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Jenn Stark’s Christmas present to all of us! Immortal Vegas series books 1-3 for FREE!! Woot!!!  Hurry to get this deal.  It’s an amazing series and no one can beat free!

The first three full-length novels of the Immortal Vegas Series in one box set, plus an introductory novella.

One Wilde Night

Tarot-reading artifact hunter Sara Wilde has had her share of tough assignments, but this one just might take the cake. When her newest client hires her to steal a fertility idol from an Amazonian sex-and-death cult, she finds herself south of the equator and shoulder deep in true believers, while Rio de Janeiro gears up for the closing celebrations of Carnival.

Stealing the idol is one thing, however. Keeping it is another.

The arcane black market has drawn a host of cutthroat operatives and Sara’s now in their sights. In a race across one of the most colorful cities in South America on its most famed night of the year, Sara must navigate cunning enemies, backstabbing allies, a fifty-foot wedding cake float and a new, sensually mysterious contact who may be friend or foe…and whose name she’ll never know if she doesn’t make it to dawn alive.

Getting Wilde

Using her well-worn Tarot deck, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde can find anything–for a price. And the price had better be right, since she needs to finance her own personal mission to rescue several young psychics recently sold on the paranormal black market.

Enter Sara’s most mysterious client, the wickedly sexy Magician, with a job that could yield the ultimate payday. All she’ll have to do is get behind Vatican walls… and steal the Devil himself.

But play with the Devil and you’re bound to get burned.

From the twisting catacombs of Rome to the neon streets of Vegas, Sara confronts ancient enemies, powerful demigods, a roiling magical underworld about to explode… and immortal passions that might require the ultimate sacrifice. But oh, what a way to go.

No matter how the cards play out, things are about to get Wilde.

Wilde Card

All that glitters may not be gold.

When an antique gold show comes to Vegas, artifact-hunter Sara Wilde’s job is simple: to locate and liberate a set of relics rumored to give their bearers access to an ancient, incredible power. Yet within the Connected community, whispers of a war against magic draw every psychic, mystic, warlock, and witch to Sin City. The most powerful Connected also covet the infamous relics, but no one wants them more than Sara’s client–the insufferably arrogant, criminally sensual, and endlessly evasive Magician.

Sara’s heist takes a turn for the trickier as the smoky-eyed specter from her past, Detective Brody Rooks, is assigned to investigate a break-in at the gold show, forcing her to confront the one man in Vegas she can’t bluff. Worse, as the game changes anew, Sara is forced to turn to the one person she knows will manipulate, obfuscate and beguile to get whatever he craves. Only now, it seems, the Magician wants her.

Sometimes, when the deck is stacked against you… you’ve got to play the Wilde Card.

Born To Be Wilde

The past has a way of catching up with you.
If there’s one thing that Tarot-reading magical artifacts hunter Sara Wilde has never been able to track down, it’s the truth about her own past. But now a powerful new threat to the psychic community will take Sara back to where it all began: the last job she worked with Officer Brody Rooks as “Psychic Teen Sariah,” the job that destroyed her life and sent her on the run. Because the enemy she fled all those years ago has returned… with a posse of demons as his personal entourage.

From the glittering chaos of Las Vegas to the Lost City of Atlantis, Sara must risk everything in a quest for vengeance that grows darker and more twisted with every step. To succeed she’ll have to face the truth about her past, her abilities…and the impossible, unstoppable attraction she has to the Magician. A truth that will reveal her ultimate role in the war on magic.

Life is full of surprises when you are Born to Be Wilde.

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Book Announcement – SPI Files #5: Myth Manifestation

Announcing the release date of SPI Files book #5! Hold on to those vacation days because January 16, 2018, will be the day to stay home, bundled up on the couch with a new book from Lisa Shearin!

Title: The Myth Manifestation
Author: Lisa Shearin
Series: SPI Files #5
Released: January 16, 2018

Publisher’s Description: The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) protect people from predatory supernaturals. This time, we’re the ones who need protection.

New York is one of the most popular convention destinations in the world—for humans and supernaturals. Every hundred years, rulers of the world’s supernatural races come together to negotiate and renew a peace treaty. Meeting in the same hotel are the governors of our world’s goblin and elf colonies. SPI is saddled with the security nightmare of keeping the living delegates alive and the undead delegates from becoming permanently deceased. We’ve got our work cut out for us.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI. Our security nightmare becomes real when monsters from the delegates’ mythologies begin mysteriously appearing in the flesh to hunt delegates from every side of the debate. And when the hotel gets sucked into another dimension, there’s no escape.
We discover that we’re all pieces in an elaborate and deadly game. A game about to spill out into the real world. Failing to escape is game over and not an option. We have to save the world—but first, we have to save ourselves.

Our reviews:

The Grendel Affairs

The Dragon Conspiracy

The Brimstone Deception

The Ghoul Vendetta

Modern Sorcery by Gary Jonas

A Null private investigator in a magic kind of world.  That is a great defense even though he doesn’t advertise it.  It’s kind of funny to watch the magic users after they cast and Jonathan is still just standing there with nary a hair ruffled.

Title Modern Sorcery: The First Jonathan Shade Novel
Author: Gary Jonas 
Series: Jonathan Shade #1
Released Date: October 21, 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Source: purchased through Audible.com

Publisher’s Description: A husband armed with a sword hacks apart his wife in a Denver grocery store. There are dozens of witnesses, and the crime is captured on the security cameras. To the police, it’s an open-and-shut case.

To Naomi, the daughter of the couple, it’s evidence of dark magic. She hires her ex-lover, a private investigator named Jonathan Shade to prove her father is innocent.

Shade specializes in paranormal cases, but he isn’t buying it. Still, he takes the case, hoping to rekindle their relationship. Instead, Shade finds himself mixed up in supernatural intrigue with wizards, magically engineered assassins, and an ancient sorcerer returned to life who’s willing to kill anyone who stands in his way.

Too bad Shade doesn’t have any magic.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This story has no sex.  It has very interesting characters and more than a little violence.  There is no cliffhanger and it’s a fantasy/urban fantasy/murder mystery kind of story.  This is #1 in the series of 10 novels and 1 novella.

I picked this audio book up on a whim.  The cover wasn’t all that interesting, but the title and the description made me stop and look again.

Jonathan Shade is a private investigator of paranormal things.  Yes, I know, I always fall for this type of story, but I like them.  Jonathan is an ok guy.  He’s not especially standout which makes him a good investigator.  He has a partner that is especially good at fighting and she’s pretty cool too. (When you get to the toothpick scene, give me a holler – I really liked that scene).  Esther is a ghost that died in the ‘20’s and she’s pretty cool too.  She helps Jonathan with what things a ghost can do.

I liked this book.  The narrator – was fine.  It was the book’s story that kept me listening.  The narrator made a couple pronunciation mistakes (he must not follow urban fantasy, mythology or anything paranormal).  There were no hideous accents that were not understandable.   The narrator did do well on Jonathan’s voice but he slipped once or twice. The story was great, and I could do other things while listening. It wasn’t complicated with a half million characters or plots. I like multitask while listening to audio books and this book was right on target.

The writing was average with excellent being Jim Butcher-esque style.  The action wasn’t non-stop but it was enough to keep me interested.  This is only the first in the series and we all know the characters grow and improve the further into the series, so I’ll be getting the rest of the series to see where Mr. Shade’s life leads and what trouble he gets into.

Yes, I liked the book.  No, I wasn’t keen on the narrator.  Yes, I’ll go for more books by this author.  Yes, I’ll listen to more audio books from this author even though the narrator wasn’t quite up to par.  As a matter of fact, the story went fast.  I started out one minute and it seemed like the next minute it was done.  That’s a sign of a good book to me.

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 12/10/17

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

 

It occurs to me that I have quite a few of books on my TBR list.  With the holidays, I have extra curricular activities to get done, so I’ve been listening to audio books.  I’m sure that’s quite noticeable by the posts I’ve been doing.  With that being said, I’m going to focus on super audio books that I want to listen to.

I found a free audiobook that audible.com that might be kind of fun.  Normally, these kinds of stories aren’t my bag, but this is a short listen of a little over 1 hour.  This might be a good time to try out audio books with no expense.

Title:  Gather ‘Round the Sound
Authors: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
Narrators:  Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, Simon Callow, Dan Starkey, John Banks, Vern
Released: December 8, 2017
Publisher’s description: 2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently: a surprising and heartwarming documentary, a selection of stories from our partners around the world, and even some improvised comedic carols we hope will make you laugh as much as they did us.

The lineup includes:

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This mini-documentary centers around a peculiar holiday tradition at General Electric’s headquarters in Schenectady, NY. For two decades, GE has been receiving thousands of letters from kids – children who think they’re reaching Santa Claus. And every year, a handful of GE employees give up their December lunchbreaks to respond to each and every letter.

An Aussie Night Before Christmas, by Yvonne Morrison, performed by Magda Szubanksi

This rollicking rewrite of the famous old poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas gives the original version a hilarious Aussie twist. Magda Szubanski, Australia’s most trusted personality, caries this incredibly fun romp. Kangaroos pulling the sleigh, a beer for Santa, and all the over-the-top Australian lingo, it’s everything you’d expect.

The Music Coming from the House, by Paulo Coehlo, performed by Daniel Frances-Berenson

In this magical story from the author of The Alchemist – the master of the modern parable – a disguised king visits a poor village, and what he sees through the window of a house changes his life, and those of the occupants.

The Signal-man, by Charles Dickens, performed by Simon Callow, Dan Starkey, and John Banks

For literature lovers, the holiday season needs a little Dickens. We dug up a story of his that you may not be familiar with, originally published in the Christmas edition of a Victorian short story periodical. Of course, ghosts are involved in this 19th century work told by Simon Callow (Outlander) and Dan Starkey (Dr. Who).

A Very Improvised Holiday Musical

What would the holidays be without some carols? Vern, a New York City-based improv troupe, performs a few improvised holiday songs.

You think that anthologies only exist in print?  Nope.  One of my favorite authors got together a bunch of friends and put together the Monster Hunter Files.  I really love the Monster Hunters.  I’m behind in the Monster Hunter series, but I could totally get caught up with audio books.

Title: Monster Hunter Files
Authors: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam, Bailey Carr
Narrators:  Jane Yellowrock, Monster Hunter
Released: October 3, 2017
Publisher’s description: For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large – and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases to total newbies’ initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world’s most elite monster fighting force.

Discover what happened when Agent Franks took on the Nazis in World War II. Uncover how the Vatican’s Combat Exorcists deal with Old Ones in Mexico. And find out exactly what takes place in a turf war between trailer park elves and gnomes. From the most powerful of mystical beings to MHI’s humble janitor, see the world of professional monster hunting like never before.

Featuring 17 all new tales based on Larry Correia’s best-selling series, from New York Times best-selling authors Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and many more.

Also includes stories by Larry Correia, John C. Wright, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Kupari, and Brad R. Torgersen.

Nora Roberts – oh, sorry, J.D. Robb – will be releasing the next In Death book in January.  Audible.com has pre-orders just like Amazon does.  It’s simple to do and, granted, audio books cost more than print books, but when the narrator is good and the author is a favorite, I’m in a zone.  Anyway, here’s the next In Death book – #46 – that I pre-ordered today.

Title:  Dark in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #46
Release: January 30, 2018
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Publisher’s description:  Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense, and takes on a case of death imitating art…

It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime – from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama – and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

Often the audiobooks are released days after the print version.  I’m not sure the reason for this other than expense and popularity.  Making an audiobook is probably quite an undertaking.  I don’t know the ins and outs, but hiring a good narrator is absolutely imperative.  Anyway, Faith Hunter released her print and audio of Flame in the Dark on the same days as print.  Thank you Ms. Hunter.

Publisher’s Description:

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times best-selling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED – the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead – and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more – or less – than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

You may not know that Audible has samples of the story just like print books.  That’s really a sweet gig when it’s a new author or new narrator.  I found this book that looked particularly interesting.

 

Title:  Born in Fire

  • Series: Fire and Ice Trilogy, Book 1
  • Author: K.F. Breene
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Series: Fire and Ice (Breene), Book 1
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-01-17
  • Publisher’s description   Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options. Dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old-as-sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day. Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case. Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

 

 

 

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Strip Me Bare by M. Never

What’s stripping got to do with redemption and second chances?  Listen to the audiobook or read this book and find out.

Title: Strip Me Bare
Author: M. Never
Release Date:  October 5, 2017
Genre: Romance
Narrator: Brooke Bloomingdale
Source: purchased via Audible.com

Publisher’s Description:

Only I would put a fully clothed man on the cover of a male stripper novel. Why? ‘Cause I’m a rebel. And because this book is about so much more than a guy shedding his clothes. It’s a love story. A HOT love story that includes redemption, second chances, finding your voice, and fighting for what you believe in. Fighting for WHO you believe in. Oh, and male strippers. Did I mention that? 😉

“I may have had more lovers than you, and I may take my clothes off for countless women, but you are the only one who can strip me bare.”

Do you ever stop loving someone just because they’re gone?

Five years ago, Ryan Pierce disappeared from Alana Remington’s life without a trace. He was the one she gave her heart to, her soul to — and her virginity to. So, imagine her surprise when she finds him dancing at one of NYC’s hottest male revues as ‘Jack the Stripper.’

Ryan never stopped loving Alana, and now that she has serendipitously dropped back into his life, he’s vowed never to lose her again. But being together has its costs, and challenges Alana isn’t sure she can handle. She finally has Ryan back. But how in the world is she supposed to share the love of her life with half of the women in New York City?

Strip Me Bare is a second chance, standalone romance. It contains angst, heat, humor, heartbreak, and one seductive male stripper who will not only have you handing over your panties, but also your heart.
You’ve been warned.

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


 

Nervous Nellie says…

This is not my typical book.  As a matter of fact, this was an entirely out of my box experience.  The cover and description explains the story.  This story has sex, angst, a lot of swearing, nicotine addiction, mention of drugs and a ton of drama.

Suffice it to say, the writing was on target for a 23 year old spoiled little privileged girl.  The narrator caught her attitude perfectly.  I am not 23 years old.  23 is in my rear view mirror and I had forgotten the drama and the fuss of that age.  I had forgotten the naivete and the lack of experience that a 23 year old could have in life.  I wanted to smack Alana up side the head more than once.  I mean, seriously, open your eyes, girl! The beginning of the story, when Ryan first came back into the picture, he told Alana why.  Why he left.  Why he never contacted her (seriously? He had her phone number, for *&^%’s sake!).  Why this? Why’d you do that? Why did that happen?  His story of why he left Alana and why he made the choices he did and why Alana should take him back had me very skeptical. So much so that I more than once rolled my eyes.  You’d have to give me a million dollars before I’d ever buy his story in real life. Now, the eye rolling is not a reflection on the quality of the writing of the book.  The writing totally fit the characters.  The actions and reactions of a badge3v4
23 year old Ryan were right on target.  The excuses he made were exactly like decisions a 23 year old would make.

Okay, so, the writing really fit with the characters. Check.  Did I like the story?  <shuffle uncomfortably> Well, I’m not going to lie to you.  I really didn’t find the story all that engaging.  I felt like this was a bunch of drama scenes thrown together around the sex.  Would I listen to it again? No.  Was the narrator good? Yeah, she was good. I’d give her a chance again if the story was different. She appears to be a seasoned narrator with a lot of books under her belt. Would I recommend this story? Not on your life…unless you really just want to listen to drama, angst and a lot of sex terms, sexual innuendos and sex.

With that being said, I don’t want to deter anyone from listening to this audio book.  In fact, there were several glowing reviews so if it’s your game, then more power to you.  It’s not mine.  I have to have some meat to the story-pardon the pun.  I love audio books and I like trying new authors and new books.  This was a new author and although the writing was put together, the scene descriptions were good, the story was weak – in my opinion.