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"A dark, edgy, sensual fantasy!"

Catherine Spangler, award winning author of the popular Shielder futuristic romance series has demonstrated her versatility with a brand new paranormal series.

Atlantis rises again through the reincarnated souls known as Sentinels who have returned to rid the world of the threat of the evil Belian's. Though mortal, Sentinels possess supernatural abilities that are magnified when combined with the energy of an opposite sex Conductor, ordinary human souls who have the unique ability to link with a Sentinel, helping to focus their psychic energy in order track down dark souls bent on mayhem and destruction.

Seven years ago Dr. Kara Cantrell had barely survived an encounter with unspeakable evil. Richard the man she'd loved, a Sentinel, hadn't been so lucky. Kara had fled halfway around the country and had felt safe raising their 6 year old son Alex in the small, close-knit town of Zorro, Texas. That is until the day she stepped out of her Chevy pickup and felt the power. Although Kara was aware that Alex was beginning to show signs of following in his father's foot steps, she knew that he was far too young to be projecting the energy she was sensing. Fear threatened to consume her as she made eye contact with an all too familiar gaze from a complete stranger. He had recognized Alex for what he was. She did the only thing she could do - get her son away from him.

Damien Morgan had indeed recognized the power emanating from the Initiate (a young Sentinel unskilled at shielding their power). He had been surprised not only to discover the presence of another Sentinel in town, but shocked by the fact that the child had appeared to have no Sentinel guidance. Although the woman had clearly recognized Damien for what he was, she was not one of them. That only left the possibility that she was a Conductor. Since everyone knew everyone in a small town, Damien was certain to find them again.

By the time he locates them Kara has accepted the fact that there's really no place to hide from them. A murder has already occurred in this sleepy little town and Damien wants her to conduct for him in order to flush out the Belian responsible before for it strikes again. Alex is his bargaining chip. Without the know how to shield his power, Alex is broadcasting which would surely draw the Belian to him.

Kara had been in deeply love when she'd conducted for Richard. Damien's childhood had taught him that emotional attachments only lead to loss. He's determined not to let their involvement get in the way of his duty. Kara is determined to protect her son without succumbing to the sexual energy inherent to conducting, but can she protect her heart? Can Damien work with Kara and her son to save Zorro from the Belian menace without dropping his emotional barriers?

In case you were worried, Alex is never in any real danger but his experiences as a fledgling Sentinel serves as a glimpse into Damien's past and allows the reader to imagine what it must have been like for a boy coming into his powers who didn't have the love that Alex had been raised with. I do hope we will see Alex again in his manhood before the series ends.

Dark, edgy, and incredibly sensual, Touched by Darkness is spellbinding contemporary fantasy thriller which combines romance, suspense, mythology and metaphysics -- A unique and enthralling series debut that is not to be missed! This story was well researched, well written, and to say that I highly recommend it would be an understatement.

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 5, 2006

SUMMARY

Dr. Kara Cantrell settled in the sleepy town of Zorro, Texas, convinced she and her child had escaped the sinister reach of a supernatural underworld. But now dark forces may jeopardize her new life. Her only hope is Damien Morgan, a dangerous, alluring man with superhuman abilities. He and Kara share a mystical link that triggers desires they must ignore. But as they work together to protect her son, and begin tracking the evil stalking them, something threatens to push them toward the edge...of darkness.

Look for TOUCHED BY FIRE, Luke Paxton's story, in October 2007.

 

Touched by Darkness
(Sentinel series: Book 1)
by Catherine Spangler

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
January 1, 2007
Available: January 1, 2007
ISBN #0425214001
EAN #9780425214008
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Other Books by
Catherine Spangler

Touched by Light
Touched By Fire
Demon's Delight
Totally Charmed : Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of 3
Shadow Fires
Shadow Crossing
Shamara
Shadower
Shielder


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