And With Madness Comes The Light Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!!

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Blurb:

The Man. The Mystery. The Madness.

Dex Foray has never been anyone’s fool – until he missed his chance for happiness with Perry Palomino. Broken and alone, Dex has no choice but to rise from the ashes Perry left behind and find his own path to redemption. But nothing in Dex’s life has ever come easily, especially when there’s a dark madness waiting in the wings.

Told from Dex’s POV, And With Madness Comes the Light is short story/novella that spans the time period from the end of Lying Season (Book #4) until the end of On Demon Wings (Book #5). If you were ever wondering what really happened to Dex while Perry was gone – his journey to Dex 2.0 – now is your chance.

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Publication date:
February 14, 2013

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Review:

Oh, Karina….what have you done to me?

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After the infamous ‘bow-chicka-wow-wow” moment in Lying Season I didn’t think my heart could hurt any worse than it already did….

…but I was SOOO wrong.

With ‘And With Madness Comes The Light’ we are getting Dex’s side of the story. And it is pure agony.

“All I could see was this darkness, this black oblivion that sucked me dry until I was nothing but a husk of my former self. There was no light in all this madness. My tattoo was a lie.”

I know for many of us we were wondering what the hell Dex was thinking after he took a wrecking ball to Perry’s heart. Did I want Dex to suffer for that unspeakable action?
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But our once passionate, strong, funny (well he’s still funny) Dex was drowning in his own sorrow. I know I wanted him to grovel and suffer after he hurt our poor Perry, but I didn’t realize how heartbreaking it could be.

“I fucked up. More than I have ever fucked up before. I had the love of my life in my hands for one beautiful, exquisite moment before I ripped her apart and my heart bore the paper cuts.”

His heartbreak and loneliness are what fuels his transformation from his drunk, unkempt, addicted-to-doritos self into the buff, sexy, suave charmer we all know Dex is. With the help of his friends Rebecca and Dean, Dex starts to change and mature all while biding his time for his love, Perry.

“Shit. Dean and I had gone from workout buddies to acting like a bunch of overanalysing pussies. Next thing you knew, we’d start having our periods at the same time.”

There is a notable appearance by his ex-girlfriend (THANK GOD!) the devil-in-disguise known as Jenn, who is moving out with her new bang-buddy Bradley.

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And thankful while Dex is cloaked in darkness, well he still manages to put a smile on my face.

“Jenn,” Bradley yelled from the living room, “maybe we should come back after we call the hazmat team.” “Great idea,” I yelled back. “They can spray you both down for your crotch rot while they’re at it.”

There are a couple close calls during Dex’s romantic recovery. One notable example in the form a skank Dex encounters at a bar.

“Nailing someone in the bathroom of a grungy metal bar was a probably one of the grossest, dirtiest things you could do. But I felt like bathing in dirt after being so clean for the last month”

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HELL NO! We like you clean Dex, well at least clean of STD’S. but Dex isn’t the same man anymore. And finally Dex has the opportunity to prove what kind of man he has become. After a frantic call from Perry’s sister Ada, Dex is on a mission to save Perry from the evil that is surrounding her.

“I didn’t want to be that guy anymore, the one that hurt her. I wanted to be me. Perhaps the same me she had seen underneath all this time.”

While Dex hatches a plan with Bird (from Red Fox) to exorcize the evil from Perry, he also didn’t plan on his other obstacle standing in his way—Max. Yes that redheaded twattwaffle, douchecanoe has been taking liberties from a possessed Perry, and when this discretion come to light, well Dex sees red.

“Wildcat in the sack. He liked it rough.

Perry had scratched him during sex.

Perry had slept with Maximus.

He stuck his dick in her.

I was going to be sick.

I was going to cry.

Oh, wait. No, I was going to BEAT THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF HIM!”

Dex and Maximus finally come to blows. Dex was a crazed, violent, beast of a man….and I was totally turned on…..

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After some family interference, Ada logic, and a quick getaway, Dex finally has Perry with him. After a stressful night driving, Dex, Ada and Perry make there way to Lapwai. After some exorcism preparation, Dex finally learns the truth of what really happened to Perry in his absence.

“She’d lost it. What was ours. What was love. What was life. There was pain and then there was agony. Hello, agony. I’d been waiting for you. Finish me off. Please.”

If that moment does not leave you in miserable gut-wrenching sobs as it did me, well you must be the tin-man. So after some cray-cray exorcism business, Dex goes all romantic-self-sacrificing-amazeballs man we know who he is and he pulls Perry from the darkness for good.

“It all fades away when I’m with you. Everything fades until it’s just you and it’s just me. I’m Dex and you’re Perry and I love you. I won’t stop loving you, even when you won’t love me. I love you more than I can ever really tell you. I love you until the end.”

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‘And With Madness Comes The Light’ is heartbreaking-ly beautiful. To finally get into Dex’s head and heart is the greatest experience as a fan of the series. He is by no means perfect, but he is real and honest and passionate. What more could you want? If you want to spend a good hour or two crying, swooning, laughing and falling in love with Dex all over again, ‘And With Madness Comes The Light’ is a novella you HAVE to read. And to quote Dex just one more time:

“A world without Perry Palomino is just too fucking boring. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.”

Touche.

5 stars*

My Playlist:

Doves-Sea Song (During Dex’s agony)

Florence + The Machine- Seven Devils (During Perry’s possession/exorcism)

The Rolling Stones- She’s A Rainbow (after Dex saves Perry)

Favorite Quotes:

“I love her, more than anyone should love anything. The kind of love that either fills you up or eats away at you. I love her at my own risk. I love her…dangerously.”

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“A movement at Perry’s window caught my eye- the silhouette of he-who-shall-not-be-named-except-in-insults-I-found-fitting.”

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“Maximus-THAT-DOUCHEFUCKER

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“…I said to the dog as he took a leak on the railing. He was judging my parenting skills again, I could tell. Well, let him. At the moment, he was eons more evolved than I was.”

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Giveaway:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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*Represented by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency*
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
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The Way Back to Me Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Lexi Reynolds is facing a game changer. Three years ago, under the insistence of her husband, she walked away from a promising career as a special education specialist with her eyes set on becoming an administrator so that she could be a stay-at-home wife and mother. Now with the demise of her marriage along with her self-esteem and heart, Lexi must face the task of building a new life.

Layla Karsten is not one to sit idly on the side lines. Seeing the crushed spirit of her sister, Lexi, she is bound and determined to push her sister back in life….even if it means tapping into Lexi’s inner slut to do it.

Intended for ages 18 and over. Mature content and language.

What Others Had To Say : 

 

This book is spicy and fun! The misadventures of Lexi and Laya combined with the hot steamy sex scenes kept me from putting this book down. There were too many “did that just really happen” scenes. Loved the book and highly recommend! 

January 3, 2013 By CG (5 Star Rating)

Wonderfully written first book! Humorous, sexy, and sometimes super steamy! A great read that will leave you wanting more…. Highly recommend!!

December 26, 2012 By maxstonsmom (5 Star Rating)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK:

Release Date:

November 18 2012

Series / Stand Alone: Series (Book #2 to be released early March 2013)

Genre: Erotic and Contemporary Romance

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Excerpt

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His eyes are on fire. He pushes me back through the door and locks it. “Oh, Lexi. You were taking too long in here.” Ordinarily this type of thing would scare the hell out of me, but he makes it seem so fucking hot. I put my hands up in protest, but he grabs them as he pushes me against the restroom wall. Raising my hands above my head with one hand, he strokes my face with the other all the while pressing his body against mine. I can feel that his dick is fully erect and ready for business, which only causes my pussy to become a traitor to my body. “If you don’t want to do this, all you have to do is say no. I’ll walk out of here like nothing happened and I will take you back to your car.” He whispers this in my ear and for some reason I believe him. “What do you say, Lexi? Yes or No?” I can barely hear myself mumble yes. That’s all the good doctor needed to hear.
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Author Bio:

I am a stay-at-home mom for the second year in a row. My three young children keep me on my toes as well as our crazy dog and hamster. Thank goodness I have such a loving and supportive husband!!

Writing has been my secret goal that I put on my bucket list of things to do before I hit 40. As my loving sister pointed out to me last summer, I turn 40 in a few short months. There are definitely things that were on the bucket list that I had to just remove. For instance, I will never be a size 6 again. I removed it from my list by tearing it off and shredding it.

However, writing was one that I just couldn’t bring myself to erase from the list. Knowing this about me, my sister pushed and prodded me to just start writing something…she strongly suggested something with adult content.

So caving to her pressure, I started to write The Way Back To Me. I gradually pulled her into the writing process as she had spent an enormous amount of time reading “mommy porn” and together we completed The Way Back To Me in November 2012. We have already started a sequel that should be ready to go by the end of February 2013.

I am also in the beginning process of another romance novel that I hope to complete by the summer of 2013.

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Review:

This book was funny, sexy and very heartfelt. I get nervous reading erotica these days because the subject matter seems to follow in a similar pattern. Millionaire BDSM dude waltz in and takes away the virginity of some ‘doe-in-headlights’ young woman. The first couple of books I read like that I enjoyed, but when the trend in literature was the same format being re-used and re-hashed, well I grew tired of it. I want to read about real people with real problems trying to find their way in world.

The Way Back to Me was a very refreshing change of pace. The book centers around 39 year old divorcee and mother of 3, Lexi Reynolds. Poor Lexi is still licking her wounds that she suffered at the hands of her ex husbands infidelity. She is lonely and a little lost. I could immediately sympathize and relate to Lexi. She spent so much time building her family and supporting her husband that after they divorced, Lexi was a shell of her former self. No confidence, no career, and no happy ending, It isn’t until her sister, Layla, intervenes that Lexi starts to find the way back to herself.

I love the relationship between Lexi and Layla. They could throw punches one minute and hug and laugh the next. They do not sugarcoat each others problems and are always there for one another. The situations those two get into are hilarious and cringe worthy. There were a couple moments where I was shaking my head and laughing so hard. Especially one moment involving a ‘schooch’ moment. Trust me, read the book. I was in hysterics. Layla forces Lexi to take a look in the mirror and rejoin life again, instead of letting it pass her by. Layla is a sister in the truest sense of the word. She is supportive, honest, and has Lexi’s best interests at heart.

In the midst of Lexi’s new self discovery, she encounters not only one but two sexy, successful men. First, there is retired athlete Patrick Dane. Dane has Greek god looks and the chemistry between him and Lexi is off the charts, but Dane is still dealing with a few ghosts of his own. Second, there is Sebastian Cameron, sexy and domineering surgeon. He is bossy, infuriating but oh sooooo yummy. But is he enough for Lexi? Both are appealing and delicious but I am Team Sebastian here 🙂

And last but not least we are introduced to Lexi’s 3 amazing daughters Sasha, Marie, and Olivia. They are the center of Lexi’s world and I can understand why. They are funny, sweet and the moments Lexi shared with them made me love this story even more. Lexi is a wonderful mother and what I loved most about this book was her trying to find herself in every role in her life; as a single mother, as a career woman, as a lover, and most importantly as herself.

The Way Back to Me was an honest story about real people. I didn’t spend my time reading about impossible fairy tales with unrealistic characters. What I read was one woman’s attempt to figure who she is after her expectations of happily ever after ended, and how she ended up finding herself along the way. I cannot wait for the next book!

4 stars*

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