July 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Birthright (The Dark Gifts #1) - Guest Post

Birthright (The Dark Gifts #1) by AUTHOR
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: March 2, 2011
Buy Links:

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Book Description:

For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. 

This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control.

Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into an ancient war between rival vampire factions. She must choose between those she loves and the ever-present darkness attempting to devour her very soul.

Only one question remains: Will Liz claim her birthright or surrender to the dark gift?

One choice.

One chance.

Two destinies.

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Monster Love

I am frequently asked for my thoughts on so-called monsters playing the role of the good guy. Personally that's my favorite hero. One I can't resist. (Ever)

The essence of a good monster: Having just enough redeeming qualities to be appealing, regardless of glaring faults and monsterdom.

Who are some of the monsters we hate to love? Well of course Edward C. would be in the top five. There's another Edward on that list as well. Edward Scissorhands. Who couldn't love him? Dracula? Blade? Cole from Charmed? What about Damon from Vampire Diaries, or the Jake from Secret Circle? Let's throw in one more for fun. The Hulk.

Now let's take a look at what makes them monsters.

Are they Human?

Not usually.

Are they dangerous?


Can they kill you?


Would they?

Quite possibly.

So why do we like them so much?

Well that's not so difficult to figure out. They are all extremely good looking. Even the big green Hulk with his bulging muscles has some sex appeal. In addition, they have a love/hate relationship with their inner desires. (Dracula not so much, but his love for Mina transcends his thirst for blood.)

Woman are generally fixers. Nothing peaks your interest as much as a handsome, mysterious stranger in need of saving. A tortured soul in need of that one true love to set him free from his demons...

Let's face it, we all want to be the heroine of the story. Right? When you fantasize do you see yourself as the quiet wallflower that can't get a date, or rather, the kick-butt heroine who saves the world?

A good monster, the very best monster, is one with the ability to make you cringe in fear while at the same time creating the desire to hold him close and make his troubles disappear.

I am a monster lover, and regardless of other people's opinions I will be one for the rest of my life. Go team Damon! :D

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Author Bio:

Willow Cross resides in Arkansas with her husband, two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a scaredy-cat dog named Tank. Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost, and a few of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

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