Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review/Giveaway–Symphony of Light and Winter by Renea Mason


                Published June 19th 2013 by Etopia Press – Add it on Goodreads


One woman. Seven men. All bound by one man’s undying devotion.

Fundraiser Linden Hill has a knack for reading people. She always knows which conversations will put a prospect at ease, which drink will loosen a patron’s lips—or his wallet, and how cleavage will make a donor sweeten the deal. She’s even foreseen her dateless weekends four hundred and sixty-four times in a row.

But ten years after watching life drain from her former mentor’s and first love’s eyes, her skills for divining the predictable are lost. When Cyril returns, he’s still gorgeous, but this time he’s beyond human, far less dead, and pissed. His lack of memory drives him to desperate acts, and his turbulent re-acquaintance with Linden pulls her into his war with a creature hell-bent on his destruction. His group of six supernatural men share a tantalizing secret, but despite the hunger, it’s love that leads her to sacrifice everything to save him…

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So, I've had this book on my kindle since it was released last year because I was really intrigued by the blurb. As with many, many people, life got in the way and it just kept getting overlooked. Then I got an email from the lovely Nikki McCarver asking if I would like to take part in an upcoming blog tour. I saw what book it was for and jumped all over it. I have had passing encounters on the internet with Renea Mason through social websites and blogs and she is just a wonderfully available author, which just makes her an all star in my book. Anyway, enough background now I can get to the self flagellation for not reading this MARVELOUS book sooner. (Although to be honest, if I had read it sooner, I would have a much longer and more agonizing wait for the next book.)

This book was so many different things that I don't know where to begin. I view it now as a written jigsaw puzzle. The BIG picture keeps changing with each new piece that's put into place. There is absolutely no place where the reader can become complacent in this book. Example, when I was beginning the book, I was absolutely NOT in Cyril's fan club. In fact, I spent a lot of time devising torture methods for Linden to use on his butt. It soooo totally turned around, ugh.... His story just broke my heart. He isn't all sweetness and light, but then none of these characters are. That's what makes this book so wonderful. Layers and puzzle pieces added just when you think you can get comfortable with the scenario....... WHAM!!! Let's just say once I settled in for the ride, I could have read a book three times as long and still wanted more. I don't know why I had the impression that this was an EROTIC novel. I mean it is very, very HOT and doesn't lack for naughty parts, but it is such a tiny, tiny part of the story. This is honestly not like anything I've read before, and I have read libraries full of books. What I didn't realize at the time was that the ingenious Renea Mason was laying the foundation for a MONSTER series. I kept thinking this was a very good book, but I thought I had a clue as to where it was going. Then those puzzle pieces started piling up again.

 So, I was starting to slow my reading pace because I knew I was getting to the end and I was starting to worry a little bit. This ending is going to be really rushed I was thinking to myself. And then the unthinkable happens.

The bane of every series reader on the planet. You know what I'm talking about, although I refuse to write that which should never be written. That which 100% guarantees that I am among the first to read the next book. Mmmmm-hmmmm, you know. My hue and cry shook the rafters. Dastardly villainess! Yes, you Renea Mason. You have thrown down the gauntlet, and I accept your challenge. You have snared this very picky reader with your unique characters, very steamy romance and the promise of more deliciousness to come. Brava.

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Renea Mason writes steamy romances to help even out the estrogen to testosterone imbalance caused by living in a house full of men.

When she isn’t putting pen to paper crafting sensual stories filled with supernatural lovers, she spends time with her beyond-supportive husband, two wonderful sons and three loving but needy cats.

Her debut novel, Symphony of Light and Winter, finished second for Best New Paranormal Series of 2013 in Paranormal Cravings’ Battle of the Books and received a third place award for Best New Paranormal Romance of 2013 in The Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewers Choice Awards.

Renea is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Paranormal Romance Guild and The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal subchapter of the Romance Writers of America.

She is also a founding member of Coffee Talk Writers and the Coffee Talk website–a site designed to support established writers and foster new talent.

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 Renea Mason is offering up a $25 gift card and 10 ebook copies of Imposters' Kiss in a tour wide contest.
                                                A Rafflecopter giveaway

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Unknown said...

How many books are planned in the series?

Unknown said...

What is your favorite genre to read? said...

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? What steps did you take to become one?

Unknown said...

Sebella thank you so much for the wonderful review! It's so great to see someone connect with the story! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Wanda - I'm not sure. I'll write until the characters tell me to stop.

Unknown said...

Melissa - Paranormal romance. The spicier, the better

Unknown said...

Tore923 - I don't think I ever made a decision to be a writer. Two years ago I decided to write Symphony of Light and Winter because it was all I could think of, so here we are. :) My process... I wrote a novel, then discovered I knew nothing about writing. With the help of some fabulous mentors who gave me a pretty intense boot camp, I revised and revised and revised some more. I decided to query agents and struck out. I queried publishers and received two offers. I picked Etopia Press and that's my story. It's been a fun ride and I now embrace my writerhood,

Theresa said...

How do you get your book ideas?

Unknown said...

Theresa - I honestly have no idea. They come to me mostly when I'm driving and listening to music.

Unknown said...

Theresa - I honestly don't know. They come to me when I'm driving and listening to music.