Today, we have Forever Man stopping by with excerpts (yes, that’s with an ‘S’) and a review from me. Thank you to Enchanted Book Promotions for hosting this tour and giving me the chance to review this novel. Read away!
About Forever Man
Title: Forever Man
Author: January Bain
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
What if you had been given the gift of healing and could save those you loved? And furthermore, discovered you could save the one you love from a vampire’s kiss. There is a catch; of course, the cost of such a healing could mean your own death…
Ellie Hightower is discovering such gifts in the novel, Forever Man by January Bain. She is telepathic, young and bright and has been running from these new found gifts all the way to Nome, Alaska where she encounters the man of her dreams, Mike Stone and an ancient evil force out to take him away from her. Will having goodness and light on her side be enough to save them from Katrianna, a newly resurrected vampire that looks to enslave Mike in her nefarious web?
To find out the truth you will need to read, Forever Man, the first in the FOREVER SERIES by January Bain.
Pure evil waited, hushed and cold in the perfect darkness. The steady drip, drip on the coffin lid above was soundless next to the crashing waves of the sea. But the creature within was aware and knew what the substance was: life-giving nourishment.
The blood was pooling, seeking a way into any tiny fissure that it could search out with thin hungry fingers. The resurrection was painstaking. Each life-giving drop dripped onto the needy beast which absorbed each molecule like a monstrous sponge as it built up, layer by layer. The vampire waited patiently—certain of its imminent resurrection.
After all, it had already waited centuries, what were a few more hours to recover what had been lost.
While I waited for her to return I looked out the window, admiring the view of snow-peaked mountains when I heard the screeching of brakes and a thud, then realized someone had hit a dog with a half ton truck right in front of the restaurant. The driver, a young woman in obvious distress, jumped out and cradled the animal’s head in her lap. In an instant I turned and rushed for the stairs, taking them two at a time.
As I reached the woman she looked up at me with stark pleading in her eyes. “I didn’t see him! Please, I need help!”
Crouching down beside them, I carefully laid my hands on the whimpering dog. It looked like a husky, probably a sled dog. He or she was still breathing, but it was labored and loud. I could also see blood on its soft white fur. My heart instantly melted and reached out to the poor creature with its pain-filled, whiskey-brown eyes that seemed to beg me to do something. Despite the gut-wrenching plea, I felt helpless, sheer happenstance had brought this poor animal to this end and I had no power to save it from its fate.
Hesitantly, I reached my hands out and laid them on the poor dog’s head and its eyes seemed to tell me that it knew its fate. Tears flowed and the image of the dog blurred. I felt its pain as my own as I closed my eyes in sheer anguish.
Please God, let this beautiful creature be okay. Suddenly, something came alive inside me like a dam bursting its banks, and a great tidal wave of energy flowed through me from my very core. It was so strong it made me shake and my legs, cramping in the crouch, almost gave way.
A surge of pure power seemed to drive through my hands into the dog as I concentrated my thoughts on it and then all I could see and feel was hot, white light surrounding me for a few brief incredibly thrilling seconds. The light blinded me, its power as strong as the noonday sun. A sense of pure aliveness electrified me, as if I was at the pinnacle of my strength and could rise up and fill the world with goodness and healing. Then, just as suddenly, the floodgates in my mind closed and the white hot energy retreated back into my hands that began to shake violently with the excess energy.
The sensation left as abruptly as it had come and I fell back exhausted from the effort. The dog whimpered, shook itself and sat up. It looked at the two of us as if nothing had happened, its brown eyes shining and its tail wagging as if it didn’t even remember the last few minutes of its life.
The woman, her eyes huge in her round face, looked at me with complete wonder. “How could this be? One minute I thought it was dying, then you came along and now it’s up and fine? It doesn’t make any sense.” The woman shook her head, unwilling to believe her own eyes.
I knew exactly what she meant. Under the sense of complete exhaustion I was now aware of lurked the feeling that the world had slid sideways and then realigned itself in a new configuration.
Standing up, I felt immediately light-headed and woozy and stumbled forward from severe vertigo, catching myself from falling just in time.
“I don’t know—I guess it wasn’t—as hurt as you thought—it must have just been stunned.” I tried to put a sensible spin on recent events, my tongue feeling wooden and clumsy in my mouth. My slurred words made me sound drunk or slow I realized from a muddled distance, my voice echoing in my head.
“But didn’t you see the bright light just before the dog got up?” The woman was not to be deterred from her new sense of wonder.
I knew I had to get away, but an overwhelming sense of fatigue was slowing down my reaction time and was it was like being forced to move in deep, heavy water.
“Who are you?” The woman asked, her tone blunted by suspicion now.
Oh my, I can’t wait for the whole series! This is such a breezy read, I finished it in one night. Really, I have yet to find a book from all these book tours I signed up for that sucks. The characters were endearing. I love my plucky heroines though Ellie might have been a little bit pluckier than the next girl. She loves and talks to her dead grandma, always thinking of her. She believes in luck and superstitions and is just so kind. Especially Julie! That girl is sunshine personified. Sometimes you just want to read a book where characters are baggage-free and are just regular blokes. Not that Ellie being a healer is normal but their personalities are normal. Mike, oh Mike. Like Ellie said, it’s so nice and refreshing to meet a kind and kind-hearted guy, hot and gorgeous to boot, who freely expresses what he feels. I mean, sometimes you just can’t help but love open-books. Of course, there’s that girl Lila who’s relegated to the girl pining over the guy, who is harmless by all means. Overall, this was an easy read and I will be glad to read and review the next book in the series.
The novel was nicely written, full of descriptions and all. It shows and it also tells, which makes any book worth reading. What I hate the most is treating your readers as if they’re idiots and telling them what they need to know and not showing them. You might just get put off at Ellie’s excessive brightness at first since this is written in her point of view. But I do think it is realistic as I also talk to myself like that. Not out loud but I usually give myself silent pep talks and all that. The novel took its time to introduce us to characters and to the setting and to the attraction between Ellie and Mike before setting up the conflict. I am usually a fan of the smack-me-down-in-conflict-right-away style but since the introduction here was actually entertaining and breezy, I didn’t mind it at all. Give me a Silas Marner introduction and we will have words, novel, we will. So that’s it! I recommend this to anyone finding a fine, fast read. A romance with paranormal and supernatural elements. A heroine who can read minds and is a healer. A guy who is just too sweet for words. Jump in and read the book!
Anyway, I am actually in class right now and I will update this post later for a meatier review. Sorry!
My Rating: 3/5 stars
About January Bain
January Bain hails from Ashern, Manitoba, Canada. Married to the love of her life, her husband Don, she has combined her love of romance with her interest in the paranormal and vampires to produce the FOREVER SERIES of books. She teaches English and Computer courses during the day, and writes at night and in very spare moment she has. She hopes to touch your heart with this first book in the series, Forever Man and would very much enjoy hearing from her readers.www.januarybain.ca
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