Character Interview and Review: The Telepathic Clans Saga by B.R Kingsolver

Today I am lucky enough to have Collin from B.R Kingsolver’s Telepathic Clans Saga.  He was gracious enough to stop by and answer some questions.  After the interview be sure to read my review of Book 1 in the saga, The Succubus Gift.

The Book Maven: Today our guest is Collin Doyle from The Telepathic Clans Saga.

The Book Maven: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you?

Collin: I’m in all of BR Kingsolver’s books, The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, and the new one, Succubus Rising.  I’m the love interest of Brenna O’Donnell, the richest, most beautiful telepath/succubus in the world.

The Book Maven: Can you tell us a little about it?

Collin: The Succubus Gift is about a young woman’s (Brenna) coming of age and discovering her telepathic powers. She’s looking for love but also trying to deal with people who want to kill her. Succubus Unleashed is a continuation of the story. As Brenna becomes comfortable with being a succubus and integrates into the Clan, her adventures and loves make up the story. Succubus Rising is a bit more about our friend Rebecca and the conflicts between the telepathic Clans.

The Book Maven: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?

Collin: Well, as I said, I’m Brenna’s boyfriend. I’m 35, though since telepaths age slowly, I look about 10 years younger. I’m a powerful telepath in my own right, with 12 telepathic Gifts. I’m tall and very fit with brown hair and blue eyes, a common combination for an Irishman. I’m the Clan’s Director of Security, head of the Protector force and one of the most accomplished computer hackers in the world.

The Book Maven: So is this a paranormal romance novel? Do you and Brenna have a smooth or rocky path in your romance?

Collin: It’s more of an urban fantasy, since the romance isn’t the prime story line. It’s a little rocky. She’s suspicious of me because I have so many girlfriends. It’s not my fault, really. I’m an incubus and women are naturally attracted to me. It’s rude to say no to a woman, don’t you think?

The Book Maven: How do you feel about the story you’re in?

Collin: I think it’s a pretty good story. It’s not a standard run-of-the-mill paranormal fantasy. It has a lot of unique ideas and BR lets the characters develop. I think the series was originally meant to be rather light-hearted, but it’s taken on a darker side. I think it has most of what you’d want in a story – humor, romance, danger, and the good guys win. I have the opportunity to show that I’m not just strong, but gentle and caring.

The Book Maven: Do you like being a character in the book?

Collin: After being imprisoned in BR’s mind for months, it’s great to get out and meet the world. I do get to do a lot of exciting things, and I get to have a lot of sex, which is kind of nice. I wish people would stop trying to kill Brenna, though. What happened to romances where the heroine’s greatest fear was having a hair out of place?

The Book Maven: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.

Collin: As I said earlier, I’m going to be in a number of books. I’m hoping that Brenna will understand that I really love her. I don’t mind that she has a lot of lovers, so I don’t think she should hold my little dalliances against me.

A lot of people might think that Brenna and I have a weird romance because we’re not sexually monogamous. Since we’re a succubus and an incubus, we don’t expect sexual fidelity from each other. But we are madly in love. When a telepath meets their soul mate, it’s not just an expression. We’ve merged our souls, and we’ll always be connected.

The Book Maven: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?

Collin:  BR says the 4th book about Brenna will come out in 2013, but I haven’t seen the outline for that one. I assume it will tie up all the loose ends from the first three books, and since it’s about Brenna, I’ll be there.

The Book Maven: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?

Collin: Wow, that’s a hard one. Matthew McConaughey, maybe, or Matt Damon. You don’t want to be portrayed by someone who can’t act.

13616504The Succubus Gift,

Book 1 of the Telepathic Clans Saga

BR Kingsolver

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (Adult/New Adult)

Book Description:

The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.

Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family.

Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.

That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed — with a willing young man of course.

Review:

The Succubus Gift is a great book for the beginning of this series.  It’s a very entertaining read with many memorable characters.  B.R Kingsolver does a wonderful job creating this world hidden within the modern world.  From the moment when Brenna saves her cousin to meeting Collin for the very first time to learning how powerful she could truly be.  It is one great twist after another.  Also, I really enjoyed how the complex relationships between characters were demonstrated.  For instance the relationship between Brenna and Rebecca is a complex and deep relationship that this book only skims over.  I would be remiss in my review if I also didn’t bring in the extremely hot Collin and his relationship with Brenna.  Though through descriptions I can totally understand why all woman fall at his feet.    After reading the first in the series I have to read the rest of the books.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to before I had this tour date but take my word that I will be finishing this series soon.

I’d like to thank B.R Kinsolver for letting Collin stop by and talk with me today.  I’d also like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for letting me have this stop today.  For more information about The Succubus Gift and the rest of The Telepathic Clans books you can go to Barnes and Noble,  Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.

Twitter: @BRKINGSOLVER

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brkingsolver

Web site: http://brkingsolver.com/

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Fresh Face Friday: Lost and Found in Russia by Olga Godim

Happy Friday Everyone!  I don’t know about you but this week has been a long one.  Thank goodness it’s almost the weekend.  Anyway, onto our spotlight for this Friday.  I am featuring Olga Godim and her book Lost and Found in Russia.  This is was an exciting read both emotionally and intellectually.  Olga takes us from Vancouver to Russia and back on a journey that would be a defining moment in any woman’s life.  be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

9781615728787_p0_v1_s260x420Book Blurb: (courtesy of Goodreads)

After a shocking discovery that her daughter was switched at birth thirty-four years ago, Amanda embarks on a trip to Russia to find her biological daughter. Meanwhile, Sonya—a thirty-four-year-old Russian immigrant and a former dancer— battles her daughter’s teenage rebellion. While Amanda wades through the mires of foreign bureaucracy, Sonya dreams of dancing. Both mothers are searching—for their daughters and for themselves.

 

Review:

Lost and Found in Russia is a fantastic journey book.  When reading this you feel like you are learning something about yourself through Sonya and Amanda’s journey.  The journey begins when Amanda learns that the daughter she raised was switched at birth and that her “real” daughter could be living a life of poverty in Russia.  She soon becomes determined to find her other daughter and bring her over to Vancouver.  Running parallel with Amanda’s story is Sonya’s.  Sonya is a struggling mother of a teenager.  She must work doubly hard since her husband is an alcoholic.  Once she makes the difficult decision of kicking her husband out of the house for his lack of self-improvement she then fights her daughter who blames her for all of the problems and begins to exhibit delinquent behavior.  In the mean time, Amanda is in Russia and while trying to discover the whereabouts of her daughter she begins to rediscover herself.  She starts to learn that though she is getting older she isn’t dead or oblivious to the attentions of men.  So, while Sonya and Amanda’s stories run parallel so do the journeys both physical and emotional that each mother and daughter face.

I really enjoyed this book.  I could really see the character development as the story progressed.  I’m not always a fan of parallel stories, but this one works.  I think Olga managed to really write a fantastic story that draws you in.  You feel the sadness, frustration and anxiety that Sonya feels and you feel the excitement, hope and love the Amanda exudes.  The story moved along very smoothly and after a couple of chapters really sucks you in and you begin to wonder if Mother and Daughter will ever meet.  I do have to say though the one thing I really didn’t like was the emphasis on a lot of anti-Semitism.  I didn’t expect the word Jew to be used so often and with such as a derogatory term.  I’m not fully familiar with the ins and outs of Russian culture, but I didn’t realize that anti-Semitism was so rampant there.  Overall, this was a really good read and I would recommend it to anyone who ever looked at their parents and wondered if they were really yours or not.

Author Bio: (courtesy of Goodreads)

I’m a fantasy writer. I live in Vancouver, Canada, and have two wonderful children: a son and a daughter. Both have already flown the nest, so instead of children I now collect monkeys. I have over 300 monkey figurines in my collection. You can see one of them – she is my avatar here.

I’ve been making up stories with magic and swords since I was very young but I only started writing professionally in the 21st century. Before that, I was a computer programmer. Besides writing short stories and novels, I also work as a journalist for a local newspaper. I enjoy writing cultural pieces and personal profiles of the local artists.

My favorite things:
• Favorite hobby: reading.
• Favorite genres: fantasy and romance, although sometimes I find delight in a serious mainstream novel or a cozy mystery.
• Favorite music: classical.
• Favorite TV shows: it’s a pretty eclectic list, including Remington Steel, Babylon 5, Bones, and Murdoch Mysteries.
• Favorite online community: GoodReads

Guest Post: Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon

Today my blog is being taken over by Lindsay Avalon.  She is stopping by to promote her book Breaking the Nexus.  Be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway. I’d like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for letting me have this slot on the tour.  So without any further waiting here is Lindsay Avalon to talk about what inspires her writing.

What inspires me to write? Well, that question has many answers. One of my biggest inspirations comes from mythology. My Mythrian Realm series centers around the concept that all the myths and legends are based in reality. That at one time, dragons and gryphons walked with humans. That magic is as real as people who can shapeshift into beasts. Naturally, I look to myths for inspiration, but I am also working to give things my own twist. Since many stories can change in the retelling, I have a bit of creative license to work with.

My sister is a huge Classics buff; she even majored in the Classics and at one time she taught Latin. From an early age, she adored Greek and Roman mythology and would drill into my head the different tales. Due to her influence, I draw a great deal of inspiration from this particular subset, but I also love Celtic legends. The ability to have gryphons and banshees in the same realm fascinates me and my imagination runs wild with ideas.

However, it’s not only myths that inspire me. I cannot live without music, especially trailer music. You know those epic tracks in movie and video game trailers? The kind that get your heart racing and draw you into whatever is being shown? That’s what I listen to when I write. It’s what helps me keep the fast, action-filled pace and opens the floodgates on my writing juju as I like to call it.

There’s one other major source of inspiration: my husband, my muse, my betas and my readers. My husband inspires me to live my dream of being an author and he’s always more than happy to let me bounce ideas off of him. He’s one of those brutally honest people who will tell me if he doesn’t like an idea or doesn’t think it’ll work. Without his input, Breaking the Nexus may never have come to fruition because when I realized how much work the original version needed, I wanted to throw in the towel. My hubby was the one who pushed me to continue and he never fails to encourage my love of writing.

My muse, Carrie Fort, is an amazing woman who knows how to ask me questions to get the juju really working. She reads everything as I write it, getting new content every thousand or so words. When I’m stuck, all I have to do is ask her for questions and she’ll fire off a series that gets the wheels turning. In addition to my muse, I have an amazing group of beta readers. Technically, I have two sets of betas. The first read as I write, but they don’t get it quite as frequently as Carrie. Usually I send them completed chapters to read. They give me feedback on where areas need more detail and if I get stuck, I have a few people to ask me questions to get things going. They’ve helped me formulate some amazing plot ideas and I’m so lucky to have them. Last but never least, there are my readers. Multiple times I’ve gotten stuck on naming a character and have put out a call on Facebook for ideas. You wouldn’t believe the responses I get. The comments and feedback I get from my readers, both good and bad, inspire me to keep writing and energize me when things get tough.

So, there you have it. My inspiration stems from so many places and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

BreakingTheNexus_ebook_coverBreaking the Nexus
Book 1 of the Mythrian Realm series

Lindsay Avalon

Book Description:

Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

Giveaway:

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LindsayAvalonAbout the Author:

I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

Website: http://www.lindsayavalon.com

Blog: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LindsayAvalon

Facebook: http://facebook.com/author.lindsay.avalon

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6568822.Lindsay_Avalon

Fresh Faced Friday: Repossessors of Souls by Danae Ayusso

Welcome to this Friday’s Fresh Faced Friday!  Today I am spotlighting Danae Ayusso and her book Repossessors of Souls.  This was a fantastically addictive read.  Danae Ayusso is a new talented author that I have recently discovered and I will definitely be picking up her other books.  Be sure to check out my full review after the book blurb.

17386889Book Blurb: (courtesy of Goodreads)

In the immortal spectrum of NYC, a dangerous game is afoot. Angelic and Demonic repo men are being targeted and put against each other in a deadly game where there can be no winner.
Zion, a demonic repossessor of souls, was your run of the mill Manhattan demon with an addiction to designer labels, overly priced shoes, and a pie fetish. Her shallow world was perfect until she signed for a repossession batch that was anything but ordinary. While trying to make sense of it, her path crossed with a sullen, barefooted angel, an angelic repossessor of souls, and that she found herself in a constant struggle to keep from shooting simply because he was the rudest creature she had ever met, which was saying a lot since she was from Hell.
Angelus was the last of the Soul Seekers, a special type of angel that no longer existed. With a dark past and many secrets, the cynical angel would stop at nothing to push Zion away and to keep her heart as cold as ice towards him.
However, nothing ever went according to plan when Upper Management was involved. Quickly Angelus and Zion discovered that they needed each other in order to stay alive since they were nothing more than expendable pawns in a much bigger game, and as the truth of their darkened pasts is brought to light, neither of them expected what they found.
Countless questions must be answered, but the only one that mattered was if they would survive the game in order to embrace their future or if the one thing they had waited centuries for would be over before it even began?

Review:

Repossesors of Souls was a great find for my Fresh Faced feature.  I have been reading a lot of books about Angels and Demons lately so its always nice to find one that still has the ability to suck me in and leave me wanting more after I read it.  Repossessors of Souls follows Zion who is a demon repo man.  It is her job to repossess souls whose contracts have run out.  With her job comes the awesome plus of being able to indulge in her love of Jimmy Choos and designer labels.  In her travels she encounters the other half of the repo business the Angels and one Angel in particular, Angelus.  Who becomes a royal pain in the ass.  Her words not mine.  Eventually the two who are meant to hate each other being from different sides of an invisible line are drawn together in a game that they should never have been involved.  With the addition of the Norse Gods, Demons, Angels and Lucifer this story packs a punch that you will want to take over and over again.

I think what really did it for me was I loved Zion.  I would totally want to go hang with her and her bestie, Loke.  She tells it like it is and pulls no punches.  She is definitely a memorable character that I hope Danae writes about again.  Her counter part Angelus is definitely an angel you want to get to know better if you know what I mean.  He may be rude and crabby most of the time but when he’s not hold on to your socks cause he will totally knock them off of you.  Those are only the main characters we also have Loke and All the Norse Gods as supporting characters. It’s not just the characters though.  The story flowed very well and was well written. The concept of a demon and angel as unwitting pawns in a game that only has a miniscule pot was cleverly thought out and executed.  But, like I said you will read this story not just for the storyline but for the characters that Danae Ayusso brings into your life.  And if anything you totally want to see Zion’s amazing shoe collection!

Author Bio:  (courtesy of Goodreads)292523

Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die tomorrow.

Modesty is overrated.

I’m a visionary literary genius of fuckwittery, questionable taste, provocateur of pure intellectual masturbation for the generations, and artist of mentally visualized asskickery.

I write full length books in mere days. Some of it is questionable. Most of it will have you questioning my sanity. But all of it will make you laugh.

My fans are called the Corrupted because I’ve corrupted them for all other mediocre literary works out there….they jones for my literary crack and I’m more than willing to supply the 74+ regions in the WORLD that my fuckwittery and asskickery has infiltrated.

Guest Post and Review: The Secret World of Alaina Downs by Rebecca Rynecki

Today I am privileged to welcome Rebecca Rynecki.  She is here promoting her book, The Secret World of Alaina Downs.  She’s stopped by today to talk about her inspiration for her hot Knight in Shining Armor, Gabriel.  Be sure to check out my review with more raving about Gabriel after Rebecca’s guest post.  So let the take over begin…

Manspiration

Muses. Inspiration. All of those deep and meaningful concepts that push all types of artists. It could be a sign from the gods, from the heavens giving you greater purpose.  Me? With The Secret World of Alaina Downs and its sequel, The Knight’s Ill-Thought Bargain, it was manspiration!
Manspiration (trademark pending per Jessica Miller- okay, no not really) does not have anything to do with men and perspiration. Don’t worry about that. It has to do with that guy, that…that man on tv or a magazine, or even some dude walking down the street. It’s that guy who can take your storyline off in a whole other direction with his swagger, a smirk, and yes…sometimes a lack of clothes. I’m not going to lie to you. It is a good image after all.
The story of Alaina Downs came to me when I was twelve. It eventually fleshed out to include the sexy, cocky, yet believable knight, Sir Gabriel, when I was fifteen. It still took uh….almost fifteen years -cough, yeah you guys were totally doing the math there- before I could finally say, “This is how I really want this character to act, to interact with Alaina. This is how the love story is going to play out.”
And why? Because of lack of manspiration of course! The plot was outlined, Alaina was a complete character, the research was done…and Gabriel was still faceless. Sure, I still had the basics but nothing that went, YES! SO THAT’S HOW YOU WINK!
Until one fateful day when I sat down to watch a movie. This dude with very dark, almost black hair was talking; the sexual undertones obvious with his almost innocent words. All of a sudden, I could see it: Gabriel surprising Alaina in such a way that she fell out of a tree, Gabriel being naughty in the ocean, the flirting…and the eventual realization that it might just be possible for these two people to fall in love.
I know you guys are dying to know who the manspiration was for Gabriel by now right? -crickets- No. It’s not that Damon Salvatore guy. I did spell his name correct, didn’t I? Nah, he’s British and has a penchant for wearing hats…kind of. He’s also does not look like a “stereotypical” knight, and that’s the whole point with manspiration. It can hit you when you least expect it. I know when I sat down to watch that movie on the SyFy channel, I wasn’t thinking, “This is where I’m going to find Gabriel!” But, I did, and it was because of that, the story really took on a life of its own.
So, thank you, Mr. British dude! Manspiration can be used in all different aspects you know, and plus…it’s just plain fun. Pssst…if you guys really want to know who the manspiration was for Gabriel, you can find hints for it on my blog. I don’t want to embarrass the poor guy…

SecretworldTitle: The Secret World Of Alaina Downs
Author: Rebecca Rynecki
Genre: New Adult/Fantasy
Number of Pages: 252

When Alaina stumbles into a world that she only thought existed in her mind, she is understandably a little bit freaked out. Who wouldn’t be? Characters that she had written down years ago are walking, and talking, and telling her that she is the only one who can save the princess and the kingdom of Isleen. Um…okay. As she travels down to the southern kingdom with Sir Gabriel, a really hot knight, she falls off horses, has an interaction with an evil witch, gets attacked by a sea creature, and even falls from lust into love.

 

Review:

The Secret World of Alaina Downs was a fantastic read.  Honestly, at first I was a bit confuse about what was going on, but it’s not long into the story that you pick up what is going on.  The story like the adventure in the story moves very quickly.  It draws you in and propels you through the harrowing tasks that Alaina and Gabriel face.  We also fall in love when Alaina and Gabriel do.  Alaina and Gabriel’s love story is very cute and you can really see how through the situations they are put in and the things they learn help to push their love forward.  Plus, what woman wouldn’t want her own Knight in Shining Armor to save.  Make that Knight as hot as Gabriel and you can definitely understand why Alaina falls for him so quickly.  Overall, I thought this was a unique concept with a love story seamlessly weaved within the pages.  I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good Fantasy/Romance story.  Think of it as Alice in Wonderland meets Guinevere and Lancelot.

I’d like to thank ABG Reads Book Tours for letting me host this stop and Rebecca Rynecki for stopping by and posting.  For more information about Rebecca be sure to click on the links below.  For more information about The Secret World of Alaina Downs you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

Author Bio:
A graduate of Hollins University in southwestern Virginia, Rebecca now lives in the hills of Connecticut with her husband and young son. When she’s not working as a librarian or plotting out the sequel, she bakes, dances around the house…and sings…really badly. The Secret World of Alaina Downs is her first book.

Where to find Rebecca:
Blog:  http://rebeccaryneckithequestsandperils.blogspot.com/
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/BeccaRBooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaRyneckiAuthor
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rebeccarynecki/
Tumbler: http://questsandperils.tumblr.com/
Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEx7bPtwlPo&feature=youtu.be
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6449801.Rebecca_Rynecki

Cover Reveal: Need by Stephanie Lawton

Today I am privileged to be able to give you guys the first look at Stephanie Lawton’s newest book, Need.  Just looking at the cover makes me want to run and pick up the first book in the series, Want, and read it before Need comes out.  So here you go, one of the most amazing looking covers I’ve seen in a while.

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Need

By Stephanie Lawton

Published by Inkspell Publishing

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com

Release date: May 17, 2013

 

Synopsis:

Isaac Laroche is cursed. All he wants to do is hide out and feel sorry for himself. Never mind that he got caught sleeping with his seventeen-year-old piano student, or that he abandoned her when the truth was exposed.

Isaac’s feisty high school sweetheart has different plans. Heather Swann has returned to their hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to regroup after breaking up with her troll of a fiancé. She’s restless and looking for a diversion, but she bites off more than she can chew when she sets her sights on rehabilitating Isaac with her unorthodox sexual, mental, and physical plans.

The two quickly reconnect, but their happiness is threatened by family secrets, old vendettas and the death of a beloved father-figure.

Can Heather handle Isaac’s baggage, or will her own come back to haunt them both?

 

photo 3Author bio:

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

 

Links:

Author website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Review: Desert Flower by Angela Scott

Happy Wednesday Everyone!  Today I am hosting stop on Angela Scott’s Blog Tour promoting her book, Desert Flower.  This is the follow-up to her book Desert Rice.  This was such a captivating book.  Such a well written story and well-developed characters is rarely seen.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

DesertFlower_250x400Book Blurb:

Upper YA – Women’s Fiction
Date Published: 1/21/2013

Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert—the first, the dead body of her mama; the second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime is more than unfair. Two is downright cruel.

Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam’s now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family—Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurrecting past hurts and revealing old secrets. It also pits against one another the two men who vie for her heart: Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it; and Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once.

When bad choices made as a child lead to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads, forced to face her demons head-on if she plans to have any future at all—with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive one’s self is damn near impossible.
Visit old friends in this harrowing sequel to Desert Rice, in which award-winning author Angela Scott brings back the characters so many readers have loved.

Review:

Desert Flower was a truly captavating story.  It takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride.  You really learn to develop emotional ties to all of the characters.  The wonderful love triangle between Carson, Turner and Sam is wonderfully done.  You really cannot predict who Sam will choose.  You understand the choices that Sam must make, but you don’t always agree with her reasoning.   I did not get a chance to read Desert Rice but after having read Desert Flower I feel I want to go back to how everything started.  Sam’s emotional baggage is so intense that you truly would never with that kind of trama on even your worst enemy.

Angela Scott is such a gifted story teller.  Her ability to weave a story and develop characters is on par with authors such as Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans.  She has an uncanny ability to draw in the reader and take them on an emotional and almost physical journey through the tough life choices that are contaminated with a past that would be tough for an adult let alone a teenager.  Desert Flower is a stand alone book, but after you read it you will be like me and want to go pick up Desert Rice to see where everything started.

I’d like to thank Reading Additiction Blog Tours for letting me review this fantastic book.  For more inforamtion about Angela Scott be sure to check out her links below.  For more information about Desert Flower

Author Bio:

meI hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.

You can subscribe and follow me on my website, where I blog obsessively about my writing process and post updates on my current works. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook, but be forewarned, I tweet and post more than a normal person.

Website: www.angelascottauthor.com

Twitter: @whimsywriting

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaScottWriter

Review: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Today I am hosting a spot on the power blog tour of The Watcher by Lisa Voisin.  This is a great paranormal young adult book.  Very inventive and entertaining .  Be sure to check out my full review after the blurb and click on the link below to enter to win a giveaway.

The Watcher CoverBlurb:

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.  Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings–soft and silent like snow–and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Format: eBook and Paperback

Length: Super Novel

eBook: 978-0-9856562-1-8

Review:

This was a great read!  Lisa Voisin really drew me in with this story.  The character’s and premise are phenomenal.  The idea that you could fall in love with an angel and they would fall from heaven to be with you is both sad and makes your heart thump.  Mia and Michael have been through this once before.  Now, they are meeting again after millenia have gone by.  The attraction is still there connecting their souls.  Michael has been given a second chance after falling, but must face Mia again to be let back into his heavenly brotherhood.  They must know he will choose God and Heaven over a woman.  All the while fighting their natural urges they must also fight the evils of Demons trying to attack Mia and her friends.  Along with being normal teenagers they must deal with a battle of epic proportions that only few can see.  Will Michael make the same choice or will Mia feel the pain of losing her angel again?

I loved this story.  The characters were well-developed and the story well thought out.  But, I am a sucker for a good love story that carries over time.  Thought Michael and Mia are teenagers I really felt they were much older than they seemed.  Lisa Voisin does a wonderful job illustrating the battle between Angels and Demons along with the battle between choosing love and lose.  Overall, a wonderful Young Adult read.  I would recommend this for anyone who loves a good love story, especially one with celestial challenges.

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YA Corner: Guest Post and Review of Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I am happy to say that I have a wonderful author guest posting.  Stacey Jay is the fantastic author of Juliet Immortal and the awesome sequel, Romeo Redeemed.   Romeo Redeemed is a stand out sequel to her first book.  You can check out my review of Juliet Immortal here and check out my review of Romeo Redeemed after Stacey Jay’s post.  So, lets welcome Stacey Jay!

Just three days…

When I decided to write about Romeo and Juliet—for reasons I’ve discussed elsewhere on the Interwebs, but which included a strong distrust of Romeo, a character who was “desperately in love” with Rosaline mere hours before meeting Juliet—I knew I wanted to twist the story into knots, but I also wanted to keep some things the same. I wanted to mirror the light and dark imagery from Shakespeare’s play, and I wanted to stick to the same timeline as the original love story.

That meant each of my couples in JULIET IMMORTAL and ROMEO REDEEMED had only three days to fall in love.

Critics of “insta-love” may immediately recoil in horror, but I liked the symmetry, the challenge the constraint provided, and it just felt right for the story to take place in a very short amount of time. A supernatural battle for the souls of true lovers isn’t a drawn out affair in my mind; it’s a cut throat contest that would probably last a week or two at most, and in this case the stakes are even higher because this mission is Romeo and Juliet’s last.

But knowing I had only three days going in, I made some careful decisions when crafting my characters to make the three day time limit easier on myself.

In particular I:

1. Gave all my characters a tragic back story, and some pretty deep emotional wounds, which helped both to make them more empathetic people, as well as very eager for the kind of relationship that would help heal some of their wounds/make them feel less alone.

2. Went in with the assumption that these couples have ended up together in many permutations of reality. Their “how we met story” may be different from one reality to the next, but their happy every after is always the same, giving them a sense that they somehow know each other even when meeting for the first time.

3. Made sure my couples would be compatible in the long haul. They may experience bumps at the onset of their relationship, but in the long run, they are perfectly matched people who will only grow closer as time goes on.

4. Remembered who I was dealing with. Romeo and Juliet may have grown and changed in the afterlife I created for them, but they are still the most famous case of insta-love of all time. It made sense to me that they’d fall in love quickly the second time, as well, though they both made more informed, rational decisions than they did back in the 14th century.

At times the time crunch was a challenge, but I had great fun writing these love stories, and I hope my readers enjoy them as well.

Thanks so much for having me over to the blog, Jackie!

ROMEOwSLEEVEBook Blurb:

Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.

Review:

After reading Juliet Immortal I was hooked on Stacey Jay’s writing.  I knew when I found out she was doing a sequel I had to read it.  It definitely doesn’t disappoint.  As sequels go, Romeo Redeemed definitely makes a name for itself.  In the first book you really learn to dislike Romeo and cheer for Juliet.  But, as the title suggests Romeo has the chance to redeem himself in not just the story but in the eyes of the reader.  Romeo’s story takes off where Juliet’s left.  After the choice of protecting Juliet, Romeo is punished by the Mercenaries as becoming a specter.  It is in this form that Juliet’s nurse propositions him to switch loyalties to the Ambassadors of Light, but first he must prove his loyalty by convincing Ariel Dragland to believe in love.  If Romeo fails he not only goes back to his life as a specter but can possibly doom the world.  A lot rides on Romeo’s redemption!

This sequel is the total package.  The characters, story and theme blend splendidly well.  You really fall for Romeo and you feel for Ariel.  In the day and age,  the prevalence of bullying will allow many to relate to the torment that Ariel has faced for many years.  The idea that someone can come along and see past the scars and appreciate you for being you is something most people would cherish.  It is in this you will completely fall for Romeo.  Along with falling for Romeo, you will fall in love with the overall unique take on Romeo and Juliet.  You will recognize characters from Shakespeare’s play and almost feel a certain level of comfort in knowing some of these characters. The time limit of 3 days adds a level of suspense that helps to propel both the love story and the overall pacing of the story.  Stacey Jay’s ability to incorporate some of Romeo and Juliet’s themes and story is a talent uniquely hers.  Overall, Romeo Redeemed is a great sequel in a wonderfully unique story.  I would recommend reading Juliet Immortal first so that some of the details in Romeo Redeemed are more clear.  This is definitely a book for all ages not just Young Adult.  Be sure to go out and pick up both Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed ASAP, you won’t regret it!

stacey_cropAuthor Bio:

Stacey Jay is the author of many books for teens, including JULIET IMMORTAL, ROMEO REDEEMED, and the forthcoming, OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, a twisted retelling of Beauty and the Beast, available July 23, 2013 from Delacorte Press. Learn more at www.staceyjay.com or:

Follow Stacey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Stacey_Jay

Or friend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stacey.jay.ya

Fresh Faced Friday: Resurrecting Harry by Constance Phillips

Today I am featuring an awesome author and her new book.  Thanks to a blog tour I was introduced to Constance Phillips and her book Fairyproof.  I immediately loved her writing.  I was really excited when Connie asked me to review her newest book, Resurrecting Harry.  If you have read Fairyproof it is quite a bit different but still stepping into the Paranormal Romance genre.  This is a wonderfully written story and really takes the real people of Harry and Bess Houdini and gives them a chance at a different “ending”.  Be sure to check out my review after the blurb about Resurrecting Harry.

Harry-CoverBook Blurb: (courtesy of constancephillips.com)

Devastated by Harry Houdini’s unexpected death, his widow, Bess, clings to his promise to deliver a coded message from beyond the grave.  She’s determined to provide the bridge for him to cross, just like she assisted him on the stage, even if that means befriending her husband’s sworn enemy.

In order to save the only woman he’s every loved from self-destruction, Harry puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch. Even with Harry’s soul and memories, Erich feel out-of-place and disconnected from everything once his.

Will Erich be able to help Bess over her loss and will any good come from resurrecting Harry?

Review:

I loved this book!  There I said it.  Constance Phillips does not disappoint.  I was really curious when I read the blurb about this book.  I have always had an interest in Houdini and was intrigued on how this book would play out.  The story begins with Harry in a purgatory of sorts re-living all of his past failures.  He is brought out of this endless spiral by Jaden.  The keeper of this existence.  Jaden informs Harry that he has been dead for 11 months.  He soon offers Harry a proposition.  If he can get Bess to stop her séance of trying to contact Harry’s spirit then he may get yet another chance at life not only for himself but with his beloved Bess.  Harry would be brought back in a different body but retain all of his memories.  If Harry doesn’t succeed he will forever live in a world of nothingness.  Since Harry does not believe in an ever after he agrees and figures it will be very simple to get Bess to realize that deep within his new body and life is the Harry that she has loved.  Harry, who is now Erich, soon realizes that 11 lonely months has changed Bess and she is not the same that she once was.  Erich now faces a huge obstacle of befriending and hopefully earning Bess’s love all over again.  Bess in turn becomes conflicted with her growing feelings for this newcomer.  She is weary because in the time since her husband passed away she has been bombarded by charlatans and swindlers just trying to get a piece of Harry’s legacy.  She feels it is her duty to protect the public’s memory and her own memories.  Along with the strangers are those who Harry has harmed who wish to try to blackmail Bess into holding the séance for both monetary and notoriety that would help them recover what they feel Harry took away.  Through Bess and Erich’s journey you get a sense of reawaken and epiphanies.  Bess reawakens to a new life of possibilities that doesn’t have to surround her dead husband’s life.  Erich has epiphanies about things that he never realized happened.  Especially feelings that Bess had that he/Harry ignored or took for granted.  In the end, will the new love bloom and start a new and different life or will the old ways creep back in and snatch away the bright possibilities?

Overall, an extremely well done book that drives you forward with each chapter.  You can almost believe that this really did happen!  This had to have been challenging to take historical characters and develop them in a way in which would propel and strengthen the story.  Connie Phillips does a wonderful job navigating the waters of bother paranormal and historical romance.  Her choice of Bess and Harry was a clever one.  Though many stories have been told about they you will be hard pressed to find such a good paranormal romance with a focus about them.  In general I would whole-heartedly recommend this book!  If you like a bit of paranormal and  a bit of the historical you will love Resurrecting Harry.  Great job, Connie!

If you would like to know more about Resurrecting Harry you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

connie_SM3Author Bio: (courtesy of constancephillips.com)

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she’s not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she’s working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.

She’s actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA), and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club (which her son is also very active in). When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).

Her first paranormal romance, Fairyproof, was released from Crescent Moon Press in September of 2012. Resurrecting Harry, also from Crescent Moon Press will be available March 1, 2013.  You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

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