Monday, December 30, 2013

Book News! Soulless & Angels (Superheroes)

A few awesome things to share with you today! I don't know which one to share with you first. Both are exciting! Eee!

These two amazing woman have exciting things to share!

In no particular order, here we go...

Skyla Dawn Cameron has a book she is serializing for our pleasure! Yes, two chapters a week. One on Tuesday, one on Thursday. This starts January 2, 2014. A new story (for us) for the new year. The novel is complete so it's all ready to go up twice a week for us.

You can find this serialized novel story (chapter by chapter) at:

Anais Peake was created to devour the souls of otherwise unkillable monsters, but with every soul she eats, she loses a little of her own. She’s been in retirement for eighteen months when her monster hunting best friend shows up one winter night needing help, and so Ani temporarily returns to a life she tried hard to escape.

Their plans go awry on a deserted highway when a harpy attacks and Ani’s friend is killed. Ani is pulled out of the role of sidekick and thrust into the uncomfortable shoes of heroine in a mystery involving both human and otherworldly monsters, with only her neighbour/cat babysitter, an old friend still suffering grief and anger, and an empath funeral director for help to solve her friend’s murder.

But fate has patiently been waiting: Ani was created with a purpose in mind and retirement or not, she has to face what she is and what she’s capable of.

Even if her soul doesn’t survive it.

Soulless - A Serialized Novel by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Do you love superheroes? How about sexy superheroes? S.A. Huchton is sharing the prologue of her new Superheroes series. This prologue is from the first book - Evolution: ANGEL.

You can check it out at:

(Go check it out, I'm lost in this world. COMPLETELY! Starla is querying the stories now, but she's sharing a taste with you.)

Description Teaser:
Are you a hero?

Do you have what it takes?

The AdvaNced Genetics EvoLution Project is seeking the best of the best to become the next step for humanity! Now, thanks to decades of research, the hidden powers of your mind and body can be unlocked and you can join the fight of good versus evil!

Every ANGEL possesses a unique control over the elements; from the power to warp stone, to the absolute command of the air we breathe. Each new recruit is a mystery waiting to be unlocked!

Join the league of the most elite warriors on the planet!

Discover the potential hidden in your DNA!

The ANGEL Project needs its next hero…

Is it you?

-Evolution: ANGEL-

Meet Candace as she sees her dream, superheroes... Oh, there is sooo much more that happens in this book. I CAN'T WAIT for the series to come out for you. *dreamy sigh*

Friday, December 27, 2013

Book Review: The Blood Gospel

The Blood Gospel

By James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

Format: paperback, 479 pgs

Genre: Adventure, paranormal

Series: The Order of the Sanguines Series #1

Recommendation: Of course. A wicked fun adventure.

Synopsis: An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators—Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist—are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl.

But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb’s sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ’s own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. But the enemy who hounds them is like no other, a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.

From crumbling tombs to splendorous churches, Erin and her two companions must confront a past that traces back thousands of years, to a time when ungodly beasts hunted the dark spaces of the world, to a moment in history when Christ made a miraculous offer, a pact of salvation for those who were damned for eternity.

Here is a novel that is explosive in its revelation of a secret history. Why do Catholic priests wear pectoral crosses? Why are they sworn to celibacy? Why do the monks hide their countenances under hoods? And why does Catholicism insist that the consecration of wine during Mass results in its transformation to Christ’s own blood? The answers to all go back to a secret sect within the Vatican, one whispered as rumor but whose very existence was painted for all to see by Rembrandt himself, a shadowy order known simply as the Sanguines.

In the end, be warned: some books should never be found, never opened—until now.

First Sentence:  The dead continued to sing.

My Thoughts and Summary:

So, I am not my mum’s favourite writer.

James Rollins is.

She has all of his books, some of which I’ve purchased for her. She eventually brought me a big stack of them to read. I don’t read fiction as often anymore as it’s difficult, particularly reading within the genres I write, to sit back and enjoy; when I do read fiction now, I like to delve into other genres. The adventure angle and exotic locales of his books did appeal to me.

The Blood Gospel is one part Indiana Jones, one part The Da Vinci Code, with a strong dose of classic Anne Rice but less weeping and brooding. (Now, if you hated The Da Vinci Code, don’t let me scare you off; I hated it too, darlings. But the searching-for-some-religious-artifact-and-secrets thing fits, and this is a book where the research and detail is done right.)

This book leaps right into the action, bringing together several very different characters and putting them toward one goal: to locate The Blood Gospel, a book said to be written by Christ’s own hand. Archaeology, mysterious tombs, hidden Nazi compounds, puzzles and mysteries...

And vampires.

The vampires here run the gamut, by the way: there is a priestly order of them who are ultimately good but can be broody and all-suffering, while there are evil ones who kill everyone and everything in their path. Those who tire of the romance-hero-simply-misunderstood vampires would find enjoyment in this book (yes, there is one broody guy like that, but I didn’t find him irritating; he was badass and fascinating). If you have vampire-fatigue, there is enough other intrigue in the book to hold your interest.

One of the things to keep in mind with the book is the structure of the narrative: within a scene there are often three to four breaks in POV. It’s not headhopping, as the breaks are clearly marked, but for readers used to fewer POV shifts, it might take some getting used to. What it does manage to convey is the feel of a movie; the scenes are swift and brief, following various characters and storylines, not dwelling long enough for the reader to get bored.

That is, I think, the overall feel I continue to get from Mr. Rollins’ works: the literary equivalent of a big summer blockbuster popcorn film. The Blood Gospel is no different: it’s fast-paced and fun, with well-researched exotic locales, and likable characters to root for. The action sequences were exceptionally well done and quite visual. Do you want to be transported from your life for a few hours, visit Israel, Russia, Germany, and Rome, chase down a lost book, figure out some puzzles, all while sitting on your couch with a cup of tea? Here you go. 

As always, research seemed impeccable, and I had a sense that the authors knew what they were talking about. I am less familiar with Ms. Cantrell’s work, although I do have her historical thriller novel A Trace of Smoke on my TBR (also one I bought for Mum that she lent me after reading; she loved it); I do know her Hannah Vogel books are set in Germany around WWII and was not surprised when The Blood Gospel had that area of history seamlessly woven into it.

My favourite character was Bathory, this badass chick who kills someone in her opening scene, cursed and ruthless, with two pet grimwolves she’s deeply bonded to.

She is also (one of) the villain(s). Of course. Obviously, things did not go well for my favourite character.

But that says something right there about the skill of the writing: I did care about all of the point-of-view characters. I wanted them to succeed, even when they were at odds with one another. Granted, mostly I wanted Bathory to succeed all the time because I prefer evil characters. (She’d make a great urban fantasy anti-heroine.) I think Bathory is my spirit animal. But unlike other POV villains in many books, she was never a caricature, twirling her mustache and adjusting her black hat. She was flawed and believable. Likewise, the three protagonists—archaeologist Dr. Erin Granger, military Sergeant Jordan Stone, and vampire priest (no, really) Father Korza—were distinct and well-drawn, believable and providing a nice balance to the book.

This is distinctly an adult novel but with a PG13/14A bent to it: violence, some kissing/sex (not graphic and always tastefully done), very little coarse language, and it would be appropriate for the average mid-to-late teen girl or boy as well as adults. One thing to note is that the book plays with Christian mythology and Biblical references; I already noticed some reviews from readers who had their panties in a twist with this. But the book is fiction, it’s well-researched, and it does what all well-researched good fiction does: it builds on facts and changes things up to fit with the story the authors want to tell. If this might bother you, maybe read sample chapters before diving right in. But Christ is depicted as a necromancer already, so it isn’t that much of a stretch to add vampires into the mix. IMHO YMMV.

Finally, the main plot is wrapped up by the end (thankfully—it's nearly 500 pages and that would be a hell of a lot to read for a cliffhanger), however there is much more to come: more mysteries to be solved, more secrets to uncover. An apocalypse probably on its way.

You know. The usual.


Bitchstress Bechdel Bonus: Does it pass the Bechdel Test? Yes...thinking back, I do believe it did.

Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my mum and read for my own enjoyment.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Freebies and Deals, on Nook too (71)

There are a few authors that are sharing some amazing love this week. Of course, I'm going crazy with Christmas visiting and all that jazz. I've been MIA for about a week now, but I've found these two amazing finds. Hope you are having a great holiday and have found many more awesome gems.

Resa Nelson is amazingly kind and has made her novella story (109pgs & normally $2.99) FREE for December 25 - 27, 2013.
Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Blacksmith
Astrid constantly worries about her place in the village of Guell.  She loves being the apprentice of Guell’s blacksmith, Temple.  But Temple bought her from a childseller many years ago, which means Astrid has no blood kin in Guell.  If anything should happen to Temple she’s likely to lose her home, her work, and her sweetheart, DiStephan, the dragonslayer’s son.
One day Astrid’s worst fear comes true when Temple and DiStephan fail to return from a short journey to a nearby village.  A teenage boy named Finehurst arrives in Guell, claiming to be Temple’s nephew and rightful heir – and insisting that he saw Temple and DiStephan killed by a dragon.  The villagers are divided in their opinion of Finehurst, but Astrid is soon thrown out of her own home, desperate to find a way to regain it.  Before the dragonslayer goes in search of his missing son DiStephan and Astrid’s mentor Temple, he sets forth a challenge for Finehurst and Astrid to prove their blacksmithing skills by forging a dagger.  Normally, Astrid would be confident, but the village’s iron supplies are so low that she doesn’t know how she can possibly make a dagger that can prove her worth.

Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith is an all new mini novel that takes place in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer world (the 4-book series includes The Dragonslayer’s SwordThe Iron MaidenThe Stone of Darkness, and The Dragon’s Egg).  Appropriate for adults and teens, ages 14 and up.  Visit Resa Nelson’s website at  Follow her on Twitter @ResaNelson.

Ilona and Gordon Andrews, yes the authors of the Kate Daniels books & Curran Collection, have shared Curran POV Collection with us as a gift! For FREE!
Curran POV Collection
Blog Link
(Do you really need a description? It's CURRAN!!)


Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Review: Dead Things

Dead Things
By Stephen Blackmoore
Format: ebook, 305 pages
Genre: urban fantasy/noir
Series: Eric Carter #1

Recommendation: FUCK YES. Am I allowed to say “fuck” here, Mel? Oh well. FUCK YES.

Synopsis: Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay.

As long as they don't kill him first.

First Sentence:  When I pull up to the bar, the truck kicking up dust and gravel behind me, I know it's already too late to help anyone.

My Thoughts and Summary:

Eric Carter is a necromancer, as you would gather from the blurb and title. He can see the dead, control the dead, and get rid of the dead if they’re causing a problem. Fifteen years prior to the start of the novel, he left everything behind after he killed out of revenge and his sister’s life was threatened if he didn’t skedaddle. So he left, lived his life as a necromancer for hire, until his sister’s murder pulls him back to California. And it just gets weirder from there.

This book, you guys.


This book is what urban fantasy is supposed to be. It's dark. It's gritty. It's suspenseful. It's fun. It’s well-researched with an appropriately detailed world and thought-out magic system. The voice is comfortable and confident; immediately within the opening pages, I could settle in and get comfortable because it was clear the author knew what he was doing and that I was in for a good ride. The cast of characters is distinct and well-drawn; the baggage between Eric and those he left behind—a former girlfriend, a best friend, the antagonists—gives the novel a palpable tension.

Eric is my kind of protagonist: he’s badass while not being superhuman, he thinks quickly on his feet, he’s damaged and he makes mistakes, and I loved spending time in his head. The humor is dark and biting, my favourite kind.

“The thing I hate most about skeletons is you can never tell when they’re smiling.”

“If you can avoid it, I really have to recommend not having a gun go off next to your head.”

“I’m not sure if you’re a narcissist or just fucking stupid.” “Can I be both?”

The pacing is top-notch, smoothly transitioning from scene to scene with strong action sequences and just enough time to catch one’s breath in between. Dead Things is a grim, violent book with lots of coarse language, but none of it felt out of place. The gore and violence was appropriately unflinching while never feeling exploitive or unnecessary. You know what I mean? There are horror movies that linger on each gory bit, showing you the precise splatter of the blood and color of the entrails, and then there are horror movies that don’t turn the camera away but don’t dwell on it either. Dead Things fits into the latter. It is not for the squeamish, but if you appreciate unflinching honesty in your reading material, this book’s for you.

The magic system is detailed, consistent, and unique. One of my favourite things is that Blackmoore clearly knows his shit where the mythology was concerned. Afro-Caribbean faiths and practices are an interest of mine and I always get a little wary because ninety percent of the time an author mentions “voodoo” and their only point of reference seems to be The Serpent and the Rainbow. But Blackmoore incorporated aspects of vodou and the like in ways that remain true to their origin while twisting nicely into his own mythology.

And then there is Santa Muerte. I adored his depiction of The Holy Death—a sort of folk-saint not sanctioned by the church found in Mexico and throughout parts of the US, who had her origins in Mesoamerica as the god of underworld. In Dead Things, she’s batshit crazy, powerful, and not someone you want to fuck with.

(My Santa Muerte rosary. Because she’s a woman who means business. I am a fan.)

Perhaps the most staggering feat of all is that this book is written in first person present tense, and I didn’t hate it. Hell, I didn’t even notice. Normally that is a combo that has me immediately put down a book because I’ve seen it done badly so many times, but Blackmoore is firmly placed now in the small group of writers whose books I will read in first present (Chuck Wendig comes to mind, as does Ann Aguirre with her Jax series). He knows his craft and I will read anything he writes now because of it.

In short, you need to read this book. It is exceptionally well-written and a perfect first-in-a-series book that doesn’t waste time diving right into the world, resolves the main mystery, but leaves threads there for the next installment.

Speaking of...where is Eric Carter #2? SOMEONE RELEASE THIS BOOK AND TAKE MY MONEY.

Bitchstress Bechdel Bonus: Does it pass the Bechdel Test? In retrospect, I don’t think it did, but then it’s written in first person and a male POV, so I don’t fault it for that—logistically, it’s tougher.

Disclaimer: I know the author on Twitter but purchased the book for my own enjoyment and familiarity with the author did not impact my review.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Just For Thought: Top 5: Why I Write During the Holiday Season?

So, I was having fun last weekend and started this post. It's a crazy time of year to try to add more to the to-do list. So, why not add words. Right? LOL!

The post is live over at The Challenged Writers. I hope you stop by and comment. :) Heck, even follow Jackie and I there. We don't post a lot, but looking to start having discussions about books and writing there periodically.

Thank you!

The Challenged Writers.

If I don't chat with you before then, Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday (137)

I found this picture of Trinity College Library, and thought it would work for this meme with a little play with lighting and adding the words.

Let's talk about those books already on the shelves, yours or the stores.

I have a post for books I'm looking forward to coming out;
Looking Forward To...
But what about all those wonderful books that are ALREADY on the shelves.

Whether it be on your shelf waiting to be read or on the shelves in the stores waiting for you to give it a good home.

So, I thought I would share a book a week that is just waiting for me to travel through it's world.

Now... where do I start? Lets go by Published Date on the books...

This Week:

Hmmm yes. I need to get to reading more of Lilith's books. I have several here and really enjoy her world building and stories. They feel deeper than most. Yes, I'll be getting to these books.

Goodreads Synopsis:
It’s not the type of work you can put on a business card…

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…

I've heard back from a few bloggers that they would like to join in this meme post, so I'm adding a Linky for you to join in.  Grab the picture above, and join in.  All I ask, is if you can acknowledge my blog in the post so others know where to come back to.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Review: The Quill & The Crow

The Quill & The Crow

By:  Lilith Saintcrow

Publish Date:  November 1, 2013

Format:  ebook

Genre:  Non-fiction

Series:  1st in Essays on Writing series

Recommendation:  Not a How-to book. It IS a book full of support for writers and every emotion you feel along the path.

Essays on writing from the prolific Lilith Saintcrow, compiled from her popular blog. This first of three volumes ranges from the writer's craft to pro tips, musings on art to how to write a better sex scene and more, salted with her trademark pungent phrasing and self-deprecating wit.

First Sentence:
I have long made no secret of considering most books on writing useless.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles

*I read to this book for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
I read this book of essays while undertaking the haul of NaNoWriMo. This book was FULL of support for every emotion I felt along the way. This is not a 'How-To-Write' book, this is a book full of the little things one goes through while writing - whether new or old hat at writing. And little things to keep in mind while in the world of publishing, no matter when.

Straight-up advice with absolutely no sugar coating. Lilith tells you the hard truths in writing and what works for her. Some might work for you, some not. You decide. But even if you don't do like Lilith, she does touch on aspects to be aware of. Writing and being a writer hurts sometimes.

This is not a book on editing or the magical "How to..." book. But a book walking you through things you wouldn't expect when published. And where inspiration derives from and you being happy with what you create. I enjoyed hearing Lilith's thoughts and views. There is a line in many things, and you can walk close to it, but when you cross it...well that's another story.

Lilith's essays touch on many different aspects. "Feed your Muse", The heroes/heroines you love and maybe what they will bring out in you to create. Posts full of inspiration telling you to keep going. Even on writing smut. Writing battles, and much more. Even tips on handling the world. Yes, a few things to do or not do in the publishing world. We've all seen them. There are those out there that do make your jaw drop open. Lilith does touch on that a tad here as well.

Lilith's book supports writers, new and old. If you are a new writer, I suggest this book to you. I say read it while in your writing process. All the fears, doubts, and worries you feel about the work, yeah, Lilith will talk you through to the other side. There are several essays in this work that I will read over and over again, to help me through each project. I felt there was lots of inspiration and support to keep moving forward. It felt at times Lilith was talking right to me with how strong her personality comes through.

Straight forward. Yet inspiring! Thank you Lilith for sharing all these posts in one place!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review: Into Destiny

Into Destiny

By:  S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart

Publish Date:  November 15 , 2013

Publisher:  Ravynheart Publishing

Format:  ebook, 89pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd of Into Magic series; 1st Book - Into Darkness, 2nd ~ Into Chaos
continuation of Rise of the UnseelieChampion of the Sidhe, and Touch series.

As the final artifacts are woven into place, the magic of the ancients prepares to manifest. The enormity of the magic threatens to overwhelm Malcolm's bloodhound senses, while the chorus of ancient magic begins to consume another. Creating an isle for the fey borrowed just a sliver of magic from the new fey realm that is to come. Manipulated by treacherous enchantments, Lugh will deliver it all the Seelie king unless his druidess can find a way to remind the Champion who he really is.

First Sentence:
At the very mention of the word 'werewolves', Malcolm froze.

Purchase At:

***I read for my honest thoughts on the story, from the author.

My Thoughts and Summary:
The world of fey comes into a whole new light as pieces are revealed and learned. The artifact puzzle and history of some characters comes into full focus. The artifact puzzle comes together and life changes happen to ALL the fey. Personalities will resurface, along with new realizations and whole new world.

This story draws all out main characters together. There is a need for them to work together. Whether they stay that way...well, there are differences of opinion. We see through Malcolm, Donovan, London, and Lugh once again.

Malcolm is shaken by the word of werewolves attacking. He's worried. They are creatures that don't feed off fey powers, but eat the fey whole. This shows how dangerous the world is to fey, once again demonstrating the strong need to create a fey realm for their safety. Donovan finds a little more in this one... he is part of something bigger and knows something will be happening.

This is what I've been waiting for! And more. I was hoping for a big finish with the puzzle and the new fey realm. And this gives it to me. Yeah! The build up to this point was worth it. What the artifacts can do and how they do it! Wow!

I think this is my favorite of the series thus far. It answers many questions regarding the artifacts, some characters, and the new realm created.

Now, another step to come in the ever warring Seelie/Unseelie life to come. I look forward to the next season with these characters.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Post #37

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


Well, I'm a little slow at reading this week. Even writing, which is about to make my head explode. But that's what happens in the holiday season, I guess. Am I ready for the big day to come? Yes and no. I am to spend with family and friends, but no in the way of preparations. But, then again, I don't think we are ever 100% ready. ;)

How have you been fairing this fine season? Hope you are doing well and enjoying your reads.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Digital Magic by Philippa Ballantine

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
The Secret World Chronicle by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)

Finished Last Weeks:
Nothing finished.

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Tales of the Children by P.G. Holyfield (in audiobook while at work) An Anthology collection in the setting of Land of Caern.
Tales from the Archivves, Vol 2 #12 - The Taniwha of Ana Cove by Lewis Hoban (audio while at work)
The Princess and the Coffee Bean by Katherina Bordet (a short story in her Coffee Legacy world)


Last Week on the Blog:

Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)
Exclusive Cover Reveal:  Selene by Lilith Saintcrow

NaNoWriMo 2013 - WINNER!
Just for Thought: A Few Changes & What do you like here at My World...?

Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson

Weekly Posts:

***NEW*** Mythical Monday
Teaser Tuesday
Who? What? Where? Wend.
Throwback Thursday
Looking Forward To...
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too

This Week to Come on the Blog:

So many reviews in the wings for you all! I have two more on their way...
Into Destiny by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
The Quill & The Crow by Lilith Saintcrow


Received Last Week:

Knight Shift by Krista D. Ball
Goodreads Synopsis:
After a lifetime of running away from spirits, Rachel Mills finds herself chasing them. Someone or something is harassing Manny O'Toole, a local teenage spellcaster. 

To complicate things, a mysterious man arrives in town. So naturally Rachel has to find out who and what he really is. Provided she can sneak away from Mrs. Saunders, her 93 year old neighbour, a local senior and troublemaker. 

On top of it all, Rachel’s made a decision about Jeremy, the secret love of her life. It’s time to have a chat.

Highsong by Laura Jennings
Goodreads Synopsis:
A young dolphin and her human ward discover they are the only defense against a massive alien onslaught.

Risen by Laura Jennings
Goodreads Synopsis:
Nearly two years after surviving the incident on Ptaal, the unique psychic abilities of Harp Hess and his dolphin companion Sia have captured the attention of the Ninth Democracy. Isolated from his mother and trained at a secret facility to battle the alien threat of the Viciss, Harp is reluctantly on route to his first real battle. 

But an ambush leaves Harp and Sia stranded, in the company of a ragtag militia desperate to save a doomed planet. As Harp struggles to form an uneasy alliance, Sia realizes this time, their greatest enemy may come from within ...


Free Ebooks:

Free Audio Books/Stories:
Tales from the Archives, Vol 2 #12 - The Taniwha of Ana Cove by Lewis Hoban

The Princess and the Coffee Bean by Katherina Bordet

The Secret World Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey


Reviews in the Works:

Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Half Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Full Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Double Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Captain's Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Owners Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
The Coffee Legacy by Katharine Bordet - a podcast reading of the book
Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens (in audiobook while at work)
Marco and The Red Granny by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Into Destiny by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Seducing Her Rival by Seleste deLaney
Heaven by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Hell by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Earth by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Wasteland by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
War by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
The Quill & The Crow by Lilith Saintcrow
Hapax by K.T. Bryski (in audiobook while at work)
Murder At Avedon Hill by P.G. Holyfield (in audiobook while at work)
Earth Girls Are Difficult by Frances Pauli (in audiobook while at work)
Tales of the Children by P.G. Holyfield (in audiobook while at work) An Anthology collection in the setting of Land of Caern.
Tales from the Archives, Vol 2 #12 - The Taniwha of Ana Cove by Lewis Hoban (audio while at work)

The Princess and the Coffee Bean by Katherina Bordet (a short story in her Coffee Legacy world)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Just For Thought: A Few Changes & What do you like here at My World...?

While doing NaNoWriMo I started thinking... I want more time to fix up these projects and work on new ones. I want to stretch my legs in a few new avenues as well. But, to do that I need to make time somewhere. I love blogging and sharing all that I read, in different ways. I love blog visiting everyone else too! So...I think it's time I ease up on some of the blogging things.

This will probably affect my responses here, but things grow and so shall we. I have discussion ideas for posts here and at The Challenged Writers blog as well - questions and thoughts on different aspects of writing and books. I hope you join me there as well.

I want to know what you honestly like here. What I should keep.

- I like doing the Sunday Posts as it groups everything from the prior week and what I got in the mail. Do you like this?
- I love the Mythical Monday author posts. I will be keeping this. I learn so many new myths and books this way.
Tuesday Teasers - I think I'm going to let this one go. I'll do it if I have time, but for the most part I'll not be doing it.
Who? What? Where? - I think I'm going to drop this one for the time as well.
Throwback Thursday - I would like to keep this one as well, but you let me know. I love sharing the books I have sitting on the shelves that I'm desperately needing the time to get too.
Freebie Friday - I don't usually find many freebies, and usually they show up on other blogs freebies. Although from time to time I do find a few others don't. *shrug shoulder* I don't know about it.
Looking Forward To... - These are books I desire that are to be released yet. I don't know about this either.

I have several reviews lined up. They should last me a few months. So you should be able to get two reviews a week for some time.

What I'm keeping:
  2 Reviews a week
  Mythical Monday
  Throwback Thursday

I'm Definitely Stopping:
  Tuesday Teaser

Questionable Posts:
  Sunday Posts (I'm leaning toward keeping, but there will be minimal posts weekly now too.)
  Who? What? Where?
  Freebie Friday
  Looking Forward To...

What does all this mean? Is My words and pages disappearing? No, it's not. I'm here to stay, believe me. I enjoy the interaction with readers and authors. But, I do have a few things I'd like to step into. I've been beta reading and enjoying that aspect of seeing manuscripts. I'd like to learn more about editing. I also have found a love in listening to Podcasts. If I'm offered, I might join in a few chats, we will see what happens there (I'll have to see about getting a mic and a better room to do so in). ;)

I'm here to stay, but there are more things on the horizon for us. Stick around!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Selene

I can't tell you how excited I am to share this gorgeous cover with you!

Ever wonder what happened to Selene in the Dante Valentine world by Lilith Saintcrow? Well, there is a serial available for your reading. FOR FREE! At this time. But, to your great pleasure (and mine) Lilith will be publishing Selene in an ebook and paperback.

Yep! Selene will be all in one place and her very own book! Also, (here's a cool note!) the Selene shorts that were previously published in anthologies (Brother's Keeper and Coming Home) will be included in this as well! Eeep!

Are you ready for it? I'm sure you already peaked. So I hope you came back up to read the details I have.

A Saint City Novel
By:  Lilith Saintcrow
Due Out:
Free Serial - Read NOW! (still going & will end beginning of January)
Ebook - January 2014
Paperback - January 2014

Life isn't easy for a sexwitch. Even your own body betrays you. It's bad enough that Selene is part slave to Nikolai, the Prime Power of Saint City, but she's got her brother Danny and she's got her job at the college. In the postwar wreckage of an uncertain world, it's pretty much all she's ever allowed herself to want. 

Then Danny ends up murdered, and Selene finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game. Indentured to a bloodsucking Nichtvren and helpless, told to stop trying to uncover the identity of her brother's killer, Selene has nowhere to turn. If she's a good girl, Nikolai will leave her a little bit of freedom. He'll take care of her, and she'll be safe--if she obeys. 

But Selene hasn't survived this long by being obedient to her cursed powers, or to the men who buy her time. Her brother was all she had, and now she's ready to borrow, beg, lie, steal or kill--whatever it takes to avenge him. 

And if Nikolai gets in the way, Selene will use every tool in her arsenal to make him regret it...

What do you think? I think Beauuuuutiful! And dang I need to get to her in the books.

Throwback Thursday (136)

I found this picture of Trinity College Library, and thought it would work for this meme with a little play with lighting and adding the words.

Let's talk about those books already on the shelves, yours or the stores.

I have a post for books I'm looking forward to coming out;
Looking Forward To...
But what about all those wonderful books that are ALREADY on the shelves.

Whether it be on your shelf waiting to be read or on the shelves in the stores waiting for you to give it a good home.

So, I thought I would share a book a week that is just waiting for me to travel through it's world.

Now... where do I start? Lets go by Published Date on the books...

This Week:

I got this one for my son. He read and enjoyed it. Now, I need to get to it.

Goodreads Synopsis:
In the wake of a devastating disease, everyone sixteen and older is either dead or a decomposing, brainless creature with a ravenous appetite for flesh. Teens have barricaded themselves in buildings throughout London and venture outside only when they need to scavenge for food. The group of kids living a Waitrose supermarket is beginning to run out of options. When a mysterious traveler arrives and offers them safe haven at Buckingham Palace, they begin a harrowing journey across London. But their fight is far from over-the threat from within the palace is as real as the one outside it.

Full of unexpected twists and quick-thinking heroes, The Enemy is a fast-paced, white-knuckle tale of survival in the face of unimaginable horror.

I've heard back from a few bloggers that they would like to join in this meme post, so I'm adding a Linky for you to join in.  Grab the picture above, and join in.  All I ask, is if you can acknowledge my blog in the post so others know where to come back to.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review: Cursed By Destiny

Cursed by Destiny

By:  Cecy Robson

Publish Date:  January 7, 2014

Format:  ARC

Genre:  Urban Fantasy Romance

Series:  3rd in The Weird Girls series; 0.5 Novella ~ The Weird Girls, Book 1 ~ Sealed with a Curse, Book 2 ~ A Cursed Embrace, 2.5 Novella ~ A Cursed Moon

Recommendation:  Oh my. Yes. You love the connection between Celia and Aric. And the fight to survive.

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…...

Celia’s a girl in trouble. Her heart is bound to Aric, but he is a pureblood were who must deny her or risk condemning his species to extinction. And that’s just her love life. She’s also been called to take down a group of demon terrorists looking to overthrow the paranormal world. (No pressure.)

In order to bring them down, Celia must ally herself to Misha, the master vampire who has made no secret of his desire for her. And if that weren’t enough misfortune for one girl, a clairvoyant’s prediction could destroy Celia and Aric’s love for good. The only way to protect the world from unbridled supernatural terrorism is for Celia to bind herself to her destined mate. And that doesn’t appear to be Aric….

First Sentence:
"Are you ready, Celia?"

Purchase At:

*I read to this book for an honest review from the publisher.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Celia's staying at Misha's, training to be a valuable weapon for the Alliance against the Tribe. Misha desires more. Then Celia meets another that is destined for more. Celia's not ready for more with any, other than her mate. Someone is trying to kill Celia. Over and over again.This someone is percipient and insistent that Celia is to die as she is a threat to their existence. With all the complications and stress around Aric, Misha, attempts on her life, and sisters, Celia is ready for any mission she can get against the Tribe. But there are greater threats that will come.

A roller coaster ride of emotions with Celia, her sisters, the wolves, and so many more. My heart thumps for them, in excitement and in tribulation. But my thoughts in the end are always for hope with the moments we do see it.

Dang! I'm waiting for the NEXT story. I need to see what Celia does next!

I can see many different views coming from this book. There is a good bit of tribulation for the girls and many more in this book. It's good to see some come through, but not all do. The heartache can go both ways with readers in this series. This is the third book of the series, I'm not sure what others will think, but I'm thinking mixed thoughts will come about. I love the struggle, that love IS worth it. But there is a lot of struggle and some might be ready for that to be easing up. *shrug shoulders* We will see. I think there is a string of hope left for us to grasp to, while we wait for the next book.

I love reading these books they are full of everything in the Urban Fantasy and Romance realms. From the magic to feeling my heart bleed for them all. I'm holding out hope though. I have too. I know love is not easy and life creates massive obstacles. But to fight the way Celia and Aric have. Wow. This is some love for them.

Oh man. I love Celia. I love Aric. I love the sisters and all the wolves and weres in this book. Heck, I love the vampires too! But... Can we throw a girl a bone? The heartache I feel with Celia. Wow. Celia is struggling, but doing her best with her Aric situation. Part of me understands yet the other part doesn't, on how Celia's three sisters are accepted by the Elders and Celia is not. In this token, the were Elders irritate me. Aric is even struggling as well. Gods! This couple hurts and eases my heart as I read.

Cecy has left some breadcrumbs and planted a few seeds in this book. I'm curious to see how they play out in the future. There are little things mentioned that I am curious to see if she uses in future books, and with whom they are used on. Interesting. Nicely added Cecy, nicely added.

I enjoy the clear divisions and little ways of each supernatural race. I enjoy the surprising ways we learn of the vampires ways, yes Celia is as new to their ways as us so it's very surprising. Even the were ways. Interesting to learn little things we do of the different weres and of the mated bond.

Oh, I'll be waiting for the next book with Celia. Most definitely. I'm three books in and FULLY vested with Celia and the Weird sisters. I WILL be seeing them through to the end!

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is a full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest. A member of Romance Writers of America, she attributes her passion for storytelling to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing in May 2009. Her Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series is published with Penguin Random House’s Signet Eclipse and released to stellar praise from multiple reviewers including: Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Romantic Times. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, SEALED WITH A CURSE, and A CURSED EMBRACE are now available. A CURSED MOON: A Novella, releases December 3, 2013, followed by CURSED BY DESTINY, January 7, 2014.


For the tour and celebrations for the book release,
Cecy has offered to do a giveaway!
Signed copy of CURSED BY DESTINY
A Magnet
Lip Balm

This giveaway is US mailing addresses only.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

AudioBook Review: The Shambling Guide to New York City

The Shambling Guide to New York City

By:  Mur Lafferty

Publish Date:  May 29, 2013

Format:  Podiobooks & Trade size print, 338pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st in The Shambling Guide series

Recommendation:  Oh goodness yes! Fun twist to the city of New York and story.

A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume - human.

Not to be put off by anything - especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker - Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble - with Zoe right in the middle.

First Sentence:
The bookstore was sandwiched between a dry cleaner's and a shifty-looking accounting office.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  /  Book Depository

Until December 15, 2013, you can listen to this story for FREE thanks to Mur Lafferty.
Mur Lafferty's Blog  /  iTunes 

**I listened/read this story for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Zoe has moved back to her home city, New York City, after a terrible incident with her last boss and...his unbeknownst to her, wife. She has some money to live off of, but needs a job. She is a wiz at travel guides and the book store and coffee shop she stumbles into has the perfect add on it's board:
Underground Publishing
Underground Publishing is a new company writing travel guides for people like you. Since we're writing for people like you, we need people like you to write for us.
Pluses: Experience in writing, publishing, or editing (in this life or any other), and knowledge of New York City.
Minuses: A life span shorter than an editorial cycle. (in this case, nine months).

Zoe feels she's a perfect fit. The owner...not so much. Zoe learns of the special employees and that she might be in mortal danger from them. These beings are all through the city. Then the danger she comes upon with the city as a whole. Zoe tries to balance the attacks on her, find out who and why they are after New York City, and finish a layout for the new Travelers guide all at the same time.

Mur takes New York City and twists what we know to the supernatural lives as well. What we know as one meaning also has another to the supernatural world. We start with the implications and feelings there is something off with a few places. We are human and the supernatural do hide themselves rather well, but we the readers are looking for it and see the small flickers in their glamour. ;)

The first chapter left me wanting more. I was curious to what the world is like behind the curtains we don't know are there. I did get the feel there were some supernatural in the world. And when Zoe was talking about the publishing company; on yes, something was going on.

Zoe's personality is perfect. One that takes things in stride, and what she learns about what's been in New York City all these years, and everywhere, trips her up for a heartbeat but she goes on. She needs the job to badly and finds it all interesting at the same time. I love her thinking process on the monsters in the city. They'd been here for some time, so why was it different from last week? I love seeing Zoe interact with the "monsters" and all that is present in the world. The connections of Zoe's life to what's happening around the Coterie is not viewed as a coincidence by the Coterie. There is more to it. Then we meet Zoe's neighbor, nice young man, Arthur. But Arthur has a secret as well.

I love that we get Zoe's story and clips from her guide book at the end of each chapter. The clips give an insight to what we've already learned, places we've visited, and what's to come.

This story has a blend of everything here. Fun. Supernatural. Story that grows as we get more and more acquainted with the world. And a spark of relationships. Definitely a must buy series for me! Mur is wonderful at weaving fun into a story. She has a great cast of characters and twists things with a supernatural element along with her quick one liners that make me chuckle. Mur weaves a whole system to the supernatural world. One that keeps it secret to the human world as well.

Thank you Mur, and Orbit, for podcasting this book. I loved every minute of listening to it and HAD to get the book! I want this to show off and go back through.

This fun humored read and story is one I'll suggest to many for the fun and world. You'll be flipping the pages to learn what next is in this world and the humor that will come with it. Then, you'll find you are sucked in to a story that you didn't see coming.