Update by Caroline

Vampire Shift - The Graphic Novel (Kiera Hudson Series One) Vol. 1

Well, what can I say – I think we have had quite a treat this last week for fans of author, Tim O’Rourke. We have reviewed both of his latest releases, Moonbeam (The Moon Trilogy, Book Two) and Vampire Shift – The Graphic Novel (Keira Hudson Series One) Vol. One, we have hosted a brilliant author post/biog from Tim as well as a SUPER GIVEAWAY for some lucky people to win either a signed paperback copy of Vampire Shift (Keira Hudson Series One, Book One – original novel) and/or Moonlight (The Moon Trilogy, Book One)!!!! Moonbeam (The Moon Trilogy, #2)We are extremely excited about Tim’s work as we have followed him for over a year as an independent author and after recently being signed for a three book deal with LittleBrown/Piatkus he is about to have his first Vampire Seeker novel (e-book version) released on 15th August 2013, followed in January 2014 with a paperback version. We wish Tim every success in this latest venture! His books are fun and cover young adult, adult, horror, paranormal, fantasy, time travel and not without the element of romance! There is something for everyone here.

Product DetailsOver the last few days we have also posted reviews on Gary Richardson’s short story, Ratty’s Bones, regarding an inmate that has remained mute for the past 6 years. He suddenly decides to open up to his social worker, telling of his broken childhood and friendships as well as his friend, Ratty! 16042863[1]-002Meanwhile, Tina has reviewed the fantastic paranormal/urban fantasy Lover at Last by J.R. Ward from the renowned Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Nalini Singh’s Tangle of Need, #11 in the Psy-Changeling Series!

candlewithoutaflame333x500-001Tina has also posted a review of Mary Raimes Curtis’ new blog, A Writer’s Journey, in which Mary has shared an excerpt from Chapter 2 of her exciting new work Candle Without A Flame with our readers, which is serialised on her blog in the same way that Dickens serialised his novels.

Mulberry_WEB.smIn other news, SJ Sprague’s Mulberry has been released on Amazon.com in paperback version for $13.29 or in the UK at Amazon.co.uk for £9.39. Prices are correct at the time of posting, however may be likely to change.

Product DetailsUpcoming we have Tina’s review of Eve Rabi’s Obsessed With Me – When She Rejected Him, He Set Out to Destroy Her Books 1 & 2:-

Book Blurb: Tarago Jakobus was intelligent, arrogant and extremely wealthy. He was also openly racist, politically incorrect and a chauvinistic pig.  When his eye fell on Tanin, he expected her to fall into his arms. However, she was unimpressed with his wealth and rejected him. He became obsessed with her and decided to win her over, his way – destroy all that is precious to her, so that she would have no choice but to need him. If that didn’t work he would take away her freedom.

Tina is also hoping to post her review of Justin Richard’s The Wolfstone Curse. You can find our interview with Justin here, along with a short author biog and my review of The Wolfstone Curse.  Tina will also be posting a Werewolf Wish List, listing all of the novels and short stories we read during our Werewolf theme.

White ChalkI am currently reading and reviewing White Chalk by Pavarti K. Tyler, ready to post my review on 1st August 2013 at the beginning of the book blog tour! White Chalk is a disturbingly raw and gritty coming-of-age book. It is extremely dark with a very real feel!!! My following reads will be urban fantasy Boreal and John Grey Season 1 by Chrystalla Thoma, fantasy The Pull by Brooke Morris and thriller/horror The One Percenters by John Podgursky!

We hope that you have all been enjoying your summer so far. As well as enjoying a great read. Please don’t forget to enter our fantastic GIVEAWAY, ending Thursday 25th July 2013! We will look forward to hearing from you! Have a great week, guys!

Caroline 🙂

Artwork for Candle Without a Flame is credited to Marion Sipe.

Enchanted Immortals by C.J. Pinard

Enchanted Immortals‘Enchanted Immortals’ is C.J. Pinard’s debut novel. This is a great book that put me in the mind-set of authors like J.R. Ward and Laurell K. Hamilton. As well as being a fantasy/paranormal it is also a good cop thriller. The novel is full of action, adventure, emotion, great characters and great storyline.

There are many characters and different groups of people. Each of them adding their own layer to the story. There are the Immortals, the sylphs, humans, vampires and shapeshifters. For a debut novel this is a splendid introduction to many of the characters, enabling the reader to connect instantly and thus, making it easier to follow them should there be more books in the series.

The main focus of the story is on Thomas O’Malley. Thomas O’Malley endured a life-changing ordeal and ultimately became an Immortal. It is an Immortal’s job to protect the sylph and humans from vampires and shapeshifters. To remain an Immortal they need doses of ‘Enchantment’ provided by the sylph. The vampires want to steal the ‘Enchantment in the hope that it will allow them to daywalk. But will they succeed in obtaining it? If they do, will it work? Thomas works with Jonathan and Kathryn and at times they find themselves in some predicaments with the vampires and shapeshifters.

One of my favourite elements of the story are the flashbacks throughout the separate era’s. The reader is taken on a journey through Thomas’ past and how his disappearance affected his parents. Joseph O’Malley, Thomas’ dad, is one of my favourite characters. His story is heartbreaking, sorrowful but completely full of unconditional love. He works as a cop for the San Francisco Police Department and tries to do everything within his power to try and find out what happened to Thomas. As Thomas is an Immortal he is not supposed to be known to man, and therefore Thomas must not contact his father in any way. This is beautifully written and I was very touched by these characters and this particular storyline.

The magic element of ‘Enchanted Immortals’ along with the ‘Enchantment’ and the fae people holds a similar imagery in my mind as that in the ‘Meredith Gentry’ novels by Laurell K. Hamilton. However, this novel has more realism, with the San Francisco Police Department, the Bureau of Supernatural Investigations (BSI) and Thomas’ parents and past. The combination of the two, fantasy and realism, remind me of J.R. Ward’s ‘Fallen Angel’ series.

In ‘Enchanted Immortals’ the government have set up a new body, the Bureau of Supernatural Investigations (BSI), to investigate the strange happenings of missing people, mutilated bodies, anything that seems to have no explanation. This set up brought back memories of watching ‘The X-Files’, although instead of ‘Dana Scully’ and ‘Fox Mulder’, C.J. Pinard has Agent Adam Swift and Agent Anthony Bianchi. These are another pair of my favourite characters. I love the thriller side of this novel, the investigations, the mysteries that these agents need to try and unfold.

There is also some romance in parts but I am sure this will become more intense during the follow-up novels. I was excited to hear that there would be a follow-up as the reader is left needing to know so much more even though this book is wrapped up beautifully. Thank you C.J. Pinard!

If you would like to contact C.J. Pinard you can reach her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CJPinardAuthor or you can e-mail her at cjpinardauthor@gmail.com.

Reviewed by Caroline Barker