Friday, April 13, 2012

Release Day Blitz With Review & Giveaway: Amber Kallyn's "BloodStorm" - Bewitching Book Tours Virtual Tour

Publisher: Dragon Heart Books
Release Date: April 13, 2012
ASIN: B007R730AQ
Genre:   Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Bewitching Book Tours
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Bloodstorm 
Heart of a Vampire Book 1 (Novella)

Blurb: 

When duty forces a shaman to stop a vampire from her revenge, love doesn’t just burn... it bites.

For two hundred years, Niki DeVeraux has been tracking the monster who murdered her family and made her a vampire. She finally catches up to him in a small Arizona town, only to face more than she bargained for. Amid an imperious vampire King, a shaky truce between the local clan and shifter pack, and a too-sexy sheriff who makes her remember she’s still a woman, Niki’s single-minded purpose is threatened for the first time since her turning.

Between his duties as Keeper of the peace for the Magic Council and heir to his tribe’s shamanistic magic, Sheriff Shane Spencer’s job is to protect humanity and stop the friction between the local Arcaine races before it turns into an all out blood war. To make matters worse, there’s an irresistible rouge vampire in town enflaming his senses.

When wolves start turning up dead, the tension between the paranormal races grows and suspicion falls on Niki. Shane knows she’s not to blame, and it has nothing to do with the primal urges she stirs within him. Working together, they must find a way to stop the hostilities from going over the edge. Trouble is, the desires raging between Niki and Shane might prove more dangerous than the surrounding threats.

Saph's Review:

Niki is on the hunt for her sire, Thomas; the same man who killed her family and turned her into a vampire.  Knowing full well that the Council will destroy her for killing her maker, it's something she needs to do so that the spirits of her slain family members will finally be at peace.  She finally tracks him to a town in Arizona where it seems he's creating newbie vampires--in someone else's jurisdiction.  In her quest for revenge her heart betrays her and she finds herself in the arms of Shane, the local sheriff that also happens to be a shaman and Keeper of the peace.  When tension between the Leader of the Werewolves and the King of the Vampires in this sleepy little town escalates both Niki and Shane realize that Thomas is at the heart of it.  

This is a well written novella.  There's enough back story to understand Niki and her desire to end the life of her sire for good.  We also get a good glimpse into the complexities that Shane faces, being the second born, but the one to receive favor from The Fates; an  honor usually bestowed upon the first born of the chosen family line.  The action and adventure kept me engaged and it was tastefully written.  The sexual tension that crops up between Shane and Niki, of course,develops at the most inopportune time since they both need clear heads to stop Thomas and whatever dastardly plan he trying to set into motion.  

I found everything about the book to flow well and be consistent.  The connection between Niki and Shane didn't seem fake and their interactions, on all levels, were believable.  I enjoyed this novella and am glad to have had the chance to read it.

Emotional quote:

"Niki couldn't stop her gasp as something within her cracked and pain bled into her chest." (A. Kallyn, 2012, pg. 101).

Please Note:  Book contains some adult language/themes.

Rating:

Excerpt:

Chapter One

As Shane Spencer finished the last of his beer, his deputy, Chase Campton, strode by, slapping him on the back.

“Another re-election year well done, Sheriff.”

The small crowd in the bar cheered and the waitress, Rae, slipped another bottle onto his corner table.

Shane tipped his cowboy hat politely and plastered on a fake smile, unable to join in the spirit. All day, something dark had been hanging over the town. Not that anyone else sensed it. He needed to go to his childhood home. On the edge of town, the house sat at the borderline of the Apache reservation and Moss Creek.

His father, head shaman and seer, would know what the signs meant. Once again, doubt crept up inside Shane. How did the Fates pass over the eldest in their family and choose him as their father’s successor? It had never before happened in their tribe’s history.

He nursed the beer, deep in thought.

The door banged open, a cold autumn breeze swirled the smoky air. A woman followed it in, stopping just inside the bar. The air vibrated with unseen power. Even the deepest shadows shivered. Everyone in the bar fell silent, turning as one to look her way.

She held her head high, long black hair curling over her shoulders like silk. Her bright green gaze scanned the tables. She passed over Shane without pause, only to snap back to him.

Magic filled the room and the hair on his forearms rose. The other people in the bar were forgotten. Only the two of them existed.

His heartbeat slowed, skipped a beat, sped up like a race horse barreling down the track.

The doorframe towered over her slight form. Yet her body was ripe, lush with curves. The tight blue jeans emphasized her hips, the narrowness of her waist. And the sleeveless white tank showed her breasts off to perfection.

He swallowed, though his mouth was dry.

Her eyes widened and even over the distance of the room, he heard her soft, feminine gasp. Palms slick, he shakily set the bottle back on the table.

His blood screamed primitive urges... demanding he drag her off to his cave.

It wasn’t like him.

Women, even the most beautiful, had never affected him this way. He’d met with the rich and beautiful, models and actresses galore during his time in the city. Gathering the remaining shreds of his willpower, he closed his eyes calling on the magic of his ancestors. The spirits of the earth responded and power surged through him. Magic raised the hairs on his arms and the back of his neck as the whispers of the spirits of the nearby forest filled him. Ignoring it to concentrate on what was here and now, he reopened his eyes. Colorful hues surrounded everyone in the bar.

Her aura struck him like a punch to the gut. A deep maroon, with flecks of black, revealed exactly what she was.

Vampire.

And not local.

He blinked again, letting the sight fade.

The woman finally looked away and took another step into the bar. As quickly as it had hit, the power surging through the room dissipated. People once more talked and laughed, raising their glasses in toasts.

What the hell kind of vampire was she, to cause such a raging lust?

The woman strode to the bar, her glare shouting ‘Don’t mess with me’. Though she didn’t look old enough to drink, let alone be in a bar in the first place, the bartender immediately poured her a shot of whiskey.

Shane would be talking to Henry about it later.

First, he needed to figure out what this vampire was doing in Moss Creek. Sure, the small mountain town was a hub of paranormal activity, with the local vampire clan and the shifter pack taking advantage of the surrounding nature. But rogues generally tended to stay out of places dominated by orderly clans, knowing the structure and politics were handed down by the Magic Council.

And the Council didn’t like Rogues.

Cupping the shot glass in her hands, the woman leaned towards Henry before the older man could move away.

Shane tensed in his seat. If she was looking for a meal...

Henry murmured something. The woman nodded, downed her shot and laid some money on the bar before turning and striding out.

Shane tried to relax, but he still yearned for the stranger, to touch her, smell her, nearly as badly as when she’d been staring at him, as if she could see down to his very soul.

Giveaway Details:

Amber K. is giving away a $5 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner at this (and every) stop in the blog tour. Just comment below to be entered.  Make sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner!!


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About the Author:

One of those rare breeds, Amber Kallyn is an Arizona native who can trace her family's history through six generations in the state. She lives with her sexy husband, and their four very active children. Included in the menagerie are two cats (though there's always room for more) and two dogs. We won't count all the fish. She also writes urban fantasy under the name Higley Browne.

Amber loves the paranormal, from dragons to werewolves to vampires. She's currently at work on her next book, probably running around the house acting out a fight scene with her collection of swords and daggers. Or maybe, wishing she had claws to practice the other fight scenes.

A voracious lover of the written word, Amber found at an early age that she could read fast. Really fast. She devours novels by the day, novellas by the hour, and is always looking to get her hands on more.

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12 comments:

Leigh Savage said...

I'm jumping around to all the blogs thanks so much for the invite on your release party!!!

leigh savage

Amber Kallyn said...

Hi Leigh :)

Thanks Sapphyria for hosting me and for the lovely review. I'm so happy you enjoyed it.

Jami Gray said...

Congrats, Amber! It's absolutely gorgeous! What a fantastic review!

Chrisbails said...

Congrats on the new release. This book looks great. I am also a big fan of paranormal and love werewolves and vampires. Thanks for the great giveaway.
christinebails@yahoo.com

DANIELA said...

Hi
Congrats on the realease of BloodStorm.
Veeery interesting excerpt!!

Daniela.
dany7578 at hotmail dot com

Kaerah said...
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Dynie said...

Congrats!!! The book sounds great and it's getting great reviews. I love vampires & werewolves. Thanks for the giveaway.

dianebojda@yahoo.com

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. The book sounds very good.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Amber Kallyn said...

Thank you all so much. I appreciate all the love :)

Author Nikki Prince said...

I am bouncing around like crazy...hehe. This book as I have said sounds great!

ebonysbbwnikki@yahoo.com
Nichelle/aka Nikki Prince

Amber Kallyn said...

Bounce away :)

Thanks!

Amber Kallyn said...

And the winner of the $5 Amazon gift card is Nikki.

Congrats :)

You should have an email from me.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by. If you're following the tour, you can still leave comments at all the blogs for the final $20 gift card for the most comments over the tour :)

Thanks so much for having me over.