Wednesday, June 12, 2013

International Giveaway on Today's New Kid With A Book featuring Shattered Into Beautiful by Mel Ballew: An Excerpt, A Review and A Giveaway or Two


Her Magick is destined but true love forbidden.

After beautiful Sylver Kyllienne Brady meets death at the hands of her boyfriend, Roland Parks, she transcends into Summerland. There, she reunites with her mother and finds her soul mate, Zander. Pulled back to the earthly plane, she must embark on a journey of discovery. She uncovers a truth. She is the descendent of a long lineage of powerful Witches. She must learn to control her power, protect the family’s Amulet and Book of Shadows. Sylver has no idea what awaits her. And, this is only part of her discovery.

Lives unravel as secrets are discovered and mysteries unfold.

Everything changes when she meets Zander Emmett –a vampire. Zander is gorgeous, exotic, sexy and unbelievably wealthy. He is also the one person a witch, such as Sylver, must avoid. Their love is forbidden but their souls draw them together like a magnet. Their bodies ignite, passion soars and their souls are left to discover, not only each other, but their destiny. His life holds secrets and enticing mysteries of his own that propel the parallels of their worlds to climaxing heights.

Will their colliding worlds separate them? Will Sylver embrace her destiny? Will realizing what is expected of her and falling soulfully in love with Zander - the vampire she is forbidden to love, just leave her breathless?

Or, will she forever be Shattered Into Beautiful?


I am his Light.

He is my Dark.

Together, as one, we are an equal balance. Positive and negative energies collide. A beautiful equilibrium created by the Universe.

One witch.

One vampire.

We are a swinging pendulum, two souls made whole —as one, amalgamating our worlds.

No longer afraid, I straighten. I walk over to Zander and take his hand in mine. I glance at him. With fingers entwined, our souls rendezvous, and part of the mystery between us is unveiled. My eyes shift to the figure standing among the trees. I glare. I look at Zander; he looks at me. Together, we look at him.

Emeralds and sapphires lock with fire-red rubies. Seconds are too long to decipher clearly the amount of time before he vanishes. Less than one split second, then he evaporated into the night, swallowed by the Dark governing him.

Magick unfurls in a moonlit night.

My Review:

When Mel asked me to read Shattered Into Beautiful, I hemmed and hawed. Really, the paranormal genre is something that I have never been all that interested in reading. After all, isn't paranormal only about witches and vampires and shamans, oh my? Boy, was I wrong!

Shattered opens in the year 1647 in the town of Hartford, Connecticut. To the shouts of "burn, witch, burn", Alse Lake was hanged to death by the neck, having been accused of being a witch. Her husband John and daughter Alice were there to witness the hanging. Thirty years later in the exact same town, daughter Alice was also hanged to death for the very same reason.

Fast forward several hundred years, and we witness Sylver dies at the hands of a madman. Battered, bruised and shattered, Sylver's blood pouring out onto the floor, she passes over into the Summerlands. The last words she hears before she dies are "Hang on my li'l Kitten. Fight Sylver"... Her travel to the Summerlands brings her face to face with Zander. Let me assure you, Zander is quite yummy.

Now, I would tell you more, but I don't want to spoil this beautiful book for you. This is a poetically beautiful story about a love between a witch and a vampire that transcends time. You will find that Mel's words are rich, warm and poetic. After reading this book, it is still very hard for me to believe that she hasn't written for years. Her descriptions will put you right there with the book's characters, but be prepared for the kisses to light a spark and the caresses to draw a low moan because the action between Zander and Syler is hot.

Author Bio

Mel Ballew resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, along with their two adorable cats. 
An avid reader, she has always had an equal passion for writing and has written her entire life, to date. Her mother initially birthed, inspired, and encouraged these loves. The two often discussed writing together but unfortunately, that dream never came to fruition.
Years later, this happened, that happened—life happened. 
She stepped away from writing to place more focus on being a wife and a full-time mom. Today, she would not have changed a thing. The day her daughter was born became the first day she realized a significant rhythm to her heart was also born. Her daughter, now preparing to go off to college, has grown into a beautiful and responsible young adult.
A twisted turn of events in September 2009 left Mel unable to work outside of the home. Forced to consider other options, and while embracing a therapeutic approach of transcribing all of the challenges facing her, post-accident, she returned to journaling. Once again, the writer within her has been re-birthed—awakened from slumber.
Mel is a hopeless romantic. Blessed, she has her very own soul mate, which she calls husband, best friend, and lover. 
She is a simple country gal, with a profound love of true simplicity. She is just as hopeless in her love of nature and regards many of her writing aspirations to appreciating its beauty, although every single story is birthed from her dreams. Sometimes, in life, simply enjoying a chilled glass of sangria on a warm summer’s eve or indulging in her love of chocolate and peanut butter is an expression of enjoying such simplicity. For her, these moments are truly d’vine.

How to find Mel

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  1. Can't wait to read this. Win or lose, I will be owning a copy.=D Thanks for the giveaway! ♡

    1. You can't go wrong either way Kristina. Mel weaves an amazing story!

  2. This book sounds AH-MAZING!!!!! Can't wait to read it!!

    1. Thanks for the giveaway!!
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    2. You will love it Amy! It is shatteringly beautiful! ;-)