Friday, July 31, 2015

*Challenge Review* Midnight Moonrising by K.S. Haigwood and Anne Conley

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: July 25, 2015
Pages: 456
Ages: 18+


Mena's life is complicated. She's just murdered and buried her husband, the local wolf pack's alpha - problem number one. Phoenix, the High Vampire, is the one her heart beats for, but not the one her wolf wants - problem number two. Her wolf pines for Alex, the human homicide detective who might just send her down for murder - three. Four, wolves and vampires don't mix. Five, she has no clue how to be alpha, keep her pack safe while fighting off challengers with every step she takes, or what it would take to tame her wolf, which is the biggest problem of them all. Because the beast might just forfeit Mena's life when its insatiable thirst for blood is unleashed on the world in just a few short days, with the next full moon.

Which should be doable. Except for the Nexus... and the little extra problem of bonding with a stranger.


Midnight Moonrising is like Twilight all over again. That's a lie. The only way the two books are similar is that they both feature vampires and werewolves working together to protect the female lead from a psycho that is trying to kill her (yes, I realize that is the plot of Eclipse not Twilight). Midnight Moonrising did frequently make me think about the Twilight saga while I was reading though.

One of the things I always enjoy when reading a K.S. Haigwood book is being pulled into the story so that I feel like I'm in the main characters shoes. This book was no different. I was right there with Mena having arguments with myself (which wasn't much of a stretch for me to begin with) and just about everyone else that thought they knew what was best for us. Some other highlights of the story for me is that it features more traditional vampires (they can't be out in the sunlight) and Mena is a total badass!

Overal I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it kept me entertained and turning the pages. - Katie 

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About the Authors

K.S. HaigwoodEver find it hard to talk about yourself? Yeah, I have that problem, too. I have been married to my soulmate for 8 years, who wouldn't pick up a book unless promised that it was filled with pictures. I have a beautiful 7 year old daughter, Riley, that talks too much and has a very vivid imagination. I have no clue where she got those traits. My step-son, Hayden, is 16 and very into football and hunting. I am a writer of paranormal suspense romance. If you enjoy a great love story with a massive amount of drama about angels, demons, ghosts, vampires, witches and fairy tale creatures brought to life through a twisted mind, then you might just enjoy reading my work.

Anne Conley Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She’s been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God’s four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.

Challenge Scorecard

Finding a book by an author with my initials originally had me quite worried because my last name is legally hyphenated, and I consider both the H and the S to be important, which means I had to find an author with K, H, and S. I decided it would be okay to fudge a little and let the last two be out of order. This book has the added benefit of having two authors, and Anne (spelled with an "e") is my middle name, so that's additionally awesome. 

Other categories this book could fulfill include
A book published this year
A book with non-human characters (vampires and werewolves oh my!)
A book by a female author (two of them in fact)
A book from an author I love that I hadn't read yet
A book with a love triangle
A book with magic
A book by an author I've never read before (never read anything by Anne Conley)

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  1. U.S.
    'Get out,' Air Force general tells bigots on campus
    AFP Sylvie LANTEAUME,AFP 2 hours 51 minutes ago
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    Washington (AFP) - The head of the US Air Force Academy has delivered an unequivocal rebuke to bigots after the discovery of racist graffiti on campus, telling them: "You need to get out."

    "If you're outraged by those words, then you're in the right place," Lieutenant General Jay Silveria said in an address to cadets, faculty and staff at the academy in Colorado Springs, footage of which has since gone viral.

    "You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being," the academy's superintendent said.

    Five African-American students at the Academy's Preparatory School found racist comments on dormitory message boards earlier this week.

    One posted an image on Facebook showing a whiteboard with "Go home, nigger" written on it, and parents then alerted faculty.

    "That kind of behavior has no place at the Prep School, has no place at USAFA (US Air Force Academy) and it has no place in the United States Air Force," Silveria said.

    "If you can't treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out," he said.

    At the close of his remarks, the general invited those gathered to take out their phones and record his message.

    If "you need my words, then you keep these words, and you use them and you remember them and you share them and you talk about them: If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out."

    US Senator John McCain, a former naval officer who was held captive in Vietnam, tweeted a video of Silveria's remarks, saying that it was an "important statement."

    - Backdrop of racial tension -

    "I agree, there's no place for racism or bigotry in our military or this great nation," McCain said.

    The graffiti -- and Silveria's reply -- come at a time of heightened focus on racism in the United States, a context he noted in his speech.

    "We would... be tone-deaf not to think about the backdrop of what's going on in our country, things like Charlottesville and Ferguson, the protests in the NFL," he said.

    In mid-August, top military officers offered strong condemnation of racism after a violent neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally over the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    One woman was killed when an avowed white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of people after the Charlottesville rally turned violent, and numerous demonstrators were injured during the events of August 11 and 12.

    The response of senior officers was in contrast to that of President Donald Trump, who suggested there was blame "on both sides," and that there were "very fine people" among the white supremacist protesters -- remarks that were widely criticized.

    There have been heightened calls for the removal of other Confederate statues in the wake of the violence.

    Ferguson is a suburb of St Louis that became the focus of national attention following the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, which sparked demonstrations and a heavy-handed police response.

    Protesters have recently taken to the streets in St Louis amid outrage over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man.

    And NFL players are protesting against racism by kneeling during the national anthem before games -- protests that have drawn repeated criticism from Trump.