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Dariel’s Satin Sheets Review: “Perfection Unleashed” – Book One of Jade Kerrion’s “Double Helix Series”

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Dariel’s Satin Sheets Review: “Perfection Unleashed”- Book One of Jade Kerrion’s “Double Helix Series”

Publication Date: June 23, 2012

~~ ON SALE FOR $0.99 THROUGH MARCH 1, 2013 ~~

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Next Generation Indie Awards 2012, Finalist
Hollywood Book Festival 2012, Honorable Mention

What would you do if you came face-to-face with perfection, and it looked just like you?

Two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, the other to escape it.

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted–a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives–the in vitros, clones, and mutants–collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

 

Review

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review, and  have a lot to say about this one! Jade Kerrion has created a frightening near-future-based saga filled with memorable, believable, multi-dimensional characters. In pursuit of genetic perfection, scientists, businessmen, and even the military have created a new race inhabited by beings more powerful than humans of that time.

In their haste to create perfection, apparently no one has considered the consequences. After the humans have created these beings and subjected them to confinement, endless, often painful tests, and the unforgivable abuse of dehumanization, many of these same humans hate superhumans with insane hatred as soon as they no longer have control of them, plummeting the human race and these super beings into an inevitable war, the super beings fighting for the right to live, and humans fighting to maintain control.

Two main characters at the center of this impending war are Danyael, an alpha empath, and Galahad, supposedly the perfect being. Other memorable characters are Lucien, Danyael’s wealthy best and only true friend, Miriyah, an alpha telepath, Zara, a professional assassin, and Xin, the clone of a famous power.

Throughout book one, hints of upcoming romances are clear, one romance even initiated, but relationships are just beginning to form. This book has something for sci-fi, dystopian, and romance readers who don’t mind waiting a bit for romantic relationships to take shape.

At times the story is a little too wordy, too many drawn-out conversations that could have been shortened or pre-empted for more action, but I really enjoyed “Perfection Unleashed,” as would any sci-fi lover and could easily see a television series in its future.

If you’re craving a hot romance, this is not the one for you; however, cranial relationship-based tension built thoughout the story to an exciting, unpredictable climax, the story was well-written, and I’ve already started book two of the series to find out what happens next.

Overall, Ms. Kerrion has created a very believable world with characters who are lovable despite differences. I give “Perfection Unleashed” four satin pillows because the author made me love the characters and left me with every indication that my romance-fix would eventually be satisfied.

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Dariel’s Book Talk Wednesday Pre-post : Jordan K. Rose

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Author Jordan K. Rose will be my guest for this week’s Book Talk Wednesday! Mark your calendars to visit my blogger site on the 20th to take a peek at her books. Here’s a bit about the author:

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After trying her hand at many, many things- from crafting and art classes to cooking and sewing classes to running her own handbag business, Jordan finally figured out how to channel her creativity. With an active imagination and a little encouragement from her husband she sat down and began to write, each night clicking away at the keys with her black Labrador, Dino curled up under the desk.

A few short years later she’s entered the publishing arena with no plans to ever turn back.

Jordan’s a member of Rhode Island Romance Writers, as well as RWA National, and the New England (NEC), Connecticut, New Jersey, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FFnP) Chapters.

Her first book, Perpetual Light, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, kobo, and All Romance Ebooks from Crescent Moon Press.

Amazon Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Perpetual-Light-ebook/dp/B007COSXB0/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1330177727&sr=1-3

Barnes and Noble Link:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perpetual-light-jordankrose/1109252447?ean=9781937254063&itm=1&usri=perpetual+light+jordan+rose

kobo link:   http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Perpetual-Light/book-ZD3EhHtssUK3eBDHMS7pnw/page1.html

All Romance eBooks link: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html

Her second book, a story about Eva Prim, is set to release on October 3rd. Learn about Eva, a vampire looking for a few good friends at www.evaprim.com.

Find Jordan on her website at www.jordankrose.com.

Follow her tweets on https://twitter.com/#!/jordankrose

Like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jordan-K-Rose/307285709309992

Friend her on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5751865.Jordan_K_Rose

Dariel’s #Sneak Peek Sunday – “Gideon’s Light” (WIP)

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#Sneak Peek Sunday – “Gideon’s Light” – “The Alerians – Dark Progeny” Book Two (WIP)
So pumped up at the thought of having something to do, he barely even noticed the time waning when a sword pierced him through.
Thankful for his special gift as usual, he raised his palm in the direction of the sword wielder and electrocuted him instantly. Gideon smiled, replaying the death of each of the six Minions at his hands. His swords were merely a distraction.
His smile waned as soon as he remembered his ability to regenerate would be of no use. His body would not be able to repair itself flying at this altitude, and without human sustenance, antibodies, they were called, he had no protection against disease.

Gideon tried to sense a secluded place to land, but there were too many heartbeats everywhere as he began.
to lose altitude. Already below the clouds, he was falling fast, fear of being seen the least of his worries. His
wings cut through the air behind him, useless, and despite pressing his palm against his side to cauterize the
pouring wound and stop the bleeding, he began to lose consciousness.
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Hot off the Press! “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” by Dariel Raye is Live!

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Hi, Everybody! My new release, “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” just went live at Amazon and Barnes & Noble today! To make things even hotter, “Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable” is on sale for 99 cents until the end of the month! Here’s a bit about the series 🙂

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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, their wolf barely sheathed, 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.

“Torin” Excerpt

Torin never understood his effect on humans. He wasn’t even sporting his usual scowl, but from the moment he’d walked in, the tension had been palpable.

“I have an appointment with attorney Bates.”

“Name, please?”

“Torin DuMont.”

“I am so sorry, M-Mr. DuMont, but I sent you a message yesterday morning.”

Torin wondered briefly if she realized she leaned away from him as her heart rate increased yet again. “A message?”

“Um, yes. I was asked to cancel your appointment because Ms. Bates has some urgent business to attend to this morning. I-I…well, I requested that you call to, um…reschedule.”

While Torin stared at her and said nothing else, she fumbled for a calendar.

She cleared her throat of the lump he’d caused and stuttered, “Um, Mr. DuMont, she can see you on—”

Torin glanced at the calendar and noticed she was looking at dates for next month. He interrupted, unable to restrain the growl in his voice. “I didn’t get any message, and I left work early to come here today. I’ll wait.”

Torin turned away before she could say anything, leaving her mouth slightly open when he moved to the opposite wall. He faced her, crossing his arms over his chest.

That bastard stepfather of mine! Torin was certain the asshole had received and erased the message telling him to reschedule.

Torin hated lawyers and couldn’t believe he’d allowed his childish desire for his stepfather’s approval to waste his time again. I shouldn’t even be here trying to help people who don’t give a damn about me. 

He watched the receptionist pick up the phone and overheard every word she whispered into the receiver following a distinct buzz from the adjoining office. “…Yes, he’s here. Obviously from the Wild Lands. Yes, I already told him…”

A sigh from the other end triggered a tingling sensation in his lower abdomen. Her voice was soft, almost musical. He blinked, then closed his eyes to savor the sound. Surprisingly, it calmed him.

“…Cindy, I can’t possibly see anyone else today. Just resched…”

Cindy, apparently the name of the jumpy little receptionist, stood and left her desk, heading in the direction of the lawyer’s office.

Torin didn’t have to leave his spot against the wall to overhear Cindy and the unavailable Ms. Bates, despite the fact that they were intentionally speaking softly.

“…I tried to reschedule, but he won’t…and he won’t leave either! Steph, you haven’t seen him. He’s huge, and he walked in looking pissed—not a good combination. I started to call for James to escort him out of the office, but I like James, so…”

Both women shared a laugh. “No, no need for all that. You offered him another appointment. If he chooses to wait, let him wait. I’ll deal with him if he doesn’t get tired and leave.” She laughed again. “I keep saying I need a peephole in this door. You’ve piqued my curiosity now. Wish I could work him in. I’m eager to meet one of these Wild Landers I keep hearing about but never seem to run into any.”

“For the most part, they pretty much keep to themselves, but believe me, you’ll know when you see one.” Cindy sighed. “Guess I’ll go back out here and try to work while he’s glaring at me. I doubt he’s going anywhere, Steph. He seems like the stubborn type.”

“Don’t worry, Cindy. If he’s still there when it’s time for you to leave, I’ll speak to him myself and try to reschedule. In the meantime, just ignore him. Maybe he’ll take the hint and leave.”

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Torin stepped outside several times to stretch his long legs, finding fewer clients waiting for Ms. Bates on each return. He’d overheard everything the lawyer and her receptionist said, but it wasn’t what she had said that bothered him; it was the timbre of her voice itself—soft, smooth, and lilting—that elicited an immediate response. Puzzled by his own involuntary reaction, he wanted to hear more of it, like a cobra drawn helplessly and nonsensically to an oboe.

He sensed the sun had gone down before he stepped over to the small window and looked out. Even in the complete darkness, his eyes did not fail him, and he saw the grounds as clearly as if daylight greeted him. Finally, one man remained in the waiting room with him, but it was well after six p.m.

He picked up the pleasant scent of mint, lemongrass, and lilies and turned just in time to see shapely legs, a voluptuous body full of promise. The warm, mocha-colored face wasn’t bad either. Clearly, it was the owner of the musical voice. His wolf bristled beneath his skin, forcing an internal battle just to remain civilized. Confusion increased his frustration. He’d never reacted to a female this way before, and certainly not a human.

Dariel’s First Book Talk Wednesday of 2013 Guests!

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Tarah Scott
Mark your calendars and stop by my blogger site tomorrow to share with us in “Book Talk Wednesday.” Award winning author Tarah Scott will be one of my guests with an excerpt from her book, “My Highland Love,” along with author Cree Walker and “Whispers on a Scream.” Don’t you just love that title? Hope to see you again tomorrow.
Bio: Tarah Scott
 Award winning author Tarah Scott cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is a Tale of Two Cities, with Gone With the Wind as a close second. She writes modern classical romance, and paranormal and romantic suspense. Tarah grew up in Texas and currently resides in Westchester County, New York with her daughter.

“Dark Sentinels” Series Trailer Update

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Just updated my “Dark Sentinels” series trailer! The new trailer still has the “Dark Sentinels” theme music which I composed. Yay! Added Torin, my hot-blooded hero from “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” with an action shot and cover. He lives at the edge of swamp land near the Florida Everglades. I’m still new at trailers, but learning. I’d appreciate some YouTube visits  to view the trailer and tell me what you think:-) Click here to view it!