Monday, April 13, 2015

Blog Tour: Mini-Review, Excerpt!! Destiny, by S.M. Spencer

Welcome to this stop in the
Destiny Blog Tour, sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!!

I am featuring an excerpt, 
plus my mini-review!!

(Absent Shadows Trilogy, Book 1)
S.M. Spencer
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Cover Artist: BookPOD
October 4, 2014
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, 
Young Adult Fiction

When nineteen year-old Lili McIntyre decides to trade in her California summer for a mid-winter visit to Australia, it's in hope of finding inspiration and direction in the country where her father was born.

But when she arrives in Melbourne, the first thing she finds is the last thing she's looking for--a brooding man who makes her heart race every time she sees him.

Against her better judgement, Lili finds herself drawn into a relationship that tests her very beliefs about life, reality and fantasy. But the real test is how to follow her destiny as she faces some of the hardest decisions of her life.

Using a modern theme, the author tells an old- fashioned love story that you won't want to put down, even when you've finished the last page.


The excerpt below is a very short but highly intriguing one! Of course, I know exactly what type of paranormal being Sam is.....
From the very first sentence, Spencer grabbed my attention, and I was hooked! Since this scene is just a snippet, after reading it, I immediately headed over to Amazon so I could preview more of this book on the online reader. I was rewarded with an engaging selection of chapters from the book that, again, pulled me in right away! I learned more about Lili and her past, and also met Claire, who befriended Lili on the flight to Melbourne.
Ms. Spencer's writing is great to read, and her characters are deftly drawn. The story has the right paranormal flavor, as well! 
What else can I say? Just this: I like what I read SO much, I've already bought this book!!  I know I'm going to devour it! My only hope now is that Ms. Spencer will decide to release a print edition sometime soon, because I do prefer printed books. If she does, I will definitely buy that one, too!!  

Sometimes, when something bad happens, time seems to slow to a crawl.

Like that time I was running to visit my friend who lived down the street. I was only about ten at the time, but it seemed like it was yesterday. I remember exactly how it felt as I ran down that street toward her house. And how, when I was only part way there, I stepped on an acorn and my foot rolled out from under me. As I fell, the pavement got closer and closer to my face—in horrible slow-motion. I hit the ground with my hands stretched out in front of me, scraping the skin off both palms. They barely bled but man, they hurt like crazy.Yes, I could replay that memory like a slow-motion movie in my head even now—years later.

But this … well, this wasn’t like that.

What happened next was like a series of still photos. Tom flew out of the bedroom in a blur, but stopped just long enough for the image of his face to be burnt into my mind. His eyes were no longer soft brown, but were instead a glowing red, and his normally tanned complexion was now pallid grey. But what really stood out was the blood that ran down from the corner of his mouth.

Then I heard Sam’s voice—loud and harsh. ‘Go!'

Tom was gone and I heard the door slam.

I closed my eyes for no more than a long blink—it couldn’t have been more than a second—but when I opened them, Sam was in the bedroom, bending over Claire. Was he doing something to her neck? She was so still.

I ran to the doorway but stopped short of going in. I couldn’t draw a breath to scream or talk. I just stood there, frozen.

S. M. Spencer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As a young teenager, her mother introduced her to the world of romantic suspense by encouraging her to read the works of authors such as Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart. These books stirred a passion in her that would last a lifetime—to become a writer.
Feeling the need to experience life before embarking on a writing career, Ms. Spencer completed a business degree. Her career eventually landed her in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived ever since. Yet her true passion to be a writer never abated.
S.M. Spencer now writes from her home in the outskirts of Melbourne, where she lives with her husband, horses, cats, and dogs. 

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  1. What an intriguing excerpt! Thanks so much for sharing, Maria -- you have me so curious, and I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts. I love stories with a "paranormal flavor"! Thanks so much for putting this on my radar. Happy reading, my friend *hugs*

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Yes, that's exactly what I thought when I first read this excerpt! Well, I signed up for this tour because this is a vampire romance, and I LOVE reading those!! As I stated in my mini-review, I've already bought this book, which I'm hoping the author will release in print later on.....

      I'm so glad you my blog post has gotten you interested in this novel!

      Thanks for he nice comment!! :HUGS BACK!! : )


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