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Author Interview: ‘Hell Holes Series’ by Donald Firesmith

What Lurks Below (Hell Holes Book 1)

About the Book:

It’s August in Alaska, and geology professor Jack Oswald prepares for the new school year. But when hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, Jack receives an unexpected phone call. An oil company exec hires Jack to investigate, and he picks his climatologist wife and two of their graduate students as his team. Uncharacteristically, Jack also lets Aileen O’Shannon, a bewitchingly beautiful young photojournalist, talk him into coming along as their photographer. When they arrive in the remote oil town of Deadhorse, the exec and a biologist to protect them from wild animals join the team. Their task: to assess the risk of more holes opening under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the wells and pipelines that feed it. But they discover a far worse danger lurks below. When it emerges, it threatens to shatter Jack’s unshakable faith in science. And destroy us

 

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Demons on the Dalton (Hell Holes Book 2)

About the Book:

When hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appeared overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, geologist Jack Oswald picked Angele Menendez, his climatologist wife, to determine if the record temperatures due to climate change was the cause. But the holes were not natural. They were unnatural portals for an invading army of demons. Together with Aileen O’Shannon, a 1,400-year-old sorceress demon-hunter, the three survivors of the research team sent to study the holes had only one chance: to flee down the dangerous Dalton Highway towards the relative safety of Fairbanks. However, the advancing horde of devils, imps, hellhounds, and gargoyles will stop at nothing to prevent their prey from escaping. It is a 350-mile race with simple rules. Win and live; lose and die…

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve loved reading science fiction and fantasy books and short stories since I was a teenager, and I started writing short stories while still in high school. Most of those stories were pretty mediocre, and some were embarrassingly bad. I was unsuccessful at getting any published and gave up writing fiction for several decades. I am a mathematician by training, and have worked in software development since the late 1970s. I started writing software and system engineering books in the 1990s. Tired of only writing technical books, I started writing novels in my spare time about ten years ago. 

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I work as a system and software engineer about 45-50 hours a week Monday through Friday. That leaves evenings and weekends for writing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Let me give you an example. I read numerous science magazines and books. During the summer of 2014, I first read about the huge holes found in the frozen tundra of northern Siberia. They are very mysterious given that they are huge, are cylindrical with vertical walls, and exist in permafrost. The question is how could such holes be created in ground that has been frozen since before the last ice age, and where has all of the missing dirt gone? I asked myself, what if instead of three holes, there were hundreds of holes? What if instead of being located on one peninsula in northern Siberia, they existed around the entire Arctic Circle. What if instead of forming sometime during the previous year, they had all formed overnight? Thus, the series Hell Holes was born.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I create an outline and block out what I want to go in each chapter. The outline may well change over time, but the general shape and story arc tends to be fairly stable. Things flow more in the individual chapters, and I sometimes learn what happens while writing a scene, so that writing is a combination of creation and discovery.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

The Hell Holes series are apocalyptic science fiction, horror, and modern paranormal fantasy. I love speculative fiction’s freedom to explore new realities and play What if?

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Amazingly, Hollywood producer Michael Chamoy has hired scriptwriter Leland Anderson to develop a movie script for a full-length feature film based on my book, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. Once completed later this month, Mike will have one-year shopping rights to sell the movie to a studio and investors. The three main characters are Dr. Jack Oswald and Dr. Angela Menendez, who are a middle-aged married couple, and in spite of being 1,700-years-old, Aileen O’Shannon, who “appears” to be an amazingly beautiful woman in her early 20s. I would like to see Beau Bridges play Jack Oswald, Patricia Rae play Angela Menendez, and the 25-year-old Charlize Theron or Kate Beckinsale play Aileen O’Shannon.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I grew up on the grand masters: Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke. I loved Tolkien so much that The Lord of the Rings was the only English language book I took with me when I spent a year studying at the university in Munich. I must admit to being a true fan of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I also love steampunk books. Beyond that, I have a huge number of authors I read. For example, I really enjoyed spending a year reading a ton of books with strong female protagonists that were written female authors in preparation for writing Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton, which is told first person by a strong female character.

8: What books are you reading at present?

I actually just finished a book on the bus ride to work this morning and am currently trying to decide which of dozens of books on my Kindle Fire to read next.

9: What is your favorite book and why?

It has to be Lord of the Rings. It is such a classic and has such depth that I can read it for the 10th time and still enjoy it and get something new from it. I love the characters and the world building.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Spend a huge amount of time both reading and writing. Writing is a skill, and like any skill, it requires a great deal of practice. Iterate, iterate, and iterate some more, because your first few drafts can always be improved. Hire a professional editor and have lots of beta readers.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

The best place by far is my author website: www.donaldfiresmith.com

I’m also very active on Facebook (www.facebook.com/don.firesmith), where I do a lot of sharing of posts I like. Be forewarned; I’m a staunch progressive and share a lot of liberal political posts.

 

About the Author:

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs and cats.

Social media links:

Personal website: www.donald.firesmith.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/don.firesmith

Twitter: @DonFiresmith

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Firesmith

Feuerschmied’s Wand Shoppe: www.magicalwandshoppe.com

 

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Release Blitz and Author Interview: ‘Legacy: The Reunion’ by Michelle E. Lowe

Title: Legacy: The Reunion

(Legacy Chronicles)

Author: Michelle E. Lowe

Genre: Fantasy / Historical

 

 

About the Book:

Britain’s infamous thief, Pierce Landcross, has returned to face justice. On the way to London, he learns that his long-lost parents are being held in Newgate Prison. To save them, however, he must first escape his own dire situation.

But not everything goes according to plan, and Pierce finds himself in yet another adventure as well as a mystery he never anticipated.
A small fortune has been left to the Landcross family and to collect it is to follow a series of clues. Pierce is joined by a beautiful and adventurous young woman named Taisia Kuzentsov, and together they set out to the Netherlands to retrieve this inheritance.

And danger isn’t too far away. Tailing them is a bounty hunter who aims to get his hands on the money and the reward offered for Landcross.

With every clue Pierce and Taisia find, they uncover untold secrets about the family and soon learn there is more to the journey than initially believed.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

For starters, I’m a big nerd at heart. I love watching and reading science-fiction and fantasy stories, and I highly enjoy old B horror films. I’ll sometimes play classic Atari games and I collect worthless knickknacks. I also enjoy oil painting as a hobby. I’d like to do a lot more world travelling, starting with England. I adore animals and wish I had many more of them around to take care of. I’m a Georgia born native who has spent most of my life near the Atlanta area before pulling up stakes and moving clear across the country with my husband, Ben and our two daughters. My writings include several published novels, The WarningCherished ThiefAtlantic Pyramid, Children’s books, Poe’s Haunted House Tour, and The Hex Hunt series. My latest escapade is a six book series, titled LegacyLegacy (Vol.1) has been published through Nordland Publishing.

What drove me to writing? There’s a wonderful quote by author, Toni Morrison. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I take this quote to heart because I remember watching movies growing up and wondering what I would have done differently with the story. Not that these flicks were bad (well, some of them were) but just out of curiosity, I’d think on how I would have executed the plot. Would it have worked better if the characters acted more like this? Would it feel more authentic if there was more done to the costumes? What if instead the plot went this way instead of that? Things like that. Also, I’ve always admired people who created such wonderful and memorable stories. I suppose I just want to be part of that.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I usually write in the afternoons, and I do so in longhand inside notebooks. Therefore, I can write anywhere I want without having to stare at a computer screen all day, plus it keeps me away from the Internet. Where I write depends on how the weather is. If it’s a nice enough day, I’ll go outside on the back porch, if not my recliner is the place for me. But I’ve written in various places, in airports, at doctor offices, out on camping trips, as long as I have a story to tell, I’ll write just about anywhere.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come to me in pieces. Like snippets in a teaser trailer. Different scenes, moments, even dialog will start to form. At some point these pieces merge together and become a larger story. The tale grows and comes to a point where it beings to bang against my brain, unwilling to let up until I write it.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

When I feel I have enough of a story to go on, I write out an outline to help develop and flesh out the idea as well as document some important details that I might otherwise forget later on. Most often than not, however, I’ve gone completely out of the outline and wrote an entirely different story. After all, an outline isn’t a barbwire fence. It doesn’t hold the idea in a one place. It’s simply a vague map to help guide the writer.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Generally, I write fiction, and recently I’ve ventured into steampunk. It’s a fun genre to go into and it takes a lot of imagination to succeed at it, too. With fiction, a writer can play around with facts, or discard them completely and create a parallel world. The limit to what can be created is zero, and the imaginative ways to explain how made up things function takes some creative intelligence. You really work your brain coming up with how everything works and make it believable no matter how unbelievable it is!

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Ooh, I love this question! This would be for Legacy. For my protagonist, Pierce Landcross, if I had to choose anyone right now, it would be the actor who played Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful, Reeve Carney. Playing Pierce’s older brother, Joaquin, would be Tom Mison who portrays Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow. Millie Bobby Brown, also known as Eleven on Stranger Things for young Clover Norwich. Taron Egerton, soon to be playing the role of Robin Hood, as Archie Norwichand for the villains, Tarquin and Ivor Norwich, Hugh Laurie, from House, and Douglas Booth who played Mr. Bingley on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I do read a lot. It’s hard for me to say who my favorite is considering that I read different books from different authors. I’m a great admirer of Neil Gaiman’s style of writing. I’ve been a fan of his since I was a teenager, reading his Sandman graphic novel series. I also enjoy Anne Rice’s work and her beautiful ways of describing her characters and the world in which they live in. Chris Wooding’s work is something I’m very fond of. His world-building skills are something I’m truly jealous of. That man knows how to write fun and exciting stories made for television while capturing his scenes in thoughtful writing that makes me swoon.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’ve been reading The Dark Tower series back to back for months now. I’m finally on the 7th book. I have others books lined up, including Last Call by Tim Powers. I met him once at this year’s Gaslight Steampunk Expo, where I was signing copies of Legacy. He’s such a lovely man. I can’t wait to read his work.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I can’t say that I have one favorite book, but I did highly enjoy Chris Wooding, Tales of the Ketty Jay series for reasons I’ve mentioned earlier.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Well, for one thing, writing is hard work and becoming a successful writer is even harder still. If anyone thinks otherwise, they’re out of their minds! Sorry to break it to you, aspiring writers.

Even so, I’ll read little snippets such as, you can make anything by writing. And it’s true! Writing opens up the mind, introduces new perspectives, and brings people into worlds they never knew existed. Writing is an art form that is beautiful, tragic, complex, stunning and horrifying. My best advice for any aspiring writer is to develop a thick skin. Take constructive criticism with a grain of salt and learn from what others tell you. Trust me you’ll grow as a writer. And read! Read! Read! Read! When a writer is reading, it’s different from non-writers. We’re not just reading, we’re studying. We’re finding out new ways to describe things, broadening our vocabulary, and learning how these other authors thread their stories together. Whatever genre you write, reading will help significantly when you put your own pen to paper.

Don’t concern yourself about getting your first rough draft just right, either. First drafts are meant to be free spirits and very ugly ones too. You only need to get your story out of your head and onto paper or in a Word document. Worry about making it pretty later on during editing. And don’t rush. It’s so easy to toss out stories in front of the whole world nowadays. Yet the ease to publish shouldn’t mean that the art of writing needs to be forgotten or ignored. Writing a book or novella takes time, and ought to take just as long if not longer to make better through proper editing and revision. It’s best to sit on a manuscript for a while before going back to work on it, rather than rush to get it done just to publish it. It doesn’t matter how good the story is, if readers are distracted by plot holes, poor writing and grammar flaws, you’ll lose them quick!

All in all, read more, write with passion, edit with care and devotion toward the craft. Learn from what others tell you and most of all, write what you love.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Author’s website: www.michellelowe.net

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/520282.Michelle_Lowe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/michelleloweauthor

Twitter: @MichelleLowe_7

First Book in Series:

About the Book:

A thief, a lover and a toymaker; drawn together by fate, unlikely champions against a powerful and remorseless enemy. When not fighting each other, they must confront a powerful lord and end his plan to unleash global violence. No problem. But behind the scenes, the immortal trickster is manipulating men like puppets, changing history for his own amusement. And as an ancient plan is set into motion, the trio are faced with events they do not understand and may not survive. Legacy is the first of an epic new series that combines Fantasy and Steampunk in an unforgettable novel set in Victorian England.

 

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About the Author:

Michelle E. Lowe was born June 18th, 1979 in Clayton County Georgia and raised in Peachtree City. In ’98 she attended college for graphic design, only to leave to pursue a writing career. Currently she lives in Florida with husband Ben and daughters, Mia and Kirsten. Right now she’s busy working on a nonfictional book, Cherished Thief, a sci-fi/fantasy titled, Atlantic Pyramid, and a dark thriller novella, Storyteller, with future plans to begin on a three part dark fantasy series, Legend in time of the Ages.

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Book Review: ‘Wyvern’s Prince’ by Deborah Cooke

Title: Wyvern’s Prince (The Dragons of Incendium Book 3)

Published: 20th September 2016

Author: Deborah Cooke

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahCookeFanPage

Twitter: @cooke_delacroix

 

Synopsis:

Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.

Engaged to Prince Urbanus of Regalia, Gemma knows that her fiancé ordered the assassination of her best friend—but has been told that he’s her HeartKeeper. Caught between her destiny and her moral duty, she decides to take vengeance upon Urbanus after the wedding night. Gemma’s not counting on more dark revelations about Urbanus, much less his beguiling charm. Alone in his palace, Gemma can only rely upon herself to ensure her survival—or can she trust the mysterious stranger who pledges to aid her, for reasons unknown?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set on another planet. You have Regalia and its sister planet Incendium where the dragons rule. Well it’s time to see how Gemma’s plan of revenge for her murdered friend Arista plays out. She might have a plan but Urbanus is a sneak and has a few of his own, ones she won’t see coming. Good job she gets a helping hand from a friendly toad then isn’t it? One only we know the true name and nature of – Venero.

It seems years ago an astrologer told Gemma that she would marry the future King of Regalia and he would not only be the carrier of the seed but also her HeartKeeper. She might have been concerned when her sister Drakina was set to marry Cantos, the first-born son of Queen Arcana, but well we all know how that turned out. The second in line was Urbanus but from knowing what he had done with the assassination of her best friend you can’t believe it to be true. It seems not everything is as it seems though but somehow everything played out just as it was meant to. With a little hop along the way.

So Gemma’s plan is simple enough. Thinking that the astrologer can’t be wrong she means to marry Urbanus, let him get her pregnant, as he is meant to be the carrier of the seed, and then kill him in his sleep. Leaving before anyone is the wiser. Helps that he had a honeymoon home of sorts built away from prying eyes. The stories of magic that Regalia holds and how Queen Arcana is meant to have passed gifts to each of her sons doesn’t cause too much concern at the start but it seems she should have held more faith in it as it could be her undoing.

Venero has a plan to be returned back to human. That plan is to get the help of who he perceives to be the airhead of a bride that has married his twin Urbanus. He can think of no other reason why someone of sound mind would do so, even if her King asked her to. His opinion isn’t changed when he sees her for the first time as she comes giddily into the room he’s hiding in. That is until she is alone and her whole persona changes in a second. He can tell with one look that she is different and has the overwhelming need to help and warn her of what his brother is really capable of. Well it seems she knows he’s not someone to be trusted but doesn’t know much about magic and spells. So it’s not good when Urbanus does a slight of the hand to cast one on her. Seems Venero needs to lend a hand, or more precisely hop, to help her out this time. Crashing into a few things so his brother is knocked out for the moment seems to work but he still needs to get Gemma to safety. Yes he wants to use her for his own reasons but feels a need to protect her more, something that unsettles him.

Escape is what’s needed for Gemma, her palver cat like creature and hop along friend, one who doesn’t give her a name to start with. Spells and trouble follow if they don’t run fast enough. Gemma is still a little confused by it all and can’t shake the feeling that her heartbreaker and carrier of the seed are closer than she thinks. Seems her dragon can sense him but because of the spell is trapped from fighting. Not good when that’s what she was looking for.

Seems Gemma and Venero need each other to get their end goal but could there be more that binds them together? The secret of why he was cursed being aired might shed some light and also see forth to have the future told correct. If a princess kisses a frog her prince shall arise but what of kissing a toad? Not much from what Gemma thinks but then could that be the answer to all she really seeks?

Mystery and intrigue with many vying for different outcomes with what they seek. Got to love these dragon princesses, as they are a force to be reckoned with. You do not want to get in their way and certainly want them on your side. Something Venero is learning and starting to like. I liked the funny friendship that came with the two of them and the passion you know will follow, something else these dragons are known for. Well they do have fire so can get very heated. Liked the flow of this one right from the start and keeps you hooked till the end.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Ghost Machine’ by Kristen Brand

Title: The Ghost Machine: A Gothic Steampunk Novel

Published: 29th December 2016

Author: Kristen Brand

Twitter: @brandedkristen

 

Synopsis:

Ella Rosenfeld is a lunatic. Locked away in the remote Auttenberg Asylum, she undergoes torturous treatment to cure her hallucinations. Yet the longer she remains within Auttenberg’s austere halls, the more gruesome her visions become, until Ella is sure she’s seeing ghosts and Auttenberg’s doctor knows it. He doesn’t plan to cure her; he wants to study her ability by dissecting her.

Ella refuses to accept her fate. She assaults her captors, scales the asylum fence, and finds sanctuary in the castle of Baron Viktor Szarka. Young and arrogant, the baron offers her protection, but he’s rumored to have locked a woman in the asylum to hide his dark past. Unable to trust him, Ella must uncover the conspiracy surrounding the asylum, her visions, and the baron’s secret…or join the rest of Auttenberg’s ghosts.

If you’re a fan of steampunk or gothic romance, download a sample or buy now.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book you didn’t want to put down. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this gothic steampunk mystery but was gripped from the start and couldn’t put it down. Great story telling with twists, turns and misdirection’s seemingly coming at you to keep you guessing right to the end.

So Ella has come to Auttenberg Asylum in hopes of them helping her with what everyone thinks are hallucinations. Auttenberg is a place filled with history and death with battles long gone past. Not so good for Ella as the ‘hallucinations’ she sees are ghosts. She, along with her parents, thinks this is the best place to cure her but it doesn’t take Ella more than a couple of days to figure out something far worse. On her first session with Dr Grunewald, along with the help of Mrs Schuttmann (both of whom you get bad vibes from), puts her into a machine. One that seems to split her head in two, well it feels like it does anyway. Seems this machine has a purpose but right now Ella is just convinced it’s going to kill her. Fearing for her life, and after a chat with a ghost in her room, one that killed itself, she knows she has to escape. Easier said than done and luck most definitely has to be on her side because escaping the asylum is only her first hurdle. More are on the way and each more mysterious and dangerous than the last.

Now it seems Ella may have not paid too much attention to planning her escape. She found a moment to act and went with it. Thing is that the Auttenberg Asylum is in the Carpathian Mountains, a place currently with arctic weather and not one to be caught out in with only one shoe. Running for her life she fears death from the cold will get her first but its not long before wolves might play a part. Thank god for Baron Viktor Szarka as he comes to her rescue. But from the stories she’s been told can she really trust him. Could he just be luring her into another trap? He might take care of her recovery – frostbite is a bitch – but he doesn’t do much to put her at ease. He wants to hear her accounts of what really happened at Auttenberg, which she does minus the ghosts. Seems he knows what she omitted though as he has her journal. Invasion of privacy screaming from her but does he believe or think her mad? His home is a cold fortress but friendly faces do appear in the form of his younger brother Andras and his guardian/housekeeper Mrs Lupescu. All would seem well when parents arrive and with the Baron insisting they take Ella away as early as possible but with snow closing in and Dr Grunewald willing to do anything to get her back things don’t go to plan.

Adventure in the form of running for her life draws its head again and she knows its not just humans she should fear but iron soldiers too. She can see there is something different about them compared to the machines her father made. A clue to why she is so valuable to the wrong kind perhaps? Battles at the ready with flying ships, pirates, deaths and misdeeds forming but it seems she has a helper at hand with Andras throughout her journey and maybe even the Baron. Ghosts are what she feared but was she looking at things backwards. Was she meant to see them to help so they couldn’t be mistreated, even in death? She may be the asset Dr Grunewald and his team wants to claim back but she may also be their undoing. Well only if she figures everything out in time.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Demons and Destiny’ by Catherine Milos

Title: Demons and Destiny (Angels and Avalon Book 2)

Published: 26th October 2016

Author: Catherine Milos

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CatherineMilosOfficial

Twitter: @CatherineMilos

 

Synopsis:

What else are friends for, but to rescue you from a deranged reincarnated dark Viking shaman serving a lazy lesser Celtic god? Ex-Angel Tyrel Hanson is cursed. He must send all demons back to Hell before he can be with the woman he loves. The mission is enough to drive him to darkness. Elizabeth McAllistar discovers she is magic-blind. A dangerous condition which could end up killing her and her best-friend Madison. Madison Porter is a scientist. When she suddenly discovers she has magic and a past-life with Tyrel her world is thrown into chaos. Her magic might be the only thing that can free Tyrel from his cursed destiny and keep them all alive.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that features supernatural powers. Hold onto your hats as this is going to be another supernatural filled ride with past and present lives colliding.

After failing in her training with the Druids Madigan chose to become a Blue warrior. Well it was either to become a Blue warrior where she might die or be a willing sacrifice to their god Nuada (one she maybe shouldn’t put too much faith in). The Vikings are coming for their land and its up to them to defend it. If the battle turns then one needs to get away to tell their leaders of what comes. She almost does but soon is captured. The Vikings mother tongue is different from her own so she is shocked when one man laughs after she curses the one that caught her.

Tyrel remembers his past life as Angel Tyrryal and because of it has the ability to talk many languages, among other things. With this he needs to find a way to get Madigan to tell him where her leaders are so his people can talk trade. If not then they will kill her and take everything else by force. He feels a connection for her straight away, so claims her to keep her safe. She still doesn’t know if she can trust him but after it seems that her god has blessed them – and by gifting her a dog companion to keep her safe – she doesn’t hold back her feelings for him.

Seems they were both too trusting of Nuada as he was just using them as parts in a game he is trying to control. With the help of darker magic he forces fate in another direction. One that would see heartbreak and death for both and end up binding Tyrel to do his bidding. Seems Tyrel can walk in the Shadow Realm and was once the Angel of Justice where he had to send demonic creatures back to hell. Seems Nuada wants him to be his warrior again. Once all demons are returned to their realm, she will be returned to him. Seems these fallen angels love fiercely and are willing to go through hell (literally) to find their way back to their soul mates.

I think I liked it better that you didn’t spend too long in a past life and got back to the present day. Also liked finding out that before Tyrel fell, and ultimately meeting Madigan for the first time, he spent the time the look for most of Adamina’s children to see them safe. Seems to have worked too as the past lives of Adamina’s children, well most of them, have been reincarnated and found there way back to each other. Remembering their pasts and still having magic in their presence, connected to their souls perhaps? They all seem to work with Tyrel at his PI firm, aka the firm that helps get rid of demons. They need to band together to fight a new evil but you never quite know which direction it will be coming from.

Present day sees Tyrel wanting to get close to Elizabeth’s (Adamina in her past life) friend Madison from the first moment he saw her. I think you can guess why. He might have found his past love but she has no memories of him and danger is never too far away. Seeing her just made him more focused in his task of getting rid of demons because once done he could finally be free and be with her. With his single mindedness though he can be easily led in the wrong direction. All he does is to protect Madison but he can go about it the wrong way.

Elizabeth is feeling lost now she is magic-blind after everything that went down with Lucifer, Uriel/Roger and Gabriel and seemingly in danger because of it. Was good to see Gabriel again as you see more of who he really is and how he acts in his new relationship with his adopted daughter Morgana, who happens to be his and Adamina’s daughter from their past life in Avalon. His gentleman butler Alan was great and played a bit more of a role with being interlinked within the story, which was cool.

Seems everyone has a gift and they are all needed to play their part in what’s to come so they better start practicing because the time for destiny is upon them. The moment Avalon was created a balance was shifted and it needs to be reset. The only ones that can help are the Angels. Seems the fallen ones are soon to be called home. Another fun, creative read with magical elements and soul mates throughout.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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