Thursday, April 30, 2015

BLOOD AND GHOSTS REVIEW AND INTERVIEW BLOG STOP!



HEY THERE FRIENDS! SHIRA ANTHONY WAS NICE ENOUGH TO LET ME POST AT THE END OF HER BLOG TOUR ABOUT THIS AWESOME BOOK, BLOOD AND GHOSTS! I LOVE THIS SERIES! I HAVE A LOT TO GET TO TODAY SO LET'S GET TO IT! THERE IS A MINI REVIEW OF BOOK 1 BLOOD AND RAIN, MY REVIEW OF BLOOD AND GHOSTS, BUY LINKS, A BIO AND LINKS FOR SHIRA, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, A CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH ADRIAN, AND A RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!! ENJOY FRIENDS!


BLOOD AND RAIN MINI REVIEW:



THIS IS PERFECT FOR THIS SUBURB BOOK 1, HERE IS MY REVIEW:


Adrien Gilbert has spent several lifetimes searching for the love he lost. Born in the 1800s into a clan of fabled vampire hunters, Adrien once wanted nothing more than to tend his family’s vineyard in southern France or read a good book. But Adrien’s peaceful existence ends abruptly when his older brother, François, is murdered. Bound by his hunter’s oath, Adrien sets out on a path that will forever change his life when he agrees to execute his brother’s killer, the vampire Charles Duvalier. 

After months chasing the elusive Charles, Adrien reluctantly makes a bargain with Nicolas Lambert, an ancient vampire. Adrien will escort Nicolas to Paris for his marriage to a rival clanswoman, and Nicolas will help Adrien find Charles. Nicolas’s quiet strength and gentle heart soon convince Adrien that Nicolas is nothing like the vampires he has sworn to destroy. As the wedding date draws nearer, a force intent on destroying the fragile peace between the vampire clans threatens to tear apart both theed vampire realm and the world of the hunters. To secure both past and future for those he loves, Adrien must find a way to stop the looming war between hunters and vampires. But first he’ll have to let Nicolas go.




Man I love a flashback scene in a book when it is done right, and boy is this one done right! The story weaves and flows seamlessly, and it is so real and vibrant that you feel you can almost reach out and touch poor Adrian's heartbreak!

All of the characters in this book are described flawlessly, so they fit into their own little nook in the story, and Adrian and Nicolas are flawlessly portrayed! This book will have you going through so many emotions you won't know what hit you! AHHHH! The ending, whew, I was so glad when I got to read book 2! 

Get this one friends, it is a study in what a stellar Vampire book should be! Thanks Shira for this beautiful story which has only just begun!

                                                              the 5 gaslight rating

I HAD TO DO THAT RATING BECAUSE I LOVE THE SCENE WHERE ADRIAN IS LOOKING OUT OVER PARIS! HERE ARE THE BUY LINKS:

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ALRIGHTY FRIENDS, NOW FOR MY REVIEW OF BLOOD AND GHOSTS! 



THIS QUOTE IS PERFECT FOR THIS BOOK! HERE IS MY REVIEW:


                         Blood and Ghosts (Blood Series #2) Shira Anthony
                                                               reviewed by: Becky

With vampire Nicolas Lambert’s marriage to a rival clanswoman only weeks away, Adrien Gilbert struggles to come to terms with his defeat at the hands of Verel Pelletier, a vampire hunter and an immortal like himself. Adrien and his former teacher, Roland Günter, begin to explore his newly acquired abilities. But without his soul’s sword, Adrien flounders. 

On Nicolas’s wedding day, a two-hundred-year old secret is revealed, sending the wedding party into a blazing battle between hunters and vampires. Once again Adrien finds himself facing Pelletier’s superior strength. Just as Adrien believes all hope of a future with Nicolas is lost, he finally learns his true gift—he can turn back time. But time travel comes with a high cost. To save Nicolas, Adrien must become strong enough to use his power without descending into madness.





I was reading this book, and it made me think of the all important pre-test in high school, you get most of the info you will need for your final exam, and it is presented in an orderly fashion that is easy to follow! This book is that for me, it gave me the info I needed for the final book, and it did it in spectacular fashion!

The way Shira tells a story is perfect, your emotions are right in tune with the book, and at times I was wondering if I could take it! Adrian goes through so much, for so long for the man who holds, no owns his heart! 

I really enjoyed the time travel aspect of the story, an how she did it was brilliant, again I don't do spoilers, just know you will get so much out of this book, and yet book three will hold so much more I am sure!

I would urge everyone to get this book, and if you haven't read Blood and Rain, you need to start there, this is beautiful story that needs to be experienced from start to finish! Thanks Shira, for once again giving us a wonderful book that we will love for years to come!


                                                           the 5 metal bird rating 

I DID THIS RATING FOR A VIVID DREAM OF ADRIAN'S! HERE ARE THE BUY LINKS :)




NOW HERE IS AN INTERVIEW WITH ADRIAN SHIRA WAS KIND ENOUGH TO SHARE WITH US! YAY!!

Adrien is a vampire hunter who was given the gift of immortality by the vampire he falls in love with, Nicolas Lambert. Nicolas’s older brother, Jean, offers Adrien the location of the vampire Adrien believes killed his brother in return for Adrien escorting Nicolas to Paris to marry a rival clanswoman. But Adrien’s hatred for vampires dissolves in the wake of Nicolas’s kind strength. Adrien’s life will never be the same once he meets Nicolas.

Q: How did you get yourself into accompanying the man he loves to his marriage to someone else?

I’ve asked myself that more times than I can count! *laughs* In the US, they say that hindsight is 20/20. Add on a century or so, though, and things become muddled again. I really believed the entire proposition would be as simple as Nicolas and his brother Jean proposed. They agreed to take me to Charles Duvalier, the vampire I believed killed my brother, and I was to escort Nicolas to Paris to be married. They did just as they’d promised. I just never realized that when it came to Nicolas, I’d grow to care for him so much. No, I’m not being honest. Not just care for him, but that I’d come to love him more than I could have imagined.

Q: What did you really feel when you first set eyes on Nicolas?

Confused. I’d heard of hunters falling for vampires, but I hated them. Or that’s what I told myself. One of the bastards had killed my mother, and another my older brother. What was I supposed to think? But Nicolas seemed different. Calm. Focused. Kind. *shakes his head* I expected he’d be weak. At nineteen, I didn’t understand that power and goodness could reside in the same person. The first time I saw him, I lost myself. I forgot everything around me, and just saw him. I should have realized then that I’d already fallen in love with him.

Q: Tell us about a favorite childhood memory.

My mother took me and my brother, François, to the ocean when we were young. It took us nearly four days to ride there by coach, and I remember the feeling of excitement I had when I first saw the water. We didn’t do anything but play in the waves, but we were happy. The next year, my mother was murdered, and my life changed. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when I left France, I settled in Miami. When I walk the beaches there, sometimes I imagine the high-rise buildings were never built, and I can almost see myself back on the sand, on the Mediterranean, more than a hundred years ago.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world/time right know where would it be?

Anywhere, any time, with Nicolas.

Q: When and where would you like to live?

Given my last answer? *shrugs* I suppose I’ve grown accustomed to modern technology. Cell phones, internet, computers. I’m not sure I’d want to revisit the past again. What do the American’s say? “Been there, done that?”

Q: What is one thing from your back story the reader won’t know from reading the book?

It’s no secret that I never wanted to be a vampire hunter. When I was quite young, I used to imagine myself captain of a great sailing vessel. I often dreamed I might sail away and never return to the vineyard or my studies. I suppose it’s fitting that I ended up making my fortune in shipping, though I didn’t learn to sail until I was more than a century old.

WOO HOO THAT WAS AWESOME, THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING WITH US ADRIAN!! NOW HOW ABOUT A LITTLE INFO ON SHIRA AND SOME OF HER SOCIAL LINKS:

Bio: Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work.

In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. Her Blue Notes Series is loosely based upon her own experiences as a professional musician.

Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST; HERE IS THE INFO ON THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY, AND IT IS A GREAT ONE! CLICK THE RAFFLECOPTER PIC BELOW TO ENTER!

Enter to win a Blood Series prize basket including a Dr. Who Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Pendant, a paperback copy of Blood and Rain, and a Blood Series pen.



THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME FOR A LOOK AT THIS WONDERFUL SERIES SO FAR! I CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 3! 



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