Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Book Review and awesome giveaway! Haunted Warrior by author Erin Quinn

Oh wow Haunting Warrior just reaches out and grabs you. This is the 2nd book in a series by Erin Quinn. Haunting Beauty was the first in this series which i reviewed in March and you can read that review here. You should read Haunting Beauty first before moving onto Haunted Warrior. Haunting Beauty was Danni McGrath's story and in turn Haunting Warrior is about her twin brother Rory. The series is tied together by the seemingly evil book on Fennmore. There are at least 2 more books to follow this one. The next is Haunting Desire which you get to read a little bit of in the back of Haunting Warrior and let me say it's just enough to get you excited to get the that book now! Alas you have to wait til March of 2011 i believe.  Below is a little nibble of Haunting Warrior.


A past he couldn't forget.

Rory McGrath’s life changed the night his father mysteriously vanished after uncovering the secrets of the ancient Book of Fennore. The trauma turned Rory from an innocent boy into a troubled, cynical man. Leaving Ireland, he shunned his family, his heritage—and the very magic that has defined his people for centuries.

A dream he couldn’t ignore.

Then the dreams begin…dreams of an ethereal beauty whose touch is more real that any he’s known. And in these dreams, she has a message—a calling for Rory to return home to a destiny that will take him beyond the realm of anything he imagined.
A woman he couldn’t resist.

Lured to the castle ruins where his father disappeared, Rory is plunged back in time, and into the body of another man—a man betrothed to the very woman of Rory’s dreams. In possession of the secrets of his past, his family, and his identity, her hold on Rory is inescapable. For she is his doom. His salvation. And his destiny.

So how does that grab you? If you've read Haunting Beauty you know what a different kind of book it was. It felt fresh and different to read and Haunting Warrior follows along with that. To top it off it's quite a bit different from Haunting Beauty. I don't know how Erin does it but the writing for me was really different from anything I've read. Nothing to typical here. Rory is a broken man in spirit. Ever since getting sucked into the book of Fennmore with his dad when he was 5 only to be saved by his twin sister Danni, he's never felt whole.  He keeps having these dreams of a woman. He swears that she sometimes sees him that he is there and not dreaming. Rory's deceased Nana ( yeah you read that right) she gives him her usual cryptic message about what he needs to do and disappears. Suddenly before he knows it he's dreaming again or so he thinks but this time it turns real. This is where the whole adventure starts. There is so much going on in this book but not so much your overwhelmed. It's more like your on the edge of your seat. Erin Quinn writes it that way. In alot of books you can kind of predict a little where it's going but for me i couldn't do that with Haunting Warrior. You don't know how it's going to end or how it's going to get there. Rory find himself married to his dream woman Saraid. He thinks he's there to find the book of Fennmore but it's oh so much more than that. He's told he's there to save Saraid's people. Can Rory survive long enough to find the book and save Saraid's people? Can he saive Saraid's people? He's not sure he's the man for that job. You must read the book to find out.
I give Haunting Warrior 5 out of 5 Modokker Book pick stars!  Read Haunting Beauty and Haunting Warrior now so your ready for the next installment Haunting Desire!

You can find out more about Erin Quinn and her books at the following links
http://www.erinquinnbooks.com/Books.htm Go here to read excerpts of both Haunting Beauty and Haunting Warrior.
http://quinnessentials.blogspot.com/ this is Erin Quinn's blog.
Erin Quinn on Facebook click to find Erin on Facebook

Now we also have a giveaway!!!

For a chance to win a signed book from Erin Quinn all you have to do is leave a comment with a email address so you can be contacted. Up for grabs is your choice of 3 books.You pick one. Haunting Beauty by Erin Quinn, Whispers or Echos written as Erin Grady. Please if you have any questions for Erin go ahead and ask them and i bet i can coax her to come out and answer them. This contest is open to US residents only. It begins today May 25th and ends June 4th. Be sure to click follow me on the right of this page to find out all future reviews and giveaways. Thanks and Happy reading!



  1. I love to read Erin's books. I have not read these 3 but have 2 others on my to read stack. Of course since this is Erin's book it has to be great.
    Erin, how many books have you written under all your names?
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  2. Hi misskallie and howdy Lisa! Thanks for the gerat review on Haunting Warrior.

    To answer your question, I have written 6 books (5 published, the 6th is to be published in March and the 7th I haven't written yet but will be out in October 2011.

    They are:
    Web of Smoke (Erin Grady)
    Echoes (Erin Grady)
    Whispers (Erin Grady)
    Haunting Beauty (Erin Quinn)
    Haunting Warrior (Erin Quinn)
    Haunting Desire (Erin Quinn)
    and the last one hasn't been titled yet. :)

  3. Hi, Erin! Congratulations on the success of your "Haunting" series. I've read a lot of great buzz about both books : )

    US Resident, Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  4. Hi Virginia and thanks for stopping by. Buzz is good. I like buzz, ha ha!

  5. Thanks for this great offer.
    I'd love to know which book was the easiest/quickest write for you.

    I'm also a follower and would love to be entered into the contest.


  6. Hi count me in!

    I haven't read this author.




  7. Hi Mystee, what a great question. The book that was the easiest/fastest to write was my first. Why? Because it never occurred to me back then that it would be hard. Doubt and fear are such terrible obstacles in anything you do and writing is no different. After the first book I started worrying...what if I can't do it again? What if I run out of ideas? What if.... You get the picture. My second book took me forever for all of those reasons.

    I'm getting better at managing the doubt demons, but they are always there, lurking in the background and waiting for a weak moment to jump on me. :)

    Barry, welcome! Nice to meet you!

  8. Wow! both of those books sound amazing. I love it when books are set in Ireland :)

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  9. I have read some of her books, this one sounds very good, count me in, thanks for the post Lisa.

  10. Laura please leave a email addy if you happen to come back. If you win i need to be able to contact you.


    Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Please enter me!!!
    I need Haunting beauty, I have the other two.

    forevereading at gmail dot com

  12. I'd love to read 'Haunting Beauty.' The entire 'Haunting' series has garnered high praise :) Thank you!

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

  13. I would love to be entered in your drawing. Haunting Beauty is my choice. I've been dying to read this series!!!

    mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

  14. I love that Haunting Beauty and Haunting Warrior are sent in Ireland! I'm reading them both as part of my Ireland reading challenge this summer. I'd love a chance to win Echos...that's the only one I don't have yet!


  15. HI! I loved Haunting Beauty and Haunting Warrior too. And, I can't wait for Haunting Desire. I'd love to win Whispers. I have her other 3 books. Thanks!
    lvsgund at gmail dot com

  16. My sister recommended that I read Erin Quinn's books and I have to agree, I love the whole Haunting series. It sounds like you've finished book 3 - Haunting Desire. Is the 4th book mentioned above in one of the posts also part of that series?

    Also, why did you switch pen names? Did you switch publishers? I thought Echoes and Whispers were also paranormal "like" so I'm curious. Thanks!
    maryanne dot wilsbacher at usdoj dot gov

  17. Great give-a-way for a great book.
    Love the cover woohoo!
    Please enter me

  18. Hi Everyone and thanks so much for stopping by. I love hearing "I've read her other books and want to read more" ha ha. It's every author's dream conversation. :)

    Mary Anne, the name change was partly a publisher decision. My other books are set in US and since I was branching into Ireland and they wanted to move me up to Trade, they felt it was a good decision to go for a new name. A lot of decisions in publishing are not necessarily the authors (like covers, for example).

    I have finished Haunting Desire and I am now working on Haunting Destiny (tentative title) which is the fourth book in the series. I don't say it's the last because I have a few characters that I hadn't PLANNED to feature but I'm thinking they must have their own stories. Time will tell on that!

  19. I will be very honest and say I have not read any of Erin's books, BUT I've heard great things about them! I'm hoping to win her book to get me started!

  20. Thank you for the post, Modokker. Erin Quinn is one of my Facebook friends. She frequently comes up with interesting posts, and I dig her website.

    The cover art on "Haunting Beauty" is so gorgeous! It's been nominated for best paranormal romance cover of 2009 at Cover Cafe. I voted for it; I bet many others did as well. We'll know whether it won in a few weeks.

    A question for Erin: It's clear you're writing in terms of series of novels. It appears that romance fiction, and fiction in general, is more and more geared to series. Are you comfortable with this, or would you rather be writing stand--alone novels?

    Please enter me in the drawing. If I win, please send me "Haunting Beauty".

    BTW, I'm not the same Mary Anne as the one who has already posted a comment.

    Keep up the good work!

  21. Please enter me in the drawing and if I am picked I would like Haunting Beauty. I will be putting it in the library for everyone to enjoy. The other books we have of Erin's are out all the time. Thanks for the great writing and look forward to many more novels from her.

  22. I really like Erin's books. I haven't yet read Haunting beauty.

  23. These sound great! I love the time travel twist. Gotta pick these up to read!

  24. Hi Again, thanks for the comments!

    Mary Anne, great question on the series. I agree, more and more series books are being published--readers seem to love them and that is good for business. When I first started writing I had no interest in writing series but back then there were only a few genres where series applied--mainly mystery.

    Now I read a lot of series and I love them so I was excited to try my hand at it. It's been very challenging--one to keep the world straight and the characters on the right path and two to weave them together. I think the most challenging part is to make each book stand alone as well as continue from the previous books. I think I'm managing to do this as readers who picked up Haunting Warrior before Haunting Beauty have said they loved it and didn't feel lost not having read the first one first. When they go back and read Haunting Beauty, they write back and tell me it enhanced the second story. That was my goal so I guess I'm muddling through okay with it. :)

  25. Erin i was never to sure about series and then i started on one and if the first one is good i HAVE to read the rest lol I read alot of series books now. I like to mix in singles though to break it up and read something different too. Then i'm ready to dive back into the series.


  26. Yep, me too, Lisa. I'm reading the latest JR Ward right now and I just finished Magic Bleeds which was one of the best books I've ever read. LOVED it. I'm trying to save a couple that I'm excited about for my vacation. :)