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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 2/10/19

 

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.

  • I LOVE the Goddess With A Blade series by Lauren Dane.  Of course, Rowan is beautiful, deadly and kick ass.  She’s also got a vampire wrapped around her little finger that is gorgeous, rich and cherishes her beyond any of our wildest dreams.  News is that #5 in the series is releasing in June 2019.

TitleWrath of the Goddess
AuthorLauren Dane
Series Goddess with a Blade #5
Release date: June 2019
Description:  A wedding day should be one you remember fondly, but for Rowan Summerwaite, the fond memories are swept aside by the brutal murder of one of her dearest friends. She heads back to Las Vegas to track down those responsible … 

1B2’s reviews in this series:

Favorite Quote:

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.”

 

TitleShades of Wicked

Shades of Wicked CR: A

AuthorJeaniene Frost
SeriesNight Rebel #1
Release date:  October 30, 2018
DescriptionIn this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!

The Rule Breaker

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences…

 

  • Here’s a book that caught my eye.  These authors, D.D. Miers and Graceley Knox, are unfamiliar to me but this books description is what put this book in the firm TBR pile.  Yeah, got it in my library and everything so every time I open my kindle it’s there…taunting me.  I AM looking forward to reading this one because, again, read the description!  Oh, and while I was out sifting through the books these authors have in their repertoire, I got hooked on more of their books.  Check out these series too:  Wicked Kingdoms (Knox),  Half-Blood Huntress Chronicles (Miers & Knox), How to Be a Necromancern (Miers & Knox) and Relic Keeper (Miers)

TitleGravestones and Wicked Bones
AuthorD.D. Miers and Graceley Knox
SeriesShadow Creatures #1
Release date: December 5, 2018
Description:   Half Fae. Half Demon. 100% Badass Bitch.
My sisters and I weren’t born with magic. No, we were forced into it. Betrayed into it by the one person who was supposed to protect us. Now we’re living in a shithole desert town at the mercy of a sexy-as-hell Fae named Bastian.

So far, I’ve been able to buy Violet and Jade time to live freely, without being held to Bastian’s constant call. I’ve been doing his dirty work for five long years, but my sisters’ freedom is wearing thin. Soon he’ll summon them, just as he did me—and I can’t let that happen.

Bastian’s latest assignment offers an escape for my sisters, and I’d be a fool not to take it. But my target is more powerful than any man I’ve faced before, and doubly seductive. He draws out my inner demons—literally—and evading this attraction might prove more difficult than finishing what I started.

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Healing Hearts by Sarah Eden

Wyoming Territory, 1876. Running away.  She has to get away before ‘he’ gets her and forces her back.  A small town should do the trick, but these folks can’t learn her secret.  If they do, she will be shunned and have to run all over again.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Healing Hearts
Author: Sarah Eden
Series:  Savage Wells #2
Publish Date:  February 5, 2019
Genre: Proper Romance
Source: Shadow Mountain Press

Publisher’s Description:  As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara’s message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

 

This is called a “Proper Romance”.  That means there is no sex.  It’s historical fiction but it’s not the hard, reality wild west that this story is set.  It’s a romantic west where the men of the small town actually respect the women and all residents stand together no matter what.

I enjoyed this book because it dealt with something that not many romance books deal with.  Mental health stability.  Right now we are living in a time where some people still find mental health problems a thing to keep secret. They are ashamed.  They shouldn’t be.  Mental health issues is a malady just like cancer.  There’s no cure, but there is treatments.  Slowly but surely folks of this present time are being educated and these issues are talked about without shame.  At least folks should be without shame.

Miriam is escaping a world that her father sent her to in order to forget the shame she brings to her elite family.  Luckily, she stumbles onto Savage Wells.  These folks, who live in the wild west are times far behind the east coast elite, but they all have the common sense to understand that brain trauma is a health problem just like anything else and they deal with it with acceptance.

All the folks that I was introduced to in The Sheriff of Savage Wells made an appearance.  All these characters endeared themselves to me right from the start.  This was not a difficult read.  It was smooth and uncomplicated which made for a quick read.

Our reviews in this series…

 

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

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Mr. Hunt, I Presume by Valerie Bowman

What would it hurt if Erienne took a job with her childhood sweetheart’s brother.  Surely, she’d never see him but could still get glimpses of his life without him knowing about her.  She can’t help that she still loves him even after he dumped her.  Maybe he never forgot her either?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  Mr. Hunt, I Presume
Author:  Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #10.5
Publish Date: February 8, 2019
Genre:  Historical Fiction/Romance
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:  He never forgot her…

When General Collin Hunt is ordered to take a much-needed holiday, he resigns himself to rest and recreation at his brother’s country estate. But when the only woman he ever loved—and selflessly gave up—shows up as his sister-in-law’s governess, his carefully ordered life is turned inside out.

She’ll never forgive him…

When Erienne Stone defied her family and fled her life of privilege, she never expected to be reunited with the man who’d abandoned her more than a decade before. But Lucy, Duchess of Claringdon, is a hard woman to say no to, even when Erienne’s heart is in danger of breaking all over again.

A meddling matchmaker may be the key to their second chance…

After a decade of pain and heartache, can two star-crossed lovers trust the truth in their own hearts?

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


Nervous Nellie says…

 

I will first issue a disclaimer.  If you get hooked on this story and end up with a book hangover the next morning, it’s not my fault.

This story was a long lost love meets up with the one that got left behind. I enjoy these stories, they are nice afternoon reads without too much investment. HOWEVER, the series is just that…a series. I haven’t read any of the other 10 books before this one and I didn’t have any trouble quickly catching up with what was going on.  I will be going back and reading the other 10, though.

Erianne Stone was the heroine that was jilted because the man she loved didn’t think he was good enough for her. Drives me crazy, but that’s the time in history. It’s all about aristocracy, status and rank within Britain’s high society. Erianne is a Baron’s daughter but chooses to take herself away and become a governess instead of marrying within her rank. That’s kind of a crap shoot, because who knows whole she’ll get. Her parents, or rather her mother, decided it was ok to tell a lie to keep her daughter from being happy with the only man she’d ever loved. Great parenting, right?

Collin Hunt, war hero and spy. He started out with nothing – he and his brother. His brother came home a war hero for making decisive troop movements to help win the war. Collin came back a quiet and unsung hero that did not get lands and a title for all the danger he lived through. Collin is working himself ragged but he can’t stop himself. Why? Because he doesn’t have anyone. He can only think of her. Erianne Stone.

There is no blood or gore. A little sex but for good reason. It ends in a HEA, but this time I can totally understand the thinking behind the rush to leave the lover at the end. There is a solid reasoning being made so I really think it’s worth a 5 star rating.

Other recommendations…

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 1/27/19

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.

  • I know the Christmas season has passed, but I failed to mention that favorite author, Terry Maggert, released a short story in the Halfway Witchy world.  It’s 30 pages of a fun, good feeling glimpse into the residents of Halfway.

Title: Halfway Holiday
AuthorTerry Maggert
SeriesHalfway Witchy
Release date:  December 7, 2019
Description:  When Wulfric needs the season’s hottest toy, he turns to the only person who can help: Tammy’s new boyfriend, who might not be human. Between pizza dinners, helpful Fae, and stacks of waffles, join the crew of Halfway as they solve a Christmas mystery and find out that sometimes, what you can’t see can really hurt you.
This humorous paranormal short is for fans of witches, waffles, and Christmas. Read with a cup of tea.

 

 

  • This next book makes me a little sad.  It’s the end of the story – end of the series.  I discovered this series back when it was a pup – 2012 to be exact.  I never expected to get so attached to the characters.  My favorite has to be Cookie.  The transition book was probably around book 9 or 10, and that made me nervous.  Why?  I don’t know.  They are fictional characters, for goodness sake!  But I was quite attached.  I could feel the end of the series coming and I started getting separation anxiety, I guess.  If you’ve not started the series, please make time for it.  Charley’s quirkiness and sass is so much fun.

TitleSummoned to the Thirteenth Grave
Author:  Darynda Jones
SeriesCharley Davidson #13
Release date:  January 15, 2019
Description: Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series!

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity – which is the appropriate amount of time to make a person starkraving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed Reyes and her daughter, Beep, but now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

  • Here’s a book suggestion that I received in my email.  From where I’m standing, it looks pretty darn good.  I just ordered it and I’m ready to dive in.

TitleRune Awakening
Author: Genevra Black
Series: The Necromancer’s Daughter #1
Release date: December 26, 2018
DescriptionEdie’s family secret won’t stay buried … and neither will anything else.

Edie Holloway longs for an exciting life. Instead, she’s lost her job, her band is going nowhere, and her hamster just kicked the bucket. Or did he? Because he’s breathing again.

When a mysterious man with magical powers saves her from an otherworldly attack, Edie gets more excitement than she bargained for. Turns out, she and Marius are on opposite sides of an apocalyptic battle between the forces of good and evil—and he wants her dead.

To make matters worse, a gun-toting zombie shows up in Edie’s living room—an undead servant inherited from her father. And he’s not all she inherited. Edie can raise the dead, a power that places her squarely on the side of evil. The only way to change that destiny is to assemble a team of supernatural warriors, revive an ancient faction, and stop the oncoming war.

If Edie screws up, it could literally mean the end of not just the world, but everyone she loves. And this time, everything will stay dead.

Title:  Word Magic
Author: Gary Jonas with Barb Hendee
Released:  January 21, 2019
Description: Believe in the magic of words

Greg Jenkins is a lonely bookstore owner, with only a cat for company. He longs for love, but no longer believes it’s possible.

Enter romance author Susannah Hayworth, who agrees to write a story in the bookstore before a live audience. As a writer, she works magic with words, creating characters who seem more real than your next-door neighbor. And now the audience wants her to create the perfect woman for Greg…

If you enjoy stories of hope, and believe in the power of words, you’ll love this new short story by Gary Jonas and Barb Hendee.

 

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Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish

Kincaid Strange is back.  She’s made a deal with the devil (or is he?) and her best friend is a zombie.  How could things get any “Stranger?”

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  Lipstick Voodoo
Author:  Kristi Charish
Series:  Kincaid Strange #2
Publish Date:  January 8, 2019, by Penguin Random House
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
NarratorSusannah Jones
Source:  Author provided ARC/audiobook purchased

Publisher’s Description: Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner, is back in the freshly imagined and hugely entertaining second installment of Kristi Charish’s urban fantasy series.

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.

When Aaron, a Seattle cop on the afterlife beat—and Kincaid’s ex—calls her in to help out with a cold case, she takes the chance to mend fences with the police department. The problem: they want to interview Nate’s ghost, which she can’t produce. Then people from Nate’s past start showing up dead, and what’s killing them doesn’t seem to be human. And the way it’s killing them is especially brutal.

Nate’s hiding something, but he’s Kincaid’s friend and she wants to help him. But she also wants to stay alive…

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


Nervous Nellie says…

The reason I butted heads with most women?  There is only so much I’m able to feed into the circle of bullshit. I think it is disruptive, not for Sarah and Lee—I figure they’re more like me in that regard—but for the ones who rely on group validation. Those kinds of friendships require an awful lot of bullshit, and people don’t like other people pointing out their bullshit, especially when that person ends up being me.

This is a book with zombies, ghosts, and a whole lot of Otherside. There is no graphic gore, no sex, and a conclusion to the book that is satisfying. It was a good ending—not “happy,” but a good, satisfying ending.

I love Kristi Charish’s writing. She first caught me with Kincaid Strange and then encouraged me with Adventures of Owl series. Now, I’m back into Kincaid’s world. I am not hard to please as a reader. If I’m entertained and the writing took me on a ride, then I’m happy. I’m over the moon with this book. I forgot how much I missed Kincaid and Nathan.

What a mess they have found themselves. Nathan is bound in a body making him an accidental zombie. The body was supposed to go to a centuries-old sorcerer’s ghost so he could make himself a zombie. Crap. Tick off a sorcerer and Kincaid might as well write off her right to life.

That’s just the beginning. Yes, that’s right. Just the beginning. Kincaid is out of work because of the police captain’s penchant for non-believing. He is making it his personal goal to wreak havoc on Kincaid’s life because he believes she is fake.

So, lets count it off. 1. Kincaid is in debt with a seriously deranged and evil sorcerer’s ghost. 2. Said ghost is gonna want his debt paid whether it be by her life or whatever he deems. 3. She hasn’t told said ghost that her best friend “accidentally” inhabits the body that was supposed to go to said ghost, which may or may not cause him a gigantic psychopathic break which could result in everybody getting dead. 4. Kincaid has to pay the bills, so she takes on a cold case on the possible promise of a job in the future. 5. The cold case is really quite hot. Oh crap. Kincaid has a LOT on her plate.

I loved this book. It kept me in suspense with no guessing how things would turn out. The situation Kincaid was in just kept getting messier and messier until all of a sudden it became clear. Charish’s narration from Kincaid’s point of view was great. I felt like I was sitting right there with Kincaid as she went through the ups and downs. The race was a close one. Too close to call but this book was a blockbuster for sure. 5 stars all day and all night. Good book – you won’t be disappointed.

Oh, and head’s up:  Voodoo Shanghai, Kincaid Strange #3, will be out next year, same time, same station.  Can’t wait!!

Invested Ivana says…

Lipstick Voodo is as much of an enjoyably wild ride as it’s predecessor! The mystery is so well-crafted in both of the books, and the characters are relatable and likable. The sorcerer’s character defied expectations by being more rational and likable than I expected after the first book–which makes me wonder if he’s putting on an act. I guess we’ll see in future books.

The first scene in the book, which depicts an ordinary job for zombie-whisperer Kincaid Strange, is very well written and touching. It gives the reader a good sense of Kincaid’s relationship with the dead as well as what her typical work is like. This contrasts wildly with the extraordinary experiences that serve as the main plot of the book.

The Kincaid Strange series is an excellent example of urban fantasy at its finest, and I can’t wait to see what further adventures await.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

…you might try The Adventures of Owl by Kristi Charish or Eric Carter series by Stephen Blackmoore.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

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