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I just received some awesome news! Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series, was nominated to compete in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Yay! Thank you, TRR! 😀
Second Nature is now in the next round, where readers must vote for it!
In the Nomination Round, Second Nature has to garner at least 50 nominations within the time period in order to qualify for the next and final round. The nomination will start on September 11 and end on September 30. Please feel free to nominate the book here: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=16286
OR you can vote here at http://www.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php
You’ll find Second Nature listed in the Paranormal Romance category about three-fourths the way down the page.
Anyway, this is quite an honor! So, don’t forget to vote for Second Nature, as well as your other favorite books! 🙂
As the author notes about the protagonist – a vampire, “All he’d ever hoped for, when you looked past the bitterness of fate, was acceptance. He had foolishly wanted to be accepted despite his supernatural flaws. And that just wasn’t possible.” That ironically is true for the very genre of romance in the sense that window of acceptance of deviations is rather slim. Readers around the globe are so invested in romantic stories on a sentimental note from the outset that little room is left for any dramatic manoeuvres. Unlike Scifi which allows unheard-of theatrics, Mystery which necessitates unforeseen twists or Adventure which guarantees unexplored arenas, Romance has to comply with specific human ideas of pleasure and love. For, these stories tend to our heart and are blind to all else, thus designed to bear an immense responsibility with a delicate touch. So there must be losses, a somewhat fairy tale approach, passionate lovemaking, an unquenchable thirst, a character both beasty and tender, and the joy of reunion. Perhaps no other element typifies this essence of a love story than vampires do.
Second Nature opens with a woman managing the strings of loneliness, work, a new life and bitter past. Her first rendezvous with the blood-sucking hero, Alec, is sudden and something of a fantasy, despite teetering on lines of “consensual rape.” It leaves us gasping for more, and the author caters to that well enough in the chapters that follow. The story bears ample juice, thanks to a nice little teleportation power she has accorded her lead character, while the lady gets a more subtle but spicier power of reading the other’s mind. There is something that Ms. Lavender seems to be building towards that doesn’t come out in the open. And while the two lovebirds part ways momentarily and go through revelations of their respective past, the source of Desiree’s powers remains a mystery. Cue: Book 2?
Marie Lavender does not complicate her writing. The descriptions are just about sufficient and well spaced to allow us a vision of wall-and-wood that surrounds the unfolding affection. But she pulls us into the latter’s steamy sessions and doe-eyed discussions well enough to draw our focus on matters of anticipation. Yet, the genius lies in her plot itself. It is well paced and simple, but shapes up the characters and their background to such an extent that one can’t help but wonder whether a larger set-piece is about to unfold in this series as a whole. Maybe I simply want that to happen. That is one area the plot can definitely improve upon and go all out on.
Regardless the status, though, we have a story in our hands that gives us what it promises – a dose of mush and thrill.
A cool author interview on KateMarie Collins’ blog!
Everyone please welcome paranormal romance author, Marie Lavender!
1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?
My latest release is Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy. It was released on December 8th, and it is book one of the Blood at First Sight Series. The links are below:
Universal Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00Q7FWIWA
CreateSpace link: https://www.createspace.com/5131233
2. Why do you like writing in this genre?
I love it! I can open my mind completely, and let that inner world of the story unfold. I’ve always believed there is a lot more to the world around us than we think, things we can’t even begin to imagine. So, why not take that a step further and believe in the unknown or in fantasy worlds? Is it an escape from reality? Sure, but fiction is as well. Writing about the paranormal gives me the creative license I may not have, say, in historical writing, where past events…
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Catch a radio interview this evening when I visit Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross at their cool paranormal radioshow!
Hi, everyone! I just wanted to pop in and tell you about this interview going on today at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! It will be live at 6PM PST/7PM MT/8PM Central/9PM EST, and we’ll be talking about my paranormal books. It should be quite the show! 🙂
For more information, you can also check out the Facebook event here, where I’m sure Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross will be providing more updates as the day progresses! I met them both on my author journey, and I can’t wait to have a wonderful chat with them. I am so excited! I hope you can join in on the fun! 🙂
Hi, readers! I just wanted to direct your attention to a very cool giveaway on TRR today.
If you scroll down the page here, you can find a question about the heroine Desiree’s eyes. Pay special attention the instructions on the site. If you answer correctly, you could go into a raffle to win a copy of Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series. Yay!
You may need a TRR reader account to compete, but that is a free and painless process.
So, stop by the event at TRR for a chance to win Second Nature, and please feel free to participate in the giveaways for other books as well. 😉
Good luck, and happy reading! 😀
I’d just like to thank the mysterious “B.B” for this wonderful review of Second Nature that I just found on Amazon! Thank you for reading book one of the Blood at First Sight Series! 🙂
Despite their obvious species difference, vampire and human, Alec and Desiree are drawn to each other. There’s just something about Desiree Edwards that drives Alec mad….in the good sort of way. Her blood calls to him, her scent drives him wild. Why does this human affect him so? He must find out more about this woman. In a moment of weakness, Alec takes Desiree’s blood without her consent and gets more than he bargained for.
Desiree has always felt like an outsider looking in. With a failed marriage in the not so distant past, she has committed herself to her work. However, when Alec abducts her, she finds out that she is more than ready to move on…she’s just not so sure she can accept it.
Marie Lavender is quite skilled at utilizing all the tools available for a hot adult romance- good plot, great characters…ahem…steamy sex scenes! This first installment is a great foundation for more stories to come. Though we learn a lot about our two main characters, Ms. Lavender leaves us with opportunities to learn so much more. The characters have good dialogue and their personalities go well together. The writing is solid. The pace is great. There is never a lull in the story.
I look forward to future books in this series.
I just stumbled across this wonderful review on Amazon for Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series! Thank you, Stephenee! 🙂
Free book in May! Woo hoo! 🙂
I have excellent news! Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series, will be available for free on Amazon Kindle from May 14th to May 18th!
So, mark your calendars or leave yourself a reminder somewhere, and you can get a free copy of this paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel! Don’t forget to tell your friends about this awesome opportunity! It only lasts for five days. 😉
I’d like to thank Carole for this awesome review of Second Nature, my first vampire romance: