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Great 4 Star Review for Second Nature on Readers’ Favorite!

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Great news for Second Nature!

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! 😀

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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! 🙂

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Thoughtful, 5 Star Review for Second Nature!

 I just found this great review for the first book in the Blood at First Sight Series! Woo hoo! 🙂
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dose of mush & thrill, July 25, 2015
This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
A cup of tea never goes out of fashion, nor do the kind of books that guarantee cosiness to go with it. We are, of course, talking here about romance. And Marie Lavender has a knack for serving it well.
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.
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Thank you so much, Malay, for your awesome feedback! Don’t worry; there are more surprises coming in the second book! 🙂

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Last Monday with…Marie Lavender!

A cool author interview on KateMarie Collins’ blog!

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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

Publisher: http://solsticepublishing.com/second-nature/

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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Radio Spot!

Catch a radio interview this evening when I visit Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross at their cool paranormal radioshow!

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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!  🙂

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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! 🙂

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Win a copy of SECOND NATURE!

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!

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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. 😉

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Good luck, and happy reading! 😀

 

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Awesome 5 Star Review for SECOND NATURE!

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!  🙂

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 5.0 out of 5 starsClassic Vamp-Rom That Does Not Leave You Disappointed, May 17, 2015
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This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Second Nature is everything a vampire romance should be…a strong human female, a tortured and extraordinarily handsome vampire, and an inexplicable connection between the two that almost doesn’t happen, but thankfully does.

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.

 

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Great review for SECOND NATURE!

I just stumbled across this wonderful review on Amazon for Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series! Thank you, Stephenee!  🙂

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun take on vampires, May 3, 2015
This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
* I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. *

This book is a paranormal romance book and it starts off a bit on the odd side – It begins with Alec stalking Desiree based on one glimpse and smell of her. I thought that the story was a bit slow going for the first few chapters but once Desiree and Alec actually meet the story gets much more interesting and has a much quicker pace.

The author made sure that the fact that Desiree was weary of men, relationships and getting close to anyone jumped right out to the reader. I felt like this was important for the story. Alec was also weary of being alone, getting too close to anyone and being out in the sunlight – and they both had good reasons for the way that they were. The author did an amazing job with the details of the characters and the reader was able to feel a connection to them. The details that the author used to describe Baltimore and the surrounding areas was spot on – including the restaurants and this made me love the book even more. If you have never been to Baltimore it will feel like you have after you finish reading this book!

The plot did start out a bit slow but by the middle you are hoping that it was a never-ending story. The reader can barely keep up with the twists, turns, loops and curves that the author throws out. The reader also can feel the emotions of the characters through the descriptive writing that the author uses. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger in the fact that the reader wants to know what happens next to the characters that they have bonded with throughout the journey.

This is a fun read that has a bit of a different take on vampires and their blending into society. If you like vampire stories you will enjoy this one! Make sure that you add it to your TBR list and add it soon – it is a great afternoon read!

***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.

 

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Mark Your Calendars!

Free book in May! Woo hoo! 🙂

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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!

Yay!  🙂

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. 😉

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5 Stars for SECOND NATURE!

I’d like to thank Carole for this awesome review of Second Nature, my first vampire romance:

This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I just love vampire stories when the reader can actually fall in love with the vampire. This is a story like that. Ms Lavender gifted this book to me, and I’m so glad she did. I really enjoyed it. Alec is a handsome, sexy vampire who sets his sights on the beautiful, insightful Desiree, and he just has to have her. Desiree’s life changes from that moment, but so does Alec’s. I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but I will say that I just loved it, and there is nothing like a sexy vampire.

Carole McKee

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