<i>Make Me Stay</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Make Me Stay: Exclusive Excerpt Jaci Burton "She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love." <i>Midnight Wrangler</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Midnight Wrangler: Exclusive Excerpt Cat Johnson "He thought about doing more than kissing her." <i>For His Pleasure</i>: Exclusive Excerpt For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Rock “Stop worrying and enjoy the moment.” <i>Coming Apart at the Seams</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Coming Apart at the Seams: Exclusive Excerpt Jenna Sutton "He’ll do whatever it takes to win her over."
From The Blog
November 21, 2015
Gothic Romance Movie Night: 3 Classics
Lauren Smith
November 20, 2015
Love for Bibliophiles in Whispers in the Reading Room
Maggie Boyd
November 19, 2015
A Ranking of the Lunar Chronicles Series Couples
November 18, 2015
Victoria Dahl Plays Your Heartstrings Harlot
Rebekah Weatherspoon
November 18, 2015
Romantic Suspense to Get Your Heart Racing
Dolly Sickles
Showing posts by: Lucy Dosch click to see Lucy Dosch's profile
Nov 24 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin (December 1, 2015)

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)
Gallery / December 1, 2015 / 

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Editor's Note: This review contains spoilers for all books in the Immortals After Dark series, including the December 1 release of Sweet Ruin. This post especially discusses the Bringers of Doom and events relating to the Accession. Read with caution!

Wars are fought all the time with each side never understanding why the other side fights them. Each fighter knows that his side is the right one. Kresley Cole has been gearing us up for an upcoming war but after all this time, have we been backing the wrong side?

[We were warned ...]

Nov 10 2015 11:00am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Wicked Edge (November 10, 2015)

Wicked Edge by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Wicked Edge (Realm Enforcers #2)
Kensington / November 10, 2015 / $5.99 digital

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on...

Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off...

You know that old saying:  The enemy of my enemy is…my new love bunny?   Rebecca Zanetti’s newest Realm Enforcers novel, Wicked Edge, features Daire Dunne, an Enforcer for the Coven Nine. He is still in Seattle trying to track down the source of the drug, Apollo.  Someone is using the smaller witch population in Seattle for Apollo’s trial run.  Apollo’s main ingredient is planekite, a substance known to be deadly to witches. Someone has plans to destroy all witches and the Enforcers need to stop the manufacturer before they perfect the drug and start their attacks on the larger witch population in Ireland. 

[Population control of the witch population ... we don't think so ...]

Nov 4 2015 9:30am

6 Strangers, 1 Beautiful Story: Nora Roberts’ Star of Fortune

Stars of Fortune by Nora RobertsNora Roberts once again weaves a tale that’s part romance, part adventure, and part magic in Stars of Fortune.  As with any good fantasy it begins in a time long ago when three ancient goddesses created stars to honor the new Queen, but a fourth goddess, who practiced darker magic, wanted the power of those stars for herself.  They sent the stars up into the heaven but they knew that time would eventually make them fall back to the Earth. Nerezza only needed to have patience and wait to claim these prizes for herself.

In present day, six strangers are all drawn to the island of Corfu, Greece. But it is the artist and seer who draws this group together. Sasha Riggs is generally a homebody, but her visions are getting stronger every day and the pictures that she draws are getting darker. She knows deep inside that she has to find the people in her drawings and bring them together. If she does not, the darkness will win and suffocate the world. That’s a lot of pressure for one local artist.

When she arrives in Corfu, she quickly stumbles upon Riley Gwin and Bran Killian. She recognizes them from her drawings and lays out her tale.  To her surprise, not only do they not lock her up as insane, they too indicate that they were unquestionably drawn to this area and both are on a quest for the same star.

[Follow the stardust...]

Oct 27 2015 2:45pm

First Look: Yasmine Galenorn’s Autumn Thorns (October 27, 2015)

Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn

Yasmine Galenorn
Autumn Thorns (Whisper Hollow #1)
Jove / October 27, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

In an all-new series, New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn invites readers to Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living and the lake never gives up her dead…

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother’s house—and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.

When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

Whisper Hollow is a town where secrets are buried deeper than the dead.  It is a place close to the Veil and spirits don’t always stay where they belong.  The children of Whispering Hollow are taught the rules which will keep them safe.  Rules which they say each morning like the Pledge of Allegiance.

[Let's learn this bad boy then...]

Oct 25 2015 9:00am

First Look: Maya Banks’s Darkest Before Dawn (October 27, 2015)

Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks Maya Banks
Darkest Before Dawn (KGI #10)
Berkley / October 27, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL from the “incredibly awesome" (Jaci Burton) #1 New York Times bestselling author ofWhen Day Breaks.

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t...

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they've known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock's true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he's been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She's the only woman who's ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he's spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.”

Maya Bank’s KGI series centers around the Kelly family and their ops for hire organization, Kelly Group International.  The KGI teams mostly focus on rescue and retrievals. All the members have been specially trained from the various military groups and each member brings their own special training. 

[And they're special to all of us...]

Oct 23 2015 8:30am

First Look: Molly Harper’s The Single Undead Moms Club (October 27, 2015)

The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly Harper

Molly Harper
The Single Undead Moms Club (Half-Moon Hollow #6)
Pocket Books / October 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

In the next book in Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Libby (a widow-turned-vampire) struggles with her transition, and finds out it sucks to be the only vampire member of the PTA…

Widow Libby Stratton arranged to be turned into a vampire after she was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. It wasn’t the best idea she’s ever had, but she was desperate—she’s not about to leave her seven-year-old son to be raised by her rigid, overbearing in-laws.

On top of post-turning transition issues, like being ignored at PTA meetings and other mothers rejecting her son’s invitations for sleepovers, Libby must deal with her father-in-law’s attempts to declare her an unfit mother, her growing feelings for Wade—a tattooed redneck single dad she met while hiding in a closet at Back to School Night—and the return of her sire, who hasn’t stopped thinking about brave, snarky Libby since he turned her.

With the help of her new vampire circle, Libby negotiates this unfamiliar quagmire of legal troubles, parental duties, relationships, and, as always in Harper’s distinct, comedic novels, “characters you can’t help but fall in love with” (RT Book Reviews).

Molly Harper once again takes us on a hilarious tour to Half-Moon Hollow to meet the newest vampire on the block.

Being a Mom is one of the hardest jobs there is and it is an impossible one to give up.  From the moment of their birth, fighting for your child and protecting them from harm becomes instinctual. Libby Stanton lost her husband two years ago in an accident, just before she was diagnosed with cancer.   She was losing the battle and the thought of leaving her son in the care of her in-laws was too much to bear.  Not that they were bad people, but they only saw Danny as a substitute for their dead son, Rob, and not for the special little boy he was with his own likes and dislikes.

[It's almost as bad as blaming the sins of the father on the son...]

Oct 16 2015 8:30am

First Look: Danielle Monsch’s The Dream Crafter (October 19, 2015)

The Dream Crafter by Danielle Monsch

Danielle Monsch
The Dream Crafter (Entwined Realms #2)
Danielle Monsch / October 19, 2015 / Price TK

A Legendary Spellbook. Everyone desires it, but he controls it.

The most feared mercenary in the New Realms, Merc takes what he thinks is a routine job – guarding a magic spellbook until a secret auction takes place, one where only the most powerful and influential will have the opportunity to bid. But one moment of carelessness makes this job the most personal he has ever had, and if that wasn’t enough, his dreams are being invaded by a woman who his every instinct warns is trouble, but he can’t stop wanting.

A Legendary Power. Everyone covets it, but can she master it?

One moment of terror took away Amana’s security and her brother’s freedom. Now her life is doing whatever she must to survive, all the while trying to find the way to release her brother from prison. Her answer comes in an offer from the Guild, but the cost is high – using a power she has kept locked away on a man who terrifies her even as he fascinates her.

As the auction draws ever closer, Merc and Amana are drawn into a game of cat-and-mouse, captor and captive as they battle for control, even as they work together to thwart the various factions who are willing to do anything to collect the spellbook for themselves. While grudging respect and mutual desire begin to shape their relationship, in the end, only one can prevail. What will be the ultimate decision, when the price of victory means the end to the other’s dearest dream?

In her Entwined Realms series, Danielle Monsch recreates our world in a time after the Great Collision when the world that we know collided with the realm of magic and has created a new reality where humans now live next door to creatures of magic and fantasy.  It has been over two decades since the Great Collision, and now it is not just those originally from the magic realm wielding all the power.  The mixing of human and magical blood have created human children born with special abilities.  Some of those abilities were thought to be wiped out centuries ago because they are simply too dangerous for one being to control.

[A world of magic for the fantasy lovers ...]

Oct 12 2015 8:30am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Dragos Goes to Washington (October 12, 2015)

Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Dragos Goes to Washington (Elder Races #8.5)
Thea Harrison / October 12, 2015 / $5.99 print, $3.99 digital

Dragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyr, needs to throw a party without maiming anyone. That isn’t exactly as easy as it might sound.

After the destructive events of the last eighteen months, the Elder Races are heading to Washington D.C. to foster peace with humankind. Not known for his diplomacy skills, Dragos must rely on his mate Pia to help navigate a battlefield of words and polite smiles rather than claws. With Dragos’s mating instinct riding close to the surface, his temper is more volatile than ever and the threat of violence hovers in the air.

Then the human spouse of a prominent politician winds up murdered and Dragos and Pia must race against time to hunt down those behind it before they are held responsible for the crime.

For fans of DRAGON BOUND and LORD’S FALL, the latest novella in the Elder Races holds passion, peril, political intrigue, and revelations that will change Dragos and Pia’s lives forever.

Dragos Goes to Washington is the first part of a three-story series about Dragos, Pia, and their son Liam. Each story stands alone, but fans might want to read all three in order as they will be released: Dragos Goes to Washington, Pia Does Hollywood, and Liam Takes Manhattan.

Paranormal romance fans love the Elder Races series and can’t wait for more of her fabulous stories featuring the different demesne, including the Wyr, the Light Fae, the Dark Fae, the Nightkind and the Demonkind. 

[We can't get enough of this paranormal ...]

Oct 11 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Nuts (October 20, 2015)

Alice Clayton
Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)
Gallery / October 20, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.

Alice Clayton has always brought us wonderful characters, some…okay, most who are not quite sane. She likes to point out to her readers that that life is wrapped up in chaos, and that’s a good thing.  Her latest novel, Nuts, isn’t just referring to Farmer Leo’s special goodies.  It is simply referring to…well, everyone.  Everyone in this story is just a little bit nuts.  It’s all part of life in the little Hudson Valley town of Bailey Falls, NY. 

[Grab the nuts ...]

Oct 1 2015 8:30am

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Brighter than the Sun (October 6, 2015)

Brighter Than The Sun by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson 8.5)
St. Martin's Press / October 6, 2015 / $3.99 digital

All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see...

Told from his point of view, BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him.

Wouldn’t you love to know what’s going on in your boyfriend’s head, especially if said boyfriend was the son of Satan? Darynda Jones gives us a rare treat in Brighter Than the Sun.  She gives us a glimpse into the head of not so heavenly heartthrob, Reyes Alexander Farrow, the love of Charley Davidson’s life.

The Charley Davidson series is written in the first person from the point of view of the main character, Charley. But fans have always wanted to know more about the man behind those smoldering looks always pointed at Charley.

[A novella to hold you over ...]

Sep 29 2015 8:30am

First Look: Down the Rabbit Hole Anthology (September 29, 2015)

Down the Rabbit Hole by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and R.C. Ryan

J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and R.C. Ryan
Down the Rabbit Hole
Jove / September 29, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Some of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors present five all-new stories told through the looking glass—including a new Eve Dallas novella!

You’re late for a very important date...
Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.

Don’t be afraid to follow them…

Down the Rabbit Hole is a new anthology featuring five stories from authors, J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R.C. Ryan.  Each novella spins its own tale based off of the well-loved novel Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

[An anthology worth the read ...]

Sep 11 2015 12:00pm

In a World...: Fantasy Casting Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians Series

Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall

In Dianne Duvall’s world of Immortal Guardians, there are virus which is transferred by blood, either by a transfusion or enough bites from an infected vampire.  If a human is infected, they will also become vampires.  While the virus makes the humans faster and stronger, it also makes them susceptible to sunlight and gives them a craving for blood. More importantly, the virus eventually drives them mad and they become ever more and more violent as the madness drives them to bloodlust. 

There are also the gifted ones, those who have advanced DNA and special abilities. When they are infected with the virus, they receive all the benefits of speed and strength but will not fall victim to the madness. Also, their own individual gifts become enhanced. They can heal with their hands or teleport.  They might read minds or feel emotions with only a touch. 


Fantasy Casting Richard Armitage as Seth

Richard Armitage as Seth. Seth has been leading the Immortal Guardians for centuries. Unlike those he leads, Seth is an Other. He has the combined abilities to heal, teleport, read minds and even to destroy with only a thought. Seth believed that he could no longer sit back and observe the humans as the Others do and allow the vampires to run rampant. He banned together the gifted ones who were now Immortals and trained them to fight the vampires and protect the humans.

- Image Source

[More casting for your pleasure ...]

Aug 28 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Brave the Heat (September 1, 2015)

Sara Humphreys
Brave the Heat (The Maguire Brothers #1)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The only fire he can't put out...
Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin Maguire's feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn't prevent.

Is the torch he carries for her...
Jordan's life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan's biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.

Sara Humphreys has created an amazing new series starring everyday heroes.  Her first story in this series, Brave the Heat, tells the moving tale of fear and tragedy, love and loss and second chances to get it right.   

Everything that happens in our lives, both the good and the bad, will have an effect on the choices we make in the future.  Sometimes that effect is profound and sometimes it is so subtle it takes time to realize why you acted in such a way.  

[Return to your heart...]

Aug 22 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Nightwalker (August 25, 2015)

Jacquelyn Frank
Nighwalker (World of Nighwalker #5, Nightwalkers #15)
Loveswept / August 25, 2015 / $4.99 digital

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the final chapter in the Nightwalkers saga! As the momentous showdown with a powerful demon unfolds, a passionate encounter breaks the ultimate taboo.

Kamen is a Bodywalker, an ancient soul reborn in one human host after another. He’s also a prisoner of his own kind: for it was Kamen who released Apep, the deadly god who threatens the existence of their world. To atone for this grievous error, Kamen accepts an urgent mission: to convince the other nations of the Nightwalkers to set aside their centuries-old conflicts and band together. If he fails, all will be lost. And no tribe presents a greater challenge than the Wraiths, the spectral beings who are feared and despised for their lethal deathtouch.

Kamen makes first contact with a stunning, ghostly pale beauty named Geneviève. Part Wraith and part human, scorned as a half-breed, Viève shares the hunger for redemption—and for connection. Her scintillating touch holds the kiss of death, and yet it makes Kamen feel more alive than ever. Soon his lips are pressed against hers, sending Viève into fits of desire and forging a bond that breaches the divide between them. Now they must unite all the Nightwalkers, from Vampire and Shadowdweller to Djynns, and fast—for Apep is ready for war.

Jacquelyn Frank brings her Nightwalker/World of Nightwalker series to an exciting conclusion in her upcoming release, Nightwalker.  This final chapter tells the tale of redemption and forgiveness, and whether that can ever truly be achieved.  

[Forgiveness is the only way...]

Aug 19 2015 8:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s Shadow Strike (August 25, 2015)

Shadow Strike by Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
Shadow Strike (Immortal Guardians #7)
Zebra / August 25, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out...

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive...

Heather Lane thought she was alone in her ability to read the thoughts of others.  She’s about to be introduced to a whole new world where she won’t be considered a freak.  But is it too late for her to enjoy it? In Dianne Duvall’s latest Immortal Guardian novel, Shadow Strike, someone has a plan to start Armageddon, and if the Immortal Guardians don’t hurry, it may truly be the end of the world.

[This is when it's a good thing to have powers ...]

Jul 8 2015 1:00pm

Easy Listening: The Pros of Male and Female Audiobook Narrators

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

If you don’t have time to actually read a book, many e-readers and tablets allow you to have an electronic voice read the story to you.  Although I know several people who will use this option, I can’t imagine it brings anything to the enjoyment of the story.

To really bring a book to life by audio, you need a truly talented narrator.  While there are a few authors who will use more than one narrator to tell their audiobook story, the ones I love the most present a whole cast of characters all by themselves.  Some narrators are so talented, after I finish an audiobook I find myself not just searching for my favorite authors, but my favorite narrators as well.

Among the ladies, some of the stand outs that I have enjoyed include:

Susan Ericksen who narrates for J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Tess Garritsen, Lorraine Heath and Sara Paretsky.

Lorelei King who narrates for Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, Janet Evanovich, and Debbie Macomber.

Amanda Ronconi who narrates for Molly Harper, Tate Hallaway, Donna Kaufman and E.J. Copperman.

Kirsten Potter who narrates for Dianne Duvall, Jude Deveraux, Maya Banks and Lisa Gardiner

[Husky, smoky, soft describes the narrator's voice...]

Jun 20 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Wicked Ride (June 23, 2015)

Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Wicked Ride (Realm Enforcers #1)
Lyrical Press / June 23, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Rebecca Zanetti’s spin off to her Dark Protectors series truly is a wicked ride. In a flawless integration of the old and the new, the Realm Enforcers features the Enforcers for the Coven Nine while blending in several favorite characters and prior storylines to create a thrilling new series.  

[A war has ended, but a new one may be beginning...]

Jun 16 2015 11:00am

Binge ReadingListening: 12 Audiobook Series Worth a Listen

Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

Time.  Time is the enemy of every dedicated reader.  There is never enough time to read all the books by our favorite authors and then add in those recommended to us by friends or the ones that catch our attention in the local bookstore.  Bookstores that we shouldn’t be strolling through since we already have too many books to read.

Family time, jobs, commuting, cleaning, gardening, homework, it all eats up precious reading time. So what are you supposed to do when you get a recommendation for a fabulous series that you’ve been missing which already has 5, 10, 15…20 books written?  Short of inserting a microchip and downloading books directly into your brain (hmm, is that possible?), how can you enjoy more of your already brimming TBR list?  One word…audiobooks.

When my children were little, my biggest complaint was no longer having free time to read.  My friend recommended audiobooks to me and after a lengthy argument of how audiobooks were not for me, I finally relented and went to the library to pick up the audiobook she recommended to me. Thirteen years later, I do about a third of my “reading” by audiobook. 

Audiobooks can be enjoyed wherever reading is impossible, while driving, cleaning, gardening, or while working at the office. (I didn’t say that!)  Stuck in traffic?  Who cares, enjoy another chapter. 

[Twelve audiobook series that will keep your ear plugs glued...]

Jun 9 2015 3:45pm

Graves on the Casting Couch: Fantasy Casting Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson Series

Kat Denning as Charley Davidson

Authors give life to characters, but finding just the right actor to play the part gives those characters flesh and blood. Fantasy casting a favorite series is not only fun, it truly brings the stories to life. A friend of mine suggested the actress for Charley, and all I could think was perfect. In that moment, it was like in the Wizard of Oz when the film goes from black and white to full color. Hopefully you agree with our fantasy cast for the Urban Fantasy series, Charley Davidson.

Kat Denning as Charley Davidson – Charlotte Davidson a.k.a. Charley is a private investigator with a serious case of ADD. Charley is a P.I. by trade but she was born a grim reaper. She’s not the scythe and robe type grim reaper.  She’s more a sassy, smart-mouthed, always getting in trouble kind of grim reaper. Charley is a portal to heaven and the departed still on earth can pass through her. Plus, it’s really helpful in solving cases when you can simply ask the dead guy who killed him. 

- Image Source

[More fantasy casting for the Charley Davidson Series...]

Jun 4 2015 8:30am

Pretty Little Liars: Nora Roberts’s The Liar

The Liar by Nora Roberts

Lies. We tell them all the time. Little white lies–Your haircut is lovely. This tuna casserole is delicious. No, those pants don’t make you look fat. But what happens when the lies aren’t so little? What if you found out that your whole life was one big collection of lies? Your husband, your marriage, everything in your life was a great big series of lies.

In Nora Roberts’s latest novel, The Liar, newly widowed Shelby Pomeroy Foxworth finds out that the life she was living was a complete lie. The big, beautiful house they lived in is being foreclosed. The cars are leased. There is no life insurance policy. The bank accounts are empty. And all the jewelry he’s ever given her, including her engagement ring, are fakes. Her husband, Richard, left her with nothing but millions of dollars of debt. At least she thinks his name was Richard Foxworth. The box she found with cash and fake identifications is making her realize that she might not have known anything about the man she was married to for the last five years.

Then she lowered to the floor—she couldn’t sit behind that desk, not now.  She sat on the floor with harsh colors against hard white walls, rocking, weeping.  Weeping not because the man she’d loved was dead, but because he never existed.

[Well, who was this mysterious man she loved?]