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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lady Luck Book Blitz


We are celebrating the release of Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley!  As this wonderful series hits the printed page for the first time, experience again the love and the passion!  Or, if you didn't read it before, here is your chance! :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kresley Cole - Dark Skye

Before the Window Seat heads off for a little vacation, I wanted to get in ONE more review!  And it is a biggie!  Before leaving for vacation, I got a most wonderful gift - an arc of the latest in the Immortals After Dark series.

Thronos Talos is a prince of the Skye.  He is a Vrenkener  - or a winged angel - and as such, his greatest enemy should be the Sorceri.  But one day, as a young boy, Thronos happens upon a very special young Sorceri - Melanthe.  And so begins a friendship between two creatures who should be enemies, but fate has tied them together and they become the best of friends.  When the hatred of their families culminates in tragedy, Lanthe and Thronos are torn apart.  For five hundred years, Thronos tracks and stalks his mate while his mate continues to elude him.  Until both are captured by the Order and thrown into prison.  When the prison starts to crumble, Lanthe ends up at the mercy of the one being least likely to hurt her, but with the most cause to destroy her. 

Fred Berman - Dark Hunters/The League by Sherrilyn Kenyon


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

This month: I have done some audio posts about my favorite audiobook narrators.  Among my favorites are Robert Petkoff, Holter Graham, Sophie Eastlake, and Max Bellmore. For all these series, there are already book reviews, and in some cases even audio reviews. But these narrators stand out in a field of many - not just for one book -  and I really needed to recognize them for their work on the series as a whole.  So this month, I am looking at another favorite, Fred Berman.


 I will be the first to admit this... I gave Mr. Berman a REALLY raw deal.  If he was the only audiobook narrator for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter and The League series, I would love all those books.  More than that, he is head and shoulders above the very earliest narrations.  When the series first turned to the audiobook format, when he took over, I would have been thrilled with the decision...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coreene Callahan - Fury of Fire

I have to admit... It is HARD for me to try new authors.  I am almost always too afraid to put down hard earned bucks on a chance.  So the self published or small published authors rarely get a fair shot with me (since you can't get them in my library).  But when they do, my expectations are high!

Bastian is the leader of the Nightfury clan.  They are a clan of dragon shifters that are facing extinction.  The reason for the nearing extinction is that there are some drawbacks to reproduction.  As all the shifters are born male, they need human woman to give birth.  But the birth process kills the human women.  So naturally, the good dragon shifters are hesitant to impregnate human women and condemn them to death.  Unfortunately, there are a group of Rogue shifters that are willing to impregnate women and so Bastian, as the leader, has made a hard decision.  To increase the number of good dragon shifters, they must make the decision to reproduce and as leader, Bastian will be the first to pick the woman who he will sacrifice for his own reproduction.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Couple Showdown - Preliminary!

On August 11, we will be starting the Couple Showdown here at The Window Seat.  But before we do that, I wanted to give you a look at the brackets, the contestants, the schedule, and explain why it is your FAVORITE couple is not included.  Because I KNOW that there will be some that are favorites but that aren't on the lists.  I know that for a fact because some of MY favorite couples aren't here - so why would it be different for you? :)

When I first sat down to do the Hero Showdown, I wasn't planning for a Heroine Showdown or a Couple Showdown.  As a result, I picked a bunch of favorites.  In fact, for the most part, I put together favorites that fit into categories - Shifters, Vamps, Tortured Heroes, etc.  Had I known how successful the showdown would be, I would have chosen more carefully... but alas, I didn't!  So as a result, I set up a group of hot heroes - some of which may actually have fit better in the Couples Showdown rather than as heroes on their own.  But... the deed is done.  Going forward I know better!  The Window Seat will be doing Showdowns in groups of three - and for each "cycle", there will not be repeats - going forward.  If a hero competed in the showdown, then he and his heroine can't compete as a couple.  Same goes for the ladies.  Once the cycle of three is over, then the NEXT time around, all three (Hero, Heroine, and Couple) are once again eligible and can compete in a DIFFERENT category.  So, while Zsadist competed as a Hero this cycle, next cycle, while he can't compete as a hero, but Zsadist and Bella can compete as a couple or Bella can compete as a heroine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

C.L. Wilson - The Winter King

I have to admit... I was anxious for this book, but not for the right reasons.  I was anxious for this book to be written and done so that Ms. Wilson would move on to the NEXT book which promises to return to the Fading Lands of her Tairen Soul series.  I never should have doubted her...

Wynter is the King of the Winter Craig. He is a young king when war breaks out between his country and the Summerland.  War began because his younger brother was murdered, a great treasure stolen,  and his affianced queen was taken.  Having deprived him of his queen, his heir, and his country's greatest treasure, Wyn's terms of surrender ask for a return of all three.  He wants to marry one of Summerland's princesses - the country's greatest treasures - and get her with child within a year.  If the princess fails to conceive within a year, Wyn will kill her and come back for another until the three Seasons - Spring, Summer, and Autumn - have either provided him an heir or died trying.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Shannon K. Butcher - Blood Hunt

Up until now, I have to admit.  I have been pretty ambivalent about the Sanguinar and their role in the Sentinel War series.  I let the opinions of the Theronai warriors color my own and when I realized that the hero of this book would be one of them, I thought this was another "get through it" book for this series. I am very happy that I was wrong!

Logan is the mysterious Sanguinar healer who from the first has been a little shady.  What are his true motives?  What is the mystery project he is working on?  Is he trustworthy?  At the end of Living Nightmare, we got a glimpse of who Logan really was - a man devoted to children and a protector.  He is determined to save his people but he does have a moral code.  It may be filled with gray areas, but at the heart of him is a noble man.  He won't hurt people, but he isn't afraid to piss them off if it is for the greater good.  In fact, he and his leader Tynan are working on a project to save his people called Project Lullaby.  Though the details are scarce, the bottom line is that they are making people happy while saving their race from extinction.  But things aren't moving fast enough and Logan is forced to include a woman as a potential mate that he just isn't willing to let go.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Upcoming August Releases


Upcoming August Releases:
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives

Title: Dark Skye
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 5

Eternal Obsession

As a boy, Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body - and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ilona Andrews - Magic Bites

For a long time now, I have had quite a few people recommend the Kate Daniels series to me.  In addition to the people whose recommendations I trust the most, many fans have mentioned Kate or Curran as contestants for Showdowns.  With all this hype, I figured it was finally time to sit down and give the series a try.

Kate Daniels is a down on her luck mercenary who is investigating a murder that is near and dear to her heart.  Her legal guardian - and the only family she has left - has been murdered mysteriously and Kate takes on the investigation because she simply cannot rest until Greg's murder is avenged.  As she comes into contact with a myriad of preternatural creatures, the one that stands out the most is the Beast Lord of Atlanta.  He is a shapeshifter of immense power and the lord of all shapeshifters.  His name is Curran and he is a lion shapeshifter.  In this case, the king of beasts is literally a beast and his jungle is the streets of Atlanta in the midst of a magic surge.  Though Kate thinks the shifters may have something to do with Greg's murder, she tentatively creates a partnership with Curran on the theory - as long as she solves Greg's murder first, the worst he can do is kill me....meh.  Fair deal.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meljean Brook - Demon Forged

Well, it had to happen.  It seems that in every series, there is a couple that gets the short end of the stick.  In the case of the Guardian series, poor Alejandro and Irena are "that" couple....

Alejandro and Irena have a past that none of the Guardians really understand.  The two met 400 years ago when Alejandro first graduated from the initial Guardian training.  Seeing each other across a crowded courtyard, the two fell in love.  But Irena was a powerful Guardian that was centuries old and Alejandro had to earn her trust in order for her to willingly become vulnerable to him.  Though the two trained together and spent all their time together, they resisted the pull of sexual attraction until his training was done and they were equals.  But it didn't stop them from falling in love and creating a deep bond with one another.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kristen Ashley - Games of the Heart

If you have ventured into The ‘Burg series by Kristen Ashley, they clearly you have continued the love fest leading to Games of the Heart. Book 4 in this series has a lesser dark tone to the story, but I will say it is the most emotional of the books. Games of the Heart reintroduces local town cop Mike Haines, previously met in book 2 as Violet’s other love interest, and although he is definitely swoon worthy, it is Dusty Holliday to which the greatness of this book belongs! Their 25 year history makes this story this the most endearing.

The Holliday farm and its family members have been staples in the small town of Brownsburg Indiana. Mike Haines has been intimately connected into this family through friendship with the siblings, even dating the eldest Holliday daughter. When an unthinkable tragedy strikes the Holliday family Mike is present and ready to be the crutch needed to see the family through. This tragedy also brings the youngest Holliday, Dusty back to her home. Dusty was a sweet kid growing up who had an easy relationship with Mike until she went off the straight and narrow finally skipping town without a word. Her actions have impacted her family negatively and Mike has no intention of making her return easy. However in his attempts to give Dusty his piece of mind, he is shocked to find this wild girl to be a beautiful, confident, and successful woman whose past actions were not exactly what they seemed.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Shannon K. Butcher - Dying Wish

This book is the one that kept me from reading the Sentinel Wars series for a long time.  All because of the cover art... Yes, I was judging a book by its cover.  Even though this book was released first and was the more popular series, the similarity in this cover to a favorite book from another series gave me a chip on my shoulder about this series and I didn't break down to read it until recently.  Lesson learned! :) Don't let a duplicate cover stop me from reading a great series!

Iain is the leader of a secret Theronai group of warriors who have already lost the last leaf in their life mark - which means his soul is dead.  As the leader, he is trying to keep those men alive and keep their hope that they can save their leaves and maintain their souls, but the facade is getting harder and harder to maintain.  He believes that his soul is beyond redemption.  When he saves Jackie Patton from the caves of the demons, he realizes that his magic is compatible to hers.  But when Jackie returns to Dabyr, she discovers that EVERYONE is compatible to her.  Though all that Iain thinks he wants is to get her happily settled with a warrior - preferably one on his last leaves - he can't deny that the idea of her with someone else sets his blood to boiling...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon - The Dream Hunter

The first of the full Dream Hunter books is a story that connects a lot to the main hero of the Dark Hunter series and it is just one more example of how brilliant Kenyon is as the stories all connect back to each other!

Arik is a Dream god who has been cursed by Zeus to not feel emotions.  The reasons for Zeus's curse are not the major issue, the thing is that these Dream gods are experiencing some new things - emotions - and they are struggling to deal with that as the curse starts to weaken.  One such is Arik and the emotions he has begun to feel are leading to an attraction to a young archaeologist searching for the lost continent of Atlantis.  Geary, the archaeologist, is a woman on a mission.  Her family has made it a goal in their lives to find the lost continent thanks to the stories that the patriarch of the family heard from the man who saved him from the Germans during World War II.  This man is, by the way, Acheron, and it affects not only his eventual mate Tory, but her cousin Geary and makes it a goal of the family to redeem their reputation and find the greatest find in archaeological history.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thea Harrison - Peanut Goes to School

I am not real sure how to review this one... can I just say "Buy it.  You will love it."  Because this is a short, sweet, novella, and I just don't want to give anything away by saying too much! :)

This is the story, really, of Liam Cuelebre, the precocious child of Pia and Dragos.  As a dragon Wyr, Liam has a lot to learn.  His father can't help him because his father sprang to life fully formed.  His mother can't help him because she is not a predatory changeling.  So little Liam has to kind of make his own road and try to fit in - in a first grade classroom.  Which isn't easy when you are a young dragon, with a temper to control, your father is the Lord of the Wyr, and you can read college level textbooks in a few minutes...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lisa Jensen - Alias Hook

It has been so long since I read a hardcover book instead of an eBook that I had forgotten how the right book can be enhanced by the right medium.  Some books, whether it is the content, the setting, the feel of the story can be enhanced when you have that book in your hands - reading it the same way the characters would.  Alias Hook is just such a book!

Just how, and why, is Captain Hook in Neverland - a place forbidden to adults - forced to play an endless game with Peter Pan and his crew?  Well, because when you have an affair with a voudon priestess that goes wrong, you can end up cursed.  And cursed is what James Hook is.  Cursed to Neverland.  And since there are no adults, let's be honest.  That has GOT to suck.  Until a forbidden adult female dreams her way to Neverland.  When Stella Parrish ends up in Neverland, she brings with her an adult magic that is different from the children and definitely different from what Hook himself has.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Courtney Cole - IF YOU LEAVE Launch Day Blitz




Today we are celebrating the release of Courtney Cole's If You Leave.  Join in the fun with an excerpt and a chance to win a copy!

IF YOU LEAVE by Courtney Cole (July 8, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
Ex-Army Ranger Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be. Home from Afghanistan, Gabe can't stop thinking about that one horrible night on the battlefield, a night that changed his life forever. He knows he's messed up, but with the help of a little beer and a lot more women, he's keeping it together. Until he meets Madison Hill.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blog Tour - BREATHLESS FOR HIM




 Celebrate the release of BREATHLESS FOR HIM by Sophia Tate!  We have an excerpt to whet your appetite and leave you.... BREATHLESS! :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  What is better than barbecues, fireworks, and a summer day?  Wishing you a happy fourth of July!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Meljean Brook - Demon Night

Going in to this book, I had no idea who Ethan - the hero - was.  If you are hesitating to read it, Ethan is Drifter's real name... so that may help a bit... though for me, it didn't because I barely remembered Drifter either!

Drifter is a Guardian that is on assignment in Seattle to watch over the sister of a scientist studying... well, they aren't really sure, but since a demon is funding it, they know that it can't be good for the guardians or for humans.  Since the "MO" of the demons is to transform the scientist's loved ones in order to guarantee their cooperation, Charlie is the prime suspect to keep her sister Jane in line.  Ethan's job is to prevent Charlie's transformation and protect her and the rest of humanity from whatever it is the demons are up to this time around.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blog Tour - CHRISTMAS IN JULY



Come celebrate...Christmas in July with the Window Seat!  Read on for an excerpt and enter for a chance to win a copy of the latest from Debbie Mason!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jessica Sorenson - Destiny of Violet and Luke Launch Day Blirz


Come celebrate the release of The Destiny of Violet and Luke with a launch day Blitz!  We have a review, an excerpt and a chance to win a copy!

For those familiar with Jessica Sorensen’s Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, then you should recognize Violet and Luke as secondary characters who have found their way into the spotlight. Both characters were fundamental in Callie and Kayden’s journey and now their dark pasts are brought to light to reveal a rough journey.

Luke is the closed off roommate and longtime bff of Kayden. He has always been available for his friends yet emotionally cut off. There have always been hints of trouble from his past, especially after the learning details of his sister’s tragic suicide in book 2. There is also an underlying mystery and unease with his relationship with his mother that is brought to the forefront in this read, thus ultimately shaping Luke into the man he has become. Immersed into a life of drugs and alcohol as a child, he was forced him to grow up way before his time, therefore Luke now operates on his own time and does anything he can to keep control over his life.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Born of Fury

 The release of the latest League book is done at the time of a special anniversary.  The first League book was released 20 years ago!  And I for one am very happy the Ms. Kenyon has the time and opportunity to get back to this awesome series and expand on these wonderful characters!

Along with the eBook and Hardcover release, Born of Fury is also available in audiobook with one of Kenyon's two regular narrators, Fred Berman.  For a sample of the audio, click here. And come back later in the month when we will spotlight Fred Berman in our Audio Corner where we highlight an audiobook each month!

 Dancer Hauk is one of the founding members of the Sentella - an organization that has declared war - justifiably - on the League in the Ichidian Universe.  He is also the last of his lineage and as such he is responsible for the rite of passage of his nephew, Darice.  Sent off to a remote location on an Endurance challenge with Darice and Thia (his best friend's daughter), the group is suppose to survive the camping trip and come home with Thia and Darice having attained their "adulthood".  But being who he is, he has enemies on his trail and assassins out to get him that can easily endanger the kids. One of those assassins is Sumi Anataxas, a League assassin with a personal grudge against Dancer and his brother Fain.  Sumi is expected to deliver the necessary secrets that will destroy Dancer and the rest of the Sentella or face a mother's worst nightmare.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Patricia Briggs - Hunting Ground (Audio)


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

This month: This month on the Audio Corner, Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs and narrated by Holter Graham.

When I get interested in a series, I tend to read all the back stories at once.  Usually, this is a sign to me of a series that will earn a spot on a keeper shelf.  If I am not dying for the next book, then the series usually doesn't go the distance.

In this, the second book in the Alpha & Omega series, we get another murder/killer mystery centered around the werewolf mates Charles and Anna.  Despite the fact that the two are newly mated, Charles' father, Bran, the head werewolf, has sent the pair to "host" the conference of the European Werewolves to decide if they will support Bran's decision to come out of the closet.  But the European wolves are a crafty group and no where near as unified as the American wolves under Bran.  As a result, many factions are fighting and looking to have their opinion heard and when there is an attempted kidnapping of Anna and the conference and the peace of the werewolves are in jeopardy, Anna and Charles must battle magic and strength to catch a killer before they strike again.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Marie Hall - Death's Redemption

After taking the "bad guys" of fairy tales (Hook, Big Bad Wolf, the Mad Hatter) and making them heroes, is it any surprise that Marie Hall would take on the idea of making the Grim Reaper a hero? Not really! :)

Mila is working in San Francisco with a task force that runs her amok with a vicious group of vampires.  Part of the problem is Mila's special talents.  She is able to see the future.  But this talent needs to remain a secret or she will be hunted.  When her secret leaks, a group of rogue vampires want her - bad.  Her talent is something that they will kill to possess. When all hope seems lost, Mila stumbles upon Frenzy - a grim reaper with a depressing past - and everything changes for them both.  Instead of being willing to call it quits, Frenzy is now willing to fight for Mila - even if it means fighting against her.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THE MILLIONARIE AFFAIR Blog Tour




 Come celebrate the release of The Millionaire Affair and enter for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!