Jan 24, 2013

Book Tour Review & Giveaway: The Vrykolakas Deviation by Sherri Lackey




I'd like to thank Sherri Lackey for her guest post today! I'm so excited to learn about your writing goals for this year.
After reading the guest post, please check out the book blurb, review & author information.

GIVEAWAY!!

Sherri will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.

Writing Goals for 2013

My first priority for 2013 is publishing the second book in my Narcissus Legacy series which is titled The Darkness Below. It introduces a new character named Kaie, Keeva and Severin’s daughter. The story begins approximately twenty years after the closing scene of The Vrykolakas Deviation. Kaie becomes trapped in a dark realm known as Subtenna which is inhabited by dark elves, carnivorous creatures, and something long hidden in the depths below the surface. One particular phrase haunts her - What is born or brought to the Belows must stay.
I have two more books planned for the series. The third is tentatively titled The Darkness Within and I don’t have a title for the fourth book yet. The third book will pick up with the story of Connor, Keeva and Severin’s son, who is introduced in the first book as a baby. Connor changes into something which is entirely a weapon of destruction. Saving him from himself will take an enormous effort on the part of his family. The fourth book will introduce Lyric, Kaie’s daughter, who is a nymph - I think. It’s still very much a work in progress. Lyric is probably the most well adjusted character in the entire series. She takes everything in stride even when the situation is looking bleak.
My plan is to publish the second book, The Darkness Below, no later than August. I will continue to work on the two remaining books, but I intend to take a short detour after the second book is out. I have another book that I want to introduce which has nothing to do with the Narcissus Legacy series. The book is titled The Architects of Paradise and I plan to have it out by 2014. It is science fiction instead of fantasy like the Narcissus Legacy series. It will tell the story of a young girl named Adina who appears to be like any other ten year old girl until the day Earth is invaded by a hostile alien group known as the Architects. All the inhabitants of Earth become enslaved to the Architects, except for Adina, the Architects have other plans for her. She is taken to the planet known as Paradise. She is the first non-Paradesian ever allowed to live on the planet. For that reason she is disliked by many. As she approaches adulthood, the Architects try to exert more control over her destiny. She tries to resist them as best she can, but is unable to in the end. Or does she?
Those are my writing goals for 2013. I think they will keep me busy the entire year and probably a few years to come. Thanks for having me here today! 


BLURB:


Keeva lives her life on the run, changing identities and personas. She is running from monsters she has never seen - vrykolakes, vampire creatures her father, Sandor, has told her stories about all her life. She had almost convinced herself that these monsters had all died in a volcano eruption on the island of Strongili long ago. But when a vrykolakas named Severin kills Mandy, her best friend, she discovers the vrykolakes are alive and well. Keeva knows about Severin from her father’s stories, and her first impulse is to kill him and rid the world of the evil vrykolakas. She feels drawn to him however, and takes him prisoner. She hopes to better understand the vrykolakes and perhaps better understand herself. She is over two thousand years old. She doesn't know who or what she is, but she wants to find out. In order to do that, she has to discover her past. Severin might be the place to start looking for a connection to the past. Or, he could be the worst mistake Keeva has ever made.

My Review:

The Vrykolakas Deviation is the first book in the Narcissus Legacy Series. The book describes the life of Keeva, who is over 2000 years old.  Keeva's character struggles with depressive episodes associated with her feelings of emptiness.  She is reluctant to form attachments to humans as she knows she will outlive them.  One night, she meet Severin and everything changes.

Lackey takes the reader into the heart of the Vrykolakas culture.  I really enjoyed learning the details about Keeva's family's past and ancestry.  I do wish to know more about Keeva's emerging powers.   My only criticism is The Vrykolakas Deviation is written as a journal.  I prefer a writing style with more dialogue between characters.  I do hope others take the opportunity to read this book.  I think you will enjoy the journey.


I was provided a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sherri Lackey, born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, now lives in Montana where the cold northern climate inspires her to write. She writes science fiction and fantasy with dashes of speculative fiction, a pinch of steampunk, and a touch of urban fantasy. She lives with her husband, Paul, and their three children. She also has a faithful dog named Raymond who likes to sit by her side while she writes.


http://sherrilackey.com                       TWITTER

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26 comments:

  1. I'll have to start reading the book on the weekend looking forward to finaly finding out the rest of the story!

    lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

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  2. You are going to be busy. Do you find that promoting takes up a lot of your time?

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. Great review! Ilovethis genre, and this book sounds great! Jbandy8233 AT gmail DOT com

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  4. Sounds like a good read and the cover! I love it! :)

    anne.j2 (at) gmail.com

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    1. Thanks! My daughter designed the cover.

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  5. Hello! Thanks for letting me guest post on your blog today!

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    1. Thanks for allowing me to be part of your tour. I enjoyed your guest post!

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  6. How do you come up with the names? I love the name Lyric.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. Great review! You plan to write a sequel, right? Will it be still about Keeva?

    galaschick78 at gmail dot com

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  8. Wonderful review :)
    Was there a reason you decide to write the book like a journal?

    emiliana25(at)web(dot)de

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    1. Yes. I had never done that before and wanted to give it a try. :)The second book in the series will be a little different, containing journal entries at the beginning of each chapter but the story itself is told in third person.

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  9. Very nice review, the world building is impressive.

    lennascloud(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Great post! I'm looking forward to read Connor's story!

    moonsurfer123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yay! I'm glad to hear that. His story will be the third book in the series but you'll get a taste of the third book's plot in the second book.

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  11. Great post. I am setting goals for sure this year ;)Good luck on your tour.

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  12. Wonderful review! Very cool cover!

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  13. I hope the second book has more dialogues and you enjoy it even more!

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    1. The second book will be in third person and yes, have more dialogue. :)

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway!

    gteitelman at yahoo dot com

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  15. Sounds like a great read. Adding it to my to read list. Thanks!
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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