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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 4/29/18

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

Big news, people!! Here’s an author that One Book Two has supported with reading and reviews of her books.  Who is that? Kristi Charish!!  We haven’t heard from her in awhile, but that’s because she’s holed up in her writing cave creating new and exciting adventures for us all.

Releasing on May 7, 2018 is the next in Owl’s adventure.

Title:  Owl and the Tiger Thieves
Author: Kristi Charish
Series: Adventures of Owl #4
Release: May 7, 2018
Publisher’s Description:  In this fourth Owl novel, Kristi Charish (The Voodoo Killings) melds sparkling fantasy with the grit of urban underbelly—with a detour through the world’s most spectacular cities. This is perfect for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

Through no fault of her own, Alix has found herself essential to the fate of the world as we know it. She didn’t mean for this to happen—she was quite happy being merely the notorious antiquities thief, and ex-archeologist, known as Owl.

However, years ago, Owl reluctantly entered the secret world of the supernatural. Her goals: complete one job, escape one bounty on her head, continue her thieving in peace.

Fast forward to today. Now, she has become a key player in a brutal paranormal civil war that is rapidly getting out of hand. The leader of one of these factions—a lethal opponent called the Electric Samurai—grows more powerful by the second. To stop him, Owl sets out to find the long-lost, legendary group known as the Tiger Thieves.

But will it be too little too late? One thing Owl misses about “normal” archaeology: there are few emergencies with thousand-year-old relics.

 

This next book may need me to go back and re-read the first in the series to remember where it left off.  The VooDoo Killings was released in 2016 here in USA featuring star Kincaid Strange. Kincaid’s next adventure will be released in January of 2019, so I have a bit to prepare.  I am definitely looking forward to it!


Title:  The Lipstick VooDoo
Author: Kristi Charish
Series: Kincaid Strange #2
Release: January 9, 2019
Publisher’s Description: Kincaid Strange cannot catch a break. After dealing with a spate of paranormal murders, there’s barely time to recuperate–let alone sleep in–before there’s a new problem in Kincaid’s world of paranormal activity. When her roommate, Nathan Cade–the ghost of a grunge-rocker with a pathological lack of self-control–comes home bound to a dead body, it’s up to Kincaid to figure out how to free him. Ideally before her new mentor, Gideon, a powerful sorcerer’s ghost, discovers that Nate is trapped in the body he’d coveted for himself.

 

I really don’t want to talk about this because I’m sure if I don’t talk about it the end of the series really won’t happen, right? Yeah, you heard me right.  It’s the end.  I thought that depression was imminent UNTIL I talked with Author Stark.  She told me she will be releasing a new series in September-ish 2018 called Wilde Justice.

Here’s what she had to say:

Sara will not be shutting up any time soon–in the fall I’ll be launching a new series with her and most of the gang. It’ll be a tiny bit different in that my goal with the new series is to have them be standalone adventures vs. so deeply tied together that there was no way you could start in the middle of the series, and her focus will be different as a result of what happens in Wilde Fire… but this isn’t so much the end as a new beginning! :D~Jenn Stark

Title:  Wilde Fire
Author: Jenn Stark
Series: Immortal Vegas #10
Released: April 18, 2018
Publisher’s Description: It’s the end of the world as we know it…

The war on magic is here, and Mistress of the House of Swords Sara Wilde has done everything she can to prepare. The Arcana Council has recalled its most powerful members to hold the line, and the Houses of Magic are frantically strengthening their defenses. Then the first volley hits: a plague of demons freed to ravage the earth. Scrambling, Sara discovers that the war will be fought not on one front, but three–while new threats emerge at a breakneck pace.

All the magic in the world may not be enough to save it.

From an ancient coven in Chicago to the sunbaked streets of Vegas to the frozen ice fields of Antarctica, Sara rallies her closest friends and fiercest enemies to protect the earth from the gods and monsters raining down from the dark side of the veil. To succeed, Sara must confront the truths she’s been avoiding her whole life, and take on forces that have kept the Connecteds powerless for far too long. But is she willing to make the ultimate sacrifice?

When it comes to Armageddon, where there’s smoke there’s always Wilde Fire.

 

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Justin by Kris Michaels

The last one falls.  It’s amazing to find love even when it’s been under your nose for years.  Why or how do these things happen?  Who knows? But it’s fantastic when it does. No one expects what Justin King does as a side line.  No one in his family save one brother knows he really works for Guardian.  He doesn’t need his family…until he does.

Title: Justin
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian #10
Publish Date: April 24, 2018
Genre: Romanc8
Publisher’s Description: Being CEO of flourishing JK Holdings isn’t a sufficient challenge for millionaire restaurateur Justin King. He craves the rush gained by facing danger and triumphing—be it heli-skiing, rappelling, suit jumping from the peaks of Mt. Everest or racing performance cars. But nothing does it for him like breaking into impenetrable fortresses and rifling their vaults for Guardian Security. It’s the best-kept secret of his very public life.

Danielle Grant has built a life separate from the power and influence of her father, the owner of Phoenix Armament. As Acquisitions Manager of JK Holdings, she’s made herself indispensable to Justin King on a professional level, his steady constant as she watches the gorgeous women in his private life come and go. Never once did she allow herself to dream the romantic attentions of her boss would turn her way—until fate perched them side-by-side at the precipice of a deadly drop.

Just as Justin and Dani realize what they could be to each other, a malevolent force rips them apart, and Dani vanishes without a trace. Finding her and getting her back will require Justin do the one thing he has avoided all his life—ask for the help of his family.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Lord above, did you fire your brains out of that damn rocket launcher?

or

I’m not crazy! Guardian has be tested! Once a year!

Oh, my gosh.  I just love Jade.  Only she could come up with comments like that.

This book is a well written accounting of the elusive Justin King.  His story isn’t graphic in horror or sex, but there is death and sex in the book.  There is not a cliffhanger and there is a happy ending.  All of this series could be read as stand alones, but it would be so much better to read them in order so you get to know the family and the other characters that are involved in Guardian Security.

Earlier, I stated that Justin King is elusive.  It’s a different kind of elusive than Joseph King.  Justin is very private and most of his siblings think he’s just a playboy restaurateur that doesn’t really know what Guardian is about.  Boy, are they in for a surprise.  That’s ok, though, because Justin needs as much credit of saving lives as the rest of the team.  What he does is keenly different, but no less useful.

All the Kings (except for Mom Amanda) were in this episode which was an incredible treat for those of us that practically worship the ground the Kings walk on.  Most of this book was somber because that’s who Justin is. He’s a meticulous businessman that has brilliantly built his world with his own two hands with no help from anyone.  He’s held his family at bay because that’s how he does things.  He’s not a jokester like Jacob.  He’s not damaged like Joseph.  He’s not the same kind of crazy as Jade, though he has his own brand.

I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Justin.  He was always in the shadows as the brother who knows nothing about what his sibs do for the world and here we are finding out that he has more effect on the world than haute cuisine and fine wine.

One last thing, while it makes me sad that this is the last official King sibling to get matched up, that does not mean it’s the last of the King family.  We have Drake and Dixon left to go and from the little teaser at the end of the book, I believe that one of them has their story next.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

 

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Raised in Fire by K.F. Breene

Got a steady job.  Got a housekeeper, a fallen angel for a dad, an understanding boss, and even a righteous sword.  Who needs more?  Reagen Sommerset, that’s who.  Less talk and a lot more action is what she’s all about.

Title:  Raised in Fire
Author: K.F. Breene
Series: Fire and Ice Triolgy #2
Publish Date: September 22, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Source: Purchased from Audible

Publisher’s DescriptionIt is a common truth in my life that when it rains, it pours.

The killings that once plagued New Orleans are cropping up again in Seattle. The local office is stumped. I’m called out to lend a fresh set of eyes, and my unique magical touch.

It’s only when I get there that I realize the Seattle office isn’t stumped at all.

They’re being silenced by the Mages’ Guild, a corrupt magical institution that doesn’t want word to get out of what is plaguing the city. Worse, news of my magic might’ve slipped down to the underworld, hitting the ears of some extremely powerful demons.

What I thought was a routine murder investigation turns into a fight for my life. With the help of Darius, my stalker elder vampire, and my dual-mage side kicks, I somehow have to dodge the Guild in order to stop one of the most powerful demons I’ve ever encountered. If I don’t? It’ll escape back down below with proof of what I really am.

My life hangs in the balance, and this time, I can’t see a way out.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This book rocked! This is #2 in the 3 book run of Fire and Ice series.  There is swearing.  There is death.  There are monsters.  There is tricks and conspiracies.  All those things, but mostly just the last 4 will give you a hint there are vampires as well.  There isn’t a cliffhanger, but a lead in to the next book.  There is some graphic stuff but not horror graphic.

 

 

I can’t say enough good about this series so far except I will be sad when I get through the last book.  Reagan is someone I’d like to hang with and see what trouble she land in next.  Her dad is Lucifer.  She’s supposed to reign in hell.  She doesn’t want to.  She’s great at the bounty hunter job she has in the brink and she doesn’t want to be noticed by the demons bent on bringing her into her daddy’s inner circle.  Well, they could also use her to their own ends too.  I mean, they are demons, you know.

And then there is the vampire stalker.  Oh, he doesn’t think he’s a stalker.  For some reason, even unknown to the elder vampire himself, he is pulled to Reagan like a magnet.  Darius doesn’t like the feelings she’s stirring up in him.  He’s a vampire for goodness sake.  He’s not supposed to have feelings, but Reagan is pulling him back to his humanity.  It’s really a fun journey.  Reagan and Darius work so well together, it would be a shame to split them.

This story is exactly as the description claims and it was an adventure full of discovery and death.

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, Brad Magnarella’s Prof Croft series, and Jenn Stark’s amazing Immortal Vegas series…

 

Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 4/22/2018

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

 

Such up to the moment news that there isn’t even a book cover yet…or a description.  Well, that’s how we roll here at One Book Two.

Anyway, you know I rave about Lisa Shearin (New York Times Best Selling Author) and her SPI Files series.  If you haven’t read them, you like monstrous bad guys and a little tiny, itty bitty romance – dig this series.  Each book is one that I have to clear an afternoon for because if I sit down, I ain’t getting back up til it’s done.

Back to the subject.  Lisa Shearin is going to release The Phoenix Illusion sometime this fall. I can’t think of a better thing to look forward to!  Author Shearin is gracious to let me post a snippet from The Phoenix Illusion.  Be careful…don’t let it suck you in because it’s only a snippet!

THE PHOENIX ILLUSION (SPI Files #6) BY LISA SHEARIN (A snippet from the author)

The mirror with its sturdy metal frame was nearly seven feet tall and three feet wide. It wasn’t a mirror to admire yourself in, though we all could see our reflections just fine. This mirror was for transport. Mirror mages could connect two specially constructed mirrors, enabling a person to step into the mirror on their end, and step out of the destination mirror, covering distances between worlds in one step.

That was the extent of my knowledge of how this thing worked, and I was pretty sure I didn’t want to receive enlightenment on what went on in between. Rake had mentioned that last year there’d been a bit of a giant spider infestation in the Void, which was what the space between mirrors was called.

Nope.

I didn’t need to know anything else, since Satan would be serving snow cones in Hell before I’d ever step through one.

Rake’s portal mage stood about five feet in front of the mirror, one arm extended, palm out, fingers spread wide, his stance one of casual readiness.

“My lord, Chancellor Nathrach’s mage has activated the mirror on their end and is ready when we are.”

Rake nodded once. “Bring him through.”

The mage straightened his stance, facing the mirror, now with both arms extended toward a surface that began to ripple, then swirl, picking up speed.

I quickly looked down at my feet. There wasn’t enough Dramamine in the world for me to be able to look at that mirror and not lose lunch. A pulsing light reflected on the polished floor, and then thankfully, the light show stopped.

I looked up at the new arrival.

Chancellor Tamnais Nathrach wore black, and he wore it well, from his leather-armored chest and arms, snug leather pants, down to the toes of his over-the-knee boots. He was also wearing blades everywhere there was room.

Yes, the view was nice; but I think what dropped my jaw was that Tam Nathrach could have been Rake’s nearly twin brother. The only big difference was that Rake’s hair was shoulder length, and Tam wore his to the middle of his back.

Rake gave his cousin a quick up-and-down glance and grinned. “Expecting trouble?”

Tam responded with a crooked grin of his own. “Forever and always.”

The two men hugged, Rake being careful to maneuver around his cousin’s portable arsenal.

No, this wasn’t gonna be awkward in any way, shape, or form.

 

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Origin by Dan Brown

Title: Origin
Author: Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon, #5
Publish Date: October 3, 2017 by Doubleday Books
Genre: Mystery
Source: Library

Publisher’s Description: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself… and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery… and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Agent Annie says…

I had quite given up on Dan Brown books after not enjoying The Lost Symbol. In fact, I never even read Inferno, but for some reason, I picked up Origin, probably because the cover had a chambered nautilus on it.

It turns out that’s fitting because, in my opinion, it was the best thing about the book. Not only did the nautilus represent a specific piece of artwork in the Guggenheim museum in Barcelona, Spain, but also the golden ration and the idea of infinite love and the perfection of the universe.

I know, that’s deep, but I think that is what Dan Brown has done with this book. It didn’t feel like an action thriller in the same way that DaVinci Code and Digital Fortress did. It was more like Brown’s commentary on religion versus science. Dan Brown is obviously on the side of science, but very strongly included in that is Love. One of the beautiful quotes in the book is a prayer that the character Edmond Kirsch wrote:

May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies.
May our compassion keep pace with our powers.
And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.

I  like that Robert Langdon is starting to show his age and had a harder time keeping up with the “damsel in distress,” Ambra Vidal, who is a decade or two his junior. There were some very tender moments when Langdon feels a closeness to Vidal that is more fatherly than romantic. That’s a nice change from the typical action hero lover persona that is a part of so many thrillers today. In fact, Ambra Vidal even says to herself towards the end of the story,

“[She] suddenly understood what Edmond had been saying about the energy of love and light… blossoming outward infinitely to fill the universe. Love is not a finite emotion. We don’t have only so much to share. Our hearts create love as we need it… Love truly is not a finite emotion. It can be generated spontaneously out of nothing at all.”

I give this book 4 stars because Dan Brown found a way to use an action-packed thriller to convey the message that Love is Universal. I also really enjoyed learning more about the art and architecture in Spain. I found myself looking things up on the internet and trying to see pictures of these amazing buildings and works of art. I hope the publishers create an edition that has hyperlinks or references or color illustrations like they did with DaVinci Code.

Other recommendations…

If you liked this book, you might try any other book by Dan Brown, The Art Forger by BA Shapiro, The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor, or Guernica by Dave Boling.

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