Monday, September 22, 2014

Musing Monday's, September 22, 2014

TC is in the sun musing about the chipmunk she sees out the window.
Hopefully that is all she does.  So far this month she has presented me
 with two chipmunks - one alive and one dead but both in my bedroom.
Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week.Musing Mondays is sponsored by Should Be Reading.
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to talk.

Today I am musing about Soulminder by Timothy Zahn that will be released tomorrow. I received an ARC for Soulminder from Netgally in return for a honest review.

I love Science Fiction and Zahn is a well-known SciFi author.  I have not read many of his books so did not know what to expect from Soulminder.   What I got was a book that is very readable and made for great book club discussions.

Dr Adrian Sommers holds his young son as he dies from injuries suffered in a car crash.  That set him on a quest.  He wants to capture the soul as it leaves the body and hold it in a trap until the body can be repaired.  Then the soul is returned and the person is again healthy.  The story really begins when he succeeds. 

Soulminder has a core group of characters and stories that involve them over a 20-year period.  Sommers envisioned this as help to the medical profession and to be used only for those people who would otherwise have no hope of remaining alive.

It is used for that but it is also abused in ways Sommers never predicted.  Sommers is the only one who can change that. 

Soulminder is a very though provoking book.  I have very mixed feeling about trapping a soul and am not sure I every want it to be a real discovery instead of fiction.  However, that is one of the great things about fiction.  It lets you explore new things and think about them in a way you never expect.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Name is A’yen (A'yen's Legacy #1) by Rachel L. Smith

Science Fiction Romance

From Goodreads:

They've taken everything from him. Except his name.

The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A'yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master's murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant.

Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A'yen's trust. But she's a breeder's daughter and can't be trusted.

Hidden rooms, information caches and messages from a long-dead king change A'yen's mind about her importance. When she's threatened he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Association's radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.

My Name is A’yen is Rachel Smith’s first Science Fiction Romance novel and she is off to a very good start.  A’yen and Farran meet the first time when she purchases him.  There is no love or lust at first sight.  Smith lets the two work together before any attraction develops.  There are problems with that attraction.   A’yen, like the rest of his race, cannot be freed.  Farran’s Father keeps some of the worse breeding farms making it difficult for A’yen to trust her.  While Farran is trying to find the Loks Me home world there are many who are trying to stop her.  A’yen loved his first and only previous owner and is still struggling with his loss.  Things often do not look that great for the two.

The pacing in My Name is A’yen keeps the story moving while setting up the character growth, world building, back-story and plot development.  The story is told from different points of view.  Several times when the point of view switched it was very disorienting as there was no build up just an abrupt change of both viewpoint and location.  Many times that change introduced both new characters and a new setting.  It just took a few seconds to realize what had happened and get back in the story so that was a minor problem but one that I noted each time it happened.

This is book 1 in the A’yen Legacy.  While the book ends with somethings settled there is a lot more story to tell.  Hopefully book #2 will be out soon.  There is a lot more work to be done before A’yen and his people are free.

Rachel Leigh Smith published My Name is A’yen in 2014.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves, September 20, 2014

Books Stacked on My Shelves

I got several Library books this week.  Star Road by Matthew Costello and Rick Hautala, Zero Point and Jupiter War book 2 and 3 in the Owner series by Neal Asher.  This series is actually one long book divided into three parts.  Commander Cantrell in the West Indies by Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon.  I have this as an ebook but decided I would read the paper copy since it was available.  

For Review I went a little crazy again this week.  The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord, Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger, The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander, The Christmas Ranch by Raeanne Thayne, Til Dragons Do Us Part by Isabel Cooper and The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu.

That is it.  Now all I have to do is read and enjoy or read and review.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blondie and the Hitman by Kathy Shaw - Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour and Giveaway

Kathy will be awarding a $25 Visa GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Blondie and the Hitman
by Kathy Shaw



If Dead Men Could Talk…

When a busty Blonde with amnesia barrels into Private Investigator Darla Bodecker’s life, Darla decides to help a bimbo out. She must use all her unique PI skills to discover Blondie’s true identity before the Russian Mob captures her.

Come along  for the wild and crazy ride when Darla uses a big dose of humor and a little dash of romance to solve Blondie’s mystery.

Excerpt :

C H A P T E R   O N E
There I was sitting in Pete’s Diner enjoying my second cup of morning coffee—okay, maybe it was my eighth—when out of nowhere a pair of double-D silicone boobs came into my line of vision. A second later, the blond bombshell attached to said boobies slid into the booth opposite me. Now, mind you, I’m not opposed to self-enhancements. Twenty years ago, I even considered a nip or tuck here and there myself. But shrink wrapping them in a two-size too small pink tank top screams “Look at me! Look at me!”
“Darla Bodecker?” she asked, her voice soft, sweet with a hint of panic thrown in for flavor. Which was shocking considering her looks. I was expecting something closer to the deep-throated purr of Jessica Rabbit.
Confusion must have flickered across my expressive eyes. (Everybody tells me how expressive my eyes are, so I’ve learned to embrace it.)
“Darla Bodecker, the detective?” she asked again.
The innocent voice coming from the hoochie-mama body sitting across from me was still a little disconcerting, but I was getting used to it. “Yep, that’s me. Who’s asking?”
She wet her lips nervously. “I don’t know.”
I waited for her to embellish. She didn’t. A clumsy silence hung in the air between us, like when someone rips a loud one and everyone is waiting to see how bad it’s going to stink. I pulled out a menthol light cigarette and lit it. Menthol for my breath and light because I’m trying to cut back on my tar intake. “Is this like ‘Who’s on first?’ ‘cause I’m not in the mood.”
Blondie looked down at the red Formica table top separating us. “No, as in I don’t know who I am.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kathy Shaw is a female version of a true Southern-bred good ol' boy. Her first love is her family, but her writing comes in a close second. She is multi-published in romance, but is currently working on a zany new mystery series.

She writes romantic comedies, humorous mysteries and playful erotica. The common thread in her writing is hands-down her humor.

She attributes a goodly amount of her success to her killer critique group. Her husband, however, credits it to her wacky--sometimes warped--sense of humor. But he's an Aggie, so what does he know?

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Book Beginnings and The Friday 56, September 19, 2014

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:

"Captain Marie Rioux stood by a railing overlooking the massive hold of the mining ship Seropian."

Page 56:

"They both knew that if someone went off-kilter, it was Jordan's job to restrain that person."

From Star Road a Science Fiction novel by Matthew Costello and Rick Hautala. I picked the book up yesterday at the library. I haven't started the book so the beginning and page 56 are new to me too.

When I read the blurb it sounded like Space Opera which I love. Here is what caught my attention:

A rebel and an outlaw lead an unsuspecting group of adventurers on a secret mission across the vastness of space, in Matthew Costello's Star Road

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Last-Chance Maverick (Montana Mavericks: 20 Years in the Saddle #4)) by Christyne Butler

Contemporary Romance

What Goodreads Says:



Fellow Ramblers, have you heard that Jonah Dalton is back in town? The sexy, citified architect hasn't been seen round these parts since well, we won't get into all that. Let's just say love has not been kind to our Jonah

But our sources whisper he's recently been painting the town red with spirited artist Vanessa Brent. She's been methodically working her way through her bucket list and taking Jonah along for the ride. You'd never guess that Vanessa's lust for life is masking her own heartbreaking secret. Can our hardworking maverick be the one to finally make her whole? Readers, we will let you draw your own conclusionsbut we think this romance is a masterpiece in the making.

I am a new fan to the Montana Mavericks and am reading ever book written to celebrate 20 years of publication.   The Last-Chance Maverick does a great job extending the series.

I loved Vanessa and Jonah.  Both have been very successful in their careers.  While Vanessa is very strong she has lost one of her anchor points and is in Rust Creek trying to recover.  Jonah left Rush Creek after a very bad marriage and hates to come back.  Now they are both working on the renovation of the lodge and their paths cross.  Their attraction is immediate and as they interact both find what they want. 

While Vanessa and Jonah are the main characters previous couples serve as side characters helping to tie the stories together.  Butler has written a nice tight story filled with romance while at the same time expanding the history of Rush Creek.  A nice addition to the story of Rush Creek.

Harlequin published The Last-ChanceMaverick by Christyne Butler in 2014.

I received an ARC of The Last-Chance Maverick from Netgally in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Steampunk Romance

From Goodreads:

Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger

“The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!”
—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

The first thing that caught me in The Clockwork Dagger was the world building.  There is a wonderful mix of steampunk and magic in a world torn by a war between two different countries.  Beth Cato did a wonderful job of layering each element needed as the story built.   The result is fascinating and kept me reading just to see what part of the world would be revealed next.

I also loved the characters.  Octavia Leander is a very strong dedicated healer wanted by one side and targeted for death by the other.  She carries the story with the help of Leaf, a gremlin, Viola Stout. a very unusual princess, and Alonzo Garret, a Clockwork Dagger in training.

Intertwined into all of this is The Tree, the heart of Octavia’s magic and a huge betrayal. The Clockwork Dagger is a mystery and a thriller with just a touch of romance.  The story comes to a satisfying conclusion but leaves Octavia and Alonzo with a new journey ahead.  I will be waiting to see what happens to Octavia and her Clockwork Dagger in the next book.

Harper Voyager published The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato in 2014.

I received an ARC of The Clockwork Dagger from Edelweiss.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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. 

The Tease:

"Dad's trophy room is impressive, but then that's the point.  Marcus Shane isn't the kind of person to tell you he's more important than you.  He's happy to let his hardware make the point for him." page 80

From Lock In by John Scalzi.  Lock In is a mystery with the touch of Science Fiction.  Page 80 is as far as I have gotten but so far I am enjoying it.  I would recommend looking up the novella he wrote that explains the how and why of this world.