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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wraith by Gwenan Haines - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Gwenan Haines and her new book, “Wraith”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Gwenan and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

by Gwenan Haines


GENRE: Fantasy



Sixteen years ago, Kira Chiklak’s mother promised her a miracle on Christmas morning. Instead, she woke to the news her brother was gone forever. The Alaskan pilot’s dreams have always told her the future but have never revealed the secrets of her past.

Now Kira’s dreams are warning her another child in Amarok is in danger of meeting the same fate as her brother. As Kira races to save Annie Michaels’ life she comes to believe her past and Annie’s future are inextricably linked.

The last thing Hunter Jackson expects to do during Spring Break is unravel a mystery. When Kira asks for his assistance, he can’t refuse her request. But can he help her protect Annie when his own heart is at risk?



Amarok, Alaska

There are two kinds of dreams. Dreams that come true and dreams that don’t. When I say that to most people they think I’m talking about wishes. What I want out of life, like going to college or getting married or having kids. They think I’m wondering about the future or maybe reflecting on things that happened in the past. They don’t say it to my face but I know they’re thinking about my brother. I know they’re thinking of the dream of our family that died when he disappeared.

That’s not what I mean. Because when I dream at night some of my dreams are just like everybody else’s. The kind where you’re taking a final you didn’t study for or you have to recite the lines to a play you didn’t know you were cast in. Or the senseless dreams everybody has where your mother turns into a stranger but you know it’s really your mother and you’re at your house and it’s definitely your house even though it looks completely different. Then you wake up and try to sort it all out and sometimes you can but more often you can’t so you just forget about it.

I have dreams like that all the time. In fact, most of my dreams are dull as white rice. Or maybe just plain weird. But none of those dreams ever come true.

Sometimes I have the other kind of dream though. When I was four I dreamt of my father floating beneath the water surrounded by cool green light. It closed over him as he sank farther and farther from the surface until at last he stopped struggling and disappeared inside the darkness. I woke in the night, his bright eyes still before me, and cried out. My mother came running and smoothed my hair back from my forehead. “It’s just a nightmare, Kira,” she whispered. “Your father will return in the morning. Go back to sleep.”

I told her it was more than that, but she didn’t believe me. Not that I blame her. She couldn’t imagine the Great Spirit would take her husband from her after he had already called back her only son. When the fishermen found my father’s boat drifting on the ocean the next day my mother refused to believe it. “He’ll be back,” she told them, even after two weeks had passed with no sign of him. “Wait and see.”

After two months went by and the ice began to freeze up for the winter she finally held a funeral for him. That was sixteen years ago and some nights she sits out on her porch with her eyes fixed on the sea as if he’ll still sail back to her.

I never waited for my father. I knew my dream of him was the kind that comes true.

My brother is a different story. I’m the one waiting for him to come back to us someday. I’m the one who knows he’s not really dead, whatever my mother says. The dreams tell me so and I believe them. Unlike most of the people I know, they haven’t lied to me yet.

Lately I hadn’t been dreaming about my brother, I’d been dreaming about Annie. Annie was the four-year-old daughter of Liv and Gavin Michaels, the couple who ran the Blue Moon Café in town. It was more of a restaurant than a café but the Michaels had relocated to Alaska from New York City and I guess they missed the whole urban mood. Or maybe they were trying to recreate it in Amarok. Yeah, good luck with that guys.



Last month I had the lucky opportunity to be introduced to this author’s work.  I read and reviewed her latest book then and loved it!  So, I jumped at this chance to read and review her new book and found myself again mesmerized by her words.

This book is book one in the Shadow World Book Series.

This book is about Kira, a strong-willed, intelligent, stubborn pilot in Alaska.  Kira has dreams – very strong, deep, intense dreams that allow her to feel death and tell when someone is danger.  Several years earlier her brother went missing and is considered dead.  However, no body has ever been recovered and Kira does not believe her brother is actually dead.  She knows she would have felt it if he really died and she didn’t feel it.  Kira continues to look for him.

One night Kira starts having these powerful dreams warning her that a child, Annie Michaels, is about to reach the same fate as her missing brother.  Unfortunately, when Kira talks to Annie’s parents about her dreams, they don’t believe her.  Kira knows she needs help to save Annie and so she turns to the one person who has been there for her, Hunter.  Hunter is just as stubborn as Kira which makes for some fun and witty banter between these two!  Hunter is really a good guy and it becomes pretty obvious that he likes Kira as more than just a friend.  However, Kira is not so sure she’s willing to risk her one and only friendship for something that probably won’t work out in the end.  Nonetheless, when Annie is taken, Kira and Hunter team up and put everything on the line to save and rescue Annie.

This book is full of mystery, adventure, action, excitement, suspense, intrigue, fantasy, and even a bit of romance thrown in!  As you can see, this book has something to offer pretty much every genre reader!

Although this book’s main genre is listed as fantasy I don’t feel like the book revolved around that – which I was thankful for.  Don’t get me wrong, the fantasy theme is definitely in there, but there is just so much else going on too, that the mystery and suspense themes are equally as valid and as important.

As usual with Gwenan Haines books, I really like the characters!  She writes well-developed, confident, likable, genuine characters.  I enjoyed following Kira and Hunter’s story!  They had great chemistry and played well off each other!

The pace of the book is fast to steady.  It keeps you fully engaged and entertained to the very last page!

I must warn you though, the ending isn’t tidy!  There are definitely many questions left unanswered.  Hopefully they will be addressed in book two as this book is part of a book series.  But fair warning – you may be left upset or disappointed not knowing certain things and having more questions than answers at the end.  That is all I’m going to say as I try hard not to have any spoilers in my book reviews.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to all readers as this book offers mystery, suspense, action, adventure, excitement, thriller, intrigue, fantasy, romance, and so much more!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Gwenan Haines lives in New England with her daughter and a Siberian husky born on Halloween. She’s been hooked on suspense ever since her mom read her an old Nancy Drew mystery when she was five years old. She also loves romance and fantasy. Her paranormal novella, WRAITH, and novel, SHIFT, the first two installments in the SHADOW WORLD series, are under contract with Wild Rose Press's fantasy line. When she’s not plotting her newest mystery, she teaches community college and writes lots of poetry.






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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks so much for your review and giveaway. Great post!

  2. Gwenan ~ It is great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

  3. I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

  4. I was just wondering what the author is working on next?

  5. Who is your favorite author and favorite book ?

  6. Good luck with your book tour. This looks like a fun read. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  7. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!