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Monday, March 25, 2013

Review, Spotlight, & Giveaway - Special Offers by M.L. Ryan

Be sure to check out my interview with M.L. Ryan HERE!

Special Offers
The Coursodon Dimension Series – Book 1
M.L. Ryan
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Running with Scissors Publishing
ISBN: 978-0615672762 
Number of pages: 216
Word Count: 63,000
Cover Artist: M.L. Ryan

As soon as Hailey Parrish discovered her husband was cheating with her co-worker, she swore off men. She had to find another job when her boss went to prison for being a pimp in his spare time. Three years later, Hailey still hadn’t gone on a date and she milks chinchilla for a living. Her life is about to get weirder.  
While in pursuit of inter-dimensional miscreants who use their arcane powers to prey upon humans, Sebastian Kess was ambushed and mortally wounded. To save his life, he used his own magic to convert his soul to binary code and transfer it into Hailey’s soon-to-be shipped Kindle eBook reader. When Hailey inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined.

Hailey must come to grips with the existence of the parallel dimension of Coursodon and the realization that magically inclined non-humans walk the world while dealing with Sebastian’s arrogant banter in her head.  Her predicament also introduces her to another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland.  The action moves from Hailey’s hometown of Tucson, Arizona to New England and across Europe as she and Alex try to return Sebastian to his own body while staying one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is.  

Special Offers, the first book of the Coursodon Dimension Series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.

Paperback edition: Amazon | B&N | CreateSpace

There's something very disconcerting about waking up before the sun comes up. Seriously, if god had wanted us to get up when it was still dark out, he wouldn't have given us eyelids.
"I don't know how you can stand to drink it black," she countered. "Besides, it's like having coffee and a doughnut all in one without the extra fat. It's really a very sensible diet strategy."
I woke up thinking I must be making progress. Usually in my dreams I ran them over after I set them on fire.
My eyes grew wide with recognition. "You're the assho - uh, guy from the phone?" I quickly corrected.
"Yes. I'm the asshole."
This was awkward.
I could imagine the conversation at work on Monday. "What did you do over the weekend, Hailey?" "Not much, I was taken over by a man in my Kindle."
"Let me get this straight," he began finally. "You've accepted that you are essentially possessed by a supernatural being who trapped himself in your Kindle to avoid destruction by a sociopathic outlaw, but you are questioning if the process is technically feasible?"

While drinking her morning coffee before work one day, Hailey Parrish realizes that she has way too many books. When she checks her email, there's one from Amazon, touting their latest Kindle - with special offers - for $79. One click and one day shipping later, Hailey is the proud owner of more than she bargained for.

Sebastian Kess is an enforcer of sorts from a parallel dimension. While on a mission, Sebastian ran into some trouble, and his essence ended up in what would soon be Hailey's Kindle. When she turns her Kindle on, Sebastian moves out of the Kindle and into Hailey. Let the fun begin!

Strange things start to happen to Hailey, and she feels like she's losing her mind. Enter Alex Sunderland, the oh-so-handsome and sexy man who just might be the one to break her three-year dateless streak. After an interesting evening at the bar, Hailey is pretty sure she's ready for a mental hospital. Alex follows her home and tries to explain the situation to Hailey.

Alex and Hailey work on finding out where Sebastian's body is so they can get him out of Hailey. Taking an impromptu vacation from her chinchilla-milking job, she jets off with Alex on a quest to make Sebastian whole again.

Hailey copes pretty well with all the things she learns about Sebastian, Alex, the parallel dimension, and magic. She doesn't flip out, and gets some sweet revenge on Sebastian a few times. And I will never look at chopsticks the same way again.

Some fun things to watch out for in Special Offers  are the shower scene (why is it always a shower?), the great coffee debate (black or not?), her new-found love (HA!) of scotch, and of course, the interaction between Sebastian and Hailey.  Also, she doesn't put in too many appearances, but Hailey's mother is entertaining, too. I love her ring tone!

Special Offers is delightful read with action, adventure, romance and magic. With the cliffhanger ending, I'm very glad that the second book in the series, Special Rewards, is already out. That way, I don't have to wait too long to find out what happens next!

 M.L. Ryan is a professional woman — not that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job in which she spends a lot of time writing dry science non-Fiction. In an effort to strengthen the less logical side of her brain, she decided to write some of the many stories rolling around in her head.  She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband, son, four cats, two dogs and two adopted desert tortoises.

Where to find M.L.:

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  1. Wow! That definitely sounds original! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  3. Sounds like a fun read! On my TBR list now!


  4. It's absolutely an original and fun read!

  5. Hey Reanna! Thanks for the great review and the opportunity for your followers to get to know Special Offers better.

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