Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Crystal Fire (The Hunted #2) by Jordan Dane

Crystal Fire (The Hunted #2)
Release Date: November 26th 2013
Harlequin Teen
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Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.

While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese--the obsessed leader of the Believers--the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They're silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.

When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He'll need to confront his past--and the man who made him--before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1)
Release Date: December 18th 2012
Harlequin Teen
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Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

by Jordan Dane

In the opening scenes of Crystal Fire, the reader will meet Oliver Blue. He’s a 19-year old loner whose Indigo gift is psychometry. He can locate anyone by touching something they had in their possession. But when Dr Fiona discovers what he can do—and she sees he could betray his own kind and track them down—she experiments on him in a very cruel way. She conducts sensory deprivation with a ghastly helmet. Oliver is forced from his body to escape her torture to become a teleporter. Dr Fiona manipulates Oliver and holds his body hostage. To protect another hostage, Caila Ferrie, Oliver is brainwashed into helping the Believers hunt Gabriel Stewart and the other Indigos.
Below is an image I used to inspire Oliver’s scenes. An actual prisoner (Jose Padilla) had a similar helmet (to what I envisioned for Oliver) used on him. He was kept in sensory deprivation, even when he went to court.

Oliver uses his gift to hunt Rafael in Crystal Fire. One of the places he senses Rafe is a mission church and he describes the bells you see below, triggering the location as Mission San Gabriel de Arcangel in southern California.

The main location scenes in Crystal Fire are from the private residence of Reginald Stewart, Gabriel’s uncle, where the Indigos train for their inevitable confrontation with the Believers. Here are a few images of the Bristol Mountains and the elaborate estate that inspired me for these scenes:

The Bristol Mountains 

The Stewart Mansion Inspiration and its tower parapet wall – Gabriel’s favorite spot 

The Serenity Room of the Stewart Estate

The Library of the Stewart Estate

The Dining Room of the estate

Poor Oliver, but Dr Fiona better be careful who she messes with.

I hoped you enjoyed touring the Stewart estate and the beautiful Bristol Mountains. It’s a location I could live forever, filled with magic and Gabriel Stewart’s new clan of Indigos.

Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two lucky rescue dogs.

Win (1) of (10) finished copies of Crystal Fire (US/CAN) 


  1. I haven't read this book yet but would love to read it so if I win that would be awesome. Seems like it's going to be a great book! :)

    1. Hi Mel,

      Hope you are the lucky girl to win one of those copies. I have both books on my TBR, but I'm definitely reading them once I have a break ^^
      Thanks for stopping by and good luck! ;)