Thursday, August 22, 2013

Before Midnight Book Tour: Review + Interview + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Before Midnight book tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, as well as an author interview and a giveaway for a copy of Before Midnight. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: July 1, 2013
Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing 
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fairy Tale Retelling
Series: Blood Prince #1

She yearned for a caring husband who would take her away from her servant-like existence at home with her stepmother and two stepsisters, a man who would love her forever. Those dreams ended the day she was bitten by a werewolf. Now she’s a mindless beast on the night of the full moon—a condition that forever prevents her from sharing a marriage bed. Not even the attentions of a handsome and endearingly strong prince can convince her that the life she wants is still possible. 

Etienne is a prince in need of a werewolf. A werewolf himself from birth, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw—literally—for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly turning him human. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf, one who was not born with the beast inside, can save him from becoming human. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the cure. Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul can take his mind from his goal.

Love cares little for the best laid plans or the impossible. A grand ball. The stroke of twelve. A magic “slipper.” All kinds of things can happen when you don’t leave.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Take the story of Cinderella. Add some more magic. Throw in a few werewolves. And, you have yourself this amazing book! Before Midnight was a fantastic romance. I absolutely loved it!

Loupe was a wonderful heroine. She hasn't had the best life. She's not just forced to be a servant. She's also abused by her stepmother and forced to hide her nature as a werewolf because, should her stepmother find out, she would be killed. The fact that she endures all this and still manages to move on shows that she's a strong character. I thought she was very likable. She was a lovely character.

Etienne was also amazing. He was easy to adore. He was immediately a sympathetic character, with his despair at the possibility of losing his werewolf. And he continues to be a wonderful character. He was very sweet, determined, and devoted to protecting his people. I thought he was brilliant and I adored him.

The romance was well done. It was very sweet, with how they fell in love, despite each thinking that they can't be with the other. And, there were definitely sparks between these two that were hot. They were a delightful couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. Despite know how the story was going to go, this version of Cinderella still kept me guessing. It was darker and full of surprises and I loved it! The ending was brilliant and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

A fantastic new take on an old tale, Before Midnight was an amazing read. I loved every part of it and, now, I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in the Blood Prince series, One Bite. Romance lovers, if you're looking for a great read, then look no further, because this book is brilliant!

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Author Interview:

Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as all of Terry Pratchett’s novels.

Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent four year old son.

Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her toddler can find that all magical button on her laptop to make all her work vanish.

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
The hardest part is getting the story out when the characters refuse to go along with my outline. On the one hand, it’s a good sign when your characters are so strong that they take on a life of their own. On the other hand, you have a few pages of outline (of a perfectly wonderful story, mind you) that is now useless.

The easiest part is the second layer, when I already know where the story is going and now I’m just filling in the blanks.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
I think Hugh Jackman would do a great Etienne and Keira Knightly would do well as Loupe.

What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I’ve been lucky enough not to get writer’s block. I have a critique partner that helps me keep the ideas flowing.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
Terry Pratchett. He is so delightfully clever, and funny, and so terribly deep. I aspire to be him. Only, you know, with paranormal/fantasy romance.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m working on the next book in my Blood Prince series. It’s entitled “One Bite” and it will be Snow White and a vampire (Prince Kirill of Dacia). Here’s the blurb:

Irina is determined to continue her fight for freedom. Freedom for her from her evil sorceress stepmother, and freedom for every faction in the kingdom of Dacia. Unfortunately, her stepmother isn’t about to let that happen and she’s got a poisoned apple and a glass coffin with Irina’s name on them…

Kirill is a vampire prince determined to be a vampire king. Unfortunately, his vampiric father has no intentions of vacating the throne anytime soon and the prophecy Kirill found hinting at a “Great New Kingdom” is proving tricky to translate. It doesn’t help that the beautiful woman he found unconscious in the woods seems determined to undermine his authority at every turn. He’d kill her himself if she didn’t have the strangest gift for soothing his bloodthirsty spirit.

Even an undead mastermind can’t foresee everything. Seven dwarves. A poison apple. A glass coffin. It’s a strange and terrifying world when events can take a turn for the better or worse with just…One Bite.

The cover art is on my website for anyone who wants to see it. Also, if you sign up for my mailing list on my website, you’ll get an alert when One Bite is released ;)

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
Medieval times because I want to see a dragon.

Summer or winter?
I’d take Fall or Spring over either, but I guess Winter. Means I don’t have to chase my son through 90 degree whether or try to keep him from dropping his pants and peeing in the yard.

Cat or dog?
Can I have a jaguar?

Tea or coffee?
Coffee when I’m working or waking up, tea if I’m sick or watching Downton Abbey with my sib. Also tea if I’m having tea with my son (that boy does not need any coffee).

Book or movie?
Depends on whether I have the energy to hold the book up or if I want to clean while I’m watching.

Bad boy or boy next door?
Unfortunately, bad boy. Though right now I could go with the convenience of a boy next door…
Up for grabs is a copy of Before Midnight. Ends August 28.
Good luck!

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