Friday, 22 February 2013

Recalled (Death Escorts #1) by Cambria Hebert - Promo, Excerpt, Review, Giveaway

Recalled (Death Escorts, #1)
Recalled by Cambria Hebert (Death Escorts, #1)
Publication date: February 15th, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance with paranormal, thriller and mystery elementsLove or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?

And then you died.

And you were given another chance. A better chance.

This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.

It never is.

And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.

Love or Death?

Promo Post by Cambria Hebert

Northern Lights in Alaska

Recalled is set in Alaska. It’s a place I have never visited but hear is absolutely beautiful. So when I started writing Recalled I knew I wanted to add a little bit of the beauty to the book. I came across this website that talked about the Aurora Borealis – also known as the Northern Lights.
Before you get all bored and think I am about to give you a science lesson let me show you what I am talking about:

It’s stunning isn’t it? Can you imagine standing outside on a cold winter’s night and watching a light show like this?
The Northern Lights aren’t visible from everywhere only certain places, like Fairbanks Alaska, where Recalled is set.
So what are they?
I found an article at and they explain exactly what causes the beautiful display:
“research seems to indicate that the aurora is caused by radiation emitted as light from atoms in the upper atmosphere as they are hit by fast-moving electrons and protons. In other words, energy particles from the sun collide with the Earth’s magnetic field. The kind of atom determines the color.”
Yes it sounds very scientific. I’m not very scientific but I do think they are pretty. LOL.
They site also says the light display usually lasts 10 to 15 minutes and then it “whirling into a giant green corona in which rays appear to flare in all directions from a central point, and finally fade away.”
I think it sounds magical, don’t you?
There are some legends of course that I find more fascinating than the scientific explanation. The article I mentioned above says that:
“An Eskimo tale records that the northern lights are spirits playing ball in the sky with a walrus skull. Another legend, calls them the flaming torches carried by departed souls guiding travelers to the afterlife.”
The best time to see these lights in Fairbanks is spring and fall and also during February, March, September and October.  And of course when it is dark outside.
There are many places in and around Fairbanks that offer viewing and tours of the Northern Lights. Maybe someday I will get to see them in person.
Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? I actually didn’t know they existed until I researched Alaska.

Cambria Hebert
Author. Blogger. Latte Sipper.

Cambria Hebert is an author who wrote her first book at the age of fifteen. It was terrible. But the passion for writing never went away so years later when she opened her laptop and started typing she worked until she wrote a book that she hopes everyone will be as excited about as she is.

Cambria is obsessed with werewolves and is terrified of chickens (they are creepy!)She is an animal lover that would choose coffee over food and her favorite TV show is the Vampire Diaries (Hell-O Damon!)

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Excerpt from Recalled

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Scene between Piper and Frankie

I unchained the lock, turned the deadbolt, and pulled open the door. Frankie barely paused to look at me as she bustled by with her armload, yet she saw everything. “If I looked like you I wouldn’t want to open the door either.”

“It’s barely six a.m., Frank. What’re you doing here?”

“Did you think I wouldn’t come when you called to tell me about your brush with death!?”

“I thought maybe you’d wait and come at a decent hour,” I grumbled, locking the door and following her into the tiny kitchen.

“The donut makers are up,” she said, flipping the lid open on a box of a dozen donuts. “Therefore, the hour is decent!”

Fried dough, sugar, and icing wasn’t a healthy way to start the day.

“Where’s my coffee?” I said, cracking a smile because she motioned to the donuts like Vanna White.

She handed me a very large cup. “Here, it’s the boring kind. Cream, no sugar.”

I took a sip of my boring coffee as she untied her red trench coat and slipped it off her five-foot-four curvy frame. Frankie liked her curves and her sugar habit helped maintain them.

“So you almost got creamed by a bus, huh?” she said as she rummaged through my cabinets for napkins and a couple plates.

My stomach clenched at the mention of the bus. I set my coffee on the table and pulled out a chair. “Yes, I almost got hit by a bus, but didn’t because someone else pushed me out of the way.” I felt my eyes tear up again and I blinked them away, reaching for my coffee.

“It was real bad, huh?” Frankie said, sitting down and patting my hand.

“He died. He pushed me out of the way and the bus crushed him…” My voice fell away. “It was awful.”

“He died?”

“Almost instantly.”

We both sat there for long, silent moments. The kitchen filled with the comforting scents of donuts and coffee, but I felt awful that someone would still be breathing and alive if not for what he did for me.

“The thing is,” I said, my voice low, “I don’t know why he did it.”

“Well, I’m glad he did. I’m glad you’re still here.”

“Thanks, Frankie,” I said, but in the back of my head I wondered if I was the one who should’ve died.

Frankie reached into the donut box and pulled out a glazed, then looked at me. “So if I eat this am I going to get fat?”

I rolled my eyes. “Depends on how many you eat.”

“I plan on eating at least three. So go on, check.” She held out her hand, the one still holding the donut.

“You’re ridiculous.”

“What’s the use of having a BFF that can see the future if you can’t exploit it?”


Recalled by Cambria Hebert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recalled (Death Escorts, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Cambria Hebert and Xpresso Book Tours.)
Dex thinks he’s going to hell. He killed his mom’s abusive boyfriend when he was only 10, and not long after that he left home to live on the streets.
Now Dex gets by by robbing people, and Piper is his next target.

Piper is training to be a doctor, and working at a café while she does. Dex bumps into her and robs her, and then the next thing she knows, he’s pushing her out of the way of a bus that’s slipping on the ice towards her.

Dex dies in Piper’s place, but he doesn’t go to hell as he expects. Instead he finds himself a cloud of purple smoke, in some weird guy’s office, being offered some kind of job; money, a house, a car, and all he has to do is be an escort – a death escort.

Dex is given his first victim, all he needs to do is kill her, and he’ll be a fully-fledged death escort. Dex is okay with this, until he finds out who his first victim will be – Piper.
Can Dex kill Piper? Can Dex really be a death escort? And what will Dex learn on the way?

I’m not sure where to start with this book. It had mystery, suspense, and romance, and was an enjoyable read, but I didn’t like it as much as Cambria’s other books.

Piper was a nice girl, she worked hard and always tried her best. She didn’t have much money but was generous with her friends, and her main aim in life seemed to be to help people. She did seem a little naïve at times, but I think this was more a case of her being in the wrong place at the wrong time rather than anything else.

Dex was an interesting character, although it was obvious to me that he wasn’t really as bad as he thought he was. Although he thought that he was a tough, mean guy, it seemed evident that he really had a heart of gold, and I never believed for a second that he would make a good death escort if he actually had to kill people!

The good thing about the romance in this book was that it grew slowly. Dex had absolutely no intentions of falling in love with Piper, and there was no love-at-first-sight for Piper either. The pair slowly grew to have feelings for each other, and there was no ‘fated-to-be-together’ stuff which was a nice change in a paranormal book.
I felt like the romance in this book was quite soft, as there wasn’t a lot of romantic moments between the two as a couple, but more about them falling in love. The romance wasn’t really the main theme of the book though, so this fitted in well with the rest of the story.

I liked the storyline, I don’t think I’ve read anything recently with this sort of a theme, and it was certainly enough to keep me interested. I’ve no idea where this series is going to go as it seems like Piper and Dex’s story ends in this book? Maybe there will be a different escort in the next book? I don’t know!

Overall; a different concept, a touch of the supernatural, and a soft romance.
7 out of 10.


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  1. thank you so much for being part of the Recalled Tour and having me here at your blog! Love the post and the review! thank you for taking time to read the book and write a great review!

  2. Woo for a slow building romance. Dex sounds great. I like bad guys who are really softies.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I liked that the romance was softer and that this was completely different from Heven and Hell. It was fun. Cambria always writes the best guest posts. I want to see the Northern lights sometime. I am not entering since I have a copy! Happy weekend, Sarah!

  4. I know right, where is their story going??? Maybe the next book will be with a diff couple? The romance being less was okay with me since the theme was so dark. Happy you enjoyd it.

  5. o.o I have this one, but I am so far behind reading. Ugh... Great review and thank you for sharing the guest post and excerpt. Alaska is one place my husband want to go and visit.

  6. I have been following reviews for this and the reviews seem to vary. Not that anyone has given it a bad review but like you many other reviews like Cambria's other books better. I'm leaving it on my TBR list though cause the book description sounds good. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, your review and the rest of this post. The photos are beautiful!

  7. This one has me curious. For only 99 cents I'm going to check it out!
    Thanks so much for hosting this Sarah. Crossing fingers and toes:)