Friday 2 September 2022

Excerpt of The Man or the Monster by Aamna Qureshi

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE MAN OR THE MONSTER by Aamna Qureshi Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:

Title: THE MAN OR THE MONSTER (The Marghazar Trials #2)

Author: Aamna Qureshi

Pub. Date: August 30, 2022

Publisher: CamCat Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD,

Order a signed copy directly from Aamna!

She made her decision. Now she has to live with it.

Durkhanai Miangul sealed her lover’s fate when she sent him through a door where either a lady or a lion awaited him. But her decision was only the beginning of her troubles. Durkhanai worries that she might not be the queen her people need or deserve when conflict threatens her kingdom.

Her presumed-dead father comes back with a vengeance and wishes she join him in his cause. But her family’s denial of his revenge forces Durkhanai to take matters into her own hands and she must decide whether to follow the traditions of her forefathers or forge a new path on her own.



 Weeks passed. No one came to visit her, and she stopped waiting. As the weather around her chilled, she felt her heart frosting over. Faintly, she felt she had rid her system of him. Perhaps she would never feel a thing again.

But then, he came to her, while she was curled up in bed, crying.

She didn’t know how he came to be there, just that one moment she was pushing tears back into her eyes, and the next there was a body beside hers. She didn’t need to open her eyes to know that it was him.

“Come, sit up,” he coaxed, and she did as she was told. He kneaded the tension from her shoulders with the hard curves of his palms.

“What worries you?” he asked. She sighed in response. 

“I can’t bear it anymore.” 

“You can,” he told her. “And you will.” 

She turned to look at him and instantly fell into a hug against his chest. She was safe. 

They stayed like that for some time. She strained her ear in search of his heartbeat. But he was calm. Sure. Solid. 

She pulled back, looked up at him. Gently, his fingers cupped her face like wine—he tipped her chin forward to drink, but paused at the last whisper before skin met skin.

He waited. 

And so, soft as sin, she pressed her warm lips against his. He tasted like a thousand stars bursting in her mouth. His fingers murmured across her skin, cold as ice, but everywhere he touched her felt like fire. 

She kissed his cold cheek. He tasted like winter: pine-needle and frost, everything that freezes your nose but warms your soul. She was inexplicably warm and closed her eyes in comfort. 

Instinctively, she reached for his lips once more—only to find they were not there. He was gone. 
When she awoke from the dream, she felt unaligned. As though her soul had been roughly shoved back into her body. She was paralyzed, as she was when she awoke from nightmares, her body frozen with fear—yet this was the opposite, for when she awoke, her reality was the nightmare. 

Slowly, the ice burned away. The pain was sudden and swift, knocking the breath from her lungs. Durkhanai began to cry. She loved him. The realization struck her.
She loved him. 

And there was nothing to be done.

About Aamna Qureshi:

Aamna Qureshi is a Pakistani, Muslim American who adores words. She grew up in a very loud household, surrounded by English (for school), Urdu (for conversation), and Punjabi (for emotion). Through her writing, she wishes to inspire a love for the beautiful country and rich culture that informed much of her identity. When she's not writing, she loves to travel to new places where she can explore different cultures or to Pakistan where she can revitalize her roots. She also loves baking complicated desserts, drinking fancy teas and coffees, watching sappy rom-coms, and going for walks about the estate (her backyard). She currently lives in New York. Look for her on IG @aamna_qureshi and Twitter @aamnaqureshi_ and at her website

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE MAN OR THE MONSTER, US Only.

Ends September 20th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post


A Dream Within A Dream



Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post


Lisa-Queen of Random

Excerpt/IG Post


Ya Books Central

Guest Post/IG Post


Author Z. Knight’s Guild


Week Two:


The Erudite Labyrinth



Epic Book Society

Review/IG Post


Books and Kats



Fire and Ice




IG Spotlight


Writer of Wrongs



The Reading Life

Review/IG Post

Week Three:


The Underground



Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post



IG Review



Review/IG Post



IG Review


Locks, Hooks and Books



Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

Week Four:


One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post



IG Review


The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post


More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post



IG Review



IG Review

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