20 May 2022

The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Eighteen-year-old servant girl Tambrynn is haunted by more than her unusual silver hair and the star-shaped pupils in her eyes. Her uncontrollable ability to call objects leads the wolves who savagely murdered her mother right to her door.

When she’s fired and outcast during a snowstorm, her carriage wrecks and she’s forced to find refuge in an abandoned cottage. There, her life is upended when the magpie who’s stalked her for ten years transforms into a man, Lucas. He’s her Watcher and they’re from a different kingdom. His job is to keep her safe from her father, an evil mage, who wants to steal her abilities, turn her into one of his undead beasts, and become immortal himself.

Can they make it to the magical passageway and get to their home kingdom in time for Tambrynn to thwart her father’s malicious plans? Or will Tambrynn’s unique magic doom them all?

Publisher: Expanse Books
Release Date: April 12, 2022


“You’ve no idea what it’s like being told you’re evil day in and day out for ten years. There’s nothing else that would explain this.” I grab some of my hair and point to my eyes. “Silver spun hair and star-shaped pupils. Not to mention how much taller I am. If I’m not evil, why do I look like this? What am I?” I think back to Mother’s stories about the moon leaving me on her doorstep.

He frowns. “Unlike Tenebris, Anavrin has different kinds of people.”

I hold my hand up to stop him. “Wait, so you’re saying there are other people out there who are like me? I’m not the only one?” Tears sting my eyes. How many times had I been treated like an outcast, someone who is cursed?

“You are unique, but you’re not the only one.”

“But I don’t believe in magic.” I wipe the moisture from my eyes.

He hesitates as if considering his next words. “How else can you explain your ability to call objects?”

“I don’t know. Just not magic.”


Winner of the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award and finalist in the 2018 Grace Award and the 2020 Great Expectations Contest, Dawn Ford has been recognized for her published and non-published works. Her flash fiction stories have been published in Havok magazine under both her real name and pen name, Jo Wonderly. Her debut novel, Knee-high Lies, was published in 2017.

As a child, Dawn often had her head in the clouds creating scenes and stories for anything and everything she came across. She believed there was magic everywhere, a sentiment she has never outgrown. Nature inspires her, and her love for the underdog and the unlikely hero colors much of what she writes.

Dawn adores anything Steampunk, is often distracted by shiny, pretty things, and her obsession with purses and shoes borders on hoarding. Dawn lives in Iowa and helps her husband run their foodservice and catering business out of Omaha, Nebraska. When not reading, writing, or catering, Dawn loves babysitting her grandchildren, is parent to Snickers the Wonder Beagle, and can usually be caught daydreaming.

You can learn more about Dawn Ford at her website: https://dawnfordauthor.com


(3) winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback copy of The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes, and book swag!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 16, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 23, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. This sounds like an interesting read.

  2. Awesome cover positive.ideas.4youATgmail.com

  3. thanks for sharing an excerpt & being part of the tour!

  4. The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes sounds like a wonderful story to share with my granddaughters. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details