Thursday, April 17, 2014

Moonflower Blog Tour

Today on my blog I have the Moonflower blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, guest post, and giveaway.

Natasha remembers little from her Russian childhood, other than the lingering nightmares of her mother’s tragic death. So when someone close to her hands her a one-way ticket to Russia, along with the deed to her family farm, and then is brutally murdered, she has little confidence about what awaits her in that distant land.
With doubt and uncertainty, Natasha has no choice but to leave her life in America for an unknown future. Once overseas, the terrifying facts as to why she was really summoned home come to light.

Fact one: Monsters do exist.

Fact two: The only thing keeping those monsters out of the world is an ancient mural hidden below her family’s farm.

Fact three: The mural that keeps the evil out of the world is falling apart.
The final fact: It’s up to Natasha to restore it and save the world from a horror unlike anything seen before.

Luckily, Natasha isn’t alone in her mission. Three Russian Knights are tasked with protecting her from the demons as she restores the mural. And leading the Knights is the handsome and strong Anatoly, who seems to be everything Natasha could hope for in a man. Unfortunately, there is one huge problem. Her Knights are forbidden from having relationships with the artists they protect, and Anatoly is a hardcore rule follower. But rules cannot stop the way she feels.

When a horrifying demon breaches the barrier and pulls Anatoly inside the mural, Natasha can’t help but charge, once again, into the unknown—this time to save the man she secretly loves. Now on the demons’ turf, she risks her own life to free the very one who is supposed to be protecting her. Little does she realize that if she should fail, it could mean the destruction of the very last barrier shielding mankind. Will Anatoly refuse Natasha’s help? Or will he finally realize, when love is at stake, the rules will be broken.

Seattle, Washington

The shadows came for me at night, in my sleep, evoking demons as they crept over me, pressing down, tangling around my arms, my legs, my neck. I struggled to open my eyes. To move. To breathe. Panic swelled. Twisting and thrashing, I battled to break free. The shadows turned to vapor, and it was my mother who held me now, clutching me to her bloody body as we huddled together. Her ragged, uneven breath feathered across the back of my neck.
She whispered one last Russian lullaby.
My father appeared in the doorway, his heavy boots dripping snow on the oak floor. His eyes were cold, vacant, a rifle tight in his hands. He advanced, yelling Siberian curses that fell from his lips like hissing snakes. He snarled and aimed the weapon at my mother’s chest. Her eyes stretched wide in horror, her lips twisted in a final scream as she pushed me to safety. A bullet exploded through her torso, shattering my existence in a mixture of steel, blood and bone, colliding at the speed of light. My father lowered the gun, grabbed my mother’s wrist and checked for a pulse. A satisfied smile crept across his lips as he dropped her lifeless arm.
A whimper escaped my throat. He spotted me cowering in the corner, his eyes blazing with scalding fury. He raised the weapon, aimed it at my forehead, and the shadows came for me again…  

This is nothing like any book I have ever read in the paranormal genre. It has a creative and unique spin on how to fight demons and I was captivated from the synopsis but the story and characters are so much more.

Natasha has been plagued with nightmares of her father killing her mother when she was just a child in Russia. Never understanding the reason behind it she has never gotten close to anyone and being is foster care doesn’t help. But all that changes when Chuck comes into her life. He makes her feel loved but her foster mom Bambi is jealous of the relationship and murders him. But Chuck is able to help Natasha before he dies by giving her the deed to her family’s farm in Russia and a plan ticket to go back so she can finally get the answers she has always wanted.

Once there Natasha finds out that demons are real and that there is ancient painting under her family’s farmhouse. She must restore it before any of them escape. But it’s not easy when the demons can mess with her mind as she tries to repair the cracks but lucky for her she has three Russian Knights who are tasked with protecting her while she does this. Anatoly who is the head of the Knights is everything that Natasha wants in a man but there is rules against being with her protectors. But when the head demon pulls Anatoly into the painting all rules go out the window when Natasha goes into the painting to pull out the man she loves. But can she get to him in time before he is killed and get them both back to safety? 

I enjoyed getting to know all the characters in this story even when their actions made it hard to like them. Bambi is one of those characters. She is uncaring and selfish and treated Natasha as nothing more than a check. But when she reveals things about her past to Natasha I understood her better, I still didn’t like her but at least I didn’t hate her.

Watching Natasha getting to learn about her past and find her strength was an amazing part of the story for me. I’m not sure if I could have handled everything she went through at seventeen. The way she went into the painting to save Anatoly had me on the edge of my seat. I was so scared for the both of them. I kept hoping she would get to him in time and that they would be able to get free. But I won’t tell you if she did you will have to read the book to find out if they did and if they break the rules for their love. 
4/5 Bloody Fangs 

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Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.
Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. She later went on to sign with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013 and currently has two novels published through them: Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings and River of Bones. Her third novel, Moonflower is scheduled for release in March 2014.
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant. 

Guest Post:
People say you should write about what you know. Do you have any personal experiences that helped you while writing your book?

I have an extensive background in historical research and cultural anthropology. Researching Moonflower was a really fun project for me. I loved the study of Russian culture and history. Russia has an extremely interesting history and such a mysterious past. There was so much I didn’t know about the culture, traditions, superstitions and religious beliefs. I enjoyed the literature of the county and I also enjoyed learning about Russia’s magical fairy tales and legends. I can see why such great tales were created. There are parts of Russia where the forests are so green and lush its truly spectacular—and the perfect playground for fairies and other magical creatures. My imagination really came to life when I studied the architecture--ancient buidlings that had been standing for centuries and are still in use today. I think as an American I was taught in school that Russia was like an ice box. That everyone walked around in fur coats and hats. What I discovered was truly the opposite. There is so much more to the country than its chilly winter climate. Russia has some of the most creative mythology as well. Unlike many other countries and societies there didn’t seem to be any first-hand record for the study of Slavic mythology.  Stories were handed down orally over centuries. I found many stories contained in artwork in breathtaking churches and museums.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Angela for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Jaidis for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.

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