Friday, February 5, 2016

Promo + Giveaway: The Deepest Well by Juliette Cross


The Deepest Well is the first book in a new urban fantasy trilogy that is an offshoot of the popular Vessel Trilogy series.


The Deepest Well
Age of Gray #1
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Lady Katherine Blakely is married to a monster. On the same night she witnesses how low her husband can sink, she meets a charming stranger, a gentleman from top to toe. Yet even her gallant rescuer is possessed of a dark side.

Lord George Draconis Thornton, commander of the Dominus Daemonum, is on a mission to expel the demon prince Damas back to the underworld. But a golden-haired beauty derails his plans and stirs an attraction he’s never felt before, not even for his centuries-dead wife.

Discovering Lord Blakely is in league with Damas, George sweeps Katherine away from the chaos and devilry threatening her life. With every touch, their love grows by joyful leaps and bounds.

Sensing his enemy’s vulnerability, Damas kidnaps Katherine to his hellish lair, where he wages a sensual assault on her defenses. As George tears at heaven and earth to find her, he is painfully aware of only one way to save her soul. The cost will break her heart…and destroy his own.

Warning: Contains wolves in gentlemen’s clothing, a precipitous descent into Hell, and a frightening glimpse of a post-apocalyptic world where angels and demons wage war for dominion on earth.
“The characters, story line, and setting are all wonderful. I enjoyed it from the first word and didn’t put it down until I was done. I can’t wait for Juliette Cross to release the next book so we can see where Jude and Genevieve go from here.”
Fresh Fiction on Forged in Fire 

“Action packed, fast paced and steamy, I recommend to any paranormal romance enthusiast. Sealed in Sin can stand alone, however, you won’t want it to. Like Pringles...you can’t just have one...feast upon this cracky goodness!”
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Excerpt:

“How do you know about the world of demons, George? How did you move as they did? I thought I had fainted by the pond and awakened beside the barn, but I didn’t, did I?”

Had she imagined being transported from the horses to the barn in a long blink?

“No, you didn’t faint. It’s called sifting. A power of the angels, to move from place to place at will.”

“But they weren’t angels.”

“They were once.”

Fallen angels. Could this be possible? What did that make the man standing before her? He inhaled a deep breath and let it out slowly. “Perhaps I should define the two realms for you.”

“That would be lovely.”

His mouth quirked at her sarcasm, though he chose not to comment. “There is the Flamma of Light and the Flamma of Dark.”

“Flamma?”

“Fire, in Latin, which is the common tongue between the heavenly and demonic hosts.”

She pulled her hand from his and stood, staring into the flames. “Why fire?”

He joined her and removed his wet coat. “I asked the same question once.” He winced as he peeled the coat off his right arm. A pool of red had soaked through his undershirt.

“Oh God, your arm, George. You’re bleeding.”

“It’s nothing.”

“It’s not nothing.”

Just as he had unbuttoned her jacket, she swiftly unfastened his waistcoat, then his shirt and peeled them off him. Steering her gaze away from his finely sculpted chest and broad shoulders, she examined the cut more closely. She bent over and, with a quick rip, tore a long strip from her shift.

“You needn’t do that, Katherine.”

“Be still and let me mend you as best I can.”

He held his arm straight so that she could wrap the fabric around his arm.

“Why fire?” she asked again, busying herself with the makeshift bandage.

“Flamma are all touched by fire, an otherworldly power given to each of us.”

She remembered the way he moved, the way the demons moved, with supernatural speed and agility. A drop of rain dripped from his tousled hair, landing on his shoulder before rolling forward. She followed its path as it slid down and over his pectoral. Trying to regain her composure, she inhaled a deep breath, which was a mistake. She breathed in the heady scent of rain and beautiful man, her agitation amplified by his proximity and the undeniable power surging through his body. She longed to touch him, to know what all that strength would feel like under her fingertips, but she was paralyzed by her own desire and wavered on a dangerous precipice. When she’d cinched the bandage into a neat knot and finally chanced a glance at him, his smile nearly buckled her knees.

“There,” she whispered. “That will stop the bleeding.”

“I’m not so sure.”

“What do you mean?”

His shoulders went rigid as if he were holding himself in tight control. Katherine knew his thoughts had wandered away from the wound in his arm. She asked again, “What do you mean, George?”

His eyes slid closed. “I love to hear my name on your lips.” He opened his eyes again, his jaw set in grave lines. “What I mean, my lady, is that I am bleeding inwardly, and I know of only one way to stop it.”

Katherine was well aware of the tension filling the room, of the rise of her heart rate, of the longing in his gaze, which surely matched her own. She realized she was tumbling over that cliff. And she didn’t care, quite content to drown in his aquamarine gaze.

“How can I stop it, George? Tell me.”

“I’d rather show you.”


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Juliette is a multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. She calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home, where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more books set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Promo + Giveaway: Winterwood by Jacey Bedford


Winterwood
Rowankind #1
Set in 1800 in Britain, Mad King George is on the throne with Napoleon Bonaparte knocking on the door. Unregistered magic users are pursued to the death, while in every genteel home resides uncomplaining rowankind bondservants who have become so commonplace that no one can recall where they came from.

Meanwhile, Rossalinde Tremayne is satisfied with her life as a cross-dressing privateer captain on the high seas. But a bitter deathbed visit to her estranged mother changes her life completely when she inherits a magical winterwood box. Now, not only is she confronted with a newly-discovered brother, and an annoyingly handsome wolf shapeshifter, Rossalinde has to decide whether or not to open the box to free rowankind and right an ancient wrong—even if it brings the downfall of Britain.

This brand-new series is perfect for fans of Elizabeth Bear, D.B. Jackson, and Marie Brennan, as well as readers of historical fiction who are looking for an accessible gateway to fantasy.
 

PRAISE FOR WINTERWOOD:

“Swashbuckling action, folklore and characters to care about: this is an authentic English take on historical fantasy, magic and class.”
—Kari Sperring

“A fabulous and fun action-packed story, with an engaging heroine.”
—Liz Williams

“A finely crafted and well-researched plunge into swashbuckling, sorcery, shape-shifting and the Fae! Highly entertaining.”
—Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
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Jacey Bedford is an English writer who is published by DAW in the USA. She lives and works behind a desk in Pennine Yorkshire. She's had stories published on both sides of the Atlantic. Her first two novels, Empire of Dust and Crossways are science fiction (space opera) and follow on from each other in the Psi-Tech series. (There will be a third Psi-Tech book, Nimbus.) Winterwood, a historical fantasy is out in February 2016. Set in 1800, expect a cross-dressing privateer captain, the jealous ghost of her dead husband, and a sexy wolf shapechanger. A sequel, Silverwolf, will follow.

Jacey is secretary of the UK Milford Writers' Conference, a peer-to-peer workshopping week for published SF writers. She also hosts Northwrite SF, a critique group based in Yorkshire.

She's been a librarian, a postmistress and member of internationally touring a cappella trio, Artisan (and still occasionally is for reunion gigs). When not writing she arranges UK gigs for folk artists from all over the world.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Promo + Giveaway: Blood In Her Veins by Faith Hunter


Blood In Her Veins
Nineteen Stories From the World of Jane Yellowrock 
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a comprehensive collection of stories starring everyone’s favorite “smart, sexy, and ruthless”* shapeshifting skinwalker...

In this must-have collection of stories, experience nineteen thrilling adventures from the world of vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan favorites and two all-new novellas. Read about the first time Jane put the pedal to the metal in “The Early Years,” and the last thing a werewolf will ever see as Jane delivers justice in “Beneath a Bloody Moon.” Get a searing look into the pasts of some of the series’ best-loved characters: Beast in “WeSa and the Lumber King,” Rick LaFleur in “Cat Tats,” and Molly Everhart Trueblood in “Haints.”
 
In the brand-new “Cat Fight,” the witches and vampires of Bayou, Oiseau, are at war over a magical talisman—and Jane must figure out how to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of New Orleans. And in the never-before-published “Bound No More,” Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she’s the most powerful witch in Everhart history....
 
From the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire’s lair—with Jane Yellowrock, it’s always a given: have stakes, will travel.

*New York Times Bestselling Author Kim Harrison

Excerpt:

The priest said, “A vampire sent you to this town?”

“Yeah. At the request of the local Clan blood-master.”

His voice soft a breeze, Eli said, “We understand that you had control
of the wreath, what the Mithrans call la corona in Latin, or le breloque, in
French.”

I didn’t react, but . . . how did my partner know that was Latin? No
way could he blame that on being a Ranger.

The priest said, “The wreath is spelled, hiding what it is. Spells are of
the devil.”

“Not all of them,” I said.

“Yes. All.”

“Powers and principalities are not all from Satan.”

You wish to bandy Scripture and church history with me?” Something
in the emphasis suggested that I was out of my league in that department,
that he could squash me under his metaphorical, verbal, scholarly boot. I
decided on another tack.

I said, “Is the vine of the true crown still in the Vatican? Or did it go
missing?” The priest removed his hands from his pockets, and Eli tensed,
not that anyone else would have noted the minute changes in his body. It
was more a scent change than motion, and it eased when the priest
appeared to clasp his white-gloved hands behind his back. The stink of
burned meat and Silvadene was instantly stronger on the air.

I knew my partner needed something, so I went on the offensive, drawing
the priest’s attention to me with a single step forward and what little
I had gained from the Kid’s info.

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Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series:  the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Find Faith online at www.faithhunter.net, her blog, on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads; also www.yellowrocksecurities.com, and www.gwenhunter.com.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review: Wickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake

Wickedly Powerful
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Baba Yaga Book #3
ISBN:   1101987448
ISBN13: 9781101987445
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
The author of Wickedly Wonderful returns to her “addicting”* world of Russian witches in the latest Baba Yaga novel.

When fiery tempered Baba Yaga Bella Young is called to discover to discover who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she puts aside her loner ways and begins working closely with former Hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…

Not as sweet and soft as Becka and not as hard and fierce as Barbara, Bella falls right in the middle. I enjoyed getting to know the third American Baba Yaga and watching her get over her fears and fall in love. Bella has a bit of an attitude and I had no trouble liking her from the start. Sam was really easy to connect to and I really felt his struggles. I really enjoyed watching him open up and I liked how he was able to put his fear aside when it mattered the most.

One thing that all the Baba's share is that they are all extremely loyal to those they care about. I really loved that they were all able to come together—for a short time—in WICKEDLY POWERFUL and give us a taste of what it's like for them to work together. Bella's Chudo-Yudo was a lot of fun and a character all in its own. He brought a lot of spunk to the story.

If I am reading Blake's website right, there will be more books in the Baba Yaga series. Not sure who they will focus on, but I have enjoyed the series so far and will be picking up book four when it comes out.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

New Releases: 1/31-2/6


Tue. Feb. 2nd

The Alchemy of Chaos (Maradaine #2) by Marshall Ryan Maresca
 Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart #1) by Sarah Ahiers
Banished (Forbidden #2) by Kimberley Griffiths Little 
 Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh 
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
 Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) by Kalayna Price
Pull by Anne Riley
Raging Sea (Undertow #2) by Michael Buckley
Remembrance (The Mediator #7) by Meg Cabot
 Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto 
 Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Valkyrie (Valkyrie #1) by Kate O'Hearn
 Wickedly Powerful (Baba Yaga #3) by Deborah Blake 

Happy Reading!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Early Review: Windburn by Shannon Mayer

Windburn
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Hijinks Ink Publishing
ASIN:   B017S1KQ0M
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author
"My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.”

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen.


The King is missing and his mind is cracked. It is up to me to find him before the Rim is taken over by the bloodthirsty heir to the throne.

But the path to finding the King is anything but straight, and I find myself in the human world facing possible banishment. All to find a Tracker who happens to be on the run from a demon, yet she is my only hope in bringing my father home.

Nothing is as it seems and I'm uncertain who is friend or foe. My impending punishment threatens to suffocate me as I defy our laws and fight to bring peace to my home. . . and fight to keep those I love the dearest alive.

How will I get both my father and I out of this one unscathed? Welcome to being The Chosen One.

I have already read—and finished—Mayer's Riley Adamson series and have been waiting for some events to happen in Lark's storyline. WINDBURN brought the two story's together in Lark's timeline and ended on one of the events that I have been waiting for.

After the amount of time spent in and the major events that happened in the Rim, the Deep and the Pit, I was a little surprised by how little actually happened in air's neck of the woods. In fact most of the story happened anywhere BUT in the Eyrie and most of the major events of the book didn't really have anything to do with them. What's up with that? We got some set up for some things in future books, but I can't help feeling like the Sylphs got gipped a little bit.

The love triangle isn't my favorite part of the Elemental Series. I don't really know why, but I don't care much for Cactus. His jealousy I can understand, but he is a bit of a child when it comes to not getting his way. I have to agree with Peta's assessment of him. Ash on the other hand I love. He is always there for Lark and they seem to fit together really well. He has my vote all the way.

WINDBURN answered a lot of questions I have had after not only reading the previous books in the series, but also from reading the Riley Adamson series. I'm very excited to see what ROOTBOUND will bring us and see Lark back in action.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week in Review: 1/24-1/30



Books Received for Review


Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

Books I've Read

Gifted Thief by Helen Harper
Wickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake
Balance by Leia Stone
Shift Work by J.C. McKenzie

Reviews Posted

The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin

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