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Taming The Fae
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Part Nine
Max
Life is really strange. It took only a day for me to notice things that I
have never noticed before, but even more, to feel protective over someone whom
I never thought in such a way. Seeing Nanini retreat from the kitchen brawl
was, well, was unsettling. And now I fully understood why. I shook my head,
unable to process a life without my parents at the age of thirteen. What was
even more disturbing was that she was assigned a Custos at that age. I have
seen custose train; it’s hard and brutal, without any mercy. What did she have
to bear at that age? How badly did she get hurt? Anger spiked within me, my
protective side reaching a very dangerous line. Sure, it was how any fallen was
trained, but not at thirteen. The sudden urge to shift over to the hellhouse
and kill Vulcan flared up and I had to stop and close my eyes to regain
control. My hellhound was strong, and for the first time I feared what was
inside me.
What if Nanini couldn’t keep it calm? Would I destroy people I cared for?
Memories of Ryan’s death flashed again, and I shook my head, trying to rid
myself of them. I was breathing deeply. I was ready to kill. Opening my eyes,
my vision was a red gaze. Shit! I grabbed the walls, closed my eyes and tried
to keep myself from moving and actually hurting someone. Warm, wet water was
suddenly on my forearm. I snapped my eyes open and looked at the intruder.
“Okay, um, I think let’s try taking a few deep breaths.”  Nanini was soaking wet, with a towel wrapped
around her.
I focused on her wet hair and the drops falling down from it towards her
small shoulders.
“My eyes are up here,” she
snapped at me.
I quickly stopped gawking at her and looked at her eyes. Blue, sapphire
eyes. Her nose, small and petite, just like her body. Her lips, luscious and
begging to be bruised. I shook my head and looked away, only then noticing that
my anger was retreating and a… a bubbling feeling was replacing it.
“Bubbles?” I looked at her again.
“Hey, I like bubbles. They’re fun to play with. And it was all I could
come up with so fast. Yes, Godzilla, I was closing my eyes in the bath when I
was suddenly face to face with Mr. Mad inside you. Really? I mean, is this
going to be happening a lot, because then we need to talk about personal time
and crap like that. Because, you know, this mojo comes at a high price. One is
that I need my bubbles. So what the hell has you so crapped out?”
She was now talking with her adrenaline, it would seem. She didn’t even
catch a breath in all of that. “No, it won’t be problem,” was my only reply. Or
was it? Was I really able to keep the monster inside at bay long enough?
“Yeah, like totally believe you there. Look, you seem to be fine again,
so I am going to finish my bath and get some sleep. Well, that’s if your
hellhound would allow it?” She was pissed, in a cute way.
“I’ll keep a leash on him until tomorrow morning.” I removed my arms and
jammed my hands into my pockets. They were tingling, and I didn’t think it was
because of holding the wall.
“Okay, toodles.” She shifted out again. I looked down at the carpet, now
soaked with two small feet in them. Toodles?
With a smile, I walked up to my room and closed the door behind me. I was
extremely tired, all of the events suddenly taking hold of my worn and torn
body. I could still feel the spot where the other hellhound ripped my wing. It
burned, but being used to pain, it wasn’t all that bothersome. I decided that a
shower would be needed and jumped into the shower, warm water splashing over my
face and down my back. I leaned forward and let the water caress the pain.
Tomorrow was very uncertain. We had a demon prince to hunt down, two fully born
hellhounds, and future mating that should be worked on. However, the word ‘mate’
didn’t feel right. Born and raised a human, it just didn’t connect with me.
Maybe that would also be a problem? I have more human characteristics, where
Nanini has always been fallen. Would she be able to accept my human life and
ways?
Finished, I dried myself off and jumped into a pair of boxers. Only time
would bring the answer. Bending down before my bed, my prayer was short, but
powerful. I prayed for guidance, patience and the power to protect what I have
come to know as my family.

Soon I was drifting in a peaceful world, one I
last saw as a child, and there, right beside me, was a playful younger Nanini,
laughing and playing with me.

 
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Title: Kasadya Hellhound Awakened
Series: Kasadya #1
Author: Karen Swart
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Audience: YA/NA – 14 years and up
Formats: Paperback and E-book
Publisher: Karen Swart
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: MAI-Editing-Services , There for you Editing Services & Blue Butterfly Editing
ISBN: 978-1311699121
Date Published: 21 August 2012
Pages: 342 pages

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In a constant battle between good and evil, evil is dominating the battlefield and leading mankind to its destruction. With our Creator’s intervention, a creature destined to conquer and destroy is created. He gives mankind hellhounds to fight back and reclaim freedom.
Join seventeen year old Kasadya Levourne as she fights against evil to protect us. With each step, she faces destruction, and yet she has the talent to give it back tenfold. Stubborn and hard-headed she makes her mark in the Fallen world and starts a battle none can escape. Not even her trainer, the very attractive Chax de Luca, was prepared for her presence.
Will evil prevail? Or will Kas and her Fallen friends succeed in protecting us against it? Hold on to your seats, this is going to be one hell of a ride.
Special Note:
The Kasadya Series is read back to back, book 1- 3 ends with a cliffhanger.
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Prologue

There was a time when heaven was filled with peace and serenity. God, Jesus Christ, and all the Angels lived in harmony; no evil and no sin existed. Until one fateful day…
With all gathered to hear their Sire speak, God rose and addressed his Angels. Before all, he proclaimed His Son, Jesus Christ, was equal to Him. That Christ’s words should be obeyed as if they were His own. Christ would command the heavens, with the same authority as Him. All the Angels bowed down before Christ and accepted their Sire’s proclamation, all except for one…
An Archangel was furious with this proclamation. He was his Sire’s right hand, the deliverer of justice, the commander of many legions. He had served his Sire for centuries, and never failed him. It should be to him that God bestow power, not a Son whom had never even seen battle.
With his heart filled with hatred and jealousy, he gathered all the angels in secret. He told them that their days of sweet liberty were at an end. That God has now placed Christ as their ruler and that they should now obey his wishes. Many angels were angered at such a false statement, but many also agreed with the Archangel. He had led them for many years; why should they now question his leadership?
The faithful Angels fled to God and told Him what was happening, and together they prepared for war. With the sun rising on a new day, God and his Angels stood ready for battle against the Archangel and his followers. The battle only lasted a day, the Archangel and his followers defeated before the sun set for the night.
Seeing the angels on their knees before Him, He gave them one final chance… “Repent and declare your loyalty, and I will forgive you, my children.” He told his beautiful angels, tears falling with each word. This was His family. This was His love. How could they betray Him? Some of the Angels cried their penance, begging Him to forgive them for their deceit. They claimed that the Archangel deceived them, and they followed him into battle, as they have done for centuries.
God took pity on them, but still believed that their deceit must not go unpunished. He had spoken many times about the importance of punishment, that lessons learned must be earned… “I herewith grant you mercy, but as punishment you will be sentenced to an earthly realm. I will take your beauty as payment for my children lost today. In the place of your beauty, I will give you purpose. In mercy, and because I love you still, I give you life in this realm. Let this be known, that I was merciful this day,” God finished.
He placed them in an earthly realm, and called it Exsilium. In this realm they would carry their deceit, and earn their place with him. He took their beauty and replaced them with elements of his earth. Half would be of animal and element, and would resemble punishment. The other, in a humanoid form, and would resemble mercy. He called them his Fallen.
The Archangel, and those whom did not repent, were not that lucky. God looked into the eyes of His once faithful angels and only saw destruction, hatred, jealousy, and heartache. He knew that His beloved ones had died this day, and that others needed to be protected. But how could you destroy one you loved? He placed the Archangel, and his followers, in another earthly realm, but where Exsilium was above the earth, this one was in the center. With one wave of His hand, their beautiful forms were replaced with forms as ugly as their hatred and deceit. Using His word and blood, He sealed this realm from any other.
As He looked into the many eyes of hatred, He spoke his final word… “This realm will be called Hell, and you will be called demons. You, my once faithful Archangel, you will be called the Devil. Your angel name will be erased from the past, present, and future. You will be forgotten,” He proclaimed and left them to their demise.
Many years have passed since that day. God created mankind and cherished his new children. The male and female were his new hope; in them he would find peace again. But the Devil had grown strong through the years, and somehow managed to enter God’s garden. Here, he found the female God created, using her to strike back. He whispered words of deceit in her ears, and watched as God’s new children stepped into sin. With her first bite, a crack appeared in the seal around Hell, and demons escaped to earth.
From that day onward, the Devil and his demons created chaos amongst God’s new children, leading one after the other into sin. God looked upon this and decided to fight for his loved ones. He went to Exsilium and spoke to the Fallen… “You, my children, have proven your loyalty in the years that have passed, and so I came to offer you another chance at Heaven. If you slay the Devil and his demons to protect mankind, I will give you a place in my Heaven once again. With your last breath on this earth, you will join me and your brethren in Heaven,” He finished. The Fallen agreed and God gave them the power to move in and out of Exsilium to battle the demons. The war between Good and Evil began.
But as mankind spread over the earth, sin became their followers. And with each sin, the demons grew stronger and created more demons to torture mankind. The Fallen were now fighting against millions; they needed assistance to ensure victory. God had watched the battle from Heaven and saw that they were failing because of their numbers. He also saw that the demons grew stronger than the Fallen. He intervened and created a new creature. This creature would have features encompassing the best of both worlds. One half was as strong and loyal as the Fallen, while the other was as hard and enduring as a demon. This was His ultimate weapon. This would be His greatest creation. To ensure that these creatures could not be swayed, He placed Heaven’s soul into them. He called them His hellhounds.
The hellhounds delivered justice swiftly, as strong and just as the Fallen. Yet hard and durable like the demons, they conquered the earthly realm and the demons retreated. Not one hellhound could be swayed. All stayed true to their calling. God, knowing that the Devil and many more demons had retreated, gave His hellhounds life, and offered them a place among the Fallen.
Until this day they still watch over mankind, protecting them from evil. Will we be worth it?

Review 4 Stars

Kassadya Hellhound Awakened is an action packed paranormal tale.  In Book 1 of the series, we meet Kassadya who has just learned she and her family will be returning to Exsilium where she will train at Hellhouse.  Quite a change for a seventeen year old; even if she is a hellhound.  Her time is limited at hellhouse because she is captured by a demon.  Kasadya has to reach deep within herself to unleash her inner hellhound in an effort to survive this new hell.  The story explodes from here and does not slow down.  Kasadya is faced with sacrificing herself for the good of others and finds an unlikely friend and partner in the process.
I would recommend this book/series to anyone looking for an adrenaline rush.  There is a lot of fight sequences in the book, but they are not gory or disgusting to turn you off from the book.
 

 

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Title: Kasadya Hellhound Twisted
Series: Kasadya #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audience: YA/NA – 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Karen Swart
Edited by: There for you Editing Services & Blue Butterfly Editing
Cover by: Melody Simmons
ISBN: 978-1301357192
Pages: 251 Pages
Date Published: 15 February 2013
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Kasadya: Hellhound Twisted (Book #2 of the Kasadya Series)
She fought against all odds and became the warrior she was meant to be … or so she thought. In a world where the rules have changed, can she embrace her destiny and become the hellhound she was meant to be?
Kasadya is back in Exsilium and finds her world a little different. Her half-breed fallen friends join her, and they are ordered to complete their apprentice training in order to obtain the right to be guardians. She must learn that her own fate cannot be denied and that others are set to follow. But most of all, she must learn that to trust is the greatest battle of all.
The tables are turned and Kasadya is put to the test. Will she be able to prevent her own death, or that of a friend? Or will her actions call forth the destruction of Earth and Exsilium?
For a Phoenix to rise, it must first die. —Chax De Luca

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Review  4 Stars

Kasadya Hellhound Twisted did not skip a beat. It instantly picked up where Awakened ended and just like Awakaened, Twisted does not disappoint. There are secrets and twisits around every corner and the true nature of some is revealed.
I love the kick ass female lead! Kasadya delivers as the sarcastic, witty, hard knocks hellhound. This book has it all; demons, angels, friendships and romance. It is an action pack thrill ride from start to finish. An excellent series for the adrenaline junkie in your booknerds group.
 

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Title: Kasadya Hellhound Born
Series: Kasadya #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audience: YA/NA – 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Karen Swart
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: MAI-Editing-Services & Blue Butterfly Editing
ISBN: 9781301863594
Pages: 235 pages
Date Published: 15 August 2013
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Kasadya: Hellhound Born (Book #3 of the Kasadya Series)
In a world filled with evil, the Fallen prepare for the ultimate battle against the demon world!
Kasadya is ordered to unleash her crazed born transformation to complete her divinity. But there is a chance that her born will be uncontrollable, and she will be destroyed. There is just one person that can save her; her charm, her destined mate. Left without a choice, she must surrender, and place her life in his hands.
In a race against time, the Fallen must stand together and fight the evil threatening to invade earth. If her divinity was in reach, victory would be theirs. That is until she starts having visions of the final battle, and her true destiny is revealed. She just found her love and place in the Fallen world; will she be able, and willing, to sacrifice it all?

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“Kasadya, don’t do this to me,” Chax spoke, using Corra.
I stopped completely and looked at him. Reaching for my necklace, I held it.
“I am so sorry, Chax. This is the only way; we can’t win any other way. I know; I have seen the end too many times,” I replied.
His face fell even more and he looked around, searching for a way out.
“I want to thank you… for being there for me. For searching for me when I went missing. For enduring all of my crap. I am sorry I messed up so many times. But not this time; this I promise. But most of all, thank you for loving me.” Even my mental voice broke down on the last part.
Chax started to scream and pound at the invisible wall, while others joined him. I looked at Nanini, shocked that she couldn’t get out.
“Take care of Max for me,” I sent to her.
Tears formed and ran down her cheeks, but she nodded.
“Kas, let us help you!” Lotan yelled. My friends, my family were still trying to save me. Tears ran down my own face now.
“I love all of you. Thank you for always being there for me.” Finally my mental voice began to a sob.
I turned away, afraid that the sight of them would stop me.
“Kasadya! Don’t do this to me. I beg you!” Chax yelled at me.
Demons were closing in around me, but my heart was so broken I just let the tears and heartache spill out of me.
“I am so sorry, Chax. Forgive me.” With that, I stormed forward.
I used my g-force punches to clear the masses out of my way. When that stopped working, I started shifting. Demons grabbed at me and some got in a slice or two. But I wasn’t stopping.
I saw Ballen trying to flee from me. He thought I was heading for him. Good. I needed him on the other side when I blew it up. Using my wings for momentum, I sent a massive g-force punch into the horde that remained between me and my target. They flew backwards, clearing the way for me to advance. I swiped at a few too close and took their heads. Blood sprayed all over me. Searching for the hole to make sure I was heading in the right direction, I saw the shoulders and arms of something freaking big, already beginning to breach.
I need to move faster!
I lifted up with my wings. They were tired, but I had no other option. Now I had the flying demons to contend with. We fought and sliced and I sent a few down to earth without a head. At last, I was advancing on the hole. Pain shot through my left wing and I tumbled to the ground, hitting hard. At the last moment I made sure that the front of my body hit the ground and not the back. Demons jumped me all at once. Ballen was yelling at them to stop me. I used everything I had left and flung out with my wings and arms. They went flying and just in front of me was the hole with the devil stuck in it. Ballen was standing at the entrance watching me, his face a mask of shock.
With a deep breath, I reached for the pouch and took hold of the balls. Now armed and ready, I just had a few feet to go. I stormed through the demons, not caring if they sliced me open. I wasn’t stopping for a fight anymore. I held the balls to my chest, sealing them from any other impact. Then, finally, I was at the entrance of the hole. With the last of my strength, I leaped into the air and went flying straight for it.
There were many things that go through your mind that moment before you die. I remembered my first step into Exsilium. Meeting Lada and Nanini. Meeting Chax and hating my first day. I remembered our fun at the beach, the Hellhouse and the grub spot. Seeing Lada and Lotan kissing for the first time. Meeting Max and Ryan, and then all of the rest. My heart no longer troubled by Kali or Seth or all the others who had betrayed me. I remembered finding Chax and the Fallen again. Seeing my parents again. So many memories bombarded me at that last moment. I remembered my day and night with Chax, and how it felt to be loved.
“I love you,” I sent a final message to him.
He was still screaming my name, begging for me to stop.
I remembered why I was doing this. For them I gave my heart, my life. Ballen’s shocked face was in front of me, right in my path. Just when I reached him, I dropped the balls and slammed into him.

imageBook Info –
Title: Kasadya Hellhound Defined
Series: Kasadya, #4
Author: Karen Swart
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audience: YA/NA – 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Karen Swart
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: Blue Butterfly Editing
ASIN: B00J698M1A
ISBN: 978-1311495075
Pages: 135 pages
Date Published: 21 March. 2014

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Kasadya: Hellhound Defined (Book #4 of the Kasadya Series)
For centuries his only reason for existence was to destroy evil. But when he finally found his mate, that all changed for the deadly Chax De Luca. When the hellhound Kasadya captured his heart, he surrended it to her, thinking he’d finally found what he’d been looking for. Little did he know that his mate would sacrifice herself to save them all.
His fury is legend. His wrath, merciless. His love for his mate, undeniable. He’s going to hell to retrieve his heart, and if that means that he must destroy hell itself, then so be it.
Kasadya awakes to a world in peril, her mate forever changed, and a war filled with evil creatures intending to enter Earth’s realm and destroy all that she holds dear. Can she complete her divinity in time to save her loved ones and mankind? Will she have to choose? Or will all be lost in the final battle?
The final battle is here, and with it, secrets are revealed and worlds are changed forever.
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World So Cold – Three Days Grace
Stronger (What doesn’t kill you) – Kelly Clarkson
Sparks Fly – Taylor Swift
The Animal I have become – Three Days Grace
The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
Torn – Natalie Imbrugia
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Hot and Cold – Katy Perry
Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
Firework – Katy Perry
I will not bow – Breaking Benjamin
Realize – Colbie Caillat
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3 x E-Copies of The Kasadya Hellhound Series
1 x $10 Amazon GC
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I am a complete book addict, and really proud of it. My entire world is made of books. From reading to writing to blogging to helping other authors. A day without my world of books would be impossible. I am a mother of three, two boys and a little princess. Happily married for 8 years with my high school sweetheart. I live in South Africa, just on the rims of the Kalahari Desert in a small town with one shop and friendly faces.
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Tour Schedule – Month Blog Tour for The Kasadya Hellhound Series by Karen Swart from Sep 1 to 30, 2014
Sep 1
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Promo
TTC Books And More – Promo & Reveal Part 1 of Taming The Fae
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Promo
Sep 2
Blue Books and Butterflies – Promo, Top Ten & Reveal Part 2 of Taming The Fae
Sep 3
A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews – Review – Book 4
The Idle Musings of a Writer’s Mind- Promo & Reveal Part 3 of Taming The Fae
Sep 4
The Avid Reader – Promo & Reveal Part 4 of Taming The Fae
Sep 5
Agapa Reads – Review, Book Soundtrack & Reveal Part 5 of Taming The Fae
Sep 8
A One-click Addict’s Book Blog – Promo & Review
Coffee Books & Art – Promo, Dream Cast & Reveal Part 6 of Taming The Fae
A Little Bit of R&R – Promo
Sep 9
Book Hostage – Promo
A Cauldron of Books – Promo & Reveal Part 7 of Taming The Fae
Sep 10
Cajun Book Lover – Promo
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom – Promo and Reveal Part 8 of Taming The Fae
Sep 11
Smile Somebody Loves You – Promo
2 Girls & A Book – Promo, Review, Dream Cast & Reveal Part 9 of Taming The Fae
Sep 12
Undercover Book Reviews – Promo
Sep 15
iHeart Books by MiLo18 – Promo
Sep 16
Diane’s Book Blog – Promo & Reveal Part 10 of Taming The Fae
Sep 17
Breny’s Book Obsession – Promo & Reveal Part 11 of Taming The Fae
Sep 18
Bookworm for Kids – Review – Book 1
Sep 19
Eclipse Reviews – Promo, Dreamcast, Book Soundtrack & Reveal Part 12 of Taming The Fae
Sep 22
Portals to New Worlds – Promo, Dreamcast, Book Soundtrack & Reveal Part 13 of Taming The Fae
Sep 23
Book Nook Nuts – Promo & Reveal Part 14 of Taming The Fae
Sep 23
Indy Book Fairy – Promo & Reveal Part 15 of Taming The Fae
Sep 25
Lindsay and Jane’s Views and Reviews – Review
Sep 26
Hooked On Books Forever – Promo & Review
Sep 29
Deal Sharing Aunt – Promo
Sep 30
Dalene’s Book Reviews – Promo, Review, Book Soundtrack & Reveal Part 16 of Taming The Fae
Book Butterfly in Dreamland – Review
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