Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Moonlight Bleu by Renee Rearden

Saari Mitchell sees a psychologist in order to understand why-500 years later-she's still dreaming of her dead lover. Her shrink isn't helping, the nightmares come every time she closes her eyes, and the lack of sleep is interfering with her job at Sacred Heart Hospital. With her psychic ability to heal the human spirit on the fritz, her auric radar becomes as reliable as her spotty cell phone service.

By day, Dhelis Guidry works as a detective for the New Angeles Police Department investigating the missing or murdered women in the Full-Moon Killer case. In his spare time he hunts rogue vampires as a Tueri executioner.

Brogan Vincent is a Tueri healer. Though he could offer his miraculous talents to the rich and powerful, he has chosen anonymity and peace by only using his psychic abilities among the Tueri.

One look into Saari's tri-colored eyes and both men realize she is Tueri. One touch tells them each she's their soul mate. But can either of them protect her from the Full-Moon Killer?

Moonlight Bleu is a novel that I was actually blessed to receive from the author. She actually contacted me first, which is usually the opposite in my typical arc dealings. Due to my studies at college I have been so overwhelmed and overloaded among many other things; which has hindered me in the delay of this review and others as well. So I am happy to announce that I have finally been able to finish and post the review for Renee and you readers alike.

As I said above Renee actually contacted me in regards of doing a review for her. She actually sent me the arc autographed, and included a hand-written personal letter. I thought it was such an endearing and professional thing to do, especially considering most people now-a-days lack the personal touches on such things (including myself at times)!

I was a bit confused on the lands and places. I think it would have been nice to include a map of the areas so us visual people could get an idea of where things were located. There was a scene with Thana & Dhelis that read with an intensity but seemed to have a sense of disconnect. To make up for that remark, I found it intriguing to read about Tueri's. These are a paranormal group of people whom I have never heard of and never read about either. It was such an interesting concept with their stone rider's, pairings and "powers".

Although it's relevant to the flow of the story, it seems as if it took foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrr for Brogan to be introduced into the story. I actually found myself liking his character more than Dhelis. The council scene with Saari, Brogan, Dhelis & Josie seemed like a huge snowball effect. Although it cleared up some story flow and consistency, that part IMO, should have been further prolonged?!

Several of the last chapters were action packed. I think a little delayed, but specifically chapters 30-end made up for it. There was no resolution with the psycho bitch, Josie. However the ending was feasible if there will be a continuation into the story. I just feel that there wasn't a complete ending since you are not sure of what will happen with the Trigonal Pair.

Favorite Quote:
"Evil, soullessness- it's not defined by what you are, only by what you do. How you live your life, choosing not to deliberately harm others, that's what defines a person's soul."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mindi Scott Interview

This is an interview with the talented author of Freefall, Mindi Scott. Let's see what clever things she has to say....

Wow! When you get your first novel they don't give you a break do they?

They totally do, actually! I had a few months off while waiting for revision notes after the deal went through. And now that the pass pages are done, I'm done for now. Although, there is always the next book to write and networking and all that . . .

I just finished sending Kimberly Derting her interview. Isn't she sweet?

She's VERY sweet! She actually lives about an hour away from me, so we've met up a few times.

What is it like seeing rows of your books in major book stores?

At the time of this interview, that hasn't happened to me. Maybe we'll have to do a follow up later. ;-)

Eight cats? I have one and he's enough!

Where did you hear that slanderous rumor??? I have only four cats. Of course, they are enough trouble for eight, I suppose.

Is it weird being an author interviewing an author?

Not at all! It think it's more natural than being an author interviewing any other sort of person.

Are you overwhelmed with emails regarding Freefall?

Lately, yes, but I'm trying to catch up.

What is your favorite type of music? Do you have a playlist you listen to while writing?

I like the music we used to call "alternative," I suppose. I change up music for every book I work on, though. Right now, it's non-stop Silversun Pickups. While I was writing and revising FREEFALL, I listened mainly to the Killers, Ash, Social Distortion, Tom Petty, and "It's Been Awhile" by Staind.

Have you seen any good movies lately? Which ones? Looking forward to any upcoming ones?

I NetFlix'ed BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and that was pretty cute. I'm looking forward to the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT movie if it ever happens!

What is the last book you read? What was it about?

A LOVE STORY STARRING MY DEAD BEST FRIEND by Emily Horner. According to Amazon is about "the breadth of love. Of the depth of friendship. And of the most hilarious musical one quiet suburb has ever seen." :-)

Thanks so much for the interview! I appreciate it.

No, thank you Mindi! It was my pleasure to have you take time out of your busy schedule and allow me this interview. I can't wait for Freefall to come out as it is part of the Debut Author Challenge I joined back in December 2009. May October bring you lots of success and fans galore.