Author: B.N. Toler
Genre: New Adult/ Paranormal Romance
Published: July 15th 2013
Blog tour hosted by: Wicked Book Addict’s Reviews
There is a balance in life most know nothing about. Some are put here to simply exist, while others have been placed here to ensure life. Healers, such as Aldo Lawson understand the power of their gift, although at times, it seems more a curse. Upon meeting a handsome young healer named Thomas, Aldo’s life heads into a tailspin. With his arrival, Aldo’s aunt, the woman who raised her, is forced to share a hard and scary truth–vampires exist. And not only do they exist, but they thirst for healer blood.
Despite this new and frightening information, Aldo longs for a normal senior year, and she’s determined to have it. So close to achieving her goal, her world is turned upside down when her aunt is murdered and Thomas disappears. Riddled with questions, she sets out to find him.
Submerged in a world filled with sex and danger, Aldo hopes to find the vampires that will lead her to Thomas. When they find her first, she is forced to piece together truths, deal with her pain, and finds that not everything is what it seems.
B.N. Toler has single-handedly restored my faith in the vampire story. While I expected to like Healer did I expect the Twilight does M. Night Shyamalanesque story I read? No, not even close. Aldo is a healer, a very dangerous thing to be in her world. Her talents are more psychically based than our traditional understanding of the word. Aldo can literally use her own life-force or preferably channels that of a host to heal someone who is not critically injured or terminally ill. When a young girl is hit by a truck in front of her, she reacts immediately, unwittingly revealing her true nature to forces she doesn’t know or understand. The driver of the truck is not what we expect either, he is another healer, the first that she has met outside of her family. The question is, is he one to be feared the way she has always been taught, or trusted?
Following the accident Aldo is in equal parts horrified and fascinated by Thomas, the driver of the pickup truck. She, her twin brothers and her aunt Lucy have lived on the fringes of society most of her life on the run from what exactly she doesn’t know. The temptation of meeting Thomas and finding out more about their unique gift proves irresistible. Thomas is an enigma revealing enough about healers and the threats to them to captivate her completely but is it enough to save her from the threat that she has been sheltered from her entire life?
Healer was a satisfying read unfolding slowly and each time you think all has been revealed another layer would be uncovered. Part love story, part mystery, with a dash of horror thrown in Healer is an excellent addition to the genre and a exemplary beginning to a series.
Describe your books in 3 words?
Surprising, compelling, and sexy
If you could be any character from one of your books who would it be?
I would be Aldo. She is far from perfect and as much as I love a heroine that is strong, capable, and a real ball buster, I wanted to write a character that felt more real to me at a young age. Vulnerable and still really learning her way through life.
What is your greatest fear about being an author/publishing your book(s)?
No one likes them. LOL.
Would the 10 year-old version of yourself kick your butt or praise you for what you’ve accomplished in life?
She would probably kick my ass.
What do you do when you finish your book and turn it in to the editor?
I wait anxiously for my ms to come back bleeding with red ink. I also work on other books and I read….a lot.
What is your favorite Genre and why?
I really like new adult, but I’ve always been drawn to the paranormal fantasy. I like when an author can create a world and describe it so vividly that I feel like I’m there. The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning is a classic example of this. I’ve read that series five times and each time I go back, I discover something new, a detail I missed before that makes it even better.
What is one thing that would surprise us to know about you?
Once upon a time, I dreamed of becoming an actress.
Was there an Author who inspired you to write?
There are many. KMM, Charlaine Harris, Samantha Young, and many many more!
How did you come up with the characters in your books?
I use people I’ve met, sometimes I know them too. When I have a story in mind, I kind of shuffle through and think to myself who would deal with this best.
Do you prefer to write alone or do you like to collaborate with other authors?
I like to collaborate with other authors, not so much about my work, but more about tips on marketing.
Everyone uses computers, tablets, phones and no one uses handwritten form or typewriters, what do you prefer to use?
Is there a ritual you do before you begin your book?
I just need quiet.
B. N. Toler is a happily married, mother of three who lives in Virginia. She enjoys reading and lives for a good book she can’t put down.
HEALER is her first self-published novel, and she is currently working on part two of the HEALER series, HYBRID, available in 2014.
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