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5 stars for Destiny Series: Five Novelettes With a Twist by @CasiMcLean #audiobookreview #audiobook

Title: Destiny Series: Five Novelettes with a Twist

Author: Casi McLean

Narrator: Amanda Stribling

Genre: Supernatural Romance, Short Stories

Book Blurb:

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, five award-winning novelettes with supernatural twists grab you on page one and hold you spellbound long after you read “The End.” At first these stories reel you into what appears to be a formula romance. Then they turn the genre on its head, throwing a perfectly aimed, delightful curveball at the surprising and satisfying endings. The writer doesn’t rush any part of these stories, letting the reader see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night.

A note from the author

I designed The Destiny Series to give readers a taste of my writing and leave them wanting more. Five short stories in a collection that capture the essence of my genre and style: ethereal, supernatural, romantic, paranormal, heartwarming, all rolled into one book, sprinkled with a touch of magic. I hope my shorts entice you into my novels. Allow me to introduce you to my heroines.

Self-reliant Reagan Nichols is no stranger to challenges, but ever since twilight fell over Spirit Lake and a murky mist oozed inland, everything felt surreal. When she finds a little girl wandering through the eerie fog, Reagan vows to save the child’s father from the bowels of a ghostly vessel adrift on the lake. Will the three survive a confrontation with pure evil in order to meet their Destiny?

Savanna Bradford’s impulsive reaction to her boyfriend Ryan’s proposal spirals her into a rendezvous with fate and a mystical gift that could alter her future. Will the timeless struggle between dreams and passion bait her into repeating history, or will a simple gift from her bizarre encounter steer Savannah toward her true destiny before it’s too late?

Sabrina Wentworth’s bewildering gift swept her into the sensuous arms of a dream lover. Every night––after midnight––she slips into an illusory world drenched in passion. But the sands of time run out tonight. Can Brie find the key to her fantasy world before the reality of her ex boyfriend’s deadly plot plays through, or will she be destined to death after midnight?

Prominent heart surgeon, Sierra Norton, performs minor miracles on a daily basis, but never in her wildest dreams did she imagine she would live one. When lightning strikes her flight the aircraft plunges, swirls through turbulence, and catapults Sierra into a treacherous past––the attack on Pearl Harbor. In a whirlwind blur, Sierra’s courage, skill, and passion challenges her sanity. Can the convergence of three strong women reset history to fulfill her destiny?

When New York Times best-selling author, Katlyn Harris, discovers a timeworn painting in the attic of the isolated home she mysteriously inherits, she feels a surge of déjà vu that spins her into a mysterious fantasy. Can dreams pierce the realm of reality or is Katlyn’s mystic connection to the antique painting the fulfillment of a promise torn from the pages of history?

Just when you think you’ve got the story figured out, BOOM. Romance, suspense, time-slips, mystery and a touch of paranormal, all wrapped into one ingeniously creative book.

My Review:

Summary –

Five novelettes featuring five heroines not interested in romance take a tumble through time and discover destiny awaits them. Each novelette is a fleshed-out story filled with supernatural, romantic, mysterious elements and a quick read/listen. Each one can be read as a standalone but when read together, it’s a magical reading adventure. This is Casi McLean at her finest!

Narrator’s overall voice –

I’ve never heard Amanda Stribling’s voice before and I found her voice enticing to listen to. She has clear control over her voice and uses inflection to convey emotion, action, different characters, and more. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Does the narrator fit the characters?

Yes, Amanda Stribling fits the characters and creates clear differences between the characters.

Narrator’s reading style –

I rather enjoyed Amanda Stribling’s reading style. I found myself transported into each story. Partnering with Casi McLean, Amanda Stribling brings the series to life.

Narrator’s impact on reading experience –

Amanda Stribling has an incredible talent for narration. I closed my eyes on more than one occasion and let her take me away. Listening to her narrate is like going to the theater without leaving your home, office, or vehicle. A moving experience.

Narrator’s pacing –

Amanda Stribling’s pacing is brilliant, with just the right amount of tension without going overboard.

Audiobook flow –

Each novelette flows incredibly well. It was a joy to listen to.

What makes this audiobook unique –

I think what makes this unique is that Amanda Stribling creates a different set of voices for each story. By the time I read/listened to the third story, it still felt original.

Would I recommend this audiobook –

Yes! It is such a magical read/listen. Plus, you can do one story at a time which works well for busy people.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

USA Today & Amazon Best Selling Author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul, crossing genres from ethereal captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, ghostly encounters, mystical plots, heart-pounding thrillers, and sensual romantic suspense––all dusted with a sprinkle of magic.

Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can't put down. Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious, hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires, then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies.

With suspenseful settings and lovable characters you'll devour, you'll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You'll swear time travel could happen, be mystified by other worldly images, and feel the heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you'll want more.

Newest on the horizon, A Switch In Time, is a time travel stunner where Casi teams up with her mother's never published manuscript in a unique novel that spans sixty-years in the making––creating a story ripped from today's headlines.

Twins unite when a cutting-edged medical mystery merges with high-tech crime solving, creating a pulse-pounding thriller in Virtually Timeless.

Casi's Deep State Mysteries series enters the realm of political thrillers, combined with NCIS Military and a hellastrong ghost you'll root for in Reign Of Fire, and The List––Alyssa's Revenge. Her newest work in progress completes the three-book series and is scheduled for release Spring 2021.

Watch the trailers on this page or on her YouTube channel:

Casi's signature series, Lake Lanier Mysteries, features a unique spin on romantic suspense time travel. Inspired by freak accidents, strange phenomena, and eerie lore attached to Atlanta's man-made Lake Sidney Lanier, Casi weaves together page-turning suspense and star-crossed lovers in this three-book series. Toss in an almost believable time portal and Lake Lanier Mysteries will draw you in and hold you spellbound.

What if the excavation created more than a lake? What if explosions triggered a seismic shift, creating a portal that connected past to future?

Lake Lanier Mysteries Book #1

A RONE AWARD Finalist, Beneath The Lake

Won 2019 PRG Reader's Choice Awards for Best Time Travel

2016 Best Romantic Suspense

2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

Watch the trailer on this link:

Beyond The Mist, book #2 in Casi's romantic time slip treasure chest, is a stunning tribute to the victims and first responders of the 911 World Trade Center terrorist attack. Here is the trailer link:

Between The Shadows brings the saga full circle with an amazing time slip to 1865 and a search for the Confederate gold. Don't miss this trailer:

Find your Destiny in Casi's Destiny Collection––five short stories with twists you'll never see coming.

Uniquely qualified to write self-help and inspiration, Casi tops the scale with her powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, sharing an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, displaying her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction.

Find out for yourself why readers love to Discover The Magic Of Casi McLean's Books.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

1 Kommentar

Casi McLean
Casi McLean
23. Feb. 2022

What a wonderful description of my five short stories, and I love how you described Amanda Stribling's work. When I ran across her audition, I knew I found the perfect voice for my Destiny Series! Thank you so much, Mrs. N.!

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