Survival Instinct

Blue Hound Visions
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Dear Ellen,
I miss you terribly, and I'm sorry you're dead. I wish it weren't my fault.


Karin Sommers finally escaped the grifter's life of her childhood. Now she lives as her sister Ellen, working Ellen's small subsidence farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains and hiding from her past while she ponders her future.

But Ellen unwittingly witnessed a terrible crime, and now that moment has come back to haunt Karin -- complete with investigator Dave Hunter, a man of unrelenting persistence driven to save a kidnapped child. Suddenly Karin is a fugitive again--but she's not done fighting for her new life.

Because Karin Sommers has a past, all right--and she knows how to use it. Even against the one man she's beginning to trust.

A Reviewer's Choice romantic suspense from an eclectic award-winning author.

"SURVIVAL INSTINCT by Doranna Durgin is nonstop action from start to finish. Using a former con artist as the main character in a story is a novel idea. The characters are flawed, yet still likeable. Kudos to Durgin for an excellent book."
--Romantic Times, Four 1/2 Stars

"Doranna Durgin writes a white-knuckle thriller that will have your heart pounding in your chest from the very first page.... This is one book that will leave you hanging off the cliff until the very last second. And you'll love every minute of it."
--Romance Junkies

"SURVIVAL INSTINCT has to be the best Doranna Durgin book to date...action packed and thrilling while at the same time loaded with an emotional punch."
--Wendy Keel, Romance Reader's Connection, 4 1/2 Hearts

"In this original plot, the characters and circumstances surrounding the heroine are ingeniously developed to create an entertaining and gripping story... With suspenseful moments, unexpected turns and engaging characters, SURVIVAL INSTINCT will hook readers on every enthralling page. "
--Amelia Richard, CataRomance 5 Stars

 

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About the author

Doranna Durgin is an award-winning author (the Compton Crook for Best First SF/F/H novel) whose quirky spirit has led to an extensive and eclectic publishing journey across genres, publishers, and publishing lines. Beyond that, she hangs around outside her Southwest mountain home with a Lipizzan gelding and highly accomplished competition dogs. She doesn't believe in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power--for good or bad has yet to be decided! She says, “My books are SF/F, mystery, paranormal romance, & romantic suspense. My world is the Southwest, and my dogs are Beagles!”

Doranna’s most recent releases encompass the three books of the Reckoners trilogy--a powerful ghostbuster raised by a spirit, her brilliantly eccentric backup team, a cat who isn't a cat, and a fiercely driven bounty hunter from a different dimension who brings them together when worlds collide.
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Publisher
Blue Hound Visions
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Published on
Sep 22, 2016
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Pages
231
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ISBN
9781611386400
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Steve Spaneas doesn’t have a clue.

Who’d have thought that the woman who stumbles her way into his gym, looking and acting so very much like a street person off her meds, is really a CIA case officer whose memory has been obliterated by experimental drugs used by some very bad people?

And seriously, who’d have thought that her attempts to untangle the few clues she’s got would lead him right into her world of spies and counterspies, death and deception–and holy cow, stockpiled nuclear weapons?

But Steve had better figure out who he trusts–his years of experience on the streets, or the heart of a gritty woman determined to reclaim herself–and he’d better figure it out fast. Because suddenly there’s a body out behind the gym, surveillance teams lurking, and a series of unsavory goons following the trail of a woman temporarily named Mickey right through his life.

“HIDDEN STEEL is a pulse-pounding suspense…Full of mystery and interesting characters, HIDDEN STEEL will grab readers from the beginning and is a book you don’t want to miss.”
–Jennifer Bishop, Romance Reviews Today

“Mow your lawn, finish doing the wash, and walk your dog BEFORE starting this book!” – B&N Reader

“Another trademark Durgin, full of realism, deft strokes of humour (and pop culture), plenty of sizzle, compassion, action, and a heroine you not only believe, you want to be. Grab this one.” –Julie Czerneda, Stratification series

“HIDDEN STEEL is a page-turner voyage of discovery, with the fate of the free world in the balance.   Well-drawn characters, numerous plot twists, and unexpected glints of humor are what I’ve come to anticipate in any of Doranna’s novels, and this one definitely lived up to expectation!”
–Michelle Shirey Crean, Dancer of the Sixth

The Wolverine’s Daughter is hard-tempered by her struggle to survive in the hostile Keturan mountains; she knows nothing of the Outlands, or of her father...or of the curse behind her puzzling clumsiness. But she’s about to find out what it means to visit those Outlands...and they’re about to find out what it means to have her.

"When a sword and sorcery book begins with humor, it's fairly well guaranteed to be an excellent read.... This book whips along with impressive fight choreography, excellent background descriptions, and fascinating plotlines."
--Kliatt
~~~

Kelyn of Ketura.

Daughter of a legendary warrior who left the mountains before she was born. Brave. Strong. Tempered by her struggle to survive in the hostile, craggy Keturan mountains. And plagued by moments of enormous and puzzling clumsiness.

"Find your father," the local wisewoman tells her. "To find your true self, find the Wolverine."

Angered by his abandonment, Kelyn doesn't care about her father--but the lure of adventure in the Out Lands calls to her, just as it called to the Wolverine before her, and she accepts the challenge.

New languages, new weapons. Magic. Witch hunts. The treacheries of civilization. She doesn't know just how much of a challenge it'll be.
~~~

"With this new book, Doranna Durgin ventures into classic sword & sorcery -- and turns the subgenre upside down..... I like Kelyn, who could kick Red Sonya's steel bikini-clad butt from introduction to epilogue. Fantasy fans in general will love this book, but it has extra appeal for feminists and for warriors of the female persuasion."
--Hypatia's Hoard 

A mountain community under siege rediscovers its lost roots--and its magic--in the grit of an outcast girl, the heart of a stranger, and the mystical touch of lost seer's blood. A book once honored by Andre Norton in the Gryphon Award.

When Blaine Kendricks discovers strangers in Shadow Hollers, she thinks they've come to trade. She couldn't be more wrong.

When Dacey Childers comes to Shadow Hollers, Blaine's family thinks he's there to hunt game. They couldn't be more wrong.

When the Annekteh come to Shadow Hollers, they think the isolated community living there has no way to resist their invasion.

They're pretty much right on target.

But the last man of the lost seer's blood has returned, and is about to draw Blaine into his magic, his adventure...and the most dangerous hunt she could ever imagine.

"With this book, Doranna Durgin displays her customary precision in plot (tangled yet plausible, with tension that fairly hums from the page), setting (richly rendered and full of fresh, original details that truly delight), and characterization (thoughtful, layered, and well able to drive the plot).... Seer's Blood is low fantasy at its very best, showing how great events affect people on a small scale."
--Hypatia's Hoard

"SEER'S BLOOD is a fast-paced magical adventure. Doranna Durgin imbues her characters with heart and soul, making the reader care about them in ways that are rare in fiction."
--Alan Meitlowski, BookHound

"Doranna Durgin has been quietly turning out low key but very intriguing fantasy novels, of which this is the newest and in many ways the best."
--SF Chronicle

"The author creates high adventure with a subtle touch of romance here. Durgin's writing is full of mountain flavor, and her characters, both human and canine, are strong and clear.... This is an intense story that should appeal to...fantasy fans."
--VOYA


"On the surface Doranna Durgin's SEER'S BLOOD is Blaine's coming of age story in the deep hills of Appalachia, but this time of evil and Durgin's exactly right ear for dialect and regionalisms make it so much more. Readers will find themselves immersed in a world where self-reliance and resilience is brutally interrupted by evil in men's clothing and the return of magic to the lonely hollows. The fear and isolation associated with early mountain life is captured in this almost cultural study of Americana with its complex picture of love and loss. And the hounds, oh, my! Right along with Blaine, I fell in love with the hounds. This is a delicious read!"
--Cynthia Felice, Author of Downtime

 

The Reckoners: A powerful ghostbuster raised by a spirit, her brilliantly eccentric backup team, a cat who isn't a cat at all--and an otherworldly, fiercely driven Keharian bounty hunter turned battered exile, all of whom now face the consequences of their tangled worlds....

Half-breed bounty hunter Trevarr is gone, captured by the Ghehera Tribunal and in the hands of a resentful former companion who will stop at nothing to extract the name of his clandestine partner: Lisa “Garrie” McGarrity, Southwest Reckoner.

Garrie hunts Trevarr with grim intent, determined to find him in spite of the danger. But reckoner teammates Quinn, Drew, and Lucia want her focused on the rising ethereal threats at home, any one of which spells disaster of the cataclysmic kind.

Garrie knows in her heart what her team doesn’t—that Trevarr barely survives, that he needs help—and that they all need him just as much as she does, if they’re to have any chance of stopping the massive invader hunkered invisibly over the mountain beside Garrie’s New Mexico home—trapped, wounded, and infinitely more dangerous than it ought to be.

If only Ghehera doesn’t find them all first.

Praise for The Reckoners:

"Heart, adventure, and buckets of wonder."
--Julie Czerneda, author of Rift in the Sky

"The Reckoners is certain to carry readers along at a break-neck pace that is nonetheless savored along the way."
--Jennifer Roberson, author of the Karavans series.

"Ghosts, aliens, danger, romance, and a non-cat.  As Lisa McGarrity might say, what's not to like?"
--Anne Bishop, author of The Others series

 

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