Monthly Archives: January 2016

Nell’s Book Hunt

Nervous_Nellie_100See up there, everybody? The header? See it? Three books are waiting for new owners and all you have to do is enter to win. Click on the header to sign up. I mean, you don’t have to enter and win-those gorgeous books look very good on my desk. The part that makes me giddy is the fact they are all autographed by the famed and notorious, Terry Maggert.

There is The Fearless series starring Ring Hardigan. There are 4 books and a novella associated with this series-all of which has been reviewed by me, Nell Justice. Also, if you go to Terry’s site, you can try Call of Shadows for free.

There is the Halfway Witchy series starring Carlie McEwan. Currently there are two books in this series with Halfway Bitten being released February 9, 2016. My review of book 2 will publish tomorrow. This series is my favorite of all Terry’s books.

The third is Banshee which is a post apocalyptic dragon related fantasy. This book has been read and the review will be published in April.

If you want to know more about the author before you commit, scope out his blog, Facebook page or stalk him on Twitter. There is also a nice interview available on Got My Book blog.

Now on to the Book Hunt:

11824848Title: Vampire Shift (Kiera Hudson)
by Tim O’Rourke
Free on
Kindle

Description: When twenty-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations and missing persons, with her unique ability of ‘seeing’, Kiera soon realises her life is in danger.

But when Kiera falls for Police officer Luke Bishop, not only is her mind and her heart opened to a terrifying new world, she begins to suspect Luke might be involved in the killings. In a race against time to unearth the truth, Kiera must discover the identity of who or what is behind the gruesome deaths on the ‘Vampire Shift’.

News By Jen – Interview with Jim Dale, Book Sales, and More

Invested_Ivana_100Hi there!

I’m not taking over for Nell this week; I just had a couple exciting news items(well, exciting to me) that I wanted to let you all know about.

Interview with Jim Dale

Audible has posted a great interview with narrator Jim Dale.  Dale narrated the American versions of Harry Potter in audio.  His narration is what got me started listening to audiobooks, actually.  Listening to his narration of The Night Circus put that story firmly in the same world as Harry Potter in my head (though it really isn’t), just because I associate his voice so closely with Harry Potter.  I was also a big fan of the TV show Pushing Daisies, on which he served as the narrator.  I’ve purchased copies of his narration of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, and The Christmas Carol, though I haven’t listened to them all yet.  I already had one performance of Alice in Wonderland, and TWO performances of The Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart and Tim Curry), but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hear Jim Dale again.

Books On Sale

Several Book Ones in series I love are on sale in Kindle format right now for $1.99.  I always get excited when I see these sales since it means some folks who have never read the series before might pick it up.  These have been on sale for a while, so I don’t know how long the sale will last, so if you haven’t read them before, snatch them up fast!

  • Written in Red, The Others series Book 01, by Anne Bishop
  • Moon Called, Mercy Thompson series Book 01 by Patricia Briggs
  • Skinwalker, Jane Yellowrock series Book 01, by Faith Hunter

Jack Whyte’s The Eagle finally in Kindle

I don’t review many historical fiction books on this site, but I do love the genre.  One of my favorite series, The Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte, has been available in Kindle format for a while… all except the FINAL BOOK!  Do I need to tell you how frustrating that is for a Type A reader? Well, FINALLY, The Eagle is coming to Kindle, and I couldn’t be happier.

Down Town by Jim Butcher

Falling between White Night and Small Favor, this story features Harry, Molly, and Marcone fighting a psychotic denizen of Undertown. It’s good to watch Apprentice Molly really flex her magical muscles!

Down TownTitle:  Down Town
Author:  Jim Butcher
SeriesDresden Files Book 09.5
Publish Date:  September 30, 2015
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden and his new apprentice, Molly Carpenter, intend to end the havoc caused by a mad sorcerer – one whose ambitions would have the Windy City streets carved out as his own private kingdom. But when the magical upstart enters into an alliance with the notorious mob boss “Gentleman Johnnie” Marcone, will the fast-and-loose Dresden and his young charge survive unscathed?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Percy_Procrastinator_100Percy Procrastinator says…

Things I didn’t like: The drawing of Gard didn’t work for me. I didn’t see her as wearing a mini skirt and being a warrior Pants! I also wasn’t fond of the team up with Marcone. It didn’t work for me, probably because I think it felt forced. How short it was. This one felt short or maybe it would have been nice to get a bit more background on the bad guy.

Things I liked: I did like the adventure itself. I like seeing Harry and Molly in action, along with Mouse. I did like them going into Undercity again to explore that more. I liked the monster that was used as well and it forced Harry to think not just blast away.

badge3v4While I liked this, and give it a solid three, I could have used a bit more. I think the villain was a bit cookie cutter and not developed enough. I also thought it was too forced for Marcone to go along. He’s not a young man anymore and I don’t think he should have been able to keep up with Harry as well as he did. Even with this nitpicks, though, a fine story and a fun, if quick, adventure to read.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

So, here I am, reading another graphic novel. I keep saying I don’t care much for them, but yet I keep reading them. This one happens to be a unique story in the Dresden Files series (as opposed to a graphic version of an existing novel).

What I liked:

  • Molly’s rainbow colored tips.
  • Mouse and Mister’s teamwork.
  • Ms. Gard’s battle axe.
  • The banter and Star Wars references between Harry and Molly.

What I didn’t like:

  • We don’t get much information about the antagonist. Who is he? Where did he come from? Has he been in Chicago all this time? What riled him up? How come we haven’t seen him before? Considering his own justification for his actions, it seems like he’d be someone Harry or Marcone would have encountered previously if he’d been around a while.
  • The “golem” was faceless and only vaguely humanoid. Made it hard to identify what it was at first.
  • Ms. Gard’s mini-skirt. I can’t remember if her outfits have been described in any of the books, but I picture her fighting in sensible clothes — meaning pants. But, she’s a Valkyrie; I guess she can fight in anything she wants.

badge3v4Overall, a fun story in the Dresden Files universe. Fun to see Molly get her fight on. Based on what I know at the moment, not a critical part of the series story arc, though.

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the other unique graphic novels in the Dresden Files series: Welcome to the Jungle, Ghoul Goblin, and War Cry.

Kitty Takes A Holiday by Carrie Vaughn

We’re on Book 03 in our Kitty Norville read-along.  Kitty is hiding from her own life when she is forced to save the life of one her friends.  This is one of the best books of the series!

Kitty Takes A HolidayTitle:  Kitty Takes a Holiday
Author:  Carrie Vaughn
SeriesKitty Norville Book 03
Publish Date:  April 1, 2007
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead. When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O’Farrell, Kitty’s lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffing around the cabin, Kitty wonders if any of them will get out of these woods alive…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

In this action-packed installment to Kitty Norville’s epic werewolf saga, Kitty finds herself in strange company when she retreats to a cabin in the woods. With people trying to curse her, the local law enforcement against her, and a friend in trouble, she’s back to being in way over her head.

The romantic plot that covers most of the series begins in this one as Ben becomes more than just a human friend Kitty has come to rely on. Now he’s stronger and yet he needs Kitty to help him. Kitty’s got her own little pack now and she’s stepping up to make sure he’s protected. On the other hand, Cormac becomes distant after the events that take place before the story begins, especially now that he knows things are firing up between Ben and Kitty. I love the newness of the relationship and how they can explore and be curious in those first few steps.

badge5v4I also love the introduction of skinwalkers into the plot – seems like there’s a new species of the supernatural popping up with every book. And humans, always thinking they know best, get right in the middle of things they don’t understand – leaving behind devastating consequences, once of which lands Cormac in jail.

This was a fun read and one of my favorites in the series! A shiny five!

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Kitty Takes a Holiday is my favorite book in the Kitty Norville series, and not just because of the romantic relationship between Kitty and Ben.  The story arc in the first four books is about Kitty taking control of her life.  She’s growing up, but not in a YA “coming-of-age” way.  It’s more about whether, as an adult, you can overcome adversity and thrive, not just survive.

In Holiday, Kitty has run away from dealing with life as a werewolf, from being exposed to the world, even from the fame her radio show has brought.  She’s full of self-doubt and uncertainty about the future. There’s sort of a cocooning period you have to go through when you reinvent yourself, time to be introspective and really examine who you are and what you want.  This is what Kitty’s holiday is about.

Who knows how she would have emerged from that cocoon if Cormac and Ben hadn’t shown up.  On a mission to hunt a rogue werewolf, Ben was bit.  Cormac brought him to Kitty–the only other friendly werewolf he knows–for help. Kitty has to show Ben that being a werewolf is preferable to death before he makes Cormac shoot him.

So she takes on the role of Alpha in her pack of two.  Though she doubts her own ability to play the Alpha, she’s the only one who can, and Ben is depending on her.  This, more than anything, is the push Kitty needs to see herself as a strong, independent person who is capable of dealing with adversity.  Sometimes, we are willing to do more for others than we are for ourselves.

The other great growth moment for Kitty is when she calls into a competing radio show to give some advice to another caller.  Kitty has been hating “Ariel, Priestess of the Night” for quite some time, seeing her as a threat.  She calls her “the sleezebag,” makes prank calls to the show, and tries to find a way to sue her.  What Kitty really hates, of course, is that Ariel is doing the show while Kitty is hiding in the woods, but she isn’t willing to admit that.  When Kitty makes a genuine call to Ariel and is recognized, she doesn’t get the response she expected.  Ariel is a big Kitty fan, one who is trying to carry on Kitty’s work and add strength to the “voice” of the supernatural.  The big difference between what Kitty believes about Ariel and what she discovers is true is a major reality check; one that shines light on her own self-pity and pettiness.

badge5v4Kitty Takes a Holiday is a pretty great study of the psychology of adapting to adversity. Kitty’s positive growth is contrasted by the actions of the antagonist, of course.  And, as in most things in adult life, the ending is always perfectly happy.  But it’s real, and the perfect launching pad for what Kitty has to face in the next book.

Our reviews in this series…

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series, Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series, or Eileen Wilk’s World of the Lupi series.

Tiny Glitches by Rebecca Chastain

Today, we not only have a great book for you, but the author is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card.  Be sure to check it out!

Tiny GlitchesTitle:  Tiny Glitches
Author:  Rebecca Chastain
Publish Date:  January 12, 2016
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionLife isn’t exactly normal for Eva Parker: the stronger Eva’s emotions, the faster nearby electrical devices die. Eva can’t have a cell phone, use a computer, or be in a car for more than a few minutes without killing it. Dealing with her electricity-killing curse makes living in modern-day Los Angeles complicated enough for Eva—and that was before she was blackmailed into hiding a stolen baby elephant and partnered with Hudson, a sexy electrical engineer Eva just met.

Dodging repeated attempts on her life made by ruthless corporations hunting the elephant is easier for Eva than quelling her growing affection for Hudson, and while protecting an elephant is hard, controlling her curse is a lot harder. However, Eva must do both, because if she lets her emotions free and falls in love with Hudson, neither of them will survive.

Enchanting and quirky, TINY GLITCHES fuses electrifying romance and high-voltage suspense in a rollicking adventure.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Fickle_Fiona_100Fickle Fiona says…

What would you do if you couldn’t use any electrical devices? Well, Eva Parker knows exactly what it’s like. Due to her “curse,” her emotions drain electrical energy from anything she’s near. On top of that, she has now been blackmailed into hiding a baby elephant. Then there is Hudson, the hunk she literally just met, that gets wrapped up in all the chaos and believes the elephant is cursing the electronics around them. Now, while keeping her emotions in control, Eva must figure out what to do with the elephant, who is after her, and why on earth is Hudson sticking around through it all?!

In all honesty, the fact that there was an elephant in this book is what caught my attention. I love animals! Rebecca Chastain does a great job with the elephant scenes and giving you a picture of exactly what is going on. The relationship between Eva and Hudson is well developed, and appropriate given the tumultuous adventure they are on. The supporting characters help bring comedy and drama that rounds out the story.

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Due to her curse, Eva can also see apparitions around people that express their emotions. While I really liked the fact that she drains energy from electronics nearby, and it really adds to the story and makes simple things like riding in a car a big ordeal, I don’t think that the apparitions really added much to the story. I found myself skipping through these descriptions, wanting to get on with the actual story plot. I’m also not completely sold on the cover. I feel like it doesn’t do the story justice.

badge3v4Overall, I think Tiny Glitches is a light, quirky story that draws you in to the madness Eva and Hudson experience. You want them to win, to come out on top, but the twists and turns throughout the story keep you on edge.

Tiny Glitches can be found at:

Win A $25 Gift Card to Amazon

RebeccaChastainRebecca is giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon.com to one lucky winner!  The giveaway runs from January 12 to February 12, 2016 and is open internationally.  Go to Rebecca’s Rafflecopter site to enter.

Rebecca Chastain is the international bestselling fantasy author of A FISTFUL OF EVIL, A FISTFUL OF FIRE, and MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats. TINY GLITCHES is her latest novel.

Find Rebecca at:

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Undead series by Mary Janice Davidson, Notes from the Underbelly by Risa Green, or Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.  Also, try Rebecca’s Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer series, winner of One Book Two’s 2015 Standout Award!