Review: Lost by L.M Pruitt

Today I am featuring the most recent addition to L.M Pruitt’s Winged Series, Lost.  For all of you who have been following along I have been highlighting L.M’s Winged Series.  You will also know I am a fan of her Jude Magadalyn Series.  As with all of her other books, Lost does not fail to keep you guessing and keep you wanting more story when the book is done.  Through hosting spots for both of these series’ I have really become a big fan of L.M Pruitt.  I know if you have taken my recommendations at all you will be lusting after this book and already starting the countdown for her next.  So without any further adieu I get the awesome pleasure of hosting Lost on the day of its release.  Be sure to check out my review after the book blurb.

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Winged Book 3

L.M. Pruitt

June 2013

In the last year, Joanne has survived repeated attempts on her life, wholesale slaughter, and the dissolution on the cornerstone of her new existence.

And the hard times are only beginning.

As the line between right and wrong, friend and foe, and good and evil continue to blur, Joanne is forced to face one irrefutable fact.

The hardest demons to fight are the ones you can’t see.

Review:

Many of us who have been following this series has seen the evolution of Joanne.  Her wins and her loses.  Her strengths and her failings.  This book does a tremendous job of showing us Joanne’s still intact humanity and with humanity comes the trappings and addictions that anyone is susceptible to.  It was amazing to see how far Joanne fell when she felt she couldn’t handle the pressures of what was going on.  I also thought that the expectations of those around her blinded them to the problems that were going on with her.  We have so much expectation for Joanne that we almost forget that she is/was human and capable of the same troubles of anyone else.  I did love how Michael really stepped up and showed Joanne how he truly felt.  I really look forward to how things are going to work out with her, Michael and Raphael.  I missed Raphael in this book.  I think he has paid for his sins and I look forward to seeing more of him in the next book.  Overall, this was a much more emotionally charged book.  It approached many taboo subjects such as addiction and suicide.  I think L.M Pruitt did a phenomenal job propelling the story while adding depth and character to the story.  This book is just out today and I already can’t wait till the next!

I’d like to thank L.M Pruitt for giving me the opportunity to showcase her series over the last few weeks.  I’d also like to thank Bewitching Book tours for giving me the chance to host these spots.  If you’d like to learn more about the Winged series or Lost you can go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.

About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she’s killed bamboo. Twice. As a result, she’s not allowed to walk in the gardening department of any store without supervision. She’s also not allowed in the card aisle of any grocery store without an escort since she’ll spend thirty minutes opening cards and laughing for no good reason. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She continues to make her home in Florida in spite of the heat and mosquitos and shares her home with two cats–one of them smart, the other not so much.

Connect with her at:

Facebook:          L.M. Pruitt

Twitter:                  lmpruitt

Website:          www.lmpruitt.org

 

Guest Post and Review: Uprising by L.M Pruitt

Hello my faithful readers!  I hope everyone is having a good start to their week.  Today I am lucky enough for L.M Pruitt to take over for a bit.  After her take over I will have a review of both Winged and Uprising.  These are books 1 and 2 in her Winged series.  I think once you read my reviews you will be running out and getting these books.  So without any more words on my part I am handing the reigns over to L.M Pruitt.

So today is the big day—again. No matter how many release days I’ve seen or will see, there’s something magical about each one. There’s a sense of anticipation, of excitement, sort of like Christmas (or your religious holiday of choice) and your birthday all rolled into one.

In a way, it is like a birthday—a book birthday, anyway. I don’t have kids, but I’ve heard plenty of horror stories about labor so I’m not going to go all dramatic and say that releasing a book is like giving birth but there are a lot of similarities. Over the course of writing a book, you cry, you laugh, you swear up and down you’ll never do it again, you are convinced you’re going to screw everything up…. And then all of a sudden you have it in your hands and you’re looking at it and it’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen.

And then boom! All of a sudden, your book baby is out in the world, doing its best to get noticed and make something of itself. And now you have an even bigger fear—that nobody is going to love your book baby the way you do. That nobody is going to understand your book baby the way you do.

I think this is where releasing a book and being a parent really are quite similar. As a parent, you have to trust you’ve done everything you can to prepare your child to be on their own out in the world. As a writer, you have to hope you’ve written your book to the best of your ability, that you’ve done everything to ensure that the story you wanted to tell gets told. Sometimes you do a good job; sometimes you don’t. When you don’t, you look at what went wrong and do your best to correct it.

So, like I said, a book release is a lot like a birthday. Thankfully for every one involved, there’s a lot less blood and gore and much more drinking and hullabaloo.

To celebrate, I’m offering five ecopies of LOST to random commenters. Thanks for helping celebrate my latest release!

Winged Series Button 300 x 225Book Blurb:

Uprising

Winged Book Two

L.M. Pruitt

In the last year, Joanne Watson has died, fallen in love, fought demons and earned her Wings.

None of that compares to what’s coming next….

Life as a member of the Winged isn’t perfect–or easy. There’s always some new camp drama. There’s always a demon ready for a fight. There’s always death.

And now there’s the Resistance.

Joanne must choose again, this time between her fellow Winged and their burning desire for change or the archangels and the eternal vow she made.

Even in the afterlife, one truth remains–everything ends

Review (Winged):

Winged is the first book in this series.  It is in this book that we meet Joanne.  Joanne is born and raised a southern girl.  Though her life is fraught with tradition she is bored.  Fortunately and unfortunately she dies and that’s when her real adventure begins.  Joanne’s journey to becoming Winged is filled with danger, love, hurt, anger and adventure.  With two archangel’s vieing for her affections and others hoping to stab her in the back she must always watch her back.  I loved this book.  From the moment I picked it up I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down.  Joanne becomes such a great heroine.  She really learns about herself all the while she must also prove herself not only to the Archangel’s in charge but to those whom she serves with.  I also adored the supporting characters especially Danielle and Angus. But, putting all that aside how could a girl not have a crush on Raphael and Michael.  They are both polar opposites but both have their own redeeming qualities.  Overall, the story and the characters really draw you in and make for a wonderful start to a great new series.  Once you finish Winged your hands will be itching to get them onto Uprising.

Review (Uprising):

Uprising picks up where we left off in Winged.  Joanne is now Winged and going out on assignments to kill Demons. It isn’t far into this book that we see difficulties lie ahead for Joanne and her friends.  Choices must be made.  Will Joanne join the resistance against the Archangels or will she side with the Archangels since she is already in contract with one?  Try as Joanne might she is attempting to stay neutral to everyone.  Though she finds staying neutral isn’t what anyone wants.  She is pushed and pulled and betrayed by those closest to her.  Joanne will find that it’s not only her life that is in danger it is her very foundation of her new life that could come toppling over with this resistance.  This follow-up to Winged is everything you would want in the continuation of a series.  We learn more about Joanne, the Archangels, her friends and those involved in the resistance.  L.M Pruitt does an excellent job of leading you around.  You think you know what is going on, but when you truly find out some real details you realize that just like Joanne you have been deceived and don’t know what exactly to believe.  I really enjoyed this story and I can’t wait to read Lost.

I’d like to thank L.M Pruitt for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for letting me host today’s stop.  If you’d like to learn more about L.M Pruitt you can click on one of the links below.  If you’d like to learn more about Winged, Uprising or the Winged series you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she’s killed bamboo. Twice. As a result, she’s not allowed to walk in the gardening department of any store without supervision. She’s also not allowed in the card aisle of any grocery store without an escort since she’ll spend thirty minutes opening cards and laughing for no good reason. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She continues to make her home in Florida in spite of the heat and mosquitos and shares her home with two cats–one of them smart, the other not so much.

Connect with her at:

Facebook:   L.M. Pruitt

Twitter:                lmpruitt

Website:      www.lmpruitt.org

 

 

Spotlight: Winged by L.M Pruitt

Today I am introducing you to the first book in the Winged series by L.M Pruitt.  If you have read any of my reviews of L.M Pruitt’s books you will know that she is a very talented writer and will definitely want to put this series on your TBR list.  I didn’t get a chance to review this book, yet.  But, hopefully I will be reviewing this and the others in the series in weeks to come.

Book Blurb:

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LM Pruitt

I fell from the Talmadge Bridge the week before I turned thirty.

I was given a choice: Go to Heaven. Go back to my life in Savannah. Or spend eternity fighting evil under the direction of the archangels.

I chose the demons–and the angels.

I chose the Winged.

Author Bio:

Author+PhotoL.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she’s killed bamboo. Twice. As a result, she’s not allowed to walk in the gardening department of any store without supervision. She’s also not allowed in the card aisle of any grocery store without an escort since she’ll spend thirty minutes opening cards and laughing for no good reason. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She continues to make her home in Florida in spite of the heat and mosquitos and shares her home with two cats–one of them smart, the other not so much.

Connect with her at:

Facebook:          L.M. Pruitt

Twitter:                  lmpruitt

Website:          www.lmpruitt.org

Guest Post and Review: Shades of Blood by L.M Pruitt

Happy Halloween everyone!  To ring in Halloween I am hosting L.M Pruitt.  She is here promoting the third book in her Jude Magdalyn series, Shades of Blood.  Please give L.M Pruitt an awesome welcome.  She is talking about the three kinds of men in the world.  So here’s L.M Pruitt.

The Three Men in the World

Anybody ever see Heartbreakers? It’s ok if you didn’t, I’m guessing a lot of people didn’t – I have a penchant for little known or ill received movies. Anyway, at what might be considered the low point of the movie, when it looks like true love will fail, one character says to another, “There is only one man in the world.” It took me a while to figure out what she meant (hey, sometimes I’m not great at subtlety) and I’d love to agree. Except she’s wrong.

I’d say there are three men in the world. The Alpha, the Beta, and the Gamma.

When I say Alpha, I’m pretty sure everyone has an image that pops in their heads. Strong, uber masculine – the protector, the provider. Barrons from the Fever series is a perfect example, as is Eric from True Blood. You can depend on these men to step up in a time of crisis, to handle danger, and then turn around and slam you up against a wall and… well, you get the picture. There’s something about the Alpha that draws women in, probably some leftover hardwiring from pre-historic times when the strong survive. It could be an excess of testosterone, which just makes women gooey.

Or it could be the fact that Alphas tend to be super sexy.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have the Beta. Think someone like Hoyt from True Blood. For some reason, people equate Betas with being weaker, which I find funny. To me, it takes a man just as strong as an Alpha to be able to diffuse a situation with words instead of fists. Lord knows if we went around beating the crap out of everyone instead of being diplomatic once in a while UN beatings would be more interesting even if nothing got accomplished. The Beta will be more likely to make you laugh then drive you crazy with sheer stubbornness. When they kiss you the first time, they won’t try and devour you – they’ll worm their way through your defenses until you give in, until you want them as desperately as they want you.

A Beta can be a very good thing to experience.

And somewhere in the middle, you have the Gamma male. Some have defined the Gamma as a self-hating, effeminate, waste of space individual. I’d like to beat them in their heads with a little of that Alpha violence. When I think of a Gamma male, I think of someone with a mixture of Alpha and Beta traits. Instead of being comprised of extremes, the Gamma male is harmonious. They may be more likely to use diplomacy to get what they want, but they have no problem pulling you in a darkened room and using the door as a bed. They’ll hold you while you cry and then try and put their fist through the person or thing that made you cry.

Given a choice, which depending on your views of Fate and destiny one may or may not have, I’d choose a Gamma. The Alpha would drive me to commit homicide. The Beta would make me feel like a bitch. A Gamma can, and would, go toe to toe with me –and then convince me to have amazing make-up sex.

What kind of man do you choose?

Shades of Blood

Book 3

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Felipe, one of New Orleans’s most infamous—and crazy–vampires is back in town. And to say he’s unhappy is an understatement.

Duprees and Williams have to track down Felipe, fast, before he claims any more victims. If that means making a deal with the Devil–otherwise known as St. Germaine–and using an untrained dhampir, so be it.

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also got rebellious teenagers, feuding couples, and a suddenly full social calendar.

The more things change….

Review:

Shades of Blood is the third book in L.M Pruitt’s Jude Magdalyn series.  I have totally fallen in love with this series and this book is no exception.  In Shades of Blood, we finally get some answers that have been perpetuated through the series, but like any good writer of a series she still left us with a whole lot of questions.  I still love the love triangle of Williams, Jude and Theo.  Even though by the end of the book it is kinda resolved, but I think like the Twilight love triangle it will always be there.  The other big love issue of Rian and Elizabeth finally gets resolved.  With a big FINALLY from both me and the characters in the book.  🙂

The characters aren’t the only great thing about this series.  The stories and the new challenges that come Jude’s way are very interconnected and not even close to being resolved.  This helps to really propel the stories. When you throw in the twins and the comical style of Judes leadership, personality and way of dealing with people it makes the story go so fast that before you know it you are at the end saying to yourself “When is the next one coming out”.  I really was heartbroken with some of the different twists that have begun to take place and how the young Celia who is already old for her age is having an almost torturous time right now.  Overall, I loved this book just like the two before and would recommend you start reading this series immediately.  L.M Pruitt has outdone herself with this one and I cannot wait for the next in Jude’s series.

I’d like to thank L.M Pruitt for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to host this stop.  For more information about L.M Pruitt and her other books you can click on her links below.  For more information about Shades of Blood and the Jude Magdalyn Series you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She is currently at work on the next Jude Magdalyn book, Shades of Blood. She makes her home in Florida with one two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/LM-Pruitt/364776895104

Blog: http://www.lmpruitt.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lmpruitt

Review and Promo: Shades of Gray by L.M Pruitt

Today I am spotlighting The Jude Magdalyn Series.  Actually I am just spotlighting Book One, Shades of Gray.  Be sure to check out my review.  Make sure you come back to see my reviews, posts and more with books two and three.  I can hardly contain myself from starting to read the rest of the series, but I will go into that with my review.

Jude Magdalyn Series

 Shades of Gray

Book One

By L.M. Pruitt

 Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life. 

Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale. 

 When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning. Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed-one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war. 

 To make matters worse, she’s got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit. 

 Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greatergreater good?

Review:

I loved the beginning of this series.  It left me straining for the next book.  Thank goodness it is out and I can keep reading on in this story.  L.M Pruitt’s story of an orphaned grifter/charlatan who ends up being the Prophecy for an organization she didn’t even know existed.  Jude is just coming into powers she didn’t know existed and is now thrust into a politically volatile, very violent and dangerous situation.  Not to mention the two extremely hot men that are vying for her attention.  Jude must eventually come to a decision on whether she will accept her destiny and rule a divided group or run for the hills.

This was a very impressive beginning to a series.  L.M Pruitt didn’t try to cram more information than necessary and left enough questions that you want to run back and continue the series.  I have seen it too often that an author tries to put every possible scenario into their first book in a series and it becomes too confusing and you have too many questions that get lost in the subsequent books.  I am happy to say that is definitely not that case.  L.M Pruitt’s use of post Katrina New Orleans is reminiscent of some of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter novels.  Also, her character development of Jude, Williams and Theo is awesome.  They are not fully formed with will allow more growth throughout the novels in the series.

Overall, this was a wonderful book and I can’t wait to read Shades of Desire and Shades of Blood.  I would recommend this series and if her other series’ are as good then I look forward to reading those also.

 

About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She is currently at work on the next Jude Magdalyn book, Shades of Blood. She makes her home in Florida with one two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.

 Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/LM-Pruitt/364776895104

 Blog: http://www.lmpruitt.blogspot.com

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lmpruitt

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