Thursday, February 13, 2014

tour: Transcendence by Shay Savage - review, excerpt & giveaway

Title: Trasncendence
Author: Shay Savage
Release Date:  2014

Genre: Pre-historical Romance
Expected Release Date: February 14th 2014

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?
Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.
Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.
With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

Thoughts on Transcendence

I wasn't sure what to expect when I began Transcendence.  From the blurb you know Ehd is a caveman and I really thought, How is this going to work?

It works wonderfully.

Ehd finds Beh in one of his trap holes and is stunned with his good luck.  He's been on is own since tragedy killed his tribe and a mate falls right into his lap and the loneliness he was sinking into is lifted.  Elizabeth, now "Beh", finds herself in in the unknown and has to learn how to adapt the skills she now to a time long gone. 

The language barrier could practically be the same as the ones of today.  Ehd is very simplistic in his ways- eat, kill and make a baby.  He's a caveman but not literally.  His love for Beh is immediate and his singular focus is to care for her and make her happy...even if he thinks she's outright strange. 

I loved seeing the two of them adapt to their new circumstances and grow together along the way.  Each obstacle was well thought out and vividly brought to life.  The ending was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time and had me holding my breath for a moment.

Shay Savage writes across all genres and I'm never disappointed in any book of hers.  Transcendence is a little different that her past works but is one of the sweetest and humorous books I've read this year. You don't have to be a fan of historicals to love Transcendence. 

Excerpt From Transcendence

Thankfully, my mate does not wake up as I crawl back into the furs beside her. I know she needs to rest. I take a moment to look at her in the flickering firelight. Her eyes are closed, but the blotchy remnants of her sorrow are still evident on her cheeks.
I want to touch her skin, but I don’t want to wake her. Unable to control the urge completely, I touch the skin of her face carefully. I reach down to her strange clothing again, and my fingers brush from her shoulder, over her breast, and down to her waist as I enjoy the feel of the cloth compared to the rough skin of my hand.
She stirs slightly, so I still my movements, deciding to be satisfied with leaving one arm wrapped around her. I stretch out next to her and pull the furs up to make sure she is warm enough. Her mouth opens slightly, and she makes more strange noises in her sleep. The sounds are very soft and deep in tone. Her face scrunches up a bit, and her breathing becomes more rapid. I hold her closer to me until she relaxes back into deeper sleep.
I know I must be right, and she has recently lost her people. I wonder what happened to them and if I will ever know for sure. It doesn’t matter now, anyway—I will be her mate, and I will take care of her from now on. I just need to figure out a way to stop her from being frightened of me. There are so many things I will need from her as well: she will need to gather food for the winter, cook the meat I bring back for her, and accept me into her body so I can give her children.
The thought of that brings another smile to my face and a tingling feeling between my legs.  However, she seems so frightened of me now, I don’t think she would readily position herself on her hands and knees so I can fill her. Still, I am much stronger, and if I want inside of her, I can just hold her while I enter her body. Joining with her in such a way would still feel very good, I imagine, but I don’t like it when she yells and cries, and I think she would probably do that if I have to hold her down to mate with her.
These thoughts are making my penis lengthen and become stiff. I consider stroking myself, but I am afraid it will wake her. I sigh as I look down on her sleeping face and wonder how long it will be before I can properly mate with her. I touch her cheek softly again, and I know when I decide to lie with her, I want her to enjoy it. So how do I get that to happen?
Finally, after thinking about it a long time, I decide I need to make her like me.

About the Author
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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