Title: Shattered Skies: Beginning’s End
Author: Heather Linn
Series: Shattered Skies Saga (#1)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 19 2012
Shattered Skies, Beginning’s End, is a dramatic story of twisted killings and love and hate that takes place within a horrific world where alien vampires have taken over the earth and made humans their slaves. The vampires have created a new genetic race, the Dominus, breeding a scary blood-drinking race of human and vampire that prey off the humans that are left. People are relegated to the classes of slaves, food and mates.
This is a world where sex kills and a rogue group of humans kills as many of the Dominus as they can by bedding them. This warrior group is led by mysterious doctor who has raised the 16 members of the group since infancy, hidden away in an underground bunker.
The plot twists and turns as the heroine, the unselfish Catalina, rejects her traditional female role and demands to fight the Dominus alongside the men, bedding and killing as she goes. Her emotions tear her apart as she struggles with herself, torn between a mad attraction for the Dominus King and her fellow warrior, Darien.
As the clashes between Dominus and Vampire and Humans continue, Catalina is forced to face herself. Could she really be destined to save the world as the enigmatic Doctor’s ancient prophecy predicts?
I am a mother to three beautiful children, they keep me busy. I live in a small town that’s filled with monsters and really nice people alike. I love taking walks around the mountain trails where I live and I love taking trips to the Ocean, especially the South Carolina beaches. The ocean brings me tranquility and refreshes me, but I don’t get to go there often enough. Some mornings I listen to nothing but sad country songs for hours but when I write, I usually buckle down with my headphones and listen to something raw and angry like Seether, and Stone Sour. I can be shy around people but I’m mostly always honest within myself. In many ways, on many levels, I express different parts of myself through my characters. Someone told me once that you are only as old as you feel and I love that! In fact, I love that idea because personally, have no intentions of ever growing up! I want to be 18 forever no matter what they do to me. LOL!
“Kitten, you have to wake up. You are bleeding.” Then he was shaking me; shaking me so hard that he was disturbing my easy state and that made me angry. I slowly opened my eyes and he was there looking me over, eyes glistening. “I thought you were dead. What happened? I felt you cry out to me. I felt it in my mind.”
Wow, he was beautiful and he smelled of something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on; a mix of vanilla and lilac maybe. Whatever it was, it made me feel safe. I didn’t know where I was and I didn’t care, because as long as I could see him and smell him I was where I was supposed to be. The look in his eyes took my breath away. It was like he was looking at the most precious gemstone in the world. I knew that I would never understand that look but my heart already did. I was truly loved by two different men. Who could say that they were really that blessed in their lifetime? I was sure the list was extremely short.Sure the love was different. One love had the passion to burn me like the sun with his kisses, and the other could take away all my fears with just the brush of his skin, but no matter the feeling that they gave me, the look in their eyes was the same. I could die knowing that I may have been nothing to the world, but to these two men I was everything.
Catalina (or better known as Cat) is a rogue human, trying to survive in a world full of new breed of Vampires. Her only weapon to kill these monsters is sex (quite the weapon). Growing up under the radar of the Dominus, Cat has learned to fight against them instead of being like the typical female and taking care of everyone and having more children.
Things are going well for her until one night she is paired up with the king and she ends up falling in love with him. The chemistry these two have is lit up right from the beginning, each not sure what to do or make of it but they do know they find it hard to stay away from each other.
Rogue humans living in a world of a vampires is a whole new twist on this paranormal genre. I really enjoyed this take on it as its an interesting concept…humans being the less dominant race. Cat is a very strong willed woman and won’t sit back and take the easy way out of things, she jumps in to things full steam and deals with the consequences afterwards. The supporting characters, Dr. Walker, Darien, and Akia all add unique qualities & personalities to the story which make it that more interesting.
Definitely looking forward to book 2 and would recommend this to anyone who loves books about vampires :D