Spotlight, Author Guest Post & Giveaway for In Shadows of Magic

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In Shadows of Magic

by Alison F Prince

Published July 11, 2013 by Astraea Press

Mandy McKinney lives the charmed life. She is beautiful, athletic, popular, dating the hottest jock in school, and certainly doesn’t have any time for her loser twin sister. But Mandy also has a secret. When the truth is unveiled, her world is twisted upside down, and her very life is at stake.

Mandy’s twin sister, Brianna, has never had any success in the dating department. When Brianna finally meets the guy of her dreams, it turns out that he has secrets of his own. Dangerous secrets. Just her luck.

The twins are about to be swept away into a world of beauty and power beyond their wildest imaginations where nothing is what is seems, danger is lurking in the shadows, and their only chance of survival is finding themselves, and each other, once again.

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Alison F. Prince lives in Hoboken, NJ where she works as a school psychologist (M.A. Marist College), author, and jeweler. She is the author of In Shadows of Magic, a new YA novel out from Astraea Press (2013). 

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Mandy McKinney is the most popular girl in school.   She’s the head cheerleader, star softball player, the life of the party, and Spring Queen every year.  But she’s not happy.  She’s just going through the motions every day.  The truth is:  Mandy has a big secret.  She’s a witch, and she uses her magical powers to enhance her appearance and athletic performance.  Mandy isn’t really any good at cheer leading, and she doesn’t care about softball.  Mandy wishes she was brave enough to do what she really loves, but her social life would suffer if she spent her time reading and bird watching instead of partying with the beautiful people.

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Mandy’s twin sister, Brianna, doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd.  She doesn’t wear the right clothes.  She’s never invited to the cool parties.  She doesn’t hang with the in-crowd.  But Brianna finds her passion in music.  She takes up playing the guitar, and her friends join together to form a band.  Even though Brianna struggles to learn the chords, her friends are supportive.  They practice hard, and sign up for the Battle of the Bands.  But without magical powers, will Brianna be able to perform?

Join witches Brianna and Mandy on their magical journey of self discovery in the new Young Adult Paranormal novel by Alison F. Prince, In Shadows of Magic.
To learn more about In Shadows of Magic and author Alison F. Prince, check out these links!

In Shadows of Magic Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/InShadowsofMagic

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Book Spotlight: Hidden (Hiding From Love #1)

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Hidden (Hiding From Love #1) by Selena Laurence

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Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: July 23, 2013

Book Description

Nick Carlisle comes to Hawaii to hide—from what happened during his military service in Afghanistan, from relationships, from his future. Lyndsey Anderson came to Hawaii to hide too—from the man who abused her, from the sacrifices she made, from her dark past. But when Nick meets Lyndsey, Hawaii gets a whole lot hotter, and they find they can’t hide their hearts. As Nick fights to come to terms with what he’s done, Lyndsey struggles to forgive herself for the choices she’s made. But when the dangerous past threatens the beautiful present, can they survive to learn how to love? And who will finally reveal what’s hidden?

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About the Author

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I love to write romantic stuff that helps you get away. Life can be a grind, and things like jobs and school and dirty dishes make Jill a dull girl – and me too! So, I write Contemporary and New Adult romances about hot guys and smart girls and cool places. It’s an Escape from the Everyday.

Author Links

Facebook Author Profile Link:  http://www.facebook.com/SelenaLaurenceRomanceAuthor
Facebook Page Link (If Available):  http://www.facebook.com/SelenaLaurence
Goodreads Profile Link:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6995625.Selena_Laurence
Website Link: http://www.selenalaurence.com      

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Review & Giveaway for The Do Over

The Do Over

The Do Over by A.L. Zaun

The Do Over

Release date: May 20th, 2013

Age Group: Adult

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

 Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

 Goodreads –  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17381854-the-do-over

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Book Description

Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Daniela, aka Dani. After a painful break-up with Rick, Dani decides she doesn’t want to deal with the hassles of relationship.

After almost two years, Dani’s friends stage an intervention, forcing her out of her holding pattern and back into the real world of dating. 

Liam, a down to earth firefighter, may be just the person to show her she’s still worth something. Their chemistry is instant and electric. But will Dani be able to trust her patched-up heart with him? 

And what will happen when Rick decides he’ll go to any lengths to get her back?

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Book Review

The Do Over is a book about getting second chances, trusting in love, and taking risks. At first glance, I thought this book was going was going to have the predictable plot of two men battling to win the heart of one woman they both love. However, as I read this book, I was pleased to see that Zaun deviates from the typical love triangle plot by depicting less than perfect characters whose lives have become stagnant. Each one is looking for that special someone to add the spark back into their lives. The central question in the book is whether they are looking in the right direction.

Three main characters dominate this story: Daniela, Rick, and Liam who provide their own point-of-views to enrich the storyline and advance the plot. Daniela Ruiz known as Dani has experienced a crushing heartbreak over her breakup with Rick Marin, an egotistical jerk who didn’t deserve the commitment Dani was willing to give. I have to question though whether Dani really loved Rick or whether she was just in love with idea of being in love. Unfortunately,  two years later Dani still hasn’t moved on with her life. Instead, she escapes into a fictional world where book boyfriends may come and go, but her heart remains safe.  I love how she describes her reading obsession:

 “I would dive into my stories and become distracted in their dramas, falling in love with the romantic heroes each and every time. My love affairs with my book boyfriends were short lived. I was a book slut.”

Fortunately, Dani has two amazingly loyal friends, Candace and Macy, who decide to intervene when they see that her reading habits have become a deterrent to her social life.  Dani, however, likes the safety of her comfort zone until she meets one very sexy Liam Lucas, a lieutenant with the local fire department. Liam’s instant attraction to Dani and his flirtatious comments rival those book boyfriends that Dani keeps close by, and she begins to rethink her reclusive lifestyle. Hmm…maybe she should take a chance again, and Liam certainly turns her head.

Liam is almost too perfect to me. He definitely meets Dani’s criteria of the ideal book boyfriend brought to life.  However, she is still reluctant to put her heart out there.  Liam, too, has had his share of heartbreak but finds in Dani, what he hasn’t felt in a long time: “When I first saw her eyes looking up at me, she was an unexpected surprise. Now with her in my arms, I knew she was a gift I had no intention of letting go.” The genuine feelings Liam has for Dani are heart melting and downright swoon-worthy!

Before I can sigh and think this is the HEA they are both looking for, Rick decides he’s tired of his playboy lifestyle. When he sees Dani again, he begins to regret letting her go, and  he wants her back. She was good for him, the right kind of girl that should be by his side.  However, he knows he needs to change if he wants to earn her forgiveness and get a second chance. Rick forges an unlikely alliance with Madison, a woman who guarantees she can help him slowly break down Dani’s defenses so that she will reconsider getting back together with him. Yet, it becomes obvious early on that Madison isn’t helping Rick out of the goodness of her heart. She has her own motives for whipping the selfish, egotistical Rick into becoming a better man.  Madison appears to be a tough, no-nonsense type of woman, but behind that façade is a woman filled with pain.  Unfortunately, Madison’s story never gets told, but I found myself really looking forward to the interactions between the two.  Madison knows the real Rick and still is willing to be there for him, but she refuses to put up with his arrogant, self-serving attitude.

As Dani and Liam grow closer, Rick’s scheming and manipulative actions begin to slowly chip away the confidence Dani has in her relationship with Liam, who treats her with love, kindness, and respect that all women deserve. Rick does his best to show Dani he’s changed and that he wants her back, and gradually she begins to fall back into a comfortable, although platonic pattern of spending time with him. She hides her secret meetings from her friends and from Liam but not without guilt that eventually overwhelms her.

By developing the story from the three main characters’ point-of-views, Zaun gave me plenty of opportunities to analyze each character’s real motivation behind their actions compared to their supposed feelings. Even though Rick and Dani’s secret meetings are seemingly innocent, both are drowning in denial, and it is denial that serves as the catalyst building to a painful climax where the truth is revealed.

Some aspects of the plot were predictable, and the outcome was what I expected. On the other hand, there were several relational aspects that I felt were left hanging without any clear foreshadowing of what to expect, and there are minor cliffhangers waiting for a resolution that is yet to come. I hope this means there will be a sequel at some point in the future. Overall, the book was well-edited, except for a few minor proofreading errors that need correction in a future revision.

I’m glad I read this book and appreciate the complex, flawed, but redeemable characters Zaun has created that make this story a worthwhile read.

I received a copy of this book via AtoMR Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

A.L. Zaun

A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature a long time ago.  A degree she didn’t use at all in her professional endeavors.  She loves to read, write and take pictures.  She walks around with her camera, and most importantly she has her e-reader available at all times.  Healthcare Management by day, Mommy in the evening and most nights, you can find her sitting in front of her laptop with a bottle of Diet Pepsi, bringing the voices in her head to life on the pages of her debut novel, The Do Over.

Author Social Media Links: 

Facebook: https://facebook.com/alzaun01  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/anaz01

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