Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY — The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover-Swank

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Today we are excited to be a part of the blog tour for Denise Grover Swanks’s The Curse Keepers.  The Curse Keepers is a new adult paranormal romance novel released November 19, 2013 by 47North.

About the Book

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The Curse Keepers
By Denise Grover Swank
Pub Date: 11/19/2013
Genre: NA, Paranormal
Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than 400 years. It’s about to come crashing down.

Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the material realm know what really happened to the colony.

Ellie is one of those descendants—a Curse Keeper. Her father took pains to teach her what he knew of the curse and the responsibilities of its guardians. He taught her that if the two Curse Keepers ever meet, the curse will be lifted, the gate will open, and the raging Native American spirits will be unleashed to seek their revenge.

Despite her father’s seriousness, Ellie has always taken the legend for a harmless fairy tale. Until she meets the darkly handsome, but downright infuriating, Collin Dailey and realizes everything she was told is true. For when they meet, it’s like the air is sucked from the room. Collin’s presence is electrifying… and it’s not just attraction Ellie feels, but the inexorable pull toward her destiny. The prophecy is real, and now Ellie and Collin must battle supernatural forces and their loathing—and passion—for each other to set things right.

The Curse Keepers are all that stand between the world and its destruction.

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My Thoughts

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about guys! I’ve been waiting for a new adult book to come up and grab me like this one did. I had almost given up hope, but when I saw Denise was the author, I knew it would be great.  This author really knows how to build these fantastic worlds and really fun characters.  I was thoroughly engrossed in both.  The other series I read was ya, so I wasn’t sure how I’d enjoy the crossover to na/adult, but I had nothing to worry about; Denise fully captured my attention and left me wanting more.

First of the writing is superb.  The dialogue, especially between Ellie and Claire, is flat out hilarious.  I kept waking my husband up I was giggling so hard.  Here’s a couple of gems:

“Seriously,” Claire grumbled.  “You’re not even responsible enough to feed yourself.  How do you expect to save humanity?” “You have no idea how many times I’ve asked myself the same question.”

“I hope for your sake he does.  You deserve to be screwed by a guy like that and make babies so gorgeous that human eyes can’t look upon them.”

Beyond the ‘new adult’ aspect of the book, the paranormal side was great.  I haven’t read many paranormal na books, but what I have read hasn’t compared to this book.  I was so engrossed in the story,I could barely stop for food and water.  The curse part of the book was different from what I was expecting.  While the curse centered on the missing group of people, we didn’t read much about them.  Instead, it was the creation of the curse, and why it existed in the first place.  After reading the author’s note, I was even more impressed with the lore and mythology she presented in the story.

Collin and Ellie were both incredible characters, and I loved their chemistry.  They were both quite hysterical and I had a lot of fun with their constant bickering.  It was obvious they had a connection, but it was fun to see them struggle against it so much.  However, once things we’re going in the right direction, Collin was quite swoon-worthy.

“Whether the gate closed or not, I would never be whole without this man by my side.”

“The mark on my back might protect me from evil spirits, but what was going to protect my heart from Collin Dailey?”

Even though I KNEW what was going to happen, I was still shocked and angsty when it did.  The end was the perfect culmination of cliffhanger and finality I’ve come to expect from this author.  As soon as I completed the last page, I wanted so much more, and it is definitely one book I’ll be anticipating until it comes out.

Overall, if you like snarky, fun characters, paranormal, and aren’t afraid to delve into the new adult world, this book is a must buy.

Rating

4_5stars

Excerpt

I held out my right palm and gasped. While the pink of the burn mark was fading, the harsh lines of a square surrounding a circle seemed to be darkening. I didn’t remember anything about what the mark was or what it meant from the stories. Why hadn’t I asked Daddy yesterday? Why had I been so stubborn in my disbelief? When I thought about how real this all was, my stomach flip-flopped from nerves. How was Ellie Lancaster, waitress and maid from Manteo, North Carolina, going to save the world?

Unfortunately, the answer was sitting at a table in the New Moon, staring right at me.

A slow smile spread across his face, and my stomach performed more acrobatics that had nothing to do with the curse, and everything to do with the hormones rushing through my body. I needed to get a grip and stop acting like a teenage girl with a crush. I needed to save the world. Not find a boyfriend.

Although a boyfriend would be a nice side benefit.

As I walked toward him, I reminded myself that Collin was not boyfriend material. It didn’t take a genius to see that Collin Dailey was a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy. He was a guy used to getting his way with the charm he exuded now. It was easier to catch a fly with honey, and I was currently Collin’s fly.

I stopped next to his table, trying to keep my face expressionless. If he was going to use his sexier-than-hell charm on me, I might as well make him sweat a bit. I put my hand on my hip and jutted it out while piercing him with my most withering gaze. Lesser men had tucked their tails and run, but Collin simply stared back, the corners of his mouth lifted in the barest hint of a smile. Damn him. “Can I get you something?”

His eyes narrowed seductively, and his voice lowered. “You know what I want.”

Holy shit. If I’d thought he meant what he insinuated, I might have had a mini orgasm on the spot. But last night Collin had made sure I understood what he was interested in, and it had nothing to do with the parts of me under my clothes that begged for attention.

How in the hell was I going to survive five days with this guy? My only hope was to shut the spirit world gate as quickly as possible.

About the Author

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots.

She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period.  Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.)

Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks.  She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

You can find out more about Denise and her other books at: www.denisegroverswank.com.

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11 thoughts on “Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY — The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover-Swank

  1. Ooh…love snarky characters and it sounds so good (the bantering and bickering, the paranormal aspect, the chemistry). And that it’s a different type of NA (not the damaged characters love story) it a plus. I’ll be adding this to my TBR list…great review!

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