Friday, November 23, 2012

Blog Tour: Blood Debt by Nancy Straight- Review and Guest Post

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Blood DebtTitle: Blood Debt 
Author: Nancy Straight
Publishing Date: July 13th 2012

Pages: 304
Genre:  New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Series: Touched #1
Source: Kindle


Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.

I was very excited to start this book. I love the cover and the blurb is so intriguing. Something that's fantasy but something that's different. I loved this book. It kept my interest from page one. I never wanted to put it down. It was full of secrets and romance. 

Camille lived with her mom, her entire life it was just the two of them. She knew nothing of her dad, and as far as she knew, she had no family. With her mother's last breath she told Camille her father's name and where he lived. Camille located her father and flew across the country to meet him and with that meeting she received a new family and a family legacy. She discovers she is a Centaur. She falls for the wrong man, makes a deal with a scorned Centaur, and discovers she possesses many new and magical abilities.

Great book, Awesome book, Loved it. I enjoyed this book from the very first page. Great story, great plot, great writing, wonderful characters, what's not to love.  I love a good forbidden romance don't you?

I am not sure what it is about a forbidden romance that draws me in, but it always does. I think it's the feel and knowledge of fighting for something worth it and in most cases winning. Camille and Drake is another forbidden love story I just love. Instant attraction, can't stay away from one another, so many reasons that makes it wrong but it always feels right. Two people who know they shouldn't be together, try their hardest so no one gets hurt, yet it just seems impossible.

I liked Camille a lot. She was very naive at the beginning but it's a little expected when she knows nothing of the Centaur lifestyle. She seems to always say the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person but she tries so hard to be a good girl. It doesn't come easy to her. Her mother raised her to be independent, strong, and to follow her heart. Very good qualities for a human, not so much for a Centaur. Centaur's grow up with the pressure and the responsibility of carrying on their blood line as much as their race. They are taught sacrifice. Camille knew nothing of this kind of life. This gets her trouble at times. Through her faults I was able to find her lovable and entertaining. I couldn't help but root for her. Drake is just yummy. I loved him. He was kind hearted, manly, protective, a real sweetie. It was hard to read about the mess of a love triangle that wasn't really a triangle. It was easy to see from the beginning it could work out, but wasn't quite sure it would.

The writing is easy, comfortable, I could feel myself living the story from the start. I absolutely loved the Centaurs and the myth, abilities, the world they lived in. I felt it was done well, believable (for a story about Centaurs) It was real in my mind and that is what makes a good book. 

Loved it! Great characters I was able to connect to quickly, fresh but old and reliable plot, wonderful world of myth and romance. I can't wait for the next book!

Guest Post by Nancy Straight: What is a typical day of writing like?

Thanks so much for signing up for the Blood Debt tour and letting me guest post on your blog!

During the work week my only writing time is 45 minutes in the morning (5:00 – 5:45 a.m.) and an hour in the evening (8:00-9:00 p.m.). Why do I write less than two hours a day? Because I share my life with two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs, and a husband who I adore. I also have a full-time job that I love, some of the coolest friends on the planet, and did I mention that I try to read at least a book every week?

I travel a lot for work, so a good portion of my writing takes place in hotel rooms, in airports, on airplanes. If you’re wondering, yes, I can tune out almost anything when I write.

Weekends are a little different story, in between birthday parties, cleaning the house, doing laundry, shopping, trips to the park, going to movies, dinner plans with friends and catching up on all the awesome television shows I recorded during the week, I can usually squeeze in another 4-6 hours of writing.

Cumulatively I write somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 hours per week. That may not seem like much but it was enough to publish three books this year:

Destiny’s Wrath Jan 2012

Blood Debt Jul 2012

Centaur Legacy Nov 2012

Writing is a passion for me, but only one of many. I give myself a daily goal of 1000 words, sometimes I meet it, sometimes I exceed it, and sometimes I don’t even come close. I guess to answer your question, my routine is that I write every day regardless of where I am, I’ve always got my laptop close!

Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC. She has two fantastic son, three rotten dogs and an amazing husband. When not writing she enjoys RVing with her family, swimming and reading all types of romance genres. Her favorite is paranormal romance.

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