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Monday, July 22, 2013

Lee Roland's "Vicious Moon" Blog Tour (Spotlight/Review) + Giveaway

Lee Roland has a new Facebook page! I hope you have the opportunity to give it some extra love. She really needs the likes. She is now on 38 likes or something! 

About the series

Dynamic Urban Fantasy by Lee Roland The Earth Witches, the keepers of the world’s magic, find chaos and desire in the hidden ruins of the Barrows. Servants of the enigmatic Earth Mother, they battle men, monsters and personal conflicts to protect the world. With magic, modern weapons and strong companions, they persevere to save mankind from evil.
Viper Moon
(Earth Witches #1)
by: Lee Roland
Publishing Date: 7/5/11
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN-13: 978-0451233769
(352 Pages)

Cassandra Archer is the huntress. She has faithfully served the earth Mother for years, rescuing kidnapped children from monsters—both human and supernatural—dwelling in the ruins of the Barrows District. But when two children are kidnapped under similar circumstances, all clues point to a cataclysmic event on the next dark moon. Aided by police Detective Flynn and Michael, mysterious and dangerous resident of the Barrows, Cass must race against the clock and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the entire town…
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Vengeance Moon
(Earth Witches #2)
by: Lee Roland
Publishing Date: 6/5/12
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN-13: 978-0451236432
(352 Pages)

Madeline Corso can’t rest until she hunts down the three men who killed her father and witch mother. Two of them are now dead by her hand. Unfortunately, her second kill had witnesses. Sent to prison, she is rescued Sisters of Justice—a mysterious order of female warriors with ties to her mother. Her fighting skills are honed by the Sisters, and they have tracked the last murderer to Duivel, Missouri. He is hiding in the dark underworld of the Barrows. Once in the Barrows, she discovers that things aren’t what they seem. The danger goes far beyond her need for revenge. Can she rely on Michael, a handsome and possibly deadly stranger, to help her navigate a world of men and beasts? Or will she lose her heart before the mission is complete?
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Vicious Moon
(Earth Witches #3)
by: Lee Roland
Publishing Date: 7/2/13
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN-13: 978-0451238269

Ex-soldier and Earth Witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wanted to see: the Sisters of Justice—the mysterious Earth Witch police force. Three Sisters, a Triad, is usually a squad of executioners. This time, thought, the Sisters mission is to capture and escort an unwilling Nyx back to Twitch Crossing, Georgia. Nyx ran away from Twitch Crossing ten years ago to escape the stiff rules and duties of being a true Witch. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s been dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger—her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can go to Duivel, Missouri and track her down. But the key to finding her may lie with the dark and tempting Etienne—a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic…
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My Review:

First off, let me say I am so mad at myself for reading out of order.  I wish I would have had time to read the first two books before picking up the third book.  I am drawn to urban fantasy books and when I read the blurb and saw the cover of Vicious Moon, I knew I had to read it and that is the main reason why I signed up for the blog tour. (I have OCD when reading out of order...and kicked myself when reading Vicious Moon) I also found myself a new author, who I need to keep an eye on and add more of her books to my list of never-ending books I need to read.

Lee Roland has a different writing style that I definitely was drawn to from the first chapter to the last chapter.  She definitely writes the urban fantasy genre very well.  She did manage to throw in some romance into the mix, but since this books falls in the urban fantasy mix, it does not have that happily ever after for characters. In Urban Fantasy, there are deaths, trivial matters, and heart breaks.  Lee writes two characters, which one happens to hates witches, and the other has no clue to trust the person that keeps following her around protecting her, who hates her kind.

I really enjoyed Nyx Ianaira's character due to her rebellious ways of not following the witches rules ,and happening to be the one they need the most to figure out where her little sister went.  Nyx happens to stumble into things she never knew about herself and she is trying to learn her power on her own.  I found it fascinating when she protected herself even with the stubborn, hard-headed, pain in the butt character Etienne.

Etienne is the one who drove me to madness with his stubbornness of not explaining why he does not trust witches at first and why he hates them, but once Lee Roland had Etienne opened up, I definitely connected with him better.  I was a little skeptical with his motives through out the books and wondering if he was behind everything going on in his small town and where Nyx's sister could be.

I did take me awhile to catch interest in the story and I had to step away few times and come back to Vicious Moon due to not being able to keep up with what was going on with the storyline and what Nyx was trying to do to find her sister.  The ending is what threw me completely off, but I have a feeling it is because I am a little confused with the sisters and everything is going on with the witches and I need to read the first two books asap to understand.

I did enjoy this book and I will plan on re-reading it after I read the first two books.  I did enjoy Herschel, the farting familiar in the story.  He definitely was confusing, but funny at communicating with Nyx.

I give this book 3.5 moons and recommend it to urban fantasy readers out there.  I look forward to reading more from Lee Roland very soon.  She definitely is an author I wish I would have known about sooner and thanks to Paranormal Craving Book Tours for introducing her to me.  =)

I received a complimentary copy of the book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
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Lee Roland began her writing career in middle school when she wrote a short story for her brother. He turned the story in to his teacher as his own work. To his amazement and terror, the teacher was so impressed that she read it aloud to the class—and asked him to write another one.
Lee notes that, other than motherhood, she’s never had an exciting job. She might have dreamed of being a lawyer, nurse or police officer, but finding the right person to share her life with changed her plans. Her only credentials for writing are a terrific imagination, life experience and the love of words in a good story. She reads voraciously, but particularly loves Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
Lee lives in Florida and is a full-time writer. She is a member of RWA National and the Florida based First Coast Romance Writers.
Before being published, Lee won many RWA Chapter contests and garnered a Golden Heart nomination in 2008 with her post apocalyptic novel, LILITH’S CHILD. Lee is the author of the Earth Witches series published by NAL, beginning with VIPER MOON in 2011.
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Tour Schedule:
June 25 – Guest Post
Fall Into Books
June 26 – Interview
Fang-tastic Books
June 27 – Review
Books, Books, and More Books
June 28 – Promo
Stitch Read Cook
June 29 – Guest Post
Jill Archer  
June 30 – Guest Post
Ramblings From This Chick

July 1 – Guest Post
Jabel Field
July 2 (Release of Viscous Moon by Lee Roland)
July 2 – Promo
Word to Dreams
July 3 – Author Interview
Simply Infatuated
July 4 – Review
a GREAT read 
July 4 - Promo
Pure Textuality
July 5 – Interview
Manga Maniac Cafe
July 8 – Review
Tea and Book
July 9 - Review
The Wormhole Book Blog
July 10 – Review
Selestial Reviews
July 11 Interview
Urban fantasy Investigations
July 12 – Review
Urban Fantasy Reviews
July 15 – Interview
The Reading Cafe
July 16 – Interview
The Pen & Muse
July 17 – Guest Post
Bookaddict Bieke
July 18 – Review
Evolved World
July 19 – Interview
Paranormal Book Club! 
July 22 – Review
Book Lovin’ Mamas
July 23 - Guest Post
Tynga’s Reviews
July 23 – Review
Babylone the Geek Reads


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