Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Tour ~ Coven Enforcers Series by Ann Gimpel ~ Reviews of Book 2, Blood and Sorcery, and Book 3, Blood and Illusion


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?

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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:

Breana's character is strong; she's lost both her husband and her daughter to Dark Magick and to death. As a harborer of those under the influence of Dark Magick, Breana has a lot to atone for. Broken and beaten, she's not looking for love. Joshua is a strong alpha male totally in love with Breane but until now she's been unavailable. Now, he's one of the enforces protecting her against evil forces hellbent on claiming her and pulling her into the dark.

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 the Coven Enforcers series to the "I love them" 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.

Blood and Sorcery is a well written historical romance.  I love the hint of steampunk that gives the series a unique edge.  The book contains 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 Joshua and Breane's story and I didn't want 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.



Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2c8Ty92


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.

My Review:

The Coven Enforcers series has been added to my "I love them" list. Her characters are very realistic and you'll fall in love them immediately. 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. Isla is a sassy character. She's strong-willed and can hold her own. Sam is another strong alpha male that isn't overbearing or controlling, just like Luke and Joshua from the first 2 books in the series. He's a protector to the witches even though they aren't official part of the Coven.

Blood and Illusion is packed full of 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. The characters are very well developed and the world building is complex. The story of Isla and Sam rounds out the trilogy nicely. 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.



Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2ccWJur

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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...

Thank you so very much for your ongoing support of my books, Saph! Big hugs!

Sapphyria said...

You're very welcome. Your writing is some of the best in the business. You have a fan for life in me :)