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The Bartimaeus Trilogy and A Couple Others

Books I haven’t read in a while? The Bartimaeus Trilogy. Supposedly for “Kids 10 and up” I actually found the series quite satisfying. Better than Harry Potter, in my opinion. We all need a little fantasy in our lives, right?

KindleNationDaily.com was advertising the series today, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the books. They have a very Victorian feel to them, something of Steampunk, something of foggy London days. Satisfying.

Bartimaeus Trilogy http://bit.ly/1JHn0sc

The Amulet of Samarkand – Bartimaeus Volume 1 (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $7.99)
Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who’s boss.

 

 

The Golem’s Eye – Bartimaeus Volume 2 (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $7.99)
The second adventure in the Bartimaeus trilogy finds our young apprentice magician Nathaniel working his way up the ranks of the government, when crisis hits. A seemingly invulnerable clay golem is making random attacks on London.

Ptolemy’s Gate – Bartimaeus Volume 3 (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $7.55)
Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an established member of the British Government, he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly; Britain`s enemies are mounting attacks close to London; and rebellion is fomenting among the commoners.

A book I haven’t read, but sounds interesting for children and adults alike, is

The GriffinThe Griffin’s Boy (The Griffin Riders’ Chronicles Book 1)

by Julia Hughes

4.6 stars – 40 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

When the mischievous griffin, Balkind, is rejected by the Griffin Master as a difficult ride, lowly orphan Neb is determined to change the old warrior’s mind. Stealing Balkind, he flies off on the adventure of a lifetime, risking his life, heart and finally his very soul.

Of course, if you love Griffins, as I do, you can’t go wrong with

Grand Theft Griffin eBook CoverGrand Theft Griffin: Book Three of ‘Fantasy & Forensics’ (Fantasy & Forensics 3)

Dec 16, 2015 | Kindle eBook

Of course, Michael is a buddy of mine, so I can’t help but brag on his works – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t Awesome!!
And you have to read books One and Two as well, they are just that much fun! http://tinyurl.com/gsmy2bl
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The Glass Gargoyle (The Lost Ancients #1) by Marie Andreas

The Glass Gargoyle (The Lost Ancients #1)“Faërie contains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien on Fairy-stories

 Archaeologist Taryn St. Giles just can’t catch a break. Her last few patrons died or disappeared on her, Crusty Bucket is drunk again, and some jerk started a fight in the Shimmering Dewdrop. On a Tuesday night, no less! And to top it off? The same jerk who started the fight is the character she has been trying to find all day. Well, if she can’t work as an archaeologist, she has to do something. And at least being a bounty hunter puts food on the table and keeps a roof over their heads. Yes, I said “their.” As in, Taryn, the aforementioned Crusty Bucket, Garbage Blossom and Leaf Grub. Taryn never asked to be the caretaker of faeries, but now that she is, keeping them in line is a job and a half.

This is a great story. So strange, so fun, so much laughter. . . Just my thing. Taryn lives on a world where ‘once upon a time’ left ruins. As in, Elf ruins. She has been fascinated by the ruins since childhood, and all she has ever wanted to do is learn about the elves. How they lived, how they thought. But without a patron, there is no digging for Taryn. When a well-respected professor decides to be her patron, Taryn is at first thrilled. But then things get really weird. And everything everyone thought about the elves, their ruins, and reality may never be the same. Oops.

This book was a true pleasure to read, and I very much look forward to the next. Laughter is good!

Review: Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish #Fantasy #SupernaturalArcheology

Owl and the City of Angels  (Adventures of Owl, #2)“Many people out there don’t have a choice in choosing their friends and the people they’re being manipulated by. Thank God, I have that choice. I can use my judgment and choose.” — Javier Bardem

“When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than lies. Because you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.” — Michael Ende

Owl just can’t catch a break. She should have learned, from her run-ins with all that is supernatural in Owl and the Japanese Circus that, the more she learns about the supernatural, the more there is to learn. And the more she would regret breaking her one rule. It was so simple, really. Don’t mess with the supernatural. Well, that’s all blown to hell and back. And hell is exactly where she might end up this time. She had to go and open up that sarcophagus, hence pissing off the vampires. Bloody cockroaches. Then she had to get on the wrong side of a Naga and a dragon. Oh, and if that isn’t enough? Now it is curses and mummies. You just had to touch it, didn’t you? Just had to unwrap it and touch it. Sigh.

I said about Owl in my last review, “Owl is a damaged character. Her default reaction to, well, everything is to break and run for the hills. Sure, it can save your backside to run away. But sometimes, you are just running further into the fire. And sometimes, the people you believe you know are not the people you thought they were at all. For good, or for bad. And Owl needs to learn the difference, quickly, if she wants to live, and to grow into something more than a child in a grownup world. Owl definitely needs to grow as a person, and as a character.” And I have to say, she definitely does show personal and professional growth in “Owl and the City of Angels.” Oh, that isn’t to say she doesn’t still make dumb choices – she does. Hence the whole “mummies and curses” thing. But she is growing.

“Come to think of it, I’m amazed how much I’ve grown over the past few months. I’m becoming an interesting person. Not well adjusted, but someone who occasionally sees through the messes they create.”

Of course, Owl being Owl, she winds up in shit storms of monstrous proportions, but that is to be expected. And vacillates between funny – and just plain causing me to plant a face-palm.

“You are correct in your assessment of the City of the Dead. Keep in mind that even we supernaturals sometimes lose places for a reason.”

The story itself is as good as Japanese Circus. There is as much going on in this book, if not more, and as the cast of characters expands Owl begins to learn more about the supernatural, and more about herself as well. Old characters come back, both good and bad, and Owl becomes a pawn once more in the political power struggles of both the supernatural and of the IAA. Layers are peeled back, only to reveal more layers of rot and lies underneath. As always, this is an adventure heavy, Indiana Jane sort of tale, and Owl impresses me more and more with both her capability, her savvy, and her ability to piss everyone around her off in new and inventive ways. And the authors interest in, and knowledge of, archaeology really adds depth and dimension to the story. I am, of course, a geek at heart, and I found all sorts of things to highlight and look up later.Owl and the Japanese Circus (Adventures of Owl, #1)

I can’t recommend this series highly enough for readers who like strong women characters who are still learning about themselves and about how to manage their pain and grow. Some wrongs are righted in this volume, though some even more horrible wrongs occur – one particular one which ripped my insides out. Captain, Owl’s Egyptian Mau partner is still a strong part of the story – who can’t love a cat who was bred specifically to attack and poison vampires with his teeth and claws? Awesome! The only bad part? I have to WAIT for the next volume! And from the epilogue? Oh, yeah. The waiting is gonna be very, very hard. Everyone wants to use Owl for their own plots and plans . . . and here is hoping that at least a couple of those people get exactly what is coming to them!!

I received Owl and the City of Angels from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. Kristi Charish has assured her place on my Auto-Read list. Very highly recommended!

About the Author

Kristi CharishKristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. She’s also a co-host for the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast.

The second installment in the Owl series, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Oct 5th 2015. Her second urban fantasy series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle, is scheduled for release mid 2016.

Kristi is also a scientist with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

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On Sale Now! Sprite Night (Caledonian Sprite short story) by Deborah Jay

26070578Deb is gifting the short story for free to anyone who signs up to her newsletter:  http://deborahjayauthor.com/newsletter-sign-up

/Deborah’s”Caledonian Sprite” series gets a short story!

Discover a unique eco-urban fantasy with a touch of romance.

When Scottish water sprite, Cassie, volunteers for an anti-fracking protest, the last thing she expects is to find herself at odds with a druid. But with time running out for the local environment, she can’t afford to be distracted by the handsome hunk of a Highlander.

Intent on a minor act of sabotage, Cassie is totally unprepared to be caught in the cross-fire of a magical battle. Can she avert catastrophe? Or will she become the very agency of an ecological disaster?


A Caledonian Sprite short story.

Of course, you have to read the first one as well!

And it is only .99 through the 17th!

And I should have published this previously, but I am a
DORK!
At least I had posted the review for Desprite Measures previously

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

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Desprite Measures. Yes, that really is “Desprite” – it will make sense when you read the book. It is available NOW, and you REALLY need to read this book.I am always positive when I start a new book. It is very much like entering a brand new world. A world of wonder and learning and exploration. Sometimes I am lucky, and the book is everything I hoped it would be. Sometimes – not so much.

In this case I found another of the worlds I very much enjoyed visiting. As anyone who has read my reviews knows, I want to be able to put myself in the place of the characters in the books I enjoy. Books should take you to another world, allowing you to see, hear, and feel what the characters are. And that was quite easy with Desprite, on many levels.The main character, Cassie, portrays, as odd as it may sound, an evolution of the soul. A Water Sprite, Cassie is a creature of the Earth, a true spirit of the lifeblood of the world, of the lochs and deep waters of the Scottish Highlands. As with all my favorite stories, the secondary characters are nearly as interesting as Cassie. Though presented with fully formed back stories, they still develop throughout the story in ways both fascinating and, in some cases, heartbreaking. She has lived since the beginning of time on Earth, a free spirit of the waters. But now, she has begun to change. . .

There is heartbreak in this book, the heartbreak of what we have done to this beautiful jewel of a world we live upon. The filth that we throw into the water, the land and the air, destroying the beauty all around. Its effects upon the world of the spirit is beautifully drawn and heartrending. How far will the good hearted go to try to correct the issues . . . and how far into the darkness? And how crushing must it be, to watch the world you knew when it was young slowly overwhelmed?

Desprite Measures is most definitely an Urban Fantasy, with all the myriad characters such implies. However, Ms. Jay goes deeper and wider than your everyday UF. She touches on real issues we are all facing today. And she does it in a way that weaves believably into her story. There are good guys and bad guys, and sometimes, the good and bad blend and meld in ways that make you wonder – where do the lines cross?
Relationships, beliefs, environmental and ecological questions. The beginning of this planned five-book series grabbed hold of me and didn’t let me go throughout. Again, first in the series is available NOW, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you like UF with a lot of action and adventure, fascinating personal relationships, and quirky characters, this is the beginning of a series with tremendous potential, a bright new star in the firmament of the Urban Fantasy world!

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EXCERPT

I watched warily as the salamander settled to the car park, blackening the concrete and immolating a few dry twigs. He was close enough that I could feel his intense heat, and I had to narrow my eyes to cope with the brightness. A scorching smell wafted across the open car park.

In much the same way as I had done, he metamorphosed into human form. His fiery light dimmed as the flames wrapped in on themselves, going solid and dark. Clothes formed over rich chocolate skin and my breath caught as the transformation completed.

I was looking at the most stunning woman I could imagine.

“But you’re female!” I protested.

It was centuries since I’d heard even rumour of a female Salamander. I fought to get my head around this new wrinkle as unexpected sensations coursed through me. My knees shook and my heart fluttered. I struggled to breathe. But for my years of practice, I’d have wondered if I’d fashioned a faulty body.

I knew I hadn’t.

She was breathtaking. From the tips of her dainty red toenails in their golden peep-toe mules to the top of her dense cornrows plaited with shining gold beads and woven into an elaborate crown, she was gorgeous. I’ve had my fair share of lovers of both sexes, and of different species, but this salamander was different; I had to have her.

Yet I could never go within feet of her for fear of wiping a whole country off the map.

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debbyAuthor Bio

Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures featuring quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.

Living mostly on the UK South coast, she has already invested in her ultimate retirement plan – a farmhouse in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands where she retreats to write when she can find time. Her taste for the good things in life is kept in check by the expense of keeping too many dressage horses, and her complete inability to cook.

Her debut novel, epic fantasy THE PRINCE’S MAN, first in a trilogy and winner of a UK Arts Board award, was published in July 2013, with THE PRINCE’S SON due out summer 2014.

Urban fantasy, DESPRITE MEASURES, is the opening novel of the projected five book CALEDONIAN SPRITE SERIES.

She also has non-fiction equestrian titles published in her professional name of Debby Lush.

Find out more about Deborah at http://deborahjayauthor.com/ or follow Deborah on twitter https://twitter.com/DeborahJay2, facebook https://www.facebook.com/DeborahJay and Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172608.Deborah_Jay

 

The Aeronaut’s Windless – Jim Butcher New Series on Netgalley

The Cinder Spires: the Aeronaut’s Windlass

by Jim Butcher

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Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date Sep 29, 2015
Members in United States are preferred. The publisher may not have permission to approve out-of-region requests.

Description

Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

Review: Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Dinosaur LakeNeoglyphea neocaledonica (Jurassic Shrimp) belongs to an ancient group of crustaceans that were “well known from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods [roughly 200 to 65 million years ago] and were supposed to be extinct.” – Bertrand Richer de Forges, marine biologist, speaking on new finds at crushing depths off the Australian coast

“Of all the reptiles alive today, crocodiles and alligators may be the least changed from their prehistoric ancestors of the late Cretaceous period, over 65 million years ago — Raresource

So many things we do not know, have not seen, and yet, they share the planet with us. Quiet, invisible, they exist below the radar of humanity. But recently, many have been added to the species listings – most, unhappily, hitting the list as Endangered and nearing Extinction. Ah, humanity! With our poisons and hunting, destroying all that we touch.

From the deep sea Dendrogramma, which literally do not fit within any existing species groupings, to two new monkeys – turtles and dolphins and even huge trees, Oh My!, there are oddities out there.

But nothing (well, so far!) as odd as what appears in Crater Lake. Beautiful Crater Lake, the remains of a volcano called Mount Mazana, some seven thousand years ago the mountain exploded, magmas and ash, cinder and pumice spewing out, leaving not only the gorgeous caldera filled by the lake, but lava tubes, caves, small islands in the lake, and some of the most beautiful lands in North America. And maybe, something more.

Henry Shore is Chief Park Ranger for Crater Lake – but the paperwork and politics often finds him out on the caldera rim, leading tours, rather than playing desk jockey. He is out there when yet another earthquake strikes. It is mild above ground, but when Henry leads his visitor group down the trail toward the lodge and RV campgrounds, he comes across something entirely unexpected. An uplift has opened up a dinosaur graveyard. This is devastating news for the park, as Henry expects a monstrous influx of people, fences, paleontologists and others digging up his park and destroying the serene beauty of the land. And when a staff paleontologist from the John Day Fossil Beds, Dr. Justin Maltin, shows up the next day in response to Henry’s call, there is even more bad news. First, the bones in the upheaval are nothing like he has ever seen before. Older, probably much older, than the Triassic period, 231.4 million years ago. The uproar will be even worse, and more destructive to the park, than Henry had feared. But what could be even worse? The quake was bad. And located directly under Crater Lake. The water is heating. The chance of a destructive quake rises. And it may not be just Yellowstone that is in danger of a massive eruption.

Then, there are the deep, massive footprints that are showing up at the water’s edge. At first Henry doesn’t believe Ranger George Redcrow’s stories of the carcasses of savaged animals on Wizard Island. Surely it is just a bear doing the damage. When Justin points out another trail of unrecognizable, huge footprints leading into the water the next evening, surely it is bad lighting, water, anything other than something new. Unusual. And dangerous. Is Nessie, the Loch Ness monster the only one of her kind in existence? Or is there something new, something much, much more dangerous, living in Crater Lake?

But soon, Henry can’t ignore what is happening. And what destroys the park may be worse than a bunch of paleontologists and lookey-loos digging up the park.

We are pretty much all familiar with Jurassic Park these days – whether in book or cinema form. Dinosaur Lake isn’t that. No mad scientist labs, no greedy developers. Instead, we get something just as much fun, just in a different way. One of the things I loved about the book is how well Ms. Griffith describes the beauty of Crater Lake State Park, its history and the kind of people who call it home. The writing is good, the story creatively fantastical, and a fun read. If you are looking for something to relax with that will give you a bit of fun, give it a try. I found it a nice little read. There are a couple more of these, it is a series.

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Review: By Tooth And Claw S. M. Stirling, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Jody Lynn Nye

By Tooth and Claw

S. M. Stirling, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Jody Lynn Nye
Baen Books
Pub Date: Apr 7 2015

There is a core of authors that we all have, or should, read in the fantasy field. While the list may be rather short, I was thrilled to find that four of those authors are all included in By Tooth and Claw. How exciting!

In this sequel to Exiled: Clan of the Claw, these four amazing authors carry on their stories all about the Mrem, a cat-like species who share the earth with humanoid dinosaurs – dinosaurs who have evolved after the asteroid didn’t strike.

All the works in these two books are linked, with each author carrying on the work of the previous. In this sequel edition, the stories continue as the Mrem battle the face the Lishkash, a magic wielding, slave holding Dinosaur Empire.

This is an exciting group of innovative stories by the masters of fantasy – and you really shouldn’t miss it, or the first book in the series!

I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

Spotlight, Review & Giveaway: Viper Game (Game/Ghostwalker) by Christine Feehan

Ooooh…. yummy!  And what a luscious cover!

Reading in Pajamas

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Viper Game (Game/Ghostwalker) by Christine Feehan
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4.5 Stars

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Hailed as “the queen of paranormal romance” by J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Christine Feehan continues to amaze readers” (The Eternal Night) with her phenomenal novels. Now, from the author of the Dark Carpathian series, comes the newest in Christine Feehan’s explosive GhostWalker series…

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead—or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call…

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Maria E. Schneider Is Saving Your Life!

And in “Only In Texas News”

It’s The Zombie Apocalypse!!! RUUUNNNN!!!!!

HAPPY ZOMBIE HUNTING!

Thanks to Bear Mountain Books for the warning! And check out her newest book, Dragon Kin: Dragons of Wendal Book 2. Of course, you should read the first book as well, Dragons of Wendal.

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Heck, read ALL her books! I ADORE her Moon Shadows Series.  Here is a surprise for you as well!

Popular Answered Questions

Maria E. Schneider The fourth book in the Moon Shadow series (Under Witch Moon, Under Witch Aura, Under Witch Curse…and the forth will be Ghost Shadow) and the sequel to Dragons of Wendal.

Woooo Hoooo!!!!

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