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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 10/28/18

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!

Here’s a snippet from Lisa Shearin –

I kept regular daylight office hours at SPI. Usually. Unless something big was going down, then I went until I couldn’t go any more. The forces of evil didn’t clock in and out, so neither could I.

My problem was that when I was borderline exhausted, more often than not, exhaustion brought along her good friend insomnia.

Insomnia was a jerk.

In addition, my subconscious had brought paranoia, fear, and inadequacy to the sleepover.

I did meditative breathing. No go. I tried counting sheep, but just as I was starting to doze off, the fluffy little sheep turned into zombie sheep and attacked me.

  • The next big news is Chloe Neill‘s new release in the Heirs of Chicagoland series.  Yep, Wicked Hour will release in the fall of 2019.  Keep watching for more details.


  • OMG, OMG. OMG.  Big news for me!!  Lauren Dane will be releasing a new Goddess With a Blade series book #5!  I don’t know what it’s named and I don’t know when it will release, but I really thought Lauren Dane forgot about Rowan because I haven’t seen her in awhile.  I’m so happy!

At Blade’s Edge

Blade on the Hunt


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At Blade’s Edge by Lauren Dane

Rowan is on the war path.  She will take those down that have hurt those she loves.

25026933TitleAt Blade’s Edge
AuthorLauren Dane
Series: Goddess with a Blade #4
Publish Date:  December 14, 2015
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Raised at the knee of The First and honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, she wields ancient knowledge from the Goddess Brigid and is newly married to a powerful Vampire scion.

Though she’d hoped the deadly events in Venice would end the threat to The Treaty she is sworn to protect, Rowan found evidence of a grander conspiracy to destroy the fragile peace that holds humans, Vampires and those with magic back from war. A war that would only hurt the weakest and destabilize the world as we know it.

It’s not so much that someone ordered her assassination that makes her angry-people try to kill her all the time-as it is the risks those she cares for, especially her new husband, now face. Clive Stewart has never tried to pen Rowan in or control her choices. He has his own fires to put out now that he’s married to the most powerful non-Vampire in their world, and Rowan knows it’s a challenge to support her the way she needs while not being too much or not enough.The organization that gave her a purpose, a home, roots and a path when she’d run from The Keep at seventeen has betrayed her.

Now, instead of on a much-anticipated honeymoon, Rowan is in London gathering her allies and the evidence necessary to drive out the rot within Hunter Corp. and expose whoever is at the top.Rowan is a predator and this threat is prey. She’ll burn it down and salt the earth afterward. On her terms.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Nervous Nellie says…

Whatever he’s hiding is what I need to not only nail his coffin shut, but to dig down to the earth’s core to bury him and cover with millions of pounds of concrete.

I enjoy this series.  Sure it’s got some very hot spots, but mostly I enjoy watching Rowan grow.  She is not that old (again with the 23 year old chick and 500 year old vampire), but she has the education to back her up.  She was raised by the “First” vampire ever.  He’s off his rocker, but for some reason Rowan is the one that he chose to call daughter after he killed her parents.  It’s weird but it works.  Some of my favorite scenes are with Theo and Rowan.  He has a hair trigger and is on the precipice of madness, but no other vampires must know or the Vampire nation will collapse.

Rowan is hunting ‘The Blood Front’ – a faction that thinks that humans should be designated ‘cattle’ as they rightfully are and vampires should be the master race.  She is also hunting the vampires that threatened her foster father’s, Theo, throne.  All that and there are sorcerers, witches and conspiracies galore.

badge4v4There are so many scenes in this book that I loved, but the trial had to be one of the best.  The ones that needed a comeuppance, got it.  I will warn you though, the end was a cliffhanger of sorts.  It sent Rowan on the hunt again and this time it will be more than personal.

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Blade on the Hunt by Lauren Dane

I have a type.  I hate to admit it, but I do.  Kara Gillian, Raven Storm, Jess Vandermire, Charley Davidson and Rowan Summerwaite to mention a few. Very strong women characters with super hot husbands/boyfriends.  Those are the kind of stories that I tend to lean toward as my “go-to” type of story.

22446786TitleBlade on the Hunt
AuthorLauren Dane
Series: Goddess with a Blade #3
Publish Date:  11/17/14, Audible: 9/22/2015
Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased from Audible

Publisher’s Description“When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you.”

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father’s Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan’s the woman in the middle. She’s not used to being claimed in a way that’s not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn’t want in a man—he’s bossy, he’s a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she’s past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She’s past denying she’s in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She’s stronger and more powerful than she’s ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she’ll need all the help she can get because it’s not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There’s a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It’s what she was born to do.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Nervous_Nellie_100Currently, I am reading At Blade’s Edge by Lauren Dane because it’s just released and I could not wait any longer until my schedule allowed for time.  I love the Goddess with a Blade series.  When I started At Blade’s Edge, I had to hear Clive Stewart’s voice, so I did the reasonable thing and bought the audio book of Blade on the Hunt, book #3.

I got started on audio books upon encouragement of Ivana.  I got hooked because the right narrator brings the characters to life.  Simone Lewis is the voice of the characters in this series.  She did a pretty good job, though Warren Farrelly is Irish and she didn’t quite get that.  I was disappointed that Theo didn’t have any accent at all and neither did Rowan.  I don’t know what accent I expected, but I did expect some kind of accent – at the very least from Theo.  She also didn’t change the character voices much, but since the story is so good, I didn’t quit listening.

What attracted me to this series: Rowan is the vessel for Brigid but she doesn’t end there.  She works for Hunter Corp. as an enforcer of sorts.  She puts down vampires that stray from the path the treaty ensures for safety of humans.  Again, she doesn’t end there.  She is the foster daughter of the centuries old “First”.  “First” refers to the very first vampire.  He is very violent, petulant at times, and very, very dangerous.  Rowan seems like she is the only anchor for the “First.”  The territories are divided among the strongest of the vampires who all answer to the “First.”  Those strong vampires are called Scion.  The vampire nation is strong with ritual and protocol in order to create order within the ranks.  If none of that makes you want to try this series, I’m not sure what will.

I should put a warning label on this series because there are some pretty hot scenes between Rowan and Scion Stewart.  Rowan is a foul mouthed, strong willed, determined female that absolutely tests Scion Stewart’s last nerve…..and she enjoys it!  The tension between the two guarantee a blush or two, but what makes the story a page turner is the conspiracy and mystery.

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