Monday, September 30, 2013

Blog Tour - Reality by Dani Hart



I am Arie Belle and up until my mother’s unexpected and mysterious death my life had been pretty simple, but then things became dark and, at times, hopeless.  Even my uncanny ability to communicate with nature had turned its back on me.  My only saving grace is my lifetime friendship with the boy next door, River, whom I had always thought of as my soul mate up until my eighteenth birthday when everything seemed to change.  My body tingles with heightened sensations and my emotions veer out of control.  They are further tested when Ashe, a beautiful stranger with a powerful draw, enters my life and challenges my heart and soul.  Amidst the rush of feelings after years of numbness, my true destiny slowly unravels and my journey to find out what I am, to find my mother’s killer, and stop my own death becomes a frantic rush before the next full moon.  This powerful story encaptures the true meaning of love and the dark corners of life that can either suck you in or save you.

Reality will captivate you from the first page! Your imagination will be on fire!” ~Amanda

“This book is an original and I have read many books of different genres and I have never read one like this.” ~Nichole

“I don’t think I have ever read a book that has brought my imagination to life quite like this one. I cannot believe how real everything felt! It was creative, mysterious, unique and adventurous all in one.” ~Rachel

“This is one of those stories that draws you in and keeps you guessing.” ~Tatianna




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Excerpt

“I don’t know what it was about today, but I was starting to feel alive again. My body was responding in ways it never had before. I let him hold me for what seemed like an eternity. Time turned into hours rather than minutes and my breathing became irregular. My vision turned crisp and clear among the darkness and shadows of night. River turned me around and touched my face gently. His fingertips caused electric shocks to pass over my skin. I closed my eyes and let the chill of the night be swallowed by the heat generating between us. I could hear the creatures of the night dancing across the broken fall leaves on the ground and the hoots of owls that filled the tree lines. I swear I could even hear the whisper of baby birds being tucked into their nests. All of my senses seemed to be heightened and I was enjoying every moment of it. A soft pressure pushed on my lips and I could taste the sweetness of River. The tingle on my lips erupted into explosions as I responded desperately. The passion between us rose by the second as if our bodies had been waiting an eternity for us to kiss again. His hands crawled down my back increasing the intensity of the moment. My hands had become limp in the embrace, but now came alive and found his face and locks of hair. I felt more alive in this moment then I had in years. I wanted more! River pushed me up against the car as the desperation in our kiss intensified. And then it was quiet. The rustling of the leaves stopped, the owls went silent, and the quiet whispers of the birds ceased.” ~Reality



My Review:
★★★★★

Awesome debut book from Ms. Hart! Reality is well written with great character development and a unique & beautifully told story line. It's completely different and more original than your typical paranormal read, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

The imagery was incredible and just so vivid, it was like a picture being painted in my mind. You're immediately drawn into this amazingly detailed world where nothing is what you expected nor anything you could have planned for. I think the big question while reading is, "What is Arie?!" The suspense was literally killing me! I was practically pulling my hair out for the 1st half of the book trying to figure out what exactly Arie could be. (And no, I'm not telling! You'll just have to find out for yourself.) I was pleasantly surprised with the big reveal and even more intrigued than when I first started reading. Well done, Ms. Hart. You have clearly mastered the art of the suspenseful build up in your first attempt!

I was absolutely blown away by the depth of Arie's character and her range of emotions. I really connected with her and was just completely drawn into her life's story. I love a book that can make me feel every emotion under the sun. To physically have my heart ache for a character is an amazing achievement on the authors part.

She did a wonderful job of tying up all the loose ends yet left enough room for more to come in the series. I'm looking forward to the next installment and would whole-heartedly recommend this awesome book to those who love a good escape into another….reality. (Pun intended) 




About the Author:


My passion for writing started at a very young age. It started with a multitude of diaries as soon as I could write well, then poetry, then short stories. I received my BA at USC in Theatre with an unofficial minor in writing. While at USC I wrote my first screenplay and post-graduation I was hired to write another screenplay, which I did successfully. I have since started several books, but have never had the courage or time to finish them. I missed it, but I was discouraged from my years in the industry and I was scared to go back, so I had convinced myself I was too busy and it would be a waste of time. Then I started reading again which reignited my passion for writing. I started writing a story that had been brewing inside of me over the years. The characters were slowly developing and itching to break out onto paper, so in the summer of 2011 I wrote the first two chapters. Life got busy again and my passion was pushed aside, but then I met an amazing person who loved my story and encouraged me to start writing again. With that said, I am in a happier place now. I am fulfilling my inner desire and passion to write while raising a family and living life. Thank you so much for your support! And I hope to keep the stories coming!!!


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