The search is over for your next book. If you’re looking for a must read this summer, look no further than Shadow Bound. This book blew me away and I believe it will have readers talking and discussing for a long time to come.  Debut novelist, Erin Kellison has created a book that’s almost hard to categorize. It’s a well-crafted mystery, thriller, paranormal romance that will absolutely hook you. Romance readers will definitely get their romance; urban fantasy fans will get a gritty urban underground fantasy; and paranormal lovers will get the unexpected, because there isn’t a vampire, werewolf, or shape shifter in sight. What there is, is magic, believable characters, an engaging romance, and a world I’ve not seen in other books.  In short, it’s an absolute original.

The premise of Shadow Bound is fascinating. It begins with the journey mortal men and women take as they pass from life to death. Accompanying them through the passage is the fae lord Shadowman, but, when he breaks the rules and falls in love with a mortal woman, there are enormous consequences. His love for a mortal woman causes the veil between worlds to open and through it comes the Death Collector. As the name suggests, the Death Collector is a malevolent evil who grants men and women immortality and eternal youth by turning them into wraiths: possessed humans who feed on other human souls to stay ‘alive’. His ultimate end game is world domination.

Adam Thorne, CEO of the Segue institute, has a different end game in mind, and it’s personal. When his brother Jacob sold his soul for immortality to become a wraith, it became Adam’s mission in life to destroy them. Using his family’s fortune, he created the institute in an effort to rid humanity of them.

However, Adam will need more than money and a plan to rid the world of these soul suckers, he will need a weapon. And that weapon comes in the form of his newest employee, Talia O’Brien.  

With her Ph.D. in hand, Talia is ready to take on new opportunities at Adam’s institute and leave behind the mysteries of her past, in particular the special abilities she’s been hiding all these years. Unaware that Adam needs her in his quest to shift the world’s balance toward good, she is caught between Adam and the deathless wraiths that hunt her down.

The hero, Adam Thorne will do anything to rid the world of evil.  What’s your most admired trait in a hero or heroine?

Until next Thursday, lay off the chocolates. And remember, there’s always a great discussion at Romantic Reads.

Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer.


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by DLML on ‎06-24-2010 12:30 PM

hmmmm...Sounds like a great book..But the Death Collectors sound a bit like the Harry Potter Death Eaters...(sucking the souls)

by MistyinFlag on ‎06-24-2010 12:48 PM

 What ages is this appropriate for?  Teens?  I'm concerned about what kind of romance.  Is there sex in the book?

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎06-24-2010 09:13 PM

Hi DLML - It is a great book.  I've read all of the Harry Potter books and loved them.  But the Death Collectors in Shadow Bound are completely different than the Death Eaters in the Harry Potter books.  Either way - 'soul sucker's are definitely evil.


Hey MistyinFlag -  there is some adult content in the book that may not be appropriate.  Personally, I would recommend it for over 18, however, it's a personal choice.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎06-24-2010 09:25 PM

Erin ROCKS! I'm the proud owner of Erin's very first autograph - which was on the preview booklet, since the book wasn't out yet at the time. She signed it for me at the Romantic Times conference and we both got very verklempt!


I'm so excited for Erin - you go, girl!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎06-24-2010 09:26 PM


Here's Erin signing her VERY FIRST AUTOGRAPH!


by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎06-25-2010 10:05 AM

Hey Becke -


Thanks for the photo - this certainly won't be the last autograph she signs.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎06-25-2010 12:48 PM

I have Erin's book on order - I can hardly wait to read it!

by toni_garrick on ‎06-26-2010 08:59 PM

Erin's book looks interesting and caught my attention after the first paragraph . It on order list cant wait to read it .



by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎06-28-2010 10:50 AM

this books looks very engaging...ill have to read it

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎06-28-2010 04:15 PM

You've convinced me Maria, it'll go on my list


by JENNJENNTX on ‎08-27-2010 11:32 PM

@MistyFlag NO this is not for kids, or teens at least in my opinion

and Im on page 107 and OMG is it HOT, YEAH!


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