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text 2017-09-08 14:05
Feature Friday: Marked by Jennifer Reynolds with Excerpt and Interview

Today for “Feature Friday” let us welcome the wonderful Jennifer Reynolds and her book Marked, the first book in the Valeterra series.

We will have info about the book and author. A great excerpt of the book plus a interview with Jennifer.

Make sure to check everything out and go and show her some support and add the book to your TBR ;) 

Happy Reading :) 


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For ten years, the people of Valeterra have watched a plague sweep across their world, killing nearly every supernatural creature in its path. As scientists from both the human world and Valeterra work on the way to stop the plague, the Valeterrian government is working on the way to repopulate their world with babies born immune to the disease.

In her thirties, single, and a bit of a bigger girl, Valerie has given up on ever finding love. She’s resigned herself to running her bookstore and growing old with only her baby sister. When a strange woman comes to her store with a story full of parallel universes, supernatural creatures, and plagues, and a proposal for how Valerie can help save Valeterra from extinction, Valerie is sure the woman is insane. Valerie’s opinion changes, though, when she loses her livelihood. Sad and angry, she throws caution to the wind and embarks on a journey that she fears will either kill her or break her heart.

Jackson lost his first mate over fifty years ago. He knows his world is in peril. He knows his pack is on shaky ground, but all the alpha wants to do is wallow in his grief. When he discovers that his second mate is a human woman who is also immune to the virus sweeping Valeterra, he has some hard decisions to make. He doesn’t want a new mate. He also knows that he can’t deny his second chance at love and the first real chance his world might have at eventually recovering from so much death.

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~~~Jackson~~~

“Are you sure you want to participate in this experiment, Sir?” my assistant, Stephanie Weems, asked, looking down at the files stacked in front of me on my desk. She looked relaxed, but I could smell anxiety radiating from her. “If I’m going to ask other alphas to do this, I think I should participate, don’t you?” I replied, purposefully leaning back in my chair, trying to look as nonchalant as possible while not eyeing one file in particular. Stephanie’s keen observational skills would notice me doing so if I wasn’t careful. She’d also catch the scent of lust emanating from me if I didn’t calm down. I couldn’t have either. The file and, more importantly, the woman detailed in said file that had made me decide to add my name to the short list of alphas who’d volunteered for the program in question wasn’t on top. I’d purposely buried it inside the stack so that Stephanie wouldn’t know it was what held my attention and so that I would stop looking at the woman’s photo.  

Hello Jennifer. Thank you for taking the time to stop in and chat with us, it is lovely to have you.

 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

I would say that is a toss-up between hiring Rachel Olsen at No Sweat Graphics to create my covers and doing the Geek Gathering of the South event. I’ve been some amazing people at those events.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Every so often, I’ll go to Amazon or Goodreads and read my reviews. I usually handle bad reviews all right when it is clear the reader is being honest. The ones that are obvious that the reader did read the book or skimmed it or the ones where the reader’s give low reviews because of inconsequential things drive me nuts.

 

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? 

I’m not sure I have one. I think most novels I’ve absolutely loved a large number of people who have appreciated it as well. Now, I’ve disliked many that others like.

 

What does literary success look like to you?

Success to me means, getting a hundred reviews within the first month or a release and not having to spend all of my royalties each month on something book related.

 

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

I don’t think so. I think certain things are probably funnier to those who know me.

 

 

Jennifer Reynolds is a native of North Alabama. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Alabama.

She is a multi-genre author who focuses mostly on post-apocalyptic novels with plagues and zombies as their source of destruction and paranormal romances, especially shifters, weres, and ghosts. She does occasionally dabble in other genres such as general fiction, horror, and suspense thrillers.

When she’s not writing, she’s a full-time caregiver of her elderly in-laws, a stay at home wife, an avid reader, and the mother of a seven-year-old kitty named Lilith.

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review 2016-07-04 21:09
Review: Shifter
Shifter - Jennifer Reynolds

A woman, well on her way towards crazy cat lady, adopts a beautiful cat from a shelter not realizing he's a shapeshifter. The first half of this book is pretty great. Half paranormal romance starring a cat, half chick lit dating adventure. The last quarter is fairly standard paranormal romance stuff, but still fairly interesting. 

 

There's some things I really like, and some things I really dislike. Like: all the sex is consensual. Dislike: the hero uses rape as a threat against the villain (not from him, but still..); the heroine is also threatened with rape. Like: the heroine is super into fun genre television shows. Dislike: she refers to women as females. Like: the source of why she's so effed up emotionally is laid out in her first chapter rather than left as a reveal long after I've lost interest. Dislike: even with that said, at some point it's kind of exhausting to hear her yet again think about how fat of unattractive she is when literally all single men she meets ask her out.

 

So, kind of a mixed bag. And set in the state where I live, which is still novel.

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review 2015-12-30 21:04
Him by Jennifer Reynolds
HIM - Jennifer Reynolds

Synopsis:  "Amy Roberts has a secret, a secret she has carried with her all of her life, a secret she has told only one other person. For her honesty and bravery, she received a slap across the face and a warning that if she ever spoke the words again, there would be hell to pay. Now that she is older, smarter, braver, she will let nothing stop her from escaping the sadistic man who swore her to this secret and to a life full of hidden truths and false smiles, of abuse and denial, of pain and loneliness. He, on the other hand, will stop at nothing to have her or kill her; he doesn’t care which comes first.

On a private island off the coast of South Carolina, Amy finds the courage, the desire, and the despera-tion to break her silence and to fight back. Finally, spilling her secrets to the only two people who care enough about her to listen and believe her, Amy decides that she has had enough and now is the time to show the world the monster behind the man. The problem is; can she survive long enough to tell the world what she knows, or will he have what he has wanted for the better part of eighteen years.

Join Amy on her journey of self-discovery and survival to see if you are brave enough to face the monsters that haunt your dreams."

 

This was a very difficult book to read as it deals with child abuse by a prominent family member on multiple family victims.  I came close to stopping several times due to it's graphic nature, but I just had to know if this vile person got what he deserved. This was a dark read that made me mad on so many levels. Abusers of children is one thing I abhor.

 

The story itself was well told, so despite the content, I am giving it 4 stars.

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review 2015-10-04 21:59
Until Jax: Until Him - Aurora Rose Reynolds,Kalya Robichaux,Jennifer Siegel,Sarah Eirew

2.5 - If I see the words babe or baby one more time, I'll scream - Stars!

My least favorite book by this author. And I'm serious about the use of the words babe and baby. If Jax called Ellie babe/baby once, he called her that a hundred times - way overused.

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review 2014-09-01 19:07
Shifter by Jennifer Lynn Reynolds
Shifter - Jennifer Reynolds

Book – Shifter

Author – Jennifer Lynn Reynolds

Publication Date – July 30, 2014

Type – Stand Alone

Genre – Paranormal Romance

Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

 

Synopsis

Life lesson number one: Never anger a powerful witch.

Too bad Dimitri Sullivan didn’t know the beautiful redhead he met at a bar, bedded, and skipped out on was a witch—let alone a psychotic one who turns him into a diseased-ridden, flea-bitten, house cat; the complete antecedent to his predominate wolf form. 

Abby, like most humans, knows nothing about the supernatural world. She does know that her new cat is different. She knows that the new, gorgeous man in her life is up to something. And she knows that something isn’t right about the beautiful yet crazy woman stalking her. 

When Mave, the witch who cursed Dimitri, discovers that the curse she placed on him is breaking, she goes to great lengths to stop him from becoming human once again.

 

Review

This was a book I just couldn’t put down – it held my attention from beginning till end and there were so many things that touched my heart with the main characters in this book.  I found myself laughing, crying, feeling, cheering and so much more.

 

 

I was surprised…so surprised when I opened this up and started reading…I had apprehensions about reading this because even though I read about ghosts, horror and post-apocalyptic zombie books…it’s been awhile since I have picked up a book about shape shifters and witches…but I have to tell you that I was happily surprised with how easy it was to connect with the main characters.

 

Dimitri was an asshole in the beginning but with time really pulled at my heartstrings and Abby was a gem…she was real – overweight, mental/self esteem issues, abuse survivor, hermit but a loving girl!!  In this book we watch her grow to love herself and then able to walk with confidence and give herself over to love with Dimitri.

 

 

Re-Cap

Dimitri pisses off the wrong witch and finds himself trapped inside the body of an ugly kitten…with a little bit of his magic left – he is able to change into a Maine Coon kitten while in the local pet shelter. Abby feels a desire to get another cat and it’s love at first site with Dimitri (the cat).

 

 

Dimitri can’t read thoughts, can’t shift and has lost all of his paranormal abilities with the curse Mave(the witch) put on him.  As Dimitri spends day after day with Abby he realizes that this girl is hurting inside but has the heart of an angel.  It starts to anger him at the people in her past who have hurt her to make her end up like the way she is. 

 

As Dimitri’s brothers search for him…it seems a brother has an interest in Abby which only pisses Dimitri off more and more….realizing that he is developing feelings for her.  Abby starts to wonder if there is something off about her cat…and Dimitri starts to get some of his powers back…especially when he finds Abby pleasuring herself.

 

 

Well…things just get weirder and weirder in Abby’s life….witches chasing her….werewolves trying to bite her…etc.

 

What will happen?  Will Dimitri finally break the curse?  Will Abby love herself enough to trust another? So many of these questions will be answered once you read!

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