Friday, May 28, 2010

New author alert and giveaway at Dark Faerie Tales

This was a neat find--though it's a week old, Dark Faerie Tales recently had an interview with a new SF author (yeah, I said *new* SF author). Her name is Sara Creasy and my, her book looks fine. :) Do go check it out here. The giveaway ends June 11th. Good luck all!

Friday 56

Based on the meme begun by Storytime with Tonya and friends.  This week, boy this was a toughy. As you know, I read about three or four books at once, in my various genres, but this week....every book I had close to hand had a spoiler--or what I perceived as a spoiler. But I finally found this nifty quote, from Robin Hobb's latest Dragon Haven (Book two in the Rain Wilds Chronicles):

Pg 56: "The captain hadn't verbalized a threat, but killing hung in the air."

Yes, I'm looking forward to reading that one, now! :)

And from Paula Quinn's Ravished by a Highlander:
P. 56: "She needed to eat something besides berries, but there was no time to hunt."

Yep. Can't wait to read this one, either! I guess I know what I'm doing for summer vacation. ;)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A few author events

UF Author Jennifer Estep has a post and giveaway going on over at Smexy Books. Deadline is Saturday, so pop on over, read, and maybe comment for a chance at winning.

And sometime later today, Silk and Shadows is hosting author debut paranormal romance author Marie-Claude Bourque, so be on the lookout for that.

Meanwhile, over at , they're hosting author Ashlyn Chase. And, yep, there's a giveaway involved.  Go here to see that...
Good luck, and have a great day, y'all.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

 Aha, another Teaser Tuesday! Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, but got the idea from Minx at Loose Knickers & Window Lickers. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: (and I'm once again following Jessica Rabbit's lead, here with two):
* Grab your current read two books from your shelf. { after all it is the second day of the week, so why shouldn't there be two teasers for you? }
* Open to a random page.
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So for this week I have this one for you, from Robin Hobb's Dragon Keeper

p.37: "She looked again.  Young dragons wandered unsteadily on the clay beach.Some had ventured down to the water's edge.  Others clustered around the sagging cases of the failed dragons, tearing and eating. Of the deer that Tintaglia had brought and of the dead hatchling, scarcely a smear of blood remained..."

and from Anna Small's Tame the Wild Wind:
p 143: "Tyler’s gaze wandered back to her face, and the look he gave her made her grateful Jed was the one
who’d stayed behind on the ranch. Lord only knew what would’ve happened had Tyler been her sole company.

“What a helpful little thing she is,” Tyler cooed. “Most gals wouldn’t want to get their fingernails broken, but you got her running around the whole territory for you.”

There's mine for the week--and thanks to the gals that shared theirs last week, Lois and Miranda. I enjoyed reading yours. :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Meg Cabot does it again. :)

Size 12 Is Not Fat
by Meg Cabot
Copy came from: some bookstore around town (I've had it so long, I forget which)

Since I've been a fan of hers for several years, I guess it's no surprise that I'd review yet another of Meg Cabot's novels. So when my hubby and I were out and about...uh,...a year ago(?) and ran across this, I couldn't pass it up. And we read it, together, over the course of,...however long we've had it. And even he was tickled by the antics of its main characters Heather and Cooper. :) (Boys, take note: Ms. Cabot isn't just for girls!)

Size 12 Is Not Fat is the first in Meg Cabot's Heather Wells mystery series, released in 2006, and introduces us to late-20-something ex-teen pop star, Heather Wells. Heather is living life as the assistant director of a New York College dorm--I mean, residence hall--coming to grips with lost fame, and a series of betrayals, and spending her days assisting students, while also taking care of the books for her roommate (and her ex-boyfriend’s brother)—detective Cooper Cartwright—who, incidentally, Heather has a mad crush on; but he only dates brainy types. (Or does he? She can hope, can’t she?).

When first one New York College female student, then a second, dies in “elevator surfing”, Heather’s active imagination goes into overdrive. Certainly girls don’t elevator surf, so what’s the next logical explanation? Heather, turning amateur sleuth, is convinced they’ve been murdered. The problem is, she’s unable to convince anyone of her theory—Cooper doesn’t even believe her, which really grates, since she considers him to be her Mr. Right. And could it be that the college president’s son is tied up in all this?

When the threats start turning Heather’s way, and Cooper has no choice but to help her investigation—if he wants to keep her alive. What do they find out? And can Heather escape a maniac? You'll have to read this one to find out!

My verdict? As usual, with any Meg Cabot, I loved it. Yep. This is another fun read, with some shocking surprises (I won’t reveal what). If you’d like to try Size 12 is Not Fat, you can find it at any local Borders or Barnes and Noble (where they’re most likely shelved in the literature section as opposed to the YA section). Of course you can also get a copy online at Amazon, Borders’ website and Barnes and Noble’s website. So if you like humor, mystery, and pop culture mayhem, do check out Size 12 is Not Fat. I think you will enjoy it!

Both hubby and I loved it, so if  we were to grade it, well, yeah:

(Also, I've a full/different version of this review up at the Examiner, here, if you'd like to give it a click.)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Got Books Sunday

And this inspired by Paranormal Haven.
What I added to the tbr pile ... I hit a local used bookstore and managed to find Catch the Lightning by Catharine Asaro. And a Harlequin Intrigue by the title of UNDER THE GUN by Helen Kay Dimon.

So, not as much as I'd hoped to find, but a few I think will be worth the read.

Books that didn't...

This post was inspired by Stella at Ex Libris....Since I've started reviewing, oh so many years ago--way before I ever heard of review copies-- I've chosen not to step on toes, by reviewing books I just could not stand. There have been many, over the years--some that best friends have suggested to me. That our tastes haven't always meshed has not had an impact on our relationship, and that's a good thing.

However, as a writer, I worry about saying anything bad about a book, publicly. Daddy always says, "If you can't say anything nice, best to say nothing at all". And I stand by that. So I just choose to check those titles off, quietly and not offend anyone. The folks that send me books for review know this, and seem to respect that decision. Some books that I have read that you have not seen reviewed here?

The Widow of The South by Robert Hicks... even though Grand Central sent me this one to review.

Oddly enough I do like some historical romance, however.

Other works I've read lately that I haven't quite loved would be

Tad Williams' The Dragonbone Chair.... and that's an old read for me, going back about ten years. I may give it another chance, I dunno.

Charles De Lint: "The Little Country" Again, going back a few years (ten, maybe?), when a friend loaned it to me, and yet...I just didn't fall for it. But I do like his Native American flavored fantasies, and now that I'm, you know, enamored of Urban Fantasy, I think I'd probably like them more, were I to start over again.

Anne Bishop: Daughter of the Blood... I bought this one, new, no less, about the time it came out. But it took me several years to finally get to it. In the end, I didn't care for it--oh, I enjoyed Ms. Bishop's style of writing, very much, the world was interesting. But there were elements of the story that just...really bothered me.

China Mieville: King Rat: This was a library check out. Since he's referred to a lot in the same breath with the birth of urban fantasy, and since I wanted to read Perdido Street Station, I picked it up when the library was out of PSS. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to find KR was just a rewritten version of the Pied Piper, and longtime readers know how I feel about rewritten faery tales.

Maggie Furey's Aurian and Harp Of Winds. I read these all the way back in 1998 in a frenzy of fantasy reading that spanned Zelzany, to Adams and back. I barely remember anything about it, now, but I remember I could barely make it through the first book... Sad to say.

And lest you think it is only the genres that include things that I found lacking, I will point this out: I never did care for the works of William Faulkner, Hemingway, William Dean Howells, Dickens, and Frank Norris. I also found some romances I've read, and quite a few so-called best sellers boring, from contemporary slice of life authors, to historical best sellers, big companies and little companies and all sorts in between, sent to me for review, or purchased or begged or borrowed. So,yes, I am a picky girl. By all means, give these novels a try. I hope you enjoy them more than I did.

Blogger hop (3)

I'm late again this week, but I've still found a few great sites to share with you (some through the hop, some not). They are as follows:
Bookends Diaries
Maybe Tomorrow?
The Wormhole
Reading Angel
The Life of a Wannabe Writer

That's all for this week! Enjoy them!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Karen Rose's new novel, Silent Scream

Silent Scream
by Karen Rose
My review copy provided by Grand Central Publishing.
To be released May 25.
Available at local stores, and through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders online stores, and so forth....

In Tampa romance author Karen Rose’s new novel, Silent Scream, we find ourselves once again in the middle of the world of her Eve Wilson Novels. This time, the story takes place through the eyes of firefighter David Hunter and Homicide detective Olivia Sutherland. Fires are being set all over town, with earmarks of a long-ago rash of arsons set by a radical environmental group. When a young deaf girl dies in this latest set of fires, and the only ties to the fires suddenly start dropping like flies, Olivia and David search for the answers, while trying to sort through the wreckage caused by their one night stand several years ago, at Olivia’s sister Mia’s wedding. When Olivia can't let go of his minute mistake, how is the lovesick David ever going to gain her trust?

My rating?

There's a more in depth version of this review up on my Examiner pages, if you'd like to see it, go here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, but got the idea from Minx at Loose Knickers & Window Lickers. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: (and I'm following Jessica Rabbit's lead, here with two):
* Grab your current read two books from your shelf. { after all it is the second day of the week, so why shouldn't there be two teasers for you? }

* Open to a random page.

* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

1) From Kylie Jordan's Dawn of Eternity(a fantasy/romance ebook released (and provided to me) by Cerridwen Press):

P. 49: Two hours later, Keos hovered, formless, and watched as the ME from the alley drummed his fingertips on the top of a battered desk while he held a phone to his ear, waiting for someone to answer. “Chuck. Brad here. Remember the other day, you were telling me about that weird case you had where a throat got ripped out and it didn’t look like an animal did it?” The ME leaned back in his chair and listened for a minute.

and 2) From Karen Rose's forthcoming Silent Scream (published and provided to me by Grand Central Publishing--to be released May 25):

P 103: "My friend has one. You know her, Kane. Brie Franconi. We just talked about her."

"The lady who runs the doggy day care?" Kane asked.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A new world of love and dragons

Breath of Fire
by Tammy Kane
Publisher: Dorchester Love Spell
My review copy was sent to me by Love Spell.

In Tammy Kane's debut novel, Breath of Fire, Ms. Kane introduces Elera, a beautiful, courageous rider of most temperamental, and male, dragon, and Karl, whose sheltered schooling among the scholarly Mattaen, doesn’t quite prepare him for what happens when he volunteers himself for a virgin sacrifice, in place of a young woman. Surely dragons don’t exist, he believes....Turns out, he's quite wrong!

I have to admit, I won her Summer contest. :) Yes, that was me. But that's not the only reason I fell for this novel. There's dragons! :) (And as I look through the bookstores these days, I am seeing more dragons, and that's a good thing! :)) And so I fell for them...And Elera, and Karl.  I think Tammy Kane's Breath of Fire is just, all-around, an awesome newish (released last September) fantasy romance novel. Its society of dragonriders, the ancient hatred between them and the Maetten, the love of two of their citizens/followers, Karl and Elera, the switching of the classic tale of the virgin sacrifice, all created a fabulous story that I can't wait to see more of. The world is fantastically drawn and rivals anything once produced in the *cough* fantasy genres. The romance is hot and sweet, and I think anyone who loves C.L. Wilson's work  will adore Tammy Kane's too. :) I have to say, I am fangirlishly one of them! :)

My rating? No surprise here:

I have a fuller review up at The Examiner if you'd like to see it.  And you can get a copy of it at Barnes and Noble, or Borders (check the Romance shelves), or at online shops like Amazon (or from my Amazon shop, or, or the Dorchester site itself.

In my Mailbox Monday

Meme created by The Story Siren.

There wasn't much in ye ole mailbox this week. However, I did get a few goodies: Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn(from Grand Central) and Wings of Fire, a soon to be released anthology of dragon short stories, from the folks at Night Shade Books which looks like it's got some nifty stuff included. :) (You can pre-order that at their site, if you like).

Anywho, that's what I received this week. What'd y'all get?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Indivisible giveaway

Book Journey is giving away a copy of Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann. Go here to try for it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Blah but busy week.

Sorry for the lack of updates this week, folks. I've been extremely busy on something non-reading, and have been having trouble with gmail, that's frustrating me. But I've gotten a little done. I hope to have a review up before the end of tomorrow, at least *knock on wood*.  I did get a chance to get one article up at the examiner, though. It's not much, but if you'd like to take a peek, it's here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Melissa Marr's Fragile Eternity

Fragile Eternity
by Melissa Marr
Book Three in the Wicked Lovely Series
(my review copy was borrowed from a friend's personal library)

I finally finished this one, and so thought I'd share my review with you.

Fragile Eternity is the second volume in Melissa Marr’s best selling, very popular Wicked Lovely Young Adult fantasy series. The story concerns Aislinn’s continuing adjustment to being once-mortal, now Faery, and Summer Queen to Keenan, the Summer king. But trouble’s brewing as the Dark Faery Bananach insists on war, between the Summer Courts, the Winter Courts, and the Dark Court of which she is a part. Meanwhile, human Seth is still trying to come to grips with his love for Aislinn, and having to share her with Keenan, who wishes to have more than just a professional relationship with Aislinn, for the good of the faery of the Summer Court.

Despite Aislinn’s best efforts, and despite the warnings of his friend, the Dark King, Niall, Seth and Aislinn can’t seem to get over the fact that all Aislinn’s human friends and family are destined, as mortals, to die. And for Seth, the truth of being a mortal means one more thing: that when he’s gone, Keenan will finally have Aislinn the way he wishes.

Rumor has it, though that there is a way for Seth to bypass all this. And as the Summer and Winter Courts bickering becomes more and more intense, as summer waxes and wanes, being the good, worried sister of the Dark King that she is, Bananach takes her advantage and tells Seth exactly how he can do that. Stupid human that he is, he listens.

Will Seth get what he wants? Will Keenan? Or Bananach and Niall? What will happen as war looms? You’ll have to read to find out.

So, what did I think of it? I loved it. Well, it’s hard to believe Seth and Aislinn are only sixteen, for one (except for in certain instances that fact’s easy to forget); I think the world is entirely unique, the fairies are, as well, and the novel was very well written. I personally liked the Dark Court; Aislinn did have problems with being a fae, and I had to wonder, how could being a faery be bad? Read the book. You’ll see. ;)

However, I’ll warn you, Fragile Eternity seems to continue its plot from where Wicked Lovely left off, and really seems to rely on knowledge of that first book. So it was a little confusing at first. I had to go out and find a copy of Wicked Lovely and read a little of it, to figure out what was going on. If that’s not enough, it was harder to find, new and used, it seems. If you can find a copy, at any Borders or Barnes and Noble, you should be able to get it in their YA section, if they don’t have it, it’s so new, they can probably order it for you with no trouble. But I did have some trouble--heck, I couldn't even get it out of the library. In the end, I had to borrow this one from a good friend in order to read it, (and you know who you are and thanks for the trip to the post office for my little reading obsessions!). Yes, it’s that popular. If all else fails, there’s always Amazon. Wherever you get your copy, if you’re a fan of fantasy, faeries, urban fantasy, strange new worlds do check it out.

my grade for this one?

And I have posted this review here on the Examiner, if you care to give it a hit.

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