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Dirty Blood (Dirty Blood series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Heather Hildenbrand
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***For a limited time, you can get Cold Blood (book 2) for FREE. Click here to find out more or paste into your browser: bit.ly/HeatherHildenbrandfree


I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted–and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock. And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And two, I was born to kill them.


“Heather Hildenbrand is one of my favorite YA paranormal authors. Her Dirty Blood series is a must-read!” -Ella James, author of the Stained series

Fans of YA Paranormal, Hunters, Shifters, and Werewolves will love the Dirty Blood series!


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Interview with the Author

Q What makes the Dirty Blood series special?

A It's a couple of things. First, I wanted to explore a world where the line between good guys and bad guys became blurred. Werewolves are one of my favorite paranormal creatures--animal instincts make for killer action! And the love story is not what you'd expect. A racial divide combined with all the hormones and feelings of a teenage girl with a stubborn streak and a mysterious guy who has experienced more loss than most people can handle.
The whole series is designed to make you fall in love--with the characters and the story. You'll definitely want to turn the page to find out what happens next and whether they'll kiss or kill!
 
Q Why should readers give this series a try?

A The Dirty Blood series is fun, fast-paced, and the perfect risk--considering book one is currently free! And once you get to the end of book one, I'm willing to bet you'll be hooked.
The series if the perfect blend for lovers of paranormal romance and action/adventure. There's really something in here for everyone.
 
Q Will there be any more books in the series?

A Broken Blood is the last book in the story of Tara and Wes. There will be a spinoff series coming in 2016 that will chronicle Sam's journey (Tara's human best friend) and some of the existing characters will follow. You can stay updated on info about that by signing up for my mailing list at heatherhildenbrand.com.

And thanks for reading!

About the Author

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She's only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she's published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books or sign up for alerts on new releases at heatherhildenbrand.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elephantine Publishing; 2nd edition (April 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V08RS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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117 of 130 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars another one bites the dust October 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
On one hand, this book may have everything you are looking for in an easy read... Good looking girl with hidden talent, one mysterious good looking guy who saves her and then takes on the job of protecting her and another guy who wants her as well. On the other hand it may be a symbol of everything you didn't like in all the other YA novels you have read so far. Sub par writing, flat conversations, skin deep character development etc... Once more, it seems like I belong to the minority in here who is giving a bad review to a book that scores 4+ stars in average. I went back and re-read some sections to see if I was missing something but I just came up with the same feeling. This is not a well-written book. I generally give 3 stars to books with writing issues but have original story lines. I can't do that for this book because if you are a fan of this genre, it is possible that every angle of the story will remind you something you have read before. Oh well, if you decide to buy it, hope you will enjoy it more then I did...
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book from Heather Hildenbrand April 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently read another of Heather Hildenbrand's books, Across the Galaxy, and absolutely loved it. So needless to say, I was anticipating this book with very high expectations. Dirty Blood did not disappoint. Dirty Blood offers the much beloved werewolf story, but with a new, cool twist.In Dirty Blood, there are werewolves, and Hunters. Weres and Hunters are natural enemies, their purpose to destroy each other. The main character is Tara, a seemingly typical girl.But, when Tara is pulled into the midst of a supernatural world she never knew about, she must find her place. Who will help her find her way in this new world? Wes,a gorgeous guy who was deep, dark secrets of his own. Dirty Blood has action, adventure, humor and romance. The action begins right away and never lets up. The end leaves you breathless and hungry for more. I have my fingers crossed that Dirty Blood will have a sequel....very soon!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Potential June 14, 2011
Format:Paperback
This was a book with so much potential. While I enjoyed reading it, I couldn't help but roll my eyes a couple of times at the completely typical YA wolf references that, like many people have already pointed out on Goodreads, really reminded me of another popular YA that had wolves in it (guess which one...). We also have a family who lives in the woods, teenagers with fancy cars... There was really no need for the story to have quite so many similarities and it would have been better without them.

Another failing was the insta-bond between our protagonist and her love interest. I really dislike this sort of relationship and while it was explained later in the book, there has to be another way for writers to create a relationship, right?

There were some bits that I did enjoy about the story though. The beginning was fantastic, what a way to start a book! I liked the dramatic style that let the plot shine through, pulling me further into the story than my tired eyes would have liked.

Despite its failings, the characters, plot and wonderful writing style have made a lasting impression and have left me wondering about what will happen next. I would recommend Dirty Blood to fans of paranormal or werewolfy YA books.

Originally posted on baffledbooks.com
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great YA Paranormal Read June 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought this was a great YA paranormal read. We get everything we want from a book. Supernaturals, mystery, suspense, action and a great romance.

I loved Wes from minute one. He was awesome and amazing and totally hooked you in. There was just this magnetic pool.

Also loved how we jumped right in, within the first chapter we seen where she killed the werewolf. And from there we were totally in the action.

I really could not put the book down. I wanted to see how it all played out. There was a lot of mystery surrounding it and I am way to nosy not to know exactly how it all plays out.

If you are a YA Paranormal Fan then this is a book for you!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dirty Blood" series, book 1 - great start! December 28, 2011
Format:Paperback
Tara Godfrey is just a normal girl, living in Frederick Falls, VA on the night her life changed completely. After breaking up with her boyfriend at the pool hall and sending him home, she is unsuccessful in finding a ride home, so sets out to walk to the bus stop. While going through an alley, she comes across a girl who seems to be in some distress - however, before she can try to help the girl, the girl ... changes into a wolf, and attacks Tara. Tara, to her surprise, manages to not only survive, but to actually kill the werewolf. With the help of her new friend Wes she discovers that everything she thought she knew about herself was a lie - she is a Hunter, and it is her destiny to fight werewolves. How is it she never knew about this? And what are the "sides" that Wes alludes to? Will Tara decide to embrace her destiny, or will she decide to go about her life as it was?

While I don't dislike werewolves, I'm more of a vampire person, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I was a bit astonished - no, taken aback is more like it - when I learned that the favored weapon of the Hunters against werewolves was ... a wooden stake. Seriously? Why not a knife? Well, that is actually explained a bit later, but it still seems a bit strange - I hope it is further explained in later books. The characters are well developed and the plot is smooth and quick-paced. Overall the editing and writing style are well-done - at least in the first third of the book or so. After that, there are more editing errors, but still not too bad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 23 hours ago by Mary Ann Winstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Blood
Love how Wes protects but at the same time wanted to protect Tara too much. I think she could've handled more information Can't wait to read the next book!!
Published 3 days ago by Jenn
3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Blood is the first in a five book paranormal ...
Dirty Blood is the first in a five book paranormal young adult series. You can find it for free on Kindle and that's where I found it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Casia P. Courtier
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book, can't wait till I can buy the second one.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I loved it! From start to finish i was so captivated with the story. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to see what happens.
Published 9 days ago by sandra
3.0 out of 5 stars Too predictable
Kind of predictable.
Published 12 days ago by Positively2Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
I first read Dirty Blood when it came out and immediately fell in love with it, well this time it was no different. I fell in love with it all over again. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Natalie @ Book Lovers Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Who are you really?
This was a very nice read. It is well crafted with many nuances and angsts of the adolescent. The heroine has courage and confidence, but shows immaturity and is too sensitive at... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Gary R. Casebeer Ma. Ed. Ma. Comm.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to a brilliant series!
After reading this author’s Contemporary romance novel, “A Risk worth taking” and loving it, I was excited to get started on this bestselling YA series! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kerry-Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it very much
Published 16 days ago by Rami Prime
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More About the Author

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She's only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she's published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.

To get an email whenever Heather releases a new title, sign up for her Love Birds, a VIP group full of fun and freebies in your inbox at www.heatherhildenbrand.com. (Just copy and paste into your browser.)

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