Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial day Story

I wanted to announce this when I have a more solid something to go on, but it looks like my writing is going well (cross your fingers!) and so I'm shifting to doing more stuff to promo those stories. Nevertheless, Memorial Day and vets and vets holidays in general hold a special place in my heart as many of you know. My dear father was a war vet.

So, in honor of Memorial Day, I've written (well, revised) and posted a quick little soldier's story up on my new "Juli's writing" blog. If you'd like to read it, it is here.

(and if you want to follow that blog for my non-book reviews/writerly updates--you never know; there might be other stuff there too, like movies fangirlness--that would be great too! *g*) Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Paty Jager on her spirit trilogy and the Nez Perce Indians (and giveaway too)

For your reading pleasure, paranormal/western romance author Paty Jager dropped by our little Café today to talk about her latest Paranormal romance series. Books one and two, Spirit of the Mountain and Spirit of the Lake, have already hit print to much acclaim, and we are pleased and delighted to have her share a little time with us. :) Welcome, Paty!


Julianne, thank you for having me here today.


Author Paty Jager
My spirit trilogy has required a lot of research because they are set among the Nez Perce Indians before they were forced on to reservations.


The children of Nez Perce families were taught by their grandparents. The grandfathers taught the boys how to make weapons, hunt, fish, track, and fight. Grandmothers taught the girls how to take care of their families, do the chores, and help their men. The elders passed down the stories of the trickster coyote and how "The People" came to be. By reading books of their legends you see how the legends taught the children basic truths about life and how to conduct themselves to be good Nez Perce.


There is a Nez Perce myth that the adults would tell the children if they were bad. An antlered beast that lived in the lake of the Wallowa band would come for them during the night and take them to the bottom of the lake.


Having grown up in the Wallowa lake area and heard this story, I researched and found that it was indeed an old Nez Perce tale. Learning this, I had to incorporate it into my trilogy. The hero in Spirit of the Lake is a Nez Perce spirit who resides in the body of an elk and lives in the lake of the Wallowa band of Nez Perce.


Blurb for Spirit of the Lake:


Two generations after his brother became mortal, Wewukiye, the lake spirit, prevents a Nimiipuu maiden from drowning and becomes caught up in her sorrow and her heart. Her tribe ignores Dove's shameful accusations—a White man took her body, leaving her pregnant, and he plans to take their land. Wewukiye vows to care for her until she gives birth, to help her prove the White man is deceitful and restore her place in her tribe.


As they travel on their quest for justice, Dove reveals spiritual abilities yet unknown in her people, ensnaring Wewukiye’s respect and awe. But can love between a mortal and a spirit grow without consequences?


Excerpt:
“You are not eating.” The deep voice laced with concern spun her shivers into waves of heat.


She opened her eyes and studied the man standing in front of her. His broad shoulders blocked the sun. Even with his eyes filled with concern the lines beside his eyes, which deepened when he smiled, remained. His full lips were perpetually tipped at the corners in mirth. The lightness he brought into her heart just by his presence, she had not felt since realizing her family believed she brought the sickness to her mother. No one had ever gazed upon her with such favor.


He knelt beside her, glanced at her stomach, and questioned with his eyes.


She nodded.


He placed a hand on her stomach. “You must gain strength.”

His encouraging words brought a smile to her face as his hand slowly moved in a circle. She studied his face, searching his eyes, skimming across his angular cheeks, ending at his full, inviting lips.
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This post is part of my blog tour. Leave a comment on as many of my guest blogs as you can and the person who travels with me the most will receive an autographed copy of Spirit of the Lake, a sweatshirt, and cowboy chocolate. To find all the places I’m visiting go to my blog: http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com/ The contest runs from May 18th – May 29th covering thirteen blogs. I'll notify the winner on May 30th. In the event of a tie I will draw a name.


You can learn more about me at: http://www.blogger.com/www.patyjager.blogspot.com or at my website: http://www.patyjager.net/ or on Facebook.


Bio:
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently farm 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.




Paty is a member of RWA, EPIC, and COWG. The Wild Rose Press has published nine of her books. Perfectly Good Nanny, won the 2008 EPPIE for Best Contemporary Romance. She edited for an e-publisher for four and a half years and teaches workshops at conferences, writers meetings, and online.

Thank you for being with us today, Paty, and bringing us this fascinating article! :) Good luck to you with these books, and in all future endeavors.Folks, don't forget to leave Paty a comment for a chance to win her prize pack. We hope y'all have enjoyed this little chat. Until next time! *waves*
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Juli D. Revezzo has written the Victorian romance novel WATCHMAKER'S HEART. Check it out at Amazon.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Angi Morgan's latest Romantic Suspense

 .38 Caliber Cover-Up
by Angi Morgan
published by Harlequin Intrigue, February, 2011


In Angi Morgan*’s latest Harlequin Intrigue, .38 Caliber Cover-Up, DEA agent Errin Rhodes is having a bad night. In trying to apprehend the murderers of his mentor, unfortunately, he finds the bust he’s worked weeks on going wrong. Shot, abandoned by his backup, ends up running, without the killers in hand that he was after. His only clue to apprehending the murderers now leads him straight to Officer Darby O’Malley, who isn’t elated to find a stranger bleeding on her back porch and demanding some package of which she’s supposed to know. Further confusion comes when a fellow police officer arrives, and starts shooting at she and Errin.

All Darby knows is that Errin somehow knows her brother Michael, who currently lies in a coma, accused of having killed her partner, the cops who are supposed to be on her side are now against her, and that there’s something seriously sexy about agent Errin Rhodes.  And if comatose Michael dies, they might be out of luck with respects to clearing his name. The question is not only one of time, but who can they trust? Can they trust the lawyers and undercover agents who are supposed to be helping them? Can they trust the clues left to them by two men who are, as it were, out of commission? Can they trust themselves, when they’re becoming all kinds of distracted by each other?

Busy and fast paced from the start, fans of twisting turning plots will enjoy this Angi Morgan’s .38 Caliber Cover-Up, I think. If you’d like to check it out, it’s still available online at the Harlequin site, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com

(Thanks to Angi for my review copy, and the fabulous class you gave the RWA Pro loop! ;))
As usual there is a slightly different version up at the Examiner, here. If you care to give it a click, I thank you for your support.








Rosalie Lario discusses Supernatural and her new release!

Our upcoming guest Rosalie Lario is discussing Supernatural and her new release at Julia Barrett's World, if you'd like a taste of her work and thoughts beforehand. :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Heads up, writers: Cemetary Dance submissions opportunity

I spotted this on author Lynn Viehl's blog this morning (here) and thought some here might find the information useful. According to Ms. Viehl, it seems the horror publication Cemetary Dance is looking for submissions with the winning entry, among other things, being featured in a chapbook with authors Douglas Clegg, Brian Keene, and Ray Garton. Go here for more details. Thanks for the heads up, Ms. Viehl!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jennifer Jake's blog visit and contest

Not here, of course, but over at Sky Purington's blog, she's hosting historical Romance author Jennifer Jakes is over at A Writer's Mind today with a character interview from her new release from The Wild Rose Press, Rafe's Redemption, and a giveaway. Contest ends Sunday, May 20th. You can read "Rafe's" interview, :) and try for the contest  here. Good luck to all who try, and enjoy the post.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Witch tames a werewolf


cover design by April Martinez; art copyright FranzPfluegl/Fotolia.com; AlfredoCampos/Fotolia.com; Wam1975/Dreamstime.com; Saniphoto/Dreamstime.com

 The Taming of the Wolf
by
Lydia Dare
publisher: Sourcebooks
ARC courtesy of Sourcebooks

In The Taming of the WolfLydia’s Dare’s latest in their paranormal historical romance series The Westfield Werewolves, the Scottish-born and bred witch Caitrin MacLeod, plagued by a night of wild visions, has stepped into a friend's library in search of respite. Instead, she encounters Lord Dashiel Thorpe, who having a bit of a problem holding his Lycanthropic nature in check thanks to the full moon, bites her, unknowingly claiming her as his lifelong mate. He can’t help it, his father never taught him how to control the beast.
Caitrin wants nothing to do with him, but Dashiel comes to understand that if she doesn’t accept him, his life is doomed. So he does what any self-respecting alpha lycanthrope will, he hounds her all the way to Scotland.

Caitrin isn’t completely put off by the dashing Thorpe, and she can’t seem to stop thinking about him. And besides, Dashiel seems to be the only one who can calm her telepathic intake of all around her, and is the only man whose future she can’t see. But he can be such a boorish Lord sometimes. With a question looming over the safety of one of her coven sisters in her mind, she has other things to worry about than resisting his attempts to woo her, or his offer of marriage.

Can she save her coven sister, accept Dashiel and solve his problems at the same time? You’ll have to read this one to find out. Released by Sourcebooks in November, The Taming of the Wolf by Lydia Dare is available now at your favorite local bookstores, or online at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com or borders.com.


Now, honestly the colloquial that Cait speaks bugged me, to the point of where I wanted Dash to either shove something in her mouth so she'd have something better to do than talk *eg* or send her for elocution lessons, but all in all, this was *hot* and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. I want a darned time machines (or whatever it takes) so I can go find me one of these Westfield werewolves.... 

So, I guess I can give this one four pearls.
If you love Paranormal romances, the Regency era, and Highland settings, this is the book for you. Do check it out.

(There's a slightly different version of this review up at the Examiner here, if you'd like to give it a click)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Midnight Mayor

Art copyright: Lauren Panepinto/Shutterstock

The Midnight Mayor
by Kate Griffin
Published by Orbit Books
my review copy came from the fine folks at Orbit.

In The Midnight Mayor, part two of a new Urban Fantasy series by Kate Griffin plays with the idea that a strange, and mythical, destruction is looming over London’s streets. The only thing between doom, and the citizens at large, is a legendary “Midnight Mayor” who keeps this evil at bay. This novel continues the story of mage Matthew Swift who, here, awakens one evening with almost no memory of how he came to be unconscious on the floor with a phone receiver in his hand. Prior to this (in volume one, presumably) Swift had a battle with some rival sorcerers, and ended up dead, and resurrected, with a host of "Blue Electric Angels" in his head (or at least things that communicate with him in his thoughts). Now again nearly dead, singed almost to a crisp, Swift has come to find out London’s current Midnight Mayor is dead and he has been given the honor of that title.

But apparently someone’s out to destroy him, and all of London’s magical barriers in the process. It’s up to Swift to solve this puzzle--if only he could find the elusive Hat this someone seems to have lost.

Can Matthew Swift accomplish this feat? Or will London be doomed? You’ll have to read The Midnight Mayor to find out.

If you don't mind colloquialistic writing (though truthfully I do, but for say, when I started to think of it like  A Clockwork Orange, I did better)  and are in an adventurous mood,  I urge you to give this new and unique series by Kate Griffin a try. The Midnight Mayor (and indeed the full series--book one is entitled A Madness of Angels, and the recently released third book The Neon Court) is available at amazon, barnesandnoble.com or borders.com or any of your local chain bookstores.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

review: Princess in Love by Meg Cabot

cover artTimothy Hampson/
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc
Princess in Love
by Meg Cabot
publisher HarperCollins
This was a personal purchase some years ago

In Princess In Love, the third in Meg Cabot’s popular Young Adult series The Princess Diaries, Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, fifteen year old New York native and heir to the throne of Genovia (the small European country her father rules), is still trying to make sense of the recent revelation that she’s a princess, and her father’s sole heir. Now, she’s acquired a boyfriend, but… she is a little unsure of him. She’s not sure she necessarily loves the boy as much as he loves her, or claims to. After all, he has yet to ask her to the Non-denominational Winter Dance.

Meanwhile, her best friend Lilly is up in arms over her latest cause, yet Mia doesn’t seem very supportive. How can she be? Between her boyfriend, the irritating cheerleaders mocking her, and her upcoming introduction to the people of Genovia, and her ongoing Princess Lessons with her grandmother, Queen Clarice, life is just one big disappointment after another. Most importantly in the midst of all this turmoil, she despairs of ever catching the eye of her true love: Lilly's brother Michael!

I just love these books and this is no different. So...as ever, five pearls all the way.


 Like all Meg Cabot’s Princess books, Princess in Love is fun, sweet, and freakin’ hilarious. You can read this one without having read the previous two books, (but as a fan and a completist, and someone who has had Ms. Cabot on my autobuy list for years, I recommend you read them all. And guess what, gents. Even some men I know find these enjoyable, despite the girly pink covers of some of them!), so, if you are still jonesing for anything Royal, do check it out (they are available at barnesandnoble.com or at Amazon). I promise you’ll love Princess in Love.


For more on Meg Cabot, see her site here: http://www.megcabot.com/

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sierra Dean giveaway

Boy I am behind. There's also an interview with debut Urban Fantasy author Sierra Dean up at Stella's blog right now (Stella Ex Libris). And of course, there's a giveaway. The book looks very interesting so do go give this new author some comment love. :) The  url is: http://www.stella-exlibris.com/2011/05/author-interview-with-sierra-dean.html

Doctor Who Fans

I wish they would announce these things beforehand. If you're near a television. The Today Show is talking about Doctor Who, right now. If you're not it's probably going to be on their site soon.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cindy Pon

Juli's Books

Available at now at Itunes:
Bicycle Requiem
Amazon. Some also available at Audible, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Createspace.
Bicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes
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New audiobook @ Audible
Frigga's

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Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle UnlimitedThe Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
Caitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
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Drawing 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 horrorSing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short story
Changeling'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

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