Promo Post (Excerpt + Giveaway): Get Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki


Title: BRANDED (Sinners #1)
Publisher: Month9Books
Author: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki


Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness.

Brutal and savage violence.

Excruciating pain.

Every day is a fight for survival.

But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.

I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

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I’m buried six feet under, and no one hears my screams. The rope chafes as I loop it around my neck. I pull down, making sure the knot is secure. It seems sturdy enough. My legs shake. My heart beats heavy in my throat. Sweat pours down my back. Death and I glare at each other through my tears. I take one last look at the crystal chandelier, the foyer outlined with mirrors, and the flawless decorations. No photographs adorn the walls. No happy memories here. I’m ready to go. On the count of three. I inhale, preparing myself for the finality of it all. Dropping my hands, a glimmer catches my eye. It’s my ring, the last precious gift my father gave me. I twist it around to read the inscription. Picturing his face forces me to reconsider my choice. He’d be heartbroken if he could see me now. A door slams in the hallway, almost causing me to lose my balance. My thoughts already muddled, I stand waiting with the rope hanging around my neck. Voices I don’t recognize creep through the walls. Curiosity overshadows my current thoughts. It’s late at night, and this is a secure building in High Society. No one disturbs the peace here—ever. I tug on the noose and pull it back over my head. Peering through the eyehole in our doorway, I see a large group of armed guards banging on my neighbors’ door. A heated conversation ensues, and my neighbors point toward my family’s home. It hits me. I’ve been accused and they’re here to arrest me.


Courtesy of authors' website

Courtesy of authors’ website

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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Winner will be drawn August 22, 2014

·         One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of BRANDED (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki (INT) ·         One (1) winner will receive a physical copy of BRANDED (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki (US/Canada)

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32 thoughts on “Promo Post (Excerpt + Giveaway): Get Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

  1. Theheee. I just read this one on Tanja’s blog and I loooove the sound of this. I actually don’t know, but I may own this book. Or a prequel? Or something… I know the title and I own some free books from Amazon from some time. May be some other book though. ANYHOOOOW. I have this weird fear about being buried alive so the 6 ft under reference is just *shudders* I loved the rest of the first chapter Tanja posted and this sounds so good! I’m surprised I haven’t read it yet 🙂 THANK YOU FOR SHARING, LOLA! You girls have definitely gotten my interest 😉


  2. Well, color me intrigued Lola! Love the cover of this one, and that synopsis has me more than a little curious. I want to know what she did (or is accused of doing) to get her landed with the Lust brand, and how she’s going to fit her existence in the Hole. Thanks so much for sharing!


  3. I really like that cover and the synopsis sounds really cool! Faces on the cover are often really weird but this one works really great 🙂 I am def going to read this!


  4. Btw, I think there might be something wrong with the ‘tweet about the giveaway’ option in the Rafflecopter. The tweet seems A Slither of Hope giveaway rather than Branded. Or I am just crazy, haha and it is meant to say that?


  5. So yeah, this is my “I’ll visit blogs now” which I did say this morning. So yeaaah! Anyhow too bad that raffle is making some problems to you. But regardless this one seems really interesting and creepy, but good creepy. Great post, Lola 🙂


  6. Well I just reviewed this one today, and I really enjoyed it! The cover is gorgeous, and strangely enough I like it despite having a cover model on it (most of the time I hate faces on the cover). The excerpt you shared is great at capturing what the book is about. Great post, Lola!


  7. I actually have this on my kindle and have started it a few months ago but I was just not in the mood for a dystopian so it’s still on my pause shelf. I love the premise though and I will totally pick this up again once I get in the mood for a dystopian. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  8. I am and always have been in love with that cover and the book’s premise! I got an ARC of this and I’m super-excited to read it! I’ll have to get to it real soon. Yay for dystopia!


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