Welcome to the ALTERED blog tour, hosted by Macmillan and Fierce Reads! I’m so excited to be a tour host today with author Gennifer Albin stopping by for a guest post! Before I start with the tour stop, here’s a little more info about ALTERED and the Crewel World series to get yourself acquainted with the book:
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Today, Gennifer Albin is sharing a second deleted scene from ALTERED with us and I’m so excited that I’m not even going to make you wait for it. Here we go!
ALTERED DELETED SCENE #2
Note from Gennifer Albin: In the original draft of Altered things went down a bit differently. Cutting some of the scenes and plot lines was hard, but I’m sharing three of them during this blog tour. Don’t forget to follow the tour so you can catch all three. In this scene, Adelice and Erik have been separated from Jost and captured by an evil Sunrunner, something that doesn’t happen in the published version. Adelice convinces Erik to play a game with her while she surreptitiously checks out the other captives at dinner time. The idea for the game from a guy I used to work with at a video store. He always noted every girl who came in and whether or not he would date her. This usually ended in me debating his choices.
“Want to play a game?” I ask. I’m not ready to bring Erik into this. Not until I understand what I’m seeing. “Sure,” he says, a note of suspicion in his voice. “Pick someone out to repopulate the planet with.” Erik’s eyes snap to mine and he looks away hurriedly. “Somebody else,” I groan. “In all fairness, you caught me off-guard,” he says. “It’ll be fun,” I promise him, silently adding, and it will give me a reason to be staring at everyone around us. There’s at least seventy other people creeping toward the line, and eventually I get caught up in the surge of the crowd. I throw a reassuring smile in the direction of Erik, and turn my attention to the food. If it can be called that. “Picked one out yet?” I ask, sliding onto the bench next to him. “She’s alright,” he says, nodding in the direction of a petite blonde at the table next to ours. “Okay,” I say. The girl is slender and trim, but from here I can’t see any scars. “You don’t approve,” he says. “I think she is well-groomed.” “What about her?” I ask, throwing my head toward a dark-skinned girl at the table across from us. Erik turns to check her out, and I take time to study her arms and her face. After a moment it dawns on me that her skin, which had looked caramel before is actually washed out, as though someone had drained her of color – stolen the very vibrancy from her. “Her?” He says with a laugh, and I turn to see a woman of at least eighty. “Your standards are getting a little low, aren’t they?” I tease, trying to keep my voice light despite the shocking stripes of black, marring her ancient skin. “Maybe next time. There’s something strange about them, isn’t there?” he asks. “You give up too easily. You’re not even trying to convince me,” I say, ignoring his reference to the scars and marks most of the slaves carry. I don’t want anyone around to hear us discussing it. “I don’t like this game,” Erik admits. “You seemed to enjoy it.” “Yes, but now it feels so…” “Sexist?” I offer.
Whew! Hope you enjoyed the deleted scene from ALTERED! I’ve already finished and personally, I’m enjoying all of the new scenes with Adelice and Erik so this was super exciting to see! The ALTERED blog tour is started on 10/21 and is running through the end of this week, 11/1! If you’ve missed a stop or want to keep following the tour, be sure to check out the ALTERED blog tour page on Macmillan’s website for all of the tour hosts! The Cypress Project is a prequel short story written by Gennifer Albin, being excerpted exclusively on Wattpad. Start reading now and be sure to check back on the following dates to read more of the story!
- Monday, October 14: Part 1
- Wednesday, October 16: Part 2
- Friday, October 18: Part 3
- Monday, October 21: Part 4
- Wednesday, October 23: Part 5
- Friday, October 25: Part 6
- Monday, October 28: Part 7
And lastly, Gennifer Albin will also be on the FIERCE READS TOUR this fall with Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, and Ann Aguirre! You can check out the full tour schedule at the link above but especially let me know if you will be at the stop at Anderson’s Bookshop on November 4th because I will be there!! If you aren’t in the Chicagoland area or able to make it to Anderson’s, I will be live tweeting the event so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that! Also check back at The Book Addict’s Guide because I will have an exclusive interview with the authors, and event recap, and a giveaway for books from ALL FOUR of the Fierce Reads authors on tour!
Macmillan is also giving away offering a giveaway!!! The winner will receive one paperback copy of CREWEL and one hardcover copy of ALTERED! US & Canada residents only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification before the prize is forfeited to the next person. a Rafflecopter giveaway