Thursday, March 6, 2014

Book Blast & Review: The Garnet Dagger by Andrea Cooper




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Blurb: Everyone knows what happens when a vampire bites a human…but what if the victim is Elvin?

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.
Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and his world will die.
When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

The Garnet Dagger Excerpt: Chapter One (condensed)

I’ve known death. For over half a millennia, I escorted many to death at the end of my sword. In the eyes of the dying, I watched it shroud them. Foolishly, I thought many more eras would pass before death came for me. It came so swiftly that I could not run; I could not escape. At a village, dressed in human clothes, I took in everything.

I delayed my return to my people as I watched human jugglers bounce torches and knifes. It was autumn equinox and the festivities would continue well into the night. Children laughed as they chased each other. A trail of leaves from their costumes twirled after them. It was dark when I reached the forest.

I hiked slower than my normal speed, so as not to startle whatever human called out. My leather boots crunched upon dried, diseased leaves and bark. Horrified, I glanced up. Branches twisted around each other to suffocating. Lifeless limbs cracked in the wind. Flesh of the trees sloughed off in layers, exposing its bones. Gashes hollowed out chunks of warmth. Fragments of leaves clung to finger tips, marking sepulchers of the dying trees. Trees mourned with wails like splitting wood, and I brought my hands over my ears. I must flee before I became infected, they told me. Flee before the stain of this defilement creeps into you, they warned. Trees spoke to my kind, always had. Yet these trees were in such agony of death that I could not breathe. Felt as though my lungs had folded in on themselves, like a moth unable to break loose from its cocoon.

Cooper, Andrea R. (2013-03-25). The Garnet Dagger (Crimson Romance) (Kindle Locations 60-67). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.

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Andrea’s Bio: Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.

She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.



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The Garnet DaggerThe Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thrilling adventure

Brock stumbled upon a man one night, only to discover that it was a vampire. When the vampire bit him he unleashed a great prophecy that could destroy earth itself. Within Brock now lived a monster that ate at the very essences of life. But when Brock flees to his homeland he is banished and given one chance to save all. He must find the virgin witch before her first bleed cycle and kill her. Easier said than done, but determined Brock ventures into the world searching for the witch.

Months passed and Brock’s cursed have taken its toll. Lives have been lost and the world around him is dying. But he can’t find the witch. When he is captured and tortured the young woman Celeste helps free him and also decides to stay with him, even if he doesn’t want her to. But as time passes and Brock searches for the witch, he falls slowly in love with the menacing woman. When he finally discover the truth about her, Brock must choose between love and duty. Can he sacrifice everything for her? Or would he stay true to his people and slay her?

Wow, wow and wow. Cooper have created a thrilling adventure with this one. At first you will be heartbroken by the trails this poor elf had to endure, only to be even more heart broken near the end. Brock is an amazing character with all the amazing qualities we are looking for in a hero. Strong, determined, duty bound but also a man just like any other. He falls madly in love with the wicked witch Celeste who make sure that he works hard for her heart. Celeste was a strong character right from the moment she enters the picture. I had to smile when the two of them had their quarrels. Celeste made sure that Brock had a few moments of insanity. As we reach the end of the story, my heart was thumping wildly for the two of them. At one point I just wanted to chicken out rather than read the doom that had befallen this amazing pair. But cooper made sure that I had no choice but to read it to the end. And it was an amazing end to what I hope will be a great series.

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