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May 14 2014 9:30am

Everything’s Not as it Seems in Charlaine Harris’s Midnight Crossroad

With the release of Midnight Crossroad, the Southern Vampires' creator Charlaine Harris begins a new series set in another very small town, this time in Texas, not Louisiana. Midnight, Texas is usually only a stopping point on the way to other locations. The newest citizen, twenty-two year old Manfred, an actual psychic who makes his living at it, realizes early on that Midnight belongs in the rank of “unusual places,” evidenced primarily by its quirky and intriguing denizens.

Bobo, Manfred’s landlord, owns a peculiar pawn shop that surprisingly gets business from out of town. A few months earlier, Bobo’s girlfriend, Aubrey, left him, which seems to bother others less than it does Bobo, as the woman was not well-liked. Fiji, the resident witch (who Manfred knows really does have power when he witnesses her using it) tries to keep Bobo cheered up while running her own shop, The Inquiring Mind.

[Well, inquiring minds want to know more here, too...]

Apr 25 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Lily Dalton’s Never Entice an Earl (April 29, 2014)

Never Entice an Earl by Lily DaltonLily Dalton
Never Entice an Earl
Forever / April 29, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

Lady Daphne Bevington would do anything for her maid Kate-including masquerading as Kate and sneaking around the wrong side of London to settle the poor girl's debt. Yet her innocent ruse takes a scandalous turn when “Kate” runs into a handsome gentleman on a secret quest of his own. A moment of passion could cost Daphne her reputation, but how can she ignore the stranger's searing kiss?

Lord Cormack Northmore is determined to find the immoral peer who ruined his sister. So when he learns that the irresistible woman he knows as “Kate” is the Season's most sought-after debutante, Cormack plans to use her connections to help him set a trap. Now, the closer Cormack gets to uncovering the villain who haunts the ton's ballrooms, the more he realizes that the lovely lady is in danger herself. Will he abandon his quest for revenge-or risk losing his one chance at love?

In Lily Dalton's Never Entice an Earl, after six years away, Cormack Northmore is relieved that his family's estate appears much the same. Cormack went to India to make his fortune in the saltpeter industry so he could replace the family money inadvertently lost by his father. One thing that is different at Bellefrost, is that his beloved sister, Laura, is dying, having just given birth. Before she takes her last breath, Laura presses a medallion into Cormack’s hand.

[To prove the hero's medal?...]

Mar 29 2014 7:00pm

First Look: Anne Gracie’s The Winter Bride (April 1, 2014)

The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie

Anne Gracie
The Winter Bride (A Chance Sisters Romance)
Berkley / April 1, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Damaris Chance’s unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway—and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.

When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him—as long as it’s in name only. Her new husband seems to accept her terms, but Freddy has a plan of his own: to seduce his reluctant winter bride.

Will Damaris’s secrets destroy her chance at true happiness? Or can Freddy help her cast off the shackles of the past, and yield to delicious temptation?

Captivating and thoroughly entertaining, the second installment in Anne Gracie's Chance Sisters romance series, The Winter Bride, focuses on Damaris, one of the “sisters” taken in by Lady Beatrice as one of her nieces, and Freddy Monkton-Coombs, best-friend of Max, the male protagonist from the first book in the series.

[How will he warm her up?...]

Dec 23 2013 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 3

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae CarsonMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the picks from Day 1Day 2, and Day 4.

Rae Alley:

Bitter Kingdom (by Rae Carson) would be my top read. It's billed as a YA, but like so many YA titles lately it isn't just for young adults. There's a bit of finding yourself and making sure you know your purpose in the world throughout this book (and the previous two in the trilogy) but what was interesting to me was seeing how we got to the happy ever after for our heroine and her captain. You start the novel with her running to his rescue and him unaware of whether or not she really is coming to save him as it might mean her trading places with him and how does he really feel about that...and this pace of action stays throughout.

[Action-packed is the way we like it!...]

Nov 5 2012 12:21pm

Once Upon a Time Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: Admissions and Entrances

Emma and Neal in Once Upon a Time’s Tallahassee*****SPOILERS*****

This very illuminating sixth episode of the new season opens with Emma, Snow, Aurora, Mulan, and Hook surveying the strange-looking beanstalk that must be climbed to reach the top and the compass necessary to make a portal for Snow and Emma to use to go home. The scene immediately switches to that of a younger Emma of eleven years earlier stealing a car (which looks an awful lot like the car she has now), and she discovers that someone else is in the car—a guy named Neal, who, as it turns out, was in the midst of stealing the car himself. Both Emma and Neal recognize a kindred spirit when they see one...

(Need to catch up? Don't miss H&H's recaps of the Season 2 premiere (2.01)episode 2.02episode 2.03, episode 2.04, and last week's episode 2.05.)

Meanwhile, back in the present the four intrepid ladies debate who will use the other magic cuff to accompany Hook on the climb up the daunting beanstalk. Emma insists that she will be the one making the trip, and the others relent. Mulan provides Emma with a power made of poppies that will knock-out the giant protecting the compass. On their climb, Hook asks Emma if she has ever been in love, and she says “no.”

[Is she being honest, or will her story play out like Pinocchio?...]

Sep 20 2012 3:05pm

First Look: Stephanie Laurens’s The Lady Risks All (September 25, 2012)

The Lady Risks All by Stephanie LaurensStephanie Laurens
The Lady Risks All
Avon / September 25, 2012 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor—until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have.

Miranda Clifford is a lady imprisoned by rigid respectability—until tempted by a passion beyond her power to deny.

Flung together in peril, through danger and intrigue, they discover a love impossible to ignore . . . or keep.

In Stephanie Laurens's The Lady Risks All, the men in Lord Julian Delbraith’s family often succumb to the family curse: inveterate gambling. Unbeknownst to most, Julian, though a gambler, never loses. When his seemingly stoic older brother gambles away the family fortune and then kills himself, Julian steps up to save his mother, three sisters, daughter-in-law and young nephew from ruin. In addition to serving as co-guardian for his nephew (the heir), Lord Julian decides that he must adopt a new persona: Neville Roscoe, who over the course of twelve years builds an empire of gambling halls.

[As you do...]

Jul 11 2012 1:00pm

A Light in the Darkness: Humor in Urban Fantasy from Davidson, Barant, Lewis and More!

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice DavidsonUrban fantasy readers get treated to a wide variety of supernatural beings in an array of predicaments, the stakes of which may range from the safety of a particular city or area to the destruction of the world. It seems as though there are as many ways to save the world as there are ways to destroy it, and urban fantasy characters each employ an approach that works best for them. In addition to differing methods used to get the job done, the authors’ use of tone in depicting their characters’ thoughts and actions also vary, particularly in regards to humor.

Typically, two types of humor may be applied within a narrative: overt or subtle. The overt use leaves no doubt as to the author’s intent—they are going for laughs, and do not hesitate to tread in the territory of ridiculous. Subtle usage tends to be more dry, perhaps just a line or two of either dialogue or a character’s thoughts that range from amusing to biting.

[Laugh it up...]