Saturday, 19 January 2013

Inside Out by Amy Lee Burgess - Blog Tour

Book Description:
There's no place like home...or is there?
 When Stanzie is asked to investigate her birth pack- Mayflower--she isn't prepared for what she finds.
 No one respects the Alphas and the newest adult member of the pack is being encouraged to leave. Why? To make matters worse, the men are dangerously intent on mating and shifting with her.
How far will the pack she thought she knew go to get what they want? Without her bond-mate, Liam, Stanzie must face this alone and, barely ahead of threat of violence, must solve the mysteries, and fast.
 WARNING: Vulgar language, sexual situations, group sex, violence

A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
My Review:
Inside Out by Amy Lee Burgess (The Wolf Within Book 4)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Inside Out is book four in the Wolf Within series, and I have to say it was also the first book that I’ve read written by Amy Lee Burgess. Her writing is great; I was swept into the story right from the beginning. The words flowed easily, the character descriptions are well written and I loved the entire story.

We meet Stanzie as you find out her past you see she has gone through so much already in her life that your hearts goes out to her, I knew immediately I loved this character and her personality. As you read you find out that Stanzie is alone and heartbroken, her bond mate has left her and she clearly is missing him more then she lets on.

During the story you find out a bit how and why he left and my god you want them back together. Even though Liam is not in this story, reading about what happened makes you pray they end up together it really heartbreaking that she lets him go.

So Stanzie who is now alone is sent out to investigate what is going on in her home pack, she knows this is going to be hard as she was kicked out of her pack many years ago. But she does what she needs to do and heads home. While she is there she is reunited with a few close friends, but she see’s and deep down knows something is definitely wrong. The more she digs the more danger she puts herself in. Inside Out is full of suspense and mystery I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. This book is one of those stories you stay up half the night reading as you really need to know what is going on.

Now I have to admit this was the first book in this series that I read, so I knew probably after the first chapter that I needed to go purchase the other three books right away. I will say that I was not disappointed at all and it was money well spent. The Wolf Within series is now one of my favorite series. Amy Lee Burgess is one great author and her writing is top of the line. I would read anything she writes.

I really think everyone should go out and buy Beneath The Skin, Scratch the Surface, Hidden In Plain Sight and Inside Out. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series and on that note I also hope that Stanzie and Liam are reunited as it would break my heart if they don’t end up together.

So I have rated Inside Out a 4.5 star rating and my followers please add this series to your to be read list as it is so worth it. Fantastic, Amazing, Suspenseful, and truly one of the best paranormal series I’ve read.

Amy Burgess Guest Post  
Location can play a huge role in a novel.  If done right, where a story takes place can be as compelling and important as the main character.  Sometimes if I’m debating between two equally interesting books, I’ll choose the one with the location I’d rather read about.
I always go for the rainy, dark English moor over tropical sands and hammocks beneath coconut trees.  
I’m also picky about reading novels set in cities I’ve lived in or even visited.  Nothing throws me out of the story more than a glaringly wrong detail like a French Quarter street in New Orleans sporting a Target or a Wal-Mart or a palm tree in the back yard of a New England suburban house.   
However, there is such a thing as poetic license where the author can change a few details or add a fictional street or building and as long as everything else about the setting is reasonably well done, the fictional stuff added to the real landscape gives depth to the story. 
The Wolf Within shifter series has taken my protagonist, Stanzie Newcastle, on a worldwide tour so far.  The first novel, Beneath the Skin, opens in a small hotel room in Paris.  I didn’t mention an arrondisement, but the hotel room was patterned after the one I stayed in on the Left Bank when I visited the city three years ago.
When Stanzie and Murphy compare notes on the Eiffel Tower, I wrote about a bench I actually sat on when I was there.  
However, I added a completely fictional chateau which I located somewhere near Paris, but out in the countryside.  The description, at least superficially, matched a photo of a chateau I found online.   
I like to Google images of houses, rooms, streets, restaurants and bars and then insert them into the pages of my novels.   
I also use houses, offices, streets and apartments that I’ve lived in or worked at in the past. 
The safe house in Hartford, Connecticut where Stanzie spends a lot of time both in Scratch the Surface and Hidden in Plain Sight is based on an office I worked at once.  Built in the late 1800s, it started out as a small mansion which was converted into office space in the 20th century.  I just turned it back into a small mansion again and added a few details.   
Stanzie’s condo in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston is based after one I found online.   
The inside of the house where Callie, Peter and Vaughn lived in Connecticut was based on a house I once owned in New Britain.   
For Inside Out, the newest novel in the series, I created a fictional town in Massachusetts called Willoughby.  It is set near the real town of Wendell and the actual state park there.   
I named this town Willoughby because my father, who is quite a character, used to create alter egos for himself when he was a kid and “Seth Willoughby” was one his favorites.  Today he lives in North Carolina and owns a few wooded acres.  He found a lovely clearing near the house where he put a few chairs and a bench and my mom hand painted a sign that reads “Willoughby Park” where he and I go to sit and talk when I visit.   
On one of these visits he said I ought to put Willoughby Park into one of my novels and so when the opportunity arose, I named Stanzie’s hometown Willoughby.  This was very generous of me because my father hasn’t read a book since high school and hasn’t cracked open the pages of any of my shifter novels, let alone the one which features the town of Willoughby.  However, I remind him of what I did at least once a week, so he’s well aware of his contribution to my books. 
Stanzie’s next adventure, About Face, which comes out from Lyrical Press in April of this year, takes place in a city I’ve never visited – Dublin.  I painted myself into a corner here a little because I made her bond mate, Liam Murphy, Irish and from the Dublin area.  I broke my rule about only writing about places I’ve lived or visited and I’ve relied on the internet for much of my description of the city.  Hopefully, I got it right. 
Murphy’s apartment is lifted straight from an Irish rental site, even down to the prints of sunrise and sunset on the Irish sea coast which hang on the wall.   
Dublin and the Irish coast on my travel list and I hope to get there to visit this year.  Stanzie’s adventures are moving away from New England and don’t be surprised if you find her in England or Scotland or France.   
I’ve had hours of fun plotting out Stanzie’s adventures based on places I’ve been and things I’ve seen during my life and travels and I hope the series leads me to new places, like Dublin.  You never know – someday Stanzie and I may show up in your neighborhood! 
Author Bio:
1Amy Lee Burgess wrote her first ghost story at age ten. Born in New England, she has also lived in New Orleans and Houston, survived fires, floods, hurricanes, divorce and the premature cancellation of several of her favorite television shows. Turning her back on such shocking betrayals, she is now writing about ghosts, vampires, and other paranormal things and is much happier for it.
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