Monday, March 31, 2014

Spotlight on the Dark Souls Series by Anne Hope with a giveaway & review too


About the Author: 

Anne Hope is the author of emotionally intense romances with a twist—a twist of humor, a twist of suspense, a twist of magic. All her stories, however, have a common thread. Whether they make you laugh or cry or push you to the edge of your seat, they all feature the redeeming power of love and the heart's incredible ability to heal. 

Anne's passion for writing began at the age of eight. After penning countless stories about enchanted houses, alien girls with supernatural powers, and children constantly getting lost in the woods, she decided to try her hand at romance.
She lives in Montreal, Canada, with her husband, her two inexhaustible kids, a lazy cat and a rambunctious Australian Kelpie.

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Soul Thief 
Dark Souls Novella 0.5 
Anne Hope

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-61921-836-9
ASIN: B00CZ8MCFQ

Number of pages: 151
Word Count: 41 K

Cover Artist: Kanaxa





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18017469-soul-thief?ac=1


Book Description:

Born to hunt and destroy…until the light of one soul reawakens his own.

Adrian knows he once possessed a soul, but it abandoned him the day he was murdered. The day he was reborn as a Rogue, shunned by humans and hunted by his own kind. By night he feeds the darkness inside him by finding and snuffing out corrupt souls, perfectly content to live as an outcast—until a random act of violence unites him with a woman who makes him feel.

Angelica Paxton believes everyone deserves a second chance. Even her rescuer, a mysterious stranger with hypnotic powers, an unsettling ability to invade her dreams, and a shocking secret. Much as her body wants to succumb to Adrian’s seductive charms, she can’t. Not without breaking his newly awakened heart.

Adrian swears to protect Angie from his kind, even if staying by her side means volunteering at the center where she works to reform the very souls he has vowed to crush. Even if it means abandoning the shadows for the light. Even if that light exposes the darkest threat he’s ever faced. One from which he is powerless to save her… 

Warning: This book contains flying subway cars, a woman in jeopardy, a relentless villain who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants, and a dark, sexy hero who could very well haunt your dreams and steal your heart.


Soul Bound 
Dark Souls Book 1
Anne Hope

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Samhain Publishing 

ISBN: 978-1-60928-948-5

ISBN: 978-1619211391

ASIN: B007HCWHAK

Number of pages: 338 e-book

312 paperback

Word Count: 111 K 

Cover Artist: Scott Carpenter








https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16072638-soul-bound
 
Book Description: 

The one man she wants is the one man destined to destroy her.

Sooner or later we all end up dead. Jace Cutler doesn’t have the luxury of staying that way. After receiving a fatal stab wound, he awakens in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon, with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Worst of all is the glow. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Dr. Lia Benson.

Lia has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life. Whenever he’s near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories.

When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for who—and what—he is. Something no longer human, a dark legacy that until now has lain dormant within him. Something that could destroy the one woman he’d sacrifice everything to protect. 

Warning: Contains bone-melting sexual tension, scary battle scenes, heartrending emotion guaranteed to keep you turning the pages well into the night, and a positively divine hero who may just steal your soul.


Excerpt from Soul Bound: 

He wasn’t in bed beside her. He’d slipped out of the room so quietly, she hadn’t heard him walk away, which was quite an accomplishment because she was a very light sleeper. A sense of loss she couldn’t explain swamped her, so she shot out of bed and went in search of him. He couldn’t have run off. Not again. Not before she could sort this out.

She found him in the kitchen, sitting at the table, staring at his joined hands. Relief flooded her veins. “I thought you left.”

“I considered it.” He refused to meet her gaze. “But I’ve got nowhere else to go.”

Heat again. Whenever she was near him, warmth spread around her heart like a pocket of sunlight. Crazy. Total insanity was what this was. Jace Cutler was all wrong for her. Hadn’t she seen what he’d done to Cassie? Even worse, her sister was still hung up on the guy.

“I can find out where you live, if that’ll help—”

“Can’t stay there.” He shook his head, ran his fingers through his hair until it stood out in uneven tufts that begged to be smoothed out. “First place they’ll look.”

Now it was her turn to be frazzled. “Who?”

“Don’t know. Them. The things that are after me.”

“Jace, you’re not making any sense. Let me take you back to the hospital, run that MRI—”

“No.” The finality in his voice silenced her. “If you don’t want me here, I’ll go. But there’s no goddamn way I’m going back to that hospital.” There was steel in his tone and a passion that bordered on fury.

He must’ve noticed the startled look in her eyes, because a mouthful of air whooshed out of him. “Sorry. I’m not myself today. Whoever the hell that is.”

Compassion prevailed over nerves, and she approached him. “At least let me take a look at that wound, make sure it’s not infected.”

He nodded noncommittally. Pulling a chair beside him, she prepared to help him the only way she could. Her spine tingled at the thought of what she would find when she peeled off the bandage. His was the strangest burn she’d ever seen. “Don’t move,” she ordered, then proceeded to unwrap the gauze.

Her hand suddenly stilled, surprise and disbelief lancing through her. The burn had healed. His skin was pink and virtually intact, marred only by a thin, silver scar where the wound had been. She traced the mark with her finger. An electric charge instantly traveled up her arm and shook her body. “I think I’m hallucinating.”

He slanted a glance at his arm, reached over to touch it. His fingers grazed hers, and the heat increased tenfold. “Then we’re both trapped in the same nightmare.”

“I don’t know how to help you,” she voiced honestly. “I don’t understand any of this.”

“Just don’t bail on me.” A river of pain, wrapped in a silent plea, swam in his eyes.

She felt him then, the boy in her dreams—felt his isolation, his self-loathing, the soul-ravaging desire to be something he wasn’t—and she knew beyond a doubt the flashbacks she was having belonged to him. Somehow, in that one moment when death had stood vigil between them, their spirits had merged—undeniably, irrevocably. Whether they liked it or not, they were connected, linked by an energy they couldn’t see or touch or taste but was more real than anything either of them had ever known before.

And it scared the crap out of her.

“Why you?” Emotion strangled her voice. “Of all the men out there, why did it have to be you?”

She didn’t need to explain; he understood. Need flared in his gaze, and for one endless heartbeat she was sure he was going to kiss her. His hands rose to bracket her face. His head fell forward. The world held its breath…or maybe it was just her. Some primal intuition told her that once his mouth covered hers, there would be no going back. The bond would be cemented, the deal sealed. Two independent entities would become one.

“If I asked you to kiss me, would you do it?” His words caressed her lips.

“Yes.” No hesitation. No doubts. Just honesty.

“Because you want to or because I told you to?”

She wagged her head in confusion. “Does it matter?”

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“Because I don’t know what’s real anymore.” He released her, and disappointment rippled through her. “I’m not what you need. I’ll only drag you down. That’s what I do. I don’t need my memories to know that.”

He stood, walked to the window and stared outside, where a blanket of clouds hovered beneath a flickering sun. “I destroy everything I touch.”

She wanted to refute his claim, but how could she, when everything inside her insisted he was right? What scared her was how little she cared. She needed to be near him, and damn the consequences. She’d always been the reasonable one, the responsible sister, the one who thought things through. But right now recklessness invaded her psyche, steamrolled every word of caution screeching in her mind.

“I’m not afraid of you.” He was dangerous, no question about that, but for some inexplicable reason she felt safe with him.

“You should be.” He took a few predatory steps toward her, then twined his fingers in her hair in a gesture that was passionate enough to be painful. “I can get inside your head, make you do anything I want.”

“I doubt that.”

“I’ll prove it.” A wicked glint deepened his eyes to emerald. “Take off your robe.”

She crossed her arms over her chest, dug her heels in, literally and figuratively. “Cassie told me you have a way of always getting what you want from women, but this shocking display of overconfidence is a little much. Even for you.”

Surprise clouded his features. “It doesn’t work on you.” She couldn’t tell if what she caught in his voice was pleasure or regret.

“What doesn’t work on me?”

“Nothing. Forget it.”

Irritation swept in to tighten her stomach muscles, followed closely by exasperation. “You can really drive a girl mad, you know that?”

A tight laugh resonated in his chest. “You’ve got no idea.”



Soul Deep

Dark Souls Book 2
Anne Hope

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-61921-250-3 e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61921-681-5 paperback

ASIN: B009ZCG07Q

Number of pages: 301 e-book

304 paperback

Word Count: 100 K

Cover Artist: Kanaxa







https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17047014-soul-deep


Book Description:

Save her life…or save mankind. His choice could cost him his soul.

For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the Watchers’ most faithful soldier. Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader.

His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus for decades, but the Watchers’ strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore the sizzling attraction between them. Until now.

When Regan goes rogue to protect a very special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice—commit an act of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.

Hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and Marcus run for their lives, fighting to thwart an age-old prophecy and guard a boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world…or save it. 

Warning: Contains violent battle scenes, angels with twisted agendas, nail-biting suspense, intense emotion, burning-hot sexual tension, and a sexy, stubborn hero who would rather face death than admit what’s in his heart.


Soul Chase
Dark Souls Book 3
Anne Hope 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-61921-890-1

ASIN: B00DUB2554

Number of pages: 306

Word Count: 90K

Cover Artist: Kanaxa









https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18202473-soul-chase


Book Description: 

A man she’d die for, a world she was born to defend… Only one can survive.

For twenty-five years, Adrian has mourned the loss of his soul mate, Angie. He’s content to live as an outcast…until a series of abductions forces him out of seclusion and into the arms of the very woman he loved and lost. Angie’s reincarnation, Emma.


Emma is on the run, hunted by soulless creatures whose one goal is to possess her soul. They have taken everything: her home, her identity, her mother. Left with no other choice, she must trust her fate to Adrian, the enigmatic stranger who comes to her rescue. An immortal being whose illicit touch makes her blood burn and awakens an inexplicable desire in her heart.

Emma follows Adrian to his isolated community in Arizona, where she is assailed by visions of a past life. As passion ignites and her enemies close in, Emma is drawn into a world where nothing is what it seems and where love could prove the greatest weakness of all. 

Warning: Contains a dark, tortured hero, a hunted woman who can’t remember loving him, a nasty villain hell-bent on destroying the world, and a timeless love story you won’t soon forget.

Tour Wide Giveaway
$100 gift card at Amazon and a digital copy of any book in the Dark Souls series.

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My Thoughts:

I read Soul Thief. It was a fairly quick read. I thought it was a new and unique take on Nephilim. 

In this series there are basically three groups. the rogues, the Watchers, and the vile Kleptopsychs.

Our hero, Adrian is a rogue. He is hunted by both the watchers because they think his soul is dead and the Kleptopsychs because they know it isn't and they want to prevent him from joining the Watchers.

He is amazed when he finds his soul in the body of our heroine, Angelica.

I don't want to give to much away but I will say that this world of Nephilim was very interesting. I enjoyed learning about them.

There was action, danger, angst, suspense, some romance and a little steam in addition to beings with amazing and special abilities. ;-)

If you like Fallen angel stories, you'll definitely want to give this series a try! 

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought it was a great take on Fallen angels. It was fresh and interesting. It had my emotions all over the place. I enjoyed it and I've added the rest of the books to the tbr list.


Don't forget to enter the Comment Incentive Giveaway. It is a great chance to win a book you'd like to have! The link can be found at the top of the page.

26 comments:

  1. if there is happy end ( and i guess it has since the world is still standing after book 1^^) then i'ùm really interested to see these new nephilim... you had me really curious

    and from teh excerpt it seems really well written so jumping in these story should be a fabulous adventure
    To read in order i guess^^ or they can work a stand alone?

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    1. I believe they could stand alone but should be read in order.

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    2. Thank you for your interest in the series, Miki. To answer your questions, the following books should preferably be read in order: Soul Bound, Soul Deep, Soul Chase. Soul Thief is a prequel to the series and can be read first or right before Soul Chase.

      Rest assured, I'm a firm believer in happy endings. It may take my characters a while to get there, but I promise you, they will all get their happily-ever-after!

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  2. I enjoy a good paranormal romance; I hope I get the chance to read this novel, thank you for the chance to win :)

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  3. Thank you for featuring my Dark Souls series, Brenda. I'm glad you enjoyed Soul Thief!

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  4. They sound good. :) And if u liked it then I more than likely will. I usually have mixed reviews on fallen angel books but these sound different in a good way. I love the covers for them.

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    1. Amber, I am the same way. Usually I steer clear of angel or fallen angel books but I truly liked this one! I thought the covers were great as well. :-)

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  5. I hadn't heard of this series before. Now I'll be looking for them!

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    1. I know, right? I'm so glad to help you discover them!

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  6. What a fascinating series! The book blurbs have definitely caught my interest. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt.

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  7. I hadn't heard of your books before, but I'll be looking for them now.

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    1. I'm glad to help spread the word. :-)

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  8. This series looks interesting would start following its development.
    -afiqah

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  9. Thank you all for your interest and enthusiasm. I hope you enjoy the series. Good luck with the contest!

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  10. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  11. thanks for the chance,and the book sounds very interesting
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  12. This series sounds really intriguing...the paranormal romance genre is new to me and based on the book descriptions, it sounds like it would be a great read.

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  13. I haven't read anything by Anne yet.
    On my soon to read list.
    thank you

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  14. I love paranormal romances. Thank you for the chance!

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  15. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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