This alluring release from Victoria Dannan caught my attention right away. Victoria will be giving away a little special something. See the end of her post for the question! If you're looking for the ROMANCING the HOP, see my the next post ...
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Regarding the question about the type of powers possessed by the heroine of My Familiar Stranger, she has two. One is supernatural, but explainable from a science fiction perspective.
Her name is Elora Laiken. She is part of a powerful, ruling clan - a distant relative of the monarch - in a dimension that is similar, but not identical to our own. That's why I call her a stranger in a "stangish" land. When the clan was gathered for a festival, a rival political group staged a coup in the form of a massacre. Minutes ahead of her own inevitable assassination, she is forced into a pre-experimental device by her tutor and mentor.
When she was deposited at her destination in an alien dimension, she was so damaged they weren't even sure she was humanoid and had no expectation that she would recover. Needless to say, she did heal after several months' convalescence and then discovered she had gained some bonuses in the process. In the book that process was compared to being forced through a giant cheese grater while being tumbled like a rock polishing machine. Since her body was designed for the properties of another dimension, her cell density in the new world gives her strength and speed that exceeds that of record holders.
Partly by fortune and partly by design of the transport's inventor, she landed in a very old, secret society of vampire hunters and paranormal investigators who are accustomed to dealing with highly unusual phenomena. The exceptional physical attributes were a device woven into the plot to make it possible for the heroine to aspire to working with the modern day knights who befriend her.
Her other power is not supernatural, but is highly prized and serves her equally; the power of charm. Not the kind that may be acquired through training such as a Dale Carnegie course. The kind that is innate and as natural to the personality as breathing in and out. If you doubt the value of charm, it probably means you have it in spades. Those who don't have it recognize that it is the prize that trumps all others: beauty, wealth, political power, talent, and so on.
It is that charm that is principally responsible for three gorgeous men simultaneously pursuing her romantically. In the end she must choose between the honorable and stalwart hero who saved her life twice, the beautiful elf who believes she is his mate, or the intensely seductive six-hundred-year-old vampire.
My Familiar Stranger will be available in Kindle format for FREE for three days over the Labor Day Weekend beginning September 1st and ending at midnight on the third so that anyone who has not had a chance to read it can do so before release of the second book in the series, The Witch's Dream, on October 14.