Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
It's Monday, what are you reading is a weekly event hosted by Shelia. For more information, click here.
This week, I'm starting another series.
Title: Night Shift
Series: Jill Kismet
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night.
Not everyone tries.
But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.
She's a Hunter, trained by the best - and in over her head.
Welcome to the night shift...
Title: Halfway to the Grave
Series: The Night Huntress Series
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father--the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.
In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner--are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her new found status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.
It picks up after the third book. Faythe knows she will be okay after dealing with a trial that could have changed her life forever. There is only one problem, she lost Marc in the last book at the same time. On her way to finally see Marc in the free territory, her and a few others are ambushed. They think they know the reason but find out they are totally off.
To make matters worse, after Faythe leaves Marc behind, he goes missing. Now Faythe has to return to the free territory yet again and find Marc before it's too late.
Oh and just when you think that's bad enough. Kaci, the teenage tabby she is helping, isn't getting any better. Faythe will have to do whatever she can to make sure Kaci survives the night.
As she goes through hardship in this book, there is only one man who can comfort her and that's Jace. Which I have to admit, made me happy.
I really love this series and can't wait to read the next one. Hope it comes soon in the mail so I can get started.
For more information on the author, click here.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Author: Jenna Black
It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…
Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…
His name is Jeremiah Fall. A soldier of fortune, he has been fighting his own war for 150 years--ever since the beast in him was born.
Desperate to restore his lost humanity, Fall crosses the sands of Egypt, discovers a lost city off the coast of France, and finally arrives at the birthplace of all mankind. Shunning daylight and feeding only when he must, he battles the monster who transformed him forever. He can share his deepest secret with no one . . . not even the beautiful woman he starts to love, the only human who grasps the mysteries of an ebony stone as old as creation itself.
Across the world, across time, Fall seeks the stone's secret. But has he found a cure for himself or unleashed a final curse on all mankind
Friday, November 26, 2010
This week's question: "What is your favorite book cover?"
For me, I don't know if I can answer that. There are just so many covers out there I love. I can't choose just one.
Do you have a favorite or are you torn like me?
*Do you enjoy the Black London series by Caitlin Kittredge? If so, join us for discussion during the next few weeks. Melissa over at My World...in words and pages and I'll be going back and forth between our blogs to discuss and lean up to the newest Bone Gods. Click here for the discussion on Street Magic.
*Will be posting a discussion post for Vampire Academy. Will let you know when I decide. I heard the first chapter will be posted soon online, so might wait until than.
Feel free to discuss whatever you want that deals with Street Magic. Are there questions running through your head, that you asked and still have to be answered? What was your favorite scene in the book? Maybe a favorite character? The list of questions could go on. So sit back, relax, and discuss.
To get us started, here a couple questions from me and Melissa.
In Street Magic, you see a love, hate relationship between Pete and Jack. How do you think their relationship will differ in Bone Gods compared to this novel?
In the first book, we know Pete has a sister and had a father. Is or was there something special about them too? What power might they have?
The man appears to her when she lets Treadwell "take control" of her body. The shrouded man has a young face and he even sheds a single tear. This man reaches out and gives Pete a small beating birds heart. (pg 304-305) Now, I know she has been dreaming of this man for quite some time, and all the while thinking he was evil. What did you take from this section of the book? What did it symbolize to you in the book, if anything? What was the heart, who was the man?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Gin's day job is being an assassin and she is one you don't want to mess around with. Just when she thinks she can retire, someone kills someone very special to her. She is making it her mission to kill the person responsible. There is only one little issue, the killer has a very special element. One that Gin has to watch out herself despite her elemental power.
Along the way, she gets help from Detective Donovan Caine. He gets put into the mix when he has no choice to get involve when the same people Gin is after, are after him. The two work great together but it's a shame Caine wants to kill her, himself.
I'm really looking forward to the next book to see where Gin ends up, especially after an ending that leaves you wondering.
For more information on the author, click here.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Hell Fire is the second book in the Corine Solomon series. Just like the first, I loved the book. We pick up from the last book where Corine and Chance go back to town where Corine grew up. The town is not what it seems and the two of them soon discover that. Strange things are happening around town. It's either a death, stepford wife, or town's folk not being very polite. That's not going to stop Corine finding out the truth, especially when it could involve her mother's death.
Along the way, Jesse meets up with the two and despite the men and their feelings towards each other. The three work together. Shannon, a girl in town joins them in their quest to find out the truth.
Hopefully Corine finds out the truth before it's too late and she joins her mother.
I love that this book really leaves room for another book. This one gives a storyline that could continue in future books. Not sure if it will be the next one since we still have to finish up a storyline from the first book. Either way, Corine won't be catching any free time to relax.
Which team am I for the men? Still could not tell you. There are moments I'm for Jesse and there are moments for Chance.
Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?
For more information on the author, click here.
Are you looking for a short story? I wasn't sure if I should do it on this blog like I would with my other but I posted a short story on smashwords and kindle. It is $2.99 for 4,000 words or so. It's my first one to post and I definitely know it needs work. Either way, if you're in the mood for something with wolves :), click on one of the links below. It is part of a series I'm working on. My next one should be posted next week sometime with a christmas theme :).
Monday, November 22, 2010
It's Monday, what are you reading is a weekly event hosted by Shelia. For more information, click here.
Author: Rachel Vincent
Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game…
Sunday, November 21, 2010
My thoughts on this movie? I loved it also. I think they did an excellent job on it. Care to disagree? Thoughts?
I have to admit I got a little teary eyed at the ending of it. In case you haven't read the book or should I even say seen the movie for those who read the book? Either way, it was a sad ending, lol.
Can't wait to hear your thoughts.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
This week's blogger hop question: "Since Thanksgiving is coming up next week, let's use this week's Hop to share what we are most thankful for and what are holiday traditions are!"
For me, it's family and friends. I'm sure everyone says that :). One tradition I do every year? No matter how old I get or tired I am. I wake up for the Macy's Day Parade. I do notice though as I get older I don't recognize the boy bands or latest teen pop singers, lol. But either way I still love a parade. As soon as I see Santa,that's when I will start celebrating the idea of Christmas. While I spend time with friends and family or should say they watch football. I curl up and read A Christmas Carol.
* Do you like Vampire Academy? Thinking of doing a blog post for discussion before the last book comes out. Will keep you posted.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Hope everyone is having a good midweek. Just wanted to let you know that Melissa over at My World...in words and pages has an interview with one of my favorite authors, Caitlin Kittredge. Head on over to check it out. I seriously can't wait until we read the latest book, Bone Gods.
Click here for the interview.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Melissa and I have both enjoyed the beginnings of the Black London Series by Caitlin Kittredge. And to celebrate the release of the third book we are going to chat a book a week for the series.
Yes, this is a little different than we normally have done. But we want to refresh our memories with the first two books before we get into the new one. Then when we get into the new one we didn't know if we would be able to contain ourselves and stop at points. So, we are going to try this a new way this time around.
Street Magic - Discuss November 25, 2010
Demon Bound - Discuss December 2, 2010
Bone Gods - New book released November 30th, will be discussed December 9, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Title: Spider's Bite
Series: Elemental Assassin
Author: Jennifer Estep
My name is Gin, and I kill people.
They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South — when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.
Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Title: Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare
Author: Jonathan Bate
“One man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”
In this illuminating, innovative biography, Jonathan Bate, one of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, has found a fascinating new way to tell the story of the great dramatist. Using the Bard’s own immortal list of a man’s seven ages in As You Like It, Bate deduces the crucial events of Shakespeare’s life and connects them to his world and work as never before.
Here is the author as an infant, born into a world of plague and syphillis, diseases with which he became closely familiar; as a schoolboy, a position he portrayed in The Merry Wives of Windsor, in which a clever, cheeky lad named William learns Latin grammar; as a lover, married at eighteen to an older woman already pregnant, perhaps presaging Bassanio, who in The Merchant of Venice won a wife who could save him from financial ruin. Here, too, is Shakespeare as a soldier, writing Henry the Fifth’s St. Crispin’s Day speech, with a nod to his own monarch Elizabeth I’s passionate addresses; as a justice, revealing his possible legal training in his precise use of the law in plays from Hamlet to Macbeth; and as a pantaloon, an early retiree because of, Bate postulates, either illness or a scandal. Finally, Shakespeare enters oblivion, with sonnets that suggest he actively sought immortality through his art and secretly helped shape his posthumous image more than anyone ever knew.
Equal parts masterly detective story, brilliant literary analysis, and insightful world history, Soul of the Age is more than a superb new recounting of Shakespeare’s experiences; it is a bold and entertaining work of scholarship and speculation, one that shifts from past to present, reality to the imagination, to reveal how this unsurpassed artist came to be.
The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.
For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain's Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.
Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated—and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.
Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself—and her heart.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Are you looking for a new book blog? New or old? Come on over to Book Blogger Hop and meet some great people. To join in the fun and learn more, click here. :)
This week's blogger hop question: "If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always star with the first title?"
What's my answer? Even if the book looks really good, I still start with the first book in the series. I feel like I'm missing out if I skip.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Be warned, there could be spoilers....
Do you think he did it?
Is this Rose speaking or someone talking to her? If it's someone, who??
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Double Cross is the second book in the Disillusionists series by Carolyn Crane. I really do love this series. I can't wait to see where the third book goes.
We pick up where we left off. Justine and Otto have something going and she is still working for Packard.
Justine has been working on helping the highcaps. One highcap she feels doesn't deserve to be trapped, she feels they are innocent. Justine doesn't realize what she has done though by touching Ez. Now her and Packard are connected in a way she doesn't want to be. She doesn't even want to think what Otto will think when he finds out.
While that is going on though, highcaps are being killed. This brings risks to highcaps like Packard and Otto.
It's time to find out who is doing the killing and why. As they find out who is doing this, Justine is discovering more and more about Packard and Otto. That might just make her life more difficult as she tries to decide who she wants to be with.
But what happens when she finally discovers who she does want to be with? She might be risking not just her love life but her life all together.
This book does make you wish you had the third book in your hands. I seriously can't wait. Would it be wrong to beg Carolyn to give us hints? :)
Monday, November 8, 2010
It's a young adult with some fantasy.
Teagan is living a normal life. Nothing could go wrong, right? Wrong. Before she knows it, her best friend is telling her goblins are after her. Of course she doesn't believe it. Her family soon meets Finn, a teenage boy connected to her family.
Teagan thinks Finn is just your average boy but than he starts to mention things that make Teagan wonder and because of him, she starts to see things. Not just things, but creatures.
One minute she living her everyday life and the next, she is on a journey to find someone very dear to her. Along the journey she finds things out she might wish she never knew about.
Loved this book. I was sad that it had to end and it definitely leaves you wanting more. Luckily we'll have a sequel to read.
When I finished the book, I actually looked up the poem, The Tyger again because it makes me wonder if it has anything to do with this book. Of course you know I can't discuss the poem, you'll have to read it :). Of course read the book first.
I really don't think you have to be into fantasy or sci-fi to enjoy this book. Even if you're not a fan of young adult, you might just like this book. Definitely check it out.
Author: Neil Gaiman
When Coraline explores her new home, she steps through a door and into another house just like her own - except that things aren't quite as they seem. There's another mother and another father in this house and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. Coraline must use all of her wits and every ounce of courage in order to save herself and return home... but will she escape and will life ever be the same again?
Elsewhere in this collection, a sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of all the children who ever owned it, a stray cat does nightly battle to protect his adopted family, and a boy raised in a graveyard confronts the much more troubled world of the living. From the scary to the whimsical, the fantastical to the humorous, Coraline and Other Stories is a journey into the the dark, magical world of Neil Gaiman.
Series: Write Great Fiction
Author: James Scott Bell
Don't let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won't be able to forget.
In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot, structure, characters, theme, voice, style, setting, and endings. You'll learn how to:
- Write a cleaner first draft right out of the gate using Bell's plotting principles
- Get the most out of revision and self-editing techniques by honing your skills with detailed exercises
- Systematically revise a completed draft using the ultimate revision checklist that talks you through the core story elementsWhether you're in the process of writing a novel, have a finished draft you don't know what to do with, or have a rejected manuscript you don't know how to fix, Revision & Self-Editing gives you the guidance you need to write and revise like a pro.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
So I picked two winners. One for Mind Games and one for Halfway to the Grave....and the winners are...
Congrats you two! Will be emailing you shortly after I post this.
Also if you don't want to be spoiled. Be warned. I had to avoid some areas already online with them posting the last line.
If you want to figure it out, click here.
Title: Demons Not Included
Series: Night Tracker
Author: Cheyenne McCray Cheyenne McCray
Meet Nyx. This half-human, half–Drow private eye investigates paranormal crimes by day and is an elite Tracker of demons by night. She prefers working solo—and playing rough. So when a terrifying force starts murdering innocent humans and paranorms, and leaving strange demonic symbols burned into their buildings, it’s a case Nyx takes very personally…
Meanwhile, Nyx’s fellow Trackers are being killed one by one—and a sexy new Tracker named Torin is shadowing her every move. Torin has powers Nyx can’t read, and sometimes she wonders whose side he’s on. Nyx’s instincts tell her something’s brewing in the city’s meanest supernatural streets, and that it’s ready to unleash hell on Earth. Who can she trust? Now it’s five minutes to permanent midnight…and Nyx’s last chance means risking everything—even her own life.
Author: MaryJanice Davidson and more
When it comes to sexy werewolves, fairies, and magic, there's only one place for readers to go this winter: Over the Moon.
MaryJanice Davidson returns to the wicked lair of the Wyndham werewolves. Virginia Kantra finds magic and wonder in a strange fairy kingdom. And Sunny discovers a Mixed Blood Queen in command of a new realm.Three bestselling superstars and one exciting new voice in paranormal romance in a hot new anthology.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Hope everyone has a good weekend and if you're like me who has snow coming. Just think about staying inside and reading a good book curled in a blanket. That to me, sounds like a plan.
One last reminder. You have until 11:59pm to enter my 150 Follower Giveaway. Click here.
Love this series. If you love audiobooks, here is the cover for Some Girls Bite, the first in the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill.
Loved the first book and Jeri Smith-Ready is one of my favorite authors, definitely can't wait for this book. This is for Shift, the second in the Shade series.
Fan of Aprilynne Pike? Here is the cover for Illusions, the third in the Wings series.