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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982903359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982903353
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This is an intriguing start to what promises to be a captivating book series." - Fictionista Workshop

". . . a romance to remember." - Open Book Society

"This is far from your typical angel book." - Mundie Moms

"Gabriella makes a terrific lead, smart, independent female. . ." - Page Turner's Blog


"This is one of the most masterfully crafted beginnings to a series that I have read in some time." - Missy's Reads & Reviews

"As the enigma of the un-aging bodies develops, readers will find themselves caught up in fast-paced adventure, equal parts mystery and action." - The Bookish Type

About the Author

Laura Kreitzer lives in Kentucky with her fiancé, J.D, and their two dogs and cat. She works full-time at Western Kentucky University, and in 2008, traveled to Southwest University China to establish one of the first dye trace laboratories under the China Environmental Health Project. She has been involved in hundreds of water tracing investigations and has published several reports under the Crawford Hydrology Laboratory that are confidential and unavailable to the general public. Though Laura is passionate in her work for the environment, her favorite hobby outside of work is writing which has blossomed into her debut novel, "Shadow of the Sun." She is currently writing the sequel of the Timeless Series, "Soul Stalker." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Laura Kreitzer is a published fiction author who hails from western Kentucky. Her full-time 9-5 job used to be working in a lab devoted to water dye-tracing investigations at Western Kentucky University, though her passion was always writing.

Customer Reviews

I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series.
A. Ludlow
I do admit there were parts of this book that were a bit longwinded where not much was going on to further the story, but besides that I really enjoyed it!
Katlyn
The characters are interesting and the plot is well written.
D. Chapman

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By North on March 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Gabriella, adopted at five, does not remember her early childhood. Now 24, she has a brilliant mind, has sped through university and is now a supernatural specialist.

She starts to work on three bodies, carbon-dated dead for centuries and shipped from Italy. However, the bodies seem almost alive. Soon, Gabriella is faced with Shadows, Angels, Ladies of the light and Soul catchers. She learns that she is the Illuminator, the object of a prophesy and is sent weird dreams.

The plot is good and enough things happen to keep you reading. I liked the slant on angels and the story-line, from past to present is well done which is why I gave this two stars.

However, I really disliked the heroine. She cries a river of tears about every two pages. Real tears, golden tears, silver tears, it's never ending. She's so emotionally dependent on her guardian angel Andrew, that she has to hold his hand or cuddle in bed for most of the book. Wimpy does not even begin to describe her and yet, we're supposed to believe she's the Illuminator! Frankly, it was so bad I had to struggle to finish the book.

As for the romance, it's fit for a teenager. A lot of boy gazing, very subtle attraction, one kiss and they are soul-mates forever.

I will not bother with the rest of the series.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Heather Leigh on January 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Reading Shadow of the Sun was an absolute treat. I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to read it, but once I began reading it, it was hard to put down. Seeing that Laura Kreitzer is a new author, I am pleased to see that it was in no way a disappointment. Laura creates wonderful characters and crafted an amazing world for them to interact in. I was impressed with the settings that the characters found themselves in, and was engaged in the fantastic backdrops and encounters. The characters Gabriella and Andrew were, in their own way, relatable and believable, and I found myself connecting to their emotions. Laura also demonstrated her storytelling powers by throwing in twists I did not expect and kept them believable to the story, which is a hard feat to accomplish for many authors.

I won't call Shadow of the Sun a relaxing read, only because there is far too much action to qualify for "relaxing", but it was a good change of pace for me while I was working through my college courses. It certainly can break up a drab routine, and can be a delightful escape. I look forward to reading the next in the Timeless series, and hope that I will see the same craftsmanship in Soul Stalker.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By suenos096 on December 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't know what book these people are reviewing. Maybe we had different editions. This book drove me crazy! This is the first review I have EVER written because I can't believe all of the 5 star reviews that this book received. I agree with all of the negative reviews unfortunately.

My biggest problem was the inconsistency in this book. One second the main character would say "Hey let's let the police catch us!" then on the next page "I don't know how to police caught up with us! What are we going to do?!"

For being a genius she does the dumbest things...constantly. I tried to relate it to fact that maybe she doesn't have any life smarts BECAUSE she was a child genius but good God she's an idiot. Then suddenly she got super smart at figuring out how to escape from an FBI facility. What's more is that there were supposedly cameras all around but she was doing things that should have set off alarms if anyone were watching the cameras. *sigh*

The words that the author used were annoying. I didn't like the writing style at all. There were an excessive amount of weirdly worded analogy sentences. "My breath stopped as if it went on vacation." Huh? There was sooooooo many of those that could have been left out without changing the tone or meaning.

Totally implausible. I can't keep reading and that rarely happens. I made it to 73% on my Kindle but I can't do it anymore. I roll my eyes at every page turn. She needs a seriously good writing club that offers helpful critiques and ways for her to improve. The story was great the delivery just wasn't.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm4ever on November 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Don't look down on this book simply because it's free. The story line is wonderful with a few surprising twist and turns. I absoultely love the main character she's relateable without being 'to' accepting of the shocking situation she finds herself in and she isn't one of those whiney cry babies that bring shame to the female gender. The leading male isn't so bad either. I don't like spoilers so I'm not going to give to much of the story away, but I have to say in all the stories I've read abut angels this the first time I've ever heard them descibed like this. If you love paranormal romance this is a great read. I can not wait for the sequel to come out so I can find out what happens to our herorine. P.S. Forgive my spelling I Suck at it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JudyD on January 14, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an more mature reader who has just acquired a Kindle, I've been busy devouring some of the free offerings for Kindle. I have only reviewed one other book, but have read about 7 or 8 since early December. As someone who has to teach editing skills to folks learning medical transcription, it is bothersome to to see some of the grammar issues and sentence structures, but since the Acknowledgments page mentions those who have participated in feedback and editing, and since I have seen these types of errors in ALL of the other free Kindle editions, I'm now concluding that this is one of the frailties of the free books. Somewhere I have read that Amazon uses volunteers to input the books. I suspect they are not going back and proofreading/editing their work and some of them may be enjoying the book so much that they may be reading ahead of their fingers inputting and making errors - not uncommon in straight copy work.

Back to the review of the book itself. The writing is of a more modern style, meaning just like younger people today speak differently than those of use who were educated 30 or 40 years ago, the writing and language is different with different figures of speech and perhaps a grasping for terminology to describe things in a variety of ways. With time, this writer will surely excell. In the meantime, relax and just let the story unfold. I have co-workers who become so academic in this regard that they waste all of their time and energy tearing apart something, and miss the joy of the entertainment intended.

The story grabs you from the beginning, there is a lot of action, some mystery, and the story unfolds in an interesting way. It is entertaining and Gabriella is a well educated young woman who at the same time is naive and inexperienced in many ways.
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