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Before Another Sunset-Jason Zandri

This brief novelette (five chapters and an epilogue) describes the relationships between friends and neighbors in a rural town a good ways from the well-traveled interstate highway. With little in the way of “new blood” coming to the town, the resident folk look to each other for companionship and stability. Small town residents tend to form pacts that hold them together even through the roughest of times.

The main focus of the story is the relationship between Maria, a single mother who works at the cafe, and Henry, a shopkeeper from across the street. Zandri examines the reactions of two people when one wishes for a romantic relationship and the other party does not. And in such a small town, these types of decisions affect more than just the two involved, and are discussed by many. Beneath this is the beginning of the idea that when the people of the town come together, they can make good things happen. This sentiment is passed between characters like any good rumor, and eventually this will grow into an overwhelming idea for everyone.

Skirting this idea is one that, possibly for the desire to atone for past indiscretions, a man formerly employed in the investment industry has decided to drop everything and travel the country by hitchhiking with just a backpack and his charm and a list of contacts in high places. We only find out about this man at the end, after another character thanks him for helping alleviate a tax debt. This seemingly selfless action helps the truck driver keep his rig and his livelihood. In return, the man only asks for a ride to a next stop. The truck driver takes him back to that same small town. Thus setting up the next title Another Sunset.

4 stars – I found the writing pleasant and the plot steady. The characters suited their setting, thought they could use more development to be memorable.



Ondine Quartet Super Sale & Giveaway

Another great announcement from CBB Book Promotions.

Be sure to enter the giveaway for a Kindle HD!

I’m heading over to Amazon right now to pick up copies of these novels to add to my very long list.

It’s the Ondine Quartet super sale! Buy the first three books (Whirl, Billow, Crest) in this thrilling, action-packed, mature young adult urban fantasy series at 0.99 cents each for a limited time! Preorder Breaker and get it at only .99 cents, it’ll be $4.99 on release day. That’s less than $4 for the full Quartet! You can also enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 6 in the celebration giveaway!About Ondine (Ondine Quartet 0.5), a FREE novella
“I shouldn’t get involved.”

Rebellious and headstrong, sixteen-year-old Kendra Irisavie doesn’t have much respect for authority. An ondine with the powerful gift of Virtue, she uses her tough attitude and Empath magic to navigate
through high school and keep others away.Because being an ondine also means keeping secrets.

Kendra and her mother are Rogue water elementals in the middle of an ancient war. They hide among humans, their survival constantly threatened by monstrous Aquidae demons.

Along with a rigorous training regimen to mold Kendra into a lethal fighter, her mother has instituted four rules to keep her safe.

Trust no one. Relationships are weaknesses. Emotional attachments are dangerous. Be responsible only for yourself.

But when Kendra witnesses a classmate in trouble, she intervenes and her decision to break the rules comes at a price.

Sometimes, humans could be more dangerous than demons.

Ondine is a short prequel novella for the young adult urban / paranormal fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet.

Ondine (#0.5): Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo


About Whirl (Ondine Quartet #1):

Outspoken and independent, Kendra Irisavie has always played by her own rules.

She’s an ondine, a water elemental gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a fighter. Pursued by Aquidae demons, she and her mother remain Rogue, hiding among humans to avoid becoming casualties in an ancient war.

Everything changes when violence erupts on Kendra’s seventeenth birthday. A dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past and stirring unexpected feelings in her fiercely guarded heart.

But as Kendra uncovers the truth about her heritage and future, she realizes just how deep the lies and deception run. Now, in the face of unthinkable odds, she will need all her wits, skills, and magic to fulfill an extraordinary prophecy.

The first in a sweeping urban fantasy series, Whirl is the beginning of a young woman’s exhilarating journey for survival,  ove, and hope as she fights for her place in a world where she doesn’t belong.





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Author Bio:

Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. She is the author of the young adult urban /contemporary fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet, and Lost Blood, the first installment of the forthcoming young adult urban fantasy series, Chancer. She’s also working on the first book in her new Steel Magic series for adults.
An avid traveler hopelessly addicted to diet coke and coffee, she currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and German shepherd.


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