Blog Tour | Dark Waltz by A.M. Hargrove (Interview, Review & GIVEAWAY!)
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today I have a tour stop!!
So my dear lovely author A.M. Hargrove has a wonderful new Adult Book out called Dark Waltz - it's goooooooooooooooooooood!
did I mention it's good?! and adult?!
Dark Waltz--A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.
It’s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox. Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months. It’s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is horrified to see it’s become a cesspool of unimaginable things.
In her quest to find her brother, she meets Jurek, a powerful and enigmatic being that frightens her, yet she is unable to resist. When things begin to unfold between them, they both discover a paralyzing truth that puts Liasare at grave risk. She must make a choice to join Jurek and find her brother or fulfill a role she believes she is ill equipped to undertake.
Published November 9th 2012 by A.M. Hargrove
One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.
“Boss, is that you?”
“Why yes A.M., who else would be answering my phone?”
“Er… right. Well, I’m calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate because I quit.”
A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.
“Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?”
“Sure hon… having some car trouble?”
“Not at all. I need a ride because I just quit my job.”
“It’s time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.”
So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published eBooks.
Well, it didn't happen exactly like that. The real story is that after years as a successful sales manager in the world of pharmaceuticals, her company was gobbled up by a larger one and her career came to a screeching halt. Always one to look at the glass as being half full, she took the job loss as an opportunity to forge down the path of her life-long dream– that of becoming a writer. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. The books in the series are listed in order: Beginnings (a prequel novella), Survival, Resurrection and Determinant. Beginnings can be read at any time and Determinant, even though it is the third book in the series, can be read as a stand alone novel.
well........ Adult Sexy writing from A.M. Hargrove - yep
this was me before I read it
this is me after reading... two words - sexual tension
OMG I loved all the damn tension and drama and everything!I really don't have much I can say at the moment... however, I will try to come up with something for you - here we go!
Alpha Male & Stubborn Mouthy Female = me happy b/c this was amazing!Liasare was really good - I liked her, she was a little whiny at times, but I mean I can understand it... really I can given her situation and whatnot going on there ;)
Jurek ... well he is really good too - I struggled to understand why he is the way he is but really I get it - as Liasare understands more, I understood more about him and the world and everything.
Now on to the story itself - I really liked it! I love the descriptions of Charlotte in the beginning - A.M. really paints a picture for you to actually see it. It was really good! The pace runs great - the writing flows really well - and you all know I loved the characters!
I love drama in my books - hate it in my life... hmmmm ironic right - LOL! Anyway - I totally loved this book - it is full of shit that made me laugh out loud and shit that made me squirm.
A.M. Hargrove hit this one out of the park - LOVED IT!
“Going somewhere?” that husky voice asked.Crapitty crap!She sucked in her breath and dropped her annihilator, as his voice startled her. Before her brain could comprehend what was happening, she felt her body swirling through a vortex. She finally came to rest in another place.Disoriented and dizzy, she tried to focus on her surroundings, but everything seemed to tilt sideways. She reached out her hand to stop herself from falling, but only succeeded in grabbing a fistful of air. Not knowing which way was up or down, she tried, unsuccessfully, to break her fall. Instead, she felt her breath leave her body in a whoosh as she slammed into the ground.Fighting for oxygen, her diaphragm wouldn’t cooperate with her brain’s commands. Worse yet, she felt a pair of hands latch onto her waist, drag her to her feet and ram her back into a wall. Her head hung down as she fought to draw in precious oxygen, yet found she was still unable to do so. Then the asshole had the nerve to jam his arm straight into her diaphragm and start demanding things of her.“Who do you work for?”Her mouth opened and closed repeatedly, like a poor fish that had been hauled out of the water, desperate to be thrown back in.“I’ll ask again, who do you work for?” he bit out each word with precision.Things began to turn grey and hazy as the lack of air finally took its toll on her brain. She knew she was going to pass out.Double crapitty crap!Her head lolled to the side and...blink, lights out.Jurek looked at her and cursed, “What the fuck?”He hadn’t realized she was so close to losing it. He laid her out on the floor and looked at her for a moment. She wasn’t beautiful in that traditional, cookie-cutter sense, but there was something about her that enticed him. Her chestnut mane for one, and Jurek had always been a sucker for women with beautiful hair, but those hazel eyes of hers were something else. Her full lips were kissably soft, he thought, as he ran his thumb along her mouth. He finally placed his hand on her forehead and in seconds, she came to, moaning.Her eyes fluttered open and when the recognition in them flickered, those hazel eyes shot sparks of gold. Hovering before her was the dark haired man from the bar. She wouldn’t have had to open her eyes to know it was him since every cell in her body was on fire with his power.Soft black hair hung close to his shoulders and he wore it brushed back off his face. Liasare briefly wondered if it would feel as soft as it looked. He had a bit of scruff on his face; he obviously hadn’t bothered to shave in the last couple of days. His lips were full and sensuous and definitely made for kissing. In fact, Liasare could imagine running her tongue along that lower lip of his, tugging on it and gently sucking it. What made her nearly lose it were his eyes. They were extraordinary. Lavender, rimmed in indigo with flecks of silver swirling within their depths, Liasare had never seen anything so stunning in her life.Regaining her senses, Liasare flew to her feet and threw a right uppercut that connected beneath Jurek’s jaw. Had he been a lesser man, it would have laid him out. Then she spun on her heel and began the motion for an intended groin kick, but his quick reflexes caught her leg before it connected and he flicked it off with his hand.“You flaming asshole. Who do you think you are? You fucking knock the wind out of me and then you do it again for shits and giggles? Who the hell do you think you are?”“Watch your language and I’m asking the questions here.”“Not anymore,” Liasare hissed as she turned to head out of the building.Before she could take another step, an arm snaked out and grabbed her around the waist. He pulled her tightly against his chest and whispered huskily into her ear, “I asked you a question. I want to know who you’re working for and I don’t intend to let you go until I get an answer.”His voice washed over her with that electrifying intense heat. She felt her skin erupt in a million goose bumps as every hair on her body stood at attention.Damn him, she thought. How can he have this kind of power over me? Fuck!“You have no idea Brownie.”“Brownie?“Mmm. Brownie. For that glorious mane of hair you have.” His hand spanned across her stomach and she felt a million butterflies suddenly erupt as he hugged her tightly against him.“I’ll bet you taste better than one too.” If she could have turned around she would have seen the corners of his mouth turn up as he baited her.
Interview with A.M.:
random thoughts from me
First I would like to say thank you so much for taking time to visit and answer my questions today! I’m so happy to have you!!
Question #1: Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you base your characters on people you know or do your characters just show up in your head?
I’m really bad about characters showing up in my head...at random times. And then they take over...and I literally have to write their story or they won’t leave me alone!
Question #2: Do you have a specific or special place that you write?
Nope...I’m all over the place. Den, kitchen. bedroom, bathroom--just kidding. But I do write whenever and wherever I can.
Question #3: While you write, do you listen to music? Do you have playlists you play on repeat while you write?
I don’t listen when I write because then I start typing out the words to the song. Really. But...I listen a lot when I’m not writing because music inspires me. I do have playlists for each book and they are based on what I think the characters are or the situations they find themselves faced with.
Question #4: What’s on your current playlist? Who are your favorite artists?
I’m the same way with music as I am with books...extremely eclectic. People always laugh when I say this but if there is one area that my hubs and I argue about, it’s music. I love everything. Hard rock from the 70’s, rap, alt rock, classical, opera...just name it and it’s probably on one of my iTunes lists somewhere. Favorite artists...that’s like asking me what my favorite authors are. Impossible to name. I do love Metallica though. You’ll see them pop up on my playlists from time to time. I’m a Stones fan, but those are the only two I’m giving away. You can find current playlists on my blog if you’re interested.if I'm interested... seriously?! I'm going right now!
Question #5: What is your favorite part of the writing process?
The during part. I hate the editing part. I love it when I’m in the middle and all these ideas are pinging through my brain.
Question #6: I absolutely love book covers, they tell so much about the book, the characters, everything!! So I have to ask, how do you choose your book covers?
Dark Waltz was designed by the amazing Regina Wamba. I love how she incorporated the electrical charges within Jurek’s hands. It’s hard though because you never know if you have a hit or a miss.
Question #7: Who are your favorite authors? What are you reading right now that you love?
No fair. I love too many to name. I’m not reading anything right now because I’m smack dab in the middle of publishing my latest book, Edge of Disaster, my first adult contemporary romance. So... I've been a bit tied up you might say.
Thanks for inviting me to chat with you today!
well - let me just say I am sooooooooooooo excited to get my hands on Edge of Disaster - it looks fantastic! Seriously - here's the cover and a link to goodreads --> go check it out!
Alexia Hammond, broken and destroyed by a tragedy she can’t seem to recover from, is on a downward spiral toward destruction. A life of partying, alcohol, drugs and men has brought her near the edge of disaster. That is until one night while at work as a waitress in an upscale restaurant, she falls under the spell of one of her customers, Pearce Middleton. Once she gazes into his smoky gray eyes, her life takes on new meaning. But can she put her past behind her and allow herself to fall for the exciting and gorgeous Pearce, or will her lewd behavior come back to haunt her and ruin her chances of happiness forever?
A.M. is holding a giveaway for this tour as well - please enter here!