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Alaskan Fire (Guardians of the First Realm Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sara King
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PARASITE PUBLICATIONS ~ Paranormal Romance / Werewolves & Shifters Fantasy

For lovers of Contemporary Fiction and Romance, Werewolves & Shifters, Mythological Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban Fantasy, and Adventure Fantasy, Alaskan Fire is a groundbreaking leap into the myths and monsters of old.

Blaze MacKenzie is a brand new heiress who just discovered that her ‘parents’ actually found her abandoned as an infant in some bizarre human sacrifice in the woods. Along with that letter came a six hundred thousand dollar check, a strange golden feather, and the ability to move to the Alaska Bush and begin her dream-life living off the Grid.

Unfortunately for Blaze, life in rural Alaska isn’t as peaceful as she expected. Among her many startling discoveries is that her sexy new handyman, Jack Thornton, has already ‘claimed’ the territory that her new lodge is sitting on, and he doesn't plan to leave…

Further complicating matters, Jack makes it clear to Blaze that there are a good many things that go bump in the Alaskan night, and when a pack of werewolves goes rogue and starts killing or turning everyone along the Yentna River, Blaze and Jack find themselves in a fight for survival in this magic-soaked Land of the Midnight Sun.

A Contemporary Werewolves & Shifters romance suitable for mature Teen & Young Adult readers.

About the Author:

While Alaskan science fiction/fantasy/romance author Sara King is not six-foot-four with carrot-soup hair and eyes that'll make a wereverine stare, she does live the same crazy, socially questionable, off-the-grid lifestyle that she writes about in Alaskan Fire. She is fully acquainted with the quirks of outdoor plumbing, grizzly bears, questionable hygiene, private arsenals, and hypothermia, and has a vast and inspiration-rich wilderness right off her front doorstep. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kingfiction or email her at kingnovel@gmail.com.


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About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (a.k.a. Join My Alaskan Army) Email me. No, seriously, email me. kingnovel@gmail.com. Go do it. Right now. I love keeping my ear to the very heart of the publishing industry—which means I have to talk to you. I think entertaining and inspiring others is the most important thing about writing, and if I’m doing my job right, people will actually want to tell me what they think. So, dammit, if you were entertained or inspired, I wanna hear from you. I’m utterly freakin’ serious. In case you’re still not convinced, consider this: I’m a lifelong Alaskan. We do things differently here. With the roving grizzly bears (yes, I live in the Bush, not like those pussies in town) and my closest neighbor a mile away, it gets kinda lonely when it’s just me and my computer and a big, vast wilderness out my back door. I want to talk to the people who are reading my books, because who the hell else am I going to talk to?! In case you’re concerned about writing to a complete stranger, I assure you I’m totally approachable, in my random, quirky, too-much-time-without-sun kind of way. I’ve spent my entire life (starting at three years old!) working on writing as an art form, and I’ve poured my heart and soul into the twenty (ish) books I’ve written, so you can be damn sure I want feedback. I mean, putting together these (utterly brilliant, totally awesome) masterpieces and then getting nothing but silence is like building the Eiffel Tower and having people go…meh. So shoot me an email at kingnovel@gmail.com and let me know your thoughts on the book! I respond to every email I get (though sometimes it takes longer than others). Oh, and friend me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kingfiction (authors need friends, too) and check my Author Page https://www.facebook.com/sknovel for the latest writerly news and updates. Or, even better, hop on over to Amazon and check out my other character-driven series, like The Legend of ZERO: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKA42Y/ or Millennium Potion: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007W6RBSE/ or, heck, even my Boston Teaparty in Space sci-fi adventure Outer Bounds: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IO7QAGO/ to see some of my other compelling characters in action!

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  • File Size: 3583 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1942929021
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073WZ01C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't start this one on a Tuesday February 7, 2012
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With her debut novel, Sara King's engrossing, character-driven style and superlative ability to draw the reader into the world of her creation will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning, then leave you anxiously awaiting her next book.

In Alaskan Fire, we are introduced to Blaze MacKenzie, a 6'4" beanpole with carrot-orange hair and a lifelong ambition to own a farm in the Alaskan Bush. When her parents are killed in a car accident, her unexpected inheritance finally allows her to pursue her dream. We follow her as she purchases The Sleeping Lady Lodge and heads to the Bush to try and make that dream a reality. What she finds there, in the person of her new handyman, Jack Thornton, is only the first surprise that awaits her and the reader. Intrigue, action, suspense, a magic feather, and an amazing personal discovery await Blaze in her new home in the Bush.

From the first page, the book grabs your attention, deluges you with images of the spectacular unspoiled wilderness of Alaska, and makes you feel the wonder of being on the edge of one of Earth's last frontiers. Once you manage to take a breath, the discovery of a world where magical creatures are real, and the wilderness is much more sinister and dangerous than you imagined, roots you to your chair in anticipation of the next twist and turn. However, this is not just a supernatural/paranormal fantasy book, it's also a romance. But not a tired, hackneyed, formulaic romance where the story only serves as a backdrop to the expected meaningful glances, steamy looks and perhaps a ripping bodice or rock-hard...abdomen, no, far from it. Instead, the element of romance woven through the book gives the adventure a sensual, edgy tension that doesn't disappoint in the end.
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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alaskan Fire Review May 12, 2012
By Rhubarb
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This novel is far too long, especially the first half, where Blaze agonizes over and over about her physical appearance and shakes in her boots or runs, screaming, into the woods. After the fourth or fifth iteration, I was ready to quit reading.

Time passes in the first half without much at the beginnings of chapters to let the reader know that it is now two months later (or whatever). Author could stand to improve on her transitions.

But then, about halfway through, she has a personality transplant. All of a sudden, she is imaginative, and curious, and not afraid. No real reason, except that the novel would have gone nowhere with another 300 pages of self-centered fear and loathing. Some basis for her transformation would have been good.

On the positive side, there were very few errors of grammar, spelling, or sentence structure. What a pleasure for the reader (me), after slogging through so many Indie books written by English fail students.

The plot was engaging, though unevenly paced (the final event was a zoom-through of just a few pages).

The author has a real "ear" for dialog, and does a superb job of making one character's "voice" distinct from the others. That went a long way toward redeeming the novel from my initial impression.

All in all, average (3-star), with potential in the future for higher ratings. Author, in my opinion, needs to re-read, review, edit. Not everything that is produced by the keyboard needs to end up in the final version.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Full disclosure: I am acquainted with the author. She's my best friend's sister-in-law. Although that is how I was introduced to the book, that's not why I recommend it.

This book is a fantasy which has supernatural creatures such as fairies and werewolves hiding away from modern day society in the few remaining wilderness areas. Such as the Alaskan wilderness. That's where the story is set and, speaking as an Alaskan, I can assure you that if supernatural creatures existed that would be a fantastic place for them to hide out. The author clearly used her own experiences at a lodge in the wilderness to give the story a refreshing authenticity. (Last time I read a book that had events taking place in Alaska, the protagonists drove through Anchorage, making accurately described turns before watching an amazing display of the northern lights in midsummer... which is impossible.)

The story is well thought out, with hints at a great deal of planning and elaborate backstories for some supporting characters. Presumably these backstories will be explained in greater detail in the sequels. They aren't important in this book and don't get in the way of the main storyline, but are interesting enough to have made me want to read the next book.

Although the story is a good read and quite entertaining, there isn't much extra depth to it. The main character is big on heritage farming, free of genetic manipulation and seed patents, but not in a way that gives the book an activist bent. I must say I'm glad about that; it would have detracted from the story. As it is, the main character's passion for old-school farming works into the supernatural creatures theme quite nicely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoy this book very much! I have already started the next book!
Published 2 days ago by Darren L Rex
1.0 out of 5 stars Take every fantasy cliche, wrap it around a paragraph ...
Take every fantasy cliche, wrap it around a paragraph and repeat it for 700 pages. You then have read this book.
Published 12 days ago by George Stratigos
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read in a long time
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't stop reading it. It has unique characters who have weaknesses as well as strong points. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Elde McLeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful storyline!
Picked the book out because of its Alaska title. Loved Alaska. Story brought back lots of memories. Can't wait to read the next book so I can see how this story line will continue. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jan Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!!
Loved it!!! Hilariously funny urban fantasy/paranormal romance story. I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be reading more books from Sara King!
Published 23 days ago by Tammy L. Garland
2.0 out of 5 stars Good grief!
Had no idea is was sci-fi. Good grief!
Published 26 days ago by Sharon Tansom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fantasy
A good fantasy story, but I did find the character Blaze a little annoying, but good enough to read the next book Alaskan Fury which I liked better.
Published 26 days ago by C. Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars so by definition it's awesome!
It's a Sara King, so by definition it's awesome!
Published 28 days ago by Kelanved
4.0 out of 5 stars Very strange but fun to read
A little weird but well written. Keeps one waiting for the next attack from other forms of life
Published 28 days ago by pattypilot
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While Alaskan science fiction/fantasy/romance author Sara King is not six-foot-four with carrot-soup hair and eyes that'll make a wereverine stare, she does live the same crazy, socially questionable, off-the-grid lifestyle that she writes about in Alaskan Fire. She is fully acquainted with the quirks of outdoor plumbing, grizzly bears, questionable hygiene, private arsenals, and hypothermia, and has a vast and inspiration-rich wilderness right off her front doorstep. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kingfiction or email her at kingnovel@gmail.com.

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