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Tough Karma: A Race Against Time (Karma Series Book 1) by Laura Simmons
From the Author of Little Bits of Karma comes a chilling new tale of loss, tragedy, psychic warfare, and eternal love.
Amber Macklin’s world is cruelly shattered when she loses her baby girl three months after her husband’s sudden death. Her cousin, Bryce, comes to her rescue, moving her into his home for fear she will kill herself from the grief. He provides solace and a shoulder to cry on, and he has loved her as more than a cousin for a long time.
Amber and Bryce soon discover they are not blood relatives, which opens the door for romance as he pulls her through her darkest hours.
When Mike, a college friend of Bryce’s, stops by to visit, Amber senses a deadly secret behind his nice guy persona. She has a frightening dream that Mike is trying to kill her and recurring sleepwalking episodes where she draws detailed pictures of him torturing her.
Deeply troubled, Bryce uses his ability to astral travel to investigate Mike and uncover his terrifying past. Mike has had his eye on Amber for some time, and when he learns that Bryce and Amber have become lovers, he is furious.
Mike abducts Amber and takes her to his rural Georgia hideaway, and Bryce must rely on his astral abilities to track her down. But will he be too late?
5 Star Review: I am impressed that Author Laura Simmons takes the time in the beginning of this book to educate her reader on the definition and description of astral projection (astral travel), telekinesis and clairvoyance. If you have an open mind and believe the human brain is capable of so much more than our normal everyday functions.
*****Even though I didn’t read the authors Karma Series Prequel Titled Little Bits of Karma before this book. The author explained enough for me to know that her main character Amber Conner’s life was filled with normalcy rocked by unimaginable grief.
*****“Tough Karma: A Race Against Time” begins where “Little Bits of Karma” left off. Amber’s family, especially her cousin Bryce, who rushes in to assist her through her unbearable heartache, so she would not become a suicide statistic.
*****Author Laura Simmons quickly and masterfully pulled me into the story where these two cousins discover a romance that goes beyond the physical into a deep, intense psychological, supernatural relationship that will keep you turning the page. I share this quote to draw you into the story. Amber’s sleep walking and her sleep walking encounter drawings take a dark turn, which heightens Bryce’s astral journeys and causes a rift between Bryce, his college friend Mike and Amber.
*****“Falling in love and living in its blissful bubble helped her cope with her loss. She still had sad days, yet they were calmed by knowing he was there, and she could count on his loving arms to pull her through. She had a new reason for living, and he had the love of his life. Like most new couples in the first stage of romantic love, they couldn’t keep their hands off of each other and made love at every opportunity. They couldn’t imagine being any closer.
*****She still had sleepwalking issues. It happened every two or three days with or without sleep meds. She relied less on sleeping pills and was able to stay asleep without chemical assistance more often. She credited this to her loving relationship with him and feeling better about life in general. Sleeping close to him every night was comforting.
*****Her drawings during this time became increasingly curious, and she was using colored pencils. Every sleepwalking episode produced a new scene of Mike torturing her. The dead couple was now in color. The woman had long, dark hair and was wearing a yellow dress, and the man’s hair was a lighter brown. Their clothes looked like something from the l800s.The pictures of Mike hurting her bothered Bryce the most, and he was unsettled by the pictures of the couple before they died. She drew a picture of them on a black horse. The horse was spooked, and its front legs were high in the air. The couple was drawn with looks of terror on their faces as they were being thrown to the ground. It was disturbing because he had a fear of horseback riding, and so did she. He began to wonder if her drawings were from a past life.”
*****If you just can’t enough Paranormal Romance, this thriller should be your next read. I enjoyed this book and will turn my attention to “Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance” which is book two in Laura Simmons Karma Series.
Reviewed by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network)
Global Library: Fantasy Romance, Time Travel Romances, Paranormal Romance
Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance (Karma Series Book 2) by Laura Simmons
A remarkable tale of vengeance, time travel, and dark magic.
What would you do if you woke up one morning and your world was inexplicably changed in the worst way imaginable?
Banished by his enemy into a hellish alternate dimension, Luke Decker fights to understand why his world has suddenly changed, and why is he on trial for the murder of his beloved Nina?
What he doesn’t know is she’s not dead. Nina watches him vanish into thin air and is completely bereft, struggling to find out how and why he disappeared.
Using all of her psychic talents and traversing the astral realm, she frantically searches for him to no avail. She owns a secret item which holds the key to his salvation, but will she figure it out before he’s condemned to live the rest of his life in a realm of darkness?
5 Star Review: I find myself closing the last page of ‘Tough Karma: A Race Against Time’, which is book one in the supernatural thriller ‘Karma’ series written by Author Laura Simmons; to quickly open page one of Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance, book two with anticipation of another captivating story.
*****True to what I have come to expect, Author Laura Simmons begins this tale with Luke and Nina totally absorbed with each other in the bedroom.
*****Bliss turns to horror and that is where I bring you into Luke and Nina’s story.
*****“Luke awakened before Rogue greeted the day, and noticed that Nina’s side of the bed was empty … She’s probably in the bathroom.
*****He thought how lonely it was to wake without her lovely, warm body pressed close to his. He glanced toward the bathroom and the door was open and the light turned off. Maybe she’s in the kitchen. He listened for sounds, expecting to hear soft footsteps in the hall or faint noises from the kitchen … nothing. Something felt wrong. Getting out of bed, he walked toward the kitchen. It was empty and dark except for a nightlight near the stove. His apprehension grew stronger, the entire house was eerily silent … I better find her asleep on the lounger.
*****Entering the sun-room, he turned on the light and saw her lying on the chaise lounge, dead. Her throat was slit, and blood pooled on the area rug and hardwood floor.
*****“No! This can’t be happening, I’m dreaming!” he declared, rushing over to the lounger. Seeing her pale, lifeless body and vacant eyes staring up into nowhere was terrifying, and he convinced himself it had to be a lucid dream. “I know I’m dreaming, wake up!” he said to himself. Not being able to wake from what he thought was just a dream, he knelt down and touched her blood with the tip of his finger. He’d seen and touched enough blood in his life to know that this wasn’t fake.
*****“This isn’t real, this can’t be real! Who did this to you?” he sobbed, and for the first time in his life felt completely, utterly helpless and traumatized. Tears rolled down his face, he could barely breathe, and his stomach indicated he was going to vomit. He forced himself not to spill his guts, and even though her cold, dead body was lying in front of him, it still didn’t feel real. His emotional anguish and pain were acute, yet his mind kept telling him that this whole situation was wrong.”
*****Mystery and suspense will keep you turning the page as Nina uses “all of her psychic talents and traversing the astral realm, to search for Luke. “She owns a secret item which holds the key to his salvation, but will she figure it out before he’s condemned to live the rest of his life in a realm of darkness?”
*****Each book in the ‘Karma’ series stands alone and yet is tied together with the authors gift of storytelling. I invite you to read ‘Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance’ as Author Laura Simmons promises us “the next thrilling adventure into alternate dimensions” is coming in 2020.
Reviewed by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).
Global Library: Fantasy Romance, Time Travel Romances, Paranormal Romance
Little Bits Of Karma (Karma Series Prequel) by Laura Simmons
Little Bits of Karma Even though Holly O’Rourke is having problems with her longtime significant other, James, she has never considered cheating…that is, until the day she has a very interesting encounter with Charlie, a handsome coworker.
Desperate to understand her increasingly conflicting emotions, Holly schedules an appointment for a reading with a psychic medium. She learns a surprising deeper meaning to her present-day troubles:
Her past lives are full of adultery and tragic consequences―and not just with James and Charlie. The threads of her soul have been interwoven for centuries with those of several people in her present life. And the cost of karmic justice has finally come due.
Little Bits of Karma follows Holly across time and space, weaving little stories of romance into one sweeping soulful tale of two souls who’ve chased each other through the centuries, but always been torn apart. Until now.
Review: A wonderfully astute, multi layered character driven novel, Little Bits Of Karma is the debut release from author Laura Simmons. Gradually building momentum, the plots twists and turns will enthrall as the reader moves seamlessly from past to present. There’s timely exposition, her characters confidently developed and insight-fully observed, all together fueling intrigue and the desire to discover how the shards of Holly’s past bond together in the present. It’s entertaining, thought provoking and leads to an absolutely cracking denouement which readers will love. Review by BookViral.com
Global Library: Time Travel Romances, Paranormal Romance
Coming Soon: This story picks up where Dark Karma left off. Look for the next thrilling adventure into alternate dimensions…
Darkest Karma: The Undoing (title subject to change)
A cursed sword in the wrong hands once again, a jealous immortal out for revenge, unseen forces in a battle for a woman’s life, a love which transcends space and time…will Maddie and David survive what’s coming for them?
Can the darkest karma be undone? If so, at what cost?
About The Author: I enjoy reading books on psychic phenomena and all things metaphysical. Most of my life I’ve been fascinated with astral travel, dreams, the ability to see the future, and reincarnation.
I’ve wanted to write a book since I was a child, it was the first thing I can ever remember saying I wanted to do when I grow up. I love creating worlds in my mind and writing about them. My best days are when my characters decide to have lively conversations. They have developed a habit of giving me their best ideas and plot twists while I’m driving and can’t write them down!
Little Bits of Karma and Tough Karma can be read as standalone books. For best enjoyment, Dark Karma should be read after Tough Karma. The characters carry over into the following story with the major ones becoming a supporting cast and the previous supporting cast taking front and center to tell their particular story.
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