Thursday, October 30, 2014

[Review]: Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards

Title: Dog with a Bone
Series: Black Dog
Author: Hailey Edwards
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: October 31, 2014

I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave’s marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you’ve just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie.

Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she’s not going anywhere. Even if it means following in her notorious father’s footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens her eyes to the fact sometimes fae need protection too, and that sometimes humans are the real monsters.

Thoughts: Thierry is a half-blood fae, who calls Texas home. Being a half-blood she either can join the marshal program or back to Faerie she will go. No way is Thierry leaving Texas so she becomes a peacekeeper and learns some hard truths along the way.

Good read! Thierry is a fun character to read. Shaw and Thierry have a interesting partnership. They are good together. I look forward to reading more about their growing relationship.  I can easily tire of fae stories, but Dog with a  Bone was different and refreshing. A fast read but, action filled. Ms Edwards has a way of grabbing the reader and throws them right into her worlds. I love it.

Score: 3 Stars

Author Website: http://haileyedwards.net/

Upcoming Releases:
A Veil of Secrets (Araneae Nation #5) - December 30, 2014
Heir of the Dog (Black Dog #2) - January 30, 2015

Other Series by Hailey Edwards:
Araneae Nation
Daughters of Askara

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Giveaway & Excerpt: His Road Home by Anna Richland



His Road Home
By Anna Richland

Out Now!

Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, to avoid insulting a matchmaking Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey is injured while rescuing a local boy, the image no one was supposed to see goes viral.

Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she's engaged. When she's offered a plane ticket to visit her "fiancé," she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? A traumatic brain injury means Rey can't tell her, until they figure out how to communicate. Touched by Rey's funny texts and determination, Grace offers friendship-- a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.

And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving-- a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey's new life once he's ready to be on his own.?

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Author Info:
Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century old house in Seattle. Like the heroine of debut paranormal romantic suspense novel, First to Burn, Anna joined the army to pay tuition, a decision that led to a career on four continents.

She donates a portion of her book proceeds to two charities: the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free accommodations near military hospitals for families of wounded soldiers in the US and Great Britain, and Doctors Without Borders, which delivers emergency medical care in more than sixty crisis zones world-wide.

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Excerpt: Grace and Rey Meet at the Hospital

Maybe some visitors fled without stepping inside, but taking the easy route wouldn’t give Grace answers about the engagement photo. To get her life back, she’d have to come all the way in.

Despite the monitors arrayed around the top of the tilted bed, the room was quieter than she’d expected. No repetitive beeps, just the generic white noise of electronics and humming ventilation.

“Hello.” She swallowed and tried again, but the new greeting sounded too loud.

The man in the bed fluttered his eyelids and turned his head, and then his mouth fell open and his skin flushed to his hairline. She might have no earthly idea why he’d fabricated an engagement, but even with the robe and hairnet, he recognized her.

“Surprise, Sergeant.” The nurse stood. “Your fiancée’s here!”

The whole world believed the lie.

Standing at the head of the bed, if she focused on his face, she could keep the bundled stubs out of her peripheral vision. “Hello, Reynaldo.”

The nurse gathered a tray of dishes. “Buzz if you need me.”

After the other woman left, the silence absorbed the energy Grace’s nerves had supplied on the way to the room. She could almost graph how the longer she stood five feet from the bed, the smaller she became. Eventually, if neither of them spoke, maybe she would disappear.

On a paper taped to the wall, someone had written SSG Reynaldo Cruz, Pateros, WA and a string of numbers and letters that must have meaning to army people.

Enough time passed with her studying the room and him staring wordlessly that any change felt awkward, but she tried again. “I’m Grace Kim. But you know that, don’t you?”

The disposable paper cap created a desperate urge to scratch her scalp, a feeling almost as sharp as the one that overcame her when her cubicle-mate talked about his kids’ head lice, but she kept her hands at her sides and waited for the man in the bed to reply.

He nodded, and his lips flexed like a ling cod until he managed to say, “Rey Cruz.”

“This is awkward, isn’t it?”

“No.” This time his voice was deeper and stronger than she’d expected, and he nodded, which confused her.

“You don’t think so?”

He closed his eyes and blew out a huff of air while he made a twisting gesture with his hand, as if screwing in a light bulb or flipping things.

“You meant yes?”

He nodded again.

She pulled a chair beside the bed and looked over the rail at his head and shoulders. The edges of a tattoo peeked below the sleeve of his blue hospital gown. “I had two flights full of babies, so let’s cut to the chase. Why’d you claim we’re engaged?”

“Long.” His lips moved, and eventually a word emerged. “Stor-stor-story.”

“I have a week off that I didn’t want. Go ahead and tell me.”

He rolled his eyes and lifted empty hands, palms up. “No.”

Idiotic laughter, as sudden as the tears she’d almost released downstairs, bubbled close to the edges of her control. Of course he must have some sort of brain damage. “So how are we going to clear up this mess if you can’t even tell me how it started?”


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Oct 13th-My Book Filled Life- Rev/P
(Stop 2)
  Roberta's Dreamworld- P/Exc
Oct 14th- Written Love- Exc/P
Oct 15th- Christine's Words- GP/P
Oct 16th- Book Liaison- P/Exc
(Stop 2) Carol Clarke Blogs- Rev/P
Oct 17th- A Bluestocking's Place- P/Exc
(Stop 2) Reviews by Crystal- P/Exc
Oct 20th- Lusty Penguin Reviews- Rev/P
Oct 21st- Romancing The Readers- GP/P
(Stop 2) Those Crazy Book Chicks- Exc/P
Oct 22nd- The Many Faces of Romance- Rev/P
Oct 23rd- Underneath the Cover- Rev/Exc/P
(Stop 2) MM Jaye Writes- Rev/P/Exc
Oct 24th- I am, Indeed- Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) Room with Books- Rev/P
(Stop 3) For Whom The Books Toll- Gp/P
Oct 27th- Books -n- Kisses- Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) Harlequin Junkie- Int/P
Oct 28th- Inside BJ's Head- Gp/P/Exc
(Stop 2) Karen's Killer Book Bench- P/Exc
Oct 29th- Sarah's StoryLines- P/Exc
(Stop 2) Anna's Book Blog- P/Exc
Oct 30th- Musings & Ramblings- Rev/Int
(Stop 2) For the Love of Bookends- Rev/P
Oct 31stJen's Reading Obsession- P/Exc/Rev

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giveaway & Teaser Excerpt: Her Lone Wolf by Paige Tyler




Her Lone Wolf
Series: X-Ops Book 2
Pubdate: November 4, 2014
ISBN: 9781402292125

Leaving him was Impossible…
It took everything she had for FBI Special Agent Danica Beckett to walk away from the man she loved. But if she wants to save his life, she has to keep her distance. Now, with a killer on the loose and the stakes higher than ever before, the Department of Covert Ops is forcing these former lovers into an uneasy alliance…whether they like it or not.

Seeing her again is even worse
The last thing Clayne Buchanan wants is to be shackled to the woman who broke his heart. She gets under his skin in a way no one ever has and makes him want things he has no right to anymore. All he has to do is suffer through this case and he can be free of her for good. But when Clayne finds out why Danica left in the first place, everything he’s tried to bury comes roaring back—and there’s no way this wolf shifter is going to let her get away this time.


Paige Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.






EXCERPT #7
          The breeze carrying the scent was coming from the right. Clayne turned that way and put on more speed. The smell was strong enough to make him think it was coming from the shifter himself, not a trace he’d left behind on the ground.
          That was good. But also freaking weird. The shifter’s scent seemed to be all over the place. Like he’d been pacing his prey at a distance, watching and playing with him.
          Clayne ignored the side trails and focused on the primary scent he picked up on the wind, not worrying about where the shifter had been, and where he’d run. He only cared about where the killer was at the moment.
          But as Clayne ran toward the source of the scent, unease gripped him. The shifter wasn’t moving anymore. Did that mean the hunt was already over? Praying he was wrong, Clayne growled and pushed himself harder.
          While he was focused on reaching the killer—and the victim—Clayne couldn’t deny he was worried about Danica. And Tony, too. But mostly Danica. They might not be partners anymore, but he still didn’t like the idea of leaving her alone in the pitch-black forest. What if she got turned around in the dark and ran off a cliff or something?
          He slowed a little, straining his ears for sounds of movement behind him—sticks snapping underfoot, someone crashing through underbrush or over rolling rocks, even cursing. Anything that would let him know where Danica was.
          But as he pushed his senses out, he was shocked to discover he knew exactly where she was—behind him and a little to the south. He must have subconsciously picked up some sound that let him pinpoint her location. But he immediately dismissed that thought. He hadn’t heard anything. He’d felt something—that same twitchy sensation he’d gotten right before Danica had walked into the conference room that first day at the FBI field office.
          He would have dwelled on what that meant, but he didn’t have time. While he’d been distracted, the shifter’s scent had started to fade. The killer was on the move again.

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Make sure to check out all 10 excerpts:
October 20 - Manga Maniac Café - Excerpt #1
October 21 - Bitten by Love - Excerpt #2
October 22 - Long and Short Reviews - Excerpt #3
October 23 - Joyfully Reviewed - Excerpt #4
October 24 - Love Romance Passion - Excerpt #5
October 27 - Reading Between the Wines - Excerpt #6
October 28 - Anna's Book Blog - Excerpt #7
October 29 - Literary Escapism - Excerpt #8
October 30 - The Reading Café - Excerpt #9
October 31 - Romancing the Dark Side - Excerpt #10

Monday, October 27, 2014

November Book Releases

1st
Siren's Treasure- Debbie Herbert

4th
Killer Instinct- Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Tainted Blood- M.L. Brennan
The Kraken King- Meljean Brook
Edge of Betrayal- Shannon K. Butcher
Reap the Wind- Karen Chance
Empire of Shadows- Miriam Forster
A Thoustand Pieces of You- Claudia Gray
Another One Bites the Dust- Chris Marie Green
The Retribution of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin
Dreamer's Pool- Juliet Marillier
Heart Fire- Robin D. Owens
Dead, Undead, or Somewhere In Between- J.A. Saare
The Turning Season- Sharon Shinn
Her Lone Wolf- Paige Tyler

8th
The Last Changeling- Chelsea Pitcher

10th
Mortal Sin- Allison Brennan
Moon Kissed- Donna Grant

11th
The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance- Anthology
The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry- Anthology
Revolution- Jenna Black
The Lady and the Dragon- Shayla Black
The Bane Chronicles- Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson
Her Warriors- Bianca D'Arc
Assassins Bite- Mary Hughes
Unbreakable- Elizabeth Norris
The Witch Must Burn (Prequel)- Danielle Paige
The Flame- Christopher Rice
Prince of Pleasure- Mandy M. Roth
Furious Fire- Shiloh Walker
Angel Fever- L.A. Weatherly

17th
Blade on the Hunter- Lauren Dane
I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas- Molly Harper
The Stolen Bride Box Set- Eliza Knight

18th
Jingle Spells- Anthology
Bound by Ink- Marcella Burnard
Dark Wolf Returning and Blood Wolf Dawning- Rhyannon Byrd
Lying with Wolves- Cynthia Cooke
Stolen- Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston
Poison- Sarah Pinborough
Witches' Waves- Teresa Noelle Roberts
A Cursed Bloodline- Cecy Robson
The Wolf Gift (GN)- Anne Rice & Ashley Marie Witter

21st
The Future Falls- Tanya Huff

25th
Light My Fire- G.A. Aiken
Dead But Not Forgotten- Anthology
Night Shift- Anthology
Captive- Aimee Carter
Death Defying- Nina Croft
Blood's Shadow- Cecilia Dominic
Pretty When She Destroys- Rhiannon Frater
Symbiont- Mira Grant
Vampires in Paradise- Sandra Hill
Heiress for All Seasons- Sophie Jordan
Ghosts of Christmas Past- Corrina Lawson
Jinn and Juice- Nicole Peeler
Unchained- Caris Roane
Sweet Revenge- Lynsay Sands
Deadly Obsession- Maggie Shayne
The Darkest Touch- Gena Showalter

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Haul [105]




Review:
Hungry Like the Wolf
- Paige Tyler

Thank you to Sourcebooks.

Library:
Cress- Marissa Meyer
The Mark of Athena- Rick Riordan

Bought:
Rules for a Proper Governess- Jennifer Ashley


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Here is my latest Funko Pop purchases:
Heimdall, Star-Lord, Green Lantern
Hershel, Superman & Buffy


Thursday, October 23, 2014

[Review]: The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason

Title: The Spiritglass Charade
Series: Stoker & Holmes
Author: Colleen Gleason
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 7, 2014

I received this book from Chronicle Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic," using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her.

The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, "there are no coincidences." It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.

Thoughts: Set in London 1889 when spiritualism was quite popular with both believers and non-believers. Such an intriguing time. Ms. Stoker & Ms. Holmes are thrown into the thick of it, in the hopes of helping a friend to Princess Alexandra.

Each chapter is either narrated by Holmes or Stoker. I have to say Ms. Stoker is way more likeable than Ms. Holmes. Mina Holmes is quite stuffy and just a bit of a snob. I hope Evaline will rub off on her eventually. If these two lived together they would be The Odd Couple of the Victorian era. The Spiritglass Charade was  a captivating page-turner. Full of mystery and intrigue. The last scene of the book was a bit of a shocker, I can't wait to read more.

Score: 4 Stars

Author Website: http://www.colleengleason.com/


Stoker & Holmes:
The Clockwork Scarab
The Spiritglass Charade

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday [68]: Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post started by Breaking the Spine. A feature showcasing upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

I'm so excited for this title. I've been waiting (like many, I'm sure) since 2003
for another Vampire Chronicles boo5. *squee*


Title: Prince Lestat
Series: The Vampire Chronicles
Author: Anna Rice
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Book Description:

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned…Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles-Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures-come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who-or what-the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…

And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw--the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…

The Vampire Chronicles:
Interview with the Vampire | The Vampire Lestat | The Queen of the Damned |
The Tale of the Body Thief | Memnoch the Devil | The Vampire Armand |
Merrick | Blood and Gold | Blackwood Farm | Blood Canticle |
Prince Lestat

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