Authors Showcase features the novels of Lissa Bryan and Tricia Schneider

The Book: The End of All Things

The Author: Lissa Bryan

41EPk6CWJVL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The Story: After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.

Review by Allie Jean: I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian novels lately. With the world in the state it is in today, it’s easy to see how this society can quickly end up in an “Apocalyptic” type scenario. For me, it’s more realistic than many of the other types of genres I like to read, yet fantasy at the same time.

That being said, it is very hard to pull off a well thought out plot line that is both believable and logical in reality, yet has that aspect of fantasy that keeps the readers guessing at what will happen next. Lissa Bryan’s The End Of All Things has this key aspect and has nailed it down perfectly. More importantly, I can actually picture myself in the same scenario as the characters, which is paramount to making any dystopian novel plausible.

I truly enjoyed this novel. In fact, I couldn’t put it down! Every page left me wanting to find out what happened next. I’ve been a big fan of Lissa’s for a while now, but this story let me see a new side of her imagination that left me wanting more.

Review by Bookfanatic 54: A beautiful story with well developed characters. I liked that Carly isn’t this kick butt woman at first (but, ultimately, she can do what she has too) and Justin isn’t all about saving the world.

The animals though STEAL the show. The author managed to put a bit of humor in a book that could be very dark. The ending was excellent. Hope after devastation. The lost of the one “character” though, broke my heart. (Sorry to be vague, don’t want to give it away.)

Very well written…..Thanks for a good book!!

The Book: The Witch and the Vampire

The Author: Tricia Schneider

TheWitchandtheVam_W4824_300The Story: Melora Merriweather is searching for a fellow witch to protect her from a scheming uncle with plans of marriage. When her carriage overturns on her journey, she is rescued by a mysterious man whom she learns is the very person she seeks. But, he’s not the witch she thought he was…

Sebastian Collins should have left for London days ago. Now a snowstorm has trapped him with a woman who has come seeking protection, a woman who intrigues him like no other. And with each passing hour, his hunger for her grows…hunger for her kiss, her caress, and her blood.

Review by LAS Reviewer: A man and a woman both have secrets that can destroy but in this story they have the power to turn the tide and make those negatives into the most positive force of all–love.

Melora is the heroine with an extra talent. She’s a witch on the run and is most desperate when I meet her in this story. What I found interesting is how Ms. Schneider had her heroine not only knowledgeable about things in the world but unafraid to face them head on. Melora is not depicted as a shy young miss but a woman who not only knows her own mind but is willing to stand up for herself in any way she has to. She also is willing to fight for what her heart tells her is the man for her. The author created a good balance of having the heroine fall in love despite the short time frame. There was none of the predestined mating that seems to be a well used easy out lately. Sure, Melora had visions but they were certainly no guarantee about what they truly meant nor that the man she sees is her destiny. So many things can go wrong and actually, they do.

Sebastian is the flawed hero in this story. He is a man plagued with fighting against his own nature and he is at a disadvantage, but the heroine doesn’t figure it out for awhile. A reader gets the gist of it a bit earlier but not by much. I liked his strength of will, probably because I don’t even have a tenth of what he has to resist temptation. But with all fun romances, the hero finally succumbs to his desires after a few stuttering starts and stops – which of course heightened the sensual heat of the story.

Another aspect of Sebastian I liked occurred at the first scene of conflict. I really thought that was going to turn out to be a blood bath. All the elements were there and the drama certainly warranted it but the author had other devious plans in store which turned out to be a much more effective and dramatic use of those key ingredients. Not all bad guys are bad when they show redeemable qualities and Sebastian owns the market share on that wise bit of insight. Not that he recognizes it himself at first. It took the love of Melora for him to start dreaming of a possible future and it was a beautiful moment in the book.

The conflict is two-fold in this story but it’s basically the same – survival. Both Melora and Sebastian have their demons chasing them and it ends up being `a stand and fight when your back is against a wall’ type pressure. Ms. Schneider wrote it well enough that I was caught up in the suspense of it all. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough wondering how in the world would they triumph and get their happily ever after.

Fortunately, this is a very satisfying romance because Sebastian and Melora do get their happy ending but it’s conditional and I thought that very interesting. It wasn’t perfect and sappy; it was true to the story and the situation. I liked that.

The Witch and the Vampire entertained me from the first time Melora gazed into Sebastian’s eyes until the very end with all that banging on the door. This is a very sweet and wonderful romance that I believe many paranormal romance readers will enjoy as much as I did. And once a reader finishes this story and gets the idea that it sounds like there’s a back story then they’d be right. Melora’s sister, Lillian, had her happily ever after prior to this book (in The Witch and the Wolf) and both books are great stand alones but it was great to know both sisters are loved and happy after everything they’ve been through. Thank you, Ms. Schneider, for providing me with a great reading experience.

Review by Eagleartist: I read this one before I read The Witch and the Wolf which actually came first. They were both quick reads but I could not move my eyes from the pages. Intense and sexy, and I cannot wait for the release of her next book.

I was completely enchanted by the sisters and their ‘dangerous protectors’. I re-read them both almost immediately to make sure I had not missed any juicy details. Tricia is on my watch list for sure.

 

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