Survival Instinct

Wild Hearts Collection

Book 5
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 

The Reckoners (Author Cut): A powerful ghostbuster raised by a spirit, her brilliantly eccentric backup team, a cat who isn't a cat at all...and a fiercely driven bounty hunter from a different dimension who brings them together when worlds collide.

"Heart, adventure, and buckets of wonder." --Julie Czerneda, Aurora-winning author of the Reunification Trilogy

Skilled ghosthunter Lisa "Garrie" McGarrity not only sees dead people, she wrangles them into submission. But her beloved ghostly mentor moved on years ago, and the Southwest has gone quiet under Garrie's hand. Garrie and her team have grown restless and...well, face it. Maybe willing to take a risk or two.

So when the relentlessly mysterious and fiercely driven Trevarr (and his not-cat!) shows up asking for help, Garrie is inclined to listen. And when he describes big trouble at the San Jose Winchester Mystery House, she's inclined to go with him, even if it splits her team along the way.

But she doesn't expect a mansion crammed with spirits on the brink of madness, and she doesn't expect to face off against the powerful and unfamiliar energies of semi-ethereal beings from another dimension. She definitely doesn't expect the fabric of her own world to unravel around her--with no one but her to stop it.

And truly, she has no idea how deep Trevarr's secrets run.
~~~

"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 Black Jewels series

"Heroic figures with problems even bigger than they are." --Jacqueline Lichtenberg, The Monthly Aspectarian

"Readers will enjoy the humorous dialogue and ghost-busting lingo..." --Publisher's Weekly

"THE RECKONERS is an original paranormal adventure which will fuel your imagination on every page." --Single Titles

"Delightful beginning to a new series that's funny and lively with a memorable cast of characters." --Fresh Fiction

"Doranna Durgin makes her mark with her new urban fantasy series, THE RECKONERS. The delicious debut titled, THE RECKONERS, features a topnotch ghost-hunting team, a tracker from another world, his mysterious sidekick, and all sorts of paranormal activity. The pacing is excellent and the plot engaging. Ms. Durgin’s word-building is edgy and she provides some interesting takes on supernatural elements. Overall, the central mystery is complex, the action plentiful, and the developing relationship between the protagonists satisfying....  It is an exceptional read." --Romance Junkies

"Like all of Durgin's books, Reckoners has glorious 3D characters. It has all the joy of Ghostbusters, all the incredible monsters of the paranormal, and a delightful romance that never lets you down. Durgin deftly avoids cliché, and builds a rock-solid high-tension story. Best of all, it comes with an excellent twist at the end that will leave you begging for more." --Adrianne, a reader

"THE RECKONERS is the first release in Ms. Durgin's new ghost buster series. It is an original and fresh take on the spiritual world and is intense from page one. I enjoyed the interaction between the main characters and the sexual tension between Trevarr and Garrie is extreme. I look forward to more in this series from Ms. Durgin." --The Romance Reader's Connection

"Doranna Durgin begins a new urban fantasy series with The Reckoners, featuring feisty heroine and ghost hunter Lisa McGarrity known to her friends as Garrie. At age ten she learned of her talent to corral and manage ghosts. Rhonda Rose, a ghost, helped her to understand and develop her abilities. Now she heads a team of three: the empath Lucia, Drew who can sense the history of a place, and Quinn who ferrets out data they need...Durgin takes the reader on a wild ride with plenty of twists and turns." --Mel Jacobs at SFRevu

Dun Lady's Jess: all woman, all heart...all horse.

When hikers find a naked and terrified young woman, they're sure she's the victim of foul play. But the truth is much more shocking: she isn't human at all. She's Dun Lady's Jess, a horse transformed by the spell that brought her and her rider, to whom she is utterly devoted, into this world.

Possessed now of human intelligence but still a horse deep inside, Jess desperately searches this world for her master and rider, using her fiery equine spirit to take on human idiosyncrasies--and human threats.

(Contains Dun Lady's Jess, Changespell, & Changespell Legacy)

"....Dun Lady's Jess is unique.   Durgin has created a character who is utterly believable as both horse and horse-in-human-body.   The setup is brilliant: the magic that causes the transformation is not in the horse, but external, and the creature that is Dun Lady's Jess must adapt, must find an identity that works in both paradigms.   Humans who encounter her, in either body, must also adapt to the reality that created her and that she represents.  She cannot be, any longer, just another mare...she cannot be, ever, just another woman...."
--Excerpt from Elizabeth Moon's Forward for Dun Lady's Jess


"A thrill ride with a fantasy twist, neatly done by a knowledgeable author - short, sweet, and paced at a gallop, Dun Lady's Jess can't help but to win you over."
--Janny Wurts


"Horses, heroics, and magic--a great combination! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dun Lady's Jess, a spirited and daring novel. I couldn't put it down."
--Kristen Britain, author of the Green Rider series


"Dun Lady's Jess is a wonderful read for those who are horse fans and those who are just plain fantasy fans or fans of great writing."
--Josepha Sherman, bestselling author/editor


"Dun Lady's Jess is everything a great fantasy ought to be: Exciting, moving, and utterly original. Doranna Durgin has spun a marvelous tale, set it in a world that feels as real as our own, and populated that world with characters who will stay with you long after you read the final page. An excellent book, which I highly recommend."
--David Coe, author of Winds of the Forelands & the LonTobyn Chronicle


"Jess is a tale of wonderfully diverse and riveting characters embroiled in extraordinary events, told with a deftness and care few authors can achieve. Once you begin, you won't be able to put it down until you know what happens -- and then you'll wish it never stopped. I highly recommend it."
--Diana Pharoah Francis, author of Path of Blood


"Dun Lady's Jess is an adventure story with heart. It's a unique idea, imaginatively explored. The characters are charming, and humanly flawed. The accurate equestrian touches are a pleasure to encounter, and Jess' reactions, particularly while she's still getting her feet under her, are surprisingly yet completely believable. Doranna Durgin offers the reader an unusual viewpoint of impressive versimilitude."
--Vonda McIntyre, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of The Moon and the Sun


"Durgin never fails to entertain with solid characters, good action, well-conceived plots, compelling narrative -- and her expert background in horses always provides a real -- and realistic! -- treat for readers. Jess is one of the most complex and likeable characters in fantasy fiction."
--Jennifer Roberson, author of the Karavans and Sword Dancer series

 

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