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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Relentless series by Karen Lynch

"This trilogy just keeps getting better and better! I loved the new characters and the twist in the direction the author has taken in comparison to the first book. The author brings the story to life with her words." –Book Addict
"Wow! I am so engulfed in this story. I can't wait to hear more! On to Rogue." –Brains, Beauty, and BOOKS!
"This was my first audiobook and it was amazing! I've read this series before and had high expectations for the audiobook. I was definitely not disappointed."—Amazon Customer

Description:

Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift. 

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants. 

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

To keep the people she loves safe, Sara left everything she knew behind. She soon learns this new world is nothing like her old one, and she struggles to make a place for herself among the Mohiri. But it soon becomes apparent to Sara and to everyone one around her that she is not your typical warrior. 

As the weeks pass, Sara builds new relationships, copes with her new trainers, and tries to manage her ever-changing powers, while keeping her unique heritage a secret. Looming in the background is the constant shadow of the Master who will do anything to find her. 

Sara finds herself on a journey of self-discovery that uncovers her true strengths and awakens a part of her she never knew existed. She experiences the delight of new friendships, the sweetness and pain of first love, and a loss so deep it could be the thing that finally breaks her. At the end of it all, she discovers that the one place she was supposed to be safe might not be the refuge she thought it was.

Sara Grey is done hiding and done being afraid. The Master thinks he has her running scared, but she’s taking matters into her own hands and taking her life back. With the help of her friends, she sets out to find the one person who can answer her questions about her past, and who may be able to lead them to the Master. 

On her journey, Sara faces new challenges and dangers, and learns that the world of good and evil is not as clear cut as she had believed. She makes new friends, unexpected allies, and reconnects with people from her past. As her powers continue to change and grow, she transforms from a struggling girl into a strong young warrior. 

But at what cost? How much is Sara willing to sacrifice in her need for independence and her quest for the truth? And will her newfound strength be enough to save her and the people she loves when she finally comes face-to-face with her powerful nemesis? Nothing could have prepared her for what is to come, and it will take everything in her to survive the final test of courage and love.

The warrior has finally met his match.

Nikolas Danshov is the Mohiri’s finest warrior, fearless and lethal with any weapon. For almost two hundred years, he has devoted his life to keeping humans safe from the demons that walk the earth. Revered by his people, he is a legend in his own time, a warrior undefeated in battle, and prepared for anything. Until her.

On a routine job in Maine, a twist of fate brings Nikolas face-to-face with the one person he had never expected to meet – his mate. Sara Grey is unlike anyone he’s ever met. Beautiful and fiery, she ignites his desire, while her innocence and vulnerability awaken a fierce protectiveness in him. Now all he can think of is keeping his mate safe from the dangers that hunt her, even if she fights him at every turn.

You know Sara’s story. Now read it again, through the eyes of her warrior.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT






Excerpt #1 from Relentless

"Nikolas?"
"Go back to sleep."
I lay back and closed my eyes again until I heard him shift position. Suddenly, I was afraid he might go and leave me alone in the dark. "Don't go," I said in a small voice, too desperate to care how plaintive I sounded.
His tone was gentler when he answered, "I'm not going anywhere."
Relief and a profound feeling of peace filled me. Heaviness stole over me again and I fell into a blissfully dreamless sleep.

Excerpt #2 from Relentless

As I drew near him, I felt the stirring in the back of my mind, the same faint tickle of recognition I'd experienced the moment we met. My stomach fluttered as I remembered our first encounter in the club and then how he had faced down two vampires to save me. But then I remembered his strange behavior. One minute he'd looked at me with something akin to hostility and the next he was swooping in to save my life. Then he was back to being cold and distant again. Which Nikolas was waiting for me now? More importantly, what did he want?

Excerpt #3 from Relentless

My walls fell. I was vaguely aware of something cold and slimy burrowing inside me like a parasite. The Mori shrieked in agony. Choking, dying, the Mori was dying. I’d always hated the dark thing that had been a part of me my whole life. I should be happy now that the beast would be no more. Instead, sadness bloomed in my chest and tears of grief welled in my eyes.
Coldness reached down, inching toward the center of my being. It came up against my last defense, the gate that held back the wellspring of my power. “Let meee innn,” it commanded as icy fingers pulled at the barrier in vain. I did as it asked, and I felt its triumph as it punched through and touched the essence of me.
Someone began to scream.

I was on fire. No, I was the fire. Roaring, raging, I was an angry volcano spewing molten rock up from deep within the earth. The lava scorched everything in its path with a cleansing fire that burned away the coldness and filth and bore down on the ugly thing pulsing in my mind. I felt a flash of terror that was not my own, and then the pressure in my head was gone.
My eyes opened to see the witch—I knew what he was now—stagger and fall to his knees. His eyes no longer glowed white, and his face had paled to a dark gray. “What… are you?” he choked, his black eyes full of shock and fear.

Excerpt #1 from Refuge (Book 2)

Jordan let out a burst of laughter. “As much as I wish Nikolas would want to come running to my rescue –not that I need any man to rescue me –it will never happen. You didn’t see his face when he saw you getting attacked. I’ve never seen anyone move that fast.”
“I wish someone would tell Nikolas and Tristan I don’t need a man to protect me,” I grumbled.
“Males are just wired that way,” Jordan explained through a mouthful of food. “You’re tough but you have this whole vulnerable look going on that gets their testosterone in a twist. Of course, I’m pretty sure it’s more than that with Nikolas after seeing him downstairs. When you were standing there all wet and he moved in front of you –the look he gave those other guys . . . brrrrr. He did everything but pee a circle around you to mark his territory.”
“That is totally absurd. And thanks for that disgusting visual by the way.”
She gave me a long searching stare. “You simply cannot be that clueless. Anyone with eyes can see the sparks between you two.”

Excerpt #2 from Refuge

“You were amazing tonight.”
“Really?” I searched his face for some sign he was patronizing me, but I saw only pride.
“The whole time I was out there, all I could think about was getting to you. And then I find you standing in the middle of it all, surrounded by bodies. I heard what you did. Don’t ever tell me again that you’re not a warrior.”
“I did have a lot of help,” I said, flushed with pleasure at his praise. It was the first time he had acknowledged my ability to take care of myself, and I was going to remember this moment for a long time.

Excerpt #3 from Refuge

My hands tingled and began to glow from the power coursing through them. I could see the light reflected in the vampire's terrified eyes as he struggled violently in his bonds. Behind me I heard running feet and then the distinct sound of a key being fitted into the lock on the cell door.
The vampire screamed when my hands touched his chest, and he began to writhe convulsively, even though I hadn't yet released the force of my power. Just being touched by magic was unbearable to him. I stared at him for several seconds as I gathered more power and prepared to strike.

Excerpt #1 from Rogue (Book 3)

"Hello?"
I closed my eyes. How could one word wreak so much havoc on my emotions, and yet fill me with a sense of peace at the same time?
"Sara? Will you talk to me tonight?"
I listened to him breathe, wanting more than anything to talk to him. The longer we were apart, the harder it was to be away from him. But I was afraid once we started talking, he'd convince me to tell him where I was. A tear leaked out from beneath my closed lid. I miss you.

Excerpt #2 from Rogue (Book 3)



He rolled away until he lay on his back beside me. I heard a deep sigh and then his hand reached for mine. "I'm sorry about what happened before I left. I didn't handle it well and I hated leaving you upset. I know how important it is to you to find Madeline, and I should have known you'd expect to be there when we brought her in. But I'm also glad I listened to my gut and didn't take you with us. This was a rough one."
I know. "I was scared for you."
I felt his face turning toward me, and I turned mine so our eyes met.
"That's how I felt the whole time I was looking for you," he said gruffly. "I was afraid something would hurt you before I found you."
"I'm sorry."
He exhaled deeply. I wish I could explain how it feels, this need to protect you, and how crazy it makes me when you're in danger."

Excerpt #3 from Rogue (Book 3)

He spoke gruffly in my ear. “I did not chase you halfway across the country to let you leave me again. You are one of the strongest, most stubborn people I’ve ever met, and you are going to beat this. Do you hear me?” I didn’t reply and he asked more forcefully, “Do you hear me, Sara?”
“Yes,” I said through chattering teeth. I summoned the last of my strength, determined to never leave him again.

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About the author:
Karen Lynch grew up in Newfoundland, Canada, a place rich in colorful people and folklore to which she attributes her love of the supernatural and her vivid imagination. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina years ago and was immediately charmed by the southern people, but she says she will always be a Newfie. 

Though she loves supernatural fiction, she has a soft spot for Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austin. She is a fan of classic rock, country, and classical music, but her favorite music is the sound of a good thunderstorm or a howling blizzard. Two of her favorite pastimes are baking artisan breads for her friends and spending quality time with her two German Shepherds.


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3 comments:

Sara Meadows said...

Thank you for posting!

The Book Blitzer said...

I love the Relentless series!! Can't wait to read Warrior. :)

Melissa Parkin said...

So excited to read Warrior!!! Thank you for the chance to win.