It’s HERE!!!! And I Already Read The First Two Stories! NIGHT SHIFT!

21857389Wheee! Time got away from me, and I didn’t realize what day it was. Then, I opened up my Kindle. SCORE!!!! Woooo hooo!!!!

There it was. Night Shift. Night-Flippin’-Shift! Uh, do I sound a bit excited? You bet your Double Chocolate Chocolate Mocha Pecan Hand Made Ice Cream I am! I dropped everything, and I do mean everything, to plop myself in my comfy chair with a big ol’ mug of tea, a bar of chocolate, and my reader to indulge myself in this long-awaited joy. And it doesn’t disappoint!

OK, calm down and let the readers know what you are talking about, Leiah. Deep breaths… calm… whew. There we go.

Now. Night Shift is an anthology with stories by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane.

The first story, by Nalini Singh, is entitled Secrets At Midnight. To be honest, I have several of Ms. Singh’s works on my ‘to read’ stack, but other books have required my attention, leaving Ms. Singh to languish in the “Man, I really want to read that but…” stack. Now? Well, I am certainly going to have to do a bit of jiggling to move her work over to the “OK, these are things that are getting read first…” pile.

Bastien Smith is a Leopard changeling, a ‘were’ to those of the UF genre lovers club. He is a bright man, running the finances of his large, influential pack. He has been under plenty of skirts, but for the last eight months, it simply hasn’t been interesting to him. He wants more. And when he scents that special scent, he is thrilled . . . only thing is, the bloody scent keeps disappearing, leaving him walking the streets in his cat form until the early hours, searching for that amazing fragrance. When he does track it down, what he finds is more than surprising. Riley, a kindergarten teacher, owns the scent. But she is an amazing and confusing puzzle – a puzzle he is determined to solve.

What I like most about this story isn’t just Riley, though I really liked her, as well as Bastien and the other characters. What I really loved was the world building – a world unlike any other I have walked in the genre. Future technology blends seamlessly with human, changeling and psy living side-by-side in apparently easy relationships. But there also seems to be a war brewing in the background. I have got to see if this is part of a whole I have yet to discover. Oh, yeah, baby! I LOVE me some wondrous world building!

Magic Steals! Magic Steals! Magic Steals! I LOVE DALI AND JIM!

This is the one we have been waiting for, fellow lovers of Dali, the semi-blind, vegetarian white tiger. Honestly, Dali is one of my top favorite characters in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Dali is so much fun. She is brilliant, funny, and magical. Too bad she is also half-blind (those coke bottle lenses are a real pain, aren’t they Dali? I remember when I wore those before my Lasix surgery. Too bad magic doesn’t allow for the surgery to stick in your case!) Being the only grass-eating tiger is a real social nightmare in the carnivorous clan led by her honey-bunny, Jim Shrapshire, head of the Cat Clan and ultimate badass. She can’t even remember who or where she is for a good minute after her change – so how could she possibly be enough for Jim, strong enough to stand by his side as Alpha Female of the Clan? Besides, in her mind her skinny, flat-chested, knobby kneed self isn’t anywhere near what big, strong Alpha Jim could need in his life, right?

Well, maybe not so much! Circumstances are dire for Eyang Ida Indrayani (Grandmother Ida Indrayani in Indonesian) and Dali, with the help of Jim, is her only hope. And what Jim has always told her is more true than she could have imagined. She really IS stronger than she ever believed!

This story literally made me feel giddy!

Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin

Confession. I am not sure I had even heard of Lisa before. I know, a lot of you are shocked. But hey, So Many Authors, So Little Time, right? Her “About” page says, in part: Lisa is the national bestselling author of The Raine Benares novels, a series of six comedic fantasy adventures. Her next series–The SPI Files–is an urban fantasy that’s been described as Stephanie Plum meets Men in Black.

Well, with descriptions like that, it was “Over To Goodreads And Put Them All On The List” time!

I have put away the Kindle for now – I really DO have to feed the four-leggeds in the house and I have knitting to do for a gift, but I will be picking my reading up again tomorrow. Who can possibly not want to dive right in when the second paragraph of the story reads:

It was four in the morning. I was in a stolen bakery delivery truck that’s been nearly totaled by three gargoyles. In the truck with me were two hungover elves, a pair of stoned leprechauns with the munchies, a naked Russian werewolf, and a hot partner, who was actually more of a bodyguard, in a race against a goblin dark mage to retrieve a leprechaun prince with a tracking chip embedded in his left ass cheek.

The trail ended at a McDonald’s in the Bronx.

Need I say more? Review of this story and The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane tomorrow!

Released Today! Designed For Love by Kelsey Browning

DESIGNED FOR LOVE by Kelsey Browning

Author of Texas Nights Series

Co-author of The Granny Series

 

About the Book

Title: Designed For Love (Texas Nights, #4)
Release:  November 24, 2014
Genre:  CDesignedForLoveCover - Largeontemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: e-book
Tags: Texas, sexy, small-town, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, southern, Kelsey Browning

Book Links:     Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Apple / Goodreads

Book Summary:

Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

Praise for Texas Nights Series:

Designed For Love:

“Had me laughing from page one!  Browning takes all those awkward little details in life that we like to hide, turns them into hilarious gems, and crafts brilliance with them.  I loved the characters, the town, the dog–and the hammock!  What a hoot!” ~ Sharla Lovelace, Award Winning Author of Don’t Let Go

“Hilarious antics, sassy banter, and sizzling chemistry add up to one fantastic story as Mac and Ashton stumble their way toward happily ever after!” ~ Tracy Brogan, International Bestselling Author

Personal Assets (Texas Nights, #1)

17849703“A hot man, a headstrong woman, and sizzling chemistry set against a homey Texas backdrop—Browning’s contemporary debut has all the assets that count!”  ~ Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster

Running the Red Light (Texas Nights #2)

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After wearing a “Least Likely to Succeed” label all her life, Roxanne Eberly is hell-bent on making her Red Light Lingerie store successful. Although the residents of small-town Shelbyville, Texas, are a little…lingerie-resistant, she’ll win them over eventually.

 

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Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights #3)

“Starring a sexy lawman and a woman with a scandalous secret, a deliciously fun read.” ~ Shannon Stacey, New York Times bestselling author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Kelsey Browning - HeadshotAbout the Author

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog.

 

Connect with Kelsey: Email / Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Wuv, True Wuv: Writing a Plausible Romantic Storyline

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Some good concepts on writing romance novels. Personally, I prefer action/adventure/suspense with my romance. What about you?

Originally posted on A Shot and a Half Pint:

How do you write a plausible romantic storyline? This is the question I’ve been chewing on the last few weeks. My protagonist has met the man she’s destined for, who is of course, from across enemy lines (I can’t make it too easy for them, after all). She has been taken prisoner and is currently shackled in a tent being questioned by the enemy aka, Prince Charming.
The circumstances I’ve thrown my protagonist and her romantic interest into aren’t exactly the most fertile ground for a budding romance. It’s caused me to sit back and think about what makes a believable romantic story arc.
What have I seen done before?

  • First, of course, is the love at first sight trope. Their eyes meet across a crowded ballroom (or battlefield, or public house common room), and the rest is history. Romeo & Juliet, practically every old school Disney movie, Twilight, we’ve…

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What Dogs Know About Women

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Who needs a man when you have a Dog??! ;-)

Originally posted on Stuff my dog taught me:

woman and dogThe other night I had an argument with the husband so I harrumphed up the stairs and went to bed early.  (Actually, I harrumphed up then back down then back up, since I had forgotten the ipad in the living room.  This took away a fair bit of the effect from my initial harrumph but it also allowed me to watch a new season of The Vampire Diaries in bed, so…).

Buster the Schnauzer did not have even a moment of angst over what to do in such a situation.  Without hesitation, my loyal friend followed me up the stairs, AND back down, AND back up.  As I settled under the covers, he sat upright on the bottom of the bed with a look that clearly said, “You are everything wonderful and perfect in the world and HE is an ass.” (Buster has a very expressive face).  As we shared…

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The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

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I have always half seriously said I wanted to be a farmer.  I have maintained a meager garden.  I know the thrill of seeing two small starts produce 40 green cucumbers. I know the frustration of weeds and disappointment of a small or failed yield. However, I never knew the intensity of the time, labor, and grind on one’s body to run a working farm.  After reading this book I knew, and you will too.  Farming is more than kitchy decorations and fresh eggs.

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the dirty lifeI adored this book from the first page to the last.   The author and her boyfriend, Mark pursue their dream to become farmers on a run-down plot of land.  She follows us through their first seasons of restoration, reviving, planting, harvesting, and an unrelentless amount of work.   I fell…

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Review: Chronicles of Steele By Pauline Creeden

Be as gentle as a dove but as cunning as a viper.
Preserve one’s self with intellect,
and know when it is time to be either the dove or the viper.

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person. – Tennessee Williams

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. – Dr. Seuss

ravenHere is an admission. As much as I have been interested and charmed by the concept of Steampunk, I have never read a book in the genre. Given the opportunity by the publisher to read Chronicles of Steele: Raven I can say that I am glad I waited. It is, in a word, delightful.

Raven Steele lives in a world of contradictions and extravagances of the surreal kind. Steam powered horses and mechanical humans live alongside flesh and blood beings. Dirigibles crowd the air while Victorian dress resides alongside leather and sword bearing private guards. Medical advances proceed alongside alchemy, and witchcraft is very real, in a sort of ‘physics meets alchemy meets herbology’ mashup. Sword and sorcery meets Victorian in an utterly enjoyable manner. The contradictions are charming and well written, a perfect introduction to a genre I was unfamiliar with.

Raven is a Reaper. Once the private (and very fatal) bodyguards and assassins to the Duke, they were disbanded when their leader, Raven’s father, refused to murder the Duke’s wife on his order. Hounded from the castle, his own men set upon him, her family flees, only to lose her mother to murder at the hands of the other Reapers. Trained by her father to be a Reaper in order to ascertain her safety from those who would murder her, Raven has travelled the lands, searching for redemption. A tenant of Reaper training, redemption is given through giving back a life for every life taken – and Raven’s balance sheet is nearly complete.

But freedom and real life are jerked from her grasp when she rescues the young Baron of New Hope, Darius. The child is handed over to Raven by his elder brother, Baron Solomon Goodhope, who entreats her to save the child from his murderous father. The evil Duke means the boy to die for supposedly being infested by a demon. But the story is much more, and much less, than the Duke believes. And when he sets his guards on Raven and Darius’s trail the consequences will be deeper than he could ever have expected.

Friends will become enemies and enemies possible friends as Raven begins a desperate cross-country race, by dirigible and train, horse and on foot, first to find the Witch she has been tasked to locate to cure the child, and then to save him once again from those who would murder him. Those who should by all rights keep him safe, but will kill in the name of the Duke, no matter how insane the order may be.

His conscience could not agree with what he was about to do. But orders were orders. And as captain of the guard, Jack always followed them to the letter.

Honor is found in the oddest places – but the boundless knee-jerk bone-headedness of mindless adherence to command structures and orders, even when deeply twisted and evil, is readily apparent. As well as a type of debilitating naivety on the part of people who should know better. But there is also a smile around every corner at the unexpected, the quaint, and the captivating. All of these things make the story appealing on so many different levels. Not only that, but there is an undercurrent here, another story line lying just below the surface which makes me eager for the next installment to the series!

While all these things are wonderful, there is one thing that bothered me. It may seem a small thing, but to me it is important to the presentation of the book. I was completely discombobulated by the cover. It presents as the cover for a Shamanistic Fantasy novel more than anything else. It is gorgeous, without a doubt, but it has absolutely no continuity with the story line. It is disconcerting to say the least. Without looking at the blurb I automatically expected the book to be on par with Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series, or possibly Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series. Not for a true Steampunk novel. But again, it is a small thing that will possibly be of no interest to other readers.

I highly recommend this book for its strong heroine, well written story, and (yes, here is that word again) charming world building. Oh, and I was surprised to find that this is listed as “young adult” – but not in a bad way. It is a great story for young and young at heart. I will be watching anxiously for Darius’s story, the next in the Chronicles of Steele. And I will definitely be checking out others in the genre. I am hooked!

I received Chronicles of Steele: Raven from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

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Friday Reads [11/21]

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887877I have hit a slight reading and blogging slump. I have been busy with work and taking some time to see my best friend/relaxing. I have the next week off and with the horribly cold weather and snow that has graced us with its presence is going to be keeping me indoors. I might end up holding my own little read-a-thon to get through some books that I have gotten a little stuck in and books I need to catch up on for review. I just got my hardback copy of Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch and I think it will make continuing reading it easier. I love the book so far it has just become difficult to try and read the mass market paperback. I also started The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. 17347389I really enjoyed The Raven Boys and I am so excited to get…

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Kindle Daily Deal Sale TODAY – The Light Who Shines by Lilo Abernathy @Lilo_Abernathy

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The Light Who Shines
by Lilo Abernathy
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance / Mystery
Amazon Rating: 4.7 Stars
Regular Price: $4.99
Sale Price: $1.99 (One day only)
Kindle Daily Deal Sale Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Amazon Link: amzn.to/11sqD5Y

When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it’s obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run; and she vows to catch the killer. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimoire that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.

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Free Today: How To Kill Yourself In A Small Town By Eden Hudson

9640626It’s Snarky Humour Day! In the tradition of Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series, meet Eden Hudson and her new series The Redneck Apocalypse.

Free today on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, I couldn’t resist adding it to my “must read” pile! If you read it before I get a chance to, don’t forget to review!


How to Kill Yourself in a Small Town (The Redneck Apocalypse Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

February 19, 2014
The holy champion chosen to save the world is enslaved to a beautiful, sadistic fallen angel and losing the battle for his sanity.

The guy chosen to save the holy champion is his binge-drinking redneck brother.

So, basically, the world is screwed.

Meet the Whitney boys:
Colt—a mentally unstable holy soldier with a rapidly deteriorating hold on reality. His last plan to rid the world of evil either failed horribly or went off without a hitch. With the constant torture and brainwashing, it’s getting hard to be sure of anything but the sick attachment he’s developing to his beautiful tormentor.

Tough—a smart-mouthed honky-tonk hero trying to drown his problems in music, women, and good times. He hasn’t spoken to Colt in five years—not since their disagreement over a nymphomaniac vampire turned into a drunken slugfest—but they’re still brothers. Tough knows he can’t leave Colt fighting for his life and his sanity alone. The question is whether Tough can fight off his personal demons long enough to save Colt from the literal ones.

How to Kill Yourself in a Small Town is the first book in The Redneck Apocalypse series.