Authors Showcase: Fantasy and Vampires

The Book: Genesis

The Author: Christie Rich and Amber McNemar

The Story: Having just escaped the nefarious plans of the Order, Rayla Tate thinks all she has to do now is rescue her family and sort through her feelings, but bonding with five men might just be her undoing. Not only does she have to deal with all of them reading her mind, Rayla must choose a bondmate before she will be allowed to venture into the mortal realm to save those she loves most.

She has three weeks to get to know each lord, but her journey turns into far more than a simple choice of the heart. Rayla comes face to face with the underhanded dealings of the fae political system where good is a matter of taste and evil lurks under beautiful shells. Long held judgments crumble when she discovers the heart beneath the men she has come to count on. Rayla must overcome long held fears, discover the truth behind the creatures of the dark realms, and conquer her greatest weakness before she can take her place as the new queen of the fae.

However, her world crumbles when she discovers following her heart’s desire might just mean the destruction of the world. Will Rayla have the courage to choose the man who has risked everything to win her, or will she succumb to the manipulations of the fae council and those who would use her power for evil?

One choice: five men. The stakes have never been higher, but which one will prevail?

A Review by Nereid: I am really enjoying this series, Rayla has grown from a naive young girl to a woman who makes the best of her situations and forges ahead regardless of the costs to her. Some may say she is crazy and impulsive but I love that she stands up for those she cares about. Everyone seems to have their own agenda and she is finding it hard to discern who really cares for her and her wants her power.

The Council suggested she bond with all of the Fae Lords to thwart Ainessa from trying to bond with her. Whilst that is a band aid solution to her problem it does buy her some time to get to know the Fae Lords in their own environment and she can then ascertain if they are willing to bond with her for the right reasons. Having been so close to bonding to Heath, she feels almost cheated and does not understand the reasoning behind why she feels that way.

Heath has gotten under her skin and for better or worse he is almost constantly in her thoughts. Despite being assured that this method of bonding would keep her safe, outside forces are at work and Rayla feels that she is not safe anyway.

Time is running out and Rayla does not know who she can really trust but she must learn to trust herself first before she can make that ultimate decision. Hellhounds, wraiths and trolls become her champions as she refused to treat them as lesser beings because of what they are. Styx was one of my favourites, who wouldn’t love a winged horse to whisk them away at a moment’s notice.

The Fae realms sounded so magical with crystal palaces and Atlantis style living, like something out of a dream. Any little girl who has ever wished that she was a Fairy princess would be envious of such a life. Will Rayla get her happily ever after or will she have to sacrifice herself to save those she loves?

The Book: Bleeding Hearts

The Author: Ash Krafton

The Story: According to Publisher’s Weekly: “A meet-cute at an Egyptian antiquities exhibit draws self-confessed bleeding-heart advice columnist Sophie Galen into the orbit of Marek Thurzo, a moody mystery man with “Paul Newman lips” and an intense interest in Sophie from the moment they meet. In short order, Marek introduces Sophie to a secret underworld of vampires, werewolves, and demivampires–his own kind, vampire precursors who can still walk in daylight and have not yet lost their souls. Sophie herself has a destiny among “the DV,” as she learns to her considerable peril.”

A Review by Angie: Sophie Galen is an advice columnist for The Mag. She personally believes that there is good in everyone and tries to help her fellow man whenever she can. She cares for everyone she meets except for Donna The Stapler Nazi. Sophie’s editor Barbara knows that she can count on Sophie to go the extra mile when is comes to work. Sophie is best friends with a priest named Jared who shares a past history with her. She loves to browse around the local museum especially the Egyptian Section. Sophie meets Marek, a handsome stranger, that also shares his like for Egyptian Culture especially about Isis.

Marek is intrigued by Sophie and yet finds himself wanting to protect her at all costs whether Sophie knows it or not. When Marek tells Sophie that he’s demivampire or DV Sophie isn’t freaked out by this information which surprises Marek. Marek introduces Sophie to his world and family. Rodrian is Marek’s brother and business partner. He’s also father to Shiloh whom he adores greatly. Marek’s business and political contacts are worried about a new tax bill that could damage the DV and humans alike if it’s passed. The Mag is working on an article that will show the pros and cons of tax bill.

Marek is worried that the Master will strike out against the whole population. Marek has been working on personal research about The Sophia Oracle and believes that Sophie is the one. How does Jared help Sophie? Is Marek keeping secrets? Is Sophie really the Oracle? Will the tax bill be passed? What are the Master’s plans? Will Sophie accept Marek’s world? Your answers await you in Bleeding Hearts.

I love the unique twist about vampires and other paranormal creatures. I found that I loved alot of Sophie’s characteristic. She is so giving and full of compassion that you want to be just like.

The world needs more Sophie’s in it. Marek isn’t your typical bad boy persona yet he has all the qualities of an Alpha male. I would be interested in seeing this story continue into another book. I thought the author did an excellent job with the creation of this story. I look forward to reading more of their works.

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