Thursday, July 18, 2013

Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann (Author Guest Post / Book Review)

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Author Guest Post

Ten Things Readers Would Be Surprised To Know About Me
By: Author Marni Mann

1. I’m from the same hometown - Bangor, Maine - as Stephen King. He also lives about fifteen minutes away from me in Florida. I’m not stalking him. I promise.

2. I’m extremely sensitive to smells. This usually doesn’t work in my favor, especially when I’m out in public, stuck in a small, cramped space. But then there are times when a scent triggers a memory and I’m filled with nostalgia and I wish I could recreate those moments every day.

3. I treat my dogs - Bella, a Yellow Lab and Codi, a Maltese - like they’re my children. I might be jealous of them. No, I’m definitely jealous of their lives.

4. Since I was a kid, I’ve had an obsession with macaroni and ketchup. I have to force myself not to eat it every day.

5. Out of all the states and countries I’ve traveled to, Italy is my favorite. It’s my special place, and I hope to be able to live there one day.

6. I met my husband my freshman year in college and we’ve been together since my sophomore year. Instead of aging myself, I’ll just say that was…quite a few years ago. He’s my best friend, my everything.

7. Music has a huge presence in my life, so does chocolate, coffee, and sushi. The perfect day is when I can combine all four, along with friends, laughter, and love.

8. All of my protagonists come to me in dreams. They also wake me up very early in the morning, refusing to let me sleep in or think about anyone besides them. I’m not sure why I create such needy, demanding women, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

9. I would take flip-flops over heels any day.

10. I can touch my tongue to my nose, fold it into a four-leaf clover and wiggle my ears, but not all at the same time. That might have to be my next trick.

About The Author

A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she's not nose deep in her laptop, she's scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children.

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Book Review

Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann
Publisher: Entice by Booktrope
Publication Date: July 17, 2013
Format: eBook - 256 pages / Kindle - 455 KB / Nook - 825 KB
ISBN: 9781620153420
Genre: Erotica

BUY THE BOOK: Seductive Shadows

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.

Book Description:

Charlie is a passionate, sensually inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from an abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure and contact leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security, the money provides financial freedom, and the madam’s authority is the mother figure she longs for.But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets the renowned yet mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense, baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. He’s sexy, and not in a subtle way. Cameron stimulates her art, intellect and desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, Charlie discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mansion, shattering everything she thought to be true.

Provocative, intoxicating and erotic, Seductive Shadows is the unforgettable tale of a young woman’s discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a memorable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.

This book is for mature audiences 17+. It contains explicit language and sexual content.

Book Excerpt:

I wasn’t a prostitute. I was an artist who used her fingers to paint a fantasy and her body fulfilled it. The muse, or the canvas, but always the artist. And when I was desired by men was when I felt the most creative.

Just because I was hired to provide pleasure, didn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy every moment of passion and every uninhibited deviant thought. I was turned on by the cameras that would point toward my bed, the lust that would be whispered in my ears, and playing out the fantasy that I would compose. Not knowing anything about these men, what the top half of their faces looked like, their names, meant they also knew nothing about me. I would never have to discuss my past or the accident; the only thing I would have to unzip would be my lingerie. I would have enough money to pay off my mother’s debt in a reasonable amount of time and take more than one class a semester. The arrangement was perfect.

But then I met Cameron. With icy, baby blue eyes so intense...he was sexy, and not in a subtle way. Bold and confident, he inspired my art and challenged my emotions and, for the first time since the accident, I felt a strong connection to another person.

I had a burning desire to trust Cameron, to escape the dark life I had been leading and reveal to him the wounds of my soul…until I discovered a devastating connection between my past and the mansion. And in the midst of all the truth I uncovered, I learned my life was in imminent danger....

My Book Review:

Seductive Shadows is a gritty and provocative story of one girl's journey of self discovery. Written in the first person narrative, author Marni Mann weaves an enticing, dark, and emotional tale that delves into the life of Charlie, a twenty-three year old art student. Charlie has had a troubled life, through her passion for art, she tries to escape her abusive past with a neglectful and alcoholic mother, and the memory of a tragic accident that occurred five years ago, but the past still haunts her, leaving her scarred and unable to love. Charlie uses art as a way to channel her emotions and sexual acts as a way to forget her past. Charlie accepts a position in a high class brothel that allows her to hide behind a mask as Cee, her alter-ego that enables her to leave Charlie behind. When she meets a fellow artist named Cameron, she finds someone who she can trust and love. Cameron encourages Charlie to take the journey toward self-discovery in order to move forward with her life.

Seductive Shadows is so much more than an erotic tale, it is a riveting story that takes the reader to a deeper and emotional level as it delves into a flawed person's journey to come out of the recesses of her dark shadowy past and into the light in search of herself. The author does a wonderful job of creating layers upon layers within this story, alternating between flashbacks to the past with the present, she entices the reader with intriguing twists and turns as each of the layers are uncovered. You can't help but feel for Charlie as her story unfolds. From her troubled life with her mother, to the tragedy and loss of her best friend, to the choices she has made in her life, it is easy for the reader to relate and understand Charlie, feel her pain, and cheer as her journey leads her towards self-discovery and moving forward in her life. This story deserves to have a sequel, it's open-ended and surprising conclusion leaves the reader wanting more. I would love to be able to continue to follow Charlie and Cameron's story, I know they have more to tell the readers.

Seductive Shadows is a thrilling and provocative story, it is captivating and thought-provoking, it is simply a must read.


1 comment:

  1. I love the 10 things about Marni! In a few years, we hope to travel to Italy...I can't wait!