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Sunday, May 25, 2014

{Blog Tour} CHOSEN FOR BLOOD by Tamela Maloney -- with review and excerpt

Title: Chosen for Blood
Author: Tamela Maloney
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 20 2013
            Being a beautiful competitive standout in a male dominant territory would be any feminists dream until it gets you noticed by the wrong man. Robyn Woods survives hair raising predicaments when she turns away from a handsome alpha that has chosen her. She discovers how complicated life can get when the werewolf and her would be mother-in-law take a bite out of all her plans.

      Twenty-two year old college star athlete, Robyn Woods, is approached at the campus gym late one night by an obvious admirer but she can’t help but notice he’s not looking at the usual curves most men pay attention to. His eyes are scrolling over her biceps, six pack abs and even the muscles on her legs seem to please him. As if this moment couldn’t get any more awkward than it already has, he then asks her if she is an alpha, beta or omega. “Whatever happened to guys asking you for your number?”
    She doesn’t have much time to process the question as she senses the energy in the air beginning to stir. She feels the hair on the back of her neck flare up and she pans around the room. The intentions of her new admirer no longer concern her due to her father’s unexpected visit. The uncomfortable feeling of being on edge is replaced by a very bad feeling in her bones, “What’s happened?” she wonders.
    After getting the mother of all bombs dropped on her, she throws herself into her workouts as a way to deal with her mother’s death and the fact that her father and sister have already moved to a new town without her. A monthly membership to a gym is much cheaper than therapy these days. 
    As the semester comes to an end and the summer begins, she joins them. Robyn realizes that in the two months’ time they’ve lived there, her father not only knows everyone but everyone seems to know him, too well, and the weirdness begins.
    His reason for moving them there was for safety concerns, after all her mother’s murderer was never caught. But as Robyn gets to know the area and the people in it she learns her father has moved them to a town where girls are disappearing left and right.
    Robyn has always thought her father’s life was routine, boring and mediocre but now she knows not everything is how it seems. And what’s up with her senses? Not only are they on high alert 24/7 but they are empowering her in ways that even she knows is not normal.
    The aggressiveness in Robyn finds a competitor to square off with. Her sister’s new boyfriend is not only good looking but he is well preserved with a set of fangs! Robyn feels sucker punched when she finds out that not only does her sister know her boyfriend shouldn’t exist but she’s digging it too!
     Aggravated with the secrets that have been kept from her, Robyn is ready to pull up stakes and head back to her hometown for good but another pair of fangs takes a bite out of her plans.
     A very powerful alpha werewolf who has put off choosing a mate up until now has taken an interest in her. Robyn’s mentality is put to the real test when she helps unravel the mystery of the girls’ disappearing and comes to the realization that she is no match for the werewolf or her soon to be mother-in-law.
    Encouraged by his mother, the alpha male has forced Robyn to be a part of his life, pack life.  When her father finds out she has been bitten by him he does the only thing he can think of to save her and that’s to challenge the alpha for the rights to his own daughter. Eric Elder, a vampire whose power is equal to that in status of the werewolf that has bitten Robyn, shocks everyone with his sudden interest in helping his loyal guardian’s daughter. Robyn questions Eric’s intentions and denies him the trust that is needed to see his plan through. Her father’s brave attempt and Eric’s generosity changes the fate of all their lives and leaves everyone including the vampires and werewolves of the community wondering one thing, “Will she or will she not turn?”

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Tamela Maloney wasn’t what you would call an army brat growing up but she sure moved around a lot like one.  Although she made friends wherever her family lived she would still get bored.  To keep herself company until the next move she would daydream about imaginary playmates in other worlds filled with plenty of monsters.  Today she’s forty-something and has plenty of friends, “all real!” she’s happy to report.  However, she daydreams more now than ever before.  “There are some people who live in a dream world and there are some who face reality.  I decided to turn one into the other and they mesh well for me!”  She didn’t always have time for writing, she use to sit down at a desk in a small office for a while until she had an epiphany.  At the end of the day she didn’t feel good enough about herself.  “Anybody could do what I did, it wasn’t enough for me.”  So with wanting to make a difference, she found a job that allowed her to do just that.  She now works with children with special needs.  Although it’s not as financially rewarding as her desk job was it is emotionally rewarding.  “It feels good to know that I help make a child’s day easier and more enjoyable.”  So along with being a hobby writer and a Good Samaritan she is also a wife and a mother of two or four if you count the dogs.  She has a long list of loves and likes, but an even longer list of hates.  She admits she’s a creature of habit and doesn’t like her routine fudged with.  Here’s a few that round off the top of all three.  For one, she’s an internet nut but yet electronically challenged.  She hates technology; it’s a flaw of hers that drives her husband batty.  Second, she likes popcorn and peanut butter—not together though.  Last but not least, she loves life, her family, things that make her go “hmm..,” lemon in her water and dachshunds.  “My wiener, Moose, is a werewolf at heart.  He’s my biggest supporter.  My other wiener Libby doesn’t get it.  She doesn’t understand why Moose wants to sit next to me while I bang away on the square black thing with the long cord she can’t chew on.”  You can find her book, Chosen for Blood, on Amazon.  Book two, not yet titled, is in the works.     

 The storytelling from Ms Maloney whisks you away to a hidden paranormal world in today's society. It starts off with an odd question at the gym and then tragedy strikes and Robyn's life is in upheaval. And that is when the suspense begins!

While there are many werewolves and vampire novels out there, this is a story that has wonderful twists and turns, a slow but steady build up with action that keeps it interesting, and its own story/plot that keeps you from becoming bored. I had a difficult time getting into the book at first, but as each page turned, my interest was piqued more and more. I enjoyed the overall arc of the story and the characters, especially in instances where Raylyn and Robyn demonstrate their status as alpha or submissive as well as when they break those pigeonholes to step out of their comfort zones. The descriptions of other characters and the visceral responses Robyn (and others) has to them is remarkable and believable.

What this book needs is editing. There are some areas that were too drawn out that could use a little trimming/redirection back to the story.  There were also numerous punctuation, homonym, and other grammatical errors that I found irritating and extremely distracting, knocking me out of Reader Zone. If those were cleaned up, I could see this book receiving glowing accolades from the paranormal romance junkies and a group following demanding more. It could happen...the story was left open enough that there could be more in this world! 

“Your father has kept you girls away from pack life. You’ve only been here a couple of days but Raylyn has been here several months now.” She said it with a serious tone and look to her and I knew I wasn’t going to like the last part at all.
           “They’ve seen Raylyn and want her,” she confessed.
           “Your father is a very strong alpha and if they are choosing their mates based on pack ranking and bloodlines then of course they will want her and you, once they learn of your existence,” she said. She had a look to her and I watched her glance down both tunnels as she walked over to them. She stood in front of them blocking me. The worried expression on her face turned into a serious one.
          “What is it?” I asked peeking around her to see.
          “I’m worried which tunnel you will choose,” she said. I could tell she was very concerned.
          “Why, what’s down there?” I knew this was the actual part I wasn’t going to like.
          “If Raylyn was taken and thrown into a pit to fight what would happen to her?” she asked me.
            “You sound like dad, don’t say that. I don’t want to think about it,” I said with tears wanting to form in my eyes now. Raylyn being attacked and bitten was unconceivable.
            “Libby said they wanted her.”
            “Then we will have to protect her.” To me it was the only solution to this problem. Someone would have to stay with Raylyn 24/7. “I’ll stay with her.”
            “You can’t always fight her battles Robyn. If you try then the same thing that happened to your mother will happen to her,” she said and for a second I thought I heard a high pitch scream that only lasted a second. I looked down the tunnel it came from and that made me wonder why Linda was worried about what tunnel I would chose.
          “What’s at the end of this tunnel?” I asked pointing down it.
          “A much needed reality check,” she said and then stood in my way blocking my view of it. “At the end of this tunnel is an arena that has been used for many things and training our wolves to fight is one good purpose it’s served.”
          “Alright, who was screaming just now?” I asked.
         “It’s not just the werewolves she’ll have to be prepared to fight. There are vampires and humans helping these wolves,” she said trying to keep my attention on her. 
          “Linda, where’s Raylyn?” I was getting firm with her.
          “She’s learning how to survive.”  

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