Thursday, December 18, 2014
Guest Blog and Giveaway The Last Guardian Rises by Rebecca Trogner
Thanks for having me on your site today. It’s the Holiday season and I’m hunting for the perfect gifts.
My favorite gifts to give and receive are always books. I honestly can’t remember getting a book I didn’t like. Now, it might not have been what I would have chosen for myself, but that’s the genius of it, isn’t it. I mean we all tend to gravitate to the same types of stories, and it’s refreshing to read something different, something we wouldn’t have noticed.
Below are books I’ve read and adored and highly recommend. If you have a favorite book let me know. I’m always in search of a new favorite.
The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield. I can’t describe this any better than the jacket. “Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history.” Loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Night Film, by Marisha Pessl. I couldn't stop reading this book. It's hypnotic and chilling and more fun than I've had in a while. It involves a writer searching for an elusive director and the mysteries he discovers on his journey. For me, this is a book best read in print form so that you can see the images clearly.
Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture, by Peter Kobel. One of the most stunningly beautiful books I’ve read. It’s far more than a coffee table book and would be suitable for anyone who loves film.
The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj, by Anne de Courcy. When the British ruled India, men traveled there to –what was then an exotic land -- make their fortune. It didn’t take long for adventuress Englishwomen to follow them abroad looking for suitable husbands.
Dead End Gene Pool, by Wendy Burden. This is a quirky read written by the great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Wendy takes us along as she reminiscences about her affluent relatives, her estranged mother, and her obsession with Wendy Williams.
The Last Guardian Rises
The Last Keepers’ Daughter Series
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: November 15, 2014
Number of pages: 295
Word Count: 90,000 approx
Lily Ayres, Sanguis Ancilla to Krieger Barnes, has retreated into the shadows of the archives, hiding from the king and the intense emotions he arouses in her. How long can she deny him? Will she accept her role in the Other world and the abilities arising within her?
Krieger Barnes, Vampire King of North America, has shared his blood, his kingdom, and his heart with Lily. He summons her, needing her nearness, needing her to attend the council meeting with him.
Merlin, the king’s advisor, must fight the darkness that threatens to overtake him. Can he survive the dark magic?
Lucien Black, the wielder of the Dragon Sword, is once again charged with Lily’s protection. How will he explain his avoidance of her?
A being buried deep underground, inside a cage of iron and wrapped in chains, escapes. Is he the dark entity that the Others feel and fear?
Available at Amazon
He came back cradling what looked like a journal in his large hands. It was bound in leather with a faded black ribbon tied around the covers.
“Fell, I guess.”
Lily knew it couldn’t have fallen on its own. And why didn’t the lights come on when it moved? She took the offered book from Liam and rubbed her hand over the old leather. Someone had taken great care to keep it oiled and the leather supple as sin. For now, its contents were silent. Not all texts spoke with her – perhaps this one would later, or never would.
“Ready?” Liam opened the door and waited for her to follow.
Her mind said no, definitely not ready to see Krieger, but her heart beat faster, and she remembered his cool, calm voice, and how she loved the ambiguous color of his hypnotic bluegrey eyes. The night before Lily’s mother was discovered and she’d fatally stabbed Henry, Lily had argued with Krieger. From this vantage, Lily could see how trivial her protestations were. She’d felt he’d betrayed her, though he hadn’t, and because of her, Krieger had staunched the flow of blood through the bond they shared. Now, just a hint of warmth was flowing through her body, that feeling of being connected to him again, that tiny bit of delicious balm soothing her worries.
About the Author:
Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her second novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.
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