Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Realm Walker Series by Kathleen Collins - Series Review & A Message from the Author

Realm Walker

Realm Walker Series

Book One
Kathleen Collins

Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication:  October 28, 2013
ISBN: 9781426896545
Word Count: 76,000

Book Description:

An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…
As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.
Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…
Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.
Available at  Amazon   BN  Harlequin Print

*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

What a great start to this series!!! From the very beginning we are pulled into a mystery at every turn! At first as I read I thought that all the mystery surrounding the story was going to get mushy, but I was so wrong! Every little intricate detail that was withheld and then revealed just added to the climax of the story! 
Juliana was left by Thomas and since he has been away she has really been suffering, suddenly he is back and there is all kinds of havoc in her life! I am pretty sure this wasn't coincidental!
You simply must read this book! Loved it!

Death’s Daughter 

Realm Walker Series
Book 2
Kathleen Collins

Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Publisher: Carina press
ISBN: 9781426898112
Word Count:  68,000

Book Description:

Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit. 
Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can’t remember, is anyone’s guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.
She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon—maybe it’s because she had to stab him to do so. Because whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. Very powerful, and very dangerous indeed.

Available at Amazon  BN  Harlequin Print
*I was provided a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review.

WOWZA!!! What a follow up! 
In book one we saw that Juliana was struggling to do her job and keep herself alive, then Thomas came back into her life. Her 7 year gone mate! Thomas was able to help her to stay alive, so what if she stabbed him in the process.... a girl has to do what she has to do! 
We are able to get to know Juliana and Thomas as a couple more in this book. I must say, the ah.... love scenes did catch me a tad off guard as I wasn't expecting them to be as graphic as they were, so heads up on that! 
I loved the book overall, and I feel that we are completely set up to have more!!!

The Making of Michael Bishop
A Realm Walker Short Story
Kathleen Collins

Genre: urban fantasy, dark fantasy 
Date of Publication: August 30, 2014
Number of pages: 20

Book Description: 
Keep your distance. Don't look him in the eye. Feed him and leave. 
Michael D'Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he's given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions.
Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn't eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help.
But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.

Available at Amazon and BN

*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

What the What?? How can this amazing book be so short!!! We are learning a tad of origins here, and we are getting to know a side character from the main series. I just need more!!! Oh this could be a series all its own!!!
I cant give too much details for spoilers... but MORE PLEASE!!!

Blood Slave

Realm Walker Series
Book 3
Kathleen Collins

Can she find a killer in a town where the basest desires are allowed to run free?

There are zombies in the Dead Zone and Juliana Norris is sent to take care of the problem. And for there to be zombies, there had to be bodies. When vampires are found to be the culprits, Juliana is sent undercover in the red light district of Kansas City. Lying to her mate, Thomas Kendrick, isn’t something she wants to do, but she’s in another vampire’s territory and Thomas would not be pleased. Besides, she’s more than capable of doing the job and she needs to prove it to everyone. Most of all herself. 
Charles Morgan is in control of the Kansas City area, making a rich living off his various enterprises. Juliana goes undercover at the strip club Lust and gets sucked into his dark, decadent world. More victims turn up and the Agency is positive they’ve got their man, but Juliana is not so sure. When the Agency refuses to listen, she reluctantly turns to Thomas for help. He intervenes but finds Juliana unaware of the danger she is in and discovers she may just be too deep for him to save.

Available at Amazon    BN    iTunes

*I was provided a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review. 

So, here we are in the next of the series for Thomas and Juliana. Juliana is sent undercover and she just isn't very honest with Thomas about it. I so thought we were past that! 
When she finally lets him in, it just may be too late....
Juliana continues to be the SUPER STRONG alpha female and Thomas is 100% alpha male.... what collisions they create! 

About the Author: 
Kathleen Collins lives and works in Missouri. By day, she labors in the local prosecutor's office. At night she writes while surrounded by her husband, two boys and two lovable mutts. She is constantly thinking of her next project and loves to connect with her readers. You can find her most often on Facebook or on her website.

~A Note From Kathleen~
Writing is a process. Like anything else you have to find the process that works for you, usually through trial and error. What works for some, won’t necessarily work for you and that’s okay. There is no right or wrong way to find your flow.

My writing process is fairly simple. First, I prefer somewhere comfortable to write. I do better with my computer in my lap on the couch or in my recliner, but I have written in my car or the break table at work just as well. The only absolute requirement for me to write is headphones and music. Every piece/series I write has its own playlist. This helps me get into the world of the book while filtering out the real world around me. There are times when I’ve written without my music by necessity but my output is much higher with my playlist blasting in my ears.

I know others that can only work in one particular chair, or in one particular room. Some people write in absolute silence, to white noise, chanting monks or favorite TV shows or movies. Some people plot out their stories so thoroughly that their outline is tens of pages long and there are pages and pages of backstory that will never be written. Others start with a loose idea and just see where the words take them as they go. And then there is those like me that are somewhere in the middle with a loose outline that changes and warps easily as they go.

Whatever your quirks and requirements are, the most important thing is that you discover them and embrace them. If it makes you more productive then who cares who silly or strange it might seem to someone else. The important thing is that is works for you.

So, fellow writers, what are some of your requirements for happy, productive writing time? If you aren’t a writer, what routines do have to follow for other tasks like reading or exercising? I always find it interesting to hear about other peoples’ processes, so please share.

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