Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Healer’s Magic, Vampire’s Bane, & Demon’s Nemesis: The Kala Trilogy, by @teagankearney #Paranormal #Suspense #UrbanFantasy

The Plots:

Healer’s Magic

A powerful healer. A treacherous enemy. A deadly conflict.

Tatya’s world slides into chaos when a demon consumed with the desire to control her power attacks those she loves. She refuses the local master vampire’s offer of aid, as he’s just turned her best friend into one of the undead. She needs allies, but who can she trust in the battle to destroy this dangerous enemy?

Vampire’s Bane:

Hunted by an ancient predator. Freedom will demand the ultimate price.

Tatya is falling in love with the local master vampire and has a new business venture. But her plans go awry when someone starts killing young women who look like her. With the help of old friends, she forms an unlikely alliance with an alpha werewolf to expose the murderer. But when the killer is revealed, will this formidable challenge make or break her?

Demon’s Nemesis

An unknown enemy. Loved ones in peril. A battle for survival.

Tatya has sent the demon who pursued her back to Hell. Now she’s about to open a healing center and use her gifts to help those in need. The only one she can’t help is the man she is in love with, the vampire master, Vanse, who lies in a coma.

When an ambitious vampire arrives in town with designs on Vanse’s family, Tatya’s plans are turned upside down. Her best friend, the local shaman, Forked Lightning, puts his life on the line to help, but chaos and tragedy follow when Tatya is kidnapped.

Far from home, imprisoned, and alone, Tatya must escape and find her way back to those she loves.

About the Author:

I was born in London of Irish parents and write, as I read, in different genres.

I love travelling, and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy photography, drawing in pastels, theatre, film, television, and reading—especially reading. I garden when the sun shines.

I’m also compiling an ever-increasing bucket list of places I want to visit from Iceland to Australia.


In a world where paranormal species are accepted as long as they respect the terms of a treaty that protects the lives of human beings, Tatya is a sensitive/healer. She has studied with the shaman at a local reservation somewhere in the Midwest to hone her skills at reading auras, drawing power from the Earth, connecting with various spirit guides, etc. While she accepts most paranormals, she has a visceral hatred of vampires—especially Vanse, the extremely handsome, sexy, arrogant, irritating local vamp Master.

But in Healer’s Magic when local athletes fall into comas, she’s forced to work with Vanse, and when she dreams of past lives, the reasons for her attitude toward him and his race become clear. Together, they work to defeat half-demon/half-vampire Angelus, who bites Katya and tries to turn her.

In Vampire’s Bane, a vampire is killing young female werewolves, and Vanse flashes back to his past lives. When a survivor identifies Vanse as the murderer, the local pack leader believes Tatya when she tells him Vanse is possessed by Angelus, and allows her to put Vanse into a state of suspended animation rather than killing him.

Angelus kidnaps Tatya in Demon’s Nemesis. Her friends and spirit guides must rescue her from his clutches before he can harness her power for himself. This time we flash back through the years at snippets of Angelus’ life and learn how and why he became a vampire, why he’s been chasing Tatya across so many lifetimes, and about the plane to which he’s been banished.

While each book in The Kala Trilogy kind of stands alone, it really is one story. And while I found the characters deep and engaging, the editing was terrible. What’s really bad is, I spoke with Ms. Kearney, and she rewrote the books and had them professionally edited. Yet, her characters still lived several “passed” lives. There is no such thing as a “passed” life. The word “passed” is the perfect form of the verb “to pass”—as in, “I swear we were doing a hundred when we passed that truck.” One can, however, live several “past” lives. I believe I have. That’s not the only misused word I came across, but it was the most frequent one. There were also mixed verb tenses, head-hops, places where it looked as if Ms. Kearney meant to pull something out in the rewrite but missed a word or two, and other things that pulled me out of the story and made me growl.

My final piece of advice is, “write what you know.” Changing Sky could have had a Celtic name and been a Druid priest. I live in the Midwest, and while I do watch enough PBS to know what “trainers” and “jumpers” are, not all of your readers are likely to realize Tatya wore tennis shoes and sweaters. Your British accent definitely came through in your writing, but your characters weren’t British and shouldn’t have used those idioms.

I finished the books because I was caught up enough in the story to want to see how they finally got rid of Angelus, but it took forever because I wasn’t all that enthused about picking up the books. It was easy to find other things to do at times when I would have been glued to a better-edited page-burner. I’m really sorry, Ms. Kearney. I wanted to give your rewrite a higher rating.

Warnings: Violence
Healer’s Magic: 244 Pages
Vampire’s Bane: 238 Pages
Demon’s Nemesis: 260 Pages
Digital Prices: $2.99
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