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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcoming May Releases


Upcoming May Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives)  


Thane is INTENSE!!! Awesome

Title:  Burning Dawn
Author: Gena Showalter
Series:  Angels of the Dark
Publisher: HQN (Harlequin)
Release Date: April 29


A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies.

He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy's clutches—a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary.  But Thane's unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears—and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jacquelyn Frank - Forged

I have an issue with authors that leave a series hanging and move on to a new one.  Generally, when it happens enough times, I move away from that author permanently.  In the case of Jacquelyn Frank, I made the decision that leaving two or three series hanging was my limit and I haven't read any of the most recent series - The World of the Nightwalkers - because I felt she was marketing them in a deceptive manner.  The series is not connected to her Nightwalker series and it wasn't tying up the loose ends so to give it a similar name as that series in order to bring those fans in, I find that to be unfair.  But the fact that the most recent book in the series, Forged, had a gargoyle as the hero - which is becoming a bit of a trend now, but wasn't when I read this - I will admit, I was intrigued enough to give this one book of the series a try.

Ahnvil is a gargoyle that has been enslaved.  Most gargoyles are, don't you know.  In addition, he is taken prisoner by a team of Bodywalkers that is intent on using him and his powers to unlock an amulet.  The Templar Bodywalkers are a group that takes control of the human souls that they share.  While imprisoned, Ahnvil is helped by a young Templar who despises the evil method the Templars use.  But in the escape attempt, Ahnvil is left wounded and it is a young human that discovers him and nurses him back to health.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gena Showalter - Burning Dawn


Check out the trailer for Burning Dawn!  Just like the book, the trailer is INTENSE!!  It's coming soon - only a few more days til Thane and Elin hit the shelves!  And come back next week - as part of Gena's blog tour, we have a great giveaway - an advanced review copy of the book and a T-shirt as a prize packOur review of Burning Dawn will post next week, as well!


Book: Burning Dawn
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: HQN
Other books in the Series: The Darkest Angel, Wicked Nights, Beauty Awakened

Shannon K. Butcher - Burning Alive

To me, there is nothing better than finding a strong new series to glom.  They are few and far between - the really good ones - but when I find it, I go totally fan girl.  I just discovered the Sentinel Wars series by Shannon K. Butcher and yup - you guessed it.  I am hooked!

In this first book, we get a lot of world building that works around the story of Drake and Helen.  Drake is a Sentinel - more specifically a Theronai warrior.  He and his brothers tirelessly work to protect humanity from the demons that come out at night to feed and attack.  So...where did he come from?  Long story short, he is the descendant of aliens.  But not ones from space, ones from an alternate dimension.  And these males have the ability to channel energy.  Unfortunately, the energy they channel builds up without a conduit to release the energy.  The conduits are the women.  Women Theronai can bond with the males and when they do, they can produce magic and use the males energy.  This helps the males through the release and the females through empowering them.  But each male has one female who can complete him and since all the females are dead, these men are the last of their kind and barely hanging on.  In fact, their souls are dying from the energy build up and most of the males have only a few leaves left on their life mark tree.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shay Savage - Transcendence

A book about a caveman where there is little to no dialogue between said caveman and his time traveling mate.... Yeah, I paused, too.  But eventually, I got sucked in by the buzz that this unique book was getting and just had to see for myself.

Ehd is a caveman who has lost his whole tribe.  They all died in a fire and for many seasons he is barely surviving on his own.  And I mean on his OWN.  He is barely able to get food together and when he does, the canine predators come and he has to abandon his kill.  Ehd is not able to communicate.  He can't speak.  At all.  He doesn't just have a language barrier, he is incapable of making sounds and communicating with words.  Despite this, Ehd is clearly a pretty intelligent and resourceful guy.  When he comes upon a female in his animal trap, he decides - he is alone, she is alone, she must want to be his mate.  So he takes her home to his cave where she promptly has a nervous breakdown and cries - for hours.  Ehd, good guy that he is, figures his mate is upset with the accommodations that he has provided and vows to himself that he will make his mate happy and give her anything that she wants.  Like I said, he is a nice guy...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Heroine Showdown - Finals


There is a lot of irony in this pairing for me... You see, as a big fan of Ms. Showalter's, I often check out her Facebook page to see if there is any news about the upcoming books.  One day last May, she posted a recommendation of the upcoming release Heart of Obsidian.  Though I had never read Ms. Singh before, I had heard she was a great author and something made me click the link to read a teaser chapter.  Before I read the end of the first chapter, I had already order Slave to Sensation to my Nook!  I started reading right away and I don't think I put the Nook down until I finished Heart of Obsidian.  Mind you... that was book 12 in the series! :)  So to me, there is a connection between these two favorites of mine.  My love of Kaia and the Lords of the Underworld led me to my love of Sienna and the Psy Changling series!  So, let's let the games begin!!  Remember, though we have called the previous contests, we are leaving the voting widgets open for fun.  So from this point on, NO voting in the earlier rounds count.   Just a quick recap of the rules we laid down this time around.  For more information on the reasons, check out our Heroine Showdown Homepage for more information and for what is still to come! No characters who do not have their own book, no two characters from any one series, and no heroine was eligible if her hero competed in the Hero Showdown.  Come back next week when we declare the winner!  And on MAY 5 come share your nominees for the COUPLES SHOWDOWN! :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nova & Quinton - No Regrets Blog Tour



Celebrate the Nova and Quinton: No Regrets release week blitz!  We have a great prize package offered by Grand Central Publishing to one lucky winner!  Read an excerpt and be sure to check out our review at Nova and Quinton: No Regrets.  We are giving away a copy of the book as well and you can enter that giveaway using the Rafflecopter below the review! :)

Excerpt:


Prologue

Nova

December 28, the day of the funeral

It’s a strange feeling, getting ready to watch someone get put under the ground into their final resting place. I’ve been to enough funerals to know that my senses always become hyper-aware of everything going on around me: the touch of the wind seems stronger, the sun a little more blinding, the smell of the leaves, grass, and fresh dirt overpowering. It’s like my mind is reaching out and trying to grasp each aspect of the moment, when part of me wants nothing more than to forget.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jessica Sorenson - Nova and Quinton: No Regrets

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win this great book! :)

This is book three and the conclusion of Nova Reed and Quinton Carter’s journey that Jessica Sorensen has created. It has been a long, heart-wrenching tale filled with struggle and most importantly love. For once both Nova and Quinton are getting a clean slate and learning to deal with life is at the heart of this book.

Carter Reed was last read heading to rehab. He was literally saved by Nova and his father who showed him that he was worth something. Now clean and ready for release, he is on shaky ground. Moving back into his childhood home with a father he has little relationship with has him on edge. He had an amazing support staff of counselors to get him through the day, but more than anything he has Nova, not matter how far away she is.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Create Something Magical Convention


Last month, I was fortunate enough to attend the Create Something Magical Conference of the Liberty States Fiction Writers.  This was a great one day conference filled with authors and book lovers and it was a great experience.  It certainly didn't hurt that the keynote speaker was Sherrilyn Kenyon, my favorite author!  For those of you that have never been to a writer's conference, let me tell you a bit about my day so you will know what is involved and the next time one comes your way, you too can join in the fun!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kristen Ashley - The Will

The Will begins Kristen Ashely’s new romance series set in the fictional town of Magdalene, Maine. It has a small town setting with a return of the normal character types we have become accustomed to with Ashely. As in previous series, The Will introduces a rough dominant alpha with a huge heart, yet this book also brings a smart, sassy and independent female lead whose time in Maine brings her more home than ever imagined.

This is the story of Josephine, Josie, Malone and her unbreakable connection to her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Josie has lived a life of self-made success, yet a life of solitude. Her only constant was the love and support from her grandmother. Returning to Magdalene and her family home, Lavender House, is not for pleasure but to say goodbye to her only family. Unbeknownst to Josie, her grandmother’s love was also shared locally, especially on local boxer Jake Spear and his children. This man has spent seven years actively a part of Lydia’s family, yet never once meeting Josie. While Josie was living a busy life immersed in haute couture, Jake was continuing to open his heart and home to the wrong women, thus leaving him a single dad of three kids, yet completely alone.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Gluttony of Reading....

I have long believed that the Romance publishing world cycles the genres.  The Historicals and Contemporaries fill the summer and the winter because of beach reading and holiday inspired themes leaving the spring and fall for the paranormals. I have seen this often enough that I no longer despair in January when I have little to read because I know the spring will bring a plethora of anticipated releases and this year was no different!  But even for me, late March and early April was a windful that makes me feel a tad bit guilty.... and makes me dread what will probably be a pretty lean summer! :)

In rapid succession by early April, I read Lynn Kurland's Dreams of Lilacs, Sherrilyn Kenyon's Illusion, Gena Showalter's Burning Dawn, J.R. Ward's The King, and Nalini Singh's Shield of Winter.  Reading these five books - where all five authors are in my top ten - virutally back to back helped me to really solidify what I liked and don't like and it really hit some things home for me.  The time has come to say goodbye to a favorite and make way for the real winners to shine!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Heroine Showdown - Semi Finals/Group 3 & 4


We are getting down to the wire and the competition is getting fierce!  This week, we have two great competitors - Sienna from Kiss of Snow and Iseabail from How to Drive a Dragon Crazy.  These really are two of my favorites and this is a tough call!  Whoever wins this, makes it to the finals!  Remember, though we have called the previous contests, we are leaving the voting widgets open for fun.  So from this point on, NO voting in Rounds one or two count.   Just a quick recap of the rules we laid down this time around.  For more information on the reasons, check out our Heroine Showdown Homepage for more information and for what is still to come! No characters who do not have their own book, no two characters from any one series, and no heroine was eligible if her hero competed in the Hero Showdown.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Amy Raby - Prince's Fire

For some reason, reading the books in the Hearts and Thrones series reminds me of a science fiction story.  I have no idea why - there is really no reason for it.  And yet, whenever I read it, that is the feeling that I get.

Celeste is an Imperial Princess with a genius for mathematics.  As the emperor's sister, she has no expectation of a marriage for love.  Her father was a cruel tyrant and she is shy and retiring.  She knows that she will have to marry someone who her brother chooses based on a political alliance.  Their country is recovering from years of war caused by her father and having a young princess that can be offered in marriage is too politically convenient for her brother to pass up.  When trade negotiations begin with the Inyan prince, Celeste's brother Lucien is willing to trade more than just goods.  He wants to trade his sister's hand in marriage and the Inyan prince and fire mage is the best prospect around.

Forever Your Heart Book Blast



Title: Forever Your Heart (Beside Your Heart #3)

Author: Mary Whitney

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Date: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.


~ Synopsis ~

I’m a journalist—Adam Kincaid, BBC reporter, to be exact, so I’m not going to bury the lead. I’m about to see the woman I never got over.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Illusion

If you are a fan of the Dark Hunters, and have resisted the pull of The Chronicles of Nick, let me tell you it is time to start reading  Infinity - because the two series have started to overlap and the latest release, Illusion, is one no Dark Hunter fan should resist!

Now, this book has soooooo many secrets revealed - both for the world of The Chronicles of Nick and the Dark Hunter world, that I must put a spoiler warning on this review - even though I won't reveal any secrets and talk around the plot.  So consider yourself warned.  This review is also a little different because this book, I read with my son and I will share his thoughts and opinions as well.  He usually "reads" The Chronicles of Nick on audiobook - he is a huge Holter Graham fan - so we read this together since at 9, this can be a little over his head in terms of the need to concentrate on the reading.  The language isn't the problem, it is the sustained concentration that the stories require that I would say for reading, it is at a typical 5th grade level at least, though the content will keep even adults engaged.  So, you have been warned - proceed at your own risk for VAGUE spoilers! :)

J.R. Ward - The King

After the ridiculously cold and snowy winter we have had here in the North East, one would think the thing I looked forward to most in those cold, dreary March days was spring... Nope, it was the annual Black Dagger Brotherhood frenzy that accompanies the latest release in the series.  And this year, the series took a new turn by going back to a beloved couple - Wrath and Beth, the King and Queen of the vampire race.  Due to the much anticipated nature of this book, beware of spoilers in the review.  There are no major ones, as always.  However, things can be hinted at and I wanted to give fair warning so that no one would be disappointed if they gleaned something they didn't want to from the review.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Heroine Showdown - Semi Finals/Group 1 & 2


We are getting down to the wire and the competition is getting fierce!  This week, we have two great competitors.  Kaia from Showalter's The Darkest Surrender and Blue from Philips' Natural Born Charmer.  Whoever wins this, makes it to the finals!  Remember, though we have called the previous contests, we are leaving the voting widgets open for fun.  So from this point on, NO voting in Rounds one or two count.   Just a quick recap of the rules we laid down this time around.  For more information on the reasons, check out our Heroine Showdown Homepage for more information and for what is still to come! No characters who do not have their own book, no two characters from any one series, and no heroine was eligible if her hero competed in the Hero Showdown.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kresley Cole - Demon from the Dark (Audio)


Audio Corner - The last Friday of each month, a new audio book will be reviewed.

This month: This month on the Audio Corner, Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole and narrated by Robert Petkoff.

Kresley Cole does damaged males very well.  And Malkom is definitely one damaged male!  How can anyone resist an alpha male, who at a tender age, was enslaved and battles his own lack of self worth while making his female feel like she is on a pedestal?

Malkom is a demon who was transformed - against his will - into the most vicious and dangerous creature in the Lore - a venom.  His enemies transformed him into a vampire after killing him and so Malkom has all the strengths of both of what he is.  In addition, he has one mate - a bride who will blood him and break his demon seal.  Living in Oblivion, a demon hell plane, the last thing he ever expects is to have her drop right into his lap.  But out of nowhere, Carrow Gray appears and turns his little slice of hell into heaven.

Great Scots Blog Tour




Welcome to the Great Scots Blog Tour!  Two great new Highlander releases from Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Paula Quinn!  We have a review of Quinn's latest, excerpts, and a chance to enter a great giveaway at the bottom.

About THE SEDUCTION OF MISS AMELIA BELL  (Check out our review of this great new release!)

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

Fire Inside Blog Tour




Fire Inside

FIRE INSIDE by Kristen Ashley (March 25, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)

Lanie Heron isn't looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club . . . 


For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She's too polished and too classy for his taste. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can't say no. And he doesn't regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that's ever happened to him-in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.


Read an excerpt and enter for a chance at the giveaway below!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gabby Revealed Book Tour!


Title: Gabby Revealed (Finding Perfect #2)

Author: Amy Gregory

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend. The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her.

Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form. In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Vampires Need Not...Apply? Book Blitz


VAMPIRES NEED NOT...APPLY? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (March 25, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)

Impending apocalypse. Check.

Leaders of the gods' army captured.  Check.  Check.

Three slightly ticked off women now charged with saving the world while the gods fall apart, the good vampires go on holiday, the bad guys are popping up everywhere.  Check.  Check.  Check.

Help is on the way.  Check?

Meet Dr. Antonio Acero, a world-renowned physicist whose life is about to take a turn for the worst.  And the bizarre.  While on vacation in southern Mexico, Antonio discovers an ancient Mayan tablet.  Local legends say it contains magical properties, properties that could put his stalling research on the map. But is this really his lucky break?  When Antonio attempts to put the tablet to use, he'll discover that Fate has other plans.  And her name is Ixtab.

Keep reading for an excerpt!  This is a favorite series of mine.  It is lots of fun and the world building is fantastic!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Heroine Showdown - Quarter Finals/Group 4


In this fourth round of the Quarter Finals, we have an unusual matchup - Iseabail the Dangerous from the Aiken's uproarious Dragon Kin series vs a classic - Erienne Fielding from A Rose in Winter. Sienna Lauren (KISS OF SNOW/Nalini Singh)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Paula Quinn - The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell

At first, I didn't plan to read and review this book, but to only participate in the blog tour.  For me, Historicals aren't as appealing as they once were and I just wasn't in the mood.  Then I realized who the book was about and I knew I just had to read it!

This book is the first in a new series by Paula Quinn that branches off of both her two previous Highlander series.  Each series deals with a different generation of the same family and in this one, we get the adopted son of Colin from Conquered by a Highlander.  Edmund MacGregor is a Scottish patriot determined to do whatever he must to keep Scotland from English tyranny.  Like his father and uncles before him, he is determined to do his part in the fight.  When he and his cousins come up with a plan to kidnap the one woman who was the fiancee of the chancellor, they figured they would be able to stop the passage of a law that would subjugate Scotland to the English.  But Edmund never imagined that the plot would lead to much more for him.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Styxx Paperback Release

Every now and then, there is a book that REALLY hits you - right where you want a book to hit you.  It touches your heart in a way that is special and those are the books that, for me, go straight to my keeper shelf and I end up with Hardcover, eBook, and audio versions.  Most of the Dark Hunter books by Sherrilyn Kenyon would fall into the "keeper shelf" category for me, but Styxx surpassed that and really hit in "just the right spot".  So in honor of the paperback release of Styxx on March 25, I am rerunning the review we did for the Hardcover version.  Enjoy!

While this book can definitely be read as a stand alone - which surprised me - it is MUCH better enjoyed with the rest of the series.  So beware.    I will assume that this isn't your first Dark Hunter book! :)  But, because of the need to avoid any spoilers, this is the warning!!  No major plots spoilers from here on (like the BIGGIE at the end! :)) but just to be safe, avoid if you don't want ANY spoilers. And for the record... the book blurb is misleading.... the story is much more complex and the blurb isn't really a good summary.