Fractured Light Blog Tour & Rock God


To be published February 8, 2012 by Cedar Fort

ARC copy via Netgalley with permission from publisher.

Rating: 4 stars!

I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.

My Review:

I was immediately sucked into the storyline of this book! The idea of a light manipulator was a different concept and I was intrigued to learn more.

I loved the “who done it” aspect of the story while trying to figure out which character was the Vyken. I immediately thought it was one particular character but blew it off because I thought it had seemed too obvious. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised.

I have to swoon for a moment on these two sorry star-crossed lovers. Christian is very much the perfect boyfriend material and I totally understand why Llona felt like she was getting mixed signals. That is because he was definitely conflicted himself. I really do have hope for these two in the future!

There were some parts that seemed way too cheesy, but I really enjoyed the book anyway. Looking forward to the next one in the series, Fractured Truth, due out February 2013! UGH!!! We have to wait a whole year:( Not sure if I can do it but I will try my best:)

“When it comes to matters of the heart, rules don’t matter.”

*Thank you to Netgalley & Cedar Fort for the ARC copy of this book!

Interview:

My mind only knows how to write. Other people perform simple tasks like cleaning their house or using the bathroom without a distracting thought.

I can’t.Yesterday I meant to vacuum, but ended up scrubbing blood out of my carpet instead. The body’s still in the freezer. And when I went to take a shower, a little girl in a red dress and pigtails appeared to me in the vanity mirror. Again. I wish she would go away.See what I mean? My life is a story and the only way to stay sane is write it all down. I only hope others can find joy in my insanity.

Why did you pick the paranormal genre?
Huge fan of the genre. Anything that gets me out of my normal world and into one where all things are possible is a good thing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Writing full time and hopefully speaking to youth groups. Not to sound cliché, but they are our future, and I’d love the chance to help them find their inner “superpowers”.

If your book was turned into a movie, whom would you cast as the main character, if it was your choice?
Tough one because Llona is not someone I’ve seen before. She has very blond hair with pale skin and blue eyes. Maybe a cross between Amanda Seyfried and Avril Lavigne?
When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Are my kids with me or have I miraculously found a day to myself? If it’s just me, than I love to snowboard, play racquetball, cook, watch movies, catch up on my TV shows, read, and hang out with friends and family.
What is next on your agenda? Any new books on the horizon??

Yes, several. The sequel to Fractured Light will be out in February 2013. I also have a humorous memoir set for release on before Mother’s Day in 2013.  This is in addition to other projects I’m very excited about.

Speed Round:

  1. Favorite Book? At this moment, The Reapers are the Angels
  2. Favorite Author? Dean Koontz
  3. Favorite genre to read? Urban fantasy and paranormal
  4. Favorite genre to write? Urban fantasy
  5. Favorite place to read? Bathroom – it’s the only place my kids will leave me alone.

Giveaway:

Rachel is giving away a replica of the necklace that Christian gives to Llona for Christmas! Would you like to be the winner? If so, read the rules and fill out the form:

RULES:

1. MUST be a follower.

2. Contest is International!!!

3. Winner will be chosen by Random .org on Friday, December 30th.

Rock God:

To be published January 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks

B.J. Levine, a mild-mannered, 13-year-old boy voted most likely to become a tax accountant, moves to New York City and discovers his true purpose: he must transform himself into the most almighty rocker since Jon Bon Jovi. B.J. battles his father’s disappointment, his mother’s disapproval, his lack of apparent talent, and a secret society of middle-aged bikers as he gathers a ragtag band and embarks on a real life rock Odyssey.

 

I am very much looking forward to reading this book soon, but wanted to give you a little background on the author. In honor of the release of the book, you can find BJ Levine’s single, Three Notes, at the following link:

http://www.facebook.com/rockgodbjlevine

Barnabas Miller has had an extensive career. He started off as a kid jingle singer for Toys R Us and Matchbox! Now, he produces music for film and television. He has brought his two passions together as the drummer for the New York City-based Tiger Beat, the YA-only writers band with Libba Bray, Natalie Standiford and Dan Ehrenhaft. His band mates are helping him launch ROCK GOD in New York City at the Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side on Thursday, January 19th at 7pm. They’ll be performing “Three Notes”, other music and signing their books as well.

 In addition, Barney is tweeting as B.J. His handle is @bjrockgod.

Just the mention of New Jersey boy Jon Bon Jovi is enough for me to want to read this book! Look for the review coming soon:)

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