Sunday, March 24, 2013

Shooting Stars Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Shooting Stars Synopsis

Once upon a time, a common boy fell in love with a princess. It was a hopeless, forbidden love, grown in a world where sorcery and magic rule over all. Now, dark times are brewing, and destiny will bring them together, while fate works to keep them apart. Extraordinary battles will be fought, and extraordinary choices made. Join the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga for the beginning of a tale of star-crossed lovers and magic, of hope and love and loss, of desperate wishes made on stars.

Book Info

Title: Shooting Stars (A Surah Stormsong Novel #1)
Author: H.D. Gordon
Publisher: ShareAread
Release Date: March 15th, 2013
Formats: E-book
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Cover Artist: Regina Wamba

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My Review

I've had a really hard time putting into words what I feel about Shooting Stars.  I was invited by Sharearead to be included on the beta, and for that I that all of you lovely ladies at Sharearead and the author, H.D. Gordon.

Seriously, I don't think it's possible for H.D. Gordon to write a bad, or even average book.  I've loved each and every work, often for different reasons.  Shooting Stars is no exception.

One of the strongest points of this book are the characters, and ultimately, I think this really is Surah's and Charlie's story - so they better be good characters!  Surah is strong and capable, but born a princess and lived a relatively privileged life.  With her lavender hair, she almost brings to mind a Disney Princess gone wild (although I'd never say it to her face and hope to keep mine intact.)  Charlie is swoon-worthy and has an almost down-home, country music star appeal.  It's tantalizing and touchable; Charlie pulls off sensitive without the pussy ponytail and without bruising his male ego.  Although, his family on the other hand... it's like being the love child of Voldemort or something.  I know, you're saying, "Alana, cryptic much?"

Something must be mentioned about Samson.  I adore that tiger, so much.  I imagine it's practically every girl's dream to have some lovely tiger to be a companion and protect us... or is was that just me?  I didn't want some stinkin' pony- give me my tiger!  Samson himself is such a vivid character which really took me by surprise.  He wasn't there just to be cute and fierce, oh, no, there is a story there that does not get swept under the carpet!  I loved that even the seeming side characters are fully explored and even handed the story reins a bit. 

Overall, it's a slow burn romance, so super spicy this is not, but still has those melt-your-heart moments with hearts in your eyes while reading.  Like the song, Oh, that song!  *Sigh*

It really has a little something for everyone, I think.  Magic, death, love, demons, prison, tigers, blood, guitar... everything you'd need for a fabulous book date!  Fear not, if you were concerned about not having read Gordon's previous Alexa Montgomery series.  While Surah is first introduced in that series, it's more like a richer back story rather than required prior reading.  (But really, all of Gordon's books are more than worth the read!)

Overall, I loved it.  I'm eager to read more about Surah and Charlie, and hope that there might be a happily-ever-after in the works for them.

My Favorite Quotes...

"She was the girl who walked his dreams, who had walked them since he had just been a boy. 

And now he had to lie to her.  To protect both of them.  He had to lie to her."

"Then a thought came, and it was only one word, a name actually, but it was clear as Sunday morning.


"Maybe I should tell Samson to bite you," she said.  Her head turned to the side again.  "He likes dark meat, you know."

"The tiger stood over by the window, his head lowered and teeth bared in a silent growl, amber eyes glowing the dark room.  And pinned between him and the wall, holding himself impresively still, was Charlie Redmine.

Surah's first coherent thought was, Speak of the devil."

"I gave you an inch, and your took way more than a mile."

"More than the moon loves the night and the sun loves the day."

Early praise for the author

“From the very first sentence the author has you hooked and wanting to read more.”

Tt ~Goodreads

“This debut novel from H.D. Gordon has everything what I love in ya. Romance, suspense,
action, kick ass heroine and of course smokin hot Kayden. I loved every moment of this book
and I found it extremely difficult to put down. “

Patrycja ~ Goodreads

“She keeps the reader's attention throughout the novel with unique twists in the ever
unfolding plot.”

Tiffany {A Purrfect Read} ~Goodreads

Blood Warrior has one of the best Chapter One opening and ending I’ve ever read.

Cecilia Robert ~ Goodreads

About the Author

H. D. Gordon is the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held a spot in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for over a month. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series and H. D. plans to complete Alexa's tales by the end of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released as well. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.

You can follow H.D. Gordon at:

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The Alexa Montgomery Saga

Blood Warrior:

When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced
to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that
she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is
thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her
as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa's instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

My Review

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Half Black Soul:

In the past few weeks Alexa Montgomery has had her entire world flipped upside down. She's gone from living a semi-normal teenage life to a life full of vampires and werewolves who all expect her to deliver them from the control of an evil dictator.

Alexa is the last of her kind; a Sun Warrior, and now she has left the safety of Two Rivers to search for her mother, but she's left her sister behind to do so, and Nelly is the one person that she was told that she must always protect. Kayden, a vampire who is Alexa's other half, has followed her on her journey. But, secrets are about to come out, relationships will break and danger lies just up ahead. Will Alexa be able to get through all of this and make it out alive? And, will she be able to protect Nelly from danger when she is so far away?

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The Rise:

The supernatural world in which Alexa Montgomery has found herself is on
the brink of war. She is charged with the task of raising an army, defeating an
evil dictator, and struggling to contain the bloodthirsty monster that lives
within her.

These are things Alexa can handle, but when the person she loves most in the
world takes a turn for the worst, Alexa's loyalty and determination will be tested in the most horrifying of ways. Will she be able to rise to the challenge, or will her love for her sister kill her once and for all?

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The final test is here. The war is no longer a worry of tomorrow, but a reality of today. Turning back is no longer an option. Maybe it never was. It is time for Alexa Montgomery to look fate in the eyes. Death waits there for certain.

The only question is... for who?

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Other Books by H.D. Gordon:

 From the author of the Alexa Montgomery Saga, comes a book that will take
you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people,
and the world of a very special girl named Joe.

Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But
in between these activities Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color
to her life at any given moment. Joe sees things before they happen. Bad things, and the worst thing she has ever faced is just around the corner. Someone is planning a massacre at the college university that Joe attends, and the only person with a hope of stopping the psychopath is her.

Oh, the beauty of foresight. More like a curse. Joe has four days to figure out the mystery, make
plans to take down the psycho, and save the lives of people. People like you and me. Ordinary

Praise for this Title

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"...was glued to this book, all the way to the very climatic end. ”

Literary Vixen

“ I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspenseful thrillers with a touch of the
paranormal on the side. ”

A Goddess of Literature

“ Anyway, this story is told from the POV of JOE, and a third person POV of several more
characters. ”

Vanya Petkova

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