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Pool of Crimson Review/GIVEAWAY

(giveaway details below…please read review first)

Pool of Crimson is an urban fantasy…and everything I like in my books! Suzanne M. Sabol really did it for me with this book. Dahlia is another one of those kick ass chicks that I enjoy to read about. A lone vampire hunter in Columbus, Ohio, Dahlia knows there are things that go bump in the night, even if she cannot spread the word to anyone else. Dahlia palms a talisman off of a vampire in a fight, not knowing that what she holds is the key to a huge plot contrived by the Ethan, the Master Vampire, to raise a demon…and take over the city. On the way to find out exactly what the talisman is and what it means, Dahlia meets Jade, a rich girl with the knowledge that Dahlia needs, but the naiveté that monsters don’t exist. Dahlia meets her match in Ethan’s second in command, Patrick. Dahlia wants nothing to do with a vampire, but Patrick wants her…and her body wants him. Throw in a werewolf hottie and his pack and you have the makings of a supernatural free-for-all. Not that Dahlia is an ordinary girl, she has a dark past, horrid childhood memories, and a well full of power that she does not know how to tap. Dahlia isn’t exactly human, but then again, she doesn’t know what she is.

Pool of Crimson rocked my world. It is as simple as that. I am a big fan of Kim Harrison and the like and I think Pool of Crimson and the rest of the series when it comes out has the potential to be right up there on my list of faves. I enjoy kick ass heriones and their sidekicks and you can’t beat a book full of the supernatural. The quirky characters and the sarcastic byplay between them just made the book. I love the character interaction and how the book almost feels real, because you feel like you have made new friends because you get to know and like them so much. Don’t forget the steamy sex and the give-me-shivers action between Dahlia and the male characters. Wow! I also liked that every vampire was not super sexy. It made it more real. I can’t wait for the next installment in this wonderful book. I am extremely curious to find out just what is going on in Dahlia’s world. All-in-all this book is not to be missed. I give this book 5 stars because I loved it…and it is my kinda book!

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Quotes from the book: (Or my favorite parts)

“Damn, you look good enough to fuck,” she said with a playful smile. “You know I’d let you but I don’t want you to get too attached,” I teased. (Byplay between Dahlia and one of her girl friends)

“I never knew how alluring a dangerous woman could be.”

“She was Hispanic, with dark penetrating eyes that met mine with a naughty smile, like she knew what I tasted like without my panties.” (I so know that is not a quote but I absolutely love stuff that I don’t expect and that line dropped my jaw and stuck with me!)

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Today I have one e-copy of Pool of Crimson, winners choice of kindle or nook format. To enter this giveaway all you have to do is tell me why you want to read this book or ask Suzanne a question. This comment is MANDATORY.

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Author Sean Joyce Guest Post/Giveaway ***CONTEST CLOSED***

The Sacred Relationship: The Reader and the Writer

It will come as no surprise that in order to do the job of writing a book well, you must also be an avid reader. I know that I am just one among a countless number of people who’ve spent their lives sharing with the visions and imaginations of authors. I’m also a film fanatic, and often take great enjoyment from forgetting myself for a couple of hours in the cinema. In fact, I regularly have the debate with friends regarding the merits of reading versus watching a film. And while I’m not going to deviate by delving too deeply into this particular discussion, I will say this: a great film can certainly be very compelling, and in the greatest examples, will leave an indelible mark on you.

A great book, however, is like nothing else on earth. A book doesn’t force feed you any images or ideas. There is not one vision that you are presented with. A good book weaves a path and leaves messages along the way for you to pick up.  A good book entices you into its realm, but it also makes you work for it by asking you to form your own inner world, using the author’s words as signposts.

I’ve always thought it a beautiful idea that when I read a particular book, I am sharing it with so many other people, yet my own personal vision of the book’s characters and settings won’t be the same as anyone else’s. When we read Great Expectations, for example, we’re each of us carrying our own version of Pip and Miss Havisham and Estella in our heads; a vision crafted from our own lives and experiences. We are, in effect, making our own unique, internal movie of the book, resulting in millions of different versions the world over from just one text.

I recently read a quote from an old Paris Review interview with John Steinbeck, who said that a writer tries to communicate like a distant star sending signals in order to establish a relationship of meaning and feeling. This got me thinking about the relationship between the writer and the reader, and just how important it is.

When a book brings you into its world and takes you along for a ride, it really is as if you are communicating with the author across time and space, sharing the experience with them, yet also making it your own by adding ideas and images to it that are no one else’s. I think it’s a truly great privilege for a writer to have this opportunity, and to share their stories and connect with strangers around the world. And while entertainment is always the main factor when writing a book that you want people to read, I also believe that it’s a chance to plug into something far more powerful than the internet, and to impart a piece of yourself.

In an age of quick-fix entertainment and constant distraction, I don’t think there could be a better time for us to engage more deeply in this reader-writer relationship. And from a reader’s perspective, I know that my life has been greatly enhanced by this relationship I’ve had with so many writers, and always will be.

I’ve tried to do the same thing with my first novel, and while time will tell whether I’ve succeeded or not, I only hope that I can impart even a smidgeon of the enjoyment I’ve taken from so many books.

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The Giveaway is simple. You get two chances to enter. (1 ebook copy of Project Hope)

1) The first one is MANDATORY. You must leave a comment on this post that has something to do with this guest post. That will get you in the running!

2) Follow Sean Joyce on Twitter for a second entry.  Click HERE to follow him. Make sure you leave a comment here saying you did. If you already have, just leave a comment on here saying you already did.

Easy-Peasy! The names will go in a random name generator. I will put all the names in there 1 or 2 times depending on the number of times you entered. I will hit the button and it will give us a winner! The contest closes at 8 a.m CST 7/20. Winners will be announced shortly afterwards. GOOD LUCK!

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