Friday, November 21, 2014

In My Own Shadow by Susan Royal

Today I'm sharing my thoughts after reading In My Own Shadow, by Susan Royal. But first, here's the book blurb:

Talk about the worst day ever! Lara lets her friend Carrie talk her into a blind date, only it turns out the handsome stranger waiting for Lara after work isn’t Carrie’s cousin after all. And, when they’re chased through a portal to another world, Lara realizes Rhys really is out of this world.

Lyra, her alternate in another dimension, has left clues to the whereabouts of the Book of Secrets that explains the mystery of time travel in Lara’s subconscious. Or so Rhys thinks. Power-hungry telepaths pursuing them will stop at nothing to get it, even if it means breaking Lara’s mind. To complicate matters, Lara gets tangled up in her feelings for Rhys while exploring her connection with Lyra.

With Rhys as her guardian, a bear of a man named Azle to guide her, and the spirit of Lyra haunting her dreams, Lara must find the Book of Secrets before it falls into the hands of those who want its power. Only then can she return to her world safely.

Sounds pretty cool, right? Just to whet your appetite more, here's a neat character study on Lara, the leading lady.

I’m Lara, and I work downtown in the Metropolitan Building. I’m not really all that good at 
talking about myself. Just ask my good friend, Carrie. She thinks I’m antisocial. Sometimes I
give in and let her drag me to some party, so she’ll get off my case for a little while. Once there,
she circulates like the social butterfly she is, while I lurk around the edges of the crowd.

Carrie and I have been BFFs for a long time, even though we are total opposites. She’s
cheerful. I’m sarcastic. She’s outgoing. I’m a loner. She’s always been there for me. I just wish
she’d quit trying to fix me up with some guy she thinks is my Mr. Right.

People tell me I should have been a model, and I always assume it’s because I’m 5 foot 10 in
flats, tall enough to intimidate some men. It’s funny. That’s one of the first things I noticed about
Rhys. My height didn’t seem to bother him a bit. His rugged good looks were another thing.

Everything happened so fast it was a blur, but after Rhys dragged me through a portal to
another world, I realized he wasn’t the blind date Carrie had set me up with. He really was out of
this world. I know you’re thinking this sounds like your typical ‘guy rescues girl from danger
and takes her to another world, where they fall in love’ scenario, but you’d be wrong. Rhys
treated me like an unwanted responsibility, nothing more. And I let it get under my skin. Why?
Because even though I refused to admit it, I had feelings for the man.

And thoughts.

Susan took me on a journey through an incredible world. Her vivid descriptions really let me see and discover this strange new place with Lara. A bit of mystery and romance wound through the tale as well, although I could have used a bit more development on the romance. My final rating: 4 stars.

About the Author:

Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes complete with a ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar. 

Susan is married and the mother of six (she counts her children’s spouses as her own) and five grandchildren who are all unique and very special. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Her grandmother shared stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. Her father told her about growing up in San Antonio in the depression, and she experienced being a teenager during WWII through her mother’s eyes.

Susan loves to take her readers through all kinds of adventures with liberal doses of romance. Her latest book is From Now On, a time travel adventure/romance. It’s the stand-alone sequel to Not Long Ago in her It’s About Time series. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. Odin’s Spear, one of her short stories is featured in a Quests, Curses, and Vengeance anthology, Martinus Publishing, available on Amazon.

Buy Links:
It’s About Time Series: From Now On (time travel, adventure, romance)
In My Own Shadow (fantasy, adventure, romance)
Book Trailer:
It’s About Time Series: Not Long Ago (time travel, adventure, romance)
Book trailer:

All books available at MuseItUp, Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today. Everyone please stop in at my blog,, to get the scoop on Mary and her book, A DIFFERENT KIND OF KNIGHT.

    1. Thanks for the shout out, Susan! And best of luck with IN MY OWN SHADOW!!

  2. This sounds caulk full of cool ideas. Good to meet you, Susan!

    And Mary, it's good to see you. Hope all is well. :)

    1. Thanks David, good to see you, too! Things are going pretty well here. Gearing up for a new release next month. Hope things are fabulous with you, too!

      Happy Thanksgiving!!


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