Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Desolation blog tour

The Desolation Trilogy
by Ali Cross


Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.


Where darkness lives, all becomes desolate . . .

It’s been two months since sixteen-year-old Desolation Black chose Earth over Hell and her friend Miri over her eternal love, Michael.

Desi goes through the motions of life: school, training, remaining vigilant against the forces of darkness, but her dreams are full of the choices she wishes she could change. When she’s injured by a strange demon, old temptations arise, and the lines between good and evil blur. Desi discovers those choices aren’t so final after all.

And this time, the power of love—for a friend, for a lover—may not be enough to save her from the darkness that lurks within.

Choosing is a bad idea, because Desi always makes the wrong one, and sometimes there are no do-overs. Certainly not this time, when all has been lost and Desi can’t even save herself, let alone her friends. For Desi, the hardest thing is letting someone help her, to accept their sacrifice on her behalf. But that’s exactly what she’ll have to do in order to save the worlds from Helena’s destruction.

The goddess of Helheimer, long imprisoned by Desi’s father, Loki, is free at last, and she’s bent on reclaiming what once was hers. The nine worlds will be drawn into war, over Hell, over Earth, with innocent humans meaningless collateral. While Michael and the Gardians of Asgard, along with the golden-armored Valkyrie lead the battle for freedom, it’s Desi who holds the destiny of all the worlds in her hands.

Can she set aside her doubts, once and for all, and claim the gifts that are hers to bear? Can she accept the sacrifice that is made for her and Become all that she was created to be?

Her final choice will define not only her future, but the fate of humankind, forever more.

About the Author
Ali Cross is the sensei of the Writer's Dojo where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles.

Where to find more info
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My Reviews
This book was soooo amazing! Okay I know I say that about every book I love but I have not felt this much emotion while reading a book for awhile. Become had me at the prologue. Before I was even introduced to the main character I knew this book would be one that I couldn't put down.

Desolation Black is the daughter of Loki aka Lucifer. Living in Hell the only way she can defy her father is to deny him by not giving in to what he truly wants from her, to "become", and give in to become the demon she holds within. All he wants is for her to step up and except her place at his side.

When she's sent to Earth for some training in human behavior she finds something she never thought she'd ever know or deserve, Love. Now she not only has to choose or not choose her fate to "become" she also has to choose between the cold dark within her or embrace the warmth that she now feels growing through the dark giving her a new destiny.

This book has a great flow. It was so easy sink into the story. To see it so clearly in my mind, I could easily imagine the settings, the characters and the emotions. The characters were very well defined and the emotion felt real. I'll admit to being a very emotional woman but it's been awhile since a book has made me cry. Not just a lump in my throat cry but a tears streaming down my cheeks, hand me some tissue kind of cry. Everyone knows that any book that can bring on that kind of emotion is a best seller (at least in my opinion it should be).

This book is an amazon and barnes and noble freebie so everyone with a Nook or Kindle should open up a new tab and grab this book while it lasts, as for me I'm off to amazon myself to pick up Desolate the next book in the series.


1. empty: bare, uninhabited, and deserted
2. alone: solitary, joyless, and without hope
3. grim: dismal and gloomy
grief, sadness, loneliness,devastation, ruin
When reading this book you have to keep in mind not only the name of the book but the name of the main character. They both say so much about the way this book and story unfolds. Where Become makes you feel hope Desolate is quite opposite. I feel so sad for Desolation she has such a genuine and good heart that you have no choice but to feel her sadness and loneliness.

Just when I thought my tears would dry up and Desolate would be on the road to a happy ending I started the second book and realized that she has such along way to go. Not only does she need to shed her life in Hell which at times she misses (she did live there for centuries), her father Loki aka Lucifer who is the only parent she's ever known. She also needs to embrace her lighter side and the warmth within her that she doesn't think she deserves.

And then there's Michael whom she sacrificed to her father to not only to save his life but the life of her best friend Miri. I feel so sad for her because she feels the need to keep her demon side close as penance for everyone who has been hurt just by getting close to her. And I really hate that she never allows her self a moments worth of happiness.

The beginning of the book is from Desi's point of view but half way though the story changes from chapter to chapter between Desi and Michael. I love stories that are told for more than one point of view but in Desolates case it means twice the sadness, guilt and grief. This story makes my heart ache for the characters. But as I've said before the way I know a book will be imprinted on my soul is the feelings it invokes within me be it happiness or sorrow and not every amazingly great book has a happy ending.


"Your love for Desolation has shaped this world. you have taught us to love.Your heroic deeds in the Great War are told as bedtime stories. Michael and Desolation--there have been few other loves as powerful as yours, and certainly none greater. Do you agree?
"Yes my king." My heart felt like it had been ripped out of my chest. I could barely breath, couldn't think. My mind filled with memories of Desi. Memories of love.

I felt I had to put a excerpt there to show you the love that is trapped in all of the sorrow. A love that Desi doesn't think she is capable of or deserves because she is Hell's daughter after all.

Desi has so much guilt she can't let go of and so easily falls prey to her fathers influence becoming what she never wanted to be "his". Little does she know there are more player fighting for her soul (her light) than she knows. At 84% (kindle) I began to cry and I didn't stop until the end.

And in the end this book held my sadness and sorrow, Does it have a happy ending after all.......Well I guess you have to read it and see. I can say this: I am so glad I picked up Become (It's still free on


The Desolation series is a very dark but great series! I loved every one of these books not only for the happy moments but for the sorrow that had to be over come to get there.

 Destined was an amazing end to a wonderful story of love and Desi's personal journey to except herself for all that she is and will be.

She has been though so much though out her journey. She never thought herself worthy of friends or love. She had to learn not only to except that she was more than just a child of hell but a woman who was worthy of others love. A woman worthy to love with all of her heart with no trepidation.

Without giving any spoilers away I will leave this review kind of short and just say that this was a perfect and amazing end to a fantastic series! And I am really hoping for some spin off books. *wink*

Tour Schedule :

Dec. 12 - Lovely Reads *Review, Dream Cast, Giveaway
Dec. 13 - Chapter by Chapter *Interview, Character Bio, Giveaway
Dec. 14 - Magan Vernon (playlist)
Dec. 15 - SnifferWalk *Review, Character Guest Post w/ Desi, Giveaway
Dec. 16 - Jessabella Reads *Author Guest Post
Dec. 17 - My Reading Addiction *Review, Giveaway
Dec. 19 - Reviewing Shelf *Review, Giveaway
- Night Owl Reads *Author Guest Post
Dec. 20 - Christine Fonseca *Video Chat with Ali
Dec. 21 - The Stuff of Success *Promo and Character Bio
Dec. 22 - Open the Page *Review, Giveaway
Dec. 23 - Susan Kaye Quinn
Dec. 24 - The Cover Contessa *Author Guest Post, Giveaway
Dec. 25 - Overflowing BookShelves *Review
Dec. 26 - SupaGurl Books *Review
Dec. 28 - Book Dream Land *Review, Author Guest Post, Giveaway
Dec. 29 - Escaping...One Book @ A Time *Character Guest Post, Character Bio, Giveaway
Dec. 30 - I Know That Book *This or That with Ali Cross
Jan. 2 - YA Book Addict *Character Bio, Giveaway
Jan. 3 - C.K. Bryant
Jan. 4 - Nomi's Paranormal Palace *Character Bio, Promo
Jan. 5 - Black Lilies Are Deadly *Review, Character Bio
Jan. 6 - A Dream Within A Dream *Character Guest Post, Excerpt
Jan. 7 - FanGirl Hostess *Author Interview
Jan. 8 - Just Me, Myself, and I *Review
Jan. 9 - A Dragons Love *Review, Character Interview, Giveaway

The Ultimate Desolation Fan Prize Pack!
Personalized, Signed copies of BECOME, DESOLATE & DESTINED
Silver Desi Necklace, original design & hand-created by Gail Zuniga
Desolation Tote Bag
Desolation T-Shirt
3 Desolation Bookmarks
Celtic Knotted Heart bracelet made my Ali

The Ultimate Digital Reader Prize Pack!
Kindle Paperwhite
The Desolation Trilogy
Twenty-five additional books by awesome indie authors

Twelve Signed Books!

And Each Blog on the Tour will Give Away a Desolation (e) Trilogy!

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