Monday, August 29, 2011

Julia Rachel Barrett Guest today at new blog

Erotic romance author Julia Rachel Barrett is guesting on my writing blog today, with a giveaway. You can read her post here. Do drop by! :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Michael Moorcock's gilded, jaded age

cover art by Robert Gould
An Alien Heat
by Michael Moorcock
Ace Books/Harper Collins, depending on what version you can find.

(I purchased my copy a long time ago locally at the now-closed Just Books used bookstore in Tampa).

In Michael Moorcock’s 1972 futuristic novel, An Alien Heat, the Grand Master fantasy author introduced a vision of America at the end of history. Set a million or so years in the future, the story’s hero, Jherek Carnliean, and his people have become so complacent and decadent, caring only about their own comfort, that they have no interest when a traveler comes from the future to tell them their world is about to end. Indeed, Jherek is more interested in recreating the Victorian age, a past so distant, there are few extent records concerning the era. So when, alongside this traveler from the future, a young woman from the Victorian age enters the party—a Ms. Amelia Underwood, Jherek’s curiosity is piqued. He goes even further by telling his amused mother and friends that he intends to study this strange phenomena called love, by, you guessed it, wooing the lovely Ms. Amelia Underwood. However, Jherek has a rival who, just for fun, imprisons Ms. Amelia Underwood; Jherek takes up the scheme to save her, thinking she’ll be grateful and fall at his feet, as the few poems seem to indicate should happen.


Oh ho, not so my friends! Not by a long shot!


Despite Jherek’s best efforts, Amelia wants only to get home—to her husband. The chase lands Jherek in 19th century London, and in more trouble than he’s bargained for.


Unlike most of Moorcock’s Eternal Champion titles, An Alien Heat has an altogether different feel, and while it has moments of suspense, is really very funny in spots. Baroque and fantastic, and absurd, its neo-Victorian feel at least should appeal to Steampunk fans, even Douglas Adams fans might enjoy this.

Unfortunately, it has been out of print for quite a while, though White Wolf re-released it in a Dancers at the End of Time anthology in 1994. However, I don’t know, at this time, if it will be re-released, as Del Rey seems to be doing with the rest of the Eternal Champion novels thus far. One can only hope!


If you’d like to give this one a try, check online at Amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com, which might have access to a used copy of An Alien Heat, either standalone or in the anthology. For the ebook fans, sorry to say, this one hasn’t been released in Kindle or Nook yet. if you can find a copy, though, as ever, it's no secret that I absolutely adore/worship Michael Moorcock's work, so yet again, I recommend recommend it, and recommend An Alien Heat.
;) So my rating should come as no shock:

No. Let's be honest. The hightest, biggest, best rating one can give a book in the whole world. ;) Told you I was a fangirl.

Disclaimer: If you care to know this, there are some explicit sexual scenes in this novel, so if that's not your thing, do be aware of it. But I can assure you, they don't overwhelm the story.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Author guest post today

Romance author Gabriella Hewitt is going to be guesting on my other blog today, with an interesting post concerning her new Paranormal Romance novella release for Samhain. A little teaser, there are Aztec Warriors involved.

You can find her post here: http://wp.me/p1tw8T-aG
Please do stop by!

(Oh, and if you haven't yet, please do subscribe to that blog. I talk about lots of things, of course, but methinks it's to become my official blog from here on out. Thnx).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New story released

I just had a new story released, via the Scribing Ibis Anthology. :) The anthology's available at CreateSpace (here ), and should be released via Smashwords soon, but I don't have that link yet. All proceeds go to charity.

Anywho, I just had to share.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Indie author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc

Multi-award winning, horror/dark fantasy author and self-publishing trail-blazer, Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc is being featured on Vampires.com speaking about her latest Vampire novel. You can check the interview out here.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Q and A with Anna Small

Hi all, I hope you've had a good week. Sorry I haven't popped in here this week, but we've been having lots of storms here, lately, so I've not had much online time thanks to it *grumbles at mother nature*. But I've been reading, revising, and trying to catch up with things in between being sick and back pain (gripe gripe, I know) and gearing up for my next RWA chapter meeting. Meanwhile, I have a new book review which I hope to get written and posted next week. Meanwhile, I've posted a Q and A with romance author Anna Small, over at the Examiner. If you'd like to see it, it's here. :) Until later then, enjoy and have a great, sunny weekend.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sins of a Highland Devil

Forever/Grand Central Publishing
Sins of A Highland Devil
by
Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Published by Forever/Grand Central Publishing
my review copy came from the fine folks at Forever/Grand Central Publishing

In this first of USA Today’s best selling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder’s latest historical romance series for Grand Central Publishing, Sins of A Highland Devil, the author introduces a new historical series of Highlanders and ghosts.



The Cameron and MacDonald clans have been fighting over this particular Scottish Glen, the Glen of Many Legends, for centuries, but when one of their women dies, she gives the Glen to both families. Centuries later, the clans are still fighting over the land, and the king, King Robert III (descendent of the famous King Robert the Bruce of Braveheart fame) decides he’s had enough and orders the two clans to decide the question in a controlled battle. (If I’m not mistaken, Ms. Welfonder means this one.(maybe not? it’s a bit confusing.)

James Cameron (not the famed director of Aliens and Avatar) and Catriona MacDonald hate each other. With a passion. But when James sees a mysterious man setting out across the glen after Catriona on late night, James, follows her, and promises to escort her home. Catriona hates James Cameron but her feelings for him are a wee bit more complicated than that, evidenced by the sexy dreams she has about him afterward. The feeling seems to be mutual for James, but the two stubborn Highland enemies won’t speak up, even though Catriona shows up on James’s doorstep claiming she lost her dog and then, wheedling her way into spending the night. The inevitable happens between them, and yet, though Catriona gives in quite willingly, she still screams to high heaven that she hates James.

Furthermore, in James’ dining hall, Catriona sees a ghost that she comes to find out is known as the Doom of the Camerons, and James—actually having fallen in love with Catriona, really quite liking her brother who he’s slated to battle and possibly kill very soon—is worried sick about her.

Catriona won’t say it, but she is likewise worried about James Cameron’s safety in the coming battle. She loves him, but she hates him, but she loves him. Likewise it is with James. So, you see the dilemma.

So what happens in Sins? Well, you’ll find out. I must admit, beyond such movies as Braveheart and Highlander, I'm not a huge fan of Scottish set romances that seem to glut the historical romance genre (hello, there are other countries in Europe, folks!), but while Sue-Ellen Welfonder's prose wasn't as altogether incomprehensible as some I've tried to read, and apparently I was confused about her work when I requested it because I thought it was set in Ireland. So I thought it was bringing something a little different to the table. Nope. It's not. 
 This was the first of Sue-Ellen Welfonder’s* books I’ve ever read and I’m sorry to say, though I was quite intrigued by the ghost and the mystical, ancient “Makers of Dreams” James consults now and again, I didn’t come away from this book satisfied. *sigh*  I wanted to like it, I really did, but I’m sorry to say, too many things in it just got under my skin about this one. If you want to give it a shot it's availale at the usual outlets (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc) I might just be weird, and you might enjoy Sins of A Highland Devil more than I. If not, well, you might want to try one of Ms. Welfonder’s many other historically set, Scottish Highland romance titles. I might try one later, maybe the second book, that was just released July 26, or perhaps something the Mackenzie series, since one of its characters is inspired, she says, by (get ready for the aww.... factor) this adorable red fox.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Navigating a deadly landscape


cover art by Kim Mendoza
 Lilacs, Litigation, and Lethal Love Affairs
by JL Wilson
published by the Crimson Rose line of The Wild Rose Press
(my review copy was a personal purchase)

In romantic suspense author JL Wilson’s Lilacs, Litigation, and Legal Affairs, the first in the author's Deadly Landscaping series for Crimson Rose, Cassie Whittington, is making a new start for herself, as a divorcee, in a new home, going back to school, turning her interests to the landscaping business. While taking care of her school’s greenhouse, one afternoon witnesses a conversation between her boss Sam Barlow and his rival. Minutes later, that rival is dead. Then Cassie's boss shows up at his nursery, and Cassie jumps to the conclusion that Sam’s the killer and sics the police on him, who only clear him of the murder. Sam later visits Cassie at home, and explains his relationship with the dead man. Maybe he’s not such a bad guy after all?



There’s also a stalker on the loose, who has a penchant for breaking into women’s houses, via their stolen garage door openers.

To add to the fun, Cassie’s got her ex-husband Charlie Whittington to think about. Why doesn’t anyone understand ex’s can be friends? Why doesn’t Sam allow for the fact that she can (oops) fall for him, yet still stay close to Charlie? Then there’s the little trouble of vandalism at Sam’s greenhouses, and the bequest Cassie receives from Charlie’s grandmother. With the bequest, she won’t have to work for Sam anymore, so she could either, a) escalate her growing relationship with him or b) return to Charlie.

There’s a lot going on in this book, a bit too much, actually, and I kept expecting something that didn’t quite go the way I’d originally thought (I won’t spoil it by telling you what). But all in all, I found JL Wilson’s Lilacs, Litigation, and Legal Affairs interesting, she even added a comedic thread to the mayhem in the form of Cassie's ever-full spam email folder. So yes, I can say without a doubt I look forward to the follow-up volumes in the series. If you like Romantic Suspense (or, in my opinion this would probably fall more correctly into romantic mystery), you may want to check this one out. It was released this spring by The Crimson Rose line of The Wild Rose Press and can be purchased on the website here in paperback and ebook, or through Digi Books Café. It’s also available for Kindle and paperback via Amazon.com and for Nook and paperback at barnesandnoble.com

My grade? I can give it a solid 4 3/4 pearls. pearls


Do check it out, romantic mystery readers. I think you'll enjoy Ms Wilson's novel. I did. :)


If you'd like to learn more about JL Wilson and her works, see her website at:

http://www.jayellwilson.blogspot.com/


(Ed note: As ever, there's a slightly different version of this review up at the Examiner, if you would please be so kind as to give it a click here. Thanks!)
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Scent of Shadows

Scent of Shadows
by Vicki Pettersson

my copy bought from local store.

In Vicki Pettersson’s first novel, Scent of Shadows, there are more things running around the Las Vegas strip than tourists, gamblers and the occasional prostitute, but Joanna Archer, a daughter of an absent mother, heir to her father’s vast, lucrative gambling dynasty, doesn’t pay any of them much attention. The crosshairs of her camera lens seek out the forlorn, the destitute, the criminal, in search of the one man who, years ago, attacked and left her for dead in the desert. But then, a blind date turns into a crazy horror flick, when her date reveals he’s some supernatural monster, and will kill her before her birthday, twenty-four hours hence. It’s not long after this that a bum jumps in front of her car, with some wild claim of star signs, and paranormal superhero troops, and that she’s some foretold future member destined to balance the zodiac and help them keep order in her hometown.

Well, what sane girl wouldn’t know what to believe, when faced with a claim like that?

Then Joanna’s sister Olivia is attacked and thrown to her death out her high rise apartment window, and Joanna has no choice but to think there might be a shred of truth in something the crazy bum said, and so she accepts his help, joins his little “Zodiac Troop 175”; but, as always, there’s a catch: and she must not only accept the bum’s help, his instruction, and in turn gain the trust of his suspicious, more seasoned colleagues, if they are ever going to defeat their dark equivalents, she must put aside her regrets, things she fiercely wishes to hold, even her fondest passions, and face her horrid past, her father, and what’s darkest in herself.

I found Pettersson’s novel a breath of fresh air, in the urban fantasy landscape; where most of the story is a bit dark, there’s also . . . I don’t know how to put it than to say that it seemed a bit of tongue in cheek, playful, if you will. I mean, come on, really; what little girl didn’t grow up wanting to be Wonder Woman?  Joanna Archer is a kick ass heroine that stands up nicely next to these icons, I think; and one everyone will love. Sure it’s a few years old by now, but do check out, Scent of Shadows. I’m sure you’ll be pleased you did so!


If you'd like a copy it's available at Amazon, b&n.com and local Barnes and Noble stores, of course.

For more info: Vicki Pettersson's official site

Vicki Pettersson on twitter
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Waiting on Wednesday (1)

(This is a meme by Jill at Breaking the Spine)

There's always something interesting coming out in the bookstores, and the online retailers, right? Here's a few I'm looking forward to this week:

Kathy Lane's Linked by Blood (the second in her SFR Bloodsworn series), from The Wild Rose Press.

Julie Leto's new Blaze, Too Wild To Hold. (August 23)

Fantasy author Melanie Card's Ward Against Death (August)


Caitlín R. Kiernan’s  Two Worlds and In Between (coming September from Subterranean Press)

Romance author Rosalie Lario's Blood of the Demon (Augst)

Mystery author Lisa Unger's Darkness My Old Friend, due August 9


And doesn't it seem a slow season since these are all I could find? Enjoy.....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kissing Kelli, a cute and sweet Texas romance by Kathy Carmichael

cover art by Kathy Carmichael
Kissing Kelli
by
Kathy Carmichael
(my review copy provided by the author. *waves* Thanks, Kathy!)

In romantic comedy author Kathy Carmichael’s newly repackaged and published novel Kissing Kelli, she continues her Texas Legacy romantic comedy series, by relating the story of Dr. Kelli Palmer and rodeo star Bobby Gray who meet on Independence day and fall head over heels in love. However, Kelli won’t reveal her feelings to Bobby Gray because her sister Laurie told her to stay away from him, because he’s hers!

But Bobby Gray has no idea of this mandate and is desperate to make Kelli accept him. He goes out of his way to bring injured animals to her, spending loads of the family money, and ticking off his brother Monty Joe in the process. However, Monty Joe wants Kelli’s input on something himself. She’s a princess, you see, as well as a veterinarian and there’s a particular royals-obsessed banker Monty Joe needs to impress. It’s up to Bobby to convince her to attend the dinner with said-banker. Maybe it could even double as their first date.

Does it go well? You’ll have to pick up a copy of Kathy Carmichael’s Kissing Kelli for yourself to find out the answer to that. Another sweet and funny offering from author Kathy Carmichael, and her latest foray into self-publishing for Kindle, one I think you can’t go wrong with. If you’d like to check it out, Kissing Kelli is available for Kindle at Amazon.com, and in paperback.You can also find other ereader formats at Smashwords. Do give it a look. I think fans of sweet and funny romances will enjoy it.

My rating?

As ever, there's a slightly different version of this review over at the Examiner. Pretty please, would you give it a click here? (Thanks to Kathy Carmichael for providing my reading copy)



L.A. Banks

Word is, Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy author L.A. Banks passed away this morning. Poor thing. :( RIP. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/08/la-banks-1959-2011

Juli's Books

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Frigga's
New audiobook @ Audible
Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited
The Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionCaitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionDrawing Down the Shades, Antique Magic book 3, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
Lady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarotHouse of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorPassion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedDruid Warrior's Heart, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 2 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
Sing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romanceMurder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranromal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedWatchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
Bicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, borrow with Kindle Unlimited

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