October 02, 2016

#Sample Sunday: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Welcome to this weeks meme for Sample Sunday!  Each week we will share the first page to an ARC that we have!  We hope that you enjoy this meme! If so let us know in the comments. 
This week we have one that I was so excited to find at BEA!! 
This title will be released on November 1, 2016.

Please understand that these chapter samples are via ARCs - Advance Reading Copies and may not be the same in the finished product. Thank you. 

I had found this animated cover online a while back ago via the publisher and I loved it so much that I tossed it on the side bar!  So enjoy it! 
A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

S.J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. She’s chronically restless and has lived in California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Chicago, and Scotland with no signs of staying in one place anytime soon.
Everyone believed Diabolics were fearless, but in my earliest years, all I knew was fear.  It preyed on me the very morning the Empyreans viewed me in the corrals. I couldn't speak, but I understood most words I heard. The corral master was frantic in his warnings to his assistants: the Senator von Empyrean and his wife, the Empyrean Matriarch, would be arriving shortly. The keepers paced about my pen, surveying me head to toe, searching for any defect. 

I awaited this Senator and Matriarch with my heart pounding, my muscles poised for battle. 

And then they came. 
All the trainers, all the keepers, dropped to their knees before them. The corral master reverently drew their hands to his cheeks. 
"We are honored by your visit." 
Fear shot through me. What manner of creatures were these, that the fearsome corral master dropped to the floor before them?

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