Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Book Spotlight for Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Fans of the paranormal will find this just-released series starter an exciting ride.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett, along with my impressions of it, and learn a bit about the author too.  Make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a print copy of this book as well as three e-copies of it.


-What is for you the perfect book hero?
My perfect book hero is someone you can relate to. Someone who goes above and beyond to help others but is not all that extra ordinary. I want to feel like I can be that person.
-Does music play any type of role in your writing?
Music is HUGE. I tend to assign a song to every scene. Music makes you feel something and I want my book to make my readers feel something as well. Music for specific scenes allows me to strive to draw that emotion into the scene.
-Will you write more about these characters?
Yes. I have four books planned so far for this particular series.
-Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.
I crochet. I feel like it is a grandmotherly habit but I learned when I was young and recently finished a baby blanket for my niece.

It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.
Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.
When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.


The light began to fade from his eyes as I crawled across the floor in an effort to reach my father. My nails were raw and bloody as I struggled to carry myself closer to him, digging into the rough wooden floors with each drag of my body.
“I’m coming,” I panted in between breaths. “Just hang on, Papa, I’m coming.”
I woke gasping for breath, drenched in a cold sweat, clutching the hilt of my dagger as if my life depended on it. I frantically looked around the room in search of our attacker while also taking stock of any injuries. I was perfectly whole.
“It was just a nightmare,” I told myself, though that did little to ease the ache in my chest over the remembered pain. I miss you so much.
Rubbing my hands over my face, I pushed back the wet, loose tendrils of hair that had escaped my braid during my fitful rest and returned my dagger to its resting place beneath my pillow. Taking another deep breath I registered a hint of smoke.
My eyes roamed over the room, frantically looking for the source of fire.
“You have got to be kidding me!”
I untangled my body from the sheets, tripping and falling into a heap on the floor before I was able to crawl out of my covers and retrieve an old shirt. I frenziedly swatted at the bedroom curtains with the old t-shirt but the flames continued to rise. Deciding there was no other choice, I ripped the curtains from the window and rushed to the kitchen.
Throwing the curtains into the sink and turning the faucet on all the way, I watched as the flames were snuffed and steam began to rise. The curtains ruined.
Turning the water off, I allowed my body to slide down the smooth wooden cabinets until my bottom met the cool tile floor. I folded my arms across my knees and rested my forehead against them. Closing my eyes I took several deep breaths, my heart still racing from the effects of the recurring nightmare. This was getting out of hand. I had thought the nightmares were fading, but something was bringing the memories back with a screaming vengeance and this was the third time this week they’d plagued me. I missed my parents but it’d been over six years now. They weren’t coming back and I needed to let it go. My subconscious needed to let it go and I needed to let Daniel’s death go. Not the case, no, I wouldn’t let that go. But his death was affecting me in ways I couldn’t allow to continue.
I breathed deeply in an effort to calm my nerves. Small tremors racked my body, the nightmare had shaken me more that I’d like to admit. My skin was covered in a fine sheen of sweat. A physical reminder that I needed to relax before I accidentally caught something else on fire.





As the first book in a new paranormal series the groundwork is laid for what promises to be an action-packed, fast-paced series of books with a world on the verge of war propelled by lots of secrets and a strong-willed heroine.  Though the themes are nothing new first-time author Ms. Annett breathes some life into it with her compelling and spunky heroine.  By the end of the book, with its big revelation, readers will definitely want more.

Six years after paranormal creatures came out in "The Awakening" the uneasy truce between the two most powerful factions headed by a vampire and the other full of shifters looks ever closer to unraveling.  With the discovery of a murdered seven year old it's up to Aria and her fellow mercenaries at Sanborn Place to solve the case and keep the peace.  It won't be easy though in a story full of secrets, surprising twists and turns, and a growing number of humans fed up living next door to such dangerous creatures.

Aria is an intriguing woman with secrets of her own. She's psychokinetic and can make fire which only two people know about.  Being an orphan has left her untrusting of others with the knowledge that you can only count on yourself.  She's not quick to open her heart either which means there's not much romance in this story.  There's a growing connection between her and a shifter she works with, James, but it's only a bit of flirtation barely hinted at.  She's a kick butt heroine who tells it like it is though and I thoroughly enjoyed her.

Along with a compelling main character is a large cast of secondary characters with not one who really stood out for me.  I enjoyed James but more for the possibilities he represents as I want to see how Aria would handle a boyfriend.  Ms. Annett did a wonderful job with the world-building, setting a tone of impending doom amongst the factions which are vividly detailed.  She nicely blended the action and suspense to keep you fully immersed in the story and threw in intriguing twists to keep you coming back for more.  Overall, it's a good series starter that has me excited for what this new author can do in the future.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

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