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A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Hunter
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Semi-finalist--Best Indie Books of 2012, KINDLE BOOK REVIEW
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"A tantalyzing paranormal romance, full of mystery and intrigue. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Sign me up for book 2!"

--Nichole Chase, NYT Bestselling author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy
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"No secret stays hidden forever."



A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he'd abandoned years before.  He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract.  Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation they never could have predicted.



A Hidden Fire is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers.  It is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries Series.
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THE ELEMENTAL MYSTERIES
A Hidden Fire
This Same Earth
The Force of Wind
A Fall of Water

Biographie de l'auteur

Elizabeth Hunter is the author and independent publisher of the four-part Elemental Mysteries Series. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher. A native of Central California, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and an assortment of dogs.  She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she’s not very good at it.) A Hidden Fire, This Same Earth, and The Force of Wind are now available from all major online e-book retailers. Book Four, A Fall of Water, will be available in Summer 2012. Learn more about the Elemental Mysteries series at ElementalMysteries.com or contact her by e-mail at elizabethhunterwrites@gmail.com.

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  • Taille du fichier : 659 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 274 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1475049196
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  • Editeur : E. Hunter; Édition : 2 (13 octobre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005VTVE0U
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Par créamag
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Ne vous laissez pas rebuter par le prix ridiculement bas de cet E-Book!!! La qualité du roman est inversement proportionnel à sa valeur. Dès les premières pages, on est immergé dans le monde créé par Elizabeth Hunter. L'héroïne, Béatrice, voit sa vie basculer le jour où elle découvre que l'énigmatique "Dr Vecchio", qui lui tient compagnie le mercredi soir dans la section de la bibliothèque où elle travaille, est en fait un vampire de plus de 500 ans et que son père, qu'elle croyait assassiné en Italie 10 ans auparavant, était devenu l'un d'entre eux et serait étroitement lié à la personne responsable de la disparition d'une collection de documents inestimables appartenant à Giovanni Vecchio, collection que ce dernier recherche depuis très longtemps. Intiguée et fascinée par le mystérieux vampire (et voulant retrouver son père), elle accepte l'alliance qu'il lui propose. Elle se retrouve alors plongée dans un dangereux et délicat système où les apparences sont parfois trompeuses et où la frontière entre confiance et méfiance reste parfois indéfinie...

L'auteur a mis en place un ligne scénaristique originale et différente des productions actuelles (qui sont toutes construites sur le même schéma et ont tendance à toutes se ressembler). Elle prend son temps pour installer sa série (c'est le premier tome sur les quatres), ses personnages et leurs intéractions...mais, sans noyer le lecteur dans des détails parfois futils ou inintéressants.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 tome1 22 juin 2014
Par sand
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Je l'ai trouvé un peu long mais parfois il s'agit pour l'auteur de planter le décor alors j'avais espoir que le tome 2 lance vraiment la série. Cela n'a pas été le cas. Je conseille d'acheter les tomes au fur et à mesure au cas où comme moi vous n'aimiez pas. N'attendez pas mieux de la suite, c'est pire...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Le premier tome d'une série géniale 6 février 2014
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Je recommande vivement.
Je suis vraiment enthousiasmée par cette saga.
Gratuite pour certains tome, c'est avec une délicieuse surprise que je me suis aventurée parmi les élémental et j'ai vraiment accroché.
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Premier tome d'une série qui en comporte quatre. Le commentaire de creamag vous résume déjà l'intrigue donc je n'en rajouterai pas.

C'est une histoire dont les personnages sont attachants l'auteure ayant bien documenté leur histoire personnelle et leur psychologie. Une romance superbe. J'ai dévoré le roman même si on peut juste regretter un dénouement un peu trop rapide de la grande scène d'action. L'accent est plutôt mis sur les personnages, leur évolution, leur relation. Tout ce que j'aime !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the Best Books in Years 11 février 2012
Par Douglas C. Meeks - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries) was a total shock, I bought this unassuming book for 99 cents and since it sounded like a decent mystery I grabbed it. This was NOT a hastily thrown together bit of fluff. As it turned out is was a mystery at its core wrapped around a deep story of love, desire and noble intentions. The growth of the relationships here are perfect and the actions and paranormal nuances are just enough to add to the story and not the "vampire love fest" I have seen in many recent novels. This is a slow evolving romance that can't really come to fruition because of the circumstances surrounding them (the crux of the mystery they are working on). I have read nothing like it since possibly Master of Crows which shared its slow developing romance and a hero you could not be sure if you like or hated for much of the beginning chapters. This is a top shelf reading experience and if you like good writing and multifaceted characters (who will most likely get fleshed even more in subsequent books) this is a steal of a book at any price.

UPDATE: I bought and read the other 3 books in the series and can say without any hesitation that this was possibly THE best series of 2011/12. Amazing story.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 4.5 stars...Great example of a changing industry 23 mai 2012
Par lou - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book was a revelation to me. For decades, writers have been warned against the perils of self-publishing; told that no one would take a self-published book seriously, that it would destroy a career before it began. There's also been a long-standing prejudice based on the belief that a book not picked up by a traditional publisher is simply not good enough to bother with. But Hunter's A Hidden Fire is a shining example of how online publishing has changed the industry. It is well edited, clearly written, and is missing absolutely nothing for having been self-published. More importantly, it's a great story.

Hunter has created memorable, compelling characters and a rich, well-conceived world in A Hidden Fire. Unlike so many series popular at the moment, this book does not rely on placing the main characters in some life-threatening situation in the first chapter to gain the reader's attention. Instead, Hunter takes time to introduce us to Gio and B, showing us what these characters are like, discovering personality traits and weaknesses. It's such a refreshing change to simply watch the characters demonstrate their more interesting qualities instead of simply being told 'she's really independent and clever' or 'he's dark and brooding.' Hunter gives the reader the rare opportunity to find these details on his/her own, creating a bond between characters and reader that has been sorely lacking in recent literature.

Be forewarned, the story does not move from action scene to action scene, doesn't contain melodramatic, overwrought love scenes, or mustache twirling villains. Hunter is a strong writer who has created a series that speaks for itself and doesn't depend on stale genre stereotypes to grab the reader's attention. This book kept me up all night simply because I just had to see what Gio and B were going to say next, what new discoveries they would make. The plot is well thought out and the author does a great job of laying clues for the reader to follow.

My only complaints are just a few typos, (which I probably only noticed because of having English teachers for parents) and the cliffhanger ending. I understand why the author used it, and at least she has given the reader a clear end in sight, but I do prefer to have things wrapped up a bit more cohesively. But that's just me.

All in all, this is one of the best books I've read this year and has really changed the way I view self-published works. Bravo Ms. Hunter!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must read!!! 20 mai 2012
Par TooOldForThis - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am currently reading the third book in this series, and it does not disappoint. Elizabeth Hunter has written a stunning series that is well researched, paced, and executed. I especially appreciate the way these books have more substance than most in this genre. I have read around 50 books that come up as "recommended" alongside this one, and this series is by far the best I have read. Please do not hesitate to buy this one. You won't be sorry!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It had its moments... 26 mars 2012
Par Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl Book Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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**Originally reviewed at my blog, That Artsy Reader Girl. The copy I received was complimentary, in exchange for an honest review.**

I loved the idea of the main character being a librarian, and there being such a focus on extremely old literature. And Giovanni is totally an Italian name, and combining that with the mention of Renaissance Florence, I was sold! Books and Italy. What more could I ask for? A Hidden Fire had its moments, but overall I was a little disappointed. It fell short of its potential, and I feel like it could have been so much better than it was.

1. The whole beginning is pretty mysterious. Beatrice is a librarian at the Houston University in the Special Collections reading room, picking up a new shift where she ends up spending time with Dr. Giovanni Vecchio, who is translating a very old document. He's a unique person with a hidden past, and we go a while in the book before we find out who he is and why he's connected to bunch of old literature. Beatrice is more to him than a librarian. Danger surrounds her, plus he's developing feelings for her.

2. I liked the main characters. Beatrice is smart, shy, and bookish.She's extremely level-headed, all things considered. I love her sarcasm and quick wit. I think we'd be friends. Giovanni is a sexy bad boy. He's also very scholarly and is always reading or researching something. He's also reclusive, with a very rich past that is coming back to haunt him. I loved the banter between the two of them. The sexual tension was definitely there. I just with they had done more with it.

3. The romance is kind of silly and unbelievable. You can tell Gio and Beatrice care about each other, but it's weird. He treats her like a child he needs to protect, and she treats him like a knight in shining armor. They never really hash out their feelings or intentions. Sometimes they have to put on a steamy act in front of spectators, but then they avoid one another for quite a while after. They are always holding back, but never indicate to each other why. So they always appear to mad at the other, when in reality they are lusting after one another. It wasn't really romantic to me. It was just frustrating and never really got resolved. I guess that's book 2's job.

4. The supporting characters were great. Gio's butler, Caspar, is so sweet and grandfatherly, especially with Beatrice. He's also very protective and caring towards Gio. He's clearly part of the family. I love his cat, Doyle, as well. Caspar starts a cute little something up with B's grandma, who is also a strong character with a lot of spunk. Gio has a friend named Carwyn, who is definitely my favorite character in this book. He's a Welsh priest who has been around for quite a while, and has a lot of life experience. He's funny, flirtatious, and becomes a great friend to Beatrice. He always seems to know how she's thinking and feeling, and knows just what to say to put her mind at ease. I'm kind of envious of Beatrice. She has so many sweet men keeping an eye on her!

5. The settings were unique, and I liked them. I enjoyed all the library time, and it was fun to picture what everything looked like and smelled like. I love libraries! Gio's house sounds pretty cool. We also get to explore Greece and Chile in this book, which was cool.

6. I laughed a lot. There was a lot of joking around, sarcastic remarks, flirtatious moments, and interesting tastes in clothing. The characters lovingly made fun of each other. It was refreshing, since the underlying story is a bit dark and dangerous.

7. I liked the incorporation of the elements (fire, earth, wind, and water). Each book in the series focuses on one, and this one obviously focused on fire. And I liked the paranormal elements. I'm not going to say what those are, for fear of spoiling things for you, but it's an interesting twist.

8. Really, my only complaint is that some of the plot dragged on and on, and was rather repetitive. There was a lot of sitting around and talking, with not a lot of action until the last part of the book. This is a long book, yet the bulk of the story felt rushed at the end. Nothing was tied up for us.

I would recommend this to people who enjoy paranormal urban fantasies with a tiny bit of romance. I'm thinking book 2 will open things up a lot more, and I'm curious to see what happens next! Book 2 (This Same Earth) is already out, book 3 (The Force of the Wind) is out this month, and the concluding book (A Fall of Water) has a tentative release date in June of this year.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Wink, wink, smirk, smirk 25 novembre 2012
Par mnewman743 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I tried really hard to get "into" this book as the premise is a good one but the characters keep winking at one another and there are frequently described "smirks". Twice in the early part of the book the heroine sticks out her tongue at the hero (a 540 year old vampire)and they both are subject to periods of "pouting" (what's with this?). There are many references to her superior intelligence which are not supported by her behavior. After chapter 12 I have given up. You cannot enjoy a book if your subconscious is constantly critiquing the writing style and you are unaable to identify with the characters. I realize I am very much in the minority here but these are my thoughts about this book.
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