Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Black Lion Tours Presents "Smitten Image" by Pam B. Morris Book Review/Giveaway (Ends 10/26) WW

In high-speed, high-tech New Chicago, 2039, magic has gone viral. Lily Barnett, a brilliant but drifty artist wanders into a strange magic shop where she impulsively guzzles a love potion. Erratic and unpredictable powers awake inside her. Her houseplants turn ravenous and strings of flamingo lights spout poetry. When she paints a portrait of her perfect man, he steps free of the canvas and stalks her. Desperate, she turns to her best friend, Daniel, for help.

But Daniel has problems of his own. He’s a telepath who must shield thoughts, emotions, and desires or go mad. He wants Lily, desperately, but knows his passion will drive her away and that his friendship is of more value to her than his love.

As Lily negotiates the catastrophic blends of her fear, imagination, and chaotic magic, Daniel must fight against his own impenetrable reserve and the psychic gifts he’s always despised.

Magic and love might save them, but can they survive each other?
Sensuality Level: Sensual

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First of all, this book is out of my comfort zone, and I think it is important to challenge myself to do this once in a while.  So take any comments or criticisms with that in mind.

I found myself somewhat intrigued from the beginning of this futuristic romance.  I honestly had no idea what to expect, but when magic first showed itself in the story, I was somewhat nonplussed.  I liked the characters--Daniel and Lily--so I chose to treat this book as a fantasy and a fairy tale.  In doing that, I was able to enjoy some more of this book. Portions of what I read even reminded me of the old TV show "Bewitched."

I have to admit that as the book went on, I found  myself somewhat turned off by two things.  First of all, the magic became increasingly confusing and strange (probably because I know nothing about magic in books).  Secondly, I was disturbed to read about the great emphasis that the physical part of the characters' relationship seemed to be what drove the characters to one another.  I felt that the friendship they spoke about was almost nonexistent.

So what did I like about the book?  The art emphasis, the futuristic look at this country, and some elements of the story.  I could have done without the sex scene and the profanity, but many readers will have no problem with this.  The premise behind the book is absolutely fascinating, but I think it could have been a little bit edgier and a little less emphasis on magic.

If you are a fan of magic and romances, I can almost guarantee you will love this book!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

The author will be giving away one eBook to a commenter from each tour stop and a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky commenter at the end of the tour.

Author Bio

As soon as I could read, I fell in love with books. Born and raised in Montana, I live in the Bitteroot Valley with my husband and near our two grown, intelligent and creative kids. I grew up skiing, fishing, camping, went through 4-H raising and training colts- got bucked off more times than I can count. Pretty much the perfect life... until puberty. Always shy and self-conscious, I lived to escape into stories. And wrote. Always.
          I have a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Library Science from Montana State University and became an elementary school librarian in Bigfork, MT where I finally hit my stride.
          I'm an artist, love to draw, paint, create funky art out of wire, fabric and cloth; gardening, cross country skiing, mountains, horses and herons. I'm not a traveler, love movies, science fiction, string theory, space opera, fantasy fiction and classical literature. My favorite author aside from Shakespeare is Neil Gaiman. My favorite bands are The Decemberists (they broke up) and The Barenaked Ladies (they sort of broke up too). Absolutely love soundtracks.
          I have Meniere's Disease, a degenerative disorder of the inner ear that causes mean vertigo at times. Diet, exercise and medication keeps it mostly under control. Bird watching and building snow sculptures helps. Also sleeping. Love my crazy, vivid dreams.


  1. Thank you for hosting Pam today!

  2. Thank you very much for hosting me today. I always appreciate knowing what and how people feel about my writing and stories. And I thank you for your honest opinion. I will take what you say to heart. I'm intrigued and agree with you that I may have chinzed on the friendship angle between the main characters as they grow more physically closer. Nice catch and much appreciated. I'm sorry for pushing the bounds of your comfort zone, but am totally grateful and honored you reviewed the book anyway. Truly!


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