Monday, May 13, 2013

Cruentus: Rise to Power - Review with Giveaway

Welcome to the Cruentus: Rise to Power Blog Tour Kickoff! We have some fun features planned and an opportunity to win a copy of the book at every stop along the way.

Tour Schedule:

May 13 - Kickoff/Review/Giveaway at Reading Lark
May 14 - Review/Giveaway at Forbidden Reviews
May 15 - Author Interview/Giveaway at Supagurl Books
May 20 - Excerpt/Giveaway at Nicole Morgan Author Blog
May 22 - Review/Giveaway at Tanya's Book Nook
May 27 - Review/Giveaway at Amethyst Daydreams
May 30 - Character Interview/Giveaway at Ashley Nemer Author Blog
June 3 - Excerpt/Giveaway at Author Mireille Chester
June 5 - Review/Giveaway at Words2Follow
*If you are a blogger or author and would like to add a stop to your blog, please email Tevya at Thanks!

What's it about?

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fiction
Publisher: Muddy Cove Tales
Release Date: May 12, 2013
Audience: Adult
Buy it on Amazon
A prophecy of old continued to burn in the embers of time; long left dormant until the Cruentus family rose above all others as darkness ascended the lands. Greed and deception were the name of the game, and Arturo Cruentus would stop at nothing as he concocted the ultimate scheme to get everything he wanted. No price was too high. The scene was set, the pieces strategically placed. The Gallo family could not come against him, and in the end Guido and Palmiria Gallo would come out the biggest losers, watching their only daughter, Emiliana, be taken away to render a debt settled.

Young Emiliana Gallo, a victim of circumstance, was thrust into a world she did not understand and forced to marry a man she did not know. But what no one expected, not even Arturo, was that Emiliana and his son, Donato, would fall in love against all odds. For Arturo, love made one weak, but for his son, it was love at first sight. Donato became an opportunist in his father’s dirty schemes and did everything in his power to ensure the woman he admired for so long not only took his name in marriage, but also fell in love with him. Donato wanted it all, his gamble paid off richly, and he achieved both marriage and love. However, on the day they said ‘I do’ and the Cruentus and Gallo families were joined, Emiliana was ripped from their home like a thief in the night.

An unknown force too unsettled to let the vision spill and strengthen the Cruentus family decided to do the unthinkable—double-cross the Cruentus family. Rage and disdain fuelled Donato and Arturo. Though their reasons were very different-their goal unified them. They squared off with the leader of the Russian Coven to take back Emiliana, and in the end the Russian coven paid the highest price as the leader's blood was spilled in retribution for his crime at the hands of Arturo. News spread quickly to the Magia Council, and before long Arturo was called before them to answer for his crime of murder unjustly. The Ancients of the roundtable at Mount Blanc, the mountain range bordering Italy and France, was now enacted as they listened to the tale that had unfolded. Little did they know that they were a part of the grand scheme Arturo Cruentus shrewdly planned for the ultimate betrayal.


My Thoughts:
Rise to Power is the first part of the Cruentus Series. In many ways a prequel to the heart of the story, this novella packs quite a punch.  While classified as a paranormal romance, that label simply is not all-encompassing enough to truly define the story. It is far more than a romance, leading the reader through a course of love against all odds and a family’s quest for power. Ms. Broomfield wields her words much the way her warlocks wield their magic, creating a world that the the reader simply becomes immersed in. Her characters come to life on the page and in the reader’s imagination as the story plays out like a movie for the mind.

The heroine, Emiliana, is immediately identifiable, and her growth throughout the story is felt by the reader.  The hero, Donato, is complex and swoon-worthy, surprising Emiliana, the reader, and even his own father, Arturo, on several turns. As Arturo schemes to secure his family’s station, I found myself both loving him and hating him in turns. The wicked are deliciously evil, and even the good hold an undercurrent of something more simmering under the surface. The old-world setting and ancient magic give an ambiance to the story that is other-worldly, allowing the reader to truly escape into a world that is full of magic and power.

While the first few chapters moved a little slow, I was completely captured soon into the story.  The budding love between Emiliana and Donato pulled me in and before long I was wrapped up into Cruentus world and couldn’t put it down. Several scenes left me with chills, and more than one had me swooning.  Through twists and turns, the plot is unpredictable and layered, and it will leave you wanting more. (Yes, this is just the beginning! You will get more, you can rest easy but anxious.)

Cruentus: Rise to Power is the perfect combination of love and magic, romance and peril, action and old-fashioned good vs. evil. Only this time you’ll be left wondering.... what is so sexy about the wickedly evil? 

Who is L.S. Broomfield?
L.S. Broomfield lives in God’s country – Central Labrador, Canada. She wasn’t born there, but it’s where she and her family call home. Born and raised in Hawkes Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, L.S. is  published author who is currently working on book two of the Cruentus series, a series of tales about the Cruentus family; namely, Dragos Cruentus, who who will make his appearance in the second book. She is full of talent and takes a fresh look on the paranormal world.

As a child, Lisa always wanted to write. She didn’t have any predilection of what to write, as long as she was writing – she was happy. She remembers growing up and traveling to Flower’s Cove to visit family and letting her imagination soar as the pen sketched across the paper. At such a young age, it was perhaps mostly incoherent thoughts tossed across the pages but still for all, it was a desire even then to write and tell a story.

As an adult, Lisa met an amazing group of individuals, and with their support and encouragement was brave enough to write and let people read the stories in her mind. While writing is one thing, allowing others to read the words one has spent hours putting to paper is entirely another thing. It opens the author wide to both praise and criticism. Lisa found it to be scary, yet wonderfully exciting.

Lisa has many people to thank for helping her to reach where she is today, but none of this would be possible without the support of her husband, Shawn, and her amazing kids, Brittany, Daniel, and Jacob. These people fill her world with color and make it worth writing – they enable her to do what she loves.

You can find L.S. Broomfield on her Blog, Facebook, and Twitter
You can find Cruentus: Rise to Power on Amazon

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    1. Yes, this is an INT giveaway. :) Thank you for stopping by.


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