Thursday, December 6, 2018

VBT and Giveaway: Exit Stage Left by Catherine Russell

Exit Stage Left
by Catherine Russell


GENRE:  Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Romance



Megan O'Day seems to be navigating the unpredictable relationship with Geoffrey Drake, her centuries-old vampire guardian angel, rather well. But then his past suddenly rips him from her, forcing her to face the unknown future alone in the gripping sequel to The Stage.

Still bound to Geoffrey through the power of the Link despite his unexplained absence, Megan's mind is flooded with his haunted memories. While she relives the darkest moments of his previous life, she discovers his attachment to a woman who bears a striking resemblance to her.

As she questions Geoffrey's love for her, she strikes up a dangerous alliance with Geoffrey's brother, Alexander, who is also a vampire. She hopes that he will help her find a way to rescue Geoffrey: instead, he seems to be awakening new emotions and desires within her.

As the past and present collide, Megan struggles to fend off Alexander's dark seduction. Is Geoffrey truly beyond the reach of her love forever? If not, what must be sacrificed to bring them back together again?



I began to hear a sound as they were speaking; a small child’s voice, whispering to me. Her high pitched voice, singing a lullaby and I recognized the notes. It was Greensleeves, the same one my mother had sang to me when I was a child. Without thinking, I walked forward, ignoring them as they reached out for me.

“Megan, stop!” I heard them say yet I went in. Suddenly the room was full of sunlight. It was a child’s nursery, with light blue walls and soft white curtains at the lovely double sided windows that opened on to a huge oak tree, whose branches reached out to the window’s ledge. A small robin sat on the limb, singing. I turned to see toys and stuffed animals around the wooden floor that was covered with a multicolored throw rug. Shelf after shelf of books and nick knacks were all around the walls. Then I saw her in the corner, slowly moving back and forth in the rocking chair, holding a doll, gently stroking its hair. She looked up and I saw eyes, one green and one blue. Her light brown hair was tied up with a yellow ribbon, and she wore a pale blue dress with lace and bows. Her legs had the familiar white tights that I remembered as well as black Mary Jane’s on her little feet.

“Hello there,” she said, smiling sweetly.

“Hello. Who are you?” I asked walking toward her, still looking around, totally amazed at what I was seeing, experiencing.

“Well, I’m you of course.” She said, coyly. She jumped up and reached out for my hand. She looked at the cute little tea set on the table next to her.

“Will you join me for some tea with my dolly?” She asked in her little voice, so sweet and innocent. There was something I was supposed to be doing, but what was it? I couldn’t remember. Wasn’t there someone with me, right before I saw her? No, I must’ve of imagined that. Where else would I want to be besides here?

“Yes, I’d love to. Would you like me to pour?” I said, sitting down and crossing me legs as she sat in the little chair beside me.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Catherine Russell was born in Tacoma, Washington and raised in a small town just south, South Hill, Puyallup. At the time South Hill was a heavily wooded area and far off the beaten path. Growing up she had the forests as her fantasy world along with the wild animals. She lived with her parents and an older sister. There are a few similarities from her own childhood that have carried over in to her first novel, “The Stage”. As a child, she did have a small dog named Toto, whom she would quite frequently roam the woods with. Her childhood home still stands, and is still nestled in the woods even though South Hill has undergone an extreme makeover since she lived there. She enjoyed hours of day dreaming and playing in the woods, which in turn fed her fantasy world of make believe.

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The Stage Chronicles site

Barking Rain Press site

Amazon link for The Stage Chronicles Book 2 Exit Stage Left

Amazon link for The Stage Chronicles Book 1 The Stage

Twitter for The Stage Chronicles

Facebook for The Stage Chronicles

Instagram for The Stage Chronicles



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My Review

Exit Stage Left is the second installment from The Stage Chronicles series and my first introduction to Catherine Russell. I liked this book. Megan is my favorite character. I enjoyed her strength, bravery and determination. 

I give Exit Stage Left four stars. I would love to go back and read the first book from The Stage Chronicles series, The Stage. I am hoping to see a book three, as well. 
Exit Stage Left is a great read. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion. 

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  1. Thanks so much for bringing to our attention another great book out there to read. I appreciate hearing about them since I have so many readers in my family.

  2. Replies
    1. Happy Christmas Cecilia! You're more than welcome. It's readers such as yourself that makes this experience so wonderful.

  3. What books are you looking forward to read in 2019? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Good morning Bernie,
      One read I'm looking forward to devouring is Michelle Obama's book, which I'm certain Santa will be delivering. Her strength, wisdom, and intellect are just a few reasons as to why I know I'll enjoy her story.

  4. Great review, sounds like a really good book!

  5. How long did it take you to write your book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Hi again Bernie,
      Book 1, The Stage, took be 3 years as my son was very young and active in soccer. However Book 2, Exit Stage Left, only took 8 months as the characters were established and my own process became second nature. Happy Christmas Bernie.

  6. Thank you to Locks, Hooks, & Books for hosting the next stop on The Exit Stage Left blog tour! Also a huge shout out to Goddess Fish Promotions & Barking Rain Press publishers for this great opportunity.