Sunday, May 20, 2012

On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane ★ ★ ★

Cheating death but not the reader

The idea that fate and death can be manipulated has haunted mankind for millennia. The Ancient Greeks, seeing death as inevitable, did not portray him as evil but represented by a bearded and winged angel or sometimes a young boy. 

That Death is more than a biological event forms the basis for ON A DARK WING, the latest book from Jordan Dane and her second Young Adult novel.

            “Death would be my willing teacher,” reflects Abbey Chandler, thinking back on the death of her Mother five years before in a terrible car accident for which Abbey feels responsible. She survived whilst her Mother did not and she pays the price every day with guilt. In between her thoughts of guilt we follow Abbey’s obsession with Nate Holden—a boy who doesn’t know she exists.
Each year, as homage to Abbey’s Mother, her Father takes them to their holiday cabin in the wilderness. This year Abbey doesn’t want to go. She wants to stay with her paraplegic friend, Tanner Lange, and follow Nate’s latest expedition on Tanner’s broadband radio. But go to the Cabin she must, with all her teenage rebellion and the still smoldering anger at losing her Mother, on full throttle.
When Nate starts to climb Alaska's Denali, with his experienced mountain climbing Father and a close friend, he cannot realise his fate is intertwined with Abbey’s long ago brush with death.
The story moves back and forth between Nate, and his drama unfolding on the mountain, and Abbey, thousands of miles away, pining for him. Dane brings these two young people together in a surprising twist that finds Abbey in a desperate struggle to save Nate. The page-turning pace increases until we ultimately discover what really happened on that fateful day of the car accident five years ago.
Although, this book appears to be a romance at the outset, it is more an entry into the question posed by so many writers: “What are the repercussions of cheating death?” In the case of ON A DARK WING, the answer is frightening and a little heart-breaking and a page turning read.

About the Author

Publishers Weekly compared her intense thrillers to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag. This national best selling, critically acclaimed author’s debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM was named Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2008.

Dane’s first Young Adult book is IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS (Apr 2011, Harlequin Teen) with ON A DARK WING released January 2012. Her next YA books with Harlequin Teen will be a series –THE HUNTED, release slated for fall 2012 through 2013.

Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two cats of highborn lineage and two very lucky rescue dogs.

            Learn more about Jordan DAne and her books at Jordan Dane Website

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton ★ ★ ★ ★

Eternally Talented

‘The Forever Girl’ should come with a warning, “This book will transform you into an Urban Fantasy fan”.  After reading the Twilight books, I decided that I am not a fan of romance between humans and creatures of the night.  I like my vampires full of bite and without compassion. 

The Forever Girl is published through Immortal Ink Publishing and available from: 

What makes ‘The Forever Girl’ by Rebecca Hamilton a cut about the average urban fantasy is the writing.  She has a talent for weaving words.  “I tilted my chin closer to his face, the distance between our lips shrinking to nothing more than a breath.”  That is a neat phrase. Throw in intriguing plot twists and you have a good read no matter your genre taste.
Sophia Parsons has a lot on her mind.  She’s a practicing Wiccan and a cult in Belle Meadow wants her out of the community, vilifying her at every opportunity. Then there is the hissing noise and voices in her head that won’t go away. She discovers one of her relatives in the sixteen hundreds was slaughtered as a true witch which sets her on a path to discover how this heritage is impacting her modern day life.
Her search takes her one night to Club Flesh, encouraged by her friend, Ivory, who tells her a friend there possesses an antique book which may help. There she meets Charles—a mysterious and seductive man—and is later chased by strange creatures through the forrest and almost killed.  She learns that these are the Cruor, vampire types, who’ve existed secretly for thousands of years.
As the romance between Charles and Sophia grows—and trust me, it is page-turning—it is clear that Sophia’s past and present are going to collide in a dangerous way.
Hamilton explains that ‘The Forever Girl’ grew from the characters who took over the story.  She says, “As I explored the mythology of this world more and more, the trilogy soon turned into a series.”
 It was a wise move by this first time author to follow her characters. The fantasy world is rich, the characters fascinating, and Hamilton’s skill very capable of holding a reader’s interest through many more books of Sophia’s journey.

About the Author

Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and three kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary.  Learn more about Rebecca Hamilton and her books at 

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