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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review ~ Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown



Book Description:



"I am a new woman. A new creature. I am myself, and yet so different."



Magic and destiny collide in Christian A. Brown's breathtaking debut novel, Feast of Fates.



Together known as the Sisters Three, Eean, the hand of fate, Elemech, the reader of fate, and Ealasyd, the spinner of fate, foresee a war between the Immortal Kings--and only one girl who can stop it.



Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her--visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.



With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.

Feast of Fates

Four Feasts Till Darkness

Book One


Christian A. Brown



Genre: Fantasy Romance



Date of Publication: September 9, 2014



ISBN: 978-1495907586

Number of pages: 540



Word Count: 212K



Cover Artist: Brian Garabrant

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Excerpt:



Morigan took the bracelet.

            “I accept your offering.” The Wolf’s face lit and she thought that he would leap at her. “Yet first, I have a request.”

            “Anything, my Fawn.”

            “I would like to see…what you are. The second body that shares your soul. Show me your fangs and claws,” she commanded.

            Perhaps it was the steadiness of her voice, how she ordered him to bare himself as if he belonged to her, that made the Wolf’s heart roar to comply. He did not shed his skin but for the whitest moons of the year, and even then, so far from the city and never in front of another. In a sense, he was as much a virgin as she. With an unaccustomed shyness, he found himself undressing before the Fawn, confused for a speck as to who was the hunter. The flare of her nostrils, the intensity of her stare that ate at him for once.

            I have chosen well for a mate. She is as much a Wolf as I, he thought, kicking off his boots and then shimmying his pants down to join the rest of his clothing. No bashful maiden was Morigan, and she did not look away from his nakedness, but appreciated what she saw: every rough, hairy, huge bit of him.

            He howled and fell to all fours. Bones shifted and snapped, rearranging under his skin like skeletal gears. From his head, chest and loins, the soft black hair thickened and spread over his twisting flesh. His heaving became guttural and sloppy, and when he tossed his head up in a throe of agony or pleasure, his beard had coated his face, and she noticed nothing but white daggers of teeth. Wondrously Morigan witnessed the transformation, watched him swell with twice the muscle he had possessed as a man, saw his hands and feet shag over with fur and split the soil with black claws. Another howl and a final gristle-crunching shudder (his hindquarters snapping into place, she thought) signified the end of the change.

            Her dreams did not do Caenith justice. Here was a beast twice the size of a mare with jaws that could swallow her to the waist. Here was a monster that had stalked and ruled the Untamed. A lord of fang and claw. The birds and weaker animals vanished, knowing a deadly might was near. Around her, the Wolf paced; making the ground tremble with power; ravishing her with his cold gray gaze; huffing and blasting her with his forceful breaths. While the scent of his musk was choking, it was undeniably Caenith’s, if rawer and unwashed.

            Morigan was not afraid, and was flushed with heat and shaking as she slipped the bracelet on and knelt. She did not flinch as the Wolf lay behind and about her like a great snuffling rug and placed his boulder of a head in her lap. No, she stroked his long ears and his wrinkled snout. A maiden and her Wolf. Soon the birds returned, sensing this peace and chirping in praise of it. And neither Morigan nor the Wolf could recall a time—if ever there was one—where they had felt so complete.




Christian A. Brown has written creatively since the age of six. After spending most of his career in the health and fitness industry, Brown quit his job to care for his mother when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010.



Having dabbled with the novel that would eventually become Feast of Fates for over a decade, Brown was finally able to finish the project. His mother, who was able to read a beginning version of the novel before she passed away, has since imbued the story with deeper sentiments of loss, love, and meaning. He is proud to now share the finished product with the world.


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My Thoughts:

First let me say that I preferred the other cover. It really grabbed my attention and I may not have even signed up to review this book if this cover had been displayed initially. Don't get me wrong, this cover is okay. I don't hate it or anything but the other one popped.

This book is hard for me to describe. Let me just say that I am on the fence. There were parts and some things that I liked, some that I liked a lot, and some that I detested. I don't want to spoil anything or cause any biased opinions so I am being vague.

I can't really point out which exact thing had which reaction because it wasn't singular. For example, the characters had some that I liked, some that I did not and some that I am still not certain about.

Some of the plot seemed to drag but other parts I really couldn't walk away from. 

I was confused about some things. 

I didn't really care for the way women were treated in this book.

I'm not certain if I will read the next book or not.

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. It had good and bad parts so I'd just say that it was interesting and different.



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review ~ Extinct by Nancy Adams and a giveaway too!



Theo’s sole purpose for the last ninety-eight years was to protect his wolf. That changed the moment he met Drew and the wolf called ‘Mate’.

Carrying the soul of an extinct wolf alongside your own isn’t easy. Swapping into said wolf is even harder. Ask Theo Grey—he’s been doing it for ninety-eight years. Yet, after surviving two world wars, witnessing the space race and patiently enduring the eighties, you’d think he’d have seen it all, but nothing could have prepared him for meeting Tofino’s new vet, Drew O’Bannion and according to the wolf, his mate.

Drew loves her dog, sleeping in and coffee. She also loves being a vet. The main reason behind her accepting the veterinarian practice offered to her from a family friend. Hoping for a slower pace at life Tofino seemed the ideal spot. What she didn’t expect was Officer Theo Grey. Theo is tall, dark and drop dead gorgeous, a definite 10 on the ‘wow’ scale. Regardless of his looks, there is more to Theo, there is her unexpected attraction for him. It’s unnerving and completely out of character for her, but she is able to match Theo’s hungry kiss, for hungry kiss.

With their desire growing at an alarming rate and the threat of an unknown shooter roaming the woods of the coastal town, Theo must face the ultimate decision—let Drew go for her own safety or claim his mate for all time.

Reader Advisory: This story contains scenes of violence and threats of non-consensual sex
 
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Excerpt: 

Going on a weekend getaway was what real life couples did. She hadn’t even spent an entire night with him and despite what she secretly wanted he was always gone in the morning. What if he didn’t like what he saw when he woke up?

Holy shit!

Her heart pounded, which in turn caused her to breathe faster.

“Drew?” Connie asked. “You okay?”

“Yeah, fine.” She turned to her office, on the verge of hyperventilating. Damn it, she was going to turn into one of her friends. 

“Liar,” Connie said from behind her. “What’s wrong? Are you that nervous about being alone with Theo?” 

Drew spun to face her friend and threw her arms up into the air. “I’m not a morning person, Connie, and I just don’t think I have it in me to get up before him so I can fix my makeup.”

“Wait, what?” Connie asked.

“I’m going to turn into my friends. They get up before their dates and reapply their makeup so they look good the next morning.”

“That’s what you’re worried about?” Connie burst out laughing. “You’re worried about a makeup hangover?”

“Yes!” Drew jammed her hands on her hips. “What if he doesn’t like—?”

Me. She whispered the word in her head for fear that she would shout it out loud. What if he doesn’t like the real me?

“Whoa.” Connie smiled. “Theo is in serious ‘like’ with you, he’s not going to care about your makeup. I thought you two already had sex?”

“We have.” Drew crossed her arms as her cheeks flushed. 

“Then what did you do the last time?”

Drew shrugged. “My makeup was already off and he never stays over.”

“Then there you go. Take it off and let him see that beautiful skin. As for not being a morning person, that will change. Waking up next to a man is sweaty fun, trust me.”

Connie wiggled her eyebrows before sauntering over to her desk. “Besides,” she called out, “there are a lot of other things you should worry about.”

“Like?”

“You could always fart in your sleep.”

Groaning, Drew covered her face.



I am a full-blooded Canadian, right down to the maple syrup running through my veins. I enjoy watching hockey, but despise skating...and the cold.  I enjoy a good helping of Tourtiere with a side of Poutine as must as the next person, yet I am only bilingual when it comes to swear words.  I am proud to say I survived my token shot of Newfie Screech, although I did refuse to kiss the Cod - that is never going to happen - and I openly admit, that I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains the first time I saw them.



I have many occupations written down in my passport, mom, wife, author...zookeeper!  However, I have to say that writing is by far the easiest part of my day.


I have three small -but legal- addictions: bed lines, lavender, and books.  All of which, are replenished on a regular basis.  Reading into the wee hours of the morning, is one of many bad habits, next to spontaneously rearranging furniture and randomly painting rooms in my house.

 

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My Thoughts:

This book was a tad bit of a struggle to get through. NOT for the reasons you are thinking, ;-) I had to read it in pdf form and my Kindle wouldn't adjust the print size. Dang! I was waiting for my eyes to start bleeding from the impossibly small print. The fact that I continued reading should tell you that I really liked the story.

It was unique and exciting. There was mystery, danger, romance, plenty of action and lots of animals.

The leading male character, Theo was a shifter and a cop. His beginnings and the characteristics of his animal were what made Extinct so fresh and different. He was confident, jealous, possessive, protective, caring, confused by his overwhelming feelings, growly and built.

Our heroine was a veterinarian named Drew. She was confident, strong, sassy, and had a way with animals wild and otherwise.

Both of these characters are used to being alone and are fine with it, until they meet each other. Suddenly they are overwhelmed with the urge to be together. It drives them both a tad crazy. Eventually they have no choice but to give in to their impulses. ;-)

While they are getting to know each other and doing the back and forth with being together, things get super exciting and dangerous in their small town.

This book will please all of you shifter lovers. It will keep you entertained and on your toes with suspense and excitement.

I received an pdf copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Buy yourself a copy of this one! You'll be Happy, Happy, Happy!



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