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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Love You More by M.L. Stephens Review/Interview

Love You More
By M.L. Stephens


Genre: New Adult Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Synopsis

In life she found love, but can she hold on to it in death?
Her life was fabulous, until she was murdered, but now she knows. There are only two things in a person's existence that truly matter—before and after. This is Jade's after.
Caught in a realm between life and death, Jade is torn between the unexpected love of a stranger, catching the people who killed her, or remaining true to the man she was meant to marry.
With the clock ticking, she struggles to find a way to save the life of her best friend, while deciding which man will claim her heart. One wrong decision could leave her stranded in limbo for all of eternity.


Review By


Woohoo! Are y'all in for an amazing rollercoaster of a ride. This story has incredible twist, turns, dips, and dives. There was not a single moment that I found myself drifting. Everyone knows the saying, "You can buy the whole seat but you will only need the edge!" We'll that sums up this book.
I fell in love with the characters. ML Stephens really develops their personalities so that you have no choice but to be swept up into their lives.
I laughed. I cried. I waited with baited breath for what was happening next..and knowing the second book in the series is out, I don't have to wait any longer!!!


Excerpts


If I wasn't so involved in my own traumatic state of depression, I'd be grateful that Chad had stuck around. I'd tried running him off, but he was a real trooper—lucky me. His upbeat mood and constant optimism was enough to make me sick. I wanted to pull a Houdini and disappear for life. Well, maybe not for life, I thought, but for a while.
"Rise and shine, Claire. Today is all about unicorns and rainbows!" Chad's voice filtered in from the other side of the door.
"What did you say?" I asked, glaring at the door as I bolted up in my mess of a bed.
He strolled in wearing a brilliant smile. "I said that today is all about unicorns and…"
Holding my hand up, I cut him off before he could finish. "I know. I know. But why did you say it?"
"I don't know. It just came to me."
"Have you used that expression before?"
Looking mystified, Chad shrugged his shoulders. "I don't think so, but if it's a big deal…"
"It is a big deal! Don't ever use that phrase again!" I yelled. "Unicorns, rainbows, and fairies were reserved for me and Jade. You don't get to use those. No one gets to use those!" There weren't enough tears left for me to shed. My well of misery was dry.
Crossing his arms, he pondered the situation. "Ok, Let's try this again." He left the room, shutting the door on his way out.
"Thank you!" I shouted, throwing myself back against the mattress. More feathers floated up around me. I watched as they glided down. Just before they landed, another knock jolted me up.
"What?" I was not amused.
Chad burst into the room with a blanket tied around his neck. The length of it cascaded toward the floor and stopped just behind his knees. With a broom in his hand, he thrust it forward as if it were a sword. "Rise and shine, Claire! Today is all about Prince Charming and frogs!"
I would have to be dead not to find the humor in that, I reasoned. Laughter ripped out of my chest, filling the space around us. Chad had the uncanny ability to turn any situation into an award winning masterpiece. The days of pain slid away as unexpected laughter took its place. The dried up tears that had stained my face, became tears of joy. I laughed until my ribs hurt. I laughed until I couldn't breathe. I laughed away my grief, my losses and my selfish depression. When I finally gained control of the uncontrollable cackles, all I could do was stare at the man in the makeshift cape and broom sword who had saved me from the cavernous ravages of hopelessness. He'd been saving me since we'd met.


Q & A with M.L. Stephens


If you could pick an actress to play the spitfire that is Ella, who would you pick?
Without a doubt it would be Cicely Tyson.

Other than listening to the characters that scream the loudest;
What other writing or creative methods do you have?
Many of my ideas spring to life from out of nowhere and I simply toss them around in my head until they make sense. That is usually done while enjoying my morning cup of coffee on the back porch.

Is there more in store for Mason? (Please say yes!!)
But of course! How could I possibly let such an awesome man just walk away? *giggle*

Have you had personal experience with physics, mediums, etc?
Oh, yes. In fact, I have a resident ghost and have had a psychic tell me that she couldn't tell me what I myself didn't already know. Ha! If only it were that easy! I also have "dreams."

I personally live in the 3rd most haunted city in the US. What draws you to this type of story?
My personal experiences with the paranormal keeps me on my toes and makes it nearly impossible for me not to love the genre.

Did you listen to music while writing this book?
Believe it or not, I wrote the entire story without any music.

Is there anyone in your life that inspired you to write this story?
I asked a friend to read a YA dystopian that I was working on. He hated it so I ditched it and wrote the story that was in my head. The story line changed many times before becoming what it is now. Thank goodness my dystopian was such a flop.

What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading "A Discovery of Witches" and "Shadow of Night" and I just cracked the cover of Lara Adrian's "Darker After Midnight".

What is your favorite quote by anyone, why?
"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us." ~ Socrates. To me, this says with few words that that until we open our minds to the things we don't fully understand, only then can we begin to see the truth behind the hidden.  Call it the mystery fanatic me, but I love to find what's hidden.
Who designed the cover of your book?
Romance Novel Covers.

If you could be any Paranormal Creature, what would you be?
I'd love to be a witch (of the supernatural sort)!

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I want to thank every person who reads, supports writers, and leaves reviews! Without the readers to read and the bloggers to share, where would a writer be?



Author’s Bio

 

I'm always clicking away at the keyboard, but when I'm not, my family, two dogs, and a very peculiar cat keep me on my toes! There's never a boring moment at my desk!
Besides my obvious love for coffee and all things caffeinated, I love to travel. The occasional tourist stop is fun, but I'm a back road kind of gal. Take me off the beaten path. I want to meet the ordinary people behind the culture.
My crazy family includes a husband, four kids, two grandbabies, two dogs, and a cat. That's right! Life is totally insane! Now you understand why I write!
Speaking of writing, I've been spinning stories around the campfire, since I can remember. Poetry was second nature, and as a teen and young adult, short stories were constantly being penned. I'm an avid reader, who loves almost all genres. Let's face it! A good read is a good read, regardless of whether it takes place in the future, the past, or with ghosts.

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