Monday, November 11, 2013

Maria Violante

Review by Cloey

You have got to read this one...

The Markers, Book 1
Maria Violante

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Taliesin Publishing

Date of Publication: 10/03/2013

ISBN: 978-1-62916-008-5

Book Description:

Charlie Kale knows life isn't easy. But for the first time, this truck driver might have finally found her little piece of happiness. She's got it all—her big rig, friends, a great mentor, and a man about to join her on the road.

That is, until the good things in Charlie's life all fall apart, and she finds herself at the mercy of a sexy but mysterious gunman who claims to be a member of a secret order dedicated to fighting the supernatural monsters that filter over into our world.

She's given a choice—join up or die, and while the gunman might be insane, Charlie’s hell-bent on not dying.

Too bad it looks like that might not be an option.

When I read the guest post by Maria Violante here at Cloey's I was blown away, it was so funny I wanted to read the book. What got my attention was the way Ms. Violante wrote about characters who were so crazy she ended her interview early. Well, I am glad that I read her book. 

I loved it and recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining read.

I can't put my finger on the reason why though. It could be because the book was an easy read. I was so into the story and when it ended all I could say was what? Wait a minute it's over? The story flowed quickly and easily and I was hooked from the first page to the last. Or, it could have been Charlie, the horny 20 something year old truck driving spitfire with daddy issues. Hmmm, it could be the fact that there were no love triangles with vampires or werewolves - a breath of fresh air there. I don't know. Maybe I like it because Charlie is a little chubby but she's no whiny, wimpy, girly-girl who constantly makes bad decisions - yes that's it. I loved the idea of a group of truck drivers saving the world too - that's hilarious! 

The story is funny, sad, entertaining and well done. I want to read it again and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Ms. Violante you have a new fan.

About the Author

Well-traveled and uncoordinated, Maria Violante is the best-selling author of several books in the realm of speculative fiction--all of them crossovers that require hyphens in the genre description (see:
gladiator-dystopia-rom-sci-fi, shifter-western-historical, or gunslinger-mercenary-urban fantasy.)

She enjoys a well-roasted coffee, Bell's Winter White Ale, and lives in Michigan with her Chihuahua, Beau, also known as “Piggy Wiggy”.



  1. Dear Cloey--I'd love to add you to my mailing list for new releases, so you get a heads up when book two comes out. Email me at maria AT mariaviolante DOT com and I can touch base with you!

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