Romancing the Null

Romancing the Null

by Tina Gower


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There are three kinds of lies. Lies the fates spin as half truths. Lies of destined love. And statistics.

As a fateless, Kate Hale is immune to the first two, but the third kind of lie is her profession. After spending years as an actuary for the Traffic Department, Kate is promoted to Accidental Death Predictions. It's all she's worked toward, and her career is finally on track. But when an oracle delivers an impossible death prediction and insists on her help to solve the case, she might lose any chance of impressing the brass.

Her only hope comes in the form of the police liaison assigned to her department, latent werewolf Ian Becker. Becker can grant her the clearance to find answers, but he's a wild card with a shady past who doesn't play well with others.

Every prediction has a loophole, but if Kate can't solve the case before the crime is fated to occur she won't just lose her job-she'll have the blood of an oracle on her hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530042616
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/13/2016
Series: Outlier Prophecies , #1
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tina Gower grew up in a small community in Northern California that proudly boasts of having more cows than people. She raised guide dogs for the blind, is dyslexic, and can shoot a gun or bow and miraculously never hit the target (which at some point becomes a statistical improbability). Tina also won the Writers of the Future, the Romance Writers of America® Daphne du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense (paranormal category), and was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® (writing as Alice Faris). She has professionally published several short stories in a variety of magazines. Tina is represented by Rebecca Strauss at DeFiore and Company.

You can find Tina at: (blog) and (author website)

Twitter: @TinaGower

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Romancing the Null (The Outlier Prophecies, #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Steven Frye More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy, and I am voluntarily reviewing this book. What if you knew the exact moment you were going to die? Would you try to save yourself? In Romancing the Null, Kate Hale finds herself sitting across from Jack Roberts, who knows he’s supposed to die and wants to hire Kate to stop it from happening. But Jack is mistaking her for someone else; he doesn’t know it’s Kate’s first week in the Accidental Death Predictions department, despite what Kate says. His life is now in her hands, but Kate knows she cannot do this on her own. After all, Kate is just a fateless human, and Jack is an oracle. Kate takes the matter to the police, and that’s how the latent werewolf Ian Becker finds himself taking the case. Moody, wild, and slightly shady, Becker isn’t exactly the person Kate feels like she can rely on in the beginning. But together can they save Jack’s life? This book was exactly what I felt like I needed to read lately. You know that moment as a reader where you just crave a specific genre or adventure? That’s what this was for me. It had mystery, romantic tension, and humor thrown in at the best moments. It threw you right into the story, which didn’t bother me in terms of processing the world that Gower had created—but apparently it has bothered some other people, so take note of that if you want to read it. I really look forward to the next book to see how the world builds up even more. Characters: Kate Hale – I’m proud to say that Kate is a female who doesn’t whine and annoy me to death! While she can have moments where she becomes frantic (she’s got a guy’s life in her hands after all!) and doubts herself, she’s overall a very strong woman. She can keep her cool under pressure and she tends to calculate how to approach things. But you see her growth throughout the story as she becomes more comfortable with herself and gains some confidence. Her character development was well done, in my opinion. Ian Becker – Accurately described in the book as a hippy, vegetarian werewolf. Not the kind of werewolf that shifts, but he’s got the qualities of a werewolf (personality-wise) due to the blood in his veins. It makes his role as a police officer very fitting. He’s loyal, determined, focused, and he won’t drop a case until he figures it out. (He’s a dog with a bone!) He can be reckless and wild, which is very contrasting to Kate, and I love him. Becker easily pulls your heartstrings and you can’t help but fall for him. Jack Roberts – An oracle with a death threat against him whose fate relies on two complete opposites to swallow their pride and work together? You can’t help but feel bad for Jack throughout the story. He’s so unsure about everything, and he’s just kind of stumbling about hoping things will work out for him. Ali Hale – Kate’s cousin and a witch. I don’t know what this story would have been like without Ali. She was the epitome of comic relief who knew exactly how to embarrass the stoic and calculating mind of Kate. I loved every minute she was included because of how honest and blunt she was. She was definitely one of my favorite characters. Overall: I read this book in two days and hated myself when I had to put it down. It kept me interested throughout the entire story. I was emotionally invested in these characters and their fates, and Gower created a world that I really enjoyed exploring as I continued reading. I can’t wait for the next installment of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting and unique take on urban paranormal fantasy. This is a mystery with plenty of action and a bit of clean romance. Some interesting characters sure to please and a likable and realistic heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's fun to have a book that subverts expectations in almost every way (except the romance. Then again, I thought they'd be together by the end, so, point to the author I guess?) Definitely worth the read, just wish it were longer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Is a really interesting world. The concept is very cool and the author does a brilliant job building the world and introducing characters with complete back stories without info dumps. This reminds me a lot of Rachel Morgan, definitely worth the read I'd you are an urban fantasy fan.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review This was a good story driven book where the characters try and solve a murder that hasn't taken place yet. I enjoyed it and thought the concept was very original with the focus on oracles and their predictions. It just felt that at times something was missing, not sure what. It feels almost rushed with how much happens in so little time and slow at first when they mostly do paperwork. I liked the characters well enough, but would've liked a bit more focus on the characters and getting to know them. There is a hint of a possible romance, which seemed promising. The world building was probably my favorite aspect with how unique this world was. It's really thought through and the oracles and prediction influence how society works. It just felt like there was a bit too much at times, as there's also magic and paranormal creatures and there's hardly time to explore that. Which is also a good thing as else it probably would've been too much for one book. All in all this was a promising start to the series and I am looking forward to continuing this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch out world, there's a strong new voice in the writing universe and her name is Tina Gower. This story grabs you from line one and doesn't let go. You're instantly immersed in this world which Gower makes as real as the one we inhabit. Great characters, unique story and a flow that pulls you right through to the end. I can't wait for the next in the series.