And the Winner Is….

Congratulations to Shannon C. from Washington State who won the grand prize in my recent Rafflecopter giveaway! Shannon won a brand new Amazon Fire 7 tablet and 7 fantastic zombie apocalypse novels from me, Baileigh Higgins, Jennifer Reynolds, and Rissa Blakeley! Without their help, the giveaway would not have been the awesome event it was.

I was excited that so many turned out for all the giveaways! There were winners from coast to coast. We even had entries from Canada and Mexico! We played games, chatted, shared fun memes, worked puzzles, and more. Winners got swag, ebooks, signed paperbacks, and a copy of my first audiobook as a narrator for Karen Vaughan for her book Dead on Arrival.

Rave Reviews

As indie authors, many of us struggle to get reviews, and they are hard to come by. It’s a tremendous amount of work to find willing readers and encourage them to leave their comments on your books. Every now and then, I get a review that absolutely floors me like this one from Will Mayo. Will, I am so humbled by your kind words and the thought and effort you put into your assessment of Viral Dawn. Here’s what Will had to say:

A remarkable thriller, perhaps most memorable for the amount of time it spends on character development (as much character development as the early novels of Stephen King) and for its scientific explanations for the essentially supernatural phenomenon of the undead – including coining the term “necro-regenerative cycle,” a nice touch – with its suitable villains being my country’s armaments industry and the evil scientists that run it, I enjoyed this book. It kept me going through a hectic time in my life in which I found myself blowing up at people who were in my life personally and professionally and kept my mind off my troubles. More importantly, it was a good ride. And that’s all anybody could ask out of anything in this life, a good ride. The ride is everything.

Perhaps most notable was this paragraph from chapter five –

“The rattle of phlegm gurgling in dying lungs could be heard carrying on the wind. It was the sound of possibly a hundred walking corpses breathing death into the night. Every fiber in my body, every nerve, every cell screamed in terror, and I fought the urge to turn and run and leave the man where he stood.”

Although this was not my favorite of zombie novels (for that, my single most favorite zombie novel will always be Richard Matheson’s “I Am Dead” from about 60 years ago), it will always hold a special place in memory because of the author’s innovations and her remarkable craftmanship. I look forward to seeing more work by her in the future.

Author Takeover News: Swagalicious Fun!

Goodness! I am so excited and humbled by the number of readers who turned out and participated in my two recent author takeovers! So what’s a takeover? It’s a social media event where authors literally take over another writer’s or group’s page on Facebook to engage with readers. We play games, share laughs, and hold contests to get to know each other and share bookish fun.

Author Krys Fenner was kind enough to hand me the reigns of her page to celebrate the cover reveal for her new book, Awakened.

The Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group likewise allowed me to host a takeover on their page.

Both events were incredibly fun. Dozens and dozens of readers and fellow authors showed up, and we played games, had contests and giveaways, worked puzzles, and had a lot of positive zombie-themed fun. By the way, if you’re interested in these kinds of activities and want to find your next dystopian zombie read, the Reanimated Writers group is THE place to be on Facebook. You won’t find a more fun group of people. Plus, you’ll have many chances to win books, swag, and participate in other free events and contests. You won’t find anything else like it on FB. Guaranteed. Multiple authors participate, and you’ll have a steady diet of Zlit to feed your need.

Everyone walked away with a free ebook copy of Viral Dawn just for participating.

Many also received free downloads of my audiobook collaboration with author Karen Vaughan, Dead on Arrival. Catch a great preview sample of this recording on my YouTube channel.

The takeover was a phenomenal success! Viral Dawn zoomed into the top 20 on Amazon during the giveaway, and I appreciate everyone’s downloads sooooo much!

At any rate, I’d like to give a shout out to all the participants and let you know your winnings have been carefully packaged by me and my hubby. All were inspected and approved for shipping by Phantom Rankin, and they’re going out in today’s mail!

It was fun signing my very first autographed books to send to winners.

And the swag….it was such fun designing the keepsakes, and thanks to the fine folks and Ink and Shrink Swag, I think the readers will be pleased.

I also shared my exclusive fun activity, Viral Dawn: The Card Game. It’s a game based on a scene in my book where the characters made up a game to pass the time. I decided it would be fun to create a real-life version of it to share with readers. Get your own copy of the instructions to play at home on your own standard card deck:

I’d like to thank everyone for participating and also give a virtual thank you to Amber Hall, who graciously agreed to help with the event. You rock, Amber!

Discover Authors; Win Prizes!

☆¸.•*¨*★☆ Announcing CLiK Book Blog’s 3rd Blogaversary Hop ☆★*¨*•.¸☆

Do you love discovering great new authors and winning fun prizes in the process? Of course you do! So hop along with me, Skyler Rankin, as Clik Book Blog celebrates its 3rd year as a blog. I’m teaming up with some amazing authors, bloggers and book service providers from all over the world to share the fun.

Beginning tonight, May 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, there’ll be some fantastic giveaways and prizes to be won. Be sure you hop to all our wonderful participating pages and enter each page’s giveaway. You have to do it all to be eligible to win the grand prizes. And did we mention there’d be some fabulous prizes to be won?

Enter all the prize posts for a chance to win some great prizes, including our Major Prize Draw of multiple Amazon E-gift cards.

But wait! There’s more. I’m adding some of my very own fun treats to the mix!

From me, Skyler Rankin, get chances to win an Amazon Fire 7 and 7 awesome zombie apocalypse novels from 4 great writers! If you’re into dystopian zombie apocalypse books, sink your teeth into these authors: Skyler Rankin, Baileigh Higgins, Rissa Blakeley, and Jennifer Reynolds.

Their gripping tales are included in the winner’s package in this awesome giveaway. To win, click the link below, and perform the actions needed to get chances to win. The options are easy and include Liking or following author pages and signing up for one newsletter.

Enter here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7654570a2/?

Once you’ve entered Skyler Rankin’s giveaway, hop right on back to the blog hop below to start at the beginning:

Start the fun right here ➜ https://www.facebook.com/clikbookblog

MAJOR PRIZES ➜ CLiK Book Blog will be sharing the spoils for the Major Prize giveaway.

Prizes include multiple Amazon Gift cards, but you must show activity on every hop page to be eligible as well as enter on the final hop page. Activity can be anything from comments to entry in page giveaways and tagging your friends. Major prize winners will be randomly selected.

The Major Prize Giveaway winners will be announced on CLiK Book Blog’s page at the conclusion of the HOP.

All prize draws will close Thursday 23rd MAY – 9pm Australian Eastern Time.

Facebook is not responsible for any prizes or the draw.

Each participating page is responsible for their own page giveaway and the drawing of their winner and distribution of said prize or prizes.

CLiK Book Blog reserves the right to only be responsible for the administration of the Hop and for the drawing of the major prize draw.

#HOP #CLiK #giveaways #authors #bloggers #models #sharethelove #3rdBlogaversary #CLiKBookBlog #ASMSG #Skyler_Rankin

Feed Your Need for Z Fiction!

What’s better than digging into a treasure trove of zombie apocalypse novels? Getting great deals and a chance to win cool cash, that’s what! Check out this huge collection of Apocalyptic and Dystopian books covering several categories including 99c, KU, Boxed Sets, free, and Audiobooks. Plus, as an added bonus, just for sharing the love of great indie fiction, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card to spend on whatever you like. Of course, we hope you’ll consider using it to feed the new obsessions you’re sure to find in this great collection, but we understand you’ll need some heavy snackage to chomp your way through this bonanza of books. You’ve found your next obsession! Starting today, May 14, 2019 and running through June 4, 2019. Get the deals here: https://www.zodiacauthors.com/promotions
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Win a Fire Tablet with Zombie Genre Ebooks!

To celebrate Viral Dawn being free today and tomorrow (5/11/19 and 5/12/19) enter my exclusive Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7 and 7 awesome ebooks from 4 different authors! All you have to do for chances to win is like and follow authors and sign up for one author’s email list. The four participating authors are members of Facebook’s Reanimated Writers, a group of hundreds of wordsmiths dedicated to bringing you a steady diet of your favorite zompoc literature. Enter the raffle here.

After you enter, to come on over to the Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group and join. You’ll find a plethora of freebies and fun interactions with authors to feed your need for Z. But for now, enter the raffle here.

Viral Dawn Featured on Book of the Day

Viral Dawn, by Skyler Rankin is featured today on Bookoftheday.org. Check it out and remember to get your free copy today and tomorrow (5/11/19 and 5/12/19 only on Amazon! Get it here!

What if your world collapsed in seconds, thrusting you into an apocalyptic nightmare where your every move might be your last? An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly genetically-engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. 

High school senior, Casey Williams shelters at her high school with friends and other survivors of the outbreak. They’re safe for now, but supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter. Casey anticipates the looming humanitarian crisis and knows they must find other refuge or face chaos inside. She braves the savage world beyond the school’s security fence in an attempt to save herself and her friends. With sheer grit, she leads a small party to find help at the militarized safe zone. Once there, she arranges for her friends to be transported to safety only to learn she’s placed them in even greater danger. Determined to seek justice, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive in this new dystopian reality.
Get it here!

Taking It Over

It’s going to be a busy weekend! Celebrating the release of my revised extended edition of Viral Dawn, I’m doing guest takeovers of two Facebook Events on Saturday May, 11, 2019.

First, from 7:00-9:00 pm ET is the Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group takeover. If you love dystopian zombie fiction, this is Z place to be. (See what I did there?) This group is a mass of more than 1500 readers of zombie and zombie apocalypse genres that have joined together to share bookish fun. They’re fed a steady diet of brains, I mean books, by about 300 indie authors. You’ll find multiple giveaways, takeover parties, memes, interaction, games, and more with this group. It’s time well spent for readers with a voracious appetite for z-lit. If you want to join us, be sure to stop by the Facebook page for the Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group today and join up. It’s a members only kind of thing.

The second event is also on May 11. The Awakened Cover Reveal party celebrating the release of Krys Fenner’s new book will be from 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm ET on her event page.

So what can you get out of all this….fun author interactions and giveaways galore. I’ll share my Rafflecopter giveaway featuring an Amazon Fire 7 and 6 ebooks from 4 rad zompoc authors. There’ll be chances to win a free download of my new performance of Dead on Arrival. In this new audiobook release, I narrate Karen Vaughan’s snarky cozy mystery. I’ll also give away signed paperback versions of Viral Dawn and loads of swag. I hope you’ll join me for one of these not-to-be-missed events.

But wait, there’s more! Viral Dawn will be free for everyone on Amazon on May 11 and 12 as part of this event. Get your chance to get it free here on Amazon all day Saturday and Sunday!

Viral Dawn Featured on Reviews in the City

Viral Dawn is currently featured on the Reviews in the City website as the spotlight book. Reviews in the City covers the latest in books and literature and is a supporter of independent writers.

Blogger, Andrea Jamison, is an academic librarian, lecturer, and writer.  She is known in the library world as a staunch advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion.  She is passionate about fostering inclusive learning environments for youth and creating avenues of access (in publishing, libraries, and schools) for groups that have been historically marginalized.

As an avid reader, Andrea loves stories that invoke mystery, passion, and suspense. As a writer, her goal is to create stories that depict African Americans in ways that defy stereotypical roles. Although her passion is children’s literature, she loves writing period pieces and stories that speak to the social climate of marginalized groups. She has authored two books and several screenplays.  Andrea supports the work of independent authors and encourages libraries to do the same. 

​I appreciate being selected for this spotlight feature and hope it will help others discover Viral Dawn. Check out Andrea’s feature here.

Dead on Arrival Available on Audible!

I’m so excited to announce that my very first audiobook as a narrator is now available through Audible! Dead on Arrival is a collaboration with my author colleague, Karen Vaughan. It’s the first book in a series about snarky thirty-something, Laura Hamilton. Laura wakes up one morning to find that someone has dumped a body in her living room, and the air isn’t the only thing foul. Turns out she knows the deceased through connections from work, which places her in the middle of the investigation. It’s a fun story with the feel of an edgier cozy. Check it out on audible, and watch my teaser sample below.

Imagine waking up on the morning after you quit your job to find a dead body of someone you know on your living room floor. That’s what happens to Laura Hamilton.

In her first adventure, things go bump in the night as she finds the body of an un-liked debt collector in her living room. How did he get there, and why did he get dumped on her turf? She not only needs a job, she needs a minor miracle to get out of this mess.

Laura and Gerry, her handsome Building Superintendent, dodge bullets and exploding cars while helping the police find a killer. Meanwhile, her mom is trying to marry her off and get her a job at her Cousin’s restaurant.

Where to Buy: Amazon, Audible, iTunes

Join Me for an Author Takeover!

Mark your calendars! Join me in the Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group on May 11 when I take over their virtual space. We’ll have fun and games and book chat about Viral Dawn. Everyone gets a free eBook copy of Viral Dawn. Participate in the games, and get chances to win an Amazon Fire 7, autographed copies of Viral Dawn paperbacks with my specially designed bookmarks, and Amazon e-gift cards. Oh, and there’s fun swag too! Just read Viral Dawn, leave an honest review, and I’ll send you your choice of swag while supplies last. We have Viral Dawn mini-book earrings that are so darned cute. Dog tag necklaces, pins, magnets, para cord bracelets, and cards for playing Viral Dawn: The Card Game. As an added bonus, you’ll meet the fun zombie fiction fans in the group. They’re a blast. It’s best to join up early to ensure you’re approved in time for the event. So join us on May 11 from 7 to 9 ET right here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/reanimatedwriters/

Can’t come but still want to help? Like and share this post! Thanks!

THE DEMON HUNTERS SERIES

by USA TODAY Bestseller D.A. Roach

It all started with a ring. The search for an heirloom which led Cassidy straight to the gates of a world she never knew existed.

Now, as the gate between the Demon Realm and the Mortal world is no longer secure, war is inevitable. Cassidy is forced to fight the evil forces out to destroy her and the world she calls home, but she can’t do it alone.

There’s Killian, head of the Demon Hunters and Tyler, her friend with his own set of mystical powers. Now she needs to decide who she can trust with her life…and her heart.

Battles are being fought, alliances are broken, and friendships are formed in this epic battle between good and evil.

USA Today bestselling author DA Roach brings you a three-part paranormal adventure filled with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Are you ready?

Where to Buy: https://amzn.to/2XyhiY8

The boxed set includes all three Demon Hunter novels, Between the Bleeding Willows, Within the Darkest Hollows, and Beneath a Sinister Moon.

MEET THE AUTHOR: D.A. Roach is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author who has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.

USA Today Bestselling Author, D.A. Roach

D.A. is a full-time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, advocating for a rare disorder, and gardening. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Nicole Williams. Reading great works from authors like these have motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

I’d Love Your Vote!

No, I’m not running for office, but we would still love your vote. As you may know, in addition to writing, I also run a small business, Woodland Media Creative Services. We provide audio, video, graphics, and web support for independent authors. Our goal is to provide reasonably priced above average quality services to indies who are struggling to get started in this work. To help support our efforts, I’ve applied for the FedEx Small Business Grant program and would appreciate your support. All you have to do is vote. If you can do so every 24 hours, that would be awesome! If you can share with your friends, that would be great too! Your vote will go directly toward supporting indie writers.

https://smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com/#/gallery/votebadge/0c6e6702-5e5c-4318-984e-d14f4da9b531

#Itwasntme

As a public service announcement, if you look for my books on Amazon, and you search by my name, Skyler Rankin, you’ll find another Skyler Rankin has emerged on the scene and has been publishing a slew of coloring books. There are so many you may have to weed through several pages to find my books. The coloring books are not mine, and I don’t know the person who is posting them. Here’s a photo below so you’ll recognize them.

The titles of the books are just, well, let’s say interesting. They range from Freddie Mercury to tennis stars, soccer, pigs, badgers (I’m not making this up), hipsters, the royal family, Ryan Gosling & Daniel Radcliffe, roller derby, and Kim Jong Un. As you might imagine, I completely freaked out when I watched my book disappear into obscurity as more and more coloring books appeared by the day. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it’s Russian trolls, but since I’m not important enough to deserve that kind of treatment, I’m guessing this is just someone hoping to profit from the current adult coloring book craze.

So, what’s happening as a result of all this is that my author name is effectively overwhelmed by non-novels. The coloring books are being posted so quickly and with such frequency, my book is buried. Oh, and as I write this post, junk food and LOL now have their own volumes. If you could imagine, it’s a lot like watching your house burn down and being powerless to stop it. All of this is to say….those are not my books, so if you see them, please don’t be misled into thinking they’re mine.

Anyone can use any pen name they want on Amazon, and there’s really not much I can do at this point to stop my pen name from swirling down into keyword hell. Independent authors work hard to bring you their books. They often spend more of their own money than they make to do this. I do it because I love writing stories for my readers, and I just don’t want you to be misled into thinking these other products are mine.

For now, to find my books, I recommend searching for the titles when you can, following my blog here on the website, and checking with my Amazon author page.

D.A. Roach’s Demon Hunter Series Box Set Pre-Sale

The Demon Hunters series BOXSET will be available for pre-sale on Feb. 23rd and release on March 5th. Get the BOXSET…ALL 3 BOOKS for the limited time sale price of 99 cents!

It all started with a ring. The search for an heirloom which led Cassidy straight to the gates of a world she never knew existed.

Now, as the gate between the Demon Realm and the Mortal world is no longer secure, war is inevitable. Cassidy is forced to fight the evil forces out to destroy her and the world she calls home, but she can’t do it alone.

There’s Killian, head of the Demon Hunters and Tyler, her friend with his own set of mystical powers. Now she needs to decide who she can trust with her life…and her heart.

Battles are being fought, alliances are broken, and friendships are formed in this epic battle between good and evil.

USA Today bestselling author DA Roach brings you a three-part paranormal adventure filled with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Are you ready?

Where to Buy: https://amzn.to/2Xy8vFA

The Viral Dawn Book Trailer Is Here!

I’ve never been able to contain my excitement when something fun is at stake. Just ask any of my family or friends, and they’ll tell you I can’t stand it when I buy a present for someone but need to wait until a special occasion to give it. This is one such occasion. Below you’ll see my latest creation, the new book trailer for the release of Viral Dawn, the extended edition. I know you’re supposed to tease people before you release these things, but I couldn’t help it. I was THAT excited.

To celebrate the release of Viral Dawn – Extended Edition, I partnered with Woodland Media Creative Services to bring you this book trailer.

We created this right here in the Woodland Media studios. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we did putting it together.

About Viral Dawn

What if your world changed in seconds, destroying everything you thought you knew and thrusting you into a world where your very survival depends on every move you make, every decision, and every step you take? Every. Move. Matters. 

An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly cloud carrying a genetically engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. High school senior, Casey Williams has taken refuge at the school with friends and others who managed to survive the blast and ensuing viral outbreak. They’re safe. For now. But supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter as Casey realizes the time is coming they will need to get out. She is determined to lead her friends to safety only to discover that she’s led them into even greater danger. Determined to save her friends, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive. l Dawn is a zombie sci-fi thriller told from the perspective of Casey Williams, a teenager from a less than perfect family. She is a strong and resilient heroine who is courageous in the face of danger as she fights for her future and the lives of her friends.

Where to Buy

Find Viral Dawn at your favorite major book retailer below:

Amazon.com

Where to buy:

Amazon

Kobo

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

It’s Here! Viral Dawn’s Book Trailer!

I’ve never been able to contain my excitement when something fun is at stake. Just ask any of my family or friends, and they’ll tell you I can’t stand it when I buy a present for someone but need to wait until a special occasion to give it. This is one such occasion. Below you’ll see my latest creation, the new book trailer for the release of Viral Dawn, the extended edition. I know you’re supposed to tease people before you release these things, but I couldn’t help it. I was THAT excited.

To celebrate the release of Viral Dawn – Extended Edition, I partnered with Woodland Media Creative Services to bring you this book trailer.

We created this right here in the Woodland Media studios. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we did putting it together.

About Viral Dawn

What if your world changed in seconds, destroying everything you thought you knew and thrusting you into a new reality where your very survival depends on every move you make, every decision, and every step you take? Every. Move. Matters. 

An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly cloud carrying a genetically engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. High school senior, Casey Williams has taken refuge at the school with friends and others who managed to survive the blast and ensuing viral outbreak. They’re safe. For now. But supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter as Casey realizes the time is coming they will need to get out. She is determined to lead her friends to safety only to discover that she’s led them into even greater danger. Determined to save her friends, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive. l Dawn is a zombie sci-fi thriller told from the perspective of Casey Williams, a teenager from a less than perfect family. She is a strong and resilient heroine who is courageous in the face of danger as she fights for her future and the lives of her friends.

Where to Buy

Find Viral Dawn at your favorite major bookseller at the links below:

Amazon.com

Smashwords

More Coming Soon!

Viral Dawn – Extended Edition Is Here!

Viral Dawn - Extended Edition by Skyler Rankin has been released!
It’s here! Viral Dawn – Extended Edition has been released!

What if your world changed in seconds, destroying everything you thought you knew and thrusting you into a new reality where your very survival depends on every move you make, every decision, and every step you take? Every. Move. Matters.

An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly cloud carrying a genetically engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. High school senior, Casey Williams has taken refuge at the school with friends and others who managed to survive the blast and ensuing viral outbreak. They’re safe. For now. But supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter as Casey realizes the time is coming they will need to get out. She is determined to lead her friends to safety only to discover that she’s led them into even greater danger. Determined to save her friends, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive.

Where to buy:

Amazon

Kobo

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Behind the Scenes

Why was Viral Dawn revised and re-released? Inquiring minds what to know.

Several years ago, the school psychologist in me set out with a simple goal: to write high-interest, low-level books for struggling readers. Viral Dawn was written for that specific purpose. It was short, a novella of about 30k words. Its sentences were easy to read, and the plot was straightforward with no subplots. The students I shared it with loved it, but I quickly learned the niche was so small that it made publishing more books like it impossible just because of the costs associated with it.

On the positive side, I had great feedback from other readers and my focus group. They loved this zombie story because it was a departure from the norm. It’s told from the perspective of a strong young high school senior, Casey Williams. Despite coming from a less than perfect home, she’s a survivor who doesn’t back down from risk when she or her friends are threatened. She’s relatable because she’s not perfect. She makes mistakes but perseveres.

The previous version was a novella of about 30k words, and the extended edition is more than 93k. I’m working on a sequel, but Viral Dawn can be read as a standalone book. There’s no cliffhanger.

I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did writing it. If you would like to read it, I’m currently giving away 50 free ebooks from Smashwords.com to the first people who request copies. If you’d like a copy and might also enjoy some cool swag, connect with me on Facebook and let me know. https://www.facebook.com/Skyler.Rankin.Author/photos/a.991508220871717/2199295646759629/?type=3&theater

Beneath a Sinister Moon – D.A. Roach

I love a satisfying finale to a series, and Beneath a Sinister Moon hit the spot like Starbucks on a cold winter morning. This book left me invigorated with its unexpected twists and turns. If you’ve read the others in the series (and this is a must because it’s a continuing story that builds with each book) you know that Cassidy seemed at first to be cursed in life. She was abandoned by a father she never knew. Her mother died soon after birth, her first real boyfriend died in a car accident.

Cassidy had no other family than her grandmother, who died of a heart attack. Shortly after her boyfriend (Jace) died, she searched the accident scene hoping to recover a ring she had given him that had belonged to her mother, the only tangible heirloom she owned. In doing so, she literally stumbles upon a portal to a hidden world in a nearby cemetery and learns there’s a centuries-old battle between good and evil playing out just beneath human awareness. She meets a clan of Demon Hunters who are in constant battle for their own survival against demons that roam our world and other dimensions.

Cassidy develops relationships with the clan and becomes bonded to Killian, their leader. As the story progresses, we learn there is more to Cassidy’s past than even she understands, in that she carries the blood of angels in her veins. She learns Jace has been possessed by demons and vows to do what she can to save his soul. She develops a kinship with the clan and wants desperately to help them. Despite Killian’s reluctance to allow her to place herself in danger, Cassidy persists. Eventually, she learns that her ancestry puts her at ground zero in this war, and she must fight in it whether Killian wants her to or not. Beneath a Sinister Moon resolves Cassidy’s story in unexpected ways. (Sorry-no spoilers here…I’m a closed book. Lips zipped.) 

Without giving away more details, I’ll just say this series is full of action and suspense. Cassidy’s story stayed with me long after I put the book down. She’s like the rest of us in many ways as we suffer through the losses of life and find ourselves struggling against adversity. She’s a strong, courageous young woman who may be afraid at times but faces that fear by ramping up her resolve and fighting skills. She presses on, not for power or glory, but for the love she has for her new found friends, whom she’s grown to love like family.  I highly recommend this engaging series.

Where to Buy: https://amzn.to/2Ug4G5J

Within the Darkest Hollows – D.A. Roach

Within the Darkest Hollows is the second book in D.A. Roach’s Demon Hunters series. By the end of book one, Cassidy discovered a new dimension where Demons and Demon Hunters carry out a centuries-old battle between good and evil just beneath the awareness of mortals. Having lost her boyfriend to a car accident and learned his soul had been possessed by the Demon queen Rya, she felt compelled to do something….anything to help the fight and save him with the help of Killian, the powerful leader of the hunters. Surprisingly, Tyler, a half-human, half-demon who had been promised to Rya, becomes a staunch ally in the fight. 

During a fight with Rya, Killian is severely injured and stripped of his powerful and protective clan mark, a tattoo infused with angel blood. With his defenses down, Killian’s behavior begins to change, and Cassidy realizes more is afoot than a physical injury. Cassidy seeks the help of a powerful former hunger, Serena, who lives in the human realm but still has powerful spells and potions in her arsenal. All ‘hell’ breaks loose as Killian disappears with the enchanted ring Cassidy’s deceased mother had given her.

Cassidy must get the ring back to protect it from Rya, who is its actual owner. With it, she would have increased power and would be a greater threat to humans. Tyler had also been promised to Rya as a mate, which places him in danger as well. For now, Tyler is in love with Cassidy, and his inner demons are being kept at bay by powerfully enchanted tattoos. He is noble, honorable and unwavering in his efforts to protect Cassidy, but the tattoos, are starting to disappear…

This book packs a punch in plot-building suspense. As a reader, I felt the tension building throughout as layer upon layer of conflict propelled me toward…toward…what? A final conflict is coming. I know it. The characters know it, but what will happen? Will Killian recover? Will Tyler’s dark side take over? Can Cassidy redeem her boyfriend’s soul? Will Rya choose the ring over Tyler? Will she get both? Will Cassidy ever have a home and family of her own? These are the questions keeping me up at night as I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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