Sunday, August 11, 2013

Angel Fire Book Review and Giveaway


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 family and friends, Kirsten accepts the assistance of a mysterious Man in Black. 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.
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My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  Angel Fire is the final book in the Sedona Trilogy.  Kristen Swenson and her sister Kara live in the sleepy town of Sedona, Arizona.  Kara has given birth to her half alien daughter, and although no one knows the truth of her origin (except their UFO group), there’s concern that the aliens will return for her.  Kirsten, babysitting one night feels a chill down her spine, and a strange sensation of hatred.  She knows where it’s coming from, but wonders why she’s feeling it; she isn’t psychic, is she?

Martin Jones, Kirsten calls him a “Man in Black” hottie. She has an immediate connection to him, and he to her.  He tells her that she needs to visit her mother to find out the truth.  This becomes a rude awakening as she is not who she thought she was.  Thankfully, Martin is there to guide and train her in preparation for a massive alien invasion.

I enjoyed this novel a lot, it was so action packed that you get a rush from just reading it.  The characters are easy to love, with Kirsten, your heart breaks for her after meeting her mother.  I’m sad to see this trilogy end, these characters became close friends you’d love to revisit.  If you love Sci-Fi or Paranormal Romance, you’ll love this series.




About the Author
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.

Her first published novel was Fringe Benefits, a contemporary romance released by Pink Petal Books in April 2010. Next up was a paranormal novella, Playing With Fire, which was published in August 2010. In December 2010, Sympathy for the Devil, a paranormal romance novel, was released. 

In 2011, Ms. Pope decided to strike out on her own as a self-published author, giving herself more freedom to explore a variety of genres. Her first self-published work, Breath of Life (June 2011), is a novella that takes the classic Beauty and the Beast story and sets it in a far-future Gaian (Earth) colony where the "beauty" is a colonist's daughter and the "beast" her family's alien neighbor. That book was quickly followed by Bad Vibrations (July 2011), a fast-paced but lighthearted paranormal romantic suspense novel with alien conspiracies, government cover-ups, and a hunky ufologist hero.

Releases for 2012 included No Return, a contemporary retelling of the Phantom of the Opera story; Heart of Gold, a steampunk adventure romance; Blood Will Tell, a space opera/science fiction romance set in the same universe as Breath of Life; All Fall Down, the first of the Tales of the Latter Kingdoms series; and Dragon Rose, the second book in the Latter Kingdom series. Her release schedule for 2013 is just as full, with a follow-up to Bad Vibrations in January and the final book of the trilogy in July, Binding Spell (Book 3 in the Latter Kingdoms series) in March, and then the third book in the Gaian Consortium series (The Gaia Gambit) and the fourth in the Latter Kingdoms series (Ashes of Roses) due out in the second half of the year.

Christine Pope writes as the mood takes her, and her work encompasses 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 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!
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