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Winter Rain by Chris Poirier

Violence, revenge, and other family values: a story about life at the bottom of the pack. 

Faolan runs our family with an iron fist. As a rule, he takes what he wants, and mows down anyone who gets in his way. Or sends Cormac to do it for him.

But maybe that’s what it is to be First.

Thing is, what he wants now is Keaira, whom I love. He’s says he needs her as his mate, to secure an alliance with her family. And maybe that’s true. Because things have gotten so bad with Rian—our one time ally—that if we don’t get the alliance with Keaira’s family . . . we may not survive.

Still, I can’t help but think that deep down, he’s just after some tail.

So what’s it to be? Do I give up home and family—and ask the one I love to do the same? Do I put my whole family at risk, so we can be together? Or do I step aside? Because while he’s First, those are my options.

And I can’t challenge him. He’d tear me to shreds.

Welcome to my life.

Note: Winter Rain is unfinished, and will likely remain so.  It contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

An abandoned novel

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Family Bites

By Sarah Suleski, editor, author of Sidonie

Jul 3, 2008: Winter Rain is family drama with a touch of the supernatural.

The story begins with a very mysterious, highly visual narrative that throws you into the narrator’s first person perspective and immerses you in Tiergan’s feelings. Even though it’s first person, a lot is hidden from the reader, as Tiergan doesn’t take time to "explain" things to you—it feels like you’re in his head, along for the ride, rather than him sitting you down and telling you a story. This makes everything feel immediate and urgent.

The author reveals more things as the story goes on, and it’s enough to keep the reader from from getting lost and fed up with confusion, while still leaving plenty to speculate about and look forward to. It’s a great balance between character and plot.

Each segment is fairly short, but the author updates frequently enough that he feeds you the story in tantalizing bits, in true serial fashion. Every time a segment ends I’m filled with questions and guesses about the characters, their lives, and where the story is going. I always look forward to more.

The narrative is in the present tense, which can be a little jarring if you’re not used to it. But the prose is clear and it quickly becomes second nature.

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By Sonja Nitschke, editor

Aug 8, 2008: Caveat: Winter Rain is a serial novel, still regularly updated. Review is subject to change based on further installments.

I don’t usually care for present tense. In fact, I try to stay away from it if I possibly can.

It wasn’t until chapter two that I fully realized that Winter Rain is, in fact, written in present tense and for that I give the author major kudos.

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The good and the bad…

By biggsbooks, member

Oct 14, 2009: First of all, I have to say that Chris Poirier has accomplished something I thought was absolutely impossible: a story in present tense that is actually fun to read. After the first couple of episodes, I completely forgot that I was reading present tense, and it never once threw me out of the prose. Amazing? Absolutely.

The prose and writing style were also very engaging, the descriptions were good, the pacing was fast and kept me turning the pages. Chris is [more . . .]

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Don’t Miss This!

By Miladysa, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Nov 6, 2008: My intention was to read a couple of pages and two hours later I reluctantly tore myself away because of work or sleep – I can’t remember which. The next day I returned and read as far as was possible at that time. I check this site almost daily eager for updates. Got an idea where I am going with this?

Winter Rain is a thrill to read! The author takes you straight into the head of the main character Tiergan. [more . . .]

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Solid Premise and Style, Too Much Angst, and Currently Not Updating

By M.E.Traylor, member

Jul 8, 2010: One of the biggest things I appreciated about Winter Rain was Chris’ pace during the early installments. He gave details as they would occur to the point-of-view character, allowing them to unfold as the reader went on, as opposed to explaining everything for the benefit of the reader. I REALLY prefer the former style to the latter. I don’t want to be told what’s going on, I want to find out.

I’m not used to reading first person fiction, but Chris [more . . .]

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