My Familiar Stranger (Knights of Black Swan, Book 1)

My Familiar Stranger (Knights of Black Swan, Book 1)

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by Victoria Danann
     
 

BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE Series of 2013 - Reviewer's Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, brings us a complex, unique, and wonderfully heartwarming odyssey that begins with this story. In a matter of minutes Elora Laiken lost everything familiar. She escaped death by being forced into an

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BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE Series of 2013 - Reviewer's Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, brings us a complex, unique, and wonderfully heartwarming odyssey that begins with this story. In a matter of minutes Elora Laiken lost everything familiar. She escaped death by being forced into an experiment that left her in another world where modern day knights, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and fae became her allies, friends and family. She discovered a place where adventure intersects fairytales, where honor converges with ideals, and she learned that love can find you in the strangest places, when you're least expecting it, even when you're far, far from home.

"...my god is this spectacular!!!" - Quote the Raven

"If I could write like this I would never do anything else…" - Books, Books, and More Books

"...a breath of fresh air to the vampire genre." - Coffee Addicted Writer

"...well-crafted, you aren't 100% certain that the world described is not just outside your door." - Booked and Loaded

"This book was a ride!" - Between the Bind

"... this book had it all." the Paranormal Romance Guild

"...wonderfully engrossing with just a dash of science fiction that grabbed me from page one and didn't let go!" - Bitten by Paranormal Romance

"...horrors, villains and true love that will keep the pages turning till the very end leaving you wanting more, but satisfied!" - Addicted to Reading

"...enthralled with the well-written storyline, and disappointed when the book came to the end." - Vampire Romance Books.com

"My advice …. GET THE BOOK!! This book has EVERYTHING!! Nerd Girl

"A great read, well written and great characters." - CBLS Tours/Sun Mountain Reviews

Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK

DESCRIPTION... Minutes ahead of inevitable assassination, Elora Laiken is forcibly transported to an alternate dimension similar, but not identical, to her own. She is stranded. Alone. Far from home. A stranger in a "strangish" land.

If you love romance, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, strong female leads, alpha males and complex storylines, this series is right for you. 17+

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045052818
Publisher:
Victoria Danann
Publication date:
04/19/2012
Series:
Knights of Black Swan , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
6,134
File size:
636 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, writes cross-genre paranormal romance with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. Her heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. Her heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners - usually - whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires. The first book of the Knights of Black Swan Paranormal Romance Series, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by both Reviewers' Choice and Readers' Choice Awards. All of my books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards. For books published in 2013, Black Swan won three awards. 1. Best Paranormal Romance Series 2. Best Paranormal Romance Novel - A SUMMONER'S TALE 3. Best Vampire~Shifter Novel - MOONLIGHT. If you're interested in Victoria personally, she is also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock music. She's the utility player which means she plays rhythm guitar, keyboards, sings back ups and a few leads. Her band has covered everything (note for note) from Styx to Led Zepellin to Rush. She lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and a very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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My Familiar Stranger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 325 reviews.
VictoriaDanann More than 1 year ago
I admit to author bias. I wrote it and I like it a lot. So much to that I have read it several times SINCE it was published. This is the first book of a series that is also a serial. In other words, while My Familiar Stranger can be read as a stand alone novel, every subsequent volume will build on characters and situations presented here. Whenever you encounter a twist or turn in the reading, know that the same thing took place with the writing. I began the writing with one book in mind and ended up with something else because the headstrong characters took on life, voice, and demands of their own. Hope you enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read! The writing and editing are very well done, thank goodness! The character build up is great. It is a long book at about 700 pages but I didn't want to put it down! My Familiar Stranger is officially on my "tell everybody" list! I cannot wait to read more about these characters!! Keep up the great work Victoria!! Thank you!
mbcrandell More than 1 year ago
The author did an outstanding job with her tale! The book engaged me from the first page and didn't let me go until the last page. The storyline was a very good one and subsequently I wanted to see the main character suceed with her wishes. I got that and more. The love interest was icing on the proverbial cake. It was a very special love story wrapped into an ever bigger story. The ending gave me even more in satisfaction. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who's searching for the special story to read.
shekinah_annora More than 1 year ago
Imagine sitting in a meeting of vampire/supernatural hunters, at a facility very few people have any idea exists, debriefing because of the loss of a team member. Now imagine having a bloody mess land at your feet out of thin air, so badly damaged you can't tell what it is, even when it opens its eyes and holds its hand out to you seeking help. . This book has a woman from a parallel dimension land in the midst of the famous vampire hunters, The Order of the Black Swans, Company B, or Bad Company, as they have come to be called due to their reputation for getting the job done. Her trip through the dimensions left her barely alive, looking like she took a trip through a meat grinder. She faced certain death had she not been sent through, as the castle she grew up in was being attacked. Her tutor and protector pushed her through only moments before being overrun. While this story does have romance and some steamy scenes, they are not overly graphic nor do they fill the whole story line. The book is still are best suited for those over the age of 18+. This book is more romance than erotica, and a little more adventure than romance. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!! Would love to read the others in the series why are they not available for the nook. It is very dissapointing to finish a really enjoyable book a book that makes you want to ignore all your other responsibilities and find the rest of the series are not available :-( this author really captured my interest I was totally absorbed and couldn't wait to get back to it when I was forced to put it down. Please tell me the other books will be available soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just.........wow! Great story line, character development, and imagination. There were some places if I had edited for tense and phrasing I might have changed but otherwisw well written. I enjoyed this tremendously, thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the fast pace! Ready to get to the next nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot, meaning probably 250 to 300 ish books per year. I rarely give a 5 star score but was truly tempted in this case. So romantic, different in the paranormal bent and also h o t! Thank-you for a great time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fresh, and offered something new. It gave a different concept on paranormal books. I liked it a lot, and it kept me enthralled. It was lengthy, but thats greatfor a free book. I do wish there could have been more action. I will read the other books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This clever story spins around the experiences of Elora, the human whose sudden interdimensional travel results in overcoming physical and emotional trauma to build her new life in a parallel dimension which has some major differences from her previously known world, including a sexy elf and his team of vampire hunters. Fun characters, including a strong female lead, and so many scenes that made me smile or even laugh out loud. Totally fun romp with a fresh take on Vampire lore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a great new series so it took a little time to introduce everyone and set things in motion. But the writing is tight and the characters are all unique. I fell a little bit in love with each one. But again, beautiful beefy boys with hearts of gold (and who knew elves could be so cheeky).... decisions decisions decisions. Cant wait to read the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this as a free book and could not be more pleased. Definately one of my new favorite authors and I look forward to reading more. An imaginative twist to both science fiction and fantasy combined.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book of the Black Swan series because it sounded interesting and it was free. I purchased the rest of the 6 books because the writing was so good I didn't have a choice! Join the crowd if you're smart before she becomes as well known as J R Ward and we won't be able to afford her books any more. Meanwhile enjoy the wonderful characters and plots. Even though there are tense situations the humor is so good you'll be laughing out loud and people around will be looking at you with a raised eyebrow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rough. It is not unusual in a book to have multiple POVs. But the way that this was handled in My Familiar Stranger was very rough. The author made frequent jumps between characters, rarely with any break to signal the transition and often in the middle of a scene. It made for a confusing read that required backtracking to figure out who had been speaking/reacting in that moment. The main character's reactions were often unrealistic. In the very beginning of the book, she goes through an extremely brutal change in life. However, the character does not seem very affected by these events, beyond a few moments where the author stated that the character had been quiet or pensive without actually showing these moments through the character. The action of the book was very slow to build and concluded with far too little conflict. A character is put in danger only to have that danger resolved by the end of the page. The reader barely has time to worry for the characters before there is a rescue that takes little effort to accomplish. Backstory is thrown in at odd places, providing a brief history that removes the reader from the story in order to explain something that will come next. These moments were jarring and mostly unnecessary. The style of the writing was interesting, but felt more like someone telling a story, with strange side notes that added little to the scene. The reader is told what is happening without ever being allowed to actively connect with a single character. With an inability to connect, the characters became flat. In a story that seem to want to be character based, this can be less than satisfying. It also left the developing love interests between the characters unappealing. HOWEVER! The premise of My Familiar Stranger is very intriguing. Parallel dimensions, with worlds and people that are just slightly different from ourselves. It made for some truly amusing story points. I found enough in the book, despite its rough edges, to want to read the next book. *Originally posted on goodreads
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.99 stars WORTH READING... Total Pages: 773; Story Pages: 724; free e-book What a fabulous story! This one blends sci-fi & paranormal with a little romance in a whole new way. I loved the whole dimensional thing with this one. Will definitely be looking for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a romance style book this one is short on the sex, at least compared to most these days, but you find yourself not minding because you get caught up in the story and want to know the characters. Girl in a guys job, guys wanting girl and vampires killing innocents. I liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very pleasantly surprised by the plot twists in this full-length novel. I would think this was going one way with a gothic/magic feeling to it, then it morphed into a secret service of warriors in an urban fantasy sort of way. It skirted the edges of being a love story at times and I will HAVE to get the next book to find out how that plot string goes. I liked it so much that I suggested it to a very picky friend of mine and she has reported that she loves it. I recommend this book to readers of paranormal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best story I've read in a while just wish I could find the other books in the series on my nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I was turning pages till the very end!
Hippy_Fantasy_Reader 18 days ago
OMG Could not put it down. Very interesting characters and a very different story line. The story starts in an Earth type world and moves to another slightly different Earth type world with vampire (the plural of vampire is vampire) and government agents called knights. This is suitable for young adults with some language and mild sex scenes. My only wish is for the rest of the series be made available for Nook.
Anonymous 4 months ago
RomanticRenay 9 months ago
This is an engrossing, enjoyable read with a little bit of everything; sci-fi, vampires, elves, yes hot men, very strong heroine, love triangles, and a ton of humor. To save her life, Elona was thrown into an alternate dimension. She comes through a beaten mess. Not having any idea of what she is, the secret order wanted her dead, all except one person. As she heals, she learns that in this alternative world there was another like her, but she died as a child. She learns there are vampires and one has a particular interest in her. She also learns she has enhanced abilities. Bonding with the order of the black swan, she sees a place for her, but the Order is not sure they want a girl to join. 18+++ It is more romance than erotica, and a little more adventure than romance.
beckyb0416 10 months ago
An author who develops the characters with so much personality, you feel you know them personally...or wish you could. This first book in the Order of the Black Swan series introduces the reader to a whole new world of dimensions that grabs you from the first page. You'll find yourself laughing and crying along with the characters because you feel so connected to them.
Epiphany 10 months ago
Victoria Danann has created a magical story beginning with "My Familar Stanger". There is a secret society, knights, berserker, vampires, possible alien, and a true love story. With all of this, Ms Danann takes us on an intriguing journey that you will not want to end. But have no fear the story continues...with "The Witch's Dream". "My Familiar Stranger" is a must read for all paranormal romance readers. Sit back and enjoy the ride.[[ASIN:B007V8RAKW My Familiar Stranger - Romancing the Vampire Hunters (Black Swan 1)
bobbikinion 10 months ago
When I read this book it was the first time I had heard of this author and was excited to see what her story had to tell. I was not disappointed in the least. This book took me on an emotional roller coaster and nothing in this book was predictable. I fell in love with all the characters and their different personalities especially Elora's. Elora had me laughing out loud more often than not. On to the next book in this series can't wait. I would and have recommended this book to all reader's looking for a different twist on the paranormal.