Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blog Tour including Review - - Captive by Samantha Jacobey

Captive A New Life Novel 
By Samantha Jacobey 

Captive - A New Life Novel… To what lengths would you go to break away
from a life filled with pain and suffering?

Tori Farrell has lived a
dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug
Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairy tale. For years, she
accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and
murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson: survival.

After years of being
ruled by the Dragons, Tori uses her skills of seduction and assassination to
free herself from the grasp of the people who vowed they would never let her
go. Taken in by the FBI, she fears not everything is what it seems, and soon
finds herself lost in a web of lies and deceit. She thought getting away from
the Dragons would put her on a path to a new and better life, but now she must
face the cold hard truth… there is always a price to be paid.

Melissa's Review...
***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

4 Stars

Hmm.. Where to begin.  Captive was so hard for me, as it was TOTALLY not what I was expecting! (I don't mean that in a bad way, necessarily) The plot was great!  Samantha Jacobey gave her readers a truly different kind of story with Captive.  The main character, Tori, is unbelievably strong, willing to do whatever she had to do to survive the horrors of her life with the Dragons, even if it meant killing innocent people or giving up her body and suffering unimaginable pain at the hands of the men who raised and groomed her.  

The part that I had a hard time with was what happened after she escaped the Dragons.  I had a really hard time connecting to the relationship Tori shared with Eli.  It was like it came out of no where.  With that being said the rest of the book completely held every bit of my attention.  There is a lot of sexual abuse and it was really difficult to imagine that Tori had to endure all of those nefarious acts. 

 Where my heart broke for her on one level it cheered for her on another.  She was so strong.  Like one of the strongest female leads I have ever read, period.  She never let her situation break her and always held out for a better life.  I am interested to see what lies ahead for her.

Samantha's writing style was really captivating.  As gritty and raw as this story was, Samantha still made it beautiful.   Captive was so hard to put down.  I just needed to know what has going to happen next. (There is a cliffhanger!!)  I can honestly say that I would recommend this book but please keep in mind, it is not for the faint of heart!

Storyline- Gritty & Raw
Female Character - Strong and resilient
Male Character- sweet
Author's Writing Style- Captivating
Plot Twist - Cliffhanger
Laugh Factor - None
Cry Factor - Tissues please!
Steam Factor - only one scene was really consensual
Violence - TONS! 

EXCERPT 1 from CAPTIVE by Samantha Jacobey

Tori was sitting in one of the padded chairs, knees curled to her chest and arms wrapped, when Eli Founder arrived the next morning. She had been sitting for some time, watching the sunrise bring light to the lush green outside her small window.

The Dragons slept and lived outdoors routinely, and she was beginning to feel penned up being indoors for so many days now. "How was the bed?" Eli asked as he took the seat opposite of her. A blank stare was her only response, so he mumbled a simple "Well, you'll get there," and let the subject drop.

Tori lay her left cheek on her knees, watching out into the patio for several minutes. Finally, in a low voice, she inquired, "Why am I here?"

Eli shifted in his seat, wanting to be precise with his words. "You're here for evaluation, and to heal." He drew a deep breath to continue, catching himself before he spoke, and then exhaled slowly in silence.

Tori's head popped up, and she asked again in a more forceful tone, "No, I mean why am Ihere." She added emphasis to the word 'here' by reaching out with her right hand to stab the table with her index finger.

At his surprised look, she continued with the irritation clear in her voice, "I told you the knife was mine. I told you the Dragons got what they deserved. I did it. I killed them. Why am I not in a prison or a cell or something?"

Tori’s story begins with CAPTIVE

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations any where at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.
I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still am not really what I would call a writer… I am a story teller. I love to share exciting adventures that have meaning and depth, and hope that my readers enjoy them. In a way, I thought that once I had put them in writing, I would be able to let go, and move on to something else, but that is not so. I still find myself dreaming about this girl and going over parts of her story over and over.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I have had this story in my head for about 25 years. It has undergone many changes and versions, and I love to experiment with ‘what if’ and ‘now what?’ The entire story is far larger than what is being published, with many disconnected pieces; who knows if any of them will ever find their way into print. The part that I am sharing is the section that is the foundation, and completes a segment – Tori’s segment. I ‘wrote it’ and put it out there because I felt like it was time to share.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I think that I do. I try to use language that is easy for most readers to understand, with a few 50-cent words thrown in. I also like to keep it fresh, and try not to repeat words or phrases too often, unless it serves a purpose, which means if I am retelling something, readers should be watching for what is different from one telling to the next. Finally, I think there needs to be a fair amount of description in the story, so my characters are grounded and not floating in space, but at the same time it is not overly so, where you get bogged down in the setting and lose interest in the action of the story.

How did you come up with the title?
My series is called A New Life – and that is exactly what is happening in the story. My heroine, Tori Farrell, has lived a very sad and unusual life, but that is only the beginning. The entire series is about her journey to get a ‘new’ one; a normal one more or less. The book titles have changed from my originals, which I still love, but from a marketing standpoint, they do work much better. Each title, old and new, representing what that segment is about, so it’s like the ‘theme’ of the book in a single word… CAPTIVE, BOUND, ENTWINED, EXPOSED, INDELIBLE, INTREPID and AVENGED.

What do you want your readers to get out of your novels?
My series is like that proverbial onion people always talk about… lots of layers. On the surface, you have the drama and what happened to our girl, and what actions she takes along the way. Beneath that, you get into the how and the why of things; what motivates the characters. At the deepest level, you have the human condition and what makes people who and what they are at their foundation. Not everyone will see all of these things, and I am ok with that. For those that do, this is a very rich experience, and it will move you to the core – that’s what I would like for people to get out of it, if they are ready for it.

Is the book mostly fantasy or do you think these situations could actually happen?
On some level, this is most definitely a realistic scenario, and although all of the pieces coming together in this fashion would be a stretch, each component most definitely can, does, and has happened. That being said, I made the entire thing up – there are slivers of truth woven throughout – ideas or stories that I heard about and stripped down to use some portion of, but the work as a whole is pure fantasy.

What book are you reading now?
Right now I am reading the Sage Seed Chronicles, by Holly Barbo. This is a sci-fi series, and is very imaginative; I love them. She builds an entire world, and quite believable at that.

What are your current projects?
The New Life Series is completed, and only waiting for release. Beyond that, I am researching and doing preliminary writing for my dystopian thriller that will be next.

Do you see writing as a career?
I agreed to teach one more year, so my plate is pretty full once again, with outside commitments. After this year, I will be able to dig in more fully and really throw myself into writing full time. I want it to be my career, but it won’t be my only one for a few more months at least.

Who designed the covers?
The covers are all designed by Nicolene Lorette Designs, and I love her work. Books 1 and 2 were published before, and the covers they have now are far and away more attractive.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Thank you for your time and support, and for sharing my work with your friends and family – it is very greatly appreciated!!!

Which comes first? The character's story, or, the idea for the novel?
I would have to say, the character came first, and I built her story around her. At least, that’s how A New Life came about. I am not sure on this next one if that is the case, as I have the idea for a situation, and am playing with who all I would find in that world. I have narrowed down a few characters, and am now exploring who they are and what they are about in the context of the story as it unfolds.

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