Today’s guest on the Big Blue Takeover is author, Drea Damara who has chosen to share fellow BHC author, Elise Manion’s book, Jason’s Princess for the Friday Book Share Game. You’ll also find Drea’s review of Jason’s Princess at the bottom of this post.
Anyone can have a go at the Friday Book Share Game – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare
First line of the book.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.
Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favourite line/scene.
Over to Drea:
First line – It began with a fight.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb –
Five years after her parents’ tragic death, Julie Armstrong is still managing to raise her seventeen year old brother, Charlie. Barely making ends meet, there’s no time to seek out her Prince Charming, even if one exists. This is the real world, after all, and the only eligible men in her town resemble toads with ink.
Jason King might have ink, but he’s definitely no toad, even if Julie thinks he’s one. He wants nothing more than to ride in on his dark horse and protect Julie and her young brother. He’s sat on the sidelines way too long, keeping them safe. But when trouble finds its way back home, Julie must rely on the one man whom she’s held responsible for all her troubles for the past five years.
Will she ever find her Prince?
Introduce the main character – Gumption. Forlorn. Devoted.
Delightful Design –
Audience appeal – Perfect for fans of Lorelei James, Diana Palmer, and Elizabeth Lowell
Your favourite line/scene –
Charlie put his hands to his ears and glared at his sister. “It’s not Jason’s fault, Julie. And stop yelling. My head is killing me.”
That shut her up. Jason gave her a pointed look and was relieved when she got in the truck. As they drove off, Jason realized that it was his fault. He had taken his eyes off Charlie for one second, distracted by Julie’s presence. He had seen the look of determination on Charlie’s face as he’d jumped in the water, and Jason had known in his heart that the kid would try something crazy. So much for staying focused this weekend and having a good time. At least he would get to spend some more time with her on the way to the ER.
Crap, he really had it bad.
Finally, a LOL, modern western romance series without cliché dialogue, uber-machismo men, and obnoxious, helpless women! Julie Armstrong was a dealt a lousy hand when her parents were killed in a car accident, leaving her the sole guardian of her brother. Her one and only love, Billy, took off on her shortly after, compounding her heartache. One saving grace, as she forged a meager existence to be both a mother and sister to her brother, Charlie, was the King family. The King’s supported her from day one with love and friendship, all except for Jason King—the aggravating, tattooed bruiser who used to torment Billy. Jason King has loved only one woman his entire life—Julie Armstrong. He knows everything about her, even the fact that she hates his guts. Jason’s heart refuses to stop beating for her, in spite of this. When trouble finds his secret princess, he’ll do whatever he can to protect her, even if he must risk making her hate him even more. Manion’s King family is absolutely infectious with their values, wit, charm, and camaraderie. You easily discover she is a pro at capturing the men’s psyche and antics, if you’ve ever had to chum around with a bunch of guys before. The banter and dialogue in Jason’s Princess is so effortless, you don’t forget where you are—you’re in the room with the characters living and breathing right in front of you. She pulls you into their world like some fantastical warp and you can see the brotherly scuffles of the King brothers play out right before your eyes. I love it when a book can do that.
This is a great modern, Southwestern with suspense and believable love and dialogue. I’ll be back and begging for more because of the resonating characters. Who needs Skarsgard when you’ve got the King brothers? Hummah, hummah! Thank you, Ms. Manion.
Next up on the BIG BLUE TAKEOVER is Barry Knister, author of the Brenda Contay Mysteries.