Otherkind by M Romero Nunn

So Mankind's safe on home ground? Think again. Romy is fast learning that with Otherkind, what you don't know can hurt you - to death.

'Has someone pissed you off? Don't get mad, get even. Literally. Order online now for a customised revenge story from the Storyteller and watch them suffer in print.'

Who on earth is this Storyteller? And just how the heck is he making these stories come true? People are dying all over the place! Local reporter, Romy Tanner, is determined to find out.

Aided by Adam, the newspaper's gorgeous but mysterious photographer, Romy reunites with her estranged gypsy family and discovers the existence of Otherkind: Supernatural beings capable of causing mankind's extinction. That is, if the travelling gypsies who've patrolled them for centuries, ever stop. Gypsies like the the very sexy Lucas.

Realising that the Storyteller is a part of Otherkind Romy races to find this elusive being because the story he's now writing is hers.


Book one of the OTHERKIND series of books

  • Classification: Adult
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Jan. 14, 2012
  • Last updated Jan. 14, 2012
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  • marcie8's avatar
    marcie8 wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Maria, A RWCG Critique: I've read all 13 chapters posted. Overall, I think you've chosen a fascinating subject and the perfect POV to explore it with. I enjoyed what I've read so far and would love to read more. I also think this story would be better placed under the Sci-Fi mystery category rather than romance or chick lit. I'll start off by stating outright that I am neither a Sci-Fi nor a series writer, so I apologize in ...
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  • Lcamp's avatar
    Lcamp wrote 3 years, 6 months ago

    Awsome book cover! Just the book cover made me want to read it. On my watchlist.

  • Kayla H's avatar
    Kayla H wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    This is one of those books where the more I read, the more I like it. Really, really great. In chapter nine: Love the paragraphs describing her feeling of manic energy—very funny. Especially the cat being exhausted from watching her work. “She smiled and blew an errand black curl” shouldn’t that be “errant black curl”? Also: “She’d been too caught up in her righteous indignation for Sam to hear the key in the lock at all.” Isn’t it Romy who ...
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  • J. Owen's avatar
    J. Owen wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    Maria, I read through to the first few paragraphs of chapter 8. The prologue is awesome, truly awesome, just the right level of hook. Very chilling. I flashed through it and was left—open-mouthed—wanting to know more. You have a great premise and promising plot. I like the developing ‘thing’ between Adam and Romy (‘No point, your seatbelt’s on’- LOL). I love not knowing why Adam is being such an arse; although I think I may be working it out - ...
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    L_MC wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    A RCG review 1) Pitch: I'm not sure about the SP, it does tell me there is a supernatural, fantasy element to the story and that there is danger for Romy but I didn't feel grabbed by it. I'm a bit on the fence about it. The LP is strong (although the 'how the bloomin' heck' felt out of place). It reflects all the elements of the story, introduces the main characters and gives strong hooks without revealing too much ...
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  • Heather McLoud's avatar
    Heather McLoud wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    This is riveting stuff. I love this type of story and your writing is carrying it off appropriately. I like your writing—your dialogue is good and I like your short, punchy paragraphs. The way you introduce Adam makes him fascinating. The only criticism I have is that some of the language in the prologue seemed a bit clumsy. Here are some examples: “He cursed in the language of his kind grimacing instantly at how ridiculous it sounded through the mouth ...
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  • D. S. Hale's avatar
    D. S. Hale wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    This is a different and interesting story. I haven't read one like it on Authonomy. And that says something, because many stories about the same subject can be found here. Good job at finding something creative and different. I liked the opening chapters, and getting the feel of what is happening. I liked the way you described how the creature was in a foreign body that he didn't like, but needed for his purposes. I didn't find anything grammatical or ...
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  • Kayla H's avatar
    Kayla H wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    Uh-oh—I just realized I’m nearing the end of the number of chapters you’ve posted. It’s going to break off at a cliffhanger moment, isn’t it? lol Anyway, I read chapter eight: watching. Very nice. At the very beginning of chapter eight, should Romy perhaps notice Adam is gone and then ask where he is instead of asking where he is and then noticing that he’s gone? It seems it might feel a little more natural that way. “went back to ...
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  • marfleet's avatar
    marfleet wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    A gripping chapter that leads the reader in well, suggesting something to come and provides, in its closing the lines the impetus to the rest of the book. Some grammar issues slowed me a bit but a great start. Chap 2 lost me a bit in until the death and animal are mentioned toward the end. Until then it seemed a bit directionless for a while so maybe some tightening here as I was thinking if Chap 3 doesn’t kick ...
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  • Kayla H's avatar
    Kayla H wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    This is very nice. I definitely like your reordered version. The prologue is great; you clarify things and really end in a good place, making me want to read on. There are a few new typos in the prologue, nothing major: You have “The end result was still be more than she bargained.” Probably should be “The end result would still be more than she bargained for.” “The people he interacted with frequently had all listed by the customer.” Should ...
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  • Kayla H's avatar
    Kayla H wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    The book really seems to be picking up momentum. I liked the interaction between Romy and her mother, especially how you describe their conversation as puppet-like. It was a really good, strong visual. One little typo in chapter three: “Romy couldn’t spot Adam as she walked passed them to the door.” Should be “past” not “passed.” Also, I noticed you started using double question marks “??” I don’t think you really need them. Your writing is strong enough that I ...
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  • Kayla H's avatar
    Kayla H wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    I just read your first chapter, where Romy and Adam are meeting. I felt a tiny bit dropped into the middle of this scene—trying to figure out what’s going on and who these characters are. Maybe you could set the scene just a little bit more, starting when they’re being introduced instead of jumping right to their reaction to being introduced…I don’t know though, maybe it’s a good thing that you jump right into the action. I did notice a ...
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  • Kayla H's avatar
    Kayla H wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    You’re premise is fascinating. As soon as I read it I thought ‘this is going to be a cool story.’ Your pitch really makes me want to read on and find out the answers to the questions you lay out. It does contain a few little typos though: “newspaper’s” not “newspapers”—should be possessive Should be “there are people dying” not “there is” or “there’s”. “There are” sounds really formal though so maybe change it to “People are dying all over ...
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  • richard thurston's avatar
    richard thurston wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    Entertaining with a hint of the macabre.I was impressed by the your efforts to juxtapose the two but a little disappointed with the hollywood style crows. Perhaps this is too obvious and could be played down a little? Of course I only read c1 and 2 and am probably way off the mark and we are in a world of instant gratification with a desire to to grab our readership. Impressive stuff overall and just daft enough to be true. ...
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  • Wussyboy's avatar
    Wussyboy wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    Okay, I think you now got two short pitches instead of one. My suggestion is, ditch the first one. Short Pitch: Has someone pissed you off? Don't get mad, get even. Order online for a customised revenge story and watch them suffer in print. Long Pitch: Who on earth is the StoryTeller? And how is he making his online revenge stories come true? Local reporter Romy Tanner is determined to find out. Aided by Adam, the newspaper's.......the very sexy Lucas. ...
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  • Wussyboy's avatar
    Wussyboy wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    Brrrr....this is creepy! I sat down to read just one chapter, thought 'That's all I have time for right now", but then got sucked into reading three. The brilliant opening, in which we are introduced to the mysterious shape-shifting Storyteller, instantly engages, and chap one ends with bad-boy gigolo Greg being attacked by flesh-tearing crows in his car. Wow, Hitchcock, look out! Romy, the cool, unflappable and ultra-cool journo, then goes ultra-hot at Adam when she picks up his feelings ...
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  • HarryLang's avatar
    HarryLang wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    Fantasy is not normally my bag and despite intrigue around the short pitch the long pitch didn't make me feel like I was going to b converted. However the visualisations are very imaginative, and despite some grammatical edits needed (extra space after 'that 's' on page 1 set off alarm bells for attention to detail) it reads professionally. Like I said, not really my bag, and chapter two had me a little lost as the story disjointed a little but ...
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  • HarryLang's avatar
    HarryLang wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    Fantasy is not normally my bag and despite intrigue around the short pitch the long pitch didn't make me feel like I was going to b converted. However the visualisations are very imaginative, and despite some grammatical edits needed (extra space after 'that 's' on page 1 set off alarm bells for attention to detail) it reads professionally. Like I said, not really my bag, and chapter two had me a little lost as the story disjointed a little but ...
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  • MrKarats's avatar
    MrKarats wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    M. Romerro Nunn, Hi, I happened on your little offering while scouring around the site for some fantasy and your cover and pitch caught my eye. I read to the middle of the third chapter -I stopped at the point where she felt his feelings... Good writing, intriguing premise, characters with good chemistry and realistic dialogue. Humor interchangeable with grim atmosphere, fate and intent. Great work. 6 stars. Possible shelf next month, as I rotate my favorites on here slowly. ...
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  • court_ftw's avatar
    court_ftw wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    OTHERKIND Well, if you want different, this is the book. Right off the bat it's interesting and you can't help but keep reading. Every chapter I find my self, along with the main character, trying to uncover this 'storyteller'. Even when Romy's not looking for the storyteller, I'm still reading because her and Adam, well I wanna see what goes down! Every character is intriguing even the secondary ones. The humour, I actually laugh out loud. Keep up the good ...
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