Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Seal of Awakening (Seven Seals #3) by Traci Douglas + Giveaway (US Only)


Blurb: Embrace the geek, save the world…

Socially awkward geneticist Quinn Strickland has willingly forgone the pleasures in life to reach her career objectives. Alone and approaching thirty, she uses her independence to mitigate any risk of a broken heart. Her strategy works until the day a handsome stranger bursts into her lab and her orderly plans shoot straight to Hades. He claims to be her personal divine protector, a powerful, ancient warrior sent to defend a prophetic time bomb existing within her own genetic code.

The Scion’s alpha-geek Wyck is offered the opportunity of his immortal lifetime as head of his own covert operation. He arrives at a Colorado lab expecting starched white coats and sterile surroundings—not a redheaded spitfire in charge of both his project and his libido. His skills have carried him from the battlefields of ancient England to the pits of Hell and he has no plans to be felled by one woman, regardless of her shag-worthy charms. Divine duty requires him to protect the apocalyptic Seal encrypted within Quinn’s DNA, but his heart has other ideas. When his personal feelings interfere with his age-old vendetta, he’s forced to decide between desire and retribution.

My Thoughts: I haven’t read the previous two books, and I’m sure I’ve missed some background story,  but I didn’t feel it robbed something from Seal of Awakening.  I enjoyed reading this book, and the plot/story was well done.

I was drawn towards both Wyck and Quinn, and thought their protection from harm was very similar. Both Wyck and Quinn have been hurt in the past. Each has their own way of protection; Wyck has his charm, and witty comments to keep people at arm’s length. Quinn has turned the coin, and is frosty towards everyone – hostile even at times. And she hides behind her lab coat, glasses and the way she makes her hair. Both Wyck and Quinn are protecting their hearts, but in order to survive what awaits them, they need to open up to each other, and start trusting again.

Being a future veterinarian and a bit of a science geek myself, I found the mix of faith, science, action and love to be really good. I especially loved how Traci involved Lucifer, angels and half-angels into the tory. The twists and turns delivered were amazing. Not to mention the little twist that has come forth about the Scions and the Seals – about the bond they share. I know I have to read the two previous books; Seal of Destiny and Seal of Surrender.
About the Author:
Traci is the author of paranormal romance/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban edge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.
She is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of the first book in the Seven Seals Series, Seal of Destiny, won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.
Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series, a new contemporary novella series due out in early 2014, and a new futuristic suspense series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.
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There is a giveaway in this tour. This is what you can win - only US though. Sorry. But come by tomorrow, I'll have an international giveaway then ;-)

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