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Monday, November 11, 2013

{Blog Tour with Review} SHATTERED SKIES: Beginning's End by HEATHER LINN

Title: Shattered Skies: Beginning’s End
Author: Heather Linn
Series: Shattered Skies Saga (#1)
Genre: SciFi/Horror/Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 19 2012


Shattered Skies, Beginning’s End, is a dramatic story of twisted killings and love and hate that takes place within a horrific world where alien vampires have taken over the earth and made humans their slaves. The vampires have created a new genetic race, the Dominus, breeding a scary blood-drinking race of human and vampire that prey off the humans that are left. People are relegated to the classes of slaves, food and mates.

This is a world where sex kills and a rogue group of humans kills as many of the Dominus as they can by bedding them. This warrior group is led by mysterious doctor who has raised the 16 members of the group since infancy, hidden away in an underground bunker.

The plot twists and turns as the heroine, the unselfish Catalina, rejects her traditional female role and demands to fight the Dominus alongside the men, bedding and killing as she goes. Her emotions tear her apart as she struggles with herself, torn between a mad attraction for the Dominus King and her fellow warrior, Darien.

As the clashes between Dominus and Vampire and Humans continue, Catalina is forced to face herself. Could she really be destined to save the world as the enigmatic Doctor’s ancient prophecy predicts?


I am a mother to three beautiful children, they keep me busy. I live in a small town that’s filled with monsters and really nice people alike. I love taking walks around the mountain trails where I live and I love taking trips to the Ocean, especially the South Carolina beaches. The ocean brings me tranquility and refreshes me, but I don’t get to go there often enough. Some mornings I listen to nothing but sad country songs for hours but when I write, I usually buckle down with my headphones and listen to something raw and angry like Seether, and Stone Sour. I can be shy around people but I’m mostly always honest within myself. In many ways, on many levels, I express different parts of myself through my characters. Someone told me once that you are only as old as you feel and I love that! In fact, I love that idea because personally, have no intentions of ever growing up! I want to be 18 forever no matter what they do to me. LOL!

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A unique twist on vampire origins, this is a book to add to your list if you're a fan of the genre and of a main character prophesied to save the world and her main weapon

A very interesting premise with vampires being aliens, and a small colony of humans fighting in the only way they know how, having been taught strengths by their savior, the doctor. Humans are either breeders, food, or waste in this dystopian future and this small band of rebels are fighting to change that.

It will be interesting to see how this continues in book 2!

I had no clue what the big deal was. I had no intention of talking to Akia again; well maybe one more time to get my wallet, but that was the end of it. He was the King for crying out loud. He had better things to do then sit and pine away over me. Even as I sat and thought that, I felt like my heart was breaking. It was a feeling that I wasn’t used to and I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t know what this Dominus had over me, but I sure as hell had no desire of doing anything that would hurt my family. Besides, I had been careful all day and I was sure that I wasn’t followed.
I was just as positive that Darien hadn’t lead anyone back here because if he had, I would be dead right now and so would all the others. He was way to too smart and paranoid for that. He was the kind of person that always paid attention to his surroundings. When he was working he was working and nothing else mattered. I am sure that was one of the reasons I cared so much about him. I wanted to meet his eyes so badly, I needed him to see me and I needed to show him that I really was OK and that I didn’t blame him for anything that had happened. Darien’s eyes never left Dr. Walker’s; I was really hoping that he wasn’t mad.
“Before the invasion occurred, there was a man named John Styron. Dr. Styron was a psychologist that claimed he had psychic powers. Not many people took this guy seriously, even though he helped the police on a few cases and his insights were always right. People thought that he was doing it for attention. I thought he was an honest man who gained nothing from his gift, so why would he make it up? The trouble and the grief placed upon him because he wanted to use his gift to help people would have been more than enough reason for a fake to drop the act and find a new scheme. This man however, pushed on despite the criticism. I read a lot of his work while I was in med school. I was fascinated with him and all the people that he helped. My obsession with him is the only reason that we are all here today. He wrote that a superior race would someday take this planet by force. He went into great detail about the 25 years of pain and suffering that the humans would endure. He said that the human race had never been face to face with such monsters and that contact with them would have devastating effects on the race in general. “
“The last prediction that he made before his death, which was exactly one week before the Vampires invaded, was somewhat vague compared to the other ones before it. It was about a child that would be born around the same time of the invasion. A child that would be human and blessed with a gift a thousand times more valuable than anyone has ever conceived of. He said the child would be able to walk among the intruders with great ease. This child would start a war between the monsters, but this war would be the child’s burden to bear and the child would eventually be faced with a decision that would change the world either for good or the bad.”
Dr. Walker stopped just as suddenly as he had begun. No one ever knew what the monsters Dr. Styron was talking about could possibly be. Some just assumed it was a play on words, attempting to predict another world war. Others ignored him completely and very few people took him seriously. We were arrogant as a race, born to think that we were untouchable, taught that we were the top of the food chain and nothing would ever change that, and anyone that spoke of a stronger being was written off as crazy and ignored completely.
“That is all there is. He never got to finish his prediction, or maybe the outcome wasn’t clear enough for him to see. No one knows; it is a secret that he took to the grave with him.”
When I was finally able to look away from Dr. Walker’s pale face I was shocked to see everyone’s eyes in the room glued on me. “What are you all looking at me like that for?” No one even blinked. It was like they were frozen in time. “Oh, come on; you can’t all be serious. That thing is not about me. It was just some crazy guy having nightmares about things that he knew no more about than any of the other humans.”
“You know, you really didn’t have to alter your appearance at all Cat. You have always looked like one of them, not to mention the fact that you never even had to learn mannerisms. You just do what they do; it is like second nature.” As the words flew out of Darien’s mouth he pointed to all my brothers and sisters. This little rant about me walking easily among the monsters upset me even more, because Darien was always on my side no matter what, and now he too was going to betray me because some loon had a dream about the end of the world. Maybe we weren’t as connected and as solid as I thought.
“Dr. Walker, you know this is ridiculous. That little prediction is no more about me than it is you, or anyone in this room for that matter. You are way too smart to believe in that kind of stuff anyway. Visions are not at all scientifically sound. Why do you waste your time on this? I messed up, I get it. I think figuring out if we are in danger because of my little mix up is more important than something some dead freak wrote, don’t you?”
“Well Catalina, I never said that I was a hundred percent convinced, nor did I say that I was positive that the Styron was real, but he saw something and he was right before. Not to mention the obvious fact that something happened to you. Something that was so powerful that it knocked you out cold and left the most revered Dominus scarred with a wound that resembled a cat’s claw slash.”
I felt the color drain out of my face; when he listed all the facts like that, it did seem more likely than I was comfortable with, but I would rather die than admit that to any of them.
“This is absurd and you all know it. The person that is supposed to turn the Vampire/Dominus reign upside down is not me. I am no different than the rest of you! All of you guys walk among them with ease. I mean, come on, are we so arrogant we think we are the only rogue humans running around? There were billions of people on the planet when they took over. It is highly unlikely that we are the only hope for mankind. I know you are all mad at me, but this is so not a fair punishment. Disown me, ignore me, tell me to get out, anything, just stop looking at me like I am some sort of savior.” There, that sounded convincing to me.
“Catalina, I promise you that there will be no jumping to conclusions. We will test this hypothesis before further actions are taken, and even if it turns out that you are the child that was dreamt about, I promise you we will all figure this out together and you will not have to do any of this alone. We have always been and we will always be a team.”
Dr. Walker sounded so nonchalant about this that I wanted to throw something at him. He could be the sweetest most caring man, the great father that use to star in the sitcoms of the past other times; but it was like he didn’t have a clue as far as people were concerned.
“No offense Doc, but I am not a science experiment or a lab rat. No one is testing anything on me.”

1 comment:

  1. Ok I have to read this. I love dystopia and unique twists on vampire stories, so yeah, this is so on my list. Thanks for sharing! And congrats on the COYER progress!


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