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Question: Do You Actually Get Around To Reading Your “Someday” Pile?



Here’s the thing . . .


I don’t really have a “someday” pile. When I started blogging, I had a kindle that I kept meticulously organized. I had my favorite books that I’d already read divided into a dozen(ish) collections, and I had books I was definitely planning on reading at some point in “unread” versions of those collections. Then I had several more besides. I had so many books, divided up so specifically, that the idea of trying to reorganize it based on reading-for-review made my head want to explode.


So I got a new kindle. Yes, I’m serious. Don’t judge.


Then, despite Carmel’s warning . . . I went a little ARC-request crazy. Between that and my OCD about having to review earlier installments before the new ones means that, NO, I absolutely do not get around to reading my “someday” pile.




While I may make mistakes, I also learn from them, so hopefully this is a temporary situation. That’s the goal anyway. And then, also hopefully, I’ll have a chance to read something from my someday pile.


Then again . . . I’m kind of a superlative person (*snorts*), so I either have a burning desire to read ALL THE BOOKS, and read them NOW, or . . . or I’m pretty meh about it.


Where most people would have books that qualify as “someday,” I just have books that I really, really want to read, or books that I probably won’t read, but I got them for cheap (or FREE), so I haven’t totally negated the possibility, but yeah, probably not going to happen. And yes, there are degrees of MUST read, but that degree varies day-to-day, based on my mood. My mood is really what governs what I read. I’m kind of difficult in that regard . . . basically . . .




What about you?


Do You Actually Get Around To Reading Your “Someday” Pile?


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/08/question-do-you-actually-get-around-to-reading-your-someday-pile.html

Reading progress update: I've listened 336 out of 925 minutes.

Steel's Edge - Ilona Andrews

YAY! Jack & George are in this one too. They should get their own book, or a spin-off series... #justsaying

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If I Stay
Series: If I Stay #1
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Speak
Published on: April 2 2009
Genre: Young Adult
Format: 213 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

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This is the first time I’ve reread If I Stay . . . and I’m happy to report that after five years, it’s still a fantastic book.


It’s amazing to me how, in just a few short pages, Forman is able to make you care about the Hall family. REALLY care. REALLY feel it when Mia begins to watch from outside herself, as her life, her world, is completely destroyed.

My dad smiles and taps on his pipe. He started smoking one recently as part of this whole 1950s Father Knows Best retro kick he is on. He also wears bow ties. I am never quite clear on whether all this is sartorial or sardonic—Dad’s way of announcing that he used to be a punker but is now a middle-school English teacher, or if becoming a teacher has actually turned my dad into this genuine throwback. But I like the smell of the pipe tobacco. It is sweet and smoky, and reminds me of winters and woodstoves.

And just as Mia is never certain about which her father is being—sartorial or sardonic—I’m never certain on which Forman is being either. It’s been so long that I can’t remember what my first impression of this book was, but when I started reading this time, I was worried . . . worried that this older-and-wiser me was going to hate the book that I previously loved, b/c several times Mia and her parents come across as nothing more than pretentious hipsters, who are too damn cool for everyone, but as I continued reading, more and more insights into Mia’s perspective and preoccupation with her own (lack of) coolness were revealed, and instead of being irritating, in this one, singular situation it made sense.


Mia’s parents really are that cool. It’s not pretense. It’s not affectation. Her mother has moxie, her father is geektastic with a formerly punk twist, b/c he played drums for a punk band, not b/c he listened to it on the radio. Her seven year old brother has “verve,” and says things like:

“I’m gonna be eight in December. Then I’m a man and you’ll have to call me ‘Ted,’” Teddy reported.

And Mia . . . well, Mia plays cello.


Not that there’s anything wrong with playing the cello . . . but comparatively . . . it could give a teenager issues. Especially when her father makes jokes about Mia being switched at birth, b/c she doesn’t even look like the rest of her blonde-haired, blue-eyed family. AND b/c Teddy was born at a birthing center where a mix up was impossible—neither intended to be in any way hurtful to Mia, but come on . . . you remember what it was like . . . scrutinizing off-hand comments, psychoanalyzing conversations . . .


If I was the brunette counterpart of my Arian family, and my parents refused to let my kid brother be born in a hospital, I could definitely see myself wondering . . . if they were wondering . . .


The point is despite the inherent coolness of Mia’s family, it’s a real family, and Mia’s recounting of them is full of bittersweetly recognizable truths.


And in this story . . . one of those truths is that Mia has to decide if she will stay.


That decision is a painful process. I’m not going to lie, I sobbed audibly while reading this book. But Mia’s story is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking, as hopeful as it is bleak, and I would not give up getting to know Mia and her family for anything. This is one of the books that will stick with you for years.


So please . . . do yourself a favor and read it before going to see the movie when it comes out on Friday. You won’t regret it.


If I Stay series:


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Stompin’ With Amber Lynn Natusch’s Characters + Giveaway #StompvsRomp

Stomp vs Romp

Stompin’ with Ruby, Sean, Khara & Oz

After many sleepless nights and chewed up fingernails, I finally came up with the perfect solution to my guest post for Romp vs. Stomp: make my characters state their cases! It’s about them anyway, right? Right. So, without further ado, I give you my urban fantasy characters Ruby and Sean from the CAGED series, as well as Khara and Oz from my soon to be released UNBORN series (which debuts on August 26th…that will be my only shameless plug, I promise).

Enjoy the shenanigans :)

Amber: “So, I’m glad you guys all agreed to do this for me. Hopefully it won’t take us too long.”

They all look around the room at one another with incredulous expressions, except for Khara, who remained impassive as always.

Ruby: “Umm…Amber? You kinda made us do this.”

Sean: “Nobody makes me do anything.” His tone was a warning, letting me know that I’d better do my best not to push him too far. My guess was that Ruby told him to be on his best behavior. Even those that Stomp for a living (and have for centuries), still have a soft spot for someone.

Oz: “Christ,” he said, rolling his eyes. “This is going to be a long afternoon.”

Amber: “Anyway…here’s the question: Do Romp and Stomp have to be separate abilities or can they coexist?” I asked, holding my breath that a fight wouldn’t break out between the two alpha males silently mad-dogging each other from across the room.

Oz: “I can’t speak for anyone else here, but I’m pretty certain that I excel at both,” he bragged, prying his narrowed eyes away from Sean just long enough to wink smugly at Khara. “Isn’t that right, new girl?”

Everyone turned their attention to Khara, who simply lifted her unamused gaze to Oz before dropping it back toward me.

Amber: “Khara, do you want to add anything?”

Khara: “Fighting and fornicating are two separate but distinct skills, both of which are important in the art of war. Battles can be waged in the bedroom—sometimes more effectively—as well as on the battlefield,” she explained, her detached expression unfaltering. “Strategy is everything. One must capitalize on all their assets to achieve victory.”

Oz: “You see why I keep her around?” Oz said mockingly. “You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth.”

Amber: “Sean? Ruby? Do either of you have anything to add?” I reluctantly asked.

Ruby: “I think Khara is right, in a weird and sort of creepy way,” she replied, eyeing the dark-haired beauty from across the room. “The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. However, that said, I think romping is something that comes naturally to most whereas stomping is a gift that only a select few truly possess.”

Amber: “And do you possess it?”

Ruby: “Well, yes. And no. But mostly yes,” she stammered, looking up and to the right as though the corner or the dimly lit room held the answer she was searching for. Sean sighed heavily as she did.

Sean: “Ruby’s situation is a bit…complicated in that manner,” he said, turning his piercing green eyes to me. Suddenly, his answer seemed far less important. “I won’t speak to the specifics of why for many reasons, not the least of which is the unsavory being sitting across from me…”

Oz waved then blew Sean a kiss to taunt him. I gripped the edge of my seat, waiting for Sean to snap and tear both Oz and the room apart. Luckily for me, Ruby placed her hand calmly on Sean’s knee, and the tension in the room abated, if only slightly.

Sean: “But I can speak to Ruby’s ability in the bedroom,” he continued, a Cheshire cat smile overtaking his countenance. “And it does not disappoint.” Ruby lifted her hand from his leg to slap him in the arm, not entirely playfully. The deathly-pale blonde’s cheeks were flushed with embarrassment.

Ruby: “I can’t believe you said that,” she whispered to him.

Amber: “I can’t believe he did either.”

Khara: “Have we provided you with the answer you needed,” Khara interjected. “Or do you require further elaboration?”

Oz: “Anxious to get out of here, new girl?” Oz asked with genuine curiosity. “We could always go back to my room and test out your abilities in both categories.”

Amber: “Oh boy…”

Sean: “I think you have all you need,” he said, getting up out of his seat. He took Ruby’s hand and gently pulled her up from hers.

Ruby: “Good luck in the competition,” she called out over her shoulder as Sean all but dragged her from the room. “Go Stomp!”

The door slams behind them.

Khara: “Yes,” Khara agreed, getting up from her chair. “I hope you do well in this genre duel.”

As she walked out, Oz got up to follow, stopping just shy of the door to turn back and look at me, his striking features and warm brown eyes, stopping my heart for a beat…or ten.

Oz: “And if you lose and need consoling,” he said with a wink. “You’ll know where to find me.”

Author Bio

If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word “portfolio”. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.
At the end of every novel I’ll be attempting to recreate this magic with more random facts about me.

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Born into mystery. Shackled to darkness…

Khara has spent centuries discovering everything about the Underworld―except her place in it. But when she’s ripped from her home, solving the riddle of her origins becomes more important than ever. With evil stalking her through the dark alleys of Detroit, she finds salvation from an unlikely source: a group of immortal warriors sworn to protect the city. Khara needs their help to unravel the tangled secrets of who and what she is—secrets many seem willing to kill for. But time is running out, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer necessity binds her to an arrogant fallen angel.

Can their shaky alliance withstand that which threatens her, or will her soul fall victim to the unholy forces that hunt her―those that seek the Unborn?

From the author of the bestselling Caged series comes a pulse-pounding new series of supernatural romance.

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

A Secret to Die For - Sierra Dean

I need a beer... no make that a 2-4.

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

A Secret to Die For - Sierra Dean

I've been waiting YEARS for this. *grins like an idiot* Someone on the vamp tribunal is about to get a taste of their own medicine. 

Cover Reveal Sign-Ups: Her Avenging Angel by Felicity Heaton


I’m organizing a cover reveal for the 7th installment in Felicity Heaton’s HER ANGEL paranormal romance series, HER AVENGING ANGEL, on September 15th. This is a one-day blast, and will feature the artwork, blurb, author pic & bio, and links. This title is scheduled to hit shelves on October 11th, 2014. To participate, please click on the below button and complete the sign-up form:



Her Avenging Angel

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Once a proud angel of Heaven, Nevar is now a servant of Hell, bound to a new master—the King of Demons. Consumed by darkness and driven to seek revenge, he set in motion a series of events that awakened the Great Destroyer, a force that will bring about the apocalypse. Now, he is the creature’s master and the fate of our world rests in the hands of an angel with only darkness in his heart.

Lost in the mortal realm without any recollection of how she came to be there, Lysia is only aware that she has survived a great battle. When she stumbles into a demon bar, she finds more than a chance to discover what happened to her—she finds a dark and deadly angel warrior who stirs fire in her veins and awakens soul-searing passion she cannot deny.

With the mounting threat of the Great Destroyer, the forces of Heaven and Hell against him, and a band of dangerous angels intent on capturing Lysia on his heels, can Nevar protect the beautiful woman who is light to his darkness and find the strength to save the world?

Her Angel Series
Her Avenging Angel      



Author Bio

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

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Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

A Secret to Die For - Sierra Dean

There's Marcela—hehe!

Review: Haven by Celia Breslin

Review: Haven by Celia Breslin
Series: Tranquilli Bloodline #1
Author: Celia Breslin
Publisher: Champagne Books
Published on: July 1 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: 378 pages, eBook
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San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil's minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its axis, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family's web of deceit, and fight to have a love life... without getting killed in the process.

HAVEN, Book 1 in the Tranquilli Bloodline Series:
* MERIT AWARD, Best First Book, 2014 Holt Medallion
* FINALIST, 2012 Colorado Gold contest
* FINALIST, 2011 Launching a Star contest

“Let’s don’t and say we did” When the main character is snarky enough to say something like that to the vampire that is trying to kill her, then you know why I loved this book. I love snark in any book and this one has it in spades. Just one of many reasons to enjoy this book!


When we meet Carina Tranquilli, it’s her twenty fifth birthday, and she’s ready to party. Her brothers have come from Italy(where her family is from) to San Francisco to celebrate. She starts the day fighting a witch that has broken into her home, and that’s just the start of all the mayhem that is to come. She is single, beautiful, mega rich, owns her own dance club named Haven, and mainly just wants to have fun. Her best friend, Faith, is a seer, and witches are openly known about in this world. What she doesn’t know is, her life is getting ready to change forever, because twenty five is the age that she is to be told of her supernatural heritage, and her power. And her brothers aren’t the only ones that have come to celebrate with her.


This was as much character driven, as it is story driven. The characters became real to me as they were so fully realized by the author. Carina(Rina) was a good character, maybe at times acting younger then her actual age, and also running off rather then facing her problems, but still, I connected with her. Alexander, as pretty much her soul mate, was the super hot vampire. Her uncles’Thomas and Jonas, were absolutely not interchangeable. Tessa, as Rina’s mother figure from her childhood, I thought I really liked at first. But she is definitely not what she seems at all. Each had a big role to play in this story. Adrian, her business partner and sometime lover, quickly became a favorite character. Her brothers, and even her bodyguards were all fully fleshed out as well. For an author to fully realize so many characters in a book was a feat in itself, but even the villains of the story became real for me.


The story was not simple in any stretch of the imagination. Carina is part of a prophesy and Alexander is the Key to the prophesy. There are vampires and witches, and some are good and some are very, very bad. Ancient vampires, their enemies, and vampire politics, are all part of this story. If you like action, you will not be disappointed, as there is so much action, that at times I don’t know how anyone survives. For the romantics, there is a wonderful romance between Rina and Alexander.There wasn’t really a cliffhanger or a love triangle and that was refreshing. And I can’t forget the gore-lots and lots of blood drinking, and horrifying injuries and deaths abound.


My only complaint, is the information about what is going on is doled out too slowly for my tastes. Corina gets frustrated and then pretty much decides she doesn’t want to know at times(What?), and I got frustrated a bit too. However, it didn’t bother me enough to ruin the book or anything!


Phew! This book had it all, and kept me turning pages until deep into the night. I literally, could not put it down, and I highly recommend it to all adult UF or paranormal romance readers. I will be sure to be first in line to buy the sequel when it gets published, as there are a lot of questions still to be answered.



Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/08/review-haven-by-celia-breslin.html

Paranormal New Releases: August 19th

Urban Fantasy:

Flight from Hell
Flight from Hell (Otherworld #15.5)
by Yasmine Galenorn
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn returns with another thrilling foray into Otherworld—introducing a new cast of heroes alongside the D’Artigo sisters…

When the half-demon Carter approaches Menolly and her sisters desperately asking for their help, they think he’s just had a tiff with Shimmer, his blue dragon girlfriend.

But after talking to Alex Radcliffe, the owner of the Fly By Night Magical Investigations Agency where Shimmer works, they suspect that she has been kidnapped by an old enemy of Alex’s.

Now, Alex must join forces with the D’Artigo sisters in a desperate race to find Shimmer before Julian, a powerful vampire from Alex’s past with a grudge to settle, can use the dragon to wreak havoc on Seattle as revenge.


A Curse Awakened (Weird Girls #0.4)
by Cecy Robson
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers.

Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.

Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.

Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.


Visions (Cainsville #2)
by Kelley Armstrong
Urban Fantasy
Amazon GoodReads

Book Description

As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.


The Ripper Affair (Bannon & Clare #3)
by Lilith Saintcrow
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Book Description

The enthralling conclusion to the Bannon and Clare trilogy from New York Times bestselling author, Lilith Saintcrow.

Sorcery. Treason. Madness. And, of course, murder most foul…

A shattering accident places Archibald Clare, mentath in the service of Britannia, in the care of Emma Bannon, sorceress Prime. Clare needs a measure of calm to repair his faculties of Logic and Reason. Without them, he is not his best. At all.

Unfortunately, calm and rest will not be found. There is a killer hiding in the sorcerous steam-hells of Londinium, murdering poor women of a certain reputation. A handful of frails murdered on cold autumn nights would make no difference…but the killings echo in the highest circles, and threaten to bring the Empire down in smoking ruins.

Once more Emma Bannon is pressed into service; once more Archibald Clare is determined to aid her. The secrets between these two old friends may give an ambitious sorcerer the means to bring down the Crown. And there is still no way to reliably find a hansom when one needs it most.

The game is afoot…


The Godless (Children #1)
by Ben Peek
Amazon GoodReads

Book Description

The first in a crackling, unputdownable new epic fantasy series, introducing a fascinating, original new world and an incredible heroine.

The Gods are dying. Fifteen thousand years after the end of their war, their bodies can still be found across the world. They kneel in forests, lie beneath mountains, and rest at the bottom of the world’s ocean. For thousands of years, men and women have awoken with strange powers that are derived from their bodies.

The city Mireea is built against a huge stone wall that stretches across a vast mountain range, following the massive fallen body of the god, Ger. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on Mireea. With the help of Zaifyr, a strange man adorned with charms, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. Meanwhile, the saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret.

Split between the three points of view, The Godless‘ narrative reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm.

The first installment of an exciting new epic fantasy series, The Godless is a fast-paced page turner set in an enthralling new world, perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Brent Weeks.


The Scorched Earth (The Chaos Born #2)
by Drew Karpyshyn
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed video game writer Drew Karpyshyn returns with the second novel in an original epic fantasy series—perfect for fans of Terry Goodkind, Peter V. Brett, and Brandon Sanderson—about four young people who will either save the world or bring about its destruction.

The Children of Fire—four mortals touched by the power of Chaos—each embody one aspect of a banished and fallen immortal champion: Keegan, the wizard; Scythe, the warrior; Cassandra, the prophet; Vaaler, the king. Now grown to adulthood, the Children are in search of the ancient Talismans that can stop the return of Daemron the Slayer, ancient enemy of the Old Gods. But in acquiring Daemron’s Ring, they’ve left in their wake death, destruction, and a queen bent on revenge.

For the discovery of the Talismans has unleashed a flood of Chaos magic on the land—and now their strength will be tested and their faith tried as never before. Beset on all sides by both mortal and supernatural enemies, they race to find Daemron’s Sword, the last of the ancient Talismans, before the entire mortal world is engulfed in the flames of war and Chaos that will herald the return of the Slayer.

Young Adult:

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
by Rick Riordan
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads

Book Description

‘A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.’ So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. ‘If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.’ Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume–a must for home, library, and classroom shelves–as stunning as it is entertaining.


Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1)
by Mary Weber
Young Adult
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Book Description

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.


False Future (False Memory #3)
by Dan Krokos
Young Adult
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True Earth has returned during a massive snowstorm in Manhattan-and this time they have an army. Rhys, Noble, Sophia, and Peter know they don’t stand a chance against the enemy without Miranda. And once they revive her, she’s horrified to find her world in flames.

The enemy occupation is brutal, but the director promises to release her hold on the city if Mr. East is turned in, and Miranda and her team are determined to find him. With her grief over the losses she has suffered fueling her spirit, Miranda knows that this time the sacrifices have to be worth it.

Packed with suspense and deception, Dan Krokos brings Miranda’s journey to a mind-bending conclusion as she risks losing everything in the fight for her future.


Starlight’s Edge (Timedance #2)
by Susan Waggoner
Young Adult
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Zee has given up her entire world to be with David on far-future Earth, confident that their love will overcome all obstacles. But beneath its lustrous surface and dazzling technology, New Earth is full of challenges, including the animosity of David’s wealthy and powerful family.

As Zee struggles to find her place, David travels back to past Earth. Then, on a mission to Pompeii on the eve of the Vesuvius eruption, he vanishes. Zee knows he is in mortal danger, but will she be able to rescue him in time?

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/08/paranormal-new-releases-august-19th.html

Reading progress update: I've listened 283 out of 925 minutes.

Steel's Edge - Ilona Andrews

I was worried that Charlotte might be a weak heroine on account of her being a healer and all. Nope, she kicks ass!

Writing Action with Tracey Martin + Giveaway #StompvsRomp

Stomp vs Romp


Writing a Good Stomping Is a Lot Like Writing a Good Romping. Only More Passionate

Before I get to the point of this post, I’ve got to admit I like to write and read a good romp almost as much as a good stomp. In fact, as I tend to write a bit of both in my (stomping) series, I’ve realized writing one is a lot like writing the other. Bodies might slam together, furniture can get broken, restraints and blindfolds aren’t unheard of, and everyone should end up sweaty.

But superficialities aside, here are three ways the two types of scenes should mirror each other.

Every Stomp Is As Unique As The People Involved

No two couples fall in love the same way, and therefore no two romantic scenes should unfold the same way. In that same vein, no two adversaries are going to fight the same way. Every action scene has to be different because every action scene reflects the personalities and goals of those involved, as well as the setting they’re in. In that way, each stomp scene is as intimate as each romp scene. After all, the most memorable battles are those that are lived through the characters, and a good stomp brings all the characters’ baggage with it. The scenes should show off their skills and weaknesses, their fears and their secrets. Moreover, they should reveal them in the most personal of ways.

Language Should be Evocative

A good romantic scene engages all the senses. It’s called being sensual for a reason, right? But just as the language of a good romp scene should evoke certain feelings, so should the language of a good stomping. In order for readers to feel what the characters feel, the language must be visceral. It should raise your blood pressure, make you hold your breath, and tremble your fingers. Only maybe it shouldn’t do that in so pleasurable a manner (unless you’re into that kind of thing, and then sure).

Stomps Must Have A Rhythm

Do I even need to mention why romp scenes need rhythm? Probably not. But action scenes need it too. They might start off explosively, but they should also build until an even more explosive end—literally or metaphorically. Or they might start slowly, increasing the tension and sense of dread. Sure, sometimes you might end up with a quickie because who has the energy for marathon-long fights all the time? But that rhythm should be expressed in the pacing, both at the sentence level and throughout the scene. Each sentence should push you to read the next faster and faster, so by the time you get to the end, you’re as breathless as the characters.

So Why Stomp?

There you have it—three ways stomps, like romps, are both challenging and fun to write. But when all is said and done, why is stomp better than romp?

Because a good action scene can say more than any romance scene.

Sweet and sexy romance is nice and all, but nothing says “I love you” like being willing to risk life and limb in a no-holds-barred fight for someone else. At its heart, stomp is about passion. These are scenes (and books) about people putting it all on the line to save others, and I think that’s pretty damn hot.

Author Bio

Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.

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Dirty Little Misery

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Lust can be downright lethal.

Thanks to her freakish, satyr-like power, Jessica Moore was denied her dream to join the Gryphons, the magical law-enforcement officers protecting humanity from the pred races. But after the Gryphons tried to arrest her for murders she didn’t commit, Jess is no longer interested. Too bad—they are.

Now that they know what she can do, they want Jess on their side. If she doesn’t agree to help them solve a new case, they’ll charge her with every magical crime she’s ever committed.

Nine people are dead. The cause? Exhaustion. The activity? Never-ending sex. Someone sold them tainted F, an illegal aphrodisiac made by satyrs. No surprise, Jess’s satyr allies aren’t pleased with her investigation. Worse, it strains her tenuous relationship with Lucen, the one satyr she counts as a friend.

As Jess delves into the shady satyr business world, she unravels a scheme more sinister than dirty drugs—and her relationship with Lucen unravels right along with it. Only the truth will save their friendship. But not before it turns Jess into an ambitious killer’s next target.

Warning: Contains blackmail, betrayal, and sex that’s literally to die for. Plus plenty of bad stiff jokes to go with it. Remember, just say no to magical drugs.

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Audiobook Review: Charming by Elliott James

Charming - Elliott James

Series: Pax Arcana #1
Author: Elliott James
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published on: April 23, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Format: 10 hrs & 33 mins, Audiobook
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John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best--until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, John tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. That is, until a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar...

CHARMING is the first novel in a new urban fantasy series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale.

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I loved Elliott James’ PAX ARCANA universe, his first person POV writing style, and John, the male protagonist, but I had some major issues with the love triangle, info dumps, and the fact that the female lead was a Valkyrie. However, the former appears to have been resolved, and even though I have reached my limit on books that feature this type of lore, the Norse mythology was light enough to be tolerable. And, because of this, I will not hesitate to one-click DARING in September. CHARMING was made for audio, as soon as I heard Roger Wayne’s voice I knew that this series was meant for my ears and not my eyes.

A number of reviewers mentioned that having the narrator speak directly to the reader was a little weird; I on the other hand did not have this problem thanks to the audiobook. From the prelude onward I felt like I was part of the story, and I really enjoyed that aspect of James’ style. The world-building was rich albeit a little too much at times, and I especially liked the idea behind the PAX ARCANA. Many authors struggle with whether supes are ‘out’ or not, so I loved the idea behind a world-wide spell. The Knights Templar oath also added an interesting twist on what John can and cannot do, plus he’s learned how to brew the perfect cup of coffee—a man after my own heart!

I’m not sure why the love triangle surprised me, but I honestly just didn’t expect one from a male Urban Fantasy author which is probably why it annoyed me way more than it should have. Dvornik and Charming are two bad ass characters, so the fact that they are fighting over Sig like a couple of school boys struck me as ridiculous. And, at times I found that the vampire hunt became secondary to the romantic drama which caused me to lose interest in the story. But, the wonderful secondary characters helped to reel me back in, and John’s wit & snark reminded me of Atticus O’Sullivan (Kevin Hearne), another protagonist whom I adore.

Roger Wayne was an instant hit with this listener; I loved everything about his delivery and tone, and how I felt like he was talking to ME because of the first person POV. His narration flowed well, and I liked all of his character voices. I sometimes had difficulty telling when an explanation wasn’t part of John’s storytelling, but otherwise this audiobook was a near perfect listen. I finally have another male narrator to add to my favourites list—I’m now at two in case you’re wondering.

CHARMING brought a lot to the table with great writing, lovable characters, and the geeky humour that I love. It wasn’t perfect, but Elliott James hasn’t really even gotten to the best part yet… the werewolves!

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Review: Amityville Horrible by Kelley Armstrong

Amityville Horrible - Kelley Armstrong, Maurizio Manzieri

I spent a large chunk of this novella thinking "this story is only a shorter version of NO HUMANS INVOLVED just with different ghosts." And, I stayed on that thought train up until the final pages when Armstrong reveals that no— in fact, this story is not at all what it seems. The plot is delightfully creepy, and incorporates a decent amount of this series’ mythology to make it feel like it could have been a full length installment.


Jaime’s always gotten a bad rep in the WOTO series, and is many readers’ least favourite character, but personally I rather enjoy her eccentricity, and ditzyness. She’s not badass like Elena, or smart like Paige, but Vegas certainly has her own unique charm, and she’s dating Jeremy which definitely helps. She also doesn’t need to be overly tough with Eve Levine as her guardian angel, and the pack alpha watching her back. The ending was by far my favourite part, but of course, I can’t really share why because of spoilers, but this novella is definitely worth the read just so long as you’re not a member of the ‘I hate Jamie’ club.

Review: The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong

The Hunter and the Hunted (Otherworld Stories, #7.3, 10.5) - Kelley Armstrong

Stalked - 4.5 stars

Armstrong doesn’t write from Clay’s POV nearly enough in my opinion, but I enjoyed this little glimpse into my favourite werewolf couple’s lives. Both are trying so hard not to ruin their much deserved honeymoon by fighting their natures, and trying to each resolve a mutt problem without making the other aware that there’s a situation. They really should know better! The hunter quickly becomes the hunted when Clay and Elena decide to take their boredom out on Cain by tag teaming the clueless wolf. Communication has never been this duo's strong suit, but their chemistry and knowledge of each other more than make up for that lack, and besides, their adventures wouldn't be nearly as fun to read about if they were always on the same page.

Off-Duty Angel - 3 stars

Eve and Kristof are an unusual couple in that they are more evil than good. This short is told from Levine's POV, and packs quite the paranormal punch with angels, Fates, Furies, shamans, demons, and by spanning multiple afterlife dimensions. They say boredom is the devil's playground, and that's doubly true where Eve is concerned. Kristof tries his best to keep her entertained by sending her off on a wild goose chase while he's stuck in court, but that of course backfires, and poor Trsiel gets dragged along for the ride. I wish there'd been a bit more to this story because as Armstrong mentions in the foreword, Levine doesn't get much face time in her WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD series. No new light is shed on these characters, but I'll still jump on any excuse to revisit this world.

Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Early Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Storm Siren
Series: Storm Siren #1
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published on: August 19 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: 341 pages, eARC
Provided by: NetGalley
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“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.


Hmmm . . . first of all, when I requested this book, I didn’t realize that it was published by Thomas Nelson, which is a Christian imprint of HarperCollins. If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have requested the book, b/c I don’t like being preached at when I’m reading recreationally, BUT . . . I am happy to report that it wasn’t an issue. SO if you thought you might like this book, but held off, b/c, unlike me, you were in the know about Thomas Nelson, worry not.


If you have an issue with the book, I seriously doubt that will be it.


SO. I’m quite vocal about choosing YA that doesn’t feel like YA. YA in which the characters come across as older, wiser, more experienced than their numerical ages . . .


I can’t actually recall being told Nym’s age, but whatever it is . . . it’s YA.


Nym is an orphan and a slave. She is also an Elemental. In her world, Elementals are killed at birth, except, also in her world, Elementals are universally male. We are never told how Nym manages to be both female and an Elemental, two things that we are assured are mutually exclusive. In fact, it’s not even really addressed at all, except to add to her super special snowflakeness by pointing out the impossibility of her existence.


But Elementals, male or female, are not the only creatures of magic in Nym’s world.


There are five (I think) nations, all with their own specific type of magic user. We are not given a reason for the existence of magical creatures, and it is not explained why the type of magic depends on geography.


It just does.


The world-building left a lot to be desired.


Also . . . I’m too bloodthirsty for this book. My favorite characters are assassins and thieves and mercenaries. I don’t want them to be killers without conscience, but if someone needs killing, then by golly, they had better be up to the task.


But Nym doesn’t want to kill anyone. EVER. Her country has an enemy that far outclasses it in weapons, has airships, is bombing and destroying whole villages—men, women, children, the elderly, the sick, it doesn’t matter, they are all being killed indiscriminately, but that’s not Nym’s problem. She’s the one who has to be able to look at herself in the mirror, and she will not be turned into a weapon. *sniffs*


How she can look at herself, knowing she could have prevented all of that indiscriminate death, if she’d only put on her big girl panties and killed them first, doesn’t come up, apparently. Or if it does, she acts her age, digs her heels in, and refuses to hear that which she does not want to acknowledge. Tra-la-la.


It’s tedious.


So is Adora, the crazy noblewoman who purchases Nym from the slave market.


Adora, we are told, is the most powerful person in the kingdom. After the king, of course. She’s so ridiculous, she’s almost a caricature of a villain. She dresses in ghastly and extravagant (animal-themed) costumes. She may or may not literally keep a harem of strapping young men, but of course, she wants, more than anything else, the young man whom she cannot compel to sleep with her, and is very seriously rumored to have killed a kitchen girl (or two), simply for looking at said young man.


She’s the biggest property owner in the kingdom, and she sits at the king’s right hand on his “Counsel” (whatever that means<——AGAIN, we are not told), and is his most trusted adviser on the war effort . . .


A position . . . we can only infer, she inherited . . . b/c we, for once, are told, that her father had held the same position, as had his father before him . . .


Well, sure, why not? If the monarchy is hereditary, I supposed the positions of those who advise in a strategic capacity can be as well. Just train them up the same way you would a prince or princess. B/c that always works so well . . .


There were also numerous little inconsistencies like man-eating horses that didn’t turn on their exhausted riders.


I suspect that were I ten years younger, a lot of these things wouldn’t bother me. Or at least they wouldn’t bother me quite as much. However, I am not ten years younger, and I am much too cynical to embrace Nym’s kill-them-with-kindness approach to warfare. This wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t a good book for me. And despite my numerous issues, there were still parts that I enjoyed. If you’re an optimist who longs for a heroine who doesn’t resort to violence to make a difference, then Storm Siren could very well be the best book you’ll read all year. You know your preferences better than I ever could.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/08/early-review-storm-siren-by-mary-weber.html