Monday, April 2, 2012

Rise From Darkness Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on this tour brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours. I have a guest post and review for you to check out today.

Book: Rise From Darkness
Author: Ciara Knight
Series: Book One Of Battle of the Souls
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre:Young Adult Paranormal
Rating: 3 Stars

I am happy to have Ciara Knight the author of Rise from Darkness guest posting with me today. See the great post below it is a delted scene from the book. The author also tells us why she cut the scene and I totally agree with her. I hope you enjoy it.

Guest Post

Cut scenes might be painful but a necessity. I shared a scene that was cut from Rise from Darkness yesterday at My Neurotic Book Affair. Today, I’m going to share one more scene. There are a few reasons I cut this. I’m sure you can guess one if you read yesterday’s post.

Bruce clutched a whiskey bottle wrapped in brown paper in one hand and his nine millimeter Glock in the other. He raised the bottle to his lips out of habit. Crouched down behind a dumpster in a dirty alley he stared at both objects. With a round already chambered it would be easy to pull the trigger, ending all his misery and suffering. Instead, the bottle raised again, his lips parted and the smooth liquid glided down his throat.
            A moment of shameful pleasure distracted him. Thump. He jerked his head upward spilling the precious caramel liquid down his shirt. An apartment window high above had been shut. Cursing he wiped his mouth with his sleeve and threw the empty bottle against the opposing wall. He knew better than to let his guard down. It would only take a second for the demon he now hunted to shred him to pieces.
            He’d like to say the night had been uneventful. It hadn’t. Taunts from the demon earlier this evening still haunted him.
“Your daughter is so delicious; I can’t wait to sink my teeth into her.” The dark grey figure had called out when it morphed in and out of demon form, concealing itself in a human body around the city streets. “As long as you are close to her she will always be in danger.”
A shudder ripped through him at the memory.
            Gradually the mocking voice faded when a ray of light shone through the buildings and with the morning brought the end of his demon hunt. From past experience, he knew the demon would be long gone at first morning light and relaxed back against the wall and pulled an old photo form his worn jeans.
            He gently pressed his lips against the picture, “I love you my darling.” Tears streamed down his face as he lifted the gun to his temple. “I can’t do this anymore. I-I can’t live without you.”
            Shhh, be calm. I will always be with you.
Bruce shut his eyes and concentrated on her voice. He didn’t care if it was an alcohol induced hallucination or not. The scent of fresh picked apples filled the air. The rank of the garbage and piss had been replaced by her inviting scent. Reaching out he could see her and feel her close to him.
            The gun dropped to the ground as he surrendered to her. “My love, please take me, don’t leave me here.”
            Gaby needs you. You must be strong.
            “I’m broken and weak. I’m nothing without you.”
            All is not what it seems. Be strong my love. I will always be with you.
            “Don’t go; p-please stay with me.” He pleaded but it was too late. Dropping his head in his hands he convulsed from the pain and sorrow of losing his beloved wife.

Of course, the main reason this scene to be cut is because it is an additional point of view that wasn’t necessary in the book. Also, this scene starts off with past events. I would have edited this to show what happened instead of telling the reader about it.
The main reason that I struggled with this scene was because I wanted to show the emotional impact Bruce’s alcoholism had on his daughter Gaby, the heroine of the story. Then I realized his issues needed to be shown through her eyes. This isn’t a book about feeling sorry for a broken man who lost his wife. It is a book about a sixteen-year-old girl that struggles with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism. She is in search of healing her own demons. Unfortunately, she had no idea they were walking, breathing, real life creatures. J

My Review
The author has a hit on her hands. The first thing that I loved about this book was the amazing cover the blue and black colors just popped and made me want to read this book. As everyone knows I love angel stories and this one didn't dissappoint. Alex and Gabby have amazing chemistry and made me want them to  have a happy ending. Gabby was a great heroine and I loved how she held it all together with all she had to deal with between her mom's death and her dad's alcholihism. She showed great strength and courage.Oh where do I begin with Alex. Alex is a fallen angel but so much more. He was such a sweet,protective, caring guy. I love how the author eased us into a romance between the two of them instead of jumping straight into it. This story was fast paced with heart pumping action throughout. I love how the author showed us the effects demons can have on people which was evident in Gabby's dad. The author used great metaphors to paint some vivid images for the readers. I  would say that this book is a must read for readers who love angel and demon stories. This is also a great book for romance lovers as there is a great romance in the works with Alex and Gabby. Overall this was a highly enjoyable read.

About the Author and Her Links
Ciara Knight always had a passion for storytelling. At an early age, she wrote several short stories and poems, and in college she started work on her first novel. It wasn’t until late 2008 that she returned to her true passion of writing. Over the past few years she has penned five novels and joined several professional writing organizations to better her craft.
When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.
Ciara is happily married and enjoys family time. She has learned to embrace chaos, which is a requirement when raising three boys, and utilizes the insanity to create stories not of this world including, Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Young Adult Dystopian.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

Thanks for stopping by for this tour stop and to Ciara Knight for the guest post and Bewitching Book Tours for this tour.


Tanya1224 said...

Aww... I liked that part that was cut. I guess authors have to do what they have to do ;) Thanks for sharing.

Ciara said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and review Rise from Darkness.

Thanks, Tanya for stopping in to check it out.

Shy said...

Thanks Tanya for stopping by and Ciara you are more than welome.I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to book two.

Ciara said...

Shy, Yay! It will be released in June. Thanks again!

Shy said...

I can't wait Ciara.

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