Title: The Difference Between Night and Day
Author: Melissa Turner Lee
Published: February 12, 2013
Word Count: 70,000
Genre: Christian Paranormal Romance
Nathaniel Taylor was a Christian who thought believers were exempted from “dark times.” That was until he entered his own long time in the dark. When he meets Lilly, a young woman in danger, it sends him on a journey to discover the difference between night and day and that during dark times, the Light is hidden, not gone.
The drumming of two additional heartbeats echoed in my ears. The smells of adrenaline and body odor combined with that of chemicals being cooked. Upon closer examination, I could see the padlock on the shack was not engaged; the latch was open. Immediately, I grabbed Lilly’s arm and swung her behind me. She did not resist.
One of the brown wooden doors flew open, revealing two men pointing black 40-millimeter guns at us. The gaunt and filthy men were both in dirty jeans, too old and worn to be worth washing. One had on a black t-shirt with the name of a heavy metal band on it, while the other wore a filthy hole-infested blue shirt. Same sandy blond hair and hazel eyes. Related.
“Look-a-here, a couple of trespassers,” the man in the black shirt announced. “What was it the boss said to do with trespassers?”
An evil smile grew on the face of the other man. “Shoot ’em dead. But he never said we couldn’t have a little fun first.”
“I like how you think, little brother,” he replied, never taking his eyes off of us. A disgusting glint appeared in his eye as he gave Lilly a head-to-toe look. He nodded into the direction of the trees just to the left. “The two of you are going to walk with us into those woods there. It will make it a little easier for us to shoot you and drag you to the lake without being seen.”
I secured Lilly’s position behind me and drove ice into my tone as I answered, “I don’t believe we’ll be making things easy for you this evening.”
“Tough guy huh?” the older one responded almost cheerfully. “That’ll only make it more fun when you start to beg.”
“Oh, I won’t be the one begging.”
“No, that’ll be your girlfriend’s job,” answered the one in blue with a chuckle.
In less than a second, I shoved Lilly several feet away and lunged at the man in the blue shirt. A shot rang out at close range, followed by Lilly’s scream.
I’m going to keep this review short but to the point.
I really enjoyed the dynamic storyline in this book. It’s full of suspense and adventure, which kept me interested and turning from page to page.
The romance is sweet and completely believable. The interaction between the main characters is so down to earth, so human (and yes, I’m aware that Nathaniel is a vampire), but he’s such an easy character to fall in love with.
Though Paranormal Christian wasn’t a genre I ever thought I’d like, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this book because it certainly delivered a great tale and didn’t disappoint.
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
GRAND PRIZE: Gift Basket that includes a Signed print copy of The Difference Between Night and Day, a prayer journal, and swag pack including book charm (not pictured) (US Only)
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About the Author:
Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.