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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Flock Talk with Tina Clare + contest

We are starting a new feature on the blog called _____ that's right it doesn't have a name yet. It is basically a reader recommendation guest post. Over in our Facebook group we talk about...sheep, coffee and bacon, but we also brag about out favorite books/series/authors. We thought it would be cool if we let our members take turns sharing their favorites because people are always looking for something new to read. So we opened up the dungeon and waited to see who crawled out!

Our first Flock member guest is Tina Clare. She has been a longtime member of the flock and mistress of our dungeon. Today she is sharing her 4 favorite books and why...

Stygians Honor by LoraLeigh

Window Rock, Arizona, is the last known location of Honor Roberts, who vanished when she was just thirteen. It was her only sanctuary from the Breed research that would surely have ended in her death—one such insidious experiment should, indeed, have killed her. That she lived is both a miracle—and a great mystery.

Stygian’s mission is to find Honor Roberts, no matter the cost. Now, with the help of Liza Johnson, assistant to the chief of the Navajo Nation, he is closer than ever to his goal. But will the discovery of Honor Roberts mean the destruction of the mating heat that has developed between Stygian and Liza?

BUY: amazon

Tina: As the next installment in the Breeds series, Lora Leigh more then delivers once again. Strong willed hybrids, good plot and an end that comes far too soon! I would say this was definitely one of the best of the breed books.

Courting Darkness –Yasmine Galenorth

We're the D'Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae means our powers go haywire at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah is a Death Maiden and werecat who belongs to the Autumn Lord. My sister Menolly is a vampire who's dating a gorgeous werepuma, and the godfather of the undead-set. And me? I'm Camille, Priestess of the Moon Mother, married to a dragon, a youkai, and a Svartan. But my dragon father-in-law has decided that he doesn't like having me for a member of the family...
It's Winter Solstice, and Aeval welcomes me into her Court of Darkness. With Morio still dangerously weak from his injuries and Vanzir alive only thanks to my silence, the thought of training under Morgaine doesn't seem as daunting as it did. But then, Hyto returns to shatter my life. Captured and swept off to the Dragon Reaches, can I manage to stay alive long enough to escape, even as Smoky's father intends to break my spirit, then my body?

BUY: amazon

Tina: This one took me a bit to get into, but believe me its worth the wait. This isn’t a book for the more genteel minded folks out there, asthere are a couple of parts that will outrage and horrify some, but I give her kudos for braving that possible double edged sword and writing the book as well as she did.

Bear Meets Girl –Shelley Laurenston
He's big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He's also about to get trapped by own his game. . .

Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that's turning Crush's lone-bear world upside down--and bringing his passion out of hibernation. . .

As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she's joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who's got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn't because Crush's stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways.

BUY: amazon

Tina: It was near impossible for me to pick ONE of Shelley Laurenston’s books to recommend. I’m a huge fan, to the point of near (butharmless) obsession lol. This is a ..ahem.. love story between, are you ready? A Tiger hybrid and a bearhybrid. What starts as her going out ofher way to make him as uncomfortable as possible by mauling him “lovingly” andtelling everyone and anyone who will listen that he is her new boyfriend and his abhorrent reaction to all the above, ends of course with her needing him topretend to be her boyfriend for her family’s sake or risk being married off toa distant cousin. If you’ve never read any of her stories before I have to INSIST you do, as they not only had me in tears from laughter from both the characters and the storyline, but comedic relief aside, they are all really great reads! (in my humble opinion).

What A Dragon ShouldKnow – G. A. Aiken
Only for those I love would I traipse into the merciless Northlands to risk life, limb, and my exquisite beauty. But do they appreciate it? Do they say, 'Gwenvael the Handsome, you are the best among us - the most loved of all dragons?' No! For centuries my family has refused to acknowledge my magnificence as well as my innate humility. Yet for them, and because I am so chivalrous, I will brave the worst this land has to offer. So here I stand, waiting to broker an alliance with the one the Northlanders call The Beast. A being so fearful, the greatest warriors will only whisper its name. Yet I, Gwenvael, will courageously face down this terrifying...woman? It turns out the Beast, a.k.a. Dagmar Reinholdt, is a woman - one with steel-gray eyes and a shocking disregard for my good looks. Beneath her plain robes and prim spectacles lies a sensual creature waiting to be unleashed. Who better than a dragon to thaw out that icy demeanor? And who better than a beast to finally tame a mighty dragon's heart?
BUY: amazon

Tina: Ok, for those in the know, yes, this is Shelley Laurenston’salter ego when shes writing about dragons! In this story you get to know theincredibly handsome and highly underrated (his own words and belief) “Gwenvael theHandsome”. He’s sent to bring about an alliance with a warrior known only as “the Beast”.. his reaction to finding outthis terrifying “monster” is one tiny female, in addition to HER reaction toHIM, will have you trapped in its clutches from beginning to end.

A normally reclusive creature, I rarely leave the dungeon I've made into a comfy den for myself and a few select others strong enough tobrave me at my worst. While I would like to say that reading is my only vice, that would be a lie, but it is the leastvile of them. My normal genre is paranormal.. anything.. romance, ghost stories, anything paranormal. Turning pages used to be an issue, what with my claws (tiger hybrid but that is of course a different story) continuously ripping pages, but thanks to the handy new invention of EReaders, I can happily build up a library once again and am inthe process of doing so as we speak.

Thank you to Tina for sharing with us! Would you like to guest post and share your favorites with the Flock? Just send me an email.

Help us come up with a name for this feature. The person who comes up with the best one will get some Sheep Swag! Just leave your suggestion in the comments with a way to contact you. Contest ends 9/10/12.


  1. How about "Ewe Talkin' To Me?" (Yeah its kinda stupid but its 3 am and the best I can come up with lol
    Ashley A

  2. I like Flock Talk - there's something cozy and inclusive about it, like any of us could take a turn.

    Nice post, Tina! Love your recommendations!

  3. I kinda like like Flock Talk too :p

    What a fun idea and some good recommendations in this one! :D

  4. I've read all those books except for Yasmine's. I am way behind in my book reading right now.

    How about, "Ewe Pick The Book" lol

  5. I love all the above. How about "Ewe Might Like.."

    kcnrhtx (at) charter (dot) net

  6. I went with the Ewe theme too. I thought of "Ewe Pick-em". Or you could go with something thoughtful like "Woolgathering".

  7. I think we have a trend of the "ewe" going on here. But is it overkill? With Ewe being in our tagline?

  8. WHOOOO TINA!! RAH RAH RAH!! WHOOOO!!!.. ahem...
    how about like ' Out of the Flock'... cuz there are so many books out there, picking a few is difficult!

    1. hehehe.. gotta love the dungeon cheerleaders

  9. Nice recs Tina, Yasmine Galenorn is one of my very favourite authors with this series (the other one is really too dark for me). And I loved this one. The Shelly Laurenston you picked is actually the only one I have read by her, but I intend to try a few more.

    How about: Pick of the Flock?

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  10. I love Shelley Laurenston and her alter ego - she has a great sense of humor!! How about The Flock Mind (reader suggestions, right?)

  11. Sorry my email is kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

  12. Sheep reads
    Talk to the flock
    flock reads
    Baack to books


  13. There are some really awesome ideas here! I can't wait to see which one wins!