BOOK TOUR PROMO & GIVEAWAY: Painted Blind by Michelle Hansen
by Michelle Hansen
Genre: YA mythological retelling/romance
Seventeen years old and agoraphobic, Psyche Middleton vows her dad will never see the risqué photos she took during a summer modeling stint abroad, but one of them ends up on a billboard in her Montana hometown. Now everyone—especially her dad—can see it. And yet, somehow, those are the mundane things in her life. That is because she is about to fall unexpectedly, head-over-heels in love with Erik, a mysterious young man who rescues her from a crowd of admirers, and who she’s actually never seen because…he can make himself invisible.
As strange as this may seem, it’s about to get even stranger. When Erik takes her to his palace in an idyllic kingdom, and she is swept into the beauty and culture of his world, but his affection has one condition: she may not see him. Overtaken, intrigued, and still not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, she breaks her promise and sneaks a peek at him while he sleeps. This broken trust leads Erik to cast her aside, and Erik’s controlling mother demands Psyche prove herself in order to win back her son’s heart. Psyche knows love is never easy—but this is ridiculous. She is not one to give up easily, especially when she knows in her heart that Erik is the one for her, but she is going to have to decide if she can love him blindly. Because if she can’t, she will lose him forever.
An Excerpt from Painted Blind
(Psyche meets Theron)
A man in his late twenties came to see the cause of all the commotion. He wore mortal clothes like he had been on the mainland. With light hair that fell in unruly waves around his forehead, he would have been inhumanly handsome if it hadn’t been for his menacing eyes. This was Theron, the bodyguard Gina warned me about.
At his approach, the others offered brief, muttered explanations before retreating halfway across the room. Theron knelt before me, looked closely at my face, then reached out with one flawless hand. He caught me by the throat and squeezed just hard enough to threaten without cutting off the air. He rocked back on his heels, rose and took me with him.
Now that I stood before him, he released my throat and inspected me. His eyes took in the belt, the arm cuff, skittered over the pendant but settled onto the bodice of my dress. He walked a circle around me, touching my shoulder as he passed, then drew his finger across my back to the zipper. I was caught. The immortals didn’t use zippers.
“Which part of ‘No Trespassing’ don’t you understand?” he whispered. His English was as flawless as his beauty.
“Please,” I answered softly, “I came to see Aphrodite.”
At the mention of her name, he spun me around, threw me against a massive column, and held me there with a forearm across my chest. He pulled a knife from his belt and brought it near my cheek. He glared into my eyes. “How dare you come here and further insult the goddess? I have every right to kill you.” Over his shoulder he called to the other servants, “You fools brought a mortal into the palace.”
When one protested, Theron grabbed my hand and sliced the blade across my palm. I yelped in pain as the cut erupted angry red. “Immortal blood is clear,” he told me. “Aphrodite will have nothing to do with you.”
Pain flared my temper. I shoved him hard and freed myself from the pillar. “I would have told them what I was if you’d given me the chance!”
About the Author
Michelle Corson was born in Kennewick, Washington, in 1974. She was raised on a farm on the outskirts of Pasco, Washington. After her graduation from Pasco High School in 1992, she attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She married Nathan Hansen and transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching from BYU in 1997 and taught high school English for six years. She and Nathan have four children.
The author is offering both a US ONLY giveaway for a print copy of Painted BLind, and an INTERNATIONAL giveaway for signed postcards and ebooks.