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Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true. 

Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.

Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

I have to admit I didn’t have a lot of confidence in this book. The vampire genre has been over done of late, and I find myself getting tired of reading book after book about typical blood thirsty vampires. Then I started to read, and to my delight this is not your typical vampire story.

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In BORN OF BLOOD, Jesse Banks unknowingly, steps into the middle of a battle between good and evil that has raged on for generations. As the danger escalates, she begins to put the pieces of her clouded past together.

Jesse discovers the truth about her ancestors and the horror that relentlessly pursued them — a horror that now pursues her. To survive, she must join the fight. But the immortal monster that stalks her has other, more sinister, plans, and will stop at nothing to see those plans accomplished. Can Jesse escape a fate worse than death and defeat an age-old evil?

Born of Blood, the first in the Blood Chronicles saga, is SB Knight’s debut novel, and what a great start it is. This dark fantasy novel was released just a few short days ago and I’m sure it will be well received.

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Levi’s job is to protect his human until it’s their time to go. That’s what a Guard does. He’s done it for years on end, and he’ll spend his eternity doing the same, mundane thing, following the same, mundane rules.

…Watch from afar.
…Never share your name.
…And above all, never touch a human.

What Levi doesn’t know is that his newest human to protect, Hannah, just might be the catalyst to tipping the scales between good and evil, and he will be forced to decide which side he belongs to. Which friends will he side with, and who will he ultimately protect: his human, or the delicate balance that hangs on stopping the heartbeat of the person he has sworn to protect?

And, when you’re already condemned, what’s there to lose by breaking the rules?

As paranormal romance with a different twist, written from the perspective of the male lead character Levi, Megan Curd has given Forbidden a refreshing new look to this young adult genre.

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Fate seems to have mistaken Anne Serafini, a forensic photographer, for superwoman and she’s not amused. After being stabbed, witnessing a friend’s murder and shooting a man in self-defense, Anne realizes she’s been Fate’s puppet all along.
Now she’s chosen Anna Maria Island to try and take back control of her life. Unfortunately—when a murdered girl washes up on the beach—she understands, once again, Fate has chosen this place for her.
When Anne’s two eccentric aunts decide it’s time to let her in on the family secret, they tell Anne she is the latest fourth generation woman in her brown-eyed family to be born with green eyes and a paranormal gift. Anne’s gift is being in the wrong place at the right time. The gift of serendipity. But, the gift is also a curse. Each green-eyed woman has died before her twenty-eighth birthday.
Anne will turn twenty-eight in three weeks.
Can she embrace her gift and help stop this budding serial killer? Or is he the tool Fate will use to fulfill the family curse?

Have you ever heard of Shannon Esposito? I sure hadn’t before I was asked to review this novel, and that is a real shame. Her book, The Monarch, is a must read.

Do you believe in fate or serendipity? After two weeks of breaking everything I touch I can indeed relate to Anne’s  Seafini’s sting of bad luck. Or is it bad luck? Fate seems to be the ruling force behind everything Anne does, but she doesn’t believe in it. I’m not sure I did either, until I read this book.

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When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he’s not about to take it lying down. 

Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he’s offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan’s best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex’s company, despite doubts about his friend’s guilt. Once undercover, Dugan’s steadfast refusal to accept Alex’s guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he’s romantically involved. 

When a tanker is found adrift near Singapore with a dead crew, and another explodes in Panama as Alex lies near death after a suspicious suicide attempt, Dugan is framed for the attacks. Out of options, and convinced the attacks are prelude to an even more devastating assault, Dugan eludes capture to follow his last lead to Russia, only to be shanghaied as an ‘advisor’ to a Russian Spetsnaz unit on a suicide mission.

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I haven’t had a lot of reading time the last few days so I’m a little behind on posting. I decided, in the interim, I’d let folks know what is coming in the next few weeks. I have a few more books that I have to review.

Currently I’m reading Slow Curve on the Coquihalla by R.E. Donald and will be posting my review as soon as I’m finished. So far I’m really enjoying the book.

Then I have an author interview and book review for Letters In Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin. I’d had this book on my wish list for a while when the author contacted me so I jumped right on that one. Woohooo!!  lol

Coming quickly after that is a guest post (an my review I hope) by author Emily Ward. She’s going to tell us about her upcoming books and their release dates and all kinds of fun stuff.

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Jane woke up to find several things wrong; she was in a hospital, she’d been in a coma for over four weeks, it wasn’t 2007 like she last remembered, it was 2010, and she was married to a man she didn’t know. Dreams of a mysterious green building infiltrate her sleep, but are they just dreams or are they memories? As she struggles to recapture a life she doesn’t remember she discovers clues to a lost love and dangerous experiments that lead to murder. More flashes of memory and a re-acquaintance with an old scientist lead her to an investigation into the mystery of the green building and the discovery of horrific experiments that end in murder… and something worse than murder. 
She learns her best friend has betrayed her and the husband she is trying know and love is not who he says he is. With her trust shattered and her life precariously close to falling apart, she is more dedicated than ever to finding out who is behind the green building and the horrible things that happened there, that happened to her there. The more she learns, the more danger she is in. 

Margaret Millmore, author of Doppelganger Experiment, has ventured into the world of thrillers and given it a kick in the pants. Are the ideas expressed in this novel possible? Could they be happening now, in our time, with no one being the wiser? There are few of us who haven’t been told at one time or another that someone saw our ‘double’, also known as a doppelgänger. As I was reading this novel I couldn’t help but think of The Matrix (movie) and how this story could be a prequel to the movie.

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