Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Revelations by Jennifer Carole Lewis ♥ Spotlight & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Paranormal Romance)

For millennia, the lalassu have existed at the fringes of society, hiding in the shadows. But someone is determined to drag them into the light.

Dani has spent years fighting against her family’s urges to take on the mantle of High Priestess for the lalassu. Stronger and faster than any ordinary human, she has no interest in being a guide for her people. She likes being independent and enjoys her night-job as a burlesque dancer. But a darker secret lurks inside of her, one which threatens everyone around her.

Isolated and idealistic, Michael works as a developmental therapist for children, using his psychometric gifts to discover the secrets they can’t share with anyone else. When one of his clients is kidnapped, he will do almost anything to rescue her. The investigation leads him to a seedy little performance club where he is shocked and thrilled to discover a genuine live superhero.

Michael and Dani must join forces to save those they care about from becoming the latest victims of a decades-long hunt. But the fiery chemistry between them threatens to unlock a millennia-old secret which could devour them both.

The clock is ticking and they will be faced with the ultimate hero’s choice: save the world or save each other?
This was such a cool, sexy read!

First of all, this book really appealed to me because it has sort of an "X-Men/Avengers" sort of feel to it, and that is unlike any romance novel I have read before! And I'm kind of a big super hero fan :)

Jennifer created a world in which people with extraordinary powers and abilities walk among us, and no one is the wiser. Well, maybe a few people are...and they try to capture aforementioned extraordinary people.

The imagery and descriptions in this book are phenomenal, and I was on the edge of my seat with, "Oh my gosh, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!" almost constantly coming out of my mouth.

The super-hero-ness had a unique spin with Dani, who was actually battling to control a separate being that dwelled within.

And Michael, well, he's just almost too perfect; sensitive, great with kids, is able to sense what you want just by touching you...

All in all, this was an excellent adventure that I will be reading over again. And if a movie ever gets made based on this book, because one should, I would be first in line at the ticket booth!

***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

The Undeniable Benefits of Guilty Pleasures

Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. We all have something which brings a smile to our face and a spring to our step but which we’d be embarrassed to talk about in public. Whether it’s racing home to watch that latest episode of reality TV (I save episodes of Storage Wars) or eating chocolate for dinner instead of a balanced meal (I call those days Thursday) or listening to that artist or band which is too young/old/commercial (okay, not admitting specifics for that one), they are our guilty pleasures.

I, for one, am tired of hiding in the guilty pleasure closet. Being intelligent and respectable in all circumstances is a one-way ticket to a complete boredom breakdown. It’s also impossible since no one can possibly agree on what would qualify, though there is certainly no shortage of opinion on what doesn’t.

Living life by what other people think you should be doing isn’t being authentic and denies us some great opportunities. It’s really a form of narcissism, in a way, since it requires that a person believe that his or her actions and choices are under such intense scrutiny that no “mistakes” can be tolerated.

I have dedicated myself to the joy of doing things badly (a phrase I stole from Veronica Chamber’s wonderful book title about abandoning the tyranny of perfectionism). I have a long list of activities where my enthusiasm outstrips my talent: sewing, cross-stitch, puzzles and my two favorites, singing and dancing. I recently had a marvellous time at Romancing the Capital, shaking and grooving on the dance floor, occasionally even in time with the music. I could have stayed in my seat and not embarrassed myself, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun.

It’s taken me a long time to overcome my natural shyness and fear of judgment. I still haven’t done it entirely but it’s stopping me a whole lot less than it used to. As I started admitting that I liked certain things, I discovered something wonderful. There were a whole lot of other closet fans (and not so closeted fans) out there. I wasn’t a lone weirdo doing something freaky and shameful. I was part of a crowd of freaky weirdos. And I’m okay with that.

This is why I have a “Guilty Pleasures Option” in my latest draw for an Amazon gift card. We live with enough guilt and shame. Throw it away and embrace your inner whatever. Seize moments of pleasure wherever life has them to offer. They’re too precious to wistfully watch them sail by.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a whole stack of new romance novels waiting.

Jennifer Carole Lewis
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Jennifer Carole Lewis is a full-time mom, a full-time administrator and a full-time writer, which means she is very much interested in speaking to anyone who comes up with any form of functional time-travel devices or practical cloning methods. Meanwhile, she spends her most of her time alternating between organizing and typing.

She is a devoted comic book geek and Marvel movie enthusiast. She spends far too much of her precious free time watching TV, especially police procedural dramas. Her enthusiasm outstrips her talent in karaoke, cross-stitch and jigsaw puzzles. She is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and always enjoys seeking out new suggestions.
     
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