A handsome blond stranger shows up at Kimi Wickerís place of work claiming to be her mate. But he also claims to be from another world. She does what any sane woman would do in her situation. She runs. Tagging along are her two best friends and a feisty tabby cat. No one could anticipate the second stranger showing up, one with a completely different agenda.
Kimi and her friends are abducted by the second man, a vampire, then tortured and abandoned on a hostile alien world. Given only the clothes on their back, they must now try to find a way back home again.
One man will do everything in his power to see Kimi and her friends are brought safely back home, even sacrifice his own life. The second man wants Kimi and her mate to suffer, alive, but forever out of reach of each other. Kimi and her friends must work together against astronomical odds for any hope of surviving this nightmare.
With a vast array of alien creatures and extraterrestrial landscapes, mixed with several forms of space travel technologies, this is a must read for science fiction fans and anyone who enjoys cross genre writings. My compliments to the creative genius and visual delivery of this author.
THE RIDER is a compilation of the prizewinning and best runner-up stories of 1500-3000 words, based around a stock picture, that were entered in the 2016 Crimson Cloak Publishing short story writing competition.
Denna Holm's story SPIRIT RIDE, featured in this book, tied with two other stories for third prize and lost out only to a tie-breaker. It is the story of a woman whose child has died: believing it is in retribution for a hit-and-run in her youth when she killed a toddler and kept quiet about it, in order to recover her own child she has sought redemption in vain. Her last hope, the shaman she now consults, sends her on a wild spirit ride that sends her back in time to put things right ...
Amanda Cross survives one nightmare only to face another. She'd always thought of herself as a strong woman, but her many trials on the hostile planet Lavina almost break her. After her rescue, it should be an easy decision to return home to Earth, but she didn't count on her attraction to the tall, handsome shapeshifter.
Tallyn's parents rule the most powerful werewolf pack on Laizahlia. As heir to the crown, they expect him to mate with a strong female, but he can't deny his attraction to the short, curvy woman from Earth. He suspects there is more to Amanda than first meets the eye. To learn what, he must first convince her to trust him enough to remain on Laizahlia. Knowing he might need help, Tallyn calls for assistance from Calem, the volatile tracker who was key to Amanda's rescue off Lavina.
Calem has waited centuries to right a wrong done to his mate and only daughter. Their deaths nearly destroyed him, but he sees a chance for redemption through Amanda. Tallyn was right to ask for Calem's help because he is the only one who can guide the petite female toward her destiny. Calem is determined to protect Amanda from facing the same fate as his mate and daughter, even if it ends up costing him his own life.
Jessica is excited about starting college in the fall, already enrolled at the University of Oregon. Every year for as long as she can remember, she has enjoyed spending a week camping with her father before school started, but this year is special because her best friends are coming with them. She has no way to know they will all be walking into a nightmare straight out of a horror movie.
Eighteen years before, Jessicaís mother died under mysterious circumstances right after giving birth to her. Her dad refuses to speak about it, though his eyes grow haunted every time the subject comes up. All Jessica knows is that it was a violent death. Her answers will come from a stranger, one who knows far more than he should.
Nethaniel is a Lycaeonian from the planet Laizahlia, a wolf shapeshifter. He is taking his first trip off world with his father when he runs across Jessica fly fishing at the lake. Though it shouldnít be possible, he recognizes her immediately as his fated mate. Unfortunately, Nethanielís father has enemies, and three have followed them to Earth, vengeance on their minds. Jessica and her friends are considered little more than collateral damage.
A Warriorís Nightmare is a Sci-Fi novel that focuses on the character of Jessica, a graduating senior that is trying to enjoy the summer break before she heads off to college. During this particular break, Jessica is spending time with her friends camping when something unexpected and devastating happens that takes Jessica back to her past Ė to when she was born. The reader learns early in the novel that Jessicaís mother when Jessica was only a newborn, and the circumstances surrounding her motherís death have never been revealed to Jessica. It seems that things arenít always what they seem as Jessica begins to learn the truth about her motherís death. Meanwhile, Jessica is noticed by Nethaniel, a wolf shapeshifter from a different planet. Nathaniel is convinced that Jessica is his one and only soulmate and sets about trying to prove this; however, it seems that his presence presents a complication and danger to Jessica and her friends. Through twists and turns within the novel, the reader begins to understand that everything is not always as it seems and evil comes in many forms.
Although, Iím typically not a fan of science fiction that involves wolves, I did enjoy Denna Holmís storyline. I have never read anything about wolf shapeshifters before, so I immediately though that that was interesting. Also, I like how the author didnít just make this a novel about a boy falling in love with and trying to win over a girl. Those really get boring to read after a while. Instead, Holmís adds in a few more plot developments, such Jessica beginning to learn the truth of her motherís death. Ultimately, the struggle that ensues when enemies of Nethanielís father begin to cause trouble is what made me want to keep reading. There were a lot of smaller details and plot lines that the author wove together in order to make the novel a more exhilarating read.
One note of circumstance though does exist within the plotline of Nethaniel finding out that Jessica is his soul mate. This happens very early in the novel Ė chapter one, I believe. We hardly know anything about Jessica, and we know even less about Nethaniel up to this point. What is going on with him to have him be in the position mentally to recognize Jessica as his soul mate. That part of the book just seemed a bit forced, and I would have liked to have seen that early ignition of love and yearning have happened more organically, if that makes sense. At the very least, I would have liked to have known both characters a bit more before this sighting occurred.
Overall, I would give A Warriorís Nightmare a rating of four out of five stars. Holm does an adequate job of putting a new spin on the typical ware wolf story.
I have never read anything from Denna Holm before this story. I am so glad I read this story cause I love reading about wolf shifters. This was a wonderful story to read. It has strong characters a wonderful story line I fell in love with the story and characters.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
HEART OF A WARRIOR
Elena Murphy is devastated when Gabriel walks out of her life. When her granddaughter is abducted by aliens and left to die on a hostile world, Gabriel is part of the rescue party sent out by his Council to find her. From the start, they both know there is a strong connection between them, but Elena fears that Gabriel is embarrassed that she is only half vampire while he is a powerful Hunter who has lived for over three thousand years. But when two children under her care are abducted, Elena will do everything in her power to get them back, including swallowing her pride to beg Gabriel to take her with him to track them down.
Gabriel has spent thousands of years searching for his destined mate, his eillelť. When he finally finds her in Elena, it is to learn she is half human. He knows this makes their options as a couple limited. If he takes her back to his world, Laizahlia, his Council will force him to convert her fully to vampire, and he knows she might not survive with her mind intact. And it is forbidden for their kind to live on Earth. Rather than risk her life, he chooses to turn and walk away . . . until two children under her care are taken by Slavers, and itís him who led them directly to her.
HOUSE OF PAIN Maggie Shelbador is a half-breed succubus with a heart. Though raised inside one of the worst whorehouses in the world, all she wants is to find one man who will love her despite what she is. She dreams of one day being free of her nightmarish life but fears no man will ever truly trust her.
The year is 3515 and most of the world has been destroyed by a combination of natural disasters and manís neglect. The whole human race faces extinction. To survive, the leaders of the day approach demons for help, not understanding the high price they will be forced to pay. Normally bound by the summonerís magic, the demons know Maggie is the key to giving them free access to Earth.
Daniel is a widower with a young son. He is out hunting one day when his settlement is attacked and his son abducted. He tracks them to House of Pain, not realizing a trap is being set for him. Though tortured, Daniel refuses to break when they try to force him to prostitute himselfóuntil a beautiful blonde woman is brought into the room, her power stripping away his self-control.
This book is intended for mature readers only. Sexual scenes are involved that touch on the taboo.
House of Pain, by Denna Holm, is a dark, provocative and devilish book that will leave you lusting for more! The no vel opens with a brother and sister cowering before a terrifying demon to whom they have made a promise. They must deliver on this promise or spend eternity kept alive simply to be tortured by this diabolical creature. Their promise comes in the form of the beautiful Magdalena, Maggie, who is half human/half demon. Although raised in a whorehouse she is our lovely virgin full of kindness but also the ability to suck life from people through sex! Holms paints a grim story of the future and it is not one of hope but one in which humans and nature have destroyed the Earth and demons can enter the planet and are on the cusp of entering to stay.
This is a dreary story in many ways, due to the state of the world in which it is set and the predicament of many of the characters but also ends up being very much a love story. Yes, there are erotic scenes and themes, but this story is truly about the endurance of family and the strength of love. It is slightly odd to write that about a book which includes incubusís and succubusís, a whorehouse full of debauchery and more but it is truly fitting in this first novel in what seems will be a series. I can definitely see future challenges arising for our main characters as well as the possibility of the portal re-opening. Demons are quite clever, after all!
I was impressed with the originality of this story. I love when authors create truly original story lines. It felt like this was a story in which the author was truly enmeshed. I want to know how she got the idea for this story. It was so uniquely creative and unlike any other fantasy story Iíve come across.
As stated earlier, there are some adult scenes, which are done respectfully but not appropriate for people under 17. I loved Holmís writing style. It was dripping with tension, drama, romance, and a dark-side that I truly found intriguing. Her story did not drag on, the scenes moved quickly, and I did not want to put it down. I found it quite easy and fun to read! Be certain you are one who is down for some macabre, some romance and some sexiness in this fantasy fiction novel.
Fighting against her demonic powers, Maggie succeeds - most of the time - to keep her soft, gentle human side at the forefront. With her sidekicks, Noah and Thomas, to help her, Maggie feels safe in knowing that her virginity will remain in tact. Then along comes Daniel. Daniel, searching for his 5 year old son, finds himself a prisoner in the House of Pain. The Bledel twins, who are the owners of The House of Pain, are evil to the core. Their Demonic Master orders them to bring him Maggie. Now the twists and turns begin when the twins lead Maggie through the maze of tunnels, in the House of Pain, and show her the chained up Daniel. What happens after their encounter changes Maggie's way of life. I loved reading about all the characters in this book. I hope there is a follow-up.
This book was given to me free by the author. But i just had to buy it to share it with my daughter. This was the most amazing story . I couldn't put it down until it was finished. Holm's is now my most favorite writer. I can't wait to read more of her stories. Thank you for your time writing this great stories.