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Monday, April 8, 2013

Tour! A Review & Excerpt of A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam + Guest Post!

Genre: Adult Fiction (New Regency Romance/Fractured Fairy Tale)
Date Published: March 22, 2013
Publisher: ImaJinn Books

The Blurb:
Lady Annabelle Marchant was a belle of the ball in London until she used her psychical senses to save a man’s life. She failed miserably, leaving him dead and her disgraced. All she wants now is a chance to comfort his widow by cleansing the woman’s home of her husband’s restless spirit. But the widow’s son, the beastly Lord of the Manor, accuses her of coming to the wilds of Cheshire to snag him as a husband. Thoroughly disgusted, she is bent on proving him wrong.

Lord Rufus Marlesbury, the Earl of Terrance, is suspected of murdering his father. He has come home to clear his name by finding the real killer before the new year or the king has promised that Rufus will be called in front of the House of Lords to answer for the crime. He does not have time to waste fending off a marriage-minded miss who has inveigled an invitation to his home by playing on his grief-stricken mother’s worst fears.

With an unruly manor ghost terrorizing the occupants and corpses piling up in the village, Belle must find a way to see the man beneath the beast and Rufus must learn to believe in the love of a woman who has no reason to trust him. Only by working together can they stop a vengeful ghost before it torments the guests or before the killer strikes again.

My Review:
A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam is a story inspired by Beauty and the Beast. I always enjoy the "beast" character in re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast. They are grumpy, stubborn, moody, and usually pretty funny in the process because even though they act this way they have such a warm heart underneath. Lord Terrance was no exception. He had a great sense of humor when he wasn't trying to be grumpy. His interactions with Belle made me giggle a few times too. This book was not just a re-telling of a fairy tale, but it was also a murder mystery and ghost story. A Beastly Scandal was a fast read that was very hard to put down. I definitely recommend this one, and I look forward to reading more by this author.

The ACR of A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam was provided to me by Bewitching Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

The Excerpt:
Lord Terrance may have forbid her from coming to his manor house, but she was determined to clear his country home of its resident ghost.
“That is a desolate looking house, is it not?” Winfield said. “I would have it torn down and rebuilt in a more flattering style, but Terrance seems fond of this monstrosity. So what brings you so far north, my lady?”
She faced the gentleman. “I have come for a visit with Lady Terrance. She is my grandfather’s friend.”
“I had heard the countess still wore dark colors.”
Before she could respond, a loud crack sounded. She sensed danger stab from above. With a shouted warning, she pulled Mr. Winfield out of harm’s way just as an icicle crashed and shattered where they had stood. She protected her face as splinters flew in all directions.
Mendal screamed. The owl fluttered its one good wing and screeched. The dog barked ferociously.
Mr. MacBride spoke first, his voice quivering and eyes wide with terror. “It is an omen, ah tell ye.”
“He is right,” Mendal said, sounding unusually timorous as she crossed herself. “We should leave. Bad luck comes from going where we are not wanted.”
The front doors opened then, and a footman descended. Immediately, the dog raced up the stairs and inside.
“Dog!” Belle called out in alarm. The animal might wreck the place. This was not how she had hoped to introduce herself to the countess.
An older woman, dressed in black, moved to the open doorway. Belle recognized her from a drawing her grandfather had shown her. This was Lady Terrance. She gave off waves of fear as she looked toward the roofline.
Belle’s worries drowned beneath the lady’s emotional assault, leaving her head pounding with a headache. Through that onslaught, Belle’s purpose became crystal clear. This is why she had come here. Lady Terrance needed her.

The Book Trailer:

Guest post by Shereen Vedam: The power of perseverance

“Death is Peaceful, Life is Harder”

Right after I read the above quote, a friend mentioned a line from an old TV show called St. Elsewhere: “Death ends a life, it doesn’t end a relationship.”

Both quotes are so very true. Life is harder than death, partly because, while alive, we still care. When someone dies, the love of those left behind does not die with their loved one, it lingers on. As for the one who died, he or she can be drawn to the vibrancy of life they were meant to leave behind, especially if the person for whom they once cared for, still grieve their passing.

Deep love perseveres. Breaking the lure of life when love was possible isn’t easy. As my heroine in A Beastly Scandal discovers when she is asked to spiritually cleanse Clearview Manor of a ghost that is haunting it. She gets there and the first thing the ghost does, is try to kill her. She perseveres. Because the last time she tried to help, when he was still alive, she failed. This time, she will not abandon him. Not if he refuses to accept her help, not even if his son throws her out of his home.

Perseverance has the power to overcome obstacles, shrug off discouragement and surmount fear. When life seems hard, and believe me, it will get hard because that is the nature of life, remember to believe in yourself, and to persevere. If you can do that, you will get through this day, the next day, and the day after that. And in the end, you will triumph, because the power of perseverance can’t be stopped. Like love. Dead or alive.

About the Author:
Introduced to fantasy at a young age, Shereen's reality is merely a starting point to other realms.

Her world is populated with little people with agendas, elements that talk and spells that rarely work as designed. Her heartwarming historical tales have a healthy dollop of mystery mingled with heart-melting romance, all stirred with a pinch of magic. In her brand new fairytale-inspired Regency romance series, she brings you four beloved fairytales, with a new twist.

To learn more about Shereen Vedam and her books, visit her website and blog.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read this book. Sounds really good.


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