Linked Series Book One
Linked Series Book One
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: July 18th, 2013
Number of pages: 263
Word Count: 81,403
Cover Artist: Danielle Barnard
Daphne Foster is a substitute teacher stuck in an English class, waiting for that dreaded parent-teacher conference. With much preparation and anxiety, she encounters the unforgettable Charlie Cross. His charm and good looks, win her over but rumors of his involvement with organized crime make his continued disappearances disturbing.
In walks Heathcliff Vanderpool, creating a love triangle of unusual sorts. Unknown to Daphne, Heathcliff and Charlie are old friends: Older than she could have imagined. With Charlie away on business, Daphne and Heathcliff discover a passion between them lying beneath the surface. As their souls link, pulling away from Charlie becomes next to impossible. Will his involvement in organized crime consume them both before she’s able to get free? When you become “linked,” the choice may not be your own.
Guest post by Judy Serrano
An interview with a vampire
Dante is the brother of one of the main characters, Charlie Cross. He has a small part in book one of the series, but is a crucial turning point in book two. Dante has asked if he can interview the author, Judy Serrano. Here’s what he had to say.
Mrs. Serrano, why didn’t you give me a bigger part in Linked? I wanted to be a more important part of Daphne’s life.
Dante, when I write a book, I start with a basic idea. When I sit down at my MacBook, whatever happens is totally the idea of the characters. You were a delightful surprise.
Well that doesn’t make me feel any better. I was the hero. Why didn’t I get the girl?
I understand your frustration. But don’t worry. In book two you will certainly be the star.
Why did you make Charlie a gangster? Was it really necessary to bring organized crime into it?
I am actually pretty familiar with this storyline. Easter’s Lilly, which is the first novel of my last series, is all about the Mafia and its effects on the lives of the innocent. I thought it would be a unique and fun added touch.
I guess I understand. I liked the way my character fit into that scenario. Now, you are the author, so you know all… Does Daphne love me? Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
You and Daphne have a special relationship. Both Charlie and Heathcliff are better for it. You easily became my favorite. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I am really excited about book two. Can’t wait to see what happens to me next.
It promises to keep you on your toes. Even you, Dante, will surprise yourself.
Linked by Judy Serrano
Review by Crys
4 of 5
Well, let me start off by saying I really liked this book. But be warned it is a Cliff Hanger if I’ve ever read one.
It starts off at a fairly decent pace. You meet Daphne, a permanent substitute/soon (hopefully) to be High School Teacher and a really sweet naïve person. In comes Charlie Cross, the drop dead gorgeous father to one of her problem students Michael, for a parent/ teacher meeting. Sparks fly immediately. Then you add an old boyfriend, another drop dead gorgeous potential boyfriend, crazy friends and things start to move at a very fast pace. Who is she or who will she “link” with?
Now that, my friends is where it gets very complicated. Sometimes I had to reread things to keep up with who was who and doing what and with whom, but it didn’t take away from the book. It has everything I love, sexy vampires, gangster vampires at that, werewolves, suspense, action, romance, just all of it, wrapped up in a nice little neat book, lol.
What was different about this book was that the romance was done very tastefully, and yet I still loved it. Yes, even I like a little, ok maybe a lot of raunchy-ness sometimes (Shhhh, don’t tell)! But I really did enjoy this book, I literally read it in about 5 hrs, it had me so hooked. The poor kids had snacks for lunch, nah, but I hated to put it down even to fix lunch.
I would definitely recommend this book to my fellow Paranormal Lovers out there. Just remember I warned you, major cliff hanger, Grrrr. I am SO not a patient woman, so Judy Serrano, if by some miracle you read this, you had better get to publishing the next one, and fast!!!
****I received this book free as part of a book tour for an HONEST review, and I am brutally honest, so if I did not like it I would review it as such.****
“Mr. Cross,” I started, leaning into him so that no one else could hear me. “What are you doing here?”
“It’s nice to see you too, Miss Foster.”
“I think we’re passed the formalities now, don’t you?” I asked.
“Daphne, then.” My name played so softly on his lips that I shuddered, and embarrassingly so. He smiled. “Then you must call me Charlie.” He kissed the backs of my hands. “I see I already have a positive effect on you.”
“Don’t read too much into it,” I told him. “It’s just a chill.”
“Or maybe a warm sensation,” he whispered, putting his finger on my face and tracing it down to my lips. I swallowed hard and I know my face was yet again bright red.
I looked over at Janice who was having a pleasant conversation with his brother. Then I looked back at him. “Does your wife know you frequent schools to pick up teachers?” I asked.
“You mean substitute teachers,” he answered. I stuck my tongue out at him. “I like when you do that.”
“Stop it,” I whispered harshly. “Look. I’m sure I’m not the type of woman that you’re used to. Especially since I know first hand that you’re married, and I think I already mentioned that I don’t date married men.”
The waitress showed up with four shots of tequila. I looked at him in amazement. “Really?” I asked.
“Come on, Daphne, let go a little,” Janice added, shining like a brand new diamond.
We downed the shots and Charlie got a little too close. “I find you irresistible, Daphne.” He leaned in so that he was almost whispering in my ear. “I don’t know what it is about you, but I must have you.” He took my hand and brought it to his cheek.
“What is it that you do, Mr. Cross?” I asked.
“I thought we were past formalities.”
“Charlie,” I corrected. “Sorry. What do you do for a living?”
“I’m a businessman,” he answered. “Acquisitions are my specialty.”
“And what exactly do you acquire?” I asked. “And please do not say women.”
“I do not buy and sell women,” he answered, his voice getting suddenly harsh. “But when I see something I want, I go after it until it yields to me.”
I pulled my hand away from his face and looked at him. He was most unsettling. “You think I’m just going to fall right into your arms, don’t you, Charlie.”
About the Author:
Judy Serrano graduated from Texas A&M University, Commerce with a BA in English. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Dallas Area Romance Authors.
She is a substitute teacher at the local school district and writes for various on-line publications. She is the author of Easter's Lilly, Brother Number Three, Relatively Close and Memoirs of a Mobster, which are romantic thrillers and part of The Easter’s Lilly Series.
Judy currently resides in Texas with her husband, four children (all boys) and five dogs. She is also a singer/songwriter in her spare time.