Book Review: The Keepers: Sienna – by Rae Rivers

The Keepers: SiennaThe Keepers: Sienna by Rae Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the majority of this free novella in one evening and finished it the next day. I found myself thrown straight into the action with such vivid scene description, it was almost as if I was there and watching the story unfold like a film.

This story is a prequel for The Keepers series by Rae Rivers, a story involving a young witch, Sienna, and her four keepers – Archer, Ethan, Declan and Sarah. Sienna inherits a wealth of power and must learn how to channel it properly. The story opens with Archer training her to draw on her new power, however in true paranormal style, a baddie creeps out of the woodwork, threatening to cause havoc and devastation everywhere. This prequel to the series – the next of which I am already looking forward to reading – is not without the customary hero, with a hint of something else, too. I’m not going to give anything away so you’ll have to read it yourself, but I’d thoroughly recommend this free prequel as a fabulous taster to lure you into a world of exciting witchcraft and romance.

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Time for… an update

Well, I didn’t make the top 50 in the contest for So You Think You Can Write. These past few weeks have been both exciting and stressful as I’ve pushed myself to finish the third draft of newly titled Time for Love – formerly The Gateway, and then plummeted down from an intense high when I realised I wasn’t one of the chosen ones.

I think deep down I knew it was unlikely, but there was still that little part of me which hoped I’d at least final after the effort that went into the submission. Everyone who entered knows the struggle we all went through in those first few weeks, but I don’t regret entering the competition at all. The mantra was always “what do I have to lose?”. Of course the answer was nothing, as I’ve now connected with even more amazing people, a network of writers – both published and unpublished – always there to lend a sympathetic ear or bounce about with pom-poms, cheering each other on.

Since the top 50 finalists were contacted, I’ve taken a well-deserved break for a few days, while planning my next project, which I intend to write for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for you non-Wrimos, during which I wrote Time for Love last year).

Once the stress and toll of NaNoWriMo and the first (planned) draft is written, I’ll be revisiting Time for Love, polishing up any loose ends and making it as seamless as possible, then start submitting.

Because I believe there’s a home for this story somewhere, and because I’ll never give up.

Book Review: Bloodgifted – Book One of the Dantonville Legacy – by Tima Maria Lacoba

Bloodgifted (The Dantonville Legacy, #1)Bloodgifted by Tima Maria Lacoba

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Laura Dantonville is a content, well-balanced woman living in modern-day Sydney with an unusual gift – she ages more slowly than any other normal human being. Her birthday marks a coming-of-age where she learns that she is descended from a line of vampires, her blood giving a vampire the ability to walk in the day-light. Enter her guardian, Alec Monroe, a vampire chosen to protect her from the others of their kind who must also feed from Laura to keep up his exceptional strength.

Laura struggles at first to accept this new information, which the author portrays very well. When the protagonist does eventually accept her destiny, her eyes are opened to a whole different world she’d never believed possible, where passion, conspiracy and danger lurk around every corner.

The story moves with excellent pace, with some humour thrown in for good measure, while a passionate relationship with a healthy dose of conflict develops between the heroine and her modern-day hero. The world which Ms Lacoba has created is amazingly vast, with a wealth of information and explanation, using her knowledgeable background of Ancient Roman history.

Very well written story for the first part of the Dantonville Legacy and I look forward to reading more from this author, having already sampled the first chapter of the next book.

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