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BLOG TOUR – Review of Blood Will Tell (The Blood #1) by Colleen S. Myers

“I do trust you. I don’t trust me.”

 

Genre: New Adult, Sci-fi Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Length (Est.): 238 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Twilight meets Divergent.

Unbeknownst to eighteen-year old Isabelle, her dad inserted a vital DNA sequence into her blood that made her resistant to the Immortalus virus, but unlocked other capabilities that prove to be the key to the war between the human and vampire race.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.*

Hello, love triangle! And hello, webs of betrayal!

Isabelle’s life changed when she was young and a virus took over. It gave way for the vampires to take over and herd the humans into their cities. The enforced marriages and mating of all women of child-bearing age. She was lucky and got matched with someone she actually liked, but shortly after their marriage he began to change…becoming addicted to the vampire’s bite, and getting in way over his head. It’s about here the story begins and it’s also when Isabelle’s life takes a completely different route.

“Next time, I strip for you, and we won’t have an audience.”

Roke is a vampire who was charged with keeping an eye over Isabelle. For years he’s watched her without her knowledge. He fell for her without ever having said a word to her. Then he has to step out of the shadows and protect her from other vampires who want her. He’s in love with her and would never let anything happen to her, but if he could also make her fall for him then everything would be perfect.

“Okay, let’s go to my place.”

“I wish you said that under different circumstances and that you appeared happier about it.”

Isa groaned. “Do you ever stop flirting?”

“With you? No. Us vampires have great endurance.”

She grinned reluctantly. “Awful. Just awful.”

He smiled, a wicked gleam in his eyes. “But you liked it.”

Alex is human and pretty much falls for Isabelle the moment she steps onto his boat. He has no problem stepping up every time Roke steps back. He wants to teach her, protect her, and love her, but he knows how she feels about Roke and he doesn’t want to be a third wheel.

“Last thing I want to do is hurt anyone, especially you.”

“Why especially me?”

“You know why.”

“Say it. I need to hear it. You have no idea how much I need to hear it.”

“Why?”

“Because you fucking slept with Roke.”

Tensions get hot between these three at times and oh how it makes for a really good read. They are both alpha males who flirt endlessly, sometimes to the point where all you can do is laugh. Too bad she can’t pick them both!

On top of their little love triangle, you have people trying to kidnap Isabelle, you have ones who just plain want her dead and are trying to kill her, and you have a tangled web of lies and betrayals that will keep you glued to the pages. Although I did receive an ARC that wasn’t completely edited and had an occasional typo Blood Will Tell was a suspenseful read that kept my interest throughout the entire book and left me ready for book two. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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Interview with Rebecca Trogner

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Rebecca Trogner author of The Last Keeper’s Daughter series

 

About the Author

Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She always dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her first novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. Rebecca lives with her husband and son, and a rescue dog named Giblet. To find out more about the author visit

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Interview

You have created many different types of Others in you’re The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. Some are a little more traditional like the vampires, some are newer (at least to me) like the Lynea. Where did your inspiration come from when developing all of these characters and their gifts?

I was around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold and the story came to me. No, no, no, that’s not right….that’s Hunter S. Thompson.

I wish it were something as interesting as that. Mainly, I think my inspiration came from daydreaming about immortality. Once Krieger formed in my mind, I needed to create characters for him to interact with, and they had to be unique and interesting. It’s sort of a like creating a puzzle with all the pieces interlocking.

 

Most authors breathe a little piece of themselves into their characters. Which one is most like you? And how?

Definitely, Dale Hunter is the most like me. His sense of humor at the incredible world he encounters is spot on how I would react.

 

When you first began writing The Last Daughter’s Keeper did you plan on it being a trilogy or did you realize after you began that there was no way you’d get everything you wanted into just one book?

I planned on one book. About midway through TLKD I realized I had way too much to say. Either I had to do a rewrite or forge ahead and commit to writing more than one book. Or…I could have written one long ass book. I thought it over and, with the help of a few margaritas, decided to break it up into three books.

 

Throughout both The Last Daughter’s Keeper and The Last Guardian Rises I’d have to admit that my favorite characters have been Liam and Lucien. Liam is sweet and caring and just an overall good guy. Lucien on the other hand is just that dark brooding sexy man who deserves to win the girl and yes my fingers are crossed hoping for that in book three. (No pressure…LOL) Who is your favorite character? And why?

Well, that’s sort of like asking who’s your favorite child…they all are. J I will say that Lucien almost didn’t happen. He just popped into my head one day fully formed and demanded to be put in the book.

 

Have you considered writing any little spin-off novellas or full length novels with some of the other characters like Liam and Jo or Hunter and Meirta?

Lucien might get his own book. He’s a compelling character who carries his curse with such grace, plus he’s hotter than Georgia asphalt.

 

What are some of your favorite books and/or authors? And how do you enjoy reading them…digital or paper format?

I wish someone would combine the immediacy of digital in the form of a book. Holding a book and physically turning a page gives me such pleasure. Plus, I love the smell of books…okay was that too much information?

A part of my mind melted trying to list my favorite books and authors, so you’ll have to settle for what’s intriguing me right now.

Tiffany Riesz – The Original Sinners series

Diane Setterfield – The Thirteenth Tale

Marsha Pessl – Night Film

Max Brooks – World War Z

Mark Z. Danielewski – House of Leaves

 

When you’re not writing how do you like to spend your down time?

Reading, watching way too much TV, fine carpentry, wrangling cats, trying to grow flowers in my weed beds, working, and having fun with my husband and step-son.

 

Most writers have their little rituals. Mine’s creating playlists that fit the storylines and listening to them while I write. Do you have any little things you do? And what are they?

Must. Have. Coffee.

 

What or who inspired you to begin writing? And do you have any advice for our future authors out there?

I’d always wanted to write a book, but other than a few pages here or there, never got serious about it. For some reason, the first season of True Blood inspired me to get going with my writing and I haven’t looked back since.

 

**Random Question** I believe there is one random word that will describe a person almost perfectly. Mine is tarantism. Can you give me one word that would best describe the true you?

Tarantism…I had to look that up. Hmm.

Mine would be Inquisitive.

(For all who are curious tarantism is basically the uncontrollable urge to dance. Yes, I’m weird like that. And no, I can’t really dance but it’s still fun. Oh…an no tarantulas were involved I promise.)

 

Thank you for the interview Rebecca and I look forward to hopefully reading the third book soon. ~Jennifer

 

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Review of The Last Guardian Rises (The Last Keeper’s Daughter #2) by Rebecca Trogner

The Last Guardian Rises

Captivating and Suspenseful 

 

 

Genre: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.):  300 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Lily Ayres, Sanguis Ancilla to Krieger Barnes, has retreated into the shadows of the archives, hiding from the king and the intense emotions he arouses in her. How long can she deny him? Will she accept her role in the Other world and the abilities arising within her?

Krieger Barnes, Vampire King of North America, has shared his blood with Lily, his kingdom, and his heart. He summons Lily, needing her nearness, needing her to attend the council meeting with him.

Merlin, the king’s advisor, must fight the darkness that threatens to overtake him. Can he survive the dark magic?

Lucien Black, the wielder of the Dragon Sword, is once again charged with Lily’s protection. How will he explain his avoidance of her?

A being buried deep underground, inside a cage of iron and wrapped in chains, escapes. Is he the dark entity that the Others feel and fear?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I honestly think this book was better than the first. I lost myself in the pages as the story played out in my mind.

“I love you, but I love him too. Not in the same way, but…”

For all those who read the first book you’ll know what I’m talking about with this kind of quickie update. The secrets of the gates are slowly being learned. The Brotherhood is being found out, and oh my goodness their reach is further than anyone could have imagined. Lily is learning more about herself, but still has so many questions…as do many others about her. Krieger’s worse nightmare will come to pass and he doesn’t handle it too well. Lucien will be tempted almost more than he can bear. And Merlin knows the only thing he can do to overcome the madness of his magic and will sadly do it.

“God.” Lily kicked her foot into the dash. “Are all men such cowards?”

Lucien laughed. She was no longer the shy woman he’d helped navigate court life. “You’re just learning that. I’d rather go into battle than argue with a woman.”

In The Last Guardian Rises we also get introduced to the Guardian. He’s lost and looking for his Lynea. I can only imagine what he’ll do when he finds her…come on book three! I’m quite anxious to see how all of these characters are going to interact and for the first time ever I honestly don’t know who will get the girl. There are so many variables and new things that arise to keep me guessing.

“Lucien wanted to kiss her, here, now. Out of the corner of his eye, he caught Krieger turning to watch them.”

Oh, and how could I forget…you’ll get to meet the unknown being who is Lily’s father. Now that’s quite interesting. I cannot wait to see how crazy things get with him.

The only thing that caught me a little off guard was when the points of view would change to someone and somewhere else completely and then would switch back. It would always take me a second for my brain to process it. Other than that it’s a really good story and it’s easy to get wrapped up not only in the storyline but also the characters.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: There is this really intense moment in the story and then Hunter thinks something that just cracked me up.

“I need a moment,” Lucien said.

Brother, you need a whole day. Shit, take the rest of the week off.

Jenn 4.5 Heart

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Review of The Last Keeper’s Daughter (The Last Keeper’s Daughter #1) by Rebecca Trogner

The Last Keeper's Daughter

What a cliffhanger…

 

Genre: Paranormal

Book Length (Est.): 280 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Born into old money, Lily Ayres lives at Waverly, her family’s estate situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Virginia. She is a strange, small, almost mute, young woman who has no idea that her father has given her to the Vampire King Krieger. Walter Ayres is the King’s Keeper and part of a secret society of historians who unearth, preserve, and attempt to understand relics of long forgotten civilizations.

Lily has never felt comfortable in the human world, but after she suspiciously falls down a flight of stone steps, and is healed and claimed by Krieger, she realizes there is another world. In this Other Realm she feels a sense of belonging, and begins to untwine the mysterious event which left her mentally and psychologically damaged. When Walter disappears in England, Lily works with human and supernatural beings to uncover his whereabouts. With each new discovery, she is pulled deeper into the vortex of magic, intrigue, and dark desires that permeates the supernatural world. The revelations revealed unfold a story of deception and betrayal that threaten to tear the thin veil between the supernatural and human world asunder.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Krieger is the vampire king of North America. He’s powerful. He’s dangerous. He’s kind of scary. But not even this big bad scary vampire could resist falling for the beauty that is Lily, and with her he tries to be the man she would want. I say tries, because yes he wants to woo her and seduce her and love her, but he’s still a big bad scary vampire and sometimes he even scares her…though he’d do anything not to.

Lily’s character develops a lot during this book. She goes from the silent antisocial girl to the curious Other trying to find her place. When her father, Walter, died she was thrust into a supernatural world she’d known almost nothing about. As Krieger’s Sanguis Ancilla she is bound to him and she is trying to adapt to all the changes that surround her without fear, but that’s a feat harder than she could imagine.

There’s Merlin, not to be confused with the Merlin. He’s a sorcerer and the king’s advisor and a little off his rocker sometimes. Then there’s Liam, a Vantor (a werewolf with vampire blood coursing though his veins). He’s Lily’s guard, in charge of her protection. He’s a sweetheart and Lily considers him a friend. Oh, and I can’t forget Lucien, the barrier of the Dragon sword. He’s the most dangerous Other and everyone is afraid of him, except Lily. She’s drawn to him and he to her. Talk about a little tension when it comes to Lily, Krieger, and Lucien. There are many other characters who are important to the storyline, but I’d be writing all night. There is however, a cheat sheet in the back of the kindle version that explains who everyone is…in case you want to read it first.

The Last Keeper’s Daughter is a suspenseful mystery that begs to be read. It’s filled with subplots and traitors and people who are not what they seem. As the story unfolds you’ll be drawn into the world of the Others curious to see what’s going to happen next. Now to the cliffhanger ending… I really like Lucien, there’s just something about him that’s endearing, but this book pretty much ends with him asking Krieger something that both made my eyes pop open and my mouth drop. Definitely going to read book two, The  Last Guardian Rises, immediately afterwards.

My Favorite Quote: This made me laugh. Still I can’t read it without laughing…has to be the wording.

“It was impolite for me to drop fang in public with you.”

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of White Walker by Richard Schiver

White Walker

Richard Schiver was our Spooktacular Author of the Month in October 2013. His stories grab hold of you and leave you wishing you could sleep with your eyes open. This one is no different.

 

Beware the storm, it’s watching…  

 

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 184 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

When she was ten she made a promise to that which inhabits the winter storm. Now she’s twenty-six and pregnant, and the White Walker has returned to collect his due.

For Teddy his first day as shift supervisor could not have come at a worst time. A severe blizzard has shut down the region as old man winter refuses to relinquish his grip. Only ten percent of his team has shown up for work, and he learns upon arriving that one of his first duties that day will be to fire his girlfriend.

He believes it can’t get any worse than it already is. That is until one of his people dies at the hands of a legendary creature that inhabits the blizzard. A prehistoric deity once worshiped by ancient man on the vast Siberian plains. Brought to these shores by Russian immigrants seeking a better life in the deep coalmines that once dotted the hills around the Appalachian Mountain town of Frostburg.

Cut off from the outside world, stalked by a creature from the past, the survivors are forced to abandon the safety of a building that has been stressed to the breaking point.

But how does one escape a winter storm?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Beware the snow storm as it carries with it darkness and death. The White One wants what is owed him and he’ll go through any and every one who gets in the way during the process.

Unlike Richard’s previous books we’ve read this one at least has survivors. But the only way to find out who is to read it. And no, you cannot read it with your eyes covered. Trust me, I tried it!

There are so many characters that I don’t want to go into names, but every single one of them has a daunting secret. They may have tried to forget the past, but the White One knows their weaknesses and will use them to get what he wants.

Downside is that each character’s secret is written out as if it were happening right then. For me it was too many leaps to the past. It would be easy to get lost or confused if you don’t read the entire book in one day.

My Favorite Moment: When Cody sacrifices himself to save someone he cares about. With the secret triangled tryst and his feelings about what could possibly be, his actions definitely caught my attention. 

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Review of Revelation (The Revelation Series #1) by Randi Cooley Wilson

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Genre: New Adult Paranormal

Book Length (Est.): 276 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

A DIVINE SECRET,

A LOYAL PROTECTOR,

A FORBIDDEN LOVE.

Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.

Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden.

Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her.

Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life.

Can Asher and Eve fulfill their destinies or will their love destroy everything?

Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.

This is volume one of a series.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

This is a story about angels, demons, and all that lay in between. Like most angel/demon stories, this too is about the balance of Heaven and Hell and how humans play into it. But unlike any other I’ve read, this has a twist… Guardian Gargoyles and a unique blood bond.

Nothing about Eve’s life has ever been normal, but she doesn’t know that. She thought she was a normal college student and demons, angels, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures were only things of books and movies. That all changes after she meets her guardian, Asher, and crazy things start happening.

Asher has taken an oath to protect Eve, but every time he’s close to her his instincts take over and he can’t seem to stop the need to touch her. Breaking his oath would have dire consequences, not only to him but his entire family, but he can’t seem to shake wanting more. This makes him hot and cold, and it sometimes gives Eve whiplash at the extent of how opposite his emotions can be.

All Eve seems to want is Asher, and because of this her faith in him is unwavering. She knows he still holds secrets, but she trusts him to protect her. However, even though it’s forbidden she still wants more. She wants to belong to him.

This is filled with very descriptive characters with unique personalities. Some I loved, like Eve’s best friend, Aria, and Asher’s brother, Callan. Definitely loved Callan! Then there are those characters I couldn’t quite decide if I liked or not, like McKenna and Gage. I’m holding my judgment for them until the next book.

I have to say that I loved the little extras. If you love this book, as I did, you will definitely have to check out the extras on the author’s website (www.randicooleywilson.com). There is a glimpse from Asher’s point of view. You want to know how he really feels then this is a must read. There is also a glimpse from Gage’s point of view, and I have to say that it was definitely a surprise, at least for me. Now I want to read book two even more!

My Favorite Moment: A training session when Asher is frustrated by Eve’s concentration and attempts to push her further. Oops…that didn’t seem to go as planned! 

Jenn 5 Heart

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