Author: Casey Keen

Review: Saved By The Spell by Casey Keen

Posted January 15, 2014 by Ginny in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Saved By The Spell by Casey Keen
I'll Be Damned by Casey Keen
Series: Anna Wolfe #2
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
Published by Self Published on October 11, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 174
Source: Amazon.com

Also in this series: I'll Be Damned
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
Two worlds in danger.

A Grand Witch behind bars.

A stunning Werewolf and a devilishly handsome Warlock’s pursuit for her affections.

You think you have it bad? Grand Witch Anna Wolfe awakens to find herself imprisoned by Micah, the Prince of Darkness. Micah’s on a quest for world domination—and it’s not just the Netherworld that’s in danger. The human world is threatened as well. Now, it’s up to Anna to escape from Micah's clutches so she can locate The Scholars and an ancient book before both fall into the wrong hands.

With a fiercely loyal Werewolf and immensely powerful Warlock by her side, what can go wrong?

A lot apparently.

If fighting off the Prince of Darkness wasn’t enough, Anna’s emotions are a whirlwind, as she battles between what fate demands and what she actually wants.

*This storyline contains depictions of sexual activity and profanity*


Opening Quote:

“This is the same tunnel I ran through numerous times before… Before. A small, solitary word that now signifies so many life-altering events. Before Janie was kidnapped… before I knew I was a Grand Witch… before the supernatural world invaded my normal life… before Micah was obsessed with me. I moan inwardly at the enormity of factors for which this tiny word now encompasses.”

Ginny’s Review:
Last summer I chose to review the first book in this series based off of the cover and the small description given and, if you don’t remember, I was not in the least disappointed.  I’ll Be Damned by Casey Keen (#1 in the Anna Wolfe Series) was fantastic and fun and sexy, and you can revisit my review of that gem here.  Saved By The Spell (#2 in the Anna Wolfe Series) was just the same!

The book picks up right where it left off — Anna has been kidnapped by Micah, a demon from Hell, who wants to use her powers as a Grand Witch to find a book of great import to help him take over both this world and the underworld. However, whereas the first book was told only from Anna’s point of view, this book switches between Anna’s view and then a mix of first person POVs from the group of friends looking for her, including her sister.  It’s fun to see new characters come into play and try to guess which ones will hit it off and (hopefully) spin into a new romance.

This is the second book that Casey Keen has self-published and it is the second one that I couldn’t put down.  I’ll admit to having to go back to the last few chapters of the first book to re-orient myself to the world and what had been going on, but hey, it’s been six months since I read the last one.

The book is fast paced and makes you want more and more and AGAIN ENDS ON A DAMN CLIFF HANGER! (-ahem-) Without giving anything away, we’ll just say this: Anna grows to know more about her powers, what she’s capable of, who she can and cannot trust, and her love triangle (or if you include Micah, love square) gets more twisted around and you don’t know which pair to wish for… though a menage is not something I’d be adverse to but I don’t think with the way the men feel about each other that that will happen. -sigh-

Definitely check this book out if you haven’t, but don’t read this one unless you’ve read the first. It is not a standalone book, but the series is well worth the money, and, again, it’s self-published so more power to Ms Keen on this one!

Kudos, Ms Keen, please give me more! 4.5 outta 5!

Interview & Giveaway: I’ll Be Damned by Casey Keen

Posted June 28, 2013 by Sherri in Author Spotlight, Giveaways, Reviews / 9 Comments

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Hi Casey!

Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Urban Girl Reader.  We’re looking forward to dishing a bit about your new release and series, I’ll be Damned.  Please tell us about the story and what inspired it?

Casey: As the owner of the coffee shop Déjà Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld. Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is – a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.

My inspiration came from the author, H.P. Mallory! I read her Dulcie O’Neil series and fell in love with the paranormal romance genre and her witty writing style. When I found out she started as a self-published author, I decided to try it! One day, I drew a rough draft/outline of my plot and before I knew it, words just flowed out of me. 114,000 words later, I’ll Be Damned was born!!!!

UGR: What 3 words would you use to describe Anna? Valen? Roman? 

Casey:  

Anna is witty, courageous and relatable
Valen is loyal, tenacious and stunning
Roman is arrogant, sexy and fierce

UGR: What was your favorite scene to write in I’ll be Damned?

Casey: Good question! I loved writing them all, but I think my favorite scene was the Netherworld Ball/Anna’s final run-in with Micah. I’ve always wanted to attend a “real” costume ball, so describing this scene was pretty amazing! As for the final scene with Micah, I enjoyed the enthusiastic sensation of apprehension it enveloped me in while writing it!

UGR:  What upcoming projects are you working on and when can your fans expect to look for them?

Casey: I’m currently more than half-way through the second novel in the Anna Wolfe series and fans should expect to see it sometime in the summer or fall of this year!

UGR: If you could be a paranormal creature, what would you be and why?

Casey: Definitely a vampire! I would love to live forever and witness the historical changes that emerge over the next hundreds of years. Also, being a badass creature helps!

UGR:  What have you always wanted to do but never tried?

Casey: Believe it or not, zip lining – I would love to feel the sensation of “flying,” but I would be terrified for sure!

Quickfire Questions:

UGR: Hardcover, paperback or ebooks?
Casey: Paperback

UGR: Bookmark or dog ear page turner?
Casey: Bookmark

UGR: Early bird or night owl?
Casey: Night owl

 UGR: Coffee or tea?
Casey: Coffee

UGR: Chocolate or vanilla?
Casey: Chocolate

UGR: Plotter or pantser?
Casey: Plotter

Thank you for joining us today Casey, we look forward to reading more of your works in the future.


Book Spotlight

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I’ll Be Damned by Casey Keen

Series: Anna Wolf Series #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publish Date: March 24, 2013
400 pages


Book Description:

A sister kidnapped.

An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.

A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.

The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.

Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.

As the owner of the coffee shop Deja Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld.

Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is – a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.

Purchase Links:  Amazon | BN | Kobo | Sony | Smashwords   |   Add to Goodreads


Excerpt

It happens practically every night. My pleasant dreams take on a life of their own, morphing into terrifying nightmares. They are the tsunamis of the dream ocean, spinning me in their churning tides before thrusting me awake, whereupon I find myself drenched in a pool of sweat, and gasping for air. Abandoning my worry isn’t an option since a demonic element is the driving force behind them. It sounds crazy, but even as a child, a special darkness visited me in my dreams. Is it a warning? Or a threat? Your guess is as good as mine.

They always began the exact same way – I’m being hurled into a pitch-black hole of nothingness. I open my sleepy eyes, allowing them time to adjust. Isolation surrounds me, reminding me how unprepared I am for this place. A dim, orange light cuts through the dark abyss like a blade. I squint, realizing it’s much further than it appears. I attempt to move my feet, but they stubbornly refuse. I try a second time, and manage to overcome the terror that is binding them. One step becomes two and I find myself walking at a cautious pace, listening for the faintest sound. I haven’t the slightest idea where I am, which makes me suspicious of everything. My nose wrinkles as I walk through a large pocket of air that reeks with an overpowering odor of burnt hair. I swing and wave my hands, hoping to break up the stench, but to no avail. What could be the source of such a rank smell? I’m not sure I want to know the answer. I quickly push the thought away. Curiosity can be dangerous when it comes between reality and panic.

I tread delicately, hoping no one hears me. I don’t think I’m alone, and I find some comfort in the darkness. Whatever is with me is out of my sight, and therefore, out of my mind. I never thought I would find a cliché so helpful to me until now. I wrap my thoughts around it, mustering up the courage to carry on. The orange light grows, compelling me to pick up my pace. I glance at my surroundings, unsure of what I might find. The curved, dank walls and concrete blocks beneath my feet are bare, but fortunately, no revolting creatures dangle from the ceiling or slither past my feet, although I am thinking of them! Where the hell am I? Dreams have a funny way of camouflaging life’s problems, but this is ridiculous!

A glint of light from the ashen wall catches my eye. I step closer to it, noticing how the curved cobbles gently mold my feet to their shapes. Small, rectangular stones that suggest their age goes well beyond the medieval era are arrayed in front of me. A dense tackiness catches the small granules of little dust motes that are reflected by the light here. Some kind of liquid begins to seep from one of the cracks in the stones, and I lower my head to inspect it. The crimson liquid slides sluggishly, like a snail, towards the ground. Leaning closer, I realize I’m staring at blood, and I gasp, jumping backwards. My heart thuds loudly in my chest as my adrenaline speeds through my veins like a racecar. My eyes skip around, noticing thousands of little red capillaries materializing all over the wall. An overwhelming paranoia that the tunnel will cave in torments my mind. I turn and dash towards the light, fueled by my distress. My lungs scream for air as I push myself further and faster than ever.

The orange light surrounds a large opening. Skidding to a stop, I barely avoid falling over the ledge at the cave’s entrance. I stare out at a fiery, scarlet landscape that appears infinite, and sends me a menacing warning. I lean forward when a wall of intense heat slugs me in the face, forcing me backwards a few inches. The air is dense, and it’s hard to catch my breath. Sweat beads on my brow, evaporating before I can wipe it away. I scan the ravaged scenery, watching pillars of fire erupt from the ground before disappearing into the onyx sky, rimmed in red. A chain of mountains with jagged cliffs, emerge straight up from the bloodshot dirt. Floating objects I don’t wish to know about, travel in an orbit, weaving in and out through the rough terrain. I’m in a completely different world. My terror lingers, refusing to go away. A raging river of lava slices through the valley, determined to leave its own mark in the middle of this inferno. I stroll down a steep trail that leads directly to the unusual river. I stop long before reaching its banks, and gradually inch my way closer. My eyes drift over to the whirling mass of disturbing beauty. Deep shades of red and orange mesh with each other, creating a horrid kaleidoscope of angry colors. Flashes of distorted images of my family and friends bob in and out of the blazing lava. I watch in horror as the greedy river of fire consumes them without remorse. Despite my attempts to reach in, my hand snaps back after feeling the agonizing heat. I step backwards, staring in numb bewilderment. I know I’m dreaming, but it doesn’t lessen my anxiety. My back slams into something solid and unyielding. Long, crooked fingers wrap around the tops of my tiny shoulders like spiders. Suffering and emptiness engulf me. My heart pounds like a hammer as my limbs melt into rubber. The hands squeeze me hard, sending excruciating pain throughout my entire back. The snapping of my shoulders, cracking like glass, shatters the unbearable stillness.


About Casey Keen

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural - seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.”

I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and I'm currently working on the Anna Wolfe Series.

Follow Casey: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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Review: I’ll Be Damned by Casey Keen

Posted June 28, 2013 by Ginny in Reviews / 1 Comment
Review:  I’ll Be Damned by Casey Keen

I’ll Be Damned by Casey Keen Series: Anna Wolfe #1 Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance Published by Self Published on March 27, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 436 Source: Author Also in this series: I’ll Be Damned Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: A sister kidnapped. An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner. A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is. The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her. Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions. As the owner of the coffee shop Déjà Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in […]

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