Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Footsteps in the Sky by Greg Keyes

Happy Release Week


Footsteps in the Sky
by Greg Keyes

Published May 26, 2015

The pueblo people who landed on the Fifth World found it Earthlike, empty, and ready for colonization . . . but a century later, they are about to meet the planet’s owners

One hundred years ago, Sand’s ancestors made the long, one-way trip to the Fifth World, ready to work ceaselessly to terraform the planet. Descendants of native peoples like the Hopi and Zuni, they wanted to return to the way of life of their forebears, who honored the Kachina spirits.

Now, though, many of the planet’s inhabitants have begun to resent their grandparents’ decision to strand them in this harsh and forbidding place, and some have turned away from the customs of the Well-Behaved People. Sand has her doubts, but she longs to believe that the Kachina live on beyond the stars and have been readying a new domain for her people.

She may be right. Humans have discovered nine habitable worlds, all with life that shares a genetic code entirely alien to any on Earth. Someone has been seeding planets, bringing life to them. But no other sign of the ancient farmers has ever been discovered—until one day they return to the Fifth World. They do not like what they find.

Originally written in 1994, Footsteps in the Sky is finally being released in digital form by Open Road Media.

Kathie's Review:

I really wish I had liked this more. The blurb was interesting as I'm fond of that "first contact" trope. Unfortunately, this book could have been placed anywhere here on Earth where a down-trodden people are used by a large corporation after being offered pie in the sky promises. The writing was choppy and the editing was spotty. Change of POV was offered with no break in the formatting which made it hard to understand who was actually speaking. This cover was odd, too. The people are PEOPLE, not giant mouse people, which is what this cover conveys. AND the aliens don't look anything like this cover, either.

For those who appreciate trigger warnings, at one point there is a sex scene that, while both parties want it at the moment, they only want it because of the drugs they inhaled. Drugs that were forced on them. Some readers were offended by that. There is also a f/f love scenario. It wasn't graphic, but that might bug some people. Didn't bother me. 

I've read lots of reviews for this book (and the author's other books) and people love his writing. Apparently this book wasn't written for this reader. It was all I could do to make myself finish it. This one gets a 1.5 bookmark rating from me. Read some of the other five star reviews to balance it out, you might like this one.

*Thank you, Open Road Media and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.



Greg Keyes was born in 1963 in Meridian, Mississippi. When his father took a job on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, Keyes was exposed at an early age to the cultures and stories of the Native Southwest, which would continue to influence him for years to come. He earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. While pursuing a PhD at UGA, he wrote several novels, including The Waterborn and its sequel, The Blackgod. He followed these with the Age of Unreason books, the epic fantasy series Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, and tie-in novels for numerous franchises, including Star Wars, Babylon 5, the Elder Scrolls, and Planet of the Apes. Keyes lives and works in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife, Nell; son, Archer; and daughter, Nellah.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Happy Release Day!!!



Dearest Rogue
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

HE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior   . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

Kathie's Review:

I enjoyed this immensely! While Dearest Rogue is part of a series, Maiden Lane Series, it can be read as a standalone. I did like seeing characters from past books make an appearance, though. 

When the book starts, Lady Phoebe is shopping with her bodyguard, James Trevillion. He's a former dragoon officer whose badly injured leg caused him to find another line of work and he's been her guard for about six months. Guarding the lady has been an easy job so far. That's when he notices four thugs coming at them, in broad daylight, no less! Keeping his cool, he tosses Phoebe on a horse and they gallop away. Instead of falling into a fit of vapors, Phoebe laughs at the speed of the ride. It's been so long since she was on a horse. That's because she's blind. She's been getting there since she was a young girl and the process is now complete.

Her brother, Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield (Duke of Midnight), has tried to keep her safe for years. He doesn't want anyone to tease her, or hurt her, or bump her, or harm her, or gossip about her, so he keeps her practically locked up. I would have screamed long before Phoebe came unglued! That was a lovely scene, by the way.

Now that a kidnapper is on the loose, Maximus wants her locked up tighter than ever. Other attempts are made, spies abound, and James decides he has to keep her safe himself. Of course, he also thinks he needs to keep her safe from him. He's quite attracted to her, no matter that he's more than a decade older, he's nearly lame, and he isn't even close to her in breeding. Ah, men...they really need to learn that women let their hearts rule! He doesn't stand a chance, does he? 

I liked how Phoebe, when she grows a backbone, does it with style. As she mentions a couple times, she's blind, not stupid! I totally loved how she didn't do things to get herself into predicaments. Everything that happened felt natural and not forced. That's a skill, and Ms. Hoyt excels at it.

There are twists and turns, secrets revealed, and their relationship flowed well. At one point, I thought I'd have to point out a minor plot point when Phoebe thinks about getting a rooster, so she would know when it was morning by its crowing. We've had a couple roosters who would crow morning, noon, evening...and midnight. That's when Ms. Hoyt had Phoebe mention that some roosters crow all the time, so a rooster wouldn't be that helpful! So glad she knew that, lol. 

While both of these characters are a bit disabled, it didn't keep them from being anything less than fabulous and at ease with themselves. They also didn't wear their impairments like a medal of honor. It was just a part of them. I liked that. When they finally get together, it's not because she's blind and he's lame...it's because they love each other. A totally swoony scene, by the way.

Yes, I enjoyed this very much! I highly recommend Dearest Rogue!
*Thank you, Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.




Elizabeth Hoyt, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Born in New Orleans, but raised in the frigid winters of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth was fortunate to travel extensively when she was growing up and lived in St. Andrews, Scotland; Oxford England; and Kawasaki, Japan. She went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she not only earned a degree in anthropology but also met Mr. Hoyt. Some years later, after a short pause to birth and raise two children, Elizabeth realized that she really wasn't qualified to do anything but Make up Stories and started writing.

Elizabeth now lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines, a garden in constant need of weeding, and, of course, Mr. Hoyt.

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Give Up the Ghost by Kelly Moran

Happy Release Day!!!



Give Up the Ghost
(Phantoms #2)

by Kelly Moran

Sometimes the only way to find love is to face death...

Paranormal investigator Kerry Baker has seen it all. But nothing in her work with the Phantoms team prepares her for the most terrifying ghost of all―seeing her doppelganger. Rumored to be a foreshadowing of one's death, the spectre shakes Kerry to the core...sending her into the arms of her best friend and fellow Phantom cast member, Paul Leake, for comfort.
Until a kiss changes everything.
Paul has been in love with Kerry for ages, unwilling to compromise their friendship. As their investigation in a ghost town grows more intense, however, so does the chemistry between Paul and Kerry. With her life in danger and their jobs on the line, giving into their attraction couldn't be a worse idea―and yet they can't bring themselves to stop it. Even if it kills her...

"A gem of a writer."
SHARON SALA, NY Times Bestselling Author


Kathie's Review:

As I said about book one in the series, Ghost of a Promise, I don't read stuff that is scary. This time, again, the hairs on my arms stood up a time or two! I loved that Ms. Moran said in her author's notes that her sisters don't read this kind of stuff either, but they do read HERS. I guess I can be an honorary sister, because I'm with them. The romance is foremost, with the scary bits riding alongside. That's doable, um, readable!

This book continues with the Phantoms TV Show team. Jackson left at the end of the first book, and they have a new person on the team, Cain. It was heavily foreshadowed that Cain and Sammy will be the MCs for the next book, and I'm looking forward to it.

We start with Kerry seeing her doppelganger staring creepily at her from outside her window. She freaks out and Paul (who has been in love with her for six years) comes to help calm her down. He's about at the end of his patience. She just doesn't SEE him. Yes, they are best friends, but he needs her to see him as more. 

The doppelganger opens her eyes. But when Cain, who's read about the phenomenon, tells the crew what the doppelganger foretells, well, they are all beyond worried. Like they need something else to focus on as they research a haunted deserted gold mining town. 

Once again, there are ghostly encounters that were a bit scary! There were also close calls with rattlesnakes and bats. The bat scene? I laughed so hard! So, there aren't just scary bits, whew!

I enjoyed Give Up the Ghost very much. I highly recommend this to lovers of romance...with paranormal fun.

Thank you, Netgalley and Entangled, for the opportunity to read this book.



Kelly Moran is a romance author of enchanting ever-afters. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. Kelly is the winner of the 2013 Catherine Award, a RT Magazine Readers Choice Finalist, and a Finalist in RWA's 2014 Award of Excellence. She earned one of the 10 Best Reads of 2013 by USA TODAY's HEA. Kelly's interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her black lab. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt



Darling Beast 

Maiden Lane #7

by 

A MAN CONDEMNED . . .

Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction . . .

A DESPERATE WOMAN . . .

London's premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she's forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren't the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there's more to this man than meets the eye.

OUT OF ASH, DESIRE FLARES

Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he's forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.

Kathie's Review:

I totally loved Ms. Hoyt's Prince's Series. While I haven't read the earlier books in the Maiden Lane Series, I will have to rectify that! This one was fabulous. I love that tortured hero trope and this one was worth every minute of reading. Apollo can't speak due to a horrible beating he endured when he was falsely imprisoned. He's escaped from Bedlam and is hiding out in a burned out theater and pleasure garden. He's bringing the garden back to it's former beauty, both because he loves seeing things grow, and because he's a part owner. 

Lily is also living in the remaining part of the theater with her son and maid. She's a wonderful actress, but is down on her luck right now. Her son meets Apollo, but because he can't speak, he calls him Caliban, from The Tempest. (Side note, my daughter was just in a rendition of that play, playing one of the five Ariels.) 

Lily and Apollo have a lot in common, but before they can find their HEA, he has to find his voice, discover who really killed his friends, and who framed him for their murders. 

I enjoyed this very much. Ms. Hoyt's characters aren't stupid. They talk about their issues, well, when they have a voice! She doesn't just throw plot devices out there to extend the manuscript. The supporting characters here, her son, the maid, Apollo's co-owners of the pleasure garden and his in-laws are all a joy to read.

Happily, book 8 in this series, Dearest Rogue, comes out tomorrow, 5/26/2015! I'll have my review up then.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical romance.






Elizabeth Hoyt, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Born in New Orleans, but raised in the frigid winters of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth was fortunate to travel extensively when she was growing up and lived in St. Andrews, Scotland; Oxford England; and Kawasaki, Japan. She went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she not only earned a degree in anthropology but also met Mr. Hoyt. Some years later, after a short pause to birth and raise two children, Elizabeth realized that she really wasn't qualified to do anything but Make up Stories and started writing.

Elizabeth now lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines, a garden in constant need of weeding, and, of course, Mr. Hoyt.

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