Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blog Tour for First Encounter by Candy O'Donnell

Book Blurb:
She didn't only touch his heart... she touched his soul.

Twenty-two year old Eric Holtzer didn't know what hit him when he first encountered Vivian DuCrane in the hotel lobby. Being a Prince from another country did have its benefits--awesome benefits, such as booze, fast cars, and women, but Vivian was something special--and she was about to turn his world upside down!

First snippet:
Eric walked toward the 3-tier circular fountain near the entrance of the hotel. It was about eight feet wide with a twelve foot rearing horse in the middle. Water spouted from its gaping mouth. Upon its back was a rider wearing a military uniform. Eric’s eyes quickly dropped to the water—it was crystal clear and a few glittering rocks sat on the bottom. Every time water toppled down, the heart-shaped stones shimmered.
“Nice, isn’t it?” A voice startled him from behind. When he turned the most incredible creature stood in black pumps and a form-fitting black dress with a white belt. It fit her figure quite snugly. Her perfect dirty-blond hair was pulled back into a ponytail and Eric could not take his eyes off her.
“Yes-s it is very nice.” His blue eyes lightened in her presence as she stared into the pool of clean water.
“I find it relaxing whenever I come here.” She muttered softly. His eyes roved over her impeccable pink cheeks and her small flawless nose. He did not seem to notice anything else on her body, but that face—it was the face of an angel.
“Do you come here often?” Eric stumbled over his words. At least he thought he twisted them inside out. Within, his heart did cartwheels.
“Yes, I do visit this fountain each day before and after work.” She turned toward him with side of her mouth raised. The radiant smile brought him to his knees as his gut reacted to her highlighted face. The sun was almost revealing her most adorable features. The setting sun’s rays smoothed her fine skin and her almond-shaped eyes.
“That is nice.” The words dropped out of his mouth like he was school boy in love.
“Yes, thanks. Enjoy your evening.” She began to step from him. Everything within him wanted to encircle this beautiful creature with money, jewelry, and his eternal desire to be close to her.
“How do you know I’m going out?” His eyes meandered over hers then he fell in deeper. Those baby blues could not be turned away from. She must be a gift from heaven and here she was, dropped in his lap.
“You are dressed in a black and white suit, and your dress tie.” He lifted a hand to it then straightened it. “There you go.” He felt a surge of energy rush through him when she did so. She must have felt it to, he thought as her face blushed under his gaze.
“I suppose so.” Eric answered.
“You enjoy whatever it is you are heading to.” She swiveled on one foot and hurried from him.
“What is your name?” He called. But it was too late. She was already in the elevator as the doors closed behind her. Eric’s heart could not stop thumping in his chest. This was something he had never experienced before. She was something special.

Review by Gia:
First Encounter was a great read.   Eric Holtzer is a Prince and is used to getting whatever he wants.  He is a ladies man and has them falling at his knees.   At first he seemed a little to cocky and thought he was entitled to things just because of who he is.   Eric is attracted to Vivian DuCrane.  Vivian seems to be a down earth, level headed person.  She come from money too but she doesn't have the view that she is entitled to everything.
Some things happen that brings Eric back down to earth and gives him a little better perception on life.   Eric goes through somethings that pull at your heartstrings.  It does bring him and Vivian closer.  You can't help but root for them to have a successful relationship but of course when things start to go good Eric messing things up.  Eric begin the Prince has some great resources to use to try to win Vivian back.  I was surprised at something in Vivian's past that comes out towards the end.
It's a short quick read.  The ending left me, trying to turn the page to read me.   It's book one in A Lady's Series and I hope we get more of Eric and Vivian.
4 Amazeballs Stars!!!


Author Bio:
Candy O’Donnell was born in Carmichael, California.
At the age of twelve, she wrote her first mini book. Filled mostly with what took place with her mother and her long tedious bout with leukemia. It was a short story told as extra credit when she suffered a sprained ankle and had to be out of school for over two months. School officials refused to believe a word of what she had written until her grandmother, her guardian back then, entered the school with the truth. Everything she had written down was exactly what took place. Unfortunately her mother succumbed to the disease.
 She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Culture. After living with her aunt and uncle for over five years she wished to explore her uncle’s Native heritage and did so with vigor. She also has 6 Grad units in Criminal Justice. Someday she might go back and finish her Master’s.

Twitter: @Candyodonnell

Top Ten Male List for Lead Role:

1)  Ian Somerhalder
2)  Kellan Lutz
3)  Ed Westwick
4)  Steven R. McQueen
5)  Dave Franco
6)  Theo James
7)  Chris Pine
8)  Taylor Lautner
9)  Robert Pattinson
10) Zac Efron

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