Special Attraction Tour: Review & interview!
(Giveaway at the end of post)
Special Offers (Coursodon Dimension #1) by M. L Ryan
Hailey Parrish is quick-witted, irreverent, and hasn’t had a date in three years. She only wanted an eBook reader because her collection of paperbacks threatened to take over her small living space. Little did she know that the "special offers" that prompted the purchase included much more than a reduced price in exchange for a few ads. The device came pre-loaded with the essence of Sebastian Kess, an erudite womanizer with magical abilities from a parallel dimension. When she inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined. And soon her predicament introduces her to yet another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland. Can Alex and Hailey find a way to return Sebastian to his own body, stay one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is, and not lose their sense of humor?
*No major spoilers*
There were a lot of things I liked about Special Offers. First of all I loved the storyline. It was so original and not like anything I've heard before, hence why I felt that I had to read this book and it did not dissappoint. A man in a kindle is not something you hear about every day. First impression when you start the book is that it'll be a relatively "normal" story, following Hailey in her daily routines with her job and home and of couse her book hoarding, but as you get further there's magic and people from other dimensions adding something paranormal to Hailey's life. As the main character I really enjoyed Hailey. Her being a book hoarder is something I can definitely relate to and also her getting a kindle to (maybe) replace all the paperbacks, but as it turns out her kindle came with a man, Sebastian. One of the reason I really liked following Hailey as a main character was that upon first finding out that she had a man inside her body and being introduced to this whole new world with magic and what not she didn't freak out or anything and she
decided to help even though she may not know exactly what she was in for. There was no whining or anything. She's also quirky and just really fun. The humor in the book will make you laugh many times.
Sebastian the guy inside Hailey was probably also one of my favorite characters in the book. He was so much fun and I loved his and Hailey's banter that went on.
Alex was just so sweet from the start, well almost, with the calls he made to Hailey he wasn't thát sweet as when he showed up in person. But when he was there I liked his and Hailey's chemestry and of course knew that these two would have to get together at some point. Yet the romance did not overshadow the real purpose of their "mission" I would call it. I liked that it wasn't in focus all the time with everything else going on. I also felt that Hailey and Alex really got to know eachother before anything happened. It wasn't something instant that just happened like that, but took its time while they went through with working on getting Sebastian back to his body.
I thought the book's pace was fast and wasn't slowed down with irrelevant information about, as an example, their travels, or describing multiple days where not a lot happened, I was glad that it wasn't the case and were skipped in order to fit in the important things and also the romance between Hailey and Alex.
I liked the author's way of writing, kept the story interesting throughout.
My favorite part about this book really was the storyline. I just love the idea. Everything goes from being normal to changing so fast and suddenly Hailey is dragged into this magical world. Hailey's humor made it very enjoyable since she was an easy and fun maincharacter to follow.
About the author:
M.L. Ryan is a professional woman - which is not to say that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job that reflects her one-time reluctance to leave school and get "real" work – and she spends a lot of time in that profession reading highly technical material.
She has many stories rolling around in her head, and she finally decided to write some of them. She prefers literature that isn’t saddled with excruciating symbolism, ponderous dialogue or worldly implications. She also doesn’t like plots so reliant on love at first sight that it makes her feel like her head might implode.
She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and teenage son, four cats, two dogs and an adopted desert tortoise.
Interview with M. L Ryan:
* M. L Ryan
Hello M. L. Ryan, welcome to Booksane.
1. Where did your inspiration for your books come from?
I had just purchased my full-priced Kindle when I realized Amazon was selling less expensive versions that came with “special offers” (ads instead of the pretty drawings). I thought it would be amusing if what made the cheaper Kindles special was that they came with some fiendish spirit. Originally, I imagined something like a havoc-wrecking poltergeist, but that quickly changed into the annoying, yet ingratiating, Sebastian.
2. What was the hardest part, you think, of writing your books?
Finding the time to write! I have a day job, which limits my writing time to nights and weekends.
3. Did you learn anything surprising in creating your books?
The most surprising thing to me was that I could do it. It’s easy to say you want to write a book, it’s even easy to start writing one. But it’s hard work to actually finish something that you are proud of.
4. What has been your favorite part to write?
I love writing Hailey’s dream sequences. It’s almost like free-association sometimes and I try to make them as bizarre as possible.
5. How do you feel about good vs. bad reviews?
I adore good reviews (obviously) and I don’t mind bad ones as long as they are fair. A reasonable “bad” review can be quite enlightening and helpful.
6. What 2 or more books do you think is a must read?
The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire) by Clay and Susan Griffith. It’s the first in a series, and while the other two are good, I absolutely love this one!
Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Mystery series.
7. Who is your favorite author?
I never miss a book by Ilona Andrews.
8. Describe yourself in three words.
Irreverent, intelligent and short.
9. Something to add?
Thanks for hosting this stop!
Thanks so much!
Book three in the Coursodon Dimension series is out!
Special Attraction (Coursodon Dimension #3) by M. L Ryan
Publication Date: December 15, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy (18+; There is some adult language and sexual situations)
The weirdness continues….Thanks to a magical transplant from an inter-dimensional enforcer, Hailey Parrish can transform into a hawk. When someone begins dismembering hikers along the Appalachian Trail, the enforcers make use of her feathery talents to pursue the killer. Unfortunately, like most things in Hailey’s life, there is nothing ordinary about the assignment. Their target turns out to be maddeningly elusive, they rescue a stray dog that makes a sewage treatment plant seem pleasantly fragrant, and stopping the murders turns out to be the least of their worries. Special Attraction, the third book in the Coursodon Dimension series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.