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Monday, February 20, 2012

Blog Tour Interview & Review - Made the Grade: Love Beyond Loyalty by Rebecca Royce -- Plus Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Rebecca Royce, who I interviewed about her latest novel "Love Beyond Loyalty," which is the 3rd book in her Outsiders Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to comment on this post to be able to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAY (listed below)!! [Book Tour will run from February 6 - March 2, 2012]

My Q&A with Rebecca Royce :

Jess : What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Rebecca : I might like to be a teacher. I loved English in High School and college. I might like to teach it.

Jess : What sparked the idea for your most recent novel, "Love Beyond Loyalty?"

Rebecca : Well, the whole series has been with me for a long time. Brewing in my brain, if you will. So, its just the next section of a series that I see more as one long cohesive story.

Jess : Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

Rebecca : Well, Sebastian, the demon would be my least likely to invite. He’s scary, even to me and he travels through all of the books in the Outsider series.

Jess : If you had to describe Gabriel & Loraine (from "Love Beyond Loyalty") in one word, what would it be?

Rebecca : Misunderstood.

Jess : Which usually comes first for you, the character(s) story or the idea for the novel?

Rebecca : The idea for the novel and then the characters introduce themselves to me.

Jess : What is your latest published book? And if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

Rebecca : "Love Beyond Loyalty" is the third book in my Outsider series. I don’t think I would change anything. I’m really excited about it.

Jess : How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?

Rebecca : 29 books. I’m not sure which one is my favorite. Its like choosing between my kids. I just can’t.

Jess : Did you do anything fun and/or get anything good for Valentine’s Day this year?

Rebecca : I hope so. It’s not quite Valentines as I am writing this. I hope the husband did something good!

About the Author :

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Kindle Edition - File Size: 669 KB | Expected Release Date: January 13, 2012 | Publisher: Silver Publishing | Obtained: Goddess Fish Promotions

"Love Beyond Loyalty" [The Outsiders Series, Book 3] by Rebecca Royce

My Book Summary : All his life Gabriel has been fending for himself and trying to keep Alexa (a girl/woman who has special powers like him) safe from either the foster care system or just trying to survive on their own. Because of the way he grew up, he already knows that even if he may not be smart, he is definitely street smart. However, now he has come to a point in his life where he's ready to settle down. The problem is things don't seem to be that easy for him. Especially when he has a group called "the Outsiders" (a group of people who have supernatural powers who have plans to find everyone like them and defeat a demon who is on the earth) who want him to join their cause and while Alexa believes that he has turned to evil while the opposite could really be said. This is when it all comes to blows for him but in doing so, it brings Loraine into his life.

Loraine is a woman who can speak to animals. When she and Gabriel first meet is when she saves his life the first time. Soon afterwards Gabriel and Loraine start facing their destinies and Gabriel must decide if Loraine is worth more than staying loyal to Alexa and what she believe in. Will he be able to choose before it's too late?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this striking, creative, and adventurous novel is a thing to behold and made me fall in love with this series!! It is action-packed! In addition, to having so many plots that the stories in this series seem to be never-ending which was very intriguing!

I know you can't love all the characters in a story (all the time) but the way Alexa handles the situations and the decisions she makes, really ruined the story for me. Nevertheless, I LOVED Gabriel and Loraine!! Their relationship is just soo sweet and I just couldn't get enough of them!! So, even though they aren't the main characters in the next book I hope to read more about them in it!! =0) Also, I am really curious as to what will happen with Christophe & Ruby since they sound like an interesting couple too.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys good vs. evil type of plots. Or just anyone who likes paranormal romance novels!!

Author Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
Leonardo moved forward until he stood next to Gabriel. "So what you're saying is that Alexa---that's her name, right?---is so far gone she's not just believing the demon; she's helping him?"
Loraine swallowed hard. She wondered if anyone else in the room had caught what she just caught. There was a certain gleam in Leonardo's eyes. A heated glance that was different from the indifference or sometimes hostile glances he'd held since entering the room. He was very interested in finding out more about that woman. ~ within Chapter 8
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Rebecca, then please check out her website.

Book Excerpt :

She turned on her heel, and Gabriel‘s heart sped up. He walked forward and grabbed her arm, which was tricky to do because he needed to hold up his blanket to prevent from being arrested for public indecency.

“You‘re leaving?” God, he wanted to shout, 'don‘t leave.'

Nodding, she gave him that forced smile again, and he wanted to wipe it off her face. “I am. I brought you to Alexa. It‘s time for me to go on my way. You‘ve told me a lot of stuff I have to digest. Good luck.” She looked at Alexa and he wished that one of his powers was mind reading because he had no clue what was going on inside of hers. “To both of you. It was nice meeting you.”

Pulling her arm free of his grip he thought for a second he felt her shake. Was she okay?

“Loraine, wait a second...”

He wouldn‘t have believed she could move that fast. One second she was there and the next she, while still walking, sprinted out of the building.

“Loraine,” he yelled but she didn‘t turn around and soon the crowd in the room blocked his view.

Why was she leaving? Like a light turning on, realization struck him. She had used the phrase your Alexa. What did she think his relationship with his oldest friend was?

Giveaway!! :
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  1. I love the idea of a character that even the author would not invite to dinner. Sebastian, the demon come on down.


  2. Maybe Sebastian wouldn't be a good idea, but I wouldn't mind having dinner with Gabriel.

  3. Enjoyed your post today. Lots of good Q&A. I liked the one about who you would not invite to dinner. So, taking that into a different direction, what is the most romantic thing one of your characters said or did?

  4. Oooo .. Karen good question!! I might use that one sometime! *hahaa*

  5. Hm, would I invite Gabriel to dinner...maybe :)

    Now you can answer the Valentine question truthfully. lol

  6. forgot the addy: anzumerlinATmail(DOT)ru

  7. Jess...Thanks for the review. I appreciate an honest assessment. We're almost neighbors in NC...I see you're in Elizabeth City. I'm in Wilmington.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  8. There was a wonderful english actor named Sebastian Cabot,of the show (A Family Affair,1966). So when I hear that name I think of him. Deb P

  9. Thanks so much for reviewing this book and having me! I'm sorry i didn't post here earlier, I'm actually on a cruise ship with sporadic internet so please forgive my late response.

    There's still much more to come in this series and I appreciate you're hosting me today.

  10. How much books do you plan for this series?

    Lyra L

    lyra.lucky7 AT gmail DOT dom

  11. Rebecca -- that's okay!! I hope your enjoying your cruise!! =0)

  12. Hm, Loraine in the trailer does look differents from you book cover, how come?


  13. A cruise, sounds nice, well then I wish you bon voyage!

    I don't know if it's been asked before but are we going to see Gabriel and Loraine in other books of you series?

    Anastasia K


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