Friday, October 9, 2015

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

"I'm dead if I don't get out of here."

Page 56:

"Subject on station but not reported for work today. Apartment checked. Not occupied since yesterday."

From Empire of Dust by Jacey Bedford a SciFi Psi Tech Novel.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

OH NO - Not Mercy and Adam

I saw this wolf and coyote in Alaska.  Immediately I thought of Mercy and Adam.  Hope they never went to the far north and ended up stuffed.  For those of you who have not read the Mercy Thompson series it is by Patricia Briggs.  I saw her at World Con just before I went on the Alaska cruise.

Space Wrangler by (Space Rustler #1) Kate Donovan

Science Fiction Romance

From Goodreads:

On this frontier, love could get you killed. And that’s part of the rush.

Space Rustlers, Book 1

Like all miracles, a rip in space has its dark side. Through it, adventurers explore new worlds, smugglers make their fortunes, and wranglers like Rick Gage pit their skills against hordes of magnificent robots. The downside? Five percent of those who enter “the sinkhole” are never seen again.

Alexia Montoya isn’t looking for thrills. She just wants to find her brother, who disappeared in the sinkhole five years ago. Conventional wisdom says he disintegrated within seconds, and the powers-that-be want her to stop looking. Stop agitating. Stop ruining business.

When desperation drives her to transit the rip herself, the official reception is armed and hostile. Luckily, someone steps in to protect her: a handsome, gun-toting wrangler—who believes her quest is futile.

Rick has one piece of advice for Alexia. Go home. But the pesky woman persists until the authorities come up with a more permanent solution. Reunite her with her brother—permanently—by throwing her into the sinkhole. After all, no one would dare challenge their absolute authority.

No one, that is, except Rick.

Warning: This book glorifies outlaws, encourages lawlessness, condones unprotected space contact, and could lead to the rise of the kind of machines that don’t require batteries.

With a title like Space Wrangler I did not have great hopes for the story.  Thankfully I was wrong.  Space Wrangler is a really good Science Fiction Romance.

I loved both of the main characters.  Alexia Montoya has a mission.  She knows that her brother is still alive and is determined to prove it no matter what it takes.  She is strong and focused.

 Rick Gage is the space wrangler.  He does not wrangler cattle but machines left from the previous race who lived on the alien planet.  He came to be alone but he and Alexia have a lot of chemistry.  Like Alexia he is very strong and focused.  It is not a surprise they are drawn to each other.

There is great cast of secondary characters to round the story line out.

The world building and back story are revealed as Alexia starts her search on the Platform over the alien planet.  Each bit of information is revealed as part of the plot.  I liked how each of the elements needed fit the plot and story line.

The plot seems simple.  Alexia wants to find her brother but the way to do it is far from easy.  There are more obstacles than she expected and each one ramps up the tension and danger.  

This is book one in a new series so while some of the problems facing Alexia are solved the main problem is still out there.  There are several hints about where and what happened to the brother.  Book two looks to be as exciting as book one.  

This is the third SFR I have read recently.  This is the only one of the three that hit on everything I love.  The story was well written, the plot moved smoothly, the romance builds, and there were characters who I liked.  There was sex but not in excess.  I did not have to skim pages and pages.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing more of Rick, Alexia and the other characters in the series.

Samhain published Space Wrangler by Kate Donovan in 2015.

I received a ARC of Space Wrangler from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Shatter by Courtney Houston - Virtual Tour and Giveaway

by Courtney Houston


GENRE:  Paranormal Romance



I am going to do something that has never been done before.

My name is Telor Conway, and I am going to destroy Death. Bring her to her knees in front of me.

I don’t know how and I don’t know when.

The only thing I know for certain, is that nothing will come between me and my soul mate ever again.

I’ve been given a second chance at life, a life with Catalina. I’ve been given something worth fighting for.

I will fight for it, for her… for us. Even if it is the last thing I do.

I have thrown the gauntlet.

On your marks.

Get set.




Telor took my hand and lead me to the couch, sitting down next to me. With two gentle fingers, he titled my chin up so my eyes met his.

“He may look like your brother, he may sound like him and smell like him, but he is not your brother.” He said softly. “I told you once to remember that your brother loved you, but that he was gone now.”

Angry at his indifference, I knocked his hand away and stood in front of him with my hands on my hips, to keep them from shaking.

“He is my brother.” I said through my teeth. “And he needs my help. I can’t leave him with her. I’ll do it with or without your help.”

“If there was anything worth saving, I would help you, there is not.” He stood, the space between us was nonexistent as his hard chest push against mine. “There is nothing Tori could do to force him to act this way, he is doing it on his own free will.”

“You’re wrong.” I said, lowering my eyes to his chest.

“Do you love me?” He asked suddenly. “If you do, please trust me on this. If there was any way to bring your brother back to you, I would do it in a heartbeat because I know it would make you happy.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Courtney lives in Kentucky with her husband (Mr. Houston), her two boys (Emmett and Ellis), her two cats (Polly and Jed) and her 3 chickens. Legal Assistant by day and writer by night, Courtney enjoys pancakes, coffee, wine and the number 26. She's a Leo, at least that's what the tattoo on her back says.



Courtney will be awarding a $5 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - October 6, 2015

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Teaser:

"No, I mean there was sparkly and the sticks caught it.  Looked like space frames, too.  We may be all that's left."  page 25

From War Dogs by Greg Bear.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Musing Mondays - October 5, 2015

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…
Musing Mondays is sponsored by A Daily Rhythm.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you make a seasonal reading list? How do you choose what goes on it?

No I don't make that kind of list.  I do keep a list.  It is release dates of books I want to read. Most of those books are part of a series.  Sometimes it includes books by authors I have read and like.  Others are books I have seen reviews on and think I would like.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Frost Station Alpha: The Complete Series by Ruby Lionsdrak

Science Fiction Romance

From Goodreads:

Lieutenant Tamryn Pavlenko wants to make a name for herself in the GalCon Fleet, so naturally she requests an assignment on the infamous Frost Station Alpha, where pirate attacks are a way of life. The remote research outpost holds secrets that many are willing to kill for, and Tamryn is prepared to protect it from brigands, mobsters, and mercenaries—or whatever the galaxy throws at her.

The brochure, however, failed to mention the genetically engineered super humans who were supposed to have all been killed in a war that ended more than a century ago. It seems they’re not only alive, but they want the station. Oh, and one of them decides he wants Tamryn too.

This powerful warrior might be sexy and intriguing, but he was bred to kill, and she can’t let herself forget that he’s the enemy.

This ebook contains the complete Frost Station Alpha serial, previously published in six installments.

I feel like I could just cut and past the review for Black Ice Heart here.  Both had an element that was a big turn off for me.  In Frost Station Alpha a group of genetically engineered super humans kill almost everyone on the space station and then demand help making their planet livable.    Really!!  Who would think killing everyone would bring the help you need to survive?  Not me.

Then one of the men doing the killing becomes the alpha hero.  This is not my choice for a hero.  He did change as the story progressed and it did not seem to bother others who reviewed the book.  I guess we all react to characters in our own way.

Ruby Lionsdrake writes a very well plotted story and Frost Station Alpha is no exception.  The world building is very well done.  The characters are developed.  The story moves at a nice pace.  It was a story I expected to really like but I just could not get past the first action of the main male character.

Ruby Lionsdrake published Frost Station Alpha in 2015.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - October 3, 2015

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books I added to my shelves this week. They may it be physical or virtual. I include books I buy in a physical store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!  Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews.  Follow the link to see what others have on their shelves. 

This was a slow week as I am still trying to read down my TBR pile.

First up is the latest issue of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly.  The issues are free.  You can find the the latest books released during the quarter.  They are listed by months.  There are book reviews by various reviewers (I am one),  samples of upcoming releases, short stories and an editorial.  Click on the link and check it out.

For Review From Netgalley:

Deep into Darkness by Ella Drake, Kim Knox, Marguerite Labbe, Elise Logan, Annie Nicholas