Monday, January 7, 2013

VBT: Giveaway & Review ~ The Fates by Lola James

Fate’s Design


During a summer trip to Italy, a teenage girl falls in love and is pulled into the world of vampires, witches, and magical powers. As she becomes more deeply entrenched, her nightmares begin to make sense, and the girl realizes that she’s been part of this new world since birth.

Villain’s Fate


Does good always prevail over evil? What happens when the villain triumphs?

This is a short (prequel) that can be read before or after Fate's Design.

Purchase links: Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Excerpt from Fate's Design:

A tall, grey-haired man was staring at me from a far wall. He looked more obvious than inconspicuous, wearing a trench coat in the summer season. As soon as he saw me spot him, he dropped his eyes to the newspaper that covered the rest of his face. I now watched his every move. He slowly eased away from the wall that supported him and joined a group of people exiting the plane. The man shuffled into the crowd, and I lost him.

I stood up quickly, alerting Morgan, and she stood up next to me.

“What, what’s wrong?” she asked, startled by my movement.

I couldn’t help but wonder why he stared at me, but I didn’t want Morgan to panic. “I just thought I saw a celebrity.” I shrugged, knowing I wouldn’t care if I really did.

“REALLY? Who?” she shrieked.

“It was no one.” I sat down and grabbed my purse, pretending to look for something as Morgan peered around the airport. She sat eventually and continued with the magazine. Meanwhile, I kept a lookout for the creep in the overcoat.

Our plane boarded shortly after that, and I didn’t see him get on. I relaxed after we took off. I hoped we left that lurker behind in Germany.


About the Author:

Lola James has been reading romance novels since her teens, and fell in love with the paranormal after discovering Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Her love of the dark worlds of vampires and witches, as well as her fascination with Greek mythology led her to create the Spellbound Series, an ongoing Paranormal Romance combining all of the above into tales of suspense with a little bit of humor in an Urban Fantasy setting.

A longtime lover of reading and writing with a passion for a great story, James became discouraged by the complicated and arbitrary publishing process, James had initially set down her laptop and her hopes of being a writer. However, with the purchase of her first e-reader, James became re-energized by the new possibilities for an undiscovered author to reach the masses. Dusting off her keyboard she finally finished Bound to Remember, the first book of the Spellbound Series and self-published it. Energized and ambitious, James is now hard at work on both the Spellbound Series as well as the Fate Series, a paranormal romance about dreams and what happens if they come true.

Living in Southern California with her two beautiful children, James finds time to write in between her full-time job as a mother as well as her other full-time job as an HR manager, as well as her academic schedule as she studies for her Master’s degree which she hopes to complete in 2013. With the success of Bound to Remember, James hopes to continue to reach an audience that will allow her to leave her HR job and focus on her writing as a full time career.

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My Thoughts:

This book had me enthralled from the beginning. I couldn't put it down. There were vampires, dhampirs, witches, guardians, and even a few appearances from cherubs!

The plot had romance, action, mystery, and more twists and turns than I could count.

Megan got on my nerves a little bit, but mostly I liked the characters (except for Nicoleta and Galena).

It was a relatively quick read and I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series!

There was a lot to like about this book. If you like paranormal romance, I urge you to try this one!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Here is a question for you:

Do you believe in fate?

Who is the villain that you hate the most?
In addition to earning another entry in the Comment Incentive Giveaway, your comments on this tour post can earn you other prizes from the author!

Lola will generously award one commenter from Crazy Four Books a Swag pack.
(US & Canada Only) Sorry! :(

One randomly drawn commenter on the tour will receive a $25 Gift card to B&N or Amazon
(winner's choice).

Want to see the tour schedule? Go here.

The more comments you leave during the tour, the more chances you have to win!

May the Fates smile upon you! :D

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. I do believe in fate, but I also believe fate can take you places and you have to take advantage of what is offered or not as the case may be. At to villain, I cannot really think of one except Lord Voldemort.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Ah Voldemort, he's a villain that we love to hate!

  2. I think fate is what makes my life so difficult. No matter how I try, nothing chanes my life path.

    1. It is what it is my Dad always used to say. To a point he was right. We have what we have but we can choose what to do with our situation. We can cry and have a pity party or do the best we can with what we have available. I am a mixture but I tend to lean toward pessimistic. I usually figure if I expect the worst, I can only be happy if something not quite as bad happens. lol!

      Have a great day!

  3. good question... i think i believe in fate but also that we have our part in it. we can change things if we really want to ( it's difficult yes but possible)

    this sound like the kind of story i love^^ as for a villain i hate ( it's hard for me to hate^^;;) i would say Sauron from the lord of the rings because he is really cruel

    (g+ done)

    1. Ha! You'd think I would have thought of him but he never crossed my mind. We just went to see "The Hobbit" at the movie theater on Saturday for my son's bday. See how quickly my I forget things. lol!

  4. +JMJ+

    It would take too long for me to explain what I think of the concept of fate! Let me just say that while I do think a lot of things are "meant" to happen to us, according to some higher design, we are never just helpless pawns. I hope that covers it! =)

    1. Very well said and it didn't even take a whole page! :D

  5. Yes, I do believe in fate. We can't change what is meant to be.

    1. I think it is hard and not always in our best interest, but I think sometimes we can change it to a degree.

  6. I think fate leads us to options, but there's still free will to change parts of the outcome.


  7. Yes, I do believe in fate. But - I do not believe in blaming it for every single thing. I think sometimes we intercept fate, and make things worse. Happens to me a lot when I am hasty.

    1. Too many people want to blame their actions or lack there of, on someone or something else. Fate is an easy excuse.

  8. Thank you for having me Brenda!! I love to hear what you all think fate.



    1. Thank you Lola.

      Please let me know when I can get the next book. :D

  9. I don't believe in fate. I think sometimes people use "fate" as an excuse or to avoid taking responsibility for bad choices. It can be easier to blame the fates when bad things happen to us. Sometimes bad things just happen.

    1. You're right sometimes bad things do happen. Sometimes those things are caused by people making bad decisions and fate has little or nothing to do with it. Too often people will use anything (fate included) as an excuse.

  10. Nice review. I believe in fate.


  11. Hi,
    I do believe in fate. In life things happen for a reason and although we do have the choice and the power to change things, I believe it's fate that brings us to that point to begin with.
    The worst villain is fear.
    lorih824 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. I agree. :D

    Awesome villain choice!

    I choose to believe that God Controls our future and present and the idea of FATE is fantasy at it's best.

  14. Sometimes, I do believe in fate but not that all things are predestined, that would take away all choices.

    galaschick78 at gmail dot com

  15. I believe in fate too.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  16. I think you make your own fate in the choices you make.


  17. Maybe divine intervention, more than fate. But the idea is a romantic one I suppose.

  18. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  19. I do believe in fate. What will happen will happen. but that doesn't mean we stop participating (if tha tmakes sense lol)

  20. I do believe in Fate and I think a higher power always has a plan for us. I believe a lot of us create issues with the big plan however.
    Thanks for sharing and the great question,

    1. I'm glad you liked it Marlena. Sometimes it's hard to think of something to ask.

      I agree with you completely!

  21. I do believe in fate. I think some things in life are destined to happen, but I also believe that you can change your fate and affect it. There are several paths led out you can take and the choices you make help dictate which path you go down.