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United Service (The Colony #2) by Regina Morris Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

United Service (The Colony #2)

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Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher … They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again. Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in. Some however want power and control. The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires. Sterling, a half-breed vampire who works with a covert team of vampires to protect the President of the United States, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it. His unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects has Sterling spending much of his lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult trying to save them. Sterling snatches the opportunity to do some field work by teaming up with a purebred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the missing children. Sterling’s world is turned upside down by Kate. She is everything Sterling could hope for in a mate, and he wonders if she’d ever consider loving a half-breed. Kate is beautiful, intelligent, charming and sophisticated – but has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. Will she be willing to trust Sterling with her dark personal secret? Could she be able to open her heart to a bad-boy who’s never known true love before? Together, can they save the children and find true love?

My Review:

I couldn’t put it down. This one is about Sterling. He happens to be my favorite character. I really enjoyed being able to find out more about his background and what makes him who he is. Sterling meets Kate and is instantly attracted to her but doesn’t want to start a relationship because of issues he has. She is attracted to him as well but is scared because of her own issues. They help each other resolve the things they can while giving the relationship a try. The plot was great. There were some great twists and turns. If you like vampires who aren’t the typical type of vampire then this series is for you.  I look forward to reading more of Regina’s books.

 

Author Bio

I am the author of the humorous paranormal romances that make up The Colony series. I love paranormal romances featuring vampires, but my personal taste is light-hearted and humorous – not horrific and gory.

I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and two children. I enjoy meeting with my monthly critique writing groups and meeting other writers in the Austin area through the WLT events.

I have lived in many different parts of the world. I graduated high school in Germany and I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I received a degree in Computer Science with a minor in math.

Besides writing, I am an amateur portrait and sports photographer. After enjoying a career in the software engineering business, I discovered that writing is in my blood, and had to put pen to paper!

Please connect with me through various social medias. You can visit me on my official website for more information.

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The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of The Unseen by Laura K. Cowan Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of The Unseen

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The prayer poems of a bullied girl come to life when read in front of her class as a cruel joke. A young boy asks his mother why she ignores the customers in a mountain town shop, but she sees no one but him. A boy’s faith literally moves mountains, which destroys the life of the Sunday school teacher who doubted him. Reality doesn’t behave quite as expected in The Thin Places, a collection of short stories that explore the thin places between the physical and spiritual worlds, portals, time juxtapositions, dreams, and other possibilities of the might-be-real.

 

 My Review:

This is a great collection of short stories. Laura’s writing style is great. The collection from story one to the last will keep you reading. I couldn’t put it down until I finished. I love the characters she creates and the worlds she puts them in.  If you looking for a book for an afternoon or weekend read then this is the one for you. I highly recommend it for those readers who love short story collection that involve the supernatural. I look forward to reading more of Laura’s books.

Author Bio

Laura K. Cowan writes imaginative stories that explore the connections between the spiritual and natural worlds. Her work has been compared to that of acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi authors Ursula K. Le Guin and Ray Bradbury, but her stark and lovely stories retain a distinctly spiritual flavor. Laura’s debut novel The Little Seer was a top 5 Kindle Bestseller for free titles in Christian Suspense and Occult/Supernatural, and was hailed by reviewers and readers as “riveting,” “moving and lyrical.” Her second novel, a redemptive ghost story titled Music of Sacred Lakes, and her first short story collection, The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen, received rave reviews, and Music of Sacred Lakes also topped the Kindle free bestseller lists during its launch, in the top 50 free Kindle downloads on Amazon, #25 in Fiction, #2 in Genre Fiction overall, #5 in Fantasy, #7 in Sci-fi/Fantasy, #1 in Metaphysical Visionary Fiction, and #1 in Metaphysical Fantasy. Laura’s short stories also appear in a number of anthologies, including the charity anthology Shades of Fear, and the upcoming historical horror anthology Sins of the Past, the rather ridiculous soon-to-come PANTS! anthology, and the completely absurd upcoming Faery Tale Therapy.

Before writing fiction, Laura worked for years as an accomplished writer and editor in genres such as green tech, green parenting, and automotive media. She was the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and still serves as Road Test Editor for Inhabitat, the web’s largest green design blog. She lives in Michigan. You can find her on Twitter (@laurakcowan) and Facebook (fb.com/laurakcowannovelist), or connect with her on her website LauraKCowan.com.

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