Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: A DANGEROUS STAGE by Camy Tang


What it's about (courtesy of publisher Zondervan):
Tessa Lancaster worked for her uncle in the Japanese mafia until she was sent to prison for a murder she didn't commit. Now, after finding God behind bars, she takes odd jobs as a bodyguard to keep her distance from the family business. In A Dangerous Stage, the second book in Camy Tang's Protection for Hire series, Tessa gets caught up in the web of lies surrounding a shady singing competition. Hired by one of the contestants, she works with Charles Britton — the lawyer who sent her to prison — to discover the dark figures manipulating the contest from behind the scenes. Tessa's abilities will be tested like never before as she's forced to balance the safety of her client's family and her deepening relationship with Charles. In the midst of the chaos, she holds on to her faith to keep her safe and bring down the shadowy organization.
Why you should read it: Like a great action flick, A Dangerous Stage opens with a bang when a car chase involving professional bodyguard Tessa Lancaster, her client and her client's abusive ex, ends with Tessa's car totaled and her face bloodied in front of a mafia-owned club. But you should see the other guy.
Camy Tang's second Protection for Hire novel doesn't even hint at the dreaded "sophomore slump" common to many series. Tessa is just as tough on the outside and just as fragile on the inside as she was in the first book; and the afflicted attraction between the beautiful ex-con and Charles, the lawyer responsible for extending her sentence, is more volatile than ever. A Dangerous Stage is an engaging and action-packed story with plenty of romantic tension … and one particular kiss will leave you gasping as if you just took a sucker punch to the heart.
Tidbit: Camy Tang is a huge fan of TV shows with smart, strong and kick-butt female leads, so discerning fans of NikitaAliasCovert AffairsThe Sarah Connor Chronicles and even SyFy's Eureka, may find little references to those programs in the Protection for Hire series.
Post note: Camy Tang has inspired a new addiction for me! Since talking about favorite TV shows with Camy, I have become addicted to Nikita. While folding laundry and engaging in various wrapping chores while waiting for my new laptop to arrive (see previous post!) I've managed to watch 15 episodes of Season 1 on Netflix.. (Yes, another 15. Go figure.) If you like girl power justice and haven't yet discovered the series Nikita, get on it! What fun! And I can't help but picture a blonde Maggie Q (who plays Nikita) as Tessa Lancaster!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Technical Difficulties & Turning 40

No, I haven't died.

But my computer did.

Fifteen days ago.

I have a new one ordered. It shipped yesterday. It's supposed to be here Tuesday and then I will spend a couple of days getting everything loaded, recovered from my old hard drive, and trying not to FREAK OUT any more than I have the past 15 days of my forced fast from technology.

Fifteen. Days.

And speaking of 15s, tomorrow is the 15th day of December and... my 40th Birthday. I've already gotten a really funny (albeit slightly painful) card about saggy boobs and spray tans from one of my besties, so I can only imagine what's coming down the pike from others. (My teen said she might see about prepayment plans on gravestones for me, but since I know she's broke, I'm not too worried.)

In the meantime... today is the final day of my 30s and I am celebrating by visiting my mom and mooching computer time. Just because I love you sweet EIR readers and don't want you to think I abandoned ship.

So. How do I plan to spend December 15, that deep, dark birthday? Well, as a matter of fact, I have a GREAT day planned. To treat myself on the occasion of my 40th birthday, I'm celebrating a new chapter in my writing life by... attending the cover shoot for my first two romantic fantasy novels (YES!) The first set in a multi-set series, THE RYN (book 1) and THE REMEDY (book 2) are an epic re-imagining of Grimm's fairytale, Snow White & Rose Red.  (BTW: Planned release date--for both novels--is late March 2013. Bloggers interested in receiving an e-ARC for review and/or for my April blog tour, please contact me at: chase dot serena at gmail dot com for more information.)

So... that's what's a-happening and why things have been so quiet over here. I promise there will be some new stuff and edgy stuff popping up here someday soon... but in the meantime, thanks for hanging in there with us as I work out my technical difficulties... and come to grips with turning 40!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Character/Character Interview-- Guest post from author Julie Presley

CHARACTER/CHARACTER INTERVIEW
a new feature from Edgy Inspirational Romance

We sent out some feelers this fall asking some of our favorite authors if they might allow characters from their books to interview... other characters from their books! Lucky for us, several authors were excited about this proposition. We've already heard from characters from books by authors like Heather Burch and Ronie Kendig and we're excited to see more fun coming our way soon!

This week's featured author is Julie Presley, whose novel, Stones of Remembrance, released in August. Here is what her characters, Shara & Allaya, had to share with us:

Shara: What’s up? I’m Shara Sheldon and I’m here with my sister Allaya who has finally promised to indulge us in all the gory details of her romantic week at the lake with our childhood friend, Finn Meyers.  Make sure you speak into the mic now, sis.

Allaya: This isn’t a mic. It’s a Bic pen.

Shara: Don’t be a spoilsport!

Allaya: Ugh. Okay fine. What do you want to know?

Shara: First things first: Finn’s version of the story includes a small little detail that you conveniently left out when you first told me about the two of you.

Allaya: (groans) You promise you’re not going to let Mom and Dad listen to this?

Shara: Promise. Now spill. Why were you standing naked in the window?

Allaya: I didn’t actually realize that I was naked. I was too caught up in the storm happening outside.

Shara: There was a storm? Oh, now it makes sense.

Allaya: Yep. I was reliving every time Marielle and I had ever sat in front of that window during a storm, every morning we woke up there to see the trees glistening with rain drops, and the mudslide that happened on the side of the cabin.

Shara: I remember. Those majestic lightning storms were her favorite thing about going to the lake.

Allaya: So now you know why I didn’t exactly notice that my towel had slipped off and that Finn was watching me from the dock.

Shara: (giggles) Were you mad when you found out?

Allaya: By the time he told me, things were already so complicated between us it didn’t really make a difference. It did explain something that I dreamed though . . .

Shara:  You didn’t tell me about a dream!

Allaya: It’s pretty personal, but it was basically just a picture of the healing that was going on in my heart. Marielle was in it, for a split second, and then she was gone. Then I saw some images of myself and of our family . . . of Finn.

Shara: He played a big role in your whole healing process, huh?

Allaya: Well, he wasn’t afraid to pose the questions that I couldn’t speak out loud. Why would God let our sister die? Why didn’t He save her?

Shara: Did you eventually ask those questions?

Allaya: Yeah. It was the worst and most beautiful conversation I ever had with God. That day everything I thought I knew about Him shifted. Oh, you need a tissue . . . here . . .

Shara: Sorry. I’m okay. Keep going.

Allaya: It all happened in the room the three of us shared. One minute I was on the floor bawling my eyes out and the next, I was waking up, in your bed with the sun shining brightly through the window.

Shara: My bed?

Allaya: Yep. I realized how much I missed you, and how important it was for us to reconnect.

Shara: (groans) Can we talk about you and Finn again please? I have to go out tonight and I don’t want to have to redo my makeup!

Allaya: Haha, of course. Sorry, back to the yucky love stuff.

Shara: (sniffles) Okay, so now that he’s all grown up, what is it like to kiss Finn Meyers? Oh, you’re blushing. Big time!

Allaya: You mean kiss him for real? Not like the two of you when you were kids?

Shara:  You promised not to bring that up.

Allaya: Okay, okay! Haha. I’ll drop it. Kissing Finn is like . . .

Shara: Uh huh? What? Why are you looking at me like that?

Allaya: You are way too interested in this! I think you need to go out on a date. I’m going to sign you up on one of those online dating websites. You can’t live vicariously through me forever.

Shara: What are you doing? Get off my laptop! Hey! How do you know my password? Allaya!

Allaya: Do you prefer long walks on the beach or cuddling beside a hot fireplace?

Shara:  MOM!!

Allaya:  Fireplace it is!

Shara: This interview is over!


(Shara & Allaya's comments contributed courtesy of Julie C. Presley)

Thanks so much, Julie, for allowing your characters to share a bit about themselves with us!And a shout out to Rel of Relz Reviewz, cuz it was her "character spotlight" posts that inspired this mash-up of that idea!

Readers, make sure you check out Julie's book, Stones of Remembrance, available NOW from your favorite e-book retailer!

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