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Every Last Kiss (The Bloodstone Saga Book 1) [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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,977 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 44 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Imaginative! August 21, 2011
By Beth
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I had no idea what to expect when I began reading Cole's Every Last Kiss, but I have to say, I was in no way disappointed! Macy-Charmian is such a spunky character, I immediately connected with her. The story seems to be one thing as first, and then totally switches gears on the reader, which was awesome! I thought the entire storyline was very unique; it's a sweet mixture of Greek mythology and ancient Egypt. It's like we barely get a glimpse into Charmian's world, and many more surprises are in story for book two.

I also liked the romance in the novel; it isn't rushed like a lot of young adult romance plots seem to be, and it's also clean, but still feels genuine and never just on the surface (although her love interest does sound pretty dreamy!).

There was only one part that I found to be a bit unrealistic, and that was a certain time when a certain someone who is a warrior gets injured in a rather odd way. I don't want to give anything away plot-wise, so that's all I'm going to say.

I definitley recommend this for teen's, but also for adults too. Although Macy is a teen, Charmian is older, so it really works for both. I'm really looking forward to reading book two!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Purchased October 3, 2011
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I had just purchased my Kindle shortly before I ordered this book, and didn't want to spend a lot on books initially. This one had a pleasant price tag of 99 cents and with quite a few raving reviews, I decided to give it a try.

I love the way Courtney Cole offers a different view of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. This story contained such powerful emotions that it was hard not to feel heartache along with the main character. I kept hoping for a different ending, but understood why things happened the way they did. I can't wait to read the next installation in the series!
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11 of 15 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by the first chapter June 28, 2012
By reader
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As my title states, don't judge the book by the first chapter. It starts off as what appears to be some teen love lost. I was about to stop reading it when it got interesting. I enjoyed reading it so much, I have downloaded the entire saga. Can't wait to dive into them. Great job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New fan of Courtney Cole! February 15, 2012
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I honestly did not know what to expect from this book. As it is for me with all new authors. I must say I am very impressed and looking forward to read the next in the series. The writing and characters are so refreshing and enjoyable. I started reading it late in the day and woke up extra early to continue it. Macy is an incredible main character that has strength throughout the entire story. She's the kind of character that readers can look up to and understand. Very enjoyable read for anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romance and History
I got very attatched to the characters. I thought the love and emotion shown was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Enjoyed the fiction story of real characters from history.
Published 2 months ago by Pamela S. Rhodes
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was an ok read but had a hard time staying interested.
Published 3 months ago by Erickson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I loved the twists and turns of this book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I really enjoyed the author's descriptions of what she felt Cleopatra would have been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Love to read witty and clean
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
It was a great book. It started out a little slow, but Cole, hooks the reader in with her characters and twisting plots.
Published 5 months ago by Yazmean Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fantasy
An engaging fantasy novel narrated by Macy Lockhart, who in her past life was Charmian, a handmaiden of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, with a bloodstone pendant transporting her to her... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Every last Kiss very good
Wow what a fantastic writer and I dearly loved this book. It was mysterious, heartbreaking and exciting. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot but didn't grab my attention
This book has an interesting plot and overall I enjoyed the book. It's not a higher rating because it just didn't grab me as much as other books have. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kristy
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
Egypt holds so much history, magic and taste of the exotic within its name. In my search for more historical fiction, I came upon this treasure by Courtney Cole. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Silverwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I loved the idea of rebirth and new life. They give Phoenix's a run for there money. I loved the idea that your soul and soul-mate stay the same forever with different faces.
Published 7 months ago by Camryn McGarry
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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 has relocated to Florida where she writes beneath palm trees. To learn more about her, please visit her website, www.courtneycolewrites.com To sign up for her newsletter and receive exclusive sneak peeks and super-fan perks, go here: http://smarturl.it/CourtneyColeEmail

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