Monday, September 5, 2016

Book Tour ~ Coven Enforcers Series by Ann Gimpel ~ #Review of Blood and Magic, Book 1 @AnnGimpel


Coven Enforcers = Dark, Dangerous, Magical Men

Coven Witches bow to no one—least of all Enforcers.

Sparks ignite. Tempers run high. Passion explodes. Hot. Sweet. 

Impossible to ignore....



Blood and Magic
Coven Enforcers, Book One
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press
63K words

Release Date: 7/18/16

Genre: Historical paranormal romance with a steampunk edge

About the Book:

Magic didn’t just find Luke Caulfield. It chased him down, bludgeoned him, and has been dogging him ever since. Some lessons are harder than others, but Luke embraces danger, upping the ante to give it one better. An enforcer for the Coven, a large, established group of witches, his latest assignment is playing bodyguard to the daughter of Coven leaders.

Abigail Ruskin is chaperoning a spoiled twelve-year-old from New York to her parents’ home in Utah Territory when Luke gets on their stagecoach in Colorado. A powerful witch herself, Abigail senses Luke’s magic, but has no idea what he’s doing on her stagecoach. Stuck between the petulant child and Luke’s raw sexual energy, Abigail can’t wait for the trip to end.

Unpleasant truths surface about the child. While Abigail’s struggling with those, wraiths, wolves, and dark mages launch an attack. Luke’s so attracted to Abigail, she’s almost all he can think about, but he’s leery too. The child is just plain evil. Is Abigail in league with her? It might explain the odd attack that took out their driver and one of their horses. In over his head, he summons enforcer backup.

Will they help him save the woman he’s falling in love with, or demand her immediate execution?

My Review:

When Luke was a boy his parents were turned into wraiths.  Up until the time came to try and save the rest of his family from them he had shunned magic.  That fateful evening opened his eyes and he moved forward with releasing and honing his magical abilities.  Many years later he encounters a woman traveling with a young girl across the U.S. in a stagecoach.  The woman and the child have more to them than can be seen by a normal eye.

Abigail Ruskin is escorting Carolyn, a bratty pre-teen from the east coast to Utah where her parents build a new home in the Utah territory.  Abigail cannot wait to deliver the girl who has done nothing but try her patience from the start.  Untrainable magically, Abigail isn't quite sure why her parents hire her, a witch, to try and do anything with Carolyn.  It's not until the stagecoach is attacked that Abigail realizes that there is something wrong with Carolyn - and what is wrong chills her to the bone.

Abigail's life is about to take a turn that she she may never recover from.

Ann Gimpel is one of my absolute favorite authors.  I've yet to ready anything by her that I didn't like.  I can add Blood and Magic to the "I love it" list.  Her characters are real.  They have real emotions, are likeable, and are written in such a way that no matter their genre (paranormal, steampunk, historical), the reader will connect with them.  Abigail is a great character.  She's strong and can hold her own even with the darkness invades.  Luke is a strong alpha male that isn't overbearing or controlling.  He's a protector and does his job well. 

I was engaged in Blood and Magic from the beginning.  There is action, magic, and romance.  The plot is strong and unique and the story is fast paced.  The characters have depth and layers not just 2 dimensional robots that move through the pages.  I became engrossed in Luke and Abigail's story, not wanting it to end.  Another great novel by the very talented author, Ann Gimpel.

Review copy provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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Blood and Sorcery
Coven Enforcers, Book Two
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press
64K words

Release Date: 8/1/16

About the Book:

Joshua committed his life to fighting Black Magick. Not sure who he hates worse, dark sorcerers or the clerics who tortured and mutilated his family, he lives on the road with his horse and his magic, working as a Coven enforcer. Breana Giraud is the only woman he’s ever loved, and until very recently she was married to someone else.

Breana’s husband, Don, sold his soul to the devil, embracing dark practices. Along the way, he corrupted their daughter. While Breana could’ve turned him in to Coven justice without a second thought, she couldn’t bring herself to implicate her child. Still reeling from her daughter’s death at the hands of evil, and grateful her husband met the vicious end he deserved, she feels broken, damaged. The last thing on her mind is falling in love.

Joshua tries to hold back, give Breana room to mourn her losses, but if he has his way, she’ll become his wife. With Don dead, and the path to his heart’s true love finally clear, he’ll do anything he can to make her his. Even if it means fighting his way past the dark mages’ leader, who wants her for his own.

**My review of Blood and Sorcery will be coming

Blood and Illusion
Coven Enforcers, Book Three
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press
64K words

Release Date: 8/22/16

Genre: Historical paranormal romance with a steampunk edge

Book Description:

Not all witches join the Coven. Fiercely independent, Isla heads up her own small band in the San Francisco area. She’s never needed help before, but dark sorcerers drive her and her group into hiding, trapping them.

Sam’s worked for the Coven as one of their enforcers forever. He’s been there so long, the Coven is the only mistress he knows. It’s a lonely life on the road thwarting wickedness and Black Magick with his guns, his magic, and his horse, but it’s been enough to satisfy him. Until now.

A group of witches is in deep trouble. They’re not part of the Coven, but Sam is sworn to protect all witches and he rides to their assistance with several of his brothers. Nothing prepares him for the outspoken spitfire who ends up riding double with him. She’s forthright, opinionated, and downright hostile, but he’s drawn to her self-sufficiency—and her undeniable beauty. Soon, Isla is all he can think about.

Dark forces are on the move. Protecting the woman he’s falling in love with is at the very top of Sam’s list. If they manage to survive, he’ll tame her. Claim her. Make her his.

Meet the Author:



Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients, now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over 30 books to date, with several more planned for 2016 and beyond. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and wolf hybrids round out her family.

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2 comments:

Ann Gimpel said...

Morning, Saph!
What can I say but thank you. Your review just made my day. Maybe the next several, actually! I'm so glad you're enjoying my historical take on the Old West!

Sapphyria said...

:) It's always a pleasure to have you on my blog. I love reading your books and can't wait to start book 2!