Monday, July 13, 2015

REVIEW: Fire's Field (+$20 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Fire's Field
Author: Jillian Jacobs
Series: The Elemental #2
Pages: N/A
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Green Moose Productions
Format: Kindle
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
Bound by a dark enchantment, only an elemental flame can light the way. Forged in rage and sorrow, a dark witch’s spell travels down her ancestral line to Violet Levina. Enchanted with the power of the entire Electromagnetic spectrum—microwaves, gamma rays, radio waves, Violet is cursed with limitless energy and the obligation to destroy an insidious creature composed of dark matter.

For over five hundred years, Flint has served as Fire, aiding Earth’s environment and its people as one of four Elementals. Yet only once in his long existence has he been burned. A flaming redhead ignites the embers of his heart, but he finds her resistant to the heat building between them.

Knowing she must fulfill her destiny, Violet travels to her home in Ireland, accompanied by the fiery Elemental. Not fooled by his charms and brazen demeanor, Violet wishes only to shield him from the coming battle, but can’t deny the flames of desire flickering when she is at his side.

While standing together against unrelenting adversaries, false friends, family betrayals, and an underlying seed of darkness, they must burn bright, or the ruthless power behind the ancient spell will turn everything to ash.With Flint as her beacon in a field of darkness, Violet will discover that love holds the most powerful magic of all.

~My Thoughts~
Elemental magic is one of my favorite kinds of magic that paranormal genre can explore. There's something so interesting about the interplay of natural forces, with the character's natural body, and using magic to bring those two together into power. It's very easy to see the pseudo-science and how it could be logical, even real if magic did exist. 

Each of the elements (Air, Water, Fire, and Earth for those of you who weren't raging fanatics of Avatar the Last Airbender...) was represented by a particular character in Fire's Field and you could really see how each one's habits, mood, and personality were affected by the element they channeled. I didn't read the first book, but as the title hints, this book revolved more around the element of Fire, who was represented by Flint. 

The romance between Violet and Flint was...scorching...(ha you had to know that was coming right?). It was nice to see the chemistry pick up as they meet and get to know each other. Things flamed up a bit quickly for my liking and I didn't quite get the resolution that I was looking for, but as this is a series I'm supposing that there will be more romances and spontaneous combustions of passion and lust in later books. 

The whole concept of Elementals and Mother Nature fighting together to save the world hit kind of close to Captain Planet for me. I liked it a lot, but I would occasionally have ridiculous moments where I'd be hearing in my head..."When the powers of earth combine...CAPTAIN PLANET!" The story was great though, and soon enough the romance helped to make the story into it's own. 

I liked Fire's Field a lot. It didn't take too long to read. Maybe a few different metro trips across the city, and it made them so much more enjoyable! I'd give Fire's Field a try if you like magic and romance, and are interested in the elements and really solid pseudo-science! 
~Try an Excerpt!~
They were coming for her.
On the eve of her mother’s 25th birthday, a young witch fought back chills as the sounds of braying bloodhounds echoed through the forest. A single red stroke, mixed with the faintest purple, lit the darkening sky, as night, along with death, crept closer.

At the banks of River Nore, Sorcha rocked back and forth, tears of innocence-lost escaping down her cheeks. Heart splintering, she searched her memory for a spell to ease her mother’s torment. With her hands locked in the fabric of her mother’s woolen dress, she chanted pleas to the Goddess Isis to hear her cries and heal her mother.

To no avail.

The only answer came in the form of the demon’s sickness dripping from her mother’s mouth in a sludge of grimy gray mud.

Fear unlike anything she’d ever felt iced her heart, as once more she begged, swore her very life in exchange for the continued beat of her mother’s heart.

A piercing pain shot through her overburdened mind as the beast fought to break through her mental shields. Weakened by her angst and un-tested youth, she left a crack exposed, and the beast slipped in. Squinting her eyes closed, her entire body shaking with the will to deny the sick beast entrance, she couldn’t prevent his foul words from seeping through.

“Your mother paid for her defiance, for her inability to accept this gift only I could give her. Look at you simpering and shaking, if you weren’t so weak I’d use you, but no matter, I’ll be back.”

Drained from holding back the tempest, Sorcha let loose true sobs for the loss of the deepest love of her life, her solid fortress during every storm, the lyrical voice singing away her nightmares. Ignoring her drenched skirts, she released all her torment against her mother’s breast, barely catching the beat of her mother’s weakening heart between each aching moan torn from the depths of her soul.

No one came to her aid. No one soothed her broken spirit.


The sounds of the hounds drew closer, their howls a mad cacophony in her surreal world. The yellow-glow from fire-tipped sticks, created a mystical glow in the woods before her. Snaps and cracks of branches reverberated across the forest as the frenzied townspeople advanced to accuse and convict one of their own—a witch.
~Meet Jillian!~ 
In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many "rules" to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.

Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category. Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose.The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements. 

Jillian Jacobs will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

35 comments:

  1. How many books are planned for the series?

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    1. Three. Air's Vision is the last book in this series. I'm finalizing my second Contemporary right now- Rachel's Guard in prep of an October release date. However, I did write the first chapter of Air's Vision last night. The more I think about the direction that story will take, the more fun I think the story will be. Thanks for asking. One other note, I may do a spin off - just one story for Death. He interests me, so I may delve into why he is who he is. Death is a secondary character in Fire's Field.

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    2. That sounds really cool Jillian! So what is the biggest difference between your contemporary and fantasy series? How is writing them different?

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    3. Honestly, I enjoy writing paranormals because I make the rules. To an extent, I can do what I want with my characters and the setting. In Contemporary, you are bound by modern day rules. I will say I enjoy writing villains and my villain in Ember's Center, my first Contemp is especially bad. Although, I do appreciate Quint's cocky attitude.

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  2. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

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    1. I do read all reviews. I do not respond to them other than hitting the Like button, because I appreciate the reader's time. As far as dealing with the bad, I understand everyone has their own reading experience.I suppose if the review is horrid and doesn't truly explain what the reviewer didn't like about the story, I find that frustrating. I want to learn how to be an all around better writer, and with helpful reviews I can do that. Thanks for the questions.

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    2. A very calm and dignified response...I myself would have trouble not throwing my laptop out of my window. I suppose I would be going through a few laptops a week though... lol!

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    3. I do read some where I'm like, but what do you mean? I released my first book last November so I'm happy to have reviews. I do wish more people would leave them, but I don't have a mind-meld ability like my Elementals or else perhaps I'd have a lot more. LOL

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    4. "I didn't quite get the resolution that I was looking for"- what resolution were you looking for Andra? Was it between secondary characters? What would have resolved this issue for you? If you don't want to answer that is fine, but as I've said I like to learn. Any help is appreciated. I want to get better. Thanks!!

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  3. I love a moose. That is so cute. Good luck to you. I know this book will be a hit.

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    1. Thanks Misty!
      I love my moose too. She's cheeky.

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  4. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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  5. I'll be Googling Captain Planet at some point today. LOL Thanks for hosting Fire's Field and for leaving a wonderful review. I love your logo, she looks like me, cup of tea, surrounded by books, and typing away.
    I enjoyed writing about the elements, the physics did get a little tough. Violet wasn't easy to write. Thanks again for reading. Glad you liked it!!

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  6. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

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  7. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  8. thanks for sharing your thoughts! I'm looking forward to checking this book out.. :)

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  9. Thanks for the review, Andrea!

    Jillian, when will the series be completed?

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    1. Third book by February 2016. Thanks for asking.

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  10. Hi Jillian, Amazing excerpt and cover! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Great review as always, thank you!

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  12. Thanks for sharing the excerpt

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  13. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  14. "... After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope!"
    I have read over 250 books every year since 1973 (high school). Several people think I should write books simply based on that. "Nope!" Reading doesn't equate to great writing! Congrats to YOU for making that giant leap. *I* certainly couldn't have done it!!!

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  15. Excellent excerpt! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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