Friday, January 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans

Title: The Trouble With Fate (Mystwalker #1)
Author: Leigh Evans
Release Date:  Dec 24/2012
Adquired: Epub copy provided by author
Goodreads: ADD
Purchase: Amazon

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…


This book was a breathe of paranormal FRESH AIR. I have read an ENDLESS amount of the genre in the last few months, and to be honest, it all started swirling into a collective, repetitive, blur. This book broke the mold for me. It was action packed in JUST the right places, and with just the right amount of words.

I fell into INSTA-LOVE with the main character, Hedi Peacock. I loved her snaky attitude, I LOVED her wit, I absolutely fell for everything she held true and dear. She is definitely in my top 10 favourite female characters. I also appreciated that she wasn't your typical, toothpick thin, female protagonist that seems to populate books these days.

Robson Trowbridge, the male protagonist, was also SO amazingly written. His presence in the book added so much more to the experience. The interaction between him and Hedi was endlessly entertaining, and I pretty much couldn't turn the pages fast enough to get to their back and forth dialogue. He's a Were, but not your typical, brooding, "hear me roar" type.

Merry..OH my sweet Merry. I think she had to be my ultimate favourite "character" of the book. It was such a unique idea, and I applaud the author for the intricacies of her existence, and her relationship and importance to Hedi. She was her healer, her friend, and all while being teeny tiny, and a hanging fairy amulet from her neck.

Quick moving, and not ONE dull moment. This book had me anticipating every characters next moves-how they would react to confessions, and new developments. I ESPECIALLY loved the scene in the beginning when Hedi unleashes her pent up anger for Robson, and the fact that she believed he abandoned her many years HEART. 

I definitely recommend this book to fans of the paranormal, but who also enjoy a whole lot of wit and humour as a side course. Leigh Evans is officially one of my new favourites, and I can't WAIT until the next books are out!!


1. What was your main inspiration for this book?
I always knew I wanted to pen a story about a girl who’d never use the world ‘kick-ass’ to describe herself, and who’d be flat-out horrified at the thought of becoming a hero. Enter Hedi Peacock, a 22 year-old half-Were, half Fae who’s just about to be fired from her barista job at Starbucks.

2. Which character did you enjoy writing the most?
I searched long and hard for Hedi. So, if we’re talking easiest to write, the answer would probably be Hedi because by the time I did find her, I understood her best. And besides, she’s fun to write, unless one of her crazy, impulsive moves has taken us into trouble. In those cases, I want to throttle her…

Wait a minute. I’m changing my answer, okay?

Who else do I like to write? Well, I love hearing what Trowbridge has to say. He’s generally fast with a wise-ass reply for whatever Hedi throws his way. That is unless he’s giving Hedi his squint-eyed, pre-throttle glare…

Okay. How about Merry—the amulet with attitude? Let’s face it, if you want to kill somebody, Merry’s a good character to slip into. But wait, then, I’d be ignoring Cordelia, a six foot ex-Drag Queen. Some of those faces she pulls…oh, they’re so much fun to describe.

Sorry, I can’t pick one. I love them all.

3. Why did you choose to write about the paranormal?
It’s the genre most comfortable for the ultimate liar. If you decide that there’s going to be a door to another world, well, then, by golly, there’s going to be a passage to another realm.
Besides, I have mad respect for so many urban fantasy authors. People like Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Suzanne McLeod, Karen Chance, Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, Nicole Peeler and the amazing Chloe Neill.
4. Can you describe an interesting research moment?
There’s an immense world behind what I show on the page. Truth? I spend an insane amount of time figuring out the different worlds and the power structures within them. It’s ridiculous. We’re talking weeks. I know it all: the history, the battles, the coalitions and the grievances. I’ve witnessed most of the back stories—right down to pivotal character moments. I make intricate charts. I find pictures to capture what I see. Most of it goes into my inspiration books.

5. What does your next literary project entail?
Well, The Trouble With Fate is the first book of the 4-part Mystwalker series. The Thing About Weres, the next book in the series, will be out in July. I’m writing the final act of the 3rd Mystwalker novel right now. We have no title for it as yet because neither my publisher nor I ever know how the book’s really going to end until I actually get to the end.
After that novel is turned into my editor (and I’ve recovered from my mental breakdown) I’ll start the 4th and final book.


I was born in Montreal, Quebec but now live in Southern Ontario with my husband. I’ve raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, my life was fairly routine until I hit the age of 50. Some women get tattoos. I decided to write a book. A little tardy, but then again, Mum always said I was a late bloomer.

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Thank you to Rich Fahle from Astral Road Media and Leigh Evans for allowing me the opportunity to read this amazing book, and participate in this tour!

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