Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Tour: Review - Kissed by Fire

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The Highly Anticipated Sequel to Cursed by Fire is HERE

We are thrilled to announce the release of Kissed by Fire by Danielle Annett, an action packed Urban Fantasy novel that will leave you wanting more with the turn of every page!
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Title: Kissed by Fire
Author: Danielle Annett 
Series: Blood & Magic #2 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Release Date: September 15, 2015 

 As Friend of the Pack, Aria Naveed should be untouchable, protected by the most influential group in the Pacific Northwest. But someone is unleashing rogue vampires to hunt her down, and she is determined to find out why. When Aria gains command of Sanborn Place and takes on a case involving a mysterious paranormal, her life is put in more peril than ever as she finds herself bound to an influential power player. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s puppet, but must tread carefully as she traverses the streets of Spokane, WA, or risk being overwhelmed by the forces moving against her. As the only known pyrokinetic in the area, Aria is in high demand, but not for her services. It seems that to those in power, she’s worth more dead than alive, and if a mysterious enemy has their way, she won’t live long enough to find out why.

Fire called to me, tempting me to bring it forth, to destroy my foe in one quick and easy strike. It would be too easy. There was something very wrong about this, about a newly made vampire walking the streets of downtown Spokane as if he were on a leisurely stroll. The change had to have been recent. Blood soaked his light-blue shirt, leaving a large stain over his chest and the left side of his body. If I’d had to guess, he’d been changed within the last few hours. His skin hadn’t turned the pale milky white associated with the undead yet. Before I could think further, he struck. In a split second, his once jerky movements morphed into a flash of speed as he launched himself at me. I twisted out of the way but was too slow to avoid his second strike. He grabbed me by the back of the neck, flinging me across the road like a rag doll. My body collided with a parking meter, the near frozen metal splitting my cheek and knocking the air from my lungs. I exhaled a vicious curse before drawing my twin daggers from the thigh sheath beneath my dress and jumping to my feet. My dress rode up, but I couldn’t have cared less at the moment. I was just grateful that despite the dress, I’d managed to wear the blades. Warm blood seeped from my cheek and my ribs ached with my movements. He charged again, and this time I was ready. I allowed my attacker to get close, his hands brushing my shoulders right before I sank my first blade into the soft flesh of his stomach. My second pierced his chest, but I missed the heart. With my blades still imbedded, he squeezed my shoulder, the pain explosive. I heard a distinct pop before my left arm went limp. Shit! My brain took a backseat as adrenaline flowed through my muscles. I kicked out with my left foot, the heel in my shoe sinking into his calf. His leg buckled under the assault and I pulled free, losing my heel in the process but retaining one of my blades. The other remained in his chest. My left arm hung loose at my side. My right lifted and was ready with my dagger, dark-red blood dripping from its point. His eyes glowed an even deeper red, fangs descending farther to cover his bottom lip. You might as well put those back, mister. You won’t be making a meal out of me. Hot blood surged through my veins. I hastily kicked off my remaining heel, ignoring the discomfort of the snow and gravel beneath my feet. I needed to move faster. When he struck again, I threw myself to the left, my right arm coming up and slashing his throat in a swift motion. A gurgling sound emanated from his throat, but I knew it wouldn’t last. He would begin healing almost immediately. Damn vampire. I needed to disable him somehow without killing him. My fire was calling to me and I shoved it down with everything I had. I could not light him on fire. I was determined to find out who had turned him and why he’d been set loose. I moved to deliver another blow, a deep stab to his stomach once more, but just as I moved to strike, a deep growl echoed through the streets. Another predator making itself known. Like an idiot, I turned, and the moment of distraction cost me as I felt the vampire sink his teeth into my raised forearm. A scream escaped me, and then the growl turned into a thundering roar. I watched in suspended silence as Declan tackled the fledging vampire, bringing him to the ground, the crunch of bone loud to my ears as his body hit the pavement. He’d taken a mouthful of my flesh with him when he’d gone down, and blood flowed freely from the wound, staining the ground red. I tried without success to staunch the bleeding with my left hand but couldn’t get my arm to corporate. Before I could stop him, Declan brought his hands to the vampire’s neck and, in one quick movement, snapped it. The sound made me cringe. He rose from the body and kicked it once. He grunted in satisfaction when the body didn’t respond. As though a switch had been flicked, I snapped out of my daze, fury and so much frustration rising to the surface. “What the hell did you just do?” I yelled at him. Don’t light the Alpha on fire. Don’t light the Alpha on fire. I repeated the mantra over and over in my head. It would not bode well for me to attack him right now. No matter how much he deserved it. Declan looked taken aback for a moment. “I saved your life,” he said. Urgh. Moron! “No, you didn’t. You ruined it. I cannot believe you just snapped his neck like that, without any thought.” My temperature rose and I had to take a calming breath to contain myself. It didn’t help much. “Why would I think about it? He had his fangs buried in your arm. I’d expect a little gratitude here.” I stormed past him and crouched beside the vampire, tearing my blade from his chest. I wiped the blade on the edge of my dress before sheathing it. It was already ruined so a little more blood couldn't hurt it. I needed something else to focus on aside from Declan’s stupidity or I was going to lose what little control I had. I skimmed my hands over the now cold body, checking the pockets of his shirt and pants to find anything that may provide me with some sort of clue. “What are you doing?” Declan asked, obviously annoyed. Join the club, buddy. I was pretty damn annoyed myself. “I’m looking for information,” I bit out. “It would have been much easier to just question the vampire but no, you had to go and snap his neck and be all ‘I am tiger, hear me roar.’” I threw my hands in the air in frustration. He snarled beside me. “I saved your life.” “No. You interfered. I’m a pyrokinetic. Don’t you think if I’d wanted him dead, I’d have lit his ass on fire as soon as he got close? I wasn’t trying to kill him. I was trying to disable him, and then you had to come out here all hot-headed and kill him.”
I received Kissed by Fire from the author in return for an honest review as part of the tour presented by Coffee and Characters. Kissed by Fire is the second installment in the Blood and Magic series which tells the story about Aria Naveed who is learning to deal with her power of fire. Aria has inherited Sanborn Place after Mike was attacked after all she was like the daughter they never had. She’s not a fan of the local alpha after he played her with the coven in the past but with the offer of staying at the compound to keep her safe she couldn’t deny that everyone was after her.

After a vampire attack the local alpha makes Aria his mate so that she’s connected to the pack but she’s not sure how she feels because she still doesn’t trust him after everything that happened. Since she’s inherited Sanborn place she decides to take a case of a monster hunting down a herd owned by a human. As she dives deeper into discovering why the vampire was after her she uncovers more about the boy’s death that is connected to HAC which leads her to her mother. Seeing her mother dredges up the past including learning the truth about her father. Will Aria be able to stop HAC and figure out why the vampire is after her? What’s she going to do with Declan now that’s he staked his claim on her.

I like Aria she’s a unique character whose learning to find her place in the world of the monsters as well as how to control her ability with fire. I wasn’t sure how I feel about Declan but he’s growing on me more and more. I think he has a lot of potential after all he’s mate bonded to Aria she’s kind of stuck with him now. I’m curious to see how their relationship will play out in the future books.

When I received the tour invite I didn’t even have to read the synopsis because I enjoyed the first one I knew this one would be just as good if not better than the first. I really like the urban fantasy world that Aria lives in, where humans live among the supernatural beings. Kissed by Fire is a fast paced action packed novel that is filled with mystery suspense and a little romance tossed in. The concept for Aria is unique I enjoy seeing a new spin on my favorite genre urban fantasy the ability to control fire is intriguing. The author has a great writing style her stories flow smoothly and are well written. I really liked the characters I found them easy to connect with Aria is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. Kissed by Fire is one of those books I finished in just a few short hours in one sitting I had to know how it was going to end. I can’t wait for the next one to come out I already miss Aria. 

ABOUT BOOK 1 in the series
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CURSED by FIRE Released: Jan 28, 2015 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. 

What Reviewers had to say about book 1: "I thought Cursed by Fire was an awesome read and a great introduction to the series. I can't fault it in anyway and thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to more." - Book Passion for Life   "Oh my GOODNESS! I completely devoured this book in one siting it was THAT GOOD!" -Cocktails and Books Blog
  about the author
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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.

You can learn more about Danielle on her website at or follow her on facebook at and on twitter @Danielle_Annett

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