Author on Author Book Review: "Loki's Game" by Siobhan Kinkade

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Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Medium:  eBook
Purchase: Amazon
Narrative: Third person







GoodReads Summary: Unemployed museum curator Lily Redway responds to an advertisement in the newspaper, thinking she is applying for a job. On the other side of that small, black-and-white box waits two things: a fantasy world come to life and a man named Rowan Keir.

Rowan is a man with many secrets. He is a shape-shifter, a descendent of old world mythology, and the guardian of a rare and valuable Nordic artifact. He is also being hunted by the god Loki and has spent the last six hundred years outsmarting and outrunning him.

With the fury of Asgard on Rowan’s trail, Lily finds herself caught up in a real-life fantasy story, a love triangle, and an ages-old war that pitches her into a different world and one very hard truth: All is fair in love and war.


Review:

Imagine if you will, walking into a job interview where there are only two requirements. One, single female. Two, age twenty-five to thirty-two. Lily Redway met both of the qualifications and was desperate enough to answer the ad for the mysterious job.
            By chapter two, I was enraptured. Lily sweeps her would-be boss, Rowan Keir, off his feet. A surprise to Rowan, as that had not happened in his over six hundred-year life span. The chemistry was instant and sizzled off the pages.
            I don’t know much of Nordic mythology, but had heard of Odin and his son, Loki, before. This story wove a beautiful tale of the tragic family who had crossed Loki centuries before. With a search for love, Rowan ultimately brought forth an ending to a game that had gone on for centuries.
            Lately, I have had a hard time giving any story a five star review. If there is anything that nags at me or just a detail that just doesn’t flow well, I just can’t give it the five full stars. This novel left me without complaint. The story was solid and well written. It kept my interest at every turn. Most important to me in a stand-alone novel, the ending made me happy. I think the point of any stand-alone book is to give the reader their happy place at the end of the novel. Kinkade gave me that happy place and I am overjoyed and proud to give “Loki’s Game” five stars.

About the author

At a very early age, Siobhan developed a love of reading. By first grade she was on a fifth grade level, and by the time she was a teenager she spent every penny she earned on new books. Oddly enough she gravitated toward science fiction, fantasy and horror while avoiding the romance genre at all costs. It wasn’t until her mother introduced her to Nora Roberts that she realized romance could be fun.
Not much has changed since then. She is still a voracious reader and recovering grammar junkie.
Left to her own devices, she plots interesting ways to seduce, frighten, and destroy. While she finds herself drawn to the dark and eerie, she is also very much a free spirit and hopeless romantic. With multiple stories in publication and several more on the way she spends her time writing happy-ever-afters for the underdogs.
Siobhan writes both contemporary and dark paranormal romance (and a little bit of fantasy and horror under another name, omitted to protect the guilty), much of it of a highly erotic nature. Having never really enjoyed reading romance, she finds writing it to be a cathartic act. By manipulating the characters, she can make the happy endings much more satisfying for herself, and hopefully for her readers as well.
Most days, Siobhan can be found lurking in one of these places: 

 




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Welcome to the Author to Author Most Kissable Character Valentine Contest!

The Author to Author group has a wonderful contest in celebration of the most romantic day of the year: Valentine's Day. 

From now until February 13th at midnight, you can vote for the Most Kissable Character (characters listed below). The winning character's author will post a snippet/outtake/sneak peek from their book for you to enjoy!

So sit back, scroll down, and meet some of the hottest characters in fiction. Don't forget to click the SurveyMonkey link at the end (and leave the Author to Author group a little love via a comment). 
Have an idea for a contest you'd love to see? Let us know! We're always looking for some great ideas to connect with readers!

Book title: The End of All Things
Name: Justin Thatcher
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Profession: Ex Special Forces soldier
Special Abilities/Talents: The man you'd want around in case of an apocalypse, Justin is skilled in combat and survival techniques.
Why he's the most kissable: Beneath that tough, ruthless exterior, Justin's got a heart as sweet and soft as melted chocolate.

Purchase The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan at The Writer's Coffee Shop Website


Book title: MORE
Name: Caleb Foster 
Eye Color: Blue (kinda)

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Profession: Protector of the Race/Student/Physics Tutor 

Special Abilities/Talents: Superior strength and speed, heightened senses, compelling people and blurring memories, an ability to shift from place to place with only a thought. 
Why he’s is the most kissable character: At first, Caleb comes off as a bit of a nerd – I mean seriously, he is a physics tutor after all, and look at that hair - and those glasses! But peel below the layers (and the hoodies) and va-va-voom! There’s more to him than meets the eye, and we’re not talking Transformers here. One top of that, he’s got a heart of gold. Sure, he’s dedicated to his job as a Protector of the Race, but when it comes to doing his duty or doing what’s right (like protecting Ava) – he’s going to make the right decision.  

Purchase MORE by T.M. Franklin at AmazonBarnes and NobleThe Writer's Coffee Shop WebsiteiBooksKobo


Book title: Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever
Name: 
Tristan White
Eye Color: 
Blue
Hair Color: 
Blond
Profession: 
Venture Capitalist
Special Abilities/Talents: 
Dominant who knows the canon of the Kama Sutra from front to back. He dispenses orgasms as if they are party favors at your own private party. 
Why he’s the most kissable character: 
Well, Keisha says Tristan’s tongue should be registered as a lethal weapon due to his ability to exact pleasure with it!

Purchase Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by LV Lewis at Amazon




Book Titles: Redemption and Revisited 
Name: Ryan Edwards
Eye Color: 
Dark Brown
Hair Color: 
Jet-black
Profession: 
Angel of death
Special abilities: 
Can transport anything or anyone to any spot in the universe.

Why he is most kissable: He spent the remaining years of his human life searching the globe for his wife. Even in the afterlife, he never gave up his search. Now that they have been reunited, a love that has spanned a century can be fulfilled. Who wouldn't want to kiss someone that dedicated to the love of his eternity?

Purchase Redemption and Revisited by Lindsey Gray at




Book titles: Riverbend and Rapid Water

Name: Will Sundback
Eye Color: 
Brown
Hair Color: 
Dark Brown
Profession: 
Runs the family's remodeling and construction business.
Special Abilities/Talents: 
Very athletic and proficient in most sports, basketball being his favorite. Dependable and kind.
Why he is the most kissable: 
Will is caring and kind while always remaining brutally honest. He has a lovable, confident, and sometimes cocky personality.


Purchase Riverbend and Rapid Water by Andrea Goodson at Amazon (Riverbend) and Amazon (Rapid Water)




Book title: Wraith
Name: Connor Jacobs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Dark brown
Profession: Student
Special Abilities/Talent: Can see ghosts
Why he’s the most kissable: When the supernatural Big Bads to big bad, you want him on your side, that is, if he can stay out of trouble long enough to be there.

Purchase Wraith by Angel Lawson at Amazon



Book: Are You Mine?

Name: Fox Harrington
Eye Color: 
Brown
Hair Color: 
Light Brown
Profession: 
Warehouse worker
Special Abilities/Talents: 
Graffiti artist, portrait artist, manga artist.
Why he is the most kissable: 
Fox is a hopeless romantic, and no matter how difficult life maybe, he always focuses on the positives. Plus, look at those lips!

Purchase Are You Mine? by N.K.Smith in March/April of 2013. Keep an eye out at N.K.Smith Writes (blog)

picture: © Vishstudio | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos



Book Title: Legacy of a Dreamer
Name: Mathias
Eye Color: Blue
Hair: Dark Blonde
Profession: Warrior of the Contrite Lineage
Special Abilities/Talents: Protector & Guardian of the Oracles, assigned to keep Chantal safe. He has inhuman strength and power, and has the ability to move through the Shade where evil lurks to harm mankind. He has an incredible heart and falls for Chantal quickly. It doesn't hurt that he has an insane body, too. 
Why he's the most kissable: He's handsome, fearless, and always puts his woman first. Always ;)

Purchase Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean at The Writer's Coffee Shop Website


Book title: The Future of Our Past & Don’t Forget to Remember Me, Books One and Two, The Remembrance Trilogy
Name: Ryan Matthews 
Eye Color: Dark blue
Hair Color: Golden Brown
Profession: Medical Student/Doctor
Special Talents/Abilities: “Hi! Kahlen, (the chick that writes my story), said I have to tell you about my special abilities and talents, but no dude likes to talk about himself; for sure not me! I will say I’m passionate about two things, my woman and my career. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, but nothing is more important to me than Julia. I’d sacrifice everything just to see her smile.”
Why he’s the most Kissable: “I had to ask Jules why I was the most kissable because I’m like, ‘seriously?’ She said that I’m every woman’s dream; being handsome, tall, and built, doesn’t hurt, but mostly it’s how much I love her and always put her first that seals the deal. She also said I’m not just kissable, but lickable. I’m rolling my eyes at it all because I’m a modest guy, but I have to admit that last part got me grinning like the cat that ate the canary! As long as my girl’s the canary… I’m golden!” (*winks!*) 

Purchase The Future of Our Past & Don’t Forget to Remember Me, Books One and Two, The Remembrance Trilogy by Kahlen Aymes at AmazonSmashwordsBarnes and Noble

Book Title: Talented
Name:
Erik Kelley
Eye Color: Turquoise

Hair Color: Brown

Profession: Hunter- a special forces operative for the government

Special Abilities/Talents: Able to mimic the talents of others

Why he is the Most Kissable Character: It may be cliché, but having him throw his life on the line for the girl he loves just makes us want to bite that sexy bottom lip

Purchase Talented by Sophie Davis at Amazon







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Check back on February 14th to see who won and for an excerpt or a sneak peek from the winning author! 

authors (in order of character appearance in this blog): Lissa Bryan, T.M. Franklin, LV Lewis, Lindsey Gray, Andrea Goodson, Angel Lawson, N.K.Smith, Allie Jean, Kahlen Aymes, Sophie Davis