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{Featured} The Darkest Day by Britt Bury: Joint Review and Interview

Today please welcome author Britt Bury to the blog along with her novel The Darkest Day, the first novel in the Immortal Heat Series. In a fun interview, Britt shares with us her inspiration for The Darkest Day, what books are currently on her shelf, and a whole lot more! And what’s an awesome feature without a review? Heather and AimeeKay team up to give us their thoughts on the novel, which they both absolutely loved!

 
 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
 

 
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  • Title: The Darkest Day (Immortal Heat, #1)
  • Author:Britt Bury
  • ISBN-13: 9781455523290
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 300
  • Review Source: Author
  • Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B & N
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    Overview:

    ALL-CONSUMING DESIRE . . .

    Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world’s last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells’ greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.

    BURNS BRIGHTEST . . .

    A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell and human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .

    ON THE DARKEST DAY

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Heather’s Thoughts on The Darkest Day:

     

    The Darkest Day is best described as a captivating, sultry, sexy, page-turning read. It spans the genres of adult romance, urban fantasy, dystopian, and paranormal, which is not an easy task. Yet this author does it right, no, perfectly. Ok enough of my schmooze for now!

     

    Our two main characters are Kelvin and Izel; one is a pookah, the other a Fionn, and both are sworn enemies from a feud that has been brewing for over a thousand years. They both live in a society that has the human race extinct, and residing on Earth are the many races of immortal beings. When immortals fight their battles, they can last forever, spanning millennia before they are finally laid to rest.

     

    But what happens when Izel, though born to the Fionn clan and is their Warchief, finds out she is 100 percent human with a startling prophecy that begs her to turn her back and heart on the man, her captor sent to kill her, she has grown to love.

     

    Kelvin is a razorback pookah who has spent a lifetime of bathing in the blood of the Fionn clan. He is even responsible for killing Izel’s father on the battlefield, and it was then, 1,000 years ago that Kel vowed to kill every last Fionn male.

     

    Fate had other plans when she threw these two unlikely, though not unsuspecting to some, pair together to trek across the Scottish countryside. Ok that is all I’m giving folks, and I’ve left out an enormous part of the plot. There is only so much I can tell, and I hate spoiling books (and the like) for others.

     

    This one will make my top 10 to read, so hands down I recommend it to those 18 and older who enjoy hot, sexy romance with a fantasy/paranormal twist. The world building was done quite well, and I loved the glossary in the back that went over every aspect of the world with a fine tooth comb. In my opinion, I love when an author goes the extra mile, especially if it helps to clear up questions, but you couldn’t fit it all into the story.

     

    The pacing was perfect. I dove right into this story, stopping only to tell a friend she needed to read it now. It interrupted my life, and it was a much needed one at that! Every time I tried to put it down, I found myself giddy, needing to know what would happen next, asking myself if … and when it ended; I smiled, but secretly wanted more.

     

    I laughed, I got angry, I smiled (a lot), and of course I cried when reading The Darkest Day. I felt, in my core, the excitement, the worry, the suspense, and the lusty romance was just icing on the cake. There are few books that can draw me into the pages, making me a bystander, feel just like the characters do. This is one of those rare treasures, and I hope you will enjoy it too.

     

     

     

    My Rating

    5 out of 5 Controllers

     
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    AimeeKay’s Thoughts on The Darkest Day:

     

    Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. This doesn’t mean I love every PNR I read.  Some are just downright dull or annoying.  However The Darkest Day by Britt Bury was neither of these.  LOVED IT!  I really got attached to the characters and I actually enjoyed most of the supporting characters as well. Bury did an awesome job bringing the characters to life and giving them depth and personality

     

    I also love the world she built.  There is just soooo much possibility in it.  No humans are left, but immortality doesn’t mean that you can’t be killed.  And all the different supernatural species running around, they all interacted with each other in one way or another.  Plus, Earth isn’t the only realm, Heaven and Hell get involved with Earth as well and then there is the ominous Cypher. I really hope there are more books in the series if just to explore all the possibilities.

     

    Seriously I got lost in the book from the first page and didn’t want to come back.  Fortunately the ending while satisfying, is obviously a lead in to another book. (I guess the whole Immortal Heat Series on the cover kinda gives that away too)

     

    But really I can’t wait for the next book.  I hope it’s about Ian, but at the same time I hope to find out more about Ramsey and even Andrew.  (Certain lines in the story make me think he has a little more to him than just an uppity battle chief!)

     

    Definitely a great book to pick up! Even though it is part of a series it is still good as a standalone novel. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 controllers! Awesome book, can’t wait to hear about when the next one comes out it’s definitely going on my wish list!

     

     

    My Rating

    5 out of 5 Controllers

     
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    1.      Welcome Brittney to Mother/Gamer/Writer. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

     

    Thank you so much for having me! I am a mother of two boys, an avid kareoke’er and I have a small fear of public restrooms, planes and germs. Oh, I also write paranormal romance 🙂
     

     

    2.      Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?

    I actually spend most of my time plotting. The process of trying to figure out the story arc takes me a while. But once I have it all mapped out, I kind of just fly by my britches. The only habit I have is color coding things. Some call it obsessive-compulsive…I just call it organized. Oh, that reminds me, I need to straighten all the dishes in the kitchen cabinet…

     

     

    3.      Who would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?

     

    One of my favorite authors is Larissa Ione. Her heroes and heroines are so strong and witty and I love the “bad-ass” factor she brings to the table. Weakness does not apply to any of her books and I really admire that.

     

     

    4.      What books are currently on your bookshelf?

     

    So many! Everything from the UDA series by Hannah Jayne to Sherrilyn Kenyon to Anita Diamant. I love getting lost in all kinds of books.

     

     

    5.      Your latest novel is The Darkest Day. What is the background behind the story, are any real life events reflected in the novel?

     

    The book is actually inspired by my own family history. Izel (the heroine) is the last heir to the Scottish Campbell Clan. That same clan is the one my family is part of. The immortals are based on old Scottish folklore my grandfather use to tell me about. It was a lot of fun digging into my heritage and weaving this book around people and events from my life.

     

     

    6.      What was your favorite scene or chapter to write?

    That’s tough. But this whole book started around a specific scene. It was when Izel stood before Kelvin, sword at her neck, and transformed into the last human. That moment was probably the most thought about and favorite to write.

     

     

    7.      Were there any ideas or characters you had to leave out that you would like to revisit or work into another novel?

     

    Yes and No. There is a whole scene written about a Wolverine Pookah and the Poet Fionn that gets him locked up. But it didn’t make the cut in The Darkest Day. However, they are due for their own book. That said, Ramsey, Ian and Ryo’s scenes all got expanded, which I LOVE and have my editor to thank for that. She pushed for more and I was happy to write it.

     

     

    8.      Is there a message, or underlying theme in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

     

    There is this notion that immortality, strength and magic are all sexy, forbidden and unique. But in this book, it is humanity, fragility and raw emotion that are coveted and treasured. Sometimes, being yourself gives you a personal power you never thought possible.

     

     

    9.      Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

     

    All I can say is don’t give up. No matter what. You have to believe in yourself, because sometimes that’s all you’ll have. Just never quit.

     

     

    10.  Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your fans, or to people who are considering reading your novel?

     

    There have been some wonderful people who have sent me some supportive and encouraging messages. To be honest, I am their fan. For someone you’ve never met to go out of their way to say something kind to you is just…it’s amazing. For the rest of my life I will remember their names. Remember what they wrote to me. I hope they understand how truly grateful I am. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

     

     

     

     

     

    Want More? Check out all locations where you can find Britt and The Darkest Day:

    Twitter: @brittbury

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Britt-Bury/343830518982602?ref=tn_tnmn

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Darkest-Day-ebook/dp/B007SQUNII/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344305951&sr=8-1&keywords=britt+bury

    B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-darkest-day-britt-bury/1108820139?ean=9781455523290

    Website: www.BrittBury.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions; it has been my pleasure having you on Mother/Gamer/Writer!

     

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate you having me!

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    About the Author:
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    Britt Bury writes paranormal romance where the immortals are fierce, the stakes are high, and desire can be deadly.
    Britt was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and attended Oregon State University majoring in Liberal Studies. When her dream of being a professional karaoke star and Elvis impersonator didn’t pan out, she turned to writing. She currently lives in the Silicon Valley with her brilliant husband, two sons and an obscene amount of fish.

    Britt’s first paranormal romance releases summer 2012 with Grand Central’s imprint: Forever Yours. Britt is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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