Many people know award winning author Nancy J. Cohen due to her Bad Hair Day mystery series, which currently has its tenth book published. However, I first read Cohen a few years ago when I reviewed her intergalactic story Silver Seranade. Now, she is busy writing more sci-fi romance, with her touch of comedy included, and I’ve just recently read Warrior Prince (#1 in her new Drift Lord series) that came out this past Fall.
As always, her female characters are superb role models for women on how to be not a bit afraid of following your heart and taking a thrill ride of action and adventure. Fairly stubborn, these women know not only how to make the strongest man’s heart weak, they also know how their stubborness and sheer will can always save that man and the day. I just love strong women like that who are more than a man’s equal and valued for their advice and courage! Her protagonist, Nira, fits this evaluation with fiery attitude. (review continued after synopsis)
A galactic warrior joins forces with a sexy mythologist to stop a dimensional rift from destroying Earth.
When mythologist and Florida resident Nira Larsen accepts a job as tour guide for a mysterious stranger, she’s drawn into a nightmare reality where ancient myths come alive and legendary evils seek to destroy her. To survive, she must awaken her dormant powers, but the only person who can help is the man whose touch inflames her passion.
After a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle cracks open and an ancient enemy invades Earth, Zohar-leader of the galactic warriors known as the Drift Lords-summons his troops. He doesn’t count on a redheaded spitfire getting in his way and capturing his heart. Nira has the power to defeat the enemy and to enslave Zohar’s soul. Can he trust her enough to accomplish his mission, or will she lure him to his doom?
Set in a contemporary world woven with magic, intrigue, romance, and suspense, Warrior Prince is based on Norse mythology. At its core is the story of a woman’s search for her true identity and a man’s need to accept his destiny. Their fate together is written in the runes.
Digital: 978-1-61217-358-0, $5.99, Wild Rose Press, Sept. 21, 2012
Trade PB: 978-1-61217-357-3, $15.99, Wild Rose Press, Sept. 21, 2012
When I first started reading the book, I was a little worried about if I’d like the story or the structure of it. Cohen’s comedy can catch you a bit off guard if you aren’t fully ready and her romance always starts extra early, almost like love at first sight syndrome. However, once I got past the first two chapter and the book really started into the action, drama, and plot, I really couldn’t put it down even if I thought I should. She really keeps the action moving, and with a time travel component to the book, morphing a mile every minute (and in a unique style I might add). It was pure fun and entertainment with some heated passion involved along the way.
Nancy’s humor hit my geeky funny bone. She nabbed lines and inferences from Battlestar Galactica, Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, Stargate, and Star Wars to name a few. They made me laugh along the way and I felt connected, probably due to my love of those shows and movies myself. I admired how she put her own twist on some of it to fit it into the story.
Also, she combined Norse God legends and mythology into her intergalactic writing. Of course, this means we’re presented with Thor and his brother, Loki, which really fits smoothly into a sci-fi story for you if you’re a Stargate SG-1 fan (I am). In legend, Thor supposedly is tasked with protecting humankind, so it is fitting when you read the story that Zohar, the Drift Lord king, fights to save Earth as well as other outer realms from invading space aliens. I think Cohen did a smooth job of mixing together the legend and sci-fi themes. It was the best part of the book in my opinion. The Norse God legend is one of my favorites though, so I might be partial, but I liked what she did with it. The other favorite part of my book involved dancing with elves. But I don’t want to spoil your fun by givng away all the nutty details here.
Her insight on her character Nira was detailed and believable, as well as memorable, and the surrounding cast of characters were also vibrant enough to be admired, hated, and interesting. I can’t wait to follow them further.
If you’re looking for a light romance, with a few lustful scenes, but more on the action and adventure side then this might fit that criteria for you. I liked the sci-fi action and enjoyed their emotional romance evolving as the story brewed. It might just be their destiny to be to be together….what Nira finds out is very important to them both and when they find out they need each other more than for just pure partnership, it becomes very interesting. I can’t wait to see where this story heads as their quest hasn’t ended yet. So many questions still to be answered.
So because I’m left wondering, it’s great to know that Warrior Rogue (#2 in the Drift Lord series) is out now in Kindle format with paperback coming in April!!
For a funny bone tingling non-stop action and adventure sci-fit thriller with a swirl of romance, Nancy J. Cohen’s Drift Lords series is one you won’t want to pass up. I encourage you to try Warrior Prince today if you are a reader of sci-fi romance. Cohen’s writing is very entertaining.
I LOVED checking out Cohen’s Pinterest board for Warrior Prince! It enabled me to visualize some of her characters and ideas through her eyes. You can check it out here: http://pinterest.com/njcohen/warrior-prince/
Nancy J. Cohen, Biography~
Nancy J. Cohen is an award-winning author who writes romance and mysteries. Her humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series features hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list. Shear Murder is the tenth book in this series and her sixteenth title.
Nancy’s imaginative romances have also proven popular with fans. Her first title in this genre won the HOLT Medallion award, while Silver Serenade won Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. Warrior Prince, her latest title, begins a new paranormal romance series from The Wild Rose Press. Coming next is Warrior Rogue, book two in the Drift Lords Series.
Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. Nancy is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., International Thriller Writers, and The Author’s Guild. When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising, and outlet shopping.
For more on Nancy J. Cohen, go to her website at http://nancyjcohen.com/ where you can also find how to connect to her social media networks.