Waiting On Wednesday “A Deadly Web” by Kay Hooper

Now here is a blog hop, I am very exited about participating in: Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, asks participants to post every Wednesday about a book they are looking forward to reading. This week, I chose a Paranormal book, that is a part of a series, I absolutely love:

Kay Hooper - A Deadly Web

Title: A Deadly Web
Author: Kay Hooper
Publisher: Jove
Genre: Paranormal Thriller/Romance
Release Date (aprox): April 7th, 2015

“John Brodie is a Guardian, a member of a secret network devoted to protecting the psychics in his charge from a ruthless—and virtually invisible—enemy.

Tasha Solomon is unaware of the Guardians’ existence—until the night the gifted psychic suffers a shocking and violent attack and Brodie saves her life.”

Tough and resilient, Tasha isn’t used to depending on anyone. But the assault has left her vulnerable. Tasha doesn’t know who wants her dead, or why, or when he will strike again. Now, she is forced to trust that Brodie can guide her through a tangled web of danger and deception toward a safe harbor—one she fears is more elusive with each dark and endless night. (From Kay Hooper’s Website)
I am a die-hard Kay Hooper fan, and every time there is any annoucement of a new book of hers to arrive soon, I am all happy. A Deadly Web is a part of her series “Bishop Files”, which re-visits my favorite FBI agents who all have “gifts”, psychic abilities of one form or another, and use these to hunt down killers of the most notorious kind. This is one book, I am hoping to be able to review via an advanced copy, but if not, I will be purchasing it the moment it is released. Can’t wait!

A Deadly Web (A Bishop Files Novel) will be available in Paperback and Kindle – you can pre-order it here

The Keeper – A Flash Fiction Short Story

The Keeper - A Flash Fiction Story

The scent of cinnamon cookies rushed through the hallways and grand entrance, that was still grand despite its need of TLC, lots of TLC.
“She likes you”.
“Who likes me?”I was bewildered. With no one in the family left but me, there was no one to approve of me, or disapprove.

Finally

Free from the stuffiness of what was supposed to be for my own good, but had felt more like a lifetime prison of rules, regulations, tradition and expectations. 

“She does. The house, silly.”
I glanced at the young woman in front of me, as if she just had grown a third eye, not the psychic kind, a literal one, bulging from the center of her forehead. Or maybe alien antennas. I had known that the girl was weird, had been told to stay away from her, but I did not expect a bubbly young woman with a sense of purpose, and self-confidence, I wish I had. I liked her from the moment I first saw her. Even if she did not make sense to me most of the short time, since I had arrived.
“The house likes me?”
“Yes, she approves of you. Only when she likes someone does she smell like that.”

She laughed at my expression, a mixture of confusion and disapproval, and waved me further into the entrance.
The white marvel floors where exquisite, and despite the need of touch ups, updates and a dire need for wall paint, the home was beautiful. Overwhelmed I forgot for a second how crazy the caretakers words sounded and took a deep breath, breathing in more of the welcoming sugary, cinnamon scent.
“This is really mine? All of it?”
She nodded excitedly.
“All yours.” She giggled, hugged me quickly, another habit of hers, I had the feeling I would have to get used to.
“You have no idea, how much fun you two are going to have! She is a special place, precious. And now you are her Keeper.”

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2014

This post has been inspired by the Daily Prompt post.

Here are few more post of other Daily Prompt bloggers:

http://alanewart.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/reviving-bricks-come-down-and-jam/

http://jitterygt.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/warren-and-the-psychologist/

http://aerretha.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/barbie-y/

http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/the-world-i-would-create/

http://agirllikemee.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/my-dream-mansion/

 

Book Review: The Keepers: Declan by Rae Rivers

Book Review: The Keepers - Declan (Book 2)

Title: The Keepers: Declan (Book 2)
Author: Rae Rivers
Publisher: HarperImpulse Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2014
Rating: 5/5 Stars
“You lied to me, misled me, attacked me,” Declan murmured, dipping his head toward hers, “but what we had three months ago wasn’t fake, was it?”

Kate’s gaze faltered to his lips, heat pulsing between them. But she didn’t deny it.

Declan Bennett has zero tolerance for thieves. He and his brothers, the Keepers, are fiercely protective of their witch, Sienna, and their privacy.

So when Kate Carrigan breaks into their estate, he’ll be damned if he lets the little wildcat get away with it – especially after she seduced him three months ago, leaving him buck-naked in a New Orleans hotel. Declan wants payback – and some answers.

Before she was murdered, Kate’s mother ingrained it in her not to trust anyone. Kate’s magical powers make her a pawn in the war between good and evil, a war she’s always avoided. Declan is everything she’s been taught to fear, even if she can’t forget the memory of his touch that one night…

Trouble is brewing as the powers of evil regroup – bolder and hungrier than ever – and Kate is forced to choose a side.”

What you just read was a snipped from the second book on the paranormal romance series – The Keepers. I have been looking for a while now for a good series to sink my teeth into, while I am waiting for my favorite author (Kay Hooper) to continue with her series. And with The Keepers I have found it, and more.
Blown away by the story that grabbed me from the beginning and never let me go, I enjoyed “Declan” immensely. This volume had been my introduction to the series, never having heard of Rae Rivers before – which is a shame, as she is an incredibly talented Author who without much fluff manages to entice the reader into a romantic paranormal story, that has more than enough action, and not just the relationship kind. Set in a back drop of where Witches have real powers, and Keepers to protect them from those who mean them harm, Rae created a world that is enticing, powerful and believable.
As soon as I had finished this book, I went to download the free sequel, (available for Kindle on Amazon for free, yes free), and enjoyed it just as much as I did this book. I am hooked. Rae Rivers is on the very few Authors whom I am calling my absolute favorite.

Dean Koontz: The City – A Review

The City - A Book Review

Title: The City: A Novel
Author: Dean Koontz
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Rating: 3/5
Dean Koontz is one of the reasons I originally wanted to be a writer. I read his new releases in English, when I still needed a dictionary to completely understand every word. I did not care. I held my breath between releases, waiting for more, from whom I considered the Master, better even than Stephen King.

But things have changed. Unlike Steven King, who never let go off the quality work, always delivering as expected, Dean Koontz trailed off, leaving behind the gripping tales for something that reminds me more of a Sunday afternoon movie – it’s there, you are bored, so what the hell, why not?
I miss being gripped and pulled into the story as he managed to do in his earlier stories, boring me half way through, and following the peculiar and not welcoming trend of delivering a story in first person. That choice alone eliminates tension, and that is what I remember Dean to deliver – tension.

It is not an awful book, not by far, if you make it past the first few chapters, it does pick up on speed, but I honestly have read Indie and Newbie Authors who delivered a faster, more enticing story, with a more engaging cast, then Dean Koontz has in this book. Am I going to give away spoilers? No, the few that are in there have to carry you through the story, and are scattered far enough in between, that I mind as well, tell you not to bother reading it all.

If you are a hardcore Dean Koontz fan from before his Odd Thomas times, you will be disappointed. If you liked Odd Thomas (which I loath), then this might be for you.

Book Review: Touched by Darkness by Catherine Spangler

Touched By Darkness - The Sentinel Series Book One - A Review

Book Title: Touched By Darkness – Sentinel Series – Book One
Author: Catherine Spangler

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

“After seven years on the run, Dr. Kara Cantrell believes she and her son, Alex, are safe.

She’s wrong”.

If you are looking for an steamy, yet action packed summer romance with a little paranormal, this Urban Fantasy Romance is just right for you. As the first book of a series called “Sentinel Series”, Catherine introduces us to characters who have their roots in Atlantis – yes, the mystical, often wrote about dissappeared city/continent – but manages to do so in a unique and fresh way, that is intreguing and well constructed. Yes, there are some steamy scenes, yes, there is romance, but there is also action, that keeps the reader on its toes. Perfect book for this summer, if you enjoy romance novels that are not the traditional kind.

 

 

Sentinel Series, Book One

After seven years on the run, Dr. Kara Cantrell believes she and her son, Alex, are safe.

She’s wrong.