Thursday, March 12, 2015

Summer Solstice

 The Summer Solstice by K.K Allen
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, & New Adult
Pages: 188
Published: June 10th, 2014

After Katrina "Kat" Summer’s mother dies a mysterious and tragic death, Kat is hurtled into life at Apollo Beach. Her estranged and cryptic grandmother Rose fills Kat with legends of her Ancient Greek Ancestors from which the Summer family descends. Kat’s world begins to unravel as secrets from her heritage are exposed – secrets that her mother purposefully concealed. 

Leading to her birthday, the day of the Summer Solstice, Kat becomes frightened when enigmatic visions and disturbing dreams haunt her. When her visions become reality, her fear turns to terror as powerful forces threaten the lives of those around her. 

Amidst the turmoil, Kat meets Alec Stone, her gorgeous neighbor, who becomes her sole solace in an evocative world of mythological enchantment and evil prophecies that lurk around every corner… 

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EXCERPT from The Summer Solstice by K.K Allen

Rose and Charlotte are both aware of my new nightly run schedule—although I may have left out the part about Alec. It’s the first night of my planned run with him and I don’t want to take any chance they will say no.

Rose is just happy I’m wearing new clothes. She compliments my black running shorts and hot pink tank top that Charlotte chose for me then turns in for the night. Charlotte stays up to clean but is adamant I leave her to do it alone.

Alec and I meet in front of his house. He greets me with bright and challenging eyes. “Alright, let’s see if you’re as good at running as you are at pool.”

I laugh, knowing I can hold my own. We stretch before taking off into the night. I follow Alec’s pace as we start with a light jog down along the coast. As our jog speeds into a run, a smile spreads across my face. There’s something about the night breeze along the coast that energizes every bone in my body and brings buoyancy to each step.

We run side-by-side. He takes me down past the private beach and out into the community streets where we run under the buzzing streetlamps, along the sidewalks of the stunning homes.

My thigh and calf muscles tighten and release with each stride. I am stronger with each second that passes. Usually, at this point in my runs, I start to get tired but it’s as if I could go on for miles.

Alec takes us in and out of the small neighborhoods around our own and I’m suddenly curious to see a map of Apollo Beach. It’s as if our path is tracing out the shape of a star.

He doesn’t begin to slow down until we are back on our community beach. I slow and look at him for the first time since we started our run. He’s sweating and breathing heavily. I assume I should be just as tired—but I want to keep running.

Dejected, I slow to a walk beside him and he looks at me. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

I make a face, twisting my lips into a hesitant smile, eyebrows raised. “I guess I just have a lot of energy tonight.”

Alec shakes his head. “We just ran five miles and you haven’t even broken a sweat.”

I laugh. “I’ve been running a lot.”

“You are a superhuman woman. Come on.”

He pulls me toward the shore and kicks off his shoes, his brief touch on my hand leaving goose bumps all over my body. He slides his shirt off his back and it lands in the sand. I turn my eyes away quickly once I realize I’m staring. I peek up at him now, though, trying not to look directly at his toned chest and abdominal muscles as I slide my shoes and socks off and meet him down at the shoreline.

Alec is up to his waist in the water when I reach him. He splashes me playfully, his eyes never leaving mine. I laugh and cup my hands in the water, but before I can retaliate, there’s a hungry rumble in the sky.

We look up just as a bolt of lightning strikes in the distance and a shower of rain pours down on us. As if reading each other’s mind, we take off for the shore and stumble our way out. Alec runs ahead and scrambles to grab our things and then we trip along the shore’s edge to our homes. The sound of our laughter is barely audible over the tropical storm now pouring down on us. His hair is sopping wet, rain dripping down onto his face. I want to reach out and wipe the drops away but restrain myself. “Thanks for the run,” I shout. The wind whips my hair around my head.

“Tomorrow night?”

I nod and turn before he can see how giddy I am, and flee into the cover of Summer Estates.

My Review:

I liked this book a bunch.  Enough to make me really look forward to the next installment in this series.  I am a bit obsessed with witchcraft and magic lately honestly.  I feel that it is very interesting to believe with this.  I liked how it all centered on the summer solistice.  A lot of people overlook the day and ignore that some very fun and magical things happen then.  The days change shape - literally getting a little bit darker each day until the winter solstice when the days get a little brighter each day again.  I loved her connection with Alex and her interactions with the girls he was hanging out with a lot Previously.  I am hoping to see so much more from this storyline and characters.

Overall, I would give this a 3-1/2 stars as it was intriguing and made me want to continue on this storyline.  Can't wait til the next one!!!

Author Bio:

My name is K.K. Allen and I am the Paranormal / Urban Fantasy Author of the Summer Solstice series. The Summer Solstice: Enchanted and The Equinox are now available at Amazon. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but raised in Seattle, Washington. I currently live in Central Florida. I've always had a passion for reading and writing and have done so every day since the young age of 12. Writing has even transitioned into my Media Industry career where I wear many hats, copywriting/scriptwriting included. There's just something about telling a story that drives me in everything that I do. Whether I'm creating a content outline for a website, or pulling together assets to write to, or even putting together a video production, it's all about the storytelling. I hope you all check out the Summer Solstice: Enchanted and I look forward to connecting with you! 

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting today Kelly!

    Sure do appreciate you!

    Laurie Starkey
    Good Tales Book Tours

  2. K. K. Thank you so much. What a gift!!