We have the pleasure of having Jennifer Loiske dropping by today! She has some great books out and one of them, Black Diamond, is FREE on 25th-28th of this month. Normal price $2.99!! So, mark your calendars.
Let’s jump right in and get to know this wonderful author!!
Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town on the southwest coast. She has written seven books, which can be found on Amazon worldwide. She has three different series, Shape Shifter series for YA readers, Immortal Blood series for Mature YA readers and McLean Twins series for Teen/YA readers. Jennifer is a workaholic author who is always writing. If she’s not writing blog posts to her own blog, guest post to other blogs, articles to the magazines or her novels she can be found in the forest with her two dogs. She’s also very keen on charity work and a big part of her royalties goes to the charity; mainly to help families with epileptic children but also to the epilepsy units in the hospitals. She is also part of the author alliance, Authors For Charity, and an active team member of Epilepsy FI.
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Since she has so many books here are a couple of synopses.
BLACK DIAMOND for age 12 and up readers
Part One of McLean Twins Series
After her mom’s sudden death, twelve-year-old Shannon McLean has to move from the US to the English countryside to live with her mysterious father, Connor McLean, whom she hasn’t seen since she was a baby. Soon she discovers that he doesn’t want her around and her moving into his huge manor, Greyman Hill, is nothing more to him than a compulsory deal. But if he does not exactly give her a warm welcome, his servant Robert is most likely an incarnation of evil. He runs the house with an iron touch and makes everyone who works there his little puppets.
Weird things start to happen and the whole place scares the crap out of Shannon. Her dad can control her just by looking at her. The walls are full of secret passages and apparently she has the talent to awaken the ghosts in them. Every day is worse than the day before and she wants badly to run away but discovers it’s impossible. If she wants to stay alive she has to do exactly as her dad says or else she will not only jeopardize her own life but also the lives of the people around her.
While Shannon struggles to find the magic inside her, Connor is slowly turning into a demon. One carelessly spoken word from her could either save or destroy them both. In the end she has to decide whether to save herself and her loved ones, or lose her dad to the darkness and evil that threaten to eat his soul.
What readers say about BLACK DIAMOND:
“This was a great read and held my attention without a problem. I loved all the different aspects of the plot. The story was very easy to follow and all the characters were well-developed. I really couldn’t’ stand the father in this story at all, you would think that he would have been more caring towards his daughter and it just bugged me that he was so cold. Great book for teen readers and would recommend to anyone.”
Black Diamond moves at a pace that can only be described as whirlwind. This is one impressive book. The storyline of this book is unlike anything else that I have ever read. Jennifer Loiske is an author who has the ability to move her readers. I truly cannot wait to see what Loiske has in store for us next.
“Jennifer has presented a fresh idea with a delightfully independent and strong female protagonist that will keep you cheering for her throughout the story. The story line is decent as well. It kept me guessing until the end. It’s not all that predictable and the author keeps some semblance of suspense up until the very end. The descriptions in the story were very well written. The emotional rollercoaster that plays throughout this novel is one of a kind. Talent is evident in the ability to portray intense emotion without making the story seem cheesy or unrealistic. I am impressed by the ability of this young author, and cannot wait to see what she has in store for the future.”
“The beginning of the story briefly reminded me of my trip to England and I became very intrigued by the main character’s father, whom she was about to meet for the first time. Everything spiked my curiosity, from the moment Shannon stepped into her new home, followed by what she discovers about herself and her family, right up until the end. (Don’t want to divulge anything) Everything was very nicely written and did not require too much thinking. I could just sit back and get lost in the excellent story. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.”
An excerpt of Black Diamond:
“Shannon,” Connor said from the doorway. It looked like he had been waiting for her.
Shannon said nothing and tried to pass him.
He blocked her way but didn’t touch her. “Shannon,” he said again, but this time danger lurked in his voice.
She swallowed. Connor’s eyes were so dark and something horrible gleamed behind them. She froze. She could’ve tried to push past him, but his eyes warned her not to even try anything like that, so she lifted her head and met his eyes. “Connor,” she said, and was proud that her voice didn’t shake.
Connor sighed heavily. “Shannon, Shannon, Shannon. What am I going to do with you?”
“You could start by letting me go,” she suggested quietly.
Connor shook his head. “Can’t do that.”
“Can’t or won’t?” Shannon asked and felt the courage coming back to her body.
Connor was quiet. The air around him seemed so dark. Almost like he was a black hole that absorbed all the light around him. He was dressed all in black and looked more like a devil than a human.
Shannon could see Robert grinning wickedly behind him. Her mind was screaming that she should be deadly afraid of this man in front of her, but she wasn’t. She was more afraid of the man behind him and somehow Connor seemed to be the safer choice. There was nothing human in Robert. It was like he was waiting for Connor to strike her down and feast on her dead body. He stared at them with his small, cold, mean eyes and seemed to be encouraging Connor to harm her.
Connor did nothing. After a very uncomfortably long time he shooed Robert away with his hand. “Both,” he said and moved out of her way.
She had almost forgotten what she had asked, but when Connor moved, she moved as well, carefully, from the outside to the inside of the house. He followed. She was scared of him, but there was something so vulnerable in him just then that she couldn’t leave him alone. After all, he was her dad. Robert was gone, thank God, so she dared to speak to him more openly than she had thought possible. “What do you mean? This is your house and I’m your daughter. You can do whatever you want,” she said and hoped she hadn’t gone too far.
“I know. It’s just that I’m no good with little girls like you, and it’s been so long since I remembered what it feels like to be a—” He stopped and looked at her like he was suffering.
“To be what?” Shannon whispered, afraid to hear the answer.
Connor stared into her blue eyes and everything vulnerable was gone from him. He looked even scarier than before. The candles burned brightly around them and when he spoke, their flames flashed like someone had thrown something into them. “Never mind. Just stay away from me and obey my orders. If I tell you to eat, you’ll eat and so on, okay?”
“No! It’s not okay!” Shannon shouted. Tears burned behind her eyes. “You can’t tell me what to do! I’m not a baby anymore!”
“You’ll do what I tell you to do or you’ll be sorry for the day you were born!” Connor thundered and something touched Shannon’s hair. It felt like a spider web but it was really cold. It could’ve been somebody’s bony fingers as well, but whatever it was made her scream.
CLUB NUMBER FIVE for age 18 and up readers
Part One of Immortal Blood Series
Samantha Green wanted nothing but to be normal, have a shallow life with smoking hot Jonathan Blake and an unforgettable senior year at Regents East High. But one morning she wakes up as a vampire. She has no idea who bit her or why. All she knows is she didn’t want it. Now her new life is full of secrets, deceit and fear, not to mention raw meatballs and red nectar that is definitely something else besides strawberry juice. Samantha tries to act normal. She pretends to like her mom’s chicken salad, goes to school and learns how to survive on her own, but what can she do when she finds herself inside of a devious conspiracy, strikingly fast hunters, secret clubs and mouth-watering gorgeous boys and the only food she can catch is her best friend, Kate Walker’s, wrist?
What readers say about CLUB NUMBER FIVE:
“This book was not what I was expecting, it was so much more. This book was amazing and filled with humor. I read this book in one sitting because I could not put it down. Samantha is obsessed with fellow classmate Jonathan. She stalks him and then everything changes. She wakes up as a Vampire with no one to teach her the rules and way of Vampire life. Sam chases Jonathan around for answers suspecting he’s the one that changed her, but what happens when a stranger appears and seems to know more about her than what she expects. Does he hold the answers she’s seeking? She learns who she can trust and the rules of Vampire life the hard way. This book Sam’s journey to learning who she is and how to deal with it. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a good read and laugh. This book will not let you down. I look forward to the next book in the series, Jennifer Loiske has done an amazing job.”
“I am a middle-aged man who has never read a book about teenagers and vampires. The wrong person to review such a book, you may think … or perhaps the best. I had no idea what to expect and took it all at face value. I do have some experience in the genre though. I was once a teenager myself and I have a teenage daughter the same age as the main character Samantha. I know how hormone-driven teenagers with big ideas and an inwardly-focused approach to life, crave adventure and acceptance in any world other than that represented by their parents. Jennifer Loiske follows this theme and skillfully uses the vampire scenario as a vehicle to give a tired old subject vibrancy and bite. It could have been drugs, sex, alcohol or gangs. Jennifer chose vampires. Her subtle style (I stared at him, stunned, and tasted the word “friend” in my mouth) is easy to read and helps convey difficult emotions to the reader. The finest quality of any writer is to paint a clear picture in their readers’ minds. Jennifer does this. I thoroughly recommend her book to people of all ages.”
“Club Number Five (Immortal Blood) by Jennifer Loiske is a fast read surrounding a young girl, Samantha Green, who one day wakes up to find she is a vampire. Quite a surprise, Sam muddles her way through her new life, seeking answers that no one seems to want to answer. When she does get some answers, it’s not what she (or the reader) expected, and leads her on a journey.
I can say this is the first book that officially pissed me off in a good way. Why? It ended. Not only did it end, it concluded on such a hook that I kept flipping the page back and forth wondering if I missed something. Of course, no more words appeared on the next page, except the Acknowledgement. I wanted to scream at the author that she forgot something…namely the ending to that cliffhanger…but knowing there is another book published so I can read on, I think I can forgive her.
Don’t let the cliffhanger stop you! I have never experienced such a great hook, which by saying I’m still a bit miffed at the author is the highest possible compliment I can pay. I totally recommend this book to lovers of all things paranormal.”
An excerpt of Club Number Five:
A quiet knock woke me from my miserable thoughts. I opened the door, sighing, and watched Kate rush onto the couch and look at me with her eager eyes. I sighed again. I could tell she was bursting but I didn’t know how to start. Should I just blurt it out or should I smoothed the edges and tell her gently? Oh God! Why did this have to be so difficult? I glanced at her and saw how she was struggling not to talk. Not to ask anything, like she wanted to prove she was worthy of my trust. Oh, what the hell. I decided to spit it out.
“I think I’m a vampire.”
Silence. Kate’s eyes widened and she opened and closed her mouth in turns. “You think you’re a vampire.”
I nodded and she lifted her finger. She formed questions like what, when, who with her lips but nothing came out. I nodded again and saw an angry flash in her eyes.
“And that’s why you dragged me here in the middle of the night?” Kate’s voice rose alarmingly.
“Shh,” I hushed. “I don’t want to wake my parents and neither do you.”
Kate got up and paced back and forth. “You don’t think you’re a vampire, Sam. That kind of thing you know.”
“Okay,” I sighed. “Let’s assume I know I’m a vampire. Will you help me or not?”
“What kind of help are we talking about exactly?” Kate asked suspiciously. I licked my lips. I couldn’t help it, but just the thought of her blood made me crazy. “Oh, no,” Kate backed away. “I’m so not going to let you bite me. Besides, what evidence do you have that you are a vampire besides your new gorgeous look? I thought you didn’t believe any supernatural crap.”
“I didn’t,” I admitted. “But something happened to me.” I opened my scarf and let her see the small fang marks on my neck. “I got bitten.”
Kate leaned over and looked at my marks. I couldn’t help but sniff her heavenly smell and reveal my fangs. She glanced at me weirdly and I felt embarrassed. “Okay,” she said slowly. “So, you have fangs. What other proof do you have?”
I laughed nervously. She hadn’t run yet and that was a good sign, right? “I don’t have any pimples anymore.” I raised my brow.
“Right,” Kate’s mouth tugged. “Anything other than what Clearasil won’t cover?”
“My eyes hurt in the daylight and I look like a supermodel,” I grinned. “And I’m hungry.”
Kate went pale. “How hungry?”
“Don’t worry, I won’t jump on you. I can perfectly control myself.” I think, I added in my mind.
Kate sat down again and eyed me warily. We didn’t speak for a while. I pressed my knees together with my hands as if my life depended on it and tried to ignore my ever-so-growing hunger. Five minutes had passed and I couldn’t even look at her anymore. My throat was like sandpaper and my fangs hurt.
“Don’t lie to me,” Kate said quietly.
“I’m not lying,” I managed to hiss. “I won’t bite you. Scout’s honor.”
“You’re no Scout,” Kate sneered. “Tell me exactly how bad it is.” I glanced at her and shook my head. “Honey, your eyes are already reddish and I bet in a minute or two you’ll drool,” she said gently and moved closer to me.
IMMINENCE for age 16 and up readers
Part One of The Shape Shifter Series.
What if you woke up one day and noticed that everything you ever believed has been a lie? Your mom is not a human, but something way more dangerous. Something that shouldn’t exist. And she’s not alone. Your sister is deathly sick and she’s getting worse day by day. A dangerous predator, a guy who is exceptionally good-looking, wants you and has this nonsensical obsession to get you no matter what. A merciless hunt begins and nothing is safe. Not even your hidden dreams…
Is your mom strong enough to protect your family? Can she escape her dark past or will it destroy her? Change is about to come and she is willing to do anything to spare her loved ones. Even murder if needed…
What readers say about Imminence:
“FINALLY! There is a shape shifter book that doesn’t involve vampires! Whoop! What’s more it sticks to the true fable of shape shifters and their abilities to transform into more than just one facet. Even the love triangle Ms Loiske included was well written, real and messy and complicated, not one of those whiny twilight teenage relationships. (In saying that I’m team Gunward all the way though…)The plot continued along at a good pace and the character development was thick and heavy – just the way I like it.”
“The way that Miss Loiske writes is so natural and alluring. There is poetry in her words with no signs of even trying. That is why I use the word, natural. There is an ease in the dialog and the words just seem to fit together flawlessly. It is easy to get captured by anything this author writes. It all feels so real as if the scenes in her books really took place though I doubt that since she writes paranormal stories. These just don’t feel made up or follow the same route that most of these stories do. There is just an authentic feeling that I get when I read her books. I guess that is what a gifted writer can do. Pull you into a story that requires no effort from the reader. There is a comfort in her stories even when the story line is anything but comfortable.
Imminence is special and I instantly connected to the characters and plot.”
“This was the first shapeshifter book I have read and the author did a good job at making them seem a real part of the world. The love triangle and the growth of her children is an integral part of the story, keeping it interesting. The story moves along quite nicely and the second book in the series (Seduction) takes right up with the story.
All in all both books are very good!”
An excerpt of Imminence:
There, in front of the brown-black beast, she shifted into a beautiful young woman, with hair the color of her magnificent coat, light golden brown and naturally curly. Her body was slender and beautiful and her golden eyes were filled with laughter.
Sofia was absolutely certain that the wolf would run away and she nearly choked when he transformed into a handsome young man, whose dark shoulder-length hair was exactly the color of his coat, and his eyes … his eyes were indeed the challenging golden-brown eyes of the wolf! She drew a sharp breath. Unbelievable! She didn’t know there were other shape shifters nearby, besides her pack. Shouldn’t she have sensed the skill in him at once, the moment they met?
The man grinned boldly and pulled her close. He kissed her roughly on the mouth and her mind went blank. Every cell in her, every part of her body responded to that kiss. Her body was screaming for his touch and she entwined herself with him tightly, yearning for more. She had waited for this moment from her birth and, she knew, so had he. They fitted perfectly. She knew that from that moment on her life was tied to his, whether they wanted it or not. And they really wanted it. From the first touch it was difficult to keep their hands off each other and they found themselves gorging on each other. They touched and kissed in wonder and only the wolf rules of propriety stopped them from coupling right there on the wet moss. Every touch brought such enormous pleasure that she could do nothing but sigh with contentment. They laughed and basked in their newborn love. They needed no words, as their senses had now opened to each other and they shared each other’s minds. Their thoughts ran between them as if moved by a gentle breath of air.
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing with us today Jennifer! Some great books! Remember that Black Diamond is FREE from the 25th-28th of this month and that part of her proceeds always go to charity.
Thanks for joining us and remember to check out Jennifer Loiske!!
K.R. and T.L.