The Dragon Finds Forever by Kristen Painter


The Dragon Finds Forever

By: Kristen Painter
Genres: urban fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 348
Series: Nocturne Falls #9
Published on: February 21, 2018
The Dragon Finds Forever by Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

Monalisa Devlin is a Will O’ The Wisp, a rare and potentially dangerous creature. Unfortunately, her greedy father makes sure she lives up to that potential. Monalisa is magically compelled to obey her father's evil commands--until he finally agrees to free her in exchange for one, last mission: Travel to Nocturne Falls and use her powers to force Ivan Tsvetkov back into the ring.

Once a champion on the supernatural MMA circuit, Ivan 'The Hammer' Tsvetkov retired after a devastating injury that left him unable to shift into his dragon form. Wounded and embittered, Ivan wants nothing more than to be left alone. Until an infuriating, stubborn, delicately beautiful stranger shows up on his doorstep and demands that he rebuild his life.

Posing as a rehab therapist seemed like the easiest way to get close to the smoldering recluse, but Monalisa quickly realizes that nothing about this mission is going to be easy. To gain his trust, she shares more of herself than she ever has before, and as their connection deepens, so does the weight of her secrets. She thought she was willing to do whatever it took to win her independence...but when her deception blows up in her face, will Monalisa discover that the loss of Ivan's heart is too high a price to pay? Or will their love rise from the ashes to burn stronger than ever?

Also by this author: Dead Man's Hand, Queen of Hearts, House of the Rising Sun
 
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Monalisa is a will’o’wisp which in this world is a very rare creature that has the power to make men and women do whatever they want them too.  Her father is a leprechaun and has used her abilities to benefit himself, no matter the cost to Monalisa.

 

Ivan is a dragon shifter who is also an MMA fighter.  Or he was until he received an injury from a basilisk in the ring that caused him to be unable to turn into a dragon.  So essentially he is a huge dragon stuck in the body of a rather large human man. Imagine yourself as a regular adult human being stuck in the body of a baby, unable to use your abilities of speech or strength.  For him, it is more the flying and breathing fire that he can’t do, but you get my point.

 

Monalisa is under her father’s control until he personally releases her, and the only way that he will do that is if she can go to Nocturne Falls and get Ivan to come back into the ring.  Obviously, he doesn’t to, being that he is technically just a large human because he can’t shift. She is supposed to use her powers, which would make him unable to say no to her. Initially, Monalisa doesn’t care about Ivan because her main goal is to become free, but as she pretends to be a rehab therapist, she realizes that there is more to life out there than being free.  

 

As with all of the other Nocturne Falls books, I enjoy it.  I honestly think they are getting better as they go on, and what I really like about this one is that there is a bit of foreshadowing.  Not for later in the book, but for an entirely new book.

 

The whole series is similar, but this is the first book that has both internal and external issues, as in external like other books, someone coming after the main character, but also internal.  Internal in not being able to shift, internal like coming to terms with what species you are. It is a good continuation of the series.

 

 

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About Kristen Painter

When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to put them on paper and share them with the world. She writes paranormal romance and the gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarre, for Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded. She’s represented by Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency.

 

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My American Nightmare: Women In Horror Anthology Azzurra Nox


My American Nightmare: Women In Horror Anthology

By: Azzurra Nox
Genres: Horror, anthology
Pages: 244
My American Nightmare: Women In Horror Anthology  Azzurra Nox

For Fans of American Horror Story, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Danielle Vega

America, land of the free, land of the brave, land of nightmares? A group of female authors come together in this collection of creepy tales and psychological horror stories to bring you chills and disturbing images that won't leave you long after you're done reading. From zombies to rural small towns, to the foggy New England to the glamour of Hollywood, each story focuses on a diverse aspect of living in America and the horror found in bullying, being the “new girl,” starting your first job, and navigating the murky waters of adolescence and all the terrifying changes that come with it. Bold and haunting, My American Nightmare encompasses daring stories from new voices in the horror genre. This collection will unsettle your nerves and linger in your mind, demonstrating that women can show you a nuance of horror that isn't always evident from the male perspective.

Dare to take a walk on the dark side.

Stories In Anthology

Angela Sylvaine – The Ballad of Sorrow and Lila
Amelia Kibbie – We Kill The Skullman
R. A. Goli – Mr. Buttons' Tea Party
Jamie Kahn – The Poison & The Ivy
Rachel Bolton- The Girl & The Yellow Wallpaper
Hillary Lyon - Boys' Night Out
Nicky Peacock – She Looked Like Krystal Sparkle
Spinster Eskie - Angie's Change
Sheri Kreitner - The Pickman Sisters of Salem
Sierra Ryan – Volunteer
Kara Nelson - The Eye
E.F. Schraeder – Night Moves
Andrea Teare – 39 Days
Heather Miller - The Stars
Marnie Azzarelli – When Evacuating Pennsylvania
Erica Ruhe - Perle
Phoebe Jane Johnson - Ruby
Azzurra Nox - Whatever Happened to Peyton Rose?
Kara Dennison - Billson

 
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What do you get when you bring together a bunch of really good female authors around Halloween?  Or well you get My American Nightmare, an anthology made up of spooky stories all written by women.  

 

The stories range from retellings of old stories to all new stories.  The story content runs the entire gamut from witches to dolls to serial killers.  Some of the stories I really dug into and were able to just lap them up. Others, like the doll one, I didn’t get as into but that isn’t due to the story but my personal dislike for dolls.  Honestly, the worst thing ever is a clown or stories about clowns, but dolls are a somewhat close second.

 

Something I really enjoyed about this book is that it was all women authors.  Historically women have been part of horror, I mean Mary Shelley anyone? But lately, a lot of the top authors of horror, at least mainstream, are men.  I don’t specifically know why that is, and I am sure that there are many wonderful women authors who are just not mainstream from what I have read. One of the reasons why I enjoyed this book so much is that it does spotlight how the voice of women authors is slightly different than men authors.  Or at least I think they are.

 

While these are all horror stories, some are obviously scarier than others, and there are some that pushed me to the point of actually having nightmares, and with the books that I read, that is saying a lot.  It wasn’t blood and guts, it was just the unknown and that is what gets me every time. It is the unknown that always gets me, it is what creeps me out when I am laying in bed.

 

Try it out, and the best part is that if a story doesn’t grab you, there are so many different short stories so you don’t have to put the book down if something doesn’t grab you.  

**Side note from Melanie: I adore this cover! I don’t often comment on covers,  but I really do love this one!***

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About Azzurra Nox

Born in Catania, Sicily, she has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.

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Floor 21 by Jason Luthor


Floor 21

By: Jason Luthor
Genres: sci-fi
Pages: 356
Series: Floor 21 #1
Published on: June 2, 2015
Floor 21 by Jason Luthor

As humanity lives out the remainder of its existence at the top of an isolated apartment tower, young Jackie dares to question Tower Authority and their ban on traveling into the tower's depths. Intelligent and unyielding, Jackie ventures into the shadows of the floors below. But will her strong will and refusal to be quiet—in a society whose greatest pride is hiding the past—bring understanding of how humanity became trapped in the tower she has always called home, or will it simply be her undoing?

 
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In a futuristic world where the entirety of the human race lives in one building.  Rain is collected on the roof with solar panels to make sure that there is proper light for residents.  It isn’t just that they all live in a building but they also only can live in the upper floors, or in this book the floors are actually reversed.  Floor 1 is the very top and the floors increase as you go down.  The top 11-13 are where everyone lives, with everything below 13 increasingly dangerous due to a growing, creeping, infection of sorts.  No one really knows what it is, but it doesn’t matter, because you don’t talk about it. It is like Fight Club, you don’t talk about Fight Club, you don’t ask questions that you either don’t want to know the answers to or the upper echelons of individuals don’t want you to know about.  

 

This story is divided into two stories, one from the perspective of a soldier of sorts.  He is picked to be part of a group of men and women who travel to the lower floors in search for useable materials, food, clothes, etc.  The other story is about a young woman who has questions.  Questions about what is really going on, questions about why there is something wrong with her mom.  

 

Sometimes when you want to know something really bad there are unintended consequences, like being arrested or finding out the truth.  Sometimes the truth is worse than anything you can think up in your head.  

 

I really enjoyed this book. It looks at not just what can happen when you let a group of people rule, but also what people are willing to do for what they think is the greatest good. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask questions, just that sometimes those questions may lead to issues beyond what you can control. I would love if this author wrote another book in this world because there are some unanswered questions.  Questions like the Ghost Lady, questions about what the thing really is. Is this really an organic element, or was it created by level 1?

 

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About Jason Luthor

Jason Luthor has spent a long life writing for sports outlets, media companies and universities. His earliest writing years came during his coverage of the San Antonio Spurs as an affiliate with the Spurs Report and its media partner, WOAI Radio. He would later enjoy a moderate relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, writing lore and stories for potential use in future games. At the academic level, he has spent several years pursuing a Ph.D. in American History at the University of Houston, with a special emphasis on Native American history.

His inspirations include some of the obvious; The Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia are some of the most cited fantasy series in history. However, his favorite reads include the Earthsea Cycle, the Chronicles of Prydain, as well as science fiction hits such as Starship Troopers and Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?

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