by Traci L. Slatton


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Power is pornographic

Can love sustain light when the forces of evil close in?

Paris, 1939-1942. A fallen angel is trapped in the web of German occupation. The deadly noose of Nazi control grows ever tighter, ensnaring her and two of her lovers, a bullfighter and a musician working in the fledgling Resistance. Can she save them and the Jewish widow and her child that she has come to love, or will betrayal take them all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986061158
Publisher: Parvati Press
Publication date: 09/05/2014
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan, and her love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel IMMORTAL. BROKEN is a historical novel set in occupied Paris. THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR is a playful and suspenseful tribute to her delight in the Old Masters and rich passions. FALLEN is the first in a romantic trilogy set in end times permeated with love, loss, and strange psychic powers. COLD LIGHT furthers the dystopian tale begun in FALLEN, and FAR SHORE is Book 3 in this romantic cycle. THE ART OF LIFE, written with Sabin Howard, is a book about sculpture and the philosophy and history of art; DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE is her first book of poetry. THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE is a bittersweet romantic comedy that addresses the question: What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?

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Broken 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--BROKEN is an historical, fictionalized, paranormal storyline that focuses on a fallen angel known as Alia. In the weeks and months leading up to the Nazi occupation of Paris, France during WW II, Alia and her Bohemian friends party like no one is watching. Alia is a watcher-a fallen angel who can see what humans cannot-and a being who absorbs the essence and energy from the people around her. The storyline is awash in a considerable amount of historical fact and fiction. Beginning in 1939 Alia and her friends take full advantage of the Paris night life and everything it has to offer-plenty of alcohol, plenty of sex and a lifestyle acquainted with the rich, the famous and the infamous. But all too soon, the once fabled Fuhrer and his Nazi party take control of Paris while Alia and her friends must take refuge before their true identities and heritage are revealed.  Traci L. Slatton has written a storyline that is extensively detailed in both WWII and Holocaust history as well as religious overtones and Christian beliefs. Not only does a fallen angel find herself at the mercy of the Nazi party but she discovers that she is fallible to the party demands. The numerous secondary characters are Bohemian and aristocratic in nature-almost Bourgeoisie. Their artistic lifestyle sets the backdrop for a group of people (both famous and unknown) who believe they are excluded from the incoming hell only to realize, sometimes too late, that no one is safe from the storm. While Europe prepares for war, Alia and her friends wax philosophical the finer points of religion, politics and the Nazi Party. With the introduction of some real-life famous characters and artistes of the twentieth century the storyline spun in a decidedly different direction. One concern is the paranormal aspect of the storyline and the lack of any real connection to the actual premise. The supernatural element is secondary and does not add anything to the overall plot-it does not play a significant or important role in the overall presentation. Alia is a fallen angel whose human façade enjoys the pleasures of the flesh. Traci L Slatton is an amazing writer whose storylines are infinitely detailed with both fact and fiction; fantasy and reality. Her style of writing is intense; the historical research impressive; and the overall premise is a flight into the fantastic and unconventional.
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
Alia is a fallen angel living in Paris and facing a rapidly-changing world as the Nazis begin to take over. Grieving for her lost child, she's living the life of a human in a world that's being increasingly possessed by an evil, and enjoys both men and newfound friendships in this alien land: both of which are soon to change with the forces at work.  Ever hopeful of the winning power of love even under impossible situations, Alia nonetheless faces something she's never experienced, and finds her new life just as broken as the old one.  It's hard to neatly 'peg' this absorbing story: a little bit historical fiction, a dash of spirituality, some steamy romance, and philosophical self-reflection about the worth of individuals and their choices against evil forces - all this makes for a complex literary work that is a cut above your usual read, and recommended for any who want a moving saga of redemption, loss, renewal, and courage on the parts of man and angel alike.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Broken I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.  No other consideration was offered, expected or received. When Worldwind sent out the email for this one, I was immediately hooked by the cover (wow!) and the line "Power is pornographic" written on it.  The fact that there was a fallen angel involved during World War II just made it even more exciting for me and I was delighted when I finally had a chance to sit down and read it. It is a really powerful book - it's very interesting to see how things unfurl around her throughout the story, to see how a fallen angel lives - and her "relationship" with the Archangel Michael, as well as the people in her life, was something I enjoyed finding out more about.  The story, as a whole, was something you don't see out there and I enjoyed the different point of view on the war itself and how it effected people in France. Those are the reasons I loved the book and would recommend it to everyone.  And now for the reasons that I did not like it ... Alia.  Come sit down with me for a moment.  We need to talk.  When we start out the story, you were a little boring.  I'm not quite sure what you did that made me come to that conclusion, but then you entered the bar, and then the alley and, well, I just wanted to smack you.  YOU are a fallen angel having sex with a human, which is forbidden, in an alley.  An ALLEY!  Words like "perineum" and "décolletage" just seem out of place in that scenario.  "There is a stretch in my hip flexor and the deep inner muscle band of my psoas, that alchemical meeting ground of pain and ecstasy, melts.  The body ripples and stretches."  Really?  I'm not really a fan of sex scenes, but this one really seems medical, awkward and uncomfortable.  And it gets worse.  "I wipe off his spend with my hand and then scrape off my hand on the limestone wall."  How utterly lady-like. o_O  Later you think "...and the feel of his body, warm and solid, skin over fascia over muscle and bone, causes a hitch in my respiration."  Maybe it's just me... *shrugs*  I think I would have liked the book a whole lot more if the description of your trysts was just a little more believable.  Favorite line: "I have learned that people keep talking if you let them and silence squeezes forth the juice of the moment."
CarrieFulkVaughn More than 1 year ago
When I first read the blurb for Broken, I wasn't sure I was going to like the book. It is a paranormal story written during World War II in the occupation of France by the nazis. Alia is a fallen angel who takes advantage of sexual liberties and steals poetry written by the man whose home she took over when she fell.Minus: The paranormal aspect of the story honestly doesn't serve much purpose other than to give an easy answer to the ending. The angel Michael shows up at the beginning of the story and doesn't play much role until the end when he ties the end in a nice, neat little bow. The ending was disappointing to me for that very reason, especially since she set the ending to have a non-paranormal ending early in the book. The author uses the term "perineum" for what I assume to mean "mons". The perineum is the flesh between the anus and the vaginal opening. No one could curl their fingers around a perineum. The incorrect usage pulled me out of the story twice. The use of "penis" in the sex scenes pulled me out as well. Anatomical wordage doesn't make me think of sexy time. Then again, I have anatomical knowledge that I use on a daily basis.Plus: The author does an amazing job waltzing us through a very difficult, heavy period in time. Like the French of the time period, they go through life without worry until the roundups happened and pulled the Jews from their homes. The characterization and dialogue are excellent. The story is very well written and the cast of characters and the history included were definitely interesting. As long as you are not expecting a typical paranormal story, Broken will not disappoint. If you enjoy World War II historical, this is definitely worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 Stars- Intense, sensual, and heartrending BROKEN takes place in Paris under Nazi occupation. It's the story of a fallen angel named Alia as she becomes more and more human. She starts out as sort of selfish and carefree, though charming. Slowly she learns to care deeply about the people who become her adopted family, including Pedro the bullfighter, Suzanne her neighbor, Cecile the neighbor's daughter, and Josef the neighbor's brother. Things get worse and worse under the Nazis. There is betrayal, loss, and heart ache.