The Window Seat on a Rainy Day

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Window Shopping - Queen Bee Goes Home Again by Haywood Smith


In Queen Bee Goes Home Again by bestselling author Haywood Smith, it's been ten years since Linwood Scott had to move back home to Mimosa Branch, Georgia the first time.  Now, with her work in real estate at a stand-still because of the economy, and her ex-husband and his alimony payments (and his former stripper-current wife) nowhere to be seen, Linwood finds herself back in the place she'd never thought she'd be: the garage apartment next to her mother Mamie's mansion. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 2/Group 2


The competition is getting pretty fierce! Last week's competition saw only a single vote margin between Wrath & Beth and Thane & Elin!  This week is likely to be as close!  With some of the most popular Paranormal series being represented : The League, The Lords of Deliverance/Demonica, Psy-Changeling, and Lords of the Underworld, I am not even sure how to vote on these two contests!  I know that I personally love all the couples!  (Brenna and Judd.... no Aeron and Olivia....no!  Ice....no....heat.... Grrrrr! :)) Choosing between couples is much harder than choosing just a character.  There is a lot more depth to a couple and since each couple's journey is unique, it makes comparing harder... but still fun! :)  So on to the next grouping!

For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Sandra Hill - Kiss of Pride

In order for you to read any further, you must accept - Viking vampire angels... yup, that's right!  Accept the vangel, and then proceed.  Because if you take anything too seriously - to the point you can't accept the vangel - you will not enjoy this book.

Vikar is one of The Seven.  A group of Viking Brothers who in their lifetime exemplified one of the Seven Deadly Sins.  As such, God and the Archangel Michael - who for some reason thought them redeemable - decided that they would become the army of the angels to fight Lucifer's vampires (called Lucipires...of course!) Now, these men were recruited for a 700 year stint, but it seems that they just can't help themselves.  Therefore, it is now over a thousand years later and they all still have hundreds left to serve (Michael tacks more years on each time they sin again.)  Vikar's current assignment is to create, in Transylvania, Pennsylvania, a haven for the vangels and a home base.  He is making this out of the town's spooky old castle and yes, more so than anyone else, Vikar sees the ridiculousness in this.  But it is his current assignment and he needs to save his extra years of punishments for the bigger things - such as his hair and his mocking of the Archangel Michael - and so he goes along with the assignment and starts to set up shop.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Update to the ARC giveaway page!

Don't forget to check out our ARC Giveaway Page! All of the ARCs that we can't swap but are happy to share are available on that page. We have everything from Steampunk Romances (Touch of Steel) to classic favorites in Hardcover such as Julie Garwood's Shadow Music.



If you are looking for that hard to find Historical Fiction like The Last Wife of Henry VIII or the final chapter of the Nightkeepers saga (Spellfire), there is nothing better than FREE! :) All you need to do is sign up to be a follower of the blog. If you are already a follower, then get a friend to follow and the book is yours. And in the next month as new ARCs are read, there will be even more to choose from! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dianne Duvall - Night Reigns

This book started out as a huge improvement over the first book in the series, Darkness Dawns.  Yet somehow, it ended up twice as disappointing...

Marcus is an Immortal Guardian from the Middle Ages.  During his mortal life, he was taken in by a good man who fostered him.  Over time, Marcus fell in love with the wife of his foster father - who was a time traveler from Texas, his age and treated him like a brother.  Since he loved them both, he did nothing to change the true love match that those two were.  Instead, he waited 800 years, loving her the whole time, and in the right year, Marcus moved to Texas and watched over her until she disappeared into the past.  Now, 808 years later, Marcus is still not over this woman.  In fact, his apathy toward life is making him dangerous and his leader, Seth, is worried about him.  So he assigns Marcus a Second - a human who can take care of the Immortal Guardians during the day and handle their needs so they can be at full strength to fight the vampires that prey on humanity.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Coreene Callahan - Fury of Ice

If you are a fan of J.R. Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood, then there is a series that you may have missed but need to check out.  Published by Montlake, a division of Amazon that publishes indie authors, the Dragonfury series should appeal to those that like Ward's style of writing.

In the second book in the series, Rikar, the Dragonfury second in command, is on a mission to save a woman he met once but can't forget.  On a mission for his commander, Rikar got to know the Seattle detective Angela Keen.  But beyond duty, he got to really know her and her energy.  Since the Dragonkind are dependent on energy from females to survive, feeding from Angela was an experience he can't forget.  But when Angela is taken hostage by the Nightfuries greatest enemy, Rikar will stop at nothing to save her from a fate worse than any woman should have to endure.  Not only is Rikar sure that Angela will be physically violated, but the Razorbacks will violate her energy and take from her what females should only give with consent.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 2/Group 1


Here we go with Round 2!  And for the most part, the historical couples have been taken over by the Paranormals!  At least with this first group.  And the couples that are left are going to make for some HARD choices! :)   This is where the contest starts to get fun for me.  It is no longer my fault which couples are competing against which and I don't even know who I will vote for so I can relax a bit more! :)  We have lost a few favorites, I have gotten a few surprises, but for the most part, the couples I thought would win have moved to the next round, so let's get started!  For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Coreene Callahan - Knight Awakened (Audio)


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

Sorry this is a week late, folks - I had a scheduling conflict and had to make adjustments!  Please accept my apologies! :)

This month:  Knight Awakened by Coreene Callahan


In most cases, if I love a book, I will like the audio just as much - or in some cases more!  That is when you know that the narrator is good.  When they can take a good book and make it better.  But, sometimes, that isn't the case and that is when I regret the loss of the coveted audible credit...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Alexis Morgan - Honor's Price

From the first time I read My Lady Mage, I couldn't wait to hear Kane's story!  He was such a tortured male with all the right qualities and his story intrigued me from the start.

Kane and the rest of the Warriors of the Mist are running out of time.  They have been called  from the river and given three months to solve the problems of Agathia.  There is evil taking over the land and at its heart is the evil Duke.  In order to battle the evil, the Warriors dispatch Kane and Averil to the capital city in order to use Kane's dark gift of magic from his grandfather to beat the dark magic that is threatening them.  Once in the capital, Kane easily infiltrates the Duke's household and even becomes the captain of the Duke's guard.  Though this puts him in a great place to spy, it also opens Kane up to some serious complications.  One is that the Duke, able to sense Kane's dark magic, has started to covet that magic and will stop at nothing to possess the power for himself.  But it also puts Kane in the path of the beautiful Lady Theda - perhaps the biggest threat to Kane's honor and duty that he could ever encounter.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thea Harrison - Night's Honor

So many authors today have a formula.  Each book starts to have the same process and it is just different characters put into the story.  One of my favorite things about Thea Harrison's Elder Races series is that the books are all so uniquely captivating.  You never now what type of story it will be and I love that about them!  While the last book in the series was Kinked, which looked at the very edgy relationship between the harpy Aryal and the part Elf Quentin, the latest book takes us on a very different journey.

Xavier del Torro is a Vampyre and the second in command to the Nightkind King Julian.  Though we have seen glimpses of Xavier in the past, we don't know much about him.  And for the first time, we get a look at the Vampyre demesne (since Carling and Duncan were expats from that demesne when we heard about them.)  Xavier was a Spanish nobleman and, as the second son, was a priest during the Spanish Inquisition.  When the Church he loved turned against his family, he responded by becoming a Vampyre and exacting vengeance.  As payment for the turning, he has been the devoted progeny and right hand man to Julian ever since.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Son of No One

It is the end of the summer, a special time... Kids going back to school, cool nights that are perfect for reading... and Kenyon's latest in the Dark Hunter Series!! :)

Cadegan, the Son of No One, was cursed by his brother to spend eternity in a hell dimension.  Of course, there is more to the hell dimension than meets the eye.  It is the hell plane of Cadegan's own pantheon and so, as a demigod, he retains his powers but he is not able to get out of the hell realm.  As horrible as the hell realm is, though, it is the betrayal of the brother that sent him there that hurts the most.  Born in a monastery and abandoned by his mother at the hour of his birth, Cadegan never expected much out of life.  Raised in a monastery that had a vow of silence, he didn't even know how to speak until he was impressed into the king's army to fight.  When his brother found him, he promised him his trust and his protection.  To have his brother turn on him and condemn him was the worse punishment for Cadegan.  It proved to him that no one can be believed and that believing in someone else is merely a recipe for disaster.

Spreading the Word

I am taking a break for a small, serious request... As many of you know, I am a huge Kenyon fan and, like many of you, I am a part of a few fan groups.  One of the moderators of the Goodreads Kenyon group (Kenyon's Minions), has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  As the daughter of a survivor of that, this is a cause near and dear to my heart.  I wanted to spread the word and offer an opportunity for you all to help if you can.

In her own words... "I am being positive cause cancer picked the wrong chick to mess with! :DI am being positive cause cancer picked the wrong chick to mess with! :D"  How can you not admire that??  So, if any of you are able to, please consider checking out her sites and reading her story.

My GoFundMe is:
http://www.gofundme.com/dotbu8

My Etsy shop is:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlenascreations


Thanks everyone! :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 1/Group 4



Quick rundown of the rules.  For each round, the contest will be called on Sunday mornings.  However, those voting widgets remain open just for fun, so if you are here after that time and the results change, that is the reason.  Also, remember, a couple must ALREADY have a book or they are not eligible.  So that couple that you have been waiting for to get together for five books now, if that book isn't out, they aren't eligible.  And no couple was eligible if the hero or heroine competed individually.  This time around, rather than group SIMILAR contestants, I pretty much went for opposites and grouped UNlike contenders.  For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Too Stupid To Live Heroine and why she is still around...


We have all read "those" books.  The ones with the heroine who is just far too stupid to live or believe in this day and age.  We mock her, we rant about her inclusion in a favorite series, we knock books that have these heroines, yet... they STILL keep popping up.  For many years, I wondered why.  As I have matured, and have had the appropriate life experiences, I have finally discovered why she hasn't fallen away and why authors still include her.  The reason is, she IS based on fact and there ARE women that stupid out there!  Sad as that may be!

What is the "Too Stupid to Live" (TSTL) heroine?  In short, she is the annoying woman that you sit there as you read and say, are you kidding me?  WHO is that stupid?  Some fine examples exist.  One I remember in particular is Sarah from Dianne Duvall's Darkness Dawns.  This heroine's stupidity topped the charts for me.  First off, as a 95 pound woman living in the backwoods of North Carolina, would YOU carry a stranger you found STAKED to the GROUND into your desolate mountain cabin?  OR, would you run like hell (since you are in perfect shape, of course) into said cabin, lock the damn door, and call the police?  Personally, I would go for the later - even if I am not 95 pounds and not in perfect shape.  After all, he is STAKED.... to the GROUND.  It isn't like he could catch me.  And then, a few measly chapters later, when you learn that he is not only an Immortal vampire type creature, but that he is falling into Insta-love with you, and the bad guys are hot on your trail, what would YOU do when he tells you to HIDE IN THE BATHROOM during the nasty gun fight?  Remember, he is immortal. HE won't die of a gun shot wound!  Me, I would listen to him, duck and cover, and save my own butt.  But not Sarah!  Despite being an environmentalist who eats no meat, doesn't drink, heck, she doesn't even have a DISHWASHER, she happens to be an expert marksman and thinks SHE can do a better job saving the day than the immortal hottie and his best friend.  Seriously... can it get any stupider than that?

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff - Accidentally...Over? Blog Tour


A laugh out loud and have-lots-of-fun paranormal series, the Accidentally Yours series is one you should not miss - Cimil says so!! :)  Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the WHOLE series!

I have never hidden the fact that I love Romantic Comedy series.   And I think that paranormal romances give the authors so much room to work and create some truly fun series.  The Accidentally Yours series by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is one of those series - and one of my favorites!

Maax is the god of Truth.  He is also the god of justice and right.  Therefore, when his sister Cimil tells him that it is HIS responsibility to prevent Armageddon, he knows that she has him on a technicality and he may as well give in gracefully.  Though it is forbidden to travel through time and he is already in trouble for the last time he did it, he decides that if it is his destiny to save the world - and sacrifice himself in the process - he may as well get it over with.  He will go to the past and save a woman, Ashli, from dying and then return to the present and take his punishment like a man - er, a god.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EVERNIGHT Blog Tour


Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win this fantastic series!  This is a great series and each book can be read alone - but why would you want to?  Here is a chance to get the whole series for free!!

I am the first one to admit that Steampunk is not really my thing.  Though well written stories can rise above genres, I still have a level of interest that has to be met as well and Steampunk just doesn't do it for me.  But Callihan's Darkest London totally snuck up on me and made it through despite the fact that it is hard to miss that this is now a Steampunk romance series.

Will Thorne is a vampire or a sanguies.  After sacrificing himself to save his best friend, Jack, he ended up a captive with only Ms. Holly Evernight as his hope for salvation.  Holly replaced his demon heart with a platinum one.  But now, that heart is causing problems and Will is losing his marbles. He is subject to uncontrollable rages.  But when in the presence of Holly, Will has control and she is able to ease his pain.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Breathe Book Blitz

 
Join us to celebrate the release of Kristen Ashley's Breathe!  
 
Read an excerpt and enter for a chance to win a copy!
 
 
Excerpt:
 
She put slight pressure on his chest and snapped, “You’re giving me mixed messages, Detective Keaton.”
It was the wrong thing to say.
Hearing her call him that, denying him something he’d come to love in the span of two weeks, thinking for years he’d never get his shot to hold the town’s pretty librarian in his arms just as he was doing right then. What he’d just endured with Bonar, all that coming back up. Faye being angry, pulling away. Something he’d been keeping a tenuous hold on for a long fucking time snapped inside him and he instantly decided to power through a different way.
He put not slight pressure on her entire body, his arms tightening, his frame pressing her into the door, his face getting close and he growled, “Right then, here’s one that isn’t mixed. Do not call me Detective Keaton. To you, I . . . am . . . Chace.”

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 1/Group 3



Quick rundown of the rules.  For each round, the contest will be called on Sunday mornings.  However, those voting widgets remain open just for fun, so if you are here after that time and the results change, that is the reason.  Also, remember, a couple must ALREADY have a book or they are not eligible.  So that couple that you have been waiting for to get together for five books now, if that book isn't out, they aren't eligible.  And no couple was eligible if the hero or heroine competed individually.  This time around, rather than group SIMILAR contestants, I pretty much went for opposites and grouped UNlike contenders.  For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Outlander TV Show

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A great Claire...except for the eyes
 I am going to make a few prefaces here before I tell you what I thought about Starz new adaptation of the Outander series...  First off, I really hate when Hollywood takes a book I love and turns it into a movie.  I despise most of the adaptations.  I haven't forgiven Hollywood for the travesty that was the adaptation of Julie Garwood's For the Roses and though my kids may adore the movie adaptations of Jurassic Park and the Lost World, that is only because they aren't old enough to read the books and so they can't miss the nuances that the movie skips over and the sanitized version is to them all about the neat dinosaurs.  So, and this it the second confession, I had NO INTENTION of ever watching the TV show.  I knew nothing about the actors that Hollywood found to portray Jamie and Claire and I really wanted nothing to do with the whole thing.  In fact, I only knew that the show was coming this summer because I realized the immense benefit it would be to publish book 8, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, just prior to the show - pick up the increased and renewed enthusiasm of the book release and transfer it to the TV show.  I saw it as good marketing, thought "meh, good luck with that", and had no intention of EVER watching Hollywood destroy a beloved series. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kinley MacGregor - Knight of Darkness

Originally, this review was meant to post earlier, but given that the newest Kenyon release, Son of No One, is connected to the Lords of Avalon world, I thought that it was a good idea to post this around the release time of that book!

I am going to have to be honest... this one was tough for me to finish.  I kept putting it down and going back to it, but it really was never a compulsion to keep reading NOW.  Since that is what I am used to in Kenyon's books, to me, this was an odd book indeed.

Varian is the son of Lancelot and...not Guinevere.  In Kenyon's version of Camelot, Lancelot and Guinevere were never more than friends. Instead, Varian is the son of Narishka and though his mother is pure evil and the right hand woman of Morgen, Varian is working for the good guys.  Albeit as their assasin, but on the good side either way...Until his mother kidnaps him and forces him to choose the other half of his heritage and to work to serve the Morgen and her evil plans.  With the help of his mother's serving girl, Varian is able to escape, but nothing is as it seems.  Even the pitiful serving girl has a deceptive past and in the world of Avalon and Camelot, deception can be deadly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WHAT A DUKE DARES Blog Tour


Join us to celebrate the release of Anna Campbell's latest and enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win! :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shannon K. Butcher - Falling Blind

Finding a perfect series is hard... They are few and far between and MY perfect author may not have the same attributes as yours.  That is a fact.  So when I find an author that is "thissssss close", I hang on.  Even through the bad books...

In this chapter of the Sentinel Wars, we get Cain's story.  Yes, Cain has been in the story from the beginning, but I have to admit... he wasn't the Sentinel I was dying for next.  It was only in the last book or so that his struggle came to the forefront.  And even then... I just wasn't really sympathizing with him yet.  For centuries, Cain had guarded Sibyl, the Sentinel foreseer who was stuck in the body of a child because her mother unintentionally cursed her.  Apparently, now that Sibyl is "all growed up", Cain is a mess.  He misses her to an extent that is almost creepy - considering that he was a father figure to her - and without her, he is lost.  To me... I just think to myself, the girl (who wasn't REALLY your daughter, she was your best friend's daughter) gave you a purpose that prolonged your life and after centuries she FINALLY grew up and you are a mess?  Yes, Jackie did a cruel thing by promising you a child - which you yearn for to "replace" Sibyl, but really... man up and get over yourself!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 1/Group 2

And the competition continues with more couples competing in the Showdown!  This week we have lots of fan favorites making an appearance.  And this week we have Maris and Ture - the couple from Cloak & Silence - and the first M/M couple or heroes in our competition.  But that isn't because they aren't BOTH great heroes.  It would have just been too hard to separate them out and I was not willing to make Maris a Heroine... though he may not have minded! :)  Regardless, it is this showdown that fits them the best! Quick rundown of the rules.  For each round, the contest will be called on Sunday mornings.  However, those voting widgets remain open just for fun, so if you are here after that time and the results change, that is the reason.  Also, remember, a couple must ALREADY have a book or they are not eligible.  So that couple that you have been waiting for to get together for five books now, if that book isn't out, they aren't eligible.  And no couple was eligible if the hero or heroine competed individually.  This time around, rather than group SIMILAR contestants, I pretty much went for opposites and grouped UNlike contenders.  For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!

PS - I went back to the old voting widgets... I just didn't think the new ones were working out and I didn't trust them to be accurate! :)  In light of that, I was able to tell the clear winners from Group 2 for all but one of the contests.  So that one is getting a redo.  Please also vote in the final widget so that I can get a winner from that one! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Upcoming September Releases


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


Title: Son of No One
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Things are REALLY starting to connect in the Dark Hunter world!  A bridge book for sure, but a great addition to the series!


It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…

Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kate SeRine - Ever After

Honestly, the idea of "reinvented" fairy tales, usually painting the villain as the hero, is no longer fresh or unique.  The market is being flooded and it is now "been there, done that."  So why did I request yet another one?  Because in all the redone fairy tales (such as Alias Hook, Curses!, or Marie Hall's Kingdoms series) I hadn't seen one that was a take on Robin Hood and that one intrigued me!

Gideon is a soldier for the King of the Fairies.  So when he is ordered to apprehend a thief, it is no problem.  Until he discovers who the thief is.  It is none other than his lost love Robin Hood.  Now, this soldier, with a sexy Scottish brogue,  has a dilemma.  Betray his king or the love of his life.  Gideon, named by Robin Hood as Little John, is in a tough situation.  Though he has lived and loved in the centuries since last seeing Arabella, when he captures this thief his immediate reaction is relief at having her back - quickly followed by the expected sense of betrayal.  While he has spent centuries mourning Arabella, she has still been alive?