Monday, November 3, 2014

Blog Tour and Guest Post: Realm Walker Series by Kathleen Collins

Realm Walker
Realm Walker Series
Book One
Kathleen Collins

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: October 28, 2013
ISBN: 9781426896545
Word Count: 76,000

Book Description:

An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.
Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…
Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.
Available at Amazon BN Harlequin Print

Death’s Daughter
Realm Walker Series
Book 2 
Kathleen Collins
Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Publisher: Carina press
ISBN: 9781426898112
Word Count: 68,000
Book Description:
Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit.
Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can’t remember, is anyone’s guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.
She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon—maybe it’s because she had to stab him to do so. Because whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. Very powerful, and very dangerous indeed.
Available at Amazon BN Harlequin Print

The Making of Michael Bishop
A Realm Walker Short Story
Kathleen Collins

Genre: urban fantasy, dark fantasy

Date of Publication: August 30, 2014


Number of pages: 20

Book Description: Keep your distance. Don't look him in the eye. Feed him and leave.

Michael D'Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he's given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions.

Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn't eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help.

But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.

Available at Amazon and BN

My Review:

I found these to be easy to read and to get into. The author's writing style is engaging and flows effortlessly. The characters are enjoyable and well developed. 

I enjoyed the interactions between Juliana and Thomas. You can see the need and attraction between them, even though she tries so hard not to feel it. I kept waiting for the inevitable to occur. The author does a great job of creating tense scenes between them.

The stories themselves were wonderful. I really enjoyed reading about Juliana's cases and her abilities. I was really drawn into the books, especially the second one. 

I highly recommend these books to anyone that enjoys reading a good paranormal story that involves a kick-ass heroine solving crimes, werewolves, demons, vampires, and so much more. 

Guest Post by author Kathleen Collins:

I love this time of year. From September through Christmas I’m in my element. Celebrations, family and friends, and crisp fall weather make me happy. And right smack dab in the middle is Halloween. I have always loved the holiday with its resident ghosts and goblins. Maybe that’s why I write urban fantasy. My favorite thing to do is play with all those creatures of the night: werewolves and vampires and demons, oh my.

Even better than just writing them, is twisting the mythology behind them and surprising people with the unexpected. In my universe you’ll find vampires that are very much alive and have had their lives extended , and enhanced, through ancient blood magic. You’ll find dozens of species of creatures with their own pantheon of gods. In book three which comes out in January there’s a leprechaun that’s six foot tall because leprechauns are shape shifters and can make themselves look like anyone.

And I’ll admit, every change I make has the potential to make someone tell me that’s not how it’s done. Trust me I’ve got the emails. So why do I do it? Because I can. It’s my world and as long as I follow the rules I set for my world I can play in it to my heart’s content. Doing the same thing as everyone else is the very definition of boring, both for me and the reader. So do you have any favorite twisted realities you’ve read lately?

About the Author:

Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.
The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.
She is currently hard at work on her next book.

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