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:

 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 😉


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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 Proposal (The Proposition #2)

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In the weeks following Aidan’s betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn’t sure she wants to be won back by him. But Aidan isn’t going down without a fight—especially not until Emma lets him reveal the secret of his past that caused him to be so commitment phobic.

But fate intervenes when premature labor forces Emma on strict bed rest for two weeks. Aidan steps forward with a shocking proposal. To prove his love and commitment for her and their unborn son, he will take a leave of absence from work to care for her around the clock. Vowing to guard her heart, Emma reluctantly agrees.

While she is touched by Aidan’s attentiveness and tender loving care, Emma is thrown for a loop by the amorous attentions of ER doctor, Alpesh “Pesh” Nadeen. Pesh is everything Emma could ever want—successful, stable, and ready to settle down and be a husband and father. Pesh wants nothing more than to win Emma’s heart, but she is not sure she’s able to give it.

Her heart may still belong to the very man who broke it—the one who is so desperately trying to win her back.-Goodreads

I have been anxiously counting down the days till I could get this book on my kindle! Let’s just say that I was so impressed by this story and how it touched my heart after ‘The Proposition’ so thoroughly gutted mine with that cliffhanger.

In ‘The Proposal’ Aidan and Emma are dealing with the falling out that has put an end to their relationship. Aidan realizes the error of his ways and how helplessly and completely Emma owns his heart, but she is not budging.

Emma’s body starts succumbing to all of the stress of a broken heart in addition to being 6 months pregnant and a health scare from Aidan’s father and is promptly placed on bed rest.  Aidan determined to regain Emma’s love and trust has her move in with him temporarily in order to look after her well-being of that of their future son Noah.

“But even more than the fighting Irish Fitzgerald blood pumping through him, he’s inherited the most amazing DNA from his mother. She’s the strongest person I’ve ever known.” His words, coupled with the sincerity in which he spoke them, caused a burning wildfire in her chest. “Oh Aidan,” she murmured. He brushed her hair out of her face. “You just have to keep being strong, Em. That fire that burns so deep within you-the one that’s seen you through the darkest times-you’ve got to stoke it to burn a little brighter.”

Yes ladies, Aidan has grown up. In ‘The Proposition’ he was melting our panties, but in ‘The Proposal’ he is melting our hearts. But don’t worry Aidan is still as sexy as ever. Especially when hot doctor Pash Nadeem sets his sights on Emma. Pesh is everything Emma has wanted. He is beautiful, thoughtful, successful and extremely romantic. And of course realizes this and feels the pressure to make her realize they belong together.

Emma’s reluctance to trust Aidan with her heart again sets in motion some intense soul-searching moments between the two of them.

“You’re not being fair,” she said. Aidan whirled around, fire burning in his eyes. “Excuse me?” “Can’t you at all empathize with what I’m going through? All this confusion I’m feeling about you and about us and all the uncertainness-you felt this too, didn’t you?” “Are you insinuating that what you’re going through right now is the same thing I did about committing to you?” “No it’s just-” Aidan held up a hand. “I’d think long and hard about making any comparisons, Em. Because in the long run, my confusion led me to screw up the most wonderful thing I ever had.” He shook his head sadly at her. “I wouldn’t want you to have to go through the same thing.”

Not wanting to give away TOO much away for those that are anxious to read I will just say that I loved this book. I laughed, I cried and I had hope. I will leave this post with a verse of ‘You Save Me’ by Kenny Chesney.

It’s hard lovin’ a man that’s got a gypsy soul
I don’t know how you do it, I’m not sure how you know
The perfect thing to say to save me from myself
You’re the angel that believes in me like nobody else
And I thank God you do

‘Cause when I’m a bullet shot out of a gun
When I’m a firecracker coming undone
When I’m a fugitive ready to run, all wild-eyed and crazy
No matter where my reckless soul takes me
Baby you save me

5 stars*

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The Proposition (The Proposition #1)

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With her thirtieth birthday looming, Emma Harrison finds her biological clock clanging and the elusive knight in shining armor yet to appear. She’s running out of options, especially after her gay best friend backs out from being her sperm donor. Of course, there’s always a sperm bank, but Emma fears a donor mix-up might impregnate her with the spawn of Satan.

Resident company womanizer, Aidan Fitzgerald, is used to always getting what he wants, especially in the bedroom. When Emma spurns his advances at the company Christmas party, he’s determined to have her no matter what it takes. After Aidan learns of Emma’s predicament, he is quick to offer a proposition that will benefit them both. He will father Emma’s child, but she must conceive it with him naturally. Not one for hook-ups or casual sex, Emma is reluctant to take him up on his offer, but his charm, coupled with her intense desire for motherhood, wins out.

Soon their baby-making sessions become more than just physical. Aidan can’t seem to walk away from her while Emma begins to wonder if Aidan could be the one. But can Aidan leave his past behind to become the man Emma needs him to be?-Goodreads

I have to say I knew I was going to love this book as soon as I read the description. The characters, plot and chemistry were off the charts.

“He scooted his chair so close to hers that she fought the urge to back away. She gulped at his nearness. The lustful gleam flashing in his eyes made him like the Big Bad Wolf looming over her. “How much plainer can I make it for you? You were so damn sexy in that green dress. Your hair was down and fell in waves around your shoulders. And you kept giving me those innocent little smiles from across the room.” His breath scorched against her cheek before he whispered into her ear. “I’ve never wanted to fuck someone so much as I wanted to you.”

But this book was so much more than a steamy romance. Katie Ashley’s debut book is so full of heart.

Being 5 years shy of 30 I have contemplated what would happen if I didn’t achieve my own dreams of having a child by a certain age? Would I have the courage to skip social conventions to make motherhood possible? Would I be able to let go my fantasies of a boyfriend/husband experiencing this journey with me and attempting parenthood on my own? Sometimes I felt I was reading about my own desires, dreams, and fears.

“Emma leaned over to where their faces were only inches apart. “Since you think you know everything, tell me if you understand this. Have you ever wanted something so bad you think you’d die if you don’t have it? That the mere thought of it keeps you up at night. You can’t sleep, you can’t eat, you can’t drink. You are so consumed by that desire nothing else matters, and you’re not sure life is worth living if you can’t have it.”

Unfortunately circumstances have a funny way of preventing us from some of our goals. For Emma life has not been easy for her. With her own biological clock ticking, her overwhelming desire to become a mom, and the cold fickle bitch of reality Emma is determined to not let her crappy hand in life deny her of becoming a mom. Cue Aidan. He is a womanizer that has set his sights on Emma before in an attempt to wham-bam-thank-you-mam her. Emma refused his advances previously, but when he steps in with a solution to her problem this is when the story gets very VERY good.

“Why does everything have to be so damn hard on me? Women everywhere can drop their panties and have mindless sex, but no, not me! I have to get emotionally invested in a douchenozzle who is only willing to knock me up for his own pleasure!”

What I loved about Aidan in spite of his womanizing ways, he wasn’t a douche. There was nothing about him that turned me off. In many stories you have a sex-on-a-stick male that is a downright jerk who magically transforms into a knight in shining armor. Yes Aidan does creep things from time to time, and I am being specific to the cliffhanger that had me sobbing. But to me he wasn’t a creep. He is his own worst enemy. I loved him. He was endearing, thoughtful and worthy of redemption. Even when I wanted to dislike him I couldn’t.

This book and its’ characters stayed with me for long after I set my kindle down. For any woman that has contemplated the options when Happily Ever After doesn’t show up in time this book is a must read.

5 stars*

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