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New Release & Review – Forget You Not by Kristie Cook @kristiecookauth

Book details:

Forget You Not (A Havenwood Falls Novella) by Kristie Cook
Published by: Ang’dora Productions
Publication date: August 4th 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, New Adult

Forget You Not

Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. This is only but one…

Two years ago, Kaela Peters nearly killed her fiancé by ripping his throat out. Once she gained control over her vampire urges, she hoped to rekindle their love, only to find him on one knee again—now with her best friend. She can’t blame them for their betrayal, though. They’ve been compelled to forget that she even existed. But she can’t forget them, so when she receives an unexpected job offer far away in the Colorado mountains, she seizes the opportunity to escape her past and the painful memories.

If only she’d known she was running right into her true past and memories that cut even deeper.

Her real name isn’t Kaela Peters, Havenwood Falls and her new job are not what they seem on the surface, and the love of her life isn’t the ex in Atlanta. As she starts piecing together the fragmented memories of her past and her moroi heritage, the passion of old love reignites. Until she discovers that the triggering of her vampire gene may have been foul play with dire consequences—and Xandru Roca, the epic love she’d left behind, has something to do with it all.

This is a New Adult paranormal romance in the Havenwood Falls series of New Adult and Adult fantasy novellas featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read. We do recommend that you read Forget You Not first as an introduction to the town and its eccentricities.

Other books in the main Havenwood Falls series:
Fate, Love & Loyalty by E.J. Fechenda
Old Wounds by Susan Burdorf
Covetousness by Randi Cooley Wilson (Sept. 2017)
Books are released on a monthly basis. Coming soon are stories by Lila Felix, R.K. Ryals, Belinda Boring, Heather Hildenbrand, and more.

Watch for Havenwood Falls High, a Young Adult series launching in October 2017.

Immerse yourself in the world of Havenwood Falls and stay up to date on news and announcements at http://www.HavenwoodFalls.com. Join our reader group, Havenwood Falls Book Club, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/

review

This book is only 138 kindle pages long, but it feels like a much longer story.  The way in which the author is able to build the depth of a back story, and the complexity and layers of the characters (even ones only fleetingly present) in such a restricted number of words, never fails to impress me.

And the author doesn’t just leave this as a set up for the wider series – oh no, here we have a fully fledged, intricate and tense plot line which roars into life from the very first chapter.

If you want to read more in this series from the collaborative authors, then I very strongly recommend that you read this book first.  It will serve as a solid base for all that is to come.

A great little opener.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at www.KristieCook.com.

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Review – The Seraphina Series by Sheena Hutchinson @Sheena_Hutch @xpressotours

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Book details:

Seraphina’s Awakening (Book One)
Seraphina’s Initiation (Book Two)
Seraphina’s Vengeance (Book Three) – Coming Sept 18th 2017

Author: Sheena Hutchinson
Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

SeraphinaAwakeningSynopsis book 1:

For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever.

She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night. Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together.

What she doesn’t expect is the new powers she has developed attracting all kinds of unwanted attention. Thrown into a world she never truly believed existed she is forced to come to grips with who she is becoming while staying out of trouble long enough to figure out what needs to be done to fulfill her destiny.

review

There is something about a present tense narrative which I find less … comfortable as a reader.  That said, the underlying plot for this book is a great premise.

I confess to finding the story a little confusing at times, and the incremental reveal of information was frustrating, and added to my lack of clarity at times.  However, this is an intriguing first volume of the story.  I look forward to reading more.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Seraphina initiationSynopsis book 2:

Seraphina Cross is unexpectedly thrown into this crazy, spiritual world of Angels versus Demons.

Never did she expect to meet Nate who was just a figment of her imagination. Now she finds herself moving in with him because of her innate responsibility to protect her loved ones from harm.

Finally beginning to feel at home in her new house and with her new relationship. Nate begins training Sera in all that she can do, surprising even himself at times.Just when she is starting to feel safe and powerful, Lucifer finds a new way to attack her at her most vulnerable.

When her dreams are no longer a gift, can Sera control the powers needed to defeat what’s coming before Lucifer fulfills his promise to her?

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Sequels – they’re tricky things.  Especially when book 1 shows such promise for a series.  For the most part, I think that the author pulls it off.

That’s not to say that the use of present tense narrative sits more comfortably with me for this book – it doesn’t, particularly given that its use is not 100% consistent.  However, the plot growth is good and multi-faceted, and the characters continue to be described with depth.

Throw in the tentative and tantalising relationship with Nate, and you have a sequel which definitely kept my interest in the series.

I am intrigued to see where the author goes next.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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SV.jpgSynopsis book 3:

One year ago, Seraphina’s entire world seemed to have dived into a mythical land over night. She’s somehow even gotten used to the madness of it all. But what happens when the craziness stops? Things become quiet… too quiet.

She should have known better, Sera should have known that things weren’t as quiet as they seemed. After one of the best nights of her life, Sera is forced into this treacherous journey to save one of her loved ones.

But following the path of evil begins to take its toll on Sera. As she struggles with her own internal dilemmas, Nate starts to take matters into his own hands. When this unseen world finally begins to affect Sera’s emotions and her relationship. Can she hold it together to save her loved ones? Will love conquer all? Or will it turn her evil… forever?

review

Hmmm. OK.  So this book didn’t go the route I was expecting – at all.  And in a lot of ways, that made the story more interesting – more compelling.

There is, however, a caveat to that.  There were parts of this which felt a little laboured, perhaps over done.  Whilst intellectually, I understand what the author was trying to do in charting Sera’s “journey”, it did make this book a little slower going in parts than its predecessors.

Additionally, Sera did, at times, behave in such a childish manner that it was really at odds with the character I thought I knew from the previous books.

That said, this wasn’t a badly crafted book at all.  I was perhaps just hoping for something different.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, who followed her happily ever after to a much more rural town in Maine. When she’s not driving an hour to find a Starbucks or running from bugs that are way to big for her taste, she’s focusing on writing stories that empower and inspire.

Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. For more on Sheena and her books visit her website: www.SheenaHutchinson.com.

 

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New Release & Review – Kill Game : An Urban Fantasy Thriller by SM Reine @smreine

Book & Author Details:
Kill Game: (Dana Macintyre Must Die) (Volume 2) by SM Reine
Published by: Red Iris Books
Publication date: July 19th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Supernatural, Suspense

kill game.jpgSomeone’s importing illegal metals into Las Vegas. Iron, to be specific: the only substance that can instantly kill one of the deadly sidhe. But there are no sidhe in Las Vegas. Not anymore. Dana McIntyre killed the last of them two weeks earlier.

Importing the iron seems to be a matter of life and death, though. Mostly death. People are being slaughtered over these imports, and Dana can’t figure out why. It’s a puzzle that must be solved quickly and quietly. If the Office of Preternatural Affairs realizes how destabilized Las Vegas has become, they’ll shut down vampire hunters like Dana.

She has no choice but to partner with Nissa Royal, the right hand of the city’s master vampire, to hunt down the iron’s buyer. Nissa’s interested in a lot more than a functional partnership from Dana, though. She won’t settle for anything less than Dana’s soul…

review

There is, I think, a real sense of exuberance about this book – you can tell that the author is having a lot of fun with the story.

Once again, this is a plot that has twists, but is a good deal more direct, more straightforward in its telling.  Punchy and fast paced, you can’t help but be drawn into the drama and intrigue.

I’m really enjoying what is for me, a refreshing new story arc from the author.

That ending though…

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

smreineHi everyone! My name is Sara, and I write urban fantasy and paranormal novels as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). It’s a good day when those three things have nothing to do with each other.

If you would like to know the instant my next book is available, you should enlist in my Army of Evil! We have a wicked cool secret handshake, but you’ll have to sign up to learn it. 😉 Check it out — Army of Evil

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