Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Darkness Shifting by Sarah L. Blair

Hey guys! I come bearing gifts... well author Sarah L. Blair does with her book, Darkness Shifting being on sale at Amazon right now (digital copy)!  

I am delighted that I have the opportunity to share with you an expert from the book to tempt you even further into adding a new collection to you library! 

Darkness Shifting is the first book in the Tides of Darkness series, and came out summer 2016. The genre of the book is paranormal/ fantasy which personally immediately intrigues me because that's my favourite genre! If you're not super open to the genre, the price is so great that I'm sure you can be persuaded!

A synopsis for the book ~

Paranormal Investigator, Sidney Lake doesnt jump at shadows. The weird stuff is her jurisdiction. When the mangled body of a supposedly extinct creature turns up in New York Citys subway system, shes number one on the Medical Examiners speed dial.

But this case hits too close to home when clues point her toward the truth about her parentsbrutal murder twelve years ago. Her boss Mitchell Harris, questions whether she should continue to investigate. However, Sidney insists on facing her greatest fears and putting her parentsmemory to rest once and for all.

What she uncovers sheds a light on secrets that reach further into the darkness than she ever wanted to goand leads her to a future she never imagined.


I think this already sounds so gripping and interesting; particularly the fact that the protagonist, Sidney, is a Paranormal Investigator... that's so COOL! It kind of reminds my of my favourite series, Supernatural, which I'm totally down for, I'm already in. 

The author, Sarah, studied creative writing at university in Tennessee, but interestingly travelled to Wales, Bath and Glastonbury where she discovered myths and legends to inspire her. It's clear to see from the expert below, that this travelling is evident in the story which is something I really admire as I'd like to do it one day too. 

Below is an excerpt from the book, which I really hope you read it as it deserves to be read!

A door at the back of the room next to the fireplace opened before Mitch could answer. The man who emerged wasnt quite as tall as Mitch, but as soon as he stepped through the door, his presence seemed to expand to fill the enormous space.

Sidney didnt need to be introduced. It was very clear who this man was.
At first glance, his shoulder length hair was jet black, but when he stepped into the light it picked up gold and orange tones from the fire and she saw that it was actually a very dark brown. It reminded her of pure chocolate falling in loose waves around his square face, ending in stark contrast with the edge of his pristine, white collar.

His eyes were the same dark liquid brown as his hair. She could tell the second she met his gaze that this man didnt feel the need to impress anyone. His deep set eyes were soft, holding a hint of amusement, as if he didnt have to think about what she might do or say because he already knew.

I apologize for the wait. Mitchell, its good to see you again.The voice that came out of his mouth was unexpected and familiar at the same time. It sounded British, but it was more rugged than the Queens English.

In all her years at boarding school in the UK, she hadnt heard anything like it. It held lilting notes of Welsh, but there were gruff hints of a Highland brogue in there as well. She recalled hearing it at one point in the hospital, but she didnt remember actually meeting him.

The men shook hands as if theyd been pals in grade school.
Sidney stayed behind Mitch, not wanting to draw attention to herself. She could see Dimitrius better up close and noticed that his nose had the smallest rise along the middle of the bridge; it hadnt healed properly after a break. A slight cleft cut through his chin. He had a ragged scar at the edge of his hairline, and another one on the left side of his neck below his ear that disappeared under the back of his collar.

The top two buttons of his shirt had been left undone, as if he intended to draw her gaze downward. He wasnt wearing an undershirt, so it was easy to see the outline of his well-toned chest and the tarnished silver pendant that rested right below the dip of his collarbone, tied to his neck with a narrow leather strap. It was some kind of old coin or a stamped crest.

Now that he was even closer, the scent evolved into something more distinct; Sidney picked out the smell of horses, sweat, blood, even the smoky flavor of fire and pitch.


He smelled like a warrior.

Ms. Lake, at last we meet.That voice again, softer and gentler than what a battle-hardened warrior should sound like. She wanted to curl up and listen to him read page after page of Internet search results. “Ive heard wonderful things about you.

“Im sure the chief was exaggerating.It was like being sucked into a whirlpool and Mitch had suddenly become her safety net. Knowing he was right there with the line of his body pressed against hers made her feel more grounded.

On the contrary…“Dimitrius gave her an unabashed head-to-toe assessment. He offered his hand. She didnt want to take it, but she couldnt be rude.

She returned the handshake much more firmly than shed done with his assistant. It was the same grip she used to make Williams go weak in the knees and beg for mercy when she was mad at him.
It had no effect whatsoever on Dimitrius. Instead, she felt what could only be described as electricity, an actual current running between them where their skin touched. His eyes narrowed, and she wondered if he felt it too.

He hasnt done you justice at all,he said. Dimitrius Arturus Roman, at your service.
He leaned forward at the waist and raised her hand toward his mouth, keeping his eyes locked on hers. A whisper of something brushed across her fingers, like an invisible string wrapping around her hand, curling its way up her wrist. She felt his pulse in her palm, saw it throbbing at his neck millimeters from the edge of the scar. She wanted to lick her tongue over it to find out if he tasted as good as he smelled.

That last thought brought her back to herself. She jerked her hand away before he could touch his lips to her skin. It all happened in an instant. Dimitrius stood there, tilted forward holding nothing but air.

OOoo. This seems like it may have all the things I love; action, paranormal, romance. The writing is so readable and gripping, I'm definetely going to purchase the book so I can submerge myself into this intriguing world! Hopefully it sparked interesting in you too and I've allowed you to find a new book to read and obsess over! 

Here are all the details and places that you can buy/find the book. Do so soon though as I don't know how long the awesome deal will last! 

Union Ave Books, Knoxville, TN: http://unionavebooks.com/

Author Sarah L. Blair's contact details can be found below incase you wanted to find out any more about her and her book! 

Twitter: @SarahLBlair
Website: http://www.sarahlblair.com

I have a new post coming soon, now that I have my new laptop, I'm becoming much more organised so hopefully this blog will truly be up and running...

Thank you for reading this far, and thanks to Sarah and also Jen from Happy Lil Book Nook ( http://www.happylilbooknook.com/for sending me all the info to write this post! 

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