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Gemma Newey is an author, yes, but she cannot be tied down to any specific genre. Oh no! She is also is a qualified designer of book covers and banner. She is also a qualified editor and proofreader, with that side of her profession only now, getting off the group.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Birmingham, United Kingdom, I was brought up in a fairly creative environment, which developed into writing and painting. During my life at secondary school I found my ‘writing voice’ by writing short stories with my friends as the main characters. It was also, during this time, that one of my stories got found and read by a teacher who gave me such negative feedback that I gave up writing all together.
It wasn’t until after I was married to my husband, Mike, whom I knew from secondary school, and found new friends in working life, that I began writing again. Actually, it was down to another creative mind, Sammi, who plagued me with fan fictions and anime that got me inspired to write. Blood and Rain, my first self-published novel was the result.
Since then, I have constantly tried to develop my writing style and my knowledge, taking on self-publishing courses, as well as editing and proofreading courses. I’m still being hounded by my friends to write more, which I’m trying to do. I have several more in the pipeline and hope to never stop – even with a little munchkin nipping at my heels. Yep, I’m a mother. But I don’t let that stop me; I use it to push me forward. Without my friends and family, I wouldn’t be writing now and loving my life.
“No! I ... I can't. I just ...” She sighed and settled against the counter, “Just leave it wi ...” Sammi waved at her to cut her off and then shoved the envelope in her direction. She demanded Rahne read it and that she was not going anywhere until she did. Sammi was not going to stop until she read it and replied. She was so sick of Rahne attitude to stuff like this. It was time for it to stop and she was going to make sure it happened today.
Rahne's shoulders dropped and she lowered her eyes in defeat. She was not going to win this argument no matter what and her curiosity was going to get the better of her eventually, anyway. With a low moan, she snatched the red envelope from her friends hand and tore it open. With shaky fingers, she pulled the letter out. She unfolded it and read the contents. He hand went to her mouth to stifle her gasp.
When Rahne joined her club-loving friend Sammi to the newly opened club Raven, she never expected it to change her life forever. An unexpected chance encounter with the mysterious clubs’ owner, Lucian, leads Sammi and Rahne down a path they never expected.
Can the seductive Lucian, tempt the reclusive book worm, Rahne out of the darkness of her ordinary existence and into the real world? And what of Sammi, does a similar encounter beckon at her door or is she to be a face in the background, merely there to observe her friends happiness while she wallows in the darkness?
And who is Geraldine and what dark and unimaginable secrets does she have to reveal? Will this end in a happy ending or was everything doomed to fail before it began?
Two worlds collide in this dark, compelling and deeply seductive vampire romance. Being from the wrong side of the tracks is no barrier to the irrevocable attraction to his soul mate… Something’s are simply meant to be.
***This Book Contains Adult Content***
Rahne is an only child, who has had a very strict up bringing, she prefers to stay in and study in baggy sweats and tee, however her friend Sammi is the total opposite, she just loves to party dress in slinky outfits and have guys drooling over her, this is why they are both standing in a queue to get into Raven , a new and very hot club, meeting a guy of any kind is the last thing on Rahnes mind not that's is ever on her mind guys just don't really do anything for her , not that's she gay, just her hearts never raced for a guy ever, Sammi on the other hand just wants her friend to lighten up and start to have some fun, so when Rahne comes back from a trip to the bar all flustered Sammi cant think what's got into her until Lucian appears, not only is he drop dead gorgeous but he owns the club. Lucian is an 800 year old vampire, how had this little human got under his skin so fast, she's human for god's sake, however this does not deter Lucian he enlists the help of his old friend Marcus who is a hybrid half werewolves half vampire to be a blind date for Sammi so he can see Rahne again. When they do all meet up Sammi and Marcus hit it of straight away and start plotting to get their friends together, and so starts a sequence of events that, are heart breakingly emotional, however also heart warming, I love the way Faye has depicted the origins vampires , werewolves and all things paranormal, I think this book is exception for a first book, Faye takes you on a roller coaster of emotions in this book, with characters you fall in love with and some you just take a total dislike to. And like a true author leaves you wanting more (and no it's not a cliff hanger)
So I was needing a Vampire fix since I haven't read anything Vampire for months. I couldn't believe it, I'm a sucker for a Vampire story. So I jumped at the opportunity to read this right away when the synopsis sounded so intriguing. First let me say that Blood & Rain is a whole lotta story. It had enough material in there for three books. And I'm not talking about length, I'm talking about the stuff that took place in this unbelievable story. The story jumped right into the mix of it with best buds Rahne and Sammi. Sammi the more outgoing of the two dragged education and career focused Rahne to a new club where she meets her supposed Soul Mate. I instantly liked these girls and how their friendship worked even with their different personalities. So Rahne met her future guy Lucian and was instantly swept away by the emotions she never felt before for the opposite sex or expected to ever feel. In this story this instant attraction worked for me, I'm also a sucker for the soul mate angle in stories. It was also evident that Lucian was instantly drawn in by Rahne. This is one of the things that keeps me in love with the Vampire sub-genre. I just love how swoon-worthy connections of the heart between the Hero and Heroine can be. I say connections because this wasn't exactly love at first site for Rahne and Lucian but a very strong need to be around each other and explore the possibilities. However, of course Rahne go and spoil it by fighting her feelings for him not wanting to stray from her plan of education and career first, love second, maybe. Lucian also fought it too because he was still dealing with being hurt from a previous relationship. Although it's clear that Rahne was the primary focus of the story her friend Sammi and Marcus, Lucian's friend also had a big part in the book. They were always front and center when it comes to do with anything Rahne and Lucian as well as having their own stuff going on, and certainly made this story so dynamic. I liked Rahne and Lucian as a couple and I loved how their story grew and became this almost epic love story. I think they were so alike in personality, I didn't realize it till the end how much alike they are. I also like Sammi and Marcus, I would say they were the ones to lighten the mood of the story. I liked being in Sammi's head, she is so insulting, always referring to people as idiot and cow but it was clearly a term of endearment, especially since it was her friend Rahne who got the brunt of the cow reference. Some of the things that bothered me was how developments and back stories just came up out of nowhere it seems. I had no preparation for some of the things that came up. I was in a state of shock a few times as the story developed. I got a little irritated at Rahne for the way she dealt with things, she was one ball of emotional roller-coaster. There was a time in the story where this would have been acceptable but I thought she took it to a new level sometimes and sometimes her freaks were actually funny, when she wasn't crying that is. There is also some editing issues with the book, but I've read many a books with rampant errors and was able to look pass it if I loved the story. Okay, this review it getting out of hand so I will try and sum it up. I will say what was most enjoyable about this book was the fact that I wan't bored once. Frustrated sometimes, either with the characters or the way things were flowing but I was so captivated that I couldn't wait to see where it went. It definitely sated my Vampire withdrawals.