Gina Marie Long is an author of paranormal thrillers, urban fantasy, and young adult novels. She has written the Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series and Rocked – A Chelsie Valdar Saga.Gina's fiction stories are inspired from her interest in the supernatural, science fiction and fantasy world. She enjoys reading, watching evening TV shows, movies and listening to music. Writing indulges her passion for the entertainment arts, giving her active mind a playground of possibilities to explore. She stays active on social media sites and blogging, making connections with others who share the same interests.
She writes about werewolves, vampires, witches, werecats, Bigfoot, an occasional demon, psychics, Vikings, and riveting human characters. But not ALL in the same book! In addition, a light romance is included to spice things up (come on-every book, movie and TV show has some sort of a love story in it). The books do not fall under the romance category...just enough in the storyline to satisfy the girls. And the boys can breathe easy with the knowledge that they're not reading a romance novel but a paranormal thriller, instead. Depending on which series, the ages of the main characters are 16 through 30. Most are on the younger side.
"It's exciting to create strong characters that the readers fall in love with…or want to strangle! Writing books about other beings, such as werewolves and vampires, allows rules to be broken concerning life and the world as we know it. The idea to have these supernatural species living and breathing among us is so wickedly intriguing. Having close contact with them, developing relationships, and dealing with the good vs. the evil - it sweeps you away into another reality – an escape from real life. You wonder and worry about what the characters will stumble upon next. Or, what horrific tragedy knocks them flat on their faces."~~Gina
She lives in Highland, Illinois, with her husband and Jessie Cat.
----------The ground trembles under my feet. I pause on the nature trail, forcing Gator to stop, too. I wonder if it's an earthquake but each tremor is short and separate from the next one. Not how a quake's rumbling feels.
Digital copy received for tour----------
4 stars out of 5----------
This book is in a category all itself. Chelsie Valder is descended from Vikings. She's also friends with boys who shapeshift into Bigfoot. There are also werecats, werewolves, and vampires in this world. The Yellowstone supervolcanoe is about to explode, leading to the Apocalypse. Only the Chosen Ones and those they deem Worthy Ones will survive. But before Chelsie and her friends can escape to the shelter where they will be protected, they must retrieve the Tyrfing sword, a magical family heirloom. Will they retrieve it before Alex the crazy Bigfoot does?
As you can see, this book is quite different from others of its kind. Chelsie is headstrong and independent and struggling in a world where everbidy can read her mind, but she can't read theirs. She also struggling with her feelings for Bo and Lucas, and they know that, too. I don't think the love triangle is very well done. I just want Bo removed from the picture. I also wanted more Lucas and Chelsie time. I LOVE Lucas! I also hope she doesn't develop Alex into a love interest.
I loved Chelsie's inner monologues. She is very much a warrior and wants to do things by herself. She also wants to protect everyone. She fiercely loves her friends and family. Ash is her brother and is really smart but extremely clumsy. He was a great character and I wish he was developed more fully. Hopefully in the next book. :)
If you love paranormal or apocalypse books (or, you know, both), you should definitely read Rocked.
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