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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Twilight Over Moldavia by Stephanie Burkhart

Twilight Over Moldavia

by Stephanie Burkhart

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BLURB:

Romanian unification is on the horizon and the spirited Crown Princess of Carpathia, Caroline, would prefer to ride horses and archery to embroidery and dancing. Complicating her life is her recent discovery that she's a witch.

Prince Stefan Sigmaringen travels to Carpathia to meet Caroline. He discovers he has much in common with her. He also learns that a strange man, Timon, has an unnatural interest in him.


Upon Stefan's engagement, he overhears his mother confessing to a horrible secret – she cursed him in order to conceive him and Stefan will become a werewolf when he turns eighteen. There is a condition to overcome the curse, but it will require Stefan to draw on all his inner strength and Caroline, her courage. Can they break the foul enchantment and secure their future or will Stefan give himself over to the lupine curse that haunts his family?


Excerpt:

Caroline spun in the direction of the noise, effortlessly drawing an arrow and hitching it to her bow. A horse neighed, and bushes about fifty meters ahead of her rustled.

Someone was there, watching. But who? A blast of adrenaline rocketed through her. She wasn't about to let her guard down. It wasn't wise of her to be looking for Edwina's scarf with the Sigmaringens due to arrive today, but she believed in following her heart. She prayed on this occasion she hadn't been reckless. Spying a hint of color among the leaves, she let the arrow fly, determined to protect her ladies.

"Ow!" A man's deep voice shouted.

Caroline grimaced. She hoped she hadn't hurt anyone. Her arrow had merely been intended to scare away whoever was watching, not to harm them. Racing forward, she parted the bushes and came upon two young men around her age, both in riding clothes.

Caroline's gaze fell upon the young man on the horse. Their eyes locked. Her cheeks warmed, and some indefinable spark passed between them that heated her body. Oh, she had noticed several handsome guards under her father's command, but this man was different. His malachite eyes spoke of duty, the same sense of duty she harbored, yet hinted at a desire for mischief. His cheekbones were sharp, giving him an almost lupine appearance. He had an air of authority about him, a commanding presence that demanded respect.

His square jaw tensed visibly, and her gaze drifted down his leg. Her arrow had ripped his riding pants and blood trickled from a small flesh wound.

Concern flooded through her. She dropped her bow, pulled her scarf from around her neck, and rushed forward.

"I'm so sorry." The words gushed out as clumsily as she moved. "I didn't mean to harm you."

His mouth spread into a thin-lipped smile. Was he displeased? She couldn't blame him. Still, he said nothing. Caroline placed a hand on his thigh, and a rip current of energy shot up her arm. The space around him glowed brightly, and deep, unspoken desire flamed inside her.

Mine.

She shook off the sudden, possessive thought and wrapped the scarf around his leg. The blood stained it, but she applied pressure with her hand and the bleeding stopped. Her heart beat a wild tattoo. His leg was well muscled, exuding power. When she looked back up at him, she couldn't deny that he was a handsome man with a beautifully proportioned body that heated her body with desire from their shared touch. She felt alive in a way she couldn't explain. But what man could ever desire the outdoorsy Crown Princess of Carpathia?

"What's your name?" he asked in a rich, deep voice. 

3 out of 5 (good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review.


This is book two in series, and I have not read book one. What happened in that book must be recapped enough, as I did not feel I was missing anything, and I could follow the plot nicely.
Stefan and Caroline are now officially engaged, and are touring the country before their arranged wedding. Following them is Timon, the werewolf to whom Stefan was promised in exchange for his conception. He cursed Stefan, with dark magic. The only way to overcome the curse is with pure white magic, the kind that comes with true love. With Stefan and Caroline not having seen each other for two years, can they fall in love in time, before they wed?
Sometimes, I come across a book that taxes my ability to find the right words to tell you how I feel. Sometimes, it's because the book touched me deeply or made me cry or it was just plain awesome. Sometimes, it's just cos it was a nice book, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it.
I didn't hate it, not by a long chalk, but I didn't love it either. It sits firmly and squarely in the nice bookshelf.
The curse is the main plot line, with other lines twisting within the main line along the way, and it made for a good read, in that respect. I did not see the twist with coming with a certain character (I'm not naming said character for spoilers!), although looking back, the hints were there all along! I loved that everyone had their say, even Timon. Sometimes its really good to hear from the bad guy!
The ending was a little weird too. Just when you think they ALL get their happy every after, and people are behaving themselves, THAT happens. So maybe weird isn't the right word, it just wasn't expected.


Caroline and Stefan DO get their HEA here though.

All in all, a good nice book, with a different twist to the origins of werewolves, vampires and witches.

3 stars

*same worded review appears on Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk**

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She served 11 years in the US Army and currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate and is addicted to coffee.  She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing. 


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13 comments:

  1. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

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  2. Thanks so much for having me here today. Names are very important. I usually do a baby name search of the country I'm in and narrow down the names I think fit the story. Thanks for asking!

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    Steph
    Romance Under the Moonlight

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  3. Sounds like an interesting read...if I had to be shot that wouldn't be a bad way, especially if it was such a nice young lady's arrow! (-;

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful read. I love the series and Stephanie's books!

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  5. Great excerpt, thank you.

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  6. Very interesting review. I loved the excerpt.

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  7. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  8. I like the concept of this tour combining excerpt with review, author bio and all the pertinent links. Thanks, Steph for drawing attention to it. And thanks, of course, for creating the book featured here. I can always count on you to spark my imagination with a good read.

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  9. Your writing is amazing. Keep those stories coming. Mary

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  10. The excerpt was interesting and the review too...thanks for both!

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  11. Interesting blurb and excerpt. And I love the cover!! *G*

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  12. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and the review,sounds like a very intriguing book, thanks for sharing

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