Monday, January 12, 2015

DUSK Release Day Launch with Review, Promo, Excerpt and Giveaway


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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy's DUSK! DUSK is the second novel in her The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series, a New Adult Paranormal Romance. The Order of the books is: Dire, Dusk, Dawn. Enter to win a paperback copy of DIRE then grab your copy of DUSK today!

DuskTitle: DUSK (Dire Wolves Chronicles #2)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: January 12. 2015

About DUSK:

The Dire Wolves Chronicles continue...

After you have sacrificed your freedom what else is there to lose?

Mary Anne has given her word to Hunter that she’ll stay as his mate, but every second she spends with him takes her further away from Gage when he needs her the most.

Caught between love and duty, Mary Anne discovers that her troubles are just beginning, and that sometimes love comes at a great price.
Review for DIRE #1

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DireDon’t miss DIRE, the first book in The Dire Wolves Chronicles…  
About DIRE: Dire: The Dire Wolves Chronicles Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything. It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?

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 4 Stars 
January 9. 2015
Copy provided by Author for Honest Review

DUSK picks up directly in the anxious scene where we are left in DIRE. (And a heads up for the next book, the ending is barely a cliffhanger and won't leave you as anxious for more, as reading DIRE did.) After Mary  Anne promises to be Hunter's in every way, literally giving herself to him, he does as she asks and saves Gage's life. Then again what is her life worth without Gage? Even if they cannot be together.. However by saving Gage's life, Gage is no longer a simple human but one of the rare Dire wolves and he has a lot of learning to do, his normal human ways no longer cut it when simply becoming agitated can cause him to shift.  He may view himself as a regular old werewolf but after a few shifts, runs and hunts, even Gage can tell is a new man. The Dires' are larger, stronger and highly feared thus the secrecy behind their identities. A new man who even more determined now than ever for Mary Anne to be his. 

Mary Anne wants nothing more than to see Gage, talk to Gage or just be near him. But now that she promised to be the mate of Alpha Hunter, everyone goes out of their way to keep them apart. Mary Anne tries her hardest to resist Hunter. For the most part, she knows she could be with him, but that would be in a world without Gage, a world for her that does not and will never exist. Hunter tries his hardest to be irresistible. And at times he is more than attentive and sweet, he's overpowering but understanding even when all he wants is to claim his mate. 

One interesting addition to this book was finding out why Hunter was so convinced that Mary Anne was his mate. Considering the fact that Gage and Mary Anne were involved in a wreck caused by the wolves, she wants to understand his obsession. Finding out she plays a starring role in his dreams, makes Mary Anne even more skeptical and uses this to her advantage in trying to prove she is not the mate for Hunter. The two bicker but the sexual tension between the two of them is always sparking until Mary Anne remembers her guilt and pushes him away. At times it is hard to dislike Hunter. In fact it's hard to truly be sure whether Mary Anne should be with Gage or Hunter. Of course I'd love for her to win in the end and win both of them, especially since now Gage is a part of the Dire life, but there's no way either man would settle for that. Then again if Mary Anne is right and she is not the woman of Hunter's dreams, that means she's still out there waiting and if he happens to mate with Mary Anne then he'll be SOL. 

Overall DUSK was a great addition to the series and from start to finish the plot was engaging and I couldn't put it down. After Gage loses his temper over hearing about Mary Anne and he shifts in public even more drama ensues. There is a reason the Dire wolves are so secretive, why they use the vilest witches to cloak them and why there are so few of them left. They have enemies too, enemies who want nothing more than to extinguish the Dire race. Mary Anne is willing to do anything to save Gage, again. But what happens when Hunter and the rest of the gang are caught in the crossfire.??? I'm anxious to see if Mary Anne and Gage will come back to save the day or run off into the sunset and hide. Perhaps Gage can win Mary Anne's favor and find a way to save the gang and win the girl.. Only time will tell. Can't wait for the final in the series. I just hope there are HEA's for everyone....

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Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author Photo      About Alyssa Rose Ivy: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.      

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“Hunter?” she asked in a low voice as we sat in front of the fire downstairs. We’d started back with our favorite evening ritual, only now she sat right at my side. The rest the pack was giving us plenty of space. There were benefits to being Alpha.
“Yes?” I smiled at her. She was so beautiful. I zeroed in on her lips, needing to claim them with my own.
“Tell me about your dreams.”
“My dreams?” I put an arm around her and pulled her down into my side. I could feel her heartbeat and that put me at ease. “What kind of dreams?”
“What kind do you have?”
“The usual types I guess.”
“Are they ever about me?” She looked up at me with those expressive eyes of hers.
“You mean now? Are you asking if I dream about you?”
“Now. Before.”
“Before? Why would I have dreamed about you before I met you? How would that be possible?” Someone had told her something. That someone was going to be in a lot of trouble.
“How is it possible that you’re a wolf? I’m starting to believe that anything is possible.”
I ignored her use of the term wolf. It wasn’t worth an argument. She’d start calling us Dires eventually. “Do you really want to know?” The can of worms had been opened. There was no turning back.
“Yes. Why else would I ask?”
“Come here.” I gestured with my hand.
“I am here.”
“On to my lap.” If she wanted something from me, I was getting something from her.
“You want me to sit on your lap?”
“You know exactly what I’m asking you to do.”
She put a leg over mine and straddled my lap. She settled herself down, awakening my body even more than it already was. “Happy now?”
“I’m always happy when you’re with me.”
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