Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Embraced by Rebecca Royce: Author Guest Post

I am so excited to have Rebecca Royce back here on the blog for a second time, I have enjoyed following her writing over the last year and think you will love her too!

About the Author:

 As a teenager, Rebecca would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was worth it.

She is the mother of three adorable boys and she is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She is in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. She loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In her world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

Visit Rebecca's Blog HERE

About the Book:

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy Romance
Series: The Conditioned Book II
Heat Level: 3
71,000 words

Benedicte Lavelle is a single father raising two small daughters. When his neighbors put him in charge of handling the haunting that plagues their neighborhood, he has no choice but to use disreputable means in order to bring in a Conditioned ghost hunter to help with their problem. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the young woman who arrives at his house in chains. He doesn’t expect to have his entire life thrown into upheaval when she is snatched away.

Conditioned prisoner Seven-Two-Four has never had a name. She cannot read, and is scheduled to die as soon as she is returned to the Institution. The Conditioned are not considered human, but Seven can see ghost energy and she can love Ben like no one ever has before.

When fate takes Seven from Ben’s arms, can he move on and find a new purpose in life or will he be forever trapped by the need to rescue those like his lost love?

Book Excerpt:

“Does it take this much out of you every time you do it?”

“No.” She raised a dainty hand to rub at her eyes. “I was already tired. I shouldn’t have attempted it. I wanted to give you the services you’re entitled to. I don’t want to fail at this job. Not right before my death.”

His stomach turned at the thought. She didn’t know how old she was, but in his mind she couldn’t be more than thirty, and maybe she was even younger.

“I don’t want you doing anything that might cause you pain. I’m responsible for your welfare.”

She nodded, her blue eyes sad as they looked at him. “Okay, sir.”

“Ben. Please call me Ben.”

“I can’t do that.”

He rubbed her hair out of her eyes. “You can. What can I get you? Water? Food?”

“I know it’s very early but I really need some sleep. I’d rather save my meal for tomorrow, if that’s okay?”

His heart broke every time she spoke about her expectations. “Seven, listen to me. While you’re here I’m going to feed you three meals a day. Maybe a snack too, if you want one. I’m in charge, right? You have to do what I tell you, and I’m informing you that despite what Madame says, you will eat a lot here.”

The smallest smile formed on her lips. “Really? I don’t want you to get into trouble.”

He helped her sit up, feeling sorry he had to let her go at all. She was a young woman—and he didn’t care who disagreed, she was, in fact a woman and not an it—and she was in his home. Ben was responsible for her well-being. God help anyone who told him how he was going to care for someone who lived within his walls. No one would abuse her here.

“I won’t get into trouble. I’m a lawyer. You can trust me to know what I can do within the law.” He stood up. “You’re welcome to go to bed. I’d also be glad to feed you.”

“Where should I sleep?” She looked down on the floor and he followed her gaze. Suddenly, he understood what she thought.

“Not on the floor. No way.” He extended his hand and was relieved when she took it. “We have beds in this house. You’ll use one.”

“Thank you.”

The simplicity of her gratefulness made him stop in his tracks. Who might this woman have been if she’d not been Conditioned?

 Author Guest Post:

I love the name of this blog. I like to think that everyday in my life is an adventure, even if it just involves getting my children to their various activities and trying to stay on top of the to-do list.  But that’s life, isn’t it? It’s the little things that take up our days and form a lifetime of memories. 

If we’re lucky, we get to insert some cool things into the mix of our day-to-day life.  Like, for example, weddings, births, and travel.  Those are the things that give us something to look forward to. 

But, what if someone could take your memories?  In the world of the Embraced, the Conditioned are capable of doing all kinds of things that could be detrimental to humanity. However, it is never clear that they actually will do these things.  Instead, they are locked away to keep everyone else safe, their very human rights denied to them. 

Thinking about this, even in a world I created, is enough to make me shiver.  I think I’ll take some time today to appreciate the small adventures of my life.  I really do need to reorganize my closet.  And I’m lucky to be able to do so.

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