Release Day Celebration: Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins with Giveaway

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Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins

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Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.

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Clanless (Nameless #2)
by Jennifer Jenkins
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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“I am Talon and this is my twin sister, Raca. We are traveling home to the Raven after a long journey south.”

Zo wondered if they came from the Allied Camp but didn’t want to reveal too much about her knowledge of Commander Laden and the Allies. Enemies of the cause would kill for that kind of information—especially the Ram.

The Raven girl called Raca hitched up her pack and smiled. “We usually avoid smoking fires, but I made Talon stop when I saw your group. It isn’t every day you find other women outside of the protection of a clan.”

Talon took another step forward. “We mostly just wanted to make sure you were all right.”

Zo looked to Eva, who shook her head from right to left. “No,” she mouthed, while keeping a firm hold on both of her knives. Joshua was more relaxed, looking to Zo for his cue to attack. His confidence in her was terrifying. No matter their talks of assets and liabilities; in that moment it was clear that they all saw her as their leader.

A poor decision.

Zo had no other choice but to follow her gut instinct. If these people were Raven then they needed to know about the Ram’s plans to attack their clan. “You are welcome at our fire.”

Talon and Raca relaxed and walked over to their circle.

“Tell me,” said Talon in his slow-paced Raven accent, “how do two young women, a boy, and a child find themselves outside of clan protection only a day’s journey from Ram’s Gate?”

Eva waved her knife in front of Talon’s nose. “This is our fire, Bird. You have no business asking questions.”

At hearing Eva’s harsh Ram words, Talon immediately drew his own blade, with Raca and Joshua following suit.

Zo’s hands shot out to calm the circle. “Enough. Eva, put that away. Joshua.”

One by one, the circle rested their weapons in their laps, though none went so far as to sheath them. “You’re a Ram,” said Raca to Eva. “I’ve never met a Ram woman before. For some reason, I always imagined they grew beards and had thighs the size of tree trunks. You’re actually kind of pretty.”

“A compliment? Charming.” Eva twisted the knife in her hand.

Joshua snorted, and the dying coals of the fire crackled.

Talon studied Zo. “We don’t mean to be rude, Ram. It’s not every day you see a pair of Ram and a pair of Wolves enjoying the same fire.”

Joshua said, “How did you know that Zo was a—”

“Wolf?” finished Talon. “Well, look at her. Long neck, elegant lines, the feminine curve of her jaw. It’s easy to spot.”

“You can stop staring,” said Joshua in a hard tone at odds with his usual affable nature. “She is not yours to look at.”

 

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

 

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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

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Jennifer Jenkins

 

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

Visit her online at jajenkins.com


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Review: Head Above Water (Gemini Book 2 : A Black Dog Series) by Hailey Edwards

Head Above Water (Gemini Book 2 : A Black Dog Series) by Hailey Edwards

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5 stars

When Camille Ellis is put on administrative leave from her job at as a Specialist with the Conclave – an agency that polices all things supernatural – she feels like she’s been left as a shell of her former self.  The one that did her job and didn’t get involved in other’s issues or feelings – the one she was before she met Graeson Cord, a warg (wolf shape-shifter) who’s sister was killed in an ongoing case that Camille or Cam for short, has been working on since the killer first started his spree.  Given how deeply she dove into the case, while Cam didn’t feel an instant connection to Graeson, he certainly gravitated toward her as he knew she had more information that she was giving up upon death of his sister.  So when Cam and Graeson (or Cord as she calls him) want to continue the investigation without the Conclave resources (Cam as she wants to find her friend that was taken and Cord so he can seek the blood of the one responsible for his sister’s untimely demise), the only way that Cord’s pack will even consider accepting her is by claiming that she is his mate.

Cam’s gypsy-like family joins her near Cord’s pack, as she doesn’t feel right when she’s away from them for too long.  And while the investigation starts out slowly, with the help of Cam’s cousin Isaac and Cord’s pack-mate Dell, they slowly but surely begin learning just how depraved and twisted Charybdis (the mysterious serial killer) truly is.  Given that and the reception Cord’s pack is giving Cam and her family, it makes every day a fight for the two – whether it’s one for information or belonging, the “mates” have their work cut out for them.  So when something happens that cracks the case wide open for Cam, the only question is does she want Cord and the help he can provide just for the sake of an extra set of helping hands, or does Cam want him around for some seemingly wrong reasons too?

Loved!  The story was fast paced and action packed from the beginning – I couldn’t put the book down as I was always wondering “what’s going to happen next?!?”!  Cam is a kick-butt chick and Cord a moody, yet smart, resourceful, and HOT guy to start, so adding in their families (or pack in Cord’s case) was such a great way to really get inside who they both are even more.  I am literally salivating waiting on the next book (even if it is only a few months out).  Cam and Cord make the ultimate power couple – I just hope they realize that too!

Trial by Fire (Going Down in Flames, Book 3) by Chris Cannon

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Dead in the Water (Gemini : A Black Dog Series) by Hailey Edwards

Dead in the Water (Gemini : A Black Dog Series) by Hailey Edwards

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Loved the new characters – Agent Camille Ellis (a fae with the curious talent of touching the dead and seeing what killed them, among other talents…), Cord Greason (a beta warg, or wolf shifter), and Harlow (the would-be mermaid).  This time they are all scrabbling to ward off a new killer – only know through his magical signature that Cam can sense by touching his victims, as Charbdis.  His brutal and calculated kills of young “magical” victims becomes the personal mission of the new trio’s to find and stop him.  I was so glad we still got to see Thierry and Shaw throughout the story, while still keeping Cam and her mission as the focus.  I really enjoyed the story and given the little “hill-hanger” (not quite a cliff-hanger) ending, I think that things are going to be getting a lot more interesting for Cam in the next book!

Infinity: A Paranormal Romance (Valkyries: Soaring Raven Book 1) by Sedona Venez

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Infinity: A Paranormal Romance (Valkyries: Soaring Raven Book 1) by Sedona Venez

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

 3 stars!

 As if being a superstar bad girl isn’t enough, 22 year old Infinity has recently started having bizarre dreams of a strange woman, who is giving advice and telling her things that will happen in the future.  Seeing as she just got out of the hospital from a Rejuvenator overdose – a drug that helps take the strange dreams away and let her feel just a little bit normal, the last thing Infinity needs is her adopted mom Kara’s cryptic ramblings about shape-shifters and vampires again.  But the night before a huge concert that she has been stressing about for weeks (thus the drug over-dose), Infinity is at her adopted brother Mason’s club for a post-show party when the weird and reality take a serious head-on crash into her life.

 Now Infinity is faced with who her adopted mother really is, the possibility that she has the potential for great darkness, or she may just be the savior the Others – the shape-shifters, vampires, and Immortals – have been waiting for.  When two men step up to “claim” her as their own, as their True Mate – Alik, the head of one of the vampire clans and Boulder, the head of one of the wolf-shifter families – Infinity is fed up with feeling like the never ending pawn in an age old battle.  But when another Other family steps up to claim her, this one a little closer to her family, she realizes that this life is coming for her – like it or not.

 I found the story interesting, but the plot and characters to fall a little flat for me.  Infinity is 22 – not some pre-teen, which is how she very often acts.  But then in other situations, she acts well beyond her years and very mature (which honestly is not often).  She is so reliant on others that it makes her seem weak and not able to handle things.  Enter then leading men – sometimes they act like they are straight out a harlequin romance novel (“You are MINE baby”…yuck!).  The plot progression was a little stuttered as well, sometimes it followed along at a good clip, but other times (most times, sadly), it fell flat and left me as a reader feeling confused as to how something just happened, as there wasn’t enough plot building.  Overall, okay – just not amazing.

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Going Down in Flames (A Going Down in Flames Novel) by Chris Cannon

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Going Down in Flames (A Going Down in Flames Novel) by Chris Cannon

**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

Being a high school student is hard enough, but for 16 year old Bryn McKenna, she just found out that she is also a dragon – and not just any dragon, but a one of a kind hybrid of the red and blue dragons…which by the dragon community’s standards, she is known as an abomination a they are not supposed to marry or mate outside of their own clans.

Enter Zavien, as dragon from the black clan (one of the more neutral clans) who wants to help Bryn as she is hauled off to the mandatory “Institute” where all young dragons are supposed to attend and learn how to be the best they can be in their clans.  But there are many of the clans that do not agree that she should be there, let alone alive.  Can Bryn get through the Institute alive and show the other dragons that she won’t give up without a fight?  And is Zaiven to be trusted, or is he just there to destroy her like the others in the clans?  For Bryn, she has to wade into the dangerous water of attraction for Zaiven, and the distaste of the dragons as a whole…so far, turning 16 is not all it’s cracked up to be!

I LOVED this created and well thought out plot!  And Bryn is a tough little thing and she is willing to fight anyone who threatens her or anyone she cares about!  I was very fascinated by the premise of the book and was extremely impressed how the book played out.  The path that Bryn is taken down in such a short time is a crazy one – but I love that with some newly acquired friends (and one adorable…no, hot young black dragon in particular) by her side, she learns that she is up for big things, as long as she remembers to keep forging her own path!  This is an amazing debut novel for Ms. Cannon – I foresee great things in store from her!!