Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart
Series: The Diatous Wars #1
Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction
Expected Date of Publication: February 28th, 2014
Designed by Mae I Design
Organized by Xpresso Book Tours
When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?
War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol.
All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.
Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.
Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past…until her future seems to depend on it.
And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything – her home, her name, even her face…
…only to become the key to her dominion’s survival.
This cover is beyond amazing. I can’t believe how much I absolutely LOVE it! First, it is crazy at the level of detail that is fit into this cover, and yet doesn’t look busy. I adore the blend of reality (with the photographic quality of the bracelet) to the fantasy (with the jewels within the bracelets being snapshots into the story).
The white of the background draws all the attention to the details within each stone on the bracelet. The white also makes the font easy to read and reminds me of purgatory. It’s like Galena is at a crossroads in her life and that moment when she makes the ultimate decision is plastered on the cover for us to witness.
I love how the plane on the cover has relevance from reading the back cover and the apocalyptic city is symbolically behind broken glass.
There are so many layers to this cover that I can find myself reading the book and flipping back to the cover and seeing something new. Something relevant that the plot brought to my attention that I didn’t realize before. I can’t wait to get a hold of this book. Eye-candy for the shelf!
Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.Read More
Douglas R. Brown
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Published: January 26th, 2012
Werewolves are real. And they make excellent pets.
Owning one of the legendary creatures is the latest fad. The WereHouse insists their werepets are loyal, docile, and 100% safe, but what happens when these gentle giants turn on their masters?
While on a routine EMS call, paramedic Christine Alt is attacked by a rogue werepet. She escapes with her life, but the encounter leaves her with more than just scars. As her body begins to change, she discovers the WereHouse is hiding a terrible secret, and they will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing them.
Tamed is a werewolf tale with a twist from the author of the The Light of Epertase trilogy.
TAMED is the first werewolf book to give me faith in the genre. The only books up to now I have read about werewolves and enjoyed, I have liked despite being about werewolves. TAMED has put the horror back into the werewolf. Being bitten by one of these creatures is a fate worse than death, as our heroine discovers.
What sold me on the book is that these powerful, supernatural creatures are reduced to pets. I can almost hear PETA whispering in the author’s ear as he writes this book. SEE, ANIMALS ARE PEOPLE TOO! I’m lead to the conclusion that the author is not a fan of people owning exotic, wild animals and treating them like a common housepet. After watching way too many episodes of FATAL ATTRACTION, I’m beginning to agree that wild animals can never truly be tamed.
As in most horror books, the characters tend to be disposable and stagnant. Although many of the characters are fleshed out by the end of the story, there isn’t much character development from the beginning of the story to the end. Because of how the story is told and the focus is more on what is happening that who is involved, this lack of development doesn’t inhibit the reader from enjoying the story. I think my favorite character ended up being Billy. His personality shines, despite what happens to him and Christine.
Even though it is obvious from both lore and the opening chapter that werewolves are people, the author still manages to make the revelation as shocking and revolting as if we never knew. TAMED is a book for those who are looking for the something other than a paranormal romance between Fido and Jane. If you like your stories raw, unstripped, and shocking, then check this one out at your local Book WereHouse.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)Read More
Unlike last week, I had quite a few excerpts to pick from that I liked. I’m feeling very optimistic about the future of this story. Feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you’re also participating this year.
Here’s this week’s excerpt for the Nano Excerpt Blog Chain 2013.
I lift the nine millimeter from my waist. It’s bulky in my small hands, yet zeroes in on the woman without hesitation. “Stay back,” I tell her.
I walk backwards towards the hallway. Sliding my feet backwards instead of walking, I strike something with the back of my sandal. It’s wet and sticky. An arm. Charlene’s arm.
It latches around my foot. I scream.
I kick her away with my other foot.
“That bitch ain’t dead yet?” The woman says, throwing her hands up in disgust. “She’s like one of those fucking relighting birthday candles.”
She examines the knife in her hand with a frown. “I need a serrated edge.”
As the woman heads back into the kitchen, I kneel down. The blood on the ground sticks to my legs like syrup. I cup her arm to my chest. Her fingers are freezing. I check her wrist for a pulse; I’m half-convinced that I imagined her grabbing me. Her heartbeat pulses against my fingers like a drum.
“Charlene, it’s me, Renee. I’m going to get you out of here. I’ll get you away from her.”
Footsteps echo from behind, I whip around with the gun in hand.
The woman is annoyed rather than scared. “If you’re not going to shoot, fuck off. I have a job to finish.”
“You’re not going to kill her.”
“I’m going to try my damnest.”
She grabs my gun around the barrel. I pull the trigger, but it’s stuck. Oh, God. It won’t go off. She yanks it out of my hand and slaps the gun across my face. My head strikes the wall. Too disoriented to break my fall, I hit my face against the marble floor. The pool of blood trickles into my mouth and up my nose.
“You left the safety on, stupid.”Read More