Blog Tour with Giveaway & Review – Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death trilogy, book 1) by Shannon A. Thompson

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Title:  Minutes Before Sunset

Series:  The Timely Death Trilogy #1

Author:   Shannon A. Thompson

Published:  July 28th, 2015  

Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:  Violence, Adult Language

Recommended Age:  13+

~ Synopsis ~

Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.


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~ Excerpt ~

“You look mad,” he said, quieter this time.
I wouldn’t look at him. “I am.”
“Why?”
“Because I don’t get you,” I admitted. “I have no idea why you’re acting this way, and it makes me feel like I don’t know you.”
“I didn’t realize you wanted to know me,” he said, and I turned around, momentarily meeting his eyes. They were dark, shadowed by an expression I hadn’t seen before.
“Why wouldn’t I?” I asked, feeling heat crawl over my neck. “We’ve already spent a lot of time together.”
“For a project that’s completed, Jessica,” he said, and he shook his head, driving silently through my neighborhood. I waited for him to speak, but he didn’t. Soon, we were at the end of my driveway. Eric shoved the gears into park, and I reached for the door, but he locked it.
“Why are you so interested in my life?” he asked, and my heart pounded. I didn’t say anything. His eyes met mine, filled with an intensity that made me shudder. “It’s not that great.”
“I know,” I managed. My voice was shaking.
His face reddened. “But you ask questions.”
“And you answer them.”
His mouth opened, but then it snapped shut. He sighed, turned away, and grabbed the steering wheel as if he were driving again. We remained parked. “I’m Eric James Welborn,” he stated, his voice wavering into an awkwardness I’d never heard with his normally confident and cocky attitude.
James?His middle name felt personal—like he had opened up a side of himself he’d forgotten about. But I didn’t feel intrusive. I felt comforted, like I already knew the answer before he’d spoken it. But I hadn’t.
“Your name doesn’t tell me who you are,” I said, surprised by my fluidity.
He barely smiled. “Maybe I like it that way.”
“I don’t.”

~ Review by Kelly ~

****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you****

Minutes Before Sunset is the first in the Timely Death Trilogy. It is young adult urban fantasy with a touch of romance. The story is told from Eric and Jessica’s POV.

As soon as I read the description, I wanted to read this book. I was intrigued by having a shade as a main character. A shade, according to Greek mythology, is traditionally a spirit or ghost of a dead person, residing in the Underworld. There are different variations of a shade between cultures. In this book, shades can take human form and even go to school. There are dark and light shades with different abilities. From this book, Thompson’s shades are not the traditional mythological shades. Remember, this is urban fantasy. There really are not rules to a fantasy story.

The characters were interesting. Jessica appears to have had loving adoptive parents, but there is a loneliness she can’t explain. She doesn’t feel like she fits in. She has been isolated by homeschooling until now. Eric was given his destiny at age 13. He has no choice, kill or be killed. He also has felt the death of two loved ones. He’s scared to get close to anyone because he doesn’t trust who people/shades are, plus people who love him die.

The story was original. Like I said above, these shades aren’t your typical shade. They take human form and interact with humans. The story was well paced with greater intensity towards the end of the book. There is enough mystery in the story to keep you guessing. The characters are well developed throughout the book and information is not just dropped on you.

As a parent, I would say mature tween reading material and definitely young adult. There are a few kisses (I think 3) and characters do fall in love over several months, which is perfectly acceptable to me. 4 books

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~ Review by Venture ~

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Eric is the first descendant. He has a war to fight. Even at a young age he was forced to be serious and not smile. He is a loner for a reason. When he meets a Shade, who doesn’t know nothing of his world, he feels curious.

Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.I found the story to be interesting and different. We usually think of Dark as the bad guys and the Light as the good guys. This world is different. This is the first book of the series and I enjoyed it but it didn’t leave me wanting more. 3.5 books

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~ Purchase Links ~

Amazon US

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~ About the Author ~

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Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

~ Author Links ~

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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.

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