Thursday, January 12, 2006

one scene down, three to go

Well, the nasty scene is finally written. I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with how it's written, but for now, I'm just happy I have words down on page and I can now move on to the sacrifice scene. This is the scene where Riley gets to kick some bad guy butt. Me and the muse like writing those :) I did fall down slightly on meeting my target yesterday--I did 8 pages instead 10--but I'm still very happy with that result. Especially seeing I was out most of the afternoon doing some shopping (got myself a very nice handbag) and visiting the lovely Robyn. Who promptly stole my audio book so she could listen to it before the crit meeting. Ms. Robyn, I expect a full review :)

Oh, and Gabrielle tagged me yesterday (the link to her blogsite is on the right). Sorry G, but I'm not doing it. :( Mainly because I can't think of five answers for most of the categories, but also because I'm trying to keep this blog mostly about the writing :)


Blogger maura said...

Hi Keri,

TRS finally posted the review:

Keri Arthur
Paranormal romance
Available from Imajinn Books
ISBN: 1-933417-78-1
November 2005

Sam Ryan is ready to do anything to escape the boring tasks that her partner Gabriel has given her. Unwilling to take her on as a partner, he is trying to get her to ask for a transfer. Finally, she asks the head of the “Spook Squad”, Gabriel’s brother Stephen, for another job. The only assignment available is guard duty on the clone of minister who was murdered several weeks previously. Being a bodyguard is boring, but Sam prefers it to the rejection of her former partner. In return, she gets high security access to government computers. Sam is a product of a military experiment at the Hopeworth compound, and is a hybrid of many non-human species. The access to these files might help Sam find out who she is. She has little memory of her early life other than the constant presence of a boy named Joshua, her other half. However, this assignment is more than just a surveillance detail. The government minister seems connected with the military hierarchy of Hopeworth, and is not only a clone, but also a shape shifter. His attempted murder and the murder of another head of a government research facility point to the elusive Sethanon, who wants to start a war between the humans and non-humans. He seems to be connected with Hopeworth also, but how is he connected to Sam? Gabriel finds that the connection he feels with Sam does not lessen with distance, and he worries that Sethanon might be after Sam.
This third installment of the Spook Squad series is just as good as the two previous novels. It is helpful to read the other two for background, but this book stands on its own well. The character of Sam Ryan is very well done and her character grows during the novel. The reader will find herself rooting for her to find out more about herself. I can’t wait to find out what other talents she will develop as the series goes on. Gabriel’s character is also developing nicely; he is still stubborn, but beginning to acknowledge his feelings for Sam. The developing relationship is entertaining. It is fun to see arrogant Assistant Director Stern, tie himself up in knots over the partner he claims he doesn’t want. I laughed when he got a womanizing newcomer as a new partner instead of the freedom to work alone he wanted. This book also reveals a lot more about Sethanon and his plan; the war to come will be very interesting. Ms. Arthur’s books are always great reads and this is no exception.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Mildly Sensual

Reviewer: Maura Frankman
November 28, 2005

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That was a hard one to write, they only allow you limited space, and there is soooo much going on in this series. Have a great one,


12:37 AM, January 14, 2006  
Blogger Kez said...

thanks for the great review, Maura!


9:42 PM, January 17, 2006  
Blogger maura said...

Duh, the rating didn't come through on the cut and paste, it was 4 1/2 hearts

7:15 AM, January 24, 2006  

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