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#Giveaway:  Gwen Hayes,Kira Brady,Denise L. Wyant

#Giveaway: Gwen Hayes,Kira Brady,Denise L. Wyant

Welcome to the Dear Author August Extravaganza, Day 23.

Every day this month, we are giving away copies of books, both digital and print, as well as gift certificates and even a digital reader. Stay tuned to this link to see all of the giveaways. They only last a few days each so keep visiting.

From Author Gwen Hayes

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August Extravaganza! Yay! I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon. I get a lot of personal benefit from Dear Author every day, so I’m happy to take part in the celebration.

Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their children, and the pets that own them. She writes stories for teen and adult readers about love, angst, and saving the world.

In addition to writing, Gwen is the Editorial Director for the Scandalous line at Entangled Publishing and freelance edits at www.fresheyescritique.com.

She is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. For more information about Gwen, please visit www.gwenhayes.com.

 

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From Author Kira Brady

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I’m giving away five signed copies of the first book in the Deadglass Trilogy. In a gritty, alternate Seattle, two shape-shifter races fight for control to the Gate to the Land of the Dead. The Kivati, the giant animal people of legend who can transform into totem animals, seek to protect the gate. The Drekar, immortal, soul-eating Norse dragons, seek to destroy it. Three couples will travel to hell and back for the chance to earn Seattle’s grizzly redemption.

HEARTS OF DARKNESS, book 1, received an A- from Dear Author and a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Link to Hearts of Darkness.

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion… Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

HEARTS OF SHADOW, book 2, is out now. It was hailed as “masterful world building…compelling…beautifully imagined,” by Publishers Weekly. Print copy includes the novella, HEARTS OF FIRE, Deadglass 0.5.  Link to Hearts of Shadow.

HEARTS OF CHAOS, the thrilling climax of the trilogy, debuts in March of 2014. Check out www.kirabrady.com for extras, art, and news. 

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From Author Denise L. Wyant

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In anticipation of Torquere Press’s release of their Charity Sip in September, which includes my short story Drama on Skyline Drive, I’m giving away 3 e-book copies of my novella Mountain Memories. 

Mountain Memories description:

After a painful breakup, Jackson “Jax” Chamberlain, pianist and composer, takes a solo trip to the mountains of Colorado for a refreshing change of scenery. Mason Lake, a ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, volunteers to staff a secluded patrol cabin through an oncoming snowstorm, partly to escape his sometime lover’s demands for a more serious relationship. An ill-advised hike and an animal attack bring Jax and Mason together, allowing them to wait out the storm and explore a heated passion. Their bliss ends, however, with the arrival of an unexpected stranger, a bullet, and Mason’s lover. Will the men recover from such devastating wounds to find each other again?

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REVIEW:  Hearts of Shadow  by Kira Brady

REVIEW: Hearts of Shadow by Kira Brady

Dear Ms. Brady:

Last year’s release, “Hearts of Darkness”, was one of my favorites of the year. The post apocalyptic steampunk world building was as unique as I had read in my many years of digesting paranormal romances.  “Hearts of Shadow” is no different in its uniqueness, but it did require a big effort on my part to not only understand the world but fall into it.

Hearts of Shadow (Deadglass #2) by Kira Brady“Hearts of Shadow” picks up almost a year after the end of “Hearts of Darkness”. Another apocalyptic event has occurred, changing the dynamic of the world once again.  I found this to be disconcerting because it felt like I had to learn a new language almost instead of adding to the knowledge base that I had begun to build in “Hearts of Darkness.”  Grace Mercer is a blood slave to a shapeshifting dragon, Leif, who inherited the position of Regent as well as the blood slaves from his now dead brother.

In addition to being a blood slave, Grace also slept with the now dead brother.  It was difficult for me to tell exactly whether she was forced into it and hated herself for that or she was attracted to the now dead brother against her better judgment and hated herself for that.  Whatever it was, Grace’s attraction to the dragon shifters, first the brother Sven, and now Leif, is an aspect of her makeup that she dislikes and tries hard to reject.

In this world, soul suckers called wraiths or aptrangers roam the land as do other stronger beings, all preying on the weaker.  Grace takes it upon herself to defend the humans, fight off the wraiths, and eventually to help train people to fight for herself. In some sense she’s an underfunded superhero equipped only with a magical blade, her own street savvy, and the occasional infusion of dragon’s blood for healing.

Leif is a scientist cum shapeshifting dragon and reluctant new Regent in Seattle. I’m not quite sure what his position of power is supposed to be and Leif would rather spend his time in the lab, building coal works to bring much needed energy to the city, and expending his energy in other ways to better the lives of those who are dependent upon him.

He is instantly attracted to Grace and his attraction causes his baser nature to take control whenever they are together which only serves to make Grace warier.  The romance between Leif and Grace felt forced for most of the book.  Leif is presented as this complex mix of alpha and beta.  He’s a scientist who is a gentleman we are told at one point. Yet, he’s nearly always forcing himself on her from the first moment that they have physical contact in the hallway of a courtroom.  He chastises himself for not having a tighter rein on his lust but, I guess, in an effort to show us how attractive he finds Grace, acts in a multitude of overbearing alpha ways.

Grace’s confused attraction toward dragon shifters in general also contributed to the contrived feeling of the romance.  In some ways, I felt that this was over complicated.  Grace could have easily been attracted to dragon shifters because of their beauty and still hated Sven for forcing himself on her regularly.  Her mixed up emotions toward Sven (did she love or hate him) seemed to be stronger than her emotions toward Leif.  And sometimes I even wondered if Leif was merely a pale stand in for Sven.

Despite the difficulty I had in the romance, I did appreciate the rich and thoughtful world presented and I am looking forward to reading the conclusion of the trilogy which features the romance between Luce, the Kivati princess, and the leader of the Kivati, a story that has been brewing since the very first entry.  C+

Best regards,

Jane

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