Sunday, February 24, 2013

VBT: Review, Giveaway, and Interview with Eris Kelli author of Piper LeVine a Gypsy's Truth

I interviewed Eris Kelli. This is what she shared with me:

What part of writing do you find the most challenging? most enjoyable?

The most challenging part of writing for me is editing. I love writing the story but at times it can be difficult to distance yourself from the project enough to see it with fresh eyes. On the other side the most enjoyable part of writing for me is the story coming to life, unfolding and surprising me as the characters lead the way.

What book should under No circumstances ever be made into a movie?

LOL, too late! Ha! No one wants to answer this question!

What is your favorite spring flower?

The Hyacinth, it’s lovely! :-) That's my favorite too!

Quiet or loud?

Depends on my mood and the circumstance, I’m flexible :D

Which new release are you most looking forward to reading?

Star Treck Into the Darkness! Or Iron Man 3! Or Sherlock Holmes 3 :D

What is your favorite favorite splurge?

Getting my hair done!

What does your favorite meal consist of?

I have to warn you I’m not too picky. At the moment I could really go for some egg drop soup! I can never say no to chocolate, either! I think we can all agree on chocolate being a necessity! :D

How do you prefer to communicate ( in person, texting, email, or phone)?

In general I’d say by phone but if it’s a good friend I prefer in person.

How likely are you to suffer from road rage?

Very likely, unfortunately. I brings out my sailor’s mouth, LOL! :D I suffer from it too often. I would be okay if others had common courtesy such as using turn signals and driving in the slow lane when they want to drive slow.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Cherry jubilee or mint chocolate chip :D

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is yellow, it’s so cheerful! I just have to ask, are you a morning person? Do you wake up happy?

Pierced or not?

Tastefully, to fit one’s personality.

Leather, lace, or cotton?

Isn’t lace so feminine? I love lace! Well, if it’s done correctly. Too much lace can age even the loveliest lady.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. :D

Thank you for having me Brenda!


About the Author:

Eris Kelli grew up in the pacific northwest as the youngest of eight children. Her writing is fueled by her love of adventure, learning and her drive to explore an idea.

She now resides in Midwest America, with her husband, two beautiful children, and happy old dog.

Contact Eris on: Facebook or her website.

About the book:

Piper LeVine is the daughter of wealthy Senator, Harold and Katrine LeVine or so she thought. When a stranger arrives in the night and throws her identity into question, Piper is forced to uncover secrets of her true origin. The treacherous demons from a past she never knew she had, are coming for her.

Only the Gypsies know how to deal with the monsters of myth, but can she trust them? Nicholas proves less than truthful from the get-go but who else can she hold onto amongst a sea of mystic if not hostile strangers? He is dangerous, captivating, and the only one who she knows will stand toe to toe with the creatures of the dark that seek her. But what will it cost and is it a price she can afford to pay?

In search for the truth Piper will find more than her identity. She will discover her destiny, what she is made of, and the family that determines her fate.

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My Thoughts:

I La La La Loved it! I really liked the cover, the characters, the plot, the pacing, the wording, and the length. 

This story begins with a grounded Piper sneaking to the kitchen for a late night snack. She is interrupted by someone pounding on the door at 2 AM. She does what any smart girl would do. She hides and listens in when her parents answer the door. 

I never did find out for sure who was at the door! Who ever it was scared her parents and wanted to take her. They don't get her but after they leave she gets an earful. Her life has been a lie. Her father apparently had an affair which resulted in her birth. Her birth mother "sold" her to them in exchange for her silence about the affair. Her parents have words and then she has words with them. She leaves to stay with her Grandma so that she will be safe.

That is just the tip of this iceberg! Every time I thought I knew what would happen, something changed. Things start getting really good after she goes to her Grandma's. I don't want to say anything else because discovering the truth is half of the fun!

There was a lot of action, twists and turns, romance (nothing more than kissing though), suspense, supernatural creatures, and characters that you will love and love to hate. 

Lets talk about the supernatural beings in this book. there are gypsies, werewolves, and two kinds of sith.

There are Baobhan and Black Sith. Each are nasty with the power to compel you among other powers including regeneration. Try battling that! These werewolves are just a little different. They lose control of themselves during the full moon and no one is safe. The gypsies have powers too! They can grow flowers, talk on the wind and more.

I really liked Piper. I felt bad for her and some of the situations that she found herself in. I love Grandma Sidney's character. I'm glad that Piper had her. I still don't know what to make of Piper's birth mother. I like Nicholas but I keep waiting for something else to pop up and make him seem less than good for her. I hope that doesn't happen!

I really hope that you will read Piper Levine a Gypsy's Truth. If you like paranormal books you need to add this to your list!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It was a fantastic read sure to enthrall you the same way it did me. I am ready to read Piper's next adventure ~ Piper LeVine and the Path of Betrayal. The title sounds ominous. Either she is going to do something stupid or someone else is going to do something major. Either way I don't like being left on my own to draw conclusions!

Have you ever known a gypsy to have super powers?

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


  1. My first answer would be no...but with the headache i'm enduring i'm perhaps forgetting something^^;;.
    It's an interesting beginning for a book though, i can see why you enjoyed it.... i don't think i would appreciate her birth mother...but she was loved that's the most important but that secret have repercussions

    take care

    1. I hope you feel better Miki. I've been suffering from a head cold. So I'm also dealing with a massive headache too. :-(

      As usual you are very perceptive!

  2. I have read stories about gypsies with powers but I have never met a gypsy. I would love to meet one and spend some time talking.

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  3. +JMJ+

    I've read lots of stories with gypsy characters, but every writer seems to plays fast and loose with their "mythology" as if they were another set of supernatural creatures. And I've grown to feel less comfortable with it over time.

    If I read this book, it will be for the family dynamics. Piper is certainly growing up in an unusual situation, and the way she handles all these new revelations will say more about her than any supernatural powers or destinies that she may have.

    By the way, Brenda, I had to grin when I read that you kept expecting Nicholas to wave a red flag! The conventions of PNR do make us wary of romantic prospects who don't have a very visible dark side. ;-) Poor guy, though, if he really is a good egg and the story is just setting him up so it seems reasonable for Piper (and us!) to mistrust him!

    1. Ha! You are so right. It is not fair that I miss trust him as much as I do. There are a few minor things in the book that make me wonder though.

      The family dynamics are worth reading it for. Nothing is simple in this book! :-)

  4. Cant say I've ever met a gypsy but everything I know about them points to their very superstitious and that they could have some powers.

    1. i've never met one either and I've only read one book with them in it.

  5. The only Gypsies I've known to have powers are those that are very similar to what we think of as witches. Mostly the powers of foresight and healing.

    This book sounds really good and has been added to my TBR list.

  6. I've read stories about gypsies having magic, not so much superpowers though. Stuff like the Sight, healing, etc. More of the healing type arts than fighting arts. But as for superpowers, this is a first for me.