When I was invited to be a part of this tour hosted by Confessions of a Bookaholic for the audiobook release of Brenda Pandos’ THE EMERALD TALISMAN, I jumped at the chance. I have been wanting to read this series for ages – not only do I own signed print copies of the series, but I own the eBooks too.
I can’t wait to meet Julia and Nicholas and find out just what Julia’s destiny is. I’m so curious as to why Nicholas, a vampire hunter, has superhuman strength. And I want to meet this “old friend” that tries to lure Julia to the dark side.
This first book in the series sounds action-packed and exciting. But he description is below, so you can see for yourself. I’ve also included a little bit about the author and places to find her online should you wish to learn more about her, her characters and her books.
About the Book
You can run from your destiny, but you can’t hide.
If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students’ emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class.
When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she’s devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same.
Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it’ll require Nicholas’ life.
The audiobook edition of THE EMERALD TALISMAN was released on September 20, 2012.
Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household, and herself.
Three years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy: The Emerald Talisman, The Sapphire Talisman, and The Onyx Talisman, and Mer Tales: Everblue and Evergreen. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.
For my stop today, the author shared a scene from Chapter 9, from her character Nicholas’ perspective.
It is very telling about just what kind of person Nicholas is – jealous, possessive, hopeful, protective. And it also gives some insight into Julia’s character.
This is the scene from Nicholas’ perspective when Julia and Phil are talking on the beach (Chapter 9)
I watched Julia walk from her car, shoulders slouched, face pensive. Twice she doubled back, but then turned around, still headed towards the beach.
If she really didn’t want to go, why is she here?
More than anything I wanted to come beside her, take her hand and be her date for this silly bonfire. This was a step in the right direction though. It often puzzled me why she shied away from people, tending to stick with her regular group of friends or be alone.
I scanned the crowd, picking out Katie and Samantha, willing them to spot her. Julia somewhat scanned the crowd as well but quickly looked down.
Is she here to meet someone else? Another guy perhaps?
The thought made my blood boil. Even though this part of my guardianship seemed the hardest, knowing some day she’d meet the man of her dreams made me fraught with jealousy. My chest ached, watching her flounder then finally take a seat by the fire. The flames reflected in her eyes, bringing out the hints of green and brown. She flipped her blonde hair off her shoulders to cascade down her back, exposing the nape of her slender neck. It took all my strength to keep me rooted in my hideout, only wanting to touch her again, to wrap my arms over her shoulders, to nuzzle my nose into her neck and smell her skin.
I shook the vision out of my head. Our relationship, or lack thereof was purely business. I had to keep my distance so she didn’t get drug into my messy life.
Sam spotted Julia and ran up to see her. They are talking, but she’s not here to be with Julia. Sam’s got a guy with her, her date.
They whisper but I hear what they say clearly.
“Please don’t leave,” Sam says in her ear.
Again, Julia flounders and takes her beach towel, moving further down the beach. I’m tempted to go sit by her but I take out her note to reread instead. The pain is clear. I can’t risk hurting her again. I’ll bear the burden alone and let her move on. I have to.
“Pretty cool, huh?”
Her voice cuts through the night like a sweet sonnet of a bird. I cringe, putting the note back in my pocket, looking for the source of this guy – Phil.
He sits by Julia to watch the waves with her, making her fidget. I don’t like the way he flirts with her. I want to leave, but I can’t help but listen.
“You have a girlfriend?”
Julia sounds disappointed, but I’m a little relieved.
“…Where’s your boyfriend?” I hear him ask innocently.
Then it all makes sense. By already having a girlfriend, he could get to know her on the guise of friendship, and then once he knows Julia could be his, he dumps the girl back home.
She’s buying it. She’s confiding in him, telling him more. Telling him the whole story about us.
My heart rips to shreds hearing the details from her point of view, this time with the mountain lion included. Instead of the hero, I’m now the villain.
“This guy sounds bipolar.”
“He does, doesn’t he?”
At their laughter, my blood starts to boil. All I want to do was to kick the crap out of Phil. I had to figure out a way to release my aggression before I did.
I pull a stake from within the folds of my jacket and flip it in my hand. In an hour, I could run the parameter of the city and be back to see her safely home.
And maybe get a few vamps.
Well that is one jealous vampire hunter…
Of course now I’m curious to see what happens between Julia and Phil. Hopefully nothing. But I guess I’ll have to read… or listen to… the book to find out more.
And for just a taste of what you can expect from the audiobook edition, just click the link below.
Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour – which will be headed back here on the 19th – for some awesome guest posts and reviews. Also, be sure to check out author Brenda Pandos’ blog for an amazing giveaway AND to follow the scavenger hunt….
Nov. 12 – A Life Bound By Books – Guest Post
Nov. 13 – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post
Nov. 14 – Fiktshun – Scene from Nicholas’ POV
Nov. 15 – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post with Phil
Nov. 16 – Confessions of a Bookaholic – Top 5 list
Nov. 17 – Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews – Review