Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Giveaway, Guest Post & Review: Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan

Today, I am excited to be a part of the Mountain Charm Blog Tour hosted by The Writer's Coffee Shop. Find all of the stops on this tour here!

Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: July 4, 2013
Publisher: TWCS Publishing House
162 Pages

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.

Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter. 

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?

A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.

Leave a comment below telling us what you would use a spell for, and a email so that we may contact you for a chance to win an e-copy of Mountain Charm!

The winner will be chosen on Monday, August 5, 2013.

Free Write --- What's on your mind?

What’s on my mind? Right now, it’s the latest episode of The Voice. It was the Top 6 Live Performances. I’m such a Michelle Chamuel fan! If she wins, the ecstatic squeal you’ll hear will be coming from me. :)
I’m also thinking about what an amazing day today has been. Mountain Charm is available for pre-order today, and the response has already been amazing. I’m especially excited because for each book pre-ordered, I’m donating $1 to the American Cancer Society (if you read the book, you’ll see why I chose that charity). I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched in some way by the disease, and this gives me and my readers the chance to do a little something that could someday lead to something big. That’s our hope, anyway.
Thank you for inviting me to your blog!

Have you ever seen the movie Practical Magic with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock? Mountain Charm is reminiscent of that movie. It's full of magic, romance and drama with steady plot and a more than a hint of intrigue.

For Angelina Clark, the magic she believed in growing up is long gone and all that remains of her past with it is bitterness. Her father has died, and her mother is ill shaking her faith in magic to the core. When the handsome Dylan Thomas wanders into her life on her twenty-first birthday, she has no interest in exploring the relationship because she fears that the Appalachian true love spell that she cast in her youth had force nonexistent feelings on him. Dylan's troubled by his own past, but wants very much to be with Angelina, even as she pushing him away. Together they will discover that love needs more than just magic.

I knew I would like Angelina from the moment she uses a shotgun to scare off Dylan. Dylan, on the other hand, had me for a while, but this has erratic behavior lost me. He's a good guy overall, yes, but he's very reckless and reacts with his fists when another guy offends him in some way. It didn't sit well with me. He seemed to change by the end, but his offenses weren't discussed enough for me.  I liked Angelina's mother, Celia, and best friend, Maddie, a lot, though. They really added to the story and gave some extra depth that was beneficial. On the other hand the minor characters that were interested in Angelina sexually did nothing for the story. They were brought in for the sole purpose of causing drama and then they dropped off the face of the planet. In my opinion, their roles could've been better detailed and fully fleshed out, making for a more dramatic and fuller storyline.

It's a pretty predictable story, with one twist that I very much appreciated. While the plot is pretty standard, it is extremely readable. Logan is descriptive and heartfelt in the words she writes. Mountain Charm isn't a book that is easy to put down for long periods of time, because you just want to know how the author will handle what's going to happen next. The romance picks up very quickly and will leave a sweet taste in its readers' mouths. Logan has a real way with words and though this isn't the best thing she's ever written (in my opinion), this novel definitely displays her undeniable talent. 

Mountain Charm is a sweet little thing. It's a good lazy day, summer read that didn't really make its way to brilliance. It's a good novel, and has a sweet paranormal twist to it that is sure to entice any romance fan. Sydney Logan is an author to watch for anyone who loves this genre! I know I am really looking forward to what she has in store for us all next!
Thank you, TWCS for allowing me to join this tour and to Sydney Logan for stopping by!
I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher for my honest opinion and review via Netgalley.

1 comment :

  1. I would use a spell to make myself be able to fly! How fun would that be?
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