Tuesday, 21 February 2012

My Fairytale Life Blog Tour: Review


MY FAIRY TALE LIFE BY HEATHER M. WHITE

17 year old Jadyn and her dad are vampire hunters. That is until her dad decides it's time for Jadyn to have a "normal" life. When he moved them to Miami, Florida the last thing Jadyn expected was for there to be vampires.

Jadyn doesn't want to have a normal life, but then she starts to make new friends. She starts to think that maybe a normal life might not be so bad after all. But soon she realizes that maybe her friends aren't "human" as she once thought they were.

On top of everything else a very powerful vampire, Tabatha, seeks revenge on Jadyn. People from her school start disappearing, and people start dying. She wants to stop the deaths, but Tabatha has other plans for her.

Can Jadyn stop the one vampire that is impossible to kill before its too late?


MY REVIEW:

My Fairytale Life is a paranormal romance novel with tons of twist and turns, the story is well written fast paced and once you pick up this book you won’t want to put it down.  Heather M. White writing is easy to read, words flowed well and the character development is excellent.  I enjoyed all the character’s and cannot wait to read book 2 in this series.


We are first introduced to Jadyn when they are driving up to their new home in Miami, Jadyn and her father are now ex-vampire hunters.  Her dad has decided that Jadyn needs to live a normal life as a 17 year old girl and attend her senior year of high school.   Jadyn who doesn’t want to attend high school never mind living a normal life, she can’t’ for the life of her figure out why her dad wants to quit hunting vampires.  Jadyn’s mom and brother were killed by vampires and hunting them is the only life she knows.


During her first day of school Jayden meets Jermey an arrogant 6 foot tall cute boy who pushes Jadyn’s buttons right from the start.   Going to class and staying away from her classmates seems to be easy tasks until she comes across a few cheerleaders bullying another girl.  Of course she steps in and save’s Erica, who turns out to be a great friend to Jadyn and I ended up really liking her character and hope we see more of her.   As the day passes she also meets up with another boy who she is instantly attracted too. Beau is handsome and kind with a mysterious quality about him and Jayden can’t stop thinking about him. 


Throughout this story we see friendships develop, a love triangle is created as Jayden cannot stop thinking about Jeremy but still feels something for Beau.  Of course that is not all that happens many secrets are revealed and kept from her dad, realizing she may never lead the normal life he so wishes for her.  To make matters worse the new girl in school named Tabitha is a vampire and is out for Jayden’s blood.  Jayden learns that her and her dad killed Tabitha’s family and Tabitha is going to seek revenge.


My Fairytale life is a fantastic read, I have rated it 4.5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who loves to read paranormal romance novels.


The ending has a cliff-hanger and omg I hope Heather is writing fast as I really need to know what is going to happen next. Go purchase this book, it is one of the better YA Paranormal novels I have read to date.


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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Shadow Eyes

Shadow EyesShadow Eyes by Dusty Crabtree

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher:  Musa Publishing

Book Description:

Iris Kohl lives in a world populated by murky shadows that surround, harass, and entice unsuspecting individuals toward evil. But she is the only one who can see them. She’s had this ability to see the shadows, as well as brilliantly glowing light figures, ever since an obscure, tragic incident on her fourteenth birthday three years earlier.

Although she’s learned to cope, the view of her world begins to shift upon the arrival of three mysterious characters. First, a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows; second, a new friend with an awe-inspiring aura; and third, a mysterious and alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend.

As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, she must ultimately revisit the most horrific event of her life in order to learn her true identity and become the hero she was meant to be.

MY REVIEW:

Dusty Crabtree is a new and upcoming author, I was thrilled to read and review her novel Shadow Eyes. The cover, concept and the book description pulled me in and I knew I had to read this. Dusty’s writing is easy to read and her words flowed seamlessly, I truly enjoyed this novel and Dusty’s writing technique. I actually had a few books to read ahead of this book but my mistake was picking it up and taking a look through it, which then caused me not to put it down. The character descriptions are done well I found you really got to know the main characters which help you connect and feel for Iris. The plot is good and like I said it had me to where I couldn’t put the book down as I wanted to know what was going to happen. You know when your reading a book and you want to peak at the end so you have all the answers, that is what this novel was like for me.



We are introduced to Iris who is living with a deep dark secret; through her eyes she can see shadows, dark lingering scary shadows. These shadows seem to loom around certain people who she suspects are up to no good. Iris does everything she can to stay clear of the shadows, when too close she can feel the evil soaking through her skin. Her ability to see these shadows started after an incident she had at the age of 14, now 3 years later she still tries not to think of what happened to her. The suspense and understanding all gets unfolded gradually and the author keeps us wondering what is going on. Once in awhile in the distance Iris comes across a bright white light and knows this is goodness at work. Iris makes a few new friends and her new teacher seems to make her feel very safe and comfortable. Romance blossoms for Iris and she starts to feel like she is actually living her life fully. Then she meets another young boy and he stirs feelings inside her like no other has. This book just kept getting better and worse all at the same time. Worse only because I really wanted to know what was going to happen. So many times I was considering reading the ending.



I gave Shadow Eyes 4 stars; all I can truly say without giving away any spoilers is you must read this book. Shadow Eyes was a great read and I was so glad to find out what in the world was going on, the suspense almost killed me and I struggled not reading the end.



I will recommend this book to all my friends and I look forward to reading anything Dusty Crabtree writes.


To purchase:  Musa Publishing



I'VE BEEN BOOKED TAGGED!!


I've been book tagged from Kerry at Musings of a Bookworm!!

She has thought up ten awesome questions for me to answer.  Here's how book tagging works:

The Rules
1. Post the rules (Check!)
2. Answer the questions that the tagger asked of you and then make 10 questions of your own for other people to answer.
3. Tag ten people and link them in your post.
4. Let them know that you tagged them!
(I don't know if I'll be able to come up with ten people)
Here are the questions Kerry asked of me:


1. What was your favourite book of 2011?

    I would have to say my favorite book would be Reason to
    Breathe by Rebecca Donovan. It's one of those novels you
    read and I could never forget.


2. If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?

    I would say Carol Lynne or Stephani Hecht.  Why is because
    I love their books and series will read anything they write.

3. If you could interview on character from a book who would it be and why?

    Christian Grey, from Fifty Shades of Grey, I have fallen in 
    lust  with this charater.

4. Besides reading what are your other interest?

    Lately I would say spending time on my blog and learning how
    to make it look better.  Working in my group on
    Goodreads "Making Connections" where I have met so many new
    authors, and helping or at least trying to promote their books,
    and finding other members to read/review their books.

    In general though, I love my work and if not reading and
    on goodreads I would say I enjoy spending spending time
    with my friends and family, watching tv, and listening to music.

5. What is your favourite series of books?

    The most recent one I've loved is Fifty Shades of Grey,
     Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

6. If you had to give ONE of your own books away to a stranger, what book would it be and why?

    Fifty Shades of Grey, why because I loved this series and I
    think everyone should read all 3 books.

7. What is the highest amount of books you have read in a month?

    I have never counted but would say over 25.

8. Is there a genre of books you don't read?

    I do not enjoy historical fiction.

9. What was the first book that got your fired up about reading?

    It would be A Reason To Breathe or A Red - Tainted   
    Silence. After reading both these book I had no choice but
    too email the authors.

10. Where is the most exotic place you have ever read a book?

     My Bed LOL.

Okay so here are my ten questions:

1.  What is your favorite Genre and why?
2.  If you could be any character in a book who would that be?
3. What is your favorite book of all time? Why?
4.  What do you read your books on? Nook/Ipad/Kindle/laptop etc.?
5.  How many books do you plan to read in 2012?
6.  Where is your favorite spot at home to sit and read.
7.  If you were stranded on a island what 5 books would you take with you?
8.  If you were to name your life as in a book title what would it be called?
9.  If you could ask the author of your favorite series to write another book what series would that be?
10. How much do you enjoy being tagged or given awards on your blog?

Ok here is my list of the ten people  I have tagged.

1.    Terri My Book Boyfriend
2.    Alana Dark Obsession Chronicles
3.    Karla Book Addict
4.    Tt  Never Ending Stories
5.    A.M Hargrove  Her Blog
6.    Tess  My Pathway to Books
7.    Kristine  Her Blog
8.    Faye  A Daydreamer's Thoughts
9.    Vic  Open House
10.   Janiera This Is From My Heart









Saturday, 18 February 2012

Death by Chocolate Book Tour


Death by Chocolate- The paranormal young adult anthology with a cocoa twist.

Authors Suz Korb, Cheryl Carvajal, Nikki Jefford, Kira Saito, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, and Lucy Swing

Buy Links: Amazon, Smashwords

Back in Time by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Nothing in Aurelia Lemon's life is turning out how she'd planned. She's unemployed, unattached, and her family bakery is on the verge of closing. To make matters worse, the guy she dumped in high school is doing well and getting rich off of one of her departed mother's recipes. It would take a miracle to right everything she's done wrong. Or maybe just a phone call and the chance to go Back in Time.


Sweet Witchery by Cheryl J. Carvajal

Catalena is only one of many dreamers in a small medieval town in Romania. When the witch Ramnusia opens her chocolate shoppe, suddenly dreams turn into reality. The chocolates are divine, but their power is greater than their sweetness. Miracles abound, dreams come true, and Ramnusia's magic confections become the talk of the town. But if these chocolates can make dreams come true, will they win for Catalena the deepest dream of her heart?


Spellbound by Nikki Jefford

Two months after dying, Graylee Perez wakes up in her identical twin sister, Charlene’s body.

As the daughter of a witch, can anyone blame her mother for attempting to bring her back to life? Only now Gray’s stuck sharing her sister’s body 50/50 in 24 hour shifts.

The race is on for Gray to find a way back into her body before Charlene purges her from existence.

Warlock Raj McKenna is rumored to meddle in the black arts, not to mention he’s after Gray’s invisibility spell and worse – her heart. But Raj might be the only one powerful enough to save Gray from fading away forever.

Bloody Valentine by Lucy Swing

One by one the girls of Hollow High disappear and when Bailey receives a heart-shaped box filled with chocolates she might be next.

Sweet Torture by Kira Saito

Sixteen year old Claudia Bernstein is obsessed with two things: chocolate and Dante Torres. However, being an invisible minion to Upper East Side princess Beatrice Wildenbert isn't helping her get anywhere with her dream guy.

Everything changes over Christmas break when Dante actually starts noticing her.

But are Dante's intentions as pure as they seem? When Claudia finds herself in the middle of a cruel prank, she decides to take revenge. But is revenge enough? Or will she finally realize that her own worst enemy is herself?

The Girl with Three Heads by Suz Korb

Kate wakes up on the morning of the Death by Chocolate fundraiser event to discover she has two extra heads resting upon each of her shoulders. She is not pleased about this. She's even more displeased when she discovers the head on her right shoulder (which looks like Santa Claus, complete with fluffy white beard) is actually Zeus, lord of lightning, or something like that. The head on her left shoulder? Yeah, it's the head of Hera; goddess-of-looking-like-a-blonde-bombshell and getting on Kate's nerves by shouting in her ear all the time.

Will Kate ever rid herself of these two extra heads? Will she ever get to experience an actual kiss from a boy without extra-head-situation interruptions? Join Kate as she struggles to survive being flung into the Underworld, as well as eventually landing upon Mount Olympus.

Just because she's got two extra craniums doesn't mean either head is an extra set of useful brains.


Lucy Swing is a mother of two and a wife to a Firefighter/Paramedic. She is the author of the upcoming paranormal YA romance novel "Feathermore". She is a Goodreads author and you can find out more about her writing endeavours on her Website.

My Review:




BLOODY VALENTINE by Lucy Swing.

Lucy Swing has written a short story in this anthology called Bloody Valentine.   Her writing is excellent the story flowed so well that before I knew it I was on the last page.   I was a little disappointed at the end but it was only because I wanted more. 

This short story is about a young woman name Bailey that has been having horrible nightmares.   She is not sure what is going on but her dreams are so vivid it’s like she is seeing things that haven’t happened yet.   When girls start to go missing and she knows something is wrong, she recalls her dreams and just knows there is a connection.  When her best friends goes missing Bailey heads out to search for her taking clues, maps and directions from her dreams.  Bailey doesn’t realize she is walking straight into a trap; she soon finds out that she trusted the wrong person and the one person who she was afraid of was the one who wanted to protect her all along.

This is a great short story, and Lucy Swing’s story telling is excellent.  I definitely will go check out her other books.

My name is Lucy Swing and I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. I talk about life, writing and do book reviews on my Blog. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.







Monday, 13 February 2012

The Iron Maiden Blog Tour

Welcome to The Iron Maiden Blog Tour!
Please Welcome Resa Nelson, author of The Dragonslayer Series.

Resa Nelson has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop.

Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.


Her first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award, the highest honor in science fiction and fantasy. It was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in a 4-book series. Book 2, The Iron Maiden, was recently published. Book 3 is scheduled for publication in Summer 2012.
Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
In real life, Resa is a fan of chocolate, travel, summer, museums, ballet, movies, and Broadway musicals (her favorites are Les Miserables and Wicked).  She lives in Massachusetts.
 Synopsis for The Dragonslayer’s Sword (Book 1)

  For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover--the dragonslayer--disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning.Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child.Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains. With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much...or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace?

Synopsis for The Iron Maiden (Book 2)

Astrid is reluctant to travel the winter route beyond the Northlands, even though it’s her duty. She’d rather stay home in her village, surrounded by friends and neighbors. Ignoring the bonds of tradition, she decides to spend the cold winter months in the warmth of her blacksmithing shop. Why should she leave the comfort of her cottage to serve and protect foreigners who might raid and harm her native Northlands?
Everything changes when a traveling merchant steals Starlight, the first dragonslayer’s sword Astrid forged and her last link to her sweetheart DiStephan. Having no time to alert her friends, Astrid races in pursuit of the merchant, determined to reclaim Starlight as her own and return home in time for dinner. Instead, her quest leads her to new lands, unexpected friendships with foreigners, and a harrowing encounter with the damage done by the followers of a new god that considers women as nothing more than servants to men. All the while, she must be ready to face any dragon traveling the winter route.
In Book 2 of the Dragonslayer series, Astrid must learn that deciding who she is isn’t a decision she can make just once. It’s a decision she must make every day.

Now, enjoy the interview!

1. Did you always want to be a writer? And what inspired you to write?


 Yes!  I knew by the time I was 8 or 9 years old that I wanted to be a writer.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always made up stories to entertain myself, and I liked the idea of sharing those stories with other people.


2. How would you describe The Dragonslayer's Sword and The Iron Maiden ( The Dragonslayer Series #2 )?


 The main character is Astrid, who we meet in childhood.  She’s rejected by her family and given to a childseller because she’s covered from head to toe in scars, the result of having been chewed up and spit out by a dragon.  She grows up to become a blacksmith, falls in love with a dragonslayer – and then the life she has created for herself begins to fall apart at the seams.  The Dragonslayer’s Sword is all about Astrid and how she makes sense of what happens in her life.  The Iron Maiden stretches beyond the world Astrid already knows.  Astrid is challenged to help foreigners, but she has no use for them.  She’s right in thinking that foreigners could come along and try to invade and take over her country, but she learns that most foreigners aren’t like that.  It’s a big lesson for her.


3. Which character you had most fun writing?


 In the Dragonslayer’s Sword, there are a couple of minor characters I introduce mostly for the sake of comic relief.  They’re brigands who attack Astrid, and she fights back using the only weapons she has at hand, which happen to be her blacksmithing tools.  She leaves one of the brigands with a lump on his forehead and the other with a broken nose.  She never learns their real names, so she thinks of them as Lumpy and Broken Nose.  These two men are lifelong friends who interact like an old married couple, always bickering and taking issue with each other.  When I first wrote them, they made me laugh so much that I knew I had to get them off stage quickly – otherwise, they’d threaten to take over the whole book!  They come back in a couple of other books in this series, and I’m always delighted to see them.  They make me laugh out loud.


4. What was your main source of inspiration for this series?


 Years ago I was propositioned by a co-worker (a married man with young children) and felt horrified because I had trusted him as a colleague.  I thought we had a good work friendship, but he had something else in mind.  I ended up writing a short story (called The Dragonslayer’s Sword) to exorcise my feelings about what had happened.  The story was published in Science Fiction Age magazine, and the reader response was very strong.  I came up with an idea that I loved for expanding the short story into a novel, and once I started writing the novel I realized the story was much bigger than I had first imagined – so it became a 4-book series.  All this because some jerk thought he could manipulate me!


5. What should readers expect from The Dragonslayer's Sword and The Iron Maiden ( The Dragonslayer Series #2 )?


 That’s a good question.  The books are pretty dark and violent.  I’m a pacifist, and so is my main character, Astrid.  I believe Americans have become desensitized to violence, and whenever I write about violence my intent is express violence as a horrible thing.  Because my books are dark, I also look for every opportunity to add humor to lighten things up.  Astrid is a strong woman who takes action.  She has her moments when she doubts herself or struggles, but she learns and grows throughout the series.  Thematically, in Book 1 I’m saying that each of us has the power to decide who we are.  With the help of others, Astrid learns she must decide who she is before she can stand up inside her own skin.  This theme grows and expands with each book.  At the same time, there’s a lot of action and adventure, as well as lots of twists and turns.  My readers tell me my books are page-turners, and it’s common for people to read one of my books in a day or two.  My readers also tell me they like to re-read my books.


6. How did you come up with the title of your book?


 I kept the same title as the short story.  But when I wrote the novel, the dragonslayer’s sword took on a richer and deeper meaning than in the short story.  The first dragonslayer’s sword Astrid makes is an important character throughout the entire series.


7. What books have most influenced your life most?


 Bang The Drum Slowly is a mainstream novel about baseball players and life and death.  I first read the book when I was in high school, and have read it several times throughout my life.  Every time I read it, I get something new out of it.  That’s the kind of book I strive to write:  a book whose meaning can grow and change over the course of time.

 When I was younger, I was influenced by books by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, and Agatha Christie.


8. What are your current projects?

 I just finished writing the last book in my Dragonslayer series, and I’m in the thinking and planning phase for my next series.  The Dragonslayer series is modeled on a medieval time period, and my new series is probably either going to take place in the modern day or it might be steampunk.  I haven’t decided yet.


9. Do you see writing as a career?

 I’ve always considered writing to be my career.  Even before I sold my first short story, I considered myself a professional writer.  In addition, in the past I’ve supported myself by working as a journalist and as a technical writer.

10. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? 

 My readers are extremely helpful.  They do everything from giving me solid feedback on my work to helping me figure out problems.  My experience with my readers shows up in my work.  Sometimes I name characters after my readers.  Sometimes I write scenes based on things my readers tell me they’d like to see in my work.  It’s so great!

11. Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

 Like most writers, I have so many ideas for books that I’ll never be able to write them all.  I hope to write as many books as I can.  I love writing series but I also like writing standalone novels.  I will probably write mostly fantasy novels, but I like to switch it up and write different kinds of novels – otherwise, I get bored.  And, believe me, if I get bored, you’re going to get bored.  When I write short stories, I write fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and I often blend mystery and historical with one or more of those genres.  My goal is to go with the flow and just see where my writing takes me.

12. What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?

 I was thrilled.  It’s so difficult to get published, and most writers experience a lot of rejection before breaking through.  I think I was in a state of shock for several days when my first novel had been accepted.  When I saw the cover for the first book, for the first five seconds I was disappointed.  But then I had an epiphany:  I understood the cover and I also understood why the cover doesn’t necessarily perfectly match the story between the covers.  One thing I love about my publisher is that they invest a lot of time and effort in designing really great cover art, and I love every cover they’ve created for my books.

13. Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?


 Now that I’ve finished writing the Dragonslayer series, I’m going to take a few months and write some new short stories.  At the same time I’ll be thinking through the next series I want to write.  I’ve always loved ghost stories (there are ghosts in my Dragonslayer series), so I think the new series will focus more on them.  But I’m not sure.  That could change at any moment.


14. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your book?


 When write The Dragonslayer’s Sword, I did a lot of research.  In addition to library research, I learned how to use medieval weapons and I took a course in blacksmithing.  Astrid is a blacksmith who makes weapons for dragonslayers, so I wanted to learn as much as I could about the kind of work she does.  My course in blacksmithing lasted 10 weeks, and I loved it.  After I completed the course, I discovered that I come from a long line of blacksmiths.  In fact, there are currently three generations in my family who are blacksmithing today!  And one of my ancestors had the middle name “Hammer”!  It makes me wonder if there was some kind of genetic memory that made me want to write about a blacksmith.


15. Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers? 

 Feedback is always helpful.  Hearing how readers respond to my work always gives me something to think about.


16. What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?

Several people at my publishing house are involved with cover design.  As I said, it’s a real priority for them.  I’m very fortunate in that they give authors the option to request artists.  Ana Winson is the artist of the cover of The Dragonslayer’s Sword, and I’ve requested her ever since.  She’s done the art for all of my covers, and I love her work.  It’s exquisite!

17. What was the hardest part of writing your book?




To read my review of The Dragonslayer’s Sword (Book 1) click here: My Review
To read my review of The Iron Maiden (Book 2) click here: My Review










 Typically, ending it and letting go of the characters.
 Any last thoughts or words of wisdom you would like to share with the readers?
I’m always grateful to readers who are willing to take a leap of faith and try books by authors they haven’t read before.  I’m very picky about what I read (mostly because reading means I have to give up writing time), so I appreciate the trust and sense of adventure it takes to try a new author.

And thanks to you, Tana, for taking a chance on me and my work!  I really appreciate your reading my books and being a host for my blog tour – thank you so much!

Resa Nelson’s links:
Resa’s website:  http://www.resanelson.com    
Free “mini” ebook of Dragonslayer short stories: 
GoodReads giveaway: 
Facebook page: 
Trailer for The Iron Maiden:  http://youtu.be/J5KwiPj2aRo
Email:  ContactResa@aol.com
Ebooks ($4.99 each) are available directly from Mundania Press at:  http://mundania.com/author.php?author=Resa+Nelson (get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)
Paperbacks are available from Mundania Press, Amazon, and Barnes&Noble:
(get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)

Friday, 10 February 2012

SURVIVAL & RESURRECTION BLOG TOUR










One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

"Hello."
"Boss, is that you?"
"Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?"
"Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate."
"Why ever would I want to do that?"
"Because I quit you idiot!"

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

"Hi yummy hubby, can you pick me up at Starbucks?"
"Sure... Having some car trouble?"
"Not at all. I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job."
"WHAT?!"
"It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist."

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival is her first book in the series and her second, Resurrection will be released in January.
If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but....

Summary:


Survival (Book 1 of the Guardians of Vesturon), a YA paranormal romance


"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."


While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.

MY REVIEW:

Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1)

By A.M. Hargrove

Survival like the title says is a YA paranormal romance novel, A.M.Hargrove has excellent writing skills this book is well written, the descriptions were good and not overly done, the character development was well thought out and it helped us know a bit about each person we encounter in the story.  I was quite surprised on how much I was enjoying this book; it held my interest so much that I couldn’t stop reading and I ending up reading the whole book in one sitting.   I really liked the fact that this book was a bit different from the other paranormal books I’ve read lately, instead of vampires or werewolf’s we were reading about beings from another world.  Even though these beings are from another planet and more advance then us humans they are still very human like so it wasn’t as far fetch as you would think.   There are some sad parts where I had to find my Kleenex and wipe my tears and then there were parts that I laughed out loud, I like when an author can make you feel actual emotions.

A brief overview of this story without giving too much away, I would say this is a story of a young woman who has had to deal with an enormous amount of loss in her life.  She is a strong, independent and a heroic character, I love reading about strong independent women.  She works through some of her losses and survives and heads to college.  She ends up making a few good friends and her life seems to be going well.  On a hiking trip during the holidays she ends up getting captured by a very evil man who likes to hunt and kill the women he has taken.  Being the survivor she is she plans her escape.  Barely surviving this horrific experience she is rescued by a tall handsome mysterious man who helps her recover from her injuries and they both end up feeling a strong connection to each other.  Knowing that this cannot happen as they are both from different worlds he walks away.  Soon he realizes his mistake and he goes back to find her, she is in the same situation as him she hasn’t been able to forgot him either.   But is it possible for the two of them to be together, can she leave the only man she has ever felt safe with?   Will the mad man find her again?   Will she survive this time?   These are all questions you have to go find out by reading this book.

I would recommend this book to any of my friends who enjoy the paranormal romance books.

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  • February 1 - Jaime Morris - Blurb Click here to read the blurb.


  • February 3 - Tess Watson - Survival Review Click here to read the Survival review.

  • February 6 - Ning - Survival Review Click here to read the Survival review.


  • February 8 - Tess Watson - Interview Click here to read the character interview.


  • February 10 - Tana - Survival Review


  • February 13 - Mouji - Survival Review


  • February 22 - Ning - Interview


  • February 24 - Tess Watson - Resurrection Review


  • February 27 - Nicole Rodriguez - Survival Review

    This time we will only be holding one big giveaway. The giveaway will begin on February 1st and end on February 29. There will be a grand prize(e-book copy of Resurrection and a $10 Amazon giftcard), and two e-book copies of Resurrection(#2 in the series) will be given away, too. You can find Book #1: Survival, for free here. The Rafflecopter form will be found on the member's post, and down below(links will guide you to where you need to comment to gain an entry).



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