Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer



by Brigid Kemmerer

Kensington Books

Pub Date   Sep 30 2014

"Kemmerer will melt your heart and blow your mind." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She's got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment's notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's "bad luck." Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.

They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight. . .

Praise for Brigid Kemmerer and The Elemental Series

"Magic, suspense, and enough twists to keep you reading until sunrise.!" --Award winning author Erica O'Rourke

"A refreshingly human paranormal romance . . . Read fast and keep that heart rate up." --Kirkus Reviews on Storm

Kathie's Review:

I haven't read the first books in the Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer. I was nearly caught up without a huge info dump, and I appreciate that. I would have liked to have seen a bit more info than we were given, but it was still okay. Sacrifice is #8 in the series. Have to say, I love this cover. That face really does make me think about Michael, the hero in this book. 

We start the book with something in the woods. Michael can't sleep as he worries about what is coming for his family. It is the Guides? Is it Calla, the girl who has been pushing for a war between the Guides and the Elementals? Is it something else? Hunter and his dog join him as he waits. Suddenly they are aware that there is something, someone, in the woods and they run after it/him. 

The action continues from there on throughout the book. It's like one huge roller coaster. Just when Michael the and boys can take a breath, something else is thrown at them. Seriously, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Minor spoiler: Sacrifice...the title should give a clue as to what will happen. And this author has killed characters previously. Something to consider as you read. I'm reminded of the Star Trek line: The good of the many outweighs the good of the one. It was a hard moment, for sure.

A minor pet peeve for me is when a character asks a question in dialog, the dialog tag should read asked. Not said. And that happened several times in this book. I'm hoping that the final editor caught that as I was reading an advanced copy. An example not from the book: "Where will we go?" said character. 

I had thought from reading the blurb that this was the last in the series, but it's not. There are still too many ends to tie up, and bad guys to outwit. There are also new allies and friends to be found and their stories told. I will certainly be watching for a new book from this author. 

Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington, for the opportunity to read Sacrifice

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Prima Donna by Laura Drewry


Prima Donna 
by Laura Drewry

September 23, 2014

In a witty, sizzling, and tender romance for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, a woman who can’t slow down discovers that the perfect guy is in hot pursuit.

Even when her hair salon goes under and she’s on the brink of breaking, Regan Burke keeps her “I’m just fine” attitude. She’s had a tough life, coping with a difficult family and keeping her act together . . . barely. Right now, she just needs a job, any job, so she can pay her mother’s medical bills. It’s the exact wrong time for Carter Scott to come into her life—and to be so damn sexy, so distracting, and so determined to get close.

Carter isn’t looking for anything serious—his heart belongs to the kids who depend on his pediatric practice—but something about Regan makes him reconsider. Maybe it’s the scars she hides so well, the secrets she can’t share. Carter knows all about that kind of pain, and he wants to help. But offering Regan a job in his office only makes things worse, even if their chemistry is off the charts. Lucky for them both, Carter isn’t about to let go of love without a fight.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Kathie's Review:

I stayed up until 2 a.m. reading this book. It was that good. I'm incredibly impressed that this is Ms. Drewry's second book. Just like I was impressed with her first book, Plain Jayne. This author has a smooth style that's elegant and holds your attention. For an author with just a couple books on her shelf, her writing style is right up there with all the best authors. Well done!

One of the first things to appeal to me in Prima Donna was the Han Solo quotes at the beginning of the chapters. Made me smile! And I can certainly see the way Han and Carter are alike. Both are scoundrels, but sweet...and cute...and hot. The geek in me loved this. 

We met both Regan and Carter in the first book, and it was great that they got their chance to find happiness here. They both deserve some, for sure. When we begin, Regan is having a really bad day, after having a hard time for years. Her salon is now closed, she needs a paying gig to keep her mother in a medical facility, and it's just like the last straw when Carter walks in with his hair a total mess. She thinks it looks like he cut the locks with a knife and fork! It really offends her inner stylist.  There's a scene later that explains his "cut" that will bring tears to your eyes. 

Regan thinks she knows Carter...at least she knows that he's a player. But sometimes a player is really what one needs, right? Just a few minutes (or hours!) of heaven...because that's all it can be. And good golly it sure is. There's a kiss--just a kiss--that about melted my kindle. Wowza...

The flow of this story, as truths come to light, hearts are softened, friends are cherished, and a relationship blossoms, held me enthralled. It reads real. That takes talent, and I appreciated it very much.

One of the best things about this book, besides Carter, is the fact that there are several more women in Regan and Jayne's merry little band. We need to see them all get their HEAs. Soon, please?

By the way, Ms. Drewry is having a Facebook Party TODAY. Head over there to chat with her and win prizes: https://www.facebook.com/events/797288196987896/

*Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, for the opportunity to read Prima Donna

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Hot and Cold By Amelia Swan

HotandColdHot and Cold 
 By Amelia Swan 

August 18, 2014

When figure skating coach Jill Davis, locked eyes with “Hot Hockey Dad”, she's convinced that the well-dressed, impossibly handsome man just caught her and her friend staring at him. When he pulls her aside in the rink’s snack bar and introduces himself as Jeremy Rosario, Jill knows there was more to the look they shared from across the ice surface than she initially thought. It quickly becomes clear that Jill and Jeremy have serious chemistry, but will that be enough to get them past the trouble that Jeremy’s ex-wife stirs up? As she is trying to navigate her new relationship, Jill is preparing her most talented student for her first regional competition while the girl’s mom does her best to thwart the young coach at every turn.

Amelia  Amelia Swan writes contemporary, erotic, and new adult romance. She’s interested in characters that are smart, sincere, and somewhat artistically inclined. All of her heroines are girls she could totally see herself being friends with. Reader Email: Amelia@ameliaswan.com https://www.ameliaswan.com/ https://twitter.com/byameliaswan https://www.facebook.com/people/Amelia-Swan/100008365479767  


 “Well, then you’ll just have to show them you can. I mean-” Molly stopped herself mid-sentence, her big blue eyes widening as she spotted something across the rink.

I looked in the direction of whatever had caught her interest. “What’s up, Moll?”

 She turned to me, her full cherub cheeks red from the cold and from excitement. “Hot Hockey Dad, straight ahead.”

 My eyes widened as I searched the snack bar area outside of the rink for the man Molly and I had been lusting after for months. He was leaning up against the painted brick wall of the snack bar, watching our figure skating girls twirl and glide about. I would never get over how hot he was. His warm, olive-toned skin was complemented by close-cropped, jet black hair and emerald green eyes. Despite the fact I’d never seen him wear anything other than a suit, I could tell his tall, broad frame was covered with a patchwork of well-defined muscles. Muscles that strained ever so slightly against the fabric of his suits. He always looked so dapper. So well put-together. So damn sexy. And there was something undeniably charming about the fact he never seemed to miss his son’s practices or games. Oh, and he never wore a wedding ring.

 “You’re staring, ladies,” Evan, another coach and friend of ours, said with a smile as he skated by, trailing one of his students while she stroked around the rink. If he wasn’t in the middle of a lesson, Evan would be leaning up against the boards and staring with us.

I turned to look at Molly. “He’s right, you know - we’re like school girls with this crush.”

 Molly, on the other hand, didn’t avert her gaze. “He’s just so...so…” She tried to find the right words to describe Hot Hockey Dad as she ran her fingers through her platinum blonde ponytail, primping for his benefit, hoping he’d finally notice her after months of pining for him from afar.

 Knowing Katie had three more laps to complete and didn’t need my full attention, I looked back over at the object of our admiration. “Hot. So incredibly, out-of-this-world hot.”

 We sighed in unison, lost in a haze of lust as we eyed Hot Hockey Dad from across the ice and through the rink’s expansive glass doors. I watched as his impossibly bright green eyes scanned the rink, paying attention to no one person or thing in particular...until they landed on me. My breath hitched as his gaze lingered on my body, returning my blatant stare with one of his own. His eyes narrowed as he studied me, one side of his mouth curling up into the most seductive smile I’d ever seen.

  HNC Amelia Swan      

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Gladiator’s Bride by Nhys Glover

Author: Nhys Glover
Release Date: November 1st
Genre: Historical Romance

Crippled by shyness, shunned for being not-right-in-the-head, gifted artist and Roman noblewoman, Marcia Mica, has only two people in the world who truly love her – her teacher, Daedalus, and her childhood friend, Asterion, both slaves in her father’s household. But when forbidden love blooms between the unlikely friends, only disaster can come of it. That disaster leaves Marcia horribly scarred and Asterion sold into the arena as a gladiator. 

Years later, Daedalus brings a broken Marcia to Britannia, and Sabrina, the healer who saved his life when he was a boy, works miracles on the scarred girl. However, not all scars are physical and those Sabrina has no ability to heal. 

When Sabrina and Marcia are kidnapped by a Celtic leader bent on revenge, Asterion must depend on the dreams of a Celtic Seer to find the love of his life and help foil a revolt that threatens the fragile peace in Roman Britannia. But even if he and his friends succeed, can scars that are more than just physical ever really be healed and can those whose lives are owned by others ever truly be free to follow their hearts?

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After a lifetime of teaching others to appreciate the written word, Aussie author Nhys Glover finally decided to make the most of the Indie Book Revolution to get her own written word out to the world. Now, with almost 100,000 of her ebooks downloaded internationally and a winner of 2013 SFR Galaxy Award for 'The Titan Drowns', Nhys finds her words, too, are being appreciated.

At home in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales of England, Nhys these days spends most of her time "living the dream" by looking out over the moors as she writes the kind of novels she loves to read: The ones that are a little bit steamy, a little bit different and wholly romantic.

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As he took the shortcut through the forest, heading for home, a shadow flitted through the trees and appeared at his side. He was so shocked by her sudden appearance that he dropped the sack of flour.

‘Marcie, what are you doing here?’ he demanded as he tried to get his heartbeat under control again. ‘You shouldn’t be out here alone.’

‘You were with her again, weren’t you?’ Her delicately beautiful face was twisted in fury, honey-brown eyes flashing fire at him.

‘What? Who? What are you talking about? Don’t come up on me like that. I might have hurt you.’

‘That widow. The one the boys all talk about. I heard them. They think I don’t understand, but I do. You go to her house and do things to her!’ Her accusations stung and he felt guilt morph instantly into fury.

‘Mind your own business. It’s nothing to do with you!’ He slung the flour-sack onto his back again and stomped off down the narrow trail.

‘Don’t you talk to me like that, Asterion! You’re my slave and I have the right to know what you’re doing with your time. You aren’t free to go where you like, see who you like!’ she snarled at him.

He stopped and looked down at her in shock. In the last year he’d grown taller by almost a head than she was. Now, the year’s difference in their age seemed insignificant. In fact, after spending time with the widow, he felt much older and more worldly-wise than she was. Marcie was still a child, even though her sixteen-year-old body said otherwise. This little display of temper only went to prove it.

‘Oh sorry, mistress, I forgot my place for a moment. Of course you have the right to know that I’ve been sharing the widow’s bed. Do you want the details? How I make her scream and pant? How she sucked my cock until I came in her mouth?’ He knew he was stepping over the line, but so had she.

 Their relative stations in life had always been ignored by mutual, unspoken agreement. They’d always been equals. But now, by throwing his servitude in his face, she’d crossed the line. She’d showed him how she really saw him. How beneath her he really was.

Marcie’s mouth dropped open and he was immediately aware of the seductive draw of it. Those red lips were so full and sweet, covering perfect white teeth that looked just like rows of pearls. By brushing back a stray tendril of glossy brown hair, she drew his eye to the seductive softness of it, made him itch to bury his fingers in its lengths.

But honey-brown eyes that were usually filled with warmth when they gazed at him were now wide with astonishment and pain. And he suddenly realised what he’d done.

In that moment, he wanted to call back the words and go back in time to do this all again.

‘She sucked what?’ she gasped, her cheeks flaming red.

‘Nothing. Forget it. I shouldn’t have said anything. You just made me mad. Let’s get home. Daedalus will be wondering what happened to you.’

‘He’s gone to the coast to check on our cargo. Pater went with him,’ she said absently, clearly not focused on the information she was imparting.

‘Then it’s me who has to get back. I’ll be in trouble if I’m much later.’

‘You wouldn’t be, if you hadn’t gone to her. How could you? How…How could you?’ Her eyes filled with tears and his heart felt sick in his chest. In that moment, he wanted to cut off his cock for making him cause her this pain.

‘Marcie, don’t. You don’t understand. I’m a man now. I…I have needs I can’t control. The widow helps me. Haven’t you noticed the difference in me the last few months?’ He was almost pleading with her for forgiveness. And that was stupid. What had he done wrong except take an hour a week for himself? He deserved that, didn’t he?

‘Yes, I’ve noticed. You look so smug and cocky, swaggering around the place. The boys say you’ve got too big for your own sandals now. They say that the widow has played with more than your prick. She’s played with your head. Made you think you’re better than them.’
‘I am better than them. And it didn’t take the widow to make me know it. What do you want from me Marcie? Tell me – ’

She launched herself at him so fast that he again dropped the sack of flour. Her tightly closed lips butted against his in a fiercely innocent kiss. It smashed her teeth into his, cutting his lip, and it felt nothing like the soft, seductive caresses the widow gave him.

But it was like putting a naked flame to tinder. Like a lightning strike to a tree. The very fact that her lips were sealed to his blew every thought from his head and brought his cock to instant, painful attention. Blood pounded in his ears, his legs grew weak. Air evaporated from his lungs.

Fighting for control, he pushed her away. ‘What are you doing? Stop!’

‘You don’t have to go to her. If kissing is what you want, I can give you that. You don’t have to go to her!’

‘Yes I do!’

‘Why? Aren’t I good enough for you?’

He grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her in fury. His head felt ready to explode.

‘I need more than kisses! Don’t you get it? We aren’t children anymore. And I need more than friendship and kisses. And you can’t give me what I need. You’re the little mistress and I’m the slave. They’d cut off my balls if I so much as looked at you the wrong way!’

Her eyes filled with tears again and she sobbed so hard it felt like her searing pain came from his own chest. Looking at her hurt too much, so he dragged her into his arms and pressed her to his aching heart.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Bone Whistle by K.B. Hoyle


by K.B. Hoyle

Release Date: September 18 , 2014
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION/Fantasy/Magic & Family/General
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-279-2

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

Darcy burned with the pain of knowing shed failed. What happened when a prophecy didnt come true? It must not have been much of a prophecy in the first place. And if they couldnt trust in that, then they couldnt trust in anything at all.

Five years ago, Darcy first received the prophecy of the Six, which stated she and her friends would save the land of Alitheia from a shadowy foe. For five years, she hasnt known what the end will look like, but she certainly didnt expect this.

Thrust back into Alitheia through unexpected means, Darcy winds up alone, scared, and without her recent memory. As she struggles to regain her lost memories and reunite with the ones she loves, she pieces together the prophecies and the oracles to find they all converge into one story¾a story that tells her just how much shell have to give to save both worlds, and everyone she loves.

Pursued through Alitheia by forces desperate to kill them, Darcy and her friends take a journey fraught with danger that will lead them, inevitably, to the final confrontation with the Shadow. Armed with newfound knowledge of how the prophecy of the Six will play out, Darcy and the others must have faith in the face of mounting odds and adversity. Ultimately, the greatest courage of all belongs not to those who give something of themselves, but to those who let go of what they could never control.

Filled with stunning losses, heart-wrenching reunions, unexpected twists, and the power of love and sacrifice, the conclusion to The Gateway Chronicles will leave you breathless and begging for more from author K. B. Hoyle. 

Kathie's Review:

I and my 18 y/o daughter anxiously awaited The Bone Whistle, the conclusion to The Gateway Chronicles. We each read on a kindle, discussing as we went along. She would hear my gasp and would tell me to wait until she caught up. It was a very enjoyable day of reading.

I have to say, Ms. Hoyle has to have a white board somewhere in her writing room. With notes from each book, with connecting arrows going from book to book...to the final showdown. My daughter and I were both amazed that little threads and bits of information from the previous five books all came together seamlessly in this final one. My daughter had just read the other six in the two weeks leading up to getting our hands on this one. She kept pointing out details from earlier in the series that made such sense in this final offering.

Well done, Ms. Hoyle!

I don't want to give away any spoilers here. You really need to make the discoveries at your own pace. I will suggest you set aside several hours so that you can just read right through to the end. Oh, and keep a box of tissues close at hand...and snacks! Better to chew crackers than your fingernails.

I loved this line: "Darcy's married, we're all twenty-two-year olds stuck in seventeen-year-old bodies..." That was a great way to sum up the years that The Six have lived in two worlds. They've lived each year over while everyone in Alitheia only lives the year once.

The book starts with Roger becoming my new hero. He's "only" Darcy's brother, but he's a hero, none-the-less. When Darcy finally arrives in Alitheia (did any reader really think she wouldn't? Even with that mean cliffie that Ms. Hoyle wrote at the end of The Scroll? Yeah, me either!) she's confused and wondering how it all came about. Once things start to fall into place, this book is one long roller coaster of action, adventure, twists and turns. Oh, and tears.

The Six have grown so much. They were 13 year old kids when the series started, and they've now grown into responsible young adults. Ms. Hoyle has written each of them beautifully. I love how mature they've become, while still able to be just a bit silly.

There really isn't a way to tell what happens here without spilling the beans. You really need to read the series yourself. I truly believe The Gateway Chronicles is the next YA series that should be on every reader and in every library. Oh, and I'd love to see it as a movie! In fact, a LOT of movies.

One more thing...Yahto Veli...yeah, can't say enough about him.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Read the series. I think you'll love it.

and yes, I'm adding another rating... ;)

*Thank you, TWCS and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read The Bone Whistle

K. B. Hoyle has been a classical educator for several years. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to three rambunctious little boys. Her favorite literary genres have always been Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. At a young age, she knew she wanted to write stories that would inspire people, and she wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven. Her goal as a writer is to take a look at existing truths in the world around her and repackage them in new, exciting, and fantastic ways.

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Praise for The Bone Whistle

"I really enjoyed this series from the opening pages of THE SIX, where we meet 13 year old, solipsistic, angst-ridden Darcy, through to the final pages of THE BONE WHISTLE where we leave her behind, matured and likely as grown as she will ever be."  - Suzy Goodreads Review

 The first four books in the series:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Darkly Dreaming, Fantasy Romance Collection

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Darkly Dreaming


Grace Draven
Danielle Monsch
Kristen PainterCate RowanElizabeth Hunter

Fall into magic and fall in love with DARKLY DREAMING, a five book fantasy romance collection from award-winning and bestselling writers Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, and Cate Rowan.

Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven's MASTER OF CROWS, a renegade mage must battle a god for his soul and decide if his fate—and the fate of nations—is worth the life of the spy he has come to love.

Experience sword, sorcery, and mythical beings as never before in STONE GUARDIAN, the first book of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch. Larissa's sheltered world is destroyed when she is targeted by Necromancers. With nowhere else to turn, Larissa forms an uneasy alliance with Terak, leader of the Gargoyles. Will Terak be Larissa's salvation, or her downfall?

Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all. In HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter, Jessalyne leaves a sheltered life to tame her dangerous magic by becoming apprentice to a powerful sorceress, but she’ll need the deadliest man in the realm to get her there safely. If they don’t kill each other first.

Be swept away in KISMET'S KISS by Cate Rowan. In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. But he never imagined that healer would be a woman.

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in THE SCRIBE, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own?

DARKLY DREAMING is an anthology of five full-length novels of fantasy romance, written for adult readers.

Praise for Master of Crows:
“A fantasy romance at its best, sinfully rich, beautifully written, with characters who will stay with you long after you finish the read. Don’t miss this jewel of a story.” ~ Ilona Andrews, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

Praise for Stone Guardian:
“Danielle's gargoyles are strong, silent, sexy, and secretive, while her plot was smart and fast-paced.” ~ Karen Rose, NY Times and International Bestseller of Romantic Suspense

Praise for Heart of Fire:
"The worldbuilding in this novel is breathtaking. The romance between the H/h is sweet and angsty and beautiful." ~The Romanceaholic

Praise for Kismet’s Kiss:
“If you’re looking for an exotic story with incredible depth and riveting characters, then this is your book. Electrifying. It keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire ride.” ~The Crazy Bookworm

Praise for The Scribe:
“A brilliantly harmonized read that flows with full and beautiful characters, wild and wonderful history, exotic locations, and an ending that will leave even the toughest among us in tears.” ~Leisha O’Quinn, Rolopolo Book Blog

I've read STONE GUARDIAN, and loved it:

I've read several of Danielle Monsch's books, and loved them. When I saw this cover, I knew that I had to have it. There's just something about it that really grabbed me. I begged for an ARC and was thrilled to get it.

Stone Guardian pulled me in from the first page. It opens with on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, then barely gives you time to breathe as the story unfolded. It was great!

Terak is a gargoyle. He's the leader of the gargoyle clan. All alpha male...with wings, a tail and a profile to swoon over. When he curves his wings around Larissa, it gave me the warm fuzzies. And gave Larissa some, too.

He's not sure why the Oracle told him she was important, but she's been right about things too often for him to disregard her warning. As he watches over her from afar, he is entranced by Larissa, by her kind heart, and her strength of spirit. When he finally meets her, after the zombies tried to capture her, he falls hard.

Larissa hasn't had anything to do with the other races that have come to our Realm on the day she was born. It makes her dad, who was there when the great collision happened, nuts when anyone mentions the others. So she just doesn't, because she's a good girl. But there's something about Terak that pulls her toward him and she doesn't think it's just because he rescued her. He's warm and she feels safe with him. Of course, she believes that the zombie attack was rather random and she really doesn't need a bodyguard, right? She only agrees to it after she puts a deadline on the whole operation, and as long as the one female gargoyle is never one of those to watch over her. SHE is a horrible entity, no matter what her designation may be.

The mystery of who is after Larissa, and the supporting cast trying to keep her safe (or catch her), was a nice twisty little path. 

There's a lot of world building here and I thought the information was smoothly integrated into the story. If you've read many of my reviews, you know that I hate "info dumping" and I was glad to not see that here. 

I asked if there was a cliff hanger, and was pleased when the author told me that this is the start to a series, but there's no cliffie to contend with and some threads that will follow through in the next bookS. Whew...and, thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing more of Fallon (they call her Dragon Slayer), Laire, and Wulver. And Reign? Yeah...scary!


I definitely need more of these characters.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Lady's Disgrace By Callie Hutton

The Lady's Disgrace
#3 in the Marriage Mart Mayhem Series
By Callie Hutton

Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pub Date   Sep 8 2014

A lady is nothing without her reputation. Jilted and humiliated by her once-betrothed, Lady Abigail Lacey is the laughingstock of London. Worse still, the humiliation is now reflecting badly on her family. Now her brother, the Duke of Manchester, is desperate... until he finds a way to rescue his sister's damaged reputation, and remove her from the glare of disapproving society.

He must marry her off. Quickly.

When Rector Joseph Fox drops by the Lacey household, he certainly didn't expect to leave as a man engaged to a long-time family friend! Yet while he never could have aspired to have her, Lady Abigail always ignited a forbidden longing in him. But Abigail has one condition—their marriage is to be void of passion or physical pleasures. Faced with a platonic marriage of convenience, Joseph is determined to embark on a sensuous adventure with only one goal: to seduce his new wife...

Kathie's Review:

This is #3 in the Marriage Mart Mayhem Series. It can be read alone, but you'll want to check out the first two, for sure. I've read the second one, The Duke's Quandary. You can find the review here

This was fun. Poor Abigail thought she had finally found her true love after three seasons on the marriage mart; then he ran off and married another. Of course, society thinks that it's her that was "bad" and so she's hiding from their censure. Unfortunately, unless something good can come of this whole situation, her younger siblings are going to be tarred by the same brush. Not fair! But certainly well within the ways of the time frame. 

Her brother, the hero from the Duke's Quandary, has a brain storm when a good friend appears to ask him to donate to a school he wants to start. Why not help the friend, and find a good place for his sister at the same time? Marriage should work out for them both. Well, I love that "marriage of convenience" trope and this one was loads of fun. That's because the groom, Rector Joseph Fox, has always been smitten with Abigail. He never thought he'd be able to reach as high as she, being she's a lady, and he's "only" a rector, although he has some pretty high relatives, himself. She liked him, too, but was hurt that he ignored her.

Abigail agrees to marry him, but demands that the marriage be mostly in name only. Mostly because she wants children and she does know what duty has to be performed to get them. But she's NOT going to like it. Ah, but Joseph is pretty sure he can convince her. And there's fun to be had as they negotiate the marriage waters. They start off their marriage with a marauding pig chase/rescue that had me chuckling.

The fun is tarnished when danger begins to stalk Joseph's new wife. We find out who the "bad guy" is right off, but watching them figure out who it is was rather nerve wracking. I wanted to smack both of them a time or two as they seemed to walk right into the danger. Certainly made me read faster, that's for sure. 

I took a bit of rating off for some repetitive narrative, which seems to be a trend recently. I don't think readers need to be reminded of the back story quite as often as authors like to mention it. Ms. Hutton poked a bit of fun at the many times the doctor had to be called to the manor when Joseph thought that he should just give the physician his own set of rooms there! My kindle comment was "No Kidding!"

This one is definitely worth spending an afternoon with and I look forward to reading more by this author.

*Thank you, NetGalley, Entangled and Callie Hutton, for the opportunity to read The Lady's Disgrace

Callie Hutton always knew those stories she made up in her head would be written down one day. There was nowhere else for them to go. After years of writing articles and interviews for magazines and company newsletters, she decided to tackle writing a book. That was back in 2010. Now with twelve books under her belt, and seven more contracted, the relief at having somewhere to tell those stories is wonderful. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, adult children and three dogs.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Twisted by Joey Jameson

By Joey Jameson

Imagine another person, the mirror image of you but yet different in every way… Everly and Hadley Stone are identical twins.

Growing up the boys were inseparable, always at each other’s side and experiencing everything together as one. It seemed like nothing was strong enough to break the bond between the two brothers. Until now…

On the eve of their birthday the twins meet a man who is literally to die-for, causing them both to fall helplessly at his feet. But what any unsuspecting man should know, is that wherever the Stone brothers go, trouble follows. Their story is one of secrets and lies which will have you guessing till the brutal end who’s good, and who’s very, very bad. Light or dark? Sweet or sexy? Quiet or confident? Innocent or deadly. Pick your flavour.

About the Author: Joey Jameson lives in Brighton, UK; a world of decadence, glamour and intrigue. He believes life is better when drizzled with naughtiness and drenched in layer upon layer of sparkling glitter. His work is best appreciated with a hard drink and the lights down low and will leave you wondering just what goes on in his twisted little mind.

He is the author of “Candy from Strangers”, “Blackout” and the recently released short “Interview with the Porn Star.” Keep your eyes peeled for more titilating adventures that are yet to come.

For more on Joey Jameson, please visit

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The Names - Guest Post by Annmarie

My lovely friend, AnnMarie, posted this at Fandom Fanatic today.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Yesterday, I lay awake in the palm of the night. 
A soft rain stole in, unhelped by any breeze, 
And when I saw the silver glaze on the windows, 
I started with A, with Ackerman, as it happened, 
Then Baxter and Calabro, 
Davis and Eberling, names falling into place 
As droplets fell through the dark. 
Names printed on the ceiling of the night. 
Names slipping around a watery bend. 
Twenty-six willows on the banks of a stream. 
In the morning, I walked out barefoot 
Among thousands of flowers 
Heavy with dew like the eyes of tears, 
And each had a name -- 
Fiori inscribed on a yellow petal 
Then Gonzalez and Han, Ishikawa and Jenkins. 
Names written in the air 
And stitched into the cloth of the day. 
A name under a photograph taped to a mailbox. 
Monogram on a torn shirt, 
I see you spelled out on storefront windows 
And on the bright unfurled awnings of this city. 
I say the syllables as I turn a corner -- 
Kelly and Lee, 
Medina, Nardella, and O'Connor. 
When I peer into the woods, 
I see a thick tangle where letters are hidden 
As in a puzzle concocted for children. 
Parker and Quigley in the twigs of an ash, 
Rizzo, Schubert, Torres, and Upton, 
Secrets in the boughs of an ancient maple. 
Names written in the pale sky. 
Names rising in the updraft amid buildings. 
Names silent in stone 
Or cried out behind a door. 
Names blown over the earth and out to sea. 
In the evening -- weakening light, the last swallows. 
A boy on a lake lifts his oars. 
A woman by a window puts a match to a candle, 
And the names are outlined on the rose clouds -- 
Vanacore and Wallace, 
(let X stand, if it can, for the ones unfound) 
Then Young and Ziminsky, the final jolt of Z. 
Names etched on the head of a pin. 
One name spanning a bridge, another undergoing a tunnel. 
A blue name needled into the skin. 
Names of citizens, workers, mothers and fathers, 
The bright-eyed daughter, the quick son. 
Alphabet of names in a green field. 
Names in the small tracks of birds. 
Names lifted from a hat 
Or balanced on the tip of the tongue. 
Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory. 
So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart. 

- Billy Collins

This poem is dedicated to the victims of September 11 and to their survivors. 

Billy Collins is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. He is currently a teacher in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

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This is what our family does on 9/11:

We've just gotten back from our local Fire Station here in OKC. Every year the girls make a card, we bake something, and we take it to thank our local firemen. We started doing this two days after 9/11 happened. I found the perfect words to go on the card this year in an email from MedicAlert: May we honor those who died, those who served, and those who carry on. Bethany put them on the card she made that she and Delaney took to school today. They ended up with dozens of signatures, thanking our firemen as they carry on. We will never forget.

And, once again...they were touched.