[Book Tour] Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.


Excerpt: 
A thunderous pounding puts an end to my number crunching. My mother wouldn’t knock and none of my friends would pound that hard. The King then.
I sent the bots away without my belongings. It appears I defied the King.
I want to weep from the bone-deep weariness I’m already feeling, only to have to face my fiancĂ© again. I rise from the floor, grab my box from the desk, and turn to my father. “Do not come out,” I order, pointing a finger down at him as though he were a naughty child. Not far from the truth tonight.
As I approach the atrium the pounding grows louder, but over the noise His Majesty growls, “I will override your security in ten seconds.” It’s possibly an empty threat; personally forcing his way into the private rooms of nobility, even untitled nobility like my father, would almost certainly cost the King more influence than he’s willing to lose.
But the angrier he gets, the less I can count on him to act in his own best interest. I spend a few precious seconds pushing back my fear and revulsion, then fling the front door wide and My Liege nearly clocks me in the face.
“Ah, Justin. It’s you.” I rest a hand on the doorframe and strike a pose, cocking my head to one side, 

my hip to the other. “I was retrieving a few personals from my father’s safe and must not have heard 

your knock.”



About the Author:
Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.


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