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April 10, 2016

Book 101: Key of Mystery by K.H. Mezek

Night Angels Chronicles 1
Young Adult Fantasy
Evernight Teen
February 20, 2016

“Be careful who you love, it just might kill you.”

When Sera’s father is killed in a horrific accident, all he leaves behind is a mysterious key. Sera places the key on a chain around her neck and vows to avenge her father. Strange characters arrive in town including the otherworldly Night Angels, who claim to be sent for her protection.

Sera falls hard for one of them—exotic, arrogant Peter. But what if his promise of love is only a ruse to gain access to the key? As Sera’s connection to the key grows, so do her supernatural powers. Guided by clues left by her father, Sera searches for the hidden chamber beneath the city, hoping to save what lies within before the sinister mayor and his deadly followers drown humanity in a bloodbath.


Is it me or is the vampire persuasion making a comeback? Lately, I've been seeing LOTS of vampire books, some are new, some old series, that my fellow bloggers are reading. I personally haven't read a solid vampire-based novel in a LONG time. And while I'm pondering on picking up a fanged romance, here's a short 101 for all of us. I love the cover and the theme is so old-school vampire fantasy. 


Seven Things You Should Know

  1. THE MYTHOS...it is absolutely true (and verifiable in a January 29, 1934, Los Angeles Times article) that there is a Hopi legend about a Lizard City built beneath Los Angeles 5000 years ago by an advanced civilization to escape a rain of fire. More than 280 tunnels exist and somewhere in that maze lies a chamber holding a tablet with the Secrets to the Origins of Life. Anyone possessing the tablet will have the power of God. In 1933, mining expert Warren G. Schufelt presented enough evidence to the LA City Council that they funded his excavation to find the tablet and other treasure. Schufelt had almost tunneled down to his destination when he inexplicably disappeared. But the search for the tablet did not end there.....

  2. THE HEROINE is Sera Patterson, a somewhat snooty eighteen-year-old who lives with her dad, mom and younger brother in the most exclusive suburb of Los Angeles, Oak Haven. Sera's world comes crashing down when her dad is killed in a horrific accident in those very same tunnels beneath Los Angeles while working on the new underground transportation system. Her family is plunged into poverty, she loses all her stuck-up friends, and she is forced to reevaluate what really matters in life. All Sera's dad leaves behind is a mysterious key. Sera places the key on a chain around her neck and vows to find out what really happened to her dad.

  3. THE HERO is Peter Hergovich, an exotic and enigmatic character who shows up in town with his otherworldly friends, calling themselves the Night Angels and claiming to be sent for Sera's protection. Sera falls hard for one Peter. But does he love her in return, as he claims, or is it just a front in order to possess the key?

  4. THE VILLAIN is the sinister Fabian Gore, a wealthy real estate tycoon who is funding the underground transportation system. I cannot tell you who Gore really is, that would spoil the fun of reading about him, but he is Sera's nemesis and he is determined to take the key and find the tablet.

  5. THE CHALLENGE: Sera must find the door that the key unlocks and protect the Secrets to the Origins of Life from those who want to possess it. The longer Sera wears the key around her neck, the greater her own power grows. Will she be able to resist the desire to possess the tablet herself? Will she be willing to do what she needs to do, even if it means giving up Peter, the man she loves 

  6. THE MYSTERY: someone or something is channeling power to the Queen and her Ancient Ones--vampires who have been subdued and are kept in vaults beneath churches all over the world, with stakes through their hearts. Sera must discover and stop whoever is awakening the dead. If she doesn't do this in time, the world will be plunged into a bloodbath or untold proportions.

  7. Night Angels Chronicles has six books: Key of Mystery; Book of Angels; Cave of Secrets; Sword of Death; Throne of Desire; Door of Destiny. The reader is taken on an epic
    journey from the suburbs of LA, to the underground Lizard City, to the Sinai Desert, to a castle in Slovenia, to a village in Mexico and beyond. There are demons and angels, vampires, zombies, gangs and magical masks, and mysterious boxes, and of course, THE KEY. There is a history that goes back to the first vampire Pharaoh and Queen. In the 17th century, humans became adept at killing vampires and they had to adapt. They began to call themselves denizens, made a pact with the angels, and gave up their base nature. But certain of the Ancient Ones refused to change, and they were captured and imprisoned. 


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My name is Karen Hunt, aka KH Mezek. My YA Urban Fantasy novel, Key of Mystery, #1 in the NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES, was published in February 2016 with Evernight Teen. Hurray!

I have nineteen children's books published, most of which I also illustrated. I am the co-founder of InsideOUT Writers, a creative writing program for incarcerated youth, and the founder of My World Project, connecting children in remote areas around the world. So far, we have connected kids in Amazonian Ecuador, the Sahara Desert in Morocco and the Hoopa Reservation in Northern California. 

My essay Reflections from Istanbul, an excerpt from my childhood memoir INTO THE WORLD, won the 2015 New Millennium Writings Nonfiction Award. My essay Why I Choose to Remember My 50th Blood-Bath of a Birthday Instead of Trying to Forget It was an editor's pick in the 2015 Pooled Ink journal. 

I've lived in England, France, Switzerland and Slovenia. I love nothing more than hopping on a plane and going someplace far away from Los Angeles. One of my favorites is Istanbul! If I'm not traveling to exotic locales and having adventures, you can find me teaching boxing, kick-boxing and self-defense in a boxing gym. I am a second-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and have trained extensively in Eskrima and Okinawan weapons and boxing and kickboxing.

52 comments:

  1. This book sounds really good. I like the concept behind this one.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    2. I'm trying to write a reply here and I am having some trouble, but anyway, I will try again. I am in Bolivia and maybe that makes it more difficult, I don't know. Yes, it is old school! I'm glad you picked up on that! I have done quite a bit of research and it is based on historical fact. Every Ancient One (vampire) and denizen, (modern vampire) has a history.

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  2. I haven't read a vampire book in quite a while, either. There was a time when they were all I read about, lol. Did you ever get to read Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules? That one is pretty dark- vampires and dystopia!

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    1. Not yet but I've been meaning to. I have to read the reviews, skim if there's some annoying YA romance in it. BUt I like dark tones.

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  3. It looks quite intriguing and different I confess so I'm curious! thanks for the discovery

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    1. You're welcome, thanks for checking it out :)

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    2. Yes, thank you for your interest. I hope you enjoy the series. There are six in all and I am on the third one, so it will take you on quite a fascinating journey!

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  4. At first I thought I wouldn't be all that interested in this, but that quickly changed after reading the post. Especially the first point!

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    1. I wish I included all the graphics she sent, it made the post too big, but that newsprint will suffice. :D

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    2. That first point is what drew me in and set my imagination spinning! I have done quite a bit of research and everything is based on historical facts. Each book in the six book series (I have my work cut out for me, I am almost finished writing book three!) takes you deeper...

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  5. It's been a while since I've read a vampire book. I used to love them and couldn't get enough. I haven't noticed that they are making a comeback but if they are, I'm excited.
    I love the sound of the mythology in this one especially and the characters too. I'll look it up!
    Great review!

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    1. Same with me. I've been reading vampires since I was 13 up until 3 years ago? I needed a break! But I think they're making a comeback, stubborn undead! lol

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    2. Thank you! I am a traditionalist when it comes to vampires. I don't think this series will disappoint you. It is all based on historical facts, too--I'm pretty obssessive about the research!

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  6. It's been a few years since I read a vampire book, as well. I actually felt like I overdosed because there were so many of them, and they ironically are all still on my bookcase. However, your review makes this book sound really interesting, and I totally love the cover. Hugs...

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    1. I think tat's the case for a lot of us. There was a time where it's just darn vampires everywhere from books to TV. Even the drinks became vampire inspired.

      Thanks, Ro, I missed you!

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    2. Thank you and I hope you enjoy it! And thanks Braine for letting me share my passion for the Night Angels!

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  7. Wow I love this premise what an interesting storyline. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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    1. You're welcome, maybe she'll make it to your blog too :)

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    2. Thank you, Debbie! This is really exciting for me to have all this positive feedback. I have been living with these characters for a while and I love them so much--and I will live with them for quite a while longer, I hope, since there are six books in the series. I am on book three, writing in Bolivia for inspiration!

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  8. I haven't read a good vampire (or shifter or UF for that matter) in a loooong time. I think I needed a break but I hope this new resurgence brings a new spin and revives the genre.


    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I hope so too. I feel like we've seen every "recipe" there is.

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    2. Hi, thanks for the feedback. It was daunting to write about vampires. But I love them and I am a traditionalist, but also, these books have a very different spin to them. I have done quite a bit of historical research and continue to do so. So I hope this brings new life to the undead, so to speak!

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  9. A mystery and a fantasy. Sounds great!

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    1. YES, you got it exactly! There are some gruesome murders happening in Oak Haven along with all the other problems that Sera is facing. And it all just keeps getting darker and deeper as the series continues. I hope you enjoy it!

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  10. I need me a good vampire book right about now. This looks really interesting.

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    1. Go for it! She's looking for reviewers :)

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    2. Thank you! I am living this series, finished Book of Angels and now am writing Cave of Secrets, from Bolivia! In Book of Angels you will discover what has happened to the Ancient Ones, and the horrifying truth that Sera begins to suspect about them. I hope you will become a fan of the series!

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  11. Vampires making a comeback? Did they ever really go away? Not for me at least. I do love a good vampire book.

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    1. She's looking for reviewers :)

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    2. Exactly right! Vampires have never gone away for me and I wanted to write a series that was true to the traditional heart of who they are. So, here I am in Bolivia, working on the third book in the series, Cave of Secrets, after having finished the second one, Book of Angels, in the Sahara Desert! I hope you will become a fan of the NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES!

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  12. The cover is eye catching. I havent' read a good vampire book in a long time, I avoided them for awhile after the over saturation. I like the sound of the Egyptian tie in with this one.

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    1. The Egyptian background reminds me of Anne Rice's vamps.

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    2. I LOVE THE COVER!!!! Shout out to Jay Aheer, the amazing artist who captured my vision exactly. Not only is there Egyptian background, but Ottoman as well. There is quite a bit of historical fact mixed in with the series. I wrote part of Key of Mystery in Istanbul, and finished the second book, Book of Angels, in the Sahara Desert, and I am finishing the third one, Cave of Secrets, from Bolivia! I hope you enjoy the series!

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    2. Thank you!!! I hope you will enjoy the series. I have finished #2, Book of Angels, while in the Sahara Desert, and am working on #3 Cave of Secrets, in Bolivia. I believe in living my research!

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  14. Are they coming back? They have sure been gone a while

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    1. They're the undead remember? they always come back :D

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    2. Haha! Yes, the undead can never completely disappear. They have always been alive and well for me. At least in my imagination, and now, I feel so fortunate to be able to make my various creatures live on paper!

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  15. This sounds really good. I still enjoy vampire books some are oldies I am just getting to and others are current. I haven't OD on a genre since my HF binge..lol

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    1. Thank you! This series goes back to what vampires are all about--the good old fashioned ones, with lots of historical facts mixed in. But my main character, Sera, is a very modern day hero and so I think the mix of old and new makes the NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES a bit unique. I hope you enjoy it!

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  16. Hello to Everyone! Thanks for all the great comments. I've finished the second book in the series, BOOK OF ANGELS, and I am in Sucre, Bolivia (having adventures), working on the third book, CAVE OF SECRETS. There are six books in all and each one takes you deeper! I am completely immersed in this world and loving it (by the sixth book, I just might be believing it's all true!). And I hope you will love it, too. xoxo! from Karen Hunt aka KH Mezek

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  17. Oh I love the history. There's something about it that makes it even more horrific.

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    1. Yes, I am immersed in the historical aspect. It gives my story a colorful and firm foundation and the characters have a depth that I can draw on throughout the series. Thanks for the comment!

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  18. I love me some vampires! *ha* And this series has my curiosity piqued with its basis on fact. It's going on my tbr. Thanks for putting it on my radar, Braine!

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    1. The historical aspect is something that really fascinated me so I'm glad that others find it fascinating too! Thanks!

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