Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 121 - Terran by Cara Bristol, Dark Horse by Cara Bristol, Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

Terran (Breeder, #2)Terran by Cara Bristol
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Both Tara and Alpha Marlix were side characters in Breeder the first story in the series. Marlin starts out as an enemy of the treaty with Terra but he has a secret. Unlike other males on his planet he prefers sex with females not other males. When he rescues Tara feeling that he does not want drive the plot in the story. Tara starts out as a very strong characters but for me she weakens as her attraction to Marlix becomes stronger. Even so I liked the story. There is danger and tension driving the story line. While Marlix and Tara come to their HEA there is a lot more to change on the planet Parson.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.



Dark HorseDark Horse by B J Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dark Horse is the start of the three book trilogy set in Whitehorse, Montana. Look for characters from previous books in the same setting. This time there is a 25 year old case to solve and Nikki St. James is going to make this her next true crime novel. There are secrets galore in the story. Nikki has one, as do the other members of the McGraw family. There is a current crime in addition to the 25 year old mystery of who took the McGraw twins. There were plenty of twist and turns as the story progressed. Nikki ended up solving two mysteries as well as finding one of the McGraw brothers to fall in love with. A great story that had a partial solution to the twins mysteries. There are still two McGraw brothers who need a HEA and the rest of the mystery to be solved so look for the next two books in the series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


RevengerRevenger by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the setting of Revenger. There are hundred or maybe thousands of world that surround the old sun. None are that large and all have been occupied before. Revenger is set in the latest occupation and there are ships that look for and find the items left from previous occupations. Adrana and Fura Ness have a unique talent. They can read the skulls left from a previous occupation and those reading lead to bobbles or small locked worlds left from those who came before. When tragedy strikes Adrana is stolen and Fura starts on a quest to get her back. I have to admit that Fura is a character that I really did not like that much but I did admire her single minded focus to recover her sister. This was really fascinating science fiction. The world building, the backstory, and the plot kept me riveted to the story. I did listen to this as an audio book and the reading did a very good joy of telling the story in Fura's first person voice. A great book for Science Fiction fans.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes - Release Week Blitz and Giveaway




TOO SCOT TO HANDLE 
By
Grace Burrowes

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: TOO SCOT TO HANDLE
Author: Grace Burrowes
Series: Windham Brides, #2
On Sale: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market:  $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD
Audio: $22.98 USD

As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting—this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.

EXCERPT:


He’d taken care that this kiss be private, and thus unhurried.
            Anwen liked the unhurried part exceedingly. Lord Colin held her not as if she were frail and fragile, but as if she were too precious to let go. His arms were secure about her, and he’d tucked in close enough that she could revel in his contours—broad chest, flat belly, and hard, hard thighs, such as an accomplished equestrian would have.
            Soft lips, though. Gentle, entreating, teasing…
            Anwen teased him back, getting a taste of peppermint for her boldness, and then a taste of him.
            “Great day in the morning,” he whispered, right at her ear. “I won’t be able to sit my horse if you do that again with your tongue.”
            She did it again, and again, until the kiss involved his leg insinuated among the folds and froths of her riding habit, her fingers toying with the hair at his nape, and her heart, beating faster than it had at the conclusion of their race.
            “Ye must cease, wee Anwen,” Lord Colin said, resting his cheek against her temple. “We must cease, or I’ll have to cast myself into yonder water for the sake of my sanity.”
            “I’m a good swimmer,” Anwen said. “I’d fish you out.” She contemplated dragging a sopping Lord Colin from the Serpentine, his clothes plastered to his body….
            “Such a sigh,” he said, kissing her cheek. “If ye’d slap me, I’d take it as a mercy.”
            “I’d rather kiss you again.” And again and again and again. Anwen’s enthusiasm for that undertaking roared through her like a wild fire, bringing light, heat, and energy to every corner of her being.
            “You are a bonfire in disguise,” he said, smoothing a hand over her hair. “An ambush of a woman, and you have all of polite society thinking you’re the quiet one.” He peered down at her, his hair sticking up on one side. “Am I the only man who knows better, Anwen?”
            She smoothed his hair down, delighting in its texture. Red hair had a mind of its own, and by the dawn’s light, his hair was very red.
            “No, you are not the only one who knows better,” she said, which had him looking off across the water, his gaze determined.
            “I’m no’ the dallyin’ kind,” he said, taking Anwen’s hand and kissing it. “I was a soldier, and I’m fond of the ladies, but this is… you mustn’t toy with me.”

            Everlasting celestial trumpets. “You think I could toy with you?”

REVIEW:

Once Again Burrowes has written a hit.  I met Colin MacHugh and Anwen Windham in The Trouble With Dukes where they were side characters. Now they have their own story but there is no smooth sailing for the two.  People who Colin though were friends turn out to be just the opposite and they do not want Colin and Anwen to have a happy ending.  Throw in some very young orphans with some interesting personalities and habits to spice up the mix and the story gets even more interesting.  There are two more Windham sisters who need a HEA so there are more stories in the series  to look forward too.

I ASKED GRACE WHAT HER TOP FIVE RESOURCES WERE AND HERE THEY ARE:

Only FIVE? Yikes!
11.     The Oxford English Dictionary (only available online in the unabridged version)
22.     The Language of Flowers (Running Press)
33.     Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811)
44.     Google n-gram (not a book, but indispensable resource)

55.     My keeper novels. When the writing doesn’t seem to be going well or the characters aren’t talking to me, I re-read my keepers, over and over and over, and then everything is ALL BETTER.


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THE WINDHAM BRIDES SERIES

THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES, #1
TOO SCOT TO HANDLE, #2
NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO, #3


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #120 - Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham, Tomorrow's Kin by Nancy Kress, Indigo Lake by Jodi Thomas

Leave The Night On (Cottonbloom, #4)Leave The Night On by Laura Trentham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the characters and setting for Leave the Night On. Sutton Mize and Wyatt Abbott are true to their southern roots. Instead of the right or wrong side of the tracks we have the right and wrong side of the Mississippi River. Sutton lives on the right side, Wyatt on the wrong but they still manage to connect. Sutton finds out a cheating fiancée is a blessing while Wyatt gets the girl of his dreams. Along the way Wyatt encourages Sutton to follow her dream and Sutton helps Wyatt deal with some very difficult family matters. There are three other Abbott brothers who need a HEA so Cottonwood should feel the heat as more Abbott's find romance but not without problems.


Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1)Tomorrow's Kin by Nancy Kress
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you read the novella Yesterday's Kin you can skip the first part of this book and start on part two. Part one is the same and the addition starts with part two. I have to say I was very disappointed. I loved the novella but it just went downhill after the aliens left. I kept reading and hoping that I would like the addition but I just found it boring. Spaceships were being built and there was danger but the plot just did not make that much sense. I will continue with book two and hope it is better.


Indigo Lake (Ransom Canyon #6)Indigo Lake by Jodi Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hamilton-Collins feud is settled as we meet several new characters in the series. At the same time two of the original characters in the series finally get their HEA. In typical Jodi Thomas fashion a large group of characters fill the pages with danger, tension, and romance. I loved seeing the new characters as I also got to visit with some old friends. A good addition to the Ransom Canyon series. It can stand alone but is more fun if you start at the beginning.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Vessel by Nancy Fraser - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway



The Vessel
by Nancy Fraser

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GENRE:   Sci-Fi Romance

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BLURB:

    Major Liam McGregor is a career soldier. Chosen by the leader of the United Republic to transport a government protectee to safety, Liam takes on a task that has cost his predecessors their very lives.

    Alora of Delawon is an alien princess who holds the key to the survival of mankind. With the women of the United Republic left barren by previous chemical warfare, Alora’s ability to bear humanoid children makes her the government’s most valuable commodity.

    Together, Liam and Alora make the trek from the government’s safe house back toward the current capitol, fighting off raiders, survivalists, and an unexpected attraction to one another.

    Will their desires put them in danger? Or, will their being together become more important than the mission?

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EXCERPT:

Liam McGregor crossed the embossed seal, pressed his hand to the encoded screen, and stepped into Cal Stewart’s office.

Cal, the leader of the military branch of the United Republic, sat behind a huge oak desk, his attention given to the older, rather gaunt-looking man who stood before him. Dressed in a dark, worn suit, his back bent with age, the man turned and raised his weathered gaze in Liam’s direction.

“Is this the guy?” the old man asked.

“Yes,” Cal confirmed. “Liam McGregor, this is John Barrow, Sciences Division Director.
He’s come to request our help, and I’ve assured him you’re the best man for the job.”

Liam nodded. “What job would that be, sir?”

“Sit,” Barrow said, waving his hand in the direction of the nearby chair. “I have some background information to give you. It will explain everything, and define your part in saving mankind.”

“Mankind?” Liam repeated in question.

“Yes.” Cal’s response was filled with conviction. “Our future depends on a successful mission.”

Liam lowered himself into the closest chair, his focus on the strange man who’d sought him out. Barrow shuffled across the room and perched himself on the edge of Cal’s desk. He drew a long, ragged breath and began.

“A little over eight years ago, the government discovered a small group of women who possessed a rare DNA string and previously unknown blood type. A very valuable blood type.”

Liam cast a glance in Cal’s direction. “Valuable in what way?”

Cal lowered his gaze, his robust voice a mere whisper when he admitted, “It allows them to procreate. To carry on with life.”

Liam thought about the childless couples he knew, and of how they’d suffered with sterility as result of the chemical war of 2150. “So, you’re saying these women are resistant to the radiation that left the rest of the known world sterile?”

“Yes,” Barrow admitted.

Liam bit back a curse. “And, I assume, the government has kept these women under lock and key since then.”

Barrow shot Cal a grimace. “Something like that.”

A shiver made its way along Liam’s spine, a well-honed warning all was not what it seemed. “Perhaps, you can enlighten me a bit more. For the sake of my mission, of course.”

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REVIEW

Earth is in trouble of their own makings.  Women can no longer bear children.  A familiar trope with a twist.  No-one should be forced to bear children and Liam is working hard to keep that from happening.  Look for tension, romance, danger and interesting world building.  The backstory is woven into the fabric of the plot and adds interest to the story.   Add two great main characters and you have a very nice story line.  A nice Science Fiction Romance with more romance that science. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-four books in both full-length and novella format. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Nancy Fraser will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour:


July 10Long and Short Reviews
July 10Books, Dreams,Life
July 11Author Deborah A Bailey
July 12The Avid Reader
July 13Kit 'N Kabookle
July 13Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
July 14Readeropolis
July 17Fabulous and Brunette
July 17Two Ends of the Pen
July 18Christine Young
July 18Deal Sharing Aunt
July 19Mixed Book Bag - review
July 20Punya Reviews...
July 21It's Raining Books

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Withhold, Mosaic Chronicles Book Nine by Andrea Pearson




Withhold, Mosaic Chronicles Book Nine
by Andrea Pearson

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GENRE:  Fantasy

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BLURB:

In the ultimate battle between good and evil, Nicole is in a race to stop Keitus before he achieves his plans. If he succeeds, he will crush everyone who has opposed him and enslave Earth and countless other planets. Unfortunately, he is only minutes away from his goal.

With so much at stake, Nicole and her friends must approach Helen, a volatile and dangerous spirit who will probably destroy them regardless of whether she gives them what they want. And the chances of her helping them are slim.

Fast-paced and epic magical fights, exciting plot twists, and non-stop action and adventure await. So sit down, buckle up, and hold on for the explosive, much-anticipated conclusion to the award-winning and bestselling Mosaic Chronicles.

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EXCERPT


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

Andrea graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Mosaic Chronicles) and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life - it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is where she's happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.


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The author is offering a download bonus to readers who download WITHHOLD the day of the book blitz.  The bonus includes the first two books in the series, free books by other authors, illustrations, maps, and more.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Download bonuses:

Forward proof of download (a confirmation email or a screenshot) to withholdbonuses@gmail.com to receive the following:

Discern and Praxis (first two books in the series), Hope(less) and (Mis)fortune by Melissa Haag, other titles by other authors, bachelor of science degree from Katon University, coloring pages, word search, fantasy illustration by Andrea's husband (James E. Curwen, professional illustrator), maps illustrated by Andrea and her husband, etc.

Information on pricing:

Withhold will be $0.99 through the pre-order period, and until the end of release day, July 18. On July 19, it'll rise in price to $1.99. On July 21, it'll rise in price to $2.99. On July 22, it'll go to full price ($3.99).

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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Bull Riding Witch by Jamie Marchant - Book Blast and Giveaway




The Bull Riding Witch
by Jamie Marchant

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GENRE: Urban Fantasy

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BLURB:

Daulphina’s father, the king of Asteria, has always wanted a male heir. Unfortunately for him, Daulphina’s magic means that will never happen unless her bastard half-brother displaces her on the throne. But she’ll take on all the gods herself before she lets that happen. He isn’t nice enough to be a good king.

But apparently, the gods don’t like being challenged because she’s flung across the void and into the dumpy old trailer and chiselled body of Joshua Killenyen, a rodeo bull rider from Alabama. With nothing to eat but Frosted Flakes and no knowledge how she got there, she better find a way home before she gets her head stomped in by the bulls she must ride. Or her brother will take the throne and reduce her people to slavery. Remember, he isn’t nice.


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EXCERPT

And then, I woke up as a man. 

I stared at the warm water falling over me. It had to be magic. Somebody magicked me into a man’s body. Dear gods, did that mean this hairy man was in my body? Was body-switching possible? Granny had never mentioned any such thing when she taught me everything she knew about magic, not that I’d ever been anything but a disappointment to her. I never had the raw power she expected of her successor. Or was my body empty? Or dead?

I was still staring at the falling water when Jocelyn yanked the stall door open. “Joshua, I told you you had ten minutes. Damn it, what’s wrong with you? You still have your boxer shorts on. Have you even washed yourself?” She turned the knob, and the water went away.

I stared up at her. “Miss, you have to believe me. I’m not Joshua.”

She put her hands on her hips. “Who are you, then? The queen of England?”

“No, I’m not a queen. I’m the crown princess of Asteria. I’ve never heard of England.”

She put her hand to her forehead. “Joshua, just how drunk are you?”

“I’m not drunk. This isn’t my body. Somebody magicked me into it.”

Jocelyn stared at me for a second. “I don’t know what you’re playing at, but it isn’t going to get you out of going to Meemaw’s.”

I rose abruptly. “I’m not going anywhere until someone explains what’s going on! Just how did I become a man?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become her first novel. She writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.
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