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Chain of Souls (Second Chances Book 2) by [Zannini, Maria]
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From the Author


Have you ever turned around suddenly, certain you were being watched, only to find shadows?

Maria Zannini has been in the company of shadows and ghosts since childhood, visited by phantoms and other creatures too perfect for words. From these fragmented visions grew a world not often seen in fiction. Think Richard Matheson's "What Dreams May Come" with a side of sass and sex.

She paints a world most of us have only seen in the periphery of our dreams. The Afterlife is vibrant and vast, slipping past the veil of the mortal realm as easily as walking into a room.

Second Chances is a series of novellas centering on two Ascended beings, brothers and rivals, no longer welcomed in Heaven. Between them is Shannon, once human, and now a reluctant immortal. In a bond forged by exile, the three give new purpose to their lives by offering second chances to those who know where to look.

Book #1 is The Devil To Pay
Book #2 Chain of Souls

About the Author

Maria Zannini spends her day hunting scorpions, wrangling chickens, and fighting for a piece of the bed against dogs of epic proportions. Occasionally, she tells stories.

Why buy Maria's books?

* The world building is grand and fantastical, even in her contemporary titles.

*The characters are people you know...or would like to know.

* Regardless of the genre, there's always a romantic thread and the promise of nookie.

and most importantly...

* The dogs demand kickbacks. Dog cookies don't just grow on trees, you know.

For more information about Maria, her books, or life in the middle of nowhere, visit her at

If you enjoyed her stories, tell your friends or leave a review.

Maria thanks you, and her dogs thank you. Woof.

Product Details

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bad Dog Press (October 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XBDI0K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,455,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Angela L. Brown on December 23, 2011
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Maria has conjured up another metaphysical fiction to woo, stoke emotions, jerk a few tears from your eye and keep you tantalized. I was hooked from the first paragraph. Her writing? Witty, strong and such great imagery I could see everything form beautifully in my mind. She has a way of using sensory words that make you feel you're part of the story.

I'll just say that I became so engrossed in reading this book that I had that moment. We've had that moment where nothing exists except the movie we're watching or the book we're reading. Yes. That wonderful moment.

Shannon, Liam, Michael and Evie. I love them and can't wait to see what amazing twists and turns Maria conjures up for them next. If you adore stories of angels and demons, or just a great story that can take you away, excite your imagination, this book is a MUST READ!
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When read book #1 THE DEVIL TO PAY back in June fell in love once again with the storytelling ability of author Maria Zannini. This time around in book 2 the action is faster, the sexy scenes are steamier and the characters have matured and rounded out their allure for fans of the series. For those who are new to the work of the author you can find all her backlist info on Maria's blog and when you go check out the books pay close attention because this is a series of Novellas and they are fast easy reads that are just as good as the full length novels in her two other series!

{Description of the story}

Banished from Heaven for refusing to harvest an unwilling soul, Liam Chase drinks to forget night after night until the Angel of Death pays him a visit. For the price of a few humans souls, Ziva promises to get him reinstated into Heaven. Liam doesn't doubt her influence, but milking humans of their light is an unspeakable crime, punishable by eternal oblivion. He'd rather rot on Earth than commit such a monstrous sin. But the Angel of Death didn't get where she was by taking no for an answer. Ziva is a huntress of extraordinary skill and cruelty. If he refuses, his loved ones will be her next targets. And Ziva never misses.

{My Thoughts}

This time around not only is Shannon a woman to reckon with but once again readers will fall in love all over with Liam and Michael as they vie for the affections of the same woman! In Chain of Souls we are given a villainess that not only jumps off the pages with her evil but you will hope never to meet this character in a dark alley she is that down and dirty mean!
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By RJ on November 2, 2011
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This series (which started with The Devil To Pay) picks up pace with Chain of Souls. I think what I like most at this point is that these books are connected, but reading one isn't critical to understanding what is happening in the other. I HATE series that rely on previous books and prefer to be able to pick up any book in the series and not be completely lost. Maria doesn't do this to her readers. Each of these books, so far, could be considered stand-alones.

I read this on Saturday night, when I was supposed to be working, simply because I couldn't put it down. The characterization is brilliant, and Zannini weaves action expertly into this not-so-typical love story. The dialogue was excellent, and I do love my dialogue. Maria wins my forever-fandom for that alone.

The only critique I have of Chain of Souls is that the love scenes weren't what I've come to expect from Zannini. While they're still well-written, the scenes in Chain of Souls are not, IMO, of the caliber of previous work. For me, they lacked something. But, considering Zannini usually writes beyond amazing love scenes, those in Chain of Souls are still pretty kickass.

I'm very hooked into this series now. In my review of The Devil to Pay, I had said I wished they were one book, rather than a series of novellas, but I'm not sure that would be such a good thing anymore. My kids wouldn't get fed, the house would be a mess, and I probably wouldn't shower until I finished the entire thing, so it's best to have it in installments. :)

I recommend Chain of Souls anyone who is sick of the same old romance, and if you like to read an author who knows what she's doing...I think you should check Maria out as well.
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Excellent and fantastic follow up story to book one in the Second Chances Series. Maria Zannini has outdone herself with this second installment. Her imagination and creativity has brought this story to life with all the action, drama, sexy love scenes, and fierce creatures.

The drama between Liam and Michael of fighting over Shannon continues as they both compete for her love. However, Liam pushes his love aside as he is forced into a predicament by Ziva (bad angel) that causes him to do the un-thinkable of taking and collecting human souls for Ziva in order to protect the ones he loves and to keep them safe.

Shannon gains another protector and admirer in this story that I absolutely love. Shannon's new protector is Cerberus, the three headed dog and absolutely fierce demon of sorts that everyone fears but respects, but also a loveable, lick-able, and humorous hound character towards Shannon that made the story fun and exciting. The banter between the three headed dog Cerberus and Shannon's cat Bocephus was absolutely hilarious. I literally laughed out loud through certain parts.

The love scenes between each couple - Michael and Shannon, Liam and Shannon, Evie and Aiden were very sensual and hotly described with great taste. The ending was perfect as it left me with wanting to know the next adventures all the characters will be involved in and how they plan to take on Ziva.

I absolutely love Maria's writing because it's as if you can hear a smooth easy flowing voice that makes you want the story to last forever as it comes alive on the pages.

Great Read!
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