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Dariel’s Review : “The Mark of Cain”

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This review was originally posted to my Review page on this site, and definitely deserves a second look! Enjoy…

Mark of Cain

For mature readers only.
 

Mark of Cain

  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KAM0FO
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History as we know it is a lie. An intricate web of half-truths and falsifications spun by the most infamous murderer in history: the immortal, Cain, son of Adam and Eve. All so the truth of him and his power can stay in the shadows, with every oblivious mortal his pawn. The Mark of Cain reveals the truth.

After murdering his brother, Abel, Cain was unjustly cursed by God. When the curse becomes too unbearable for him and he faces immortality alone, Cain puts his energy into claiming the Earth as his own. Now, after thousands of years living his life as some of history’s greatest conquerors, the ruthless first son of Adam finally has a controlling interest in the world with the strongest governments secretly answering to him.

Tired of the bloodshed and manipulation that has brought him to this point, Cain is ready to relax. But God has sent someone to challenge his interests: a young woman named Hara, whose very life was foretold centuries ago.

To keep God from victory, Cain sets out to woo and corrupt Hara, planning to kill her once she is no longer God’s Chosen One. At first, as she edges off the path leading toward the fulfillment of the prophecy, Cain can’t help but feel smug. However, the closer he gets to her, the more he finds that Hara’s charitable presence causes him to feel shame for the first time in his long life, and soon he finds that he no longer wishes her harm. But the prophecy is clear on this; she has to die for him to win. When it comes to her end, will he be as selfish as he has always been, or will he sacrifice himself for the love of his very long life?

 
Review
 

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review, and WOW am I delighted! “The Mark of Cain” is an outstanding read with romance, action, and epic historical sections. Even the most flawed characters are believable and loveable

 Hara is an orphan, raised in a Catholic orphanage to be as perfect and good as possible, while Cain, yes, the one from the Bible, is the world’s first murderer, unrepentant, blasphemous, always harboring a dark motive for everything he does. Cain is hardened and self-centered, while Hara is innocent and fragile. Each needs the other to effect positive changes in their lives.

 Cain is definitely not the typical hero, but he’s blatantly honest, and unapologetic about his character or motives. Seeley’s ability to create a complex man who is both hero/protagonist and antagonist is remarkable, and I immediately fell in love with his sharp, if a bit dark wit and sense of humor. Despite the terrible crimes Cain has committed throughout his immortal lifetime, Seeley managed to make me relate to him, and his actions toward Hara are every woman’s dream.

 Hara, the heroine, is the source of our necessary side-kicks, Tracker and Crystal.  Their characters become more important as the story unwinds, particularly Tracker, who not only harbors a secret from Hara, but wants her for himself.

The greatest accomplishment is Seeley’s descent into Cain’s mind. Any reader will learn to love him, hoping for the best and yearning for a happily ever after until the very end. Due to Hara’s innocence, there was very little sex in the novel, but the story was so enthralling, I barely missed it (and I do enjoy a good love scene). This is a MUST read – one you’ll grab to read every free moment, hate to put it down, and actually feel sad when it’s over. A rare novel I’m sure I’ll read more than once. Definitely five satin pillows! Heat rating: Sensual (2 candles out of 5).

The greatest accomplishment is Seeley’s descent into Cain’s mind. Any reader will learn to love him, hoping for the best and yearning for a happily ever after until the very end. Due to Hara’s innocence, there was very little sex in the novel, but the story was so enthralling, I barely missed it (and I do enjoy a good love scene). This is a MUST read – one you’ll grab to read every free moment, hate to put it down, and actually feel sad when it’s over. A rare novel I’m sure I’ll read more than once. Definitely five satin pillows! Heat rating: Sensual (2 candles out of 5).

New Release: Dark Sentinels Prequel

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“Dark Sentinels Prequel” New Release!!

Psst! Official release day is 2/13/2014, but it’s already LIVE!!

Sometimes a girl has to go the extra mile to capture the man she loves, especially when she’s a sentinel wolf shifter from Washington state with no possible mates for miles.

Orphaned in childhood, Dr. Syreena Adler learned at an early age to depend on her twin brother, Sable, and herself, but phone conversations with a Georgia sentinel she’s never seen spark unexpected desire.

Southern red wolf sentinel Cord Velasquez has spent his life atoning for the death of his entire family. He wants a life with Syreena, but when she surprises him with an impromptu visit, the realization of his greatest fear seems inevitable.

“Dark Sentinels Prequel” – Amazon    “Dark Sentinels Prequel” – B&N

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“Dark Sentinels – Book One: Sable” 

Sable, a sentinel wolf shifter, is captured and locked in his wolf form until Akila, a veterinarian, tries to tame him and unleashes a 6’5″ baby blue-eyed surprise.

Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible. The only child of wealthy, yet distant parents, she’s convinced that love is not for her. Until…

Sable’s search for his twin sister leads him to Akila. Born into a rare species of wolf shifters whose main purpose is protecting others, he has always been forced to fend for himself, but Akila’s loving, protective nature draws him – and not a moment too soon. Together, they must learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy.

“Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable” on Amazon

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“Dark Sentinels One and Two” Paperback

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“Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” 

When greedy land developers set their sights on Dark Sentinel land, Torin turns to attorney Stephanie Bates for help, but she’ll need his protection to stay alive long enough to save his land.

Real estate lawyer, Stephanie Bates, has risen to the top of her field through meticulous sacrifice and goal setting. She has no time for distractions – and that includes pets, messy relationships, and loose ends.

Torin DuMont is a forensic scientist who chose the profession to avoid dealing with people as much as possible. Raised by a stepfather who hated him, he’s been forced to live a life of solitude, fueled by anger and distrust. When wolves and shifters start turning up dead, Torin must battle an enemy bent on destroying those he was born to protect. His greatest challenge, however, is Attorney Bates and the surprising effect she has on his heart.

“Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” at Amazon

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“Jordan’s Wings” (The Alerians – Dark Progeny Book One) 

Jordan Taylor is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, but after a string of lackluster relationships, her dream of a man who truly loves and appreciates her strength seems impossible…Until she meets Canaan, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Instinctively, she knows her neat, if lackluster life is about to change.

Born more than 200 years ago, Canaan looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.When he meets Jordan, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for.  To claim her, Canaan will have to betray his friend, humble himself enough to win her love, and risk his very life.

“The Alerians – Dark Progeny: Jordan’s Wings”

“The Alerians –Dark Progeny: Jordan’s Wings” at Amazon

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“Untameable Heat: Kaden’s Reprieve”

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Tanya has been running for her life for two years, but when Ms. Lillian, owner of the exclusive “Heaven’s Touch” match making service, graciously gives her a week’s stay at her private bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, FL, she seizes the opportunity to escape to a possible hideaway.

Kaden is of a rare and precious race prized for extraordinary abilities. He is also half-demon, remanded to Kushiel’s custody centuries ago. Allowed leave from Hell twice a year, three days each time – Beltane, and Samhain, his life thus far has been filled with slavery, torture, and despair, and he is nearly convinced that his soul is beyond redemption. Still, he longs for freedom. Can Tanya redeem him? Can Kaden dare hope for a reprieve?

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Starts 2/13/2014 – check my blogger site for tour hosts!

 

 

“Here, Kitty Kitty”: Charity Shifter Anthology to Help Big Cats

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The awesome Mia Darien had an idea, and invited A. Star, Jessica Nicholls, Abigail Owen, BR Kingsolver, and me to join her in helping the Exotic Feline Rescue Center. Our anthology will release Oct. 6th, and all proceeds go to the rescue center to help feed and care for big cats 🙂 We have a giveaway event, so click on the link at the bottom of this post to join us and enter. Here’s a bit about each story in the anthology.
Title: His Jaguar Princess
Author: A. Star (website)
Featured Feline: Jaguar
Jaguar shifter Selene Peters can’t deny her feelings for the tycoon Lucas King. Somehow, he’s penetrated her barriers and become more than just a client, but loving a human is dangerous and she fears her past repeating itself. Could he help her overcome the past or will she sacrifice her happiness and succumb to it? Not if he has anything to say about it…
Title: In Our Nature
Author: Jessica Nicholls (website)
Featured Feline: Cougar
When Mira’s privacy and independence are threatened, she can be very nasty.  Daniel is an expert on American mountain lions. His assistance is requested after an ‘incident’ on Mira’s front lawn. When the two meet, they recognise each other in more than one way.
Title: Divine Passage
Author: Dariel Raye (website)
Featured Feline: Panther
Kimani, a breeder with the power to preserve the human race, must depend on her guardian, Ahkil, a black panther shifter with more than one reason to distrust humans, but his secrets could change the course of her life forever.
Title: The Distance Between
Author: Mia Darien (website)
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Featured Feline: Siberian Tiger
She’s traveled thousands of miles, looking for a safe place. He’s brought her thousands of miles, looking to not be lonely any more. But they both have secrets. Can they bridge the distance between, and find what they’re looking for in each other?
Title: Hannah’s Fate
Author: Abigail Owen (website)
Featured Feline: Cougar
Cougar shifters have allied into groups, together in a rocky alliance to protect themselves against other shifters. Hannah Keller becomes the targeted Mate for Kyle Carstairs, the treacherous soon-to-be Alpha of another group. Meanwhile, Nick Jensen, her childhood hero and longtime secret crush, has returned home with hopes of claiming Hannah for his own. But will he be in time to rescue her from the Carstairs’s schemes?
Title: Full Moon
Author: BR Kingsolver (website)
Featured Feline: Jaguar
The full moon can get a girl stirred up, especially with a handsome cowboy paying her way too much attention. If it wasn’t for those damned werewolves causing trouble and getting in the way…

July Happenings

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The official date for our “Untameable Heat” party to begin was actually yesterday, but my co-host, author Kathryn Edgar played a really fun word game with everyone this weekend so we thought it might be good to give the notifications a rest. After the “Sizzling Summer Blog Hop” and Katy’s game, my e-mails nearly doubled. LOL All worth it though.

Now, we’re gearing up for the beginning of the launch tour starting with Mommasez all day on July 11th, and going strong through the release day bash that night from 8 – 10PM EST on our “Untameable Heat” event page. We’ve also got four more Facebook parties during the month of July. I’ll tell you more about those along the way. I might just surprise everybody and release “Kaden’s Reprieve” a day or so early, so keep your eyes peeled for updates and details. Oh, and when you stop by, make sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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In addition to the “Untameable Heat” launch parties and tour, “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” is on tour with CBLS Promotions, and visiting two blogs today: Kelly P’s Blog, and Literary Writings. Again, there’s a giveaway, so stop by, say hello, and throw your hat in the ring for another prize. I’d love to see you 🙂

Untameable Heat Launch Party and Tour Begins…

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Nearly 200 people have joined the “Untameable Heat” launch party and tour already, and we’d love to see you there too! As you know, the more the merrier 🙂 Official release day is July 11th, so we’re celebrating that day with a feature post at Mommasez (all day), but since patience is not one of my virtues, the Rafflecopter giveaway starts July 8th! Make sure to enter while you’re there (you can enter the giveaway at the party or from a hosted tour site). Then, join us from 8PM – 10PM EST July 11th for our first launch party at the “Untameable Heat” event page  Notice I said our first because we have 4 more launch parties scheduled – July 19th, 25th, 27th, and 31st! They’re denoted by the word “contest” in the tour schedule below.

The parties are packed with opportunities to grab all kinds of fun goodies like signed cover flats, logo cards, hot books, and you’re gonna love our snazzy jewels! Here’s a bit about the books and you can find the schedule below…Oh, one more thing – to get Rafflecopter points, visit the host blogs below 🙂

Lilith’s Freedom by Kathryn Edgar

In the dark alleys of the St Louis riverfront sits a club known only to those evil enough to enter.   The club is called The Master’s Lair.  It is frequented by the evil underbelly of the supernatural world.  Lilith is a beautiful succubus entertaining nightly in the Lair.

Lilith has grown bored with her life.  She is ready for more.   The Master has promised her release from her succubus bonds is possible, except the price may be higher than she can afford.

 Alex is hell bent on revenge.  An angel that watched his sister die in the clutches of a goblin drug ring, his main mission is to end their reign of death.   Going undercover as a fallen angel he throws himself into danger going inside The Master’s Lair.

Meeting the beautiful Lilith wasn’t part of his revenge plan.  Yet, something in him wants to be her redemption.  Alex wonders if he can be the one to help Lilith attain the freedom she seeks or will he endanger them both?

Kaden’s Reprieve by Dariel Raye

Tanya has been running for her life for two years, but when Ms. Lillian, owner of the exclusive “Heaven’s Touch” match making service, graciously gives her a week’s stay at her private bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, FL, she seizes the opportunity to escape to a possible hideaway.

Kaden is of a rare and precious race prized for extraordinary abilities. He is also half-demon, remanded to Kushiel’s custody centuries ago. Allowed to leave Hell twice a year, three days each time – Beltane, and Samhain, his life thus far has been filled with slavery, torture, and despair, and he is nearly convinced that his soul is beyond redemption. Still, he longs for freedom. Can Tanya redeem him? Can Kaden dare hope for a reprieve? 

 

Tour Schedule

July 11 – Mommasez – http://ccclubbs.com

July 12 – Kelly P’s Blog – http://kellyatx.blogspot.com/

July 13 – A.R. Von DreamZ of Dragons – http://www.dreamzofdragons.blogspot.com

July 14 –

July 15 – J.M. Griffin – www.jmgriffin.co / Katy’s interview – From Mia’s Desk – www.miadarien.com

July 16 –

July 17 – Buffy’s Ramblings – kennedy.blogspot.com

July 18 – Kaden’s interview – From Mia’s Desk – www.miadarien.com

July 19 – Sapphire Kande Contest– www.sapphirekande.blogspot.com

July 20 – Sadrina –  Books and Their Worldly Realm

July 21 – Butterflies, Books & Dreams – http://butterlfiesbooksanddreams.blogspot.com/

July 22 – Chantel Rhondeau – www.chantelrhondeau.com

July 24 – Krystal Shannan – http://www.krystalshannan.com/blog.html

July 25 – Ravenz Reviews Contest – http://www.ravenzreviews.blogspot.com/

July 26 – Danita Minnis – http://danitaminnis.danitaminnis.com

July 27 – The Romance Troupe Contest– http://www theromancetroupe.blogspot.com

July 28 –

July 29 – Jill Prand – http://jillprand.blogspot.com/

July 30 –

July 31 – Becca Edwards Contest– http://beccaannesbookreviews.blogspot.com/

#Sunday Sneak Peek: “Untameable Heat: Kaden’s Reprieve”

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Kaden’s powers were of no use here, ineffective until he reached the surface.

He climbed quickly but carefully, the suffocating scent of sulfur and decay causing him to labor for each breath. Falling thousands of miles was the last thing he needed. It would take him an entire day to wake up and heal from the injuries, leaving him even less time. Everything always came back to the curse, and he wondered why he still bothered year after year, century after century. He sighed, mumbling to himself in ancient Arabic. “Don’t think, dammit. Just climbUntameable Heat Kaden's Reprieve out of here and get on with it.”

Dariel’s #Sunday Sneak Peek: “Ashanti’s Becoming” Summer Quickie (WIP)

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Ashanti dropped the scroll with a gasp. Someone had seen her, looked directly into her eyes. Not just anyone, but a man who made her mouth water. Her mother didn’t know about it, but she’d been peeking through a tiny hole she made through her bedroom wall since her seventh birthday.

She’d seen many men to compare this one to, and her body’s reaction when their gazes met was undeniable. In fact, the fluttering of her heart, the accordion vibrating in her lower abdomen, and her apparent lapse in judgment since she still sat there in shock, unable to move, gave her pretty strong evidence of his surprising  effect on her.

Ashanti reached down and picked up the scroll she’d dropped, rose fluidly from her perch on the hill situated over the village, and cast a cloaking spell to help her blend into the darkness.

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