Shine #7: Lost Haven - book review

One of the authors I met at SoonerCon back in June was Sabrina Fish, author of the book Lost Haven, #7 in the series Shine by William Behrnhardt.

The premise of the series is at some point, perhaps in the near future, or in an alternate universe, young women between 15 and 25 begin developing unusual abilities. These strange talents, which seem psychic in nature, are called "Shine." The idea behind this series is that authors will write books about characters they create within this shared universe.

This book follows a young woman from Oklahoma named Camille. Her father is believed to have killed her mother, then himself. Camille has to deal with an ex-boyfriend, a mysterious thumb drive, and an organization determined to deal with Shines, all while she's coping with her own secret Shine.

The book is well-written and moves at a good pace. I didn't have any trouble following the shared world, even though I was reading the seventh book in the series. Camille's an interesting character, religious but not a closed-minded fool. If I have any complaint, it's that the book ends on something of a cliffhanger for the world, and somewhat for the character. I'm not sure about the rest of the series, but I would like to know what happens to Camille after she's gone through the events of the story.


The Defender #2!

The second Defender story is now available! Here's what it's about:

Allan has moved to the dukedom of Stoneford to continue his work as the masked mage known as “The Defender.”

In Stoneford he learns that a man named Malloria has become an advisor to Lord Jason by claiming he can see the future. One of this Malloria’s predications was that doom would befall Lord Jason’s youngest son Kenneth. A few weeks later, Kenneth died of sickness.

Allan knows magic doesn’t work that way, at least not with most knowledge of casting spells gone. He suspects that this Malloria has a darker purpose behind his claim of seeing the future.

Who is this mysterious Malloria? What is he plotting? Can the Defender stop his scheme?

The book is available in print and ebook editions at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords now, and other stores soon.

I now have eight Defender stories completed. The first two are out. You can read the first chapters of both at Wattpad. I still plan to release a new Defender book every other month for the next year.

I hope you enjoy this tale!