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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Trish Marie Dawson- I Hope You Find Me 


 Life for Riley ends when her young children die in her arms…victims of a global viral outbreak that claims the lives of everyone she’s ever known. Left to fend for herself with only a dog as her companion, she sets out on a journey to find others, leaving notes everywhere she goes…hoping that one day someone will come looking for her. When Riley meets the handsome yet mysterious Connor on the streets of Downtown San Diego, they form a bond unlike either has experienced before. When the things that go bump in the night turn out to be more than nightmares, the trio sets off for the mountains in search of an isolated resort where they can hunker down, away from the ominous shadows of the dead city streets. The peace and tranquility of the woods isn’t enough to keep the darkness away for long though and soon Riley and Connor are forced to accept that the World and the few people left alive in it will never be the same. The shadows of their past may haunt them forever…threatening to destroy what little dreams they have left of a future unless they fight to stay in the light and never lose their hope.

Family and Friends: The dog and I have left to find my Mom. Most of you know where her place is, the corner of 9th and F. I’ll leave a note there before I move on. Everyone here is…gone. I can’t stay. I’m not sure when or if I will come back here but leave a message anyway.
I hope you find me. – Riley

My review:

A different kind of zombie tale is found in I hope you find me.  A plague has overtaken humanity and this is the story of a few that were immune to the virus that killed the majority of the world. We find Riley as she sits amidst the smoke of what is left of her family.  It is a very sad moment in her life and we get the honor of being there with her. When she finally leaves her home, she writes a note for anyone who may be looking for her. She has no clear plan but each place she stops at she writes a message of where she will be going to next.  Soon after she leaves home she meets Connor, when he saves her and her dog from drowning. They both realize not long after that they are not alone. What they feel they brush off as ghosts but perhaps they are so much more.

The zombie genre is not something that would among my normal reading material but this was so different from what I expected.  I don’t want to give any spoilers but I will say that I was riveted by the story that kept me awake reading until the sun came up this morning. The character development is wonderful and the cast of characters has it all from the frisky puppy to the pampered princess and of course the ever popular villain. It was a great book and I cannot wait until I get my hands on the sequel. 

About the author:

Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She's been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King's 'The Stand'. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book 'I Hope You Find Me' in December of 2011. When Trish isn't writing, she's homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey...who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

Book 2 of The Station Series (Dying To Remember) is due for release on 12/12/12.

Book 2 of The Find Me Series (Lost & Found) is also currently underway and due out in early 2013.

'Hawke & the Beast' - part of the 'Once Upon A Twisted Time' Anthology.

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5 out of 5 stars
Lindsay Avalon- Breaking the Nexus


Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

*** Warning this book contains two graphic sex scenes featuring a sexy detective ***

My review:
In this adventure to different realms we find Sha a very gifted magical creature. You know the kind you do not want to meet in an alley when she is angry at you, well except that she meets not only her mate but the character that plays opposite of her throughout the  book, in an alley.  I guess it could have been worse right she could have been mad at him, thankfully she was merely unconscious. 
The story goes that there is a new serial killer that seems to be killing ritualistically. The person that meets Sha in the alley is the investigating officer by the name of Detective Connor Flynn of the Denver police department. The two of them will spend the remainder of the book trying to understand how exactly she got there, why there are creatures from her realm in the human realm and how they can stop the villain from destroying the nexus and causing catastrophe to take over both realms.
I liked this book a lot. I found the characters interesting and the plot exciting. I would have liked it to be longer but other than that the book took me through the story in such a way that I easily felt the emotions that inhabited the main characters. The romantic element was pretty hot as well.
I am giving this a 4 out of 5 rating simply because I believe this book had the potential to be a lot longer. 

About the author:

I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had "nothing" to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, "Breaking the Nexus", started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I'm not writing, I've found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don't want.


Lindsay Avalon said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review! It did have the potential to be longer, unfortunately I had major issues with my hands and had to work with what I could manage :) The next book, Waking the Phoenix, is planned to be longer though!