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Blog Tour: Run For Freedom by Angela Kay Austin [Excerpt, Review, & Giveaway]

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Blog Tour: Run For Freedom by Angela Kay Austin [Excerpt, Review, & Giveaway]

Run For Freedom

Blog Tour: Run For Freedom by Angela Kay Austin [Excerpt, Review, & Giveaway]
by Angela Kay Austin
Series: The American Civil War #1
on September 7th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Historical Romance, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 225
Format: e-book
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Kobo
Rating: 4 Stars



The choice was to run for freedom or die never having been valued as a human -- as a woman. The penalty was the same -- death!

Freedom and her brother, Triumph, would fight for their lives and the lives of the ones whom they loved no matter the cost. Escaping bondage meant they must RUN! Run to Moses. Run to the Promised Land.

Watson Brown knew all too well the struggle to survive. The fight to live. He had been given a second chance to do what he had failed to do in life -- as a human. What he and his father could not do before the Harpers Ferry Raid.

The runaway slave and her brother were a distraction.

He could afford no interferences with his mission. He nor his family could risk exposure.


Well that escalated quickly…

I wasn’t expecting for the story to take a paranormal turn, even with the description in the synopsis. It was such a pleasant surprise. Free wants to be, well…free! She and her brother as slaves in a tobacco plantation, made an escape from a cruel owner only to be thrust in a strange position with paranormal themes and suspense.

I loved the theme and the action from the first chapter set the tone and pace throughout the story. It did get confusing at times because the powers of certain characters and definitions of words like Upir weren’t explained right away. Free meets Watson, a white man she cannot trust because it was ingrained in her to think like that. His secrets are soon revealed and that’s when the reader is thrown for a loop. Vampires. Who knew? I loved it.

Free soon learns that trust is key to her survival and the romance portion of the story kicks in full swing. Free was a character full of spunk. Able to defend herself and fight for those she loves, pegs her in the category of Alpha Heroine. But two alpha characters, will surely butt heads right? Yes, and that’s what made Free’s and Watson’s story so interesting. Two strong characters do have their weaknesses and I loved finding out what it was.

This does end in a cliffhanger, so be aware that not everything is resolved. The main threat to the characters is still out there.

Character key (abilities list):

For those interested in knowing who has what power, I’m listing it here so it’s easier to understand. I don’t want to give too much away, but it might help.

Watson: Able to manipulate fire
Oliver: Communicates with animals
Isaac: Healing
Triumph: Power of Earth
Big John: Illusion

Overall, this story kept me on my toes. Am eager to read the rest in the series.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*


They had been discovered. It did not matter how, but someone noticed the Negro servant and the white man. They did not know she was a woman dressed as a man, nor that the man with her was her brother. But, they knew something was wrong. Why would a white man walk into the woods with a Negro?

They should have planned better. Anger filled her as she scolded herself for her oversight. She and Triumph ran faster as more gunshots rang out. He was bigger and stronger, but slower. She demanded her legs run faster. “Faster, brother. Faster.” Her neck ached as she peered over her shoulder.

Men with dogs were quickly catching up to them.

A bullet whipped through the air, next to her ear, and buried itself deep into the trunk of a great old tree. She glanced toward the heavens, and then at the trees. The branches pointed to the path they must take, and the wind at her back pushed her. She knew that she and her brother were running in the right direction.

They ran faster.

Branches popped and snapped as they ripped at the sleeves of her jacket. As her brother tossed his jacket, she tossed hers and her hat. The dogs might be confused for a moment. Her brother touched her shoulder, and she knew what he was about to do. He ran ahead of her and cut through low bushes away from her. He veered his path away from hers, not because he was leaving her, but because it would split the pack of dogs chasing them.

She kept running.

Running to the hidden river.

The woods thickened, the sun began to disappear, and the sky above her darkened. They had not read the signs incorrectly. She stopped to take a long deep inhale. The scent was stronger. Moist earth. Water. She ran, harder. There had to be water somewhere, but as her legs tired, and her breaths shortened, she began to doubt her instincts.

Before her eyes saw the water, her nose told her it was there. Without thinking, she ran toward the smell of fresh wet earth. She stepped into the low water, and stopped. Glancing up and down the hidden creek, her eyes ached from the strain of searching through the trees for her brother.

Her chest tightened at the distant sound of dogs barking. Did their loud growls and snarls mean they had captured Triumph? Were they celebrating their kill? Instead of swimming to the other side, she turned to run back to the spot she had last seen her twin.

Her brother burst through the thicket…

about the author

AKA 10Angela Kay Austin has always loved expressing herself creatively. An infatuation with music led to years playing several instruments, some better than others. A love for acting put her in front of a camera or two for her thirty seconds of fame before giving way to a degree and career in communications. After completing a second degree in marketing, Angela found herself combining her love for all things creative and worked in promotions and events for many years.

Today, Angela lives in her hometown in Tennessee with her really really really old dog, Midnight.

To learn more about Angela, visit her website: http://www.angelakayaustin.com/.

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Genres I love. This sounds fantastic.

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