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Author Spotlight- Jolynn Raymond

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Biography:

Jolynn Raymond was born in 1962 and grew up in Midwest. Her love of writing began in her early 30s and has been a passion ever since. She loves to read, write, travel the world, and is a history buff. Her genre’s cover historical romance, often with a spicy kinky twist to suspenseful paranormal thrillers. Her love of history makes its presence in the books she writes. They are often set in centuries past. She is a lover of art, architecture, and the study of diverse world cultures. She still resides in Milwaukee, and lives near her childhood home with the love of her life, her two spoiled cats, their neurotic dog, and their gnome, Gerome.

Her favorite quote is: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Taken

Synopsis:

Taken is a dark love story set in the 1500’s of Hungary. It’s one that begins with terror and cruelty. Mikhal the Merciless is pure evil, a dark anti-hero who will fill you with loathing long before he catches your heart. The road to love for Alliana and Mikhal is a rocky one; and any roses that bloom, also pierce with thorns. You may well be wishing for Mikhal’s demise before you cheer them on to love, but you will cheer them on to love. Stolen from her family and very way of life, a young Gypsy girl finds herself trapped among evil. She is to be kept and bred by the dark lord who has taken her from all she knew and thrust her into his world of terror. Mikhal is the known and feared Mikhal the Merciless, a rich and heartless Lord, who has a taste for blood and cruelty. Many suspect his true origins. Alliana is a poor Gypsy girl, but her family has much magic. It is rumored that Alliana will bring those around her great wealth and power when she comes of age. She is their treasured golden child. When Mikhal happens upon her one night on his land, he decides he must have her for his own. With the magical help of Marishka, his sister, he plans to create a son with the wild Gypsy, one who will help him rule the earth as he lives out his life of eternity. Will Alliana’s innocence shatter the fierceness of Mikhal’s heart and drive the cruelty from him, or will he cast her aside once she gives him what he seeks?

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Taken-Book-Beneath-Shadows-Evil/dp/1482602288/ref=la_B0090BBN8I_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381580145&sr=1-3

torn2

Synopsis:

Torn is the second book in the Beneath the Shadows of Evil Trilogy. Amid the grandeurs of her husband’s castle, the once wild gypsy Alliana struggles against those who would trap her in the gilded cage. Tormented, abused, and toyed with, Alliana has no intention of ever trusting the vampire who took her from the life she loved. Though she knows she is bound to her new husband for life, the now pregnant Alliana refuses to see anything but evil inside him. Through a twist of fate, the consequences of his cruel and evil ways are forced upon the Master Vampire, Mikhal the Merciless. Like it or not, he can experience the terror and hate he inspires in his bride, and finds he has no taste for the agony he causes her. Sickened by Alliana’s pain and hatred, he vows to inspire trust in the beautiful Gypsy who has warmed his cold heart. Though true love has yet to bloom, Mikhal is determined to make his unwilling bride happy in her new life. But even as he does everything in his power to bring Alliana joy, there are others all around them who are plotting to destroy the fragile hope for love and happiness between Mikhal and Alliana.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-The-Shadows-Evil-Torn/dp/1489585087/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1

treasuredSynopsis:

Treasured is the last book in the Beneath the Shadows of Evil Trilogy. First there was Taken… Alliana was a young Gypsy woman stolen from her family, she was to be used and discarded, but fate had other ideas. Mikhal was the cruel and evil vampire lord, he was to be feared and despised for all of time, but destiny wouldn’t allow it. Then there was Torn… Mikhal never intended to care for Alliana, and she never intended to forgive him for the cruelty he inflicted upon her. Once love began to enter his heart, he vowed to make his unwilling bride happy in her new life. Try as he might to convince her he had changed, Alliana’s heart remained torn between the pain her heart could not forget and the tenderness Mikhal now showed her. Now there is Treasured… The evil his past created, threatens their fragile bond and all they hold dear. She will kill to protect her family. He will do anything to save the love he can once more feel. Who will win in the war between the horrors of his past and the promise of their future? Can their love survive the evil he wrought for a hundred years? Can love and goodness overcome terror and hate? Evil means to destroy their happiness. Can a love that is so fragile survive? Who will triumph when darkness once again comes to call? The final battle unfolds in Treasured… Beneath the Shadows of Evil Book Three

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Shadows-Evil-Treasured-Paranormal/dp/1492128414/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_2

shattered

Synopsis:

Publication Date: August 18, 2013
In Shattered Images, Jolynn Raymond introduces the Connelly Witches. They are a family whose magical talents date back hundreds of years. Those who bestowed the powers had only one command, protect mankind from the demons who would torment and destroy them.Rachel Connelly-Grey is a woman who has turned her back on her family’s magical heritage and responsibilities in order to be with the man she loves. She soon learns that forsaking her birthright and wishing for solitude from the family she must remain close to has horrible consequences, ones that she is no longer prepared to fight against.

While her family searches for her, Rachel must fight a demon that is determined to wipe out her family one witch at a time. Though he starts with Rachel, his evil touches her little girl, who sees all that is happening to her mother in horrifying visions.

Can the Connelly witches come together in time to save Rachel and stop the evil that will destroy their clan or will Syrull, the Demon of Reflections, be allowed to begin his annihilation of the Connelly Witches by trapping Rachel in a hellish dimension before moving on to kill all who bear the Connelly name?

Review:I was gifted this book from Jolynn Raymond for an honest review.We start off meeting Rachel-witch who has denied her powers to please her husband who is non-magical. Rachel is married to Michael and they have a pre-school daughter. They share a home with Rachel’s sister Raven and her partner Alex as well as Loisa. Rachel is very unhappy and her unhappiness invites in a powerful evil by the name of Syrull who feeds off of the misery of others. Jolynn takes us on the journey of Rachel’s rediscovery of her powers, learning the powers of her child and how her non-magical husband can also help this family. It was an excellent read, however I should make it clear that there is minimal romance involved. I did feel at times that my head was going to explode trying to recall details from the beginning of the book and how people fit together. By the end of the book though, it all made sense and I am glad that I persisted in reading the novel. If you like evil, magic, surprise endings, this is an excellent read. I would recommend all in one sitting though so that all the amazing details of history make sense. I would give this book 4 fangs-because of the hopping I had to do- I am off to the next in the series—and isn’t that the goal?

past

Synopsis:

Publication Date: September 15, 2013
A new paranormal romance featuring the Connelly Witches from Jolynn Raymond.While searching for the perfect gift, Raven Connelly instead finds a doorway through time that lands her back in the year 1890. Thanks to a bump on the head, she hasn’t a clue as to who she is, but knows something doesn’t feel right. Her family, though kind, are strangers, and she knows nothing about them or herself, especially the fact that she’s a powerful witch who vanquishes the demons who prey on human kind.

Back in New Haven in the year 2013, her family is frantically searching for her, and they soon discover the link that connects their Raven with a girl of the same name. She isn’t alone however, a very familiar demon is lying in wait, determined to destroy the Connelly family long before they can meddle in the affairs of his kind for another hundred years.

When the love of her life Alex, finds out that he is in fact the demon who is trying to kill Raven and her family, he’ll do whatever it takes and risk it all to bring Raven home where she belongs. Reformed by love and fighting on the side of good, Alex travels back in time to face an enemy who he cannot kill and fight against the course of history that he doesn’t dare change. Armed with determination and helped by Raven’s sister Rachel, the two of them must find a way to help Raven remember who she is, and switch places once again with a girl who is destine to die before it’s too late.

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Review:
I was gifted this book for an honest review through this page.
Jolynn did an amazing job in this book. I fell into the story easily and could not put it down. It had great elements of romance (and the chase) built in. Meet Raven, a Connelly Witch who has just fell through a time warp and is trapped in the life of another girl with the same name in a very different era. Her life in that ERA is somewhat of a mirror of her life in 2013, however she does not know who she is or remember 2013-save for the face of her sister Rachel. Rachel and the rest of the family have to figure out how to bring her back without disrupting time and changing the lives of other’s in the process. It was such a great story, I am looking forward to reading more. 5 fangs.
Now for some 18 plus work she has done:
sweet
Synopsis:
Publication Date: October 4, 2012
Sweet Agony is a collection of erotic BDSM scenes. There is no long build-up of surrounding story line, just snap shots of real life erotic M/f, BDSM play. That is not to say the stories are purely porn without a plot. The characters are fleshed out, there is dialog, and there is enough backstory to become intimately connected to the participants in each scene as well as creating an emotional connection between the players themselves. The reader joins each couple just prior to the BDSM scene taking place, or at the start of it, and is drawn into their world of kinky and highly explicit sex. Not all real life BDSM is sexual. All of the stories within this book are.
elizabeth
Synopsis:
Publication Date: November 16, 2012
Though this is a historical romance, this book contains graphic BDSM sex. Elizabeth is the unwilling victim of sexual slavery, forced into the harem of a sadistic man. Maxwell is callous and cruel, and cares nothing for the women he kidnaps. He is not a hero or a character you will love at first sight. The lovers in my stories must fight hard for their happily ever afters. Nothing comes easy or quick.Packed off by her mother and the church elders because of her rebellious nature, lovely Elizabeth Thornton finds herself living in India. She has been sent there to be trained as a Zenana missionary, but fate has other things in mind. Maxwell Harrison is a rogue with few morals. His job is to capture and train beautiful women in the art of sadistic passion for his cruel employer’s harem. He sets his sights on Elizabeth the moment he sees her, knowing she will be a golden treasure among the other women, a unique toy in a gilded toy box. Once properly trained, she will make an exquisite sex slave. Beautiful and schooled in the art of pain and pleasure, taught to crave the lash, always ready to be taken whenever she is desired.

Elizabeth’s spirit struggles against her fate, and though her body responds to Maxwell’s teachings, she cannot stop her fight for freedom. Maxwell has never cared for any of the women he has abducted, but he cannot deny what he feels for his latest captive. Once love touches his heart, Maxwell knows he cannot turn Elizabeth over to his boss, but freedom isn’t easily obtained. They are trapped within the palace walls, and within the city itself. Jeeval is rich and powerful, and doesn’t take kindly to those who wish to steal his possessions. To stay means Elizabeth will become a concubine, lost to Maxwell forever. To flee means to risk death, but life without each other is no life at all. Can they escape and find their happily ever after, or will their quest for freedom cost them everything?

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