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Anya’s Dragons

Now available at eXtasy Books. CLICK HERE to buy.

 Anya must choose between not believing in folktales and the actual giants who have taken her under their wings.

A peaceful world becomes the target for alien treasure seekers who kill all the inhabitants of the castle in their bid to find the hidden object. They are successful in wiping out all the occupants…almost.

Running through the forest, Anya doesn’t bother to look back. Her family and friends are dead and those who did the deed are coming after her next. An exhausted night’s sleep ends in a shocked waking when she finds herself surrounded by strangers.

In the caves of the dragons Anya is pressed into service of the two males who rescued her, and they find it hard to keep control of their instincts when impulse seems far more attractive.

Tirzah’s Allure

Now available from eXtasy Books, Tirzah’s Allure.

Romance, Menage a Trois, paranormal, shapeshifter, fantasy.

46800 words

$4.99

Tirzah’s disobedience leads her to civilization and the man she dared not dream of.

Tirzah disobeys the rules of her tribe and ventures beyond the boundary into the forbidden zone convinced there has to be a more advanced species on the planet. Traveling mainly as her cat shape, she not only finds civilization, but also the man she believes to be her soul mate. His feline form is a black cat. How will her white furred tribe react to him?

Cain thinks he’s the only cat shifter on Earth until he scents another. To his astonishment, she’s a white cat and she speaks a very strange language. Will nature override social barriers and how can he get her out of his heart and into his arms?

New book on Sept 15th

Coming to eXtasy Books on September 15th, a shapeshifter romance, menage a trois, science fiction/fantasy, interracial. I haven’t posted for a while because I’ve been busy writing. There is more in the hopper, but I’ll only post about this book for now as it’s almost due out at http://www.extasybooks.com

Tirzah’s disobedience leads her to civilization and the man she dared not dream of.

Tirzah disobeys the rules of her tribe and ventures beyond the boundary into the forbidden zone convinced there has to be a more advanced species on the planet. Traveling mainly as her cat shape, she not only finds civilization, but also the man she believes to be her soul mate. His feline form is a black cat. How will her white furred tribe react to him?

Cain thinks he’s the only cat shifter on Earth until he scents another. To his astonishment, she’s a white cat and she speaks a very strange language. Will nature override social barriers and how can he get her out of his heart and into his arms?

Books for a buck

The reviews are coming in randomly. I’ve copied and pasted some of them below. Readers, these books, except the very last one which is the longest story, are all ONE dollar at Amazon. Click to buy.

The Samsara Chronicles

Book Review:
            EOS is the first of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  To start off Seanna and Blake find out they are having a little girl, Aislinn, who the Antiquitas say is special.  Seanna doesn’t know what to believe as she hears music and sees bright lights that tell her how special her child is.  The first part ends with her birth, watched over by the angels.
            26 years later world war 3 is tearing the earth apart.  In the midst of this mass distruction a little girl finds a candlestick that the angels tell her to take to her sister Aislinn.  Angelica has lost her family but knows she is on her way to find her sister.
            The whole sisters but not sisters thing was really confusing, but I figure it will make more sense as the story progresses.  So far I am drawn in and intrigued by the story.  I am excited to read the next part and see how Angelica and Aislinn find each other and is Seanna and Blake are still around.
            I give part one of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

Review: This is a short novella and I will be reading and reviewing all 14 books in the series over the next 12 or so weeks. In the first book, we meet Sienna and Blake, a loving couple in their early 40s. They live on a 10 acre farm and although they had always longed for children they were never able to have any naturally or through assisted efforts.   They are not young lovers, but they are still enamored and the story begins with a sensual dream that results in warm lovemaking that is private and not described. There are several sensual encounters that are tastefully presented. They may seem prominent because this book is so short, but the story goes beyond the lovemaking.

The initial encounter is to set the story for the series as the activity results in an unexpected pregnancy. Harmonious voices and lights appear to Sienna as the Antiquitas, the ancient keepers of knowledge. They let her know that her daughter, Aislinn, is a chosen child to save the world in the future.

The writing has an easy flow and I enjoyed the descriptions and the anticipation set up by this story. The characters are nice although not deeply developed. After the birth of the baby the book shifts 26 years to the future where the world has been devastated by World War three. Another child, Angelica, is introduced as a ‘sister’ preparing to meet Aislinn.

This is an interesting set up, to have this many novellas set out separately. This first book is only 50 pages. It is engaging and I am interested in where the story will go. There are some scenes that are not pursued, like the sighting of a white wolf, and it will be interesting to see if this is picked up in future books.

Pleasant description:

Stately evergreens flanked the driveway, their feathery branches already laden with a veil of white. Location 160.

Devastation:

Above the cries of the wounded and dying, a tolling bell solemnly lamented man’s legacy–now crushed and broken between the dust and rubble that had become the domain of vermin. Location 520.

Book Review:

            Nadir is the second of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  Sienna and Blake still live on their farm, but their daughter Aislinn lives in the city.  The world has suffered from war and a plague like disease called the ‘scourge.’  There are tons of homeless and crashers, which seem like extreme drug addicts or scourge victims.  The voices and lights that Sienna saw while pregnant come to Aislinn when she is upset or worried and comfort her.
            The story starts with her apartment having been broken into by someone searching for something she has, but she doesn’t know what it is they want.  Two officers just happened to be in the area.  One, Detective Dylan Young, has a premonition or strong urge to go to the apartment even before the call about the break-in.  Dylan and Aislinn have an immediate connection.  Aislinn’s voices tell her to trust him.  She ends up asking him for help and it turns out to be a good thing because he saves her twice from two crashers with bright green auras.  His aura is deep mauve, which is a good thing.  Green seems to be evil or at least dangerous.
            I give part two of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.
Review:  Eos is the first of 13 in the Samsara Chronicles by Gabriella Bradley and Diana Kemp.  Each section is very short, so I do not want to spoil it by summarizing the story.  I will tell you that the writing is strong and the story engrossing.  The characters are fairly well developed and most are likable.  I look forward to seeing how they develop over the next 12 books in the series, which I will also be reviewing here.  Perhaps once I’ve completed the whole set I will review the story as a whole.  In the mean time, happy reading and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a kindle fire.
Review:Covenant is the 3rd of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  In this story Aislinn and Dylan come closer together.  They are staying together because of Aislinn’s apartment being broken into, but emotionally they are connecting also.  Aislinn continues to see auras.  Aislinn is told of a crystal skull at her work Christmas party and goes to see it after work that same day.

            The antique store owner won’t sell it.  He is holding it until the rightful owner arrives for it and a special box that belongs to Dylan somehow.  Christmas at Aislinn’s parents turns into a nightmare when they are attacked.  She and Dylan divert the attack with the help of the skull, but the day is ruined.  Returning home they confess their feelings for each other and then learn they must open the door for Altithronus.
            This was a gripping installment of the story.  It’s like you say ‘finally’ when they admit their feelings for each other because you knew it was going to happen.  They also find out how strong they are, why they are there, and what they need to do next.  It would be hard to be in their position, but in a world where only 1/3 of the people are still alive stranger things could happen.
            I give part 3 of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

This is a review of the first book Eos from The Samsara Chronicles. 

WOW! Talk about interesting with a hanging at the end.  This book will draw the reader in wanting more and wondering what happens in the next book.  I loved how the authors left everything hanging at the end.

This book is a very fast read and took me about 25 minutes to read while at work.  Yes, longer than normal but I was trying to figure out a problem at work and reading this book helped to clear my mind and solve the problem.  That just goes to show you what a great book this actually is.

I am reading all the books in this series so stop back by and read all the reviews for this amazing series.

The bunnies and I give this book carrots

Thanks for a great read Gabriella & Diana I look forward to the rest of the series.

Review:
This is the second book in the Samsara Chronicles series. Although it picks up where the first book ends, it doesn’t review much of the first book but seems to assume that the reader has read book 1. This book is all about introducing the reader to Aislinn and Dylan and briefly explaining their mission.

Aislinn is a survivor who moved from her parents’ farm (book 1) to go to college and then get a job in the city of Vancouver which, even with much destruction, has fared better than many cities that have been reduced to rubble by earthquakes, fires, drought and uncontrolled looting. Aislinn has always had her own private light bubbles to comfort her in times of stress. Now she learns from her bubbly light friends that she is “the bearer of the light”, a chosen leader. The warm, comforting lights explain that Aislinn must run and hide to be kept safe from the enemy, the Eletarii, who are actively seeking to kill her. The Eletarii presence is growing and they will do whatever it takes to stop Aislinn from saving Earth.

Aislinn also learns that the police detective, Dylan, who responded to the break in at her home is another ‘chosen’. It is implied they had a past together and that they are intended to be together to help save the Earth although the battle and plan of salvation are not yet fully explained. I liked the calm strength of both Aislinn and Dylan.

The authors set the scene in the devastated city, including many devastated lives that have sunk into extreme depravity. It is ugly and shocking. There is some bit of telling through the light beings rather than showing through action. Yet the story is engaging as it builds.  This book only lays a foundation for the continuing story. There is much yet to be developed in the characters and the plot and I am interested to learn more in the next book.

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An example of description that I liked:

Misshapen snowflakes resembling gray tufts of cotton candy rained a dismal veil. It seemed ironic that the frosty blanket would soon smother the drought-scorched land… Location 645.

Book Review:
            Aislinn and Dylan are given gifts by various people to help them on their journey.  The spheres continue to guide them and tell them they must open the portal to save humanity.  People seem to know they are coming, on both sides… good and evil.
            Aislinn and Dylan meet three people who give them gifts to help with their journey, including Angelica who could be Aislinn’s sister or daughter.
            This story continues to be fascinating.  I hang on every word and the book races by, ending before I realize.  The writing is fast paced, intense, and pushes the action along with the reader hanging on as the story flies by.
            I give part 4 of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

One day left

One day left to get your free copy of the first of the 3 Samsara Chronicle novellas. All books are priced at a buck except the last one. It’s 32,000 words so 2.99. Available now at Amazon.com for your Kindle. Eos, Nadir and Covenant, The Samsara Chronicles by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley!!!

Blog tour starts June 1st at Pump Up Your Books. Enter now to win a Kindle and other prizes!!!

 

IT’S OUT and 2 are free

The Samsara Chronicles came out earlier than expected. Now available at Amazon.com, the first two books are free for a limited time!

Blending elements of futuristic, fantasy, science fiction and the paranormal with a touch of romance, the Samsara Chronicles explores the duality of good and evil set against two worlds, Earth and Nirvana.

5 Days to D Day

I’m getting excited! Five days and The Samsara Chronicles will go live at Kindle. They’re all uploaded, ready to go, all they need is a click of the ‘publish’ buttons, and bingo!

On June 1, be sure to visit PUMP UP YOUR BOOK to enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or a 50 dollar gift certificate.

You can read excerpts here, on my blog, and/or the short descriptions.

Here is the Blog Tour blurb:

Join Gabriella Bradley and Diana Kemp as they tour the blogosphere June 1 – August 31 2012 with their The Samsara Chronicles series! Diana and Gabriella have agreed to give away not only a Kindle Fire but also a $50 Gift Certificate (payable by Paypal) to the person who comments the most on their 3 month blog tour. If there is a tie, the winner will be chosen through Random.org. Also, the blog hosts can win money, too! The blogger who receives the most amount of comments (not counting their own or ours) will also win a $50 Gift Certificate (payable from Paypal). If you don’t have a Paypal account and would like to receive your gift certificate from Amazon, that can be arranged, too.  We are looking for reviews (review one or the whole set!) and book spotlights only (simple cut and paste).

Nexus

Nexus – Book 13 of the Samsara Chronicles

After Aislinn and Dylan participate in Shakan’s banishment to the Overlap, they prepare for their journey to Klatria to rescue Aislinn’s parents.

Certain that Shakan’s banishment to the Overlap has forever ended the tainted bloodline of Jhanvar, Aislinn and Dylan  prepare, with the help of Altithronus, emissary to the Antiquitas, for their journey to Klatria to rescue the royals.

 

EXCERPT:

 

Malendi merely smiled, though she could not quite suppress a shudder of excitement. For as long as she had known Janku, she had never glimpsed the gentle personality that Anelda claimed he once possessed. That something as lowly as a vegetable bar could create such changes was a miracle beyond any of their expectations. With a sense of pride she understood that her efforts, combined with those of Anelda’s and the resistance, would ultimately exonerate the evil unleashed by Vark in the name of Klatria.

She reached out and squeezed Janku’s hand. He virtually spasmed at the contact, but did not withdraw his hand. “Go now,” she said. “The others will be hungry. See that the bars are distributed among all.”

He nodded mutely and hurried down the corridor, a look of gratitude and fear in his eyes. As soon as he disappeared, Malendi returned to the nook and picked up a second basket. She paused to retrieve a half-eaten bar from beneath the cloth cover and ate it. While she chewed, her gaze roamed the rank, dripping tunnel. Near the intersection of a parallel tunnel, a misshapen milliped wriggled from a bubbling pit and scuttled off into a crevice in the adjacent rock. Suddenly, the glistening rock surface shimmied.

She gasped and pressed herself into the nook. The large serpentine shape immediately below the rock surface filled her with a gnawing sense of dread. A triangular head paused and swayed toward her direction. Fearful of the throwort’s keen sense of smell, Malendi breathed shallowly and forced herself to remain absolutely still. The effort soon fatigued her and it took a supreme effort to keep her body from shaking. She shut her eyes and willed the creature to move on.

Finally, the throwort wriggled away in the direction of the other tunnel. Exhausted, Malendi sagged against the rock. Her lungs burned with each gulping breath, her rubbery legs barely able to support her weight. To divert her mind from her physical discomfort, she envisioned the creature infiltrating Vark’s quarters. It would have been such a simple solution to the tyranny the surviving population endured, yet the man who had once called himself their leader seemed impervious to attack whereas so many others had died. So often did she question the justice in the apparent annihilation of her people that it had become a constant undercurrent in her mind.

Kindred

Kindred – Book 12 of the Samsara Chronicles

After Aislinn and Dylan witness Shakan’s confession regarding the abduction of the royals, he is sentenced to banishment in the Overlap.

Shakan’s sentencing to the Overlap for his betrayal of the royals and his collaboration with the Klatrians leads Aislinn and Dylan to finalize their plans to rescue her parents before the Fortieth Tribunal. In the meantime, the Klatrian resistance make their own plans in response to Aislinn and Dylan’s arrival.

Excerpt:

“Very well, Vark,” she said aloud. “My consort and I will deliver the skull. Indicate a rendezvous—upon our arrival you will release my parents and you will take us as hostages instead.”

Vark stared at Aislinn’s implacable expression. Normally he would not tolerate such insubordination from a woman, but Shakan’s betrayal had damaged his plans more than he dared admit. He needed the skull now, if not for the greater good of Klatria, then at the very least to ensure his own survival. His entourage was dwindling even faster than the general population. Despite the bravado he attempted to convey, he knew the demands on the elite to produce the ever-spiraling technology required not only to maintain their tenuous existence but to present an aggressive face to Nirvana, had exhausted them beyond their capabilities. Though the planet’s isolation gave them relative protection from the attention of other hostile races, it had also served to isolate them from any immediate source of assistance.

The thought broke off, confusing him. He shook his head against a brief sense of vertigo. Assistance? Why would he think of that? Conquest was his goal, not assistance. Yet somewhere in the depths of his rapidly fading memory emerged an image from a time when he lived in the light and the thought of such aggression was an alien one. He stared at his gloved hands as though seeing them for the first time. Suddenly he glimpsed a fleeting vision of…of some kind of instrument. But what was that glint of metal? Try as he might he could not put a name to the baffling object. Only the image of his ungloved, unmarred hands was clear, and the faint, taunting sound of music. Music? The concept seemed vaguely familiar, but he could not quite remember what it—

“Vark, is there a problem?”

Aislinn’s head cocked slightly at Janku’s question.

Janku’s sharply inquisitive voice banished Vark’s erratic thoughts. Suddenly aware of the Clan’s intense scrutiny, he uttered an impatient grunt and turned to Samara and Bonerus. Their calm demeanor rankled him, the clarity of their eyes indicating that the post-kansu effects had now completely worn off. Yet there was something else beneath their vaguely condescending gaze, a sense of mockery or veiled amusement. Though sorely tempted to strike them, to mark them in some way, he refrained. Without knowing the complete truth about their powers, he could not take the risk of incurring their anger. Later, once the princess was in his hands, he would find a way to dispose of them all.

“Your behavior from this point will determine the reception your daughter will receive,” he said, his voice lowered to a barely audible croak.” If there is even any hint of treachery, I will leave you in a golak cavern to be devoured and present your bones to her. Do you understand me?”

Entity

Entity – Book 11 of the Samsara Chronicles

Aislinn and Dylan face the Nirvanan traitor Shakan to rescue Aislinn’s sister and discover his link to Vark.

Faced with Shakan’s treachery, Aislinn and Dylan must capture him and rescue Nashira, Aislinn’s sister. Realizing that Shakan is both possessed by the spirit of a corrupt ancestor and is in league with Vark to betray Nirvana, they devise a plan to rescue Aislinn’s parents using alien technology obtained during Shakan’s capture.

EXCERPT:

 

Something moved in her peripheral vision. Waving Dylan back, she sidled toward the doors. Though the sensation of foreboding increased with each step, so did her confidence. Hollow laughter echoed from the depths, the perennial gloom in the house augmented by a heavily tinted windows and chaotic architectural design. Aislinn paused, sensing a strong and sudden presence.

“So you brought me the prize, as I knew you would,” Shakan said.

Aislinn turned and stared balefully at him. “I’ve brought you nothing but the justice you deserve.”

Standing amidst the shadows he laughed, the sound an unpleasant echo that only augmented the demonic cast to his face. His eyes, fixed on the skull, blazed with a peculiar intensity reminiscent of a rabid dog. Aislinn studied her adversary. Dressed in ceremonial garb, the archaic style was one she recalled seeing at the overlap. The glint of gemstones drew her attention to the hilt of the dagger. Shakan’s fingers absently caressed the weapon.

“You reek of blood,” she said.

“Better it should be yours,” he said, his hand a blur as he tossed the dagger at her.

Aislinn felt herself violently pushed out of the way, her feet gliding above the floor. The dagger whistled by harmlessly and embedded itself into the somber wood-paneled wall behind her. Whirling around, she confronted a charging Shakan, but the face did not belong to the man she had seen a moment ago. Contorted into a hate-filled mask, the features ran like melted wax merging those of Shakan and Jhanvar until a diabolical mutation ensued. Around him, a foul miasma formed and undulated toward her. Soupy tendrils oozed and contracted, the phantom images of hands forming into misshapen claws. From it bellowed an unearthly voice sounding more like the cry of an enraged animal. The air around her grew heavy, tainted by the reek of ozone and rotting flesh. Glass shattered from an unseen location. Infernal eyes bore into her, willing her into obeisance.

Shutting her eyes, she focused on a mental point of light that flared like a torch. At that moment, a solar brilliance erupted from the skull and flooded the room. The miasma recoiled with a terrible groan and funneled through the walls. Shakan gasped and shielded his eyes. Unaffected, Aislinn calmly regarded him. An unspeakable darkness whispered from his mind before it vanished behind an impenetrable wall. Though she sensed its taunt, somehow, she could not pursue it.

Mindflux…

The word materialized from another place. When she focused once more on Shakan, the wall relinquished slightly, allowing her glimpses of terrible, fleeting images moving through a dense fog. At once, she understood the nature of Shakan’s successful insinuation into the royal household, the mindflux undoubtedly a gift from Jhanvar. Against the royals there could not have been a more effective and simple defense.