November 18

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DamselNotbannerDamsel NotIn the days of old, one knight fought to save the maiden he loved – a battle that ended in a bloody promise for the future.

In the days of the 21st Century, Izz doesn’t believe in prophecies. A recent widow, she struggles to find the passion that once fueled her life – a passion that is reignited the day a knight in disguise cuts into her life in a flash of swordplay and seductive grins.

Izz doesn’t want to love him. The guilt of moving on nearly crushes her, yet she finds herself unable to resist the touch, the feel, the scent of the man who leaves her breathless with just one look. But each day Izz finds herself drawn to Cade, the more danger she finds herself in, for someone believes Izz to be at the center of an ages-old prophecy – and will do anything to stop it.

When threatening messages turn even more dangerous, Izz must rediscover a part of herself she’s never known before and fight to save her knight in shining armor. With only a sword passed down throughout the generations to guide her, Izz must prove to her adversary that unlike maidens of old, she will never be a damsel in distress.

Kristina Circelli's first contemp romance with a slight touch of fantasy, for readers 18+

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I'm a huge fan of Kristina Circelli, her writing style is so smooth and she always draws me in. My daughter is a huge fan too but she is ten so I made her skip this one. I loved the idea of mixing contemporary with fantasy. Sometimes I'm wary of contemporaries if I haven't read one by the author before but Kristina did a great job. She avoided cliques and all of the things that annoy me.  Cade is a gentleman, he isn't broken or a jerk like in so many other contemps and I REALLY appreciated it. Izz was very believable too and her group of friends really made this story.

Damsel Not was actually pretty fantastic. I started reading it at the Dr's office and the first chapter had me bawling. I felt everything Izz felt. and I identified with her. She is a strong character and she isn't flippant. When she falls for Cade you understand her guilt about it since she had lost her husband and felt like she was betraying him. This was beautifully written and I didn't want to put it down.

If I hadn't read the author before I wouldn't have picked this book up and I would have missed out on an amazing story. The cover does nothing for me and it certainly doesn't do anything for the book inside. This is one of those don't judge a book by its cover.

If you enjoy a good well written story that you won't want to put down I suggest getting this. I hope the author decides to write more contemporaries too. Click over to Amazon and check out the author's over works..

Meet the author:

kristina-2Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby.

Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients.

She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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