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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Review: Ever After (Transplanted Tales #4) by Kate SeRine

Ever After (Transplanted Tales #4)
by Kate SeRine
Publisher: eKensington
August 21, 2014.
To Catch a Thief. . .

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon's in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood--the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he's bound to serve?

Gideon Montrose, the last of his kind, the Unseelies, has served the King of the Seelies, ever since his beloved Robin Hood had fell over a cliff and died. Fast-track to modern times and to the world of the Ordinaries, where now the King, his queen, Mab, and his court live and exist with the normal human kind and other Tales (beings from fairytales and other books). The King has ordered Gideon to search and find the thief who has been snatching artifacts that belonged to the fabled King Arthur. When he finds who it is, none other than his beloved Robin Hood, or Arabella Lockley as she is really known, Loving her still, he doesn’t bring her to his king, and even helps her find the last of the pieces, that together may bring immortality, besides fight off some hired thieves for some unknown person, also searching for the fabled pieces.

At first, it started off slow for me, but a few chapters in, it hooked me and swept me along the storyline. I didn’t want to put it down, but read to the end. I liked Gideon, and enjoyed the way he loved his Arabella. I also enjoyed that Ms. Serine brought back in characters from the book before this one in the series. The author has me hooked and wanting to read more about the Transplanted Tales world. These are not your children’s fairytales, but ones that adults can enjoy in a more grownup way.
I Smell Sheep review of Grimm Consequences (Transplanted Tales #1.5)

4 ½ sheep

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Like a lot of other writers, I began storytelling even before I could hold a pen, entertaining family and friends with intricately plotted stories and skits at family gatherings. By the age of six, I was writing poetry and short stories and gearing up for my first novel manuscript, which I completed when I was fourteen. Many other such “practice” projects followed through the years and are currently taking up residence in a 75-gallon storage trunk in my upstairs loft, anxiously awaiting revision or cannibalization for the good of other projects.

I write romance novels—currently of the paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and romantic suspense variety. But I fully intend to write horror, epic fantasy, and sci-fi at some point. I’m represented by the fabulous Nicole Resciniti, who is an absolutely amazing agent! She is extremely patient with my penchant for breaking the rules when it comes to genres and knows exactly how to help me dial it back a notch while still keeping things edgy.

I live in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with my husband (variously referred to online as Webmaster or Handsome Hubby), and two sons (henceforth known as Professor and Costello). When I’m not doing the day-job-thing or the wife/mom/maid/chauffeur/pack mule-thing, you’ll find me curled up with my laptop and a strong cup of coffee busily and happily doing the writer-thing.

Guest Post: A Bloodsucking Anthology of Hope with Editor Robert Shane Wilson + giveaway

The Origins of Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge
by Robert Shane Wilson

Editor Robert Shane Wilson

A while back, I promised a good friend (whose name I will keep private) that I would do a charity anthology to help fight Cystic Fibrosis. Her daughter has the disease and the more she talked about it, the more I realized just how many great things The Cystic Fibrosis Trust was doing to help. It didn’t take a whole lot of connecting the dots from there. At first, the idea to do a vampire anthology was a completely separate one. 

At the time, late in the process of co-editing HORROR FOR GOOD: A CHARITABLE ANTHOLOGY, I knew at some point, I wanted to do an anthology on my own. And with having broken into the horror scene initially with my first novel, SHINING IN CRIMSON: EMPIRE OF BLOOD BOOK ONE, a vampire novel, it seemed only a natural choice.

The problems I often see with most vampire fiction today is that it lacks one of two things; originality or that truly dark element that had always—in the past—made up some of the best vampire stories of all time. So, I decided to do a vampire anthology consisting of only the most original dark stories I could find. Then life went and sped up, and I was forced to move on to other things.

One day the idea came crawling back and the more I thought about it, I realized the vampire stories that made the most significant impact on me were also technically stories of science fiction. One is more commonly known as a masterpiece of horror and the other is known simply as a work of hard science fiction. Both have made one hell of a mark on their respective genres.

Richard Matheson’s 1956 short novel I AM LEGEND was the first of the two to truly grab me by the throat and what any good dark, original vampire story should. But it did one more thing...It intrigued me with an interesting scientific concept that, although pretty run of the mill now-a-days, had to have been controversial as all hell still in the ‘50s. I won’t spoil it for those of you so unlucky not to have read it before (and having seen the movie doesn’t count!).
The other major spark of inspiration for this anthology has a more personal tie to it. Peter Watts is and shall likely always be my favorite living writer. His novel BLINDSIGHT not only took vampires to a new scientific level but it also turned the concept of what it means to be conscious and how that affects our abilities and accomplishments as a progressive race of beings and turned it on its head.

I’ve been waiting for years for Peter’s second novel in the BLINDSIGHT universe, the novel he has been referring to as the coming sidequal as opposed to a sequel: ECHOPRAXIA. One of my biggest hopes when I started working on this anthology was that Peter would be willing to contribute something. Not only was he willing, in the spirit of the overall concept of the anthology, he wrote a story called "Orientation Day" based in the BLINDSIGHT universe that ties into his upcoming novel ECHOPRAXIA!

So there you have the reasons behind why this anthology came into being; I wanted to do a charity anthology to help support The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and I wanted to do an anthology of dark science fiction. It made perfect sense to put them together and make a science fiction vampire anthology for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

If you’re a fan of dark vampire fiction—be it science fiction, fantasy, or horror—I do think you’ll enjoy this book as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. And hey! It supports a hell of an awesome charity that is helping real people.

*Sharon interrupts this guest post*
Isn't the cover bad ass?!
*You may now return to the guest post*

Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge
Published October 30th 2013
All net proceeds from sales of this anthology will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
by Robert S. Wilson (Editor), Peter Watts, William F. NolanMike Resnick, Tim Waggoner,  Laird BarronStephen Graham Jones, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Rebecca Brown, Amelia Mangan, Peter GiglioMichael R. Collings, Michael Kamp, Jilly Paddock, James NinnessJason Duke, S.R. Algernon, James S. DorrJohn Palisano, H.E. Roulo, Essel Pratt, GN BraunJay Wilburn, David N. Smith, Tarl "Voice" Hoch, Violet Addison, Jonathan Templar, Jason V. Brock, Brian Fatah Steele, Taylor Grant
Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge is predominately a collection of stories that represent the most cutting edge science fiction-based vampire fiction. Think SF-based vampire fiction like I Am Legend and Necroscope and how they affected the vampire genre when they were first released. Dark Vampire SF that goes where the genre hasn't before.

It is not just an anthology of hard science fiction, however. This book also contains examples of science fantasy as well as some classic vampire stories including an updated reprint from William F. Nolan.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Blood Type on Amazon (Paperback should be available there soon):
Blood Type on the Nightscape Press website (available in Trade paperback and all eBook formats):
Horror for Good: A Charitable Anthology on Amazon 
Shining in Crimson on Amazon

one winner will get a special proof copy of Blood Type

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Birthday Bash Giveaway with Author Adrienne Wilder!

photo credit: Dani Harper
Today is Adrienne's birthday and what do authors like to do on their birthday...give books away!!! Adrienne is giving away four titles and 3 gift cards. Here are the four books and check out the bio to find out why Adrienne writes dark love stories.
There will also be a $5, $10 and $15 gift card given away.
*Adrienne did all the cover art

The My Brother's Keeper Trilogy

The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground. Infecting those it touches.
Exploiting their darkness.
Consuming their souls.
It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil.
And it wants out.

Complementary Colors
My sister Julia manipulated my life into a prison to keep me silent about our dirty family secret. Her greed made me a slave and circumstance left me with no way to escape.

Trapped, the only way I could silence the nightmares driving me to insanity was to wrap them in color, hold them with shadow, and stitch them to negative space with line.

But no matter how bright the pigments, no one could see my confession.

Except for Roy Callahan.

I thought he was just another nameless one-night stand in a long line of many.
But I was wrong. Roy could see past the façade of my life and through the veil color over the canvas. He could see what the world couldn’t.

And with him I’d find the courage to tell the truth about the boy.

The boy who kissed me.
The boy who loved me.
The boy whose name I couldn’t remember.

Seven (The Others Project #1)
A past that won’t let go…

After losing his job, Chase Sarim finds himself living in a shit hole apartment. His new neighbor calls himself Seven, wears aluminum hats and carries around a ceramic rooster. He also seems to know what Chase is going to do or say before it happens, and talks about people named, Nine, Three, and Four.

Chase knows better than to get involved with someone like that.

But some men are just to hot to resist.

A future of fear…

Seven has been running for his life ever since he escaped Sub-Floor. In order to elude those hunting him he can never have a home, never have friends…and love? It’s nothing but a weakness that can be used against him.

Hiding had become a way of life. Until Chase.

Greed, power, and corruption…

Dr. David Stone knows Seven has a secret. Why else would his colleague, Dr. Radcliff, help Seven escape Sub-Floor?

It wasn’t the loss of a defective precog that bothered Stone, it was the fact Radcliff was willing to die to keep Stone from knowing why he did it. Or better yet, how.

Two men, one love, brought together by a series of impossible circumstances and destined by fate for an entangled future.

But maybe fate has nothing to do with it.

He Speaks Dead
Charlie Harrington not only speaks with the dead and sees the dead, he can give them form. Lucky for him, because the love of his life, Ethan, is dead. Charlie helps Ethan possess complete strangers so Ethan can use their bodies for sex.

Things are good between them until Charlie is accused of murder and Detective Daniel Briggs walks into his life. For the first time in years, Charlie is attracted to someone who is living. Ethan knows he should step aside and let Charlie live his life, but he just can’t give Charlie up--even if staying with Charlie may eventually kill him

About the Author:
City of Dragons Portfolio
Georgia born and bred, I am an artist, a writer, and a general pain in the ass.

I spend most of my days working on my next book or designing cover art for other writers. For stress relief I do olympic lifting and occasionally run (but hate it). I have been in love with writing since I was very young but it wasn't until recently that I decided to pursue it as a profession.

I have experimented in several genres and found that since I identify as male, male romance has been the most comfortable for me to write. I don't discriminate in my books. All characters are fair game. I do however, prefer a happy ending at some level.

I don't write the standard romance book. Some might even argue that what I write isn't romance at all. Personally I think of them as love stories, where even in a fantastical world, there are realistic outcomes to the obstacles the characters face.

Many of my books have dark turns and twists where the characters fight for the light at the end of the tunnel. I write action, fist fights, gun fights, down right dirty evil people who have to be stopped, things catch fire, blow up, and fall in. My characters come in a unique range. They are not all good guys, but the majority of them have very good hearts. Many of them have been through hell in their lives, and many of them have a laundry list of faults. But hopefully they manage to surprise you with their tenacity and loyalty.

If all goes well, there will be a myriad of different kinds of books available this year. If I am really lucky, you will enjoy them.

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Book Blast: Simon (Le Beau Series, Book 1) by V. A. Dold + giveaway

Le Beau Series, Book 1
NOTE: Complete novel. No cliffhanger. Dual POV. Rated 18+ for language and strong sexual content.

Four years of honorably serving his country has left Simon, Cade’s younger brother, damaged and trapped in wolf form. Little did he know the only person with the ability to heal him completely would be found at home. Literally. Now that he’s found her, he is desperate to claim her.

Rose is a beautiful, voluptuous woman with limited experience with men. Although she's confident, she still has reservations. Never having a family of her own, her fear of abandonment has her fleeing romantic relationships, and doubting herself.

Travis is insane. A deadly loose cannon that a secret organization hired to destroy the Le Beau family by denying them their mates. Permanently.

Simon’s dream will be lost forever unless he is able to maintain human form.
Rose needs unconditional love and a mate to create the family she’s always wanted.
Travis’s all-consuming drive is to take Rose for himself.

Will Simon ever be whole again, able to claim his mate, giving Rose the love and family she so desperately craves? Or will Travis destroy them both?

About the Author:
V.A.Dold is the bestselling author of the Le Beau Brothers series, New Orleans wolf shifter novels. A graduate of Saint Cloud University, she majored in marketing. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a publicist to the authors, owning Innovative Online Book Tours and ARC Author & Reader Con's (ARC NOLA) (ARC Phoenix). Still is. The companies mesh so well together, much like PB&J.
Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter filled with nothing but her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course.

A Minnesota native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably taking in a movie, reading or traveling.

Her earliest reading memories are from grade school. She had a major fixation with horses, and the Black Stallion was a favorite. Then junior high came along and teenage hormones kicked in. It became all about the Harlequin Romances. She has been hooked on romances ever since.

She looked at him over her shoulder. His blue eyes seared her with heat. The intensity of his stare made her shiver. Lifting one hand, he laid his fingers against the blush of her cheek. Then he wrapped his arms around her from behind. He buried his nose in her hair and let his wolf rumble in satisfaction. “I’m ready to show you off at Julia’s whenever you are.” 

“Let me check my face and hair. It’ll only take a minute.” She returned a few minutes later looking amazing. 

Her hair was pulled back in a fashionable messy bun. A single strand was left loose to fall down the side of her face to the tip of her breast. He longed to follow that strand to its destination, scrape his teeth against her nipple and inhale her precious scent. 

She was without a doubt the most beautiful creature he’d ever seen in his life. Rose placed her arms around his neck, and he relished how her warmth seeped into his body. 

“I may have to change my mind, you look too good, and I’ll be forced to kill some idiot who tries to dance with you.” 

She rolled her eyes at him and grabbed her purse. “Come on, Romeo, I’m ready for a boat ride and a turn around the dance floor.” 

Simon held her hand as she got into the boat then jumped in and revved the motor. “I’ll go slow so I don’t mess up your gorgeous hair.” He winked. 

She blew him a kiss and fluffed her hair dramatically. 

Even going slow it only took twenty minutes to reach the pier serving the bar. He already heard the music and boisterous patrons. He cut the motor and helped her exit safely; boats weren’t designed for high heels. 

Rose looked up and down the line of boat slips and shoreline. “Where’s her sign?” 

“She doesn’t have one. We’d rather random humans didn’t wonder in. Mates are more than welcome, but the occasional human to happen upon the bar isn’t very well received.” 

He led her to an open table. “I’ll get us drinks, would you like wine or a whiskey Coke?” 

“A whiskey Coke sounds great.” Her eyes were bright with excitement as she checked out the crowd. 

He squeezed into an open spot at the bar and waved over his cousin. “Julia! How are you, cher?” 

“Oh, mon dieu! Simon, it’s so good to see you. I heard you found your mate.” 

“I did.” He gestured to their table. “Rose is seated right there, stop over if you get a break.” 

“Oh, elle est de toute beauté. You’re a lucky man, cuz.” 

“Don’t I know it.” He grinned. “Can I get a Whiskey Coke and a beer?” 


He turned his back to the bar to check on Rose. Simon’s breath caught as she unconsciously moistened her lip with the tip of her pink tongue. That mouth was made for sin, with its plush lower lip. He imagined her mouth doing wicked things to a certain part of his anatomy. Blood thrummed in his veins. Simon turned to inconspicuously adjust himself, his faded jeans were suddenly way too tight. Her intoxicating scent of coffee and cinnamon rolls licked at his groin even from across the room. He wanted to rub himself all over her, saturating her with his scent whenever they were in public. His wolf wouldn’t be satisfied until they were mated. 

Gazing at her across the room his blood surged, he imagined her naked on his bed, her thighs parted in invitation. He lowered his head and tasted her passion. Loving her long into the night, her excited cries entwining with his hoarse groans as they made the bed shudder and shake. He shook his head. He really needed to get control of his randy thoughts. This was date night and he would show her a good time away from his bed for once. Down boy, he snarled at his wolf. When he glanced at her again she was snickering and shaking her head at him. He must be imagining loudly. 

“Here you go, no charge, and congratulations, Simon.” Julia rapped her knuckles on the bar top before she turned her attention to making another customer’s drink. She was very busy, so he left her to it. He’d barely taken his seat when the band took the stage for another set. He stood and held his hand out to Rose. “May I have this dance?” 

“Why, yes, you may,” she said playing along. 

Simon held her close enough to see the sparkles in her blue eyes. He loved the way her gaze lit up when she was happy. But his wolf itched to see her eyes dazed with passion as he made love to her, and then sated and sleepy afterwards. For now holding her on the dance floor would do. Rose’s intoxicating fragrance surrounded him, teasing his senses. He was in heaven. 

He cupped her cheek with a large, warm palm. “I’m so happy you moved into our house, Rose. Having you in my arms makes me the luckiest man in the world.” The moment she agreed to move to his house he’d called it their home. His glowing blue eyes regarded her with a tenderness that made her breath hitch. 

She tightened her arms around his neck, urging his face closer to hers. “I didn’t want to go back to Anna’s, to an empty bed anymore,” she told him. “If you really plan to have me as your mate, it only made sense.” 

“Just say the word and I’m yours completely. Forever.” He smiled, then dipped his head, kissed her deeply and nuzzled her.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Book Releases in Speculative Fiction for August 19

I missed a few weeks of releases...again. But here are some goodies for this week including some audio books. 

The WTF-ery this week is
Claimed by the Alpha Dolpins (ew!)

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Audio books