Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (137) Vlog Style (21)

Well, I'm back. And ready to share TONS of book stuff with you!  I'm mostly rested, and through the first read of Nano Project.  I've missed you all!

Current Read:
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (2nd half for chat on Thursday)
Corrupts Absolutely - an anthology

Finished Last Week:
Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Broken by Emma St. John
Elysium by Emma St. John

Reviews to Come:
Defender of Magic by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Broken by Emma St. John
Elysium by Emma St. John
Questing Beast by Ilona Andrews
A Mere Formality by Ilona Andrews
Gimme Shelter edited by J.R. Blackwell
Dead Drop: A Lawson Vampire Bonus Story by Jon F. Merz
Love, Death, and Loneliness by Douglas Brown
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch

Reviews Posted:
Movie Review:
Podcast Review:
Books & Covers Shared:
Sorry, was off last week

Special Posts:
Link to our chat on first half of Magic Bleeds

I didn't do any Flash Fiction Friday either.  I think I owe you two, one from 2 weeks ago (which I started and never finished), and a new one for the week coming.  Melissa, don't crack the whip yet!

My WANT List...I've added 8.  Wow!  For someone not in the blogging world for a week, I added a good number of books. ;)

Received Last Week:
Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan
Goodreads Synopsis:
View our feature on Dianne Sylvan's Queen of Shadows Meet Miranda Grey—music and magic are in her blood. Overwhelmed by her uncanny ability to manipulate people's emotions through her music, Miranda Grey comes to the attention of vampire lord David Solomon. Believing he can help bring her magic under control, David discovers that Miranda's powers may affect the vampire world too...

Devil's Punch by Ann Aguirre
Goodreads Synopsis:
As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and learn its history. Her power is a gift, but one that’s thrown her life off track. The magical inheritance she received from her mother is dangerously powerful, and Corine has managed to mark herself as a black witch by dealing with demons to solve her problems.

Back home, Corine is trying to rebuild her pawnshop and her life with her ex Chance, despite the target on her back. But when the demons she provoked kidnap her best friend in retaliation, Corine puts everything on hold to save her. It's undoubtedly a trap, but Corine would do anything to save those she loves, even if it means sacrificing herself...

Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews
Goodreads Synopsis:
Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder. On Meli Galdes' home planet, the struggle for power is a bloody, full-contact sport--in business and on the battlefield. For years her lethal skills have been a valuable asset in advancing her family's interests. She's more than earned her right to retire, but her kinsmen have one last favor to ask. Kill the man who ruined her life. 

Celino Carvanna's razor-sharp business acumen--and skills with a blade--won him the freedom to do as he pleases. There's only one thing he can't seem to control--his reaction to the mysterious woman who tantalizes his senses. Her eyes alone set his blood simmering, stirring ridiculous adolescent fantasies about breasts and honey. With a few words she dissects his soul. Who is she? And how does she slide so easily under his well-guarded skin? 

It's almost too easy to draw Celino within the kill zone. Meli plans to revel in him. Drink him in. Wring every drop of pleasure out of every moment. And when she's sure he belongs to her, she will finally repay a decade's worth of pain-in a single, brutal dose of reality. Warning: Contains a heroine who excels in moving targets, a hero who can't get into her pants fast enough, and implant-enhanced sex (no, not that kind of implant...).

Nook Freebies:
Deadworld by J.N. Duncan
Goodreads Synopsis:
She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price… 

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup … 

So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries—and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory…

King's Envoy by Cas Peace
Goodreads Synopsis:
Taran Elijah's quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world... 

In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends' advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot. 

In the wake of Taran's actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids. Major Sullyan of the High King's forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. 

Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

For Review:
Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella by Amanda Carlson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is-she's no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring. 

When she's brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer . . . 

Broken by Emma St. John
Goodreads Synopsis:
Jessie used to be the popular girl at school, until she came back from the dead. Now she's the Herald of the end of the world, and it seems the divine cannot leave her alone. When an angel turns up at her High School with a mission for her, she knows ignoring him won't help. It's time to take a chance. 

Elysium by Emma St. John
Goodreads Synopsis:
Jessie is good at everything. She has to be, since home is so much of a mess. One night, she and her parents head out to a regular event, but along the way Jessie learns that nothing is regular about any of them, and she is fated to stand between humanity and the divine. 

For iPod:
The Gearheart: Artifice - Episodes 28-37 (through the end!)  I'm soooo close!

Hope you had a great week last week, and a wonderful one planned this week.  I'm looking forward to being back on here full time (well, not full time, but at my normal capacity.)  And sharing all the amazing tidbits of information I have for you!

Here's wishing you all the best in words and pages.


  1. I want the Sylvan one! :D I hope it's a good one

    1. Blodeuedd - lol! I've been wanting that one too. I'm glad I got it. And I've heard the second one is coming out, or just came out. I'm a little behind. ;)

  2. *flicks the whip in a menacing way*

    Just reminding you... ;D

    I also had a hard time stopping when in that read-a-long I did. I didn't want to read ahead or I was afraid I'd forget. :)

    NANO!!! ;)

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter and Spring holiday!

    1. Melissa (Books&Things) - lOL! I still need to go look at this weeks pic yet! Eep!. I'll get to it, I'll... find time somewhere for you. And for the Nano project, not real happy with it at the moment. SOOOO much to figure out. I'm all over the board with it. But I'll sit down with it one of these weekends. ;) THat read-a-long was a long one, I really had a hard time with this one in two parts. lol! Hope you had a wonderful Easter. :) Thank you!


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