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June 18, 2014

Year 3.3: Darkness Bound by J.T. Geissinger + Giveaway

Darkness Bound
Night Prowler 5
J.T. Geissinger
Urban Fantasy
Montlake Romance
June 24, 2014
Tough, smart, and seriously ambitious, reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati—and has become determined to destroy them. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back. They plot to send one of their own to seduce the reporter, then blackmail her into writing a retraction.

Women practically fall at the feet of hulking, handsome Hawk Luna, and Hawk relishes the idea of conquering and destroying the fiery redhead who’s caused so much trouble for his kind. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony, but the two lovers are soon embroiled in deadly colony politics and threatened by a looming global species war.

As the danger around them grows closer, Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies—or cost them both their lives.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
This exclusive excerpt takes place at approximately the 80% mark of the book. It hints at what's in store for book 6, INTO DARKNESS, the final book in the series.

A small figure approached the barren hill where the funeral pyre still smoked. Robed in black, she turned to face the gathering, her long, pale hair held back from her face with a pair of matching gold combs. She was slight and somber in the gray light, a wisp of a thing, a changeling of great power and ancient magic disguised as a mortal woman.
Into the waiting silence, the woman raised her voice and said, “Im ana simtim alaku, mala sihirtu.”
Gasps and shocked whispers rippled through the crowd. Jenna, the Diamond Queen, half human, raised as an outsider in the human world, had just spoken in the Old Language.
A language no one outside this colony knew. Had ever known, for thousands upon thousands of years.
What she’d said was: “He goes to his fate, as must we all.”
In English, the Queen continued.
“This day is a dark one. The man who passes from this world to the next was a friend to me once. I’ve come to believe that our friendship was doomed not because of hatred or ignorance, but because the rules of our world were set up so long ago, in such a different time, that they do nothing but strangle us today. If we continue to abide by the old ways, we guarantee our extinction, whether by friend or foe. Everything must evolve to survive. I’ve lost too many people because of our outdated ways. I refuse to lose another one.”
She paused, looking into the crowd.
“You’re my family, not my subjects. You’re not beholden to me. Your lives are your own. From this moment on, you’re free to live your lives any way you see fit. You’re free to leave this colony if you choose. If you do so, you won’t be punished or chased. But you will be on your own. And from what I know of the world, you won’t be welcome. Not yet.”
A crushing silence followed this declaration, a hush of such weight it seemed to affect gravity. Deepening it, so that Hawk felt himself sink down further into the ground beneath his feet.
“I say this not as a threat, but as a call to arms. If you decide to stay, as I dearly hope you will, you’ll be faced with a test. A dire one, and immediate. Our enemies know where we are, and they’re ready to strike. War is coming. Soon. Anyone who chooses to stay must be willing to fight. There’s no guarantee we’ll win, but if we don’t fight, we’re guaranteed to perish. So I’ll leave it to you. I’ll fight until I’m dead to defend my home and my people. With you or without you, I’ll fight. But with all the gods, old and new, as my witness, I pray it’s with you.”
Jenna’s voice broke. “Because you are what I fight for. What I live for. What I would gladly die for. Every single one of you.”
A beat of silence.
A breath of wind.
A lone bird call in the trees.
Then the sound of a thousand voices rising as one, a scream of support and euphoria.
A rallying cry.
As if in a dream, Hawk looked around at all the faces. The open mouths, the raised arms, the expressions of elated astonishment. People jumped and hugged and shouted in glee as if they hadn’t just been told their lives were in danger, and they might all soon be dead.
Hawk knew why there was such an outpouring of happiness. The danger didn’t matter. Not compared to what they’d just been given, something not a single soul present had ever had in their lives:
Freedom.
Marveling, Hawk looked back at the Queen. In one fell swoop, she'd crushed thousands of years of draconian Law, and gained the loyalty and love of an entire army of supernatural beasts.
They would stay. Judging by the roar that had overtaken the crowd, every one of them would stay. A single word rose above the noise, a word repeated with growing volume until it was deafening, shaking the foundations of the earth.
Ta-hu! Ta-hu! Ta-hu!”
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Hawk raised his arms overhead, opened his mouth, and lent his own voice to the multitude.


I just read book 1, Shadow's Edge, and I promise it's a great read! The prose! Read the excerpt if you want a taste of how J.T. writes her scenes. 
It's sensual and exotic as what's expected about feline shifters
The mythology and cosmology is NEW!
But I want to binge a little before I go all out on the review. For now, read the NIGHT PROWLER Series 101 that I did with J.T. a few months back so you get acquainted with the books some more.


J.T. Geissinger’s debut novel, Shadow’s Edge, was published in 2012 and was a #1 Amazon international bestseller in both the fantasy romance and romance series categories, and won the PRISM award for Published Authors for Best First Book. She was a finalist for the prestigious RITA® award from the Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance for her second book in the Night Prowler series, Edge of Oblivion. A self-professed “book addict,” Geissinger currently lives in Los Angeles with her family, and is at work on her next novel. Edge of Darkness is preceeded by Rapture’s Edge, and will be followed by Darkness Bound in Spring 2014. There are six books total planned for this bestselling series.


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Urban fantasy fans, this bundle is perfect for you! Not only do you get to pick two books off NIGHT PROWLER series, you also get R.M. Ridley's TOMORROW WENDELL!

Also if you're in the US, don't forget to enter the print giveaway. Lots of books to giveaway so the odds are very much in your favor. Make sure you enter!







26 comments:

  1. I haven't read this yet, but I'm very intrigued by it. It's on my TBR list for this year.

    Damaris

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    1. Damaris, it is so awesome! I read the first book, it's so decadent!

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  2. Made me think of the Salem witch trials. I like stories where a female is the main character and Jack sounds like quite the character. Makes me wonder if I will like her or not, but I have a feeling she is in for a rude awakening.

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    1. Hmm, now that you've mentioned it, it does!

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  3. I love well drawn backdrops and worldbuilding so this idea of the cat shifters in the jungle sounds good. I was unfamiliar with the series, but I'd definitely be willing to give it a go.

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    1. You will love how it's written and the fantasy aspect is awesome!

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  4. I stopped after book 3 but I know one day (maybe) I'll have to go back to the series, it was a nice one.

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  5. I love this series!! I can't wait for this book to come out!!!

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  6. I love this series!! I can't wait for this book to come out!!!

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  7. I have heard great things about this series, but haven't read it yet. I need longer days to read everything I want to read.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. You have me wanting to binge on this series, Braine...when you said "The prose!" I perked up! You know how I love beautiful words. :)

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    1. Well you will love her writing, it's literary!

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  9. Interesting excerpt, I remember seeing one of the covers around a while ago and really liking it :D Can't wait to read impressions after the binging xD

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  10. JT Geisingger is easily one of my very favorite authors. Her writing style is smooth, lovely, grammatically correct (which is extremely important to me), and draws the reader into the story from the first paragraph.

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    1. Amen to that sister. She put a lot of thought not just in her story but her choice of words too. Made a lot of difference

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  11. That excerpt definitely has me curious!

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    1. Me too, I just started this series and I'm anxious to get up to date!

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  12. I read it even if I have not read previous books, I will forget the excerpt anyway after a few weeks

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  13. Just bought the first book!

    Damaris

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  14. I haven't read any of this series. I do like shifter reads. Great excerpt! I like an excerpt that makes me want to know more. Glad you are enjoying.

    Love your Blogversary it just keeps going. Jam packed :D

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  15. I have just found an awesome series to add to my TBR list!

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