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Erotic Romance Author Zenobia Renquist!

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Erotic/paranormal romance author Zenobia Renquist will be gracing my blogger spot bright and early tomorrow! Zenobia writes a variety of romance, including interracial/multicultural (IR/MC), and is a sister administrative author at Color of Love! Stop by tomorrow and catch a glimpse of some of Zenobia’s books. She’s also provided a link to read the first chapters of her work! http://www.pendarielraye.blogspot.com

Review of Keepers of Water: Guardians of Nature Series by R.G. Porter

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Keepers of Water: Guardians of Nature Series

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R.G. Porter

Reviewed by Dariel Raye

            Arieana’s brother, Rydan, has been murdered in the human realm by Arieana’s own people. Breaking the laws of her realm (the two realms are separated by a veil of magic), she crosses the veil to avenge his death and lay his spirit to rest. Once in the human realm, Arieana uses her magic and fighting skills to locate his murderers and uncovers a much broader plot to destroy the entire human race. Some of her people are convinced that humans are not only destroying the realm in which they live, but human carelessness and disregard for nature is causing devastating storms and destruction in their realm beyond the veil as well.

The fantasy/adventure filled with magical spells and otherworldly abilities should have kept me riveted to the pages, and it started that way, but slid into distracting scene changes with too many POV’s for my taste, and an abundance of “A” names. I managed to keep up, but three of the main female characters had somewhat similar “A” names, and even a tertiary male character had an “A” name. A trivial concern, but distracting, nonetheless.

Following the first scene, the action slowed for the next 50 – 55% of the story, with some of the characters not quite connecting, and nearly lost me. Not usually the type to skip to the ending, I was tempted. The author had roped me in enough to care how it ended, so that’s certainly positive, but the journey was not as magical as its description promised.

Redeemed by the latter half, I was glad I stuck with it, but along the way kept wondering what was missing. I didn’t immediately identify with the main character, Arieana, because my heart remained with her brother! She should have told the story from the very beginning, and perhaps I wouldn’t have needed more than 50% of the book to feel close to her and give up on her brother’s return. Actually, I still haven’t completely given up on Rydan. It is a series, afterall.

Overall, the plot and writing were fine, but emotionally, I barely connected with most of the characters. Porter gave the characters interesting abilities, Arieana is smart, strong, and capable of making wise decisions, and the series is promising, with a bit of mystery and intrigue. Developing an immediate emotional connection with readers is suggested for future books in this series. I rate it 3.25 because of Porter’s redeeming creativity and Arieana’s promise to grow on me.

Lynnette Phillips Has Helpful Marketing Tips for Authors

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Tomorrow’s guest for Fridays with Friends is marketing maven, Lynnette Phillips! She took a moment from her extremely busy schedule (she’s a presenter for this year’s Digital Publishing Virtual Summit – in progress right now) to visit with me and answer a few questions. Lynnette has written a number of books about marketing, including Fight Back! Don’t Let Twitter and Facebook Take Over Your Life, Fiverr.com For Writers, Boost Book Sales With Social Media Networking: Foster Connections, Nurture Relationships, Shape Your Identity, andConfessions and Secrets of the Avid Book Reviews Blogger: Kick up Your Social Media Networking for Book Sales.

Although her products and projects are useful to any writer, or any independent sales person for that matter, Lynnette is especially well know among Indie and Self published authors. If you haven’t stumbled upon her online or met her in person, take the opportunity tomorrow, as she will be sharing some helpful tips. Even if you’ve already benefitted from some of her advice, you won’t be disappointed, so stop by and enjoy her interview with me tomorrow! http://www.pendarielraye.blogspot.com

Book Talk Wednesday

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Hi Everyone! Tomorrow, I’ll host featured authors Melisse Aires (Her Cyborg Awakes, a sci-fi romance with the hottest cyborg I’ve ever seen), Rachelle Ayala (Michal’s Window, a historical romance starring one of the sexiest Bible men I can think of, King David), Dianna Bellerose (Fire and Ice, about an unfortunate woman who marries an abusive man), and Mia Darien (The Adelheid Series, two paranormal suspense novels with strong female stars) for Book Talk Wednesday. Believe me, you won’t want to miss them! Stop by my blogger spot tomorrow – http://www.pendarielraye.blogspot.com  Hope to see you there 🙂

The Inspiring Blog Award

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My blogger spot has been nominated for the “Inspiring Blog Award!” I’m encouraged! That means somebody’s actually reading some of this stuff ;-D Stop by and check out my post. http://www.pendarielraye.blogspot.com

 

Review of Mia Darien’s “When Forever Died”

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When Forever Died 

By Mia Darien

Reviewed by Dariel Raye

Author Mia Darien has woven a fascinating tapestry of characters – mostly supernatural with a few humans thrown in – into a well-written, action-packed thriller perfect for paranormal, fantasy, and action lovers. Reminiscent of the great, gritty detective novels, Dakota tells her story in first person. She’s a shifter, and we meet her as a panther, chasing her quarry. Yes, she’s a contracted bounty hunter sent out to catch the supernatural bad guys, and she can shift into any human or animal form she’s familiar with.

Dakota wins me over when she catches her prey, grumbles about it, then lifts him onto her shoulder to carry back to Darien’s version of a holding cell. Throughout the story, Dakota entertains us with her irreverent, loveable personality with comments like “vampires are creepy-ass-fuckers.” Her co-workers are an interesting menagerie of weres and vamps, and Dakota thinks she’s fine without them when the story opens, but as the action heats up and the plot thickens, if you will, she realizes more and more that their help could be useful and possibly necessary.

Contracted to work on two jobs at once, both personally charged and interrelated, Dakota finds herself drawn to a human officer while hunting an ex-lover thought to be involved in a number of brutal murders. The fact that Dakota’s long lost baby sister is also involved in the murders coupled with unresolved baggage from her past, perpetuates Dakota’s evolution into, let’s say, a better socialized antisocial.

Add an ancient vampire, Amazon warrior women, humans housing Norse Gods, Thor’s hammer, and a giant snake with steel-like scales, and you have an action-packed, yet character-driven read. I didn’t want to miss anything, because new twists kept popping up. Despite the wild characters, Darien managed to keep it believable due to her subtle world-building, and Dakota’s character is so strong that she was always the star. When I had to put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again. Highly recommended 4 ½ stars!

Who Are the Dark Sentinels?

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They lived millions of years ago, fatalities of fear and prejudice. Now, answers to a prayer for survival, they are among us again. Other shifters were nearly extinct, murdered by the thousands at mostly human hands. Capable of shifting at will, without the aid of the moon’s phases, they were born to protect them. Bigger, stronger, faster, and longer living, with highly developed preternatural abilities, they are prized outsiders among their packs. Prized for their ability to protect, yet destined to live as outsiders because of the very differences necessary to prevent the pack’s extinction.

Born to stand at the crossroads between pack-members and their slaughterers, Sentinels quickly learn that they are on their own – a different species. Born human, only two are born to each pack, male and female alphas, brother and sister. Pack members deny them mating privileges within the pack based on fear. No female wants to bear a sentinel because their lives are constantly at risk. When danger comes to the pack, they are on the front line, considered expendable.

When they reach mating age, they leave the pack for a time to find a mate – another sentinel. What happens when a sentinel develops feelings for a human? What happens when malevolent scientists learn how to strengthen humans by using sentinel blood?  As you can imagine, with their feral nature barely beneath the surface, Dark Sentinel passions run high. Touch, affection, and loyalty are necessary for their survival, and they are willing to go to extraordinary measures, risk everything, and break every rule for love.

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