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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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North Iowa Book Bash #NIBB2018

Yesterday Ivana, Percy and I went to the North Iowa Book Bash.  I will tell you one thing about this event.  This event was soooo good it outshined the Kansas City event that Ruby Lee and I went to last weekend and that was put on by a publisher. Seriously, Indie is the way to go, people.  This was mostly a romance heavy book con, but there Fantasy, LGBTQ, Erotica, Young Adult, and Mystery.

This book bash was sponsored and put together by BF Bookies. This bunch of folks went all out and worked their tails off to give the fans and readers a fun day of books, swag and author love.

There were prizes to be had, lunch was served, books to be bought and 50 authors to meet and greet.  Some authors came from quite a distance where some were Iowa and Minnesota authors that came together for some good old Midwest hospitality.

 

 

The main author I went to see was Terry Maggert.  I had preordered #3 and #4 of the Halfway Witchy series and I had to go pick them up. I bought:

Titles:  Halfway Hunted, Halfway Witchy #3
Halfway Drowned, Halfway Witchy #4

News has it that there will soon be a book #5 in the Halfway Witchy series that will be titled *covertly looking each way for those that are eavesdropping*

Halfway Wrapped, Halfway Witchy #5

 

 

 

 

Along with his newly written and released book:

Title:  A Touch of Frost
Author: Terry Maggert
Release date: April 7, 2018
Publisher’s descriptionGideon Frost is the last survivor of Ravenwood, an orphanage scheduled for destruction at the hands of a vicious politician. Over the past century, hundreds of children have vanished, lost forever to witches who use their souls as fuel for life everlasting.

On the run and alone, he’ll find help in an unlikely place, when the missing children reach out to him from the land of the dead, asking him for the one thing he can deliver.

Justice.

But Gideon won’t fight alone. Samira Alexander is a sorceress who can bridge the worlds between life and death, and she’ll stand beside him as they fight against the killers who want far more than just Gideon’s silence.

They want his power. They want his soul. But Gideon won’t give up either without a fight, and the witches of Ravenwood are about to learn a painful lesson.

Let me tell you, I am ready for the current ice and snow storm going on today.  All I have to do is settle in and I’m all over this book.  Did you read the description?  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Yeah, I thought so too.  Well, what you might not know about Terry is he’s kind of into history and he found his inspiration from this true life story from Tuam, Ireland.  Please don’t read about that place unless you have a strong constitution.  Anyway, Terry took this story and wove it into a fantasy world with ruthless witches and a mystery that has been covered up by a villainous politician. Be sure to pick up yours when it’s released.

The rest of the authors at the NIBB were bonus.  The Indie authors that were there were awesome.  They were warm, friendly and anxious to tell about their works of art.  It was incredibly fun.  Needless to say, I ran out of money before I ran out of books I wanted to buy.  Here are a sample of the awesome people I saw.

This author is a super lady and a devoted grandmother. The book I bought from her was a corroboration between her and her grandchildren.  The kids named the characters, came up with the idea of the Soul Mate Tree which, in my opinion, is awesomely cool, figured out how to kill the villain and it’s still not quite readable for kids.  Yep, it’s adult oriented, if you get my drift.  I bought the book and I will be sure to review it soon.

Title:  A Trail To Love
Author: Tina Susedik
Series: Soul Mate Tree #4
Released: April 7, 2017
Publisher’s Description: Jack Billabard, mourning the loss of his wife and baby in childbirth, vows to never to love again. After their funeral at Fort Laramie, he rides into the Wyoming hills beyond the ranch he built for his wife. Through his grieving tears, an ancient tree appears, giving him the hope he doesn’t believe is possible. For the next four years, he acts as a guide on the Oregon Trail, taking families to a new life while his looms lonely and stagnant.

The night before her abusive husband’s death, an ancient tree appears in Sarah Nickelson’s yard as she agonizes over how to survive her marriage. The tree gives her hope she can’t help but reject. After all, a tree doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. After her husband ‘s death, and with no options as a widow in Independence, Missouri, Sarah decides to travel to Oregon City as a Mail Order Bride.

During their trek west on the Oregon Trail, Jack and Sarah encounter one another, each afraid of being hurt again. Can they survive dogs and puppies, wind and rainstorms, Indians and unfavorable fellow passengers, while their love blossoms? Will the tree fulfill its promise?

I have a few more authors to spotlight, but I will post their stories a little later.  Here’s a picture of the new TBR pile I acquired to be placed upon my already burgeoning TBR pile.

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Upcoming: A Fistful of Frost by Rebecca Chastain

Back in 2015, I reviewed A Fistful of Evil and A Fistful of Fire by Rebecca Chastain and loved them so much that they won Standout Award for that year. Now, I’m excited to announce that the Madison Fox series is continuing with A Fistful of Frost, due out May 8th! Check out the blurb below and the TWO GIVEAWAYS being hosted by the author!

Title: A Fistful of Frost
Author: Rebecca Chastain
Series: Madison Fox, #3
Publish Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Urban fantasy
Cover: Yocla Designs

Publisher’s DescriptionMadison’s job—and soul—are on thin ice.

Madison Fox is determined to reform Jamie, her half-evil pooka, but the bond linking her to Jamie works both ways. Already, it has manipulated her into bending the rules. If she continues down this path, she could doom her soul. Since her judgment can’t be trusted, a high-ranking inspector now dictates Madison’s every interaction with Jamie, and each directive drives them further apart.

Unfortunately, Madison has bigger issues than the potential degradation of her soul. Winter has struck with a vengeance. Frost moths plague the entire state, reinforcing the artificially frigid temperature. Worse, cold-blooded, soul-stealing enemies are flocking into her region from the north—creatures Madison has little defense against.

With the inspector scrutinizing her every misstep, Madison is in for the battle of her life. If she hopes to survive, she must make an impossible choice: save herself and her region or save Jamie.

An imaginative urban fantasy filled with heart, humor, and plenty of butt-kicking action—A Fistful of Frost is a book you won’t want to miss!

Buy now to continue the suspenseful adventure today!

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07BD3QWXM

Giveaway 1 (Now until May 8):

Order your copy of A Fistful of Frost between now and the release date on May 8, and you can receive a copy of the Madison Fox novelette, A Fistful of Flirtation.

Madison finally gets her date with Dr. Love—and if they had picked any other restaurant, she might have had a chance to enjoy it, too…

Receive your free gift with purchase here: https://www.rebeccachastain.com/current-giveaways/

Giveaway 2 (May 8-30):

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card or the complete Madison Fox trilogy!
https://www.rebeccachastain.com/current-giveaways/

About the Author

REBECCA CHASTAIN is the USA Today bestselling author of the Madison Fox urban fantasy series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles fantasy trilogy, among other works. Inside her novels, you’ll find spellbinding adventures packed with supernatural creatures, thrilling action, heartwarming characters (human and otherwise), and more than a little humor. Rebecca lives in Northern California with her charming husband and bossy cats.

Visit Rebecca online:

Website: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccachastainnovels
Twitter: @Author_Rebecca or https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca
Instagram: @chastain.rebecca or https://www.instagram.com/chastain.rebecca/
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-chastain

Anubis by Kris Michaels

A new suspense romance series written by a fabulous artist.  If you like an action packed ride, this is one for the books.

Title: Anubis
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Guardians of the Shadow World
Publish Date: January 30, 2018
Genre: Romance Suspense
Cover: Digitally Imagined
Source: purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description:  In the Shadow World, he was the God of Death, and he was called many names. The monsters he hunted called him Anubis. Those who saw his face died. To Guardian Security, he was a number, a surgical weapon they wielded against monstrous evil. One woman called him Kaeden Lang. Anubis never meant her to be anything except an interlude, a moment of light in the darkness of his life, a one-time escape from the ever-present haze of death. He committed an unforgivable sin—he saw her again—and again—and again. She held back the shadows that threatened to consume him.

Sky Meyers made a grave mistake six years ago. She fell in love—only to have the man she knew as Kaeden Lang disappear. Now, his daughter needed him to save her life. As the office manager for the State District Attorney, Sky accessed national databases in a desperate search for her baby’s daddy only to discover the man she knew as Kaeden Lang didn’t exist. She’d already lost the man she loved; she couldn’t lose her daughter.

Other eyes noticed Sky’s search. Abruptly recalled and informed of the existence of his daughter and her illness, Anubis slipped through the shadows to help Sky—but found death threatened more than his daughter. In her attempt to find Kaeden Lang, Sky unknowingly jeopardized his Shadow World existence by alerting an enemy Kaeden Lang can’t eliminate–only Anubis can.

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


Nervous Nellie says..

This is a romance – my favorite kind – one with a happy ending.  There is sex involved and some swearing. There are assassins involved, but they play for the good guy side.  There isn’t any graphic death – not like a horror story might have, but there is a couple of dead people involved.

I really love the Kings of Guardian series.  If I had to choose, my favorite to date is Jewell and here is that review.  However, we are on Anubis right now.  This is another series that author Kris Michaels is writing.  It’s called Guardians of the Shadow World.

This series has recurring characters which is the part of the series I like.  Even after their story is done, the characters pop up in other stories.  It’s like being part of a family.  I get to see them joke and tease as well as watch their progression with the family and their position within the Guardian world.

I know the concept of having assassins on the payroll might be tough to think about in real life and it might be hard to reconcile taking the life of someone else because of their penchant to kill and destroy lives.  I get that.  However, I am sure there really are people that have this job to make our lives less frightening.  With that being said, I do not have a problem with the Shadow World of Guardian.  In a perfect world, karma or whatever you want to call it -would punish those that do atrocities to other innocents just because they can.  We all know there is no such thing as a perfect world.

Anubis is Guardian Security’s asset and he kills with poison.  He is not an up close and personal killer. I could do research and see what that means psychologically, but that would be going too far and besides, I don’t really want to know.  This is a suspenseful story and I loved it just the way it is.

Everyone deserves happiness and this was an incredible story of a ray of sunshine perminating a life lived in the shadows.  It was a story about a path that was set in stone suddenly having a fork in the road that may lead to a better life.

The heroine was not whiny.  She was a strong lady and she didn’t make stupid choices.  She did what needed to be done and did not hesitate to face problems head on.  I think Sky was the toughest woman have met in a story.

The hero, suffice it to say, was struggling with himself.  The things he’d done and the danger he would bring to the doorstep of the people he loved.  It was a battle that ranged from the “right thing to do” and the “right thing I want to do”.  He was rather between a rock and a hard place.  I loved the way it all turned out.  5 stars.

 

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

 

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Jewell by Kris Michaels

Super Geek meets Scary Assassin.  Kris Michaels releases book #8 in the Kings of Guardian.  Technology princess Jewell King will finally meet her match.

 Title: Jewell
Author:  Kris Michaels
Series:  The Kings of Guardian
Publish Date: August 22, 2017
Genre: Suspense Romance
Cover: Digitally Imagined
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Publisher’s Description:  Obsessive. Toxic. Ice Princess. Witch. Jewell King ignored the epithets slung at her behind her back. Hell, after six, or was it seven, personal security officers asked to be reassigned rather than continue to guard her 24/7, maybe she deserved the names. She didn’t care. Good riddance. Well…the last one had kinda weaseled his way into her daily routine with his compulsive cleaning and insistence on health foods. When he left, she noticed and was…hurt. But that didn’t matter. She had no time for emotions. Handling the information and data systems for Guardian required 28 hour days and triple her current staff. On her shoulders rested the weight of defending Guardian against a brilliant hacker determined to take down all billionaire David Xavier had built and destroy her family in the process. He’d tried before. She had frustrated his first attempt by the slimmest of margins. This time he’d made it personal and he just might succeed.

Zane Reynolds waded through several weeks’ worth of empty energy drink cans, cast off candy wrappers and stale pizza boxes, and viewed Jewell’s office with a resigned sense of deja vu. He was back—against his will and despite his best efforts to stay as far away from Jewell as he could get. The fact she hated him would make Jewell a difficult assignment. He should walk away like all the others, except he couldn’t. He’d seen through the woman’s veneer and had witnessed the true kindness of the person hiding under the beautiful, yet caustic façade. This time, Zane had non-negotiable conditions before he’d agree to return as Jewell King’s personal security, and he told the CEO of Guardian as much. This time, he was doing things his way.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

 

I love this series.  I think I may label Jewell my favorite throughout the whole series.  There is sex but not that much gore.  A couple of dead guys but not anything that would freak me out.  There is no cliffhanger and there is a happy ending.

Jewell carries the heavy load of communications and technology.  She has to be everywhere all the time.  She’s taken for granted but she is brilliant.  Not one of her brothers know what it takes to do what she does.  She has big brothers that “take care” of little Jewell because she needs protecting.  Jewell has other thoughts.  She knows how to take care of herself…well, sort of.  She can survive – how’s that?  Big brothers decide that she needs a body guard.  A nasty egomaniacal hacker is bent on revenge since she took him down in front of everyone and the Dark Web.  His rep has been torpedoed and he can stand losing.

Zane Reynolds works for Guardian Security and is assigned to Jewell.  He takes all the punishment she can deal out.  It’s not his fault that her brothers never asked her if she wanted to weigh in on her own personal security.  Zane has problems of his own.  He’s coming out of the Shadow World of Guardian Security into the light.  He’s not sure he can be normal but he can’t stay where he was.

When the hacker starts to up the ante, Jason, Jared, Jacob and Joseph decide that Zane needs to protect Jewell again.  Funny thing, the boys don’t want their baby sister involved with Zane but they put them together.  They have feelings for one another and ‘Wham!’.  Uh, duh, boys.  What’d you think was gonna happen?

This is a romance.  I have to keep telling myself that but truth be told, it’s a lot of suspense too.  The story is well written and all the computer geek language was way over my head.  I loved that Jewell was such a powerhouse and stood up to her brothers.  She had leverage and she knew how to use it!  Go, Jewell!!

Jewell stands for all of us behind the scenes folks that make the hard stuff look easy.  5 stars without a doubt.

 

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Seal of Protection series by Susan Stoker
Delta Force Heroe series by Susan Stoker

 

 

 

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