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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Determinate Blog Tour!!!

Hey everybody!  So I have an awesome blog tour set up for today by the fabulously awesome A.M. Hargrove!!  If you haven't heard of the Guardians of Vesturon Series by A.M. Hargrove.  If you like books about Alien's, love, macho guys, and what could possibly be the end of the world this series IS FOR YOU!  I apologize if this review is a tad dramatic, I'm hopped up on leftover halloween candy and the sugar is in my blood stream and not leaving any time soon!   So I'm not going to do too much rehashing of the other two books in the series, though I will leave you blurbs and links for them so you can catch up if you would like!  Determinant stays with the same group of characters from the other books in the Guardians of Vesturon series, but the point of views shift to new characters who I am so excited to get to know and love.

To start off, I am going to say that I was really impressed with January's character.  I don't know how anyone could have lived the life she had, and come out normal.  She's not only a survivor, but a warrior also.  The chemistry between her and Rykerian is so sweet, and getting to be inside Rykerian's mind was so cool.  I feel like he was the Yarrister brother that I wanted to know most after the previous two books, so getting a book from his perspective was wonderful.  All of the other characters that were introduced in this book were fantastic, and we definitely were taken on a crazy galaxy spanning journey (literally).   I also will say that I am a big fan of each new character getting their own book, another series coming to mind that does this is The Grey Wolves Series.  I highly recommend this book as well as the series.  It's a good story that is pure adventure, action, and of course love.  Go buy them and fly through them like I did!!

For a special treat, Annie let me in on one of January's favorite memories with her two younger siblings.  Warning: it is sad and sweet, and will ultimately clue you in on how wonderful of a person January is:

When I was younger, I never realized why my parents treated me so terribly. Rykerian would love nothing better than send them back to Earth so they could fend for themselves, but he also knows that I couldn’t live with that because of my siblings. So he puts up with their nastiness, just as much as I do.

One thing about them that always amazed me though, was they seemed to dote on my younger brother and sister, Tommy and Sarah. I can remember one Christmas in particular, when I was fourteen, Tommy was six and Sarah was four. My parents practically bought out Toys ‘R Us for them. The tree had so many presents beneath it, they were stacked up against the wall and stretched out across the floor.

On that Christmas morning, Tommy and Sarah were up before the light of day and I heard their giggles all the way in my attic bedroom. I couldn’t stand it...I had to see their eyes when they saw what Santa had left for them. I quickly wrapped my robe around me, pushed my feet into my slippers and carefully made my way down the fold up stairs. I heard their feet pounding across the floor in my parents’ room but I didn’t want to follow them in there. Instead, I took a seat in the den, close to the tree, so I could get the perfect view of them as they got their first look at their score from Santa.

Their squeals of delight would have been enough for me. They were the sweetest kids around and I loved them to pieces, but the way their eyes widened and their mouths dropped opened, well, that was the greatest gift of all. They were paralyzed with shock. My parents usually doled out gifts like nuggets of gold. It was rare when any of us ever got anything. To hit the jackpot like this was truly miraculous. I couldn’t wait to see everything the two of them had gotten.

Looking back, I can’t remember what they unwrapped that morning. Mounds and mounds of paper and cardboard packaging turned our den into a cool fort for Tommy. He ended up playing in that for the rest of the morning. Forgotten were the expensive toys and clothes, the cool video games and countless other things. Sarah crawled around in the pile with him and they both begged me to join them. We laughed and laughed and the three of us didn’t think about how I only got to unwrap one small box that held a new pair of pajamas that were two sizes too large. What we did think about was how we were going to fight off the bad guys and save the world from our awesome fortress.

Now, whenever I think back on the days of my youth and how badly my parents treated me, I often remember that Christmas morning, playing with Tommy and Sarah and laughing beneath the piles of crushed up wrapping paper. In their guileless way, Tommy and Sarah turned what was normally a sad holiday into my most cherished memory I have of them. And it was all because of a pile of crumpled up wrapping paper and bent up cardboard!

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Determinant, Book 3 The Guardians of Vesturon

By A. M. Hargrove
Serie: The Guardians of Vesturon
Genre : Young Adult Paranormal Romance (with a sci-fi element)
Heat : Hot

Synopsis of Determinant

January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening, after working an especially long shift, a chance encouter with a group of mysterious men alters the course of her life.

Rykerian Yarrister, a Guardian of Vesturon with unearthly powers and impossibly gorgeous looks, finds himself at odds over the human female he recently saved from certain death. When it seems he is on the verge of winning her over, she is ripped from his hands by a strange and powerful being, threatening to destroy her if his demands are not met.

Do Rykerian and the Guardians have the ability to meet this fierce barbarian’s ultimatums, or will January suffer a horrid demise?

Excerpt of Determinant
I was lost in the events of the day and the amount of work I had and I was still nursing my wounded ego as I headed out of the lab. As I made my way down the corridor, I noticed six men advancing toward me.
It wasn’t their actions I noticed so much or even the way they walked. And though it was an oddity for them to even be here at all, it was their attire that captured my attention. They were dressed identically, in an extreme fashion, much like members of a gang or secret society. Large and muscular, they wore black vests and their bare arms were almost completely tattooed with tribal symbols of a sort. Metal bands criss-crossed their chests and their legs were tightly encased in leather. Knee high boots and black gloves finished off their ensembles.
As I neared them I felt my flesh tingle and the hairs on the back of my neck come to attention. Gooseflesh erupted and alarms started clanging in my head. I sucked in my breath and as I did, my eyes connected with the apparent leader. I say this because he was in the front of the formation as they plodded along.
Time stood still as our eyes connected. His were an uncanny shade, lavender with hints of indigo and specks of silver. It was a hue I was unfamiliar with but they were intriguing and fascinating. The alarms were still ringing in my ears and the air felt electrically charged around us.
I turned into stone. I couldn’t move a muscle. He cocked his head as his eyes bore into mine.
I distinctly heard his command in my mind and I was helpless to disobey him. I felt myself take a deep cleansing breath. I questioned him with my eyes. He flicked his head toward his men and they stepped back several feet.
Who are you? Why are you here?”
I was confused by the demanding questions swirling in my brain but felt compelled to answer him. I had never used mind reading to communicate, but I was sure he would hear my answer.
I’m January St. Davis. I’m here working on an internship for college credit.”
You are human?” he asked with incredulity.
I wasn’t sure what he meant by that. Why would he want to know if I was human? What a ridiculous question!

Guardians of Vesturan Book One: Survival 
"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.

Book Two Resurrection: 
Maddie knew she was dying. Her life started to flash before her. She had visions of running down the soccer field, scoring a goal, eating her mother’s yummy, homemade, sticky cinnamon rolls, standing in her foyer listening to the police tell her father that her mother had been killed in a car accident. Each vision was disturbingly clear—as if it was happening again."

Rayn Yarrister, the first-born son and Leader of The Guardians, has been imprisoned on Vesturon for breaking their most sacred of covenants. He is suddenly jolted by Maddie's telepathic pleas for help, as her life hangs in the balance. Can he alert The Guardians in time to save his soulmate? Or will he face his trial alone and broken without his one true love? 
In Resurrection (Book 2), The Guardians of Vesturon are facing their biggest challenges as Earth is threatened by an invading species from a distant planet intent on destroying it for its resources. The Guardians, as protectors of the universe, have been assembled to defend not only Earth, but other vulnerable worlds as well. The Yarrister family is threatened by an unknown entity intent on discrediting them. Will they uncover this plot in time to save themselves from ruin? Will The Guardians succeed in stopping the Xanthians, or will Earth be invaded and ravaged by this marauding species?

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