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Monday, December 16, 2013
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Publisher: Harper Voyager (October 29, 2013)
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offers BONUS short story at the end of the book.
My thoughts on the short story below my Review Redux
The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing . . . for the worse.
Saving the world isn't Rachel's only motivation. There's also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It's also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He's already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn't give herself up soon, they'll die.
But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn't going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She's also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she's going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones... and prevent an apocalypse before it's too late. Or, at least that's the plan... www.kimharrison.net
Review Redux EVER AFTER
from my review of the Hardcover 2/5/2013
I'm a bit late to this party, I am afraid. So, I just finished EVER AFTER tonight. So many people have all ready reviewed this story and I share their resounding cheers. Kim Harrison does a great job here. There's action -- of it is violent and malevolent. There's romance but no sex -- sexy without any sexing. There's a mysterious lack of Ivy for most of the book. She's off with a couple with whom she seems to be in a triadic relationship. In fact the people with whom Rachel ordinarily associates and solves problems, cases and crimes with are scant in this story. Most present are Jenks, Trent, Quent and Bis. Some terribly sad events had me getting out the tissues.
Kim's Books have a certain rhythm that is like a "magical signature." There's a lot of climax and denouement. Poor Rachel usually bears the brunt of trouble, and although there is life changing tragedy within for some Rachel stands to bear responsibility. Sometimes I thought there would be no way out but then I checked and the letter from the publisher said this was not the last book. But what kind of umbrella do you need for the kind of shitstorm this woman seems to generate? Does anything ever go right? It seems like Rachel gets blamed for everything that goes wrong in the universe. She is the ultimate scapegoat.
I was a bit concerned by Rachel's rapid emotional recuperation from deep anger and sadness. Time and circumstance compress her feelings for sure, but it's pretty rapid recovery.
While frustrating in a Hamilton Ford "THE FUGITIVE" way, it gives Harrison room to take us on a roller coaster ride of climax and denouement. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the ley line......
And, will she ever find a nice boy and settle down. Probably not. She comes to realize her feelings for a man and he for her, but circumstances keep them apart. )))Sigh((((
I found myself frustrated for a while as Harrison begins the winding up of story lines that heralds the winding down of a series. My info from the publisher says there are two more books. That feels right for the weight and depth of this story. I hate this feeling; like dear friends moving to a distant planet. How do you feel about the end of this series, or any favorite series.
For the series, it is a MUST READ.
But if you haven't read the series EVER AFTER is not the pace to start. There's too much backstory. This would be like taking the final before the class began.
Highly readable. Fairly clean, a bit of language, some violence, no serious sexy times.
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Bonus Short Story
This bonus short is filled with two kinds of tension and only one kind of action. Trent and Rachel are in trouble as she is filling in on a security detail for him. As always, they go out on a limb, each for the other. The two kinds of tension are that hot-for-you destiny kind of sexual tension and the "Oh crap, Someone is trying to kill me again!" kind. The one kind of action prevents the second kind of tension.
Why would Rachel go out of her way for a guy who she knows is a criminal, a guy who has a kid with someone else? And, why would he go out on a limb for her - she's deep in "friend" territory, "like' a little sister to him? Right? He knows she regards him with disdain for his criminal activities. Just because they share an enormous secret, one that could get them both killed; a secret that bonds them in a way that little else could. They've seen each other at their worst, and their best.
Isn't it obvious they L-O-V-E each other?
I think it is, and it becomes more and more obvious with each book in this soon ending series. And, while they hide the knowledge from each other, at least Rachel can't hide it from herself. She knows she wants him and is most likely in love with him.
Who would want to kill either one of them -- shall we make a list? Ellasbeth, the Efin-bitch-princess has a multitude of reasons to want him dead, and she despises Rachel for her very existence, for interrupting her wedding to Trent, and for being in his life. She knows where her competition is. The vampire chief kingpin is tired of waiting for Rachel to come up with a way to restore vampire souls, so while killing her isn't a good idea it might make sense to abduct her. Trent's driver, who Trent stuck in an animal form to punish him for chasing Rachel -- well he's pretty much been ticked off forever. The list goes on and on. I can't even say who I would put my money on in a bet.
So, the story is short, but it sets up a lot of questions for the two remaining books in the series. The next book, THE UNDEAD POOL already has an excerpt out: HERE. And TRENT is on the cover! But it isn't out until February :-( in the meantime you can hold yourself over with the paperback of EVER AFTER and this awesome short story available OCTOBER 29!
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Realm Walker Series
by Kathleen Collins
October 28, 2013
Word Count: 76,000
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An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…So what is this world where demons know your name and vampires have human mates. Who lives here and what constitutes scary in a world like this? Author Kathleen Collins tells us about the world she created for this new series!
As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.
Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…
Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.
The World of Realm Walkerby Kathleen Collins
With World War II came the atom bomb and the Rending, as the Altered called it. They were no longer able to hide, and most of them didn’t want to. Faced with a new, uncertain threat, the humans ended their war and united against the new enemy. It didn’t take long for them to realize how prevalent the Altered were or that they had no desire to take over the world. The first official act of the UN following the Rending was to create the International Law Enforcement Agency—or the Agency for short. Their official purpose to neutralize the threat posed by Altered that chose not to conform.
Years have passed but the Agency’s purpose remains pretty much the same. Now, Juliana Norris works for them as a Realm Walker—a name given to their elite agents due to their tendency to use portal mages to travel the globe as needed. Her home is New Hope, California. A coastal town founded after the Rending as a haven for the Altered and fair-minded humans. The town boomed into a city and then faded in the decades since. It still serves as the home base for the mages in the US, and the Agency’s west coast office.
It’s a world where normality is strange and where your childhood nightmare can become your best friend.
About the Author:
Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.
The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.
She is currently hard at work on her next book.
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Monday, October 7, 2013
Bound by Night
MoonBound Clan Vampire #1
Mass Market Paperback/ebook 400 pages
Pocket Books/ Simon and Schuster
Published September 24th 2013
E-Galley and Paperback provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .
A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE
A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.
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Imagine the scariest thing you imagine could happen happens and then you can only trust the people you hate most. And then imagine it should never have been that way at all; that what should scare you was what you held most dear.
Then you come close to the theme behind this story. It is not like anything I have read before. It's gritty and full of anti-heroes. It's sexy and full of that tension but it's not going to melt the circuit board on your e-reader. The characters are interesting and well drawn for the most part. Some are charming.
The tale of a legitimate sibling versus a sibling born out of wedlock can fly in this alternate earth where only a legitimate heir was able to inherit this company. That always sets up a bit of a predictability. In my humble opinion that a person as smart as Nicole doesn't see what is plain as day from the first chapter is amazing. Or maybe we are all able to ignore what we don't want to see.
That was the only thing that I found tough to take. Otherwise the story is really gripping and I had a tought time putting it down. I'm always glad when I start a series as it is beginning! Larissa, whose work I have not read much of before, excels at guiding the reader through her story with foreshadowing and breadcrumbs. And she sets up some complex moral issues that the characters have to get through. I definitely think it is worth the read; I'll be picking up the second in this series, so it is in the RECOMMEND column!
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Monday, September 30, 2013
It's hard for me to believe that this series is ten years old partly because I just discovered it in 2008 or so, and partly because I think Lynsay keeps it remarkably fresh. When Avon asked if I wanted to participate in this celebration I leaped at the chance, and had a hard time choosing which couple in the series were my favorite. Honestly I could make a case for any of them, and with my short attention span it's usually the last book I read that I love best!
But, UNDER A VAMPIRE MOON (My Review) has a special charm for me because it came out as my husband and I were planning our 30th wedding anniversary. Lynsay's story was so captivating and the setting of St. Lucia so very romantic that we seriously considered taking a trip there for our special event.
When Vampires Go On Vacation . . .
Escaping a horrible marriage, Carolyn Connor has no desire to think about men—a vow she's determined to keep while on vacation in St. Lucia. She'll take the Caribbean sun and sea and plenty of tropical drinks with those cute umbrellas poolside, thank you. She absolutely does not need male company, no matter how tan and rock-hard his body may be.
Easy enough, but then Carolyn meets the charming Marguerite Argeneau, who is infamous among her family for her matchmaking prowess . . .
Christian Notte has well known the power of finding a life mate. He's seen enough of his Argeneau relatives taken down for the count, but he never imagined he'd let himself fall in love—until he meets the enthralling, charmingly skittish, and oh-so-mortal Carolyn. But how will he reveal what he is and still convince this once-bitten mortal to trust him with her heart . . . and her forever? (Harper Collins)
|English: Petit Piton, St. Lucia,. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
As a slightly older woman, I like that at 42, Christian Notte's life mate, Caro, was a little older than the usual romance novel heroine and that she was well off in her own right. So she's not a gold digger or a poor waif rescued from a life of poverty.
And, although Caro is betrayed by the people she thinks closest to her, she is without malice or grudges and moves on past the incident with an eye to the future. She is really positive!
For Christian's part, at five-hundred years old, he is thrilled to find his life mate. The Nanos have picked her well because she is a little old-fashioned and well, he's a lot old! I enjoyed the whole perception of difference in ages with this couple: At 42 she thinks she is robbing the cradle with this hottie who looks 25, but in reality his cradle was probably burned for kindling hundreds of years before she was born!
But, really, do I have to pick a favorite? Every book in this series is fresh even with in the series formula structure -- each book involves someone in, or associated with, the Argeneau clan finding their life mate, saving them from some danger and convincng them to become their partner in immortality. Lynsay manages to change it up somehow with humor and what feels like real emotion to make each eagerly antiicipated book delightful!
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ONE LUCKY VAMPIRE
Yes, Nicole Phillips has miraculously survived what appear to be three separate death threats from her ex-husband-to-be. But no, she does not need protection. At least that’s what she keeps telling everyone. But when her new housekeeper arrives complete with a sexy build and a no-nonsense attitude, she can’t help but feel a little safer. That is, until the passion between them heats up and she knows she’s really in trouble.(MY REVIEW)
Jake Carlson never wanted to be immortal, or a vampire, in the first place. Turned during an emergency by Vincent Argeneau, he’s been living his new life away from the clan as a bodyguard for hire. That is, until Marguerite Argeneau reappears with a new job opportunity: undercover protection for a family friend…as a housekeeper. But when he discovers his beautiful new client is tougher than he first thought, Jake thinks he might be the one in need of protection. Just not the physical kind.
With two weeks until her divorce proceedings are final, Jake must do everything in his power to keep Nicole safe and happy… he just hopes he can keep ahold of his heart in the process! Avon/Harper Collins
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Ten Years is a LO-O-O-NG time in the Publishing World. What happened? How is it that the Argeneaus have had such staying power?
About the Author:
LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.
Visit her official website at www.lynsaysands.net.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013
HOW TO DISCIPLINE YOUR VAMPIRE by Mina Vaughn: Do You LIke to Read Books Set in a Familiar Location?
How to Discipline Your Vampire
Gallery/Threshold/Pocket Books/Pocket Star
Pub Date Aug 19 2013
e-book 280 Pages
E-Galley provided by publisher for review purposes.
No Remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
In this exciting paranormal erotic romance, a dominant schoolteacher with a serious role-play fetish finds the perfect submissive in an infamous vampire lover.Website | Facebook | Twitter
Cerise Norrell, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school.
Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever—she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods.
But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become dome to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout the BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body.
And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable. Simon and Schuster
Okay, I admit it -- any book about an area with which I am familiar gets a look see. This one takes place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and its environs. I used to spend a lot of time in the area and still have connections there. I never thought of Portsmouth as having a large BDSM community; it's always seems a bit strait-laced for that.
|"Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire" by American artist William James Glackens, oil on canvas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
One of the things I look at then is how correct the book is - a balance of a fictionalization of the area and its reality. Nothing stood out terribly to me, so I was okay with that.
There are some issues with verb tense - possibly worked out in the final edition. I don't think it was a huge issue.
This is the story of a relationship as a couple moves from a formal Domme/sub agreement to a real emotional attachment. I've never understood how a D/s thing could work without someone becoming emotionally attached. And, that seems to be the subject of a lot of the literature. So, the character growth is nice and feels sincere.
My understanding of the D/s reltionship is that the Dominant partner is supposed to use that domination to help the Sub achieve sexual and, to some extent, personal fulfillment. I am not getting that here, but there are probably as many forms of kink out there as there are flavors of ice cream. My knowledge base is essentially the works of BDSM fiction I have read in my lifetime. She also seems a bit impulsive. But I didn't not like her. She was a flawed character with stuff to work out.
At first I felt WIlliam was a little namby-pamby (yes, it is a phrase - I checked) and he grew on me a a more renaissance guy vampire.
The relationship seemed to be a series of vignettes based on Cerise's and William's scenes strung together by internal monologue, WIlliam's journal entries, brief reports about Cerise's relationship with friends and William's with his family.
But it all works in a lighthearted BDSM love story that has some poignant moments. Great for the beach, or while you're waiting for your kids to be done with practice, or just about anytime. I thought it was fun and the locality made it feel familiar.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Cover photo via Avon.com, and Stepback from LynsaySands.net
ONE LUCKY VAMPIREAn Argeneau Novel
by Lynsay Sands
Mass Market Paperback, Ebook and Audio
Provided by publisher via Edelweiss. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
LynsaySands.Net offers an excerpt, and Argeneau and Notte Family Trees
Luck be a vampire tonight . . .
When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen—and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all.
. . . and every night
Who wouldn't want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He's barely had time to adjust to his new state before he's roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First he'll put a stop to whoever's targeting her. Then he'll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity. www.lynsaysands.net
When a writer gets to the 21st entry in a series, as Lynsay has with the Argeneaus the freedom from having to remake the world and the virtual surety that anyone reading the 21st book "gets it," must mean you are able to focus on other aspects of the characters' life.
So, in ONE LUCKY VAMPIRE, the mechanics of the Argeneau's particular brand of immortality take a back seat to how Jake feels about being a vampire and how he has treated his family of vampires (also his employer and so on). He's been ticked off about it and you know that is just not going to fly; especially with Marguerite Argeneau to presumptive familial matriarch.
It must be hard, again with so many books, to try to make each one new and entertaining within the series structure but Lynsay always succeeds.
And, yes, there is a structure to this series. Since many may not have read the series (and you should!) allow me to briefly say it is about a group of immortals who require blood to function. They are immortal by virtue of nanotechnology developed in Atlantis before it fell. Each immortal can read minds. When they meet someone whose mind they cannot read, it means the Nanos have chosen that person as their mate. Each book is built around an Argeneau (or two) finding their life mate and some kind of dangerous person (human or vampire). But it is not only about that - the structure creates a foil for story; usually a mystery fraught with danger.
Lynsay writes sweet steamy romance. It's completely sexy but not at all raunchy. I look forward to them like Pizza Night - a delicious treat I enjoy each and every time.There are some funny scenes, some really sexy scenes (which often coincide with the sexy scenes), and danger (also often funny ).
This particular tale is about coincidence and circumstance; and it is a bit disproving of the Occam's razor technique. The most likely perp is not always the right perp. Sure, Lynsay sprinkles a clue or two and the perp has been obvious in other novels but, I must say I was completely surprised at the end. It wasn't an outrageous leap, but it was unexpected. Some of the situations are very tense too.
Yes sometimes there isn't a deeper meaning in everything in every book. But, here, the idea of proof and assumption is brought out and made me think -- it also made a groovy twist.
Jake is not like any relative of the Argeneau/Notte clans. He doesn't like being a vampire, or that he was made one without being asked first. That just hasn't been the case with other characters. Nicole, she is someone who wants to see the good in everyone to the point that she ignores things she shouldn't. She is an artist and her head may be stuck in the studio.
And, of course, Marguerite has been helpfully meddling again. Thank goodness for her -- the Argeneaus would be lost without her matchmaking.
This is a great book in the series and very enjoyable. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the series and with in the series this is a MUST READ! Even though the story is about one lucky guy, we are all lucky to have this entertaining series to read!
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