Between Darkness and Daylight
4 Stars: "McKeever tells an intensely
heated love story loaded with both blazing sex and sensitive family
relationships. Plot twists will keep you guessing, and several subplots dovetail
into a nail-biting conclusion." —Romantic
Fictionwise: Highest Rated in E-Books
Over-achieving and skeptical securities and commodities sales agent, Nova Foxx, is dragged kicking and screaming into believing the supernatural when an almost-fatal mountain climbing accident results in a near-death experience that kick-starts her inherent psychic abilities into overdrive. Nova soon discovers with her newfound "gifts" comes great
responsibility and is forced to relocate to another city in search of the subject of her clairvoyance with the hopes of ending her visions and saving a stranger's life.
But first, she must convince him that his life is in jeopardy without revealing who she is and how she knows.
Zane Youngblood is a high school social worker who wants to save the world one child at a time. An impossible order to fill, but this doesn't stop him from trying, especially when he's raising a young troubled teen of his own looking for acceptance and a savior wherever he can find them.
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal/Psychic/Interracial
Length: Super Plus Novel (115,000 words)
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"I loved this book. Between Darkness and Daylight
is the best read this year. The pace was fast, the story line reaches out and grabs you and doesn’t let go until the last page. I couldn’t read this book fast enough. Zane and Nova have trouble with getting it right and leveling with each other. I found the emotions of all of the characters very intense, including the villain; you can almost sympathize with him in a twisted way. Gracie C. McKeever did a wonderful job on developing all of the characters. Her villain was so evil that you knew he would do anything to get what he wanted, kill or hurt any one. I love paranormal aspects in a character, but Nova was probably the best character I have read in one of these. I just cannot say enough about how great this book was. I will be looking for Gracie C. McKeever’s other books; she is a writer to watch for."
—Chris H., Fallen Angel Reviews
"Between Darkness and Daylight
is another exciting and captivating paranormal entry from prolific and exceptional author Gracie C. McKeever. The reader will find it impossible not to fall in with the struggles and concerns of heroine Nova and her quest to find the man in her visions and warn him-and love him. The plot with its rampant paranormal element is rapidly paced and intriguing. As always, Ms. McKeever delivers steamy sensuality interwoven into a wonderful story line with sympathetic characterizations."
—Frost, Two Lips Reviews
"This book enthralled me. Gracie
Mckeever has taken to romance to a whole
new level. Reading of Nova’s search and
the depths of how she felt pulls you into
her characters and you cannot put the book
down! Erotic love scenes make you drool
for Zane as if he was a real man. I wish
he was a real man! J Grace this was a
beautiful love story and I give it a whole
heated five roses. Everyone read this
book! I am gleefully rubbing my hands
because I had a tasty treat at the end of
Beneath the Surface!" —Kelly,
My Book Cravings
5 Sistah Hugs:
"Between Darkness and
Daylight evokes an array of emotions,
ranging from excitement to fear to sorrow
to love. When I picked up this book and
began reading, I didn't want to put it
down. I was intrigued by how the
characters' emotional dilemmas were all
intertwined. From beginning to end, I
could feel each character's raw emotions.
If you are driven by drama or high end
adventure, I would recommend Between
Darkness and Daylight as your next
read." —Shawn Thomas,
SistahFriend Book Club
"Ms. McKeever has penned another
masterpiece in this tale! Featuring the
reoccurring themes of reincarnation and
mind reading, this tale is not for the
faint at heart. It is perhaps the most
suspenseful tale this reviewer has read by
Ms. McKeever, and although the villain is
revealed rather early on, there are many
shocking twists and turns that will keep a
reader engrossed far past their bedtime.
One wonders if the author has had
experience raising orphan teenage boys
because the character of Ransom was so
very well-written and true to life. Nova
and Zane’s on and off again relationship
was the mainstay of this book and their
love for each other shone through even the
most troublesome of times. As usual,
superb author writes sex scenes that are
incendiary and will have the reader
reaching for a fan or a cool glass of
water after reading them. All in all,
another excellent job by Ms. McKeever!" —Leah,
Love Romances and More
"Between Darkness and Daylight is
an exciting and highly suspenseful
romance. Three very compelling characters
draw the readers into their lives as they
meet and fall in love. A frighteningly
insane stalker bent on evil wants to end
their happiness. Readers will be glued to
their chairs waiting the time when he
makes his move. The tension is constantly
building as the readers are allowed inside
the mind of the stalker and see what he
does and how he manipulates those around
him. Readers will not be able to put this
one down until they know how it will all
end. The romance from the very beginning is steaming. Nova
has spent time imagining what Zane would
be like before she ever meets him. She is
already in lust before they ever meet. The
two characters almost combust from the
heat of desire when they do meet. Readers
will find that when these two finally come
together it is with a desperation that
leaves the hearts racing.
Between Darkness and Daylight is a wonderfully
creative paranormal suspense. Readers that
enjoy the supernatural including psychics
will be fascinated by this story of a
psychic on a mission. They will love the
surprises in the end. I encourage readers
to look for this story for its frightening
suspense and its passionate romance.
Between Darkness and Daylight by
Gracie C. McKeever is a love story that
offers something for everyone’s enjoyment."
The Romance Studio
"Between Darkness and Daylight was a very intriguing story with a great plot and characters. Ms. McKeever provided a strong heroine with Nova. I’m not sure how many women would have left her fiancé and traveled across the country to help a complete stranger all based on a vision. I wasn’t sure at first if this would be believable or how it would work, but I must say Ms. McKeever did an excellent job of reeling me in. I also enjoyed Zane’s character as the strong male who felt the need to stand firm and be there for his nephew to help him through the loss of his mother. What I enjoyed most about Zane was his ability to realize that Ransom really needed to see Zane admitting his fear and sadness. The sex between Zane and Nova was very hot! Their sex acts were not unusual with toys or bondage, but had an almost vanilla feel that proved to fit with their character. The plot flowed well throughout this entire story. Overall, I thought this was a very well written book about the power of second sight and I daresay it made me a believer. I am looking forward to reading more work from Ms.
—LT Blue, Just
Erotic Romance Reviews
4 Blue Ribbons:
"Zane is an admirable character and his
feelings for his students reach out and
touch you. Nova is the sassy heroine who
is intent on saving his life. Together
this couple is dynamite and the love
scenes are absolutely explosive. Readers
will love the constant interaction between
Zane and Nova. Zane’s [nephew] also makes
a great secondary character and hints that
maybe he needs his very own story. Gracie
McKeever is an excellent author and her
creative characters and interesting plots
makes her books must haves." —Angel,
"Between Darkness and Daylight
continues McKeever’s theme of
multicultural paranormal romances, but
delivers this story a little differently.
While the other books I have enjoyed from
this author employ very strong heroines
also, they have been led by very Alpha
Male heroes who have been more certain of
the romance than their leading ladies. In
Between Darkness and Daylight,
however, we see a bit of role reversal,
with a heroine who leads her hero to the
happy ending instead of vice versa. Nova
Foxx is a strong, capable career woman.
She knows what she wants, and never wavers
from her goal. Granted, she has the
benefit of precognition to help her stay
focused on this romantic end game, but
there is still the little matter of
keeping her newly found soul mate and
herself alive in order to see that ‘Happy
Ever After’. Zane is scarred by loss, and
is determined never to love again. But he
can’t seem to stop himself when he meets
the headstrong Nova, who seems to
understand what both he and his teen-age
ward need, acting as a balm to their
woeful hearts. While no weakling, he is a
man who is happy to be led by the woman in
his life, a role that Nova fits very
nicely. This author always balances her
romance plot with a great bit of suspense,
and this book is no exception. McKeever
keeps us on the edge of our seat
throughout the book, granting voyeuristic
bits of insight into the villain’s mind as
he plots the downfall of Zane and his
loved ones. Even though she reveals the
identity of the villain fairly early in
the book, it never lessens the intensity
of the action or the danger. Between
Darkness and Daylight should not be
missed by fans of romantic paranormal
suspense, and especially fans of Gracie C.
McKeever." —Jennifer, CK2S Kwips and
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She moaned, gyrating and writhing against his mouth until Zane plunged
his tongue into her pussy and stroked inside her, fully
intending to find out just how many licks it would take to get
to the center of her.
Nova suddenly stiffened, then trembled and came apart around him,
curving her leg around his neck to bring him closer. Her hot
juices gushed into his mouth as she keened and he caught her
hips and held her close, absorbing her pleasure and holding on
until her vibrations subsided.
Zane stood and pressed himself against her, taunting her opening with
the head of his stiff, aching cock. He bent his head to nibble
her earlobe, licked his way down the side of her throat then
back again to circle the outer shell of her ear. “Last time I
didn’t get to enjoy you like I should have. Like I wanted
Quivering in his embrace, she opened her eyes, her expression dazed and
drugged as she watched him “You didn’t?”
“Nowhere near.” He slid the condom out of her listless fingers, tore
into the packet with his teeth and one hand, staring at her the
entire time. His dick jerked and throbbed when Nova slowly
licked her lips and returned his look with a heated one of her
She reached for his hand. “Let me.” She took the condom and
proceeded to roll it down over his jutting shaft to the base,
holding him a moment longer then was necessary, loving him with
her hand, pumping up and down before massaging the head of his
cock with her thumb again. “I don’t think I enjoyed you the
way I should have either.”
“It was too fast.”
“Way too fast. We’ll take it slow this time.”
He nodded his agreement, and he had every intention of keeping that
unspoken promise until he slid halfway into her and felt her
vaginal muscles tighten around him. It took everything in him
not to move, to just enjoy the sensation of her clutching him,
gloving his shaft in her warm woman’s sheath. He pressed his
forehead against hers and took a deep breath. “Don’t
“I won’t.” But her hands came up behind him anyway to grip his
shoulders, her fingers digging into him, expressing desperate
need that mirrored his.
“God, Nova, you make me so hot and wild. I just want to take you hard
and fast whenever I’m inside you. It isn’t like me.”
“It isn’t like me either. I’ve been like this since I first saw
y—since I met you.”
He pulled back to look at her, searching her face and finding the truth,
that they were irrevocably linked, afraid of where this was
taking them but willing to go with the flow anyway.
She cupped his face with one hand. “I’ll take hard and fast. I’ll
take slow and easy. I’ll take you any way I can get you.”
Hearing his own reckless thoughts said out loud made his heart throb in
concert with his cock, reminded him of how deep he wanted to
bury himself inside her.
Zane circled his hips, caressing just inside her opening with several
quick, shallow thrusts, taunting them both before he drove deep
and held still again.
She hooked a leg around his hip as her canal opened to accommodate his
length and width and panted when he lifted her, pinning her to
the slippery tile wall.
Nova moved first, bucking her hips against him and urging him to
reciprocate. He followed her lead, twisting his hips,
alternating between slow deep plunges and fast slight caresses,
balls contracting right before he pistoned his hips in earnest.
She pulled his head forward for a kiss and he slipped his tongue into
her mouth, tangling it with hers as he lowered his hands to her
ass and pressed her flush against him. The shudders started
again, inside and out, her pussy muscles squeezing tight around
him, the increasing pressure signaling her approaching orgasm.
She cried out as she nuzzled his neck and gently sunk her teeth
into the skin bridging his shoulder and neck.
Zane shivered, her bite and climax inciting his release. He came inside
her, rasping her name over and over again until the torrent
abated. Breathless, they clung to each other beneath the
shower’s warm spray, their tremors slowly fading as they
exchanged gratitude and sorrow through touches and looks.
“What did I do to deserve you in my life, Nova?”
“Nothing at all, except be.” She smiled, drawing away from him with
a resounding sucking sound as his flaccid penis slid out of her.
She pulled the curtain back, as if her work with him was done.
“I’m going to get dressed and meet you in the living room. I don’t
want Ransom to come in and catch us both in the shower if I can
Zane watched her go; he was bereft and satiated, lost and found, and
until he held her in his arms again, he didn’t think he’d
ever be whole.
He lathered up with the soap again and rinsed off as fast as he could,
eager to be with her again but trying to take his time and let
her get dressed. Turning off the shower, he stepped out and
wrapped a towel low on his hips, then drew up short in the
master bedroom when he noticed Nova standing at his bureau. He
smiled. "Hey you."
She started, turning quickly, hands behind her back. "Don't mind
me. I just forgot something from my portfolio."
Zane smiled at the term. The thing was more like a bible and she carried
it with her everywhere. "What are you hiding behind your
back, lady?" he teased, meaning it as a joke, but he
totally lost his levity when he saw the nervous look in Nova's
eyes. Like she'd been caught with her hand in the cashbox. He
crossed the room as lightly as possible, stopping short an inch
away from her, and smiled down at her. "Show me what you've
"I don't believe you."
"C'mon, Zane. You're making me nervous."
"That makes two of us." You and she aren't out of the woods
Playfully covering her body with his, he reached behind her with both
hands. He was truly surprised when she resisted strongly and
balled up a piece of paper in her hands. "Something, you
don't want me to see?" He slipped a finger into her fist
and managed to get a hold of the paper with two fingers.
He slid the paper out of her hands, realizing she’d let him when it
didn't rip in his fingers. "Now let's see what we have
He felt her staring, standing anxiously in front of him as he sat on the
foot of his bed and unfolded the paper. The thing that struck
him first was his own features staring back at him. Next he
noticed the well-worn creases, as if the paper had been folded
and unfolded, taken out to display and then put away for
safekeeping too many times to count, like a favorite photograph
of a baby in a wallet. Then there was the scariest part of all,
the date, carefully engraved on the bottom of the sketch, the
impossibility of it striking Zane at the same instant he
realized Nova had captured his likeness before she’d ever met
The sketch was so accurate it was uncanny, as if he’d posed for it but
had forgotten. He could have been staring into a mirror, one
that showed him as he looked a few years ago—slightly longer
hair, light beard and mustache—instead of the fairly clean-cut
guy he was now.
Zane glanced up and saw Nova wringing her hands, and her anxiety and
confusion began to suffuse him.
"I was going to tell you."
"Tell me what?" He still didn't understand what the picture
meant. Or maybe he didn't want to understand. That she was what,
a stalker? That she had known about him for years, examining him
and his life from afar when he wasn't aware, lying in wait
before making contact? Or that Leary's suspicions had been on
point and Nova was some sort of serial killer?
He didn't know which scenario was scarier. He swallowed hard before
"It's not what you're thinking."
"How do you know what I'm thinking?"
"I'm not sure, but I can guess."
"Then you're further ahead in the game than I am."
"Zane…" She sat down beside him, her tension drifting out to
him in waves so strong, he moved over to get some space between
them. He was starting to feel incredibly claustrophobic, and
"This…" He held up the picture, waved it as if it were a red
cape. "It's me, isn't it?"
"How did you get this?"
"I didn't get it, I…I drew it."
"You drew it?" This was getting better and better every
Nova nodded, put a hand over his and stared at him as if trying to
convey her trustworthiness to him with just a glance, just a
Zane lurched to his feet, the sketch tightly clutched in his hand.
"You knew about me before we even met? Knew of me before
Ransom mugged you?"
"Not exactly. Either you did or you didn't." His eyes widened
as a thought occurred to him. "Did you set that up? The
"No, of course not! How could I?"
"I don't know, Nova. I don't know anything at all when it comes to
"You know that's not true. You know me better than you think.
Better than I know myself." She stood, taking several
tentative steps towards him before he flinched away from her.
"Zane, please don't…"
He watched as she choked back a sob, so tempted to go to her, to wrap
his arms around her and feel the pliant, welcoming curves of her
body next to his. It took everything in him to resist that urge.
She seemed to steel herself against his rejection, and that show
of strength made him want to touch and soothe her even more.
"You weren't supposed to find out like this," she murmured as
if to herself.
His heart thudded with all the possibilities. "Find out what?"
"That I'm…I'm different."
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Erotica romance; contains many sexual encounters; may contain unconventional
sex; will offend delicate readers (SIREN)
Excessive or non-exclusive sex; many instances of unconventional sex; may be hardcore; not for the faint-hearted
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