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

K.K. Allen
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Book Description

K.K. Allen’s introduction novel to The Summer Solstice series have fans raving and begging for MORE! The Summer Solstice: Enchanted is a Coming of Age, Paranormal Urban Fantasy with an original storyline and a perfect mixture of suspense, magic, and romance. YA and New Adult Fiction readers will fall in love with the characters in this unique mythology.

Katrina "Kat" Summer has been sheltered and void of much social interaction her entire life. But her world changes drastically when her mother dies unexpectedly and she is forced move in with her estranged grandmother, a whimsical woman filled with wild tales of the Ancient Greek Mythology from which the Summer family descends.

In the picturesque town of Apollo Beach, a small intercoastal community on the West side of Florida, Kat’s world takes on enchanting new beginnings. Rose encourages Kat to explore the Summer family heritage – but the more Kat discovers the more she realizes how many secrets her mother kept from her growing up.

Leading to her 16th birthday, the day of the Summer Solstice, Kat is occupied with enigmatic visions and disturbing dreams with prophecies much too real to ignore. And after a run-in with the boy next door, a good looking guy her age named Alec Stone, Kat is more resolved than ever to find out the truth about her families’ past and what that has to do with her future.

What Kat finds in Apollo Beach is a mythology surrounding the Summer Solstice that forever transforms her from the awkward girl she once was, to the enchanted Katrina Summer.

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. Stay tuned for more information on the second novel in the series, The Equinox, coming soon.

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 response I've gotten so far for my debut novel, The Summer Solstice: Enchantment, has been a dream come true. Six years ago when I began developing the story, I had no thoughts to ever actually publish it! I just wanted to write a great story. When I was close to finished writing the book six months later, it dawned on me that I didn't have to keep my writing to myself anymore. What happened? Life got in the way - and fear of rejection - and I let my novel be forgotten. I have to think optimistically here, because maybe that was the best thing that could have happened to me. I spent the next few years writing, a lot, and getting better at it. When I came back to my novel a year ago, I was able to refocus and tell the same story in a more descriptive and organized way. With inspiration drawn from my favorite writers, Nicholas Sparks, Kristin Hannah, Stephanie Meyers, Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella...and YA novels like Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, Divergent, Hunger Games...these lists go on for days...I was finally able to push save on a completed book that I was proud to share with the world. 

For my readers - THANK YOU for your support! 

For my potential readers - THANK YOU for your consideration. There are a lot of great books out there and I'm honored that you may choose mine.

Sincerely,

K.K. Allen

Product Details

  • File Size: 1289 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
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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 Fantastic Summer Read! July 18, 2014
By L
Format:Kindle Edition
K.K. Allen's The Summer Solstice: Enchanted was the perfect 'lazy summer days' read for me this week. 
Newly orphaned Kat moves to Florida to live with her grandmother, the affluent and powerful town leader, Rose. The setting is idealic but Kat is curious to know why she was kept away from this branch of her family. Answers are not rapidly forthcoming but as her sixteenth birthday approaches  strange things happen which Kat dismisses as a result of grief.
Having been brought up in a protective setting, Kat copes remarkably well with her new life - There's the gorgeous Alec next door, and unfortunately the somewhat hostile girls from the small town. Sharing solstice with her new family is a huge turning point, and from there we get some answers. The story develops at a good pace, allowing the reader to speculate on what might happen next. K.K. Allen's characters are very nicely drawn, and I liked the way the relationships develop, especially between Kat and Charlotte who fills some of the void left by Kat's mother's untimely demise. With enough drama, action and romance to keep me entertained throughout, I would recommend this book to all who appreciate a touch of magic and suspense to their reading. I look forward to continuing this adventure to see what becomes of Kat and will be downloading book 2, The Equinox, in preparation for my next set of lazy summer days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for number 2! July 26, 2014
By TracyD
Format:Kindle Edition
I will never look at Apollo Beach the same! Katrina begins life with her distant grandmother after losing her mother unexpectedly. While Rose (her grandmother) appears distant and cold at first, it becomes clear that she loves her and wants nothing more than to protect her as she comes into her solstice powers. While Katrina has a hard time believing, things begin happening around her 16th birthday which forces her to acknowledge and learn. Even if all she'd LIKE to do is get to know the hot neighbor Alec better. Trying to fit in and make friends, Kat attends Alec's 4th of July birthday party and things quickly get out of hand...and she realizes that there are dark powers out there as well. Reality sets in when she realizes that her powers need to be honed and used for good...because something dark lurks around the corner. These characters were so developed and the story felt so "real" that I'm sure the next time I see a small sand wind tunnel, or sudden dark clouds, I'll be looking around wondering if someone nearby did that or was it just nature?
Looking forward to the next installment of "Summer Solstice"!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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, all the traits for a awesome author as you are right their with the characters on every page.
The book, well Kat, the main character, I found to be inquisitive, intelligent and in denial until certain things happen... (I resist the temptation to reveal too much here)
I found Rose powerful and somewhat of a velvet lady with an iron glove and you see their relationship slowly develop over the duration.
I am quite eclectic in my reading tastes, but found this book equally opened up my mind as it does Kats! There is love, twists and fantasy all rolled into fascinating fiction! A lazy hazy read actually does this book an injustice, its so much more than that....
I think this isn't a book to be categorised purely as YA, as every age and genre will appreciate the authors work here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanters and Equinox August 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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. Born on the summer solstice, kat is finding out things she has never heard before, but things that help her to make sense of her strange dreams and feelings. This is a great book which combines mystery, supernatural, mythology and a bit of romance,. Can't wait for the enchanted to meet the Equinox when the next book comes out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 days ago by Pat Maloney
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth in advertising
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. Read more
Published 18 days ago by In Deep Trouble
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 23 days ago by Ridwan Tijani
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mystical Surprise
K.K. Allen is a new talent for young adult fiction without a doubt. She paints vivid pictures with her simplistic way of using words to describe each scene, and it puts her readers... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Calidream Publishing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
The book was amazing. The characters suck you right in and you can't wait to see what is going to happen next! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katelynn King
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting read!
I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed reading "The Summer Solstice: Enchanted". (YA is not my usual genre, I downloaded it for free through Amazon Prime. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars A great lazy day read
A great lazy day read, from a promising new author. It is not my typical read but I enjoyed it all the same, I was drawn a little to it due to it's setting in Florida. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Graham Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!!!! Kept me engaged the whole story can't wait until the next book comes out!!!
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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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