Monday, May 20, 2013
Lost In Time
Hidden in the shadows of the Infernos, Celeste is surrounded by the protection of Dante and her brothers. She is a Demon/Reaper a being that should never have been. An elite fighter, Celeste has honed her fighting skills and is a deadly weapon for Dante. Her one weakness? A Fallen Angel she has loved for two centuries.
Marcus a Fallen Angel knew the unconditional love of the Gods, and Angels. But he fell to the mortal plane in dishonor. Five hundred years ago he fell for a mortal, but she spurned him. Taking a vow of celibacy he has dedicated himself to fighting the evils of the world. Believing that he will one day be worthy of his lost mortals love as well as redemption from the Angels who turned him away.
One of the First… Calliope has been released onto the mortal plane. His one and only goal is to destroy Dante and the Reapers. Taking his rightful place as the ruler of the Infernos.
The only weapon that can kill Calliope is the Black Sword, a sword so evil only one creature in existence can carry it. Celeste. But she can’t hunt down Calliope on her own. She is forced to partner with the one being she wants more than life itself, Marcus.
Can a Reaper/Demon and a Fallen Angel work together to kill Calliope before he succeeds in taking over the Infernos and releasing hell on earth?
Who am I?
This is a tough question to answer, it would be cliché’ to say: "I'm whoever you want me to be." (Wink, wink)
However, the bare facts are, I'm a mother of 2, a wife of almost 20 years, a daughter, sister, friend, loud obnoxious cubical partner. (Seriously, we aren't meant to be stuck together, in tiny boxes like this.)
I have a B.S. Degree in Information Technology. And I want nothing more in the world than to be a published author of Urban Fantasy Romance.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Salt Lake City, UT. called West Jordan. Where I live, about 2 miles from the home I grew up in. World traveler I am not.
I currently work a full time day job as a Business Analyst which is a fancy term for I work on a computer all day. (boooo, this technical stuff makes my muse cry). Nuff said. One day I will be a full time writer. Until then, I shall slog along at my day job.
So if I'm not working the day job or writing. You will find me reading, which is my greatest past time. Unless, my family has kidnapped me! Taken me out of my comfort zone! Away from running water, and a flushing toilet, away from electricity and God forbid Wi-Fi. (It makes no sense to want leave the city!! There are things outside of the city that can kill, and eat you. NO thanks.) Camping, they’ve taken me camping….. (sniff sniff).
Or you might find me cycling, which is my new hobby, even though I tend to crash a lot! My husband calls me crash, but I love it. When I cycle I feel free, my brain and all my characters are quiet, and I can think. After 20 miles or so I am able to internalize my next moves not only in life but in writing as well. I am a true believe that everyone needs this type of release. You just have to find what that release is for you.
I obsessively stalk Twitter, Facebook, and lurk in Yahoo groups rarely making comments. I’m working on that part, wish me luck.
I love music and if I am I ever seen without my iPhone I have been kidnapped by aliens and every action should be taken to retrieve the real me.
What if they don’t have running water, flushing toilets, electricity or…say it isn’t possible Wi-Fi in space??
I had previously read Christie's Other Book, Shadow Play and loved it, so I was really excited to start this one. (: I was glad to see the characters from Shadow Play make a reappearance without distracting from the main characters in this book.
I really enjoyed what the author did with the story-line, and the direction she went with the different paranormal entities: the reapers, angels, fallen angels, hunters, elementals, etc (You get it... lol). I love how the angels were not all sunshine and goodness. I mean, some of them were compete JERKS. I wanted to slap that one chick a few times. [she who shall not be named] Another plus? The reapers were all siblings and their father was Dante, the ruler of the underworld (not to be confused with Hell. The underworld is not hell and Dante is not the Devil. It is more of an.... er... inbetween? I guess.... maybe... either way, it was pretty cool) And the reapers are more loyal than angels. Go figure! I love how the dynamics are not what you would expect. Keeps it interesting. (:
Celeste: I love Celeste's character. I do not want to spoil what she is for anyone, but that girl did not have it easy and I found myself, on several occasions wondering why everyone was so cruel to her. I mean, some of the stuff they said was a little over and above what was called for, if you know what I mean. I love that addition to the story, though. Everyone hating on a reaper? I mean, come on! Awesome. And Celeste, herself, was just a complete badass! She was wiping the floor with her opponents every chance she got! An excellant badass and an endearing heroine? A fantastic combination, if you ask me.
Marcus: For someone who fell for being a good guy, he sure was an ass on some parts. But for the most part, I loved him. (: I was super SUPER happy that the book was written in alternating points of view! I got to get inside his head and figure things out as he was. I love knowing what both of the characters are thinking. It sucks me into the book more than following only one character would. Anyway, he is awesome. That is all.
I loved the relationship Celeste had with her brothers, especially Victor. They were such....... siblings. lol. (: In any case, that was one of my favorite parts. The fact that although their father is freaking Dante and they live in the Underworld, they still have that sweet- albeit violence filled- family bond. *grins*
AH! I almost forgot to discuss the Villain! I love villains Um.. this guy was a little strange and I may not have completely understood him (maybe because home- boy was crazy..) but he was a scary mo- fo, so that counts for something! (:
The Ending? The Ending? The.....Ending? I am not even going to get into the ending.. ok. maybe a little. At first, I did not know how to react to a certain part of the ending... but after some consideration, I think it deserves some props.
*nods head approvingly accompanied by shrug*
I will take it! And I will not forget it anytime soon, because my, what a memorable conclusion. (:
This book was pretty darn good. It had romance [ooh and a spicy adult romance at that- loooved it], some mystery, some bullying (lol), a cool twist on some paranormal elements, and character guest appearances from her other book! (yay!)
Whoah, I do have one more nitpick. This is the first book in a series. However, if I had not read the other book by this author, I would have been completely lost (instead of just sort of lost. lol). Since the books are labeled in a separate series, this book will definitely be confusing unless you read Shadow Play first. A bunch is re- explained, but I feel like some stuff is sort of left up to previous knowledge of some of the characters. But other than that, a very entertaining read! <3
Hey everybody! Today, I have the honor of revealing the cover for Frankie Rose's upcoming New Adult Novel, Icarus Rise! Woo! I know, cue the excitement! Whoa- wait, reign in your excitement for a moment. I need to get some other stuff out of the way before you can see the cover. ;) I know. I'm so cruel. [Oh, you love it.]
As a child, I was always accused of being bookish because I wore glasses- big, horrible, ugly ones with too-thick lenses. Those kids, the super smart ones who always know which tender insecurities to poke at in order to provoke life-long complexes, used to accuse me of reading too many books and that my eyes were going to rot out of my head (their words, not mine!)
The truth of the matter was a little more embarrassing: I used to sit too close to the T.V. That was the reason why I had to wear glasses, but kids don’t really care about small, insignificant details like the truth, and so I was labelled a nerd. The label kinda stuck, and after some sage advice from my awesome nana (nana, you rock!) I decided that if I was going to be abused for my supposed literary obsession, I might as well develop one.
I guess that’s how I got into books and reading at an early age. Since then, I’ve been ripping through books like they’re going out of fashion, which, thankfully, they’re not. Good thing, too, because I’m a writer now, and books are my business!
Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me on my journey- look for your names in the acknowledgements!
And now.... The Cover! I know. You already scrolled down to see it before you ever read anything. But just let me have my moment, okay! O.O <3
Let me know what you think about this fabulous Cover in the comments. I am super excited about this. The Suspense is killing me!
Iris Breslin is on a mission with only one goal: escape Breakwater, Wyoming, where her family’s horrific history is common knowledge. New York couldn’t be more different to her small town upbringing, but better still, absolutely no one at Syracuse University knows of the brutal murders her father committed before taking his own life when she was fourteen years old. For the first time, Iris has friends, a career plan, a regular life.
Jake Stafford grew up in Breakwater. Discovering Charlie Breslin’s body on his first day as a cop may have snared Jake in the Breslin family nightmare, but the truth is that he was already involved long before. Now a part of the NYPD, Jake remains entangled in the five year old mystery—a mystery he intends to solve. That isn’t going to be an easy task, especially with Iris back in his life. Jake must fight to convince the girl he loves that his feelings are genuine, and not some sick obsession with a man who once helped him when no one else would. His hidden secrets are darker than Iris can possibly imagine, but can she drop her guard long enough to uncover them?
Sunday, May 19, 2013
by: Lisa Voisin
by: Lisa Voisin
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.
I freaking loved this book. I am not that big of a fan of angel books, so I did not think I was going to like it that much, but I was pleasantly surprised. (:
The main character, Mia is so adorable and I just wanted to shield her from the bad things that happened in this book. I enjoyed reading from her perspective and slowly finding things out about her past as she discovered them. I also felt that those discoveries, and the story itself, were well paced.
I love how her character has a fascination with archaeology and past civilizations. (: It makes her a more interesting character who was not completely in the dark about everything. Nicely done.
Michael. Damiel. Ah, teenage Angst. The popular love triange. I was not too bummed out by the prospect of the love triangle because it wasn't really a triangle, you know? (: So I didn't have to hate the main character for it. Which, sadly, happens. But not in this case!
I loved the supporting characters, like her best friends and classmates. And no teenage love story is complete without a school bully making someone's life a living hell. It had all the dynamics of a good romance with fascinating paranormal elements. I do not want to give too much away, because I hate spoiling books, but this one character is a total bad-ass villain! And you know how I love my bad guys bad.
I read it all in two sittings (I started in the middle of the night and passed out with my kindle snuggled in my arms. awkward) Sheer exhaustion was the only thing that was going to get me to stop reading it. And yes, before you ask, I did dream about Michael and Damiel. ;) haha.
The Feelings! :|
The Romance! ;)
The Betrayal! D:
The Villain! muahaha.
This book was engaging, well- written, and- being a book about angels& demons/ heaven&hell- did not totally suffocate me with too many religious aspects. I loved it! <3 Loved it, I tell you! And people, the cover did not hurt either.
I mean, it was not all Sunshine and unicorns. I am just blocking the part out of my head so I am not traumatized O.O It is not exactly a light- hearted read, but then it is not exactly a heart- breaking read... It's somewhere in the middle. I guess. I just got finished reading it, so my feelings about that aspect are still a little unclear.
What is clear? Um. I loved it. :|
And I want you to write more books [Lisa]. Now. :P
If you would like to know more about this author or her book, click on the "The Watcher" tab at the top of the page, or click on the "The Watcher" image on the left sidebar. ;) I would encourage you to follow the tour, but I am the last stop. :P I know, they saved the best for last! And you guys, Tiffany and I may have a surprise in store for you involving this book later on in the blogoversary giveaways!