Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente

Title: The Most Special Chosen
Series: Exalted Bloodlines #1
Author: Rachel de la Fuente
Genre: Paranormal Drama/ Paranormal Romance
Age category: New Adult/ Adult
Release Date: March 3, 2018

Elysabeth Vance is so determined not to be lost in her obsession that she refuses to see what's right in front of her.

Damien is so afraid of ruining his only chance at happiness that he's blind to Elysabeth's obsession.

Once they open their eyes to what they have, nearly incomprehensible secrets will be revealed. After all, fate happens, even if you don't believe in it.

Excerpt, Chapter 3:

      Shawn's waiting for me.

      "I don't remember you wearing a skirt when you left." His tone is deceptively calm.

      "I bought it at the market he took me to. Isn't it cute?" I twirl around, hoping he'll drop whatever's coming next.

      "I bet if you bend over even an inch you'd be showing everyone your butt." His voice is nearly monotone.

      "Shawn! That's ridiculous!" I scoff. "It's halfway down my thighs. What's gotten into you?"

      "You act differently with him, Lys. You..." He motions with his hands, like he's trying to pick the right word out of the air. "Flaunt yourself."

      "Flaunt myself? I don't flaunt myself. I found a skirt I liked, and I bought it."

      "Fine, whatever." He turns to walk away, dismissing me, and my legendary temper flares up.

      "I'll have you know he was a perfect gentleman!"

      He whirls around to face me again, eyes narrowed. "Isn't that how they always start?" he spits out.

      "How dare you, Shawn?" I say, my voice dangerously low. "Damien isn't Zane. He isn't you!"

      Calm yourself.

      The voice is stronger, clearer even, and it surprises me from my anger.

      Despite the hurt that flares in his eyes, Shawn plods along with his argument. "I don't want to see you hurt, Lys. I think you're putting too much into this far too quickly."

      "What's that supposed to mean?" I ask angrily.

      "This was only your first date," he responds evenly. "Every other first date you've ever been on has been short and informal. A couple hours, tops. This time you were gone all day. And look at you!" His voice rises. "You've never worn anything like this. Let's face it, you're in a revealing interpretation of a gothic outfit."

      My cheeks heat. "Shawn, there's nothing wrong with wearing something different, revealing or otherwise."

      His eyes narrow. "You're right. But this isn't about something different, is it? This is for him." My entire face heats at being so easily read. "This is just another dip into your obsession, isn't it?" he asks accusingly, eyes narrowed. "For all your interest in vampires, I've never seen you like this. What's next, a leather trench coat? I know how much you want one. How about some f —"

      "STOP!" I shout, cutting him off. "You promised!"

      "I did, but I can see what you're doing, even if you don't. This isn't right. It's not fair to you or him!" Well, that's surprising, I assumed he hated Damien, maybe I'm wrong.

      "I'm not doing anything!" I hate how whiney I sound. "It's not what you think. He's a great guy, and I really like him. I'm perfectly aware that he's just as human as I am, thank you very much."

      "Are you, Lys?" He eyes me over the top of his glasses, one eyebrow raised.

      "Yes, of course!";

      "So you've kept him out of those vampire fantasies of yours?" His tone is sharp and bites into me. I look away, unable to answer in the negative. "Just as I thought. If you let this keep going, one of you will get hurt."

      I'm not willing to accept the truth to his words. "Look, this is ridiculous. I love you, Shawn, you're like my brother, but stop giving me all this crap! I'm going to bed."

Meet the characters!

The author did some character interviews with her characters on her blog, check them out:
⬧ Selene Delanciennes
Shawn Dooley
Damien Delanciennes
Elysabeth Vance

About the Author:

Rachel de la Fuente (meaning of the fountain) lives in Maryland with the love of her life and two furry children that meow. The Most Special Chosen is her first novel, but it's hardly her first story. She's been writing since elementary school, and telling stories since she could speak. She is an avid fountain pen enthusiast with a bit of an ink problem, and often writes book notes and sections of stories by hand.

Rachel was born and raised in southern California, but spent many summers with family in Mexico. Her parents loved traveling, so she also spent many vacations in various locations, soaking up foreign cultures and sights. She still loves to travel, and is committed to crossing all of the locations off her bucket list.

Rachel is a proud Slytherin, and when not writing, spends much of her free time reading, cross stitching, and watching documentaries.

Guest Post by Rachel de la Fuente:

10 things I’ve tried but will never do again.

When I first saw the topic for this post, I was excited, because it was really different, but I also thought it would be fairly simple. I was wrong. It took me two days to come up with these 10 things. Just Books, thanks for providing such a thought-provoking prompt.

1. Chocolate chip cookies with mango lassi
I'll start with something silly. At my housewarming party last year, someone brought these AMAZING chocolate chip cookies. I grabbed one while I was drinking a mango lassi (if you aren't familiar with that, it's an Indian yogurt drink). I will never combine those two again. Somehow it ended up tasting like pickles, and I DESPISE pickles.

2. Getting drunk
This probably sounds weird. I've never been full-on drunk. Several years ago, I decided to give over-drinking a try, since getting drunk seems like one of those things everyone should experience once. We invited a friend over, figuring it was safer, and cheaper, to drink at home. I ended up having a couple of mixed drinks and 7 or 8 lemon drop shots.
I ended up tipsy. I got to that point where you can't walk in a straight line. But the annoying part is I was completely aware that my body wasn't responding properly. It was like my brain was sober but my body was drunk. I know that's not actually possible, but that's the best way I can think of to describe it. I knew I couldn't walk in a straight line, and it pissed me off.
To top off the annoyance, my stomach rejected the alcohol, if you catch my meaning, so ultimately the night was a life fail. Needless to say, I've never felt the need to try again.

3. Willingly painting walls
When we bought our house last year, I really wanted to paint the 3 accent walls we planned because I'd never painted walls before. My fabulous fiancé let me give it a go. That was an experience, and not exactly a good one. The walls are painted, but they aren't perfect (and I'm a bit of a perfectionist). We'll be hiring painters next time we need something painted.

4. Cosplaying as a fairy character at a con
I go to DC's AwesomeCon every year, and have cosplayed for the past three. Last year I made the mistake of going as a punk Tinkerbell. I based it off of this artwork by Eddie Holly. The costume was fun. I really enjoyed it. But the fairy wings...
People were bumping into, shoving, and bending my wings all day. I kept having to adjust my wings. My fiancé helped with repositioning them. It was a nightmare. I'm really impressed that the wings weren't destroyed by the end of the day.

5. Detailed sewing with fleece
This one comes from a recent experience. I decided I was going to make a custom pen case for my fountain pen collection. I figured that if I made the interior lining, the part where the pens are actually held, out of fleece, I could better protect my pens, because fleece isn't abrasive. However, when I actually got to sewing it, the fleece was a pain in the butt to work with. I had so much trouble, that I put aside the project. If I ever go back to it, I'll definitely re-make the interior, and I'll use some other material.

6. iPhone
Don't hate me. This isn't about hating Apple. I don't mind the iPhone. I owned an iPhone 4, and I really liked it. That said, for the ways I use my phone, Android is better suited to my needs, so I won't be going back to the iPhone.

7. Riding a roller coaster
I've been on precisely one roller coaster in my life. When I was around 8, my parents took me and my cousins to Disneyland. My cousins wanted to ride Space Mountain. My parents didn't want me to wait on the platform alone. The result, I went on the ride as well. And I damn near had a panic attack. I can't stand the feeling of drops. I want all of my organs to stay where they belong. And I don't particularly care for the speed either.

8. Cheap perfume
I've tried many different perfumes over the years. But when I was in Paris in January, I went to Fragonard and fell in love with their Belle de Nuit perfume. It's so complex, so beautiful, and there's not a hint of alcohol smell. After that, there's no way I could EVER deal with a cheap perfume again.

9. Shooting a gun
This has nothing to do with guns, really. I've shot a gun. I got a shooting range Groupon several years ago. I even managed to tag a zombie target right between the eyes. But not too long after that, I tried archery. Archery, to me, is a million times more satisfying. It's cheaper, it's more dependent on the user, and the ammunition is reusable without making any alterations to it. Shooting a gun was just over too quickly. It was a lot of build up for very little payout. I have not desire to shoot a gun ever again.

10. Fitting in
I tried fitting in in junior high. It didn't work well for me. I just didn't like what everyone else likes. And, to some degree, I still don't. By my second year in junior high, I'd decided I'd rather be myself and actually enjoy things than to try to be like everyone else and get lost in the sea of sameness. I marched to the beat of my own drum, as my mom liked to say, and I like to think that's one of the best things about me.

Swag Bag includes:
A sheet of Exalted Bloodlines series round stickers
An Exalted Bloodlines logo cutout sticker
An eBook copy of Elysabeth and Shawn, the Prequel Series
A bookmark with The Most Special Chosen tagline

This is my stop during the book blitz for The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente
I hope you enjoyed reading.

Many thanks to Rachel for the interesting guest post! 😃

The book blitz runs from 5 till 18 March.

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