By Nancy Straight
Genre: Mythological Romance
Series: Touched, Book 1
Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she craved: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus.
As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.
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I’m excited to share another fun book series I discovered. Blood Debt by Nancy Straight is a compelling YA Paranormal Romance about…wait for it…Centaurs. I know, right? So different from anything I’ve encountered in this genre, and I simply had to investigate further.
I think the first thing that caught my attention in this series was the totally original storyline. Centaurs? Really? I didn’t know much about the mythology behind the subject to begin with, and that alone intrigued me enough to pick up the book. Once I started reading, the story opened up with an immediate and compelling dilemma for the heroine of the story, Camille. She is getting ready to contact her biological father for the first time in her entire life. A father who doesn’t know she exists. So now I’m connecting with her on an emotional level and prepared to follow this phone call through, you know, to give her the moral support she needs. Her journey to South Carolina to meet a family she’s never known before is all the more intriguing due to the amount of foreshadowing that all may not be as it seems, and Camille may have a few secrets to uncover before she’s able to trust this new family.
Enter the world of Centaurs where customs, traditions and culture are an integral part of what makes a centaur a centaur and what makes Camille so different. Add in an arranged marriage, a deranged grandmother. a blood debt and a forbidden love with a scrumptious centaur named Drake and you’ve pretty much nailed down the formula for my idea of wonderful; a story with conflict and tension on every page, a plot with several twists and turns, a heroine worth rooting for and a cast of strong supporting characters you love and hate for all the right reasons. I loved it. If you love fantasy and paranormal romance you’re gonna love it too. Oh, and by the way, Nancy dear, I was up until 2 a.m. finishing it. Darn you.
Some reviewers made comments that there were shifting points of view that were very confusing. I think the author must have listened to those constructive critiques because the chapters are now titled with the name from whom the narrative is being told. So I didn’t experience any confusion in that department. Nice to have an author willing to listen to helpful suggestions in order to better her writing and improve the journey for her fans. This entertaining read is currently priced as free so I would jump on that bargain and see if you like the series as much as I did.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nancy Straight was born in Sioux City, Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children. She enjoys reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.
If you would like to connect with Nancy Straight and read the two different series she has already published you can find her online here: http://nancystraight.com/ on facebook and twitter: @NancyStraight
Would you like to know even more about this author? Check out my interview with Author Nancy Straight on Author and Book Spotlights http://www.authorcjanaya.com/blog/author-spotlight-interview-with-nancy-straight
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