Author: Elizabeth Hunter

Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, and Jeffe Kennedy

Posted December 12, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, and Jeffe KennedyAmid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, Jeffe Kennedy
Published by Brightlynx Publishing on December 12, 2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 454
Format: eARC
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As the snows fall and hearths burn, four stories of Midwinter beginnings prove that love can fight its way through the chillest night...

The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…


I was trying to figure out how I would get Amid the Winter Snow for review. And then Thea Harrison sent it to me!  I am so, so thrilled! This group of authors is outstanding. I had read almost everything by Thea Harrison and Elizabeth Hunter. I wanted to try Grace Draven and Jeffe Kennedy.


THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven             4.5 stars

My first experience with Grace Draven is a standout. I read this with no knowledge of her other work, so I would say it totally works as a stand alone. The rich development of the world and characters engrossed me quickly. This is fantasy with a touch of romance, a coming-of-age story for the main character Jahna. While it is short, it covered a long time period in years so things happened in a comfortable amount of time. The characters had time to learn and grow. My head was filled with vivid images; my heart was full of feelings.


THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison                                3.5 stars

Set in the same world as the Elder Races series but more closely to the Moonshadow series world, it could be easily read as a stand alone. I enjoyed learning more about this alternate dimension. Magic is one of my favorite things and I especially like the way it is implemented here. The world and characters were developed and gave me an emotional ride.  My only issue was how quickly the romance developed. Overall, a great read and interesting story.


THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter                               4 stars

A colorful blend of locations in the world of The Irin Chronicles series, I would only read this in order with the series. Because the series is excellent, and having all of it for background and development of the characters make this novella all the more special. There was a bit of couple communication issue, but The Storm avoids my problems with insta-love by covering many years in the couple’s life. The world and the plot here are a striking tapestry along with the romance evoking a wealth of feelings.


THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN, by Jeffe Kennedy     4 stars

I was happy to finally manage to read something by Jeffe Kennedy.  The problem of a novella relationship was solved by a couple with a history of years which we join at the end. I felt so much for Ash. He has suffered so much and for so long. I admire his strength and courage. Amelia feels more distant but I like how she developed. The children terrified me; and then they made me cry.  The Snows of Windroven held me throughout and made me feel so much.  I don’t know if this is part of a world in a series but I want to know.


Amid the Winter Snow is the joy I expected with these authors contributing. The stories fit well together in their fantasy settings with plenty of kick-ass battles and heartwarming romance. Anthologies or books of short stories such as these, are always an important experience. They allow a taste of an author and often their series’ world. They’ve introduced me to some favorites. Certainly, I am favorably drawn to the two authors here I had not read previously. Highly recommended.



About Elizabeth Hunter

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

About Grace Draven

I’m an author and Louisiana native living in Texas with my husband, three smalls and a big doofus dog. I have lived in Spain, hiked the Teton Mountains, honeymooned in Scotland, ridden in competition rodeo and am the great great granddaughter of a Nicaraguan president. I also hate doing laundry and refuse to iron anything.

I’ve loved storytelling since forever. I published my first short story with Amber Quill Press and have since written several other tales. A love of the bad boy in fiction always inspires me.

About Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

About Thea Harrison

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Thea Harrison resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter. She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child.

Thea writes in a variety of genres, including the award-winning paranormal Elder Races series and the Game of Shadows novels, and is currently at work on various new projects in sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.

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