Cover Reveal: Date Shark, by DelSheree Gladden

When It Comes to Choosing Between Obsession and Passion,

Some Lines are Meant to Be Crossed

Life as the marketing director for a popular fashion boutique is overwhelming for Leila Sparrow, to say the least. She’s not sure what ever possessed her to add revamping her dating life to her already hectic schedule. Calling in renowned Date Shark, Eli Walsh seemed like a good idea until she actually met with him. She isn’t supposed to be fantasizing about her dating coach. Leila knows he only sees her as a client, but when their business relationship becomes more of a friendship, it’s hard not to imagine what might be.
His Date Shark business was only meant to be a side-enterprise to his thriving couple’s therapy practice, but Eli Walsh knows it’s become more of an obsession. At least, it was until he agreed to take on Leila. Somehow she has stolen his entire focus. He wants to admit his fascination with her and growing romantic interest, but he knows coming on too strong will scare her away. His plan to convince her that she is worth any man’s interest by first being her friend is challenged when his tips start to pay off and Leila begins dating Luke. Will his friendship with Leila mean the end to any romantic pursuit?

Date Shark will be released from Limitless Publishing on

May 13th, 2014!

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Book Review: Wicked Hunger, by DelSheree Gladden

wicked_hunger_previewWicked Hunger is the first book in the SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes series.

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Overall **** 4 out of 5 Stars.  I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Brother and sister Zander and Van have a secret.  A BIG secret.  They protect their secret and each other at all costs, until the new girl in town, Ivy, threatens to expose them both.

When I was reading Wicked Hunger, I had an eerily similar feeling as I did reading The Hunger Games.  The two stories aren’t alike, plot or character-wise, but they both have a darkness that one doesn’t usually associate with YA.  As I was reading Wicked Hunger, I kept thinking, I shouldn’t be enjoying this, I shouldn’t be enjoying this.  Exactly the same reaction I had to The Hunger Games.  With HG, I shouldn’t have enjoyed it because it was about children killing children.  With WH, I shouldn’t have enjoyed it because it was about Zander and Van struggling with their hunger to cause others intense physical (and sometimes, emotional) pain.

Sometimes it’s the books we shouldn’t enjoy that we enjoy the most.

Zander and Van can’t explain WHY they have this hunger for pain, only that it has been passed down through their family.  They think they are alone in the world and can’t explain their struggles with anyone, for their own safety as well as the safety of everyone around them.  They both do their best to control the hunger, Zander by channeling it into football, and Van by gathering a group of close friends around her and teaching dance classes; but controlling the hunger is the hardest thing Zander has ever done when he meets Ivy.  She fuels his hunger unlike any other person he’s ever met.  Plus, he is immediately attracted to her, so that really doesn’t help!  Van feels her hunger for Ivy, too, but luckily, her judgement isn’t clouded by teenage-boy-hormones.

When Van discovers what Ivy has planned to “out” their secret, she races to save Zander, Ivy, and herself.

Character Development: **** 3.5 out of 5 stars.  Zander and Van are well-thought out and portrayed.  I like that they have distinct personalities, but you also REALLY believe them as brother and sister.  Ivy is complicated – the reader can never figure out what’s going on with her, but Gladden does a great job showing how untrustworthy she is.  But my favorite character is probably Oscar.  He is Zander and Van’s older brother who has literally been driven insane by his hunger.  Although he only featured in 2 scenes, I could tell Gladden had his character down pat.  His moments of crazy were beautifully interspersed with moments of lucidity and I’m really hoping for more of him as the series progresses.

I had to take stars off for some of the minor characters, though.  Van’s group of friends is made out to be very important to her controlling her hunger, but the only one who gets any major “screen” time is Ketchup (fun name!).  And even Ketchup’s character is very minimally drawn.  We don’t get to see what it is about him that Van loves so much.  I really wish there had been more scenes showing us their history together, because it is clearly important to Van.  Then there’s Noah, a new kid in Van’s life, who seems to only be introduced as a distraction immediately forgotten.  Van and Zander’s grandmother is their care-giver, but only appears in a few short scenes.  We are told how strict she is, but it’s never shown.  A definite missed opportunity that I’m hoping will be corrected in book 2.

Plot: **** 4 out of 5 stars.  There actually is not a lot of action to this book.  What drives the story is Zander and Van’s inner turmoil as they deal with the hunger.  That being said, it is obvious that Gladden has put a lot of thought into her world.  There are many of questions left unanswered at the end of the book, plenty to fill books 2 and 3!

Writing Style/ Voice of the Author: **** 4 out of 5 stars.  Gladden does something unique, and it really works well for this story.  She combines present tense and past tense.  It gives the story an immediacy that intensifies the emotions of the characters.  She also does a fantastic job of moving seamlessly between Van and Zander’s points of view.  I never once got confused as to which character’s head I was in.  I took one star off because I found it difficult to jump into the story.  Gladden held back at the beginning a lot of the backstory, but then teased the reader with it continuously.  I don’t mind teasers when they are subtle, but these were not subtle!  I understand the purpose – build up the mystery and the tension and then reveal bombshells throughout the book – it’s just not my favorite way to do it.  I know some readers who would absolutely disagree with me, though!

Favorite Lines:

“Bruises can tell stories better than most people.”

“The pain burns up my arms and into my chest, but I can’t escape the animalistic thrill of destruction.”

“Instead, the colors look to be slowly blending together, a potter’s clay not yet molded into what it is meant to become.”

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Sheree SmallAbout the Author:

DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree’s newest series, The SomeOne Wicked This Way Come series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.

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Author Interview: DelSheree Gladden

DelSheree Gladden is the author of the new YA Urban Fantasy series, SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes.  The first book in the series, Wicked Hunger is available now, and I spoke with DelSheree about the book, being a writer, and a few other random things.  Come back tomorrow for my review of Wicked Hunger.

In Wicked Hunger, we get a very dark YA tale – what was your inspiration for Zander and Van’s family secret?

One of my favorite writers is Jim Butcher, and I was reading one of the Dresden Files books, and he used the term godling hunger to describe how one of the characters feeds on of those around him. It sparked an idea in me and made me wonder how a character would cope with having an uncontrollable hunger they didn’t know the source of. How would the they survive trying to suppress such a basic part of themselves? The idea for the story of Vanessa and Zander Roth’s struggle to control their hunger and find out where it came from developed from two words that caught my eye.

We want to know about Book 2!  What can we expect in from the next chapter of the SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes series?

Right now it’s tentatively planned for release in January. The second book will be titled, Wicked Power. The final book, Wicked Glory, will hopefully be ready by the end of 2014, but I’ll do my best to keep readers updated on any changes.

You have several series published – what is it about series that you love writing?

I’ve never been very good at the shorter forms of writing like poetry or short stories. I guess ideas just take a while for me to put together! I really enjoy reading series, also, so I think that plays a big part in how I like to write as well. If I find an author I like, I don’t want the story to end. Hopefully some of my readers feel that way about my books!

Are you self-published or trade-published?  Why did you go that route?

I’ve done both. Escaping Fate and the Twin Souls Saga were self published. I was frustrated with how few publishers and agents were willing to work with new authors at the time, and after I spent some time researching the process I decided that it was the best option for me. I went with traditional publishing with Inquest, but the experience was incredibly frustrating and I ended up going back to self-publishing for the rest of the series. With Wicked Hunger, I had planned to self-publish again, but ended up crossing paths with Kitty Bullard with GMTA and decided to try traditional once again when she offered me a contract for the series, and I’ve had a much better experience! Either option can be a great path.

I talk a lot on my blog about “Becoming a Real Writer.”  When did you feel like a real writer?

I think it was probably when I got my first piece of fan mail. I was so excited that a reader enjoyed my book enough to send me an email and tell me how much she liked Twin Souls. It really made me feel like I was doing something worth while.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Connect with other writers. You can learn so much from other writers about not only writing, but every aspect of the book market. Even more, the support of other authors can help a struggling writer push through a tough piece of writing or deal with rejection, even celebrate with you when you sign a contract. I think that’s something every writer needs.

Tell us something completely random about yourself that has nothing to do with writing or Wicked Hunger.

One of my favorite painters is JW Waterhouse. I did several master study paintings of his works in college. I don’t have much time for painting lately, but it’s one of my favorite hobbies.

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Thank you, DelSheree for stopping by!  Now everyone go and read her book!

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Sheree SmallAbout the Author:

DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree’s newest series, The SomeOne Wicked This Way Come series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.

DelSheree’s Blog

DelSheree’s Website

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