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Autumn's Blood (The Spirit Shifters Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marissa Farrar
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Book Description

The first book in a new paranormal romance shifter series!

In a discreet government facility in Chicago, scientists are trying to unearth the truth behind a group of people who appear to have the ability to shift into the form of animals.

Ensconced among the government officials, Blake Wolfcollar hides the truth of what he is, struggling between his desire to help those he’s a part of, while remaining undercover in his position ...

The last thing Autumn Anderson expects upon starting her new job is the dangerous, sexy man whose touch seems to burn. But an accident unleashes a potential she never knew she held inside her, and Autumn and Blake find themselves on the run.

As their feelings for one another grow, they must fight to preserve the secret that could see the end of them both...

Book One: Autumn’s Blood, out now!
Book Two: Saving Autumn, out late 2013.
Book Three: Autumn Rising, out spring 2014!

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***Featured in USA Today: 'Time for a walk on the dark side with newer paranormals.'***

Product Details

  • File Size: 1604 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Warwick House Press (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DX58XP8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,152 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been reading romance novels for nearly 30 years. I'm 43. I've read a LOT of them. One thing they almost all have in common is... Romance.

While this was a very good story, I would not classify it as romance. There is budding interest, but I expect more than a kiss or two and a grope that leads to nowhere. Longing looks at hot bodies also don't qualify, in my mind, as romance.

Now, you label this an YA or NA, where there is expected to be little to no actual romantic development? I'm all over it. The story itself was great. The characters were great. I liked them all, except the ones I wasn't supposed to like. And had I gone into it with the expectation of budding romance but not a full-on love story, this would probably be a four-star review.

I just don't think there were enough traditional 'romance' markers in this book to correctly label it as such, and I was incredibly disappointed when I reached the 94% mark thinking FINALLY they were going to do something about their attraction... and then the book ended. It was tied up nicely and leaves lots of room for following books, but it ended with little more than a cuddle and a kiss. NOT the way I expect a 'romance novel' to end.

All that being said, if you like just a touch of romance and lots of adventure, then you're golden. But if you're looking forward to hot shifter romance, I wouldn't recommend it. I guess it depends on what you're looking for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fun read July 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm torn between three and four stars. The book starts off pretty well and jumps right into the action and doesn't really stop. I'm not a huge fan of romance and there wasn't too much in this to turn me off. Some flirting, wishful thinking, things like that. Enough to keep it interesting but it doesn't detract from the story. There weren't a lot of mindless details that I usually skip over. I liked the characters. Probably some of the secondary characters over the main. I'll take Peter over Blake. I really like the different take on the whole shifter lore. I'd get the second book to see what happens.

I received a free copy in return for a fair review
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger are the devil June 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am not a fan of this new trend of the cliffhanger. The author should have finished the book and continued with the other characters in the next book. I got this one free and will not pay for the next one. Plus the book was very slow and boring.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book complimentary from the author in exchange for agreeing to write an honest review.

In Book One of this new series, there are a number of characters to meet. The characters were pretty likeable, and I found myself rooting for the good guys throughout. I did find the alternating third person points of view just a little bit distracting a couple times while I was trying to remember whose POV I was currently reading since the characters are involved in a tightly woven web. I can see why the author chose this narration to further the storyline, which did end up working well overall. I really like how this author delves into her characters and thinks ahead about what real people would do or say. I find myself wondering ahead only to find that Marissa Farrar is already heading there!

I have been reading most of her works and enjoying them very much. I typically prefer books about the paranormal, time travel, supernatural, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, etc. and Marissa Farrar doesn't let me down. I will concede that the Serenity/Alone series and this new Autumn/Spirit Shifter series both do tend to have just a slightly syrupy feel to them. However, please note that I'm not a typical "chick flick" kind of gal, so I do realize that most women really love this kind of media. That said, both series truly are quite enjoyable and take me away for several hours, which is ultimately my goal for reading the types of books that I gravitate towards. I did like her slightly darker Underlife and The Dark Road just a little bit more, but I will definitely continue to follow this enjoyable new series through as well. Really liking this author and so glad to have found her!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! July 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received free ebook from author for honest review.
I loved Marissa Farrar's Serenity series and the first book in her new series The Spirit Shifters looks to be another home run.
The premise of shapeshifters as spirit guides is wholly believable, especially as it is not a hereditary trait. I was caught up in the story from page one and finished wanting book 2!
I highly recommend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and ready for Book 2. November 10, 2013
By Lynelle
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I hope book 2 comes out quickly, the exciting story has to go on. There is still so many possibilities for this story's development. Well written and fast paced the author has your attention very quickly. Drawn into the world of corrupt military men, DNA alterations and shifters, you get lost in the pages of the book.
Filled with excitement, adventure and romance to keep you engaged till the last page. The characters believable as we explore this world of the paranormal, a great fictitious story.
In Autumn's quest, to find the missing boy and her missing friend she experienced things vastly different then in the lab she normally worked in. She had to trust men that came to her rescue. And, did I mention that said men were drop-dead gorgeous, not? Well ladies, it is true. Tall, dark and extremely handsome with enough testosterone to keep you melting. Not to talk about the bulging muscles, the wide chests and tree-trunk thighs on regular display.
As the story progress, you learn more about Blake, a Native American, ex-marine and now head of security as he tried to save the day. His brooding composure a constant reminder that not all was well, as he devoured Autumn with his eyes. Doing the right thing even when his family disagreed.
Chogan, his cousin came to the city to find a missing woman from the reservation, and this is where all the fun starts.
The author did a wonderful job, creating this unique story, your imagination running wildly as shifters appeared, mesmerizing you as they fight for their cause. From eagles to bears, mountain lions and wolves, your attention are captured till the very end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you for a good read!
Published 3 days ago by Robin Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really liked the series! Great read!
Published 9 days ago by Sandy k Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a good read, not something that I would be at ...
This was a good read, not something that I would be at the bookstore waiting for the next book to come out, but it was still a good read.
Published 14 days ago by purpleturtle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
strange at first but it pulls you in and you find yourself caring about the charactors
Published 18 days ago by Soarcha
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
What if it was possible to "change" into an animal? Would you be accepted or ruthlessly hunted? See what happens when extraordinary becomes ordinary.
Published 25 days ago by Theresa S
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read Marissa Farrar U did it again !
Awesome read Marissa Farrar U did it again I love the story people being able to shift into different animals, when I read Marissa Farrar books I feel like I'm stepping into... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jada
4.0 out of 5 stars Belinda in Oklahoma
Autumns Blood..... Really great story, new viewpoint on becoming a shifter, this book covers love , hate , fear , confusion & prejudice all things we have all had to deal with in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Belinda Brewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Done Right
This book had some issues and is definitely not a romance book even though the writer tried to add elements of romance and jealously. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jamaican
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. Autumn and Blake belonged altogether. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tish
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
I have no clue how this book got good stars. She's a good writer, but not for paranormal books. It was just lacking in so many ways.
Published 1 month ago by RusticLemon
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More About the Author

Marissa Farrar is a multi-published fantasy and horror author. She was born in Devon, England, has travelled all over the world, and has lived in both Australia and Spain. She now resides in the countryside with her husband, two children, a crazy Spanish dog, two rescue cats and six hens and ten goldfish. Despite returning to England, she daydreams of one day being able to split her time between her home country and the balmy, white sandy beaches of Spain.

Even though she's been writing stories since she was small and held dreams of being a writer, her initial life plan went a different way.

In her youth, inspired by James Herriot, she decided to become a vet, and would regularly bring home new pets to her weary parents. Upon discovering her exams were never going to get her into a veterinary degree, she ended up studying Zoology. Once she completed her degree and realised she'd spent the majority trying to find time to write, she decided to follow her dream of being an author. Seven years later, she was published and two years after that she was able to say goodbye to the day job.

However, she's continued to collect animals!

Marissa is the author of four novels, including the dark vampire 'Serenity' series. Her fifth novel, Underlife, a dark fantasy set beneath the streets of London, will be published August 2012.

Her short stories have been accepted for a number of anthologies including, Their Dark Masters, Red Skies Press, Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don't, Triskaideka Books; and 2013: The Aftermath, Pill Hill Press.

If you want to know more about Marissa, then please visit her website at You can also find her at her facebook page, or follow her on twitter @marissafarrar.

She loves to hear from readers and can be emailed at


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