Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway: Tracing Shadows (Book #1) by Alex Lidell

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Title: TRACING SHADOWS (Scout #1)
Author: Alex Lidell
Pub. Date: April 8, 2018
Publisher: Alex Lidell
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 312
Find it: Amazon, Goodreads

To protect the throne, seventeen-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night. 
Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life. 
Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer. 
As Kali edges closer to the truth behind the violent group’s identity, she uncovers dangerous secrets that could bring her mission to a brutal end. A scout’s job is to observe and report, never to engage . . . but if it means saving her sister and kingdom, Kali may have no choice. 

“Can you mount up?” I ask. “I’ll lead you back to wherever you are going.”
He cocks his head, examining me curiously, and I once more wonder what I might have said wrong. “Thank you,” he says after a moment. “The palace grounds, please. The stables.”
Holding the horse steady, I help the boy mount, and with a click of my tongue I start us into a walk. With an injured rider and a three-shoed horse, it’s half an hour before the palace grounds shimmer between the trees.
“Hold up,” the boy orders as we approach the forest line. Looking ahead from his high vantage point, he curses under his breath and speaks quickly. “If anyone asks, you saw me abusing the horse, all right? That’s why he threw me.”
“What?” I frown up at him.
The boy squares his shoulders, trying to appear less injured than he is. “They can put down the horse—they can’t put down me,” he says quickly, his gaze tracking someone’s approach. “I’ll try to talk around the fall altogether, but if I can’t . . . please. He’s a good horse.”
Before I can reply, a girl of thirteen or fourteen, as pretty and long-lashed as my companion, steps into our path and grins like a lioness. Her golden hair is curled into a complex set of locks that cascade over the shoulders of her velvet gown, orange as the fruit. “You are in such trouble, Wil.”
“Shut up, Violet,” the boy hisses at her.
Violet’s grin broadens, a dusting of freckles dancing along the bridge of her nose. “Father!” she screeches. “I’ve found Wil! He went out alone again!”
Wil. Violet. The names hit me like a lance in the gut. My head jerks to the boy in the saddle, who gives me a look of rueful apology before straightening his spine to face his father, King Firehorn.

Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life.

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