Friday, June 14, 2013

{Blog Tour - Review/Giveaway} Running into the Darkness by D. A. Bale

ASIN #: B0063HIS26
File Size: 390 KB
Page Count: 236
Copyright: November 3, 2011
Publisher: D. A. Bale

Book Summary:
(As provided by tour host)

Death follows Dr. Samantha Bartlett throughout her life until it claims everyone close to her. There's one powerful man responsible on whom Samantha sets her sights for revenge. The price is her soul. For centuries, sex has been the weapon of men ... now it's her turn.

"I never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, I swore an oath to protect life - not take it. But that was before ..."

Second year resident, Dr. Samantha Bartlett, is swept from the frigid New York winter to once again confront the sting of death back home - and face those she left behind. But she's not alone. A strange man she dubs Shades haunts her every step as she seeks answers to the inferno which claimed her grandmother, an eerie reminder of her parents' deaths. The secrets Samantha uncovers forever changes her image of those she only thought she knew.

Confronted by Shades, Samantha joins a secret underworld known only as the Elite, where a web of power and control is woven deep within governments worldwide. Their sights are set on the power structure of the United States, and Samantha becomes the unlikely key to infiltrating the White House at its most intimate levels.

The quest for blood threatens to destroy Samantha. From the darkness there is no escape.

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Author Bio:

Sometimes life emulates fiction.

Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale's writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining ... even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.

In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes "not so pretty" reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.

She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.

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Mandy's Review:

I only have two negative things to say so I want to get those out of the way first.

One: I do not like the cover. I think it looks cheap and would not draw in a reader and make them want to buy it. Also, the lady on the front looks way older than how I picture Samantha to be.

Two: I do not like the incest in this book, but I understand why the author added it in the story.

That's it. Now, on to the good ...

From the very first pages of this book, the reader is drawn in by the action that's taking place. And, while it slows down in various sections throughout the book, the action picks right back up again before too long. I loved the characters and each of their personalities. Some are created to not be liked (and understandably so), but I still appreciated how well-rounded and fleshed out they seemed to be. Just when you think you've gotten a handle on who a character is, the author will flip the script on you and surprise you with a twist. Some readers get aggravated about that. I love it when an author can surprise me. When a character is predictable, I find that character boring. There is no risk of Ms. Bale boring me.

I really want to tell you about the HUGE twist towards the end that shocked me, but it would really be giving away part of the story. Let's just say that you will never see it coming. The very people you think have been dead are not ... not by a long shot.

With action, murder, incest, deceit, spies, underground organizations, lust, mystery, and unrequited love, I would say this book has something for everyone. I know I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! Ms. Bale has definitely put herself on my "Must Read" authors' list.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the tour host, Tribute Books, for the purposes of this tour and in exchange for an honest review.



  1. An author that doesn't bore you? They're the best kind! So glad D A is now on your must read list. Thanks for the review, Mandy!

  2. Mandy - I'm so glad you were entertained by RITD and can't wait for the next book. That's always good for this author to hear! Thank you for taking time to read and review my book and for being a part of my Tribute Books blog tour.


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