Sunday, May 11, 2014

Special Attraction by M.L. Ryan & Guest Post

Before we we get started today, M.L. Ryan is going to take over for a few.

Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me, M.L. Ryan (and maybe no one should)

1. I have a geographic tongue and I am married to a geographer.
2. I have a Ph.D. in Immunology.
3. I despise hazelnuts. Really. Hate. Them.
4. I can identify almost every species of warbler that is normally found in the US by their song.
5. I love tea iced and coffee hot but not the other way around.
6. My favorite word is “ooze”. I love that it sounds like what it does.
7. My least favorite word is “bucolic”. Rather than evoking an idyllic rural setting, it sounds more like some horrible disease.
8. I never leave the house without clean underwear, lip gloss and some idea where I’m going.
9. I like dogs because they teach us about the beauty of unconditional love. I like cats because they instruct us how to not show it under any circumstances.
10. I cringe every time I see the toe fungus commercial where cartoon fungi lift up someone’s toenail. I’m cringing right now just thinking about it.
Title:  Special Attraction
Series:  The Coursodon Dimension #3 (can be read as a standalone) 
Author:  M.L. Ryan
Published:  December 15th 2013 by Running with Scissors Publishing
Length:  305pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  urban fantasy/sci-fi romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


Thanks to a magical transplant from an inter-dimensional enforcer, Hailey Parrish can transform into a hawk. When someone begins dismembering hikers along the Appalachian Trail, the enforcers make use of her feathery talents to pursue the killer. Unfortunately, like most things in Hailey’s life, there is nothing ordinary about the assignment. Their target turns out to be maddeningly elusive, they rescue a stray dog that makes a sewage treatment plant seem pleasantly fragrant, and stopping the murders turns out to be the least of their worries.

Special Attraction, the third book in the Coursodon Dimension series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.


I tore into the steak. Aiden knew exactly how I liked it—heated to around ninety-nine degrees Fahrenheit to mimic a fresh kill. When I was human, the whole eating-something-I’d-just-killed thing kind of disgusted me. I was pretty sure that if there was such a thing as reincarnation, my next fifty or so lives would be lived out as small, furry creatures eaten by ravenous predators to atone for my current habits. In a perhaps vain attempt to circumvent my fate, I rarely ate meat when I wasn’t feathery.

When I had consumed every last morsel, I took a brief detour back into the woods. Being the modest type, I preferred to shift back to human form somewhere private. Not that I cared if anyone witnessed the transformation; in fact, the nearly instantaneous process was devoid of major unpleasantness. I did end up naked, and I wasn’t comfortable with anyone other than Alex getting an eyeful. While the tiny bathroom in the back of the MCP provided privacy, I learned from experience that it’s best to relieve oneself outside while still in bird form. The first time I changed back in the MCP without preemptive excretion, it took two days and a whole lot of magic to restore the lavatory to usable order.

My alimentary cleanse complete, I hopped onto Alex’s shoulder, and we headed into the MCP. Aiden, who was holding the door to the bathroom open, winked and said, “Your chamber awaits, m’lady,” before bowing.

Ignoring his teasing, I flitted onto the ridiculously small, metal commode. The functional, but airplane-sized, booth had a sink, shower, and toilet. Actually, the whole room became the shower, and you had to sit on the closed toilet seat while bathing. The efficient design had a dual purpose of providing the entire space with a good wash down during every shower, an added benefit that should not be disparaged when sharing close quarters with a bunch of men.

My Review:

This story is creatively unique and completely imaginative. The author combines action and romance (with just enough comedic relief to keep you on your toes) in a way that you won’t soon forget. Ryan also gives enough background information to allow new readers to join the series at this point, but not so much as to bog down loyal followers. I also love Ryan’s writing style. It has a captivating and uniquely soothing flow that allows you to focus directly on the story at hand.

I really appreciated how well you get to know the characters in this novel, especially considering the fact that it is the third instalment in a series. The characters are set up in such a manner that you can read this instalment as a standalone without feeling lost. As a reader you can also really identify with them. It makes it so easy to get lost in the story itself. I was completely engaged with the different beings and creatures that Ryan introduces us to.

This was definitely a very enjoyable read. I can’t wait to read more by this phenomenal author. I may be reading this series upside down and backwards, but I’m off to read instalments 1 & 2 now.
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About the author:

M.L. Ryan is a professional woman - which is not to say that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job that reflects her one-time reluctance to leave school and get "real" work – and she spends a lot of time in that profession reading highly technical material.

She has many stories rolling around in her head, and she finally decided to write some of them. She prefers literature that isn’t saddled with excruciating symbolism, ponderous dialogue or worldly implications. She also doesn’t like plots so reliant on love at first sight that it makes her feel like her head might implode.

She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and teenage son, four cats, two dogs and an adopted desert tortoise.

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