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Seized (The Pipe Woman Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 168 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Lynne Cantwell grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She worked as a broadcast journalist for many years; she has written for CNN, the late lamented Mutual/NBC Radio News, and a bunch of radio and TV news outlets you have probably never heard of, including a defunct wire service called Zapnews. Lynne’s vast overeducation includes a journalism degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a paralegal certificate. She currently lives near Washington, DC, with her daughter and her daughter’s cat. Her third novel and her first urban fantasy, Seized: Book One of the Pipe Woman Chronicles, was released in March.

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  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MGRCBU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,934 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Lynne Cantwell has been writing fiction since the second grade, when the kid who sat in front of her showed her a book he had written, and she thought, "I could do that." The result was "Susie and the Talking Doll," a picture book illustrated by the author about a girl who owned a doll that not only could talk, but could carry on conversations. The book had dialogue but no paragraph breaks.

Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master's degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. She is also a contributing author at Indies Unlimited. She lives near Washington, DC.

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I really enjoyed this book. Naomi is a lawyer living in Denver, and her boyfriend Brock works in the same firm. I liked that the plot picked up pretty quickly in the first chapter, and all of the characters were well-written and had clear goals and hardships, strengths and weaknesses. The author clearly knows her subject very well, and the Native American mythology was very interesting without being heavy-handed.

All in all, it was a very good read and I can't wait for the sequel!
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3.5 out of 5 stars, this is an interesting book that puts an interesting spin on what would happen when "the beginning of end" happens, or when "doomsday" sort of arrives, only you get to find out about it from the "key players" point-of-view. It puts a fascinating (and highly debatable) spin on what is going on between our gods or with our main "God." When reading it I thought it was a unique mix of Children of the Goddess Series (Eternal Guardian (Children of the Goddess)), House of Night Series (Hidden (House of Night Novels)), and Mercy Thompson Series (River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6)) only set in a contemporary-type of setting with a completely different plot (of course).

The characters are entertaining, intense, funny, and quirky (or as Naomi would say, "woo-woo"). It'll be interesting to see where the author is going to take the story from here since it's lined up that it can really go anywhere!

I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal mystery that has a little bit of romance in it!

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(read more of this review, an excerpt, and a teaser on my blog during and after my blog tour stop on May 23, 2012)
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I expected to enjoy Seized, the first book in Lynne Cantwell's Pipe Woman Chronicles, because I am a fan of Ms. Cantwell's direct, journalistic writing style and wry wit from her Indies Unlimited blog posts. What I didn't expect was that Seized kept me up late several nights in a row because it was so hard to stop reading. The story started easily in the realm of the familiar, with Naomi, a smart mediator who seems to have it all: the powerful job, the handsome boyfriend, and the best friend who understands her better than she understands herself. But wait...we know that nothing comes easily in fiction without consequence. So things twist up a bit when said best friend urges her to tag along on a New Age adventure. Several rounds in a sweat lodge release more than perspiration, including a visit from White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman, a mysterious Native American spirit that weaves in and around Naomi's life, tasking her with a near-impossible challenge for a mediator...no, for anyone. Lynne's writing style (and choice of first-person narration) is key here. I became deeply invested in Naomi's future, and the author rides a nice, believable, and relatable line between the protagonist's cynicism with the happenings around her and her faith that it's all for a greater good. The story is smart and thought provoking, the fantasy element sophisticated and well integrated into the storyline. Never did I feel that this was fantasy with a story attached or vice versa. It just worked so well. I'm eager to read the rest of the series.
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This story is rooted in a disagreement between the gods of the Norse and the gods of the Plains Indians. But the cooler heads of the metaphysical world have decided that the good old ways are counterproductive, and have decided to short-circuit the old violent methods of their contemporaries by inserting an element of negotiation into the mix.

Enter Naomi, plain, normal human being, trying to make her way through life as a lawyer, but not really suited to the cut-and-thrust of the legal profession. Her decision to become a mediator makes her perfect for the astral job. The gods, as usual, play out their drama using the other characters in the story as their avatars. The fun part is that two of the characters are Loki and Coyote, who play the trickster role for their respective pantheons. This leads to some entertaining antics, and contributes to the playful feeling of the conflict. The other characters are well fleshed out and sympathetic, and a vein of gentle humour runs through the book.

But perhaps you can see the problem with a plot where the main character is a mediator; it is not likely to create a great climax for the story. The moment the daggers are drawn (figuratively speaking) and the male egos start splashing around the room, Naomi puts on her mediator’s hat and calms them all down. Which is as we wish affairs would turn out in the real world, but it doesn’t make for great battle scenes.

Likewise with the romantic side of the story. Naomi is a calm and undemonstrative sort who allows herself to be inveigled into an association she really doesn’t seem to enjoy with the representative of the opposing side in the conflict.
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Well, can you tell it is NaNoWriMo time? Here, yet again, is something that isn't me working on my novel. Yeah, let's read and review someone else's novel while we figure out how to write again.

Basically, this has been by bedtime book. I've been reading it in the Omnibus but decided that I need to review each book separately and will review the whole series when finished with the Omnibus.

In this first book, Seized, we learn about the main character, Naomi, her life as a mediator, her handsome fiancé, and her sudden being taken over by a goddess, White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman, during a sweat bath with her "Woo woo" (translation: New Age) best friend, Shannon. I believe peyote was involved. But soon Naomi and friends are sent out on a quest to save the world. Yeah, a lot to put on one person and her friends.

There is a lot of old-world Pagan/Norse mythology, a couple Native American tribal religions and the Judeo/Christian theologies. Thought-provoking fiction to say the least.

There are scenes of action and moments of philosophy. But best of all, for a first book in the series, no cliff-hangers.

This book is free on Amazon. Well worth the price! I am well into book two so I am trying to remember book one. I hate it when I do that. Let's blame NaNo, shall we? Enjoy!
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