Give in to the Feeling

There’s more than gangsters and jazz hidden in the dusk of Susie’s speakeasy

When she arrived in America, Susie thought she found everything she never dared to dreamed of in China. But only when she meets Blood, she realises the freedom to dress as she wants, make up her face, drink and smoke and dance is just a little, unimportant part of the true freedom she yearns for

Give in to the feeling by Sarah Zama - Susie has never thought she might want something different from the lush, carefree life Simon has offered her, but when Blood walks into Simon’s speakeasy, he brings a completely new world of self-expression to her. And a fight that breaks through the walls of life into the spirit world.

Chicago 1924

When Susie dances with Blood in Simon’s speakeasy, she discovers there’s a new world beyond the things she owns and the things she’s allowed to do. Blood values her thoughts, her feelings and offers his respect for her as a person.
So different from the luxury Simon has offered her. The exciting club nights and the new freedom of dressing and doing as she pleases.

But Susie’s still Simon’s woman, and he won’t allow her to forget it.

Soon, Susie discovers there might be more than two men fighting over her. As Blood and Simon confront each other, Susie sees the spirit world filter into her world and crack the reality she knows. And when she looks through the shards of the illusion she’s been living, Susie realises making a choice between the two will be more difficult than she has ever imagined.

 

Give in to the Feeling

MEET THE CHARACTERS

SUSIE - Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama - When Susie came to Chicago, she never expected to find luxury, a jazzy night life, and a freedom women never dreamed of at home in China. All Simon asks in return is her loyalty. Not a big price. But when Susie meets Blood in Simon’s speakeasy, she sees a new image of herself reflected in him, in the interest and respect he shows for her. She starts to realise then that the price Simon’s asking might cost her more than just her freedom.

Susie

When Susie came to Chicago, she never expected to find luxury, a jazzy night life, and a freedom women never dreamed of at home in China. All Simon asks in return is her loyalty. Not a big price.
But when Susie meets Blood in Simon’s speakeasy, she sees a new image of herself reflected in him, in the interest and respect he shows to her. She starts to realise then that the price Simon’s asking might cost her more than just her freedom.

(featuring: Anna May Wong)

SIMON -Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama - America has been good to Simon. He’s got money, power over people and the freedom to do whatever he wants with them. True, there is a dark price to pay, but Simon is a businessman. He knows the value of what he owns and he balances the risks for every enterprise. He doesn’t like unpredictability. He doesn’t like Blood.

Simon

America has been good to Simon. He’s got money, power over people and the freedom to do whatever he wants with them. True, there is a dark price to pay, but Simon is a businessman. He knows the value of what he owns and he balances the risks for every enterprise.
He doesn’t like unpredictability. He doesn’t like Blood.

(featuring: Chen Kun)

BLOOD - Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama - When Blood walks into Simon’s speakeasy fallowing a call for help rippling through the world beyond the veil, he has no reason to think this time will be any different from all others. He has answered many a call for help in the past. How did he move from wanting to help Susie to wanting to see her happy? He doesn’t know. But he won’t go back.

Blood

When Blood walks into Simon’s speakeasy fallowing a call for help rippling through the world beyond the veil, he has no reason to think this time will be any different from all others. He has answered many a call for help in the past.
How did he move from wanting to help Susie to wanting to see her happy? He doesn’t know. But he won’t go back.

(featuring: Michael Jackson)

MICHAEL - Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama - Michael sees the darkness lurking in the speakeasy as clearly as Blood does. But Blood only cares about Susie, so someone has to keep their eyes peeled and be prepared to anything.

Michael

Michael sees the darkness lurking in the speakeasy as clearly as Blood does. But Blood only cares about Susie, so someone has to keep their eyes peeled and be prepared to anything.

(featuring: Rick Mora)

A Story About

Soul Serching

Susie’s hands tightened their hold on Blood’s. What kind of woman was she? She owed everything to Simon. What would have become of her if he hadn’t taken her on? He had given her everything. He had been her protector and her lover and her mentor. The least she could do was be loyal, as he had asked her.
She opened her eyes and met Blood’s.
He was a completely new world. She had never even imagined she might want something different from what Simon offered her. Something of her choosing.

Mystery

Well, that depended of course. On whether Susie was aware of it and whether she was willing to give it. She was probably right about Simon, he would never hurt her for fear she might refuse him. Because that was the one big risk for him, and Simon knew it.
Michael leaned on the table. He expected to smell rotten tissue, but it had gone beyond that. What he smelled was a waft of mildew.

Love

But she wanted to do it. She had spoken the truth to Michael. She did want to do it, even when her skin longed for Blood's embrace, for his warmth, for the safety of his arms. Even if a deep part of her desperately wanted to dream up a place where they could be together. She closed her eyes to push back the stinging.
If she only had one chance to do something for Blood, let this be it.
There was no way out for her. But she could offer one to Blood.

What Readers Think

Nicholas C. Rossis 2As Sarah had described it as romance, I was worried Give in to the Feeling might not fit into the rest of the blog, so I asked her for an ARC, which she kindly provided.
I received it around 10 pm. My intention was to flick through it to make sure it was appropriate to my blog, then head to bed – which I estimated I’d do some 10 minutes later. Instead, I was sucked into the world of Susie and the 20s Chicago.
What started out as a love triangle between Susie, a Chinese dancer at a speakeasy; Simon, the owner of the joint; and a haunting stranger called Blood, soon took a sinister, paranormal turn. And I kept turning the pages, not turning in until after midnight…

Nicholas C. Rossis
Nicholas C. Rossis Blog

 

 

Sara Letourneau 2

 

I tend to skip paranormal romance, but Give In To The Feeling was a spellbinding exception. The presence of spirits and demons instead of other, overused species gives the story an ethereal, horror-tinged tone. Combined with the fun and seductive “Roaring Twenties” setting, this unique fantasy engages the senses and cues the jazz band in your head.

Sara Letourneau
Sara Letourneau’s Official Website & Blog

 

 

Celine JeanJean 1

 

Give Into the Feeling is an unusual mix of romance, supernatural, and the Roaring Twenties. I loved how different this book was from what I’ve read of late. Set in a speakeasy (a fabulous setting if ever there was one), featuring both American Indian and Chinese characters, as well as a supernatural element, it makes for a really interesting, and different read.

Celine JeanJean
Celine JeanJean Official Website

 

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Sarah Zama

Storytellers are magic wielders, that’s why I always wanted to be one.

When I was a kid, then a teenager writing my first stories, I thought the magic was in the creation. Thinking up plots and characters, pouring out everything I had inside.
Then as a young woman, I realise the magic was in the communication. It isn’t about me, it’s about us. A story exists not when it’s written down or recounted, but when it’s read or listened to.
Today, I think the magic is in sharing. Every story is a conversation. It is started by the storyteller, but it is concluded by the reader. Storytellers’ true magic isn’t giving answers, but coming up with the right questions to let a conversation being born.

The best storytellers are keepers of the past and seers of the future. They are gatherers of experiences and weavers of spells of emotions. Storytellers don’t really possess any special magic. The magic of storytelling exists in every one of us, and when a storyteller tells a story, that story resonates with the listener/reader’s own magic. That’s why we like stories, why we have the instinct to consume stories.
When a storyteller tells a story, that’s just the start of a conversation that could bring both storyteller and listener/reader anywhere. As long as the story lasts, both storyteller and reader live the same magic.

Let me share a little magic with you.

 

“Magic is easy, when it comes from the heart”
Michael Jackson

 

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