Release Blitz & Giveaway for Darknight (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill # 2)

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Darknight (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill # 2)  by Christine Pope

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Publication Date: June 5, 2014 

Publisher: Dark Valentine Press | 90,000 words

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Kidnapped by a rival witch clan, Angela McAllister envisions a dark future for herself until she discovers her captor’s brother is the unknown man who has haunted her dreams since she was a child.

Forced to re-evaluate everything she’s ever known about the Wilcox witches, Angela begins to explore the powerful connection that binds her to Connor Wilcox, despite the generations of hostility between their families and the disapproval of those closest to her. 

And when a dark, malignant force arises, Angela knows she must draw on her growing powers as prima to protect enemies and allies alike…even if her choice threatens to tear her new and fragile love apart.

Darknight is the second book in the Witches of Cleopatra Hill, a paranormal romance trilogy set in the haunted town of Jerome, Arizona.

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Blog Tour: Author Interview & Giveaway for Darkangel (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill #1)

I really like author Christine Pope’s work, and her Sedona Trilogy is one of my favorite alien invasion reads.  Now, she has just released the first book in a new trilogy called Darkangel.  The interview with Ms. Pope reveals more about the series, and she shares the dream cast she imagines for her characters!

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Darkangel (Witches of Cleopatra Hill #1) by Christine Pope

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Publication Date: March 30, 21014

Publisher: Dark Valentine Press/ 233 pgs.

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Finding the man of your dreams can be a real nightmare….

As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.

But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.

Darkangel is the first book in The Witches of Cleopatra Hill, a paranormal romance trilogy set in the haunted town of Jerome, Arizona.

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Cover Reveal for Darkangel (Witches of Cleopatra Hill #1)

I have followed Christine Pope’s Sedona Trilogy and really enjoyed her work. Now, she’s getting ready to publish the first book in her new paranormal series: Darkangel. Below is the book cover and description.

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Darkangel (Witches of Cleopatra Hill #1) by Christine Pope

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Coming April 2014

Genre: Paranormal

Jerome, Arizona, isn’t just one of the most haunted places in America—it’s also home to the McAllister witches and their extended clan. Angelica McAllister is the prima, the most powerful witch in her clan, but even she has to be on her guard, as the warlocks from a rival clan want nothing more than to capture her and bond her powers with theirs. To prevent this catastrophe, Angelica is expected to marry a compatible man from her clan. Never mind that she’s not interested in any of them, and is instead haunted by the face of a man she’s seen only in her dreams.

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Spotlight of The Sedona Trilogy, Giveaway & Review of Desert Hearts (#2)

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Bad Vibrations (#1)

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When a troubled client visits psychic Persephone O’Brien, the last thing she thinks is that she’s about to be drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy that will change her life forever. Accompanied by a distractingly attractive ufologist—and with a little help from an unlikely group of UFO enthusiasts—she races to stop the alien plot before it’s too late. 

Moving from the bright lights of Los Angeles to the red rocks of Sedona, Bad Vibrations takes the reader on a wild ride that never lets up until its unforgettable climax.

* This book is perma-free on Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes 

Desert Hearts (#2)

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Falling for one man when you’re in love with someone else must be the quickest way to complicate your life…

A stranger staggers out of the desert and collapses in Kara Swenson’s Sedona home. He pleads for help, and despite her better judgment, Kara takes him in, gives him shelter and a place to stay. She doesn’t anticipate the dangerous attraction she begins to feel for him — after all, she’s been secretly in love with Lance Rinehart for more years than she cares to admit. Kara, who owns a UFO-themed shop and gives UFO tours in the desert outside town, thinks she’s seen it all. But when the shocking truth of the stranger’s identity is revealed, she finds herself having to make a terrible choice.

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Book Review

Christine Pope has written a great trilogy that blends elements of romance, paranormal, and science fiction genres and is set in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.  The first book, Bad Vibrations introduces readers to a scattered group of UFO hunters and enthusiasts who come together to stop an alien invasion that threatens humankind. Although Pope does provide enough background information to inform you about the major events in the first book, and you could read it as a stand alone, I recommend starting with Bad Vibrations, which is currently free on Amazon. I don’t think I would have enjoyed Deserts Hearts nearly as much  if I had not read how everything began.  Bad Vibrations provides a more in depth explanation about the aliens’ plans to control humans.

Desert Hearts picks up where Bad Vibrations ended and features Kara Swenson and Lance Rinehart, two characters who played instrumental roles in the first book but remained in the background so that Paul and Persephone’s love story could be told. I actually liked Desert Hearts even more than Bad Vibrations.  It is more of a character-driven story with less external conflict and action than found in book one. Much of this second book focuses on character development, inner conflict, and the love triangle that emerges with Kara, Lance, and Grayson.

I loved Kara’s character. She is a genuinely nice person. Not only is she kind-hearted, but she cares deeply about others and their happiness.  I found it easy to relate to her feelings and experiences. She has the reputation of being “careful Kara” because she has always been the responsible one, sacrificing her dreams to take care of others.  Kara has been in love with Lance for the past six years even though he doesn’t seem to reciprocate those same feelings for some unknown reason.  However, when a mysterious, handsome man enters Kara’s world, the door for a possible romance is opened.  Over the course of the story, Kara realizes that this unknown man, who remembers nothing about his past, will forever change her life.

The man without an identity decides to call himself Grayson after watching a TV episode with a character by the same name. Although Kara is frustrated that she knows so little about Grayson, she is drawn to him. Grayson appears to be an ideal man, and his sincerity and openness to everything around him make him irresistible.

When Lance learns that Kara now has a man in her life, he is forced to confront his real feelings for her, and he doesn’t like the thought of losing her to someone else even though loving her may put her life in danger. I typically avoid plots with love triangles because I know, most likely, someone will be hurt in the end. What makes Kara’s decision even more difficult is that both men are lovable.  The romantic scenes in Desert Hearts are a bit more sensual than those in Bad Vibrations, yet I found them to be appropriate for the characters involved. The outcome of this love triangle was not exactly what I expected but one I could accept in the end.

There are lots of unexpected situations and shocking revelations that emerge as the plot develops, and I was riveted to this storyline.  The last part of the book becomes more action-oriented, leading to a holding-my- breath, biting my nails climax and an, overall, emotionally satisfying conclusion.   I don’t want to say too much about the plot because discovering the truth is what makes this story so engaging, but I will end stating that I am still clinging to a tiny bit of hope about Grayson’s future.

Over the course of reading the first two books, I’ve found that I have become attached to this tight-knit group of UFO hunters, and if I ever had to face an encounter with aliens, these are the type of people I would want watching my back!

I look forward to reading the final book, Angel Fire, which has just been released, but I have a feeling I will wish for this trilogy to develop into a series.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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Angel Fire (#3)

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As winter closes in on Kirsten Swenson’s hometown of Sedona, Arizona, and the world moves toward the solstice, strange forces begin to converge on the quiet desert city, seeking to bring about the destruction of everything she knows and loves. 

Desperate to save her friends and family, Kirsten accepts the assistance of Martin Jones, a mysterious Man in Black who turns out to be far more than he seems. He helps to awaken the powers that have lain dormant within her…and also compels her to expose the shocking secrets buried in her past. But Kirsten soon learns that giving her heart might not be enough, and that the confrontation with the alien forces may demand her to make the ultimate sacrifice.

About the Author

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A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the journal of dark fiction, Dark Valentine. Two of her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Christine Pope writes as the mood takes her, and her work encompasses paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, and historical romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance editor and graphic designer in addition to writing fiction. She fell in love with Sedona, Arizona, while researching the Sedona Trilogy and now makes her home there, surrounded by the red rocks. No alien sightings, though…not yet, anyway! (from Amazon)

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/christinejpope

Website: http://www.christinepope.com/

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Book Blitz for Angel Fire (Sedona Trilogy #3)

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Angel Fire (Book 3 of the Sedona Trilogy) by Christine Pope

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Book Description

As winter closes in on Kirsten Swenson’s hometown of Sedona, Arizona, and the world moves toward the solstice, strange forces begin to converge on the quiet desert city, seeking to bring about the destruction of everything she knows and loves. 

Desperate to save her friends and family, Kirsten accepts the assistance of Martin Jones, a mysterious Man in Black who turns out to be far more than he seems. He helps to awaken the powers that have lain dormant within her…and also compels her to expose the shocking secrets buried in her past. But Kirsten soon learns that giving her heart might not be enough, and that the confrontation with the alien forces may demand her to make the ultimate sacrifice.

About the Author

AuthorA native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Many reams of dead trees later, she’s happy to announce that her debut novel, Fringe Benefits,was published by Pink Petal Books on April 8, 2010. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the new journal of dark fiction, Dark Valentine. Her paranormal novella, Playing With Fire, was released on August 5, 2010.

While Fringe Benefits is a straight contemporary romance, she writes in a variety of genres, including paranormal romance, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and historical romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection.

After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance editor in addition to writing fiction. She lives with her husband and an explosively fluffy Pomeranian mix. Her house is pink, but don’t hold that against her.

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristinePopeAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/christinejpope

Website: http://www.christinepope.com/

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Start the Series!

I was able to find the first book in the Sedona Trilogy,  Bad Vibrations, for free on Amazon at the beginning of the year. I enjoyed the novel and plan to continue the series. Currently, Bad Vibrations  is free on Amazon!

Click the link below to get your copy  (Do double-check because I do not know how long this deal will last)

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