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Wed
Apr 6 2016 4:00pm

Striking the Perfect Harmony in Erika Kelly’s Take Me Home Tonight

Take Me Home Tonight by Erika Kelly

Erika Kelly takes us backstage once again with the band Blue Fire in Take Me Home Tonight, and gives us a frank look at depression and moving on from tragedy, or in this case, the inability to move on. 

Blue Fire might be on the cusp of superstardom, but things are a little rocky for the band as they go into their next recording session. They are having artistic disagreements with their new producer. Also, their longtime keyboardist Pete did not succeed in kicking his habit in rehab.  The guys are hoping that they can convince studio musician Calix Bourbon to continue on as their keyboardist. Calix has been filling in for Pete since they signed him into rehab.  Blue Fire has always been more interested in making music than gaining fame and Calix has proved himself a perfect fit. He has written songs with Slater and Derek and has added his own style to the band’s sound. The problem is that they can’t get Calix to commit to the band and the tour that will be coming up later that year. 

To Calix the only thing more important than music is his family.  Three years ago, Calix was in another band that was also on the cusp of success when his brother died in a tragic accident. It only took one moment of lapsed attention to bring their entire world crashing down.   

[Disposing of the rubble to find sweet harmony ...]

Tue
Apr 5 2016 12:00pm

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Beast (April 5, 2016)

J.R. Ward
The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
NAL / April 5, 2016 / $28.00 print, $13.99 digital

Rhage and Mary return in a new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of (it)” (USA Today). 
 
Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…
 
For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…
 
And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...  

Editor's Note: This post is as spoiler-free as we can make it! If you want spoilers, then click here

J.R. Ward has taken her characters to some dark places where happily ever afters don’t always exist.  As your life changes, your wants and desires can change with it. Will new desires spell the end for Rhage and Mary in her newest BDB novel, The Beast?

[We want The Beast ...]

Tue
Apr 5 2016 12:00pm

J.R. Ward’s The Beast SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Here you have it: It's FINALLY HEREA complete play-by-play of all of the events in J.R. Ward’s The Beast, out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Beast here to whet your appetite).

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

SPOILERS SO MAJOR THEY WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The BeastThis is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Beast here.***

[Spoilers for The Beast below ...]

Thu
Mar 3 2016 9:30am

First Look: Patricia Briggs’s Fire Touched (March 8, 2016)

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9)
Ace / March 8, 2016 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

Mercy Thompson is a coyote shifter and a currently out of work Volkswagon mechanic in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.  As a coyote shifter, Mercy belongs to a supernatural group which consists of (pretty much) just herself.  Yet time and again, Mercy has been dragged into the middle of werewolf problems, fae politics and vampire business.   But in Fire Touched, it is Mercy who drags the fight between the humans and the fae to her own front door. Literally.

When human justice failed them, the fae closeted themselves on their reservations declaring themselves separate from the humans.  The fae are done hiding and are ready to take the next step but will that be war with the humans or peace?  Not all the fae agree on their next course of action and some are willing to let loose the stuff of nightmares on the human public in order force a confrontation.

[Don't be afraid to touch my fire ...]

Sun
Feb 28 2016 2:00pm

Swoonies 2016: Why Nalini Singh’s Raphael and Elena Should Get Your Vote!

Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh

We're almost to the end of the Swoonies 2016 as our final round is prepared to launch on Monday. In honor of our EPIC Couples Battle, The Swoonies, we asked two of our bloggers to make their case for why our two champions should be crowned The Swoonworthiest Couple! Today we're taking a look at Nalini Singh's Archangel's Enigma's Raphael and Elena as Lucy Dosch outlines why they will reign victorious.

Read TanyaLK's Defense of Tessa Dare's Maddie/Logan of When a Scot Ties the Knot, and come back February 29 to cast your vote in the championship round of The Swoonies!

Note: While Archangel's Enigma is not Raphael and Elena's book, The Swoonies rules stipulate a couple must only be featured in a 2015 book (even if only secondarily). To see the beginning of their love, start with Angel's Blood. 

1. What makes them work

An old and powerful archangel like Raphael had lost the ability to empathize with the mortal who shared his territory. Elena has taught him to appreciate the short but bright lives lived by the humans. While most consorts of an archangel are pampered and cosseted in Courts, Raphael supports Elena in her need to continue her life as a Hunter for the Guild. He has made her stronger and she has made him more human. They balance each other well. 

[Balance is the key to an HEA...]

Sun
Feb 14 2016 2:00pm

Book Boyfriends: We Need Him. We Love Him. May We Keep Him?

Guest Post: Book boyfriends

I have a great love in my life. No, I’m not talking about my husband.  That’s for another conversation.  I’m talking about the man of my dreams. The one that lives in my house, but doesn’t get to sleep in my bed. No, my great love lives on my bookshelf. Well, actually if I am confessing, I cheat on him too. I have lots and lots of great loves. They are what you might call my Book Boyfriends.

We love our Book Boyfriends. They have our absolute devotion and we never, ever like to share them with others. We’re happy to let you meet them.  You can read their stories, just as long as you remember who they belong to. 

Why do we collect this dream harem? Well, first of all, you know your Book Boyfriend won’t leave the toilet seat up or leave his socks on the floor. You know he’ll always be there to rescue you from attack whether it’s from a serial killer or a space vampire (whichever applies) Your Book Boyfriend will massage your aching muscles when you are tired or fly you across the world to get dinner in your favorite little restaurant, by airplane or sometimes his own wings. He is as attractive as your imagination can make him and he doesn’t mind your imperfections at all. He can be over bearing and protective but always lets you make your own decisions. He’s everything we need him to be, and he’ll never let you down.

[Name your book boyfriends ...]

Fri
Feb 5 2016 1:15pm

Ready to Play: Football Highlights from Burton, Callihan, Stacey, and More!

Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton

Super bowl looms ever closer and it’s time to make a confession.  It’s time to confess that we love the game as much as our men.  We just love those players in their uniforms with their tight pants and their fanny pats.   Those hot men in uniforms catching the football with those big strong arms.  Admit it ladies, that’s why there are so many series featuring gorgeous football players that we want to huddle with ourselves.

Jaci Burton has given us plenty to hot hunks to play with in her Play by Play series.  This series features brothers from both the Riley family and the Cassidy family and their teammates.   While some of her heroes might have chosen to play those more girly games like professional hockey and major league baseball, Jaci Burton keeps bringing us back to those massive men of football.  In her upcoming release, Unexpected Rush, Barrett Cassidy plays for the NFL, unless his twin brother Tucker “Mr. Perfect Game” Cassidy.  Barrett knows that there is no better game than football and no more important Guy Code than don’t touch your buddy’s sister.  Barrett might a success in the game of football, but can he keep from breaking the Code when the temptation is too great.

[More Football romances for Superbowl 50 ...]

Mon
Feb 1 2016 1:30pm

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Brotherhood in Death (February 2, 2016)

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb
Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42)
Berkley / February 2, 2016 / $28.00 print, $13.99 digital

The new novel featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Devoted in Death.

Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy. . . 

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze. 

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

The latest J.D. Robb novel brings to the forefront the idea of brotherhood.  Brotherhood makes you think of relationships and the way they change and develop over time. Eve Dallas was kept locked away from the world by her abusive father and eventually made it into the hands of a heartless system.  She wanted nothing more from life than to become a police officer, earn her badge and eventually her Captain’s bars.  The only brotherhood or connection she ever dreamed of was with the Brotherhood of the NYPSD.  Was it luck or fate which provided Eve with so much more?

[The true meaning of the Brotherhood ...]

Mon
Jan 25 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Mercury Striking (January 26, 2016)

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Mercury Striking (Scorpius Syndrome #1)
Zebra / January 26, 2016 / $7.99 print, $7.59 digital

“Thrilling post-apocalyptic romance at its dark, sizzling best!”—Lara Adrian

“Nothing is easy or black or white in Zanetti's grim new reality, but hope is key, and I hope she writes faster!” —New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

In the anthology, On the Hunt, Rebecca Zanetti gave us the beginning.  The beginning of the end. In her new series, Scorpius Syndrome, a meteor has crashed to the Earth, as many do each year. This one was as unassuming as the next that is until it is cracked open by the students who found it and who each wanted to take a piece home to share. They did, in fact, take home their share.  A share of a bacteria previously unknown on Earth and what is now known as Scorpius. 

[Dr. Harmony and Jax have act fast ...]

Sun
Jan 17 2016 2:00pm

Supernatural Meet the Parents: Cecy Robson’s Of Flame and Promise

Of Flame and Promise by Cecy Robson

Of Flame and Promise is the latest in Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series but if you are expected the continued story of big sister Celia, you’ll be in for a surprise.  Cecy has taken her popular Urban Fantasy series and given it new eyes.  The series will now be told from the perspective of her sister, Taran.  Taran has the beauty of a goddess and the mouth of a sailor and the ability to control of fire and lightning, especially when she’s pissed off, which seems to be always.  As if twisting the story from Taran’s perspective isn’t enough, Cecy puts us in a time machine and takes us back to a point between Cursed by Destiny and A Cursed Bloodline

Taran might look confident and put together on the outside, but on the inside she’s a hot mess.  Taran considers herself to be is difficult on her best days and hasn’t known men to stick around along in her life.   That is why the affection of her werewolf, Gemini, scares her down to her core. 

Gemini claims that Taran is his mate and wants to complete the mating ceremony with her.  It is not the idea of forever that scares the bejesus out of Taran, it’s the fear of giving her heart completely to Gemini and having him walk away, just like Aric has abandoned her sister.  Their love and matehood meant nothing when the Elders ordered Aric to marry and have children with another pureblooded were. For someone like Taran, who doesn’t believe herself worthy of the depth of love and dedication being offered by Gemini, letting herself believe and giving her heart and soul to him, only to have him walk away, would be a fate worse than death. Taran can’t help loving Gemini but she keeps a wall of protection around her heart by “keeping it casual.”

[Meeting the parents in Weird Girls series ...]

Tue
Jan 5 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’ The Good, The Bad, and the Vampire (January 5, 2016)

The Good, The Bad and the Vampire by Sara Humphreys

Sara Humphreys
The Good, The Bad and the Vampire (Dead in the City #4)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / January 5, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Beloved author Sara Humphreys' acclaimed paranormal romance series continues with sweltering attraction between two vampires who have all the time in the world to satisfy their desires...

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he's still a Texas good ol' boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body...
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it'll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota's courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry's not dead after all.

Sara Humphreys’ latest novel, The Good, The Bad and The Vampire, presents us with something fresh in her Dead in the City series—gargoyles

What if everything you were told to be truth was an absolute lie?  Each night we are presented with news which affects the world.  Don’t we believe what they tell us?  Don’t we believe what our family and friends tell us to be truths?  What happens if you find out that your core beliefs are nothing but a series of lies?

[Sexy vampires and gargoyles ...]

Wed
Dec 23 2015 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 3

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 3 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and stay tuned for Part 4:

John Jacobson:

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne - Byrne’s new historical is lush and provocative, with the deep language and drama of older historicals and the escapist spunk of newer historicals. Her characters are entrancing in their emotional depth. I was taken away by the narrative - there’s no other book like it out there today.

What a Devilish Duke Desires by Vicky Dreiling - Dreiling writes sweet historical romances with a sexy zing. This book hits all of the high notes with strong threads of dramatic action and romantic longing. The hero and the heroine are fundamentally good people caught up in bad circumstances, and the way Dreiling unveils their happily ever after is expert. Dreiling’s added homage to popular reality television in a Regency-garbed setting creates a humor that makes it the perfect sweet confection.

[What are your top 2015 recommendations? ...]

Thu
Dec 10 2015 2:30pm

Pia Goes to Hollywood: Fan Casting Thea Harrison’s Elder Races

Fantasy Casting: Hugh Jackman as Dragos Cuelebre

Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series is one of my favorite paranormal romance series.  I have read and reread the stories so much that these characters have been cemented into my brain.  I can only hope that someday when they cast these characters, someone will find my fan casting or I will be heartbroken.

Hugh Jackman as Dragos Cuelebre
The leader of the Wyr Demesne is a dangerous and powerful predator that no fancy suit can ever disguise.  The dragon was birthed at the creation of the world.  Dragons by nature are acquisitive and inquisitive.  When someone had the audacity to break into his vault of treasures and steal from him, Dragos goes on the hunt for the thief only to be surprised by his strong attraction for her.  For the first time in millennia, the dragon has found a treasure greater than anything else in his possession and he takes her for his mate.  

[We know you have thought about it ...]

Tue
Dec 1 2015 3:30pm

Nucking Futs: Top 10 Scenes from Kresley Cole’s Nïx, the Ever-Knowing

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

In Kresley Cole’s the Immortals After Dark series, Nïx, the Ever-Knowing, or better known throughout the Lore as Nucking-Futs Nïx, has been setting up her own form of speed-dating in an attempt to match mates and seed alliances for the upcoming Accession, and when you are a 3,000-year-old soothsaying Valkyrie, you don’t have to make it easy for anyone.  I mean, what’s the fun in that?  

Here are a few things we’ve learned about our favorite Valkyrie while over the last few years.

1.     Nïx is always ready for a party…

A group of elven-looking women strolled by, wearing nothing but gauzy skirts.  Their chests were bare except for body paint styled in intricate leafy designs.

“Goody,” Nïx muttered.  “The dendrophiles.”

“The dendro what?” Néomi said.

“Tree lovers – the tree nymphs.”

Their obvious leader said, “Well, if it isn’t Nucking Futs Nïx and the hex hack.”

“Well, if it isn’t the hookers,” Nïx replied blandly.  “Oh, I’m sorry, nymphets, this isn’t the orgy – that’s down the road.”

“Nïxie, every party is an orgy waiting to happen.”

Nïx opened her mouth, then closed it, dragging Néomi and Mari away.  “Well, you can’t argue with reason, can you?”

—  Dark Needs at Night’s Edge

[And this is just the beginning. Read on now ...]

Mon
Nov 30 2015 1:30pm

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Shadow’s End (December 1, 2015)

Shadow's End by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Shadow's End (Elder Races #9)
Berkley / December 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The author of Lord’s Fall and Midnight’s Kiss returns with an enchanting and sizzling new tale about debts that cannot be repaid and hunger that cannot be satisfied…

For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…

Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…

Thea Harrison points out to us the consequences we need to live with when we chose desires we know are unattainable and the shadow refers to the shadow on our souls which is the price we pay for wanting what we cannot have.

In Thea Harrison's Shadow’s End, Lady Beluviel, wife of the Elven High Lord, is looking for her stepson Ferion, the heir to the Elven Demesne.  Ferion is a frustrated man living a half-life.  He is the heir of the Demense, so he cannot pursue a life of his own choosing, but as the heir to a father who is nearly immortal and can live centuries more as the High Lord, Ferion is always kept on the outer edge of the Elven Court. Ferion is given no true purpose in his life, yet he cannot go forge his own future. 

[He's seeking purpose ...]

Tue
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 ...]

Tue
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 ...]

Wed
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...]

Tue
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...]

Sun
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...]