The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Published by Harlequin on 2014-05-01
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
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VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.Includes an exclusive excerpt from the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON.
PJV Quickie: I have to preface this review by stating that this book was one of the hardest books to read! But, not because of any issues with writing or plot. No, just because Kagawa brought me down paths in this book that I didn’t want to go on. She’s evil, I say! That, being said, I thought it was a great end to a series, even if it did torment me through the entirety of the book. If you haven’t picked up Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series yet…well, what I’m thinking is rather rude, so I won’t write it down…
Review: Allison Sekemoto, Jackal and Kanin are on the hunt for the monster Sarren and he is leaving surprises at every turn. Corpses are strewn along their path in a horrific and macabre game. Sarren is toying with the trio and his biggest game, the three of them have no clue about the rules. Through this entire ordeal Allison has to deal with her building hunger, her grief and the temptation to let her own monster take over. And when she finally faces one of her biggest fears…things come glaring into perspective.
To review this title properly I would give away too many spoilers. So, I’m going to try and keep this as vague as possible. Let me just reiterate my quickie. Julie Kagawa left us with one hell of a cliff hangar in THE ETERNITY CURE (Book 2) and she doesn’t make things easy at the start of this novel. You go through a good bit of time not knowing about plot threads, until things finally come to a head during a battle royale…and then the thread closures are not like I had planned them in my head. The evilness of authors…chalk it up to her thinking outside the box!! Egads!
There was a lot of gasping and then putting the book down – I’m telling you, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever read! I just couldn’t do it – I couldn’t face what was going on in the novel! Yes, I know! I’m a total whiner…but it was too hard! The more I read, the more distraught I became, until I just couldn’t function. I think my husband took my Kindle away from me at that point. He hid it somewhere – and it is all Julie Kagawa’s fault. Luckily, I have a few eReaders…
Can you tell this novel made me an emotional train wreck? Yes, it did. The conclusion to this series was not how I had envisioned, white clouds and fluffy bunnies, but it was one hell of a ride. One ridiculous, traumatic, emotional and angsty ride. Damn.
I did take issue to some things in the novel, there were points when the underlying message of Monster vs. Humanity was driven home way too much. One of the characters got introspective at one point, that whole – I’ve experienced a Trauma, so I must react in a moody and self-destructive way, until finally I see the light because of _________. While, real types of reactions, these tend to drive me crazy in books. I was also so distraught at one point that I wanted Allison and Jackal to get it on…it was a fleeting moment of insanity brought on by a certain characters suicidal tendencies….I got over it. But, yes, I’m scared mentally because of this series.
Join my crazy…read the books. FTW Vampire Dystopian angst!
Recommendations: You must read the first two books for this to make any sort of sense. You gotta love you some apocalypse fiction too…it’s a gritty nasty world of blood and guts and violence. Mature teens recommended. Just because there is a lot of bitey bitey, ripping throats, marauding bikers…that sort of thing.
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Thank you for the interview Kristi Helvig, I’m excited to showcase a new science fiction, dystopian on parajunkee.com!
BURN OUT looks very interesting, but the first thing that caught my eye was the comparison to Beth Revis and Lenore Appelhan’s series…both fan favorites of YA SciFi addicts, like myself. What do you think about the comparison?
Well, I think it’s a compliment for sure! Those comparisons are from my editor, but I’ve read both Beth and Lenore’s work and love them. I’d say they’re similar to mine in that they have strong sci-fi components, but the premise of the books and the characters are vastly different from one another.
I don’t know…watching too many Discovery channel documentaries? The research aspect of being a psychologist has lent itself well to writing. I’m a huge nerd and spend my free time watching documentaries, and I really love quantum physics. While my friends are watching The Real Housewives of Wherever, I’m watching theories of black holes in the universe. Sad but true.
It’s about a 17-yo girl who thinks she’s the last girl on a dying Earth, only to find out that there are other survivors who turn out to be even deadlier than the planet. She’s torn between saving herself by getting off the planet and protecting her father’s bio-weapons that she swore she wouldn’t let fall into enemy hands.
Not really, though I’m sure my formative years spent watching Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica had something to do with it. BURN OUT was actually partly inspired by a song. I heard this haunting song on Pandora after watching one of those aforementioned space documentaries and then had a vivid dream that same night about Tora and James (the characters in BURN OUT). I wrote the first draft in six weeks.
As far as inspiration after I wrote the book, I have to mention Joss Whedon because I want him to write the screenplay if it ever turns into a movie (a girl can dream). A friend of mine read BURN OUT and told me they thought I’d love a show called Firefly by Joss Whedon, and I’m ashamed to say that I was like “Josh who?” Yeah. Anyway, that next week, I watched every episode of the show on Netflix and was devastated to find out it was cancelled, even though I was about 8 years behind the rest of the world. Story of my life.
Tora is my 17-yo main character, and reviewers have described her as a female Han Solo. She’s sarcastic and tough, but underneath it has a vulnerability that few people see. Her dark humor has helped her survive horrific circumstances, including living alone in an underground bunker. James is a soldier who is initially sent to take her father’s weapons by force. He’s stoic and doesn’t say much, yet they have similar losses in their lives and form a cautious bond with each other. I don’t want to give too much away about romance but there’s not really much room for it in her world.
I started out with googling and documentaries, but that only takes you so far. I needed a plausible way for our sun to burn out early as well as help with some other science aspects, so I contacted a well-respected astrophyics department at a large university. They were awesome and provided much needed assistance on the book. I had to do the same thing with the second book as it takes place on a different planet, and I needed help with planet mass versus rotation speed, etc. It’s always great to get help from people smarter than you.
I’d just like readers to experience what it really feels like to live in Tora’s world. I still remember waking from that dream and thinking “holy hell…that was intense.” The coolest thing is that I’ve had multiple people email me after reading the book to tell me they can’t stop thinking about Tora. That makes me insanely happy.
Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
Published by EgmontUSA on Apirl 8, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, YA Science Fiction, Young Adult
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A futuristic blend of Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans's Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.
Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.
Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.
When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.
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Please welcome Zoey Derrick to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: The Reason Series
Release Date: 02/21/2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
You know, it’s funny. I can write a book, I can write a blurb and sometimes I can write a blog post, once in a while anyway. But every time this question comes up, I draw a blank. Deciding what you might want to know, what you might not want to know. What is To Much Information. *giggles*
So hear it goes… I am 31 – nearly 32 (shh) and I am a full-time single mom. My son, who never lets my life get boring, is eight, he’ll be nine in April (They grow up so fast). He is in third grade and LOVE’s Minecraft, though I can’t think of an 8 year old this day in age who doesn’t.. but we were talking about me right? Well, I have essentially retired from a career in mortgages where I’ve spent the last thirteen years of my life. I live in Glendale Arizona – yes it is hotter than hell in the summer, but worth it every day in between, there is something about the smell of blooming cacti and the desert that is beyond appealing. I was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Raised in and Graduated from Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley Minnesota. My Best Friend and I have been friends since 6th grade. (I can’t believe she’s put up with me for so long. *smooches*). I moved to Baltimore where I met my now ex-husband and then in 2006 I moved to Phoenix/Glendale.
Too much information?
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
The Reason Series is a four book miniseries about a woman named Vivienne who has dealt with more than any one girl should have to face in her lifetime. She’s faced neglect, abuse, homelessness, and poverty. She’s hit rock bottom, working in a dinner to barely make ends meet when she meets a man who wants to help her, but for a girl who’s been on her own for so long, accepting that help is harder than she thought.
When her past comes back to harm her, literally, the man so determined to help her, is there once again. Only now she’s realized her mistakes and wants to make things better for herself and the life she is living.
Mikah is sweet, caring, loving and an Angel.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
Oh boy – I’m not sure I have a favorite because I love them all.
Vivienne – my fiery tiger, with long bright red curly hair down to her butt, I love for the fact that she is strong and determined and I LOVE her for the fact that she is a level headed girl, who realizes some of her biggest mistakes could have been prevented.
So in their own way they are both my favorites – couple them with the cast of supporting characters and Vivienne and Mikah become even more lovable.
Who is your favorite?
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
The Reason Series is different then a lot of the books out there today. Sure Vivienne is poor and Mikah is wealthier than most men, but Vivienne is strong willed and determined too, making her the not so virginal heroine.
While The Reason Series is a romance, above all else, there are twists and turns that pull Mikah and Vivienne into an angelic life they never knew existed. Which isn’t something you see every day.
I also enjoy the fact that their love grows before the passion. While this story gets steamy, it takes a long time to get there.
What led to you going “indie”?
Being in Indie author is amazing and I have no intentions of changing that fact in the near future. I went Indie because, like many authors, I hate rejection and more importantly, I had no idea where to start. I began reading Indie Published books and realized that there was an alternative to traditional publishing and that was a golden ticket for me.
Is Writing your full time profession?
Writing is now my full time profession. Though I was not forced into it full time, I was handed an amazing opportunity when I lost my job last year in September. At the time I’d just released Give Me Reason – Book 1 in the Reason Series and things were looking good. I had a tight publishing schedule that included publishing Give Me Hope – Book 2 and Give Me Desire – Book 3 by the end of 2013. Being uninhibited from having to work 8 hours a day, be out of the house for 10, and then having all the family things, has allowed me to be able to write longer, write harder and work faster to produce the stories that I love to write. It has also given me a larger opportunity to mingle with my friends and fans.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
honestly I do and I don’t. My process is pretty much – Write it now, fix it later. Stories present themselves to me. While my debut novel, Finding Love’s Wings, I had to work for, it didn’t come to me the way I thought books should come to an author, but I had ideas in my head about what I wanted from my characters and how they would respond to one another.
Give Me Reason – Book 1 in this series presented itself in such a way that I was forced to write it down. I was forced to get it out of my brain because it was nagging at me from the moment it hit me. So I wrote it, morning, noon and night. At work, at home, on my phone while I was away, you name it, I wrote it. The subsequent books in the series however, took some more thought process and planning. I usually tend to know the end result a book and I write to get to that point.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I’m not sure we have enough time for this list… I adore Debra Anastasia (Poughkeepsie), Sylvain Reynard (Gabriel’s Inferno), Marata Eros (The Druid Breeders), Jennifer Probst (The Marriage Bargain), J.R. Ward (Black Dagger – who doesn’t love the BDB?), Sylvia Day (Crossfire Series) Jamie McQuire, Colleen Hoover, Tina Reber.. I could go ON and ON and ON – but those are just a few of who I love!
What are you reading now?
Right now.. I am between books actually. Though I did just finish The Beauty Series by Georgia Cates (Beauty from Pain, Beauty from Surrender, & Beauty from Love) Great GREAT Series. Plus I finished Interview With A Master by Jason Luke, amazing stuff.
While I write Paranormal and Contemporary romances, I read a lot of Contemporary, Paranormal and some good ole fashion Erotica
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Never Give Up!
I know that it is hard, really hard, when you realize how badly you want something and being a writer you have to be passionate about what you do to do it day in and day out, but keep at it. Keep Writing! Then when you think you can’t write anymore, write some more. You wouldn’t be a writer if you didn’t have a story to tell, no matter what the genre, no matter what the content, you have a story to tell. Tell that story, and never give up.
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The REASON Series
The Complete Collection
All four books in Zoey Derrick’s
Best-Selling Paranormal Romance
Give Me Reason
Give Me Hope
Give Me Desire
Give Me Love
Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.
Along comes Mikah Blake…Find out more about Zoey Derrick and The Reason Series here:
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It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.
Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.
The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.
Zoey is offering up a ton of eBooks, Swag Packs & the complete collection of her Reason series! Woot woot. eBooks are international, swag is U.S. only.
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When Graham Logan, a Scottish earl turned vampire by a dark wizard’s curse, draws the Queen of Swords, he knows he’s about to meet the love of his life. For the third time. But surrendering his heart will mean risking her life…or making her what he is. Neither of which his morals will permit him to do. Graham, who believes he lost his soul to the curse, rages at God: Why give her back only to take her again?
Cat Fingal, the third incarnation of Graham’s twin flame, won’t let him escape so easily. As soon as they meet, she feels she knows him and begins having past-life flashbacks. A white witch, she casts a spell to summon him, wanting answers and to fill the void she’s felt all her life.
Graham has other problems, too. Like the seductress who wants him for herself and the dark wizard who cursed him and killed his beloved the first two times.
Will he find a way to save her this time around? Or will she save him?
About the Author, Nina Mason
Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and enlighten. Three of her books will be published in 2014: The Queen of Swords, an urban fantasy/paranormal romance; The Knight of Wands, book one in the Knights of Avalon Series; and The Tin Man, a political thriller about the dangers posed by media monopolies. She is currently at work on Book Two of the Knights of Avalon series and is itching to get back to a book she started a while back about a merman who falls for an oil company spokeswoman after a phantom tanker capsizes on the coast of the Hebrides islands. When not writing, Nina works as a communications consultant, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, teenage daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie named Robert.
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve always been a writer, but only turned my hand to fiction six or so years ago. I have a degree in communications and journalism, worked in those fields for decades, and have always been an avid reader of novels. There was still a pretty steep learning curve when it came to fiction and I’ve still got a lot to learn about the craft. The Queen of Swords is my first novel, but not the first version of the novel. I’ve probably rewritten it a dozen times while trying to find a home for it. I’ve completed two other novels in the meantime, another paranormal, which will launch a four-part series, and a political thriller, which will be published on August 30 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly, one of the sister imprints of Vamptasy. What else can I tell you? I grew up in Southern California, but now live in Georgia with my husband and teenage daughter; I’m a bit of a loner and a serious hermit; and I have a sharp wit, a dry sense of humor, and thin skin.
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
The Queen of Swords is the story of two soul mates who can’t resist each other’s pull, whatever the consequences or when separated by death. Graham Logan, the hero, was made immortal 200 years ago by a vampiric dark wizard who has killed his beloved twice before, but he doesn’t know why she was killed or why she keeps coming back to find him. He doesn’t see her purpose as redemptive because he doesn’t believe he still has his soul. She returns, looking the same, but doesn’t know they’re fated to meet, only that she’s always felt a part of her was missing. When they finally meet in this life, she starts having past-life flashbacks and soon puts the pieces together and sets about trying to find a way to make him change his beliefs and free him from his curse.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
While I love Cat, the heroine, in lots of way, my heart belongs to Graham. My heroes tend to be men I could fall in love with: tortured, deep, intelligent, sensitive, funny, and romantic. Not your stereotypical Alpha males. Personally, I can’t stand that type either in life or the love stories I read, so I hope other romance readers can embrace a hero with more dimension and depth.
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
This is a tough one to answer, since I’ve not read all that extensively in the paranormal genre and what I have read is nothing like mine. In her review for Parajunkee, Ren made several comparisons, but I’ve not read many of those novels, so couldn’t really say how mine compares. I write what’s in my heart, what I’d like to read, and characters I care about and hope others will, too. I like novels that say something deeper than “wasn’t this a nice little love story.” My books cross genre boundaries, make readers think, and contain underlying themes and symbolism. One of the underlying themes of The Queen of Swords is vampire literature, so I make deliberate nods and references to other books in the vampire genre, new and old. Interpreted at a deeper level, the characters represent new and old vampire archetypes battling for supremacy, as well as the quintessential virginal heroine who’s corrupted by carnal lust and her own dark side. And I love to incorporate mythology and the occult, two things I’ve long found fascinating, as well as pop culture and literary references.
What inspired you to write the book?
I started the first draft after reading Twilight. While I liked the saga, I also found myself frustrated by the lack of sex and Edward’s lack of history. In literature, vampires originally personified uncaged sexuality, so a chaste vampire seemed counter-intuitive to me. Plus, I felt writing an immortal creature provided fantastic opportunities to build an interesting backstory. What had he/she seen and experienced over the centuries? How was he/she affected by it? My immortal characters all have a history tied to the world and what they’ve seen and experienced has colored them in some way.
Is writing your full time profession? When did you start writing?
Yes, though I’ve yet to make any money at it and nowadays it feels as if pimping my book is my full-time profession. LOL. About as soon as I could write the alphabet. When I was a kid, I won an essay contest sponsored by the local library (I was an avid reader and always did the summer reading challenge). Back in the days of typewriters, I wrote a romance novel about a couple of ballet dancers, but never did anything with it. Didn’t try my hand at fiction again until five or six years ago, when I started what is now The Queen of Swords.
What inspires you to write what you do?
All of my paranormal stories are inspired by my love of the history and mythology of Scotland, my interest in the unknowable, and my belief in the redemptive power of love.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
If I do, I’m unaware of them. I like to use index cards to flesh out the plot and characters, but that’s not very quirky is it?
Are you a careful planner or do you let the story guide you?
I do a bit of both. I work out the characters and their motivations, setting, and where I want the story to go. I also tend to do index cards for each scene or major plot point from start to finish. Once I begin to write, it can go completely off the rails, depending on where the characters want to take it. As long as they’re reaching the touchstones, I let them do what they want. If they go too far off track, I either re-plot the novel or rein them in, depending on which direction seems better at the time.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness, Anne Rice, Barbara Kingsolver, Glen Duncan, Jane Austen, Cathy Maxwell, etc., etc. There are too many to name. In general, I like a read that’s dense, lush, and intelligent, and tend to prefer literary novels and the classics. I like a book that’s a seven-course meal, not drive-thru fast food.
What are you reading now?
Funnily, I’m reading Jane Austen and the Archangel by Pam Aares. It was one of the books I grabbed for 99 cents somewhere. I love Jane Austen and angels and thought: this could either be interesting or abysmal. So far, I’m enjoying it. I’m also almost through the latest by Terry Spears, who also writes contemporary Scottish paranormals. Her Scottish werewolves are always sexy.
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
The same advice that was given to me: The only way you can fail is by giving up. Keep trying despite rejections and keep working hard to perfect your craft.
After this, what’s your next project?
My current work-in-progress is book two in The Knights of Avalon series. After that, I haven’t decided. Probably another paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I’ve got a stalled manuscript about an oil company spokeswoman who gets involved with a merman during an oil spill in the Hebrides. Might get back to that one, or write one featuring Benedict and Avery, the secondary couple in The Queen of Swords. I’d also like to maybe write a sequel to The Tin Man, my political thriller releasing in August. It tells of two journalists thrown together to solve a series of murders tied to a global conspiracy to take over the media.
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Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha
Published by Self-Published on March 17, 2014
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Erotica, Love & Romance, Romance
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She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two.
When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.
Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.
...and a sinner.
Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.
Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.
PJV Quickie: I’m a huge Kit Rocha fan and when I got the opportunity to review the latest book in their Jealousy series, I jumped on it! Beyond Jealousy is a sex-fueled tale that takes us back to the O’Kanes and Sector 4, where life is hard but can be very, very good, and love can be found if you’re willing to fight for it. Although not my favorite in the series, Beyond Jealousy ended with a bang that ultimately left me satisfied and ready for more O’Kane action.
Rachel Riley was raised in Eden, always doing the right thing, which included working for her father’s illegal brewing company. When things went bad, she took the fall and was exiled from Eden. Rachel’s father had contacts with Dallas O’Kane, the leader of Sector 4, and he arranged for Riley to go there.
Lorenzo Cruz has been programmed to be one of Eden’s elite soldiers since he was a small boy. Being exiled to Sector 4, he still has contacts within Eden and is loyal to the O’Kanes. He can get all his wildest urges fulfilled in Eden, but his feelings for Rachel are new and he doesn’t know how to deal with them. Nor does he know what to do about his feelings for Ace, who’s tied to Rachel in a complicated knot that none of them seems to know how to unravel.
Ace Santana is Sector 4′s tattoo guy, and a dirty, dirty boy. After a cage fight with Cruz that ended with erotic undertones, he’s having a sort-of-relationship with Cruz, but he still has complicated feelings for Rachel and wants her too. He knows the three of them could be good, at least until they’re done with him… because with a past like his, no one would want him for keeps.
When it’s discovered that bootleggers are passing off poor-quality hooch as quality O’Kane liquor, the hunt is on to discover who the culprit is. It’s a dangerous business, and before it’s over, people will get hurt.
I love the world Kit Rocha has created in their Beyond series. Sector 4 is a dark, dreary place full of outlaws, but they’ve managed to carve something of a sanctuary for themselves where pleasure is plentiful and consentual, in other words: HOT! That being said, I have mixed feelings about Beyond Jealousy; for me, the first half was kind of slow but the second half flew by.
I liked Rachel, Ace and Cruz in previous books and have been looking forward to their story; I wasn’t expecting Cruz to be the ‘Alpha’ of the trio and that was a pleasant surprise. All of which makes my next statement seem a little strange: the reason the first half of the book was slow for me was that there was just too much sex. It kind of went on and on; it was hot and sexy, but didn’t do much to advance the plot.
Now, don’t get me wrong - No one writes hot, dirty, sensual sex scenes like Kit Rocha. I liked the sex, especially the angry shower sex scene between Cruz and Ace, and the ‘tattoo sex’ between the trio. And once the bootlegging plot did move along I was fascinated. I’ve said in previous reviews of this series that I wish we could see more of the O’Kane world and feel that way again about Beyond Jealousy. Seeing the tentative relationship between Sector 4 and Eden, and how each faction takes what they need from the other is fascinating to me. I found myself wondering things like, how do they get hot showers? And wondering about the chemicals fed to the general population that are mentioned in the story.
Of course there was conflict that made a HEA seem unobtainable, and I thought it was well-done: the self-destructive actions from one character was both realistic and heartbreaking. There was also some drama near the end that had me holding my breath and wondering about the repercussions of certain promises that were made.
I’m giving the first half of the book 3 stars, and the second half 5 stars, averaging 4 stars. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Beyond Addiction.
I think fans of dystopian romance or erotic romance will love this; there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Other books you might like, similar to ‘Beyond Jealousy’:
- Flesh by Kylie Scott
- Driven by Eve Silver
- After the Crux by Dani Worth
Kit Rocha is actually two people—Bree & Donna, best friends who are living the dream. They get paid to work in their pajamas, talk on the phone, and write down all the stories they used to make up in their heads.
Beyond Shame was their first dystopian erotic romance. They also write paranormal romance as Moira Rogers. You can find them on the web at the following places:
Stalk the authors here:
Moira Rogers: http://www.moirarogers.com/
Thank you for the interview ladies, I’m excited to showcase a ELUSION on parajunkee.com.
Elusion looks stunning, of course the first thing I notice is the beautiful cover. Can you tell us a little bit about the book so we can stop staring at the cover?
The question “What’s your book about?” can be like kryptonite to an author—it’s always difficult to encapsulate everything into a digestible sound bite! Mind if we cheat and use the flap copy? NO? That’s great, thank you!
A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, a visor, and a wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life. Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality. Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous—Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty . . . a decision that will affect the lives of millions.
We both had written several contemporary teen novels and were looking to do something different and a bit more out of our comfort zone. One day, we just started having a conversation about how reliant we were on our smartphones, and what kind of dangers that could be associated with that. It was a discussion that really stuck with us, and we kept coming back to this idea of some kind of app that would serve a great purpose, but could have inherent dangers that nobody would see coming. We knew we had to explore it more and began writing an outline together. There was no stopping us after that—we were obsessed!
We both loved the movie INCEPTION. It was so fun and imaginative and took viewers to all these thrilling destinations, all of which just happened to be inside people’s minds! The movie made us feel excited to work on this sophisticated idea of ours, but it also challenged us to explain and ground the technology in our story. The mechanics of dream machine in the film are never divulged, you just have to suspend disbelief. We thought it was a bit of a cheat, so we went to great lengths to come up with scientific reasoning that would make Elusion’s existence seem plausible and organic.
That’s a tough question, because the book is hard to boil down or categorize as one thing. At first glance, ELUSION might seem like speculative fiction, because it answers a lot of “what if” questions. It also imagines what life will be like for people living in a society that’s not only dependent on technology, but trapped in an environmentally strained world that people desperately need an escape from. But the world we depict in the book isn’t too far removed from the one we’re in now, and the technology that appears in story is actually based on technology that’s currently in development. We think those qualities makes it a very unique book—it’s both a glimpse into the future and a reflection of how we’re living in the present.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters of the book ELUSION? Will there be romance? Which character is your favorite?
Yes, there’s romance! Speaking of which, let’s begin our character descriptions with our heroine, Regan. An only child, she’s reeling from her dad’s death and dealing with her devastated mom. She’s pretty numb, just existing, not really living her life. When her world gets turned upside down, Regan rises to the occasion, finding an inner strength as she begins a journey that will change her forever. Our hero, Josh, is intelligent and strong, and his relentless search for his sister as well as his behavior with Regan (ahem ) shows just how tenderhearted he really is. Super smart and successful Patrick is the kind of guy who seems like he’s got it all, but actually doesn’t. He has an interesting journey in the book, one that gets resolved in the sequel. And let’s not forget Avery, the vlogging student activist who is Regan’s nemesis. Brave and loyal, she fights for what she believes in, regardless of the cost. As for favorites: impossible. All the characters are our babies. We feel guilty just thinking about it.
There is a sequel to ELUSION! ETHERWORLD will debut in March 2015, and we can’t wait for everyone to see where the story takes Regan. There are lots of twists and turns in her journey, but we just finished revising the manuscript and can attest to it being a fast-paced, action-packed read!
The most complex part of most science fiction/dystopian titles is the world. What research did you do to make this world believable?
If we could describe the research for ELUSION in one word, it would be: WHOA. We knew when we began writing the first draft that we were going to have to educate ourselves a lot, especially when it came to the computer science aspects of the novel, since neither of us are technophiles. The best thing we ever did was reach out to experts and recruit them as consultants. Lucky for us, they were family members, who either specialized in or studied the elements we wanted to include in our story: psychology, hypnotherapy, adaptive programming, the theory of complexity, etc. (They also didn’t charge us for any of their services—Bonus!) Speaking with them helped us to process all these advanced thoughts and implement them into the world we were building for our characters.
What would you like your readers to understand about your new book? Is there something that you would like to them to feel, or experience while reading your book?
We want our readers to get swept away by all the facets of ELUSION. While the concept of the book is a big draw, there is so much more to the story—a complex mystery, a compelling romance, and an exciting yet dangerous adventure. We know how cliché this sounds, but it’s true: there is something for everyone in this novel!
Thanks again for taking the time to answer all my questions! Is there anything else you would like parajunkee.com readers to know about?
We might as well come clean and admit that one of us is a Zombie. We exaggerate. She’s not really a zombie but she has risen from the dead. On screen, in a movie called THE EVIL DEAD. And the other one of us not only met George Takei, but also has photographic proof of that meeting. So we’re much more than just writers. We’re a zombie and someone who has framed picture of her meeting the BEST ACTOR OF ALL TIME. Now you know the two most important things about us.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Elusion by Cheryl Klam, Claudia Gabel
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-03-18
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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The mind-blowing beginning of a futuristic series about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.A new technology is sweeping the country. To enter Elusion®, you need an app, a visor, and a wristband and you'll be virtually transported to an exotic destination where adventure comes without the complications or consequences of real life. When there are accusations that Elusion is addictive and dangerous, Regan is determined to defend it and is pulled into incredible new worlds to discover deeply buried truths and to make the ultimate choice between love and loyalty. . . .Full of thrilling mystery, romance, and intriguing technology, this Inception-inspired thriller is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Matched by Ally Condie, and Partials by Dan Wells.
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