Thursday, March 28, 2024

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Fox Tale by Karen Hulene Bartell @HuleneKaren @GoddessFish


by Karen Hulene Bartell

GENRE: Paranormal Romance


Heights terrify Ava. When a stranger saves her from plunging down a mountain, he diverts her fears with tales of Japanese kitsune—shapeshifting foxes—and she begins a journey into the supernatural.

She’s attracted to Chase, both physically and metaphysically, yet primal instincts urge caution when shadows suggest more than meets the eye.

She’s torn between Chase and Rafe, her ex, when a chance reunion reignites their passion, but she struggles to overcome two years of bitter resentment. Did Rafe jilt her, or were they pawns of a larger conspiracy? Are the ancient legends true of kitsunes twisting time and events?


I applied my makeup with an artist’s hand, blending three shades of eyeshadow and going heavy on the mascara. Then I slipped into the black cocktail dress I’d bought for the occasion--a fusion of chic and slutty.

Wish I knew what Rafe planned for my birthday. Dinner at an upscale restaurant? Pub food at a sports bar?

A surprise,” was all he’d said.

What’s the fine line between dressed to kill and overdressed? Glancing at the mirror, I glimpsed the exposed décolletage, then examined my naked left hand. More importantly, is tonight the night? After dating for three years, the conversation had finally turned to rings and weddings, and with graduation a month away, I was eager to take the next step.

At six o’clock sharp, I sat by the door, butterflies fluttering in my belly.

Ten minutes passed, fifteen. I texted him. An hour later, I called. When he didn’t pick up, I left a voicemail.

At eight o’clock, I checked my email. No messages, no texts--radio silence.

At nine o’clock, I removed my makeup, the black, smoky taupe, mauve, and greige streaks on the cotton pad mirroring my mood. After showering, I picked at soggy leftovers as I studied my bare left hand. Leftovers…

When the phone dinged, I flinched. Rafe?

Mia--Guess who’s at Tootsie’s? And Rafe’s not alone. What’s going on?--

I sat back, stunned. He wouldn’t break up with me on my birthday--without even the courtesy of telling me--would he?

My Review:

When I started reading Fox Tale I didn’t know what to expect after reading the summary but what I found lying between the pages was way different than anything I could ever have imagined. Fox Tale pulled me into its world the moment I read that first page.

From that moment on I was hooked and couldn’t stop reading as I tried to figure out what was going on. I kept guessing and wondering what it was all about from beginning to end. The twists just kept coming. I do believe I began to get a little dizzy just trying to keep up with all of them. LOL! I didn’t know what to expect from one page to the next. Fox Tale is a surprising read, to say the least.

Fox Tale kept me guessing as to what was real and what was not. There were times when I was wondering if someone wasn’t a little on the crazy side. It was intense with all the weird things that kept happening, especially with one of the characters.

I very much loved the world-building for this one as it was awesome. I don’t think I have ever read anything like it before. I can’t give Fox Tale enough praise as I truly loved it. I love the paranormal elements of the kitsune.

I would love to read more from the world of Fox Tale! I highly recommend Fox Tale to anyone who loves a good paranormal story! Grab a copy of Fox Tale today for a surprising and wonderful read!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author of the Trans-Pecos and Sacred Emblem series, Karen is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life, who writes multicultural, offbeat love stories. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved often, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Texas Piney Woods with her husband Peter and her “mews”—three rescued cats and a rescued *Cat*ahoula Leopard dog.

Connect with Karen:

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you so much for reviewing FOX TALE today!

Marcy Meyer said...

I like the blurb and excerpt. Sounds like an interesting story.

Karen Hulene Bartell said...

WoW! Many thanks for your review - and thank you so much for interviewing me today!

Karen Hulene Bartell said...

Thank you for stopping by, Marcy - much appreciated!

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good read.

Damaris Maidana said...

I would ask the author: How long does your documentation process take?

Nancy P said...

Intriguing cover

Daniel M said...

looks like a fun one

Nancy P said...

Congratulations on your book!

Michael Law said...

This looks really good. Thanks for hosting this tour.

Ally Swanson - FAB said...

Excellent review!! Sounds like an intriguing read!!