Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Author Highlight! Heather Karn

Hey Everyone!  I just wanted to give a shout out to a newly published author.  Everyone give a hand to Heather Karn.  Her book, Perfect Scents, just went live on Amazon

Joette McClane’s life has gone from the happiest it could ever be to heartbreak with the deaths of her parents. Now living with her grandma and aunt, trying to put the pieces of her life back together, a school assignment shocks the life back into Joey- an essay on the weregals, a race of werecats who disappeared from the mountains of West Virginia nearly twenty years ago. As luck, or fate, would have it, not only does Joey stumble across the first weregal seen in years, but what Kev knows about Joey will turn her world upside down. But Kev’s not the only creature lurking in the West Virginia pines, and these other creatures might not be so friendly. Armed with her peculiar sense of smell, Joey and her friends set out to discover the truth behind these mysterious strangers who have their sights set on Joey, but will the price of truth be too much to pay?

As for my review of the book?  I am a little biased because I had the chance to be the copy editor on this one.  It was exciting for me, being a new copy editor, that I was trusted with her first book.  As a reviewer, I did enjoy the fantasy of the novel. A YA teen shifter romance.  The idea of Bengal tiger shifters was new for me, and it wasn't the same old werewolf/vampire that gets tired and has been done a thousand times.  The characters were believable, especially the main character, Joey.  Her hesitation towards wanting to go along with everything, like having a mate and believing in weregals, and that the whole town was up to something.  She was skeptical at first, and that made me like her.  
I wish the main guy could pick if he wanted to be dominant or submissive.  True, I don't necessarily like the whole bossy, Alpha male thing, but Kev went from bossy to pushover back to bossy.  I think Heather was going for Kev trying to be accommodating, but it came off as more wishy-washy.  This doesn't mean I didn't like him.  Just that there is room for improvement. 
Add in the typical, ever loving best friend and we have our main cast.  What is not so typical is the rest of the town and the mysterious "stinky" people.  You will have to read the book to find out who they are.  I really like how she mixed them into the story and built the mystery around the sour-smelling folks.
In the end, there were a lot of unanswered questions.  BUT, since this is book one in a series, I was expecting that.  Hopefully, Book 2 will address these issues before bringing in new ones. 
Overall, it was an entertaining, easy, and fun read. 

So go check out Heather's book, and give a new indie author a chance!

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