What are 5 random things about you?
Thank you Laurie for allowing me on your blog today! It was so hard to come up with random things about me that most people don’t know, or that I didn’t mind sharing. Hehe! Let’s do this!
- I’m terrified of ice. It’s just not natural. Sure, it technically is natural if you want to be all scientific about it, but it shouldn’t be. There’s just something that freaks me out about it. I like having cold, icy drinks just like everyone else, but I can’t be around the sound of ice clinking together. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. Don’t even get me started on touching ice. Not going to happen. *shudders*
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space. A movie that came out in 1988 when I was just a two-year-old that still freaks me out to this day. I know it is classified as a horror comedy, but I find nothing funny about it. It was the start of my fear of clowns and I will never forgive the director and those involved in bringing it to life.
- I’m part Native American. I have many memories of attending various pow wows and growing up learning the Cherokee history and legends. I even remember bits of the ceremony giving me my Indian name, which since I’m sure you’re curious (or not), is Cloud Dancing Little Feather. We usually shorten it down to Little Feather so it isn’t such a mouthful. You’d probably never guess that I was part Native American since my skin hardly sees the sunlight, thus making me a nice ghostly white, but some question it when they see the length of my hair.
- I’m in love with Manatees! They’re my spirit animal. By the way, have you checked out the Save the Manatee Club? If not, you totally should. It’s a worthy cause!
- Since my first two responses were things I’m terrified of, how about I end this the same way? I’m terrified to talk on the phone, especially with strangers. It’s true! I hate talking on the phone period, even if it’s just to call a number that I know will have an automated machine pick up. I’m worried that some glitch will cause the automated service to malfunction, forcing a live person to answer, and then I’m left looking like an idiot. I stress over the littlest things some times. People tend to get a laugh out of it so I guess this quirk of mine does something useful.
Title: Destiny Awaits
Series: Juniper Grove Chronicles
Author: Jaidis Shaw
Published: July 19th, 2014
Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing
Word Count: approx. 50,000
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age: 14+
She wants a normal life. They want her dead. Destiny has other plans.
Twenty-year-old Alayna Scott receives visions around water, but even her foresight couldn’t prepare her for the tragic accident that claimed the lives of her parents. With everything she loves gone, Alayna packs up and moves to the small town of Juniper Grove in hopes of starting over.
Jayden McKnight can’t explain the attraction that he feels whenever Alayna is near, but he does know that he will do whatever it takes to win her heart. When a vampire selects Alayna as his next victim, Jayden will stop at nothing to ensure her safety – even if that means bringing Alayna into a world that she never knew existed.
Love blossoms, challenges are made, and Alayna will find herself fighting not only to survive, but to understand what she has become.
Prologue from Destiny Awaits:
Sunlight caught the crystal that hung from the rear view mirror, and rainbow bursts of color radiated throughout the car. My parents and I had gotten up early so that we could make the three hour drive to my uncle’s house, but from the line of backed up traffic in front of us, it seemed that it would take us longer. I leaned back in my seat and let the music blaring in my earbuds help pass the time. My mother turned in her seat in the front, and I glanced at her. Seeing her mouth my name, I pulled one side of the earbuds out of my ear.
“What did you say?” I asked.
“I asked if you were hungry,” she replied. “Your father thinks that we should get off the interstate at the next exit and grab something to eat while the traffic clears up.”
“Sure, that’s fine with me. It’s a good idea, anyway, since Uncle John turned vegetarian. There’s no telling what he’s going to try to get us to eat.”
My father’s hearty laugh rumbled through the car. “Do you remember that rolled up spinach thing he tried to feed us last time?”
“How could I forget?” I said.
Mom sprung to her brother’s defense. “It wasn’t so bad.”
“Then how come you didn’t eat it? I saw you slip it to the dog when you thought nobody was watching.” My father glanced at my mother while she tried to come up with a retort.
“If you saw that, then it’s obvious that I wasn’t sneaky enough.” She crossed her arms over her chest and stared out the window.
My dad laughed as he flipped on the turn signal and merged into the right lane, coming to a stop behind a logging truck. I looked at the long logs protruding from the flatbed. “It always makes me nervous when they hang off like that,” I said. A shiver raced over my body.
“It’s okay. They make sure to load them on so that they won’t come off,” my dad reassured me.
I opened my mouth to reply, but stopped when I heard a screech of tires behind us. Turning my head, I locked eyes with the man in the driver’s seat of the truck that was hurtling toward us. The truck slammed into the back of our car, and my mother’s scream echoed in the tight space around me. A shower of white stars filled my vision as pain ripped through my shoulder and cut off my own scream. As the darkness closed in around me, I heard the faint shrill of sirens in the distance.
This sweet, easy paranormal read appealed to me mainly because I became fascinated with the small community of Juniper Grove and the huge old mansion. Alayna apparently purchased her new home sight unseen, anxious to escape tragic memories. A couple of times mention is made that Alayna’s purchase was made because it was within her price range and was far removed from her former home. It struck me a little odd that price would be a factor with such a huge home. Except for an overgrown yard the home seems to be in good condition. It does not seem to be a run-down fixer-upper. I personally felt given her psychic abilities, other factors guided her to choose Juniper Grove as her new community, and the affordable mansion was an attractive lure.
No real surprises regarding the heroes and villains, but I loved watching the chemistry between the main characters combust as the story came to life. I would love to read more stories featuring Juniper Grove. The citizens introduced so far are a motley, diverse bunch who seem uniquely suited to this locale. I enjoyed this introductory story and look forward to more adventures.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
About the Author:
Jaidis Shaw currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and beautiful daughter (with another daughter on the way). With a passion for reading, Jaidis can always be found surrounded by books and dreaming of new stories. She enjoys challenging herself by writing in different genres and currently has several projects in the works.
Jaidis also owns and operates Juniper Grove Book Solutions, voted Top Three for Best Promotional Firm, Site, or Resource in the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll. In her spare time, Jaidis maintains her two blogs, Juniper Grove and Blooming with Jaidis. One of her main goals in life is to encourage her daughters to let their imaginations run wild.
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