Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Beast Within by Melissa Crowe Blog Tour

Title: The Beast Within
Series: The Beast Within novellas #1
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 5th June 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Karina's world is turned upside down when she meets the sexy and mysterious Xavier. Something powerful and sensual is unlocked from inside her that she cannot explain and seems to have little control over.
With Xavier's help, Karina discovers she is a Tuatha De Danann, celtic faeries long thought to have been eradicated. Xavier's insistence on making her believe troubles Karina, what dangerous secret is he keeping from her? Can her ex partner Ian save her before it's too late?
This novella contains violence, and sexual situations which may not be recommended for readers under fifteen.

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I received an e-ARC copy of this book for a blog tour, in return of an honest review. Wow, what a remarkable paranormal story with an incredible twist that kept me glued from beginning to end!! I love the characters in this story. This author is very good at capturing her audience and keep us wanting to know more until we realize we have finished the story all together. I can't wait to start reading book number two to find out what happens next!!


Title: Haunted
Series: The Beast Within novellas #2
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 25th December 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Karina has now discovered her abilities, but this only puts her in further danger. With a 600 year old lycanthrope thirsting for her blood, Ian must summon the help of his brother Ronan, the keeper of the Spear of Victory, a treasure sacred to the Tuatha De Danann. Can the two Guardians protect Karina, or will her secret ultimately bring destruction upon them all?

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I received an e-ARC copy of this book for a blog tour in return for an honest review!!! I was totally drawn in and entertained from beginning to end. It's a very fast paced story and very well written. This author has a knack for luring in her audience and binding us to the story and begging to read more. I would most definitely recommend this book to others to read!!


Title: Journey
Series: The Beast Within novellas #3
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 20th September 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Ian has been summoned by the Goddess Danu to the Otherworld, and Karina will not let him go without a fight.
With a Tutha De Danann that is unable to cross water, getting from Australia to Ireland will make for an interesting journey. Supernatural beings, sworn enemies and the full moon are only half of the risk as they try to cross three continents. Drug smuggling, guerrilla kidnapping and lycans on the prowl will hamper their travels.
Davarus, self-proclaimed King of the lycanthropes is building an army and on the move. Danger faces these forbidden lovers at every turn.
Would you travel to the ends of the earth for the one you love?

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I received an e-ARC copy of this book for a blog tour in return for an honest review. I would have to say that this is by far the best one out of the three novellas. I really enjoyed this story a lot. I could feel the love and affections that these characters had for one another. It's of course another fast paced story but I was lured in and had trouble putting the book down once I started it!! It's very well written and the story line was remarkable in this one. I would highly recommend this book to all paranormal romance lovers!!! I can't wait to read more from this amazing author!!


Most of my favorite authors are indie or self-pubbed, what made you decide to go that route?

I did try the traditional publisher route, but unfortunately got knocked back at every turn. My stories have too much of my heart and soul in them to just walk away because someone said no. I usually don’t take no for an answer.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Just how creative I can be and how much my mood reflects the way I write. I find when I’m in a bad mood, I write really aggressively and my action scenes benefit.

Which of your characters are you most like?

I’d have to say Nicola, from The Ivory Series. Some of the crazy antics she gets up to reminds me of myself when I was her age.

Which are you least like?

I guess there is a little of me in all my characters. A slight trait or quirk, but then I overlap it with other people’s personalities.

Do you have a particular writing habit?

Not really and I don’t plan out my stories before I write. I just get in front of my computer and let it all flow.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I think my writing style is similar to Becca Fitzpatrick, pretty easy going and flows naturally. I want readers to feel a part of my story.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I haven’t read too many new authors, but have a lot on my TBR list. From what I have read I do enjoy Brina Courtney. Her writing is very easy and free flowing.

What is the hardest part of your writing?

It can be very lonely, you escape inside your own head at times to sort your characters out and the people around you tend to get neglected.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
I never really thought about how much work goes into writing a book until I actually did it.
First you need an idea, then you need to research the topic, write, re-write, then write some more.
Cover ideas, marketing, publicity, networking, editing, releasing, all while juggling home life!
Writing is not a 9-5 job, it’s a 24 hour one because idea’s will come to you in the strangest of places, so be prepared to work hard.

Describe yourself in three words.

Stubborn, perfectionist, creative.

I know characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite from your books? Of all time?

Oh you can’t make me chose between my babies! Um, I’d have to say Karina from The Beast Within novellas. Her growth from book 1 to book 3 is enormous and she is now really kick arse, which I love.

Any song or songs that could basically sum up the overall mood of your writing?

Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones….lol. I don’t really know.

Do you plot out your books or just freely write them and let the characters tell you what to do next?

My characters tell me what to do. I don’t plot out anything, I may do research along the way, but generally just let my imagination run wild.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider the biggest influence in your writing?

I am a devotee of Anne Rice. Her work is so beautifully descriptive, and she will always be the Queen of vampires.
I recently took part in the Goodreads video chat with her. It was 4am in Australia and got up early to listen to her discuss her writing, she is truly inspirational.

What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I alternate between The Ivory Series and The Beast Within novella’s. They are written in different POV so it clears my head. So book 3 of my vampire books should be out in the coming months. Although Davarus from Journey is plaguing me, he wants his own book and my mind is going crazy with ideas. I am also working on a spin off stand-alone from The Ivory Series, called Fate, The Ivan and Cassidy story. Then I have some YA Greek mythology stories floating around too. 

About the author: Melissa Crowe

I am from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. I have been a lover of Paranormal and strong powerful women all my life and now am lucky enough to put the two together and share it with the world. In 2009 I started writing and have not looked back.

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