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Romancing the Null explained Romancing the Null, review Romancing the Null, trailer Romancing the Null, box office Romancing the Null, analysis Romancing the Null, Romancing the Null de7f There Are Three Kinds Of LiesLies The Fates Spin As Half TruthsLies Of Destined LoveAnd Statistics As A Fateless, Kate Hale Is Immune To The First Two, But The Third Kind Of Lie Is Her Profession After Spending Years As An Actuary For The Traffic Department, Kate Is Promoted To Accidental Death Predictions It S All She S Worked Toward, And Her Career Is Finally On Track But When An Oracle Delivers An Impossible Death Prediction And Insists On Her Help To Solve The Case, She Might Lose Any Chance Of Impressing The Brass Her Only Hope Comes In The Form Of The Police Liaison Assigned To Her Department, Latent Werewolf Ian Becker Becker Can Grant Her The Clearance To Find Answers, But He S A Wild Card With A Shady Past Who Doesn T Play Well With Others Every Prediction Has A Loophole, But If Kate Can T Solve The Case Before The Crime Is Fated To Occur She Won T Just Lose Her Job She Ll Have The Blood Of An Oracle On Her Hands

  • Paperback
  • 220 pages
  • Romancing the Null
  • Tina Gower
  • English
  • 14 August 2017
  • 1530042615

About the Author: Tina Gower

Tina Gower grew up in a small community in Northern California that proudly boasts of havingcows than people She raised guide dogs for the blind, is dyslexic, and can shoot a gun or bow and miraculously never hit the target which at some point becomes a statistical improbability Tina also won the Writers of the Future, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense paranormal category , and was nominated for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart writing as Alice Faris She has professionally published several short stories in a variety of magazines Tina is represented by Rebecca Strauss at DeFiore and Company.



10 thoughts on “Romancing the Null

  1. says:

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest reviewUrban Fantasy and statistics Yes please The original concept of this one made me curious and I knew I had to read to read it I have grown quite fond of statistics thanks to my psychology study and was curious how the author would combine those two things in a book Romancing the Null was a fun read It takes place in a world with oracles and predictions and statistics But when an oracle is predicted to die things turn serious Due to a bit of I received a copy in exchange for an honest reviewUrban Fantasy and statistics Yes please The original concept of this one made me curious and I knew I had to read to read it I have grown quite fond of statistics thanks to my psychology study and was curious how the author would combine those two things in a book Romancing the Null was a fun read It takes place in a world with oracles and predictions and statistics But when an oracle is predicted to die things turn serious Due to a bit of a coincidence Kate gets involved and then Becker and they are determined to solve this thing It s like solving a murder mystery that hasn t taken place yet and it was really interesting.This book started right off with the main plot line It is very story driven and it s quite fast paced The whole story took place in a few days time Which does make sense due to the time sensitive nature of the problem they re dealing with But at the same time it felt a bit rushed almost Due to that it seemed there was less time for side plots or character development And it also felt a bit slow at first as we re missing some pieces of information and it felt for a while like they sat around doing paperwork and calculations and I couldn t fully grasp what exactly they were doing as it was mostly summed up Luckily after that things picked up when they leave the house And then at the end when everything comes together it all speeds up and then slows down again when things wrap up.I can t fully explain why, but while I enjoyed this book something was missing that could ve bumped it up to a 4 star So it slike a 3.5 star rating, except I don t do half star ratings It just felt like tiny pieces or details were missing A few scenes were just a tad confusing, but not so much you didn t know what was going on More like these tiny things were missing and I can t even say what exactly It just felt it didn t quite flow right in some places or could ve used a bitexplanation or clarification in some parts.Kate is the main character in this book And while the story was told from her point of view at the end of the book I still felt like I didn t fully got a grasp on her personality We do learn some things about her, but there wasn t as much time for character depth and development and I think that s one of the things that I felt was a bit lacking in this book I did like Kate well enough, but I just want to get to know her better Then there are some side characters Becker, Mica, Ali and Jack who play a role and anyone besides that only plays a small part The focus is very narrow due to the way the story is told, but it worked There is a bit of a hint of a possible romance, but it s only a hint at this point Becker was quite interesting and I look forward to seeof him and Kate in the next book.The world building was probably my favorite part of this book The concept and the world is so original I liked the concept of the oracles and how they made these predictions and how the government worked with that and prevented some of these things The whole society was changed and build upon these predictions It was really thought through and felt realistic I liked how this concept of oracles and predictions influenced the whole world and how these people lived and the society functioned And I just wanted to knowand seeof how this society works.But there isthan just oracles and at times it felt like there was a bit too much Every fantasy creature seemed to be real in some sort of another and magic is real too, but very little of that gets explored and because of that it felt difficult to get a grip on the complete world Then again that s also a good thing, because I think it would ve been too much to fit all in one book So we mostly get the oracles and their predictions with a bit of magic and werewolves on the side To summarize This was a good story driven book where the characters try and solve a murder that hasn t taken place yet I enjoyed it and thought the concept was very original with the focus on oracles and their predictions It just felt that at times something was missing, not sure what It feels almost rushed with how much happens in so little time and slow at first when they mostly do paperwork I liked the characters well enough, but would ve liked a bitfocus on the characters and getting to know them There is a hint of a possible romance, which seemed promising The world building was probably my favorite aspect with how unique this world was It s really thought through and the oracles and prediction influence how society works It just felt like there was a bit too much at times, as there s also magic and paranormal creatures and there s hardly time to explore that Which is also a good thing as else it probably would ve been too much for one book All in all this was a promising start to the series and I am looking forward to continuing this series

  2. says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Kate Hale works as an actuary Her job isn t to explore financial risks instead, she takes the visions of oracles and assesses the risk of death to different individuals The story kicks off with an oracle receiving an impossible death prediction and taking it to Kate just before the weekend The society that Gower has built is extremely fascinating, with everyone relying on predictions and actuaries to figure out how they should l I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Kate Hale works as an actuary Her job isn t to explore financial risks instead, she takes the visions of oracles and assesses the risk of death to different individuals The story kicks off with an oracle receiving an impossible death prediction and taking it to Kate just before the weekend The society that Gower has built is extremely fascinating, with everyone relying on predictions and actuaries to figure out how they should live their lives The oracle and actuary system is really interesting government bureaucracy as applied to an urban fantasy world It s painstakingly clever.Past the worldbuilding, I can t decide if my favorite part of this book was the characters or the humor I love the relationship between Kate and her police liaison, Becker They trade jabs while also finding a way to work together to solve the case Kate s desire to climb the bureaucratic ladder combined with her desire to stop the prediction from coming true and saving a man s life, make her a sympathetic character I immediately identified with Her sharp observations about the society she lives in and her fumbling self deprecation made me laugh.The writing was wonderful and engaging great descriptions and good plotting I guess I wouldn t expect anything less from an award winning author I d say it s a fun, humorous read with a darker, serious underbelly that you get the feeling will be revealed as the series moves forward Throw in a dash of romance, and you ve got the basic recipe for this book Basically, I m looking forward to getting my hands on the next one

  3. says:

    3.5 stars

  4. says:

    This book is set in present day Northern California in a city called Angel s Peak Kate has just been promoted from the Traffic department to the Accidental Death Prediction Department and even though it is no setback, it s pretty uneventful.It is on a weekend that an oracle appears at her desk with a Death Prediction concerning not just anyone but himself At first eager to give this task to someonequalified, Kate is ready to follow protocol and takes the oracle, Jack, to another depar This book is set in present day Northern California in a city called Angel s Peak Kate has just been promoted from the Traffic department to the Accidental Death Prediction Department and even though it is no setback, it s pretty uneventful.It is on a weekend that an oracle appears at her desk with a Death Prediction concerning not just anyone but himself At first eager to give this task to someonequalified, Kate is ready to follow protocol and takes the oracle, Jack, to another department where they meet Officer Ian Becker Unlike Kate, Becker is quite willing to take on the case and so with a little persuasion Kate and Becker take the case.But some things don t add up with this case and as Kate and Becker putandeffort into solving the case, it only seems to getcomplex.After reading this book I can t help but feel somewhat incomplete.Don t get me wrong because I did like the concept I ll come back to that but there were some things missing for me.First of all the concept I really did like the idea about there being some sort of organisation society that is able to predict deaths and so, when the mortality rate is high enough, this organisation can help to prevent this death a nice touch is that some of these high risk deaths can be prevented but the victim might die in another way anyway In this world there are not only humans but also werewolves, elves, leprechauns, witches, druids, oracles and you name it The whole living arrangement and the whole being of the oracles was worked out into detail, which I liked, but there were some things missing for me I know this is Urban Fantasy so as a reader you can assume that the world is much like our own but I would ve liked to readabout the society itself Are some things very different from our world because of these prophesies or does this whole complex system exist within our own society Then there are the characters The two major characters, Kate and Becker, were worked out okay but there could have been somepersonal information view spoiler So we have the young woman Kate There is some information about her personal life, for example that she lost her parents in an accident and that oracles are not able to see her in vision because she is a blind spot, fateless She has a cousin and even though she s got Indian blood andblood of different ancestors she has no powers whatsoever.Becker is a werewolf with issues and actually all we know about him is that he had a pack and that they were murdered He is very eager to take on any case related to the possible murderer of his pack hide spoiler Of course minor characters don t usually have a lot of information about themselves so their information was sufficient enough Like I already said the whole oracle topic was quite well explained through the oracle who helps Kate to understand the oracle world better.The overall storyline was good, it was a light and easy read There was a moment of doubt which I really liked, the who can we trust moment, but when we got to the point where I expected most of the confrontation to happen it was not all that I had hoped for Yes, there was a fight but then it was all over and good and as I read towards the very end I was afraid that that was it Luckily, that wasn t just it because there was just a small plot twist at the end just to show that fate can happen anyway, an aspect that I really liked I was left with a cliffhanger at the end, of course, and I am curious about the next book to see if I ll learnabout the different factions and struggles within this society.In short This was an okay book but if there would have been somedetails here and there I would ve feltcomplete at the end I give this book three stars because it could have been better but it was nice to read I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    Lively, dramatic, and very funny This is a great start to what looks like a fun urban fantasy series.I m looking forward to all my questions being answered about the narrator heroine and am currently intrigued so that I want to keep reading.What, exactly happened with her ex boyfriend that sent her off in disgrace What is going to happen with the hot latent werewolf What happened to the one oracle whoand the other one who sorry, really don t want to fill this with spoilers, even though t Lively, dramatic, and very funny This is a great start to what looks like a fun urban fantasy series.I m looking forward to all my questions being answered about the narrator heroine and am currently intrigued so that I want to keep reading.What, exactly happened with her ex boyfriend that sent her off in disgrace What is going to happen with the hot latent werewolf What happened to the one oracle whoand the other one who sorry, really don t want to fill this with spoilers, even though the questions aren t all answered by the end So cliffhangers without going overboard with cliffhangers Well done

  6. says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I m going to start off by saying that this book was extremely enjoyable to read The writing was effortlessly engaging and filled with subtle humor that had me constantly chuckling to myself This book questions every stereotype you ever had about creatures in fantasy I mean, there s a hippy vegetarian werewolf.Guys, that s awesome.I read this in two days because I didn t want to put it down Whether it was the characters, the I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I m going to start off by saying that this book was extremely enjoyable to read The writing was effortlessly engaging and filled with subtle humor that had me constantly chuckling to myself This book questions every stereotype you ever had about creatures in fantasy I mean, there s a hippy vegetarian werewolf.Guys, that s awesome.I read this in two days because I didn t want to put it down Whether it was the characters, the worldbuilding, or the plot itself that kept me reaching for my kindle, I don t know Honestly, it was probably a mixture of everything.First, the worldbuilding I know that some reviewers said they wanted to knowabout the world and how its society is structured, but I liked that we as the readers are just thrown into it It makes it seemreal If I was reading a book set on Earth in our universe, the author wouldn t explain anything that didn t pertain to the story Being exposed to bits and pieces of the world such as not only are there werewolves and oracles, but also druids, elves, leprechauns, and so on made it feelnatural In the beginning, you just have to accept okay, this is a completely different setup and then settle in and enjoy the ride.Frankly, I think that people expect too much from an author sometimes when it comes to worldbuilding If they explained every aspect of their made up worlds and societies, the books would be insanely long and probably a bit boring I m sure that the society is further explored and delved into in the other books in the series, as long as it pertains to the main overarching plot of all the books which I m assuming has to do with the group introduced in this first installment And if that leaves some parts of that world and society uncharted, well then, that s just somemystery Long story short, I love this world that is so similar to our own yet so very different I like that there is no point at which it feels weird or the least bit strange It s just how things are.Second, the plot I m usually not a fan of mysteries Really, I m not For me, they tend to be boring and predictable, following a predetermined formula But this is so muchthan that Yes, there s the mystery of Kate and Becker trying to figure out who s behind the threats and this big bad plan to bring down the entire system, but it goes beyond that It s hard for me to explain, but it feels smarter than other mysteries involving a guy running after the bad guys with a gun in his hand by the way, this doesn t have that.I mean, sure, Becker totes around like four guns and a knife at all times, but he s just a badass like that so I don t blame him.Steering away from Becker for now I ll focus on the plot I thought it was complex The different departments and the different types of oracles were very interesting, as is the idea that Kate is fateless meaning that her future cannot be read This is both an asset in some ways and a source of deep sadness for her in a world where everyone receives predictions about certain events in their futureIf I hit a split in the road, I d never know what direction to take to reach success I d never know the moment I d die, so I d never have time to say goodbye or say sorry to someone I d wrongedThat s gotta be hard.Anyway, the plot kept moving at a good pace and left out just enough information to leave me satisfied with the wrap up of this particular case but still curious to learnThere are also events that cannot be predicted haha, oracle joke.And the best part, the characters I could go on for days about the characters, I really could Some of the other reviews I read said that they wantedof a backstory, but I like that we haveto learn about Kate and Becker After all, there are twobooks in which their pasts can be revealed bit by bit I personally don t love a person s whole history being dumped on me all at once, so this setup worked fine for me Kate I think Kate s a great MC She never comes across as obnoxious or annoying She s full of good humor, but there s a deep sadness underlying her character that is extremely intriguing She seems to always push that part of her deep down and out of the way, but it s definitely there and I m interested to learnShe also has no illusions about her own abilities She s emotionally and mentally strong and willing to give anything a try she s not giving up without a fight but as she says, ultimately she s just a pencil pusher with instincts I like that this woman who s worked behind a government desk for the past few years of her life doesn t just suddenly know karate moves and how to shoot a gun She does the best with what she has, and she doesn t doubt herself That confidence is refreshing in a main character.Becker Becker isn t perfect He s temperamental and stubborn and has trouble expressing himself and clearly has emotional issues And that is why he s so great I m sick of male love interests being perfect and always saying and doing the right things That s not real Becker is extremely realistic Well, as realistic as a werewolf can be He throws himself 100% into everything he does, sometimes at the detriment to himself, which is probably due to his own self guilt at something major that occurred in his past He s a sad, lonely character, but he s also extremely capable and competent at his job I love that he has admirable qualities as well as traits that are less admirable but that are equally easy to relate to I was able to sense right along with Kate exactly what he needed and why, and the sweet vulnerability that this giant of a werewolf hides is so real it s palpable He s honestly my favorite part of this book, and I don t think that he s a shallow character at all Rather than being told how he feels and why, the reader senses it through his actions and behavior I ve seldom encountered a character that is so gosh darn lovable, for both his virtues and his flaws.The othersI like Jack and Mica, though they re definitely not as well developed as Kate and Becker They are onof the sidelines, after all Ali is a blast of color in this crowd of characters She s loud and obnoxious in the best way possible, and she s a nice offset to Kate s levelheadedness and Becker s broodiness if you can call it that Her excessive love of baking just adds to her quirkiness, and her random bouts of honesty are always sure to be humorous.If you had me pick one thing that I liked the least about this book, I d say it was the beginning of the love story When I first started reading, I thought that Becker s reactions to Kate were a little too strong to be realistic But after learning the exact traits of a werewolf, I think it makes sense within the story He s hyper tense and is extremely sensitive, so I think his reactions are warranted As for Kate, well, she s a heterosexual woman in the presence of an attractive man and her body responds accordingly, so that s perfectly natural.All in all, I loved this book I thought it was humorous and enjoyable and refreshing, and the emotional understanding that exists between Becker and Kate is so sweet that it makes my heart hurt.Final Rating 4 stars

  7. says:

    I loved this book that I downloaded on a whim, for free It is well written and the characters are less than perfect in their lives and their jobs.Kate is a null, meaning she cannot predict anything the seers and oracles cannot read her, either She was her parents little insurance policy, the accidental death department said they would die in a car crash, but Kate was not listed as going to be a casualty and her parents never drove anywhere without her, yet they still died in a car wreck Kare I loved this book that I downloaded on a whim, for free It is well written and the characters are less than perfect in their lives and their jobs.Kate is a null, meaning she cannot predict anything the seers and oracles cannot read her, either She was her parents little insurance policy, the accidental death department said they would die in a car crash, but Kate was not listed as going to be a casualty and her parents never drove anywhere without her, yet they still died in a car wreck Karen had a relationship with a married co worker and he turned her in and he got a great promotion and she got stuck in traffic predictions She has just been given a job as an actuary in the accidental death department, where she crunches numbers and enters data from all the oracles to find the exact percentage of probability and inform the correct departments on high numbers of the same prediction.An older Oracle, Jack, walks into her new office that still has the name of the best actuary who ever worked there Jack tells her he is going to be murdered in two days It is Friday and she is the only one there and tries to tell him she is not Michelle Kitman, the most famous actuary in the world, but he insists she is the one he needs.Karen takes him to the police station and meets up with Ian Becker, who she assumed was a detective.Becker is not happy being called detective, it is a sore spot, he is a gruff officer and after arguing with Karen and the oracle, agrees to help them In the elevator Karen catches Becker moving closer to her and sniffing at her She calls him out on it, and Peter joyfully interrupts to tell her he is a werewolf.Can a null Native American who should have had some powers, work with a werewolf who has lost his whole pack to a murder years ago And with only two days before Peter is supposed to die, will they be able to save him and all the other oracles they find out are also supposed to die I must repeat, this book is a page turner and a must read, it has all the paranormal elements you could possibly wish for and it isn t quite up to the romance yet, but book 2 continues where this one leaves off

  8. says:

    Three and a halfThis has a very unusual premise and revolves around the idea of a world were Oracle s make predictions and yet professional actuaries can read them whilst cross referencing their statistics to somehow circumvent fate Think of the film Minority Report but charged up to the max with whole departments running around determined to maintain order when it s so easy to predict how others are going to react Oh but speaking of fate and manipulating it there s something very different ab Three and a halfThis has a very unusual premise and revolves around the idea of a world were Oracle s make predictions and yet professional actuaries can read them whilst cross referencing their statistics to somehow circumvent fate Think of the film Minority Report but charged up to the max with whole departments running around determined to maintain order when it s so easy to predict how others are going to react Oh but speaking of fate and manipulating it there s something very different about Kate as she someone the Oracle s cannot see as she was born fateless I really liked this quite unique world the author has created and Kate is likeable but in many ways still an unknown quantity She s obsessed with being cool and organized and statistics call to her She so wants to follow in eminent footsteps and make a difference but when thrust into a seemingly impossible situation she plunges headlong into it Kate knows she needs official help and turns to latent werewolf Detective Becker Plus her quirky witch friend Ali gets roped in to help as the predicted death of an Oracle gets closer So this should be a perfect read for me but strangely I found it difficult to get really immersed in I carried on as I do think its a fabulous idea but at times I just wantedWhether it was action or interaction I m not sure but it felt slow at times The last third of the book made muchsense and it was very cool the way Kate played a little one upmanship Clearly being unpredictable was a huge advantage As for the title well that s a total misnomer although I suspect the author is thinking long term as yes it s very obvious that there is a connection between Kate and Becker.My final thoughts are likeable characters, a really good concept but I needed to understandabout just why certain individuals are acting the way they are Clearly this is the first in a series that hopefully will blossom and turn into something very exciting

  9. says:

    4.5 stars, actually.So here s the deal Urban Fantasy with Accidental Death Actuaries Concept is so cool And there s a werewolf detective involved who is packless and that sets up all kinds of delicious emotional conflict as well.Truthfully, the blurb doesn t do much for me so I might not have picked up the book if I came across it randomly However, I came across a few posts by the author and liked what she had to say on other things so I took a risk And I m glad I did The first third of t 4.5 stars, actually.So here s the deal Urban Fantasy with Accidental Death Actuaries Concept is so cool And there s a werewolf detective involved who is packless and that sets up all kinds of delicious emotional conflict as well.Truthfully, the blurb doesn t do much for me so I might not have picked up the book if I came across it randomly However, I came across a few posts by the author and liked what she had to say on other things so I took a risk And I m glad I did The first third of this book really draws you in The whole bureaucracy built on predictions thing is a hoot Kate Hale as a character is interesting She comes with the baggage of having been demoted due to a prior love affair with a work colleague so she has something to prove She also has a fun cousin Ali who keeps shoving her in the right direction.The half star is lost in the latter part of the book where all the different factors regarding which oracles were predicting what and thus Kate and Becker were doing certain actions to counter various predictions got tangled up and a bit fuzzy for me This made the final confrontation with this book s villain a bit fuzzy as a result But I can t deny that the hint of a greater challenge to come, as well as certain developments in Kate and Becker s relationship already had me pushing the buy button on the next in the series Definitely a cute take on Urban Fantasy with some action and references to statistics and actuary stuff

  10. says:

    Good story with the best part, at least for me, being the characters and the dynamics between them While the story was good and the plotline interesting, I struggled with all the statistical prediction dialog and about at the 70% mark started skimming a little through those parts At this point, I was thinking the book was a solid 3star rating and not a whole lot of interest in continuing the series, until the last chapter It was at this point that my interest perked up with a WHOA didn t se Good story with the best part, at least for me, being the characters and the dynamics between them While the story was good and the plotline interesting, I struggled with all the statistical prediction dialog and about at the 70% mark started skimming a little through those parts At this point, I was thinking the book was a solid 3star rating and not a whole lot of interest in continuing the series, until the last chapter It was at this point that my interest perked up with a WHOA didn t see that happening I like it when a story does that to me It wasn t until the last couple of pages that had me going ok, that was interesting with the last page having the customary cliffhanger one that has me wanting to read the next book just to find out what happened, especially since the next book is on Becker Of all the books characters, Becker is, by far, the most interesting one This will definitely have me reading, at least, the next book in the series Hence, the 4star rating

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