Spirit Hunger is now available on all platforms!

Spirit Hunger is now available on all platforms (except for Kobo because I lost my login—don’t ask)!

\"\"OMG, I’m so excited! After what felt like an eternity—and was in fact nearly two years—I finished the novel. To be fair, I didn’t WRITE it for two years but spent a lot of time building a mailing list and establishing a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest following. Really bloody hard work!

It has paid off though. I’m really proud of this book, an Urban Fantasy Romance featuring my intrepid heroes Adi Gutseel and Honi Clearsight Fisher. They’ve taken up residence in my heart and house, as my whole family can confirm. There’s paperwork, planning lists, books, and other writing paraphernalia everywhere.

Please Give me Love!

I\’m so happy that readers like the book enough to have already left 19 reviews with an average of 4.8 stars.

The way Amazon works, especially for a new writer, is that my book won\’t be visible unless I get lots of reviews.

Big request to you all: if you downloaded the book and you like it, would you please, pretty please, leave a review for it? Even if it\’s just a few lines? It would make a huge difference to rankings and therefore sales in the future. Thanks!

Here\’s the direct link to the review page

Synopsis

If you’d like to check it out, here’s a synopsis and links to various platforms:

“Adi is an ordinary student with an extraordinary talent. All around her, she sees wild animals—monkeys on people\’s shoulders, tigers walking by their sides. When her visions turn into terrifying nightmares, Adi fears for her sanity.

Honi is a young Mekui’te Native American, studying law to help his people. He has long ago come to terms with his gift. When he meets Adi, he’s drawn to her against his will. He knows his purpose in life and has no time for a skinny German girl with bad dress sense. But when he witnesses the damage her visions cause, he knows that without his help, she won\’t survive the next few weeks.

Can the two head-strong individuals stop fighting long enough to save each other? Or will Honi suffer the same fate Adi is headed for?”

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Plans for the Future

I’m already working on the second volume, Spirit Elfen. Keep your eyes peeled from end of May. Volume three should be done by end of the year, so it’s all go go go!

Plus, because the characters are so vivid and gorgeous, I’ve decided I’ll bring them to life through a graphic novel. Problem is, I haven’t done any drawings or illustrations for many years. So I’ve registered with PencilKings and hopefully, in a few years or so, I’ll have gained enough skill to make it happen.

I’m only half-joking—there’s a lot to doing a project like that. I should be able to create some lovely character sketches pretty soon though. Learn to walk before you run, and all that 🙂

Can’t wait to show you guys more of the Spirit Walker world. I’ll keep you informed, and if you want to receive more info, you can subscribe to my newsletter and get the prequel Spirit Quest as well.

Talk to you soon!

The Werewolf Meets his Match by Kristen Painter

The Werewolf Meets his Match by Kristen Painter

My rating: 5 out of 5

The Story

WerewolfWelcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

Getting arrested wasn’t on werewolf Ivy Kincaid’s agenda when she arrived in Nocturne Falls, but her life rarely goes according to plan. The upside of spending the night in the local lock-up is finding a hotel room is no longer a worry…but the downside is the man she’s come to marry will get his first impression of her behind bars. Not exactly the way Ivy was hoping to meet her pack’s sworn enemy…aka her fiancé.

Sheriff (and werewolf) Hank Merrow is the alpha’s heir. Everything he’s ever done, from becoming an Army Ranger to serving in law enforcement, has been in preparation for the day he’ll take over. Getting married to cement a shaky truce is no different. Hank will do his duty, even if it means shackling himself to a woman he has no intention of liking, let alone loving.

But Ivy is nothing like Hank expected. As feisty as she is beautiful, she’s as determined as he is to make a go of marriage for the sake of peace between their packs. The trouble is, Ivy has secrets that could destroy everything Hank holds dear…including his newfound love for her.

My Take on it

Kristen Painter has an amazing skill to draw the reader into her world. From the minute ivy walks into the bar, I loved her. She rides a motorcycle, is tattooed, has ‘strong shoulders’ and takes crap from no-one. Contrast that with her sense of duty and doing what’s right for her pack, and you have a woman I’d love to meet in real life. Just saying 🙂

All the characters are 3-dimensional, even children and baddies. I’m very much in love with Hank, the lead love interest. He’s a werewolf sheriff, dutiful, trained to be a fighter and such a  gentleman. Swoon….

There’s unfortunately no sex scene which doesn’t detract from the fully rounded romance story, although I personally prefer to at least look through the keyhole into my characters’ bedroom. Just sayin’.

I was particularly impressed by a really impressive plot twist that I really didn’t see coming. Painter builds up expectations and brings them crashing down on the reader. Just awesome.

Course I’ve gone and downloaded the next book which features Nick the Gargoyle plus you get to purchase the Audible version for $1.99. This deal isn’t available for The Werewolf Meets His Match so I didn’t get to listen to the audio book.

I’m really looking forward to exploring the world of Nocturne Falls in more detail!

Let me know if you agree or disagree 🙂

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The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

My rating: 5 out of 5

The Story

vampiresmailorderbrideWelcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…

My take on it

I very much enjoyed the book. The cover suggests a fluffy romp which it starts out as – there are no explicit scenes and all sex happens behind closed door. This doesn’t detract from the overall sexiness of the tale though. It’s written really well and I read it in a day, even though I tend to enjoy my books a little darker with more hurt / comfort.

The story quickly deepens and Delaney is faced with a life-or-death decision, both in regards to her love life but also when her past catches up with her. The first instalment concentrates on Delaney and her love interest Hugh.

There are so many more interesting characters that I would love to find out more about, such as the werewolf sheriff, Hugh’s brothers who both have issues with women, and the gargoyle Nick.

But what I loved most, despite the inane title (I’m generally not fond of  ‘mail order bride romances’) is the characterisation of the heroine. She’s so cool, from her love of all things chocolate to her slight dizziness. She’s smart, kick-ass and doesn’t take crap from the gorgeous vampire.

The author manages to conclude the story nicely while leaving many questions open: will Delaney open her dream shop? How will the competition react? Who else will find love?

Can’t wait to read the next volume!

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Introducing Spirit Child, Now Available

spirit child – now available on Amazon

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Synopsis

You can read the story on Amazon FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Introducing Adi Gutseel, growing up in Germany with her American German parents. She has a secret. She sees wild animals all around her. Are they real or is Adi mentally ill? Her parents think so.

Only her beloved Grandmother knows that she’s different. How does the young girl cope with the unusual ability thrust upon her? When her life is turned up-side-down, will her gift turn into a curse?

What Makes Spirit Child Special?

Adi has gripped my imagination. She’s a typical headstrong 7-year-old with a big secret. Where other kids have ‘imaginary friends’, Adi sees all kinds of animals hanging around friends and family, even strangers. Some are cute, some are terrifying.

Her beloved German grandmother is the only one who understands what she’s going through. Her parents don’t. They see Adi’s ‘imaginary animals’ as a threat to her mental health.

The story is told from Adi’s perspective. Follow along as she tries to understand what is happening to her. See how she develops throughout the story and how she copes with a great loss. All these events make her who she is in Spirit Hunger, my novel out Winter 2016.

Read the first chapter now!


The book is going through the editing process right now but the first chapter is pretty much ready to roll.

If you like Adi, you’ll love Honi. Honi’s story will be published next – another short story delving into how the young Mekui’te acquired his spirit animal.

This has been quite a ride… I started this journey last year but realized very quickly that there is so much more to learn than ‘just writing the book’! So 12 months later, I’ve wrestled the Interwebs into submission and I’m finally able to concentrate on what I really want to do: WRITE! Great feeling 🙂

Stay tuned!

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Introducing Spirit Elfen

German-Cheyenne Crossover? Seriously?

winnetouoldshatterhandThe working title Spirit Elfen gives you a clue to my own background (Elfen is German for Elves).

I’m German bred and raised but always had a huge interest in American Indian mythology and history. Which isn’t as weird as it sounds – there is a massive interest in US Western history in Germany, mainly due to late 19th century writer Karl May who strangely never made it to North America. His main heroes are blood brothers Old Shatterhand and Winnetou, Chief of the Apaches. The books are still as popular today as they were 120 years ago. Doesn’t hurt that the 1960 actors Pierre Brice and Lex Barker (of Tarzan fame) were seriously gorgeous!

I don’t personally know any Cheyenne people and while I will do my best to be respectful to beliefs and culture, Spirit Elfen is fiction. So if any Cheyenne out there feel like they want to help me with local and tribal knowledge, please contact me! I would be very appreciative 🙂

So What is Spirit Elfen About?

I got up early, wrote 1500 words yesterday, feel motivated to write more today and generally, had a blast researching images for my pinterest board Spirit Elfen. So here is my quick and dirty summary:

Adi who dreams of earning her hostile family’s respect, begins to suffer from hallucinations that rapidly drive her to the edge of sanity. Honiahaka, a young Cheyenne  student, has the answer to her problems but isn’t sure that helping Adi is worth interrupting his studies. Soon the situation spirals out of control and both Adi and Honi are drawn into a whirlwind of spiritual and physical danger. Can the knowledge of Cheyenne and German mythology offer the answer to survival? Or is the difference in their backgrounds too large to overcome?

I love the tension between the heroine’s mundane life and her heritage. She’s been forced to fight against her family’s and her own expectations. Even harder to find out that everything she thought she knew, doesn’t apply anymore. Good thing she meets a mysterious boy who might help her?

Ooooh, I’m excited to write this!

Meet the Romantic Leads of Spirit Elfen

The images are representative of the casting I envisage, should this book ever be optioned for a movie (one can dream, no?) Obviously they’re totally cliche, but hey, it’s my Kopfkino (cinema inside my head) as we say here 🙂

Adi Gutseel

KateMaraAdi’s mom was German and her dad is from a very wealthy family. When he married beneath his station, his family wasn’t happy and particularly his mother (Adi’s Grandmother) hated her daughter-in-law. Adi stayed in Germany for most of her childhood and teenage years because of the friction. Her father wisely set up a trust-fund in her name that his family can only access if Adi is declared mentally unfit toKateMara2 handle her own finances.

The story begins as Adi pursues a German degree to fulfill her dream of one day teaching the language and culture herself.

Adi is very plain looking (at least at the beginning), a hard-working student who suffered some trauma in her childhood when she experienced visions. Her parents were so worried about the mental health that Adi had to undergo psychiatric treatment until her hallucinations went away. She has very low self-esteem and is desperate to gain respect from her peers, her teachers and above all, her family.

Honiahaka Clearsight Fisher

Martin Sensmeier3 Honi is a young Cheyenne student whose studies are financed by his extended family and tribe. He is mentored by a family friend who understands Honi’s gift of being able to see Spirit Animals. In this ‘verse, Spirit Animals represent people’s souls and character, and Honi has spent years of rigorous training learning to control his gift. He is a gorgeous dork, isolated from the rest of the students who think he’s weird. When he’s with his family, he comes into his own, proud, self-confident but at Uni, he’s introvert and ill at ease.

When he meets Adi, he sees her for who she is but has to take a decision whether helping her is worth interrupting his studies and potentially disappointing his sponsors.

The two are such odd-balls, pushed apart because of totally different backgrounds and goals in life, but drawn together because of their shared Gift but also very very strong chemistry. Yep, there will be physical reactions like lighting strikes!

And yes, I will allow my kids to read an edited version of the final book 🙂

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Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Guilty PleasuresThe story

Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover…

My take on it

Wow. This book had me from the beginning. The story is set in Missouri during the summer. The atmosphere is rich and sticky. I love the way the author makes us feel like we’re right there. I’ve never been to Missouri but I can see and feel the place in my mind. It gets even better when Ms Hamilton introduces us to the first character, as she puts it: “Willie Mac Coy had been a jerk before he died. His being dead didn’t change that.”

The characters are rich and plausible. Amazingly fast-paced yet in-depth. As a one-off, it would have been skimming over certain plot threads but since there are lots more novels to follow in the series, I can’t wait to see what Jean-Claude is up to.

All the characters are so well developed, even the secondary ones. I was surprised how much I liked Phillip and Anita is just amazing. Tough yet vulnerable, sexy yet insecure. Great complex heroine!

I love the fact that the author uses short, pithy sentences to characterise the interior monologue. The reader gets into Anita’s mind and that makes the character even more realistic.

I went and bought the second Kindle-book immediately, it was that good.

Do you agree with my comments? Let me know and post below 🙂

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