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Read the excerpt of “Timebound”, 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner
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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is a contest organized since 2007 by Amazon, to publish and promote a manuscript by an unknown or previously unpublished author.
In the final round of ABNA 2013 the top excerpts were posted on the official page and customers were voting for their favorite book in each of five categories: young adult, general fiction, mystery, romance, science-fiction.
The results were announced during a ceremony at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Readers have chosen Rysa Walker as the Grand Prize winner for her young adult novel Timebound.
The book will be released on October 22, 2013, but you can read for free the first 15 pages right now. Simply head to the excerpt of Timebound on Amazon and download it to your Kindle application, device, or open in Kindle Cloud Reader.
This year’s Grand Prize winner was inspired by author’s love of history and science fiction. The main character, 17-year-old Kate, “learns that she’s inherited a genetic license to time travel when her grandmother shares a strange blue medallion, an even stranger tale about future historians, and the unshakeable conviction that the fate of half the planet lies in Kate’s hands.”
Rysa Walker grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. When not writing, she teaches history and government in North Carolina. You can visit her author site, The Chronos Files, and follow her on Twitter.
You can also download the excerpts from the remaining four category finalists:
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
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by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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