Before the Witches: An Original Novella

Before the Witches: An Original Novella

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by Karina Cooper
     
 

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In America, they didn’t care about witches. But all that was about to change.

Katya Zhuvova fled a country that fearedher gifts, but her escape to Seattle left her at themercy of a ruthless man. With no one left toturn to, Katya hatches a desperate escape plan.Undercover Detective Nigel Ferris is determinedto bring down a prostitution ring, whatever the

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In America, they didn’t care about witches. But all that was about to change.

Katya Zhuvova fled a country that fearedher gifts, but her escape to Seattle left her at themercy of a ruthless man. With no one left toturn to, Katya hatches a desperate escape plan.Undercover Detective Nigel Ferris is determinedto bring down a prostitution ring, whatever the cost.In order to get the answers he needs, he attemptsto win the trust of one of the prostitutes involved—but one look at the deceptively sultry Katyaand the cool, objective cop disappears.Before either can put their plans into place,Mother Nature shrugs: a cataclysm rocks Seattle,and life is turned upside down.

Brought together by chance, Nigel and Katyaare in the fight for their lives. Surrounded by deathand fear, shattered by immeasurable loss, they have only a bond forged in fire to cling to as they struggleto survive in a world gone straight to hell.

Editorial Reviews

Joyfully Reviewed
“If you like dramatic, highly intense, passionate novels Before the Witches is for you! Before the Witches is a pulse-pounding, breath-stealing nonpareil feat! I’ll be impatiently waiting for the next story in this incredible series!”
Parajunkee's View
, “BEFORE THE WITCHES was edge-of-the-seat good and I couldn’t stop reading until I was finished.”
Thoughts of a Scot
“WOW! What an absolutely fantastic start to this series…it packs a punch and a half in there. Karina rips the world as we know it apart.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062105172
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Series:
A Dark Mission Novella
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
641,112
File size:
488 KB

Meet the Author

Born from the genetic mash-up of lesser royalty, storytellers, wanderers and dreamers, Karina Cooper was destined to be a creative genius. As a child, she moved all over the country like some kind of waifish blonde gypsy and learned how to adapt to the new cultures her family settled in. When she (finally) grew up, she skipped the whole genius part and fell in love with writing Paranormal Romance because, really, who doesn't love hot men and a happy ending?

When she isn't writing about things that go bump in the night, Karina designs Steampunk and neo-Victorian couture for gentleman hobbyists and ladies of questionable reputation. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, three cats, one rabbit and a passel of adopted gamer geeks.

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Before the Witches 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
He's an undercover cop. She's a prostitute. They couldn't have anything in common, could they? The author caught my attention with this novelette because of her subject matter. She set the story in Seattle and then added of the most catastrophic events that can be imagined for the west coast - an earthquake that would run up the San Andreas Fault and drop parts of the coastline into the sea. You'd have tsunamis, volcanoes blowing, and total chaos as people tried to escape. This is a very real fear if you live in the area. I grew up in Washington and they speak of it as "The Big One". So her story premise caught my eye right away. Then she added an undercover cop, a prostitute who isn't exactly what she seems, human traffickers and more to the story. You get caught up in the story and can't wait to see where it's going next, who might escape the disaster, who doesn't and what's left when it's over. It's not a happily ever after story, but it is one example of how things could happen. Nigel is trying to protect Katya and figure out just who and what she is. Katya has run because the people of her country called her a witch. Both characters are strong and willing to do what they need to survive, even if their personal losses hurt their hearts. Survival stories fascinate me. Watching an author's vision of how they think people will behave and how cut-throat survival can become can be enlightening. Ms. Cooper's vision appears to be spot on. This is a fast paced story with lots of drama and hope for the future, even if the future might not look like the present. Grab a copy and then hang on to your seat -- it's a thrilling read. Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
If the making of this prequel novella of the upcoming debut of Blood of the Wicked was to entice and make us itch for the start of this series, Cooper has done it! Wow!! We are introduced to Ekaterina Zhuvova aka Katya, a witch who can read people well and have visions, and Nigel Ferris, a Seattle cop. Nigel has been investigating Mikoyan who runs brothels around the area and he has been working hard to shut them down. At the same time, strange earthquakes are happening all over the world. Volcanos are erupting and ash clouds are descending upon unsuspecting towns. It is literally, the end of the world. Nigel meets Katya on one of his raids and they are thrust together in this do or die situation as they try to survive this apocalypse. Fast paced on-the-edge of your seat read. The smoldering romance between Katya and Nigel will have you fanning yourself. This novella has it all wrapped up in a tiny package and leaves you anticipating Cooper's Dark Mission novels
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
I had trouble at first getting into this story. I just felt it was to much story in a very little page count. After awhile I found my way and was able to enjoy it. That is until the author started to set up the story line for the books that follow. When I hit that part the tears came. There are a few tug at the heart moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the quick toe dip into this world. Looking forward to reading more.
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KnitKicky More than 1 year ago
One-dimensional. unbelievable plot and character action.