Adina West

Adina West

Sydney, New South Wales

Adina West grew up on a remote property on Australia’s east coast, in country New South Wales. She spent most of her childhood curled up with a book, and her first teenage job was shelving books at the local library, where she was cautioned more than once for reading them instead of putting them away.
Her first stories were laboriously typed up with two fingers on her parents’ old typewriter. Her dream of one day being a published writer progressed much faster after she learned to touch type and switched to a computer.
Adina lives in Sydney’s leafy north-west with her IT guru husband, two children, and a couple of unwelcome possums who really don’t know how to take a hint.

Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Romance, Romantic, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Episode 5

It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace … An imprudent daytrip to the Italian city of Trieste goes badly wrong when Kat and her witch companions linger past dusk. They're discovered by Directorate agents, and barely escape with their lives. Kat's grandmother is not so lucky. Kat receives word her Napa compound has been attacked by the Vodas's forces, and Imara is only just clinging to life. There's mounting evidence that the Vodas has revived a barbaric feudal practice, and is building an elite force of bloodsworn soldiers, loyal till death, fuelled by a seemingly endless supply of the Directorate's prized "old blood". He seems unbeatable ... unless, of course, they can find a way to cut off his blood supply at its source.

Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Episode 4

It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace … Trouble darkens Kat's arrival in Europe; the murder of a young man from Samuel's settlement, in their most sacred Gathering Place. The runes that adorn his naked body speak of attempts to raise a fearsome and ancient power, one that countless witches have worked for centuries to keep safely buried. As Kat comes to terms with this new threat, Alek tells her he's leaving, but won't share any of the details of why, or for how long. All she knows is that he's heading into danger ... and that he's hiding something from her. He wants her trust, yet remains reluctant to give her his.

Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Episode 3

It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace … When Kat's offered the opportunity to escape her grandmother, continue her training in Europe under Samuel's supervision, and be reunited with her Tabérin family, she jumps at the chance. But in Samuel's company she learns more about the secrets and intrigues of coven politics than Imara has ever shared. It seems that Imara's war with the Tabérin Directorate isn't the only thing threatening the Families of Power, and that Kat's own position as heir to the coven leadership is far from assured. Char has her own problems at her new nightclub in York. She's always had a sixth sense for danger, but even she could never have predicted the catastrophic fallout from agreeing to John Falcon's request to hide Yara Fortes. The traumatized teen's connections go all the way to the very top of the Tabérin Directorate. It seems the new Vodas will stop at nothing, and spare no one, to get Yara back.

Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Episode 2

It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace … Kat and her grandmother had a deal. A deal that Imara has definitively broken. Frustrated by Imara's security team watching every move she makes, Kat escapes the compound, and finds Alek waiting for her outside. But their reunion goes anything but smoothly. Though passion flares between them, anger follows as swiftly and burns as brightly. As Kat's powers of witchcraft grow, she knows it's vital she keeps her emotions restrained, but if there's one thing Alek excels at, it's making her lose control. Meanwhile, Ben and his newfound Tabérin family find sanctuary with a coven sympathetic to their plight, under the protection of Samuel, the European coven leader. Samuel's hidden valley settlement seems the perfect place to recuperate and lay low. But not everyone here is a friend ... An urban fantasy full of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, which is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments and Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series.

Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Episode 1

It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace … Kat's barely settled in Napa before she wakes to broken promises. Her grandmother Imara has left at dawn for her San Francisco headquarters, where the real decisions on coven politics are being made, and Kat wasn't invited. Then Kat discovers the entire Napa compound is riddled with silver – making it a Tabérin no-go zone, and her grandmother the worst kind of liar. Clearly Imara still believes the only good Tabérin is a dead one. That leaves Kat's Tabérin family – and Ben with them – in deadly danger from the coven's witch militia. And Kat's utterly powerless to warn them ... An urban fantasy full of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, which is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments and Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series.

Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 5

"We are a proud people, from an ancient lineage. We may be lovers of peace, but we know when to fight for it!" Imara raised her fist. "You wondered if the people who hurt you will pay for it? Hear me now. They will pay." Kat's grandmother seems determined to wrest Kat away from her Tabérin friends and allies and bring her back into the family fold - a family of untold power stretching back centuries. Kat refuses ... but her grandmother isn't someone who takes no for an answer. As refugees flee the attacks by the Directorate and converge en masse in Paris, and the Families of Power gather their forces across the western world, Kat is fighting her own battle. Her grandmother's disclosure of her true family heritage has changed everything, and now Kat finds herself heir to not one, but two warring dynasties ...

Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 4

Kat brought her eyes back to Amber. "Am I still in danger?" she blurted. "Of course you are." An unexpected visit from Kat's grandmother adds a shocking twist to the unfolding mystery of her hybrid heritage. Add to this a romantic tangle of epic proportions and Kat's visit to Akilina's chateau in the idyllic Loire Valley is shaping up to be anything but relaxing. Kat's powers are growing, and with war between the races looming new alliances are being forged. And everyone, it seems, wants Kat on their side...

Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 3

The hunger was worse every day, and now there was only a whisper-thin line holding her back from a dark red sea. "You would feed me?" Her voice came out so husky and low that it was a wonder he heard her. In Paris, Kat hears of horrifying events back in America. The leader of the Directorate is openly attacking those with mixed Tabérin and human blood. Hybrids like her. And chances are he'll be turning his attention to Europe next. Kat knows she needs to go into hiding again. But then her Tabérin aunt, Akilina, reveals something about Kat's heritage that changes everything. If Akilina is right, the Directorate will stop at nothing until they have eradicated Kat and the threat she represents. No matter how many they have to kill to get to her... As the threat from the Directorate intensifies, Ben and Yara barely escape America with their lives. But being trapped together on a boat bound for Europe could prove much more dangerous than anticipated. Because one of them is in transition, and needs to feed...

Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 2

In her dreams, she craved fresh blood. Warm human blood. And her incisors were long, sharp - able to bite through a fragile layer of skin with ease. What sort of monster does that make me? Kat discovers that her presence in Paris isn't such a secret anymore. But if she has to battle the Directorate again, it seems she'll have much more support this time. Some of it from the most unlikely sources. Meanwhile, teenage loner Ben discovers that he has much more in common with Yara Fortes, the girl of his dreams, than he ever hoped. But in a cruel twist of fate, the shared secret that links them together could also get them killed.

Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 1

Kat Chanter isn't your ordinary girl. And she isn't your ordinary vampire, either. The ruthless Directorate would go to any lengths to have her power - including murder. And when that leads to a war between races, Kat's fate becomes the ultimate prize. Kat is done with being on the run, or so she hopes. A new pathology job in Paris is her big chance to start afresh, far from the Tabérin Directorate who want her dead. Sure, adjusting to life as a half-vampire, half-human hybrid in transition poses its own challenges, but it's nothing Kat can't handle...until the past starts to catch up with her. When she's approached by one Tabérin male from her past, she can explain it away. But add in another territorial Tabérin with a newfound conscience and it's starting to get crowded on Kat's Montmartre window ledge. Past experience tells Kat to be cautious, especially in her vulnerable state. But how can she tell friend from foe?

Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 5

Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ... Then she heard it; faintly at first, but quickly becoming louder. Her faint prickle of unease became a crawling apprehension that made every hair on her body stand on end. Because there was no mistaking the sound that was drawing ever closer. The excited baying, the mournful howls of wild creatures as they grouped and closed in for the kill. Cold dread swept through her, chilling her to the bone. The pack was here. The future seems hopeless, and Kat's life is in the balance. Is it possible that she holds the key to their survival? Because if she can't find a way to unlock the knowledge within herself, it won't just be her life that's forfeit, but also the lives of the unalil, and of their captive sister . . .

Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 4

Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ... Despite all the people surrounding them she still couldn't help feeling Alek was . . . dangerous. There was so much pent-up savagery in him. She let out a shaky breath as his dark blue eyes caught hers and held. Then his hands slid around her wrists, alive with energy, and she forgot to be afraid. It wasn't just a touch, but a caress that left melting warmth in its wake. She'd heard the words before, but not spoken like this. His voice was liquid honey, lingering where others like Miklós had hurried, and imbuing each word with textured layers of additional meaning, as what had been stock phrases took on erotic promise. "Whatever you desire, you need only ask," he added softly at the end, as he lifted her wrist and brushed it with his lips. When her breath caught, he gave a slow smile, displaying sharp white teeth. Kat's unalil protectors are on high alert in their mountain stronghold. The remote location has delayed the Directorate finding Kat, but now an attack seems imminent. Kat's finding her 24/7 guard frustrating, especially since Alek, most predatory of the unalil, seems determined to take his role as protector to the next level . . .

Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 3

Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ... Dead? Kat clenched her fists, her stomach a writhing tangle of knots. Her pulse thundered in her ears. Had this all been an elaborate ruse to trap her? The platelet study; the offer to come and work at the Hema Castus Research Institute; the special attention from Director Norris ... Surely they'd have had no way of knowing who she was. Still, if the Directorate controlled Hema Castus, and the Directorate wanted her imprisoned, even dead, everything took on a much more sinister light. And anyway, why did the Directorate want her dead? Kat has always known she's special. Different. But finding out why is still a shock, especially when she discovers the malevolent Directorate, a clandestine organization of untold power, have put a price on her head. Forced into hiding in the remote White Mountains, Kat's life is suddenly in the hands of the wild and dangerous unalil. But trusting her new protectors isn't easy, since they seem almost as terrifying as the killers who pursue her . . .

Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 2

Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ... A crawling unease stirred deep within Kat. She shifted a little further away from Char. Finally she spoke, her voice fracturing the tense silence. "Who are you, Char?" Kat doesn't want to question her luck too closely when she lands a fabulous Manhattan apartment only blocks from her new job, even if cab drivers do have a funny habit of driving right past her antiquated apartment building without seeing it. But the quiet building hides a deadly secret, and when Kat meets Char from down the hall, she's drawn into a hidden world where humans aren't welcome, populated by beings as dangerous as they are beautiful. Soon Kat's neck-deep in trouble and on the run, and discovering the truth about her own unique heritage might just make things worse ...

Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 1

Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ... Kat can run a marathon without breaking a sweat. Catch anything you throw at her. Differentiate blood types by smell alone. And she's spent years hiding the fact. But secrets from the past have a way of slipping out when least expected, and a simple blood test is enough to turn her quiet life in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains upside down forever. Kat's been craving raw meat. When she visits a psychic she's told her life is about to change forever. Kat isn't so sure change is a part of her plan, but when a fabulous job offer to work for a research organization comes her way, she's tempted to say yes and make the move to New York. It just might be her chance to find out if there are others in the world like her ... Will her dream job bring answers to her questions or will it lead her into more trouble than she could ever imagine?

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