Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Enlightened Tour and Review

What do you get when you mix vampires, yogis and healers? Enlightened!

Vampires and healers and yogis, OH MY!  There’s light and love waiting for Loti Dupree, if only she can figure out how to stay alive.

Title: Enlightened
Author: Melissa Lummis
Genre: Paranormal
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Loti Dupree’s meager healing abilities have been more a curse than a blessing.  What’s the point if she can’t even save her husband from cancer?  Harboring a painful secret, Loti flees the life they had in a small Appalachian town for the ashram, the spiritual retreat where she trained to be a yogini.  But she finds herself running from more than grief when an ominous nightmare sets her on a dangerous path of self-discovery that challenges everything she believes, and threatens her life.
While dodging psychic attacks from an unknown assailant, Loti races to understand who and what she is before her enemy can catch up with her. To make matters worse, events throw her into the arms of a handsome but frustrating vampire.  Love and light are waiting for her—if she can only figure out how to stay alive.

Melissa Lummis has done a fabulous job in her debut novel.  This book does not disappoint!  The character creation is well done and well thought out.  The story itself is wonderful.  I loved how she has joined the differing cultures from the yoga aspect on through to the vampires.

I don't want to give away anything in the story because it truly is a must read.  But character wise, we have Loti who seems so broken at first.  She lost her husband and is basically falling apart.  We have her best friend Rachel who has been very supportive during this horrible time in Loti's life.  And we have Wolf, a Vampire!  Yes I said a Vampire, but he is so different from all the other Vampires and no he doesn't sparkle.

The cast of this book is full, we have Vampires, Healers, Witches, and other paranormal creatures.  I loved how Melissa Lummis combined all of these with the normal ashram type lifestyle.  I thought it was such a unique way of bringing together such different creatures.  I for one cannot wait to read more from this talented Author and this series in particular.

I must tell you now though, if you have children they won't be eating dinner on time, and you won't be going to bed at an acceptable time because you will be far too busy being sucked into an entirely new and unique world.  One which I for one didn't really want to see end.  5 stars for this beautiful work and I can't wait to see more from this very talented author.

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

Melissa Lummis considers herself a truth seeker, a peaceful warrior, a paranormal and fantasy writer, an avid reader, a thru-hiker GAME ’98, a wife, a mother, and a free thinker.  She believes the universe conspires to help an adventurer.  And if we live our lives as if it is a daring adventure (and it is!), then everything we need will find its way to us.
The author lives in rural Virginia with her husband, two children, an Alaskan Malamute and a myriad of forest creatures.  The nature of her mind dictates that she write to stay sane.  Otherwise, her fertile imagination takes off on tangents of its own accord, creating scenarios and worlds that confuse the space-time continuum. Namaste, dear friends.

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