Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels hosted by Tribute Books. For those who are following the read-along, I have for you the next excerpt, and there is also an awesome guest post by Emma on the Evolution of Falcon. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post as well :)
by Emma Michaels
Published by Tribute Books
on October 13, 2012
Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.
Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.
“I think that there is a reason they have thought she was dead all these years. I think you sacrificed your place in the fold to protect her.”
“What makes you think I could have done something so extreme?”
“Roger told me there might be a boy here. He said that if there was I should give him a message. He told me to tell you, ‘Thank you.’ I thought he would mean a young child, someone Joseph might have with him. I know Roger. After hearing what you just told me I can put the pieces together.” She paused, staring into Falcon’s eyes as if looking for the proof she needed in order to trust him. Finally, she smiled. “She has that effect on people, doesn’t she?”
“I take it you know who I am? Fully, I mean.”
Falcon slowly nodded. “Your name is Diana; you were Elena’s sister by adoption when Nathaniel took you in because of details he decided to keep partially hidden, even from Elena. You were close to Elena, which was the only way you did not catch Caleb’s attention. You went into hiding when Elena did in support of her, but far enough away to create false leads, which was made easier because you are a hawk, like Roger. Though from what Elena told me you are a Red-Tailed Hawk. She joked about your love for shiny things.”
“So you knew that the water wasn’t the only reason I didn’t come here?”
The Evolution of Falcon
Darien was one of the first Owlet characters that came to me and the second I ever drew. He started
out as a young man she stumbles upon in the woods singing to a bird to keep it from flying away and
grew from there into so much more. I didn’t want him to be your average love interest that seemed too
perfect to be real. Instead, it is more complicated than that. Yes, he has a great heart but he isn’t perfect
for anyone but Iris and she just so happens to be the one person he almost made the ultimate betrayal
I knew from day one when I started writing that (in order to not give spoilers this will be a cue only
people who have read Owlet will understand) what Falcon confirms under the gazebo would be true
(end of vagueness :-p). Originally I had named his character Hunter and then Darien. He had the name
Darien for the longest, actually up until the final draft when I realized Caleb, as a cruel man, would
never give a boy such a beautiful name, he would never give him one at all. Falcon was a name Caleb
called him the same way you call an unnamed dog simply “dog” (unless you are like me and name things
almost instantly or give them strange nicknames).
Falcon’s character is explored to a point in book one but the real knowledge about him comes in book
two as we find out more about the past he shares with one of the characters and what lead up to it.
Hopefully you enjoy the glimpse you get into Falcon’s past and his life since meeting Iris in Owlet!
*About the Author*
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Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel 'Owlet' is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma. While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer.
As the founder of The Writers Voice blog (http://OurBooksOurVoice.
Blogspot.com) she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams.
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