Friday, January 30, 2009
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Series: Black London
Genre: Dark Fantasy
I received this book for review from the author.
Summary: Her name is Pete Caldecott. She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Pete's eyes - or so she thought. Now a detective, Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipster's chilling prediction has led police directly to the child.but when Pete meets the informant, she's shocked to learn he is none other than Jack. Strung out on heroin, Jack a shadow of his former self. But he's able to tell Pete exactly where Bridget's kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fey. Even though she's spent years disavowing the supernatural, Pete follows Jack into the invisible fey underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridget - and what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago.
Thoughts: Street Magic is an exciting fast paced read. Prior to reading this new book I read Ms. Kittredge's first two books in her Nocturne City series and just loved her writing voice. Her characters take you on a journey of non-stop action. The writing isn't bogged down with unnecessary dialogue that you find in some dark fantasy books. I always find that refreshing. Pete and Jack are quiet interesting and have great chemistry. Their back and forth nagging at each other was amusing. The only problem I had with it were the names "Pete" and "Jack". I had to keep reminding myself that Pete is a chick. Otherwise I really enjoyed this first installment.
Score: 4 Stars
Author Website: http://www.caitlinkittredge.com/
Second Skin (Nocturne City #3)- March 3rd
Street Magic (Black London #1)- June 2nd
Black & White (Icarus Project #1) - June 23rd
Huntress (anthology)- June 30th
Witch Craft (Nocturne City #4) September 1st
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Featuring: Michele Hauf, Vivi Anna, Karen Whiddon, Lori Devoti and Anna Leonard. This is a compilation of the Nocturne Bites that were released last year.
Featuring: Kelley Armstrong, Kate Elliot, Robin Hobb, C.E. Murphy
Here are some other anthologies come soon(cover art hasn't been released yet): Not That Innocent (July 21st), Must Love Hellhounds, Death's Excellent Vacation, Unbound.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Beneath the foundation of a mansion in the heart of the Garden District, Alexandra will perform an illegal surgery. Her patient’s disfigurement is beyond medical repair. But his body’s ability to recuperate from his wounds borders on the miraculous.
Alexandra knows Michael Cyprien is no ordinary patient. Intrigued by how his remarkable physiology might benefit medical science, she is even more compelled by his presence -- and the mystery surrounding him and his associates, a cadre of immortals who call themselves the Darkyn…
Book 2- Thierry & Jema
Night after night, Jema Shaw's dreams have become a haven for Thierry Durand. But his nocturnal visits have placed her in danger and brought her between two ancient enemies: the Brethren and the Darkyn.
Book 3- Lucan & Samantha
Homicide detective Samantha Brown is a tough, highly decorated cop. But twelve lonely years after she nearly died of a gunshot wound, she aches with a deep inner longing. In pursuit of a deranged killer, her only clue is a medieval cross inscribed "Lucan"-the name of the owner of a new nightclub near the murder scene. Drawn into a seamy underworld, Samantha falls for Lucan-who believes he's a vampire and Samantha is his reincarnated first love. Now, she must save this mysterious, seductive man who seems beyond redemption if he is to fulfill her deepest, darkest desires.
Book 4- Gabriel & Nicola
Abandoned by his fellow Darkyn, Gabriel Seran is in continual torment as a prisoner of the religious zealots known as the Brethren. His only hope for rescue lies in Nicola Jefferson, a thief seeking a holy relic-and connected to Gabriel in more ways than she can possibly imagine...
Book 5- Byrne & Jayr
Jayr is proud to be the only female ever permitted to serve as seneschal to a Darkyn lord. But in her centuries of service to Master Byrne, she has fallen in love with him. Now, Byrne plans to step down and hand over the Jardin to another Kyn lord-a move that threatens not only Jayr's position, but her very life...
Book 6- Valentin & Liling
Immortal Darkyn Lord Valentin Jaus and landscape artist Liling Harper are two lost souls. Brought together by fate, bound together by passion, Valentin and Liling find solace in each other's arms. But the ties that bind them are deeper - and more dangerous - than either of them can possibly imagine.
Book 7- Robin & Chris
Outlaw, immortal vampire, and art thief, Darkyn Lord Robin of Locksley has evaded authorities for the last 700 years. At the moment, he's falling for undercover federal agent Christina Renshaw, who has no time for an affair. She hopes to snag an elusive art thief, but soon has no choice other than to join forces with Robin.When the chase becomes dangerous, both will have to choose between losing each other and losing everything they value...
Author's Blog: http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/
Up Next: New Series- Kyndred Book 1- Shadowlight comes out November 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
June 24, 2009
Book Description: (from amazon.com)
Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts - the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.
Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life; the bright lady, and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, it isn't until she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D'Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.
After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance...on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d'Ange where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch'in, Moirin's skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father's throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thoughts: Another great addition to the series. For me every book gets better and better. When Rydstrom appeared in Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night I didn't give him much thought. Then in Dark Desires After Dusk I thought he was the biggest ass for the way he treated his brother Cadeon. But in this new book you learn a lot about him. A better understanding of him and what he's been through. Sabine is great too, she is the perfect mate for Rydstrom. Strong and independent, take no bullshit kinda girl. She really was born to be a Queen.
Score: 4 Stars
Author Website: http://kresleycole.com/
Thursday, January 22, 2009
AmyC from Romance Book Wyrm has posted an interview with Samhain Author, Kirsten Saell Plus she is giving a copy of Crossing Swords (coming out in paperback January 27th) to one luck winner. Make sure you stop by and check it out. This is not a book to pass up. :)
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Author: Charlene Wilkins
Series: Out of Reality
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
I received this book for review from the author.
Summary: Kara, after an injury in a karate class, has a series of strange visions involving other teens who have also been Chosen. All are unprepared for their new responsibility and burden. On the run, hunted by a tribe of assassins and an evil Illusionist, the Chosen struggle to understand each other and their inherent powers. Even with the aid of their Guardians, will they be able to defend Naranda and escape the dark forces intent on their death?
Thoughts: I'm a fan Young Adult books, although usually the ones I read are to do with vampires. But this one was quiet interesting. If you like fantasy and reading stories that take place in a different world, this is definitely a book to check out. At 366 pages I found it fast and enjoyable read. The teens in this story are really everyday teens to start out with. But slowly coming into their own each discovering their powers and the journey they are on. Really a coming of age type of story.
Score: 4 Stars
Author Website: http://narandascreations.weebly.com/
Where to buy:
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Afterwards it was all worth it cause I went book shopping. :) I've been saving up my gift cards from Christmas so I was able to get more than I usually do. I got:
A Mermaid's Kiss- Joey W. Hill
Seeing Eye Mate- Annmarie McKenna
Kiss of a Demon King- Kresley Cole
Night Huntress- Yasmine Galenorn
Child of a Dead God- Barb & J.C. Hendee
Witch Heart- Anya Bast
An Offer From A Gentleman- Julia Quinn
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton- Julia Quinn
Someone to Watch Over Me- Lisa Kleypas
To Taste Temptation- Elizabeth Hoyt
Bound To Please- Hope Tarr
Dragon Bones- Patricia Briggs
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
As for the second copy of Secrets of a Summer Night, I sent that off to AmyC. Barbara and I are still hoping she'll give it a try. *hint hint* ;)
Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
Book Blurb: Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing--and persistent-- admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition... but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon--and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses... and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.
Book Blurb: It Happened at the Ball... Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.
It Happened in the Garden… When Marcus shockingly -- and dangerously-swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!
It Happened One Autumn... Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?
Book Blurb: Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!
Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.
But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts -- which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions...or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
Book Blurb: After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses-the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.
Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.
But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.
Book Blurb: It's Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren't for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
This shelf is part of my headboard and holds the books I have yet to read. Usually it's full, but I have been book shopping this hear yet. :)
This book shelf was originally the only one in the house. I ended up growing out of it, but then ended up using it again. The VHS tapes and most of the books are mine. The rest belongs to my mom.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Duvall Inc. Series
By: Stella and Audra Price
Avaliable here: Phaze Books
Running from a disappointing situation in the states, Thisbe Winters, recent concubine of the king of the ice demons, is a woman learning what its like to be young and single again. She's determined to enjoy her new status and start the coming year with a completely clean slate.
As a dancer on the club circuit, her chances of meeting a quality guy are slim to none, that is, until loner vampire Malcolm Frost walks into her life.
Sent in as her bodyguard, Malcolm is told Thisbe is a look don't touch job, a fact he totally disregards after saving the raven-haired beauty from a life-altering situation. She is an indulgence he can ill afford, and a temptation he cannot deny.
Then word comes in of a serious threat to Thisbe from a wolf pack, and Malcolm has to spirit her out of London to his employer's mansion deep within the territory of a master vampire who has a price on his head. Malcolm was never good at playing nice with others of his own kind.
When Thisbe is taken by the vampires, its up to Malcolm to rescue her, set up a truce and take out an entire wolf pack, ensuring the woman that makes his body burn is his for all time.
They currently have a pretty cool contest going on. For more details check here: Contest
Saturday, January 3, 2009
In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing more troublesome than gossip — is magic.
The family magic seems to have skipped Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long dead, smart-mouthed family ghost, Edie. But when her locket—an heirloom that happens to hold Edie's soul—is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it's time for Tammy to find her inner witch.
After a few experiences in dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only one who can help; the very rich and highly magical, Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers-and a 007 savoir faire to boot-but the locket isn't the only heirloom passed down in Tammy's family. She also inherited a warning...to stay away from anyone named Lyons.
The Magic Knot
By: Helen Scott Taylor
When Rose discovers she is the Cornish pisky queen and her father is a dark druid who has imprisoned her people in portraits, the race is on to discover the fairy lore needed to release her people before her father destroys the piskies forever.
She seeks help from the sinfully sexy Irish fairy twins, the O’Connor brothers. Niall’s faint air of menace flutters dark thrills of anticipation through her, but does he want to kiss her or kill her when she accidentally touches his Magic Knot and forges a mystical lovers’ bond with him? And can she resist the seductive glamour of his mischievous brother Michael?
With the survival of the Cornish piskies in her hands, Rose must escape from a vampiric, winged fairy, outwit The Queen of Nightmares and surrender her mind, body and spirit to Niall to release her hidden inner fairy. The Tarot cards warn he will stab her in the back, but when she’s in his arms, the last thing on her mind is death.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Stranger- Megan Hart
Alpha Wolf- Linda O. Johnston
Echoes In the Dark- Robin D. Owens
Heart of the Dragon- Gena Showalter
Highland Heat- Tilly Greene
Fallen Angel- Sherrill Quinn
The Devil and Via- Marie Treanor
One More Bite- Jennifer Rardin
Border Moonlight- Amanda Scott
Dawnkeepers- Jessica Andersen
Real Vampires Don't Diet- Gerry Bartlett
Witch Heart- Anya Bast
A Veiled Deception- Annette Blair
Mean Streets- Butcher, Richardson, Green & Sniegoski
Ransom My Heart- Meg Cabot
Lord of Misrule- Rachel Caine
Bedeviled- Maureen Child
All Bottled Up- Christine d'Abo
Night of the Loving Dead- Casey Daniels
Night Huntress- Yasmine Galenorn
Just Another Judgement Day- Simon R. Green
In Shade and Shadow- Barb & J.C. Hendee
Mortal Temptations- Allyson James
Princess of the Sword- Lynn Kurland
Only Pleasure- Lora Leigh
Mona Lisa Darkening- Sunny
Stay the Night- Lynn Viehl
Hedda's Sword- Renee Wildes
Warrior of the Highlands- Veronica Wolf
Eyes of Stone- Tara Nina
Dragon By Day- Daisy Dexter Dobbs
Biting Nixie- Mary Hughes
Asmodeus- Dawn McClure
Playing for Keeps- Shiloh Walker
Galaxy Tryst- Piper Leigh
Kiss of a Demon King- Kresley Cole
Immersed- Liz Craven
Ilfayne's Bane- Julia Knight
Beast Within- Betty Hanawa
Men of the Otherworld- Kelley Armstrong
Flight into Darkness- Sarah Ash
Night's Pleasure- Amanda Ashley
Dark of Night- Suzanne Brockmann
Seraph of Sorrows- MaryJanice Davidson & Anthony Alongi
Unfallen Dead- Mark Del Franco
Dragon in Chains- Daniel Fox
Night of the Hawk- Vonna Harper
The Vampire's Revenge- Raven Hart
The Sins of Lord Easterbrook- Madeline Hunter
Divine Fantasy- Melanie Jackson
A Highlander of Her Own- Melissa Mayhue
Highland Warrior- Monica McCarty
Darkness Unknown- Alexis Morgan
Blood Blade- Marcus Pelegrimas
Marked By Passion- Kate Perry
Devil in the Highlands- Lynsay Sands
Night After Night- Kathryn Smith
The Magic Knot- Helen Scott Taylor
Wicked Beast- Tawny Taylor
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand- Carrie Vaughn
Kisses Like a Devil- Diane Whiteside
Thunderbird- Lynne Connolly
Crossing Swords- Kirsten Saell
Whispering- Nathalie Gray
Vision Lust- Lorie O'Clare
***Keep in mind dates are subject to change
*** All dates where taken from Amazon, Ellora's Cave & Samhain Publishing
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Top 20 Books of 2008 (in no certain order)
Happy Hour of the Damned- Mark Henry
Evermore- Lynn Viehl
Mine to Possess- Nalini Singh
Dawn's Awakening- Lora Leigh
The Outlaw Demon Wails- Kim Harrison
Midnight Awakening- Lara Adrian
Vampire, Interrupted- Lynsay Sands
One Foot in the Grave- Jeaniene Frost
From Dead to Worse- Charlaine Harris
Wicked Game- Jeri Smith-Ready
Lover Enshrined- J.R. Ward
Grimspace- Ann Aguirre
The Darkest Kiss- Keri Arthur
Pleasure Unbound- Larissa Ione
Night Life- Caitlin Kittredge
The Lost Duke of Wyndham- Julia Quinn
Acheron- Sherrilyn Kenyon
When Twilight Burns- Colleen Gleason
Broken Wing- Judith James
Seduce Me At Sunrise- Lisa Kleypas
I read 258 Books
Authors I Read For The First Time: Jeaniene Frost, Mark Henry, Marianne LaCroix, Jaid Black, Ilona Andrews, Deborah Cooke, Anne Bishop, Kate Douglas, Amy Blankenship, Amanda Marrone, Amanda Cummings, Marjorie M. Liu, Jeri Smith-Ready, Adrian Phoenix, Kinley MacGregor, Lyn Armstrong, Ann Aguirre, Teresa D'Amario, Melissa Marr, Virginia Kantra, Larissa Ione, Kendra Leigh Castle, Delilah Devlin, Caitlin Kittredge, Lorie O'Clare, Shayla Black, Julia Quinn, C.L. Wilson, Eve Kenin, Justin Gustainis, Eve Silver, Judith James, Kathleen Kent, Lisa Kleypas, Helen Kirkman, Colette Gale, Claudia Gray, Cindy Spencer Pape, R.G. Alexander, Kirsten Saell
Stepping out of my Comfort Zone: For me that would be Historical Romance. Before this year the only Historicals I read were ones that had Paranormal in them. But thanks to Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas & Kinley MacGregor I've been sucked into this genre and now it's one of my favorites.
Other books I enjoyed this year: Iron Kissed By: Patricia Briggs, The Empress' New Clothes By: Jaid Black, Dream Chaser By: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Fire Study By: Maria V. Snyder, Daughter of the Blood By: Anne Bishop, Midnight Rising By: Lara Adrian, Sea Witch By: Virginia Kantra, Let the Night Begin By: Kathryn Smith, Kiss of the Highlander By: Karen Marie Moning, Walk on the Wild Side By: Christine Warren, Lunewulf Law By: Lorie O'Clare, Spirits Unveiled By: Amanda Cummings, It Happened By Autumn By: Lisa Kleypas, Lord of the Fading Lands By: C.L. Wilson, Driven By: Eve Kenin, The Duke & I By: Julia Quinn, One Silent Night By: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Crossing Swords By: Kirsten Saell