Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Giveaway and Review of Darkness Rising by Elle Chardou

Hello and Welcome to this stop on Elle's tour!  I have just had the opportunity to read this yummy short and can't wait to share my thoughts with you.  But first, let's take a look at the book details and a little bit about the author:

A Pureblood...
Julien Gasquet belongs to the notorious Lycan clan, the Gasquet Pack based in New Orleans. After a vicious argument, he storms out of the compound and decides to spend the night with his sister, Jolie, in Baton Rouge.

A Half-breed...
Martina Beauchamp is considered an abomination to the Lycans as she isn't a pureblood and doesn't have a pack to call her own. She meets Julien after a horrifying incident forces her to flee her home and her car breaks down in the parking lot next to his truck.

The attraction Julien and Martina experience from the moment they meet isn't about lust or a one night stand. However, when the pack is involved in every decision a werewolf makes, is a happy ending at all possible?

WARNING: This is paranormal romance novella with sexy good times, smokin' hot werewolves, toned bodies and explicit language. Blood, gore and closed door sex scenes? Not this time. (Novella Word Count: 23,000)

About The Author
Danielle Blanchard Benson is a world traveler and author of several different series.
Ms. Blanchard Benson is the author of Beginnings: Book I (The Plague), Death Wish: Book I, Better off Dead: Book II and Death Lair: A Novella (all from The Vamp Saga), The Catalyst: Book One (The Pop Stars) and The Beautiful People series.
She is currently working on Love Voodoo: Book I (DeGeneration), Apocalypse 2012: Book II (The Plague), Hart Attack: Book I (The Hart Family Saga), The Making of a Star: Book Two (The Pop Stars) and Queen of the Undead: Book III (The Vamp Saga).
Ms. Blanchard Benson has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Follow Danielle Blanchard Benson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/dblanchbenz007
Ten Things About Danielle

1. Your genre(s)?
My genre will always be romance or some form thereof though I have been known to do contemporary, erotic (not erotica as there is a difference), paranormal, dystopian and even -- grasp! -- horror. I am an artist so I don't limit myself and as a reader you don't have to buy everything I write. I assume most of y'all will cherry-pick anyway.
2. How many books have you completed?
I love serials and series so I have completed one long damn serial, The Beautiful People (which consisted of eight novellas), Death Wish and Better Off Dead in The Vamp Saga (and a novella, Death Lair), Beginnings inThe Plague series, Love Voodoo in the DeGeneration series, The Catalyst in my other serial, The Pop Stars, and Forever 27, a novelette in The 27 Club series. 

3. How many books are you working on now?
*Breathe* Okay, I am almost finished writing Queen of the Undead in The Vamp Saga (72k and counting),Hart Attack, the first novel in The Hart Family Saga (another paranormal series), Apocalypse 2012 in The Plague series, The Making of a Star in The Pop Stars serial and Love Game in the DeGeneration series. Plus, I am co-writing a novel with a writer friend of mine, a horror-thriller, Ties That Unbind. I'm tired just thinking about my year...
4. Are you a linear or chunk writer?
I try to work on one project at a time so it makes it easier for me to maintain consistency. That list above, that is the order of the books with the exception of the one I am co-writing. I write that one when I get it back from my co-author, write my part and then send it to him via email and Drop Box.

5. The POV (= Point of View) you’re most partial to?
I'm not. I love first person though it can definitely have its limitations. I usually stick with third person though. The HUGE exception to this rule is The Vamp Saga. The first novel is written in first person but the rest are a mix of first and third person. There are some people out there this irks but what can I say? I love Manon and I *can't* write her in third but I also love some of the other characters and thought they should get a word in too. Hence the bastard project it has become involving both POVs.
6. The themes that keep cropping up in your books?
Female empowerment, strength, change and staying true to one's self. None of these are ever easy but nothing in life worth fighting for ever is so there you have it.
7. How many days a week do you write?
Everyday. There is no such thing as writer's block for me. I began Apocalypse 2012 but my Vamp Saga muse didn't want to let go so I began the third novel. Due to my schedule, I write at least 2k each day and can finish a first draft in anywhere between four and six weeks. 
8. What time of day do you get your best writing done?
The evening. I have two children under the age of ten so when they are sleeping or are about to go down, I find myself most creative. Plus, I can have a glass of wine while I write... yes, I sometimes write toasted but I do all my revisions dead sober and I have an editor just to make sure she catches all the mistakes I don't. Plus, I have some great writers who act as beta readers and guinea pigs for those other pesky mistakes neither of us catch. I will upload and re-do a book that isn't perfect countless times. I do it all the time as it is a bit easier with the e-books than print but there is no such thing as "done" for me if mistakes are found.
9. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
I'm a child of Generation X and I listen to everything but when I write paranormal/horror, I need some hard rocking music. My favorites: Deftones (Diamond Eyes and Best Of albums are classics), Marilyn Manson (Mechanical Animals, and Eat Me, Drink Me are two of my faves but I have every album ever made), Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein...I also listen to a lot of French hip-hop (Sinik, Diam's, MC Solaar) and French music in general (too many artists to count!). And I love some good pop music so Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Madonna are never far away...neither is Mylene Farmer for the matter, my favorite French pop star.

10. What the hell is up with your love affair with France?
Yeah, la Belle France gets mentioned a lot in a myriad of my novels. Better Off Dead and Queen of the Undead take place there as does most of Beginnings and Apocalypse 2012 will be a revisit (yet again). TheDeGeneration series takes place almost entirely in France. My other love affair is French influenced even if it is in the States. Hart Attack takes place in New Orleans. 

I just love France, French culture, the language and desperately can't wait until I can live there for a couple of years and write. I have lots of French friends and am partial to the Ile-de-France area of the country (though it is often cold, rainy and overcast). Plus, who wouldn't want their children to be bi-lingual? And did I mention the wine and the cheese and the food? Everything is better with a French accent! ;-) 
My Review: 
This was a short and sweet introduction into Elle's world of paranormal beings.  Martina is a beautiful young half-breed, with no time for men or a relationship.  She is focused on getting through school and out of the trailer park.  Her step-dad tries to rape her and Martina is able to bash him over the head and get away.  She ends up at a pizza joint for a cup of coffee and to try and figure out where she is going to go.  She decides on a cousins house outside of town and makes her way to her car.  It doesn't start.  Frustrated, she starts yelling at it but is interrupting from her tirade by a very sexy voice. 
Jules can't figure out why he wanted to help.  She was a half-breed and hated by his kind.  But something about her called to him and he just couldn't help himself.  On the outs because of his step-dad, Jules was making his way to his sister's house for some peace.  He did not expect this bundle of trouble to become his concern.  What was that about anyway?
Two opposites are thrown together only to discover they have a lot in common.  Curses are discovered and old hates are resurfaced.  Jules is positive he made the right choice but his family is against it.  Will their new-found love survive the hate of an entire pack?  This was a short cute read!!  I can't wait for another by this author!!  Great Read!!

This is a tour-wide giveaway!  The author is offering 10 e-copies and 5 print.  Print is for US and Canada only!!  Just fill out the from!!  Good Luck!!!


Cecilia83 said...

There a lot of prize. great giveaway. Thanks!

Joanne said...

Wow, you do keep busy. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

Allie said...

This sounds so great and the cover art is HOT! Thanks for the giveaway. I love that you offer some in print!

Kerry said...

sounds great!! Great interview.

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Nicole said...

Looks awesome, another TBR ;-)

vadeluna07 said...

Thanks for another great giveaway!

Vanessa N. said...

This one sounds great and I love the cover.


divavixenqueen said...

Book sounds really interesting. Definetely one for the TBR List.

April Alvey said...

Wow I Love The Interview And The Cover is Amazing This Book Is On My Wish List.

Anonymous said...

I have been filling in the gaps in between chunkster reads with shorter books. This looks like a hot read, well worth giving a try. Thank you for your review.

Nay Nay said...

Putting this book on my wishlist. Thanks for the chance to win.
reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

Filia Oktarina said...

Love this post. The book look interesting. Thanks for chance to win :)

Anonymous said...

This book sounds really good. I would love to win. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

Unknown said...

This books sounds great...I always love visiting the blogs and finding out about new great books but I never seem to get caught up on my wish list :)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaway! Book sounds amazing!

nurmawati djuhawan said...

waht a wonderful cover!!!
thx u for the giveaway :)

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