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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blog Tour for The Odor of Violet by Ju Ephraime

Book Blurb: 


Full of self-doubt as he struggled to regain his independence, the last thing Damien was looking for when he hired his new assistant, was to fall in love. So, he fought it for as long as he could, until the feelings he had for Lisa kept chipping away at him. Exposing a heart he had thought encased in stone, never to love again.  

Lisa, a gentle, caring individual, a professional nurse, and inexperienced in matters of the heart, was ill-equipped to deal with the emotional and physical attraction she felt for her boss, Damien Falconer. Fully cognizant of the pitfalls that exist in such a relationship, Lisa fought equally hard to resist the powerful lure of Damien.  

The blistering attraction between Damien and Lisa was searing in its intensity. Both were trying desperately to do the right thing, but the fates had other plans for them. Can two hearts that were broken be made whole again?…..

Book Clip: 

Ms. Andrews walked into the room, and Damien felt the air leave his lungs. He could not see her, but he
felt Jake’s reaction also. He was not certain if he was mirroring Jake’s reaction to the candidate or his
own overactive imagination. Whatever the reason, he had a physical reaction to whomever it was that
walked into his library. She was polite and calm, and he sensed she had a smile on her face because Jake
had an answering smile in his voice when he greeted her. Poor Damien, he couldn’t see a thing, but boy,
was he aware of her. He could smell the fragrance she was wearing, and it was doing strange things to
his body.  
There was a hint of jasmine, mixed with a bit of musk, but the overwhelming scent was of violet. He
recognized the scent because of the perfusion of violet plants that grew in the garden surrounding his
It was his favorite flower. He was never tired of sitting on the porch just inhaling its heady fragrance.
On Ms. Andrews, the fragrance was positively intoxicating. The mixture of violet with her unique scent
was overpowering. Damien was almost in pain from the strength of his physical reaction to her. He was
uncomfortable in his seat and kept fidgeting and moving to get a more comfortable position. He did not
want either Jake or the young woman to notice his discomfort. He desperately wanted to see the
woman who was in his library, but he had to be content with just listening to her responses to Jake’s questions.  
She sounded a bit flustered because she would begin each response with a slight nervous laugh, and
Jake would respond in kind. This exchange between the two infuriated Damien, who wanted to
participate in the conversation. He interrupted one of Jake’s questions to her with one of his own.  
“Tell me, Ms. Andrews, how long have you been out of school?” 

Angie J's Review:
The author will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky random winners.  They can choose between Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo or Envision .  Wanna chance to win?  Comment below about this review or book.

Ok so I picked this blog tour because the blurb of the book enticed me.  Then I read a few Amazon reviews and I was like "Hell Ya this is gonna be an awesome read!!"  I have to admit it was a really good and very quick read.  I was stunned at how fast I flew through the book.  I mean in one night I read about half the book. 
I loved the sexual chemistry between Damien, the grumpy, moody, handicapable man who needs an assistant because his personal assistant is going to Scotland.  There are a few interviews but when Lisa walks in Damien is taken back by her strong scent.  He loves the smell of violets and that is what she smells like.  Well a little wink wink and nudge nudge between Damien and Jake, presto Lisa is hired.  Well Lisa can't understand the attraction she has to this man Damien.  She is very naïve in the matters of the heart and figures she is being completely unprofessional.  The sexual chemistry is pulsating through this novel.  When Damien finally makes the first move, I was a jumble of anxious nerves as was Lisa.  Well the two continue to dance around the sexual chemistry until IT HAPPENS~!!!!  I was cheering and saying "about damn time you two!!" 

Well you think that is the end right?  Nope ya gotta have some kind of "problem" the two must face....well incomes Damien's ex-fiancé Shelly....GROWL.  Then I found myself wanting to punch Damien in his nut sack for falling for her.....ugh...stress.  I found myself wanting Lisa to fall for Jake then and kinda wondered if she might.......well that is all I am going to say about this subject because there is a lot going on and I don't want to spoiler anything.....

Ok so a side plot to this story is the fact Damien is blind.  An accident took his sight and the doctors have no clue why he cant see but speculate it will return.  Well slowly through the novel things start to happen with Damien's vision. I have to admit I like what he does in the story to see who is "real" and who isn't when it comes to him and his sight.

The only problem I had with this novel was the time framing.  I thought all this story had taken place in a matter of a few days when all actually it was months.  I guess it really doesn't matter or make a difference on the whole story.  All in all I really liked the story and loved the epilogue.  It was sweet even though I kind of saw it coming.  I still enjoyed and wouldn't mind a story about Damien's friend Jake!!

About the Author:
I can’t recall a time in my life when I wasn’t writing. I know I started a long, long, time ago. I began writing short stories for the local radio station in my home  town, which were read on the air at story time. After I had my children, I went back to school to further my education. I have since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. During the course of my schooling, I wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, as well as, other literary works. A couple years ago, I revisited my first love, writing for fun and enjoyment. 
I live in a small town in Connecticut, where the closest thing to a mall is a shopping strip, so nothing exciting happens there. I’m a mother of three and a grandmother of five. My dog Bondine is my favorite companion when I take up pen and paper to write.

Many of my stories are set in the places I've visited. The children I encounter during my travels determine the theme of the book.  I love to write stories about talented, inquisitive, and curious children who are thirsty for knowledge.

When I’m not writing my children books, I write romance novels under a pen name. Oftentimes, I take the time to visit the places in which my stories are set, which is the icing on the cake. My second love is traveling, and those times when I can combine writing with traveling, I’m usually in writers' heaven because I’m doing my two most favorite things...

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  1. A good review thank you. I do love it when I am enticed by the blurb.


  2. I kinda wanna hear more about this Jake friend too :)


    1. Jake is certainly a character worth developing. Let's see what he gets up to in Scotland. :)

  3. I have this book on my kindle! Looking forward to reading it. theresa.esterline@gmail.com

  4. Off to Amazon to buy this one. A broken hearted hero and a heroine who is there to fix him ....... a great prescription!

  5. An enticing review, what is your favorite character?


    1. Twinsie Angie J here...my fav character was Damien without a doubt.....love the strong alpha males with a broken heart

  6. That was an excellent review, thank you. The book sounds like a great read, I've added it to my read list.


  7. The book sounds quite exciting, I'm sure I'm going to love reading it! Will Jake get his own story?

    shadowrunner1987 at gmail dot com

    1. Hmmm, At this time, I don't know. Let's see what he gets up to in Scotland. :)

  8. Very good premise, will there be more books about Demian and Lisa?


    1. Emiliana, I don't see it now, but one never know. Currently, I working on two other stories, hopefully to be out this summer.:)

  9. Very entertaining review!


  10. I love that little excerpt! It definitely makes me want to read more!

  11. Ju...How did you get into the whole blindness story line? Did you do any kind of special research? Did you close your eyes (or go blindfolded) to try to visualize things differently? I'd think that as a writer, it would be difficult to ignore the sense of sight when writing descriptive passages.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Catherine, It is indeed difficult, but I have some personal experience to tap into so that helped a bit, but the majority can be credited to an over-active imagination. :)

  12. Adding to my to be read list... sounds really good!

  13. Sorry about my lateness in stopping here. I didn't see there were two stops on the 27th.
    Thanks for hosting my book tour, and for reviewing my book. What would we authors do with those glowing reviews--I love them.

    Good luck to all!