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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 6/24/17

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

  • One of my favorite authors is on vacation.  Not my kind of vacation, mind you.  Here is what Brad Magnarella has to say:

I’m going to be AWOL for the next month as I hike across Colorado

I would prefer to drive, but everyone has a different take on life.  Thank goodness.  Anyway, coming up soon will be the review of Death Mage by Brad Magnarella.  He also has an announcement out there that sometime late July early August the audio of Death Mage will be out.  If you haven’t heard his audios, take a break and get it.  It is narrated very well and it will be a trip worth taking!  Also, Brad announced that there sometime in September – he will write in a multi-urban fantasy author anthology and  Prof Croft will be up for another adventure.  Lastly, Brad Magnarella is working on a new series.  GASP! Now, hold on…it will be a new character but Prof Croft will not be left behind.  He will take a break from his busy life to make an appearance.  This will hopefully be happening sometime in October.

 

 

  • Ever hear about Samantha Moon?  No?  Well, you are missing out.  Samantha Moon is a regular suburban mom with a kid and a husband.  A nice house and she’s also a vampire.  It makes it kinda hard to watch your kid play baseball during the summer, but Samantha handles it all…until…well, get the books and find out.  She is written by J.R. Rain and with a vampire on the job, who needs anyone else?

Check it out – the first 8 Samantha Moon books are on sale for 99 cents.  No…wait! Not 99 cents each – 99 cents for ALL OF THEM.  Be sure you hop over within the next couple of days because the deal will be done shortly.

 

 

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Talking Books with Nell part 2

I used to be an avid reader of the 200 page red cover Harlequin romance.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  I liked them because I could read them in an evening.  If I was in a melancholy mood because of something that happened…or did not happen, those Harlequin romances could trigger a response that would help purge that feeling.  I kept a stash of my favorite books that had the best endings and sometimes I’d just read the last 4 or 5 chapters before being done for the day.  That little bit of Happily Ever After was enough.

Why do I have to have a Happily Ever After?  Because sometimes the real world really sucks.   It’s all fantasy, you say?  Yeah.  So what?  It’s suspension of disbelief.  Walt Disney used it and built huge worlds around it.  It’s a ‘feel good’ thing.  Romance makes me feel good but Horror that scares the ever livin’ daylights out of a person may make someone else absolutely giddy.  I like horror to an extent, but again, that’s a conversation for another day.

Happily Ever After, or HEA for those of you in the know, are easier to come by now than they used to be.  In the non electronics day, one read the back cover and hoped for the best.  As I said, you could about guarantee the red cover Harlequins would be a safe bet.  With the advancement of the Internet (thank the powers), there are book reviews at the beck and call of a google search.  Also, often the authors will write whether it’s a HEA.  I like those authors.  They are the white hats among us Nervous Nellies.

Now, a person might get pulled in by some books that are labelled as a Romance but actually are not purely romance.  What?? I know it’s a confusing thing, but in the Romance category there are those called Urban Fantasy.  I know those are not always HEA, but hopefully by the end of the series it ends in HEA.  Urban Fantasy may have a strong romance element but most don’t. They will have a kick ass hero or heroine that totally wallops the bad guy in a city type setting.  Urban Fantasy tales are my favorite.

Examples of Urban Fantasy are:  Jenn Stark‘s Immortal Vegas where the heroine is a tarot card reader and a thief of magical artifacts – kind of a Indiana Jones but without the college professor label.  Patricia Brigg‘s Mercy Thompson series involves shifters.  Shifters are men and women that can change into wolves, dragons, tigers, or in Mercy’s case – a coyote.  9 times out of 10 the shifter will be a predator of a sort.  I’ve never seen a werebunny outside of Monty Python.  Another favorite of mine is the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  This series was made into an HBO series.  The books were better.  🙂  Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress that gets involved in vampire and shifter politics.  It’s not boring politics either.  If you know vampires and shifters, you know it won’t be boring.

All three of those recommendations have strong female leads, but there are male leads in Urban Fantasy too.  Check next week for more discussion in Talking Books with Nell.

 

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 6/18/2017

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

  •  First off, there is good news from the Faith Hunter front.  This news coming straight from the author herself:

I have signed a new contact for more Jane and Nell books. There will be total of 14 Jane books and a total of 5 Nell books.

 

Now, in my opinion, it’s not enough Jane or Nell books, but I have to reconcile myself to the fact

everything must come to an end.  Plus I’m telling myself that Faith Hunter has a whole lot of stories mulling around on the backburner, so whatever she comes up with will be fabulous!

Check out the series here:  Jane Yellowrock  and  Nell Ingram in Soulwood.

 

 

 

 

  • Darynda Jones knows how hard it is for us readers to wait for another peek into Charley’s world with her infamous husband, Reyes Farrow.  Well, check it out!  She put up a short story on her website that give us Reyes lovers the vapors.

Title:  A Very Charley Christmas

First sentence:  The ball-and-chain, otherwise known as the rather delectable Mr. Reyes Alexander Farrow, was busy chopping something green in our restaurant-style kitchen.

Makes a person want to hit that link and hop right over to Darynda’s website, doesn’t it?  Well, what are you waiting for?? 😉

ALSO: news has it that Charley’s last book and grand finale will be #13.

 

  • Lovers of Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files – pay attention!  The audiobook for The Ghoul Vendetta will be available on September 19, 2017.  And DON’T FORGET that The Myth Manifestation, SPI Files #5, will release November 7, 2017.  It’s so hard to wait!!

 

  • I’m always looking for a good series and when they involve hunky heros? Even better.  If you like military romance series – check this out:  Brotherhood Protectors put together by Elle James.

 

  • One last thing – actually 2 but has to do with the same author.  Craig Schaefer, as you know, is one of my favorite authors and while I have read the first 3 Daniel Faust novels, I came late to the party and haven’t caught up yet.  Anyway, Author Schaefer is releasing Daniel Faust #7 called Double or Nothing on June 27, 2017.
  • The other thing is the cover reveal of Harmony Black‘s #5 called Cold Spectrum due out in November.  Check out her new cover!

 

 

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Talking Books with Nell part 1

 

When I’m not reading, I’m looking for books to read.  Or talking about books. That’s just one addiction the human population has out of millions.  Books make my world a better place for many reasons.

Genre is a word that means:

a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content-Merriam Webster Dictionary

There are a ton and a half of genres out there that no one can easily catagorize.  There are definitely folks that try to catagorize them all, but just like everyone’s brain – no one thinks exactly the same as someone else.  That’s what makes reading fun.

One of the most massive genres out there in the world is that called Romance.  Some folks argue that for the story to be a “true” romance it has to end with the featured couple falling in love.  Some folks will argue that a romance is strictly smutty trash.  I think that might be a little narrow minded. I think that there are so many divisions to the Romance genre, a person can’t just throw all books with romance in them into one category and be done with it.  That’s unfair.  The Romance genre is about as individual as the people who read them.

I started my reading career with books that had words.  Anything.  I’d read it.  I had very few books so what I did have, I read over and over and over again.  Just thinking about how the options of books have changed in the last 40 years is enough to make me goggle.  That’s a subject for later on. The books I got hooked on when I could actually get a new book was a romance.  They were the easiest to find in a second hand store or a library. I tried fantasy, but even back then that genre was limited.

Over the years I developed the ability to be choosy about what romance I waned to read.  That being said, the specifications for me to read a romance depends on what is going on at the time.  Am I stretched to a near breaking point and I need fantasy? Go toward Paranormal or Science Fiction.  Am I in need of a relaxing fluffy book? Go toward boilerplate romance. Am I looking for a strong male alpha that gets my motor running?  Usually even the strong women enjoy being cherished. Am I looking for a suspense?  Suspense alone has sub-genres that one must explore before committing.   Also, do I want to read about a certain time frame? There is regency, contemporary, old west, medieval, time travel and more.  Do I want the hero/heroine to be associated with the military? medical? paranormal? cowboys? billionaires?    There are plenty of other examples of what a person could chose from -those listed aren’t the only ones.

When I get tired or stressed, I usually choose a series romance.  It’s nice, safe and I know how it will end.  I enjoy reading the series when all the characters in the series appear over and over.  It’s like a big “Cheers” style get together.  The characters can always depend on the others and they are all willing to do anything for the other people in their series.  It’s all fantasy, I know, but it helps.

There are a couple of series examples I can share with you.  The Virgin River series by Robin Carr.  The whole story takes place in one small town and everyone knows your name.  The Kings of Guardian series by Kris Michaels.  This series is about a security company with international connections that save people. For a walk on the paranormal side there is Tina Folsom‘s Scanguard Vampire series, D.B. Reynolds Vampires in America series or Darynda Jones Charley Davidson series.

That’s where the Happily Ever After comes into play.  Those are the endings that make my world go around.

Tune in next week for more “Talking Books with Nell”.

 

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 6/4/2017

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

  •  First off, there is a free book out there just begging to be taken home.  It’s free through today, so hurry and get yours.  I’ve starting reading this series and I’m already nervous for the characters.  I’m not anywhere close to the end, so there is time for the “big save” of the day yet.

Title: Pound of Flesh
Author: J.A. Cipriano
Series: Half Demon Warlock #1
Free on Amazon until end of June 5, 2017 with book Flesh and Blood book #2 at .99 until June 7, 2017

Publisher’s Description: My name is Roy Morgan, and I’m not your average Atlanta cop. For one, most of them don’t have to kill people to stay alive. I do. It’s a half-demon thing. Yep, that’s right, half-demon. It’s awesome, especially since I’m half-warlock too, and those two sides don’t much get along.

Still, that and a buck will get you a candy bar. So it’s all good.

Or at least it was.

See, I had this dumb idea to stop a robbery in progress and have myself a snack. Turns out these weren’t your run of the mill robbers. No, these were demonic slavers, there to capture the district attorney and sell her off to the highest bidding demon in Hell.

Now if I want to stop them, I’m going to have to fight my way through a city full of hellfire-flinging, gun-toting, spell-weaving demons.

My name is Roy Morgan, and I think I’ll have seconds.

  •  Want an autographed copy of the scheduled fall release of  The Trouble with the Twelvth Grave?  Don’t want to stand in line?  Author Darynda Jones feels your pain.  Slip over to her website and join in the Virtual Book Signing and never leave your easy chair.  Check it out here.

Title:  The Trouble With the Twelfth Grave
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #12
Release date: October 31, 2017
Publisher’s Description:  Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect? 

  •  Here’s a addition to the Harkerverse world and it looks really good.  This story is from the Shadow Council Archives.  The same Shadow Council that Jo Henry, Quincy Harker, John Watson and others are members.

Title:  Frost & Filigree
Author:  Natania Barron
Series:  Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter AND Shadow Council Case Files
To Be Released: June 6, 2017
Publisher’s Description:

They have worked behind the scenes of society for centuries, protecting humans from threats beyond their understanding. They are The Shadow Council, and these Archives are the stories of their members and adventures throughout recorded history. From folk heroes to monsters out of darkest nightmare, the Shadow Council Archives explore the world beyond mundane understanding.

Vivienne du Lac and Nerissa Waldemar — a.k.a. la belle dame sans merci and the lamia — have been living among the elite of Tarrytown for quite some time, undetected but for the trail of goats in their wake (one must eat, after all). But just as their eccentricities begin to raise eyebrows, a dark evil arises, intent on murder. They meet a with a young woman named Christabel Crane and a group of bumbling cultists calling themselves the Circle of Iapetus, who beg for help combating the creature.

As they plunge deeper into the mysteries surrounding the New York elite, old flames rekindle, and old grudges, too. Vivienne and Nerissa agree to help fend off the darkness, but will spilled blood mean the end of their reform? And if not, at what cost? 

 

  •   Craig Schaefer is working like a mad person getting edits done for the next Daniel Faust book that’s scheduled to be released next month.  With all of his readers in mind, he’s reduced one of his series to .99 for this weekend only.  See below.
  • Also, keep in mind that Harmony Black‘s next adventure will be released in October AND he released this little teaser:

Then, in January, looks like I’ll be debuting that special and mysterious side project I’ve been working on for ages now. Still can’t talk about it just yet, but soon.

Title:  The Complete Revanche Cycle
Author: Craig Schaefer
Sale at all major retailers – just type in the name of the series and you’ll get directed.

Publisher’s Description:  Control the papacy, rule the world.

As Pope Benignus withers on his deathbed, conspiracies swirl across the empire. Bounty hunters and assassins flock to the frozen north, searching a city of thieves for an exiled politician while a storm of war and witchcraft brews on the horizon. As gambits play out, contenders die and the dominoes fall, a rare few will determine the course of history.

Livia Serafini. Pious. Zealous. Driven. With her sights set upon her father’s throne, Livia refuses to be a pawn of the conspirators that surround her. She’ll risk it all to rise above the tempest and lead her people to peace. Her pure-hearted ambitions may cost more than she knows: her reputation, her life, even her very soul.

Mari Renault. Honorable. Brutal. Lost. A war orphan from a land under a conqueror’s yoke, Mari is haunted by the horrors of her past and an impossible dream of knighthood. When she finds her dark savior, she’ll learn how dreams can come true…and how a ragged refugee girl can become a champion of the night.

The Owl. Brilliant. Ruthless. Sadistic. The witch and her disciples, on a mission of vengeance, are lured into the battle for control of the papacy. Despite all of her well-laid plans, the Owl soon finds herself walking a strange and twisted road. One that pits her against the most deadly foe of all — her own coven — and rekindles passion in her ice-sheathed heart.

Renata Nicci. Honest. Devoted. Daring. She’s just a dockside tavern barmaid. That’s what everyone tells her. That’s all anyone ever expected her to be. But when her lover Felix is swept into a battle between banking families and the machinations of a criminal kingpin, she’ll take up a blade and cross a war-ravaged land to save him.

Four women, four lives on a collision course. When the dust settles, their world will never be the same…if anyone is still alive to see it.

 

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