Love-struck Giveaway Blog Hop
Hosted by Under the Covers Book Blog
I am joining this fantastic Blog Hop to introduce to you a brand new
Urban Fantasy book!
by Chelsea O'Neal
|Juniper's Princess (Released July 2, 2013):|
~Juniper's Princess is the first book in the Angel Crest Series~
Daniah is different, she always has been and now her dreams and visions of the future are increasing, she knows her life is changing. She just doesn't know by how much...
Jaiden is different, but he knows why and he knows his responsibilities. He must find the saviour of his race, the angel human half-breeds who are fighting a war for humanity's souls. If he can't convince Daniah she is more than just a little different - she is the princess of their people - they are all going to die.
Unfortunately Daniah doesn't have many reasons to trust Jadien, especially when he is caught in a web of his own lies.
In a world where half-breed angels walk among us, fighting an evil for our souls, Daniah must find the strength to become the princess we all need.
My favorite part in writing this book was getting to know the characters. Whether we had proper Shelly, or dark and mysterious Jaiden, or a little lost though confidant Daniah to a wildy charming and funny Cordelia, each character has something wonderful to add.
I loved watching my two main characters Jaiden and Dani on their journey to love...
Jaiden takes a step towards me and lays his hands on my arms. “I promise,” he vows. “I really like you, and I am more sorry than you know that I didn’t tell you everything at first.”
I feel my stomach flutter and my face flush in pleasure.
“You like me huh?” I ask, feeling brave.
Jaiden takes a step closer and nods, smirking a bit at me. “I do, and I meant it when I told you that you’re beautiful. You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen,” he says looking down at me, his face close to mine, and I feel my eyes drop to his lips.
I swoon almost every time Jaiden speaks to Dani a little naughty yet so adorable...
“I would like to be with you as you learn to trust me again,” he says after a moment of silence and I frown, wondering what exactly he means.
“What do you mean?” I finally sputter out, after trying to find the right way to phrase my question.
“I would like to be with you, by your side, as your potential bond,” he says, sounding confident though his eyes give away his nerves.
Is he asking me out?
“Are you asking me out, I mean like as my boyfriend?” I ask slowly.
He frowns at me this time then looks as if he is searching for a word.
“For humans, is a boyfriend the same as a lover?” he asks and I feel my cheeks flame with his direct question.
I clear my throat. “Ah, yes, that would be correct.”
He grins then nods. “Then yes, I would like to be your boyfriend.
“What would you call us then, if Zoku doesn’t use the term boyfriend?” I wonder out loud, still feeling heat in my cheeks.
“What do you mean call us?” he asks, looking confused.
“Well, are we dating? Are we a couple?” I ask, just throwing phrases out. “If another guy so much as looks at me, are you going to flip out?” I ask, grinning now because he looks so cute with the confusion written all over his face.
He frowns down at me for a moment then shrugs. “I would say we are lovers,” he answers bluntly and my mouth drops open again.
He reaches over and gently closes my mouth for me, but promptly presses his lips against mine. I sink into his kiss and am amazed at the depth of emotion I have. I wrap my arms around his neck and feel the length of his body against mine.
My favorite scene is one that would be oh so much fun to play out. With Dani in the kitchen baking cookies, and Jaiden coming in to 'help'...
“Oh,” I breathe as I spin and find Jaiden standing directly behind me. He flicks his eyes to the bowl of mixed ingredients then back to my eyes.
“What are you making?” he asks, sounding curious. I search his face to see if he is hurt by my nervousness earlier.
“Ah, cookies,” I say softly, trying to remember how to breathe.
“Would you like some help?” he asks softly, settling his hands on my waist lightly.
“Do you know how to bake?” I ask, feeling the heat of his hands spread from my waist to warm the rest of me.
He smiles wickedly and nods his head slowly, then his eyes wander from my eyes to my lips and they hold, looking as if they will gaze there forever.
“When we were at the salon, and I first met you, I wanted to kiss you,” he says almost as if to himself. “I still want to every time I see you, do you want me to kiss you?” he asks softly, leaning in a bit forcing me against the counter top, the cookies forgotten.
I watch as Jaiden leans in to whisper in my ear, “do you want me to kiss you Daniah?” His lips brush up against my ear then he leans his cheek against mine, pressing his face into the side of my neck. I can’t stop the shudder and my eyes flutter closed.
My second favorite characters to write were Trevor, Cord and Jim. They were so much fun to see in different places...
He may not have been shouting but I wince involuntarily and groan again. I slowly peel my heavy eyelids open, to complete darkness, so I close them again.
“I’m blind again, aren’t I?” I ask dejectedly. Tears fill my eyes and make their way down my temples into my hair.
I hear a soft laugh and feel a pressure over my eyes. “Nah, cutie you just have a towel over your eyes, and its dark in here. I’m going to pull it off, m’kay,” says a male voice I can’t place.
“Okay, but who are you?” I question, thinking he sounds a little familiar.
I feel the pressure over my eyes lessen so I open my eyes again. There are two guys looking down at me. One I don’t know, and Trevor.
“You’re breaking my heart!” the unknown male says in mock torment. “You mean to tell me you don’t remember these strong arms holding you?” he says smiling as amusement flickers in his dark eyes while flexing his biceps. He winks at me.
Another wonderful moment with these three...
“Trev is right,” I say softly. He looks over at me smiling a little. I smile back then turn to look at Jim. “What was it you said earlier about you being right, about me being an angel?” I ask while smirking.
Jim looks confused for a minute, then he blushes a little. “I ah, well when I saw you in the parking lot, the first thought in my head was that you looked like,” he stops, looks up at Trev then back at me, seeming as thought he doesn’t want to finish.
“Yes,” I say, enjoying his discomfort.
“I thought you looked like an avenging angel or a,” he stops, swallows, then continues quietly, “a goddess.” He blushes more, looking like he wants to be swallowed up by the floor.
I laugh and Trev surprises me by joining in. Jim glares at both of us.
One last little bit from the three it takes a bit to set up the scene but I think this will give you a good idea on why I enjoyed writing them so much...
We walk into the hotel room and there is only one bed, a king size bed. Jim and Trev are both so worried about me being sucked into another dream, they argue with me to agree to sleep in between them on the king size bed.
I change into my pj’s and they are definitely as skimpy as I remember. I brush my teeth and pick up my dirty clothes then slowly open up the door.
“Ah, guys?” I question, holding my clothes in front of me, not covering much, still half way in the bathroom.
“Yeah?” Trev answers looking over at me. He freezes, holding up a shirt from his bag, his eyes going wide.
“Well, you see I didn’t expect to be, ah sleeping with anyone and my pj’s are kind of...” I trail off, feeling my face turn bright red.
“Hot?” Jim suggests, smirking at me. “Barely there? Comfortable? What are you trying to say?” he teases, going from a smirk to a full-blown belly laugh.
I glare at him then stride from the bathroom throwing my clothes on top of my bag. The boy shorts barely cover my rear, and the tank top is tight enough it leaves little to the imagination, but my anger keeps me from being embarrassed. I cross to the bed, yank the covers back and throw a couple decorative pillows forcefully off to the side with my good arm.
“I was just going to ask to borrow a shirt but whatever, skin on skin right, maybe you two should sleep naked, just in case,” I say angrily then flop down on the bed, scoot to the center then pull the covers over me, rolling to where both boys are behind me.
Jim’s laughter cuts off and Trev clears his throat, “ah, I have a shirt.”
I cut him off, “I’m already in bed, goodnight boys."
I enjoyed writing a character who is fully angel and not used to living on earth with the mortals. Here is a little snippet were two young boys play 'parade' with toy trucks as she watches...
I lift my head from Jake’s shoulder as he laughs at something Shelly says, who turns to glare at him. I smile at the exchange then listen to Jason who innocently explains.
“No, Miss Shelly, there aren’t little people who use these trucks, we just play with them.” He smiles then lifts another truck to explain it as Isaac moves the previous truck forward making driving noises, while Todd keeps the waiting parade of cars lined up.
Shelly frowns down at the ‘parade’.
I think you will be smitten with this book and it's characters, because there is an underlying message of hope, love and happiness, along with action, romance, betrayal, and intrigue.
Buy Juniper's Princess:
Chelsea is giving away
one signed paperback copy of
(Giveaway is for US only)
About the Author
Actually Chelsea lives in the United States in Nebraska, where she was born and raised, with her black lab Daisey, who hasn’t spoken actual words to her but she is pretty sure Daisey understands her. She is yet to meet her prince charming, though she is quite sure he is out there. Chelsea enjoys working in a library as well as a cosmetologist. She is an avid reader and writing has always been her passion. Juniper’s Princess is her first novel, set to be released soon, and she is working on her next book now.
Thank you for joining us on this wonderful blog hop!