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The Summer Solstice: Enchanted (A New Paranormal Romance) [Kindle Edition]

K.K. Allen
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Book Description

As the air around me begins to swirl and the ocean waves before me grow, I stand still. Allowing my feet to sink beneath the sand, I watch in solitude. There are voices – no – screams on the other side of the beach. It takes me a moment to turn my head in that direction. All I see in the near distance are orange billowing flames and a screen of black smoke that is suddenly suffocating me. My hands rush to my throat – I can’t breathe – and I’m falling into the sand. I am bound to this spot, sand holding my feet prisoner as I attempt to make out what is going on before me. The screams grow louder as I grow weaker. Then I collapse.

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Katrina "Kat" Summer has been sheltered and void of social interaction her entire life. That is, until her mother dies unexpectedly and she is forced move to Apollo Beach with her estranged grandmother, a mysterious woman filled with tales of the Ancient Greeks from which the Summer family descends.

Leading to her sixteenth birthday, the day of the Summer Solstice, Kat is occupied with enigmatic visions and disturbing dreams with prophecies much too real to ignore. As her visions start to become reality she is terrified for her future and the future of those around her.

What Kat finds in Apollo Beach is a budding romance in the gorgeous neighbor, Alec Stone, and a mythology surrounding the Summer Solstice that forever transforms her from the awkward girl she once was to something much more...enchanting.

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The Summer Solstice: Enchanted is the first book in the Summer Solstice series and is just a taste of much more paranormal fantasy and romance to come. The second book in the series, The Equinox, is set for release this Winter!

ABOUT THIS NOVEL

Primary Genre: Paranormal Romance

Alternative Genres: Suspense, Urban Fantasy, History Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Coming of Age, Mystery, Magic Realism, Gods and Goddesses, Deities

Tags: Teen, Urban, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Romance, Love, Summer Solstice, Enchanted, Apollo Beach, Mythology, Myth, Greek History, Ancient Greece, Magic, Witch, Witches, Psychic, New Adult, Summer Reading, Beach Reads, Gods and Goddesses, Deities


Editorial Reviews

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"An enchanting paranormal romance with historical undertones...written with such creativity...Ms. Allen is a true storyteller." ~ YA Book Club

"The cover sold me. The story captivated me. The ending made me want more!" ~ Today's Journal

"Debut Author, K.K. Allen, has produced an original supernatural story inspired by the perfect combination of Greek mythology, teen love, and enchantment. A well-written and inspiring tale for our young generation of readers." ~ T. Lane, Editor

"AMAZING! What an enchanting and original story. Wonderfully crafted...I felt as if I was in Apollo Beach, Fl. with the characters. Well done." - R. Bates, Reader

"...character development is brilliantly executed. No dry or weak characters. The female protagonist goes through real tragedy in a truthful manner. And we see her character grow in a way which other teens will most definitely identify with. LOVED it!" ~ B. Sanchez

From the Author

The Summer Solstice: Enchanted derived from simplicity and was spun into gold through the eyes of Katrina Summer, our female protagonist. I wanted to write a story that was as realistic as possible while incorporating supernatural elements in a unique way. Above all, I wanted to entertain my readers with a bit of suspense, a progressive romance, and an exciting new mythology.

K.K. Allen

Product Details

  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: K.K. Allen; 1 edition (June 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KX8PWZM
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic YA urban fantasy! October 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I teach young adults and read my fair share of YA literature, so when Ms. Allen’s debut novel popped up on my Amazon Prime account as a suggested purchase I thought, why not? I’ll give it a try. Good call. This well-paced novel hooked me from the start. Ms. Allen’s nimble writing is filled with lively descriptions, and I found the main character, Kat, sympathetic, intelligent, and interesting. In many ways Kat is your typical teen, wanting to fit in, nervous about attending a new school, and attracted to the boy next door, but in so many other mysterious ways she is not.

Due to the death of her mother, Kat’s world has been turned upside down. Add some horrible nightmares and you wonder how much this kid can take. Yet in spite of everything, Kat views life with a wonderful innocence as she pushes on. I saw some of the plot line opening up before the main character did, but I attribute this to honest writing as Ms. Allen allows the story to unfold through Kat’s sixteen year old eyes, raising such questions as: Who exactly is this aloof grandmother she is forced to live with? What role does her grandmother’s “secretary” Charlotte play? Why is Kat able to hear conversations from across the room? Run five miles without breaking a sweat? Shoot a perfect game of pool the first time she plays?

This is really a coming of age story with an urban fantasy backdrop. Like most teenagers, Kat wants a job so she can earn her own money, gain a little independence, and not depend all the time on her wealthy grandmother. Of course, she is not your average teenager and in turn has a lot to learn about her magical heritage, as evident by events that occur in the climax. Ms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Enchanting! September 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't tell you how impressed I am with this debut novel! It's so well-written, so full of rich description, that it places you right there alongside the main character, Kat, in the strange new world of magic she finds herself in.
"The Summer Solstice" has a modern-day fairytale quality to it. On one level, Kat is a typical teen. She's just trying to find her place in the world after her mother dies unexpectedly, and she's forced to live with her mysterious grandmother, Rose, whom she's never met. On the other hand, there are strange dreams, and mysterious powers that the locals whisper about behind closed doors.
There's something here for everyone: mystery, action, fantasy, and even romance. So many Young Adult books seem to concentrate solely on the romantic aspects that the over-all story falls flat. That isn't the case, here. Happily, Ms. Allen made the bold choice to not make the entire book about the budding relationship between Kat and the boy next door, Alec. The connection is there; you certainly feel it along with Kat, but this book is more about a girl discovering herself and her family for the first time. The ending was perfectly timed to leave me wanting more. I congratulate Ms. Allen on a job well done.
I'm really looking forward to reading the next book to this series, "The Equinox."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth in advertising September 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't read the book - way too old and the wrong gender. However, my grandniece did and it cost me two hours of Kindle time. When she returned the Kindle, I asked her if she liked the book. "I loved it," she replied. I asked her why. She told me that I wouldn't understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real mystery! October 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The life that Kat knew is over. Her mother is dead and she is forced to leave her home and live with a grandmother she has never known. As she makes friends and enemies alike, she is beginning to suspect that something is strange about her new home. Just when she thought her life was over, an electrifying and perhaps, frightening destiny awaits her.

Life is full of winding roads and sometimes we have no idea what is waiting for us around the bend. Allen's novel sends the message that maybe life isn't always what we expect it will be. Perhaps, life has more in store for us then we realize and just maybe, there's more to us then we know.

Immediately, I found myself sympathizing for Kat. The author had created a vulnerable, yet strong young woman. I enjoyed watching her embrace the torch handed to her and grow into much more then the sad girl I met at the beginning of the book. All of Allen's characters are real and believable. The dialogue makes them even more alive and genuine.

The Summer Solstice Enchanted is well written, making it a smooth read. The plot was laid out logically and I didn't find myself questioning holes in the story. It begins with a hair pulling mystery, which will keep the reader turning the pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting new series! September 17, 2014
Format:Paperback
Kat's life inevitably changes when her mother dies unexpectedly. She goes to live with a grandmother she knows nothing about. It is here that she learns about a world her mother had tried to hide from her - the world of the Solstices.

This book reminded me of the Secret Circle (which is never a bad thing), with the steady pacing and style of writing. I would definitely recommend this as a summer read!

I love a bit of greek mythology, and I think that Allen got the perfect balance of information and entertainment without breaking the flow.
The whole Solstice bloodlines and history is nicely creative and original, gradually building throughout the book.

I like Kat as the main character. She's open-minded and you learn about the Summer family and the Soltices along with her.
The rest of the supporting cast are, for the most part, amiable characters. Iris and Ava were entertaining.

The bad bits:
There was nothing bad exactly.
I thought it was quite formulaic, it ticked all the YA boxes - the new girl, the cute guys smitten with said new girl, the shallow and bitchy girl(s).
That being said, it's better than half the YA stories out there.
It's a very nice read, I felt that it was less an adventure in itself, and more an introduction to the series to follow.
Which I will definitely be reading - only a few months to wait for The Eqiunox!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanted " is a Wonderful SuperNatural Fantasy
" The Summer Solstice: Enchanted " is a Wonderful SuperNatural Fantasy ! It InterWeaves Greek Mythology, the Recent Past, and Modern Day Florida in a Thoroughly... Read more
Published 4 days ago by timodonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Summer Solstice
This was a wonderful YA book. It was well-written with believable dialog. The author describes settings and situations in a way that pulls you into the story. Read more
Published 7 days ago by RC
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storytelling
This is not a genre I would normally read, but as a writer I aim to read widely and I review according to the whole package, not simply whether it was a good story. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. T. Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear your schedule before starting to read Enchanted.
I actually watched the trailer for Enchanted before purchasing the book. It is the reason I bought the book.

I am so glad I found this gem. I read a lot of YA books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanted was Enchanting!
I really enjoyed the first person take throughout the book; and even though I'm a bit older, the YA theme didn't distract from the interesting overall plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pat Maloney
5.0 out of 5 stars The Summer Solstice: Buy it, if not you're only doing yourself an...
From the get-go I found this book as enchanting as the title suggests. The writing is so fluid, descriptive and every line, scene and chapter is perfectly portrayed in your mind,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Verbal Villain
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical...
I love Katrina....its a really special book..this shows that us indie authors can craft a magical book too.....i hope many people read this!
Published 1 month ago by Ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanters and Equinox
Katrina Summer's mom has died and she doesn't even remember her dad. When she goes to live with her Grandmother Rose and her helper Charlotte, Kat's life is thrown into a spin. Read more
Published 1 month ago by p.s. winn
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K.K. Allen is the Young Adult Author of the Summer Solstice Series. Her debut novel, The Summer Solstice: Enchanted, is now available on Kindle and in paperback. Ms. Allen was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Seattle, Washington. She lived in the Seattle area up until 2008 when she made the bold transition to Florida. Ms. Allen now resides in Central Florida. She has always had a passion for reading and writing and has done so every day since the young age of 12. Writing has even transitioned into her professional career in the Media Industry as copywriter for websites and scriptwriter for video productions. "There's just something about telling a story that drives me in everything that I do. Whether I'm creating a content outline for a website, or pulling together assets to write to, or even putting together a video production, it's all about the storytelling." Ms. Allen is proud to say that she's worked with stellar professionals who have only provided her with additional opportunities to grow into the writer that she now is.

From K.K. Allen:

Books I Like - My taste for reading is eclectic. What I download from Kindle or pull off the bookshelf has everything to do with the mood that I'm in. I can say, that a lot of my reading lately comes from the vast array of exciting Young Adult novels out there. YA has the tendency to pull me in and hold my attention - which, after a long day of work - is hard to do. I'm a sucker for novels like Twilight, Divergent, Hunger Games, etc. But my favorite author of all time is most definitely Nicholas Sparks. I enjoy Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, and an infinite number of others.

What's Next - After launching The Summer Solstice: Enchanted I have been busy writing the second Summer Solstice Novel, the Equinox. I'm eager to share this next novel with my readers. Kat is really flourishing as a young woman and we get to watch her grow into her own skin throughout her journey. We introduce a few more characters in the next book which I'm very excited about. So stay tuned - there is much more enchantment to come!

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