Blog Tour: Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel

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Welcome to the Touch of Smoke tour! This beauty is the latest offering from author, Karissa Laurel. If you like your romance mixed with the supernatural, then this book is for you!

In addition to an exclusive excerpt, you will also have the chance to win a signed paperback copy, and some sweet bookish swag! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!


Touch of Smoke

Publication Date: February 12th, 2019

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she’s the only one who believes Mina’s death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable.

Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina’s death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen’s past, the more she’s torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died.

After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she’ll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.

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After reading The Norse Chronicles trilogy, I had high expectations for author Karissa Laurel and she not only met them but exceeded them.

This book was the answer to all of my angsty romantic dreams.

Rikki, the heroine of the story, is a young woman with intimacy problems after the death of her father and dreams of becoming a nurse, she works every hour possible to make this dream come true and not to let her past get in the way of her future. She’s very easy to sympathise with, trying to keep people at arm’s length and focusing on the things that she can control rather than the things she can’t.

Her master plan is messed up when Owen; sexy, mysterious and probably kind to small animals, Owen, comes on the scene. They’re both instantly smitten but there are many obstacles to overcome before they can decide whether or not they have a future together. Hence all the delicious angst.

This book would have been great with just that storyline but Laurel had to go and ramp it up another notch and make it perfect by adding mythology and a paranormal element. It’s essential to the storyline, but it doesn’t take up the entire plot – which is something I found really enjoyable. She writes about a mythology that I’m not overly familiar with either, which makes it all the more fascinating.

Laurel’s writing style is simply beautiful, every single word she writes has earnt its right to be there and apparently exists just to make me happy.


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About the Author

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Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess

Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between. In the summer, she loves to be on the water, on the boat or in her kayak. When it snows, you’ll find her on the slopes.

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Blog Tour Schedule

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