#WOTR21 #Paranormal – The Maiden by Kristine Plum

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Book 1-

For most of her life, Ryen Cardona has known exactly who she is and what responsibilities her future holds. She welcomes them, revels in them. To the outside world Ryen Cardona is a confident, intelligent acquisitions agent for the European Arts Council, traveling between Europe’s most famous museums, collecting pieces, and planning fundraisers, but at the end of the day, that life is a ruse. Ryen Cardona is a witch, quite possibly the most powerful witch the world has seen, but most people don’t even know that witches, real witches, with powers, exist. But Ryen isn’t just any witch. She’s the Maiden of the Universal Coven, the ruling body of all witches, and the one thing she despises and fears more than anything is vampires.
Cash Di Marco, unwilling heir to a centuries old Italian estate, is successful in his own right. He has defied his powerful mother to become a rising night club mogul. Loved by the paparazzi, he shamelessly enjoys all of the perks of being the epitome of a playboy bachelor. Providing him with fresh conquests each night, his business also offers an endless supply of blood, a necessity for Cash since he is also a vampire. Cash dreams of owning night clubs around the world to where not only the unknowing human patrons flock, but also where his vampire clientele can drink discreetly and safely.
Fate interferes with the plans they have for their lives when Cash and Ryen’s paths cross. Both of their lives are turned upside down as beauty and chaos unfold.
Set in a version of the world where real vampires and witches exist, this is a story about life, love, prejudice, and all of the tough decisions that go along with them.

Book 2-

A Paranormal Romance, the epic love story continues…Secrets and fear drove them apart. Can fate bring them back together or will new dangers destroy it all?After her whole world literally explodes, Ryen escapes Florence for a soul-searching retreat to heal her heart and learn to control her newly unleashed powers. Her journey of self-discovery challenges her to strengthen her beliefs in her own confidence and the life she is meant to lead. In Ryen’s absence, Cash slips back into his old playboy lifestyle, traveling down a path that proves to be more destructive than in the past.While they are distracted by figuring out how to live without each other, new perils plague the ones they love. Old enemies plot the Di Marco demise with Cash as the main target, revealing secrets long buried, as witches start disappearing throughout Europe. Are the events connected? Is it the work of the fanatical religious group headed by Ryen’s mother, or are these threats something more dangerous and sinister working against them? Is the prophecy Ryen finds herself in the middle of finally set in motion?Both Ryen and Cash must learn quickly who they are and what they want.



Growing up in rural Central Iowa, where the closest neighbor was at least 1/2 a mile down the gravel road and her brothers being 7 & 10 years older, gave Kristine plenty of opportunities to use and hone her imagination. From acting out stories with her Barbies, to pretending she was being held captive and guarded by vicious dogs (aka puppies her dad raised), she found ways to entertain herself.
Now she is living in the sprawling metropolis of Cedar Rapids, spending her days teaching high school Spanish and her nights being a wife and mother to a son and furry children. Somewhere she finds a little time here and there to write. Much to her husband’s irritation, her imagination still steals her away to daydreaming about her characters and future stories.
Kristine LOVES reading. She has been reading supernatural/paranormal genres since second grade. Her friends force her to read other genres from time to time, but she prefers a little darkness in her stories. Some of her favorite authors include L.J. Smith, Jeaniene Frost & I.T. Lucas.

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