This next book I had almost forgotten about it. Not for the lack of adventure and characters and what not. No, it was because I had read it a few times in an online critique group before 2014. And I LOVED it. The characters, the humor, the action, and a goooood story line to tie it all together.
Storm Chase by K. M. Carroll. Published at the end of 2013, I didn’t get to finally read the finished product until January. So…technically it counts as one my favorite reads this year, but that isn’t the only thing this author has released this year.
So without further ado:
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Indal, chronomancer and werewolf, has been in exile for six months, and survived everything the desert could throw at him.
Now he has to survive multi-world gangsters.
His friends, Carda and Michelle, drag him home and present him with Michelle’s corpse–sent back in time from the near future. But Indal’s efforts to check out the timeline reveals that the corpse is a killer construct, out to murder them all.
While trying to discover who sent it, Indal stumbles into a crime ring of smugglers, blind alchemists, magic-stealing elves, and breakdancing gravity mages. They want him and his friends dead.
Because plans are in motion to that will shake the entire multiverse. And only Indal and his friends can stop them.
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When she goes on the run from her assassin brotherhood with a knife that opens doors between worlds, she runs afoul of three factions: inter-world police, the other assassins, and a shrewd bounty hunter named Jacob Argent.
And he’s the only one interested in keeping her alive.
Now unwillingly allied with Jake, Revi flees across the war-torn world of Tyrona. Against a backdrop of warring factions on floating continents battling via zeppelins, robot suits, and flying monsters, she tries to survive being both pawn and prize in a cosmic chess game between two mega-chronomancers. But worst of all, she’s developing feelings for Jake–her enemy.
Jacob Argent is a lonely bounty hunter on an assignment–locate the missing person known as Revenant. But when he locates her, he must protect her from the assassins and police–and the growing attraction of his own heart.
Now Jake must work through his grief over his dead fiance, before Revi is lost to him forever. Because his actions have earned him the personal hatred of a super-mage called the Oracle, who means to kill Jake any way he can.
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In the rainy near-Earth land of Grayton, Bernard and Charlotte Preston lead separate lives. An arranged marriage has left them with plenty of money and a cold relationship. She craves social esteem–while she wishes for the love her marriage has never contained.
He is an alchemist who is desperately seeking a cure for the werewolf curse. Yet he, too, is plagued by loneliness and a wistful admiration for his distant wife.
When the werewolves attack Lyedyn City the night of the Spring Ball, Bernard and Charlotte together fall under the curse. Retaining only their sanity, they flee the wolf hunters and hide deep in the forest. Hungry and afraid, the estranged couple work together to survive … and the love they’ve never had begins to blossom.
But their new found love may be cut short by the ruthless man who controls the werewolves, and never wants a cure discovered.
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