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Every Last Kiss (The Bloodstone Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Courtney Cole
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Book Description

Born a goddess. Controlled by the Fates. Can Macy's love for her soul mate survive the bonds of time... and death?

17-year old Macy Lockhart is as far from normal as any one girl can be. The problem is, she doesn’t know it yet.

After a bloodstone pendant is mysteriously left on her door, Macy’s life begins to change in ways she’d never dreamed. And while she will eventually come to realize that nothing is ever what it seems, that her life is a tangled web of lies and the Fates themselves pull the strings, for now she is left with only the explanations that they offer her.

Macy is led to believe that if she doesn’t return to a previous doomed life, one in which she served as Queen Cleopatra ‘s handmaiden, the fate of the entire world will be threatened in a way that would destroy history as we know it. She learns that she has lived thousands of lives, each one ending tragically…but none as tragic as this one.

After returning to ancient Egypt, she is faced with heart-wrenching decisions. Unless she interferes with Fate’s plan, the very thing she was born to protect, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and watch the love of her life die all over again?

In this fascinating novel-length prequel to The Bloodstone Saga, Courtney Cole sets the stage for an epic journey that will have readers holding their breath until the very last page of the very last book has been turned.

What would you do if you held Fate in your hands?


THE CRITICS SAY:
The Supernatural Snark says: “Overall, Every Last Kiss is a thoroughly enjoyable start to the Bloodstone series, the world of Cleopatra’s Egypt dazzling our imaginations as the joy and tragedy of love and death plays the keys of our emotions with mightily deft fingers.”

My Vamp Fiction says this about The Bloodstone Saga: “I just have to say this author keeps blowing me away with these books. I’m totally and completely infatuated with them. I’d even go as far as to say that they may just be my favorite series of the year.”

Books With Bite said: "What can I say to express my love for this book? It blew me away! I mean, I was just taken back!! I really, really loved this book! So much great writing, characters, plot, that it left me giddy!!"

Tanya Maries (Goodreads) says: “The Bloodstone Saga is pure literary magic!!!! This is my new literary chocolate -- my new literary gold!!!”

Carrie (Goodreads) says: “I feel like this whole series can be described with words like rich, exquisite, romantic...the history of the stories and the world that was created by Ms. Cole are all of those things and more! Her descriptions are like a delicious banquet for the mind.”

Every Last Kiss is the first in this series. It is followed by Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds. The Bloodstone Saga is also available as a complete four-book collection (exclusively on Kindle).

About the author:
Courtney Cole is a novelist that lives near Lake Michigan with her family, her pet iPad and her favorite cashmere socks. She would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. In fact, she loved it so much after writing the Bloodstone Saga, that she began a spin-off series... The Moonstone Saga. Book One, Soul Kissed, is currently available. Ms. Cole is hard at work on her next novel.


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About the Author

Every Last Kiss is the debut novel of Courtney Cole. Courtney loves thunderstorms, cake batter and hot pink nail polish.  She is currently hard at work on the sequel to Every Last Kiss. Learn more about Courtney at courtneycolewrites.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615487076
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lakehouse Press (April 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XMWO9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,442 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Heidi
Format:Paperback
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What would you do if you held Fate in your hands? 17-year old Macy Lockhart has the weight of the world on her shoulders. For thousands of years, she has been a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae... and she literally holds fate in her hands. But this is something that she forgets because her memories are wiped clean in every life until it is time for her cycle to start again. For the last two thousand years, this has never been a problem. Until now. And now...Fate, the very thing that Macy was born to keep, is being challenged and she has only one choice: To return to a previous life to fix it; a life where she was Cleopatra's handmaiden, Charmian. And that's not all. Unless she interferes with the fabric of time, the very thing she has returned to repair, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony's forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and allow the love of her life to die all over again?
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Lakehouse Press (first published April 21st 2011)

Three stars: I enjoyed this book and recommend it with some reservations.

What would you do if you held fate in your hands and had the ability to change destiny? Our heroine Macy/ Charmaine grapples with this monumental question. Macy is not a normal seventeen year old, she is a Keeper belonging to an ancient magical order known as the Moirae. Macy is destined to guide her ward, someone of great historical importance predetermined to change history. Unfortunately, people decided for historic greatness have shortened lives with tragic endings and she too suffers the same demise. She is reborn time and time again with her memory swept clean; to follow her set path.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Consuming May 4, 2011
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This is an awesome story and the author has an amazing ability to give words a life of their own. I couldn't quit reading it the first time nor could I the second time - and I normally don't re-read books! But this one is totally all consuming - I couldn't get it out of my mind for days after finishing reading it. It awakens a hunger in you for more and I can hardly wait for the sequel to come out! It's not all romance, not all mystery, not all history, and not all comedy..it's a complete balance and each part compliments the other components. I would definetly recommend this as a "must read"!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing historical fiction with a paranormal twist January 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The premise of this book is fascinating! After a pretty harsh break up, Macy finds herself sucked back in time to ancient Egypt. Not only does she travel back in time but she learns that she's a pretty serious player in the supernatural efforts of the Fates, trying to prevent the timeline as it's supposed to be from being altered.

I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and although this era is one I don't read a lot of books set in, I really loved the details Courtney Cole provided. She was able to weave in reference to the way people dressed, ate and behaved as well as the architecture that surrounded them, without ever sacrificing the forward momentum of the plot. Her vision of ancient Alexandria is an amazing place to be.

Macy spends most of her time in this book in the person of Charmain, Cleopatra's closest attendant, confidant an childhood friend. Charmain was a interesting girl, at both modern due to the memories from Macy that she brought back in time with her and classical with all the knowledge she held of who she was in that particular life time. I liked Charmain. I think she balanced the troubles sent her way nicely, at least when she wasn't obsessing over the man she loved in that lifetime, Hasani.

Which brings me to Hasani. So there are a few things we learn quickly about Charmain's love: he's hot, he's stacked and he LOVES his woman. It would be easy to overplay this hand, and it can be particularly difficult to show the strength of a character's feelings for another character without going overboard, but I think Ms. Cole did a good job here. I liked the romance between Charmain and Hasani.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will def be reading more from Courtney Cole!!! October 26, 2011
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I truly enjoyed this book!! The setting was wonderful, the way she describes the scents, surroundings and the life of Cleopatra...makes me want to find out more about this famous queen! What it must be like to live as Macy/Charmian, to know what fate holds in store for you and the temptation to change it all! To have your soulmate in your arms and know his future! If there was any grammar errors I didn't see them since the story held all my attention!
Really can not wait to start reading book 2!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Start for a Great Finish August 23, 2011
By Megsly
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I can't honestly even remember what drew me to this book to begin with. Lately I've been avoiding any unfinished series as if they carry the plague and will kill me, but for some reason I picked this one up. Not sure why...but I'm glad I did.

Macy is happy in her life, even though her scum bag of a boyfriend cheated on her and left her hurting. She has a loving mother, two best friends who happily help her to enact her revenge on her cheating ex, and who are everything best friends should be. Then, one day a package arrives for her, a package with an unbelievably priceless diamond that changes everything for her.

Immediately, she is assaulted by memories that span lifetimes, and the truth of her life and the reason for her existence is revealed to her. Macy is a Keeper, a soul that never moves on and helps guide the existence of someone of importance throughout history. The Daedal, the soul she's destined to guide, has lived many famous lives, the most famous of which is the life of Cleopatra. Macy was Cleopatra's handmaiden (and best friend) Charmian. As I mentioned before, her goal was to lead Cleopatra's soul to make the right choices, which regretfully would always lead to hardship, sadness, and strife for the soul in Macy's care. Originally, during Cleopatra's reign, she had to guide the queen to making the decisions that ultimately led to the deaths of Marc Antony, Cleopatra's lover and Hasani, which was Charmian's lover. Macy had also been responsible for the tragic suicides of Cleopatra and Charmian. It seems like it's a painful and tragic job to have, but one that Macy works hard to fulfill because even though these souls must suffer horribly, their decisions impact the world in only the most positive of ways.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Honestly, I'm not one for historical romance or time travel - but every now and again, you run across something written so well, you allow yourself to be transported within the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by April Hesler
1.0 out of 5 stars Great if you're in high school, rubbish if you're an adult.
I tried with this book. I really did. I believe in reincarnation and actually quite like the basic premise behind this book. Read more
Published 10 days ago by RantingDev
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
A page turner til the end. A love story and more a must read for young and old alike. Loves the story from beginning til end. Gonna read the rest because it was so awesome.
Published 1 month ago by Sean Everett Ransom
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This book took my breath away! I love how the romance develops between Chairman and Hasani. Also her loyalty and friendship toward Cleopatra is inspiring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Isabel Carolina Baez Santiago
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I love everything about Egypt so I had to read this book since it has to do with cleopatra. Amazing!!! Full of drama, friendship and romance.
Published 2 months ago by brenda kness
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising....
I found this book by chance. Started to judge it by it's cover, but something in the excerpt caught my imagination. It took me about 3 pages to get sucked in. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C.Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read...won't be disappointed!
Wonderful story and characters. I was enthralled the whole way through. Can't wait to read more of the Saga's. Great job Courtney!
Published 5 months ago by Read-a-Holic
5.0 out of 5 stars original story line
very interesting look at two worlds, the author has a great way of telling a story, definitely appeal to adults also
Published 5 months ago by teufel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This was a great book. It was so interesting I have never read another story like it. The story was so original and creative, it was interesting and I loved hearing about the times... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Was a great read and by the end I wanted to and did purchase the next book! Will read the whole series
Published 7 months ago by samantha timmins
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More About the Author

Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write.

Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books... and when she didn't like the ending, she wrote her own.

Courtney loves hot pink nail polish, Mitch Albom and thunderstorms (not necessarily in that order).

She currently lives near Chicago with her real life Prince Charming, two sons, one daughter and small domestic zoo. To learn more about her, visit wwww.courtneycoleauthor.com

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