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The Turning – Spotlight & Review


 

The Turning by Brigit Zahara

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Release Date: March 30, 2010
 ISBN: 9781419927638
 
MSRP/List Price: $4.98
Our Cover Price: $2.49    


Available in Print: No

Book Description:

 

“Galeria is ready to hit the streets of L.A. for a quick snack. She is a very happy, satisfied woman—having just left her two hot vampire lovers sleeping soundly in her bed.

But their lives weren’t always so wonderful, such a long time ago in Rome. Back then Galeria was the emperor’s daughter. She wasn’t supposed to have a scorching secret affair with the beautiful and passionate Cassian, champion gladiator of Rome. Nor should she have taken comfort in the massive, marble-like arms of Atticus—Cassian’s best friend, her night chamber guard and a closet vampire—when informed of Cassian’s supposed demise.

Too late, they discover that Cassian lives. Overcome with jealousy, he challenges Atticus to a battle to the death in the arena. Galeria is caught in the middle, tormented by her feelings for these two powerful men. But a mysterious ritual changes all their lives. Forever.”

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My Thoughts:   

I loved the movie “Gladiator”, starring Russell Crowe, when it was released and still do. I just watched it again recently. I’m also glued to HBO every Monday night to watch Spartacus, starring Andy Whitfield. Brad Pitt in Troy was awesome. I don’t know what it is about these Roman and Thracian gladiators that I find so exciting, but when I saw the description of Brigit Zahara’s The Turning, I had to read it! I was not disappointed.   

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, as I like longer, more developed tales with characters that can truly “live” in my imagination and most short stories just don’t have the time to develop that process. The Turning was the exception. Galeria, Cassian & Atticus were easy for me to “see” in my head and the passion and eroticism between them? Flaming, steamy HOT! I definitely give this short novella, The Turning, two enthusiastic thumbs up! I would also like to see Brigit Zahara develop these charcters into a full length novel or series, as I would definitely love to read more about them, thier history and their futures.    

         4.5   

Buy The Turning   

Find out more about Brigit Zahara & her books at her website.   

     

     

    

March 30, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 2 Comments

Brigit Zahara – Guest Blog & Giveaway


 

Today I have erotic paranormal romance author, Brigit Zahara here guest blogging along with a giveaway of her newly released e-novella, The Turning! Giveaway details will be after Brigit’s guest blog and an excerpt of The Turning. Let’s give her a warm welcome.

ALTERED STATES

How Would You Feel if You Woke Up As A Vampire?

By Brigit Zahara

Vampires are big business these days. Seems darn near everyone wants to read about them and more than a few people want to become one.

Back in the old days when the myth of the undead first arose (pun intended;) these creatures of the night were considered to be ugly, abhorrent monsters that were to be avoided at all costs. But today’s abiding immortals have quite the fan base.

Why? Wouldn’t you think the Pros would far outweigh the Cons in the question of whether or not to take the eternal plunge?

From what I can see, the pros are pretty obvious:

  • Immortality

  • Superior power/strength and speed

  • Superior senses

  • Freedom to do and be what you want

And depending on which type of vampire you like/vampire books you’ve read, the list may also include:

  • Heightened beauty and sexual appeal

  • Powers of control and coercion i.e. hypnotism, mind reading, etc.

  • Flying

  • Shapeshifting

I’m sure there are more characteristics to be found but just looking at what I have so far, it sounds like a no-brainer right? But what about the cons?

  • No sunlight

  • VERY restricted diet

  • Losing scores of mortal friends and lovers

  • Being the quintessential outsider

True, it’s a short list but it packs a punch. Just having to eat – or rather drink – only one thing for the rest of all eternity is a big turnoff for me. And no sun? Ever? Yeah, that wouldn’t float my boat either. Those two may not be deal breakers for you, but no matter how you look at it, deciding to become a vampire is not an easy decision.

That’s when you get to make the decision.

In THE TURNING—my contemporary vampire ménage that flashes back to Rome and the time of gladiators, none of the three mortals who become vampires were actually given a choice.

So that’s the question on the table:

How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow and, without your consent, had been turned into a vampire?

Excerpt of The Turning

Once outside, Atticus collapsed against the wall, grimacing as his long, white eyeteeth lengthened into twin razor-sharp daggers with each passing second. Intense emotion always brought out the animal in him. Clamping a hand over his mouth and willing himself to calm down, Atticus squeezed his eyes shut.

God he loved her.

He had from the moment he’d laid eyes on her.

At the tender age of eighteen, Atticus had seen fifteen-year-old Galeria for the very first time as he stood in the center of the dusty arena, addressing the emperor in the standard salutation before his premiere match was to begin. She was perched high above the stadium on a throne situated to the emperor’s left but even from that distance, Atticus could discern the regal carriage, the sheer elegance and stunning beauty of her delicate form. Where Atticus was hulking and muscular, she was petite and pristinely pale. Only months before his massive body and physical prowess had attracted the attention of the emperor during one fortuitous meeting along a road where Atticus was toiling as a farmhand. Right there and then he was specially “selected” to train in Rome’s premiere gladiator school, until he was ready to showcase his strength and speed, testing his keen instincts of survival in matches against other similarly endowed males for the delight of an audience.

An audience that included Galeria.

At the end of each victorious contest, Atticus would approach the raised section of the stadium where the privileged sat. He would bow, his gaze trained on the ground. It was considered a show of disrespect to make eye contact with any member of the royal family post-match so he never looked at the emperor.

Or his daughter.

But Atticus felt her—felt her gentleness, her feminine power, her seductive beauty.

For many years, Atticus fought valiantly, always winning, albeit frequently saved from various near-fatal injuries in a number of different ways. However none quite so fatefully as the last time.

It was during one of the Tour of Champions’ stops in a strange country filled with ancient legends and superstitions that, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, bordered the Black Sea. It was there that a mysterious healer performed some strange kind of bloodletting on Atticus to treat his life-threatening wounds sustained in a match. It appeared a miracle cure had been administered but in reality, Atticus had unwittingly turned into a strigoi—a creature of the night who survived solely on the blood of warm-blooded beings.

From then on, he had to endure many changes.

 Giveaway Details:

Brigit will be popping by today to reply to comments and questions!

How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow and, without your consent, had been turned into a vampire?”

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March 30, 2010 Posted by | Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf | , , , , | 30 Comments