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Professionally, I've been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I've never worked in that field. It's anybody's guess what I'll be when I grow up.
Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It's one I've finally gotten to spend a significant amount of time on while I care for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease.
Donna K. Weaver
on Dec. 23, 2013 :
WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
In the sequel to BLOOD WILL TELL, the newlyweds, Rolf and Valeriah, face a new crisis.
Born half-werewolf, Valeriah's life has never been simple. Her recent marriage to a dragon has led to a transformation--Valeriah is now a dragon, too. But, taking the form and knowing how to actually be a dragon is not the same thing. Her life has even more complications than ever. So many, in fact, that she doesn't recognize the signs of her own pregnancy until Rolf rushes her to the Hatching Grounds to lay their eggs.
But then things only get worse, because something's wrong on the Hatching Grounds. The underground source of heat that sustains the eggs is slowly dying. Valeriah and Rolf have to scramble to discover what's gone wrong and find a way to fix it before their eggs die.
The story has a different feel to it than the first book, but it worked. We get to see the a more mature, maternal side to Valeriah--not that she was immature before, but it's different now. She's got a lot on her plate: learning to be a dragon herself, getting along with the mother-in-law, fear for the safety of her children, working through her still maturing relationship with Rolf.
Mansfield brings back a younger feel to sections of the book with the adventures of Rolf's kid sister. It was fun to revisit these characters and the Chimeria world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 25, 2013 :
This book is the second in a series about gateways between earth and a magical world that provides the source for our fairytales and legends. While the premise is a bit worn, what the author does with it is emphatically not. The lead protagonists are a newlywed couple, a pair of shapshifting dragons (one of whom also happens to be part werewolf and part unicorn) who are trying to juggle the challenges of an unexpected pregnancy, the politics of two worlds, and dodge police investigations on earth related to the unheaval that happened in the previous book. Things are even more complex than that. They're dragons. The unexpected pregnancy consists of three huge eggs that momma laid while in dragon form. Now, she has to stay in dragon form whenever she is in the magical realm, both to tend her young and to pacify her mother-in-law. That's not enough? How about this? The geothermal vents that keep the hatching grounds warm have suddenly failed, and everyone's eggs are dying. Ever see a thirty foot long, fire breathing momma panic? It ain't pretty. This book, however, is beautiful. Buy it. You won't regret it.
(reviewed long after purchase)