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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cover Wars - Quarter Final/Group 4


This week, I had to choose the winner of the second battle.  The two were tied.  I gave the edge to Darkfever, since there were comments that the Harry Potter cover wasn't cutting it. Hope that works for you all!  Additionally, I just have to say, there are few covers that work AS WELL with the story as that Shards of Hope cover.  Since most will have read it by now, I can safely say, I totally see Aden staring down at the Arrow Compound in that picture and it just WORKS for me.... 

To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tina Folsom - Zane's Redemption (Audio)


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

This month: Zane's Redemption by Tina Folsom



For me, whether or not I like a series can be make or break on the narrator of the audio books.  Mostly, this is because the series where the narrator agrees with me will be one I will listen to again and again and so I get to "know" the world and characters better.  When I don't like the narrator... bad things can happen...

Oh Zane, how I had high expectations for you!  Zane is a tortured hero - literally.  As a Nazi deathcamp survivor, Zane's human life wasn't always a happy one and rage lives strong in Zane.  Until he gets assigned a most interesting job.  To guard the virginity of a young vampire/human hybrid female.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Nightwalker Blog Tour


Nightwalker
The World of Nightwalkers #5
By: Jacquelyn Frank
Releasing August 25, 2015
Loveswept


Blurb
From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the final chapter in the Nightwalkers saga! As the momentous showdown with a powerful demon unfolds, a passionate encounter breaks the ultimate taboo.

Kamen is a Bodywalker, an ancient soul reborn in one human host after another. He’s also a prisoner of his own kind: for it was Kamen who released Apep, the deadly god who threatens the existence of their world. To atone for this grievous error, Kamen accepts an urgent mission: to convince the other nations of the Nightwalkers to set aside their centuries-old conflicts and band together. If he fails, all will be lost. And no tribe presents a greater challenge than the Wraiths, the spectral beings who are feared and despised for their lethal deathtouch.

Kamen makes first contact with a stunning, ghostly pale beauty named Geneviève. Part Wraith and part human, scorned as a half-breed, Viève shares the hunger for redemption—and for connection. Her scintillating touch holds the kiss of death, and yet it makes Kamen feel more alive than ever. Soon his lips are pressed against hers, sending Viève into fits of desire and forging a bond that breaches the divide between them. Now they must unite all the Nightwalkers, from Vampire and Shadowdweller to Djynns, and fast—for Apep is ready for war.


Excerpt:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nalini Singh - Archangel's Enigma

Wow... Singh has simply done it again... This time, we get Nassir, the most mysterious of Raphael's elite Seven.  And while going into this, I wasn't too intrigued by Nassir - other than to find out what he was - but I think he had me at his first thought.  Doesn't his mate know he is hunting for her?  Doesn't she want to be found?

Nassir is part vampire, and part other.  What that other is has intrigued many readers since we first met him.  Nassir has an innocent and gentle core that has begun to show through and in the last book we found that Nassir has decided it is time for him to have a mate.  And so off he goes, hunting for her.  While this is his top priority, Raphael's world is still in recovery mode from the latest battle of the archangels and Raphael needs Nassir to head up a search for a Sleeping archangel.  To find Alexander, Nassir must team up with a quiet scholar, Andromeda.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Launch Day Blitz - You're the Earl that I Want


Release Day!

About YOU’RE THE EARL THAT I WANT

THE EARL DOTH PROTEST . . .
For businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been a damnable nuisance. The answer: find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties. But it's always been clear that Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman. Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.

. . . BUT THE LADY KNOWS BEST
In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person she's always been able to count on. That doesn't mean she wants to marry him though. Without a husband, Joss can do as she pleases-and now, it pleases her to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a dying man. It's put Heath in peril once, and Joss won't let that happen again. She'll do what she must to ensure the earl's safety. And to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.

Excerpt:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cover Wars - Quarter Final/Group 3

While I am not surprised to see either of these two covers get this far, I will admit, I am surprised at the ones that they beat out NOT making it farther. Who would have thought that two of Kenyon's best would lose to two of Kurland's best?  Or that The Smoke Thief would beat out all four?  And Riveted is such a favorite in the Steampunk genre - and the only one really represented here - and so I really thought those five would have made it further.  It must be a really tough group!

To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Samantha Kane - Broken Play

Samantha Kane is one of my guilty pleasures.  There is something about the heroes she writes and their extreme vulnerability that is very appealing.  So when I saw this book, I figured I would take a shot at a book totally out of my genre and comfort zone.

Cass and Beau are two players on the Birmingham Rebels.  The two are inseparable both on and off the field and when it comes to the bedroom, they like to share.  When the two get caught on tape, the rumor mill starts to fly, but Beau and Cass may share, but they deny the feelings they have for each other.  Until Marian joins the team as a new assistant coach.  The two men are immediately attracted to her and want her to be their next conquest.  But this conquest could take the boys down a whole new path.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tina Folsom - Gabriel's Mate

I am still a little stunned by this one... Did I REALLY just read that!! :)

Gabriel was turned into a vampire in the 1800's and since then, he has more or less been celibate.  Maybe a prostitute here or there, but other than that on his own.  Part of the reason was the nasty scar on his face that destroyed his good looks while he was human.  On his human wedding night, his new wife gave him that scar after seeing him naked for the first time.  Believing that his wife was right and that he was a monster who should never be with a woman, Gabriel has kept to himself, but loneliness is starting to affect him.  Then, in an emergency situation, he meets Maya and is forced to decide - let her die, or turn her into a vampire.  Since both decisions would be without choice for the unconscious Maya, Gabriel makes the only decision he could after seeing her and falling instantly in love.  He saves her, but turns her into a vampire.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nina Mason - Starry Knight

There seems to come a time every year when I am waiting impatiently for a slew of new books from my favorite authors.  That is usually the time when I start searching for a few new authors to fill in the gap.  Sometimes this works well and I find a gem.  Unfortunately, this time around, I wasn't so lucky.

Callum Lyon is a Scottish baron who was killed sometime in the past (this is never made very clear - it could be 700 years ago, it could be 400.  More on that later...)  When he was killed on a battlefield, he was taken by a handmaiden of Queen of Avalon to be a breeding drone for the queen.  There, after a couple hundred years, he was sentenced to death for only breeding male offspring.  After a rather descriptive and horrid death sentence, he escaped in the nick of time by becoming a shapeshifter.  Now, 500 years later, he is a successful author, politician (of sorts), and in need of a woman.  The woman he chooses is Vannessa Bentley.  She is the daughter of a successful politician out to prove herself and - somehow - save the world as a paranormal investigator.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sasha Cottman release day blitz - The Duke's Daughter

When handsome army officer Avery Fox unexpectedly inherits a fortune, he instantly becomes one of the season's most eligible bachelors. More accustomed to the battlefield, he has no patience with the naive debutantes who fill the ballrooms of London.

Honest and impetuous Lady Lucy Radley is a breath of fresh air, guiding him through the season and helping him to avoid any traps. So when Avery is left with little option but to marry Lucy, he can't help but feel he's been manipulated. Nor can he shake the feeling that a duke's daughter should be out of his reach.

From the wildly beautiful Scottish Highlands to the elegant soirees of Paris, Avery and Lucy go on a journey that is full of surprises for them both. But will their feelings for each other be strong enough to overcome the circumstances of their marriage and survive the ghosts of Avery's past?

THE DUKE OF STRATHMORE SERIES:
Letter from a Rake
An Unsuitable Match
The Duke's Daughter



Excerpt:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cover Wars - Quarter Finals/Group 2


Up until a few months ago, while A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole, the first novel in the Immortals After Dark series, was always a favorite book, I hated the cover.  I am so glad that the publisher decided to redo the covers and create some absolutely fabulous covers for this series. And of these, the new cover for A Hunger Like No Other is my favorite so far!  Compare that to another favorite book - Born of Night - and the situation is similar. I am not fond of the US covers, but this UK cover really captures a lot of the feel of the book and is a MUCH better representation of Nykyrian in my mind.  So this is a tough round!!

To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Upcoming September Releases


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


Title:  When a Scot Ties the Knot
Author:  Tessa Dare
Series:  Castles Ever After 
Publisher:  Avon
Release Date:  August 25

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tina Folsom - Amaury's Hellion

How can an author top a book with Samson and Delilah as the hero and heroine and a vampire with erectile dysfunction?  Well, though Amaury and Nina may not be quite at that level, they were a great read!

Amaury was turned to a vampire in France in the 1600's and he was turned, his wife cursed him to feel everyone's pain and emotions but never to love.  She had good reason for this - which I won't spoil - and ever since, Amaury has been living with constant pain from the inundation of emotions.  Though he thinks none of his friends know about his troubles, he isn't as careful as he thinks.  He is able to dull the pain through sex and that works reasonably well - most of the time.  But as Amaury reaches a boiling point, he meets Nina, a vampire slayer out to make the Scanguards vampires pay for the death of her brother.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More IAD Covers!


The latest two Immortals After Dark covers were two of my favorite books in the series. And, in addition, the old covers were among my favorites.  So there is a LOT at stake with these two.  How do you top the awesome Demon From the Dark cover they already had?  Or the amazing Dreams of a Dark Warrior?  Well, they did it again!  Check out the lastest!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Window Shopping - Enchantress of Paris


Celebrate the release of Marci Jefferson's latest and enter for a chance to win!

“Told with vivid historical detail and packed with court intrigue, this is sure to please fans of royal fiction.”
—Library Journal on ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS

In her “intoxicating” first novel, Girl on the Golden Coin, Marci Jefferson “superbly” tackled a woman and time overlooked by recent historical novelists, Frances Stuart and Restoration England (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Jefferson’s second novel, ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS (Thomas Dunne Books; On-sale August 4, 2015; $26.99), finds her exploring both foreign and familiar territory as she fictionalizes the life of Marie Mancini and immerses her in the alternately opulent and malicious worlds of 17th century Italy and France.

The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini’s birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Ignoring her destiny, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the French court. In France, Marie discovers her powerful uncle rules, using Marie’s sister, Olympia, to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Cover Wars - Quarter Finals/Group 1


Honestly, these two covers are here for a reason.  I swear that Kylie Griffin must have made a sacrifice to the Cover Gods to get that gorgeous cover for Vengeance Born (and the book is one of my favorites, too!)  And Dragon Bound is no slouch, either!  Gotta' love Dragos' golden eyes....

To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dragonbane

There are some things that make the summer so wonderful.  One of those is knowing that there is a new Dark Hunter book coming near the end.  This year, the newest addition to the series let us know all about Max, the dragon that lives in the attic at Sanctuary.

Max is the Dragonbane.  It is a mark on his leg that makes him unique to all the shifters in the world of the Dark Hunters.  This mark is one of the reasons that Max has not left Sanctuary in over 100 years.  He is a marked man and he knows that the target on his back is very tempting.  As a Kattagaria, he is an animal at heart and is able to turn human.  The Arcadian Dragon hate the Kattagaria and are determined to eliminate them from the world.  The Arcadians are born human and can shift into animals.  The two groups are cursed to hate each other and fight to eliminate each other for all eternity.  Though we have seen many Arcadian/Kattagaria pairings over the course of the series, this one is unique in that the Arcadian heroine, Seraphina, may be a dragon, but as an Arcadian dragon, she is a dragon slayer.  Her romance with her mate Max seems to have been doomed from the start.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Vacation


Over the next few weeks, the Window Seat is on Vacation!  When we return, we will resume with the Quarter Finals of the Cover Showdown and have lots more great reviews!  We will return on Friday August 7 with a review of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonsbane, the Cover Wars, reviews, blog tours, and much more!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Upcoming August Releases



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


Title:  Dragonbane
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter/Were Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 4

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.
Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter - Preorder Campaign


Celebrate the upcoming release of The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter!  Pre-release campaign going on now.  We have a special Q&A from Gena, an excerpt, and a chance to win!  Read on!


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers story featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…


Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Second Chance Summer Blog Tour



SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Jill Shalvis (June 30, 2015; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; Cedar Ridge #1)
Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .

Read an excerpt:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

More IAD Cover Reveals!


More of the great new Immortals After Dark covers are coming our way!  And I know that I have used the special deal on this series on eBook to get the one or two that I was missing from my collection!  Hurry up and grab any of the ones you need!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tina Folsom - Samson's Lovely Mortal

The past few months, I have been looking for a new series to read.  But each time I started a new one, I rarely got past the first one.  And in some cases, I didn't even finish that one (Until the Sun Falls from the Sky).  So going into this new series, the Scanguards Vampires, I really had zero expectations.  This is despite the fact that people raved about it on Goodreads (people raved about the other ones, too....)  I think I felt like I had been let down before and didn't want to get my hopes up.  So when I found this series, I started reading the first book with VERY limited hope that I would find what I was looking for.

First off, the hero's name is Samson... and the heroine is Delilah.  Really?  Come ON!  So again, my expectations were not high.  Thank goodness I got past those names.  Samson is a two hundred plus year old vampire.  He is the leader of a company known as Scansguards.  They are a security company that offers protection and body guards in both the human world and the underground vampire world.  But Samson has a problem.  Ever since he was about to propose to his girlfriend - Ilona - and found she was betraying him, he has had a huge problem.  He can't get it up.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cover Wars - Round 2/Group 4


I think this is the first round where I can say I wasn't surprised by any of the victories! :)  These were the covers that I thought would make it through to this round.  This grouping started out with a lot of variety, but it seems that the historicals and contemporaries were overpowered by the strong paranormal contenders in the race.  Now, those paranormals have to compete against each other!

To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Blog Tour - Gaming the System

As the punk-goth manager of Las Vegas’s premiere adult toy store, Kai Tyler changes her hair color, nail color, and eye color the way some people change socks. In fact, she’s even changed her name. She owes no one, depends on no one, and stopped believing in happily ever after before she reached the age of ten. All she really wants out of life is a few good gadgets and the occasional day of pampering once in a while.

Luke Clarke loves his family, but he has no desire to fulfill his parents’ dream by getting married and going into politics. So when he’s invited to his sister’s week-long wedding gala, he asks Kai along as a decoy. Having a date will squelch his mother’s matchmaking attempts and Kai’s outrageous appearance might—just might—convince his family once and for all that he’ll never have a career in politics.

But as stress, desire, and close quarters eat away at the masks both Luke and Kai wear, their easy arrangement begins to transform into something neither expected. Will they cling to the stable roles of the past, or bet on an uncertain future together?

Goodreads:


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About the Author:
Laura K. Curtis does everything backwards. As a child, she was extremely serious, so now that she’s chronologically an adult, she feels perfectly justified in acting the fool. She started teaching at age fifteen, then decided to go back to school herself at thirty.
Laura has taught middle school social studies, high school literature, and college-level rhetoric, all with relative success. She’s also a full-on Mac geek who spent years as a consultant and running an academic computing lab. The only thing she completely failed at in the field of education was attempting to teach obedience to her pack of Irish Terriers. Currently, she lives in Westchester, NY, with her husband and two insane Irish Terriers who have taught her how easily love can coincide with the desire to kill.