Destiny - S M Spencer
A fun twist on the young adult paranormal genre. Spencer offers up young love, vampires, ghosts, action, excitement, and much more.
Lili is a fun main character who jumps into this new world she's discovered with both feet. As anyone who recently exited a serious relationship, she goes back and forth regarding her feelings for Sam, who has his own reservations about the emotions she stirs in him.
Overall I enjoyed the book and was left anxious to know what would happen in the rest of the series. I enjoy when romance is mixed with paranormal, it gives the genre a refreshing take (even though it's taken on a genre of its own now) and gives readers more than just another drama filled romance book.
Very well written and definitely left me wanting more. If you're a fan of paranormal romance, I'd recommend the Absent Shadows Trilogy.
Some Bio Information
S M Spencer grew up writing stories about the horses she pretended to ride through the rolling coastal hills of California. She finally bought her first horse at the age of 16, and then dreamt of having horses on her own property one day.
As a teenager, she discovered the romantic suspense works of marvelous authors such as Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart, as well as a wide range of other genres by incredible authors such as Ray Bradbury, Amy Tan and J.R.R. Tolkien. These wonderful works stirred a passion in her--to one day become a writer herself.
Now living in Australia, she has combined her dreams--she writes from the semi-rural home she shares with her husband, horses, cats and dogs--not to mention the mob of kangaroos that share the paddocks with the horses from time to time.
Her current series is the Copperhead Creek Australian Romance series. This is clean Australian contemporary/rural romance set within the Golden Triangle outside Melbourne.
She has also written a clean YA paranormal romance trilogy, Absent Shadows, which is set mostly in Australia.
1) What inspired you to write this book?
I was working near the Queen Victoria Markets and the Flagstaff Gardens where the book takes place. The market’s car park was actually built over a very old graveyard, and most of the bodies were never removed – I’d been on a couple of ghost tours through that area and found it fascinating. Of course, the popularity of vampires was also an inspiration for someone who grew up watching the original “Dark Shadows” – but now I’m showing my age!
2) Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I write in spurts – I don’t get “writer’s block” because I simply don’t worry about it. When I’m inspired I might write for 8 hours or more a day for days at a time – but then I mightn’t write again for a week or so. I simply write when I’m in the mood to do so.
3) What types of readers would most enjoy your work?
The Absent Shadows Trilogy was written for the teen/YA audience – the MC’s are 19-20 year olds. It’s pretty clean – probably PG13. But adults who enjoy YA books with realistic heroines (not larger than life superhero females) will also enjoy it.
4) What do you hope that readers take away from your work?
These books are mostly for pure enjoyment – there are no real ‘messages’ in them, other than to follow your heart.
5) Who is your favorite fictional character?
Well, it used to be Winnie the Pooh & Tigger many years ago. More recently Aragorn and Frodo are up there, along with Legolas ... Harry Potter & co ... Tris from Divergent (because I like her taste in men) ... Stephanie Plumm (because she is so cheeky).
6) How would you describe your writing style?
Easy to read, fast paced, not too deep but not completely superficial either, the good guys will win, the bad guys will lose.
7) What’s your ultimate writing goal?
To make as many people happy as possible. I get a kick out of knowing people are reading MY books and enjoying them, hopefully the way I have enjoyed so many over the years.