Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Dark Child (The Awakening)," by Adina West

The first installment in a unique series from Adina West is a free download, and worth checking out for an intriguing introduction to this urban paranormal fantasy. (Follow-up episodes are available through the cover links at the end of this post.)

Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 1: The Awakening, by Adina West
Price: $0.00
67 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 33 reviews

"In a market currently flooded by TV series, films and books about vampires, warlocks and werewolves, it is relatively easy to dismiss out of hand any new paranormal book as unoriginal. But Adina West's novel, Dark Child, is happily refreshing with just enough simmering tension to keep the pages turning over and over until the end and leave you wanting for more. Every paranormal story tends to have its own unique lore and customs -- but here, they seem extremely well thought out and coherent. Hints of what might be are both alluring and intriguing and the juxtaposition between realities is artfully contrived. I also particularly liked the small touches that demonstrated the author's extensive research throughout the book; like the wild ramps (a leek from the Appalachian area in the West Virginia and a member of the garlic family.)" -- Amazon reviewer

Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ...

Kat can run a marathon without breaking a sweat. Catch anything you throw at her. Differentiate blood types by smell alone. And she's spent years hiding the fact. But secrets from the past have a way of slipping out when least expected, and a simple blood test is enough to turn her quiet life in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains upside down forever.

Kat's been craving raw meat. When she visits a psychic she's told her life is about to change forever. Kat isn't so sure change is a part of her plan, but when a fabulous job offer to work for a research organization comes her way, she's tempted to say yes and make the move to New York. It just might be her chance to find out if there are others in the world like her ...

Will her dream job bring answers to her questions or will it lead her into more trouble than she could ever imagine?

This is a novella length episode of Dark Child (The Awakening)*, first in the Dark Child series. All five episodes are also available bundled as Dark Child (The Awakening): Omnibus Edition. Look out for the next in this series, Dark Child (Covens Rising) available for pre-order soon.

*Dark Child (The Awakening) was originally published in 2013 as Dark Child Episodes 1-5 and Dark Child Omnibus Edition.

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Meet the Author

Adina West grew up surrounded by trees, on a remote property on Australia's east coast, in country New South Wales.

"As a child, I was never afraid of the dark," she says. "The night, for me, was filled with infinite possibility."

Adina is from a large family, and she remembers how she and her siblings would come running when their mother took a loaf of her homemade bread out of the oven. "The pine kneading board my mother uses to make bread was brought to Australia by my European grandmother when she emigrated. We'd often finish the whole loaf while it was still warm. And we always fought over the crust, because it was crispy. It was the best bit."

Adina wrote her first story at age eight. "I typed it up on my parents' old typewriter," she says. "I always knew I wanted to write stories."

Though her subject matter may have matured, that desire has remained unchanged.

Adina spent most of her childhood curled up with a book, and her first teenage job was shelving books at the local library, where she was cautioned more than once for reading them instead of putting them away.

Now, Adina lives in Sydney's leafy north-west with her IT guru husband, two children, and a couple of unwelcome possums who really don't know how to take a hint.

Some random facts about Adina in no particular order:

* She occasionally drinks tea and coffee to be polite, but prefers rooibos. Or hot chocolate. Or chai (which doesn't make much sense, because it has tea in it)
* At age nineteen she spent a memorable day wearing full Japanese kimono, including zōri (traditional sandals) and tabi (toe socks). They're really not as comfortable as they look.
* She spent some years learning to speak (and write) languages like Japanese, Chinese and French. Unfortunately, that was so long ago she's forgotten everything she learned. Though she still speaks French food. And can order at yum cha.
* She has a weakness for dahlias and old fashioned roses.

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