Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Legend of Arturo King by L.B. Dunbar Spotlight Tour, Review and Giveaway

Title: The Legend of Arturo King
Series: Legendary Rock Stars #1
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2015


My name is Arturo King, and I’m told I’m a legend in music. My band is called the Nights and we got our start at the underground Round Table in New York City. Raised by a foster father, I didn’t know the extent of my inheritance until I was twenty-one, and it was all more than I bargained for. I wanted to play the guitar and rule the world with song, but I learned I have a mother from old money, a dead father who was once a real estate mogul, and a record company that needed some rebuilding. Mure Linn, my friend and mentor, has been by my side through it all, teaching me to play, strengthening my lyrics, and guiding me in the music industry. There was one area he couldn’t guide me, though, and that was love. Guinevere DeGrance changed everything for me, I suppose, including the reason I’m here learning the legend of my life without remembering any of it.

The legendary rock star series begins...

Rating:  Somewhere between 3.75 and 4.00 Stars

I am torn!  I am a fan of anything dealing with Camelot, King Arthur and Guinevere.  You don't even have to ask how many times I have either watched the movie Camelot, or gone to the theatre to actually see the play, or how many books I have read about the legend. "For once there was a spot..."

Having said that, I was really excited about this unique idea for a modern romance book about the legend.  I love this author's previous books.  So here is the conundrum... I love and not love the book at once.  Notice I do not use the word hate.  I am using not love.  I really did not go for the "unique" cute names in the book.  We all know the storyline... so do we really need to call a character Mure Linn to realize he stands for Merlin?  Lans Lotte for Lancelot?  I don't want to be petty, but I found this very distracting from the story.

NOW WHAT I LOVED!  I loved how Guinevere is portrayed - very independent and fighting to be her own person.  I loved that Lans is so quiet and moody.  I love that Arturo is a little crazy, temperamental and impulsive. I love that Pert is lost somewhere in his search for that elusive girl he saw by the lake.

The courtship of Guinevere is to die for.  Arturo is very level headed as he slowly seduces her.  He builds a relationship with her, putting aside his normal MO of hit and run.  He realizes how unique she is and is willing to invest his time bringing her along from virgin to woman; shaping her as his own.

Finally, people we have a humdinger of a cliffhanger here.  I hope and pray we do not have to wait months to get the next book.  I will be checking periodically to see when the next book comes out.  I hope our author takes pity on us readers and gifts us the next installment SOON!

About the Author:
I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?

As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.

I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.

So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created. 

I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.


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