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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Allusive Aftershock Tour/ Reveiw and Giveaway




ALLUSIVE

Aftershock


Title: Allusive Aftershock
Author: Susan Griscom
Genre: YA
Publisher: Amber Glow Books
Release Date: December 18 2012
Editions/Formats Available In: Print and Amazon Kindle 



Synopsis:

What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him. But, Max--her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet--hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking. When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict. But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?


Review

I was given Allusive Aftershock in exchange for my honest review .I must say I usually only read about vamps and wolfs .But I'm glad I did read it because I would of missed out on this Gripping story of life ,survival and new found love .Which was in front of Adele nose the whole time. Adele thinks she is in love with her best friend Max but soon realizes she has a connection with Courtland who is an outcast ,kids joke about him being a freak and being Dr.Do little because of his love for animals. Courtland transforms from a misunderstood boy into a young man.He has the need to protect Adele.keeping her alive is over whelming ,romantic and thrilling at the same time.As they try to stay alive from a huge earthquake and the aftershocks that follow.Adele realizes Courtland is handsome and unique in his own way he shows her respect and compassion,while Max shows his true colors and the true reason he dislikes Court. Susan Griscom is amazing Author .Her story held my grasp as I was not able to put it down.I really enjoyed this book and you need to add it to TRBl list Now!!!!!!It will have you yelling,crying and dying of laughter .You will not be disappointed ,Only wanting more .



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Q&A with Susan Griscom


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 

Hmmm… I don’t know. I guess the most interesting quirk would be that all my female characters usually react the way I would in a situation. For the most part at least, unless of course the story calls for them to act a certain way in order to move the plot along.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Read or listen to audiobooks when I jog. In the summer, I love to float on a raft and read a great paranormal romance.

What was one of the most surprising things you have learned in creating your books?

That I could. I’d always wanted (secretly) to write a book. I just considered it a fantasy occupation. I’d watch movies where the main characters were writers and was always envious of them, wishing I could do that. It wasn’t until I actually said, “I want to write a book” out loud that I sat down and did it. I’m the type of person that once I say I’m going to do something, I have to do it. So once the words were out of mouth, I felt obligated. But it became so much more of a pleasure than an obligation. 


Why did you choose to create paranormal books?

Allusive Aftershock is not really a paranormal book, but does have a slight paranormal reference with Courtland. On the other hand, my Whisper Cape series is very paranormal and since Whisper Cape was my first novel, I’ll use it to answer this question. I read a lot of romance novels, but it wasn’t until I read Nora Roberts’ Circle Trilogy, with is a vampire series, that I wanted to create something different. I’d read Twilight and wanted to create something paranormal, but I decided not to write about vampires. Instead, I concentrated on a story similar to the elements in TV shows like Heroes and Charmed.

 As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to me a mommy. That’s the answer I always gave as a child. I did that, and then it was time to move on, so now I write.

Did you base Max’s character on someone you know?

No. Not at all. I don’t know any jerky guys. LOL My sons are all wonderful and my husband is a gem.

Why does Courtland have such a strong bond with Adela?

He’d had a crush on her since he first met her when he was ten years old. He’d secretly loved her almost his entire life. I think it was that fact that he didn’t think he could ever have her that put her on such a pedestal and kept that love alive inside of him.

Will there be an Allusive Aftershock number 2 ?

Not at this time, but I would never say never.

 Living in California, do earthquakes fascinate you ?

No. They scare the bejeezus out of me.

Thank you so much, for having me on your blog today. I enjoyed answering your questions.



Author Bio


I daydream often. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play--a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.
The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again.Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre.My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running.I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons, one beautiful daughter, and seven grandchildren. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.

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Excerpt:

“I’m so sorry, Adela. I’m so sorry.” His soft voice barely registered in my ear while he stroked his hand over my head, trying to comfort me. I didn’t want comfort. I wanted to find my mom. I wanted her arms around me, rocking me the way she did whenever I became upset or sick. My legs buckled under me, and I collapsed to the ground. Max held on and sank down with me. We sat on the pile of my broken home. “I’m pretty sure she’s not here.” He continued, “I think she went to Sacramento with your dad.”I sniffled, hoping Max was right. I knew we couldn’t search through this on our own. I just    wanted to try.
I don’t know how long we sat there while I leaned against Max’s chest—could have been a few seconds, could have been a few minutes. It felt like hours. I dried my cheeks with the sleeve of my sweater but couldn’t lift my head from the comfort of Max’s embrace.I thought about how I’d just used my sweater to wipe my tears and nose and sighed as I sniffled. Speaking softly into Max’s shirt, I said, “My mom would cringe if she saw me do that. She’d say, ‘Adela, stop, get a tissue. You’re going to ruin your sweater.’”
“Ah, you’re right, she would. Are you going to be okay?”
“No, but what choice do I have? I can only pray she’s with my dad and they’re okay—and hope Ambrosia and Aaron survived. We need to find them.”
“Right. First let’s find something for your hand.”
“My hand?”
“Yeah, look.” He placed his fingers around my wrist, turning my hand over; blood covered my entire palm. I stared at my blood-soaked hand as if it belonged to someone else. “When did I do this?”
“You fell when you were running toward the sweater.”
“Oh yeah, right, I fell.” I shrugged. “There’s a lot of blood, but it doesn’t hurt.”
“It will once the shock wears off.” He found a small dishtowel under the ramshackle pile of debris in the kitchen area and wrapped the soft cloth around my hand, tying a knot at the backside. “That should be tight enough to stop the bleeding. Let’s go to my house. My folks can help us.”



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