{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Character Interview + Giveaway: Steel Lily by Megan Curd

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Steel Lily (The Periodic Series, #1)
Title: Steel Lily (The Periodic Series #1)
Author: Megan Curd
Date of Publication: August 20, 2013
Genre: dystopian YA

AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued.

But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.


I’d never seen anyone like him in Dome Four. His jawbone was strong, his cheekbones set high. His nose was regal and straight and when my gaze reached his eyes, my breath caught. Stormy blue-grey eyes that reminded me of shale returned my gaze with seemingly genuine curiosity, if not a bit of humor. Strips of colored fabric were woven into his dreadlocked hair, giving it a wildly unique appearance that suited him. His smug expression made me realize he was enjoying this.

“Are you finished checking me out? If you’re not, that’s okay; I allow every new woman I meet a free five-minute gawking period. After that, it’ll cost you.”

Blood rushed to my face. I tore my eyes from his magnetic gaze and watched as he took a worn leather strap off his wrist. He pulled back his dreadlocks–deep brown streaked with blonde–into the strap. His devilish grin pulled his eyes tight at the corners. He was trouble incarnate. Trouble I may very well want to get into, given the right circumstances.

“You’re at five minutes and thirty seconds now,” he said in a purr as he leaned in toward me. I felt his breath against my cheek, and my heart raced. “I’m going to start taking payment, and I choose how that payment is issued.”

Before I could respond, Alice stirred groggily beside me. She rubbed her eyes as she sat up. “Where are we?”

“Good question,” piped Jaxon. “One that your friend here failed to ask, but it could have been because I rendered her speechless with my good looks.”

Alice moved to get a better look at him, but he emphatically covered his face, as though he were a vampire trying to block the sun. “Don’t look at me!” he cried, then grinned as he winked at me. “I don’t want to make two ladies swoon in such a short period of time. How would I entertain myself tonight?”

“You’re not that handsome,” I argued mulishly.

“There’s drool on your chin. Either you’re physically unable to keep your mouth shut, or I caused you to forget how. Since when I found you, you were drool free, I’m going with the assumption that it was me.” He fished in his pocket and offered me a piece of white silk. “Here, a handkerchief for your trouble.”

Character Interview with Avery Pike

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I'm a sous chef. ::laughs:: No, really, what do you want me to tell you? I'm not that interesting. I make steam, because apparently getting hit with radiation does NOT make an awesome super hero like they say happens in the comic books. That was definitely a let down. ::smiles::

Can you describe your world to us? Give us a feel of Dome Four?

There isn't much a world left, is there? World War III ruined everything, which is why we're stuck in the dome in the first place. It's hot and crowded, but we make the best of it. I hope someday we can leave. There has to be a way to fix the atmosphere and live outside the dome again.

What it's like to be the strongest water Elementalist?

Honestly, I never really thought about what it meant until lately. And now, I've realized how much one person can have an impact on everyone. It's so much bigger than just yourself, and I guess I'm learning how to deal with that now.

What's your first impression of Jaxon Pierce?

Oh God. He was such a cocky jerk! Once I got to know him, though, I realized there was a lot more to him than first meets the eye. ::glances out of the room:: Is he around? ::looks back:: He's a closet romantic. Don't tell him I told you, but he's the king of snuggling if no one's around! ::laughs::

If you'll be granted three wishes, what would they be?

That we could live outside Dome Four, that we wouldn't be as depending on steam, and that Alice would quit trying to put me in a dress! :)

About Megan Curd

Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Stanton, Kentucky with her husband, son, and Great Dane named Dozer.


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  1. Thanks for being part of the tour! :)

  2. I haven't heard of this book before! Sounds pretty epic. I'm definitely marking it to-read. ;)

    1. Weeee!! Yeah, it sounds epic! Can't wait to read it too. Thanks for dropping by, Cait!

  3. This cover is fabulous. I keep going back to look at it. And the book sounds intriguing!

    Had to edit, my fingers are apparently still asleep!

    1. No problem on editing! And yes, the cover is awesome and the plot definitely sounds good! Thanks for stopping by, Kathie!

  4. thanks for the wonderful giveaway!


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