Friday, April 13, 2012

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: Trinity Bound by Carrie Ann Ryan | Interview, Review, & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Carrie Ann Ryan, who I interviewed about her latest novel "Trinity Bound," which is the 3rd book in Redwood Pack Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to comment on this post to be able to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from April 2 - 13, 2012]

My Q&A with Carrie Ann Ryan :

Jess : Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Carrie Ann : Hi! Thank you for having me here today! I’m a twenty-six year old paranormal romance author by night and a chemist by day. But while I do all that, I’m a romance lover at heart.

Jess : How long have you been a published author? And what has being an author been like for you?

Carrie Ann : My first book, "An Alpha’s Path," came out Dec 1st, 2011. For me, it doesn’t seem real. I love writing and reading romance. But it’s so weird (in a fabulously amazing way) to have people email and Facebook me that they’ve read my work...and actually like it! LOL

Jess : Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

Carrie Ann : Most? Maddox. I love him. My crit partner, Lia Davis, and I will have a bare-knuckle fight over him one day. But it will totally be worth it! (And Lia, I’d SO win. LOL)

Least? Corbin. Have you met the guy? *shudders* He creeps me out more than the demon, Caym. I re-read some of Corbin’s scenes after I write them and shudder.

Jess : What sparked the idea for your most recent novel, "Trinity Bound?"

Carrie Ann : While writing "A Taste for a Mate," Reed came out to me. Literally. I didn’t know he was bi until he told Willow that day in his art’s studio. And then I couldn’t decide who Reed should be with since I thought he would always be with Hannah. But the two of them needed someone else.

And that’s how I found Josh. *sigh* I love Josh.

Jess : If you had to describe Hannah, Reed, & Josh (from "Trinity Bound") in one word, what would it be?

Carrie Ann : Reed: Heart

Hannah: Soul

Reed: Strength

All Three: Stronger.

Jess : Which usually comes first for you, the character(s) story or the idea for the novel?

Carrie Ann : I’m a character author. I find out which characters are in my head and then the story comes to me. At least that’s how it’s worked out so far.

Jess : What is your latest published book? And if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

Carrie Ann : "Trinity Bound" came out just about a week ago. And I don’t think I’d change anything about it. I really love this book.

Jess : How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?

Carrie Ann : I have written four books and am halfway through two more. Right now..."Trinity Bound" is my favorite. Mostly because it was the first time that all my characters actually spoke to me then ENTIRE time. Plus, I think I found who I was as a writer by this point. Which is always a plus.

Jess : Do you have any other projects in the works? If so, can you share a little of your current work with us?

Carrie Ann : Soooo many! Next up is "A Night Away," book 3.5 in the Redwood Pack series. I wanted to write a Kade and Mel novella so everyone could see how they were doing. That comes out May 1st.

I’m also writing "Dust of My Wings," book 1 in the Dante’s Circle series. It’s a book about an angel, Shade, who needs to reclaim his dust to protect the secrets of the supernaturals. However, a human lab tech, Lily, may stand in his way.

The entire Dante’s Circle series is set in a world where the humans aren’t really human...but they don’t know it. It will take something drastic to change that. And it just might happen.

Jess : Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews??

Carrie Ann : My favorite author. I know, I know. It’s one of the questions I always ask because sometimes I get an answer. But I have over 100 favorite authors...I love them all! LOL

About the Author :

Carrie Ann Ryan is a paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Her first book, "An Alpha's Path," is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She love meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers.

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Kindle Edition - File Size: 472 KB | Expected Release Date: March 2012 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Goddess Fish Promotions

"Trinity Bound" [Redwood Pack Series, Book 3] by Carrie Ann Ryan

My Book Summary : Towards the end of "A Taste for a Mate" Reed sacrificed himself to be captured by the Centrals so his sister-in-law, Willow, wouldn't be caught by them again. Therefore, "Trinity Bound" begins with Reed chained and hurt within the Centrals dungeon with a woman, Hannah, who Reed knows is his mate and plans on doing anything he can to protect her from their captors. However, even though he feels that Hannah is his mate, he also feels like there is something missing too.

Hannah is an earth witch, who has just lost everything when the Centrals took her (from them killing her mother to destroying her shop), and has the rare ability to heal. So even though she has been with the Centrals for a few weeks already, when she sees Reed take beating after beating on her behave, she can't help but want to heal him. Soon they both find a way to help each other within their captivity but they still need to find a way to escape....

Josh is an ex-SEAL and a human who is already aware of the supernatural world because of his own rare ability to be able to Find people. So, when he hears two teenagers talking about how Hannah and Reed were taken into the Centrals den, he suddenly has a desire that he needs to find them no matter what. However, when he gets to rescue them he gets more than he expected. Josh realizes that they are mates yet he desires them both, even though he's never had feelings (sexual or otherwise) for guys before.

Reed knows as soon as he meets Josh in the dungeon that Josh is that something missing he was looking for. Josh is Reed's other mate. Will all of them be able to deal with living in a Trinity Bond? Will they even want to, even if Reed doesn't want to let either of them go? And when the Centrals' demon decides to hurt, what might be going on between all of them, will they be able to make it through it all together or will they end up losing someone they are all starting to love?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, fall into the middle of the Centrals den with Hannah, Reed, & Josh where you'll find out what it means to be and have a mate that you'll do anything for at, almost, any cost. This dynamic trio encompasses a wonderful chemistry that is combustible and endearing at the same time. So much so, that you root for them throughout this novel.

When reading this book I kept being reminded of Lee Brice's song "A Woman Like You" because it's a song about what he would do if he never met his wife, which is the basic theme (that I saw) throughout this novel. Since even though Josh, Hannah, & Reed are all interested in each other, their relationship seems to be moving too quickly for some of them, then to add in their personal insecurities/demons and/or dealing with what society thinks should be the norm, they all have to overcome those things to be able to want to be together. So, that song kind of wraps up this novel for me in a way of saying, "I'd rather be with you then be without you," which is what Reed keeps stressing and trying to prove to both Josh & Hannah throughout the book.

The characters in this novel, old and new, are wonderful to read about!! Of course, I loved the main characters, Reed especially. However, I liked (as always) getting the update on the rest of the Jamenson clan. Plus, getting to hear about Mel & Willow's babies. Then to top it off about what I'm hoping will happen for Maddox and a certain girl that just joined their ranks, made me very happy to read the updates going on in the Redwood Pack.

With that being said, I HIGHLY recommend this book to those who already like the Redwood Pack Series!! And for anyone who hasn't read this series yet then I'd tell you that if you like paranormal/werewolf romances then this is the series for you!!

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : I want a Werewolf Husband - March 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 2

Author's Series Extras : Meet the Jamenson Family

Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser #1
“Wait,” Josh interrupted. “Cailin is the baby at twenty-three?”
“I told you I’m almost a century—ninety-eight actually. Cailin’s still our baby sister. And with six older brothers she doesn’t forget it.” Reed gave a smile only a big brother bent on terrorizing his younger sister could give.
Or at least that’s what Josh thought a look of terrorizing one’s little sister would look like. He didn’t have any siblings to really know.
“Wow, I’m only twenty-five. You must think I’m a toddler.” Hannah looked troubled at this thought, but didn’t bite her lip.
Reed reached out and held her hand. “It’s not the same thing at all. Cailin and you are both adults. It’s just Cailin’s my sister, while you are definitely not.” Reed smiled, and Josh felt as though he was intruding.
“And you’re pretty close to my age—twenty-nine.” Josh pointed to himself with a ladle.
“Well thank the goddess for that.” Hannah said. “I guess we’ll just have to be careful with the old man over here.”
Reed looked on in mock-outrage. ~ within Chapter 8
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Carrie Ann, then please check out her website.

Book Excerpt :

Reed planted his feet, his fists clenched. Josh did the same on the other side of her, yet with a gun in one hand and a blade in another. As a human, he would need all the protection he could get. A gun wouldn’t necessarily kill the beasts, but it would slow them down. And frankly, he looked damn sexy all armored up. Reed too, with his natural charisma.

And, totally not the time again to let her thoughts wonder.

But what a place they would go.

Hannah gave a nod to both men and closed her eyes, calling to the Earth. She may be a Healer, but she could still go on the offensive with the Earth and kick ass if she had too. Well, at least she hoped he could. She’d trained with her mother – Hannah held back that sharp pain of loss – but she really hadn’t used it, and tiredness ached her bones.

Another wolf’s howl echoed in the not too far distance. Hannah concentrated and moved her arms like an orchestra conductor to take a large pile of soil, rocks and roots in her hold. The resulting mass looked like a crested wave and slammed into the wolves trying to come from behind in a sneak attack.

Stupid wolves. Didn’t they know she could feel them when they trampled heavy-footed on her Earth?

Josh and Reed each granted her a look of pleasant surprise, then a sexy smile.

They’d underestimated her. They wouldn’t do it again.

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  1. I have really enjoyed following your tour. I love the way you describe the characters. You make them come alive.

  2. Can't wait for Trinity bound I just finished the first 2 Redwood pack books and loved them! great following you around on the tour :)

  3. I have enjoyed following on your tour. I love all the interviews, character descriptions, everything. I will be starting the series soon. Thanks,
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  4. Ok, Carrie Anne, you are a chemist? Wow, I don't necessarily envy you because I wouldn't want to be one (I remember a lot of math and memorization from my chemistry days), but cool! Do you find writing lets you be more creative than your day job, or do you get to create there too?

  5. Jess...Well-written review! I like your turn of a phrase, describing the trio as having "wonderful chemistry that is combustible and endearing at the same time." Carrie Ann is so good at generating sizzle!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks Catherine! I agree Carrie Ann is definitely good at that! =0)

  6. I loved Trinity Bound and I'm looking forward to the next books in this series!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  7. An Earth Witch and an exSEAL - I mean it just can't get any better?


  8. Wonderful job and very interesting as always! Thanks for the reviews and interviews .....


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