Seven authors and their fantastic stories.The first book I read in this set was Ann Gimpel's Tarnished Beginnings, a great prequel to the Tarnished Soul Dance Series. A wonderful beginning to a new series that is filled with magical gypsies, wolf shifters, vampires and the hunters of both. A young girl, overhearing an argument between her parents, finally learns why she feels different. She has learned that the dreams she's had since she was little, were in fact, her other half trying to reach her. She suffers the loss of her parents, one through abandonment the other through a horrific death by their own gypsy tribe. Having learned what she really is, she barely escapes her people, who are now trying to destroy her. Finally accepting the truth she goes through her first change, with help from her newly discovered bond. Trying to find her father, whom she hopes will help explain what's happening as well as be accepted by his “family, they barely escape death by vampires and hunters as well. Tarnished Beginnings is a story of a young girl overcoming her fear of becoming a woman and learning how to accept and live with what she is. It's filled with a longings for family love, and accepting what must be. I can't wait to read what adventures, dangers and maybe loves are in her future. I recommend this book to lovers of the paranormal and all the many things that go with it.