Passionate Bites by Various Authors (Paranormal Box Set)



Ten hot vampire romance novels by NY Times & USA Today bestselling authors.


Hot Tales of Vampire Romance


K.F. Breene (Goodreads Author)Arial Burnz (Goodreads Author)Victoria Danann (Goodreads Author)Brenda K. DaviesTeresa Gabelman (Goodreads Author)Kym Grosso (Goodreads Author)Sharon Hamilton (Goodreads Author)Travis Luedke (Goodreads Author) , RaShelle Workman (Goodreads Author)

Passionate Bites is a paranormal romance collection loaded with sizzling hot alpha-males & badass heroines. From vampires to werewolves to witches & demons, these dark, sensual tales of romantic suspense weave a tapestry of intrigue, desperation, betrayal, & enough steamy desire to satisfy every taste.

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18478103Destined by Brenda K. Davies

Terrified of becoming mated like her parents, Isabelle has locked herself away in order to avoid their fate. She is content to stay sheltered amongst her family, hidden away as she lives out her days away from the human race, and the world. Despite her determination to remain alone, her world is rocked when a person from her parent’s past arrives at their door, bringing with them the powerful, and stunning vampire Stefan. Though Stefan is not expecting to arrive at a nest full of vampires, he is immediately drawn to the vibrant, often defiant, and willful Isabelle. To his surprise, Isabelle does everything in her power to avoid him, and her desire for him. No matter how hard she tries to fight it though, Isabelle begins to realize that trying to deny her destiny may just destroy them both, as there are some things that cannot be stopped. But just as she begins to let her guard down, Stefan’s dark and deadly past catches up to him and threatens to destroy them both.

Meet the Author

74578_397193390363166_1096902927_n-2Author of the adult paranormal romance, Vampire Awakenings Series, and historical romances. I also write young adult under the pen name Erica Stevens.

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damoncoverThe Protectors Damon by Teresa Gableman

Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets and it’s their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it. As a social worker, Nicole Callahan fights for the right of every child placed in her care. There’s a war now as vampires have stepped out into the spotlight taking their place in society and the children are at the heart of it all. Damon and his fellow warriors have been ordered by the Vampire Council to train Nicole and her colleagues against the dangers they now face in their new world. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.

Meet the Author

198215_1628571076727_2801624_nTeresa lives in Ohio with her husband, son, their dog Cin and her son’s snake, Steve Irwin. She is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, is a huge Mixed Martial Arts fan and follows her husbands MMA fight team, G-Force, which her son fights for. When not writing she is either screaming like a crazy woman at MMA fights or reading in some quiet corner with her Kindle. She loves books that are fast reads filled with romance, humor, sexy alpha men and the women who drive them crazy.

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STsmashwordsCoverA Summoner’s Tale by Victoria Danann

Named BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL of 2013, REVIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARDS, the Paranormal Romance Guild. While the devastatingly seductive ex-vampire, Istvan Baka, is forced to relive his tragic life as human and confront his past as vampire, a very pregnant Elora Laiken faces an ultimate test of survival when she’s attacked by assassins from her dimension of origin. While their friends and mates mount respective searches and epic rescue efforts, these two friends and almost lovers, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, must simultaneously struggle alone through their own personal tortures in pain and darkness. This is the story of Heaven McBride, a Black Swan demonologist who was temporarily assigned as Baka’s assistant. When he turns up missing, Heaven agrees to submit to hypnosis to help the rescue effort with possible clues about his disappearance buried in her subconscious mind. During those sessions, she proves that love can wait patiently through lifetimes for the chance to blossom and be fulfilled. She also inadvertently reveals that she’s been hiding a unique musical talent. She’s the once-in-a- generation summoner, who can call any creature with her flute. Even vampires.

About the Author

Victoria120x180My first book was published May of 2012. I write cross-genre with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires. My first book, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by both Reviewers’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards. All of my books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards. For books published in 2013, Black Swan won three awards. 1. Best Paranormal Romance Series 2. Best Paranormal Romance Novel – A SUMMONER’S TALE 3. Best Vampire~Shifter Novel – MOONLIGHT.
Author Bio
If you’re interested in me personally, I am also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock music. I’m the utility player which means I play rhythm guitar, keyboards, sing back ups and a few leads. My band has covered everything (note for note) from Styx to Led Zepellin to Rush. We have played biker bars at 3:00 am to 10 people and played Warrior Dash to 35,000. I live in The Woodlands, Texas which is why I sometimes joke about being the witch in the woods. Married. Four children. One very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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16089837Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2)

An erotic paranormal romance… Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan. Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca. In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?

About the Author

5785692Kym Grosso is the award-winning author of the bestselling erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow- covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.

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19162511DARKNESS SERIES, 1 & 2 – K.F. Breene

Sasha has always known she was different, but now she also knows that the sha19162557dow men she’s seen all her life, are real. With a life goal of fitting in, Sasha hopes her strange abilities will finally make true friendship a possibility. Unfortunately, her magic doesn’t function like everyone else’s. What she thought would make her belong, sets her apart now more than ever. Stefan, all but promised to a different woman, has tried to keep his mind on his duties instead of the irresistible and free-spirited human. But when she is threatened, he can’t keep his distance any longer. He realizes he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe, and more importantly, make her his. Just when one thing clicks into place, another spirals out of control. Stefan’s clan isn’t the only group that would benefit from an extremely rare type of magic. And their enemies will stop at nothing to get what they want.

About the Author

7010202A wine country native, I moved to San Francisco for college just shy of a decade ago to pursue a lifelong interest in film. As I settled into the vibrant city, it quickly became apparent that, while I thought making and editing films was great fun, I lacked cinematic genius. For that reason, my career path quickly changed direction. My next goal was a strange childhood interest, conjured at the dining room table while filling out a form. For some reason, my young self wanted to be an Accountant. Thinking on it now, I wonder how I had any friends. Regardless, it was the direction I finally took. While I could wrangle numbers with the best of ‘em, and even though I wore the crown as the most outspoken, belligerent accountant in the world, my mind got as stuffy as my daily routine. It was here that I dusted off my creative hat and began writing

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honeymoonbite_133x200Honeymoon Bites by Sharon Hamilton

Anne caught her husband cheating before their wedding cake was cut, so she takes her honeymoon in Tuscany alone. Bitten by a vampire on her wedding night, she is left for dead, until Marcus Monteleone, her 300 year old fated mate, rescues her. Will they be able to navigate Marcus’ rocky and dangerous past to have an immortal future together?

About the Author

5752621Romance novelist with three series: SEAL Brotherhood (Accidental SEAL, Fallen SEAL Legacy) Golden Vampires of Tuscany (Honeymoon Bite, Mortal Bite) The Guardians (Guardian Angel Erotic Romance) Heavenly Lover, Underworld Lover Lives in wine country, Northern California. When not writing, she is getting vera vera dirty in her flower and vegetable gardens.

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BBB02_1700x2550Midnight Captive by Arial Burnz

After seven years, James Knightly returns as a master swordsman, ready to captain a ship and wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. Waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on threatening the family James holds most dear–the MacDougals. Broderick MacDougal is lured away from his family with the promise of a way to protect them from his clan enemy. Broderick unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost, though, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for…his wife Davina.

About the Author

Arial_2003Arial Burnz has been an avid reader of paranormal and fantasy for over thirty years. With bedtime stories filled with unicorns, hobbits, dragons and elves, she succumbed to crafting her own tales, penning to life the magical creatures roaming her dreams. Having a romantic husband who’s taught her the meaning of true love, she’s helpless to weave romance into her tales. Now she shares them with the world. Arial Burnz lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with her husband (a.k.a. her romance novel hero)—who is also, quite coincidentally, a descendent of Clan MacDougal—along with their dog and two cats.

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22232612The Nightlife San Antonio by Travis Luedke

Vampires, Mafia & Mayhem: The Nightlife San Antonio is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy. All she wanted was to escape the police. All he wanted was to get laid. They both got more than they bargained for. EMT on call, Adrian Faulkner resuscitates a beautiful woman after a Mexican mafia shootout. He can’t explain why he picks her up in the hospital parking lot three days later and then ducks the San Antonio police and the Feds. Well, the hot sex might have something to do with it. She needed to hide. With no memory of even her name, she didn’t know from who. She only knew she wasn’t safe. Adrian soon learns she is much more than a damsel in distress, and he’s stuck with her. It isn’t long before the past she cannot remember begins to catch up with them both…

About the Author

6517376#NSFW author of the violently sexy NIGHTLIFE SERIES (Vampires, Escorts & Strippers). Has auditioned for Christian Grey in 50 Shades film. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it. As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

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15781629Blood and Snow: volumes 1-8 by RaShelle Workman

Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she’s chosen Snow White. Snow isn’t an ordinary girl. She doesn’t know that yet. When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant – not quite human, not quite vampire. With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she’d rather drink from her Hunter. Or, a human. She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there’s a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen’s twin sister.And Snow’s supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.

About the Author

6-7-14me2RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales teens and adults can sink their teeth into. Her stories include kissing, vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and more kissing. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of Indie Recon LIVE, a self publishing conference that will debut October 10-11, 2014 in Sandy, Utah.

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Review: Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Red Moon

Title: Red Moon
Authors: Benjamin Percy
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal
Sub-Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Grand Central an imprint of Hachett Books
Published Date: May 12th, 2013

~Book Synopsis ~

Award -winning author Benjamin Percy presents an explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West. They live among us.

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

They change.

When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge…and the battle for humanity will begin

~Karen’s Review ~

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy is not your typical paranormal thriller, it is also a social commentary on what freedoms and social mores we are willing to sacrifice in order for us to remain safe; to logically discriminate for what we perceive as evil. The evil in Red Moon is a group of people who are infected with a blood born virus that causes them to become werewolves. You know the type; snarling, baying at the full moon type of werewolves. The book follows the commentary of three unique individuals whose lives also intersect within the story.

The first character we encounter is Patrick, a high school kid on his way to live with his mother. He is aboard a plane when a werewolf terrorist slaughters all the passengers. Patrick only stays alive by playing dead; laying still, while being covered by a dead body. This is a thriller with similarities to September 11th, where the terrorist in the form of disenfranchised werewolves have attacked several people in flight planes. Some crashed and some landed, but out of all the planes the only survivor is Patrick.

Next is Claire, a girl living in Wisconsin with her parents. Claire and her family happen to be infected with the virus, so they are all werewolves. But to Claire, her family are everyday normal people, and life was normal; that is, until men in black show up, and her parents are killed, leaving Claire on the run.

Miriam is another interesting character we get to learn about. She too is a werewolf, but she lives in isolation in Oregon. She also happens to be Claire’s paternal aunt. She has some unwanted visitors she can’t seem to get rid of and a murky past.

The governor of Oregon, Chase Williams, is also a voice in the world that Percy has built. He is the power of the normal people, the ones that see the viral caring Lupines as nothing more than dogs that should be bagged, tagged and separated from the human population. Because to them the virus removed all rights from the infected, as they are no longer human; so why should our laws and rules apply to them.

The werewolves  live amongst the general population, but they also have a Lupine Republic that is occupied by the United States. The main reason it is occupied is that the Republic is rich with uranium, and dollar signs have a lot to do with the occupation. The ones who live amongst the general population do so on the QT and discrimination abounds.

What Percy has done is used modern day circumstances and put a paranormal spin to them. I am old enough to remember when AIDS first hit the news and the hysteria that resulted. We have all lived through and are still suffering from terrorism on our own soil. Percy has used our modern events to propel his story. This is a very well written book, and if you are looking for something out of the norm of typical paranormal, I suggest you give it a try.

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Author Benjamin Percy. Photo by Jennifer May.

Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013) and The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House and the Paris Review. His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Plimpton Prize, the Pushcart Prize and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. He is the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches at the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. Visit his website:www.benjaminpercy.com
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author or publisher I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.

The Warrior’s Code Cover Reveal by David James


Live by the Code. 

Die by the Code. 

Official Synopsis: “In the magical world of the Order, Warriors fight for justice, freedom, and peace. Becoming a Warrior is an honor given to few, and twelve-year-olds Zackery Solts and Kate Black will do anything to have a place among the elite. Zack and Kate must compete against eighteen others and pass three deadly tests of courage and skill. Above all, they must be strong because while the dangers of the tests are unknown, one thing is clear: not everyone will survive.”

 Available 5.14.13

The Warrior’s Code (Book 1.2) is an e-format prequel short story in the Legend of the Dreamer series that can be read before or after Light of the Moon (Book 1) and The Witch’s Curse (Book 1.1).

author photo b&wDavid James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH’S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. The sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in late 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.

Blog Tour: Vampire King Trilogy




AUTHOR Kenya Wright

RATING 3/5 Stars

GENREParanormal Erotica

Publication Date: December 2, 2012

A domina’s only purpose in life was to birth vampire children for the Quiet King. Any human woman with the domina gene spent their lives in the castle under strict rules and the guards’ watchful eyes. Brie has been a domina for two years. After witnessing the slaughter of babies, she plans to escape and seeks help from Samuel, a vampire known for aiding many out of slavery.

However, Samuel has only one policy. He won’t help dominas escape the king. The penalty is too high and their blood triggers powers in him that he doesn’t want released. So Brie is forced to lie about being a domina and Samuel is lured in by her blood. Something emerges within them that they can’t deny, overwhelming their every cell and igniting an all-consuming hunger that neither can flee.

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Review by Lover Karen

Escape by Kenya Wright is a sizzling spin in the paranormal vampire genre. This vampire erotic tale takes place on a planet with two moons where vampires rule their territories and barter for blood and concubine with the human population. The premise of the novella is that one of the bartered concubine (they are called domina) named Brie wants her freedom back. She doesn’t want to breed any children with the king. She fears bearing him male children. who under the king’s command, are killed if they are born with a specific birth mark. This birthmark identifies the male child as a prince. Prince males are feared by the Quiet King, as the vampire king is known, for he is deaf, mute and blind. Brie wants to escape to return to her husband and two daughters. Brie is an unusual human female with red hair, something which marks her as different.

She escapes the capital city with the help of a pathfinder vampire named Samuel. He is not too happy to discover that Brie is a domina, which puts a price on his group’s head for helping her. The attraction between Samuel and Brie is sizzling right from the start and sparks fly the longer they travel together.

I think that Wright starts off with good world building, because her world is totally hers; she doesn’t have to follow what is in the collective mythos of vampires. I found her character development lacking, as Brie professes to love her husband, but is too quick to jump into Samuel’s arms. She doubts her husband too quickly. Wright does a good job at setting up why Brie sacrificed herself to the Kings breeding program; but her backbone isn’t in place when it comes to Samuel. I would have enjoyed a heroine that was more feisty. As for Samuel he is just too self serving. Yes, he wants between Brie’s legs; but let me like the guy a little. Harping on the husband’s choices and planting seeds of doubt was not how to do it.



AUTHOR Kenya Wright

RATING 3/5 Stars

GENREParanormal Erotica

Publication Date: February 6, 2013

Brie and Samuel travel to the human town of Freemont and learn that Brie is being hunted. Brie is more than a domina. But what is she? And why is she being hunted as if she is the solution to a puzzle that the Quiet King has never been able to solve?

Samuel and Brie are forced to align with another, one that holds many answers and incites even more questions. Their journey drags them back to Capitol City and among the night life where sex and secrets mingle together within the light of the two moons. All this time Brie thought she’d escaped and gotten away free from vampires. But can she run away anymore or was she captured the whole time?

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Review by Lover Rosette

Title: Captive

Author: Kenya Wright

Genre: Paranormal

Rating: 3/5 Star

I was given the opportunity to read the unique story of Samuel and Brie in Captive.  I did read the novella, Escape, prior to reading this book.

It was difficult at first to capture the world that the author was trying to build, but as the story moved forward, the world building was actually quite interesting.  The idea of dominas having to serve a Vampire King and produce a multitude of children in order to maintain and defend a kingdom was very clever.  And the fact that these children turn into full adults after four years was a concept which was also quite different.  The plot, however, seemed to wax and wane throughout the story.  And although there were wonderfully exciting parts, it seemed disconnected and just didn’t flow as well as I would have liked it.  There were parts of the story that I had difficulty believing.

Even with that said, I did enjoy certain characters, especially Uncle Ian.  The concept of his curse and what left him down in the sewer of the city was quite fascinating to me, and I think it would be quite interesting to hear his story.  In fact, his background story is what really drew me in.  I loved that he was manipulative but caring, yet self-serving as well.  He needed his curse broken and he found a way to do this, all the while he was still protective of his nephew and his Queen.  He also happened to be quite the ladies’ man as well.

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Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university.

However, writing has been the only constant love in her life. Will she succeed? Of course.

For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.

Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.

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Review: Call of the Raven by Shawn Reilly


TITLE: Call of the Raven (The Union Series)
AUTHOR: Shawn Reilly
RATING: 4.25/5 Stars
ISBN: 1482041472
EDITOR: Karen Crain-Hedger/Crain Editing
COVER ILLUSTRATOR: Kristin Smothers/BluDoor Graphics


Love is something everyone longs for at the deepest level—but for some, love is a curse. This is most certainly true for Asher Lake, the Keeper of an unknown group of people called ani-shifts. Ani-shifts, those with the ability to shift into animal forms, compose a secretive body of individuals known simply as the Union.

A wolf in shifter form, Asher lives with a curse placed upon him and his predecessors by the elusive Raven—a dark entity whose identity remains a mystery. According to the ancient archives, the Raven’s curse is conditional and set in motion by one fatal decision: if a Keeper ever allows himself to fall in love he will die.

Choosing to live in isolation within the walls of Lake Manor, a private estate concealed by the dense woods of Brokenridge, Asher has vowed never to love or to fall in love with anyone believing it to be the only way to survive. However, after ten years of neglecting his people and the protégés left in his care, along with the impending threats of an uprising, Asher learns the only way to break the Raven’s curse on future Keepers, thereby preventing them from suffering the same fate, is to accept his.

This becomes his strongest challenge of all when he encounters Elle Ison, the woman of his dreams. Does Elle hold the key? Can she help him change his fate?


There’s more than corn in Indiana; there’re animal shifters too according to the Call of the Raven, the paranormal book by Shawn Reilly. Our blog was contacted by Ms. Reilly’s editor, and she asked us if we would be interested in reviewing her client’s book. I read the synopsis on Goodreads and decided to give the book awhirl. But I forewarned both author and editor how filled my book dance card was, and they agreed to my time frame. So here I am reviewing Call of the Raven.

The prologue of the book pulled me right into the story. Within a few paragraphs Ms. Reilly had introduced the major characters and set the story extremely effectively, which can be hard to do with a paranormal tale as they work inside their own world structure. This type of structure tends to be more complex than mundane society and has its own set of rules.

The premise of the story centers on Asher Lake, Keeper of the (animal shifters) ani-shifters. He is the leader of all the animal shifters of the Union, a worldwide society of shifters. His position is cursed and doomed, and he doesn’t want or care to have it. He is supposed to watch over the protégé, young ani-shifters and future destined leaders of the union. They all live together at the Manor, a large, old stone house in southern Indiana– think X-Men without the warm and fuzzes. His older, adopted sibling, Grant, was the previous Keeper, but he died leaving a flock of younger kids to tend. Asher has no intentions of taking care of anyone but himself. Since Grant’s death, ten years prior, Asher had ignored the other kids in the house and his role as Keeper. The curse is a simple one– you fall in love and you are called by the raven to your death. Asher, at the time of Grant’s death, was the oldest of the protégé, but he was only seventeen at the time. His solution to the curse and his own untimely death, stop loving everyone and care about nothing. He may have been able to ignore his responsibilities but that doesn’t mean that they will or can be ignored forever.

As the story progressed, so does Reilly’s solid world building. She laid a good foundation for her premise of animal shifters, their social structure, and the bad guys. You can’t have a good paranormal read without a villain or two. Since the book is a planned five-book series, there is a major story arch, and there are plenty of strings left hanging at the end of this book. This didn’t bother me as I understood that these were not stand-alone books from the beginning.

I came to care a great deal about the characters in the book. As mentioned before, Asher is one of the main characters, and he is joined by Ari, Nixon, Kennedy, the rat twins (I identify them as this because Asher refuses to connect with anyone even by using their proper names) are the additional occupants of the manor i.e., protégé.

Two of the most compelling characters, Elle and Mary, are met halfway through the book. These two females play a pivotal role in the story arch. They are two extremely complex and broken characters, in fact most of Reilly’s characters are fighting their own inner demons. The book is written as an ensemble of characters, which are all multifaceted and well defined. These are characters I haven’t met previously in a paranormal book, as there is no knight-in-shining-armor hero, as these people despite being paranormal beings have major character flaws. The characters are original and fresh–even the ones who are asses. There is grittiness to Reilly’s characters that you don’t find very often in paranormal books; these are people who have real-life struggles and real-life worries.

As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to know more about the world which Reilly is building. I am actually chomping at the bit to read the second book in the series. This is a strong debut novel and I am excited to see where Ms. Reilly takes her series. I for one will be on board for the adventure.

P.S. One of the characters is a book lover—anyone who writes book love into any book is one to watch.

“Apparently the author had ended things on a dark note and critics didn’t understand the author’s reasoning. Nevertheless, she had waited a year for the book to appear on the bookstore shelves and she still longed to read it.”

Giveaway Time



When it seemed like I was only an F away from flunking out of the sixth grade, a retired school teacher took me under her wing. After some tutoring and testing, she informed my parents that the reason I was having trouble in school wasn’t because I was dumb but instead dyslexic.
When my stepfather heard this, he decided to take me to a used bookstore with the belief that the best way to improve my reading skills was to read. Some of the books were hard to get through at first, but with his encouragement I refused to give up. We made many trips to that bookstore, and I especially loved the science fiction and fantasy sections.
Then one day, after complaining about the ending of a particular book, he told me that if I didn’t like the books that I had been reading, then to write one myself—so I did. My first attempt resulted in a horribly written western when I was fourteen, staring a cocky gun slinging cowboy by the name Curt Calhoun. Curt along with his seven brothers, who all shared C names in common, may never have seen the pages of a book, but that was the day I started writing, and never stopped.
I have over fifty books on my computer which I’ve written in various genres, all of which are waiting to come to life. Even though my ability to write has improved over the years, I am humble enough to admit that I cannot venture on this journey alone, and I am grateful for a very capable and talented editor. I see myself more as a storyteller than an author.
Sincerely yours, Shawn Reilly

Shawn Reilly lives in Mt. Comfort Indiana with her husband, and three daughters. Call of the Raven is her debut novel. She is currently working on the second novel in the Union series. She writes in various genres, which include paranormal romance/urban legend, science fiction, dystopian, fantasy, suspense, and dramedy.

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