Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Behind The Mask by by Kelly Link, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Cat Rambo, Lavie Tidhar and others - VBT and Giveaway



Behind the Mask
by Kelly Link, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Cat Rambo, Lavie Tidhar and others


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Behind the Mask is a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others. It is partially, a prose nod to the comic world—the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it’s also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.

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Behind the Mask is a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others. It is partially, a prose nod to the comic world—the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it’s also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.

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EXCERPT from Madjack by Nathan Crowder

Her father died during the second verse of “River to Home,” right as Omar hit the flourish that served as a preview for his post bridge solo. She felt it like a sudden swelling in her heart, an explosion of emotion that she almost choked on before instinct directed it out, into the audience. By the time they reached the chorus, everyone within thirty feet of the stage was sobbing.

Atlas McVittie, seasoned rock musician that she was at the ripe age of thirty, didn’t drop a note.

The band knew something was wrong. They’d been with her through thick and thin, from the shit clubs and storage unit rehearsal space to the contract with Goblin Records. Eight years of broken promises, collapse, and hopefully a phoenix-like rebirth.

They thundered through the rest of the set and only did one encore, though everyone agreed the crowd deserved two. But Atlas was the lynchpin in the band. She was the one people came to see; the tempestuous daughter of the self-styled glam rock ‘god who fell to earth,’ the Madjack. If Atlas was off, the band was off. It helped that Frankie, their road manager, was waiting in the wings prior to the encore with the phone call confirming what Atlas McVittie already knew.

Atlas was in a daze post-show. The rest of the band had a few drinks in the green room then went off to an after-hours place that Cleveland, the drummer, knew about. Frankie bundled Atlas up under her heavy wool topcoat, the vintage Russian army thing she’d picked up in a flea market when she was still in high school, back when she and Frankie had met. Atlas let herself be herded out the back and into her friend’s toy-like car, shiny and blue like an Easter egg. They drove in silence around the late-night Cobalt City streets, aimlessly, no direction in mind.

When they drifted from the corridors of steel and glass towers in downtown, north towards Moriston, Atlas finally spoke up. “Head up towards Clown Liquor,” she said, impulsively but clearly.

Frankie raised one perfectly plucked eyebrow and shot Atlas a curious look from beneath her spider-like bangs. “Where are we going?”

“The Olive.”

Frankie said nothing but continued on where Atlas directed, and minutes later they pulled into the lot of a generic Cup-o-Chino coffeehouse where The Olive used to be. Atlas leaned forward in the seat, as if heightened scrutiny would turn back time. Finally, defeated, she sank back in her seat. “Do you remember this place?”

“I remember you,” Frankie said. A wistful smile appeared then vanished. “You had never sung for anyone but me. And I convinced you to do karaoke. First time you sang for strangers.”

“Ever,” Atlas said quietly.

“Ever,” Frankie agreed. “And you never stopped. You started writing music and formed the band within a year.”

“My dad . . .” Atlas started. Her voice caught in her throat, and sadness filled the car like an invisible wave of force.

Frankie gasped, breath stuck in her chest, a sensation like she was drowning in emotion. She gripped Atlas’s arm hard through the coat and the waves of emotion calmed. “Jesus, Atlas.”

“I’m sorry. I thought I knew the limits on the emotion thing, but it’s like the training wheels blew off tonight. I’m finding that what I thought was ten is more like two or three.”

“So that was how you knew?”

“And I saw him,” she started. She replayed the memory, the sun behind her father, Brian McVittie, making a halo of his white hair. His hand stretched down to her, and he was speaking. An indistinct, alien garble. Emphasis, quite possibly, on the alien part. “It’s pretty confusing.”

“Do you want to take some time off? I can shuffle some of the practice gigs. We can bump them back a week or two and no one will mind.”

“I never sang to strangers before singing here,” Atlas said, tear-rimmed eyes wide, reflecting the streetlights. “I was afraid. I was afraid of how I’d measure up to my dad. Afraid to step in his footprints because I didn’t think I’d ever get out of his shadow. And I was afraid that I had his . . . gifts. I was afraid I would be different like him, and I didn’t want to be different. For the longest time, I couldn’t tell if people liked me, liked my music, or if I was making them like it. Sometimes, I still wonder.”

Frankie nodded. They’d had parts of this conversation before. Her dad had been a looming but distant figure in her life, all but absent for the last decade. And Atlas went to Jaipur to see her mom on holidays at best. Atlas had lived virtually on her own since the age of sixteen, overseen by a series of executors and housekeepers until she turned twenty-one, and then left to her own devices after that.

It was hard to make friends when everyone believed your father to be an alien.

And when all was said and done, even Atlas couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.

“Put the shows on hold for a week.” Atlas said. “I’ll tell the band myself. They’ll understand.”

“Of course. Whatever you want to do.”

“I want to see my mom,” Atlas said. “I want to put my father to rest. And I want to get some answers.”

“About the whole alien thing?”

“And why someone killed him,” Atlas said. She closed her eyes. There in the darkness, it replayed on a loop. Her father’s outstretched hand, a garbled, alien language, a halo of hair backlit by the sun. Then a perfect circle punched through the middle of his head followed by blackness.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Featured author bio:

Nathan Crowder is a Seattle-based fan of little known musicians, unpopular candy, and just happens to write fantasy, horror, and superheroes. His other works include the fantasy novel Ink Calls to Ink, short fiction in anthologies such as Selfies from the End of the World, and Cthulhurotica, and his numerous Cobalt City superhero stories and novels. He is still processing the death of David Bowie.


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Guest Post by Nathan Crowder:

Here’s the thing about superheroes I’ve picked up in my long life as a geek: people are damned passionate about their favorites.

How passionate?

When I was maybe ten years old, I got in a fight with my much bigger cousin when were all playing superheroes in the yard because he refused to believe that Green Arrow was a real character. If we were still on speaking terms, I’d show him the Green Arrow Longbow Hunters coffee mug I’ve had in my possession for almost 30 years now.

I’m not alone in this.

The first friend of mine to get tattooed put a Grendel mask on her shoulder and the lightning bolt from Matt Wagner’s MAGE series on her hip. That’s hardcore. And even now, I respect the hell out of her choices, because if you want to immortalize Grendel on your own skin, you’re more badass than I am.

When I was in junior high and started collecting comics for the first time, I almost lost friends who were die-hard X-Men / New Mutant junkies because I bought DC titles. I didn’t sell out my heroes, though. I hung tough in the face of geek peer pressure. And can you blame me? That was in the height of the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans run where they did the Judas Contract. That was in peak Keith Giffen Legion of Super-Heroes territory. Those books were incredible!

I was in high school, my denim jacket covered with buttons of favorite characters when I met favorite author Harlan Ellison. He’d been drawn in by the Vigilante and Elektra buttons and struck up a conversation, calling Vigilante a “sick fuck” before fading back into the crowd. What a strange man. What a strange memory.

I used to see that loyalty in the comic shop where I worked. Back when alternative, die-cut, foil covers were the order of the day. The same guys in there every week, getting two of every X-Men title—one to read, one to bag, board, and pack away for posterity.

Being a superhero geek takes you strange places, makes you do strange things.

I remember being fourteen or fifteen, on the one real vacation my family ever took. I talked my mom into driving me to a comic book shop in Flagstaff, Arizona when we stopped for the night. We had no comic stores where I grew up, and I needed those Legion of Super-Heroes back issues! I can’t believe to this day she indulged me. But the heart wants what it wants. If you think this was mere youthful indiscretion, flash forward to age 28 or so, barely scraping by in Seattle, when I happened upon the entirety of Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, vol. 2, bagged and boarded at a local shop. It was almost two decades ago, and I still remember dropping $250 that I realistically didn’t have just to pick those up.

Being a superhero fan leads you to do things like binge-watch the entirety of a bad season of a show you used to love because they’re introducing characters you adore in the next season. I’ll never get those 23 hours of my life back from Arrow season 4, but it was worth it for Ragman and Vigilante in season 5.

Being a superhero fan, for some, inspires us. Not just to try and embody some of the more heroic traits of these characters that inform our lives, but also to create. To write, to draw, to make our own stories. That’s what happened to me. I’ve been writing about superheroes for over a decade now.

One of them even has a bow and arrow.


If my cousin could only see me now…

All other author bios:

Kelly Link is the author of four short story collections: Get in Trouble, a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, Pretty Monsters, Magic for Beginners, and Stranger Things Happen. She lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Seanan McGuire lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest, in a large, creaky house with a questionable past.  She shares her home with two enormous blue cats, a querulous calico, the world’s most hostile iguana, and an assortment of other oddities, including more horror movies than any one person has any business owning.  It is her life goal to write for the X-Men, and she gets a little closer every day.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid urban fantasy series, both from DAW Books, and the Newsflesh and Parasitology trilogies, both from Orbit (published under the name “Mira Grant”).  She writes a distressing amount of short fiction, and has released three collections set in her superhero universe, starring Velma “Velveteen” Martinez and her allies.  Seanan usually needs a nap.  Keep up with her at www.seananmcguire.com, or on Twitter at @seananmcguire.

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged, the fourteenth installment of which is Kitty Saves the World.  She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories.  She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R.
R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.  An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado.  Visit her at www.carrievaughn.com.

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her second novel, Hearts of Tabat, appears in early 2017 from Wordfire Press. She is the current President of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of America. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction, see http://www.kittywumpus.net


Lavie Tidhar is the author of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning and Premio Roma nominee A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), the World Fantasy Award winning Osama (2011) and of the critically-acclaimed The Violent Century (2013). His latest novel is Central Station (2016). He is the author of many other novels, novellas and short stories

Kate Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and several small agents of chaos disguised as a dog, cat, and child. She works as a cover designer and video game writer. Her fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Crossed Genres, and other venues, and her YA survival thriller I Am Still Alive is forthcoming from Viking. You can find her online at katemarshallwrites.com.

Chris Large writes regularly for Aurealis Magazine and has had fiction published in Australian speculative fiction magazines and anthologies. He's a single parent who enjoys writing stories for middle-graders and young adults, and about family life in all its forms. He lives in Tasmania, a small island at the bottom of Australia, where everyone rides Kangaroos and says 'G'day mate!' to utter strangers.

Stuart Suffel's body of work includes stories published by Jurassic London, Evil Girlfriend Media, Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, Kraxon Magazine, and Aurora Wolf among others.  He exists in Ireland, lives in the Twilight Zone, and will work for Chocolate Sambuca Ice cream. Twitter: @suffelstuart

Michael Milne is a writer and teacher originally from Canada, who lived in Korea and China, and is now in Switzerland. Not being from anywhere anymore really helps when writing science fiction. His work has been published in The Sockdolager, Imminent Quarterly, and anthologies on Meerkat Press and Gray Whisper.

Adam R. Shannon is a career firefighter/paramedic, as well as a fiction writer, hiker, and cook. His work has been shortlisted for an Aeon award and appeared in Morpheus Tales and the SFFWorld anthology You Are Here: Tales of Cryptographic Wonders. He and his wife live in Virginia, where they care for an affable German Shepherd, occasional foster dogs, a free-range toad, and a colony of snails who live in an old apothecary jar. His website and blog are at AdamRShannon.com.

Jennifer Pullen received her doctorate from Ohio University and her MFA from Eastern Washington University. She originally hails from Washington State. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are upcoming in journals including: Going Down Swinging (AU), Cleaver, Off the Coast, Phantom Drift Limited, and Clockhouse

Stephanie Lai is a Chinese-Australian writer and occasional translator. She has published long meandering thinkpieces in Peril Magazine, the Toast, the Lifted Brow and Overland. Of recent, her short fiction has appeared in the Review of Australian Fiction, Cranky Ladies of History, and the In Your Face Anthology. Despite loathing time travel, her defence of Dr Who companion Perpugilliam Brown can be found in Companion Piece (2015). She is an amateur infrastructure nerd and a professional climate change adaptation educator (she's helping you survive our oncoming climate change dystopia). You can find her on twitter @yiduiqie, at stephanielai.net, or talking about pop culture and drop bears at no-award.net

Aimee Ogden is a former biologist, science teacher, and software tester. Now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Baen.com, Persistent Visions, and The Sockdolager.

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the 2015 Nebula Award winning novelette "Our Lady of the Open Road." Her novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind" was the 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and a 2013 Nebula finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Uncanny, among others, and numerous anthologies. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Galician. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife and dog. She can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and twitter.com/sarahpinsker.

Keith Frady writes weird short stories in a cluttered apartment in Atlanta. His work has appeared in Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, Literally Stories, The Yellow Chair Review, and The Breakroom Stories.

Ziggy Schutz is a young queer writer living on the west coast of Canada. She's been a fan of superheroes almost as long as she's been writing, so she's very excited this is the form her first published work took. When not writing, she can often be found stage managing local musicals and mouthing the words to all the songs. Ziggy can be found at @ziggytschutz, where she's probably ranting about representation in fiction.

Matt Mikalatos is the author of four novels, the most recent of which is Capeville: Death of the Black Vulture, a YA superhero novel. You can connect with him online at Capeville.net or Facebook.com/mikalatosbooks.

Patrick Flanagan - For security reasons, Patrick Flanagan writes from one of several undisclosed locations; either—
1) A Top Secret-classified government laboratory which studies genetic aberrations and unexplained phenomena;
2) A sophisticated compound hidden in plain sight behind an electromagnetic cloaking shield;
3) A decaying Victorian mansion, long plagued by reports of terrifying paranormal activity; or
4) The subterranean ruins of a once-proud empire which ruled the Earth before recorded history, and whose inbred descendants linger on in clans of cannibalistic rabble
—all of which are conveniently accessible from exits 106 or 108 of the Garden State Parkway. Our intelligence reports that his paranoid ravings have been previously documented by Grand Mal Press, Evil Jester Press, and Sam's Dot Publishing. In our assessment he should be taken seriously, but not literally. (Note: Do NOT make any sudden movements within a 50' radius.)

Keith Rosson is the author of the novels THE MERCY OF THE TIDE (2017, Meerkat) and SMOKE CITY (2018, Meerkat). His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, December, and more. An advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at keithrosson.com.



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Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 103 - Outlaw's Honor by B.J> Daniels, The Stowaway Experiment by Katherine Bogle, The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Outlaw's Honor (Cahill Ranch #2)Outlaw's Honor by B.J. Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Darby Cahill and Mariah Ayres should not be a match but turns out they are. Mariah is on the run. That is the danger in Outlaw's Honor. Darby decides to help her face that danger. None of that happens overnight. Theirs is a romance that has more than the usual number of problems. Daniels has a theme where she features other couples whose romance spans several books in a series. This time it is Flint and Maggie and there is plenty of danger and tension that needs to be resolved before they have their HEA. A nice addition to the Cahill Ranch series. There are still other Cahill brothers who need to find romance so I have additional books to look forward to.


The Stowaway Experiment: A Dominion Rising Short StoryThe Stowaway Experiment: A Dominion Rising Short Story by Katherine Bogle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a short story that introduces the Dominion Rising series. In the story we hear about the Smugglers Legion and Chaplain Eria through the eyes of Rikkard Gunnar. Gunnar is on a mission to steal information and manages to pick up a stowaway, one who does not seem to know who she is. Turns out she has some interesting talents. Story left a lot of question and not many answers but it si a good teaser for the first book in the series, The Alder Dominion.


The DispatcherThe Dispatcher by John Scalzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a strange little story; part mystery and part science fiction. It seems that if you are murdered you come back to life but it you die of natural causes you do not. So if you are near death the Dispatcher kills you so you can come back. The mystery - a Dispatcher has gone missing and the police and another Dispatcher are trying to find him. While I enjoyed the story it really did not have much meat to it. I did not think the premise did not make a lot of sense.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce Nerd Blast and Giveaway


Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
By Frank Cottrell Boyce

Synopsis 

Award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce returns with another one-of-a-kind story of heart, humor, and finding one’s place in the universe.

Prez knows that the best way to keep track of things is to make a list. That's important when you have a grandfather who is constantly forgetting. And it's even more important when your grandfather can't care for you anymore and you have to go live with a foster family out in the country.

Prez is still learning to fit in at his new home when he answers the door to meet Sputnik—a kid who is more than a little strange. First, he can hear what Prez is thinking. Second, he looks like a dog to everyone except Prez. Third, he can manipulate the laws of space and time. Sputnik, it turns out is an alien, and he's got a mission that requires Prez's help: the Earth has been marked for destruction, and the only way they can stop it is to come up with ten reasons why the planet should be saved.

Thus begins one of the most fun and eventful summers of Prez's life, as he and Sputnik set out on a journey to compile the most important list Prez has ever made—and discover just what makes our world so remarkable.

EXCERPT:

“I have to describe him, because there’s a lot of disagreement about what he looks like.

                Height and age—about the same as me.

                Clothes—unusual. For instance, slightly-too-big sweater, kilt, leather helmet like the one pilots wear in war movies with massive goggles.

                Weapons—a massive pair of scissors stuffed into his belt like a sword. There were other weapons, but I didn’t know about them then, or I definitely wouldn’t have let him in.

                Luggage—a big yellow backpack. I now know he more or less never takes that backpack off.

                Name—Sputnik, though that’s not what he said to start with.

                Manners—not good. My granddad always says that good manners are important. ‘Good manners tell you what to do when you don’t know what to do,’ he says. Sputnik put his hand out to me, so I shook it. That’s good manners. But Sputnik did not shake back. InsteadSputnik grabbed my hand with both of his and swung himself in through the door, using my arms like a rope.”



Praise for SPUTNIK'S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH

“Cottrell Boyce invites readers to suspend belief while going on a physics-defying, mind-bending adventure that’s sure to appeal to a wide audience. Begging to be read aloud and full of escapades, humor, and spunk, this is a stand-alone gem.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth, The Astounding Broccoli Boy, Cosmic, Framed, and Millions, the last of which was a New York Times bestseller and was made into a movie by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. His books have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. Frank is also a screenwriter, having penned the scripts for a number of feature films as well as the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. He lives in Liverpool with his family.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #102 - Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews, Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews, One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Earth is neutral territory, the Inn is a way station for travelers from other planets and the innkeeper processes magic. With the scene set we meet Dina Demille and an entire cast of characters who pass through her Inn. I loved the setting and found the characters to be different and very interesting. The problem is introduced when another dog is killed in the neighborhood where Dina's Inn is located. Nothing on Earth did the deed and as the story unfolds we meet a variety of characters who will pepper the pages of the Innkeeper Chronicles. This is book one and as it ends one problem is solved but there are more on the horizon. This is a fun series that has great dialog and some really wonderful laugh out loud moments.


Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2)Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dina needs people to stay in her inn so she agrees to host three rival groups. Why take the chance - the inn gets it strength from the people who visit and she is short of visitors. Nothing goes as planned and Dina becomes the focal point instead of just the innkeeper. The characters from the first story return and new and interesting characters arrive. The backstory and the world building are enlarged. The story is tension filled and surprises arrive on a regular basis. This story line keeps getting better and better. Start at the beginning for the best read.


One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3)One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Family first or is it protect your guest first. For Dina both are at the top of her list. When she gets a message from her sister she springs into action. Then when she gets the chance to find out what happened to her parents she accepts a dangerous guest. This series just keeps getting better and better. The cast of characters help with the story line and the problems get worse and worse. There are some really funny scenes that had me laughing out loud. Some problems are solved and others are left up in the air. Here's hoping for more Dina and Innkeeper Chronicles.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #101 - White Hot by Ilona Andrews, Wildfire by Ilona Andrews, Ruining Miss Wortham by Emily Larkin

White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2)White Hot by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nevada and Rogan are back again and trouble seems to follow where ever they go. I really love this series. Part of the fun is the location. It is Houston, TX where some things are the same and some are very different. Magic changes everything and both Rogan and Nevada are very powerful magic users. Rogan's magic is known but Nevada's magic has been hidden for her own protection. Now things are changing and Nevada is becoming a very valuable commodity. I love the tension between Rogan and Nevada. Rogan is such a great character and the lines between he and the other characters are priceless. Many bring on a very good laugh. Start with Burn for Me and continue on with White Hot for a fun and tension filled story.


Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3)Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wildfire takes readers back to the Houston where magic is a part of life. Rogan and Nevada are in great danger. Some of the danger comes from known sources but the worse comes from an unknown source. There are some added elements in Wildfire. Nevada and Rogan are still draw together. Nevada will do anything to protect her family and makes a life changing decision. Some of the issues are solved but they still have a large part of the danger hanging over them as the book ends. This is a fun series with great characters, tension filled action and a plot that keeps the story moving.


Ruining Miss Wrotham (Baleful Godmother, #5)Ruining Miss Wrotham by Emily Larkin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What would you do for family? Eleanor Wroth will do whatever she must. First she breaks away from her overbearing family. Then she faces ruin by traveling with Mordecai, the illegitimate son of an earl. Eleanor is another one who has a baleful Godmother. Her wish comes on her 23rd birthday and it cannot come too soon. While she waits she searches but things do not work out as she wants. Just as she feels she will find her sister life interfere and her wish changes. I love this series and the two main characters this time are both interesting and fun. I will pulling for Mordecai from the beginning and wanted to shake Eleanor when she misreads so much that he is doing for her. This can stand alone but for more fun read the first books in the series.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sky Raiders by Michelle Diener - Review Tour and Giveaway



Sky Raiders
by Michelle Diener

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GENRE: Science Fiction Romance

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BLURB:

When the people of Barit first saw the silver glint of sky craft, they felt awe. Then awe turned to fear. And they found a name for the mysterious newcomers. Sky raiders.

Garek's one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can't bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she's lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he'll look, but he'll never find her.

She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they'll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they've given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that's exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.

What Taya doesn't realize is she'll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn't giving up on finding her. And he's even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.

Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.

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EXCERPT

He'd asked her to wait for him, and then he'd disappeared for two years.

As he reached the top of the pass and started down the steep path to the valley below, Garek wondered just how angry Taya would be.

That she would be angry enough to have taken someone else sat like week-old loaf in his stomach, heavy and sickening.

He'd had no choice, had come as soon as he could . . . he tried to shake off the chill that touched him, despite the bright day. He'd take her anger, her fury--he'd take it all if it meant he didn't find her with someone else.

He forced himself to pay attention as the path became steeper still, and frowned at how badly maintained the way had become, as if no one had repaired the damage a winter in the mountains could do to a narrow track. The spring thaw had come and gone, replaced by a golden summer, and the snow had retreated to the tops of the mountains.

Kas should have done something about the erosion by now, even though this path was a shortcut few besides the villagers knew of, cutting across the Crag and shaving hours off the journey through the foothills.

The familiar landscape tugged at something inside him. He hadn't thought himself sentimental, and though he'd missed Taya with an ache that hurt worse than a knife to flesh, he hadn't thought the sight of the rolling hills and high peaks would affect him. The crowds and enclosing stone walls of Garamundo had been something to bear stoically, but he was surprised how easy it was to breathe here, and it wasn't just because the air was sweet with the scent of summer grass.

When he'd left two years ago, the only thing he'd regretted was leaving Taya behind him, and he'd come back only to fetch her.

Fetch her and run, as fast as possible.

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I gave Sky Raiders 5 stars on Goodreads.  Here is my review:  

This is an unusual set up for a science fiction story. It starts on one planet then moves to another. The unusual part is the fact that the first planet does not have much in the way of technology and the main character has to figure out how to steal a ship and find the people who have been taken to a another planet. It is filled with danger and very ingenious solutions to problems. Throw in a love interest who needs to be rescued and you have an even more complex plot. A interesting and fun addition to the Science Fiction Romance scene.

Michelle also has another Science Fiction Romance Series - Class 5.  Go here to see the first book in that SFR series, Dark Horse.  
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michelle Diener is the author of the bestselling, award-winning Class 5 series. She writes historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy and loves creating new worlds for her and her readers to escape to. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children.



Link to Sky Raiders on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4AUELP

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