FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
“It’s the month of flowers, candy, romance and hearts-a-pumping,” announced Tattle.
“And just to make it a little steamier and redder as in not hearts but the color of that which vampires dine upon…” Wrye paused and provided a villainous look “…we are reviewing books with romance and creatures and vamps, oh my!”
“Ready for our Love of Literature Leap?”
“Let’s go!” encouraged Wrye.
SATIN AND STEEL, Blood and Fire, II by Brantwijn Serrah, a romantic horror fantasy.
Tattle and Wrye find themselves in early nineteenth century, London. There, in a household once owned by humans and destroyed by vampires, Councilwoman Rhiannon, a vampire, had lost the woman she loved, Aijyn, along with her will to go on. Yet, she couldn’t bring herself to allow the sun to consume her, either. Another promise not realized and left to haunt her. So, she does her duties blindly and was moved by little until she was drawn into hunting down a new threat. It was the distraction she needed. Though she had lost Aijyn a half century before, her grief hadn’t been resolved.
She would have preferred to take on the assignment alone, but Sölva, her bodyguard wouldn’t be left behind and the Viking vampire brought her own sadistic set of troubles, including daily advances to Rhiannon. Then she was expected to take Glory, her young cousin on this dangerous expedition. It was an unreasonable and impossible request despite the younger vampire seemed stronger and more skilled than she once had been.
The task was to destroy a beast that killed indiscriminately and wildly. Only, it wasn’t humans it massacred, but their own kind. Some thought it a werewolf, others a demon or shadow-walker, none really knew. The presence of one particularly fascinating shadow-walker kept her attentive and involved in some deliciously hot ways. All the warring races were determined to see the creature brought down, and in their zeal, politics created a new treacherous danger. The ever-present game of murder was what just might bring about Rhiannon’s demise.
“Brantwijn Serrah has done it again!” Tattle stomped a foot for emphasis. “A solid, intriguing, and soul grabbing read with sharp wit and believable dialogue.”
“And, if possible, this is even more alluring than her first book of the series, LOTUS PETALS. And you don't have to read book one to get instantly involved and hooked on book two.” Wrye skipped through the paragraph’s until he found the main character and pointed. “Look at Rhiannon, she is so well-drawn, mature and complex. Brantwijn has a significant talent in the way she brings out a natural realness to characters that don't really exist in our world." He grinned. "Or do they? Ah, but that's beside the point. I especially like how she layers characters with ideals and defining points of view. You can tell Brantwijn loves her creations and the world she has so deftly created for them.”
“I am also a fan of the complexity of the storyline.” Tattle scrolled the pages. “This is a romance beneath the finely woven story. At its core, you find a hot, sexy, fan-yourself and sigh-to-distraction romance, but it is also a significantly intense story of political intrigue. She fashioned a society where werewolves, demons, shadow walkers, vampires, a host of other mythical creatures and humans co-exist. There is this undercurrent of consistent war and plans to eliminate each other, yet somehow maintaining a balance between mysticism and realism.”
Wrye claimed a thoughtful expression. “It is amazing how she intertwines such intricacies and makes it all understandable. It is a literary piece of work coated in horror, fantasy and romance. I am impressed and fascinated.”
“If readers want something to haunt their night, prod their intellect and heat their bed, SATIN AND STEEL, Blood and Fire, II by Brantwijn Serrah is the book to read!”
SEDUCING THE DARKNESS, Darkness, I by Shiela Stewart, a futuristic paranormal romance.
The duet land in the year 2025 and another captivating piece of fiction.
Work with Basil Hawthorn? Trinity Ford thought not! He was the vampire who turned her into a night creature, stole her heart, and then slept with another. He was the last man, vamp, creature, whatever, she ever wanted to see let alone work with.
Well, she did have a choice about the vamp thing. But she fell hard for Basil, a dark prince, and since her parents and sister had died, she was alone in the world. Choosing the mesmerizing Basil was an easy choice, and she’d probably do it again. Becoming a vampire gave her the strength and ability to protect the humans in Jacob’s Cove, where she lived. She was a computer geek by day, and a protector by night, and of late, a heartbroken one.
Basil still loved Trinity, and continually watched over her. He deliberately created a scenario to send her away, for a prophetic dream had him believing being with him put her in lethal danger.
Still, as much as he didn’t want her involved, and she wanted to avoid Basil, humans needed both of them if the world as they knew was to survive. Long ago, Basil had exiled his father to the Realm of Dark Mystics and now there were rumors of King Avadur’s return, and a plan to blot out the sun. Plus, too many young girls were missing. Too many police officers were leaving the force, fearing they were too ill-equipped to battle that which they refused to believe existed. Trinity had to band with Basil for the good of her town, but it still hurt to be around the one she loved and couldn’t have.
Chaos, their mutual adversary and the darkest, most heinous vampire that currently existed was gathering a following. Chaos had plans that involved the King and the ultimate enslavement of humanity. Along with Trinity and Basil, Dante Vega, an interesting and provocative investigator with an eye toward the stunning Trinity ends up aiding the vampire duet. He had started out trying to find Olivia, the missing young girl of a wealthy couple and his own brother, with little luck. While battling the endless supply of blood-lusting vampires and trying to find the missing people, they also try to figure out Chaos’ ultimate ritual to bring back the King.
Only, with darkness encroaching and Chaos' minions growing, Basil and Trinity might not survive long enough to love again.
“Wow!” Tattle spun about and let out a gasp. “That was one wild ride. This is an exceptionally fast-paced book that is unrelentingly captivating.”
Wrye blotted his brow and gave a whistle. “Talk about hot! Trinity is gorgeous, but her real appeal exists in her love for humanity. Shiela Stewart fashioned a vampire with a caring spirit and tender head despite her kick arse disposition, a rarity in that particular race.”
Tattle pressed a finger in the air, and then shook her finger as if having pressed something hot. “It certainly has enough sizzle to satisfy the erotic hunger, but that isn’t the only thing that keeps the heart pumping. The entire book has a tempo, like listening to a drummer who doesn’t let up. It keeps getting louder and faster. Sometimes, you have to remind yourself to breathe. My ole heart nearly couldn’t keep up.”
“I like my paranormal, but not everyone can write a tale that is this enjoyable while maintaining unrelenting drama, intensity, complexity, and sexy characters with engaging personality. It is a well told story and has you yearning to gobble up the next in the series. If you haven’t read it, read it. If you have read it, get the next book in the series. To paraphrase a starlet of years gone by, “It’s a wild and crazy kind of vamp ride.”
Hope you enjoyed our leap into CBG’s talented author’s worlds and books. Until next time, keep reading!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq. and Associate Wrye Balderdash
of Blather City, Wannachat
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