Monday, 18 March 2013

Special Offers by M.L. Ryan

Title: Special Offers

Series: The Coursodon Dimension Series #1

Author: M.L. Ryan

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Running with Scissors Publishing

Number of pages: 216

Cover Artist: M.L. Ryan

Available from: 
Amazon Kindle ~ Smashwords ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Sony ~ Paperback Amazon ~ Create Space paperback

Book Description: As soon as Hailey Parrish discovered her husband was cheating with her co-worker, she swore off men. She had to find another job when her boss went to prison for being a pimp in his spare time. Three years later, Hailey still hadn’t gone on a date and she milks chinchilla for a living. Her life is about to get weirder.  

While in pursuit of inter-dimensional miscreants who use their arcane powers to prey upon humans, Sebastian Kess was ambushed and mortally wounded. To save his life, he used his own magic to convert his soul to binary code and transfer it into Hailey’s soon-to-be shipped Kindle eBook reader. When Hailey inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined.

Hailey must come to grips with the existence of the parallel dimension of Coursodon and the realization that magically inclined non-humans walk the world while dealing with Sebastian’s arrogant banter in her head. Her predicament also introduces her to another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland. The action moves from Hailey’s hometown of Tucson, Arizona to New England and across Europe as she and Alex try to return Sebastian to his own body while staying one step
ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is.  

Special Offers, the first book of the Coursodon Dimension Series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor. 

My Review
5 of 5 stars
I think my Kindle is defective. It didn't come with a man. Maybe I should send it back.

The thing I loved the most about Special Offers was the characters…no the quirky humor…no the inventive storyline…I'll have to get back to you on that. Long story short, I loved this book. I knew from page one that I was going to like Hailey. First of all, she has this sarcastic wit going on. She made me laugh through the entire book. I loved being in her head. Second, she is a book hoarder, so I can relate to her. Hailey decided it was time for a Kindle because she didn't have room for any more books (I can sympathize). Only her Kindle came with a "special" special offer…in the form of a man. But, there is a catch – that man, Sebastian, wants to share Hailey's body.

Sebastian is so much fun. I loved having his commentary in the story, albeit inside Hailey's head. The banter between Sebastian and Hailey is hilarious. Alex is a sweet guy, and him and Hailey hit it off right away, which is good since they have to work together to get Sebastian out of Hailey's body.

This story was easy and entertaining, and the author's writing style made me a fan.

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About the Author

M.L. Ryan is a profes­sional woman — not that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job in which she spends a lot of time writing dry science non-Fiction. In an effort to strength­en the less logi­cal side of her brain, she decided to write some of the many stories rolling around in her head. She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband, son, four cats, two dogs and two adopt­ed desert tortoises.

Twitter: @MLRyan1

Q & A with M.L. Ryan 

Q.  Tell us a little bit about your main characters. 

A:  The story is told from the perspective of Hailey Parrish, a thirty-year-old divorcee with self-esteem issues and a boring job milking chinchilla for artisanal cheese. Her life gets a lot more exciting when she is inhabited by Sebastian Kess — an egotistical, womanizing, magically endowed enforcer from a parallel dimension — who was previously trapped in her Kindle eBook reader. Hailey can hear Sebastian in her head and he doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to making his thoughts and needs known. Sebastian’s mysterious disappearance is investigated by another supernatural, the handsome, sexy, all-around-nice-guy Alex Sunderland, who mistakenly believes Hailey is somehow involved.  

Q.  Do you have anyone in mind who would be perfect to play Hailey, Sebastian, and Alex in a movie? 

A:  I am asked this a lot, and I am always a bit reluctant to give faces to the characters because the readers should decide what they think Hailey, Sebastian and Alex look like. But if I had to find actors to play them, I’d choose Mila Kunis (but without makeup, otherwise she’s way too hot to be Hailey), John Stamos (he has the right pompous demeanor and dark good looks to be Sebastian) and Alexander Skarsgard (tall, blonde and hot, just like Alex).

Q.  What was your favorite scene to write? 
A:  Hmmm. That’s tough. I think my favorite is when Hailey realizes that Sebastian can see what she sees. She goes to great lengths to ensure he can’t get a peek at her naked.

Q.  What is your work schedule like when you're writing? 

A:  Unfortunately, I have a day job. That means writing is relegated to evenings and weekends. I try to write every day, even if it is just a paragraph or two, and I stick to that schedule. Once, I forced myself to write when I had some nasty upper respiratory infection and a fever. Much to my surprise, the ideas flowed out and I added about a thousand words in record time. Of course, when I re-read that part after I felt better, it made no sense whatsoever. Now I try to be a little less intransigent when it comes to the every-day rule.

Q.  How would you describe your writing style? 

A:  Playful. I find humor in almost everything, even situations that aren’t particularly funny, and my writing reflects this quirk in my personality.

Q.  What do you do to unwind and relax? 

A:  I play soccer on two women’s teams. If I wasn’t slow and unskilled, I’d be a force to be reckoned with. Regardless of my prowess (or lack thereof), I love the competition, the exercise and the team camaraderie. I also find writing fiction immensely relaxing. I suppose it’s because I can immerse myself in the story and forget about the stresses of real life.

Q.  What book are you reading now? 
A:  Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body by Jennie Marts.

Q.  Chocolate or vanilla?

A:  Definitely chocolate. Dark. Bitter. Much like myself, really.

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  1. Dark chocolate is the absolute best!

  2. Thanks for the Giveaway. This book sounds like a lot of fun!

    1. You are welcome! The book is fun (I'm not the least bit biased, of course).

  3. I'm so glad you liked the book! And I absolutely love your blog name!

    1. Thank you for sharing your book with us :) I've been telling all my friends they need to read it!