Monday, January 13, 2014

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Dangerous Waters by C.M. Michaels


Join author C.M. Michaels on his Virtual Book Tour for Dangerous Waters, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, from December 9 – February 7, 2014.  Please leave a comment or question for C.M. to let him know you stopped by.  You can enter his tourwide giveaway for a $50 Amazon GC by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of the tour here, the more stops you visit the better your odds of winning.  

Dangerous Waters
By C.M. Michaels
Sisters in Blood, Book 1

Publisher: Freya’s Bower
Release Date: September 4, 2013
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-617981-03-6
ASIN:  B00EZY2046

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About the book: 

For Emily Waters, a nature-loving, small-town girl with an overprotective father, heading off to Boston University to study conservation biology is a dream come true—until a chance encounter catapults her into a mythical world she’d do anything to escape.

The latest victim in a rash of abductions near campus, Emily is brutally attacked before being rescued by a powerful new friend. She survives the ordeal, only to find herself held captive and presented with an impossible choice. While preparing for the unimaginable life she must now embrace clues soon emerge that Emily may not be entirely human, and her physical transformation awakens goddess-like powers that her new family cannot begin to explain. 

Dealing with her human first love, the not-so-platonic relationship with her coven “sister,” and her new vampire sort-of-boyfriend further complicates matters, not to mention being secretly hunted by the psychopaths who attacked her. And as the only known offspring of a once all-powerful race, the climactic battle is only the beginning of her journey.

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Excerpt

“Would you stop already?” Teresa grumbled, glaring at her ever-pacing brother. “No one’s following us. Relax.”

Travis finished scanning Beacon Street and ducked back into the alleyway. “God damn it! Do you ever listen? I told you we had to cool it for a while. What the hell were you thinking?”

“The bitch spilled her drink on me.”

He sighed and tiredly rubbed his eyes. Arguing with her was like trying to reason with a bratty three-year-old grabbing candy in a grocery checkout line. “So we’re homeless because someone accidentally got diet coke on your shirt?”

“Quit being such a queen,” Teresa said with a huff. “You know Stefan thinks of us as his kids, which is totally weird by the way. All he’ll do is make us listen to his rules again. If you wouldn’t have talked me into running, we’d probably be watching TV by now.”

“If Stefan and Alexander just wanted to talk, they would’ve waited until we got back, not raided our feeding room like a two-man S.W.A.T. team. This is serious, Terr. If they find us, they’re going to kill us.”

For the first time in as long as he could remember, his snarky, narcissistic sister looked vulnerable. She crossed her arms to conceal her jittery hands and looked into his eyes. “So what do we do? I’m not living on the street again, or in the skuzzy-ass hotels we used to stay in.”

Travis placed a comforting hand on his baby sister’s shoulder. “Things aren’t like they used to be, sis. Even you have to admit that Stefan taught us a hell of a lot. Once we get out of town, we can trance a bank manager and get all the money we need. I thought we’d head south—you always wanted to see Orlando.”

Acting as if he hadn’t even spoken, Teresa shrugged off his hand and headed further down the dimly lit alley, veering around overflowing dumpsters and piles of loose garbage before slumping back against the brick wall behind her. “And what about the skank who started all this? We just leave her to her fairy-tale life, sipping wine in her mansion?” 




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

C.M Michaels grew up in a small town in northern Michigan as the youngest child of a close-knit family of seven. He met his wife, Teresa, while attending Saginaw Valley State University. Together they’ve provided a loving home for several four-legged “kids”, including Sophie, their eternally young at heart, hopelessly spoiled Spaniel.

He has always enjoyed writing, and still has fond memories of reading his first book, a children’s novella, to local grade schools when he was 14. Dangerous Waters, the first book in the Sisters in Blood series, is being published by Freya’s Bower on September 5th, 2013. C.M. is currently working on the second book in the Sisters in Blood series along with a Fantasy romance.

When he’s not writing, C.M. can be found curled up with a good book, watching movies or hitting the hiking trails with his wife. An avid reader since discovering Jim Kjelgaard novels in early childhood, his favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Claire, J.R. Ward, Laini Taylor and Tessa Dawn.

C.M. currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

Social Media links:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/UFAuthorCMMichaels

Twitter - https://twitter.com/UFAuthor

Blog - http://cmmichaels.blogspot.com/

Website - http://cmmichaels.com/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/authorcmmichaels

I first fell in love with paranormal romance, and vampire series in particular, in the Summer of 2008 when HBO started showing commercials for their upcoming serialization of The Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris, True Blood.  Since then on and off through the last five years, I’ve read quite a bit of paranormal romance and fallen in and out of love with books featuring vampires as central characters.  As I read the description for C.M. Michaels’ Dangerous Waters, I was intrigued by the premise of his story, and after reading a sampling of the book, I quickly agreed to review it to see if Mr. Michaels’ tale would live up to my hopes; and I can honestly say it does.

Beginning with a trail which turns into an action packed situation which quickly becomes chaotic, the author introduces us to an ongoing struggle between humans and the vampire queen.  As the battle in the court room spirals out of human control, and is then regained, Mr. Michaels introduces us to several of his characters and then takes us into the past to show us how this all began when Emily Waters arrives at Boston University for her freshman year.  A typical newbie to college, Emily is focused on her grades, her friends and having a good time.  When Emily is attacked and is turned into a vampire in an attempt to save her, she realizes her life will never become what she expected. 

Mr. Michaels’ does a wonderful job developing Emily’s character; she’s young, intelligent and easily makes friends.  She loves her family and had to work hard to convince them to let her go to school out of state so she knows she’ll have to maintain her grades.  When she’s forced to choose between dying or becoming a vampire, she makes the difficult choice to become something she knows nothing about.  As Emily gets to know her new vampire “family”, who take closeness to an entirely new level, she accepts everything they teach her in order to survive.  Especially her new vampire powers, which are very strong and pretty unique, which impress her new “family” and make them question if she was ever really completely human.

Mr. Michaels’ world building is well done and really interesting; while the vampires do have kill to eat, they are involved in charities and in giving back to the “human” community.  They are a benevolent monster in a strange kind of way.  He also explains how vampires became what they are as a result of a virus and explains why they need “live” blood from a live host.  They can’t get real blood any other way.

Will Emily’s new life separate her completely from her biological family forever?  What part will Emily play in the upcoming struggle between humans and vampires?  You’ll have to read Dangerous Waters to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading Mr. Michaels next book.   


My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Stars





10 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me today and for the wonderful review! I will be available to reply to comments this evening.

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  2. congrats to CM on the new release! Sounds interesting!

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  3. Thanks so much for the review!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Vitajex :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Thank you for stopping by, Tori :)

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  5. What a wonderful review! Mr. Michaels has truly written a top notch book! Congratulations!

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  6. I've been exposed to some really great bloggers by following ur tour and now my inbox is overflowing because I'm following *them* lol. Great tour, hope it's fun for you!

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