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Wednesday 16 December 2015

☀ Henchgirl: Dakota Kekoa [1] - Rita Stradling

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Henchgirl, a Young Adult Urban Fantasy by (, Rita Stradling, 426 pages).

This is the first book in the Dakota Kekoa series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis, a 'just for fun' trailer and excerpt below, as well as our Q&A with author Rita Stradling.

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Synopsis | Teaser | Trailer | Author Q&A | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


The children of dragons and humans, the dracons, control eighty percent of the world’s governments. Humans worldwide are either subservient or prey. On the small vacation island of Mabi, humans call for war.

Sixteen year old Dakota Kekoa lives a double life. By day, she pretends to be a human to infiltrate Mabi Academy, a 'human's only' high-school. At night, she works as a henchman for her draconic mafia family, utilizing her ability to steal and manipulate emotions.

When Dakota’s human friend is kidnapped, she takes on the mission to find her. This is not just any mission though; she is diving head first into the escalating conflict between humans and dracons. As more girls disappear and some are discovered dead, Dakota realizes her first honorable mission may also be her last.

Teaser: Excerpt

     Wyvern dodged a head on collision with a quick turn of the wheel, almost side swiping the car beside us.
      "You purchased rental car insurance, right?" I asked when I could unclench my jaw.
      "Why?" he asked.
      "I’m just thinking that you will probably survive when we go off the cliff but I have some serious doubts about whether I or the car will."
      "I doubt the car has insurance," he said, not slowing down, "Whoever rented this spared every expense."
      If his voice was not so serious I’d be suspicious that he just made a joke. Then the meaning of his words sunk in. "This isn't your rental car?" I asked.
      He leveled a look on me like he thought I could count my IQ points on my fingers and toes. “My car was blocked in,” he said as if it was the most logical thing in the world.
      I opened the glove-compartment to find the rental contract; but within the compartment was a solid wall of candy wrappers and fast food bags, as if someone tried to clean the car but had not discovered the wonders of a trash receptacle yet. I pealed the contract off the very bottom of the trash brick, it was covered in ketchup. "Figures. It's my aunt Milda's car,” I said. “And yeah, she did not get insurance. Ok, so, let me make sure I’m getting this stole this car from my aunt Milda because you did not want to wait for the valet to get yours out?"
      He did not answer.
      “I wonder if they make drake-serpent-leather straitjackets,” I mumbled.

Available for pre-order now!
Out on 12 January 2016!

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About the Author

Rita Stradling lives with her husband and son in Northern California.

Her six year old son wants to be a train when he grows up.

She has a BA in Art History and a particular interest in modern and medieval art.

Rita has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.

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Tour Stops

Follow Henchgirl's tour at:

Dec 14: I Heart Reading
Dec 14: Stormy Night Reviewing
Dec 16: BooksChatter ☀ℚ
Dec 18: I’m an Eclectic Reader ☀
Dec 19: Author C.A. Milson’s Blog ☀
Dec 20: The Single Librarian
Dec 22: 5 Girls Book Reviews ✍
Dec 24: Majanka’s Blog ℚ
Dec 25: Books are Forever ☀
Dec 28: I Heart Reading ✍
Dec 30: Rising Indies United
Jan 1: Indy Book Fairy ☀
Jan 2: The Book Daily ℚ
Jan 3: Cassidy Crimson’s Blog ☀
Jan 4: Writing Pearls ✍
Jan 6: Dark Treasury ☀
Jan 7: Books, Books & More Books ✍
Jan 8: Bookworm for Kids ☀
Jan 10: Bookaholic Ramblings
Jan 11: Reading to Distraction ✍
Jan 12: Hollow Readers ☀
Jan 14: Bedazzled Reading ℚ

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