Apr 26, 2016

The Keeper (Crossing Realms 1) Blog Tour with Giveaway

The Keeper (Crossing Realms 1) cover

GREETINGS AND WELCOME to my stop of the blog tour! I have the pleasure of introducing Rebecca E. Neely, the author of The Keeper (Crossing Realms 1). Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post. Two (2) winners will receive a $15 Amazon Giftcard & 5 winners will receive an e-copy of The Keeper!

 

 

  SUMMARY  

Nick Geary, jaded clan leader of human guardians, the Keepers, is doomed to love a human woman who’s forgotten him, time after time, for thirteen years: Libby Klink, a skittish accountant who’s as terrified of her recent and strange intuitions as she is of her mundane existence.

When Nick is ordered by the clan’s guiding force to seek Libby’s help in defending the clan against enemy Betrayers, romance sizzles as the pair forms an unlikely alliance in their desperate search to discover the key to the clan’s salvation—which Libby alone holds.

But a haunting secret could cost Nick everything, and in a race against time, both will be forced to choose between their hearts and duty. Can their love, and the clan survive, or will the very forces that drew them together ultimately destroy them?

The battle in the Steel City begins.

Available April 27th 2016: Amazon | Goodreads

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 3 out of 5

The Keeper is an entertaining first installment in Rebecca E. Neely’s Crossing Realms series. From the very first page, I am swept into an intriguing and mysterious realm of ancient magic, fierce warriors, and dark forces, in a fast paced, action-packed paranormal adventure.

For a relatively short novel of less than 200 pages, I am impress that Ms. Neely is still able to create a solid world with carefully constructed details that left me with a good understanding of the setting. The technique though, by way of an extended Q and A conversation, made the prose a bit too clinical and a little less lyrical. Nevertheless, I was immediately grounded in the world where Watchers, Keepers, Betrayers, and humans are all folded into this connected fabric of energy.

I enjoyed both of the main characters and their slowburn romance—13 years in the making! Nick Geary is a hot-tempered, passionate Keeper. When it comes to Libby, he’s also protective, overbearing, and endearing, making him quite the sweetheart. Libby Klink is an even-keeled, steadfast accountant. I enjoyed Libby’s character more. In some ways she’s been totally sheltered; however, she does have her moments of quiet confidence that I absolutely adored. She is a heroine who struggles at the crossroad of obligation to the Keepers and a desire to create her own destiny. She works hard and faces deep disappointments, yet remains unwavering to do what's right.

The Keeper wasn’t overly complex nor did it completely captivate me, but I was never bored. I found it to be an enjoyable read with a rather well-balanced story of action, suspense, and romance. The pace of the story, though incredibly fast, cuts to the point giving Nick and Libby a complete and satisfying story while still leaving plenty of questions unanswered. The ending was a perfectly orchestrated cliffhanger, leaving me at once satisfied and curious about the next installment in the series.

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

A sucker for a happy ending, Rebecca writes the kind of stories she loves to read—those featuring authentic, edgy and vulnerable characters, smack dab in the middle of action that explodes from page one.

Raised on a down home blend of Johnny Cash, Jack London, Sherlock Holmes, the Steelers, and all things small town, Rebecca feels blessed to have grown up in a close knit, fun loving and artistic family. Her mother, a voracious reader and scratch cook, and her father, an entrepreneur, English teacher and lover of literature, taught Rebecca and her brother to work hard, aim for the stars, and live life.

With music, books and laughter as constant companions, she grew up working, cooking and eating in the family’s restaurant business. A certified book and hoagie junkie, Rebecca thrives on live music, mysteries and the outdoors.

She’s a cheddar enthusiast, lover of cats, teddy bears, hot coffee, cold beer, thunderstorms, the blast of a train’s whistle, the change of seasons, country roads, woodpeckers, spoon rings, cool office supplies, and the Food Network.

Careers, past and present, include freelance writing, accounting, mother, problem solver, doer and head bottle washer.

Rebecca is a member of the Three Rivers Romance Writers, a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), and is honored to serve as a judge for several writing contests each year.

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  GIVEAWAY  

2 winners will receive a $15 Amazon Giftcard & 5 winners will receive an e-copy of Rebecca E. Neely’s The Keeper

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{ Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title. }