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HeartsBlood: A Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Thriller (Blood Magic Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Series: Blood Magic Series (Book 1)

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  • File Size: 1478 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482320584
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCBCNU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Carolyn has had a long and extremely interesting road to become a bestseller.

When she head to veterinary school those many years ago she had no idea decades later she would be writing controversial historical thrillers, gut wrenching mysteries and roller coaster-style action/adventure tales!

Born in San Francisco and raised in the beautiful Napa Valley, Carolyn always had an overactive imagination. As a child you could usually find her dragging the neighborhood children out to the haunted barn to make her Nancy Drew-style audio tapes. Oh and did she mention, there was an entire life-sized recreation of the nativity scene in the rafters? Yeah, that wasn't just a little creepy.

Which of course was great practice for writing such blockbusters as Plain Jane: A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal and 30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller.

Carolyn is honored to have a seven book contract with Amazon's mystery and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer along with being one of the eight books during the inaugural launch of Amazon's new Serial program (9th Circle).

With over 250,000 books sold, Carolyn now lives on a beautiful lake in the Pacific Northwest where the fog rolls in over the water, snuffing out all signs of life around her. Yep, she still loves the creepy!

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122 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Brighter Scribe at The Scribe's Desk on January 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
From the clever pen of Carolyn McCray comes a paranormal adventure with a devastating romance that will leave you stunned. In HeartsBlood, McCray takes us to the beautiful city of San Francisco; from the gorgeous panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, the lush and dense beauty of Golden Gate Park, to the bleak starkness of Alcatraz, McCray tells a story that will test the very boundaries of both your beliefs and disbeliefs in science, magic, and love.

Salista Calon is an emergency room doctor at the San Francisco General Hospital. Headstrong, dedicated, and practical, Sal believes in science and the logic that it brings. With a promising career ahead of her and engaged to a successful, respected, and handsome clinician, Sal is firmly entrenched in the world of reality. Until one night of horrific tragedy changes her life and her perceptions of the world around her forever.

Tyr Deadblood is a hunter and warrior from another place and another time; he is also a talented wielder of a magic known as Praxis. He is a man who's purpose in life is to put an end to anything that disrupts the balance of existence. He is also a man who's lineage is disdained, and his very existence is an abomination to the very people he is honor bound to protect. He is also haunted by a past of his own making that still has the power to torment him.

Tyr comes to Sal's world to vanquish a terrible enemy, a creature that is killing innocent people. It is a horrendous creature consumed by hatred, searching for the power that it needs to destroy the worlds. Thrown together by danger, Sal and Tyr must work together to destroy a rabid beast that is literally consuming the memories of victims and bleeding them dry.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2011
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HeartsBlood deals with the praxis of using blood to influence the essence and intent of an object, including people, with the blood from the heart having the most influence. It is also the story of Sal, an over-worked emergency ward doctor in a dead-end relationship, and Try, the deadblood who shows her the possibilities of true love.

With evoking descriptions of the setting using all of the senses, Carolyn McCray allows the reader to experience all that Sal does, from muscle ache to heart ache. Although HeartsBlood does not take place in Tyr's world, Ms McCray gives us hints of his home through Tyr's actions and dialogue. The pacing throughout the action scenes is excellent and the short chapters help add to the suspense.

While the ending of HeartsBlood was not what I expected, I found it wrapped up the book very well, and yes, Ms. McCray left me crying. I personally love when a book can stir my emotions like that.
If you are a fan of paranormal or would like to experience a new genre, check out HeartsBlood by Carolyn McCray.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on January 17, 2011
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Um... I just finished reading this book less than 2 minutes ago, and I can honestly say that it has been a very long time since a book has affected me as deeply as Heartsblood did. Not very often does a book come along that makes you feel so intensely that the tears actually stream down your face. This one did. In fact, I'm still tearing as I write this. THIS BOOK IS PHENOMENAL.

The entire book had me gasping, laughing, and crying. Literally. Carolyn McCray's writing is absolutely awesome. She writes in such a way that the feelings that Heartsblood invokes are so intense and so, so real. You just can't help but be sucked into the world that McCray has created.

Both main characters are easy to relate to, even though Tyr seems to be from a completely different world. The descriptions and emotions written into the story make it easy to feel (not just "know") what is going on, and the connection between Tyr and Sal is evident, even though they struggle to communicate through their cultural differences.

I honestly feel as though I can't come up with the right words to do this book justice. Everything I'm writing is true, but doesn't seem good enough to portray what I'm feeling about this book right now. GO. BUY. IT. NOW.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By styler on August 5, 2012
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I'd read Encrypted, a previous book by this author, and looked forward to reading another. She is talented, and creates characters that you care for. This book, HeartsBlood, was no different in this regard. I loved the characters, and cared about them. The buildup in the relationship between Sal and Tyr is believable, and the culmination of this relationship feels honest and right. Then, in the last couple of pages, we discover that Tyr's actions have been designed to coldly exploit Sal, make her fall in love with him, break off her engagement with another man who DOES love her, and then, after accomplishing all this, he leaves her. And he leaves her by going to her office, making out with her primary "enemy" while waiting for her to arrive, then cuts her wrist to take her blood (part of the story relates to the blood of a heartbroken person being needed for time travel) while she sobs uncontrollably on the floor. He has not cared for her in any way, and has been guilty of the basest dishonesty and deception. Not only does he entice her to fall in love with him, but, to make sure the heartbreak is severe, he uses the co-worker to make sure that the pain is as horrible as he can make it for her. Sal has saved his life over and over, and has been ready and willing to die for him. This is a classic take on the fox and scorpion fable. Or the heron and hyena story by Paul Bowles. However, I don't want to read that in this type of book. When I finished it, I just deleted it in disgust. McCray's a good enough writer, but not the best, by any means, and I understand she'll be writing a sequel. Don't bother Ms. McCray. There is nothing about the character of Tyr that I want to know further.Read more ›
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