It’s the End of the World as We Know It… BEFORE THE WITCHES

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Introducing "Before the Witches," an e-book original publication from Karina Cooper, a talented new voice in fiction!

“WOW! What an absolutely fantastic start to this series…it packs a punch and a half in there. Karina rips the world as we know it apart.”

Doomsday fanatics have been prophesying that this Saturday, May 21, is the end of the world as we know it. If you read reports of their fiery tirades, you know that a series of earthquakes will roll through the earth, hitting each time zone at 6 pm (exactly?) and spinning the earth into an existential nightmare. Maybe they are taking a page from the apocalyptically good debut of Karina Cooper, a new voice in paranormal romance.

Cooper launches her new series with an action-packed novella, BEFORE THE WITCHES (Avon Impulse, e-book original, on sale 5/17/11, ISBN 9780062105172, $1.99) which chronicles the end of the world, and sets the stage for her forthcoming “Dark Mission” novels, BLOOD OF THE WICKED (June 2011) and LURE OF THE WICKED (July 2011).

Editor Esi Sogah thinks that Cooper is “the next big thing” in the paranormal/dystopian genre, calling her writing “exhilarating, terrifying, mesmerizing, and hotter than hell.” In describing Cooper’s Dark Mission novels, Sogah asserts that these are “brilliantly imaginative and breathtakingly sensuous tales which will rocket Karina Cooper into the elite company of J. R. Ward, Kresley Cole, and Karen Marie Moning.”

BEFORE THE WITCHES…no one knew who to blame. As the world crumbles, with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions laying waste to the land, public opinion slides from tolerance to persecution as people shift blame to unsuspecting heads. Katya Zhuvova fled a country that feared her gifts, but her escape to Seattle left her at the mercy of a ruthless man. With no one left to turn to, Katya hatches a desperate escape plan. Undercover Detective Nigel Ferris is determined to bring down a prostitution ring, whatever the cost. In order to the get answers he needs, he attempts to win the trust of one of the prostitutes involved—but one look at the deceptively sultry Katya and the cool, objective cop disappears. Before either can put their plans into place, a cataclysm rocks Seattle, and life is turned upside down. Brought together by chance, Nigel and Katya are in the fight for their lives. Surrounded by death and fear, shattered by immeasurable loss, they have only a bond forged in fire to cling to as they struggle to survive in a world gone straight to hell. Review blog Parajunkee’s View raves, “BEFORE THE WITCHES was edge-of-the-seat good and I couldn't stop reading until I was finished.” The “Thoughts of a Scot” blog comments, “WOW! What an absolutely fantastic start to this series…it packs a punch and a half in there. Karina rips the world as we know it apart.”

ALSO FORTHCOMING FROM KARINA COOPER:

Blood of the Wicked (Avon Books, on-sale 5/31/11, $7.99, ISBN 9780062046857; e-ISBN 9780062046871):

When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn. As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she's been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind. A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what's left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn't know that Jessie's his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.

Lure of the Wicked (Avon Books, on-sale 6/28/11, $7.99, ISBN 9780062046901; e-ISBN 9780062046901):

Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle's premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She's an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she's tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost.

About the Author:
Born from the genetic mash-up of lesser royalty, storytellers, wanderers and dreamers, Karina Cooper was destined to be a creative genius. As a child, she moved all over the country like some kind of waifish blonde gypsy and learned how to adapt to the new cultures her family settled in. When she (finally) grew up, she skipped the whole genius part and fell in love with writing paranormal romance because, really, who doesn't love hot men and a happy ending? When she isn't writing about things that go bump in the night, Karina designs Steampunk and neo-Victorian couture for gentlemen hobbyists and ladies of questionable reputation. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, three cats, one rabbit and a passel of adopted gamer geeks.

BEFORE THE WITCHES is on-sale 5/17/11 wherever e-books are sold.
Avon Impulse e-book original; ISBN 9780062105172; $1.99

BLOOD OF THE WICKED is on-sale 5/31/11, wherever books and e-books are sold.
Avon Books; ISBN 9780062046857; e-ISBN 9780062046871; $7.99

LURE OF THE WICKED is on-sale 6/28/11, wherever books and e-books are sold.
Avon Books; ISBN 9780062046901; e-ISBN 9780062046901; $7.99

More information available online at http://www.avonromance.com.

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