Review: Book One: Fade to Black by Heather Kuehl

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Title: Book One: Fade to Black
Author: Heather Kuehl
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Genre: Paranormal Sub-genre: Werewolf
Publisher: Eternal Press
Price: $4.50
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What I liked:  My eyes are large and blue, but deep inside those blue eyes you can see the amber eyes of a wolf ready to attack.

“I died once,” I whisper.

I hate guns. Once fired, you can’t direct the bullet if it goes the wrong way. I prefer knives. There’s something very intimate about a knife. The closeness. The neat slicing of flesh.

I tear my eyes from the carnage in front of us. Yeah, I’m a bounty hunter. Yeah, I kill. But never like this. It’s always a swift, clean kill. Never like this!


Imagine that your primary existence is to seek revenge. The compulsion is so strong that you will not let anything or anyone stand in your way. There is nothing that could possibly derail your plans.

But as author Heather Kuehl (pronounced ‘keel’) shows us, revenge never goes as planned.

Bounty hunter and werewolf Sarah Vargas is determined to carry out her own brand of justice on whomever or whatever changed her life forever. In between her duties as a bounty hunter, Sarah will not stop her pursuit of revenge.

Her partner Jared is intriguing and Sarah deals with her mixed feelings towards this sexy power force. At the same time, the unexpected appearance of Damian proves to be another test that will either strengthen or weaken Sarah’s resolve. Could you resist these handsome forces that have been thrown into your life just when the last things you need are more distractions?

Kuehl’s writing gives Sarah an edgy, street-savvy persona. Sarah is the modern day heroine with smarts who does not need a dashing hero to come to her rescue. Sarah can look after herself and in a world where one walks a fine line between two existences, Sarah must draw on every ounce of humanity and ‘were-ity’ to avoid being overwhelmed by threatening forces.

Book blurb: Werewolf bounty hunter Sarah Vargas has only one goal in life; to kill the Were that attacked and changed her. However a slew of werecreature murders send Sarah and her partner, Jared Fontaine, on the mission of their lives, ending with a discovery about Jared’s past that might destroy them both.

Book excerpt: “We are all going to die. He was first; now we’re next,” mutters Maribeth to herself. She stands up and crosses the room to the door that leads downstairs to the exit. Where the vampires are. “I will not die.” She opens the door before any of us can argue, and walks out, slamming it behind her.

We all stand there, unable to grasp the fact that Maribeth walked out that door into God knows what.

“Maribeth!” cries Edward. It’s like the world decided to resume it’s turning. Edward runs for the door, leaving Jared and I with the prone forms of Donavan and Lev. We quickly follow. They need us in case shit goes bad. And we know that it will.

“Maribeth, come back! You don’t know what’s down there!” Edward follows her down the flight of stairs, through the room where I met Damian, and into a room filled with plush couches, mirrors, and a window looking out to the dance floor of the Malevolent Dead. The dance floor answers my distant thoughts from earlier. Littering the dance floor are the bodies of Donavan’s Weres. Some of the Weres were neatly killed. Others…you can’t even tell what they once were. They are just a gory, meaty mess on the floor. I feel Donavan shudder as he beholds the dance floor. I force my eyes from it and see what holds my companion’s attention. I have failed to notice two vampires are in the same room as us. Not mindless Necrovamps. Oh no, those would be easy. Two 100% true vampires stand there, looking very shocked that all of us just walked in.

Jerrikin and Jackilin Skyner stand there. Great! Just great.

by: Tammy Elizabeth Southin


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