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Friday, January 4, 2013

Dark Waltz Blog Tour - Guest Post + Indie Book Review + Giveaway: Dark Waltz (A Praestani Novel #1) by A. M. Hargrove

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Please give a huge welcome to author A. M. Hargrove. She is here on tour with her new Dystopian Romance, Dark Waltz. Hargrove has written a great guest post about instant love for you guys. So check out the guest post along with my review of this sexy book. Also be sure to click the link under the banner or under my header (keep scrolling) for an awesome giveaway. Let's get the ball rolling.





Insta-Love

Have you ever been somewhere, anywhere, when you sense the heat of someone’s gaze on you? You glance across a crowded club and find him staring at you. Or maybe it’s in a huge lecture hall, and suddenly you become aware that you’re being watched. You raise your eyes from your laptop to find his eyes narrowed on you. He doesn’t look away either. You feel not only your face flushing, but the rest of your body begins to burn. He doesn’t smile, he just stares and something shifts in his gaze. You can’t seem to look away. You’re caught in his snare, but you want to be. The professor wraps up the lecture and the two of you haven’t even noticed. The room empties and you’re now alone with him.


He never looks away as he moves toward you. You finally notice that he’s tall and lean, dressed in jeans and a flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. His dark brown hair is long and shaggy which makes you want to reach out and comb your fingers through it. He takes the seat next to you and reaches for your hand. You suck in your breath when he touches you because the warmth from his hand spreads straight to your belly and fans out everywhere. He smiles and you’ve just felt like the sun has entered the room. He’s beautiful. Paralyzing so. You don’t know anything about him but you know you would follow him anywhere right this second. That’s the kind of effect he has on you.


"Hello." He even has a perfect voice...deep and rich. You want to throw your arms around him and hug him, right before you kiss his perfect lips. But you do none of the above. You hang back, hesitate and act aloof, because that’s what society says you should do. That’s what all your friends would tell you to do. Even though it would risk losing the chance of a lifetime, you do it anyway. Even though people say insta-love doesn’t exist. So you act like you don’t really care. You introduce yourself to him, tell him it was nice meeting him, get up and walk to your next class. And never stop thinking about what could’ve been...
 



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One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

“Hello.”
“Boss, is that you?”
“Why yes A.M., who else would be answering my phone?”
“Er… right. Well, I’m calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate because I quit.”

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

“Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?”
“Sure hon… having some car trouble?”
“Not at all. I need a ride because I just quit my job.”
“You WHAT?!”
“It’s time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.”

So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks.


Well, it didn’t happen exactly like that. The real story is that after years as a successful sales manager in the world of pharmaceuticals, her company was gobbled up by a larger one and her career came to a screeching halt. Always one to look at the glass as being half full, she took the job loss as an opportunity to forge down the path of her life-long dream– that of becoming a writer. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. The books in the series are listed in order: Beginnings (a prequel novella), Survival, Resurrection and Determinant.  Beginnings can be read at any time and Determinant, even though it is the third book in the series, can be read as a stand alone novel.

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Author: A. M. Hargrove
Series: A Praestani Novel
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Pages: 243
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian/Paranormal Romance/Erotic Romance











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Synopsis from Goodreads

Attention: This is an ADULT Book!

Dark Waltz--A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.

It’s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox. Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months. It’s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is horrified to see it’s become a cesspool of unimaginable things.

In her quest to find her brother, she meets Jurek, a powerful and enigmatic being that frightens her, yet she is unable to resist. When things begin to unfold between them, they both discover a paralyzing truth that puts Liasare at grave risk. She must make a choice to join Jurek and find her brother or fulfill a role she believes she is ill equipped to undertake.

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     In the year 2030, Earth is in shambles. Due to a terrible outbreak, the human population has decreased immensely. Not only that, but it has been taken over by Xanthians. They run Earth and most of its humans. When a woman named Sarah discovers her brother has disappeared while fighting on Earth, she goes on the hunt to find him on Earth. She changes her name to Liasare and runs into trouble in no time flat. She is found by a man named Jurek who is much more than he seems. With Jurek and his team's help, Liasare discovers more than she bargained for that could put her and the Earth's future at risk.



     Oh my goodness! This was so good. The story is just insane. Even by the time you hit the 100th page, there is still so much to learn. This book was just action packed. Hargrove does a great job building up the dystopian world of Earth. I love the world she sets for us. It is very dark and gritty. I love the idea behind the Xanthians and how people try to survive with them being the rulers and all. It really added to the intensity of the story for me and made the world more believable and unpredictable.



      The characters were thoroughly entertaining. Jurek is book boyfriend worthy. He does have his moments though. He can be very cold one minute and smoldering hot the next. But we do learn why he is the way he is. He has a lot on his plate because he is out hunting for something he may or may not be prepared for. But he will, oh boy he will. He is epic. Plain and simple. Lisare was a fun heroine. She was a bit naïve about the world around her given that she has been on Earth for almost 20 years, so she does have her share of moments as well. Her and Jurek are both pretty strong characters, so when they are together, things are combustible. A lot of the dialogue between them was very entertaining because they butt heads so much. To say I loved them together is an understatement. They really burned up the pages to say the least. Not to mention their back stories were great. I love how we explore Lisare's life and how big of a role her brother played in her life. She really would do anything to get him back. She is definitely an all or nothing kind of gal.



      Dark Waltz is definitely a favorite. It was jammed packed with great characters and great twists. This read will keep you on your toes. I could barely put this down and when I did, all I did was think about it. I just learned that this is a spinoff series to Hagrove's Young Adult/New Adult series The Guardians of Vesturon. I have every intention of read that series. It is not absolutely necessary to read that series before you read this, but it seems to actually understand more about the world, well worlds, you should check them out. I know I will. So I have discovered two series I will be stalking all rolled up into one. Epic win! Highly recommended for dystopian, science fiction and paranormal romance fans because this book is all three in one. Do not miss this one.


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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Hargrove has put together an awesome giveaway for you guys. So please be sure to enter to win some great prizes including Dark Waltz! Good Luck!


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11 comments:

  1. Diana, Thanks so much for taking part in the Dark Waltz Tour. Wow! 5 stars---SQUEE!! I'm thrilled you loved the book so much. Also, thanks for letting me write the post about Insta-Love. You never know when love will come knocking on your door *wink* Annie xx

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  2. I love your review! And I'm excited that you loved the book so much!
    I also enjoyed that guest post. I haven't had anything like that happen to me, that I remember. But if it had happened when I was younger (or maybe just before I was married) I totally would have went with it. That's just how I am though.
    Thanks for hosting a stop!

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  3. @Anne Hargrove You are so welcome! Thank you so much for having me. You deserve 5 stars :D I love the post. I have never experienced it though, sadly :( Never met anyone who caught my attention like that. I think I need to move LOL! Hope it does come knocking soon though. Thank you so much for the amazing post and for stopping by. Hope to do this again in the future :)

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  4. @Candace Thank you hon and you are welcome. I had a blast with it. I would totally go with it too if I had experienced this as well LOL! Thank you for having me again hon and you are so welcome.

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  5. Well I have to know if Liasare finds her brother LOL Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us. I think Dark Waltz sounds dandy and am looking forward to the read. I wish you all the best on the tour :)

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  6. @Denise Z It will be an exciting discovery for sure. You are so welcome hon. I know you would like it. Thank you so much for the comment and you are welcome again :D

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  7. Great review. Love a hero who is hot and cold. Also love when the H/h butt heads. Added to my Must buy TBR list.

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  8. This sounds like anyummy Congo of all the good genres. Great spotlight D

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  9. @Wickedly Delicious Jurek is a great hero. Super sexy. I am with you, I love when the H/h butt heads as well. It is always fun and it is like a slow burn. I love it. Hope you can check it out hon :)

    @Braine TS It is a great combo. Always a great find.

    Thank you for the comments ladies :D

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  10. The heat of another gaze... wow. It's been a long time for me. ;)

    Sounds like a great read, and loving the cover too. :) Thank you!

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