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Reining In Paperback – June 1, 2009
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About the Author
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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The main character of this book was an emotional basketcase. It's all about how this made her cry or that made her cry. Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer
In this vampire tale, Khalida is a young lady who has been a vampire for about 5000 years. Unlike most vampire stories, she has not lost the most important qualities that define... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Nessa, they count on your silence and blindness. Don't make waves.