The Bloodgate Guardian

Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Carina Press

Worlds within worlds await through the Maya Bloodgate….

Dr. Jaid Merritt doesn’t do digs. The last time she ventured into the jungle, someone died. Now she’s content to decipher Maya glyphs from pictures sent to her by her famous archaeologist father. But when he goes missing while trying to perform a ritual based on her translations of an ancient codex, Jaid must put aside her fears and travel to Guatemala to find him.

After misusing the Bloodgates to bring his twin brother back from the afterlife, the Maya priest known as Ruin was cursed by the gods to stand as the guardian for all time. He was unable to stop Dr. Charles Merritt from opening the gates, and now demons roam this world. The last thing he wants to do is hurt the beautiful woman who is somehow infused with his magic, but if she uses the codex to retrieve her father, Ruin must do his duty. And this time, he won’t fail. Even if it kills him. Again.

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Free read based on Maya mythology:  Well of Sky (pdf, romantic fantasy)


This book isn’t a page-turner. It’s a page-devourer. The demons and their hell are chilling. The sense of danger surrounding the hero and heroine is suffocating. And yet, in all of that darkness, there is a light. And that light is always Joely’s gift to her readers. It shines in all weather, and it cannot be quenched, though her characters sometimes lose sight of it. ~ Molly Burkhart, author of My Gigolo, published by Samhain Publishing.

THE BLOODGATE GUARDIAN is suspenseful and brilliantly set up. Romance is not the focus of this book in the first part of the book and that was absolutely okay with me as I was entranced and captivated by mythology, magic and plot. However, this doesn’t mean the chemistry between Ruin and Jade wasn’t impressive. It was definitely there, threaded through everything else going on in a subtle, clever way. ~ Pearl of Realms On Our Bookshelves (entire review)


There are certain things I can just expect from her books as a reader. Strong Characters, Strong Relationships, Epic Romances,  and Sacrifice. (Sometimes with blood, sometimes with out. *g* )

The Bloodgate Guardian is no exception. ~ Soleil of Black Sun Reviews (entire review)

The story building is masterly done and I’m so intrigued by the whole setting that I can’t wait to get book 2 in this series.Highly recommended for everyone who likes a thrilling plot, breathtaking action and touch of romance. ~ Susi of Book Lovers Inc (entire review)

Recommended Read! One last aspect out of many I really enjoyed about this story was the world building and the history of the Mayan culture. …I’m eager to read more about the ancient civilization. I love how it was weaved into every aspect of the story and it helped drive the story at every turn. ~ Rae Lori (entire review)

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