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review 2019-08-07 10:55
Review! Spark (Burning Moon #1) RK Close!

 

 

 

Hello Readers! Today I am visiting Flagstaff, Arizona to meet some firefighting wolves as they protect their home from a vampire! Enjoy and don't forget to add Spark by R.K. Close to your  shelves!

 

 

 

 

Fire Captain Liam McKenzie has a secret. He and his brothers are wolf-shifters living among the unsuspecting community of Flagstaff, Arizona. They’ve made the mountain town their home but when a group of vampires takes up residency there, the town may not be big enough for them and the vamps, especially when people begin to die. 

 

Jessica Parker is a tenacious news reporter, looking for her big break. When she attempts to interview the handsome fire captain, she’s met with stubborn resistance, which only encourages Jess to dig deeper. She’s unaware of the turf war that’s about to take place. Jessica is strangely drawn to Liam, but the firefighter isn't the only head that Jessica has turned. 

 

The stakes are high when a dangerous rogue vampire takes an interest in the feisty young reporter. 

 

The McKenzie brothers have much to lose if they stay and an uncertain future if they stay. But leaving the community, and those they've come to care for isn't really an option at all. If they stay and fight, who will claim the town in the end? 

 

 

Clean PNR / Book 1 of Burning Moon series

 

 

 

Liam MaKenzie and his brothers have a secret, they are wolf shifters living among unsuspecting community they have made their home, only their home is now being threatened by a group of vampires taking up residency. Tenacious new reporter, Jessica Parker is strangely drawn to Liam though is she is determined to get her story, but Jessica’s also turned the head of dangerous rogue vampire and the stakes are high. 

 

This exciting series debut has strong, compelling characters that easily capture the reader’s attention and the romance between Liam and Jessica is charming but quite turbulent as Liam is trying to protect his secret while protecting Jessica without giving in to their sizzling and magnetic attraction. Meanwhile, Jessica is a determined to write the next big story, despite the competition but finds herself discovering way more than she ever wanted to know. Readers can’t help but see both the hero and the heroines points of view and bite their nails in suspense wondering if they will be able to reach a happily ever after. 

 

The plot gives the impression of being a little on the slow side, but it’s really pretty much non-stop suspense and it’s not in boring in any way as it keeps readers on the edge of their seat. Unexpected twists keeps the suspense building as the Liam and his brothers are discovering more and more about their selves and the supernatural world they live in while trying to protect their town from a dangerous rogue vampire. The author has created a very intriguing world with some surprising elements that make the story a bit different from others, of course this doesn’t count the sexy firefighting, wolf shifter brothers that capture the readers’ hearts in this thrilling paranormal romance.

 

 

 

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Spark is the 1st book in the Burning Moon series.

 

The McKenzie brothers fight fires, play hard, love harder, and occasionally howl at the moon.

 

Three fire-fighting brothers, uncertain of their family history, struggle to suppress their wolf nature in order to live in a small mountain community that can never discover their secrets. 

 

When a gang of vampires takes up residence in the transient college town, the brothers are no longer the only supernatural beings in Flagstaff, Arizona. The McKenzie's discover they have a natural enemy and may be forced to risk exposure if they hope to protect the town they call home and those they love.

 

 

Goodreads 

 

 

0 - Ashes

1 Spark

 

 

 

#2 Ignite 2019

#3 Blaze 2019 

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

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I’m RK Close, author of the Vampire Files Trilogy. Red Night is the first book in the series. I write urban-fantasy & Romantic Thrillers with a hint of darkness and a dash of humor. Creating characters that my readers will fear, fall in love with, despise or cheer for, is what I love most about writing.

 

Ann Rice receives all the credit for my vampire addiction that began in my early twenties. Like so many others, I fell in love with her vampires first.

 

Originally from Kentucky, I’ve lived most of my life in Arizona where I met and married my true love. We were late to the game so we knocked out three ankle-biters in quick succession. We often joke that parenthood saved us from ourselves. Now we need to be saved from parenthood. *just kidding* We love our darling spawn.

 

When I’m not writing, I’m taking care of a busy family, dragging my butt to CrossFit, thinking about my stories or spending time with family and friends. My dream is to sell enough books to hire someone to clean our house and cook our meals. Okay, maybe that’s my family’s dream. I tend to get a little obsessed when I write.

 

I would love the opportunity to pull you into my world of strong independent females, mysterious vampires, noble hunters, hungry werewolves and seductive yet deadly fae. If you like paranormal-romance in a modern-urban setting with plenty of romantic tension, mystery and suspense, then my novels were written for you.

 

 

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review 2019-08-06 06:00
4 Star Spark
Spark - R.K. Close

 

Liam MaKenzie and his brothers have a secret, they are wolf shifters living among unsuspecting community they have made their home, only their home is now being threatened by a group of vampires taking up residency. Tenacious new reporter, Jessica Parker is strangely drawn to Liam though is she is determined to get her story, but Jessica’s also turned the head of dangerous rogue vampire and the stakes are high.

 

This exciting series debut has strong, compelling characters that easily capture the reader’s attention and the romance between Liam and Jessica is charming but quite turbulent as Liam is trying to protect his secret while protecting Jessica without giving in to their sizzling and magnetic attraction. Meanwhile, Jessica is a determined to write the next big story, despite the competition but finds herself discovering way more than she ever wanted to know. Readers can’t help but see both the hero and the heroines points of view and bite their nails in suspense wondering if they will be able to reach a happily ever after.

 

The plot gives the impression of being a little on the slow side, but it’s really pretty much non-stop suspense and it’s not in boring in any way as it keeps readers on the edge of their seat. Unexpected twists keeps the suspense building as the Liam and his brothers are discovering more and more about their selves and the supernatural world they live in while trying to protect their town from a dangerous rogue vampire. The author has created a very intriguing world with some surprising elements that make the story a bit different from others, of course this doesn’t count the sexy firefighting, wolf shifter brothers that capture the readers’ hearts in this thrilling paranormal romance.

 

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review 2019-07-28 21:38
5 Star Spark
A Spark of Light - Chris Stoneheart

 

After getting her revenge on Gavin, Kaitlin steps away from the Chattanooga supernaturals and heads to China with her daughter, Lauren. While Lauren is studying with her old teacher, Kaitlin takes on a quest to right something that is wrong and ends up on a journey of knowledge with a little help but the Monkey King. Once Kaitlin and Lauren return home, it is time to see Lauren off to college and Kaitlin must ensure that Lauren is safe from Kaitlin’s enemies.

 

This ‘Chronicles of the Light’ story is a wonderfully fascinating & varied traveling experience as well as providing readers with some powerful knowledge that could be extremely helpful in Kaitlin’s future, of course there is the chance that this could bring her under further scrutiny as well. The plot is more steady paced that the others but very enlightening, intriguing and even provides quite a few chuckles alongside all the excitement of the Monkey King joining Kaitlin on her quest.

 

Once the overseas part comes to end, there is no question that Kaitlin will see more action as the supernaturals in her life set out to see that Lauren will be safe while she is away at college. Some twists, turns and betrayals make the trip a bit more dangerous that Kaitlin was expecting and more of her abilities are revealed than she is comfortable with and readers can’t help but join right in with the heart pounding steps that Kaitlin must take to ensure that her daughter stays safe and out of enemies hands.

 

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text 2019-07-27 09:44
James May “Unpimps” a BMW 420i Coupe

On the off chance that there was ever an individual to be the absolute opposite of the expression "pimp", it's James May. The popular moderator for The Grand Tour, and once in the past of Top Gear, Mr. May is one of the car world's preferred vehicle moderator. Unequivocally for the way that he's proud for playing the old curmudgeon-type. Which is the reason his "Unpimps My Ride" recordings are so entertaining? In this most recent video, he "Unpimps" a BMW 420i.

 

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The video begins with James May in a carport with an Estoril Blue BMW 420i Coupe, a vehicle he says is one of BMW's most attractive autos in quite a while. He's not off-base, the BMW 4 Series still looks extraordinary. In any case, there are two or three issues with this particular vehicle. Right off the bat, and most clearly, is the "M4" identification on the storage compartment cover. This is an exceptionally normal and irritating practice among wannabe fanboys — putting an appropriate "M" identification on a standard vehicle. In the vehicle world, that is uncool. So James May cures this by essentially taking the "M4" identification and discarding it. Simple.

 

Besides, and in conclusion, he flips the vehicle around to demonstrate that whoever possesses the vehicle put M hued tape on three of the vertical grille braces, to reflect the M stripes in the logo. This is less intolerable than the identification on the back of the vehicle yet at the same time very uncool. So May cures that also, by essentially ripping the stripes off. Simple peasy. That is it, truly. From that point forward, the BMW 420i looks all-around great, with no irritating or youthful bits on the outside to cause it to appear as though something it's not. In common James May form, this video is very short, under two minutes including the interesting credits, and amusingly straightforward. We trust in a greater amount of these recordings later on.

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review 2019-06-14 02:20
Spark of Light
A Spark of Light - Bahni Turpin,Jodi Picoult

So, I liked this one--only not as much as I usually like/love Jodi Picoult's books.  This is in part due to the narrative structure and in part due to what felt like a barrage of twists at/near the end--including one that felt like a cheat.  Without giving away details, it has to do with a character being known by multiple names.

 

Regarding the narrative structure--I generally enjoy non-linear story-telling.  Slaughterhouse-Five and Catch-22 are my jam. I've enjoyed the reverse chronology of Pulp Fiction, Memento, and the "backwards" episode of Seinfeld.  But the reverse-chronological structure of A Spark of Light made me feel frustrated from the moment the story began to move backward.  Why?  Cliffhanger.

 

The story opens upon a women's clinic in Mississippi, where an armed gunman has created an active shooter/hostage situation that has lasted several hours.  The readers are introduced to a cast of characters, quickly learning the state various characters are in (no details, to remain spoiler-free).  The action reaches a crescendo, and it's not clear what the result of the action is.  Annnnnnd.  Readers do not get to find out what the outcome is until the epilogue.  Because the narrative goes back an hour.  Here's what was happening with all these characters an hour ago.  And an hour before that.  As a result of this structure, there is a certain amount of repetitiveness--like, "I already know this"; "I already know what this leads to."

 

Despite all that, though, I was drawn in.  The characters are complicated and their stories are not necessarily what they seem to be at first glance.  I somewhat understand Picoult's choice to use the reverse chronology, and reveal details backwards.

 

Picoult through the characters' stories explores the emotional, legal, and medical aspects of abortion, with depth and sensitivity.

 

Readers who are already inclined to enjoy Picoult's writing have a good chance of enjoying this novel.  Perhaps if you go into it knowing about the early cliffhanger that isn't resolved until the epilogue, you'll relax more than I could and enjoy it more.

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