Regina Morris Spotlight!


 

Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher …

They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in.

Some however want power and control.

The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

When Raymond Metcalf, vampire coven master of the Colony, teams up with a federal operative of the human female persuasion–who has no idea that vampires even exist–will his mission or his heart be compromised first?

Career  military woman, Alex Brennan, is being offered the promotion of alifetime and with it a romance that she has desperately been seeking. Does she dare accept the position as Director of the Colony, an elite  group of deadly creatures of the night and risk a dangerous romance with a man who isn’t even human? 
Together, can they save the President?

 

I have said it before, and I will say it again, and again the future I’m sure. With so many books out there now, and as many  genres as there are, having a book that stands out is something that is very important with authors. If, as a reader, you are reading the same story over and over it gets very boring and annoying. Because honestly why am I going to be spending my money on a book that I can
figure out what is going to happen in the end?

With this book, there were some parts where it was obvious what was going to happen. But they ended up working out during the course of the book because there were some parts that I didn’t see coming,  and some parts that made me laugh out loud. I actually highlighed in this book, which is one of those things that I don’t do that often!!

 
“It’s just odd. She couldn’t have known about my stained clothing, and yet she asked what I was wearing.” (…) “You’re so out of touch you didn’t even see that fly lady wanting your ass and askin’ for phone sex.” (…) Raymond looked down at his phone, and he shook his head. “Sounds a bit impersonal. Plus we have work to do,” Raymond said as he put his phone away. He  wondered if phone sex was what the phone option *69 meant.”

So as you can tell, there are some parts that are funny, ok that was funny to me at least! The characters that are introduced during the course of this book were done in a way that I was able to follow and understand what was going on. With this being the first book in a series, there was a little bit of information overload, but it didn’t take over the whole story. While there were a lot of characters introduced you were able to focus on the main characters of this book.

All of the people in this book were explained in the way even after being introduced to them, later on in the story you could still recall information about them. The storyline itself was done really well also. You were able to follow the story, and the drama kept you turning the pages wanting to find out what was going to happen next.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I think it was a great start to a new series. I can’t wait to see more from the author in the future!

 

 

Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher …They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in. Some however want power and control. The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

Sterling, a half-breed vampire, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it.

He has a unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects, and his life is like CSI meets the West Wing, where key positions are held by vampires. Vampires can alter their age based on the amount of blood they consume, which should allow Sterling to blend into human society. However, his ability has painful side effects that cause him to live a lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. He’s a lonely bad-boy looking for love in all the wrong places.

His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult who is trying to save them. Sterling snatches the opportunity to do some field work by teaming up with a purebred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the missing children. Sterling’s world is turned upside down by Kate. She is everything Sterling could hope for in a mate and he wonders if she’d ever consider loving a half-breed.

Kate is beautiful, intelligent, charming and sophisticated. Kate has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. Could she possibly trust Sterling enough to share her dark personal secret with him?

Together, can they save the kidnapped children and find true love for themselves?

After reading Eternal Service, we were introduced to one of the main characters in this book, Sterling. His character seemed to have his downfalls, and being honest, going by what I just read in  Eternal Service, I wasn’t sure if I would even like him! So when I found out that this book was his story, I was unsure if I would even want to read it.

I am so glad that I did decide to read his story! I don’t want to give too much away with my review, but I do know that I was really excited to find out the story behind the way he acts. And I do feel
bad about how I judged him, I don’t completely forgive him, but I do still like him!

The story that takes place in this book was a really good one, I enjoyed following the whole plot. Although thinking about now, the plot line seemed simple, but sometimes simple is better and it worked out great with this book. Being able to explore different types of vampires and finding out things about them that make them different from each other.

Kate’s character was definitely very different and not at all what I expected. She has a way about her that kept you wanting to read more about her. She added a lot to the story and was able to
draw attention to herself without being completely obvious about it at the same time. The innocence factor that she has about her was very well written.

During the course of this book, we were able to catch up on some of the various characters that we met in the first book. I really enjoyed how that was done because the other characters didn’t take
over the story, they were able to add to it. Being able to find out  what was going on in the lives of the others was very nice and fun todo.

This book completely caught me off guard with how much I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read more in the series and find out what happens next in the family.

 

Regina Morris is the author of the humorous paranormal romances that make up The Colony series. She loves paranormal romances featuring vampires, but her personal taste is light-hearted and humorous – not horrific and gory. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. She enjoys meeting with her monthly critique writing groups and meeting other writers in the Austin area through the WLT events.

She has lived in many different parts of the world. She graduated high school in Germany and she attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a degree in computer science with a minor in math. Besides writing, she is an amateur portrait and sports photographer. After enjoying a career in the software engineering business, she discovered that writing was in her blood, and had to put pen to paper!

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