Friday, October 11, 2013

The Prodigal Son by Debra Mullins [Review, Interview, Giveaway]

Paranormal Romance
Publication.Date  October 1st 2013
Published By:  Tor Paranormal Romance
WebsiteDebra Mullins

The Prodigal Son on Goodreads
My review copy:Review copy sent by author for an honest review 

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Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.

Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way. 

Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they're never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.

“ I can't believe I'm calming talking to you about Atlantis and psychic abilities.”
“Cara, He pushed the words past his lips as the burnout started to spiral through his body. I'm going to pass out. You need to drive.”
“Don't change the subject", Cara said. There were so many undercurrents in the dining room I could have sailed away on a raft.”

           I have never had the privilege of reading or reviewing any of Debra Mullins books so I had no idea what I was getting into when I agreed to this one. Not exactly fast paced, but definitely worth the ride, this novel captivated me into a world of Seers (people who can see in others eyes their future), and the lost city of Atlantis. Before you know it, the author is unraveling a story so electrifying you might find it hard to sit still. Debra writes with an ease and a magnetism that you MUST read in order to truly understand. Both Rafe (the Seer) and Cara (the female protagonist) were well developed and there was a certain emotion that you felt for them throughout the book. A feeling of need, need to know what happens next and need to know if their mystery would ever unravel. If it did, would the ending prove to be as electrifying as the leading up to it? Well I can't give that away, you have to read it in order to find out and believe me it is a definite MUST READ.

This book brings mystery, intrigue, unbelievable fight scenes and even a few steamy scenes to keep the romance side interesting.

Rafe and Cara shared an instant attraction. And while they both are eager to find Danny (Cara's brother), Cara knows that she needs to get to him first. Eventually, seeing that they share a mutual goal, they join forces. Still, they find it harder to ignore their attraction to one and another. Rafe is a strong, handsome, and protective man with superhuman powers. How can Cara resist such charms? Rafe has a secret he hides close to his heart and even though his attraction to Cara is strong risking it all for one woman he hardly knows just doesn't seem possible. Together, the two of them set off on a journey of danger, discovery, and self awareness surrounding where they came from and inevitably what will happen when they finally reach their destination.

    I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Debra Mullins for this post. She gives us some insight into her writing career, her favorite characters to write and what motivates her when she is writing. 

1       When did you first start writing? 
I remember back in first grade, my teacher gave us a project to create a little book about one of Aesop’s fables. I remember doing more than one and changing the ending. The teacher loved it and encouraged me. Later, when I could make sentences, I started writing short stories and books, usually by hand.

         What do you find gives you your passion to write? 
All writers are sponges, and things resonate with us that we are driven to share with others, adding our own little added twist. Musicians do that through music, artists do it through painting, sculpting, weaving, etc., and my chosen format is the written word. It’s all about emotion. I can't not write.

3     Did you receive a lot of rejections for your writing before you were published? What is your advice to writers that are afraid of getting rejected? 

Well, that first grade teacher was absent once, and her substitute ripped my creatively ended fable book in half and scolded me for not following directions. After that kind of rejection (I was what, 7?), rejections from actual publishers didn’t daunt me so much. At least they returned my work intact! The first book I ever completed was the first book that got published. It took me about six years from the time I finished it before an editor bought it. In that six year period, I did get a handful of rejections from editors and a couple of agents.

For writers afraid of getting rejected, remember that publishing is a business. The editor reading your work may love it, but she can’t buy it unless she gets the okay from her bosses, who may not be as enlightened. That does not mean your book is bad, just that it’s not the right place or time. The only way your work will not be published is if you stop submitting it!

4     What mix of music do you listen to while you write or if you don't what is the one thing you must have when you are writing? 

I often listen to music when I write. It’s how I can drown out the world and get lost in my story. What I listen to depends on what I’m writing. When I wrote Western historicals, I listened to the Eagles. When I wrote my pirates, I listened to early Melissa Etheridge (though it was new back then!) because of all the clanging and clashing in some of her songs. It sounded like a swordfight! I also have playlists for various emotions, called Gut Wrenching and Love and Heartbreak. These contain songs that always evoke those emotions for me. (Example: Wild Horses by the Sundays is in my Gut Wrenching list. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer understand.)

      Looking back over the characters in your book, what was the one that was most difficult for you to write, easiest? 

The easiest one to write was the hero, Rafe Montana. It’s usually the hero for me. I renamed my heroine three times before I found the right name. For me, the name is the character. If I change the name, the character changes.

About the Author
Debra Mullins is the author of thirteen historical romances for Avon Books and one paranormal romance for Tor/Forge. Her books have been translated into several languages and nominated for awards from both the magazine RT Book Reviews and Romance Writers of America and its chapters, including the Golden Heart, the RITA, the Holt Medallion (twice), the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and the National Readers Choice Award. She also won the Golden Leaf Award for Best Historical for her book, A NECESSARY BRIDE. Debra has spoken at various RWA chapter meetings, as well as the national RWA conference, the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference and the Emerald City Writers’ Conference in Seattle. In August 2009, she gave a full day special event for the Orange County chapter of Romance Writers of America with author Charlotte Carter, where she spoke on the topics of character and conflict. Born and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Debra now lives in California and has been actively writing for over twenty years. A language nerd, she could speak four languages by the time she graduated high school. At age 16, she went to France on a student exchange program for a summer. By the time she came home to the U.S., she was dreaming in French. She is currently finishing a paranormal trilogy for Tor/Forge. The first book, PRODIGAL SON, is due out in October 2013. Debra is a member of Novelists Inc., Liberty States Fiction Writers, and several chapters of RWA. You can find her on Twitter using @debramullins and on the web at

What you can win: 3 finished copies of PRODIGAL SON by Debra Mullins (thank you, TOR Books!)
Ends: October 24th
Open to: US/Canada (no PO boxes, please!)

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