Monday, April 21, 2014

The Burning Star Spotlight, Review, Dream Cast & GIVEAWAY

The Burning Star
Re-Release Date: March 23, 2014
Original Publication: May 23, 2012
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*This book is a re-release and revision from the original book. Please be aware that some things have been added, deleted or changed.*

Kay’s journey of a lifetime started in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It was there that the 17 year old met a beautiful man along with a monster. The chance encounter led her to an unbelievable world that shouldn’t exist; a place where myths and fairy tales were real, and in some cases, deadly. Kay knew she would have to brave this new world if she hoped to find a cure for her terminal cancer.
With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet along the way, Kay uncovered truths that would change her life forever. However, before it was all over, it would become clear that Kay wasn’t the only one with problems.
Yet another 17 year old young woman was fighting for her freedom and her life.
Kira had lived in a magical world that Kay had only dreamt of. Despite this, her life had not been filled with many good things. As a matter of fact, she considered her empty, emotional solitude the only positive aspect of her life. She fought daily battles to escape abuse and torture.
Trained to be an expert assassin, she was charged with kidnapping Kay and delivering her to Kira’s master, Lord Donovan.
As the two young women set forth in their journeys, their paths would cross in unimaginable ways. The only question that would remain was who would come out alive and whole in the end?
WARNING: This is a upper ya/young adult/new adult fictional story that includes some explicit language, graphic violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.


Kay and her mom, Carli, move to Asheville, North Carolina to find treatment for her terminal cancer diagnosis. The first day there Kay goes for a walk and is thrown into a world of werewolves, fairies, goblins, and many other mystical creatures.

Kay has never had a boyfriend and has never been kissed. When she moves to her new home she meets not one, but two teenage boys who want her attention. Ryan saves her from a monster dog and makes a date for the very next morning. Nick comes to install the satellite for their TV and is instantly attracted to her. Who will she fall for in the end?
The Burning Star grabs you before the end of the first chapter. This book has mystery, romance, and mystical creatures. Everything I love in books.

Although I really liked Ryan, I am definitely cheering for Nick, the underdog. The antics between the two boys for Kay’s attention bring back many teenage memories. Nick chooses to leave his home and his family to travel with Kay and my heart soared, true teenage infatuation.

I truly loved Kay. At 17 she learns her whole life was a lie and yet it doesn’t bring her down. She barely misses a step. She manages to return to the life she was born to live and still stay strong and brave. A young girl I can hope my daughter to grow up to be, minus all the mystical stuff.

I have already passed The Burning Star on to my teenage daughter and made my sister read it. Book two of this series cannot be written and printed soon enough. It has been a long time and lots of books read since one has captured my attention and heart this much.

About the Authors:
Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.

Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!


The Burning Star’s Dream Cast Part One
Kira And The Man Who Wants Her
The characters (and the story) for The Burning Star came to me in a rush. There was no slow buildup of plotline or development. Nope. It was like BAM! Here we are, and you will tell our story. So, here is part two of The Burning Star's Dream Cast. You can see part one of the dream cast on Proserpine Cravings April 16th blog tour post.

Kira is an anomaly of characteristics. She’s emotional broken, but she’s been trained her whole life to be a fighter. She’s a slave in a sense that her ‘adoptive father’ Lord Donovan has turned her into a lethal assassin. So she’s a mixture of both strength and weakness. Delicate, but hardened to life. Pixie like features showcasing unbelievable beauty, but counterbalanced by hollow eyes that lead to a hollow soul.

When dream casting Kira, Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys on Game of Thrones came to mind. Graceful beauty with a core of steel. In all honesty, she’s so broken that she’s willing to sacrifice everything for peace, including death. There’s someone who can pull her back from the edge, but there’s no way for her to whether he wants to honestly care for her as he claims, or use her as everyone else has so far.

Prince Kane, son of Queen Mab of the Fae Winter Court is hundreds of years old. He’s seen many things so far in his lifetime, but nothing intrigues him as much as one young almost eighteen year old Kira does. Some might judge him for the age difference between them, but Kira’s physical age doesn’t match up the age of soul.

The sadness and despair he can see lingering in her eyes, he knows she’s lived enough to fill his hundreds of years in her short age span. So he’ll keep some appropriate physical distance between them until after her birthday, but he’s not going to stop from showing his interest in her. Not because he’s impatient, but because he’s worried about her. The young woman with the honed reflexes of an expert killer seems more likely to welcome death for herself than to continue on with her life. He has to find a way to help her out of her desperate situation before it’s too late.

When writing Kane I saw him quite clearly as Orlando Bloom in his role as Legolas from Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. Long blonde hair, ethereal eyes and a toned physique of a trained warrior.

That’s all for this dream cast ladies! I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me, if you’ve read The Burning Star, do my picks match how you envisioned the characters? And if you haven’t read The Burning Star yet, maybe you’ll tell me what you think of my picks anyways? A huge thank you to Charlotte here at A Novel Review for letting me stop by today!

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Blog Tour Giveaway: (USA Only Giveaway due to shipping!)
1 Signed Paperback of The Burning Star by Jessie Lane
17 Signed Paperbacks:
Shelly Crane: Significance, Accordance, Defiance, Reverence, Independence
Helen Boswell: Mythology, Mythology Wicked
Quinn Loftis: Elfin, Prince of Wolves
Heather Hildenbrand: Dirty Blood, Cold Blood
Alivia Anders: Illumine
Carrie Butler: Strength, Courage
Alyssa Rose Ivy: Flight
Erica Stevens: Kindred, Ashes

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