Thursday, October 31, 2013

Virtual Blog Tour for Dark Lullaby by Mayra Calvani

Pump Up Your Book is proud to be representing Mayra Calvani, author of the supernatural/psychological thriller, Dark Lullaby, as she tours the blogosphere October 7 – 31!

Dark Lullaby
by Mayra Calvani

Publisher: Mayra Calvani
Release Date: October 10, 2011

Genre: Supernatural -Psychological Thriller
Length: 233 Pages

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Book Description: 

At a tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. After a while, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her…especially the way she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.

The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.

But nothing, not even the stunning beauty of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature…

In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul.

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Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. She’s represented by Serendipity Literary.

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My Review

Creepy, dark and with just the right amount of horror, Mayra Calvani’s Dark Lullaby is the perfect Halloween treat.  Good character development, an element of mystery and a touch of the paranormal kept me turning the pages.  Adding a touch of Eastern culture, and some Turkish folklore, Ms. Calvani’s book is definitely one of a kind.

Like many young men, Gabriel Diaz is at a crossroads.    A recent breakup from a three year relationship has given him a sense of freedom, while remaining friends with his ex also gives him a sense of permanence.  All of that changes the night he, and his ex, meet an exotic beauty in a bar.  From the moment Gabriel sets eyes on “Kamilah”, he’s smitten and begins to act out of his nature.  Ignoring a warning from his ex, which he attributes to jealousy, Gabriel soon finds himself on his way to Turkey to see Kamilah’s homeland.  He just never counted on his trip turning into a nightmare.

Ms. Calvani does an excellent job developing Gabriel’s character; while he’s not exactly likable at first, he is understandable and he behaves like a typical self centered young man.  As the story deepens and Ms. Calvani’s easy writing style draws us further into her tale, we get to know Kamilah and realize she’s not what she seems.  Though I had plenty of questions as to what she really was, and Ms. Calvani came up with a very interesting revelation when it was time.  

As their “relationship” begins to disintegrate, Gabriel realizes that there’s more at stake than just getting free from a controlling woman.   His life, and the life of his twin sister’s soon to be born baby girl, are both now in danger from a force beyond the natural.  He also realizes he should have listened to his internal warnings, and the warning he received from his ex.  
Will Gabriel be able to cut himself loose from Kamilah in time to save both himself and his sister’s unborn child?  Will his ex, haunted by nightmares, locate Gabriel in time to help?  You’ll have to read Dark Lullaby to find out.  It’s just right for this time of year!

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tour Schedule
Monday, October 7 – Book Review at Literary R&R
Tuesday, October 8 – First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Wednesday, October 9 – Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, October 10 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Friday, October 11 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, October 14 – Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, October 15 – Interview at Blogher
Wednesday, October 16 – Book  Feature at Read My First Chapter
Thursday, October 17 – Guest Blogging at The Book Connection
Friday, October 18 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Monday, October 21 – Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, October 22 – Book Feature at Plug Your Book
Wednesday, October 23 – Interview at Beyond the Books
Thursday, October 24 – Book Review at Trips Down Imagination Road
Friday, October 25 – Book Review at Paperback Writer
Monday, October 28 – Book Review at Miki’s Hope
Wednesday, October 30 – Book Review at Not Everyone’s Mama
Thursday, October 31 – Book Review at Queen of All She Reads

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