Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Alpha Girl

Paranormal Romance

Date Published: April 1, 2013

Best-selling and independent Australian author, Kate Bloomfield, has successfully made a name for herself in the world of self-publishing at just twenty-three years old. Her newest and most precious book yet, Alpha Girl, is a controversial Paranormal Romance between a student and teacher. A book not for those easily offended.

Seventeen year old Rose Goldman is highly unpopular in the little town of Halfway. Ever since the 'attack' when she was a girl, people and animals have been afraid of her. She gets bullied in school, and called 'wet dog' because of the way she smells, despite being extremely hygienic. However, life takes a turn when a new teacher starts at Halfway High. Mr. Stone, the quirky and charismatic English teacher is twice Rose's age, but she feels an unexplainable pull towards him from day one. Despite her better judgement, Rose pursues a friendship with Mr. Stone, who seems unable to stay away from her.
What is pulling this unlikely pair together?

Chapter Four: (Excerpt)

As Mr. Stone drank his coffee I observed what he was wearing today. It was no different to the usual. He wore a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches. It was a little too big for him. The shirt underneath had an ugly paisley pattern on it.

I did not hide my gaze as I looked around the table to see his pants, which were a type of brown velvet. He wore the same lace-up boat shoes as usual, this time with no socks.

‘What?’ he said a little embarrassed as I scrutinized his attire.

‘You dress so strange,’ I said, leaning back against the booth and observing him.

He smiled and sipped his coffee. ‘Do I?’

‘Yeah … it’s eccentric. Like a mad professor.’

Mr. Stone chuckled, his emerald eyes twinkling, reflecting the streetlights outside. ‘Don’t you like the way I dress?’

I frowned, considering it for a moment. I liked it very much, indeed. ‘I think it suits you,’ I said.

‘Would you like to know a secret?’ he asked, leaning forwards.

‘I’m not good at keeping secrets,’ I replied.

Mr. Stone raised an eyebrow, his expression unreadable. ‘I do all my shopping at the thrift-store.’

I feigned a look of shock. ‘Really? I would never have guessed.’

He laughed. ‘All right, no need to get smart.’

Perhaps Mr. Stone is poor, I thought. After all, he was a little rough around the edges, not to mention his car was about to fall apart. It would be rude to ask though.

‘I promise not to tell a soul,’ I said, tracing an ‘X’ over my heart.

Mr. Stone rolled his eyes and drained the rest of his cup.

Author Bio:

Kate was born in Enfield, London in 1989, but has lived in Wollongong, Australia for most of her life. Now working full time as an independent author, Kate has published four novels, and two short stories. Her fifth novel ‘Alpha Girl’ is a paranormal romance that explores a complicated a student/teacher relationship. It is due for release on April 1st 2013.

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My Thoughts:

Rose is your typical teenage girl. She goes to school. She does homework, and every 28 days or so she has to go down into the cellar and gets chained up or she'll get loose and maybe hurt someone or herself. You see she's a Werewolf. Yup, she is. Her "illness" causes her to be tormented at school by most of her classmates. They don't know what she is, but they realize instinctually that she's different.  Thusly making it more than difficult for her to enjoy her teenage years, that is until new teacher comes to her school.

I'm going to admit that at first I was a bit squicked out by the fact that this was a "love" story between a teenaged student (albeit she's 2 months shy of 18) and her adult teacher. The werewolf factor kind of helped to explain how much of a bond they have and eased some of my squicked out feelings. Still, there was something off about Mr. Stone. I had to keep reading and I had to know.

This was a quick read that was entertaining. It wasn't groundbreaking or jaw droppingly awesome, but I liked it enough. There were some rough patches and some characters that I didn't quite connect to, but all in all I enjoyed it. 

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