrey Kane + $20 GC Giveaway

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purple girlThe Purple Girl by Audrey Kane 

CAUTION! Violet lives within the pages of this book. And her purple spreads to everything she touches…

Violet lives behind garden walls. Is she magical? Is she the devil’s child—or simply cursed? When the lonely thirteen-year-old embarks on a dangerous journey to find the one boy that dared to befriend her, she travels at night…in the dark…to keep people from seeing her purple skin. But no one is more surprised than Violet when she unlocks her mysterious gift.

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EXCERPT:

This is how the story was told to me.

When the midwife brought me into the world, she let out a scream. Hands trembling, she swaddled me in a white blanket, leaving only a small opening so I could breathe. She refused to let my mother see me until my father appeared and stood by her side. Purple mist seeped through the white blanket, staining the midwife’s fingers.

“God help us all. This baby is cursed!” the midwife cried, thrusting me into my father’s arms. She grabbed a rag and tried to scrub the stains off her hands.

As my father unwrapped me, the color drained from his face. My mother, weak from the delivery, reached toward him…or perhaps to me.

“What’s wrong?” After a moment, he held me up.

My mother wailed when she saw her purple baby.

My father turned away from her and laid me in the cradle, far from my mother, his fingers shaking as he bundled me in the plum-colored blanket. He remained silent, wiping his purple stained palms on his pants. The stains wouldn’t stay on him forever… only a few moments…but he didn’t know that then.

“Oh, Samuel,” my mother sobbed. “How did this happen?”

My father gazed into my eyes, and when he finally spoke, his voice broke.

“We’ll call her Violet.” He stroked a tuft of my lavender hair and sank to his knees.

 

audrey kaneAuthor Audrey Kane

As a writer, and also a designer of tapestries with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia, it is only natural for Audrey to weave visual stories. When she is not designing tapestries, she is busy conjuring up characters that find themselves in extraordinary situations. Between carpools and design work, she is plotting, scheming, writing, and revising. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, their three children, and her unruly dog, Rascals. Audrey’s favorite time to write is in the early morning while her family sleeps. With Rascals sprawled out snoring beside her, it only takes one oversized cup of coffee to get her mind moving.

Audrey is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She loves traveling, museums, and blackberry-apple pie. Actually, she loves all kinds of pie. And she especially loves her family. They have put up with Violet and Waxy for a long time.

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for having me today! And a big welcome to readers!

  2. Nice excerpt, thank you.

  3. I love the title and I love the color purple.

  4. I like cover of this book and title!

  5. steve weber says:

    Congrats on the release! I hope you sell many copies.

    • Thank you for your kind wishes, Steve. I appreciate them. The launch has been very exciting, and I’m having fun trying to get the word out there!

  6. Love the excerpt. This sounds like a very interesting book. I’m going to add it to my to read list. Thanks for sharing.

    • So glad you loved the excerpt, and I’m happy you are going to add it to your list. Hope you find the perfect lazy afternoon to enjoy it! Let me know if you like it.

  7. Purple is my favorite color. Sounds like a sweet story.

  8. Interesting book

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  9. This sounds interesting.

  10. Awwwww this story sounds so sweet and heart felt!

  11. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  12. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  13. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

  14. It was great being here today! Thank you for hosting me. And thank you to your readers for stopping by. I truly enjoyed meeting them!

  15. Both the cover and the title look awesome!

  16. I think I will have to pick this up.

  17. This does sound fantastic.

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  18. Great Excerpt sounds like a book both my daughter and I would really enjoy.

  19. I like your excerpt and the cover.

  20. I love the cover and it sounds really good! I think my niece would love this.

  21. liked the excerpt and great cover!

  22. Josie Tusa says:

    Sounds like a great read!