Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Review: 'Snow Blood' by Carol McKibben

California author Carol McKibben has been a principal of McKibben Consulting since 1991 and provides quality writing, editing, marketing and PR services for her clients. She has over thirty years of experience in publishing, marketing, public relations, business management, and education and project management. Noted for her marketing and highly organized management skills in business, in 1997, she co-founded and was president of McKibben Communications, LLC, one of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies for three consecutive years until it was sold in 2001. Previous to McKibben Communications, Carol was Vice-President and Publisher at Miramar Communications, a Los Angeles-based company specializing in trade publications. She has four books to her published credit – LUKE’S TALE, SNOW BLOOD SEASONS 1 AND 2 and her memoir, RIDING THROUGH IT. Carol’s sensitive attachment to animals goes beyond her passion for horses and for her involvement with kennel management: she writes this triptych from the stance of an animal – a refreshingly different take on what has become an obsession with vampires and other undead creatures with the populace!

Should SNOW BLOOD Season 2 be the reader’s first exposure to Carol’s ongoing story a capsule version of the first book is helpful: ‘When Brogio must turn Snow, a beautiful white husky, in order to save the dog, a series of events are unleashed that reveal a sinister plot against the father of all vampires. As life and true death experiences bond the master vampire and his newly transformed vampire canine together, they unravel a conspiracy that when resolved may return Selene, the love of Brogio’s life, back to him and set him free from the lonely existence that has plagued him for thousands of years.’ Given that bit of introduction, this book follows the tale: ‘As dark forces close in on Brogio and his beloved children, the end of all vampires could come from a single blow at any moment. When Kane sacrifices himself to save Snow Blood, the pack believes he is truly lost forever. After the devastating loss, a new ever-present threat of destruction surrounding Brogio, the original vampire, threatens his kindred. While the pack stands guard watching for predators on the outskirts of Brogio’s winery estate, Snow Blood discovers Selene is keeping secrets from Brogio. This deception and Selene’s rapidly growing strength and independence could create a rift between the father of all vampires and his mate. Snow Blood again helps hold their love together as he tries to protect them from the approaching evil. At the same time, Snow Blood suspects that Nova, the beautiful female wolf that attracts him in the forest, is part of a sinister plot to destroy his master … but he can’t resist her power over him.’

In a rare mixture of vampire tales, paranormal characters, and true romance, Carol succeeds in allowing this tale told through the eyes of a dog bring an entirely fresh approach to paranormal romance. It rings and sings and is full of heart – rich in the sense of respect for the animal kingdom while allowing the tale to satisfy those who lust after stories of the undead. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 15

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