Friday, April 16, 2010

Imprints by Rachel Ann Nunes - Book Review

Have you ever thought--wouldn’t it be nice to have an extraordinary gift like ESP or to be able to read thoughts or even to be clairvoyant in some way? Well, I have and I think it would be awesome. Imagine what you could do. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately in the real world such “gifts” are rare if not impossible.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them in the fiction we read.

If you like reading paranormal fiction, but you’ve held back because in the national market such books can be riddled with foul language or graphic sex, do I have a book for you!

Imprints by Rachel Ann Nunes is a wonderful paranormal read with a dash of romance and a good healthy dose of intrigue that is free of swear words and pornography.

Autumn Rain, the main character in the book, is a woman gifted with the ability to read imprints left on objects. She’s a bit quirky in that she never wears shoes (I love shoes, so I didn't identify with that), she eats only healthy foods (something I admire, but I'm holding out for the day when they find sugar has a vitamin in it), and she knows the medicinal qualities of herbs (very cool).

When her father mysteriously died in an accident, Autumn inherited his herb shop and the building it was in. Autumn sold the herb business to Jake—the man she secretly wants a relationship with, though he treats her like his kid sister—but she kept the building and turned half of it into an antique shop.

In an attempt to help a couple find their daughter, Autumn learns of a cult-like group that takes in lost souls. As she investigates further, she meets Ethan McConnell, another possible love interest, who is looking for his sister. Both young women may have been seduced to join the group and have gone to live at Harmony Farms, near Rome, Oregon. To add to the intrigue, one night as Autumn returns home she is attacked by a former member of the group and given a key that has a horrifying imprint. Something is very wrong at Harmony Farms. With Ethan’s help, Autumn and Jake go undercover to find out what this group is all about and hopefully track down the girls.

What more haunting truths will Autumn find?
Are the girls she searches for still alive?
Will Autumn get caught?
Is Jake a good guy?
Is Ethan?
And which one will turn out to be the man of her dreams?

You'll have to read the book to find out. Oh, I haven’t told you about Autumn’s twin sister, Tawnia, who also has a clairvoyant gift—that of drawing people before she meets them. She’s a wonderful character, and I feel there is a sequel in the making.

Imprints is a great paranormal novel full of twists and turns that will keep you reading late into the night.

Rachel is holding a contest that started April 15th.

Here's how it works.

Every few days starting on April 15th, Rachel will post a trivia question about Imprints on Twitter, Facebook, and on her blog, Rachel’s Ramblings. With the exception of the first few questions, you'll need to have read the book to figure it out, so start reading now!

To enter the contest, make a comment on her blog with the answer to the question. Meanwhile, she'll moderate the comments so no one can see the answers until the end of the contest. For every right answer, you gain one entry in the drawing for a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the bookstore of your choice. For every person you send to her blog to respond to the question (whether through a review or  any other means), you and they both get an entry. So make sure your friends and family mention in their comment that you sent them. The contest will run for a month, and if she gets a lot of participation, she'll add more prizes.

Since I've posted this review on the 16th, the first question that was posted on the 15th is below. Have fun and good luck!!!
Question #1

What are imprints?

Now this is an easy question, but they will get harder. You'll have to eventually read the book to get them all.

If you enjoyed this book, please let the publisher know that you'd like to see more books for women in this genre. Every e-mail will help!

(Imprints was published by Deseret Book. I received a free copy to review, but I have no financial interest in the success or failure of this novel.)

14 comments:

  1. This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. I'm going to have to start reading! I've heard only great things about this book! =)

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  3. Carolyn, it is a great book. I think you'll enjoy it.

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  4. I had no idea Rachel had a blog! I love Rachel!

    This book looks fascinating to me. I'm a big fan of the paranormal when it comes to "seers." =]

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  5. Laura, well, I'm glad you found her blog here. I mailed your book today. Sorry for the delay, but it's been one of those weeks. Thanks for stopping by. I think you'll love this new book of Rachel's.

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  6. So glad I found your blog as well, I am now following you! HAppy Friday Follow!

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  7. Shannon, thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower!!! Have a great weekend.

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  8. Sounds interesting. And I like the cover, a good cover always draws me in.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

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  9. Helen: A good cover always draws me in, too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  10. I will try to read this book. But I have a offtopic. I see that you are using "Linkwithin" as a 'related posts' gadget. Do you know, it has made your blog slow. Your blog takes longer time. I have a 'related posts' gadget in my blog. Check it out and make your decision.

    Thanks for this amazing book.

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  11. This book sounds awesome! And I loved the write-up. Is that the jacket flap or did you write it yourself, Kathi? If so, you have a a gift!

    Now I'm off to check out the book and Rachel's blog!

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  12. Maya, I had no idea Linkwithin slowed up my blog. I'll check out what you have. I hope you do read this book. I think you'll enjoy it.

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  13. Jackee:
    Aren't you nice! I wrote it all by my little old self. Thanks for the compliment. Stop by any time.

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