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Forever Tainted Paperback – June 30, 2014
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About the Author
Julia Skyler was born in a small town in Georgia and began composing at the very young age of seven. She started writing song lyrics first, then took up poetry and fiction as a teen. While her friends were busy dating and shopping, she was locked away in her room working on another short story, or poetry piece. In fact, Julia won her first poetry prize in 2006 and says that she couldn't imagine a life without writing. She's beloved by family, friends, and fans for her poetry and fiction. She spends a lot of quality time with her family and wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything, but writing is her heart's desire and truest passion.
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Skyler opens her Book 1 of her trilogy with a telling Prologue - one in which we meet the handsome vampire Langley and his passion for voluptuous Nicole whose desire for drinking blood equals his. In this brief but well staged scene we are given entry into Skyler's penchant for sensuous romantic writing as well as her obvious equally passionate focus of vampire stories. Between the sexual innuendoes and the exchange of sanguineous desire the stage is set for the opening of the book - a ball (the Winfrey Masquerade) where the once again a physically desirous male, Lord Jonathan Connolly finally encounters the stunningly attractive woman of his dreams, Lady Ann Winfrey. The attraction fixation is mutual and so begins a sultry love story into which the evil mission of Prince Langley - to change the male population to vampires in order to build his vampire fleet and diminish the royal military - presents the climax. It is not long before Langley sinks his teeth into evil-doubting Connolly, setting up a challenge to the Connolly/Winfrey consignation. The denouement is exceptionally well developed.
Julia Skyler paints the sets and costumes of the first half of 19th century England credibly, and even more to her credit is her ability to make the vampire element of this novel more sexually animated than the usual vampire genre. This is first and foremost a Romance novel with a dollop of blood rendered here and there to spice up the story. Skyler has talent as a writer, but there are italicized phrases (`It's all a part of the job, he thought', `A treat', he thought, `something extremely sugary would hit the spot right about now', etc). as well as conversational terms and phrases that are very contemporary 21st century lingo (It's a deal', etc) that jolt us out of an otherwise well-defined period piece.
But this is a first novel and the writing qualities of the Chick-Lit genre as well as the paranormal aspects of her vampire-inspired clan far out weigh the flaws. Placing a book before the public is always a test, and should Julia Skyler polish her very promising skills based on the excited audience reception to this initial offering she seems to be assured a niche into which she will comfortably fit. Book 2 of this trilogy will tell. FOREVER TAINTED is a terrific summer read! Grady Harp, July 14
Skyler did her homework in her descriptions and captured the feel of the era perfectly. The pace was great and I finished it with a few hours. I especially loved the dialogue. The back and forth banter was very entertaining. I really enjoyed the characters and was invested in the outcome of the story. Highly recommended.
Lord Jonathan Connolly finally meets the attractive woman who has been stirring him in his dreams, the stunning Lady Ann Winfrey. From the moment Johnathan and Ann meet, it is love at first sight. However, their love does not fall into a clear and easy path, Johnathan finds himself battling the dark side in order to rescue his beloved.
To me, this was akin to other romances I’ve read (with the addition of a few sensuous blood sucking moments), and this is why I enjoyed it. Skyler did a great job with vivid imagery, I was transported to a different time (England 1800’s) and I particularly liked her character development. From the moment Jonathan was introduced, I was taken by his vulnerability and rooted for him immediately. It is a tale of love, vampires, and a bit of historical adventure. I would recommend this book to readers who love paranormal romances and escapism.