Obsession and Sacrifice by Tiffany Carmouche - Blog TourThursday, February 07, 2013
I couldn't even describe how delighted I am to participate in this amazing Blog Tour, on my stop, please do stick by for a guest post by Tiffany Carmouche and I would be sharing my thoughts on both books!
“Alaska? Who goes to Alaska?”
Escaping an abusive ex boyfriend, Nicole, a struggling young single-mother, convinces her best friend to travel to a place she knows little about, in search of better life.
Nicole is scared of getting hurt again, but Dylan’s chiseled body and chocolate brown eyes captivate her. And soon she finds herself in the arms of the sexy lead singer.
In Alaska, she discovers the power of friendship and true love and begins to let down her guard. But is her security a facade? Soon Nicole’s innocent beauty taunts a sinister man, and she is caught in a web of deception and danger. She realizes someone she trusts has been stalking her. Petrified, she wonders, how can she escape? Miles of wilderness surround her. She hears something. Someone is there. Should she cry for help or stay silent?
Will she be saved or will she be hunted?
I do not know whether I should be awed by the thrilling story plot or the swooning romance. Not many authors can pull through a good thriller, especially something as nail biting as this one, but I have to admit that every ounce of my being was spooked, psychopaths are my favorites!
To properly start off my review, The Impostor will set your heart on a race, not only because you are falling for the male characters, but because the "goriness" and the "feeling of being stalked" was perfectly described that it felt real enough. With my lights on and curtains drawn, I could still feel my goosebumps, thumbs up for that!
Full Review : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15747559-the-impostor-a-love-story
Obsession and Sacrifice is the second book in a romantic trilogy about unexpected love and a woman's fight for survival.
When Nichole wakes up in the hospital room from a coma, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. Only the scars on her body reveal some horrific event took place and she is lucky to be alive…alive…but could she still be in danger?
Her only hope to rediscover her past and avoid a killer's obsession lies in the hands of two men: sexy Dylan, her boyfriend, who used to captivate her and now prays she will remember how much they cared for one another, and Bradley, her charming best friend, who has secretly loved her all along. She feels safe around both men, but to her, they are strangers. Nicole must decide who to trust, not only with her heart, but with her life.
They are rivals--both men want to win her love. But they are allies as well. The two vow to give her a second chance at life and both will sacrifice everything to make sure she survives.
Love triangle at its best!
Love triangle used to be my favorite element in a book, but after all the years it just seemed overrated and lacking in the "WOW" factor, Tiffany Carmouche most definitely reminded me why I used to love Love Triangles in the first place, and the most surprising part, I love both the male characters (Dylan and Bradley) so much that I wanted Nicole to be with both of them (and I always pick sides). The twists and turns in book two definitely had me gasping and trying to get my head to process the sudden twist (especially for what happened with Dylan and Nicole's relationship). I have to admit, Dylan, Nicole and Bradley nearly reduced me to tears. I admire Dylan and Nicole's relationship because Dylan was so protective and caring towards Nicole, I love Bradley and Nicole's relationship because they are best friends. Decisions, Decisions.
Of course, the best thing about the series is the *goosebump* factor. If book one made you shiver, book 2 undoubtedly doubled the standards! That's how *psycho-ed* the killer is.
So glad that I received an Advance Reader's Copy (thank you so much for that!), Alaska has never been warmer! (that will be my tagline for the series!)
Guest Blog- Tiffany Carmouché Obsession and Sacrifice
Hi my name is Tiffany Carmouché, the author of the Alaska Trilogy. The Impostor, A Love Story and Obsession and Sacrifice are the first two books. There are a few things that inspired me to create this series.
I have always loved art. I mostly played in charcoals but when I was writing The Impostor, A Love Story, I knew I wanted Nicole to be an artist. To be honest, I had never done a sculpture in my life. I like making my books believable. I usually write about places I have visited and use aspects of people I have known as the basis of characters. So, I wanted to see what it felt like to sculpt.
I enrolled in a short course at Montpellier Mansion with an amazing artist, Richard Zandler. It was crazy because all of the students had been studying art for years. I felt so insecure during introductions when I said, “I am a novelist. I’m taking this class because I want to feel what it feels like to create because my main character is an artist.” It is now a part of who I am. I have always loved sculpture, and to be the one who transforms the clay into an image you had imagined… It is almost like you are breathing life into the clay.
I love all the different mediums. To chip away at the block and transform this solid square into your creation is kinda empowering. All of a sudden I saw things I had never seen before. When they asked Michelangelo how he made his statue of David he is reported to have said, "It is easy. You just chip away the stone that is not David." I get it now. I am so excited Michelangelo’s David will be at the National Gallery of Art during the release of Obsession and Sacrifice. David, the young tiny boy, who overcame his weakness and slayed the giant is kinda symbolic to me.
I am fascinated by the power of overcoming struggles. Obsession and Sacrifice is about a woman’s fight, not only with survival but also her fight to rediscover herself. I love the image of learning to walk because so many times in our own life when we fall, we not only have to get up, but we do…in a sense, we do need to relearn how to walk as well. This is the journey of finding the strength within, even when it seems impossible. It is also the story of true love, and true friendship.
I have been really naïve and I believe many young women are. I hope it helps them realize that it is important to be careful. Things are not always as they seem. And it is so important to surround yourself with people who truly care. But most of all, that there is a strength inside you that is beyond your comprehension, and you need to believe in yourself.
In the book Nicole wakes up in a coma. I imagined how it would be. In a sense it is like a rebirth. You get to experience everything for the first time again. I had fun with it. I like layers and for me there are a lot of layers in the book if you read it, but an underlying theme is rediscovery, survival, friendship and of course love.
I hope you come with me on the Alaska journey. The trilogy begins with The Impostor, A Love Story. Obsession and Sacrifice is the sequel. And the third book will be released later this year. I would love to hear from you!
What is your giant? Remember; Like David…just chip away at those pieces of you that confines you and you too can become a masterpiece… You too can face your giant! And Win! It was wonderful meeting you! Live, Laugh, and Love ~Tiffany Carmouché