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April 15, 2013

Blog Tour: The Soul’s Mark: FOUND by Ashley Stoyanoff – Review, Excerpt and G1veaway

Today it’s our turn to host the WINNER of 2012
Royal Dragonfly Book Award:

 

The Soul’s Mark: Found by Ashley Stoyanoff. 

(Book 1 in “The Soul’s Mark” Series)

 

Release date: July 19, 2012

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance.

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

Found

Anxious to leave her destructive past behind, Amelia Caldwell moves to Willowberg, excited for a fresh start. Once there, she discovers that her birthmark is more than it seems. She has been marked by a vampire’s soul. Not only does she hold his soul, but Amelia is also his soulmate.
After almost a century of searching for his soulmate, Mitchell Lang fears the worst—he is going to lose Amelia to another man. His heart takes over, and his impulsive decision to take away her free will and to intensify their bond quickly turns her growing love into hate.When they become trapped in the emotional rollercoaster of their souls’ bond, open conflict erupts.
Amelia has no intentions of belonging to anyone, not even her soulmate, and Mitchell refuses to let her go.While she frantically searches for a way to escape his grasp, Amelia unlocks the painful memories of her past and uncovers a powerful secret.
But before she has a chance to explore her newfound edge, she finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly game of revenge and is forced to realize that YOU CANNOT RUN FROM DESTINY.

 

The Soul’s Mark: FOUND (The Soul’s Mark #1)
by Ashley Stoyanoff
Publication Date:  July 20, 2012
Available for Purchase:
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MaryAnn NewThe Soul’s Mark: Found by Ashley Stovanoff was an addictive read that had a twist on the connection between a vampire and their prey.  But I this case, the prey is their soul mate, and the connection is that they no matter what lifetime they are in, they are truly meant to find each other.

The reason this all came to be was all because of a curse cast by a witch (Isn’t that how they all usually start?).  So Cole’s Note’s version, a pissed off witch decided to seek vengeance against vampires by ridding them of their souls and putting into unsuspecting humans.  The vampire is then left to search for their soul mate who can show up during any life time and place so that they can claim that person as their own, and seal their link to each other.  Sounds simple enough, right?

Not so simple for Amelia.  Since the death of her parents, Amelia has had vivid dreams about a man names Mitchell whom she has fallen head over heels in love with.  But never in a million years did she think that the man of her dreams was real…and a vampire!

As Amelia travels to a new school by way of scholarship, she finds out that not only are her roommates breathtakingly beautiful and good looking, but they all seem to have a hidden agenda…to ensure that Amelia is happy and is not harmed in any way.  Amelia is not quite sure how to handle her knew status as Ms. Popularity.  Although it seems as though a majority of the kids seem genuinely kind and interested in her, there are those that have been consumed by the green eyed monster.

After kissing not one, but two guys, Mitchell decides that the time has come to reveal himself to Amelia, and to claim what is his…his soul mate.  But it seems that their personalities clash and it’s full out war between Mitchell and Amelia.  The sweet Mitchell that she knew and fell in love with seems to have all but disappeared, and in his place is this controlling monster who will stop at nothing to make sure that Amelia does what HE wants, regardless of what she decides.

But with a past that takes Amelia by surprise, a life changing decision presents itself, and Amelia must decide the path of her destiny.

I flew through this book.  I literally could not put it down.  I had to find out what Amelia would choose, what decision she would make.  I was obsessed with Mitchell.  A character that I loathed (at times) and fell for at the same time.  Mitchell is such a sweetheart.  With the way in which he finishes his sentences with “love” when speaking to Amelia, and the way in which he does not hide his emotions.  How he would show up at the right time when he was needed the most.  Ugh!  I wouldn’t mind reading more about him!  What I didn’t like?  His controlling ways at times.  I could see why Amelia would get so frustrated with him.

As for Amelia…well…I did give her the benefit of the doubt.  Having to deal with the loss of her parents, and on top of all that, having to witness them murdered right before her eyes will do something to a girl.  I get it!  But seriously, tone down the anger!  I don’t think there was one character in the book that she didn’t yet at!  Ok, ok I may be exaggerating, but seriously, she yelled at everyone.  She was so quick to lose her crap, and snapped at everyone.  And then she would constantly cry.  OVER EVERYTHING!  In my head I was thinking…what does he see in her?

The other characters found in the book were really enjoyable and all had their own personalities that readers everywhere will enjoy.  I was reminded of Twilight in the way in which Angelle, Eric, and Luke would protect her.  Especially the part where they go to Erin’s party and they are flanking her and making everyone back off.  I could easily see Rosalie, Jasper, Emmett, and Alice do that for Bella under the direction of Edward.

There was mention in the book about a prophecy that involved Amelia, but nothing else really came of it.  Perhaps in book 2, we’ll find out what exactly this prophecy entails, and what role Amelia plays in it.

Fans of reads involving vampires and soul mates will thoroughly enjoy this new series by Ashley Stoyanoff.  I know I personally cannot WAIT to see what direction the author is going to go in book 2.

What do you need to know about this book?

 

  • ‘The Soul’s Mark: FOUND’ Won 2012 Royal DragonflyBook AwardWith a Perfect Score for Young Adult Fiction.  

 

 

  • The Soul’s Mark: FOUND has been IndieReader
    Approved!

 

 

 

 

 

“Verdict: While this classic vampire-human love story could have

been no more than another Twilight- style tale of possession, Stoyanoff takes

care to create both an innovative backstory for the creation of vampires as

well as a believable and entertaining romance.”

 

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Excerpt

Not convinced yet? Here is an excerpt:

 

“Crap,” Angelle said, relaxing her stance slightly.  “It’s coming from the kitchen.  This can’t be good.”  She shot Amelia a frazzled look and then dashed up the steps of the porch.  At the glass double doors, she turned back and waved, gesturing for Amelia to follow.  “Come on, honey,” she called, before rushing into the house.

The screaming grew louder and another clatter echoed through the doorway.  Amelia rushed after Angelle, jogging over the inter-locking stone, dazed, as if she had stumbled into an alternate universe.  She climbed the three steps of the stone-covered porch and peeked through the open door, trying to stay out of the way of whatever chaos had been unleashed.

A faint smell of smoke washed out, followed by a man’s agonized yell.  Amelia glanced around, realizing she was walking into the kitchen.

“Ouch,” he groaned, sounding a bit amused.  His arms were raised in an attempt to protect himself from the blows of a broom swishing furiously at him.  “It was an accident!” he cried out.

On the other end of the broom was an elderly woman who looked to Amelia like she was made of circles, with a round pudgy face and plump round body.  She had on a flowery apron splattered with some kind of yellowy goo and she was screaming unintelligible utterances at the man as she continued to beat him relentlessly.

Suddenly, Amelia saw the stove light up, fire crackling and blazing.  Forgetting the scene in front of her, she dropped her bag and rushed in.  What had her mother said about grease fires?  Baking soda, use baking soda, Amelia thought, that was it.  She whipped open the fridge, frantically searching and grabbed a box of baking soda from the door.  She dumped it on the burning grease-lit frying pan.  The fire extinguished in a billowing cloud of smoke and she coughed when she sucked in a breath.

“What the hell is going on?” Angelle yelled, jumping in between them.  She snatched the broom out of the woman’s hands and tossed it out of reach.  It flew across the room, and slammed into the wall before clattering to the marble floor.  “That’s enough.”  She grabbed the man by the shoulders and shoved him away. “He’s ruining my kitchen.  Look at this mess,” the elderly woman said in a tizzy, surveying the mess.  Amelia followed her gaze and noticed that the yellowy goo was splattered everywhere, smeared across the large cherry island, globbed on the weathered black wall cabinets, dripping from the ceiling, as if a bomb of stickiness had gone off.

The man was rubbing his shoulders, looking at Angelle as if she had really hurt him.  Amelia stood back and watched, trying to stay out of the way.  He was just as tall as Angelle, and bulky with muscles like a football player, a really hot football player.  “I was just trying to make pancakes for Amelia,” he said, smiling bashfully at Amelia.

Then he looked back over at Angelle, “And in case you missed it, she was hitting me.  Why did you shove me like that?”

Angelle rolled her eyes in a dramatic show of annoyance, “I’m sure you deserved it Eric.  You usually do.”  She looked over at the woman, who was now scurrying around the kitchen trying to clean up the mess.  “What did he do, Mabel?”

That’s Eric, Amelia realized.  She giggled. He really was looking green.  That’s what the guard had been talking about.  His shaggy, uneven, punk style haircut was dyed in a vibrant, bright green.  Hot, she thought.  Green hair, hot?  Well, on him, yes, it was really hot.  He was covered in the same sticky goo–pancake batter?

“He used a blender without the lid,” Mabel said.  Her voice was stern and a touch motherly and she had a soft accent, maybe English, Amelia thought. And she looked absolutely fit to be tied.

He just shrugged.  “Stirring was taking too long.”

“You’re such a dork–and what’s with the hair?” Angelle laughed.  “You look like a little punk.”

“Don’t knock the hair,” Eric said, leaning back against the island, arms folded across his chest.

“You can’t go to the office like that,” Angelle said.

“Don’t have to.  I’ve been promoted to personal chauffeur.  And I think it looks great.  I thought you would appreciate it.”  He batted his eyes and struck a pose.  “It totally matches my eyes.”  He looked Amelia over and then pushed off from the counter, strolling towards her with a mischievous grin on his face.

Amelia had hoped they had forgotten about her and she really hoped she wasn’t drooling, because man, he was sexy, like head to toe sexy.  He stopped about a foot away from her and she met his eyes, which indeed matched his new hair color.

Eric dropped into a gallant bow and she giggled like a little schoolgirl.  He took her hand in his, and kissed it lightly.

“Welcome my lady,” he said playfully.

Angelle groaned.  “You are such a moron.”

About the author:

 

 

Ashley Stoyanoff lives in Whitby, Ontario and loves diving into the magical world of creating fiction. Over the years she has written numerous short stories. The Soul’s Mark: FOUND is her debut novel. When not writing, she can be found reading sappy novels, watching cheesy chick flicks, and buying far too many clothes.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Facebook | Goodreads

 

 

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​Tour Schedule ​

​​​​March 25: Black Lion Tours Blog: Introduction​.

March 26: MK McClintock Blog: Promo.

​March 27: Le Vanity Victorienne: Promo.​

                 Lindsay’s Scribblings: Promo.
March 28: Tina’s Book Reviews: Promo.

​March 29: Clean Romance Reviews: Promo.

​March 30: Vanilla Moon Blog: Promo.
March 31: Paranormal Book Reviews: Promo​

​April 1: Marked by books: Review.

​April 2: Laurie’s Paranormal Reviews: Promo.

​April 3: Kimberly Lewis: Promo.

​April 4: Bookworm Lisa: Review.
April 5: A Dream within a dream: Review and Promo.

​April 6: I Know That Book: Promo.​
April 7: Bunny Reviews Blog: Promo.
April 8: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer: Promo.
April 10: My Serynity: Review.

April 12: A Book Lover’s Library: Review.
April 13: Characterized Blog: Review.
April 14: Makayla’s book Reviews: Promo.
April 15: Chapter by Chapter: Review.

​April 16: Deal Sharing Aunt: Review and Promo.

​April 17: Libby’s Library: Review and Promo.
April 18: Le Vanity Victorienne: Review and Promo.

​April 19: Black Lion Tours Blog: Wrap-up.

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21 Comments

  1. Alicia Batista
    4/15/2013

    A Vampire! I’ve AWAYS LOVED vampires even when I was a kid, I wanted be a vampire EVERY year for Halloween! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Alicia Batista
    4/15/2013

    A Vampire! I’ve AWAYS LOVED vampires even when I was a kid, I wanted be a vampire EVERY year for Halloween! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Martina
    4/15/2013

    crazy badass vampire :D

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  4. Sarah Lieurance
    4/15/2013

    Vampire followed very closely by R (the zombie from Warm Bodies)

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  5. Aly P
    4/15/2013

    I’ll go with Angel(from Nalini Singh’s world only)

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  6. I’d have to be unoriginal and say vampires, my favourites are witches but they’re not really paranormal per se.
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  7. Filia Oktarina
    4/15/2013

    My favorite paranormal creature was Angel and Werewolf :)

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  8. Mimi Smith
    4/15/2013

    A shapeshifter of any kind :)

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  9. Tiffany Falick
    4/15/2013

    At the moment my favorite is shifters ♡ I’m reading book 7 in the Mercy Thompson series and these werewolves and that were-coyote have me hooked all over again.

    Thank you for the fantastic giveaway ♡

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  10. krsz
    4/15/2013

    Werewolves. They are protective and sexy

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  11. Ashely Stoyanoff
    4/15/2013

    Thank you for having me today and for taking the time to review my book. :)

    Good luck to everyone who has entered the giveaway!
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  12. Barrie
    4/15/2013

    I have always been a vampire girl but am not starting to love shifters almost more…almost.

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  13. Marissa
    4/15/2013

    Hmm I like both vampires & werewolves :)

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  14. Chelsea B.
    4/15/2013

    Vampires. They got me into read, so I gotta stay loyal ;-)

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  15. nurmawati djuhawan
    4/15/2013

    i like shifter :)

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  16. Sherry J
    4/17/2013

    My favorite would be shifters

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  17. Christine
    4/17/2013

    I’ve always been a unicorn girl myself, in terms of any paranormal creature. But in terms of a more human-esque creature, I’d say mermaid :)

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  18. Lisa Vazquezanzua
    4/17/2013

    I love most of them, vampires, witches, faeries, aliens well you get the picture. The only thing I don’t like are ghosts. Other than that I love reading about all of them. Thank you for another amazing and generous giveaway!!!

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  19. Kassandra
    4/19/2013

    shapeshifte

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  20. Kassandra
    4/19/2013

    shapeshifte

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  21. Kamla L.
    4/19/2013

    I love all the different kinds of paranormal, vampires, shifters, fae, elves, angels, demons, dragons, elves, elementals etc. At the moment, I am partial to dragon shifters since I just finished reading the 1st four books in Deborah Cooke’s Dargonfire series and Dragonbound by Jade Lee.

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