Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: Rachel Hawthorne

So I thought that it would be fun to start a little weekly event called “Spotlight Sunday” where I feature something that I come across and I think that others should know about, something that I think is under-appreciated, something that I find interesting, or something along those lines.

And what have I decided to feature on my first Spotlight Sunday (be prepared- by next week I will have a button so that you can participate too)? Author Rachel Hawthorne of course! In high school I used to always read her books like “The Boyfriend League”, “Caribbean Cruising”, “Snowed In”, “Thrill Ride” and whatnot.  They were just really fun little YA romantic comedies to read and you know what, I really did like them a lot (I didn’t find them to be too mindless and whatnot) and I would consider purchasing some of them.

Anyways, last year (?) or the year before that I became aware that Rachel was writing a series about werewolves (you know the time, when “Twilight” first started exploding and a gazillion vampire and werewolves stories came out) and I was really excited, because let’s face it, I don’t think that there can ever be too much vampire or werewolf stories (I know, I am slightly crazy)... Anyways, I quickly went out and nabbed the first book in her new series from my library and read it within a couple of hours, and let me tell you, I was hooked. I remember that my little sister was gone to the city for the day and I knew that my library didn’t have any of the other books in the series yet, so I made my sister go to the bookstore and get every book in the series for me. Maybe one of my best book purchasing decisions ever ;).  

So you may be wondering why I am featuring Rachel Hawthorne? Well a) I love her books and b) I don’t know if all that many people are aware of a great werewolf series that they are missing out on. They are really short and simple reads (but not in a childish way- well, at least I don’t think so, but then again I am a sufferer of Peter Pan syndrome and will therefore always be a child at heart... But I think that a thirty year old would love them just as much as a thirteen year old might).

And now? To the books of course! May I present... Rachel Hawthorne’s “Dark Guardian” novels!


Moonlight (Book 1)- this is my second favourite book in the series  

“Kayla is a nature lover, the all-American beauty who can’t understand why she is so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she’s inherited a terrifying- and thrilling- gene that will change her life forever.

Lucas is dangerous, gorgeous... and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm’s way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels is her destiny.” 

Full Moon (Book 2)- this is tied as my third favourite book in the series

“Lindsey is wild and reckless, a natural rebel- maybe because her entire life was laid out for her even before she was born. Her parents are among the most powerful members of the Dark Guardians, an ancient tribe of werewolves, and they arranged Lindsey’s betrothal to Connor long ago. The next full moon is coming all too soon, and then her commitment to Connor will be final- no turning back. She should be happy... so why can’t she stop thinking about gorgeous, brooding Rafe?

When a dangerous threat on the pack escalates, so do tensions between Connor and Rafe. A fight over Lindsey is imminent, but will it be to the death?”  

"Dark of the Moon" (Book 3)- this is tied as my third favourite book in the series 
"Brittany is determined to prove herself to the Dark Guardians. And yet she's been keeping a devestating secret: she hasn't experienced any of the intense, early signs of change that mark a Dark Guardian's tranformation. The only intense feelings she has are for Connor- and she's kept that a secret too. But she knows that she'll never truly have Connor's love if she's not a Shifter like him.

At the first full moon after her birthday, her greatest fear is realized: She doesn't transform. Brittany is so desperate to become a wolf that she'll go to extremes she never thought possible... and put all the Dark Guardians in incredible danger." 


"Shadow of the Moon" (Book 4)- this is my favourite book in the series 
"Hayden was born a werewolf, a Dark Guardian. But her ability to sense the feelings of fellow werewolves has made her life unbearable. She runs away, only to be tracked by charming, mysterious Daniel, a newcomer to the pack and the one Shifter immune to her powers. As she reluctantly follows him home, Hayden finds herself falling dangerously in love... 

But even as her feelings for Daniel deepen, Hayden begins to wonder if he is who he claims to be. Where did he come from and why has no one ever seen him transform? When they stumble upon the body of a Shifter still in wolf form, her worries grow. Someone is killing her kind. Is her handsome tracker really a hunter? And is Hayden now his prey?"

So I really think that this is a series that is worth checking out! 

So lookie! I made a blog button that you can grab and join in the Sunday fun!

PS. Don't forget about my SUPER FANTABULOUS FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY for your chance to win!  


  1. I love Rachel Hawthorne's romcoms! Haven't had the chance´to check out the Dark Guardian series yet, but this post really made me want to! :)

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