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Author: Jennifer Ortiz

Title: Chosen

Series: The Chosen Chronicles, #1

Pages: 275

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Date published: January 8, 2015Synopsis:

Cal Reynolds has always been special. He comes from a long line of Hunters – a group of humans gifted with exceptional strength, speed, and magical ability. The Hunters’ purpose is to protect the world from demons from the Underworld. But even among this select group, Cal stands out. 

When his strained relationship with his father causes Cal to leave the Hunters, a series of events is set in motion that causes him to discover secrets about himself, his family, and his future that he could never have imagined. In the midst of trying to decipher the pieces left from this chaos, Cal reconnects with Gabrielle Morgan, the only girl he’s ever loved, after a nearly seven year estrangement. 

But Cal is Chosen – and that has far reaching ramifications, not only on himself but on those he loves as well. When Cal is faced with the ultimate deception, he begins to realize that he will need to choose where his loyalties, and his love, lie…and the seduction of darkness is almost overwhelmingly alluring…

I was probably going to die.I really shouldn’t be surprised. After all, when you hunted evil, supernatural creatures, getting killed was sort of an occupational hazard. But I was good at what I did – really good. And I figured I was still going to die.I watched the Abassy, an iron-toothed man-eating demon, approach riding a dragon. The Abassy was seriously tough shit…and it only had one arm, one eye, and one leg. To make matters worse, its mount was a two-headed, eight-legged, two-tailed dragon. These things were supposed to solely be creatures of the Underworld so how the hell they had gotten out, I had no idea. I had been trying to banish them back, which, despite how powerful the Abassy was, should have been fairly simple. Only what should have been a pretty quick mystical banishment had turned into an all-out clusterfuck of a fight. I laid in the dirt that was slowly being turned to mud, courtesy of all the blood seeping out of my way-too-many wounds. I knew I was in bad shape when I tried to lift my left arm and couldn’t feel anything on that entire side of my body. Breathing slowly in and out, I focused on the sweet musk of the earth all around me and ignored the prevalent metallic twang of all the blood (MY blood) that was every-freaking-where. Forcing myself to stand up…or at least stand hunched over, I decided to wait for the Abassy to make a move rather than expend energy in chasing it.Clearly I had caused some injury to the Abassy and its dragon since I could see that they limped towards me but, even with my enhanced vision, between the pitch black of the night and the dark skin of the creatures I couldn’t see any obvious wound. I figured I had one decent attack left before my body just completely gave up. My right hand gripped the banishment crystal and I willed my left hand to curl around my dagger. The crystal was going to have to do most of the work so my best hope was to distract with the weapon – thankfully I’d had a semblance of foresight to bring an enchanted blade along, which should sting the Abassy even more, provided I could make direct contact.The Abassy stopped and we engaged in a Western-movie-type stare down. For a nanosecond, I almost felt like John Wayne. But before I had time to blink, it rushed at me. I didn’t think, I didn’t breathe. I stabbed blindly with my dagger hand and slid my right hand up towards the Abassy’s chest, underneath the Abassy’s stretched out arm, while twisting my body to avoid the dragon. Searing, jolting pain shot through my body as the Abassy’s dragon clamped down on my right leg with two of its own. I heard muscle rip and felt bones snap. My world started to go dark – even I couldn’t stay conscious after the vicious ass-kicking I had received.


◾ Author name: Jennifer Ortiz

◾ Genre and why did you choose that genre:

New Adult Paranormal Romance – I love the idea of “something else” out in the real world and the normal humans have no idea. I was thinking about what would happen if Buffy was a guy and I just started writing…

◾ Writing since: I’ve been writing since I was probably 7 or 8 and those were all stories about horses and I went through a truly awful poetry phase in high school (so very very bad) and then college was all about writing courses. Only in the last several years I’ve been writing fiction again.

◾  What usually inspires/motivates you to write?

I wish I knew, haha. I’m hard to motivate, although I genuinely love the actual act of creating. I get distracted very easily (Hi, Facebook and Twitter and Instagram). I normally get inspired in places I can’t actually write – so I often jot down random strange notes in my phone. Usually I’ll just think “What if???” and then decided to write the actual story behind the what if.

◾ What were you before you became a writer?

I still work outside of the home (*cue dramatic sobbing*). Other than that, I’m a mom of 3 and wife.

◾ Top 5 Favorite Authors:

~Colleen Hoover

~Kylie Scott

~Richelle Mead

~Jean Auel

~Rick Riordan

◾ Top 5 Favorite Books:

The Bronze Horseman, Easy, Ugly Love, The Redhead Series, The Stage Dive Series

◾ Top 5 Favorite TVshow/ Movies:

Supernatural, Fixer Upper, Shadowhunters (I KNOW, but I love it not because it’s an exact retelling of the books but because it’s a good ADAPTATION of Cassandra Clare’s world), Outlander, Golden Girls (don’t judge me – I love those sassy old broads)

◾ Top 5 Favorite Songs:

anything by Rob Thomas, almost anything by Taylor Swift, Everything I Do by Bryan Adams, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, Hotel California by Eagles


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