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

awm tour banner

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.

Add to Goodreads:  
And With Madness Comes The Light

Publication date:
February 14, 2013

**************************************************

Review:

Oh, Karina….what have you done to me?

crying-indian

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?
02-33
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.

tumblr_lv13ddNpkF1r1po60o1_250

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”

Star-Wars-TRAVIS-7

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…..

ovaries

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.”

fanning

‘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.”

***

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

***

“Maximus-THAT-DOUCHEFUCKER

***

“…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.”

**************************************************

Giveaway:

 10 LUCKY winners will have a chance to win a book cover plate of And With Madness Comes The Light!!!!!  Y’all know you want one 😉


a Rafflecopter giveaway

And make sure you stop by all the participating blogs for more Dex pillow talk!

And With Madness Comes the Light Blog Tour Lineup

February 16th
February 17th
February 18th 
February 19th
February 20th
February 21st
February 22nd
February 23rd

**************************************************

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

4785031

*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.
Karina’s Info:

Love Hurts: Anti-Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Anti Header

 
♫♫♪♫   Love hurts, love scars,
Love wounds, and mars,
Any heart, not tough,
Or strong, enough
To take a lot of pain,
Take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud
Holds a lot of rain
Love hurts, ooh ooh love hurts    ♫♫♪♫
 

 Nazareth says it best: love hurts. With Valentine’s Day 2013 approaching what better way to reflect upon love and relationships then by reading what happens when love goes wrong. So sit back, relax, and let’s take a look at my Top 3 choices!

*********************************************************************

13312527 

 The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Summary: Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption. (Goodreads)

 

Quote: “I will love again, Olivia, you will hurt forever. What you’ve done is…You are worthless because you make yourself that way. You will remember me every day for the rest of your life because I was the one and you threw me away.”

My Playlist: Aerosmith “What It Takes”

“Girl, before I met you I was F.I.N.E. Fine
but your love made me a prisoner, yeah my heart’s been doing time
You spent me up like money, then you hung me out to dry
It was easy to keep all your lies in disguise
‘Cause you had me in deep with the devil in your eyes”

Theme: Deception

Tarryn Fisher changed the game when she wrote about the desperate acts people take in order to keep the one they love. Instead of candies and flowers to woo the one you love, Olivia, Caleb and Leah use lies, deception and mind fuckery instead.

Enter to win a Digital Copy of The Opportunist:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
***************************************************************** 16029994

Sins & Needles by Karina Halle

Summary: Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents’ latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road. (Goodreads)

Quote: “Please stop, I was thinking. This isn’t right. It feels right and it feels wrong but it isn’t right. There’s a motive and it isn’t lust. It isn’t lust. It’s revenge. Revenge has never felt so good.”
My Playlist: She Wants Revenge- Tear You Apart

“Either way he wanted her and this was bad

Wanted to do things to her it was making him crazy

Now a little crush turned into a like

And now he wants to grab her by the hair and tell her I want to hold you close

Skin pressed against me tight Lie still, and close your eyes girl

So lovely, it feels so right I want to hold you close Soft breath, beating heart

As I whisper in your ear I wanna fucking tear you apart”

Theme: Revenge

In this dark, gritty, and sexy story we have Ellie Watt paying many pipers. First there is the delectable Camden McQueen who makes Ellie a pawn in her own game, and we have the dangerously delicious Javier who is hunting her down. You’ll be left wandering if Ellie should put up her fists, or take off her bra. Revenge has never been so good….

Enter to win a Digital Copy of Sins & Needles:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*****************************************************************************

12513614

Captive in The Dark by C.J. Roberts

Summary: Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him. (Goodreads)

Quote:“I wrapped my arms around him and held on as hard as I could. He was my tormentor and my solace: the creator of the dark and the light within. I didn’t care that he would undoubtedly hurt me at any moment, right now; I just needed somebody to hold me… To tell me these exact words. Its going to be okay. It wasn’t of course, I knew that. But I didn’t care, I needed the lie.”

My Playlist: Animotion- Obsession

“My fantasy has turned to madness
All my goodness has turned to badness
My need to possess you has consumed my soul
My life is trembling, I have no control

I will have you, yes I will have you
I will find a way and I will have you
Like a butterfly, a wild butterfly
I will collect you and capture you

You are an obsession, you’re my obsession”

Theme: Possession


Captive in the Dark is sexy, terrifying, thrilling, horrifying. Is it a love story? Hell I have no idea myself. I just know that Caleb is dangerous, and in more ways than just his profession. You will either want to throw something at Caleb, or throw yourself at him willingly…..

Enter to win a digital copy of Captive in the Dark:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*****************************************************

Now head on over to Love N. Books blog and check out her list of book Boyfriends You Love To Hate with a chance to win Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde, Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan and signed copies of Consequences and Truth by Aleatha Romig!!!!

Thank you Giveaway!

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labels

 

As a thank you for reaching ‘100’ likes on Facebook I will be giving away one of my favorite books of 2013 so far, Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway.

????????????????????????????????????????

Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

 

 

Make sure to enter below here on MyBookMuse’s facebook page! Ends 12am 2/9/2013
a Rafflecopter giveaway