December 16, 2015

#Review of Shadows at Sunset by @TonyaRoyston

Shadows at Sunset ~ Sunset Trilogy ~ Book 1
She never thought her ability to communicate with wild animals was anything more than a unique gift. But this gift is tied to a long history of secrets that threaten to shatter her one chance at true love…

Laken Sumner isn’t your average teenager. Ever since she realized that wild animals could hear her thoughts, she’s spent more time in the woods with them than with other children. Even her wolf is a better friend to her than most people. She trusts him—so much so that she follows him out into the wilderness in the middle of the night to find a lost little boy. But the boy’s disappearance is only the beginning.

The one bright spot in her life is Noah Lawson, the handsome new town deputy. Charming and mature, he almost seems too good to be true. Then she meets Xander Payne, the new boy at school, who seems to know something about her. But how could that be possible?

As strange things begin to happen in her sleepy New England town, Laken wonders if Xander has something to do with it. Or is it just a coincidence that danger targets her soon after he arrives?
Tonya Royston lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, son, two dogs, and two horses. Although she dreamed of writing novels at a young age, she was diverted away from that path years ago and built a successful career as a contracts manager for a defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. She resurrected her dream of writing in 2013 and hasn't stopped since the first words of The Sunset Trilogy were unleashed. Shadows at Sunset is her first novel, but it certainly won't be her last. She has already written the second and third books of this series and expects them to be released in 2016.

I enjoyed this book and the cover is just gorgeous! It was a little slow in the beginning but once it got past that, it was great and it kept me involved. Most the story had me on he edge of my seat and I could not put it down. And there is a love triangle. Swoon. I hate having to choose between two hot guys. There is a lot of mystery in this books so be prepared to not have all your questions answered.

As for the donation, I knew I wanted to do something to help animals while I was writing the story. The story involves animals, particularly wolves. I never expected I would end up supporting ISF, but I met Ian back in May at a dinner for his foundation. (If you're not familiar with him, he is the star of the TV show The Vampire Diaries). He is so amazing and he really cares about animals and the environment. I hope my donation will help! But my other motive is less apparent. You see, wolves are hunted as trophy animals in parts of the country. They are hated and feared by many. Stories throughout history have portrayed them as monsters. My story shows wolves in a positive light. The wolf, Dakota, is a hero and a friend. I hope to get this story out into the world and raise awareness for these animals.
Here are two of my blogs related to this cause and the charity (along with a few fun pictures with Ian):

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