New Release ~ Odin’s Murder by Angel Lawson and Kira A. Gold

Odin's Murder

Title:   Odin’s Murder

Author(s):  Angel Lawson and Kira A. Gold

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Publication Date:  September 10, 2013

Purchase Link:  Amazon

Cover Designed By:  AngstyG

My Review of Odin’s Murder

Ethan Tyrell knows how to work the system because that’s where he’s languished most of his life. Without a loving family to keep him on the straight-and-narrow, he harbors bitter anger, and might have fallen through the cracks were it not for a caring social worker who recognized his talent and pulled some strings to get him into a refined honors program at a local college. Each student has been selected based on a unique skillset they bring to the table. Or are they?

Getting into scrapes don’t bother Ethan, but it might ruin his chances of of staying out of prison. However, trouble seems to follow him, and she’s a smart, leggy brunette named Memory Erickssen who has the goods and knows just how to flaunt them to her advantage. She also happens to be Ethan’s roommate’s twin sister, and somehow they all get thrown together for a group project by a quirky professor who seems hell-bent on amplifying Ethan’s suffering among the nerds.

Early on, Ethan doubts his ability to keep up with these academically gifted students, questioning why he was thrown together with the likes of the brilliant twins, and Faye, the daughter of an expert linguist who has come into her own as an expert in ancient languages and mythology.  Ethan’s photography, however, is not shabby, so he has a gift to share with the team. When Memory’s roommate, Sonja, from the previous year is a no-show, the project group begins down by one, which irritates Julian, Memory’s twin, to no end. Julian is competitive and wants to win the competition since he came so close to doing so the year before. The team struggles to impress the professor academically while solving the mystery of first Sonja’s disappearance, and then the methodical dropping of other team members like flies–or dead crows.

This New Adult paranormal romance is one of the most intelligent I’ve read since the advent of this new genre. Lawson and Gold spin a savvy tale which delves into a little-used mythology that makes it a fresh read. The characters are as mature as a group of soon-to-be college matriculaters can be, and very well-rounded. None are left without a purpose or used inappropriately in the story. Both the main plot and the sub-plots are very-well written and fleshed out to their potential. The romance that blossoms between the characters happens naturally, and isn’t forced or thrust immediately upon the reader. The primary story threads effortlessly through Ethan and Memory’s love-hate relationship that finally culminates in a connection that isn’t contrived or insta-love as a lot of YA/NA stories tend to be today.

The authors have an unparalleled skill for writing wonderful prose and one-liners that keep the reader interested in what these characters do and say. Even if there wasn’t a couple of burgeoning romances interwoven into the story, the solving of the mystery alone would keep a reader on their toes.

As the students uncover layer after layer of the mythology surrounding their research subject, they discover clues that bring them closer to figuring out where their members are going. But will they be too late?

I give Odin’s Murder 5 out of 5 stars!

Meet The Authors

Angel Lawson

Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.

She is the author of five books, including the Wraith Series, Serial Summer, FanGirl, and Vigilant. She is the co-author of the New Adult Paranormal book, Odin’s Murder with Kira Gold. She has one other New Adult title, No Regrets, under the pen name Lila Atkinson.

Kira A. Gold

Kira A. Gold is a costume designer and textile artist who writes strange fiction when not holding fabric or a Shakespeare script. She lives in Kentucky with her very patient husband and too many cats. Look for her debut solo NA novel coming out this spring. She occasionally blogs at www.kiraagold.wordpress.com

My Review of Frontline by Alexandra Richland ~ #31WriteNow

3D Frontline Cover FRONTIt is my pleasure to host Frontline by Alexandra Richland via The Novel Tease. This promises to be a special treat for romantic suspense fans, and a Giveaway is available below. Enjoy! ~ LV

Title: Frontline

Author: Alexandra Richland

Release Date: August 6, 2013

Genre: Mystery/Contemporary Romance

Cover designed by: F.S. Meurinne (www.fsmeurinne.com) E-mail: info@fsmeurinne.com

Synopsis:

When nurse Sara Peters treats celebrity billionaire Trenton Merrick for a mysterious injury to his forehead, she is blindsided by what follows: A passionate exchange in the examination room, followed by an invitation to Trenton’s mansion the next night.

Trenton spins a web of deceit and seduction around Sara that both repels and attracts her. One part humanitarian, the other international financial mogul, his professional and public life are a curious contradiction. As Sara journeys deeper into her feelings for Trenton and begins unraveling the mystery behind his injury, she finds herself embroiled in a game of trust and betrayal, where the odds are stacked in Trenton’s favor, and the outcome for the loser is too terrifying to conceive.

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16909152-frontline

Book Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZNzH791bYY

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My Review of Frontline

Alexandra Richland is one to watch in the genre of romantic suspense. Frontline was exquisitely plotted and kept the reader guessing in the vein of a veteran suspense writer. The hero, billionaire Trenton Merrick, is an alpha male and quite the enigma to the heroine, Nurse Sara Peters. After a passionate altercation in the ER while treating Merrick for a mysterious cut on his forehead, Sara is drawn to this man like a moth to a flame.

Flummoxed by how quickly they become embroiled in what promises to be a steamy affair, Sara is torn between trusting Merrick and letting herself fall for him, and running as far away from him as she possibly can. This conflict keeps the plot fresh and believable. Indeed, were a rich man to meet you, at once become quickly enamored, then not demonstrate the actions that match up with his words I’m sure you’d be just as discombobulated as Sara.

The more she gets to know about Trenton Merrick, the more she questions his intentions, his business dealings, his feelings for her, and whether he is an honest, law-abiding citizen. This is attraction to the bad boy in the extreme, if what her friend uncovers about Merrick is true. While his philanthropic ventures don’t mesh with his persona on the illegally acquired papers she has been given to peruse, Sara repeatedly makes attempts to dispel the notion that Trenton is not a good guy. However, she is disappointed at every turn, and deliberately kept in the dark by Merrick and his security men, whom she affectionately calls “Tin Men.”

As she and her two best friends become enthralled with Trenton and his two best friends and co-managers of his security team, the UST heats up while the stakes go higher on the Frontline. Readers discover along with Sara Peters just who Trenton Merrick is.

If there is one thing I would change about Frontline, it would be Sara’s insistence on calling him Mr. Merrick in her thoughts so much in the first one third of the book. I would postulate that any man whose tongue finds itself down your throat within the first half hour of meeting you should be someone you can address on a first name basis, especially in your thoughts. She repeated Mr. Merrick so many times it took on an almost comical effect, and I don’t think that was what Ms. Richland was going for. I understood that she was distancing herself from him by using his formal name, but it would have been sexier if used in moderation.

Frontline is a mature, romantic suspense story that is well-researched, well-written, and engaging from page one until the end. As a reader becomes more engaged in the plot, in the second third of the mystery, the formal name faux pas is all but forgotten. Join Sara and Trenton on the Frontline. You’ll be very glad you did.

I give Frontline four out of five stars!

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About Alexandra Richland:

Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine, and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell. When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, and her short story, Gilded Cage. Say hello to her on Facebook and on Twitter.

Connect with Alexandra:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5764902.Alexandra_Richland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ms.AlexandraRichland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebelMissAlex

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Giveaway Time

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Excerpt from Frontline:

Mr. Merrick and I face each other. I rock back and forth on my feet nervously.

“Well, I guess this is good-bye.” I stick out my hand for him to shake.

Mr. Merrick slips his hand into mine, but instead of shaking it, he uses his hold as leverage to pull me into him.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow evening, Miss Peters,” he says, his lips hovering dangerously close to mine. “After all, I believe I owe you a proper kiss.”

My jaw drops. If what we shared earlier isn’t a real kiss in his book, I can’t imagine what one actually entails.

I feel one hundred pairs of eyes on us from every direction.

“Uh, thank you for, uh, coming, Mr. Merrick,” I say, trying to remain calm, as though he and I are having nothing more than an innocent conversation.

Mr. Merrick drops my hand, but doesn’t move away. As if I’m not turned on enough, he leans in and brushes his lips to my ear. “Welcome to my world, Miss Peters. You’ll soon discover that I live up to my many reputations in every way.”

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Cover Reveal: Frontline by Alexandra Richland

3D Frontline Cover FRONTTitle: Frontline

Author: Alexandra Richland

Release Date: August 6, 2013

Genre: Mystery/Contemporary Romance

Cover designed by: F.S. Meurinne (www.fsmeurinne.com) E-mail: info@fsmeurinne.com

 

Synopsis:

When nurse Sara Peters treats celebrity billionaire Trenton Merrick for a mysterious injury to his forehead, she is blindsided by what follows: A passionate exchange in the examination room, followed by an invitation to Trenton’s mansion the next night.

Trenton spins a web of deceit and seduction around Sara that both repels and attracts her. One part humanitarian, the other international financial mogul, his professional and public life are a curious contradiction. As Sara journeys deeper into her feelings for Trenton and begins unraveling the mystery behind his injury, she finds herself embroiled in a game of trust and betrayal, where the odds are stacked in Trenton’s favor, and the outcome for the loser is too terrifying to conceive.

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Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16909152-frontline

 

 

About Alexandra Richland:

Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine, and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell. When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, and her short story, Gilded Cage. Say hello to her on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

Connect with Alexandra:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5764902.Alexandra_Richland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ms.AlexandraRichland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebelMissAlex

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EXCERPT:

Mr. Merrick moves his face closer to mine. I hold my breath, thinking he’s going to kiss me. Just before our lips meet, he turns his head and grazes his nose across my cheek. The air rushes out of my lungs.

“I would never hurt you, Sara. You must trust me.”

He sounds sincere and I’m compelled to believe him.

With a sharp hiss, he drops his head to my shoulder and pulls our bodies together. “Tell me you change your mind.”

“I . . . I . . .” Words fail me as he moves my shirt collar aside and grazes his teeth across my skin.

“Tell me you’ll see me tonight.”

As he trails hot kisses down my throat, I throw my head back and melt into his arms,
succumbing to the pleasure that radiates throughout my body. I may have let my guard down, but this time I think I know exactly what I’m doing.

“Yes, I’ll have dinner with you tonight.”

Mr. Merrick removes his lips from my neck and plants his hands on my waist.

“You want me, don’t you?” He stares into my eyes, daring me to deny what he already knows.

I nod.

His fingers dig into my hips. “Say it.”

“Yes, I want you.”

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