Thursday, July 21, 2011

My stranger than fiction weekend. :)

 I just thought I'd share my freaky Saturday:

Tell me you don't see a plot in this???? Go ahead, laugh. We sure are (now!)

A little steamy sorcery by Cindy Spencer Pape

Steam & Sorcery
Gaslight Chronicles book one
by Cindy Spencer Pape
published by Carina Press
my review copy was provided by Carina Press, via NetGalley

Romance author Cindy Spencer Pape’s most recent novel for Carina Press is her first foray into the Steampunk genre. Entitled Steam & Sorcery, the novel tells the tale of Merrick Hadrian, a member of the secret Knights of the Order of the Round Table, whose duty it is to rid London of a drooling pack of vicious vampires. In so doing, he finds himself battling the monsters in the factory district, in dead of night. When he’s backed into a corner, all hope seemingly lost, a gang of rowdy street children come to his defense and helps him finish off the nasty attackers.

In exchange for their help, Merrick helps them rescue their kidnapped sister, and takes the five children into his household while he tries to sort out the truth of the mess in the factory district. He wants to care for them, especially since young Tommy seems destined to join the Order. But to truly deal with the motley bunch, he’ll need to find a governess, and fast.

Enter Miss Caroline Bristol.

Caroline’s a little bit of a liability to the households in which she’s previously been governess. Every time she gets close to anything mechanical, it breaks down on the spot! If that weren’t enough, all her male employers, despite being married, can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves. Which she finds intolerable, to say the least.

So, when the opportunity comes along to hire on to Merrick’s gentile household, Caroline jumps at the chance, and she falls instantly in love—with the children. Giving them into her care, Merrick’s free to deal with more important issues: the fact that bits and pieces of the original Babbage engines are coming up lost, the rumor going around that vampires are finding ways to blend into society, and finding out what exactly is it about Caroline that causes her such problems around machines, and men.

As time progresses, Merrick and Caroline can’t keep their eyes—or hands—off one another. And that is definitely a no-no. On the other hand, it turns out Caroline too can hold her own against the vampires and it may just take their combined wits and skills to fend off the evil when it comes calling. So, maybe there is something to be said for making their little family group permanent after all?

All in all, I think Steam & Sorcery is a nice blend of fantasy, myth, a sprinkle of dark fantasy elements, and gadgets and should please both lovers of Steampunk, Gaslamp fantasy, and of course, steamy romance. So I give it.

If you’d like to check it out, alas it’s only in ebook, so not available offline. But you can get the ebook at Carina Press’ website here. it's also available as an audio book from Ms. Pape has also released a free, novella-length follow-up to this that continues the tales of the Knights of the Order of the Round Table, also available at Carina Press here.

If you'd like to learn more about Cindy Spencer Pape and the Gaslight Chronicles, see her website here:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Steampunk author's giveaway

Soon to be debut Steampunk author Suzanne Lazear is giving away some cute little buttons and a pretty necklace on her blog. Go here to see the details.

Local author book signing--Nook signing.

If you're in Tampa July 22, 7:00-8:30 PM Horror/Sinsteria writer Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc is having an "vampire themed" event in honor of the release of her upcoming collection of vampire lore, Dante's Diary at the Barnes and Noble in Carrollwood. She tells me she's doing a "Nook" signing. So if you have a Nook and love horror, vampires and other such fiendish fun. ;) Mark your calendars to be there on July 22. The store is located on 11802 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Carrollwood Village, FL. call them at  813-962-6446 for details.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Zombies and rollerskates ;)

 Quite a mix, huh?

Okay, it does make sense trust me. Author Bella Street's new Zombie Apocalypse PNR, Apocalypse Babes, so I hear contains both, and doesn't that sound like some George Romero-ish fun? ;) Anyway, Ms. Street is running a contest on her blog in support of her new Zombie PNR. Go here to check it out.
(her books are available at Smashwords)

addendum to What are you reading Monday

I keep forgetting to add this here (my apologies), but I am also working my way through Kathy Carmichael's Kissing Kelli, a sweet romantic comedy ebook that Kathy's recently self-published on Kindle and has been getting rave reviews of. I hope to have that finished up and reviewed for you sometime soon too.

Her new book in the series, Stuck on You, just came out in May.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Highland Romances ebooks from Sourcebooks

Once again, I am late on this. But the dates still stand. If you'd like to pick some up, Sourcebooks is having a sale on Men in Kilts romances.

Men in Kilts – eBooks for $0.99! (7/12/2011 – 7/18/2011)

Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney
A man from another time…

Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he’s not careful, she’ll uncover the secrets his clan has bled and died to protect…

Could be the treasure she’s been seeking all her life…

When Bree inherits an old treasure map, she discovers a warrior buried in her backyard. But the warrior isn’t dead. Bree shocks Faelan with her modern dress and her boldness, and he infuriates Bree every time he tries to protect her.

With demons suddenly on the move, Bree discovers that Faelan’s duty as protector is in his blood, and that her part in this fight was destined before she was born. But nothing is ever what it seems… For Kindle at Amazon here.

Highland Hellcat by Mary Wine
He wants a wife he can control…

Connor Lindsey is a Highland laird, but his clan’s loyalty is hard won and he takes nothing for granted. He’ll do whatever it takes to find a virtuous wife, even if he has to kidnap her…

She has a spirit that can’t be tamed…

Brina Chattan has always defied convention. She sees no reason to be docile now that she’s been captured by a powerful laird and taken to his storm-tossed castle in the Highlands, far from her home.

When a rival laird’s interference nearly tears them apart, Connor discovers that a woman with a wild streak suits him much better than he’d ever imagined… For Kindle on Amazon here.

The Highlander’s Sword by Amanda Forester
A quiet, flame-haired beauty with secrets of her own…
Lady Aila Graham is destined for the convent, until her brother’s death leaves her an heiress. Soon she is caught between hastily arranged marriage with a Highland warrior, the Abbot’s insistence that she take her vows, the Scottish Laird who kidnaps her, and the traitor from within who betrays them all.

She’s nothing he expected and everything he really needs…
Padyn MacLaren, a battled-hardened knight, returns home to the Highlands after years of fighting the English in France. MacLaren bears the physical scars of battle, but it is the deeper wounds of betrayal that have rocked his faith. Arriving with only a band of war-weary knights, MacLaren finds his land pillaged and his clan scattered. Determined to restore his clan, he sees Aila’s fortune as the answer to his problems…but maybe it’s the woman herself. For Kindle on Amazon here.

Wild Highland Magic by Kendra Leigh Castle
She's a Scottish Highlands werewolf, but no one's ever shown her how to use her powers…

Growing up in America with a father who hates his own nature, Catrionna MacInnes has always tried desperately to control her powers and pretend to be normal. Now her father has brought her and her sisters to Scotland to reunite with the pack they fled years ago…

He's a wizard prince with a devastating secret…

Bastian an Morgaine has found sanctuary among the MacInnes werewolf clan but no relief from the soul-searing curse that haunts him. The minute Cat lays eyes on Bastian, she knows she's met her destiny. In their first encounter, she unwittingly binds him to her for life, and now they're both targets for the evil enemies that are out to destroy their very souls…
For Kindle at Amazon here.

Highland Rebel by Judith James Amidst the upheaval of Cromwell's Britain, Jamie Sinclair's wit and military prowess have served him well. Leading a troop in Scotland, he impetuously marries a captured maiden, saving her from a grim fate.

A Highlands heiress to title and fortune, Catherine Drummond is not the woman Jamie believes her to be. When her people effect her rescue, and he cannot annul the marriage, Jamie goes to recapture his hellcat of a new wife...

In a world where family and creed cannot be trusted, where faith fuels intolerance and war, Catherine and Jamie test the bounds of loyalty, friendship, and trust...
For Kindle at Amazon here.

So...that's what they're offering. If you feel up to it, do check them out.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Debra Glass YA debut is haunting.

Read in 2011.
by Debra Glass

(My review copy came from Ms. Glass herself. Thank you, Debra!)

In Debra Glass’ YA debut Eternal, Seventeen-year old Wren has had a hard last few years. Involved in a car wreck that killed her best friend Kira, Wren nearly died. Well, okay, she did, for a few minutes, and when she awoke, it was to find she had the ability to see the dead. She also had a really ugly scar that makes her the pariah of the school. So her parents do the only thing they can to help: they uproot the family, and move to Columbia, Tennesee, purchasing the spacious Polk House (AKA Ransom’s Run)—the one that Crazy old lady Polk died in.

Little does Wren know the house is haunted, by the ghost of Jeremiah Ransom, who as a young man joined up with the Confederate army during the war, only to come home wounded, and die, in Wren’s own bedroom. Well, okay, at the time, it was his bedroom. Are they destined for each other? hmmmm.....

Wren’s already got enough to worry about, what with starting a new school, and trying to fit and make friends, and dodge the creepy Goth chick that seems after her. But she can’t ignore the fact that she has fallen for Jerimiah, despite the unfortunate fact that he’s a ghost. How is she to cope? Will she end up like crazy ole Ms. Polk, or will be able to snap out of it, do the right thing, and send Jeremiah where he belongs. Or will creepy ole Briar force the decision upon her, and harm her in the process? You’ll have to read to find out.

I enjoyed this very much, and in fact, was in tears in several places. That's usually a good sign, in my book. :)I'm a fan so I'd give everything she does 5 stars... and for her first YA effort this too deserves them, I think. :) I must say I couldn't figure out how it was going to end, and there's a neat little twist in the epilogue I wasn't expecting, which gives a hint for a possible sequel? Maybe....maybe.

Debra's spent years involved with the Shoals Ghost Walk in Florence, Alabama, so she knows a thing or two about ghosts, and that research shows well in Haunted.

Best known for her steamy romances Debra branched out into teen fiction with Haunted and the result is charming. Ms. Glass weaves a poignant tale of teen love, with all the earmarks one comes to expect from her works—lots of cool tidbits about the Civil War are threaded herein. But don’t tell the kids that. ;) I think fans of Supernatural and Meg Cabot’s Mediator series will thoroughly enjoy Haunted. If you'd like to check it out, you can find it at the following venues:

Trade Paperback

Digital Ebook

Smashwords | ARE | Amazon | B&N | OmniLit

Want to know more about the story behind Jeremiah Ransom? Check out Debra’s essay on her site.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WW28: Haunted

First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.
Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
Come back to Cherry Mischievous - WW28 and give us the url of your post (in a comment at a WW28 post) so that other WW28 readers can find your WW28 offering.

I'm going to do something slightly different here and, since this particular page from author Debra Glass' recent YA release is a short page, I'm going to excerpt the whole thing for you.

Eternal by Debra Glass, YA Paranormal Romance
Eternal by Debra Glass

Pg. 28

I froze.
And then gasped as a flash of bushy-tailed, black fur fled out the
door and past me. “Mr. Stella!” I cried, relieved. I blew out the breath I had
been holding. My cat had finally made up his mind to come out from under
the book case.
After my pulse returned to normal, I gripped the toggle knob,
determined to close the door again but decided instead to leave it as I had
found it.
Slightly open.
A tingle swept through me. While I wasn’t ready to explore my ghost’s world yet, I wasn’t totally opposed to him visiting my world again.

Okay, not naughty, but....shiver inducing, right? :) I'll have a fuller review of this one up soonish but for now, if you'd like to see more, you can check out Debra's Eternal site here: and if you'd like to, you can pick up the in print  and ebook Amazon.

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