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Book Review: ‘A Bargain in Silver’ by Josie Jaffrey

Title: A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti Book 1)

Published: 3rd January 2015

Author: Josie Jaffrey

Facebook: www.facebook.com/josiejaffrey

Twitter: @josiejaffrey

 

Synopsis:

If the price of safety were slavery, would you bargain your life?

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.
As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with zombies. In this book they call them Weepers but you are still going to want to run away from them all the same!

A lot can happen when no one really pays attention. When the strange and unbelievable becomes believable you have to wonder what else could happen in such a short amount of time. Everything changes and soon when you thought you were the top of the food chain you realise that you are no more than lunch. When this happens it helps to have someone on your side, you just have to be careful of who you trust. Something that Emmy is finding out when she, along with the rest of the world, finds out that zombie like creatures called Weepers are hunting them and only vampire like creatures called the Silver can help. Help doesn’t come free though so you have to make a choice. You live to serve and donate or you die – not much of a choice but it’s all human’s have.

After leaving her bar shift at Parker’s Emmy finds herself in a bit of trouble. Streets are dark and creepy at the best of times but when three strangers come at her it goes from bad to worse. Especially when she notices the amount of blood and gore on them. Good job someone happens to be out to help. Her would be saviour Drew might have a few things to explain though as there’s more than meets the eye. Eye being the right word as his seem to be threaded with silver.

Time to get off the streets and back to the safety of his penthouse flat. She might be freaking out a bit by what is happening but that doesn’t stop the strange connection she feels with him. In the safety of his home he shows her what she clearly has missed. A message was broadcast out for all to see from Soloman, for all intents and purposes the new man in charge. The world is under attack by something humans just can’t fight, luckily for them the Silver can. For people of both kinds to survive in the wake of the Weepers humans had to come to an agreement. The Silver will protect them and rebuild around the destruction the Weepers have caused and in return they will work where assigned and donate blood monthly. Not much of a choice but the only one that will mean survival. Hearing this just makes Emmy want to get away the first chance she can get. A bit tricky when she finds out Drew is Solomon’s right hand man.

When her moment arrives she wastes no time in getting away, heading for the only place she feels safe, Parkers. She’s glad to find her friends Jeff, Sarah and Danny inside and so together they create a plan to try and get out of town before they are found. From the messages broadcast across all channels they know the Silver are going to be looking for people to round up and go to the ‘safe’ houses but they don’t partially feel safe about that. They just don’t know what to fear most, the Silver or the Weepers. Comply or die seems to be the moto for the Silver and it’s something Emmy and her friends don’t want to do. How long before they are found and what fate beholds them when they are?

She should have known that they couldn’t stay hidden for long and that her role in this new world was about to change. Caught and not given much of a choice she is asked by Drew and Sol to give them a week to see how she fits in. I’m thinking if she still wants to get away then death will be coming for her, she just won’t know from what side. With being caught she gets protection, not just from Drew who is overly protective of her, but also from Sol. Seems he finds her intriguing enough to claim her as his own, not that she knows this right away. With his mark on her she is untouchable. She won’t need to donate and anyone who tries to feed from her will answer to him. Protection always comes at a price, so what are his true motives?

So Emmy finds herself caught in the middle of an intense triangle. She isn’t sure of her own feelings as a Silvers touch or kiss can create certain reactions. Fitting into this new world is tricking, more so when she finds herself between the two most powerful players, both vying for her attention. Drew I think has more true feelings towards her at the beginning, whereas Sol is more intrigued by her, a breath of fresh air for both. This just causes a bit of tension and trouble and not just from those directly involved. Others are trying for a power play and seems Emmy is in the middle of a plan to see it through. Dangers at most doors but who is she going to turn to when she needs to feel safe? Which choice is the better one?

An interesting start to a series that manages to create an intriguing dystopian, post-apocalyptic London now that the Silver and Weepers are out in the open. Well drawn out characters but did find Emmy a bit annoying at times with how easy she could be manipulated into thinking differently. Ask a dam question and things might have worked out differently! Interesting side characters that are part of the Solis Invicti and friends – well most are – of Drew. Ben, Cam and Thomas are all members of the Solis Invicti, top men in Solomon’s leadership. Cam is a sweetie just wanting to make everyone happy, Thomas is loyal to Drew but Ben I fear has an ulterior motive so not to be trusted. Either way will be interesting to see how things play out from there on and who she will end up with, it might not be who you think.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Radiant Shadows’ by Sarah Baethge

Title: Radiant Shadows

Published: 9th April 2017

Author: Sarah Baethge

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahBaethge

Twitter: @22niel

 

Synopsis:

Say there is an official organization to control how vampires and humans interact. What would happen to violators of its ‘laws’? How would the breaking of its rules be fixed? What could even be the motivation for members of this alliance?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author with your first name. Another quick read to get through within the hour, which is a nice break from the all day reads.

A story of three parts with three different POVs to cope with, so something that may have made this easier to go from one part to the next would have been to put the characters name at the top of each part. That way you know whose head you are meant to be in, otherwise you may be reading straight in to the next part and not get what’s going on. Because it is in first person you almost feel like they are telling the story to you while reading, or that they are writing it down to read again later. Part one is Stephen – a human, part two is Marshall – Caroline’s clueless boyfriend who walks right into trouble and part three is Phyllis – the Counts would be daughter, protected by a lot of powerful vampires. They all kind of ‘sound’ the same though so there is not much distinction between them.

Vampires are alive and kicking – well as alive as they can be anyway – but the powers that be on both sides don’t think it is a great idea for everyone to know about them yet. This is how the Human-Vampire Alliance group was formed. A group created for the protection of both kinds. They can hold trials for the other but matters within races need to be dealt with by their own kind. Well unless you have a hunter that is. Someone called in the deal with vampires who have stepped out of line and drawn attention to their kind with their kills. This is what psycho vampire Randy has done and he is who must be stopped.

The Human-Vampire Alliance is called to discuss a way to handle the situation and it is decided that Stephen and Caroline, the huntress who quite frankly should know better, will go to Madame Olivia, a witch. They need her to cast a spell with Angel Blood using its light to make Caroline stronger so she can take on Randy. To pull all the light into her all her darkness would need to be pulled out and given to someone else or a battle will start. Think you can guess who that person is meant to be but in doing so they will have but a few hours before the darkness claims them fully and they die. Well unless they can get a willing vampire to turn them within that time that is. Best-laid plans don’t always go the way you hoped. Seems the Angel Blood calls to some more than others and the moment it does the course of events changes for everyone soon to be involved. Darkness is coming so you need to look to the light.

A few grammar issues throughout so could have done with another cleaner edit. Also calling a group ‘peoples’ didn’t really make sense in relation to what was around it. Instead could have used term like ‘groups’ or ‘kind’ when referencing the difference between humans and vampires, but that’s just me.

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Indie Book Bash and Cover Reveals Event 2017

Indie Book Bash & Cover Reveals | July 8, 2017

 

What do vampires, legendary heroes, teenagers with wings, and war all have in common? They all make for really great reads!

Authors Lyra Shanti, Aliya DalRae, Robert Krenzel, and Tabi Slick will be joining forces July 8, 2017 to celebrate their indie books, new releases, and to reveal new book covers.

 

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 5-9pm (EST)

Where: https://www.facebook.com/events/807395599433915

Aliya Delrae – 5:00 PM (EST)
***Meet the author and characters of the Jessica Sweet Trilogy***

Robert Krenzel – 6:00 PM (EST)
***Visit with the author and celebrate in this Cover Reveal of A Constant Thunder***

Lyra Shanti – 7:00 PM (EST)
***Come visit with the author and characters of the Shiva XIV Series***

Tabi Slick – 8:00 PM (EST)
***Meet the author and join the characters for the Cover Reveal of Tompkin’s School: For The Dearly Departed***

Hosted by the SWC, spreading the word about indie authors every day.

 

Lyra Shanti

www.lyrashanti.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorlyrashanti

Twitter: @LyraShanti

Amazon author page: amzn.to/2sjasZR

Lyra Shanti is a novelist, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her love of theater inspired her imagination, and also introduced her to her partner and soulmate, Timothy. Together they live in Florida where they are perpetually entertained by their two insane cats.

Lyra’s epic sci-fi/fantasy series, Shiva XIV, is currently in its third installment, Riddle of the Gods. The fourth chapter, The River of Time, is due out in late 2017, with one additional book to follow.

Lyra is a lover of nature, animals, anime, music, theater, movies, myths, and of course, books.

Aliya DalRae

www.aliyadalraeauthor.wixsite.com/aliyadalrae

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AliyaDalRae

Twitter: @AliyaDalRae

Amazon author page: amzn.to/2sjhPjR

Aliya DalRae is the author of the Jessica Sweet Trilogy. Her debut novel, Sweet Vengeance, was published in February 2016, with the sequel, Sweet Discovery, becoming available in April 2017. The third and final book in the trilogy, Sweet Destiny, is well underway.

Born and raised in a farming community in rural Southwest Ohio, Aliya grew up a middle child, with an older and younger brother. Surrounded by corn and cows, it was not unusual for Aliya to immerse herself in books, her way of escaping the humdrum small town life to visit fantastic lands full of mystery, myth and legend. And of course, romance.

Aliya’s first love was musical theater, and as a teenager dreamed of one day performing on Broadway. Her early writing consisted mostly of poetry and songs. Those dreams were put on hold, as life intervened (as life often does), and she moved on with other pursuits.

After graduation, and a brief time living in England, Aliya returned to her home town, where she worked mainly in administrative positions, but her love for books never waned.

In 1992, Aliya met her immortal beloved, and they have been inseparable ever since. When not weaving romantic tales, she can be found working side by side with her husband in their furniture restoration business, where she weaves caned chairs instead.

Tabi Slick

www.TabiSlick.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TabiSlick

Twitter: @TabiSlick

Amason author page: amzn.to/2sipMWh

Tabi Slick was born in Kansas and grew up in the country where she was homeschooled for the greater part of her childhood. In middle school, her family moved to Davis Oklahoma where she attended public school for several years. Here she began her writing adventure and soon the world of Tompkin’s Academy came to life. After graduating from high school in 2008, she spent a few years in Puerto Rico and wound up in Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She was born with an immense appreciation for literature and continues to dedicate her time to her passion of writing.

Robert Krenzel

www.robertkrenzel.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RobertKrenzelAuthor

Amazon author page: amzn.to/2siSNS0

Robert Krenzel was educated at Rutgers University and Eastern Connecticut State University. A retired Armor and Cavalry officer in the US Army, he has seen service in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He now lives in the Kansas City Area with his very understanding wife, two awesome kids, a crazy dog, and assorted cats. He is passionate about history and veteran’s issues.

Bob now works in the financial services industry and is involved with projects to help fellow veterans find employment. When he is not writing or working he is usually trying desperately to keep up with his children’s activities.

And occasionally, if the timing is right, you might find him with map, camera, and notebook hiking across an old battlefield.

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Author Interview: ‘Radiant Shadows’ by Sarah Baethge

About the Book:

Say there is an official organization to control how vampires and humans interact. What would happen to violators of its ‘laws’? How would the breaking of its rules be fixed? What could even be the motivation for members of this alliance?

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US

Author Interview:

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

I am a 35-year-old woman in central Texas and I started writing to amuse myself.

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

I like sitting at my desk on weekdays while its still sunny.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I like to read.

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 let the story carry me along.

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

I like fantasy because anything can happen.

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

I try not to cast my stories so the characters remain free.

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

I like to read anything by Stephen King.

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

I am reading Revival by Stephen King.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I like Jurassic Park because it has several involved points of view.

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

Write about what you like.

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

Website: www.sarahsreadings.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahBaethge

Twitter: @22niel

About the Author:

I live in Salado, Texas, on a donkey ranch.I’ve always been a fan of Science fiction, and I write Sci-fi/Fantasy.

I’ve done little more than read and write for most of my adult life.

You can read the book reviews I’ve written at: www.sarahsreadings.wordpress.com

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Book Review: ‘Vampire Forgotten’ by Rachel Carrington

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Title: Vampire Forgotten (Vampires Destined Book 2)

Published: 29th May 2012

Author: Rachel Carrington

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorRachelCarrington

Twitter: @rcarrington2004

Synopsis:

Vampires Destined Series

Three vampires. Separate destinies. All desiring a woman to love them for who they are not what they are.

ALL TITLES ARE STANDALONE AND DO NOT NEED TO BE READ IN ANY ORDER.

Vampire Forgotten
Book II

Forgotten in the mountains of Romania. Forced to live a life he didn’t choose. Suffering the daily pain of loneliness. Spending an eternity without the touch of a woman’s hand.

Though damned as a vampire, Rhad Valentine has been given what some might call the gift of psychic sight. He sees it as a constant reminder of real life going on without him—a life he cannot live.

Mischa Bonovich is on a desperate mission to find her missing sister, Rianna. Led to the mountains of her homeland by the faint call of Rianna’s voice, Mischa needs Rhad’s gift and his strength.

Wild hunger, both foreign and welcome, drives Rhad to his knees. He’d never held a woman so soft. Kissed one so responsive. And in spite of his inner protests, he’ll do anything to help her. Anything to feel just one more touch of her hand.

In the dark forests of Romania, Rhad’s desire won’t be quenched until he tastes what only Mischa can offer, but first, he must save her from a man who has nothing to lose. A man who holds a deadly secret that could tear Mischa from Rhad’s arms before love can happen.

Review:

I found this one had much more depth to the story and its characters. It draws you into the world created a bit more than the first one in series. Even though it is part of a trilogy its not the same characters from the first so can be read as a standalone. More enjoyable than the first one I felt though.

Rhad Valentine is pleasantly surprised by the gift left on his doorstep – a half naked female gift that is. Only problem is that she is unconscious and from the looks of it almost frozen to death. His second thought is to get her inside and warmed up, his first being that he hasn’t seen someone so beautiful in quite some time. He is intrigued more than anything so finds himself in a waiting game to find out why she came to his door.

Mischa wakes naked in a strange bed with no recollection of how she got there. To say she is concerned would be putting it mildly. More so when a man comes into the room and none other than the one she had come to see, Rhad. He was the last person her sister Rianna spoke about before she went missing so she is determined to get answers out of him. Well that and for him to explain how she got there. Seems neither has a clue on that one but us readers get a heads up from two friendly ghosts (one being a powerful shaman) as they were the ones that brought them together for a reason. Rhad is the only one who can help Mischa and its not just to help find her sister but to help keep her safe from the danger lurking.

Danger in the form of Hamrick, a man with nothing to lose so is willing to do whatever it takes to get to the shaman. He knows he is the only one who can save him but little does he know that the fates have other ideas in place for all of them.

The chemistry between Rhad and Mischa is subtle to begin with. She knows what he is – a vampire – but still finds herself drawn to him. Even in the midst of chaos around them from looking for her sister, Rhad’s haunted past bringing nightmares front and centre and the danger that follows them they still manage to connect on a deeper level. Rhad is different from other vampires, something he tries to explain to Mischa whether she willing to listen and accept or not. She can be hurtful with how she treats him at times but from how she makes it up to him I get a feeling that he won’t hold grudge for long.

Seems the ghosts are watching fate play out the course that was foreseen for Rhad and Mischa’s many years before. They are connected on more than a physical level but to their souls. They just have to be willing to let the other one in and really see them for it to work. Well that and try to outsmart a killer on their tracks.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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