Blog Tour – Courage by Carrie Butler

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Title: Courage
Author: Carrie Butler
Series: Mark of Nexus #2
Expected publication: October 15th, 2013
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)

• Short description:

Rena Collins never thought she’d long for the past—back when affection from Wallace, her freakishly strong boyfriend, was the most dangerous aspect of her life. But now that the human-altering organization known as ERA has gone on the offensive, nothing is safe. Her bloodline is exposed, her relationships torn apart, and just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, ERA ups the ante. To save mankind from forced evolution, Rena will have to mend her broken ties and form a resistance… hand-in-hand with the one she hurt most.

• Long description:

Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but, hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future—until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.

Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along…

Enter: Corynn Catley. Brought into the country under the guise of an internship, she’s intended to become ERA’s secret weapon. Kind of. Her abilities cancel out Wallace’s, rendering him powerless, but that’s exactly what he’s always wanted. Too bad it only works when his girlfriend’s not around.

All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light—even reinvent himself through questionable means–but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger.


Courage (Mark of Nexus #2) is a New Adult paranormal romance that features four unique points-of-view. While the novel stands alone, it is best enjoyed after Strength (Mark of Nexus #1).


Did all American airports smell like piss?

I hiked my bag up on my shoulder and surveyed the pick-up area. A guy from the labs was supposed to be around to take me to the dorms at six, and I didn’t want to miss him. What kind of first impression would that be?

“Lookin’ for a ride?”

I tightened my grip on my handbag as a guy meandered in my direction, his hands stuffed deep in his pockets. It was a wonder he could see me past that shaggy blond fringe of his. “I’m meeting someone.”

He tilted his chin at my accent, and I knew what was coming.

“Before you ask, no, I’m not”—I hooked my fingers in the air—‘the black Spice Girl.’” Yeah, I’d gotten that a few times on the plane.

His lips twitched, and I took it as my cue to walk away. Right. Brilliant conversation we had there. Time to find my lab representative.

I rose up on my tiptoes and tried to see around the throng of people. This internship was my ticket out of Preston—literally. If I wanted to land a pharmaceutical job after graduation, I needed to milk this research and development gig for all it was worth. The experience would look great on my CV.

Provided I actually make it there.

“Excuse me,” the same dodgy guy piped up, and I had to bite my tongue.


He forced himself between me and some man in a business suit. “You’re Corynn, right?” A quick flick of his wrist revealed smeared ink. “Corynn Catley?”

I froze. “Yeah?”

This time, his mouth pulled back into a full-fledged grin. “Nice to meet you.”

He slapped his hand to mine and gave it a few quick pumps. “The name’s Maverick. I’m here on behalf of R.S. Tobler Laboratories.”

Worst. Nightmare. Happening.

1zg4cnxYq5OgEsvE7aLWPZDy8PO_y5MMAa58lAuthor bio:
Carrie Butler daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

Her passion for New Adult fiction led her to co-found NA Alley—a widely recognized informational hub for the category. She is the author of STRENGTH (Mark of Nexus #1) and COURAGE (Mark of Nexus #2).

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One (1) signed paperback of Courage by Carrie Butler {US only}
Five (5) eBook copies of Courage {INT}
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