The Endangered Series 1-3 by S.L. Eaves-Reviews and Guest Post

The Endangered Series 1-3 by S.L. Eaves-Reviews and Guest Post

The Endangered Series

Prey Til the EndPREY TILL THE END
Endangered #3
by S.L. Eaves
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Genre: adult, paranormal, vampires, werewolves

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The 3rd installment brings the The Endangered Series to a gripping conclusion that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the last page.

Seven years have passed since Lori exiled herself from her clan. Seven years without bloodshed, without demons, without torture, without premonitions. Seven years of peace and quiet in the civilian life she’s cultivated for herself.
Seven boring years.

Then Vega appears at her doorstep with alarming news: a former member of his clan is responsible for the recent string of homicides across the southwest and the Purebloods are holding her clan responsible. To make matters worse, this traitor is working with an enemy from Lori’s past who is hell bent on revenge.

Now she’s faced with returning to the world she’s tried so hard to escape in order to save the only family she has left. Lori finds unlikely allies in a slayer and a werewolf hybrid, both survivors of S&D Pharma’s experiments. Together they fight to stop the vampire’s killing spree and absolve her clan from the Pureblood’s wrath. That’s if a ghost from her past doesn’t succeed in stopping her first.

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REVIEW: Wow !!!! What a great ending to a fantastic trilogy.

Seven years have passed since book 1 & 2 (which I really think you’ll need to read before the last book) seven long boring years, she hasn’t seen or heard from her clan since her self exile. The war seems to be over, casualties on both sides, and the humans are safe (for now)

But they need her help, a member of her old clan has been murdering humans, and her clan is being held to account.

But is it all as it seems ? Are there more questions than answers? And why do her clan want her help now ? And why her ?

The story moves along at the same fast pace as the last two books.

Lori seems a lot more confident now, but still has moments of doubt and self
loathing (things she did in the other two books) . Again the secondary characters are all well written, loved the interaction with the
hybrid werewolf, slayer and Lori. And the face from the past ?!?! Wasn’t expecting that one !! 😮

This book was full of many twists and turns that will keep you guessing as to what
will happen next. It wasn’t too hard to sit and read in one afternoon.

It was a shame to say goodbye to Lori and the world SL Eaves created. Could have happily read another book (or three) 😉

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Reviewed by Julie B

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The EndangeredTHE ENDANGERED
The Endangered #1
by S.L. Eaves
Release Date: September 4 2014
Genre: adult, paranormal, vampires, werewolves

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Book One of The Endangered Series introduces Lori, a newly turned vampire who’s been pulled into the middle of a war against werewolves who are infecting humans and threatening to take out the last of their kind in the process.

S&D Pharmaceuticals is developing a new vaccine with sinister side effects. A viral outbreak has the humans begging for a cure and Striden, the CEO of S&D, offers a remedy that promises to cure the virus, but is engineered to turn its unsuspecting patients into werewolves.

The werewolves are opposed by an allegiance of vampires who, while initially out for revenge, stumble onto the wolves’ plans for mass infestation. Among the vampires is an ambitious rebel named Catch and his newly turned protégé, Lori. Catch brings this treacherous world to Lori’s doorstep and turns both their worlds upside-down in the process. Secrets are exposed, allegiances are formed, and blood is spilled as they do everything in their power to preserve both their own kind and their food supply.

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REVIEW: This book is an extremely interesting and imaginative book. Totally different to anything I’ve read before. I liked the style of the book and it grabbed me from the very beginning, and right up till the end. It’s an extremely fast paced book with full of adventure. The characters were very well written and they held your attention from the start. This was the first time I have read any of the authors work and I really enjoyed it. The story flowed very well and I didn’t want it to end. There were many twists and turns.

So ….. vampires and werewolves are at war with each other, (humans aren’t aware of them as of yet) and werewolves are plotting for domination, the vampires plan to stop them.
If they don’t, then their meals (the humans) will disappear, and that’s the end of the vampire race.

Humans are being turned into werewolves, (a virus is spreading through the human population) and beg a huge pharmaceutical company to cure them, but the cure doesn’t work.

Lori use to be a human, but was “turned” by Catch. Lori is reluctantly “recruited” to the vampire cause. If she doesn’t help, she won’t last long without blood, and nor will her new family.
Catch is an unusual character (he’s never turned anyone, so it was nice to see how he grew as he taught Lori) Her vampire “family” are a great addition to the story, and you can’t help but hope they win against their enemies the werewolves.

The author had such a way with words, you could see yourself in The Covenant, or the many sword fights (I had myself ducking a few times😉) the world of vampires and werewolves according to author was a very fascinating world.

If you have a thing for vampires, or if you love a good action book. Then “The Endangered” is for you.

And I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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Reviewed by Julie B

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Dead and DamagedDEAD AND DAMAGED
The Endangered #2
by S.L. Eaves
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Genre: adult, paranormal, vampires, werewolves

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Book Two of The Endangered Series picks up with Lori attempting to track down the
source of stealth technology rogue vampires are using to hunt humans. Her pursuit
leads her into the arms of a government agency with similar objectives. A temporary
alliance is formed in an effort to stop the corporation responsible for putting the
technology in malignant hands. Their mission goes awry, however, and leaves Lori
with more enemies than friends.

Her situation worsens when Marcus learns that the corporation has also been working
with vampires to develop daylight suits and synthetic blood. He convinces his clan
that this organization and its infinite resources will be a valuable asset in the
evolution of their kind. They begin questioning Lori’s motives and Marcus takes the
opportunity to capitalize on their distrust. Consequently, Lori soon finds herself
on the run from her former clan and turns to Vega for help exposing the truth behind
Marcus and his new deceitful allies.

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REVIEW: Oh My God !!!! I didn’t think the second book could get any better than the first
one ….. boy was I wrong. A few twists and turns and I’m on the edge of my seat.

In this second installment of The Endangered trilogy, we find Lori struggling to
find her place in the vampire world. (She was a human until turned by a vampire
called Catch)

Lori decides to side the with humans in a government agency, they want to help
destroy the werewolf plan of domination, (they designed a virus to turn humans into
werewolves) but this doesn’t help Lori, in fact, she becomes suspect in the vampire
world. (Lies and mistrust doesn’t help Lori’s cause) and then has to outrun both her
old vampire family and the werewolves.

Lori has grown since the last book, and her finding her vampire feet, has made for
great reading….. from taking bullets (which don’t kill vampires) to falling six
stories from a building (she lands on all fours like a cat). She still has her
doubts and would swap being a vampire to a human in a heartbeat, but she knows there
is no going back, so will do her best to rid the world of werewolves.

The cast of secondary characters are just as strong as the first book. And the
antagonist exchanges between Lori and Brixton. And the loyal friendship of Quinn
make great reading.

I would recommend you read “The Endangered” first, which will make “Dead and
Damaged” more sense.

I will be eagerly awaiting the next and last instalment.

Reviewed by Julie

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How The Endangered Became a Series by S.L. Eaves

When it was released, The Endangered was never intended to be more than a standalone novel. I’d signed a book deal with a now defunct scifi & fantasy house, Zharmae Publishing Press, and the book sold well for them (though clearly not well enough) and sat in the publisher’s top five the year it was released. On the heels of its modest success, they reached out to me with a series contract. This was met with panicked resistance from me initially. I work full-time and the first book came together after years of work and a very daunting editing process. To say I was less than receptive to the idea of going through the process again is an understatement. A series is a big commitment. But after some discussion with the staff at Zharmae and some coaxing by my editor to flush out the short story I’d tacked onto the first book as the epilogue, the beginnings of a concept for the sequel began to form. They were also very supportive in my desire to write a more grounded, spy-centric story.

For the second book in the series, Dead and Damaged, I focused on two major plot pieces from The Endangered: the death of a major character that would have a ripple effect across the remaining characters, impacting all their relationships, and a secret that would serve as a catalyst for Book Two’s main story. With these two notions in mind, I took the epilogue from the first book as a baseline and set out to writing. Roughly three months later I had the first draft of the sequel hammered out.

Once the ball got rolling, Dead and Damaged poured out much faster than I’d expected. The characters backstories and relationships were solidified in The Endangered. The world was built. Book Two was a breeze by comparison. I also opted to go with a primarily linear narrative based on one central storyline and told almost entirely from the main character’s point of view. Which helped improve the flow and pacing.

It was also a conscious effort on my part to correct certain “flaws” of the first book, which jumped around as a result of its origin – short stories strung together over several years didn’t flow as smoothly as I’d have preferred. When you have to force the puzzle pieces to fit the result is a weaker, unnatural structure.

Another important factor is it more accurately represented what I wanted to write about at the time – less Blade/Underworld and more Mission Impossible/Metal Gear Solid. Personally, I feel that you can tell when the author is having fun writing versus when they’re just trying to get it off their plate. While I enjoyed writing the stories and characters that would eventually form The Endangered, piecing together the book with a team of editors felt like a second job. But I learned a lot from that process and was better prepared to navigate those waters with the follow-up efforts.

I started working on Book Three, Prey till the End, during the writing and editing process for Dead and Damaged. Having the ability to anticipate future entries in the series gave me more flexibility with the story arcs and I feel both books benefitted. What I hadn’t anticipated was the publishing house shifting from pressuring me to crank out more entries in the series as quickly as possible to suddenly going dark. At one point I didn’t even think Dead and Damaged would be published. From a writing perspective, the train was on the tracks and I was plowing forward, with or without a publisher. Eventually Book Two did get released. And by this point I was roughly halfway through the manuscript for Book Three. Then a few months later the publishing house closed. I debated shopping the series around, but going through the whole process of re-releasing the first two books in the series (and changing it into what the new publisher envisioned – because that comes with the territory when they own the rights) was less than appealing. Instead I opted to complete Book Three and independently publish the series.

This also impacted Book Three’s story because I decided that I did not wish to continue the series independently. For better or for worse, Prey till the End, the third installment in The Endangered Series is my most ambitious piece of writing to date. With it, I had two main stories I wanted to tell. The challenge was intertwining and eventually concluding them. My other objectives with Prey till the End were to address the aftermath from the events of previous books as well as tie up loose ends. Part of this involved utilizing the characters established in previous books; taking their stories further, giving them new challenges and new environments to play in, while also added a couple new characters to the mix to keep things fresh.

I loved telling this story. Loved. But I struggled mightily to make it work. It’s fair to say only twenty-thirty percent of what I wrote made it into the final manuscript. Tons got cut. Mainly as a result of the story’s evolution during the writing process. The story I initially envisioned didn’t quite work on paper. For example, I had one chapter outlined and storyboarded out, then two or three paragraphs in I realized it wouldn’t work. As mentioned earlier, I’d learned with the first book not to force in the puzzle pieces. The result was much smoother and plausible than my initial idea.

One challenge when you’re three books into a series is keeping it interesting and unpredictable. For instance, I initially intended to rekindle a relationship from Dead and Damaged, but found it had run its course and became bland, so I went a different direction to keep the characters compelling. I took the same approach with the main character’s interaction with a major character from Book One. The two characters rarely shared the same space “on screen” in The Endangered (and when they did they were fighting) so I wanted to give them more dialogue together and let the story develop naturally based on their interactions. Decisions like that helped drive the narrative to new directions.

Ultimately, the biggest hurdle was the conclusion. With the last book in a series you feel the weight of the whole series; you want to give the characters a satisfactory send off, to solve open mysteries, to tie up loose ends, and manage relationships/arcs while staying true to the characters and their journeys. All without repeating events or exposition from previous books or seeming cliché, contrived or tedious. I really felt that burden with Prey till the End. Tying all the books together to create a cohesive series turned out to be less challenging than wrapping everything up. But I tried to trust in the characters to lead me to where they needed to go. I was along for the ride during much of the writing process. And hopefully readers will join me in this journey and enjoy reading this series as much as I enjoyed writing it.

about the author

SL EavesFollow: Goodreads /Website / Twitter / Facebook

S. L. Eaves is a Philadelphia area native who received undergraduate degrees in film and writing from University of Pittsburgh. She returned to Philadelphia to earn her MBA in marketing from Drexel University while freelancing as a writer and brand consultant. She penned the first two books of The Endangered Series for Zharmae Publishing and went on to complete the series independently after the publishing house closed. Presently, she works in marketing and escapes into the world of fiction every chance she gets.

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Black (All the King’s Men #8) by Donya Lynne-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway Tour

BLACK (All the King’s Men #8) by Donya Lynne-review, excerpt and giveaway  tour

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BLACK
All The King’s Men #8
by Donya Lynne
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, paranormal, romance

Black

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 12, 2017

Micah Black thought he was the last of his bloodline. He was wrong. Dead wrong.
Micah just found out he has a brother. Ronan, the cat burglar who broke into his apartment and stole the ankh he’d been entrusted to protect, has turned out to be none other than his own flesh and blood. But that’s not the only revelation he uncovers about his family. After centuries of thinking his father was killed during the war, he learns that his father is alive. Still suffering the loss of Micah’s mother, his beloved mate, but alive.

The discoveries continue to pile up as more tightly held secrets and shocking surprises come to light, upending Micah’s world, sending him into a whirlwind of emotions and memories of war, love, and death. But it’s what King Bain reveals that throws Micah for the biggest loop. One that will chart a new path for Micah’s future and change the course of the coming war between the vampires and the drecks forever.

In the much-anticipated eighth book of the emotionally-wrenching, heart-stopping All the King’s Men Series, you see Micah as you’ve never seen him before. You will meet new characters pivotal to the survival–and hearts–of the characters you’ve come to love. Aliases will be revealed, alliances will be formed, and new enemies exposed as paranormal forces converge in a battle to decide who will ultimately rule humanity.

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REVIEW: BLACK is the eighth installment in Donya Lynne’s contemporary, adult ALL THE KING’S MEN paranormal, romance series focusing on a group of vampire warriors, who work for AKM -a group of elite vampire warriors and mutant vampires brought together to save the humans and rid the world of the drecks- hybrid vampire shape shifters. This is Micah Black and the Black family’s continuing story, a story that changes the series arc shifting the focus on a new threat to the world of the vampire.

SOME BACKGROUND: The destructive and addictive nature of the vampire designer drug ‘cobalt’ has brought the drecks to the AKM’s front door. Each overdose pushes another vampire closer to the edge, and pulls the AKM vampire warriors further into a war that could potentially destroy everything and everyone they love.

Told from several third person points of view including Micah Black BLACK follows the latest in a series of revelations including the discovery that Micah’s father, Drake Black, a man Micah thought dead for close to a thousand years, was alive, and with it comes the introduction of a half-brother he never knew existed. As the war between the drecks and the vampires escalates with each cobalt overdose and vampire death, Ronan Black-Micah’s brother-goes rogue fighting a battle he has no hope of winning. A new species of werewolf will push one-time enemies together, and Micah’s true heritage will come full circle with King Bain’s latest revelations, offering Micah a new direction in his professional and personal life.

BLACK is a story line of family; of the fractured family dynamics between father and sons; the heartbreaking losses, and the potential ramifications of too many secrets and lies. With the introduction of the werewolves and lycans, Donya Lynne takes the AKM series in a new direction, with a more potent and serious threat to her beloved vampires. Ronan’s mate is but a dream away; and a lycan tracker discovers the who and what he has been looking (for). The premise is engaging, entertaining and revealing; the characters are spirited, edgy and energetic; the romance between Samantha and Micah is provocative and intense. BLACK introduces the reader to a newly, determined King , and with it the formation of a more aggressive team desperate not to go to war.

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Reading Order and previous reviews
Rise of the Fallen is FREE at Amazon
Heart of the Warrior
Micah’s Calling
Rebel Obsession
Return of the Assassin
All the King’s Men-The Beginning
Bound Guardian Angel
Black

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Reviewed by Sandy

Excerpt beige

Approximately 950 years ago

A steel-tipped arrow whizzed past Micah’s head as he and Malek battled their way through the rush of drecks pouring through the village from all directions. Metal on metal rang out as the village’s males took up their swords and engaged the enemy. It was their duty to defend the females and humans against this unprovoked, peacetime raid.
Who was Micah kidding? They weren’t in peacetime, anymore. This attack was enough proof that the drecks had risen up against them once more like some kind of fungus rot on their cultivated fields. No matter how many diseased plants you pulled, the shit just kept coming back.
Would the godforsaken war ever end? It had raged off and on for centuries before Micah’s birth, and, at this rate, would continue for centuries to come, even under the guise of peace.
Micah whistled to get Malek’s attention. When his friend and fellow warrior turned, Micah pointed to the top of a nearby ridge.
“High ground!” He had to shout over the roar of infernos consuming nearly half the cottages in the village, casting blazing heat that scorched his skin and singed his long, braided hair, coating him with soot and ash.
Malek nodded, pulled the strength from only God knew where, and hoofed it up the steep incline behind Micah.
Micah’s lungs pumped hard as his legs churned, propelling him higher as the burn and fatigue in his muscles grew so great that his thighs almost locked up in protest. But somehow, he pushed through the pain. The safety of his family depended on him. Katarina had fled to the forest at the first sign of attack, and thank God for that, but he refused to leave even one dreck standing who could pursue her and the other vampires and humans who had escaped.
But he didn’t know where his parents were. Surely, his father was engaged with the enemy, but he had yet to sense that his mother had found safety. On the contrary, what he felt vibrating in his soul was impending doom.
Another arrow flew past him, this one close enough to catch the side of his arm, nicking his flesh. Blood already spilled from multiple wounds all over his body, so this one merely added to the collection. None of his injuries were life threatening, but eventually, the loss of blood would weaken him. There was no time to spare.
He and Malek reached the top of the ridge and Micah turned, pulling an arrow from his fully stocked quiver as he brought his bow up in front of him. Malek did the same.
From here, the damage to their village robbed him of breath. It was a total loss. More than half the structures were consumed by flames or already falling into piles of smoldering rubble.
Beyond the steel tip of his arrow, Micah saw a dreck toss a torch on one of the remaining cottages. Calming his breath, he lined up the blue-tinted creature in his sights, held for a moment, and then released the arrow.
It impaled the dreck square between the eyes.
Malek took out another.
One by one, he and Malek sniped the enemy from their advantageous location, killing the drecks gradually but steadily as they worked their way along the ridge that surrounded the village, moving toward his parents’ cottage on the far end.
Behind him, he could feel the first sign of sunrise spreading light across the horizon. They needed to hurry so the vampires had enough time to seek shelter in the forest beyond the fields or in any of the remaining dwellings not taken by fire.
As Micah’s quiver neared empty, he caught sight of his uncle Rory, engaged with three drecks. Rory was a deadly male, fighting like a banshee unleashed by the devil himself. His skin and clothing were red with spilled blood, streaked with fresh, blue blood of the drecks, which quickly faded to red. No doubt Rory had killed half the invaders himself.
“I’m empty,” Malek said beside him.
Micah handed him one of his last two arrows. “Me, too.”
The good news was that the number of the fallen enemy was greater than that of the villagers. Drecks were no match for vampires, and their dead and dying bodies littered the cobbled paths and open spaces of their village, their blue blood running in rivers into the grass, where it pooled and gradually turned from blue to purple to red.
Just as he nocked his last arrow, Micah turned in the direction of his parents’ cottage. With the faint light of the pending sunrise granting him greater breadth of vision, he found his childhood home. His father was nowhere to be seen, but his mother stood in front of the open door, a sword in her hand, facing off against a pair of drecks.
Micah’s heart raced as a premonition of dread shocked his mind’s eye.
His mother was not a fighter. Not at the level needed for this kind of combat. Not against a trained enemy, and especially not against two of them.
As one attacked, she lifted the sword, blocking the dreck’s blade. But she wasn’t fast enough to counter the second dreck as he lunged forward, holding a pair of short swords, and sliced into her abdomen.
“NOOOOOO!” Ignoring the fatigue in his muscles, Micah took off at a sprint, traveling the top of the ridge like a streak of lightning.
“Micah!” Malek called as he gave chase.
His mother staggered backward, toward the open doorway as if she were trying to block the way inside, blindly swinging the sword at her attackers, unwilling to surrender even as her knees wobbled.
“No! Mother!”
Like a true warrior, she refused to give an inch, despite her rapidly weakening state. Mustering what must have been the last of her strength, she surged with determination, parrying her foe and driving her sword into his belly.
The next seconds flashed by in an instant, even though Micah saw the events unfold as if through a thick, slow-moving fog. The dreck she impaled fell, his body spasming in the throes of death. The second dreck moved in, blades flashing. His mother was left unprotected, alone, and without a weapon. Micah stopped and raised his bow, determined to save her.
Just as he released his arrow, the glint of cold steel dripping with vampire blood rose over her. Would the arrow find home before the dreck’s blade did? The firelight reflected off the sword’s edge as it fell in a swift descent.
Micah held his breath, his heart and soul flying alongside the arrow blazing a trail in the distance between them.
The sword sliced into his mother a split second sooner than his arrow lodged into the center of the dreck’s back.
“NO!” Micah burst into a run, barreling down the steep decline of the ridge, falling, tumbling, then regaining his footing as he reached the base.
With Malek hot on his heels, he vaulted the simple wooden fence and charged into the small square of land surrounding his parents’ cottage, leaped onto the dreck, who was still alive, and drove his dagger into the beast’s heart, releasing a savage war cry.
And he kept stabbing, long after the dreck was dead, turning the foul creature into nothing but tenderized meat.
“Micah, stop!” Malek remained a safe distance from his swinging dagger, but Micah could feel his desperation.
He couldn’t stop. He had to keep stabbing. Had to keep destroying that which had taken what he loved. His anger—his fury—required vengeance.
Malek pushed dangerously close, dodging Micah’s dagger as it plunged through the air and into the dreck’s chest, and grabbed him by the collar as he raised the blade again. “Micah! Your mother! She needs you!”
They were the only words that could have gotten through to him.
The bloody dagger in his hand halted in midair then dropped to his side as he swung his rage-hazed gaze around to where his mother lay in the flattened grass.
“Is she alive?” He abandoned the gore he’d created and lurched toward her.
“Barely.” Malek’s dismal tone said all Micah needed to know about his mother’s fate, and he froze, meeting his best friend’s eyes with a sense of foreboding. “She doesn’t have much longer, Micah.” Malek bobbed his head in her direction. “She asked for you.”
The breath caught in Micah’s raw throat, scorched by hot smoke and strained from shouting. Then he sprung to life and scurried to his mother’s side, falling to his knees. He took her hand. It already felt too cold. Too small. Too . . . lifeless.
“Mother . . .?”
Her eyes blinked open as if just that simple act took too much effort. “Mi . . . cah.”
Tears blurred his vision, but he forced down the sob that threatened to break through his throat. “I’m here. You’re going to be okay.” He squeezed her hand and brushed the bloody hair off her face.
She weakly shook her head as the corners of her lips turned up knowingly. She knew she was dying. This was her end, and nothing could stop it. Then she shifted her gaze to the open door of the cottage. “Your father . . . needs you . . .” Her breath rattled in her lungs like shackles being tugged by the Grim Reaper. “In . . . side.” She tried to lift her arm but couldn’t, instead pointing in the general direction of the doorway.
Micah glanced toward the cottage.
And that’s when he saw it.
His father’s booted foot lay on the floor, in the shadows, unmoving, just beyond the door.
“Go . . . to . . . him . . .” His mother’s voice was quickly fading, no louder than a whisper now. “Needs to . . . give . . . you . . .” Her hold on his hand weakened. Her body relaxed. Everything in her went slack.
“Mother . . .?” Micah turned back toward her, only to find the light that had been in her eyes moments ago was now gone. She was gone. Her soul claimed and taken to the other side. “Mom?” He shook her. But it was useless. She was dead.
Tears trailed down his cheeks as he bowed his head. “I will kill every last one of them, Mother,” he vowed on a whisper. “I promise not a single dreck will remain when I am finished avenging you.” He bent forward, placed his palm over her silent, unbeating heart, and kissed her dirty, abraded forehead. “I promise.”
There was no time for more. The remaining drecks were quickly closing in, and he had to save his father.
Pulling the strength from deep within, he leaped to his feet and rushed into the cottage. His father lay on his stomach in a pool of blood, his hand outstretched toward the large wooden chest against the wall. Its lid was open, the contents scattered as if his father had been searching through them before he fell.
There was so much blood. Too much.
“Father?” Micah crouched and rolled over the heroic male he had always admired and looked up to. No less than a dozen wounds seeped his life-giving blood.
“Son . . .” His father’s voice rasped from him as if from a ghost.
“Father . . . I’m getting you out of here.” He began to lift him, but his father protested.
“No . . . no time . . . I’m not . . . going to make it.” His skin was already so pale it was a wonder he had any blood left to sustain him. “Save yourself. Save your mother.”
Micah didn’t have the heart to tell him she was already gone. Hot tears stung his eyes once more. “I will.”
“Take . . . the chest”—his father let out an ugly cough that speckled his lips with blood—“with you.” He turned his head toward the large wooden structure only a few feet away.
There was no way he could take that with him.
“It’s too heavy.”
His father shook his head. “No. Inside. The chest . . . smaller one. The box . . .” He coughed again, and it sounded like his lungs were filling with what little blood he had left. “Take it. Protect it. The ankh . . . inside . . . keep it safe.”
Micah looked inside the large chest, and, there, to the side, was a smaller one. No wider than the length of his hand and as deep as three of the leather-bound books Kat enjoyed reading. It was ornately carved and secured by a disproportionately heavy lock. He lifted the chest and secured it under his arm as he returned to his father.
“I have it.”
“Take it . . . go . . .” His father held out a key fastened to a knotted length of leather. “Hurry . . .” His father’s midnight blue eyes glanced through the open door toward the east. “The sun . . . almost . . . here . . .” He winced and groaned then fell silent as his body went lax.
“Father?” Micah knelt closer. “Father?”
“Micah!” Malek’s frantic voice shot through the doorway. “Hurry!”
There was no time. The drecks were coming, and the sun was close behind. He had to leave.
He plucked the key from his father’s loose grip and tucked it into the pocket of his cloak, stashed the small chest in his father’s pack, which he slung over his shoulder, and then crossed his forearm over his chest as he faced his father’s lifeless form. “I will avenge you, Father.” He glanced out the door at his mother. “I will avenge you both.”
With one last sorrowful glance toward his father, he breathed in the last inhale of air he would ever take inside the home he grew up in. Never again would he set eyes on the male who had taught him how to hunt, how to track prey, how to kill, how to be a good mate, and how to lead an army. A male more powerful than a tidal wave, stronger than a gale-force wind, and more respected even than the king. A male who had been, was, and would always be his hero.
His father was dead.
Or so he thought.

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donya lynneDonya Lynne is the bestselling author of the award-winning All the King’s Men Series and a member of Romance Writers of America. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age that she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, she’d been dubbed Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she made that dream come true by publishing her first two novels and a novella. Her work has earned her two IPPYs (one gold, one silver) and two ELit Awards (one gold, one silver) as well as numerous accolades. When she’s not writing, she can be found cheering on the Indianapolis Colts or doing her cats’ bidding.

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The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward – Review & Giveaway

The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward – Review & Giveaway

 

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When King Werewolf shows up in veterinarian Vee Scarpa’s ER, she’s livid.

Her father, North American head honcho vampire, has threatened a chilling or else if she “accidentally” helped a wolf again, especially since they’re at war. But she’s tempted by the sexy wolf. And his deadly blood calls to her in a way that should set off warning bells…

A promise to his brother in arms obliges Lexan Dimitrov to rescue the aristocrat vampire before her family discovers her secret—a secret Vee herself isn’t even aware of. What he didn’t expect was to find her sexy-as-hell. He’s not into vamps, yet the inescapable heat building between them is a delicious temptation guaranteed to end in total disaster.

 

 

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The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward is the 1st book in her new paranormal series.  The Way You Bite is a fantastic start, and I can’t wait to find out what Zoe Forward has in store for us in this series. 

Vee Scarpa, our heroine, is a veterinarian and a vampire.  Vee is independent and even though her father is a master vampire, she is determined to live how she wants.  When at her emergency clinic, a man brings in a wolf, which is really a werewolf, Vee is not happy.  Since there are bad feelings between the vampires and werewolves, she does not want to be in the middle.  She does not like the werewolves, since one killed her mother.   But since the wolf is injured, the doctor in her treats him. What she discovers is that the injured wolf is Lexan, our hero and the King of the werewolves.

When Vee gives in to help him, Lexan feels an immediate attraction to her. Lexan knows the truth about Vee, which would change her life forever.  However, he does know that she may not take well to the news he eventually will have to tell her. 

Vee leaves to attend a family wedding, and to her disgust her father is forcing her to marry her arranged fiancée, a wealthy Euro vampire.    When she finds a way to escape, she finds herself saved by Lexan and his men; and in a short time Vee will also find herself attracted to the gorgeous and sexy Lexan.  What follows is an exciting, fun storyline that will bring both sides to war, with Vee the prize. Lexan and Vee’s romance will heat up, with him determined to win her, and she knowing she is falling for him, but knowing there can be no future.  At least not until she learns that she is a mix of vampire and wolf; making her a rare commodity.  Lexan knows that she will have her first shift soon, and tries to stay with her at all times to help her through it. 

The Way You Bite was a very good story, with two warring species, and a couple that are meant for each other.  Lexan and Vee were simply a great couple, and sizzling hot.  I loved how Vee did her first shift, and was able to quickly accept this and use her new powers to help save them all; including revenge against those who truly killed her mother. 

The Way You Bite was a fun, exciting & captivating story, with a wonderful couple, great secondary characters, and nonstop action throughout.   I hope Zoe Forward will give us more of Lexan and Vee, as well as more from those sexy werewolves. 

Reviewed by Barb

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Zoe Forward

Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. When she’s not typing at her laptop, she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s a small animal veterinarian caring for a wide range of furry creatures, although there has been the occasional hermit crab.
She’s madly in love with her globe trotting conservation ecologist husband who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, and happiest when he returns to their home base.

 

 

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Enemy Mine (Vampire & Werewolf Romance) by Katie Reus-a review

ENEMY MINE (Vampire and Werewolf Romance) by Katie Reus-a review

Enemy Mine

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Their families are sworn enemies…

When Kiernan and Melina spent one passionate night together a year ago, they never thought that it would change their lives forever. While the attraction was undeniable, wolf shifter Melina Rodriguez knows it takes more than passion to combat a century of family animosity—even if she can’t manage to get dark, handsome Kiernan out of her head.

But he won’t let her go.

After a year of relentlessly pursuing the one woman he shouldn’t want, vampire Kiernan has finally convinced sweet, passionate Melina to give him one more chance. When their hot Miami night of flirtation is violently interrupted, he has to convince her to put her life in his hands. With an unknown enemy targeting her and their own families against their union, he knows he’ll have to show her that he’ll do anything to keep her safe. And he doesn’t care who gets in his way.

Length: NOVELLA

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REVIEW: ENEMY MINE is the latest re-release of a previously published novella by Katie Reus that focuses on two hundred year old vampire Kiernan Doyle, and wolf shifter/ Veterinarian Melina Rodriguez. Their second chance romance follows a Romeo and Juliet tale of warring families and bitter regret.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Melina and Kiernan) ENEMY MINE follows the rekindling relationship between Melina and Kiernan, and the subsequent attacks against Melina by an unknown shifter pack. Kiernan and Melina spent one hot and steamy night together, one year earlier, and neither has forgotten about that fateful night. Fast forward to present day wherein Kiernan wants to claim Melina as his mate, but must first get past her family, both family’s betrayals, and the truth about what happened years before. But before Kiernan is able to claim Melina as his own, he and his brother Ronan must uncover the identity of the shifters behind a plot to kidnap and use Melina for themselves.

The relationship between Melina and Kiernan is one of second chances, immediate attraction and forbidden romance. Melina is a veterinarian with a special ability that she keeps secreted from others; Kiernan is a vampire who is able to control one of the deadly elements-together their families are sworn enemies but it will take the love between Melina and Kiernan to show that acceptance and forgiveness for the sins of the past, can be easily overcome. The limited $ex scenes are intimate and intense.

ENEMY MINE is a fast paced, sexy and enjoyable read that looks at two supernatural beings who are able to overcome the bitter heartbreak, and dark secrets of the past; two families at war with one another for close to one hundred years but brought together by the youngest generation for reasons of love and moving forward. The premise is entertaining and engaging; the characters are loveable, heartbreaking and passionate; the romance is quick build to a happily ever after. Katie Reus continues to draw me into her world of fantasy and the supernatural.

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And Jericho Burned by MJ Compton- Review, Interview and Giveaway

And Jericho Burned by M.J. Compton-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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And Jericho Burned
Toke Lobo and the Pack #2
by M.J.Compton
Genre: adult, paranormal romance, shifters
Release Date: February 11, 2015

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Lucy Callahan will do anything to save her sister, even if that means marrying a stranger. Even if that stranger is an undercover government agent out to destroy the cult holding her sister hostage. Even if that stranger is a . . . werewolf.

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REVIEW: AND JERICHO BURNED is the second installment in MJ Compton’s adult, contemporary Toke Lobo and The Pack paranormal romance series focusing on the Loup Garou wolf pack. This is caterer and human female Lucy Callahan and beta wolf shifter Stoke Smith’s storyline. Although AND JERICHO BURNED is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

The premise focuses on Lucy’s need to rescue her pregnant sister from the New Sinai cult. Randy Butler, New Sinai’s self proclaimed leader has taken Michelle Callahan as his wife and is determined to add to his harem of women in the same manner as the biblical Joshua. When Lucy attempts to escape Randy’s guards while at a local concert, she will come face to face with Stoker Smith-an ATF agent and musician who claims Lucy is his mate. What ensues is the building relationship between Lucy and Stoker; the rescue attempt of Lucy’s sister Michelle, and the revelation that there are supernatural beings who inhabit the planet alongside the human population.

The relationship between Stoker and Lucy is one of immediate attraction but more so for Stoker as he is drawn to the woman whom he wants to claim and marry. In this particular series, male wolves are not sexually active or aroused until in the presence of their mate, and therefore we are front and center for Stoker’s fumbling and ill-conceived attempts to woo and seduce his mate. As a shifter male, Stoker is all about protecting his mate but it is virtually impossible when Lucy continues to search for a way to rescue her sister from a potential Waco-style massacre. Lucy is quick to accept the existence of werewolves and the soul mate connection she has with Stoker Smith but she is reluctant to obey or accept the terms of werewolf mating habits-in this there is a constant struggle between our leading couple.

The secondary and supporting characters include alpha leader Toke (Tokarz) Lobo; Restin-Toke’s second in command; Hank- a wolf whose mate and baby died in childbirth; as well as an assortment of beta, omega and delta wolves whose position in the Pack sometimes makes for some unusual situations. We are introduced to Randy Butler-the man who owns and operates New Sinai, and the man who will set out to destroy Michelle, Lucy and anyone who questions his power and commands.

There are many references to former cults including Waco, as well as references and similarities to the Jericho biblical story. Joshua Fought The Battle of Jericho is a song and theme used throughout the storyline-one that parallels the ATF and Randy Butler’s war against one another. People will die and the walls will come tumbling down.

AND JERICHO BURNED is an interesting take on shifter hierarchy, cult situations, and werewolf mating habits. The Pack is all about protecting their females and the hopes for the next generation. Most of the shifter wolves are likeable if not entertaining; there were a few issues with flow and pacing as the storyline would jump between plot points without a break or lead in but overall AND JERICHO BURNED is an enjoyable and delightful read. If you are a fan of shifter storylines, give AND JERICHO BURNED a try.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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TRC: Hi MJ and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations on the release of AND JERICHO BURNED.

MJ: Thanks!

MJ ComptonTRC: We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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MJ: I’m married with two adult children. I grew up in the country with legions of cousins (and aunts, uncles, and all my grandparents plus a couple of great-grandmothers). As adults, many of us are still close. I attended a small rural school. My graduating class of about 90 students has produced three published authors, something I find amazing. My junior high school English teacher called me out of the blue the other night to congratulate me. He knew publication was always my goal.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

MJ: Reading has been a major influence on me. And for many years, I read anything. Now I’ve become more selective. I won’t finish a book I don’t enjoy. My local chapter of Romance Writers of America taught me so much. What I learned there helped me focus and hone my skills.

TRC: If you had a choice, which career, other than writing, would you like to attempt?

MJ: I would probably do something with music if I weren’t a writer. Or maybe art, because color is important to me.

TRC: Your bio states you had a 30 year career in local television. What are some of the more memorable highlights?

MJ: There are so many . . .I attended opening night ceremonies of the 1981 National Sports Festival while taping footage for the mayor’s re-election commercials. The US had boycotted the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, so the ’81 NSF was a big deal. I gave three-time world champion boxer Carmen Basilio a couple of black eyes–with make-up, of course–while we were taping a spot for Golden Gloves.NASCAR driver Kurt Busch–who is currently in the news–was a guest on a show I produced. I spoke with actress Jean Stapleton (of All in the Family fame) on the phone. I got to meet then-First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton when the CBS Morning Show brought her to town for a Town Hall Meeting edition of their show (and I had dinner with Bryant Gumbel the night before). Oh, and the Secret Service broke some of the dishes in the kitchen set we used for a show I produced while they were looking for bombs. We got a lot of mileage, joke-wise, out of that one.Former co-workers include Al Roker, Mike Tirico, and David Muir.

And Jericho BurnedTRC: AND JERICHO BURNED is the second release in your Toke Lobo and the Pack paranormal romance series. Would you please tell us something about the series and premise of the book?

MJ: During the French Revolution, aristocrats weren’t the only ones to lose their lives. French werewolves were also persecuted. A contingent of them approached the U.S. Minister to France and cut a deal: we will serve your new country if you will give us sanctuary. Werewolves make great spies–superior hearing, seeing, and speed, plus the ability to change form and their inherent viciousness make them formidable foes. The secret treaty was signed and the werewolves came to the United States. Flash forward to the new millennium. The werewolves have made a nice life for themselves in the USA. My particular pack owns a brewery in Colorado (Moonsinger Beer). And the pack alpha also has a country band, Toke Lobo & the Pack. They’re getting successful, too. Things are going well until the government decides to call on them for some treaty-fulfillment work. Very few people (outside of the werewolves) know about the treaty, and it isn’t often invoked, but when it is, the werewolves take their part very seriously.

Except the guys keep running into their mates. You see, in my werewolf universe, werewolves are pre-destined for their mates and once they have found their personal one-and-only, keeping the mate safe is first priority. And since the first two books involve human females, there’s lots of conflict.

TRC: Joshua and the walled city of Jericho is a part of the theme and premise throughout the novel. What was behind your decision to use a biblical reference and song for Stoker and Lucy’s storyline?

MJ: I was pondering how the werewolves could breach a stockade fence and the story of Jericho came to me in a flash. When I re-read the story of Joshua, I found there were several interesting parallels that would work very nicely with my plot–and it gave me a title I love.

TRC: If you could virtually cast the leading characters in this storyline, which models or actors best represents your ideal image?

MJ: Country music star Tim McGraw was the visual inspiration for Stoker Smith (hero). Lucy (heroine) is a little tougher. Maybe Reese Witherspoon, with really short hair.

TRC: Do you have plans to write a storyline for Hank and Michelle?

MJ: I’ve been toying with another subplot involving Hank and Michelle. That would be in Luke Omega’s book.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

MJ: Right now, four in all.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular story?

MJ: Keeping the “universe” consistent and believable was the most challenging aspect of writing And Jericho Burned. I had to keep going back to the werewolf rules I’d invented in the first book to make sure I stayed uniform. Also, keeping one of the sex scenes from bordering on a rape scene was really difficult. My editor and I went over it several times to make sure Stoker’s naivety was clear.

TRC: How do you keep the plot unpredictable without sacrificing content and believability?

Moonlight SerenadeMJ: A lot of editing. Seriously. I like to use subtle foreshadowing, so I’ll write blatant to get what I need, then I go back to erase until there is only the barest hint of what I plan to do. Lisa Gardner is a genius at unpredictability, and I study her books to see how she does it.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

MJ: My process involves a little bit of each. I tend to be more of an organic writer than an organized one. I try to fully flesh out the characters before I begin writing, but they often reveal things about themselves I hadn’t realized. That’s exciting. One of the most amazing things about being an author is writing something early on in the story and learning why I wrote it later on.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writers fail in this endeavor?

MJ: I believe in the power of point-of-view, especially what authors call “deep POV.” I “become” the character as I write. I ask myself, “what would I be feeling if this happened to me–not only emotionally, but the physical manifestations as well?” If I can get those experiences onto the page, the reader can also experience them.I think some authors fail by staying on the surface of the story and not delving into the meat of emotion behind the actions. I recently read a highly-acclaimed book about life in Germany during the second World War, and I was disappointed by the lack of emotion. The facts were well-researched and the story was intriguing, but there was no emotional depth. It was a telling, not a showing (another favorite author maxim). I also find books written in first person, present tense to be on the shallow side, but that could be a personal preference on my part. Again, this is a point of view issue. However, I don’t have problems with books written in first person, past tense. One of the authors I grew up reading, Mary Stewart, wrote in first person. Her books are classics in the gothic genre.

TRC: Writer’s Block is a very real phenomenon. How do you handle the pressures and anxiety of writer’s block?

MJ: I’ve found if I just keep writing–it doesn’t have to be good or interesting or even relevant–but if I keep writing, I can write my way out of the “block” and back into the story.

TRC: What is something that few, if anybody, knows about you?

MJ: I have a weakness for “bubblegum” music.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

MJ: I’m working on a couple of projects: the next Toke Lobo & the Pack book; a series of baseball romances; and one publisher is interested in a series about lacrosse. Oh, and my critique partners and I are going to self-publish an anthology. My contribution is about a werewolf baseball player. Apparently I have a thing for men in packs/on teams.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

MJ: Love a book? Write a review!

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food pizza

Favorite Dessert Wegman’s Peanutbutter Cup Sundae Ice Cream

Favorite TV Show Downton Abbey

Last Movie You Saw In a theater, The Mockingjay, Part 1. Saturday nights are movie night at our house, so I see a different movie every week.

Dark or Milk Chocolate Dark. Well, really Nutella (not one of the knock offs, but the real stuff).

Secret Celebrity Crush I don’t know if it’s secret, but Henry Cavill (the new Superman).

Last Vacation Destination Rome, NY for their annual Capitolfest (silent/early talky film festival)

Do you have any pets? Not any more. I do miss my cat.

Last book you read Obsession in Death by JD Robb

Pet Peeve the person who is holding the TV remote clicking around constantly.

TRC: Thank you MJ for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success.

MJ: Thank you for having me!

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Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs – a Review

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs – a Review

 

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A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories:
“Silver”
“Roses in Winter”
“Redemption”
“Hollow”

…and reader favorites:
“Fairy Gifts”
“Gray”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

 

Review:

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs are 10 short stories from the World of Mercy Thompson. For those of you who do not know, Mercy Thompson is Briggs successful werewolf series, which is already on its 8th novel.

Writing a review about a group of short stories is very difficult, so I will not give too much details, which in short stories would be spoilers.

Popular short Stories already published in anthologies:

Fairy Gifts: This take place in a mining town in Montana. Thomas, who was forced to become a vampire as child, comes to the rescue of a young fae girl. He received a precious gift, and years later is drawn back there.

Gray: A female vampire returns to Chicago and buys the home filled with happy and sad memories. She begins remodeling the place, and becomes friends with the human contractor. But she also has to deal with other vampires and protect what is hers.

Alpha and Omega: This is the novella about werewolves, the ultra powerful Charles Cornick and the abused young Omega werewolf, Anna. This led to the Mercy Thompson spin off series, Alpha and Omega. I loved this short story the best. Wonderfully done.

Seeing Eye: This is a story of Tom, a werewolf who needs the help of a powerful witch to save his human brother. Moira is a good witch, who is blind, due to her evil father. She must decide if she is strong enough to help Tom. This was one of the best stories in this book.

The Star of David:  This story is about a werewolf who is estranged from his human daughter. Stella needs her father’s help when one of the foster children she helps is accused of attacking his foster family. She knows something isn’t right, and with her father’s help they discover the truth. This is a nice story of an estranged family coming together, letting go of the past.

In Red With Pearls: Warren is a werewolf, who is PI helping Kyle, a human lawyer. The story is about a zombie trying to kill Kyle, and the witch, who had to help save Kyle and find out why and who spelled the zombie.

New short stories, which Briggs created for this novel:

Silver: Patricia says she wrote this depressing story because of her fans demands to know. Ithis covers how Bran and Samuel were first made into werewolves, and how Samuel first fell in love with the Ariana.

Roses in Winter: A young girl who survives a werewolf attack, has not been able to control her wolf. She is moved to Bran’s pack, the ancient werewolf Ansil tries to help, with time of essence. The law is absolute: if a werewolf cannot learn to control the wolf, they must be destroyed for the safety of all. Another very good one.

Redemption: Ben is a werewolf who has a quick temper, and loves to curse. He’s makes a bet that he can stop swearing for a week, and it just might change his life.

Hollow: A wealthy recluse is haunted by a terrible ghost, and Mercy is called in to help. But is it truly a ghost or something far more dangerous. This was another good story.

Outake from Silver Borne: Samuel and Ariana, whom we knew from Silver, have another chance at love, and they’re determined to make it work. Briggs explains at the start of this story that she wanted to explain more about Samuel finally being with Ariana, since she couldn’t fit it in during Silver Borne.

Outtake from Broken – Briggs dreamed this sequence just as she finished Night Broken, and it was too late to add it. So here it is, at the hospital while Mercy close to dying. Adam’s viewpoint

If you are a fan of Patricia Briggs and Mercy Thompson, then this book is a fun and enjoyable read. I enjoyed her brief comments prior to each story, explaining how she came up with the story, and the timing where it would fit in with her books. Shifting Shadows is the perfect book to read on a nice lazy weekend or on the beach.

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Brazen (Otherworld 13.1) by Kelley Armstrong-a review

BRAZEN (Otherworld Stories 13.1) by Kelley Armstrong-a review

Brazen

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 15, 2013

Nick Sorrentino knows everyone in the supernatural world considers him the Pack’s playboy, the pretty but not very useful werewolf whose only reputation involves his amorous exploits.

Usually, Nick couldn’t care less what anyone outside the Pack thinks of him. But when it affects his hunt for Malcolm Danvers, a psychotic bogeyman from the Pack’s past, it matters.

Necessity forces Nick to team up with mercenary half-demon Vanessa Callas to run Malcolm to ground in Detroit. Together, they discover Malcolm is more deadly than ever. And he wants to play.

It’s time for Nick to prove he’s not just a lover.

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REVIEW: BRAZEN is the latest novella from Kelley Armstrong focusing on the werewolves of The Otherworld series. The storyline premise finds Nick Sorrentino on the hunt for Malcolm Danvers-one of the most powerful and dangerous werewolves known to the pack. Malcolm, once believed to have been killed by a rogue mutt, has returned in all of his former psychotic glory in the hopes of luring out those he believes betrayed him. As the father to the former alpha, Malcolm knows that the New York pack won’t be far behind. But sending Nick is an insult as Malcolm knows that Nick is less than capable of going for the kill.

Malcolm’s brief reappearance in THIRTEEN, the final Women of the Otherworld instalment, was a shock to readers as he was presumed but never proven deceased. BRAZEN will find Nick partnered with a half-demon mercenary whose field agents have gone missing and presumed dead; but Nick is reluctant when the mercenary is a beautiful woman who is a complete distraction on the job.

Many of the New York wolf pack including Reese, Noah, Elena and Clay make a brief appearance but the bulk of the storyline centres on Nick’s hunt for Malcolm. Malcolm leaves a trail of dead bodies in his wake and Nick knows that one wrong move could find himself at the receiving end of one of Malcolm’s deadly attacks.

BRAZEN is a storyline that ends without a resolution. I am a bit disappointed that we seem to be going around in circles as it pertains to Malcolm and his ability to a evade capture with every encounter. Nick was given an opportunity to take down Malcolm but a moment of hesitation finds Malcolm on the run once again. Kelley Armstrong is obviously planning several more short stories and novellas where our favorite wolf pack goes on the hunt for a psychotic killer and in the end, there is only one wolf who should be allowed to take down the man who has destroyed so many lives.

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Blue Moon Brides Series by Anne Marsh-Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway

Blue Moon Brides Series by Anne Marsh-Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Tempted by the Pack
Blue Moon Brides #1
by Anne Marsh
Genre: paranormal, shifters, romance

Tempted by the Pack

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Once in a blue moon…

For Rafer Breaux, life in the Louisiana Bayou is harsh, violent—and deeply sensual. The Cajun werewolf lives for his Pack and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his brothers safe. The longer a wolf lives without a mate, the harder it becomes for that wolf to shift back. To remember that he is a man—and not a monster. And those mates can only be found during a blue moon. When a blue moon finally rises, Rafer will need every weapon in his sensual arsenal to tempt one special woman into his arms and the heart of the Pack.

The Pack hunts for mates

Fighting to keep her family farm, Lark Andrews isn’t looking for love. Even if the very sexy Breaux brothers make her dream of hot bayou nights spent in their arms. When the blue moon leads Rafer to her door, however, Rafer has her rethinking her position on all work and no play. Now, the bayou nights are heating up as Rafer fights to convince her, one sensual touch at a time, to give love and passion a chance. But Rafer isn’t a one wolf deal. Is there room in Lark’s heart—and bed—for Rafer and his Pack?

My review …

This puts a different twist on a para-romance.

Wow wow wow …. I need me a blue moon wolf 😉

This is a SCORCHING hot series, and not to be read in a packed train 😉 lol

Rafer is the main character in this book.

I first I wasn’t sure at the idea that Rafer would share Lark with his brothers. But I total got it as it was established early on that Rafer was utterly devoted to the Pack. They were a dying breed and they were brothers. If sharing his mate prolonged the life of his brothers until they found their own mate, it was plausible. The two scenes were incredibly sensuous and didn’t feel uncomfortable.

Rafer lives for his pack, and was consumed with worry for himself and his brothers, because unlike most para books I’ve read, these males will remain as wolves, if they don’t find their blue moon brides. And that was the twist that made me read on.

Lark, is a gentle soul who owns and runs a flower stall and greenhouse.

And at first is reluctant to entertain Rafer, but as the blue moon approaches, her hormones kick in, and the chase is on.

In these books the female is allowed to choose a mate, so although Rafer technically “caught” Lark, it doesn’t mean he gets to keep her. And a small part of him wants to be kept by this intriguing woman.

And we do meet his brothers in this story, and in fact though the next 2 books, they are all intertwined together, like a proper pack.

The conflict or danger part of the story involved vampires. While lots of books have werewolf/vampire elements, usually they both have redeeming qualities. This book didn’t. The vampires were evil to the bone. And were looking to “wear” the wolves pelts,( this helps them to walk in the sun)!

As the sun sets, then the vamps come out to stalk Lark and the brothers.

As for the naughty scenes in this book, they were done with real love for the characters. (I have read many menages and group books, and some of them totally mess up the love scenes).

She accepts the whole pack as hers. And has a special moment with Dag and Rafer.

It’s a great book to start the series with.

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Reviewed by Julie B.

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Pleasured by the Pack
Blue Moon Brides #2
by Anne Marsh
Genre: paranormal, shifters, romance
Release Date: May 2013

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Pleasured by the PackDre and Landry Breaux do everything together. Fishing, fighting—and loving. A whole lot of loving. When the blue moon leads these Cajun werewolves to their fated mate, however, they’re ready to reform. Now, they’ll fight to keep the woman of their dreams safe from the evils lurking in the Louisiana bayou—and to tempt her into taking a chance on two of the bayou’s sexiest bad boys.

Mary Jane Johnson is no heartbreaker. Running from a troubled past, the bayou captain wants only to be left alone. When she takes a pair of bayou bad boys on board, however, Dre and Landry have her rethinking her need for space. These two big males have promised to take orders—all of her orders. Suddenly, she’s dreaming of getting as close as possible… to both of the Breaux brothers.

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Oh my …..
Reading this, you will need plenty of ice 😉

I do love this series, it keeps springing those surprises on a girl.

And Dre and Landry are a mighty fine surprise.

Their blue moon bride won’t know what has hit her, these boys do EVERYTHING together “wink”

They are given the task of retrieving the packs next blue moon bride. And they need to use the owner if the boat to get closer to her. And the twist in this story, is that they are drawn towards Mary and not their intended target.

We still have the vamp angle, and there is still no redeeming quality to these bad guys.

Mary is a great character, she a little bit of a loner. She is happy with her own company, but seeing the Breaux boys together, makes her want more from her solitary life.

The tension between these three makes for a great read. And the twists in this book makes it and even better read than the first.

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Claimed by the Pack
Blue Moon Brides #3
by Anne Marsh
Genre: paranormal, shifters, romance
Release Date: October 2013

Claimed by the Pack

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The rising of the Blue Moon will lead the Pack to their destined mates… but some women are hard to claim.

Alpha to the bone, Cajun shifter Dag Breaux must find his Blue Moon bride to preserve his humanity. Each passing day sees him lost further and further in the shift, more wolf than man. Emotions and feelings are foreign territory for Dag and all he has to offer his newfound female is raw, passionate sex and protection from the centuries-old vampire stalking the Louisiana bayou.

Bayou mechanic Riley Jones stands on her own two feet. Always. She doesn’t need or want Dag’s infuriating brand of protection. Plus, she has secrets of her own that she’s desperate to keep. But there’s no denying the passion that burns between them and in the arms of her rough and tough shifter she discovers a darkly sensuous, no-holds-barred loving. When the vampire threatens Riley’s nearest and dearest, she must ask herself if resisting Dag’s mate claim is worth losing everything she cares about… or if teaching her wolf to love is worth the risk.

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This series continues to delight and surprise me. And I have to admit that the 3rd book is my favourite so far.

Dag has been my wounded soul from the very start. And as you ladies know, I do like a wounded soul 🙂 Dag is losing his humanity a little more each day, he finds it hard to remain in his human form, and knows it will only be a matter of time, before he goes completely feral 🙁

So he is sent to retrieve the 3rd blue moon bride. She has been captured by a vamp, who wants to use her as bait to trap a wolf. Only this bride is capable of more than just being a bride, A WHOLE LOT MORE. You need to read to find out 😉 lol

Riley has had to manage older brothers all her life, so one pesky wolf shouldn’t be a problem. But as she finds out, Dag is prepared to do anything to keep this lady for the pack, although he is hoping she is his mate, as he desperately needs his female to balance him out.

So …….

All three books NEED to be read in order. You read them as stand alones, but it gives you more to the series if read together.

And talking of series, I’m hoping this fabulous author continues with this series. And is secretly hoping Rileys brothers each get a book 😉

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Reviewed by Julie B.

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Anne Marsh writes sexy contemporary and paranormal romances because the world can always enjoy one more alpha male. She started writing romance after getting laid off from her job as a technical writer—and quickly decided happily-ever-afters trumped software manuals. She lives in Northern California with her family and six cats.

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