Fire Baptized

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Set in a caged habitat, where supernatural beings have been trapped by humans, the dark fantasy Habitat series follows Lanore as she solves mysteries while struggling for equality in the face of prejudice among supernaturals.

Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies—each supernatural species has ...

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Overview

Set in a caged habitat, where supernatural beings have been trapped by humans, the dark fantasy Habitat series follows Lanore as she solves mysteries while struggling for equality in the face of prejudice among supernaturals.

Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies—each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans. Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds; shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment. Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help as they fight for her attention. While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

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“Here we have characters who are strong and vulnerable, smart and emotional . . . This is the next best thing.”  —Pavarti K. Tyler, author, Two Moons of Sera

“Genre-bending awesomeness for paranormal and mystery lovers.”  —Susan Gottfried, author, Trevor's Song

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985023072
  • Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: Habitat series , #1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 992,199
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenya Wright is the author of Burning Bush and Incubus Hunter. She lives in Cutler Bay, Florida.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Exciting & Refreshing Read

    While running from the the local police (known in the habitat as habbies), Lenore stumbles upon a murder. Feeling guilty for not trying to help save the woman, she finds herself trying to probe into her death. While she hoped to discover the identity of the killer, she draws the killer's attention of the killer. She starts to receive gruesome gifts and Lenore knows that she must discover the identity of the killer before the people that loves becomes victims. Through all the adventure, Lenore finds herself in between to hunky Mixies, Zulu and Meshack. Meshack is her childhood friend and ex-boyfriend and Zulu is her good friend from the MFE movement.

    I loved this book!! It was so different that I couldn't help but disappear into this dark dingy world. At first, I was concerned about the world building, but I really had nothing to worry about. Ms. Wright slowly unveils a world of supernatural beings, racial tensions, and an imprisoned society. I loved the murder mystery. I figured out the murderer right before Lenore. The big reveal wrapped up pretty quickly but I was pretty satisfied; it wasn't to quick. There is a love triangle but unlike most series, Lenore makes her choice in the first book. Somehow I don't think her choice will stick but that's just my opinion. I thought it was interesting that both her boy choices were very similar in my mind. One was the militant leader of a movement and the other was a lead singer in a band who drove females crazy. But they seemed very similar. It might have been the high levels of testosterone and clothes ripping.

    A little warning...this story can be a bit graphic in terms of violence and sex. Though there aren't many sexual scenes, the descriptions of the make-out sessions are a bit higher on the graphic scale. This is definitely an adult book.

    I recommend this to any adult reader who wants to explore a refreshing read with wonderful world building and an exciting mystery and action.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    As a fan of the paranormal and urban fantasy genre I was excited

    As a fan of the paranormal and urban fantasy genre I was excited to discover this new series by Kenya Wright. As the start to a new series the premise is clearly defined and the worldbuilding is exciting and unique. Throw in a kick butt heroine, two sexy heroes, and a fast-paced and suspenseful murder mystery and you have a satisfying read from start to finish.

    Lanore Vesta is a Mixedblood creature capable of absorbing and throwing fire. As a Mixedblood she's always been looked down upon by those of Pureblood, but it doesn't stop her from fighting for equality for those of her kind. Through her work with the MFE she's introduced to the supremely sexy, and extremely radical, Zulu who throws her hormones into a tizzy. As if one sexy man weren't enough, Lanore lives with her childhood friend MeShack who's her ex-lover but still in love with her. She is perfectly compatible with each shifter, making for a difficult choice between the two. They both trust in her ability to take care of herself but don't hesitate in playing the hero without diminishing her capabilities. Throughout the story I found Lanore to be an extremely likable character willing to sacrifice herself to save others. She had a tough childhood but hasn't let it weigh her down. She's smart and strong and is the epitome of what I enjoy in a heroine.

    Zulu and MeShack are the perfect kinds of heroes. They're sexy, strong, and charming when need be. They both genuinely care for Lanore and would literally die for her. Seeing them verbally spar over her while outflexing each other leads to some humorous moments amidst the grisly sacrificial murders occurring. I look forward to seeing how this love triangle plays out now that an unexpected event occurred between Zulu and Lanore. And if MeShack needs any consoling, I hereby volunteer my services!

    The worldbuilding in this story is vividly unique and the class warfare occurring is very timely and relatable. The war between the races is just heating up and there's a sense that much blood will be shed as the series continues. I'm particularly worried about Zulu considering his radical political views and inability to think first before acting. Thank heavens he has Lanore as his second-in-command. As if the class warfare wasn't bloody enough, there's a sacrificial religious zealot on the loose. The murders are grisly and yet intriguing and the identity of the villain is kept well-hidden. The final confrontation between the murderer and Lanore is exciting and action-packed and leads to a rousing conclusion for the story.

    This was a satisfying story from start to finish amidst a world that was unique and full of memorable characters. I'm excited to see where things go not only on the political level but on the romantic level as well. I'm definitely excited to revisit this world and hope Ms. Wright writes quicker!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

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    great new author with a gripping paranormal book

    The time is 1970′s and the world is seperated into Humans and Paranormal. The paranormal live as second class citizens. All sorts of paranormal live in a community. They have various symbols to represent their race wings for fairies, full moon for vampires. Our main character is Lanore Vesta who is a mixed breed marked with a silver X on her forehead. She struggles to finish college and be the first supernatural being to do that. Her roomate is MeShack who is a Were-cheetah, he is also her ex-boyfriend. She also has a friend Zulu who wants to be more than a friend which Lanore has problems with as he is the head of the supernatural community and girls throw themselves at him.

    On her way home from College she witnesses a murder and doesn’t stop it. Now the murderer has her number leaving her a note on her apartment door which says “I see you too!” Her friend Zulu has a security guard a fairy to keep her safe. The Humans don’t investigate paranormal murders much they tend to drag their heels with them. The murder stems back to a previous string of murders committed. We also get to see the love triangel that Lanora has herself in with the men in her life.

    What a great start to a series, where things are not what they appear! I can’t wait to read her next book in this great series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

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    An action-packed, sexy, murder mystery

    Fire Baptized is an action-packed, sexy, murder mystery. There wasn't a moment in the book when I wasn't completely engaged. Lanore commanded my attention.

    The habitat is is a caged space where humans force supernaturals to live. Lanore is a Mixbreed, born of two different supernatural species. Like other Mixbreeds, she is an outcast among supernaturals, even within a city full of supernaturals cast out of the human world. As you can see from the cover art, Lanore's power is pyrokinesis. She creates and controls fire with her body.

    The first chapter is one large action sequence, which will appeal to you action lovers out there. Personally, I would have preferred a little time to breathe, but some might say that breathing is a bit overrated.

    Lanore witnesses a bloody murder committed by a supernatural killer. The bulk of the book is dedicated to Lanore's investigating the murder mystery. There are so many things that are fun about this book. It's an old-fashioned murder mystery with a new twist, and the primary investigator is a witty, fire-throwing rebel with two sexy guys close at her heels. Speaking of the guys, there are a couple of hot romantic moments in here, which definitely ups the fun the level yet another notch.

    An exciting read, yes, but this book also touches some serious issues. There's the whole bloody murder thing and chopped up body parts. But there are also issues of equality among members of humanity (or . . . um, supernaturals). The world that Kenya has created is full and complex, where Purebloods rule and Mixies sit in the back of clubs and use Mixbreed-designated restrooms. I'm excited for the next book, to see what else will happen in this amazing world.

    Read this book or Lanore will set you on fire.
    (You may have to read it to get that joke.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    Great Book. A page turner!

    Fire Baptized has a little bit of everything. Romance, Action, Mystery, and Drama. My favorite part of the book is the fantasy world the Kenya Wright created. The character are all supernaturals living imprisioned by the human that have defeated them. This is the most unique fantasy setting I have read in years. A must read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    THE book i got was a different cover and it was e book.The

    THE book i got was a different cover and it was e book.The book start off in Miami and then i live here and then i am in school and need book so i had to go to the campus store and steal it.
    I need it for my class and then now they are trying to stop me and i end up in a dark breeze walk and then someone try to rape me but i am not going to let them hurt me.
    You see a half and half i have power and when i get mad or upset the power come and go .As i get way i see thing that i do not want to see a kid need not to see Then murders i seen one but i did not now what it is but it killing and it might come after me but i have to stop it my brother is the only help i thought .

    YOU WILL IN JOY THE BOOK IF YOU LIKE SHAPE SHIFTER WERE OR OTHER THINGS UN NORMAL YOU LOVE THE BOOK THE COVER IS GREAT AND I ENJOY IT A LOT OF IT.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

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    Lanore Kicks Butt! This is not my first novel by Kenya Wright.

    Lanore Kicks Butt!

    This is not my first novel by Kenya Wright. And it will not be my last by a long shot.

    (Sigh) Love triangles are always so intriguing. I never have a problem reading about them. But I usually don't know who to root for or feel sorry for when both males have such interesting, strong qualities (and *cough cough* - major sex appeal). In this case, ex-boyfriend MeShack is a strong male with all the sex appeal you can muster up visually, and he knows it. Though I found him to be arrogant in that department, I recognized that there were some deep rooted feelings for Lanore, and they had a long history together. And then you have Zulu, who is equally appealing, but with an intensity that is so hard to resist. And both bad asses want Lanore.

    Though in some novels I am not sure why the female character gets so much damn attention, Lanore is all deserving. She is a strong female, for which I am glad. I generally enjoy strong females much more than the whinny, come-rescue-me types.

    This is a great thriller in any setting, but I thoroughly enjoyed Wright's original and imaginative world, where humans have forced supernatural beings into this caged city. Though the supernatural range is vast, it was easy to follow, and the focus was maintained to the main characters of this plot so there was no suffering from information overload for me. My thanks. I have a short attention span.

    Really excellent character development, and action packed from beginning to end. There was never a dull moment. Excellent debut!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Love triangle angst

    Another great urban fantasy ruined by a love triangle. I agree with other reviewers that there are enormous amounts of romance stories out there but not nearly enough paranormal/urban fantasy novels. Why have these angst ridden romances especially love triangles? It is irritating to think that a woman needs a love interest to make the story better. Even if I could see a relationship in the story why is it always angst ridden? Most of the time when there is a romance the female always makes stupid decisions as well. I know for a fact that there are many strong, intelligent women who make smart decisions in life. I want to read about those women. It would be so nice instead of wanting to slap the "heroine" of the story and drown her in a bathtub for being so stupid! This would have been a great urban fantasy if not for the love triangle tripe and the nonsense that goes with it.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

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    Urban Fantasy Murder Mystery. I received this book from the

    Urban Fantasy Murder Mystery.




    I received this book from the author, Kenya Wright.

    In a world where Humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities, Lanore Vesta – a Mixbreed – witnesses a brutal murder while returning home from school one night. Rather than report what she’s seen to the police, she races home to her apartment, hoping the killer didn’t notice her. Those hopes are destroyed when dead bodies start showing up in her apartment. Still unwilling to turn to the authorities, she enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend, MeShack, and Zulu, the leader of a revolutionary organization – Mixbreeds For Equality. They turn out to be as much of a hindrance as a help due to their constant sparring for Lanore’s affections. Despite the distractions they cause her, Lanore focuses on finding the killer before she becomes the next dead body. In the process, she begins to believe that solving the mystery may also be the key to achieving the equality she seeks.

    Fire Baptized could stand as a good murder mystery in any setting. Wright chose to weave it around a world in which supernaturals of different types exist within a strict caste system. In the process, she’s created beings who must learn to control their darkly powerful abilities and urges and cooperate with each other in order to survive – both individually and as a society. At times, I felt I was reading an urban fantasy and at others a murder mystery, but I always felt the unity of the two as a single story as well. The environment and characters are well-developed. One can sense the change in atmosphere from one part of town to another and the difference in the passions of the various characters.

    Fire Baptized is the first of the Habitat Series. I look forward to finding out what’s in store for Ms. Wright’s world in her next book.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    A 3.5star read at best. Lanore’s eking out an existence i

    A 3.5star read at best.

    Lanore’s eking out an existence in the poorest section of Santeria Habitat, one of the caged housing cities where super-naturals are forced to live. Even among the super-naturals there is a ranking class – and our spunky heroine is in the lowest of the low class - a mixed breed identifiable by the mandatory silver “X” marking. Lanore’s dream of one day graduating with a law degree and leaving a life of poverty & petty thievery (that she commits in order to maintain her sub-standard life style) is almost derailed when she witnesses a murder. Not only did she see the murderer; the murderer has seen her too. Of more immediate and perilous concern, the murderer knows where she lives.

    There is so much freshness to this origin story of an earthbound supernatural civilization that I’m heartbroken that I didn’t enjoy the story more. I love that the foundation varies from the standard fare. These supes aren’t secret. They don’t lounge in the lap of luxury they work for a living; their packs are their neighbors and their territory is the habitat where they happen to live. In addition to this remarkably detailed existence, Ms. Wright made a tolerable and realistic love triangle that actually made sense and for the most part likable characters for this world. Both lead males, MeShack & Zulu were handsome, desirable, strong and strongly written – I liked that the each had full lives not dependent on the estrogen portion of this triangle, Lanore. For me she was the weak link in the entire story – she was next door to pointless, let me count some of the ways. A college student with dreams that this is the way to a better life that doesn’t go to class!?! Lanore’s entire existence has become her obsession over witnessing violence to someone she had no connection to? (It was illogical to me) The obsession would have been plausible if it was a neighbor or classmate or a friend or even someone she saw regularly – but the victim was none of those things. Lanore’s entire life and world is among the supernaturals – there is no way she has no knowledge of the mating & claiming rituals. I could not justify a higher rating with Lanore being a critical character and the focal point of the triangle and not being better presented.

    While the journey to the end of the book was a tough one, I’m willing to try book 2. Here’s hoping things change for Lanore’s character if she is a recurring character.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

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    The Chain Will Not be Broken

    In a world where humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities, branded on their forehead to reveal what form of supernaturals they are. In the world of supernaturals it is even worse to wear an X, the mark of a mixed breed. No one knows this more than Lanore who wears the mark of the X. A quite reserved young college student, struggling and living with her ex-boyfriend, Meshack, a were-cheetah, Lanore’s life is forever changed the day she decides to steal a book she needs for school. Running from the police, she witnesses the murder of a young woman. Guilt begins to haunt Lanore as she begins to feel there is more she should have done to save the victim. When she goes on a hunt to find the killer, her life will never be the same. Dead bodies are appearing in her apartment, her ex and current boyfriend Zulu are two alpha males battling for her affection and she finds herself the target of apparent serial killer on the supernaturals habitat.

    Kenya Wright’s “Fire Baptized” is an intense, dark and gritty paranormal novel which addressed many real life issues. Covering racism, drug use, murder and crime, this story took off from the first chapter and kept going to the end. Figuring out the murderer was not an easy task and the mystery promises to keep the reader enthralled to the last word. With a few sexual scenes that border heated, I would caution young readers and those sensitive to such topics. I love paranormal and this story was no exception. I would definitely read other books in this series and other books written by this author.

    Reviewed by: Lashonda

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Fire Baptized is an intense book which is dark and gritty but st

    Fire Baptized is an intense book which is dark and gritty but still a fantastic read. From the very beginning of the book you are faced with real life situations such as shop lifting, murder, drug usage, and the list keeps going.

    Lanore, a mixed breed, is walking home one day only to witness a murder. The killer sees her and brings her into a twisted game. Will Lanore be able to figure out who the killer is before it is too late? Or will the body parts keep adding up at her apartment? This is a deadly game that she cannot afford to get wrong.

    Lanore has an interesting power that I don’t see very much in books. She has control over fire; she can harness fire from a nearby source (candle, etc.) or make it herself. Lanore can take care of herself, she is not afraid to use her power if she needs to. The book makes a few references to her hiding her power from others so she can use it as a surprise attack if needed. MeShack, her roommate, is part were-cheetah. He has trouble keeping his form when emotions are at a high. Zulu’s orgins I do not want to ruin for you guys, so you will have to read the book to find that tidbit out.

    There is quite a bit going on in the book. MFE is fighting for Mixies rights, since mixed breeds are second class citizens. Lanore is attending college, she will be the first Mixie ever to have gotten a degree if she is able to pass. The murderer is keeping tabs on Lanore, and leaving her little notes and bodies at her apartment. She is also trying to keep up and figure out who the killer is before he/she gets to her first.

    There is a love triangle in the books, which is fine by me, but will annoy some readers. Both of the men sound pretty sexy, and they both have alpha male personalities. MeShack is her childhood friend that she lives with and used to date. Zulu is the leader of MFE, the organization for Mixie rights that Lanore helps. They each have their own strengths and I will be interested to see which man she winds up with.

    The book is pretty well written, and it kept my interest. I think my favorite part of the book was the fact that I was unable to tell who the killer was. All in all, I am happy that I got the chance to read this book.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    Exciting and Unique! Fire Baptized really takes a whole differen

    Exciting and Unique!
    Fire Baptized really takes a whole different perspective at the entire paranormal world. I liked this book quite a bit, it drew me in from the first page and I was interested the entire way through. The female protagonist is Lanore, who is a mixbreed supernatural being. Most importantly, she can create fire, which is totally awesome. She lives in Santeria, which is pretty much a caged city holding all supernatural beings in one place while regular humans live on the outside. It’s gritty and raw, and everything just seemed electric. Kenya Wright even goes further and defines districts in Santeria, she gives you fantastic details and you really feel like you are right there. Interesting fact: all supernatural beings have a brand that shows what kind of being they are, and mixbreeds (like Lanore) have a silver “X” on their forehead.

    One night when Lanore is on her way home she witnesses a murder. A really horrible murder. And even worse, the killer sees her. There are some really gruesome things in this story, but they are written about in such a way that it isn’t stomach churning.

    This book is really a treat because there is this storyline about the murder, and Lanore’s witness of it. She is trying to find the murderer, who is also taunting her and obviously knows more of her than the other way around. But aside from that, you also get a bit of romance in the form of a triangle between Lanore, Meshack, and Zulu. MeShack is the were-cheetah she has known since she was a child. They’ve been in a relationship and it didn’t work, but there is still definite feelings and chemistry there. Zulu is also a mixbreed, and the leader of the MFE (Mixbreeds For Equality). He has some serious feelings for Lanore, and she definitely feels something back. But life with Zulu would mean a lot of danger; rallies, rebels and revolutionaries trying to change life for mixbreeds within Santeria.

    Personally, I am pulling for MeShack. I love a good shapeshifter, and he has all of those alpha qualities that I love to read about in books. He is fiercely protective of Lanore, strong and cunning. I can’t tell you who she picks, obviously, but I can tell you it is a treat to watch how it all plays out.

    The characters were all very well developed and you get enough history on each to really feel like you know them. The storyline is pretty awesome in itself, and the action really packs a punch when it needs to. Even better, there are quite a few surprises along the way that keep the whole book entertaining and fresh, keeping your intrigue every step of the way. This is the sort of book I would absolutely love to be made into a movie with some great special effects. I would love to see Santeria and all of its inhabitants come to life. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, a bit of horror, a bit of romance, and a whole lot of supernatural and paranormal.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

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    I was intrigued by this story. I wanted to read about a female v

    I was intrigued by this story. I wanted to read about a female version of the Human Torch. I admit I'm somewhat of a Sci Fi geek. I liked Lanore. She has the ability to make fire to protect herself but unlike the Human Torch she doesn't flaunt that ability. She witnesses a murder that murderer is targeting her now.

    The author created an interesting story line that continue to develop as the story unfolded. The characters were well developed. There were many twists to this story that will keep the reader interested but in the end it was too urban for me.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

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    **** Four Stars for a Good Read "Fire Baptized" by K


    **** Four Stars for a Good Read

    "Fire Baptized" by Kenya Wright was a good mystery, romance, paranormal and fantasy thriller...even a little comedy .... all in one good read. This novel is definitely one that is hard to put down once you start reading. The setting is in Miami surrounded by a military base that take you straight into loads of action that is kept going constantly until the end.

    Being a Mixedblood (half Fairy) creature Lanore Vesta(LaLa) could absorb and throw fire and was looked down on by those of the Pureblood. Lanore is confronted with a killer on a rainy night on the way home and her life takes many twist and turns as she tries to solve the killings that is going on in the Supernatural District. A note is left on Lanore door. Who had killed Carmen and Candy? Would Lanore head up an investigation? Lanore was definitely the Heroine who was one tough character. You will only have to pick up this novel and see for yourself.

    Between Lanore's childhood friend and roomate MeShack (ex-Lover) and ZuZu who was a sexy radical friend... for they both were kinds of heros in this story. They were indeed strong, charming, very sexy, had special gifts and both really cared for Lanore.. for they would even die for her. Now just who would Lanore choose? Was this a love triangle?

    With the war that was going on between these races this story from the start to the finish was full of some real unforgettable characters....Lanore, MeShack, ZuZu, Ray, Carmen, Larry, Roxy, Candy, Detective Rivera, Star, Pike, Iron Dove, Goldie, Gabe, Benji, Miss Vesta, Dante, Nona, Quinn, Wendy, and Angel ..... the list goes on
    presenting Fairies, Pixies, Shifters, Supes, Vamps, Mixies and Werewolfs and more. All were really a very interesting bunch of characters! Be ready for an interesting good read.

    The author uses a lots of imagination in presenting this story. The details were off the chart in many ways. There was much research done by the author to bring this story to us. For the plot was well developed and this was one that I was unable to figure out until the end just who was this murderer was. Good job! It was very interesting seeing Lanore figure things out and ultimately save the day.

    "Fire Baptized" was defintely an adult novel due to some of its themes and graphic scenes sex, volence and language ... but...still a good read. I also thought the Book Cover was interesting to look at! (those flames)... If you are into the supernatural this read would be for you.
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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    A fun and entertaining read!

    A thrilling story from start to finish. Wright creates a singular paranormal realm simply referred to as the Habitat, where our protagonist, Lanore, a troubled part demon, part fairy 'Mixedblood,' is confronted with a killer on her way home one rainy evening. From there her life is turned upside down as she tries to solve who is killing innocent 'Supernaturals' in her District, while trying to guard herself and those she loves. The story moves at a perfect pace, has natural humor and dialogue, great detail, and non-stop action. And the love story was rocky, complicated yet sweet - a great combo! I'll definitely be reading more from this author!

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Entertaining, fast paced and fun, but graphic and little depth

    Ever since I read the description of this book I was really excited to start reading. Was I disappointed? Not really. Was I surprised? A little.

    This book is fast-paced and never lacks action. It starts when Lanore, half demon and half fairie, runs from the police straight into a ceremonial murder. She isn’t hurt, but now the murderer knows who she is and soon she begins to receive messages via dead bodies. Not fun for her. Now she’s taken it upon herself to find the serial killer, along with the help of her ex-boyfriend were-cheetah, MeShack, and rebel leader Zulu.

    Ms. Wright has created a fantastic world. It takes place in a slum habitat for supernaturals, placed in Miami and surrounded by a military base. Within the habitat, classes have formed. Pure bred supernaturals are the high society and mixed breeds, or mixies, are shunned as the scum of the supernatural world. There are fairies, were-animals, demons, and pretty much any other mythical creature you can think of. She does it in a very unique way…even though fairies and werewolves aren’t exactly new, Ms. Wright makes them completely her own.

    The thing that surprised me was the language and graphic sex. Now, I’m not very touchy about such things, and while I found it often unnecessary, it didn’t offend me; but if you’re someone who is bothered by foul language or graphic sex…you won’t like this book, because it is everywhere.

    The book did wrap up rather fast. Most of the book is spent hunting down this supernatural serial killer, and then at the end the final fight between Lanore and the killer only lasts a few pages. A well written few pages, but I feel like the killer should have been smart enough to give Lanore a bit of a harder time, considering all the things the killer had pulled off up to that point.

    There’s also quite a bit of romance in this book. That and the language is what took my rating down from four stars to three. I’m not a huge fan of romance, and while many girls seem to want every male character to be beautiful with rock hard abs and sexy eyes, I find it irksome. Don’t get me wrong…the characters were unique, especially with their supernatural powers. But must we point out the men’s muscles every time we see them? I realize, especially in this genre, love triangles with two sexy guys are what many people want; and if you do, then you will probably love this book. They just aren’t my thing. I am thankful at least that Lenore was a strong character and not dependent on or submissive to her male counterparts.

    Despite those few drawbacks, the action kept me reading and I do plan to read the second when it comes out. Ms. Wright has her own unique style of writing. It is simple, to the point and it keeps the action going constantly. The story wasn’t mind-blowing and I didn’t learn any moral lesson or explore any deep facet of human nature in it; but I could have sat down and read this entire book in one setting if I’d had the time. Overall, an entertaining read with a bit of shock value to it. Unless you really hate cussing, sex or love triangles, you’ll most likely really enjoy this book.

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