Review and Guest Post: Cataclysm by C. L. Parker and e-book giveaway

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Kerrigan Cruz and Dominic Grayson thought the worst of the storm was behind them. In reality, they have only weathered impossible odds to find they are smack dab in the eye of an unforgiving cyclone. More is on the way. The raging bands of chaos that surrounds them are forcing the destructive walls of the monster to close in around them. Taking on a life of its own, the storm growls and gnashes its teeth, threatening to devour everything they ever were or ever will be. There will be nothing but devastation left in its wake, and it sets its sights on Kerrigan and Dominic. Through the howling winds and punishing lashes of rain, a stranger comes. The promise of a better tomorrow, a brighter, sunnier life filled with hopes and dreams rests in the palm of his hand. It is knowledge, a formidable weapon when wielded by the right person at just the right time. If she can only harness the power of this stranger’s knowledge, Kerrigan may be able to save the one she loves before he fades into nothingness, and she is left all alone. But is this stranger friend or foe? Drawn to her side by an unseen force, will he enlighten Kerrigan or will he seek to claim her for his own?

Cataclysm: Through the darkness of night, Light will lead the way.

Here’s what I thought:

Cataclysm is the sequel to Supernova which I hadn’t read before signing up for this blog tour, but this series sounded like it was something I’d really enjoy. So 1st I read Supernova. Smart huh? I loved it! I won’t talk about it much now but I may do a separate review later on. Book 3 in the series is slated for release in 2012. Everybody knows how much I love my fantasy book boyfriends and I’ve just added a new one. Really my list is growing ridiculously long, but I can’t help it if authors continue making such desireable characters can I?!? Dominic Grayson- Tall, dark and handsome with green eyes and a well built body. That’s the short version. It doesn’t do him justice I know. So here is a picture of him from the author herself. YOWZA! Can you blame me for adding him to the UNF list?!?

Dominic Grayson *HARD THUD*

I really loved this book big time. It’s two of my favorite genres rolled into one fantastic story. Paranormal and Erotica. Ms. Parker has a great writing style. It’s descriptive, it’s easy to read, and yet very captivating. She’s great at taking you on what I like to call the roller coaster of emotions. I love it when authors do that by the way. The book is full of twists and turns like any great paranormal story should have. We learn a lot more about Kerrigan’s gift and her abilities blossom in Cataclysm. As far as the erotica goes…well let me just say it’s phenomenally fabulous. It makes you feel the way great erotica should. You want more. I have great admiration for writers who are able to balance a great story with exceptional erotica, and keep it romantic at the same time. I have to say Ms. Parker, YOU are a new favorite author for me. There are great secondary characters as well. My favorite is the same from book 1, Gabe. He’s outrageously flamboyant and I adore him. I wish there was more of him to be honest. I’m happy for him tho. You’ll have to read the book to find out why. Sinclair shows herself to be more than just the evil bitch and ex-girlfriend of Dominic in this book. I will say she surprised me.  And the ending?!? I think you’ll be blown away. I was. I cannot wait for the 3rd book in this series. I find myself asking…Is it 2012 yet?!?  Cuz that’s when I’ll get to have the next installment in my greedy little hands.  This is a book that I will be recommending to anyone who loves both paranormal and erotica.

I give Cataclysm 4 out of 5 hearts!

OMG! I loved it. You need this book NOW!

I was fortunate to have  Ms. Parker write a guest post for Bookish Temptations. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

A Day In The Life Of An Author

For most of my blog tour guest posts, I ask that the blogger suggest a topic. For this one, I made the choice, and I thought this was a really important one because readers need to know what goes on behind the scenes to really appreciate the amount of work that goes into writing a book. The first thing you should know is that I’m not in this for the money. I’m an entertainer by nature with a vivid imagination. Okay, so maybe I’m a little on the insane side. After all, non-existent people talk to me from a non-existent world, and then all these moving pictures flash through my mind. The ability to paint those pictures through words for others to see is apparently a big neon sign screaming for me to call myself an author. That’s what I’ve been told, anyway, so that’s what I do. Hey, I’m just relieved that I’m not actually schizophrenic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I work what “they” call a “real” job to bring home the bacon, and I’m now a single mother carrying the load of all the daily functionality of my family, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for writing. What it does do, however, is really pile on the stress. Because guess what? I have a contract and deadlines associated with that contract. *gasp* It’s cool, though; the tick I’ve developed is only a teeny tiny one, but I’m working on making it a full-blown spasm because my motto is the bigger, the better. Yeah, baby. *waggles brows* Just check out the descriptions of the men in my stories. But I digress. To give you a better understanding of my life, let me bore you with the details of how my day goes. I wake up at five in the morning from Monday through Friday, get myself ready for work, and then wake my boys up to get them ready for school. Then I make lunches for everyone, sign off on daily charts, feed them breakfast, and then get them off to school. Sounds just like any other mother’s morning, right? (Oh, wait . . . I forgot to mention that I shower and brush my teeth. That’s an important detail. Wouldn’t want you to think I’m a skeez.) Then, I take myself to work, where I am a retirement counselor (by phone) for eight hours a day. *cue cracking whip* Yes, ma’am . . . May I have another, please? After that, I pick up the kids and head home – do not pass go; do not collect $200. This is the part where I should prepare dinner, go over homework assignments, straighten the house, do the laundry, pay bills, etc., right? Wrong. What happens at my house is that I go straight home, ask my boys how their day was, cut them off mid-sentence, and hurriedly whip up whatever they want for dinner. Surprisingly, these are fairly healthy choices. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are healthy, right? Then, I plant myself behind yet another desk and yet another computer. You should know that I’m OCD like a mofo over my desk. Okay, so maybe not this week because it’s been a madhouse around here, but any other time it’s “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” Once situated at my desk with a glass of iced tea (to chase the shots of Patron) and a pack of cigarettes (for those really hot scenes I lurv to write) – yes, I smoke; don’t judge me; I swear I’m going to quit someday – the real work can begin. Emails have to be checked and answered, because I’m in demand like that, and the whole world is going to come to an end if I don’t resolve whatever crisis developed since I checked my account from my phone just ten minutes before. Besides, maybe . . . just maybe, Jensen Ackles decided to send me nudie pictures of himself per my request. No, I’m not a stalker. Okay, maybe just a little. Social networks have to be checked and responded to because my readers are the bomb-diggity and they deserve my undivided attention. I am being completely serious here. I adore my readers, and I dare anyone to ever say otherwise, ‘cause them’s fighting words and I can get downright scrappy if I have to. Once that’s done, then I get to write. Whew! Long-winded, aren’t I? Currently, I’m writing about eight thousand words a week, while trying my best to get the news out about my published work, attending scheduled signings and interviews, and trying like hell to still meet my deadline. Oh, and those “Mommy, I need . . .” moments are a’plenty as well, which is just perfect for those times when I’m in the writing groove. I’m absolutely being facetious here. There’s just nothing like writing, “He unbuttoned his pants and pulled out a peanut butter and jelly sandwich,” to really throw you out of the mood. Can I just say that I hate that song, It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time? Because I really, REALLY do. Great, now it’s stuck in my head again. *head-desk* As for a social life? Hah! I have none. My family and friends have all but given up on me. They understand my hectic schedule though, and most times, they even call to remind me to eat. Yes, I forget to eat, which doesn’t quite explain why I have more curves than that road in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Ah, yes, I remember . . . I’m sitting on my bodacious booty for about twelve hours out of the day. Yep. That’ll do it. Well, at least it’s properly cushioned, and you know what they say, “More cushion for the pushin’.” *snort* Right, like that ever happens. I know how this sounds, but trust me, I am NOT complaining. I love my life as an author. I’m just getting nekked and sharing my life with you, beautiful people. Ha! Now you’re not only humming It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time, but you’re also imagining me naked, aren’t you? You’re welcome. But one might ask, “Shazbot, C.L.! Is it really worth it?” The answer to that is, yes! I really do believe it’s worth it. Why? Because I believe in my characters. Because I believe in the story they have to tell. Because I believe in the message behind that story. Because I love what I’m doing, and I don’t know how I would ever survive without doing it. For those few hours of writing time, I can forget all about the hustle and bustle of life, the mounting responsibilities, the heartache of the losses I’ve endured, and just live vicariously through a make-believe character’s eyes in a make-believe world. Besides, if I don’t purge them from my system, they’re just going to sit there and fester until I’m strapped up and rocking back and forth in a padded cell. Now, we wouldn’t want that, would we? Until next time . . . Have you hugged your author today?

FLYAS! ~CLP

Huge Hugs to you CL!

Last but not least there is a chance for you to win an e-copy of this book. Believe me you want this book.

To enter just leave a comment. Giveaway closes on Friday. Winner will be drawn at random using random.org and the name and email address will be sent to the publisher:  TWCS . The winner will be posted here and on twitter Friday evening. Good luck!

Cataclysm is available in paperback and ebook direct from the publisher and in ebook at Amazon (US, UK, DE, FR, IT, ES)

Tamie Xo 

8 thoughts on “Review and Guest Post: Cataclysm by C. L. Parker and e-book giveaway

  1. Kelly says:

    Oh my! This sounds really really good. It also helps me to want to start a new series if I develop an author crush. C.L is hilarious!
    Great post Tamie!

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  2. deb24601 says:

    Great post! The book sounds amazing and the guest post was hilarious. Like Kelly said, knowing a bit about the author’s personality can really motivate me to pick up a book. There’s so much out there to choose from! Posts like these give a greater glimpse than you might get on a book jacket. Thanks for the funny C.L. Sounds like a juggling act but one you are very good at.

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  3. This book sounds great!! Looking forward to reading this. Loved the guest post 😀

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  4. What a great guest post! Hi C.L. ! *huggggs* Thank you for the candid glimpse into a day in your life: author and mom extraordinaire. I suddenly feel extremely lazy 😀

    You know how seriously I take the words *fictional boyfriend* SERIOUS. I have heard lots of good buzz about this book and was instantly drawn to the cover the first time I saw it pop up on Goodreads. Especially at the promise of a dapper young man unbuttoning his pants…peanut butter and jelly sandwich or not! A gals gotta eat. Pun probably indented there.

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  5. C.L. Parker says:

    Aw, thanks guys!! It’s just me being me, but I’m glad you found it entertaining 😉 I wouldn’t trade my life for anything in the world.

    And what a simply delicious review! If I were a dude, I’d be pitching a tent right now 😉

    FLYAS!

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  6. C.L. You are cracking me up! I want to hang out with you and have coffee. And make you sandwiches. Where can we find you, C.L.? Facebook? Twitter?

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  7. C.L. Parker says:

    We should probably Irish up that java, Pairee, but I’m there, babe! 😉 And you might want to check out today’s blog post on the tour at Where’s My Muse? to see how I really hang out before actually agreeing to. Tehehe!

    I’m on Facebook at theclparker, and on Twitter @theclparker.

    FLYAS!

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