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Leopard shifter Sasha Weisberg arrives in Nocturne Falls hoping someone in the town of supernaturals might be able to undo the spell an angry ex-friend put on her. Otherwise, she’s doomed to live most of every day as a bird, with only three precious hours each day to enjoy her human form and her snow leopard not at all. 

An archangel friend convinces Kianso Kane to travel to Nocturne Falls for a weekend of rest and relaxation. From the onset of the trip, his shaman calling challenged him to return to his Hawaiian roots and acknowledge his shaman birthright. His instincts led him right to Sasha and he knew straightaway she was his true love. But she was caught in a maelstrom of a witch's curse. And until she was free, she couldn’t be completely his. 

They have one chance on Samhain to undo the curse, or else her next chance won’t be for 19 years. Can she trust Kianso and his visions?

©2017 Kristen Painter (P)2018 Kristen Painter

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Obnoxious Heroine

One of the things I've noticed lately in many romances is the writer defaulting to the terrible, self-absorbed, everything-is-about-me, whining and complaining "heroine. Listen, authors, get a grip. If a woman has grown up to be a spoiled brat, love isn't going to change her, especially if she is won by the "hero" because he caters to her. Any such coupling is destined to the divorce court, and, probably in the most ugly ways. I could not stand this woman! I felt like Kianso was an idiot to be attracted to her, which reduces his attractiveness to me as a reader. This doesn't mean such a woman can't change, but the plot requires an entirely different approach to get such a woman truly to wake up to the fact that she isn't the center of the universe.

As I said, I've seen this sort of lazy writing in too many romance of late. Lazy writers equate a strong woman with a bitchy one. They are not the same thing. Such writers try to show strength with complaints, confrontation or automatic challenges instead of doing the real work of developing a character with depth and nuance and doing it by actions rather than adjectives and adverbs. The excuse of a "short" is invalid.

So, please drop the whining, the challenges just for the sake of challenge, and read Kristen's characters carefully to look for the pattern. And take a page out of the good writing handbook: "Dont tell! Show!

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A fun filled story filled with mystery lots of love a great small read Loved it