Title: Destiny Awaits
Series: Juniper Grove Chronicles
Author: Jaidis Shaw
Published: July 19th, 2014
Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing
Word Count: approx. 50,000
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age: 14+
She wants a normal life. They want her dead. Destiny has other plans.
Twenty-year-old Alayna Scott receives visions around water, but even her foresight couldn’t prepare her for the tragic accident that claimed the lives of her parents. With everything she loves gone, Alayna packs up and moves to the small town of Juniper Grove in hopes of starting over.
Jayden McKnight can’t explain the attraction that he feels whenever Alayna is near, but he does know that he will do whatever it takes to win her heart. When a vampire selects Alayna as his next victim, Jayden will stop at nothing to ensure her safety – even if that means bringing Alayna into a world that she never knew existed.
Love blossoms, challenges are made, and Alayna will find herself fighting not only to survive, but to understand what she has become.
Prologue from Destiny Awaits:
Sunlight caught the crystal that hung from the rear view mirror, and rainbow bursts of color radiated throughout the car. My parents and I had gotten up early so that we could make the three hour drive to my uncle’s house, but from the line of backed up traffic in front of us, it seemed that it would take us longer. I leaned back in my seat and let the music blaring in my earbuds help pass the time. My mother turned in her seat in the front, and I glanced at her. Seeing her mouth my name, I pulled one side of the earbuds out of my ear.
“What did you say?” I asked.
“I asked if you were hungry,” she replied. “Your father thinks that we should get off the interstate at the next exit and grab something to eat while the traffic clears up.”
“Sure, that’s fine with me. It’s a good idea, anyway, since Uncle John turned vegetarian. There’s no telling what he’s going to try to get us to eat.”
My father’s hearty laugh rumbled through the car. “Do you remember that rolled up spinach thing he tried to feed us last time?”
“How could I forget?” I said.
Mom sprung to her brother’s defense. “It wasn’t so bad.”
“Then how come you didn’t eat it? I saw you slip it to the dog when you thought nobody was watching.” My father glanced at my mother while she tried to come up with a retort.
“If you saw that, then it’s obvious that I wasn’t sneaky enough.” She crossed her arms over her chest and stared out the window.
My dad laughed as he flipped on the turn signal and merged into the right lane, coming to a stop behind a logging truck. I looked at the long logs protruding from the flatbed. “It always makes me nervous when they hang off like that,” I said. A shiver raced over my body.
“It’s okay. They make sure to load them on so that they won’t come off,” my dad reassured me.
I opened my mouth to reply, but stopped when I heard a screech of tires behind us. Turning my head, I locked eyes with the man in the driver’s seat of the truck that was hurtling toward us. The truck slammed into the back of our car, and my mother’s scream echoed in the tight space around me. A shower of white stars filled my vision as pain ripped through my shoulder and cut off my own scream. As the darkness closed in around me, I heard the faint shrill of sirens in the distance.
This author caught me by surprise! Not only did the cover fit the novel perfectly but the story itself was very uniquely written, I loved it! Once I opened it up, I couldn’t put it down until the very last page. Destiny Awaits is a story about pure paranormal with a touch of romance kicked in. It starts out tragically with a little background about Alayna but just enough to give you a little back story on who she is and why she has become the person she is a year into the present time. Alayna’s character is one that has not grown into her full potential and has had a lot of suffering but you can see that she is still a strong and caring person throughout it. She is not one to just let anyone into her life, except when faith draws her into Juniper Grove and she runs into Jayden. He seems to be drawn to Alayna, and has had tragic events in his past that has made him run away from his previous life also. I do have to say that there were a couple of characters in this story that the author did throw a twist in with them. I thought I had it all figured out, and then she threw in one to turn the tables on me, great job. The way that the author described what happened to these two individuals made my heart hurt for these two. I have to say all of the characters in this novel were a blast to read because they all had their own personalities, I hope to be able to read more of them. If I had to pick a favorite character I am not sure I could because I enjoyed reading about all of them, I do have to say that the one thing I did enjoy the most was how the author added various shifters into this novel and not just one form. The story line is written perfectly and even with it being a quick read I felt like I was being pulled into the story itself. I would recommend this for anyone that enjoys paranormal (vampires, seers, various shifters) but be warned you may want to set aside some time because once you start it you may not want to put it down.
We had the privilege of being able to interview the Author!
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
Parts of Destiny Awaits came from a dream and I made an outline to fill in the rest. I started the story back when I was in college and then set it aside for awhile for health reasons. When I picked it back up, I decided to just start over because I had changed so much and I felt like the story no longer fit what I wanted it to be. Writing is such an inspiration in general because you can create anything and escape into other worlds. These days, however, my daughter is my inspiration to write. I want to show her that she can do anything she wants to do, be anything she wants to be.
Q: Who is your favorite character and why?
My favorite character from Destiny Awaits is hard to choose. I love Alayna because she’s the main lead in the book, but I feel like that is a generic answer. She was fun to create, but if I’m being brutally honest, I think I like both Darren and Kyle better. I loved creating their brother-like relationship and they added a touch of comedic relief to the story.
Q: Are you currently working on a new book at this time?
I am currently finishing up another book. This one is a paranormal thriller and is for a more mature audience. I’ve also started on book two of the Juniper Grove Chronicles, though I haven’t given it a title yet.
Q: Can you tell us the name of the book and a little bit about it?
Below is the synopsis to The Stager, the paranormal thriller mentioned above:
Life is good for assassin Amelia Jay. With a supernatural gift that allows her to appear as anyone she chooses, Amelia views the world as her stage. Distracted by an unexpected pregnancy while on a job, Amelia’s world comes crashing down around her when she is forced to reveal her powers to the only man she has ever cared for.
Kingsley O’Hare may not be in a legal position of power, but under the surface he has the city at his disposal. From drugs to human trafficking, he has gained his fair share of enemies. When he learns about Amelia’s talents as an assassin, he knows he must have her on his team. So when Amelia walks out on his job offer, he thinks she is gone for good. That is, until she is faced with a dilemma and is forced to ask him for a favor.
Fulfilling her agreement with Kingsley, Amelia must decide if she is willing to give up the only lifestyle she has known in order to provide for her unborn child. When the decision is made for Amelia, she must stand up for those who are unable to fight for themselves, even if that means losing herself in the process. Will Amelia’s power be enough to save her?
Q: As a child what did you want to do when you grew up?
I really wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. I spent a few years during my teens working at a no-kill animal shelter and helping out at one of the local vet’s offices. By the time I was prepping for college, I had lost all desire to work with animals and really wasn’t looking forward to the numerous years of school ahead of me if I wanted to pursue that career. I didn’t even want to go to college period. I did, however, go long enough to receive a two year Associates degree in fine art with an emphasis in business management because I received a scholarship due to maintaining an A-B grade average during high school that paid for the entire thing.
Q: Do you have a favorite playlist that you listen to when you write?
I don’t have a special playlist that I listen to while writing. I’ve always wanted to set one up, but have never gotten around to it. I just turn on my Pandora and let it play. The closest I’ve come to having a playlist was when I was writing one of my short stories, Blind Justice, and that’s because I turned on “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic at the Disco and put it on repeat. The opening notes fit perfectly with the suspense story I was working on.
Q: When you aren’t writing, what do you do to relax and have fun?
Relax? Who has time for that? I’m a stay-at-home mom with a six-year-old daughter and another one on the way so my days are pretty full. I also operate a book tour and publicity company, Juniper Grove Book Solutions. When I do get a rare moment of free time, I’m usually sleeping or spending time with my family.
About the Author:
Jaidis Shaw currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and beautiful daughter (with another daughter on the way). With a passion for reading, Jaidis can always be found surrounded by books and dreaming of new stories. She enjoys challenging herself by writing in different genres and currently has several projects in the works.
Jaidis also owns and operates Juniper Grove Book Solutions, voted Top Three for Best Promotional Firm, Site, or Resource in the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll. In her spare time, Jaidis maintains her two blogs, Juniper Grove and Blooming with Jaidis. One of her main goals in life is to encourage her daughters to let their imaginations run wild.
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
A $20 Amazon Gift Card
Winner’s choice of any one current Kindle eBook release from CHBB, Vamptasy, or Hot Ink Press
Giveaway is International.