Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Epiphany blog tour: review and giveaway

Title: Epiphany (Legacy of Payne, Book One)
Author: Christina Jean Michaels
Release: July 19, 2012
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble 

“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years. 

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.

About the Author

Christina Jean Michaels was born in Paradise, California, but she has found the true home of her heart in Eugene, Oregon where she finds plenty of inspiration for storytelling. 

When she was young, her mother said she hated words. Now she can't imagine not writing. She became an avid reader when she was thirteen and discovered the world of Sweet Valley High. About a year later she realized she could play God and write about her own characters. She has been writing in some form ever since.

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention. 

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Epiphany is different from other New Adult novels I've read in that it is a mystery with romance, secrets, and suspense--all with an edge. Mackenzie keeps her psychic ability a secret. She's also had strange, violent dreams for years. She decides to leave her problems behind and heads for her mom's town, Watcher's Point. After getting hired as a bartender, she comes face to face with the man of her dreams. Literally. Aidan is the hottie she's seen in her dreams, those dreams of women getting murdered. Could Aidan be the serial killer? Or is he involved somehow?

Aidan's in town trying to get away from his own problems. He lost his wife a year ago. When he meets Mackenzie he feels protective of her. A relationship develops between them which did happen rather quickly but since they're adults and dealing with their own baggage, I understood their getting together. The author made the couple very believable, the plot kept me pinned to the page, the mystery was plausible and the storyline was refreshingly different for a NA. 

Epiphany is a welcome addition to an increasingly popular New Adult market. I would love to see more of an expansion in this market to include some of my favorite genres like fantasy, paranormal and more. 

Rating: 3.5

Cover comment: 
It's an okay cover.

Book source: 
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review during a book tour.

There is a tour-wide giveaway  of (4) Signed Print Copies of Epiphany (US Only) and (3) Epiphany ebooks (via Amazon).


  1. Thanks for your review, and for featuring me on your blog today! :)

  2. I love things psychic and mysterious, so this sounds perfect! Thank you for the giveaway!!
    Bonnie Hilligoss - bonnie at bonnieanddave dot com

  3. I love things psychic and mysterious, so this sounds perfect! Thank you for the giveaway!!
    Bonnie Hilligoss - bonnie at bonnieanddave dot com