Chiromancist-CPForced to do what’s necessary to survive, Sky would do anything to hold the one thing she loves the most in her arms. Every day that passes chips away at her resolve. Sometimes, she thinks she doesn’t have the strength to continue on. Until she remembers what she desperately wants the most. Despite the fact that her entire world has been torn asunder, she refuses to give in. In order to move forward, she must do what’s been asked of her by those who keep her confined at all times. No matter what, she will achieve her freedom, or die trying in the process.

I absolutely love this series. With every book, Charmaine plunges the reader further into this chaotic world she’s created. She’s given us a myriad of characters, each doing their best to survive. With every secret that’s uncovered in their lives, these characters are forced to do things they never thought possible. With every choice made, though, comes pain and heartache. Through it all, however, these characters confront both their pasts, their presents, and futures in the hopes of making something more of the lives they live.

In Chiromancist, we meet the beautiful Sky. She’s headstrong and determined, intent on plowing through her meager existence. She has a lot to live for, though you wouldn’t know it. It’s heartbreaking to see her go through so much, but being able to see the silver lining that comes her way makes up for the pain and destruction that constantly surrounds her.

Bono is her knight in shining armor, one who complements her in every way possible. He refuses to let her wallow in self-pity, doing his best to pull her out of the uncertainty she feels on a daily basis. He and Sky look like they’re opposites, at first, but they’re not. The chemistry between them flares every time they come across one another. Though both of them come from different sides of the train tracks, they’re willing to work on things between them in the hopes of gaining an ends to their own means.

I’m happy to see that this won’t be the end of this wonderful series. The author has shown us that there’s so much more to tell of the world that surrounds these beautiful characters. What’s coming next for them, it’s hard to say. Perhaps someday, though, they’ll all find a world that’s finally accepting of who and what they are. We can hope, right? So can’t wait to see what comes next for the Seven Forbidden Arts series. More, please!




Everything is not always as it seems.

Bono Black is not part of Cain Jones’s taskforce. He’s merely their pilot. The minute he walks into a sex club in Amsterdam, he is no longer an outsider to the war on their beautiful target, Sky Val. Bono wants her like he’s never wanted anyone, and he’s a determined man. The only snags are three major obstacles. One, Sky belongs to the most dangerous sex dealer in the Netherlands who’d see her dead before he lets her go. Two, she’s undeniably involved in the murders of a senator and president. Three, Cain has ordered her dead. But time is on Bono’s side. Before the team leader slits her throat, they need information on her boss. With the interest Sky has shown in Bono, Cain decides Bono is just the man for the job, and that seduction will be his choice of arms.

Life has never been good or kind. From where Sky Val is standing, life looks infinitely bad. Her existence is nothing but physical and emotional torture, but one motivation keeps her going. It is a secret she can’t give up on. Bought at the age of sixteen for her forbidden art to manipulate time, Sky’s owner constructed the perfect jail to confine her. The invisible chains he put on her are much more effective than a brick and mortar prison. She will do anything her owner or his boss demands, even make the handsome, caring Senegalese pilot, Bono Black fall in love with her. Love is, after all, a woman’s best weapon when her mission is to steal a man’s secrets.

Every wise person knows things aren’t always what they seem, but the truth becomes muddled in a war where the good guys suddenly seem bad, and the devil like a savior. In an upside-down world full of dangerous secrets and supernatural powers, many hearts will be broken, but only one team can win. Which one of them will walk away with their secrets and life intact?

* This is Book 8 of the Seven Forbidden Arts paranormal series, but also reads as a standalone. The story contains violence, explicit language, and consummated love scenes. Recommended for an audience of 18+.


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Charmaine PaulsAbout The Author:

Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published nine novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her shorts have been selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.