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Dariel’s #Sunday Sneak Peek: “The Alerians – Dark Progeny: Rehobeth’s Passion” (WIP)

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She swiped tears from her burning cheeks, her breathing heavy, anger setting in, emotions long stuffed away rising to the surface. Beau sat up, pricked his ears, and a hoarse whine left his open mouth as he watched her from his pallet. Barely a month after returning to her home town to care for her mother, Max found herself packing again before she’d completely unpacked. She threw her things together in two-hours, left her apartment and moved across town to the historical home her mother left to her and her half-sister. She dug under a pile of underwear, silky pinks, blacks, blues, and prints, Beau looking over her shoulder, and pulled out a flannel gown with blue flowers. Ugly as sin, but it would keep her warm.

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Dariel’s Satin Sheets Review: “Dangerous Temptation” by Catrina Barton

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Dariel’s Satin Sheets Review: “Dangerous Temptation” by Catrina Barton

Product Details

  • File Size: 454 KBDangerousTemptationCover
  • Publisher: Catrina Barton; One edition (March 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CASSGDI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Lending: Enabled

Seventeen year-old orphan Kaitlin Sinclair’s world gets turned upside down when she’s forced to move half way around the world to Indonesia with her uncle she never knew existed. Things get worse when the demons she left behind in America follow her to the land of intrigue. 

Her uncle forces her to attend a celebration where she meets Cadmon Quinn, a mysterious, captivating stranger, who reveals that he knew her parents. She uncovers secrets that in the wrong hands could destroy his endangered clan of were-tigers.

When Kaitlin dives into a foreign culture, full of mystique and dangers everywhere she turns, keeping her heart safe might prove as impossible as staying alive!

 

Dariel’s Review:

I received a copy of “Dangerous Temptation” free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Normally, YA or New Adult stories are not in my repertoire, but when I read the first five chapters of Barton’s white tiger shifter series book one, I was eager to find out how the story would end.

 

Kaitlin is a strong, memorable heroine paired with a strong, compassionate hero, and that alone is a winning combination. At times the story seemed to meander a bit, but considering the genre, a young woman learning her strength and purpose, the loose ends eventually cleared to a satisfying conclusion.

 

Add detailed fight scenes, a number of intentional and unintentional antagonists, and you have an enjoyable read. Plenty romance for any romance lover, and enough of a cliff hanger at the end to anticipate book two in the series. I congratulate Barton on her debut, a good start to a writing career worth watching! 4.5 rounded up to 5*****stars for the strength of the exceptionally developed female lead.

 

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Dariel’s Review: “Soul Meaning” by A.D. Starrling

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Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours, I found another great author with another great book! “Soul Meaning” is A.D. Starrling’s first book in the “Seventeen Series.” Join us tomorrow at my blogger spot for her interview and an inside look at this fantastic new author. There’s also a Rafflecopter giveaway you might want to enter 🙂

Dariel’s Review: “Soul Meaning” by A.D. Starrling

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KBSoul_Meaning-800-Height
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008L8IU8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 

 

My name is Lucas Soul.
Today, I died again.
This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’

The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.

Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters.

One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.

From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.

Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?

 

Review

I received a review copy of “Soul Meaning” free of charge in exchange for an honest review. “Soul Meaning,” book one of A.D.Starrling’s “Seventeen Series” is aptly categorized as a supernatural thriller. Let me start by saying the first book in any series is challenging to say the least. The author has to balance introducing readers to a new world with dumping too much information and confusing or boring them too death. Well, Starrling came pretty close to finding a perfect balance here. This book has something for the paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and science fan.

Back in the day, “Highlander” was one of the few shows I taped to make sure I didn’t miss an episode. Starrling took me back to those fond memories with Soul, and added a feudal plot twist not present in the Duncan McLeod stories (Crovirs vs. Bastians). Filled with non-stop action and adventure, detailed fight scenes and an intriguing lead character, not to mention the rich mix of supporting characters, this is definitely a page turner.

Did I mention how much I enjoyed it? “Soul Meaning” is well worth the time of any reader who enjoys reading for entertainment and doesn’t mind learning and thinking along the way. Starrling’s well-researched environmental and historical facts enrich the story and make it even more real. My only complaint if I must have one is that it got a little wordy at times, but the writing style is fast-paced and I loved the characters. I could very easily see a movie-making deal in the future. Rich and savory. I look forward to the next installment. 4.5 rounded up to 5***** stars. Great job!

 

Dariel’s #Sneak Peek Sunday: “Children of Cain” (WIP)

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Welcome to my Sneak Peek Sunday excerpt! This is just a short piece from my next series, “Children of Cain: Ishmael.” Hope it intrigues you 🙂

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“So let me get this straight.” Ishmael rounded on Uziel, his temper firing his next words. “Because you have failed, I have to suffer the consequences.”

“It was no failure on my part! He would not listen.” Uziel frowned, sorrow evident in his voice.

Ishmael sighed, took a step toward his friend, and folded his arms across his chest. “This ‘charge’ as you call him, needs constant supervision, and I have not been called to guard one of them in a very long time.  You are the guard, not me. I will not. I will not be remanded to that wretched place again.”