Review: Bloodlines by Vanessa Skye


Bloodlines

five-stars

Read from December 07 to 09, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Following the acclaimed debut of The Enemy Inside and its sequel, Broken, comes the stunning conclusion to the ‘Edge of Darkness’ series by investigative journalist Vanessa Skye, Bloodlines.

Detective Alicia “Berg” Raymond is lying. She’s lying to the Chicago Police Department, to her boyfriend, Captain Jay O’Loughlin, but most of all, she’s lying to herself—about her past, her future, and her ongoing addiction.

As Berg investigates a series of brutal rapes and sinks under an ever-increasing caseload, she finds herself juggling every aspect of her life—finding justice for victims of crime, keeping her own sordid past buried from her colleagues, struggling with blackmail that threatens to push her over the edge, and protecting her lover from the details of all of it.

Wrapping her damaged head around living in a state of domestic bliss she’s certain she doesn’t deserve, Berg is driven by the need for justice and a determination to stop a rapist before any more innocent lives are ravaged.

But when enemies from the past threaten her present, she is once again vulnerable to the demons that have plagued her every day of her life.

It’s only a matter of time before her lies unravel and the fairy tale she’s finally started believing implodes . . . but the biggest threat of all, as it turns out, is her very own bloodline.

Can she save herself, and the casualties of crime, from the lurking darkness waiting to strike, or will her own mistakes drag her under—this time for good? Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Bloodlines, Book 3 of The Edge of Darkness Series


 

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Bloodlines

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Release Date: January 22 , 2015

SUMMARY

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Following the acclaimed debut of The Enemy Inside and its sequel, Broken, comes the stunning conclusion to the ‘Edge of Darkness’ series by investigative journalist Vanessa Skye, Blood Lines.

Detective Alicia “Berg” Raymond is lying. She’s lying to the Chicago Police Department, to her boyfriend, Captain Jay O’Loughlin, but most of all, she’s lying to herself—about her past, her future, and her ongoing addiction.

As Berg investigates a series of brutal rapes and sinks under an ever-increasing caseload, she finds herself juggling every aspect of her life—finding justice for victims of crime, keeping her own sordid past buried from her colleagues, struggling with blackmail that threatens to push her over the edge, and protecting her lover from the details of all of it.

Wrapping her damaged head around living in a state of domestic bliss she’s certain she doesn’t deserve, Berg is driven by the need for justice and a determination to stop a rapist before any more innocent lives are ravaged.

But when enemies from the past threaten her present, she is once again vulnerable to the demons that have plagued her every day of her life.

It’s only a matter of time before her lies unravel and the fairy tale she’s finally started believing implodes . . . but the biggest threat of all, as it turns out, is her very own bloodline.

Can she save herself, and the casualties of crime, from the lurking darkness waiting to strike, or will her own mistakes drag her under—this time for good?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Vanessa Skye has always had a love of words and spent her school years writing poetry, speeches, and fictional essays.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism and studying psychology at Charles Sturt University, Vanessa got a job at Australia’s largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information, Rural Press, where she worked as a journalist in the central west of New South Wales for four years.

Thousands of stories later, Vanessa decided to move back to Sydney and try her hand at public relations while studying for a master’s degree in communication.

Skip forward a few years and Vanessa was once again joyfully studying various psychology subjects while managing a Sydney public relations firm. Enthralled with examining the motivations behind people’s actions, Vanessa realized what she really wanted to do in life was combine her love of words with her fascination for human behavior. So Vanessa quit public relations to begin the significantly more impoverished life of a professional writer.

Inspired by a recurring dream, Vanessa wrote her crime fiction debut, The Enemy Inside, which challenges the concept of justice, asks if the need for vengeance sometimes justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from childhood abuse. Broken is her second book in this series. In her spare time, Vanessa wrote a short story, The Piece, which was published in February 2012, by Dark Prints Press as a part of the ‘One That Got Away’ dark fiction anthology.

Vanessa now works as a freelance writer, lives in Sydney’s northern beaches, and tries to immerse herself in salt water at least once a day.

 

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Edge of Darkness – Interview with Vanessa Skye


The final instalment of my Edge of Darkness week is my interview with Vanessa Skye.

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Say Hi to Vanessa Skye.

Vanessa’s Bio:

Vanessa Skye has always had a love of words and spent her school years writing poetry, speeches and fictional essays.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism and studying Psychology at Charles Sturt University, Vanessa got a job at Australia’s largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information, Rural Press, where she worked as a journalist in the Central West of NSW for four years.

Thousands of stories later, Vanessa decided to move back to Sydney and try her hand at public relations while studying a Master of Arts in Communication.

Skip forward a few years and Vanessa once again found herself joyfully studying various psychology subjects while managing a Sydney public relations firm. Enthralled with examining the motivations behind people’s actions, Vanessa realized what she really wanted to do in life was combine her love of words with her fascination for human behavior.

So Vanessa quit public relations to begin the significantly more impoverished life of a professional writer.

Inspired by a recurring dream, Vanessa wrote her crime fiction debut,The Enemy Inside, which challenges the concept of justice, asks if the need for vengeance sometimes justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from childhood abuse. The second book in this series, Broken, soon followed. In her spare time, Vanessa wrote a short story, The Piece, which was published in February 2012 by Dark Prints Press as a part of the ‘One That Got Away’ dark fiction anthology.

Vanessa now works as a freelance writer, lives in Sydney’s northern beaches and tries to immerse herself in salt water at least once a day.

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Edge of Darkness – A fantastic giveaway


The fourth part of my Edge of Darkness week brings forth an amazing giveaway.

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Vanessa and The Writers Coffee Shop have set up a rafflecopter giveaway for you to enter.

What are the prizes?

I am delighted to say that there are three amazing prizes in this giveaway.

Grand prize

A paperback boxed set of both books in the Edge of Darkness series. That’s The Enemy Inside and Broken.

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Runner-up

The runner-up prize is both books in eBook format. You will be able to sit down with your favourite eBook reader and delve into the wicked world Vanessa has created.

Second Runner up

This prize is an eBook copy of Broken.

How can you enter this amazing competition?!

Go to this link, it lays out a number of options for you to go into the draw to win (17 to be exact!).  So, head on over there and throw your hat into the ring for your chance to win one of these AMAZING prizes. The giveaway ends on February 28th!! Don’t miss out.

Stay tuned for my interview with Vanessa Skye!

Edge of Darkness – a glimpse inside Vanessa Skye’s mind


Part three of my Edge of Darkness week begins now…

I asked Vanessa Skye to write a guest post about her research style and how she perseveres through the hard slog that is being a writer. Here’s what she had to say.

Say Hi to Vanessa Skye.

Say Hi to Vanessa Skye.

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My ‘Edge of Darkness’ week – The Enemy Inside review


I blogged a couple of weeks ago about my best reads for 2013 and hinted at #1 being announced later.

Well, it’s later.

This post happens to coincide with a blog tour being run by the author (Vanessa Skye) and Publisher (The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House) to celebrate the release of the second book in Vanessa’s ‘Edge of Darkness’ series, Broken.

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So, without further ado, let’s commence our week of crime, cops and murder and delve into this Edge of Darkness week. Continue reading