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A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Hunter
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Over 1100 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ reviews
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"A tantalyzing paranormal romance, full of mystery and intrigue. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Sign me up for book two!" --Nichole Chase, NYT Bestselling author of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy
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A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mysterious manuscript he's hunted for over five hundred years. He never expected a young student librarian could be the key to unlock its secrets, nor could he have predicted the danger she would attract.

Now he and Beatrice De Novo follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, though the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation hundreds of years in the making.

History and the paranormal collide in A Hidden Fire, the first book in the bestselling Elemental Mysteries series and semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012.


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"A tantalyzing paranormal romance, full of mystery and intrigue. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Sign me up for book two!"
--Nichole Chase, author of Mortal Obligation, Book One of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy
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"A HIDDEN FIRE is saturated with mystery, intrigue, and romance...this book will make my paranormal romance top ten list of 2011."
--BETTER READ THAN DEAD

About the Author

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance writer and the author of A Hidden Fire, semifinalist for the Best Indie Book of 2012. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries series, the Irin Chronicles, and the Cambio Springs Mysteries.

Product Details

  • File Size: 569 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E. Hunter; 2 edition (October 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VTVE0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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365 of 381 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books in Years February 11, 2012
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A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries) was a total shock, I bought this unassuming book for 99 cents and since it sounded like a decent mystery I grabbed it. This was NOT a hastily thrown together bit of fluff. As it turned out is was a mystery at its core wrapped around a deep story of love, desire and noble intentions. The growth of the relationships here are perfect and the actions and paranormal nuances are just enough to add to the story and not the "vampire love fest" I have seen in many recent novels. This is a slow evolving romance that can't really come to fruition because of the circumstances surrounding them (the crux of the mystery they are working on). I have read nothing like it since possibly Master of Crows which shared its slow developing romance and a hero you could not be sure if you like or hated for much of the beginning chapters. This is a top shelf reading experience and if you like good writing and multifaceted characters (who will most likely get fleshed even more in subsequent books) this is a steal of a book at any price.

UPDATE: I bought and read the other 3 books in the series and can say without any hesitation that this was possibly THE best series of 2011/12. Amazing story.
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195 of 206 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars...Great example of a changing industry May 23, 2012
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This book was a revelation to me. For decades, writers have been warned against the perils of self-publishing; told that no one would take a self-published book seriously, that it would destroy a career before it began. There's also been a long-standing prejudice based on the belief that a book not picked up by a traditional publisher is simply not good enough to bother with. But Hunter's A Hidden Fire is a shining example of how online publishing has changed the industry. It is well edited, clearly written, and is missing absolutely nothing for having been self-published. More importantly, it's a great story.

Hunter has created memorable, compelling characters and a rich, well-conceived world in A Hidden Fire. Unlike so many series popular at the moment, this book does not rely on placing the main characters in some life-threatening situation in the first chapter to gain the reader's attention. Instead, Hunter takes time to introduce us to Gio and B, showing us what these characters are like, discovering personality traits and weaknesses. It's such a refreshing change to simply watch the characters demonstrate their more interesting qualities instead of simply being told 'she's really independent and clever' or 'he's dark and brooding.' Hunter gives the reader the rare opportunity to find these details on his/her own, creating a bond between characters and reader that has been sorely lacking in recent literature.

Be forewarned, the story does not move from action scene to action scene, doesn't contain melodramatic, overwrought love scenes, or mustache twirling villains. Hunter is a strong writer who has created a series that speaks for itself and doesn't depend on stale genre stereotypes to grab the reader's attention.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!!! May 19, 2012
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I am currently reading the third book in this series, and it does not disappoint. Elizabeth Hunter has written a stunning series that is well researched, paced, and executed. I especially appreciate the way these books have more substance than most in this genre. I have read around 50 books that come up as "recommended" alongside this one, and this series is by far the best I have read. Please do not hesitate to buy this one. You won't be sorry!
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It had its moments... March 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
**Originally reviewed at my blog, That Artsy Reader Girl. The copy I received was complimentary, in exchange for an honest review.**

I loved the idea of the main character being a librarian, and there being such a focus on extremely old literature. And Giovanni is totally an Italian name, and combining that with the mention of Renaissance Florence, I was sold! Books and Italy. What more could I ask for? A Hidden Fire had its moments, but overall I was a little disappointed. It fell short of its potential, and I feel like it could have been so much better than it was.

1. The whole beginning is pretty mysterious. Beatrice is a librarian at the Houston University in the Special Collections reading room, picking up a new shift where she ends up spending time with Dr. Giovanni Vecchio, who is translating a very old document. He's a unique person with a hidden past, and we go a while in the book before we find out who he is and why he's connected to bunch of old literature. Beatrice is more to him than a librarian. Danger surrounds her, plus he's developing feelings for her.

2. I liked the main characters. Beatrice is smart, shy, and bookish.She's extremely level-headed, all things considered. I love her sarcasm and quick wit. I think we'd be friends. Giovanni is a sexy bad boy. He's also very scholarly and is always reading or researching something. He's also reclusive, with a very rich past that is coming back to haunt him. I loved the banter between the two of them. The sexual tension was definitely there. I just with they had done more with it.

3. The romance is kind of silly and unbelievable. You can tell Gio and Beatrice care about each other, but it's weird. He treats her like a child he needs to protect, and she treats him like a knight in shining armor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Untitled
A great love story. Keep up the good work. A save to faves and two thumbs up. Can't wait to read the next one.
Published 1 day ago by V
4.0 out of 5 stars First and foremost a love story, but with a vampire underpinning
First and foremost a love story, but with a vampire underpinning. The personable characters and plot kept me well engaged.
Published 2 days ago by InTheFlow
2.0 out of 5 stars slow
Very complex story with lots of historical references. Too much for my taste. Also the cultivated gentlemen vampire is not my ideal, I prefer a more aggressive alpha male. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Joanne Watkins USA
4.0 out of 5 stars Open flame
More 'diary of a vampire' than twilight this is superbly written, the characters are well developed and the story entertaining. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Truewords
5.0 out of 5 stars This Fire Should Not Be Hidden
WHAT MOST PLEASANT AND DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE!! In an effort to watch my pennies prior to holiday shopping, I have been happily one-clicking 'free' books if the tease blurb thingie... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ruffian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
cant wait to read the next one
Published 5 days ago by melinda hanks
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont Bother
I tried to read it this book but what changed my mind was when she found out he was a vampire and she didn't freak out , nothing .
Published 5 days ago by M. Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
took my time to read it. Held my attention. Not so much the second book.
Published 5 days ago by martha j henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid vampire tale
Strong characters and good story. At first I wasn't sure the search for books was enough reason for the vampire rivalry but Elizabeth convinced me by the end. A good romance too.
Published 6 days ago by Elizabeth Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this story!
Published 7 days ago by Lauren V
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Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

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