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Touch the Dark

"A very promising start to a new series, and an exceptionally entertaining first novel."--Locus

From the book jacket for Touch the Dark:

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead.  The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires.  But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...

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Praise for Touch the Dark

ck2skwipsandkritiques.com gave Touch the Dark 4 stars!

Touch the Dark by Karen Chance is a stunning adventure that speeds along to the thrilling conclusion…which is really just another new beginning. It is apparent Karen Chance still has a lot in store for Cassie and this reader is sure to keep going, looking forward to the next installment of this exciting world.--Kelley A. Hartsell
SFRevu.com had this to say:

With Touch the Dark, Karen Chance takes her place along with Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlain Harris, MaryJanice Davidson and J.D. Robb to give us a strong woman who doesn't wait to be rescued-she takes responsibility for herself.  I was hooked by the middle of the first chapter.   Recommended. --Gayle Surrette

Explorations SF/F Reviews had this to say:

"In the hot-blooded vein of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake saga and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, Karen Chance's debut novel is a contemporary dark fantasy revolving around a gutsy female protagonist with supernatural abilities that blends mystery and romance with hair-raising horror."--Paul Allen
Heart to Heart Reviews had this to say:

"Chance suceeds on all fronts here: The world she has created, filled with mages and feys, vampires and clairvoyants, thugs and gentlemen, is dramatic and imaginative. The ending -- really -- is quite a surprise. Good thing there's a sequel in the works."--Ginger Curwen
Nathan Brazil at the SF Site remarked:

Touch the Dark is a worthy beginning . . . this is a series I can recommend getting into on the ground floor.

Emerald City noted:

Touch the Dark is a fast-paced, entertaining adventure in the best tradition of contemporary supernatural fiction with the added bonus of first-novel freshness.

BellaOnline gave Touch the Dark a strong recommendation!

"Touch the Dark by Karen Chance is an interesting take on the vampire mythos that includes all kinds of supernatural forces and beings. Cassie is the perfect heroine--interesting and strong. Her story is exciting and will keep you turning pages to see where she is headed. If you like your fantasy a little on the dark side with a touch of romance, this is a great choice."

A Romance Review: Gave Touch the Dark 4 out of 5 stars!

"Touch the Dark was one fantastic read that will grip reader's attention from page one. Cassie is a strong, kick-butt heroine that readers will find fascinating.  Karen Chance has created a world and characters that will enthrall readers and have them impatiently waiting for more."

Road to Romance gave Touch the Dark its highest honor, The Reviewer's Choice Award!

"Ms. Chance makes the genre her own with memorable characters, fast-paced action and some of the best vampiric creatures ever. Take a chance with Karen Chance and Touch the Dark, readers won't want to miss this one!"

Fresh Fiction called Touch the Dark a "Totally absorbing, hugely packed fantasy."

"Fast paced and heavy on the action, Touch the Dark is a blend of fantasy and romance that will satisfy readers of both genres."

The Mystic Castle gave Touch the Dark their highest accolade--a five heart rating!

"Karen Chance is one of the most original voices in paranormal fiction that I have ever encountered.  Touch the Dark is a "Do Not Miss" novel for fans of great storytelling."

Coffeetime Romance gave Touch the Dark a five cup rating--their best!

"This is the best vampire novel I have read in a long time.  The author has created a vivid world where vampires, werewolves, witches and the Fey exist alongside humans.  The author drew me so far into Cassie's world that I am reluctant to leave it."
Romance Reader at Heart  made Touch the Dark a Top Pick--it's highest award!

"Touch the Dark is a fast-paced, action packed, wildly imaginative book.  Chance creates an entirely new present day world that amazes, enchants and delights . . . this one should NOT be missed!"
Romance Junkies gave Touch the Dark five blue ribbons, their top award!

"An outstanding, must read paranormal!  Karen Chance has expertly blended mystery, suspense, romance and the supernatural."

Harriet Klausner called Touch the Dark "an  entertaining supernatural thriller" and added:

"The action-packed story line never slows down for a nano-second, so wear seat belts and set some time aside as this is a one-read thriller."