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Friday, September 27, 2013

VBT: SPOTLIGHT/ REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - HUNGER MOON BY MELISSA SNARK


Hunger Moon
(A Victoria Storm novel, #2 Norse Werewolves)
by
 Melissa Snark


BLURB:

Valkyrie Victoria Storm desires nothing more than to provide her wolf pack with a safe haven, but her position as priestess to the Goddess Freya also brings with it certain… obligations. Not to mention complications.

War with the Barrett family resulted in the deaths of her parents and most of her pack. Now, hunters are hot on the trail of the remaining pack members. Sawyer Barrett, a human hunter hell bent on revenge, is convinced that Victoria murdered his brother. He will stop at nothing to see her dead.

Victoria must defend the survivors and somehow lead them to safety. Months on the run has weakened the pack, and there are newborn pups to protect, making swift travel impossible. Ahead, the promise of refuge beckons.

Their best chance for survival lies in Sierra Pines, California: Arik Koenig, a powerful, dominant male wolf. He promises to protect and provide for the pack, something Victoria knows the pack needs for survival. His mysterious past is riddled with violence and death, including the slaughter of his entire family twenty years before. His wife died under mysterious circumstances and his son, Logan, is rumored to be her killer.

What is truth? Who can she trust? The desperate spirit of Arik’s murdered wife calls out for help, and Logan begs for assistance in clearing his name. Victoria must solve a murder that has pitted father against son, rooted in a mystery reaching back two decades. Her quest starts her on a journey from the human world to Odin’s Valhalla and back again.

Victoria will find salvation or face destruction beneath the Hunger Moon… 



REVIEW

Victoria Storm is the Alpha, and leader of her wolf pack. She is also a Valkyrie, and servant to the Goddess Freya. Victoria's pack has been in constant danger, after having been attacked by human hunters. It decimated most of the pack, and she lost her parents.

Freya advises Victoria to move the pack to Sierra Pines California. There she will be able to rebuild the pack, with the help of a strong Alpha male. Arik Koenig is the male that Victoria was sent to find. He is the one that is supposed to help her rebuild the pack.

Arik is dealing with his own problems. He has a son with a serious attitude problem, and a dead wife whose spirit comes a visiting from the grave.

What's a poor wolf girl to do?

Victoria was a very strong and likable character. She was sassy, stubborn, and very independent. She will do whatever it takes to rebuild her pack, regardless of her own personal feelings.

Hunger Moon is a great example of excellent fantasy writing. I was transported to Victoria's world, and didn't want the adventure to end. This story was action packed, filled with suspense, and the pacing was just right. I really liked how the author intertwined werewolf lore, and Norse Mythology. It blended so seamlessly, and made the read all the more special.

5 STARS / 5




Excerpt: 

Victoria felt him before she saw him. His power washed over her with the force of an incoming tide, as dark, mysterious and unstoppable as the ocean. Her wolf rose to answer his in instinctive response, defiant and determined. She challenged his power and altered the irresistible flow so it passed around rather than over her. Before she reached the office entrance, the male werewolf responded to her presence and surged to his feet. He rounded the desk, demonstrating extraordinary grace and strength, and she braced for a physical confrontation. He dwarfed her in both height and weight.

As soon as their gazes met, they locked in a dominance contest. His narrowed eyes pierced hers; the light-pigmented brown irises were the color of honey and eclipsed the whites and round black pupils. Wolf eyes.

Victoria did not approach with her head low or avert her gaze. Instead, she challenged him outright, radiating defiance, posture stiff and erect. While they faced off, she regretted the tactical error, but it was too late to rescind. Her stubborn pride permitted no retreat, and it went against her nature to submit.

"Let's take this outside where there are no humans to bear witness," he said in a deep, resonant voice she found appealing.

Aroused, her wolf took an immediate interest in him as a fine, fit male animal. For the first time, Victoria noticed his physical appearance, and her wolf found him more than acceptable. She estimated his age as being in his late thirties. He in no way suffered for the smattering of silver hairs that peppered his dark head. He was a perfect specimen of a man.

Distracted, Victoria broke eye contact, but not to submit. She ran her gaze over his body with blatant approval, lingering on his broad shoulders and chest, muscular arms and legs. He wore a tailored navy suit with a light shirt and dark blue tie. From the way his clothing fit, there was not an ounce of spare fat anywhere on him.

His features possessed splendid symmetry, though a silver scar on his right cheek marred his perfection. The shape of his brow, nose, and lower face hinted at a distant Roman heritage. High cheekbones alluded to his Nordic blood. He cleared his throat, and Victoria scented both his arousal and amusement.

"Did you come to challenge me, or do you have something else in mind?"

His devilish smile hinted at a sense of humor, and Victoria seized on the opening. A ballsy gamble carried inherent risk, but her initial inept blundering had left her with no other graceful out. Her eyes rose to meet his once again.


"I am Victoria, daughter of Adair and Katherine, High Priestess of Freya, Lady Valkyrie shaman, and healer," she said, making her boast. "I am also the Alpha of my pack, and I am seeking a mate. I have come to assess whether you would make an acceptable suitor."

"You're kidding." He registered surprise and disbelief.
Victoria arched her brow. "I am not."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


A friend asked me once how I chose my pen name. I told her the following: "Melissa, because when people mix up my first name, it's the most common goof up. Snark, because it amuses me. A) I love the word 'snarky' and B) I love Lewis Carroll."

As an individual, I'm sarcastic, stubborn and blunt to a fault. I have a strange sense of humor and I like to laugh (usually at my husband or children), but also at myself. I'm not particularly extroverted, although I do enjoy time with my family and close friends a great deal.

At the moment, I'm a stay at home mom who writes in my spare time. I've got a B.S. from Arizona State University in Business, and I've worked a variety of different jobs, including as a medical device documentation specialist, a technical writer, and an auto liability adjuster.

I live in the San Francisco East Bay of Northern California with my husband, three kids, and three cats. My hobbies include roleplaying, cooking and reading.

I maintain a blog, which I update regularly at http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so please drop me a line at MelissaSnark at gmail dot com.


Where to find Melissa on the Internet:



Email [melissasnark@gmail.com]








GIVEAWAY DETAILS

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9 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for being my host today and also for your wonderful review of Hunger Moon.

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  2. Thanks you for sharing Hunger Moon and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book amd I am looking forward to reading it. Congrats for the completion of the tour. evamillien at gmail dot com

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  3. Great review. I felt the same way,I wanted to keep reading. Can't wait until the next one!

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  4. I loved the character interview over on your blog. Silver eyes, huh? I haven't known anyone with silver eyes!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  5. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the novel so much! That's awesome!
    Best,
    Chelsea.

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  6. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway! =)
    Jessica
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