Sunday, May 6, 2012

BLOG TOUR # 21 - GIVEAWAY - REVIEW - EXCERPT - REVAMPED by ADA ADAMS


I would like to welcome Ada Adams to Novels On The Run. Today on the blog tour I have a couple excerpts from her book Revamped and my book review and a givaway of one ebook.

Enjoy!!


By: Ada Adams
Published By : Ada Adams
Released: Available Now
Details: Digital book, 160 Pages

RATING: 4 BROODY SEBASTIAN STARS!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle :

This was a fun read, nicely paced. I enjoyed Ada’s tale of vampires who are no longer hiding amongst the humans. It has only been three years. I liked Ada’s humour with the reality tv shows, for vampires. * chuckle*

Scarlet House is the vampire version of The White House. The US President of Scarlet House just happens to be Dawn’s father. She is a ‘born’ vampire. Alastair Fairchild, her father , was a ‘made’ vampire. In other words he was human until he was turned. Only girl vampires are ‘born’, never the boys. Zora Fairchild died shortly after child birth and there in lies a little twist that I thought was very good.

A ‘born’ vampire, once she gives birth her aging stops at the age she gave birth. If you don’t have a child, you keep aging.  

Dawn Fairchild has been trained her whole life, she is nineteen and she has been given her first mission by Alastair, an easy, no fuss mission , to sort out a motley crew of four vampires in the town of Angel Creek, population 900.

Dawn’s mission, to get this group of vampires trained and on the straight and narrow, turning them into guardians for the town. The uber stunning Fab Five who originally guarded the town went on to enjoy reality tv fame..ha! A slot needed to be filled.

Motely Crew of Vamps:

Brooke Mason - Cheerleader, appearance 17yrs old. Chick with a sense of fashion and doesn’t mind sucking on the necks of the football team .

Sophie Reed - Librarian, appearance 18yrs old. Quiet, unassuming, bats for the girls.

Hunter Woods - Local drunk, and drug addict, also ex band member, appearance 21yrs old.

Seth Lee - 2 week old newbie vampire, thanks to Brooke who thought he needed a makeover, appearance 16yrs old, enjoys gaming. Not so pleased with Brooke.

But!! There is a mysterious 5th vampire , Mr Moody , Sebastian York, appearance 21 yrs old, midnight black hair, tall, hot and muscular. Also a bit of a brooder.

Hannah and Ethan are the human characters that play a part in this story. Hannah , the waiteress at the Angel Creek Diner and Ethan the bartender at the diner.

There are some shenanigans going on and the mission Alastair thought was easy, is turning into a whole lot more.

There are stabbings and shootings, a bazooka named Kitty, Blood Vodka, werewolves, poison, a drug, crossbows going off and Daisy who has gotten in a pickle.

A fun tale that takes a turn with a villain who is a nasty piece of work and a couple hunky lads who me thinks will be getting into a triangle in the sequel. And as the title says, some Revamping going on.



Michelle


EXCERPT TIME

Excerpt One:  

PROLOGUE
  

A sharp, searing pain pierced through my chest as I watched the guy I liked—the guy I was falling in love with—kiss another girl. With every fiber of my being, I willed myself to look away, my vision blurring in a desperate attempt to escape the agonizing scene before me. My body failed to obey; my gaze remained firmly glued to the couple.

Powerless, I surrendered to the nightmare, for a brief moment allowing myself to imagine that his muscular arms were, in fact, embracing me. After all, the girl’s face, with its pale complexion, high cheekbones, straight nose and cupid-bow lips, was identical to mine. Her glossy brown hair cascaded down her back, each loose wave perfectly matching my own. Even her slender body curved in precisely the same places. Looking at her was like gazing into the smooth, reflective surface of a moving, breathing mirror.

She was me.

Or was I her?

She fluttered open her long, dark lashes, and pulling me out of the fantasy, revealed the one perceptible difference between us: her emerald green eyes. While hauntingly beautiful, they looked nothing at all like my pale violet ones. She stared directly at me, tightening her grip on the only person in the world I had ever wanted to be with—mocking me for being too late.

“Aurora,” he whispered in her ear.

In that instant, I knew with certainty that he was not thinking about me. 




Excerpt Two:
 

FROM CHAPTER TWO
  

I ordered Seth to wait in the car and slowly made my way up the dirt path in the direction of what I had hoped was Sebastian’s residence. The longer I walked, the darker and more daunting the clouds above became. Finally, with a booming crash of thunder, the sky tore open, releasing a fresh downpour of cool rain. This time it was faster and heavier, pummeling against Hannah’s note and drenching her small, neat writing. I considered turning back and meeting with Sebastian another time, but my curiosity got the best of me.

I examined Hannah’s note, squinting to make out some of the smudged words.

Sebastian York is a twenty-one year-old Scorpio. He has gorgeous light gray eyes, the color of sparkling glaciers. His midnight-black hair is slightly curly and just long enough to make you daydream about running your fingers through his locks. He’s super tall and really, really hot. Just try to peel your eyes away from all those lean muscles! Yum! He’s brooding, mysterious, strong, and self-deprecating (or at least he seems like the type)—the perfect vampire!

I had to stop myself from reading the rest. Hannah’s report on Sebastian was a little over-the-top for my taste. Not to mention, much too unbelievable. I scrunched up the soaked paper and tucked it into the pocket of my jeans. I smiled to myself, thinking that the bubbly redhead had a promising career ahead of her as a writer of cheesy romance novels.

The hike through the forest led to a secluded clearing. The trees parted, revealing a striking building more akin to a grand mansion, than a house in the woods. While made in the same style as the buildings in town, the three-storey structure had a stately, regal air about it. Clad in white stone with Grecian temple-inspired columns towering across its entire fa├žade, it very much resembled the majestic inn on the grounds of the Angel Creek Park.

The driveway finally came to an end and I found myself next to a luxury antique car. Its cherry-red hood was propped wide open, so it took a moment before I noticed that there was a figure tinkering with the machinery underneath. He wore a pair of loose, black pants, the muscles on his bare back flexing as he strained to tighten something with a metal wrench.

Hannah’s words flashed through my mind as I stood frozen in place, observing Sebastian’s profile. My gaze traveled along his tall, lean body, to his face, gliding over his sharp angular jaw and high cheekbones, and, finally, finding a resting place on his dark locks. Embarrassed by my unexpected attraction to the vampire in front of me, I sharply looked away, thankful for the cooling sensation of the wet raindrops against my skin.

Suddenly, Sebastian sensed my presence. His entire body tensed as he spun around, the wrench firmly grasped in his hand, ready and poised for an attack. The moment his eyes fixed on me, he froze, a look of sheer terror seizing his face. The metal tool fell out of his hand, hitting the cobblestone with a loud clank. The noise seemed to break the spell he was under. As his gaze connected with mine, the look of horror that came over him just moments before, immediately vanished.

“Sebastian?” I asked breathlessly, unnerved by his startling reaction.

He didn’t reply. Instead, he continued to examine every inch of me with his cool, gray eyes. My entire body blazed under his scrutinizing stare, but despite the uneasiness, I couldn’t bring myself to look away from him. The strong wind frantically tugged at my hair, as if trying to snap me out of my trance. In spite of nature’s best efforts, I simply stood there, locked in an unnerving staring contest with the mysterious vampire. A deafening clap of thunder shook the earth, causing me to jump, and startling Sebastian back to his senses.

“Who wants to know?” he finally responded. There was a sharp edge to his smooth voice.

“My name is Dawn,” I said, attempting a smile. “I’m here on an assignment from the Vampire President to train the new guardians of Angel Creek. Since you’re one of the five vampire residents, I thought you’d want to know about the mission and take part—” I paused abruptly, distracted by the angry scowl forming across his face.

Another earsplitting roar of thunder sounded before he spoke. “Not interested.” he said curtly, his eyes still intent on me. He was boldly exploring my face, his gaze slowly traveling down my body.

“Dawn, did you say?” he asked curiously, his voice a little less brisk.

I nodded, crossing my arms in a self-conscious effort to shield myself from his gaze. “So can we count you in?” I asked hopefully.

“No.”

“What do you mean no?” I asked in disbelief. I was quickly becoming annoyed with the shirtless, ill-mannered vampire.

“No. Nope. Not interested. Is that clear enough for you?”

“Really?”

“Yes, really—no.” He turned away, waving his hand in my direction as if to let me know I was dismissed.

“Why?” I asked, stretching out to grab his arm. Thankfully, he had moved just before I could reach him, as mid-grab, I realized that touching Sebastian was a bold move that I had not fully thought out.

He turned around to face me, the feverish look in his eyes causing me to take a slight step back. “I don’t really embrace this whole vampire fad. I’m not interested in anything related to vampires, being a vampire or serving the Vampire President. Got it?”

“What about your obligation to protect humans?” I questioned.

“I’m not interested in humans either, not even the sad, vulnerable ones so many vampire idiots fall for. You could say, I'm only interested in myself.” He smirked, his tone once again reaching sub-zero temperatures. “So, if you wouldn’t mind leaving, I’d love to get back to work.”

“But, but…you can’t do that. When I tell the President that you’re here, he’ll order you to join the group.” I was grasping at straws.

All of a sudden, Sebastian charged toward me, thrusting his face into mine. He was so close our noses almost touched. As I raised my eyes to meet his, the raindrops from his glistening locks dripped onto my forehead. I resisted the temptation to blink as droplets of water fell onto my eyelashes, not wanting to show him any weakness.

“For the past century I’ve been doing exactly what I want, when I want. I don’t owe anything to any human or vampire—especially not the President. Now, leave before I make you leave!” he said through clenched teeth.

“Fine!” I yelled, pressing my fists tightly against my legs in an effort to prevent myself from striking him. “But, just so you know, you’re a really sucky vampire.” I mentally kicked myself for the lame retort, also chastising myself for having wanted this aggravating snob to join the group.

“Please don’t come around here anymore.” With those final words, Sebastian stormed off into the house, slamming the heavy door behind him. I was left alone on the wet driveway; feeling confused, angry, and somewhat excited by our meeting.



That evening, nestled in the small, cozy cottage in the depths of the Angel Creek forest, I glumly surveyed the vampires gathered around the dining room table. Hunter was resting his head on the linen tablecloth, struggling to stay awake. Every so often, he would succeed in lifting his heavy lids and focusing his eyes on me, only to instantly retreat into his intoxicated coma. Sophie sat to Hunter’s right, her forehead scrunched tightly as she squinted at the tiny print of her historical fiction novel. Her pupils moved at lightning speed as her eyes traversed the pages of the book, hungrily devouring the story. Across from them, Brooke was polishing her nails with a sharp, pink file. She paused after each stroke to carefully inspect her nails and ensure that she was creating the perfect shape. Seth sat at the foot of the table, a large head of garlic in his hand. He peeled off a clove and popped it into his mouth, wincing as the bitter flavor reached his taste buds. All the while, he shot dirty looks in Brooke’s direction.

Drawing in a deep, calming breath, I launched into a short speech I had prepared earlier in the day. “Congratulations new vampire recruits! The four of you are now the official guardians of Angel Creek. This is both a great honor and an important task. Are you ready to band together and work with me?” I asked with as much excitement as I could muster.

“Hmm?” Hunter murmured, raising his head.

“Y-Yes.” Sophie whispered.

“Okay,” Brooke said. “But it better make me super popular.”

Seth narrowed his eyes at Brooke. “As long as I don’t have to work too closely with her.”

It was the best I was going to get, I realized.

“Tomorrow morning we begin our train—” Before I had a chance to finish my sentence, a sudden blur of movement in the woods caught my attention. I only saw it for a split second, but it was enough to convince me that someone was lurking outside. Someone had found our secret location.

Not wanting to panic the recruits, I casually made my way to one of the dining room windows. Wiping away layers of dust that clouded the glass pane, I pressed my forehead against its cool surface, scanning the horizon for the origin of the activity. It was difficult to make out through the thick sheets of rain, but right at the edge of the forest, concealed by the shadowy trees, stood a tall, dark silhouette. From its frame alone, I could not tell if it belonged to a human, a vampire, or some other being altogether. I was only sure of one thing—it was watching us. I rushed outside to investigate, but by the time I had reached its hiding spot, the stranger had vanished into the darkness.



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ENDS 25TH MAY 2012

GOOD LUCK!!



AUTHOR - ADA ADAMS


"Many people sing in the shower. I, on the other hand, write scenes in my head and act them out."

At age five, Ada read her first chapter book - Pippi Longstocking. Ever since that moment, she developed an intense passion for the stories and characters found within the pages of literature.

In her career as an actress and a writer, Ada currently spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Master's of Science in Education.

Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years. "ReVamped" is her debut novel.


She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys adventurous nature hikes with her adorable puppies Cara and Oreo.


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12 comments:

  1. Hi Michelle,

    Thank you very much for your entertaining review! "Broody Sebastian Stars"? I love it! :)

    Have a wonderful day!
    Ada A.

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  2. I like the sound of Sebastian York, the name promises total jerk mode with a soft heart somewhere lol. I like the premise of this novel but I'm taking a hiatus from vamps for now, it's all starting to blend in together.

    Talk Supe BB&B

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    1. HEHE!! It's our reading for hours and hours inbetween life and then writing reviews...no wonder I take notes:D

      Yes Mr York is broody and under broody is always smashing!!!

      Mich

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  3. Hmmm. mysterious vampire...I'm in :)

    Debi Anne
    debi01760@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Debi,

      Sebastian has a rather stunning description!!!

      Mich

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  4. Great review!

    And thanks so much for the comment, I'm sorry you miss having a kitty! And like you I disliked probability, ugh!

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    1. Hi V,

      Yes probability.... I just didn't get it..ha! I understand the probability of me and Brad Pitt...zero...hehe!!

      Mich

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  5. The blurb is really interesting, sounds like a really good book

    bambii.j96@hotmail.com

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  6. Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for dropping by:D

    Mich

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  7. I've been wanting to read this book for so long ! Thanks for the chance to win.

    april_hunter96@hotmail.co.uk

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  8. Hi everyone!!

    Random org chose No. 1, so Miss Braine you are the winner. I have emailed you and will let the host know:D

    Thanks to everybody who entered!!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Michelle

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