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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

{Book Blast} CURSED by S.J. Harper with giveaway!

S.J. Harper's CURSED Book Blast
Book One in the Fallen Siren Series
Release Date October 1, 2013

Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s cursed. He’s damned. Together, they make one hell of a team. Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.

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This is one of those books whose mere blurb gets you all revved up and excited! A Siren and a Werewolf, both keeping their natures secret, both working for the FBI? Is it any wonder why I, the paranormal addict, signed up to host a spot on the tour??

Oh, yeah, disclaimer as always: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Actually, I don't think Netgalley even requires a review, but it's nice if you give one kind of thing. And then the tour came along, and yeah.. ;) ONTO THE REVIEW!

Well, crap. I have no idea when the next book is due out or any information on it. You know if I'm starting my review like this it means that I WANT MORE. (Veruca Salt, you got nothing on me when it comes to books, kid!)

Emma is a Siren with a curse: any man she has an emotional attachment to could die much earlier than he should and she must work endlessly to save women in order to atone for her past. Her mantra is "Redemption could be one rescue away." Zack is a werewolf atoning for his own transgressions. Both have crosses to bear, both have something that is driving them to help others in their roles as FBI agents, and both feel the pull towards one another as their chemistry just sizzles.

They have worked together in the past, but now Zack is Emma's new permanent partner in the San Diego FBI office. They work missing person's cases. I loved the fast pace of this novel, the criminal/detective/mystery aspect, as well as the fact that it incorporates favorite genre!

No insta-love here, but HEA, at least not yet. While there isn't a cliff hanger, there's the potential for a nice long series (like J.D. Robb's In Death series but only with by case basis for each book? YES PLEASE).  A cast of characters that I would love to get to know more (Liz, Evan, Kallistos, and of course Zack and Emma), story lines that weave in and out of one another, and maybe we can see some forgiveness from that petty so-and-so Demeter? Totally want more of this one and can fully recommend it for paranormal junkies like me. Twist a little werewolf with a little mythology and make it an urban fantasy/crime novel? Woo!

About the Author

S.J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic-Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real life” day job in the psychiatric field to pursue writing full-time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and cocker spaniel, Buck, in a century old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella, Blood Debt, from the New York Times bestselling anthology, Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the US and the UK. She lives in Denver, CO where she finds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.

S.J. Harper

Samantha Sommersby

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