Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Guest Post + Giveaway - Tempted by Fate by Kate Perry

 Tempted by Fate (The Guardians of Destiny)
TITLE:    Tempted by Fate (The Guardians of Destiny)
AUTHOR/EDITOR:    Kate Perry
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 368 pages
PUBLISHED:   Forever, 2010
ISBN#:   9780446564625
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Hachette/Forever for Review & Giveaway

FROM GOODREADS:  Willow Tarata is a Guardian who trusts no one. She hunts those who prey on the vulnerable. And she's driven by a vengeful goal-find the man who murdered her mother. Yet suddenly Willow's quarry now has her on the run . . . straight into the sights of San Francisco's most dangerous detective.   

Three bizarre murders have Inspector Rick Ramirez baffled-and determined to uncover the truth. But to catch the real killer, he needs the help of his prime suspect, Willow Tarata, even though this fierce and sexy blonde is challenging his professional cool. And now, unless they believe in each other and trust their deepest instincts, a relentless evil will end both Willow's and Rick's life-and claim this Guardian's extraordinary powers forever . . .

MY TAKE:  I love strong heroines and heroes who can deal with them without taking away their spark.  Willow is one of those women that embodies so many of the traits that I would aspire to have, if only..  She's sexy, funny, bold, intelligent, determined and loyal.  Rick is the hunky, straight-laced cop who is used to following the rules and living with the black and white certainty of those rules.  Willow rocks his world in so many ways while he gives her the stability she's unknowingly needed!

I'm not going to give anything away so I'll keep this review brief.  The action is fast-paced and moves you quickly from page to page.  I couldn't put it down, literally.  I carried it around with me and finished it in an afternoon.  I just couldn't wait to see what came next.  Kate Perry has created a fantastic series with characters that make you feel like you know them and want to be a part of their world.

Marked by Passion (The Guardians of Destiny)  Chosen by Desire (The Guardians of Destiny)  Tempted by Fate (The Guardians of Destiny)

This is the third book in The Guardians of Destiny series, but you definitely don't have to read them in order to be swept up in the story.  The author gives you plenty of background information without making it seem like a history lesson.  She weaves the details you need seamlessly into the current storyline.  (Of course, you will WANT to read the other books once you're done with this one - they're a bunch of fascinating and captivating characters!)  

MY RATING:    4.5/5

Meet Kate Perry and learn more about her and her Guardians of Destiny series as well as the other great books she's penned. 

In the mean time, I am thrilled to share with you a guest post from Kate Perry. She is answering my question regarding the importance she places on the naming of her characters. I love the fun and unique way she replies:

My friend Sarah phoned me the other day. “John and I are having a baby."

I asked the obvious question. “Are you calling from hell?”

“Excuse me?”

“Well, eight years ago you said you'd be damned before you had any children.”

“Focus, Kate. I'm calling because I thought you could help us compile a list of names. You're great at that. I need girl names.”

I grimaced. “Maybe this is the moment to warn you that I just named the heroine in my latest book, TEMPTED BY FATE, Willow.”

“Are you being difficult?”

Me? Difficult? “I just don't understand why you want me to help. She’s your baby. Shouldn't you and John come up with a name you like?”

“You're better at coming up with ideas than I am. You do it all the time for your characters.”

“There's a difference. I know what my characters are like. I develop their personalities and then find a name that fits them. Like naming my heroine Willow made sense, because she’s the Guardian of the Book of Wood. Wood, willow. Get it?”

“Uh, yeah.”

“I don't know what your baby is going to be like. What if I help you find a name that's all wrong for her?"


“Like what if I suggested Brooke and you loved it? With a name like Brooke, her career choices would be limited to a TV newscaster or a manager of a women's clothing store. And what if she wanted to be a ballerina? As Brooke Weller she'd be screwed. Or she'd have to come up with a pseudonym, which is overrated if you ask me. Then she'd be totally psychologically scarred and it'd be my fault. I’m not sure I can live with that kind of guilt.”

“I thought actors were supposed to be the drama queens, not writers.”

“I can't help it. A name tells a lot about a person's character.” I pursed my lips. “Besides, with a name like Kate Perry, I'd be laughed off the stage.”

Thank you Kate, that's hysterical as well as informative!  We appreciate you taking the time to share with us here at One Book Shy.  Now for a special treat...


Kate and the fantabulous Anna from Hachette/Forever have generously provided copies of Tempted by Fate for THREE lucky winners!  Rules are simple:
  • Be a public GFC follower, old or new ~ I DO check, just so you know....
  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me what YOU would name the heroine in YOUR book
  • Open to US and Canadian residents
  • NO PO boxes
  • Entries close at midnight PST on December 24th, 2010.
  • Winners will be drawn randomly and notified by mail.  They will then have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
  • One prize per household, even if you win this book on another blog/site.
Good luck!  If you can't wait to get your hands on this excellent book, you can find it at your local bookstore or any of the online stores below.

WHERE TO BUY IT:    Amazon, The Book Depository, Powell's Books, IndieBound

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  1. I would name my heroine Celeste. Just love that name.

    DreamyCowgirl @ hotmail.com

  2. Thanks for the giveaway. I would name my heroine Corrine. Its just a name I have always liked.

    I follow on GFC

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  3. I am a GFC follower

    I'd name my heroine Hannah if I were to write a book.


  4. I'm a GFC Follower and I would probably name the leading lady Rose. I know it is an old name but I have always liked it.
    Thanks for the Giveaway

  5. I'd name my heroine Willow. Oh wait--I did. ;)

    Thanks for having me here today, peeps! Hope you guys enjoy the books.

  6. follow via gfc
    great giveaway

    would name the heroine Annabella

  7. Book sounds great! I would name my heroine Rowyn, I have always loved that name, but I'm not having any more kids, so I won't get to hear it said. Artesia at comcast dot net

  8. I am a follower!

  9. I would name my heroine Kayla, I like that name!jbdownie5@yahoo.com

  10. I would name my heroine Eli


  11. Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a new GFC follower (Bornajhawk). If I wrote a book, the name of my heroine would be Sally.



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