Monday, 26 May 2014

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS

My author of the week is none other than Melissa A. Petreshock. If you love Vampires, Dragons and sassy chicks, then get a load of this book!!



Following the death of her vampire uncle, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.

Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America's monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband in seven days, knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is a New Adult Fantasy Romance set in a world filled with shapeshifting dragons, a powerful demigod, an ancient vampire monarch, and a sassy human chick keeping them all on their alpha male toes.

Available now from Swoon Romance in eBook format.




Melissa A. Petreshock is a full-time writer and member of the Romance Writers of America with past experience in the medical and educational fields. Spending a number of years in Massachusetts, living outside Boston and in Springfield, Melissa has returned to her home state of Kentucky where she now resides on a small farm. (And secretly hopes to find dragons.) She lives a semi-sane life as a married mom of three human children and four felines, indulging hobbies of music, general geekery, and a minor television addiction in what free time she finds. Melissa supports mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention work.

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel and the first book in the Stars and Souls Trilogy.

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FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS Excerpt
*Cait POV*

Dante lifts his glass toward me, one brow raised, polite smile on his lips. “A toast,” he offers, and I hold mine up as well. “To the death of old ways and the birth of new beginnings.” The smile plays at something more than mild politeness as he clinks our glasses together, waiting a moment before taking a drink. “This is quite a robust cabernet sauvignon, wouldn’t you say?” I nod, not much of a wine connoisseur myself. “I prefer a smooth mild, fruity merlot with a hint of spice.” His unnatural blue eyes bore into mine. “Though the company improves upon this particular wine with utmost significance.”
“You don’t even know me. For all you know, I make this a lot worse,” I counter, narrowing my eyes and daring him to say otherwise.
His smile tightens, and he looks to the SylvrSky screen. “True as that may be, you’re quite intriguing, Caitriona, a rarity for me. You might imagine the company I keep improves when I find them interesting.”
I gulp down half the glass. This is the strangest day of my life so far. “Really? It seems hard to believe that I could be so interesting to you.”
Dante sips from his glass, watching me as he does. “You have no fear of us, do you?” he asks, head tilted, lips pursed together, crease between his brows.
Repressing the urge to grin at his quizzical expression, far too adorable for a demigod, I shake my head. “No. I don’t see why I should.” His gaze drops to his glass, swirling the crimson liquid, that contemplative expression from the meeting today returned. “Should I?”
“No. No. … Of course not, Caitriona. I have no ill intentions toward you, no desire to harm you.” He reaches his hand out, and I place mine in it, an undeniable need to touch him surfacing. “None whatsoever, my dear.” Dante kisses the back of my hand, a feather-light brush of his lips on my skin, but a rush, an electrical charge at his touch is impossible to miss.
Setting my glass on the counter, I keep my eyes on it, my heart revving like a jumpstarted car that nobody let off the accelerator yet. If it’s natural to his touch or just my reaction to it, I don’t know. But it’s intense, impossible, insane, waking up wanting no one then wanting Theo, and now …
“Aren’t we supposed to have dinner together or something? Theo said that’s why you were coming.”
Seven days. Only seven days to choose the right husband. I take a deep breath, watching from the corner of my eye.
Glancing up and down at my t-shirt and jeans, taking a moment to stop on my bare feet, he laughs, light and airy. A warm smile spreads across his face, making him far more inviting than his ethereal appearance or the elitist persona tabloids describe. “Lovely choice of color,” he remarks of my nail polish. “A remarkable shade of blue.”
“Like your eyes.” The comment slips out as I focus on staring at my toes instead of facing him.
“Thank you.” His voice is soft, accent beautiful on the even simplest words. Reaching, Dante ghosts his fingers over my cheek, hovering, not quite connecting, and I hold my breath, waiting, expecting his touch … wanting it, but he pulls away. “However, I was going to say they complement your eyes.” Picking up his glass again, he takes another drink, far more than a sip this time. “Perhaps you would like to change then we could go to dinner.” His tone is formal, the soft edge gone and gouging me in its unexpectedness.
Considering for a moment, well aware that if we’re going anywhere, I can’t wear this while he’s dressed in black slacks and a midnight blue French-cuffed shirt, I back up, grab my own glass, and finish it. “You know, if you don’t want to do this, that’s fine. I don’t expect you to want any of it.”
Dante’s expression turns puzzled. “I’m sorry? I do not understand. Have I offended you in some manner?”
Refilling my glass, I gulp down half before answering. “Look, I don’t know what you were thinking getting in the middle of this whole thing between the king and Theo, but don’t feel like you have to save me or something. As interesting as you may think I am, there’s no reason for you to be stuck with a wife just because … because … Hell, I don’t even know why you did it, why you offered to marry me. Just know I’m not holding you to it.”
So much for giving him a fair chance. Instead, I’m giving him a way out. I polish off the wine in my glass and turn back to see his face, surprised how stricken he looks. “You do not wish me to court you, to desire your affections,” he states, not bothering to ask, as if he’s sure of the answer.
“I didn’t say that.” Maybe I don’t know what I’m trying to say. Maybe I’m afraid I will feel something for him, something too real, and it’s better for him to walk away if he’s doing this for the wrong reasons. “If you prefer to be alone, I’m not going to demand you change.”
The security of devout loyalty is always better than the pain of romantic heartbreak, or so I’m telling myself as Dante’s eyes meet mine. Blue eyes. Bluer than the sky or the Atlantic. Eyes to lose yourself in. And I swallow my heart before choking on the idea Theo could be right.
“ ‘There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic.’ A quote from a French novelist, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.” The demigod keeps his gaze steady on mine.
Breathe.
A fair chance. I promised a fair chance, a simple thing.
“She was quite correct.” He steps toward me, blue eyes intensifying, the lights flickering then dimming, making his eyes appear to glow. I set my glass down as he comes close.
A reasonable opportunity. Not an unreasonable thing to ask. Not with Dante. He’s so …
His fingers caress my chin, lifting it, enticing electricity humming through those fingers, and he leans over, running his tongue along my lips, deliberate and sensual, before kissing me. “ ‘Your lips are like wine, and I want to get drunk,’ ” he whispers, his breath candy-sweet.
“Shakespeare,” I reply. He nods, his hair brushing my forehead as he pulls me in, lips as soft and sweet as his breath, and intent on getting impressively tipsy.



 It has been a long time since I have read a book that has intrigued me the way that this one did. I started the book wondering if it was going to be another one of those romance books that are so predictable and by the 3rd chapter I was like WOW! Where is this going?!? I loved the character development, the characters themselves and the amount of detail that the author used when describing them to us. She made all of the characters stand out and have a purpose. The book did not just revolve around Cait and a man....it was several men, however, each person had an important role in the story. Cait is also portrayed as a strong, independent woman who is not just "eye candy". I love when the lead characters have some back bone and are able to carry a story without making them seem weak and dependent. I also love the fact that romance was not the main topic throughout the book (in a traditional sense) and that sex scenes did not overtake the storyline at all. The story flowed from one scene to another so smoothly that it was impossible to stop reading at the next chapter because you didn't want to wait to see what was next in the book. The writing style was so effortless on the readers part that every once in awhile I would see how much of the book was left because it just continued in a easy, smooth flow of words that I never wanted to end.

This book has it all, mystery, intrigue, comedy, romance, fantasy and even some fighting and bloodshed...this book is the whole package all tied up neat and pretty. There is no way for the reader to predict what will happen next and there are so many twists, turns and surprises that you will be on your toes the entire book. Be sure to mark it as a "must read" on your TBR list and make sure that you have nothing else on your agenda as you will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it! Once you read the first page you'll find yourself trying to get to the last page as soon as possible. You'll devour it. You'll become invested in the characters and the world they live in. They will become important to you just like any other friend or family member is. It literally sucks you into the story and you are compelled to find out what happens next! I am already eagerly anticipating the next book in this series to see what happens next and what it means that Cait is the Northern Star....pick this one up and I can assure you that you won't be disappointed!

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The United States is ruled by a King. King Corrin and he’s a vampire. Oh my.
Not to worry we’ve Cait or Caitriona Mary Hayden, human descendent and heir to her vampire uncle’s wealth. College student but she was attacked and all is way not good.
Let’s dial up the layers to this story. Shall we?
Okay then!
Bring on the Imperial Guard or should I say the hunks. Brothers bound by honor and loyalty. Shapeshifters. Dragons. Protectors.
And one forms a bond with Cait. Just call him Theo.
More layers. These are modern times, but not so modern. Woman aren’t permitted independence and when Cait’s life is threatened, King Corrin requires that she be protected and offers his own. To her. As in marriage.
Um...Thank you--NO!!! That idea isn't about to fly if Cait has anything to say. Our snappy, sassy heroine has other ideas...yeah as in black-haired and swirling greens eyes and a body that just won't quit.
And of course that’s not all that's going on in this supernatural tale. We’ve a deity. Dante and he's handsome. Elegant. Swoon worthy.
Now, the King can’t go off on a tangent and marry Cait…not without some major wooing. Soooo a challenge is cast to who can woo the best within a supernatural cast of yummy guys.

Sorry no spoilers. Fire of Stars and Dragons is well worth the read with lively dialogue, world building to captivate the imagination, and super-fast-paced to keep the reader hooked right up the very end.
If you enjoy paranormal romance, then this hot read is definitely for you.
Kindle version ARC provided in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
*Sweet and Spicy Tales review*

It takes a pretty fine book for me to start and finish it right through the middle of the night in one sitting, especially for a book in a genre I don’t read all that often. But Fire of Stars and Dragons was something else. This was a spectacular book and I knew right from the first page that I wasn’t going to sleep (or getting up) until I’d finished it.

Wow – the characters – they were fantastic! I read so many books where I struggle to connect with even one character but Fire of Stars and Dragons brought me five which I absolutely loved. They were wonderfully written. For a quick book, each one was developed so well and yet they all left a little bit open so people like me can sit and complain that I want each of them to have their own story. Now. ;)

Call me weird but I never thought I’d be sat swooning at fictional dragons. But I was. And the demigod too – Dante. Definitely my favourite character. I mean, I loved Cait and all but she had so much good choice I just had to envy her. There was a love triangle (actually there was four involved but love square doesn't sound the same) and I know quite a few people aren’t a big fan of them (me included) but in this book, it was gripping and captivating, and flawless.

Other than the characters I’ve swooned over for long enough – this book was just brilliant. The pacing was spot-on and with the combination of fantasy, romance and phenomenal world-building, it’s difficult for me to see where Melissa could go wrong with this book. It was unpredictable and even towards the end I wasn’t really sure where it was going. Imaginative, creative and full of character, Fire of Stars and Dragons oozes originality and I would recommend anyone to pick this book up. You won’t regret it!

5/5.

*Book gifted for honest review. Review also on my blog at http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014...

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Give me Dragons, throw in an awesomely awesome heroine, mix in fantastical shenanigans and combine it with a love triangle of sorts and I'm hooked. Fire of Stars and Dragons is an awesome story. I was sucked in from the first paragraph and by the time I reached the end, well, I can't wait to see what will happen next.

When Cait's Vampire Uncle unexpectedly dies, it leaves her a very rich heiress. It also leaves her vulnerable to the laws of the Vampires, which basically makes her a dependent even though she is 21 years old. Trying to get the King of the Vampires, Corrin, to allow her to be independent and take care of herself, it all backfires when she ends up with three very different supernatural men vying for her hand in marriage. The catch - she's got seven days to choose who will be her husband. Then there's the whole mysterious destiny of hers that is riding on her decision.

This is without a doubt a fantasy romance, with touches of insta-love, which under normal circumstances would drive me up the crazy wall with irritation, but and this is a big but, it works here. Mainly because of the fantasy elements of the characters. They aren't human and this is not a contemporary romance. This is true fantasy with Dragons, Vampires and a Demigod of epic yummy proportions.

Cait is amazing, she takes to her situation like a fish to water. She's smart, poised and not afraid to stand up for herself and do so vocally. She's refreshing with her non mary sue, non wallflower qualities. She tells it like it is, isn't afraid to dive right in to the crazy, she protects the ones she loves and she loves with a unbreakable strength.

And her suiters. . .holy crap on crackers.

This book is blessed with an abundance of HOT male characters, each of them intriguing and lovable in their own way.

First off you've got Theo, the most yummy Alpha-y Dragon ever. I love him, love him. The moment he touches Cait, she becomes his ward and he becomes her dragon for eternity. That right there is some romantically awesome stuff. Then there is Dante, OMG, can I have him, pretty please! I adore this demigod so freaking much. He definitely holds his own against Theo. And last, there is the Vampire King, Corrin. Poor Corrin, he never really breaks into the love triangle. He's kind of crazy, and I know it was probably intended for me to hate him or just strongly dislike him, but mostly I just felt bad for him. Poor Corrin, he really needs to grow the frack up.

So, there are the three main male players vying for the heart of Cait, but hold the phone cuz' there is more Alpha male goodness packed into this wonderful gem of a book.

The Dragons. Yup, plural. As in multiple dragons for me to obsess over forever.

I'm not going to go into all of them or this review will never end, but suffice it to say I really, really need Melissa A. Petreshock to give me their stories. I'm desperate for these intriguing Dragons to get their HEA's. Desperate. Each one of them stole my bookish heart, some more than others and Cait's nicknames for them are spot on fabulous.

All in all, Fire of Stars and Dragons is fantastic. It's well written and moves along at a deliciously fast pace. With so many men for my book whorish heart to obsess over and a heroine to root for, I'm in a happy book place and Can. Not. Wait. For the next book. Bring it on Melissa, bring it on, you've got me hooked into whatever else you write, especially if it involves my Dragons and yes, that's me being possessive of them - can I have them all, pretty please ;)

Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.

Originally posted on Me, Myself & Books

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I don’t think I can express just how much I loved this book!

The cover is what got my interest at first. It’s just TOO pretty to ignore. I love fantasy novels! Like, LOVE! But I usually prefer a more historical-type or otherworldly setting. What shocked me about this book is that, while it’s set in a futuristic “sovereign” America, the novel had an almost historical feel. The world in which Ms. Petreshock has created is a society full of archaic social conventions, where women have little to no power, and a hierarchy of male supernatural beings make all the rules. It was fascinating to learn about this world, and the author did such a great job at covering every little detail of this society so that it actually becomes believable.

My first thought as I read through this book is that it starts out like a supernatural, futuristic version of The Bachelorette. It may sound a little crazy at first, this woman must choose between three suitors, but it all makes sense within this world. And once you get to know the three suitors, you won’t be able to put the book down.

I also liked how the author gave each character his or her own distinct voice. Each character had their own way of speaking, whether modern or ancient, their own accent, and their own thought process that stayed very consistent throughout the story.

This book is engaging, entertaining, and has the perfect amount of heat to entice romance readers and fantasy readers alike. I am also SO glad that the author rounded out the story and gave me answers!

I will definitely recommend this book to others and keep an eye out for more from this author. 
Review by Tammy Farrell, author of The Darkness of Light

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Available now from Swoon Romance in eBook format.