June 21, 2013

Spotlight on: Seven Seals Series by Traci Douglass

Seal Of Destiny
Seven Seals Series Book One
Traci Douglass

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Number of pages: 263
Word Count: 70,000

Book Description:

Love conquers all… but can it stop the Apocalypse?
Mira Herald is having the worst life ever.  Not only is she plagued by horrific nightmares starring the Devil himself, she’s now the target of a power-hungry, rogue minion, freshly sprung from Hell and bent on her destruction.  To complicate matters further, she’s acquired a stalker. One who insists he’s a divine warrior sent for her protection because she houses an ancient relic with the power to unleash Armageddon. Last time Mira checked, she wasn’t insane. Still, all this celestial mayhem is enough to drive a girl crazy.
Kagan is a member of the Scion, an elite team of immortal warriors selected by Divinity to aid mankind and save the world. After a century alone, Kagan is summoned for a new mission. He’s eager to begin. Eager until he’s informed his mission consists of protecting a woman with no clue to the power she wields. Plus, his briefing fails to prepare him for his new target’s cosmic-sized attitude problem.  As Divinity’s sworn servant, he’s required to fulfill his duty. His oath, however, does not require him to be enthusiastic about his new assignment or warm-and-fuzzy toward his new compatriot. He plans a wham-bam rescue and a quick return to solitude.
The rogue minion attacks—with the backing of a mysterious organization—and all Hades erupts, putting a fast end to any whirlwind escapes. Accustomed to staunch independence, Mira’s survival now requires full cooperation and an unwavering belief in Kagan. The battle-hardened warrior is also forced to chose: between duty and desire. Amidst the turmoil, Kagan and Mira’s undeniable passion draws them closer to each other and down a path neither expected but both yearn for, more than they ever knew.
Will love save the day? The world’s fate depends on the answer.


“Basta!” Kagan grabbed her by the arm and twisted slightly, not enough to hurt, but enough to let her know he meant business as he directed her to a corner booth. He ignored the half-full beverages and coats scattered on the seats and shoved Mira into the confined space. When the booth’s original owners took issue with his hostile takeover, Kagan dispatched them with a lethal glare. He wasn’t sure where the girl had gotten the idea his mind was damaged, but he was damn sure he didn’t like it. He moved in behind her to block her escape.

“Oh, hell, no!” After several unsuccessful strikes to his muscled physique, Mira tried to slide out beneath the table. The angle proved too awkward. Defeated, she shoved as far away as she could into the corner and propped those killer boots on the seat in front of her in warning. “You better let me out of here, asshole, before I call the cops! I caught you stalking me, pervert!”

Kagan took a deep breath. He never lost his cool in battle, and he wasn’t about to start now. “Pervert? You’re of age, si?”

Mira glared. Kagan ticked through their earlier interactions, searching for a reason behind her intense hostility. His preternatural instincts sensed her intention before her hand reached his carotid. He blocked her quickly, locking her small hand within his and forcing it to the table beneath his own. Her pulse raced against his palm. He took another swig of beer then flashed his most endearing grin. “Let’s start over.” He released his bottle and extended his hand. “I’m Kagan.”

She refused to acquiesce. Kagan spoke in quiet tones meant to calm, to reassure. “I know I’m a stranger, but we have things to discuss.” He glanced around the crowded club, at the bodies packed tight. “We can’t do it here, though—no privacy. My apartment is close. Why don’t we go there and talk?”

Mira kicked him hard in the thigh.

“Merda!” Kagan grabbed his throbbing leg. “What’s in those damn boots? Marble?”
“Let me out of here, jackass, before I sideline your baby-maker!” Mira struggled within the tight confines of the booth. As she squirmed, the spicy scent of her shampoo wafted, and he was overcome with the strangest urge to plunge his hands into the riotous mass of her hair, to feel it curl around his fingers. She tugged on the hand pinned beneath his, and his thumb traced over her thudding veins. His heart pounding along with hers. The odd tingle sped through his torso, and his mouth turned to cotton. Her gaze blazed up at him, a swirling mix of green and golden brown. He noted the dark smudges below and wondered what kept her from slumber.

Dolce Cristo! Kagan looked away, fought for control. This was getting way out of hand. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d bedded a woman, but apparently it had been far too long.

Seal of Destiny (Seven Seals, #1)Seal of Destiny by Traci Douglass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! Traci Douglass has introduced us to an exciting and thrilling new paranormal world that I just can't get enough of. I'm already reading book two as I type this.

Seal of Destiny is about Mira - a human woman who has somehow come to harbor the First Seal of the Apocalypse inside her. It was a little unclear as to how this came about. Anyway, she is an orphan who was abused as a teenager, so she grew up hard and has trained and disciplined herself until she is a female warrior. She can take care of herself and doesn't need a man to look out for her. In fact, that is the last thing she wants! Cue Kagan's entrance. Kagan in a Scion, an immortal warrior sent down by Destiny (the God-like character in this book)to protect Mira from the evil demons that are trying to release her Seal and begin the Apocalypse. The full history of the Scions is still a little bit confusing, but I didn't even care! The story was so good, and the characters so intriguing that I was totally absorbed.

Of course Kagan is immediately attracted to Mira. She is independent, sassy, and doesn't take any crap from anybody, including him. Mira doesn't want anything to do with him because of her abusive past and trust issues, but she can't deny the physical attraction that pulls her to him. Throw in the adrenaline rush and intensity of battling demons and running for your life, and it becomes perfectly understandable when she gives in to these physical needs. And when she does, sparks fly between her and Kagan.

I loved the complexity of the story. With plenty of references to Revelations and the Seven Seals of the Apocalypse, and then the characters of Divinity and Lucifer, the book has kind of a religious schematic, but in a good way. It makes the book seem more realistic even though the subject matter is anything but ordinary. I wanted to know more about the relationship between Divinity and Lucifer, so that I could fully appreciate the idea of Heaven and Hell working together towards a somewhat common goal.

The secondary characters in this book also richly added to the story. Zoe, Mira's best friend, is also a victim of abuse, and turns out to be a strong psychic. Xander is the commanding Scion, and is also a very hot alpha male! In fact all of the Scions are the typical immortal warrior slice of perfection. Throw in Wyck and Chago and you have a smorgasbord of male hotness! I loved reading about all of them, and can't wait to find out more about their stories.

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Seal Of Surrender
Seven Seals Series: Book 2
Traci Douglass

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Number of pages: approx. 270
Word Count: 72,000

Book Description:

Love, like War, will always find a way…

War has shaped every aspect of Irena Soldan’s life—her childhood, her work, her DNA. Unaware she is the genetic host of the second Seal of the Apocalypse, Irena battles for those who cannot fight for themselves. As a top human-rights operative for The Omega Consortium, her company provides both the financial backing required to undertake her task and a charismatic, publicity-loving boss to promote her cause. Life proceeds on plan for Irena until a mysterious, sexy stranger arrives claiming to be her guardian and Irena’s path takes a sudden, inauspicious turn for both the erotic and the lethal.

Chago has always been the quiet one amongst his warrior Scion brethren—the brooding, Spanish combat expert with a hidden soft side.  A member of Divinity’s covert special forces, he’s protected humanity for more than a millennium. Still, his greatest joy comes not from the battlefield, but from tending the cattle herd on his remote Montana ranch.

Irena’s new assignment takes her straight to the heart of a bloody civil conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa and Chago’s mission demands he follow. Expecting a seething cauldron of female whoop-ass, he instead discovers a harbinger of peace amidst a world of ever-increasing violence. The explosively tense situation is further magnified by the cunning Omega Consortium leader, his ambiguous personal agenda, and an ancient foe whose audacious rise to power threatens the world’s very existence.

Despite the cataclysmic circumstances, an undeniable attraction ignites between Chago and Irena. Together, they must unravel the ancient puzzle of the Seals and discover her employer’s ulterior plans before they both become casualties of War. Soon, both are forced to choose between a past riddled with old torments or risk everything they treasure on a love capable of defeating evil incarnate.


Chago walked across the open Montana field toward the broken fence in the distance. He lugged the heavy toolbox one-handed and glanced sideways to see his herd while they grazed on the nearby plain. A small calf trotted in his direction and nuzzled his hand, searching for its daily treat.
“Hola, Ernie.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out an apple. The calf chomped his prize and cantered away. Chago shook his head at the tiny cow’s retreating waddle and pushed the rim of his Stetson a tad higher before he continued on his way. After a short trek, he reached the broken section of fence and knelt to examine the damage. Hammer in hand, he squinted into the bright light of the rising sun, placed the first spike, and pounded away.
Domesticated wasn’t a word most people would use to describe him. Most said he possessed more brawn than sophistication, more muscle than grace. Chago had learned long ago to use his bodybuilder physique and unsettling manner to his advantage. Few knew the true extent of his intelligence or the depths of his emotions and he intended to keep his brawn-over-brains persona intact.
The ranch’s open expanses and fresh air suited him in a way no other place had in eons and reminded him of his human childhood in the Pyrenees. He planned to retire here as soon as he could figure out a way to convince Divinity. A millennia as the Scion combat expert had taken their toll.
Finished with his repairs, he climbed through the slats to view the other side of the fence and stopped short. A familiar burn ignited around the sigil on his lower abdomen. Duty called. He glanced toward the sky with exasperation. “Really?”
One second he was standing in the field, flies buzzing around his head. The next he was the star attraction in a white marble room. The only other occupant of the grand hall stood dead center. Her sharp gaze assessed him from top to toe.
“Chago.” The older woman’s expression held a hint of humor before she hid it behind a mask of calm.
“Divinity.” He bowed in deference and caught a whiff of fresh cow patty.
Fantastic. He spied a telltale clump on the side of his well-worn boots and an image of the small calf flashed into his mind. Chago chuckled and raised his gaze to hers, his wry smile accompanied by a small shrug.
“Doing some farming?” She surveyed his overalls, her eyes bright with suppressed laughter.
“Ranching,” he corrected her.
“Hmmm. I’m afraid your recreational activities will have to wait.” She stood in front of him and craned her neck to meet his stare. “I have work for you.”
Dammit. What now? They’d secured the first Seal only months before and stopped the Apocalypse. Where was his much-deserved vacation? He looked away and sighed. No point in arguing. “Yes, ma’am.”
Seal of Surrender picks up right where Seal of Destiny left off.  The Scions are hard at it trying to protect the Second Seal of the Apocalypse from being released by Archon, Lucifer's bastard son.  The Second Seal is harbored inside our main female character, Irena Soldan.  Irena is a human-rights activist that has been immersed in the darker sides of war and injustice her entire life - which is kind of fitting since the Second Seal is the Seal of War.  Even though she has been surrounded by these harsh  and dangerous environments, she hasn't let it harden her heart or turn her into a cynic.  She is still a kindhearted, caring and feminine woman, she just also happens to be able to take care of herself too.

The Scion sent to protect her is Chago.  We got a glimpse of him in the first book in this series, and just from that I could tell that he was the strong and silent type.  He has a dark and painful past that he tries to keep buried, and he chooses to live his life as a recluse on his ranch in Montana, only leaving to carry out missions assigned to him by Divinity.  He has reached a point where he is ready to retire and live out his immortal life in solitude when Divinity assigns him one last mission - to protect Irena.  Chago has to battle some major demons, figuratively and literally, when he begins the fight to save Irena.  Archon, the demon who is after the Seal, is the same demon who killed Chago's mate many years ago.  So Chago makes it a personal quest to protect the woman he is growing to love since he failed to protect his first mate.

The storyline in this book is very complicated.  There is a lot going on, which makes it fast paced and exciting.  The action doesn't let up for even for a minute.  I loved it though.  I kept everything interesting, and the story never dragged.  However, it was so frenetic, that it seemed like it took forever for Irena and Chago to finally get a moment to act on their physical magnetism to each other.  But when they did, it was S-E-X-Y.  I just love it when a strong male and a strong female are able to come together and be vulnerable with each other. 

In addition to the immortal war that is going on to avoid the Apocalypse, there is also a very real mortal war happening where people are fighting for their freedom.  So Irena and the Scions find themselves involved in a battle on both sides.  This enhanced the storyline with added drama and anxiety, but at times it made it feel like there was a little bit too much going on.  It kind of walked the line between being too much and just enough.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I read it start to finish without putting it down.  I loved Chago and how he wrestles with his past, but then he lets Irena in to help soothe his wounded soul.  I also enjoyed reading about characters we were introduced to in the first book, and reading more about Mira and Kagan's HEA.  Plus I must say that there are several other of the Scions that I can't wait to read about in future books.  With as many diverse and interesting (and sexy) characters as Traci Douglass has created, this could definitely be a very long-running series......we can only hope! 


About the Author:

Traci is the author of paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban edge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.


Traci is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of Seal of Destiny won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.

Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series and a new futuristic suspense series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me on your site today, Jessica! So glad you're enjoying the books! :)

  2. I'm a Traci Douglass fan too - can't wait for the next book!

  3. Five stars! Way to go, Traci. You've earned it!
    -R.T. Wolfe


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