Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Well, shortly there after fellow bloggers, writers, and friends stepped up to the plate and pitched in as well. Shiloh Walker challenged her fans to 50 comments for a $50 donation. Ali from Simply Ali said she would pitch in $50. And by the end of the night last night, Courtney Milan, Moira Rogers (both Bree & Donna), Vivian Arend, Stacy from Trelaina, Tigris Eden, Carly Phillips, HelenKay Dimon, Liza, Lauren Dane, Jennifer Haymore, and multiple commenters (myself included) all jumped into help the cause.
By the end of the night last night, Limecello and all these fabulous people listed above (and those who donated anonymously) raised over $1,150 for an incredible cause! To see her wonderful post, and the final number of comments, go here.
Never underestimate the power of bloggers. And thank you for everyone who went out and commented yesterday. Because of you, we were able to donate a huge amount to a great cause, just by commenting and caring.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: 8/31/10
How I got think book: Purchased
A dangerous demon she can't resist...
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
A maddening witch he aches to claim...
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
Trapped together in a savage prison...
For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?
Blurb from Goodreads
The Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole is one of my all time favorite series! In the 11th installment, we pick up with Carrow, who was recently kidnapped off the streets on New Orleans and taken hostage by a mysterious group that has been taking members of the Lore.
When her niece Ruby is also captured, Carrow is given the opportunity to earn their freedom, by going out and capturing Malkom, the half demon half vampire recluse. She is sent to his realm with practically no information, told she has a limited amount of time to bring him back, or else Ruby will suffer the consequences.
After realizing that Carrow is his fated female, Malkom does everything he can think of to prove that he can provide for her. Unfortunately, his experience hasn't really shown him what kind of gestures count as romance. But Carrow is willing to work with him, and ends up slowly falling for him as he continually tries to win her heart.
As the two try their best to learn each other, Carrow refuses to tell Malkom about Ruby and her desire to bring him back to her home to turn him over. When they are both re-captured, Malkom goes berserk and vows that Carrow will never again be able to betray him. But when they escape their captors and he is given the chance to get back at Carrow, he can't bring himself to do it..
As the two fight to survive on the island and get back to their life, Carrow and Malkom must work out their problems, each learning if they can trust the other once again.
One of my favorite parts of this book was that when Carrow and Malkom first meet, and they realize they are not able to communicate since they do not speak the same language. I love that they have to try and figure each other out, and find a way to communicate with each other. I love that Malkom does everything he can to try and learn her language, and that Carrow teaches him to read and write in the sand.
Carrow and Malkom also had some amazingly steamy scenes. Their time in the caves together were constantly smokin' up the place, and lighting the pages on fire! I think that these two have definitely replaced Bowen and Mariketa as my two favorite IAD characters.
I also really liked that Carrow was the one who had to really go back and grovel. For as much as I absolutely love her, she was the one who really screwed things over with Malkom, betraying him, refusing to trust and believe in him, and putting a shadow on their budding relationship. When she is forced to watch Malkom and Ruby bond, and watch as the two of them grow closer while Malkom continues to push her away, she has to think of ways that she can win him back. The way that Carrow handled the situation, and tried to show Malkom she was serious by her actions, I loved her all that more.
I really love where Cole is taking this series, and I'm excited to see where she goes with Regin, Nix, and all the others. This is one of those series that if you are not already reading, you MUST go pick it up!!
All in all, I give Demon from the Dark 5 out of 5 cozy caves.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride's vision. She just can't see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart...
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews!
Bayou Moon comes out in exactly one week, and I am anxiously awaiting to find out more about William and Cherise. For more details about this book, including snippets and more, please check out Ilona & Gordon's website site here
Friday, September 17, 2010
Their instincts will save them.
Their passion will transform them.
Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her–one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.
The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack–vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.
When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion–a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.
*Taken from Ellen Connor Website*
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Publish Date: 8/7/10
How I got this book: Checked out from the library
A new Carpathian novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Dominic of the Dragonseeker Carpathians is on a desperate mission, in the very heart of enemy territory. Solange Sangria is one of the last of the jaguar people. She has long been fighting to save women who are able to shift from the hands of the man who slaughtered her family and everyone she loved-her own father. They are two warriors who have lived their lives alone. Now, a the end of their time, they find each other, a complication neither saw coming.
*Blurb from Goodreads*
Dark Peril is the 21st book in the Carpathian Series by Christine Feehan. I have had some very mixed feelings throughout this entire series. When I first started reading it, I loved it. I thought it was new and different and super sexy. Around book 6 or so, it became clear to me that each book was following a specific formula, and that formula never deviates from what worked originally. I was starting to get to the point where I was almost ready to give up, but then Feehan throws something into the mix to change things up.
First time was in book 17, where she did the Carpathian Christmas get together, when all the old characters came back together again. Then I was again pleasantly surprised by the last book, Dark Slayer. Well again, Feehan has changed things up enough that I didn't feel like I was reading a forumla once again.
Dominic is of the old Dragonseeker line, and he feels that his time is almost done before he will be either forced to turn or seek the light. He takes on for the team, and injects himself with the infected vampire blood to attempt to infiltrate their ranks, and gather as much information before taking out as many as he can. While he is fighting in the jungles of South America, he comes across Solange, the jaguar “princess” who has been fighting the war for their women her whole life.
When Dominic and Solange realize they are lifemates to each other, I was impressed with the way they both so readily accepted their fate. Even though Solange has an irrational fear of men due to her history with the jaguar men, she still finds a way to somehow put her faith and trust in Dominic. And Dominic, although he has resigned himself to death, he still wants to do everything possible for Solange.
One of the other things that Feehan has changed a little in this series with this book is Dominic's attitude towards women. In all the previous books, then men are almost archaic in their thoughts towards woman. (really? We don't all belong barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen...) In Dark Peril, Dominic was supportive and understanding in Solange's need to be a warrior in the fight against the jaguar men. He loves the fact that she can take care of herself, and that she desires to protect the woman of her race. He says multiple times that he enjoys the fact that she is a warrior first, and a woman only for him.
Again, I was glad that this book broke many of the stereotypes that have seemed to be prevalent throughout the series. That being said, this series is really not that interesting to me anymore. I feel as if the overall story arc just isn't going anywhere.
There are still so many unanswered questions out there that never seem to get resolved. Even when some things get resolved, like the problems with Xavier the mage, a zillion other things are left unclear and more and more problems arise. There are also just to many conveniences for my taste. There are too many times that the end seems so bleak, but wait, the hero and heroine can conveniently save each other. Although Dominic knows he is on a suicide mission, he suddenly realizes that Solange has the one gift that can save his life. Maybe I just need a little more conflict and difficulties in getting the impossible accomplished.
I know that I will continue to read the books in this series (sometimes I can be a real glutton for punishment), but I am excited for Skylar and Dimitri's book, and Zacarrias of the De La Cruz brothers. I enjoy that Feehan can tell a great story, I just wish she would do a better job of linking them all together to make the series a bit more fluid.
All in all, I give Dark Peril 3 out of 5 warrior lifemates.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: 9/6/10
How I got this book: NetGalley
An impossible demand...
Max Jerrnigan is ready to close the most important business deal of his life-all he has to do is agree to one request from Grayson Crowell: impregnate the mogul's daughter.
No way can Max do this. He's a decent guy. But he would love a child. He just doesn't want a wife.
An impossible man...
C.C. Crowell gave up on dreams of a family after Mr. Worse-Than-Wrong broke her heart. Hiding behind spreadsheets, boring suits and an icy attitude, she's more than a little suspicious when arrogant, handsome Max is suddenly chasing her. But she can't deny their chemistry. Until she learns about the deal and plans to pay Max back in kind....
Blurb from Goodreads
This was a great (but short) new read from Carina Press, who continues putting out some incredible stories. Max is working on a huge business deal that can either make or break him. He is forced to deal with Grayson who makes him a deal: He will get his business deal, if he gets Grayson's daughter pregnant. As much as Max wants to do anything for his business deal, he doesn't know that he is ready to knock some woman up.
C.C. has realized that she might not be destined for love, but she is still determined to have the child that she wants more than anything. When she meets a handsome man on the airplane, she puts him through her ridiculous cookie test, and when he passes that with flying colors, her hope soars, but when she realizes they work in the same field, she knows it would never work.
When Max and C.C. are forced to work together day in and day out, she is leery with his interest in her, and Max feels as if his heart is starting to get involved when he really doesn't want it to. As the two get closer and closer together, C.C. begins to feel as if she can begin to trust Max, and that he might be someone worth getting her heart involved with. But when the details of his bet with her father come out, she puts a plan into action to pay Max back.
The characters in this story were great, with C.C being a bit guarded (who can blame her given her previous experiences?) but still someone who isn’t completely jaded with life, and still holds out hope that one day her prince charming will ride in on his white horse and sweep her off her feet. I love that about her.
Likewise, while Max starts the story mostly disillusioned, he learns that just because he lived through tragedy in his past, doesn’t mean it is going to rule his future. One of my favorite things to see in a romance book in a male hero who has a totally macho attitude, but can still learn to show his feelings and learn from the women they love. It’s great, and Max does it well.
The supporting characters Roxie and Rhyder, C.C. and Max’s best friends are a hoot as well. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed two bickering characters as much as those two, especially while Rhyder was busy trying to convince Roxie to get an introduction to her reclusive “cousin” Roberta.
Typically I’m not a huge fan of stories that use pregnancy or children to tie together a relationship, because I think it is somewhat of an easy out. However, I like the fact that while Max was supposed to be working on knocking C.C. up, he kept making excuses to actually do so. I liked that Campisi gave Max and C.C. a chance to actually make a commitment to each other, before making one to a family.
I thought this was a great little short read. It was sweet and had a great little HEA. Although it isn’t a full length novel, it was a great read none the less.
All in all I give The Sweetest Deal 4 out of 5 crazy business deals.
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Monday, September 13, 2010
Publish Date: 9/1/10
How I got this book: NetGalley
Alastor Krayl’s world shattered when he learned that his father was the Underworld god of chaos and evil. All that saved him from self-destruction were his newfound brothers and the bond they shared as soul reapers. So when one of his brothers is murdered, vengeance becomes Alastor’s obsession. And the enigmatic Naphré Kurata, a witness—or is she the killer?—has the answers he seeks.
A reluctant Underworld enforcer, Naphré trusts no one, especially not a seductive soul reaper who makes her burn with lust. Torn between duty and desire, she fights to keep her secrets safe from Alastor, even as she longs to surrender.
*Blurb from Goodreads*
Silver continues in the Otherkin Trilogy with the second installment, featuring Soul Reaper Alastor. Alastor and his brothers are still on the hunt for their youngest brother's murder, doing their best to unravel the few clues they were given. When Alastor is pointed in the direction on Naphré's mentor, he follows her to try and find out if she is a witness to the murder, or if she was involved with the killing.
Naphré is stuck as a hit man for the Underworld, and while she absolutely hates her job, her mentor made sure that she was really good at it. When he turns on her, she has to make a decision, her life or his? When she kills her own mentor, and realizes that Alastor has taken an interest in her, they go off together trying to find the answers to the questions they both have.
Their passion continues to ignite, even though neither seems to really want it to. And when they are both lost in the Underworld, they do everything they can to get back to each other; to save each other from an eternity of nothingness. They both are willing to risk their souls for each other, despite all the secrets that were between them.
I really enjoy the mystery of this series, and can't wait for the answers regarding the youngest Krayl brother's death. While I understand why Silver is stretching the case out across the three books, I tend to get a little frustrated when one question in answered, and ten more pop up. While I can appreciate it, it also drives me bonkers!! I can only hope that Silver wraps the series as a whole up a lot better than each individual book.
I really enjoyed Alastor and Naphré's characters. I absolutely love reading books in the regency period, and the fact that Alastor was raised as an aristocrat in that period, and still held many of the values he was raised with, made him swoon worthy IMO. I was somewhat surprised by his willingness to do the unthinkable (for him) to save Naphré's soul. It really seemed to me that while he knew he had feelings for her, he didn't seem really ready to admit it yet. But again, it was just one of those things Alastor does that totally makes him swoon worthy in my book. Likewise, I enjoyed Naphré. I thought she was a smart, kick ass heroine who made the best out of the crappy hand that life has dealt her. She was spunky, full of laughs, and an overall great character.
I felt as if both the first and this second book were ended rather abruptly. It seems as if the plot is cruising, cruising along. The characters determine they want to make their relationship work, and suddenly it's over. While I appreciate a HEA as much as the next romance lover, I have come to find that I need a little more than “and they lived happily ever after.”
I can’t wait to read the final installment, and find out exactly how the murder took place, if the Krayl brothers are going to be able to bring their youngest brother back, and get a better insight into the Otherkin world. I must say, Silver has a way of sucking you in with her descriptive language, creating a vivid picture of exactly what is going on.
All in all, I give Sins of the Soul 3.5 out of 5 Underworld Hit Women.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
And the winner is…..
Courtney from Stiletto Story Time who said:
“I would love to meet Margaret George, she is my favorite historical fiction writer and her research is amazing...thanks for the giveaway!”
Congratulations Courtney, I have sent you an e-mail. You have 72 hours to respond before I pick another winner!
Thank you all so much for participating in my BlogFest 2010 contest. In case anyone is interested, here are the top authors that you all wanted to meet:
1- Stephen King with 8 votes
2- Suzanne Collins & J.R. Ward tied with 7 votes
3- Charlaine Harris with 6 votes
4- Ilona & Gordon Andrews, J.K. Rowling, and Nora Roberts all tied with 5 votes
5- James Patterson & Sherrilyn Kenyon tied with 4 votes
Publisher: Piatikus Books
Publish Date: 5/25/10
How I got this book: Checked out from library
Some nights never end.
Some desires never die. . . .
She ventures where no one else dares—into realms of peril and pleasure. But will this next journey be her last?
Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death–causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead–and at Riley’s own hands. Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley–including her job at the Directorate.
Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up. Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings. For a vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother–and even her own identity. Can Riley survive this ultimate assault? All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever…
Blurb from Goodreads
Keri Arthur wraps up the Riley Jenson series with the 9th and final book with an absolute bang. I let this book sit on my night stand for almost a month because I every time I went to pick it up, I realized this would be the last Riley story, and just couldn't bring myself to see the end. But let me just say, Arthur did a fabulous job ending this series.
We last left Riley right after she pulled the trigger on her wolf soul mate, and watched as a part of her died on the inside. Between Quinn and her brother, she was able to pull through and continue on with her life. She immediately gets assigned to a new case, investigating murders that are being done by someone dressed as a demon, hoofed feet and all. But when she realizes that she is being followed, she is haunted by the thought of the alpha of the Jenson pack Blake, coming back to get his revenge on Riley.
When Riley wakes up in the middle of nowhere, with absolutely no memories of who she is, she struggles with little bits and pieces that don't feel right, and wondering what is real and what isn't. When a similar case comes up with a hoofed killer, Riley's memory slowly begins to unravel, and pieces fall back into place.
When her memories return, she and Rhoan are forced to finally face their past, and do everything they can to move on with the pack they have created.
I love the way this series was wrapped up. I didn't always love and agree with the characters, but always wanted them each to find their own ever after, and Arthur definitely gives us that. I was happy to see that Riley was able to see all her dreams come true, even if they were not in the original way that she thought. I enjoyed the growth that Quinn has gone through in the past few books, and was happy to see him put more and more on the line to keep Riley at his side.
While I wish there would have been more page time for Rhoan and Liander, I was surprised they were not as prevelant in the story. I really wish that Rhoan would have made more of a commitment to Liander, but can understand why he didn't at the same time. I can only hope and pray that they will be included along with Riley and Quinn in Arthur's spin off series featuring Risa, Dia's daughter.
For those of you who have not read this series yet, I think it's a series definitely worth picking up. While the first few books are difficult for some to get through due to the frequency of Riley's sexual exploits, the plot thickens and develops and really takes over in about book four. While I am always sad to say good-bye to a series, I can also appreciate when a author says it's time. Some series never end, and the books begin to suffer because of it. Arthur has done a great job wrapping up all the loose ends, and gracefully ending the series.
All in all, I give Moon Sworn 4 out of 5 memory lapses.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
YAY BlogFest! I’m so excited to be participating in my first huge blog-a-thon
giveaway. And what awesome prizes I have for you too!!
But first, here are some general specifics about BlogFest 2010!
HUGE thanks for A Journey of Books who put together this awesome contest, you can go there to see a list of all the blog participating, find a tracking website to keep track of all your entries, and a change to win the BIG ONE!
BlogFest 2010 will be running from now until Sunday the 12th at midnight. So make sure you get hopping along and enter the 200+ contests available!
On to the good stuff! As many of you know, I spent last weekend in Mesa, AZ at CopperCon, meeting some great authors, and I got you some awesome signed swag.
First up: a signed copy of Touched by an Alien by the incredible Gini Koch.
Then, we have two signed bookmarks, the first from Weston Ochse, dark fantasy author of the new Empire of Salt, and the second from dynamic brotherly duo writing team known as Dani and Eytan Kollin, authors of the Prometheus Award winning The Unincorporated Man.
I’m also throwing in two anthologies featuring short stories by some great Fantasy & Science Fiction writers!
Here is how to enter:
Leave me a comment below (WITH your e-mail address) letting me know which author you would LOVE the chance to meet. Simple enough, right??
You’re not required to follow my blog, but I would love it if you do!!
Open to US residents only.
Now that you’ve entered here, hop on over to Wicked Readings by Tawania, to enter for a chance to win a bag of swag and two books of your choice! See you there!
I went because I was super excited to get the chance to spend some time with author Gini Koch, and some great online girlfriends of mine. I was so stoked to be able to learn that one of my online girlfriends is literally my long lost twin. Miss you dear!!
Friday night started with some general hanging out, a panel by Gini, and lots of drinks! We got the chance to meet some of Gini’s other fans, and she gave us some incredible gifts for being there to support her.
Saturday was jam packed, starting with a panel on everything you could ever want to know about the best way to market your story. We were also given a sneak peak reading at Alien Tango by Gini, and I must say, I am super stoked for the next Kitty book. Oh Martini, I love you as much now as I did before. You rock my world. Plus the gators are so gonna rock the next book! I think there should be a link to part of Gini’s reading somewhere floating around the web… We were also allowed to see the sketch of the next Alien book in Gini’s series, and can I just say that Dan Dos Santos is an absolute GOD! When Gini can actually release it to the world, you MUST find it. Amazing…
The night continued with more food and drinking, a party at the pool, and all around awesomesauce. Sunday morning started with a bang, with a whole hour devoted to the amazing Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly. Because, really? Who doesn’t love that show?
I also was able to meet some other incredible authors there besides Gini. The amazing Lynn Crain hung out with us most of the weekend, and I must say, I love her! She was so fun, so sweet, and a great drinking buddy. Lynn, next time you’re in AZ let me know, I hear some Corona’s calling our name! Weston Ochse, dark fantasy author is incredibly hilarious, and I can’t wait for the chance to meet him again. Thankfully he lives close, and RinCon is coming up quickly! (Sorry again Weston for making fun of SV.) Prometheus Award winners Dani and Eytan Kollin were so great, signing a bookmark for me to give away! I can’t wait to get my hands on their book The Unincorporated Man. Although it is some pretty hard Sci-Fi, who wouldn’t want to check out the Prometheus Award winner?? Some other interesting people included Janeen O’Kerry, Marsheila Rockwell, and Emily Devenport.
On Monday I was forced to say goodbye to my girls, pack up all my goodies and head back home. I wouldn’t change a moment of it. My girls were amazing, the books I got sure to be incredible, and the swag never ending!
For those of you who will be coming here for BlogFest, be very excited, I have some great CopperCon swag to give away, including lots of signed stuff!!
Check out Team Gini: Chrissy, Terese, Gini, Lynn, and me!
PS: Thank you to Weston for letting me borrow his picture (even though I didn't both to ask, just thank him profusely!), and for the shout out on his blog. Check out his hilarious post here.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Hot, tortured wolf changeling who plays with action figures? Check.
New awesomely fantastical creatures? Check.
New hilarious grandmothers? Check.
A little bit of romance and a lot of ass kicking? Check.
What more could you want?!?!
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews is out September 28th. If you have not read On the Edge, you must get caught up with this series before then!!