Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Madly Tour!!

I am super-thrilled to be involved in the MADLY Series Tour!! I absolutely love these these books & the author!  There are three books in this series so far, they are Madly, Madly & Wolfhardt, and Madly & the Jackal.  Trust me, you want to read them!! Here's a little overview of Madly, followed by an excerpt to entice you! 

M. Leighton

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. 

In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

This novelette introduces you to Madly and prepares you for the quest of a lifetime.
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.

“Madly, talk to me.  Are you alright?”
The smooth, rich baritone caused chills to break out all over my arms.  It was then that I concluded I was definitely dreaming, because it wasn’t Aidan leaning over me; it was Jackson, and there was no way that he could make me feel this way.  No possible way.
“Am I dreaming?”
Jackson exhaled what sounded like a sigh of relief and his perfectly shaped lips curved into a smile.  I thought my heart would stop. 
“No, you’re not dreaming.  Do you feel ok?”
As I stared up into his pale eyes, I felt as if I was lost once again in the gentle sway of hypnotic waters. 
My eyes dropped back to his mouth. I reached up and ran my fingers lightly across Jackson’s lips, and as I watched, his smile faded.  I felt a puzzled frown pinch at my brow.  He certainly felt real, not like a dream.  But what does a dream really feel like anyway?
Jackson’s lips pursed as he kissed my fingertips, sending a shockwave of electricity scorching its way along my nerve ends.  My eyes flew back to his.  The sky blue was nearly imperceptible now, eclipsed by his ever-widening pupils.  And in them there was a heat, a want that resonated somewhere deep within me.  It fluttered in my stomach like a thousand butterflies, butterflies that knew something that I did not.   It burned in my chest like the age-old flame of recognition. 
I blinked, not trusting my eyes, but nothing changed.  Somehow, my head knew that this was all wrong, but my heart thought nothing had ever felt so right. 
“Jackson?” I said uncertainly.
I felt his fingers wind around my wrist.
“I’m right here,” he whispered.
I felt the scratch of his stubble against my fingers as he turned his face into my palm.
“Madly, you scared me half to death.”
“But you’re not Aidan.  This is all wrong.”
As I watched, the heat in Jackson’s eyes turned to ice, freezing me where I lay in the sand.  I saw anger flicker to life in the darkness of his pupils and he pulled my hand away from his face.
“Then I guess you’d better get dressed and get back to him before he starts to worry.”

Now for some wonderful, fantastical news...
you can download Madly the novelette for FREE on Amazon here.

Madly & Wolfhardt
M. Leighton

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. 

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.

*The print version of Madly & Wolfhardt also contains the novella Madly!  The following review is for both books. 

My Review  
AMAZING! Honestly, when I first saw this I wasn't too sure if mermaids sounded very exciting or not. But this is such a great author that she has had me daydreaming about a fish-man! (who thankfully doesn't keep his scales when he's on land- so it's not as weird as it sounds!) Madly is your basic teenager (besides the whole mermaid princess thing) until all hell breaks loose underwater and she is forced into an adult position immediately. She is torn between thinking with her head so she can save her people follow through with the future her parents have planned for her and thinking with her heart so she can be with her forbidden love and be happy. Madly & Jackson have to work together to find the Wolf spirit (Wolfhardt) who has escaped from his underwater prison, before he can begin his killing spree. This story is filled with action and suspense to keep you on your toes and constant frustration surrounding Jackson, the sexy sentinel that watches over Madly. This is one of those books that you won't be able to put down until you finish it! I cannot wait for more!

Madly & the Jackal
M. Leighton

How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges. 

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart. 

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.

My Review  
Wow! What a perfect blend of nonstop action and steamy romance! I love seeing this new passionate, loving side of Jackson instead of the constant struggle not to be a jackass trying to fight off his feelings for Madly. Just thinking about some of those hot scenes between the two of them makes me a little weak in the knees. Madly has grown so much since the beginning of the story, she is so much stronger with Jackson by her side. I am amazed at what they can accomplish together. Being a couple is not all peaches and cream for them of course, the Lore are still out there causing all kinds of trouble along with a terrifying secret weapon they have at their disposal. Although there were several parts that had me screaming (good and bad) ultimately I’m just left screaming for more!!

These are some really amazing books that I encourage you to check out immediately!  And if you're interested in stalking the author (M. Leighton) you can do so at her blog here.  Twitter here.  And Facebook here.  
Here is a list of the other stops on the Madly Series Tour!
MADLY Series Tour Schedule
August 27-September 1, 2012

Monday, August 27:

The Autumn Review ~ Jackson Interview

Insightful Minds ~ Dream Cast

The ParaRomance Club ~ Series Review

The Fairytale Nerd ~ Excerpt-Madly 1-1

Tuesday, August 28:
A Diary Of A Book Addict ~ Series Review

StuckInBooks ~ Author Interview

Books to the Sky ~ MADLY Review

FireStarBooks ~ Excerpt 2-1

A Dream Within A Dream ~ Series Review

Always YA at Heart ~ Series Review

Wednesday, August 29:

Britt's kick-butt blog ~ Excerpt 3-1

Breathe In BooKs ~ Series Review

Bookshelf Confessions ~ Madly Top 10

whoopeeyoo :D ~ Series Review

Thursday, August 30:
BlookGirl ~ Review Book 1 & 2

Bookworm Lisa ~ Review MADLY

Mother/Gamer/Writer ~ Creating the Chemistry

Sated Faery ~ Excerpt 1-2

Speculating on SpecFic ~ Review 1 & 2

Kimmie's Bookshelf ~ Review Book 2

YA Book Addict ~ Review Book 3

Thursday, August 31:
The Bookish Babe ~ Madly Interview

Hackaroo's Reviews ~ Series Review

Paranormal Book Fan ~ Review Books 1 & 2

Sweet Southern Home ~ Series Review

Reader Girls ~ MADLY Review

Saturday, September 1:
Paranormal Book Fan ~ Review Book 3

JennReneeRead ~ Review Books 1 & 2

Comfort Books ~ MADLY Review

Swoon Worthy Books ~ Series Review

A Soul Unsung ~ Review Books 1 & 2

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Reading!

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