Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Review: 'The Mortal Falls' by Anna Durand

Author Anna Durand pens romances – and not just flavored with the usual ingredients. Anna adds various locales, but also concepts of the reborn, psychic tales, and paranormal fantasies. And for her diversity as well as her gift as a writer she has won many awards for the ten books she has published to date. She knows how to make her hunks and heroines sizzle with erotica and combining a stylish prose with steamy romance is gaining her a wide audience of committed followers. Of note, Anna earned master's in library science and helps her fellow indie authors and publisher with her cataloging services company.

Having reader her HOT SCOTS series it is with anticipation that the fresh approach to metaphysical/paranormal aspect of this new series UNDERCOVER ELEMENTS opens with Book 1 THE MORTAL FALLS. It is amazing how easily she glide us through a story that on first glance would seem just bizarre and makes the fantasy credible. Much of that gift is fond in the manner in which she introduces characters to whom we can relate – ‘I trotted out the doorway of the rock shop and hurried around the corner of the barn-red metal building, past the rock garden with its whimsical statues frolicking among the boulders and flowers. My boots clomped as I hustled down the path through the woods, straight into the area marked by a big wooden sign. White-painted letters declared "HEALING VORTEX." Three boulders, shaped like benches, hunkered in a semicircle around the empty space that was the so-called vortex of mystical energy. I stopped in the middle of the space. No spiritual effects lightened my psyche, or whatever the thing was supposed to do. Maybe the vortex shunned me because I'd stopped believing in the supernatural. I liked the charming idea of an invisible energy field that healed what ailed you, but ridicule from school kids had squelched my fascination with the paranormal. I'd long since given up on caring what others thought of me, yet I couldn't quite get back to those beliefs.’ The magic is set and the human aspect is set.

Anna’s synopsis condenses her novel well – ‘Lindsey Porter fled from her traumatic past, determined to lay low, but now someone has framed her for murder. The quest for answers leads her into a parallel realm where magic reigns, and with a hostile sheriff and a shapeshifting assassin on her trail, she must place her life in the hands of a seductive, supernatural man who tempts her like no one else. Nevan is trapped by a desperate bargain struck a century earlier, yet the beautiful, spirited Lindsey has enticed him to abandon his magically enforced duty. As forbidden passion flares between them, they'll risk everything to uncover the truth and find what they both need the most--redemption. The fates of the elemental and mortal realms depend on the star-crossed lovers. As dark secrets from their pasts threaten to shatter the fragile trust between Lindsey and Nevan, a shocking revelation holds the power to deliver salvation or destruction.’

And to uncover the high-flying element of this outing the reader must make the journey alone with Anna as a guide. This lady can write! A series that touches on many aspects of the incredible nature comes together so well in this first installment that the series seems already a success. Grady Harp, March 17

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