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Reining In Paperback – June 1, 2009

3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Network Series

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About the Author

Dawn was born and raised in the Midwest, in the beautiful state of South Dakota. She has had the privilege of visiting a large majority of the states and has resided in several of them. When she finally settled down in Kansas, Dawn took the opportunity to get back to writing. Inspired by her children to create a story they would love, she moved from poetry and short stories to the novel that became Reining In. She has since discovered a renewed passion for writing and continues to work on novels to come.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451572166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451572162
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,959,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawn Judd grew up in a small town in South Dakota. Her creative streak began early in life, with a love of all things artistic. She loved drawing and painting, and spent most of her school years in art classes. Poetry was another love, but one she kept to herself, with the exception of two of her favorites, which were later published in anthologies.
She stayed in South Dakota until she moved to Chicago at the age of twenty-one. She spent the next several years as a military wife, and moved from one state to the next until she found herself living in Kansas. It was there that she discovered the love of writing stories and wrote a handful of short stories for her own personal collection.
In 2007, she began work on Reining In, a story of the Network, an organization created to protect 5,000 year old vampire, Khalida. Although she didn't originally intend for it to be published, encouragement from friends, family and fellow authors convinced her to share it with the world. In 2009, Reining In was her first novel to be published. It was soon followed by Phantom Rising, a continuation of the Network saga.
Soon after, she founded the Breakout Books page on facebook, which was followed up by Breakout Books Reviews, a book review blog. She used both sites as a way to promote her fellow authors. Breakout Books has grown to over 700 members and is still holding strong.
Work halted on both fronts in early 2011 at the loss of Dawn's mother, her mentor and friend. More tragedies in her life would keep her from writing, and her final novel in the Network trilogy, Bloodlines, was put on hold while she put the pieces of her life back together. Late 2012 would bring more tragedy, as Dawn was hospitalized for an injury that would completely disable her for the next several months. This period of recovery gave her the time she needed to begin writing again, and in 2013 she released her novel Naree Pon, and began working once more on Bloodlines.
Dawn still lives in Kansas with her two youngest daughters. She continues to recover from her injury and continues to write.
For more information on her writing and artwork, visit www.dawnjudd.net

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Format: Paperback
I loved this book, that the lead was a female vampire. She is strong but there is also a vulnerability that you don't get to see in most vampires. The book draws you in, at one point I thought I knew what was going on and going to happen next. I was way off base and I love that even more. I hate when books become predictable. That does not happen with thissbook. I cannot wait for the sequel.
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Khalida is one of the most human vampires I have read about. Often you see vampires having to mimic their "human-ness" and hide their preternatural strength around other mortals so their secret of their immortality doesn't escape. While Khalida is concerned with privacy and secrecy, she has very little trouble blending in with those who do not know she is a vampire. She is also very emotional instead of being so distant from everyone. It was something I had to mention first since that part in particular was so unlike many vampire books in current circulation. I found it refreshing.

As for this book in particular, it is a great UF from beginning to end. It starts out with the potential death of a friend who chose to cherish his mortality. After his murder she finds herself and those she loves at the attention of an old enemy. Secrets surface and the very Network she established to hide at least one of those secrets also faces destruction. So, to protect everything in her life she must face the horrifying truth and deal with the consequences. This book ends in a bang.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It is a great ride from beginning to end.
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I feel like a big meanie beating on poor, sweet, Khallie, the 5000 year old vampire heroine of "Reining In." After all, she's really a nice gal who just wants to love and be loved by her "family;" a network of people who protect her secret. It's not her fault she gets her best friend killed in the opening act of the book; she just picked an unfortunate place to stop and hunt. It's not her fault she caused a fatal breach with her only son; after all, a girl's got to eat, right? She didn't plan on alienating her fiance, but even she admits that the whole vampire thing might be a bit hard on a guy, you know?

The biggest problem with the book is that the main character is supposed to be 5000 years old, powerful and a real survivor, yet she acts like a ditzy, self-absorped teenager. She constantly lets others make decisions for her and appears to fear conflict. Additionally, some of the writing errors are funny, as when she confuses "infinitesimal" with "infinite." Others are just annoying, like using the word "drug" for "dragged."

I yawned my way through the ending and while I do wish sweet Khallie and her author all the best, I won't be following her further adventures.
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REINING IN is an entertaining vampire story about love, romance and friendship. The story is seen through the eyes of Khalida, a five-thousand-year-old vampire stuck in a nineteen-year-old's body. Imagine five thousand years on earth; then imagine being hunted for all that time by another vampire. Khalida has not had an easy time, but here in the 21st century, she has managed to find some stability by setting up a group of hand-selected individuals to protect her. However, an unfortunate event unscrambles her carefully constructed network and she is forced to make some hard decisions.

I was immediately drawn into Author Dawn Judd's story. The story is delivered in the engaging voice of Khalida. This is a fast paced story with well-fleshed characters. There is never a dull moment. This story will appeal to teens and adults alike. The story ends leaving the reader wanting more. I can't wait to read the sequel, FINDING HOPE!
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By Gabby on August 12, 2011
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I downloaded this book because it was free. I read the other reviews and figured it would be a really good book. I now wonder what the other reviewers read because it simply could not have been this book. I found the book to be rather boring. There were gaps in the story that were never fully explained. There were lots of typos and duplication of words. Hope the editing is better on the author's next book but I dont think I will read it.
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I don't even know where to start with this one... I have never heard of this author before but the cover drew me in and I love to support new authors so I bought it on a whim. The title didn't really say much to me (sounds like horse stuff) but I care about the content more than what it's called so I plunged right in. I didn't read the reviews when I got this but I went back and read them after I finished curious to the reception this got... are we all reading the same book here? Not to be cruel because that's not my intention but I can't be honest and call this anything other than what it is, a stinker! If someone told me that a twelve year old wrote this, I would believe them. I know that no author can possibly please everyone, even Stephen King gets bad reviews but mostly because they didn't enjoy the story, Reining In has technical issues ( spell check anyone?) language issues ( comma overload) character issues ( klutz that's hard to like) the writing style is overtly simplistic and feels like I'm reading a script, phrases and individual modes of speaking for each character melt together, no one really stands out as an individual and the oldest person in the book talks and acts like a teenager, gah!!

The book was very amateurish and had a heavy home made feel to it. Personally I would never put a book out like this and charge people money; this needs a complete re-write or extensive heavy duty editing.
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