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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 8/19/18

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

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them!

Kris Michaels just released Asp (see August 15 post – I thought the book was fab), and here she is working double time getting another story out! Check out the newest release.

Title:  A Backwater Blessing
Author:  Kris Michaels
Series: The Kings of Guardian and Hearts Desire crossover
Released:  August 9, 2018

Description:  When Cole, Mr. FBI, and Logan, local cop and reigning Ice Princess, hook up to solve a case of Mississippi corruption at the highest judicial levels, sparks fly. Their attraction is hotter than the sultry southern sun. She wants to hate him—but she can’t. And Cole would never commit career suicide by staying in a backwater Mississippi town… not for any woman… especially not for Isabella Logan Church.

***ALERT:  I asked the author for position in the line up of The Kings of Guardian books and here’s what she said…

“This story takes place while Joseph’s book is happening. Davis then makes an appearance in Jasmine’s book and in A Heart’s Desire. So I really can’t make it a .5. It is just Cole’s backstory.” ~Kris Michaels

Another Kris Michaels announcement–she’s releasing another book on October 31. It’s a cool anthology of the digital sort. There are nine authors who are going to submit different stories in the SEALs of Paradise series. The series will be released September – October 2018. Check them out when you can.

Title:  Hot SEAL, Single Malt  
AuthorKris Michaels
Series:  SEALs of Paradise
To Be Released: October 31, 2018

Description:  A sense of duty drove Gunner Kincade’s twenty years of service as a Navy SEAL and after his Pops had a stroke, that same sense of duty drove him back to Half Moon Bay to help his old man run his bar, The Wayward Walrus. He meant to surprise Pops with the news he’d retired and was home to stay. It didn’t exactly work to plan. Pops had hired a tiny fireball by the name of A.J. Erickson. Before she’d even learned his name, A.J. managed to sic the local police on him, drown him in dirty mop water and crush his privates, and to his chagrin, she wasn’t going anywhere. Pops had sold her twenty percent of his bar.

After she healed enough to leave the east Texas hospital and testify against her ex-boyfriend, A.J. packed up and drove west. Answering Silas Kincaide’s help wanted ad seemed an answer to a prayer. The old gentleman needed her skills and it didn’t hurt they got along like a house-a-fire. She settled in and made Half Moon Bay and the Walrus her home. After the physical abuse she’d suffered in Texas, she’d honed her ninja skills and though tiny, she stood her ground and defended the Walrus from a trespassing, six-foot-four, muscle-bound, hulk. When Silas introduced the hunched over male, the one cradling his balls, as his son, Gunner, she about died from mortification. Things went downhill from there.

What’s an ex-SEAL to do when a diminutive fireball worms her way past all the bruises she’s inflicted and into his unwilling heart?

Next in line is a series that I haven’t started yet (bows head in shame). It looks so very good and I love Bec McMaster‘s writing. It’s like I need to have a full-time job just reading books!  Anyway, check it out!

Title:  To Catch a Rogue
Author: Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk: The Blueblood Conspiracy #4
To be released:  October 30, 2018

Description:  An impossible heist. A thief and a rogue. But will she steal his heart, instead?

The Company of Rogues finally knows the identity of the mastermind behind a plot against the queen—but their enemy is still one step ahead of them. When he kidnaps one of theirs, the Rogues plan a daring rescue mission that will lead them into the heart of the bloodthirsty Crimson Court.

It’s a job for a master thief, and there’s nothing Charlie Todd likes more than a challenge. To pull off the impossible, Charlie needs a crew, including the only thief who’s ever been able to outfox him.

He broke her heart. But now she must risk it all to save his life…

Lark’s spent years trying to forget her past, but the one thing she can’t ignore is the way a single smile from Charlie still sets her heart on fire. When he proposes they work together again, it feels just like old times, but she has one rule: this is strictly business.

It’s Charlie’s last chance to prove he can be trusted with her heart. But Lark’s keeping a deadly secret. And as passions are stirred and the stakes mount, it might be the kind of secret that could destroy them all…

Ocean’s 11 meets Dracula, in this sexy paranormal heist by USA Today Bestselling Author, Bec McMaster. If you like sexy paranormal romances, steampunk shenanigans, and plenty of action-adventure (vampires, dirigible flights, and steamy rooftop chases), then dive into this thrilling heist with Charlie and Lark.

You could say I’ve been catching up on my series books as of late. I really am excited about that because it’s like a family reunion. The next series update is from Teresa Gabelman and her The Protectors series.  The one thing I loved about this book is that there is trouble in paradise for one of the vampire couples. You know how you read along and are supposed to believe that each mated pair will be happy with one another for eternity? You know and I know how unrealistic that is. I mean every couple has their spats. This story showcases a new and freshly minted couple AND it does show a fissure in a couple that is not the prime focus of the book. It makes it more real life, in my opinion anyway. And more to that is that Steve learns his superpower and the wedding goes on. Oh, and I had to go back and read Sloan again. Couldn’t resist.

Title:  Ronan
Author: Teresa Gabelman
Series: The Protectors #12
Released:  July 30, 2018

Description:  Most think that newest VC Warrior, Ronan McDonald, is just a laid-back cowboy. What they don’t see is the inner turmoil that only his small ranch and horses can tame. At least that was the way it had been until a witch with a beauty none could deny walked into his life.

Running has been Kira Grail’s life for as long as she can remember. It isn’t until she meets a VC Warrior that she realizes she is growing weary, but the forces chasing her will never bend.

Ronan doesn’t believe in witches or curses. What he does believe is that only he can keep Kira safe. Together they fight to bring the once powerful warlock, Orjyll, to his knees releasing the women of the Dragonfly Coven. During their perilous journey, Kira vows to keep her distance, but the vampire cowboy has other plans.

The last update I have today is the new Chloe Neill series. Heirs of Chicagoland #1 starts out with Merit and Ethan’s little girl all grown up. It’s so weird. Not in a bad way at all. It’s just that I’m welcoming a new generation to take my favorite vampires places. It’s just weird.

I’m halfway through the book, but I had to stop to go back and read Howling for You and Slaying It (my reviews will be upcoming). It makes me feel old to go back to when Keene was a tiny baby and Elisa was not born yet. What makes me feel even more strange is that their parents haven’t aged a bit. I’m not sure I’m cut out for this vampire life. Anyway, I’ll be reviewing it all very soon, so if you are interested, keep a weather eye out.

Title:  Wild Hunger
Author: Chloe Neill
Series:  Heirs of Chicagoland #1
Released:  August 14, 2018

Description:  As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

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The Many Lives of Hadley Monroe by Bec McMaster

Short paranormal romance – Can Hadley teach a thing or two to Death?

imageTitle:  The Many Lives of Hadley Monroe
Author:  Bec McMaster
Series:  Stand alone
Publish Date:  April 4, 2016
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  When the clock stops ticking, and the storm rolls in, Hadley Monroe knows exactly what’s going on. Forty years ago her grandfather made a pact with Death, and now Death has come calling again.

Forced to make a deal with the reaper, Hadley has only three weeks to answer his question, or he’ll take her grandmother too. The problem is, there’s no way to answer it, and three weeks is not long enough with the reaper who’s beginning to steal her heart...

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).


This is a stort paranormal romance.  No sex, no cliffhanger and I is going to be a stand alone, but you never know.  Nervous_Nellie_100

At a quick 52 pages, I was able to read this in no time flat.  It did promote some tears, but it wasn’t heart wrenching.  The author did very well in creating characters that quickly became someone to care for.

Some short stories make me feel like I’m rushing to get to the end and when it gets to the end it’s a quick wham, bam, thank you ma’am.  This one was not like that.  This was a steady paced romance with a fairly involved story line.  I felt, when I was finished, like I had read a full badge3v4length novel because I knew the world and the characters so well.

I know Bec McMaster is a great story teller, so this story should be no different, but I want to reassure any one out there that it was worth the time and effort to track it down and give it a read.

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try  London Steampunk Series by Bec McMaster or The Crown & Key series by Clay & Susan Griffith’s……

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