Lindi Parker couldn’t agree more. Some sons-a-bitches absolutely, positively needed killing. Like the father who kept coming into his little girl’s room at night – “He hurts me.” So, finally, she killed him. A ten-year-old girl killed her scum sucking pedophile father. Of course, as a counselor for the Child Advocacy and Protection Center, Lindi has seen horrific crime scenes, the horrors visited upon the most fragile, the most helpless among us. But this one? This one rocks her all the way to her core.
She isn’t alone.
“Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance.” – Jules Verne
Not that she hasn’t known love in her own life. Her adoptive family loves her with all their heart and soul. But understanding someone as ‘special’ as Lindi hasn’t always been easy. Especially when they thought that she was the only one of her kind. Now, not only has she found that others exist – they apparently all want her dead.
Well. That bites.
And hey! Look at that! They even have special people whose whole point in life is to track her down and murder her. Score!
Lucky her, huh?
Yes, this is a shapeshifter tale, with many of the same tropes as you would find in any other. But Margo Bond Collins steps outside the box in this one in ways both horrible and fascinating. And in doing so she writes a paranormal that leans heavily toward a blend of mystery and suspense that raises the bar to something beyond ‘just another paranormal.’
I enjoyed the book very much, and highly recommend it.
OK, Really? Who could possibly bypass that sort of intro? Of course, I am a HUGE R.J. Blain fan, so pretty much anything she writes I read. The Balancing the Scales series and the Witch and Wolf series are personal favorites, both Urban Fantasy and both marvelous. She also writes a wide range of other tales, from Magical Apocalyptic to Sci-Fi and, yes, Pack tales. Oh, and don’t forget immortal pirates! Something for all.
Playing With Fire is something different again – and once more her wit, creativity, and the ability to craft a tale well outside the common is a winner. Baily Gardner is not your common-and-garden barista – not when she spikes your java with pixie dust on request. Of course, spiking drinks all day is often much more pleasant than her other job. You know, the one that requires cleaning up the world’s nastiest magical substances. I mean, come on! Who would voluntarily clean up gorgon vomit? And for “a cute little pittance” no less. Sigh.
I refuse to say more. You have GOT to read this yourself! But be careful about drinking or eating while you are reading. You might just wind up with your drink sprayed all over your tablet.
Highly Recommended! Ms. Blain says she is bringing out at least two follow-ups (hopefully this year!) and I can hardly WAIT!
OK, I am definitely behind the curve when it comes to my favorite authors!
The Incredible team known as Ilona Andrews published a novella, Magic Stars, the first in the Grey Wolf series on December 8. I would normally jump on that bad boy before it was ever published, but I have been absent and unaccounted for lately. But I AM working on it!
Magic Stars focuses on two of my favorite characters from the Kate Daniels series, Derek and Julie. Since the end of the Kate and Curran series things have changed for Derek. He is now a lone wolf, having signed his separation contract from the Pack a half-hour after Curran. Now, he is, basically, a Gun for Hire, working with Kate and Curran, and with others. He is the Grey Wolf of the city, the one who came and found you if you f**ked up and hurt the wrong people.
And someone really f**ked up when they slaughtered Melissa and Randall Ives and their two small children in their own home.
For a rock.
Vengeance is mine sayeth Derek Gaunt, the Gray Wolf. And vengeance he will most certainly have. Not only against the five murderers, but against the new Pack members the new Beast Lord let into the Pack. Oh, boy. Are they ever in trouble!
Annnd then . . . Julie shows up. Julie, ward of Kate and Curran, and now Herald of the City. With her gypsy horse, tiny jeans shorts and double tomahawks, well, things are about to get interesting.
“That’s the Beast Lord’s Wolf.” the wolf raised his hands palms out. “And that’s the Beast Lord’s daughter. I’m out.”
Ha! Run, run, run, as fast as you can!
Julie is sixteen now, training hard, and still as gutsy as ever. You will learn things about both Julie and Derek in this first in the Grey Wolf series – Doing dance and giggling like a loon!!!!! I am so incredibly JAZZED!!!! I HIGHLY recommend this newest of the Ilona and Gordon’s work.
And I just preordered “Alphas: Origins” for delivery on April 19.SCORE!!
Wow. The ins and outs of buying a new (used) car! I sold my Chrysler 300 (bye-bye Baby Girl! Booo Hoo . . .) and it broke my heart, but Linda couldn’t drive it to work, as it was RWD and getting up snowy mountains in it didn’t work for her. Besides, the sporty styling meant that she was too tall to sit comfortably in it. I may drive every other week or so, if that, just to the library or the store, so keeping it really didn’t work, especially as Colorado wanted a small fortune to register it after it was in storage for so long after my cancer treatments. The guy that bought her is thrilled out of his mind, so it’s all good. He is a single father with two kids, one with a dangerous heart condition, and a job with Dell Computer Repair that means he drives a lot – so safety for his kids and a solid driver for him with low mileage had him grinning like a fool as he drove off.
I had found a 2006 Hyundai Tucson 4WD in the right price range and mileage at PlanetHonda over on Colfax, and a saleswoman we liked, so we made an appointment to go see it. Trouble is, she didn’t grab the keys before our appointment that morning – so another salesperson sold it out from under us five minutes before we arrived – even though we had an appointment to see it! Grrrr . . .
Don’t piss off the Leiah. You won’t like the outcome…
As we were leaving PlanetHonda on Saturday, truly pissed, I jumped on Edmunds.com and what do you know? A 2006 Hyundai Tucson GLS/XL, at AutoNation Subaru West, not three blocks away. 4WD, sexy Obsidian Black, beautiful interior, in stunning condition other than some very minor hail damage. (In Colorado, you deal with two things – always – hail damage, and cracked windshields from rocks thrown up from gravel trucks, etc.).
As Linda was tired, grumpy, and hungry, and I was just plain pissed, we went home and called to get more information. Noel, the agent who answered, was kind, helpful and considerate. They just got the Tucson in, and wanted to give it a good going over before making it available for sale. Would we care to make an appointment? Well, sure, as long as he doesn’t jerk us around. OK, good deal, see you on Monday morning at 9:30!
As agreed, we showed up (well, we showed up at 9:10, just to be safe). There she sat, waiting on us, with a big “On Hold” sign on the windshield. Sweet. Sexy, sexy baby!! Hey, it even has Bluetooth! Double Score! One owner, all records, everything kept up. They put in a new radiator, hoses and belts, as well as replacing all four tires (!!) when they brought it in (I did some research online. Approximate Value? Radiator, radiator fan, belts and hoses: $500.00 New All Weather Tires and Balance, tire disposal fee: $583.00) Flipping over backwards and cheering SCORE!!! And a few dollar less than the one at PlanetHonda!
Even Better?! AutoNation is sponsoring the AutoNation Cure Bowl at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on December 19th!!!!!!
There are nice plate holders front and back showing off AutoNation’s support of breast cancer research, and I am pushing for Linda to get the Colorado Breast Cancer Research License Plates.
Guess I will have to get a car cover in pink and Ribbon it up! Covercraft makes them, but theirs have more of a “Covercraft” vibe than a Pink Ribbon Vibe, so it is the sewing machine and paints to the rescue! LOL… Check this one out!
OK, so maybe I am relegated to the 2002 Audi Quattro V6 that Linda used to drive – but I am giving serious consideration to painting it pink! 😉
“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.” – ― Lemony Snicket
“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.” – ― Judith McNaught, Remember When
Ms. McNaught has it right. Sometimes, you just have to go for it and hope it works. And Scott Hawkins certainly reaches for the stars in The Library at Mount Char. Fantasy, mythology, horror, history, and a crud ton of weird. You can certainly call this book “unique”. And normally ‘unique’ is something I can get into. With this one, however . . . I don’t know. It just didn’t crawl into my mind and make itself at home. Perhaps because the fact that the book opens with a “blood-drenched and barefoot” Carolyn “walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 79.” Segueing from blood to guacamole, an obsidian knife used to murder a detective for no reason that appears any time soon threw me out of being able to settle into the book. Or maybe, honestly, I am simply not the audience for the book – that could certainly be the case. All of the librarians are weirdness incarnate – from Margaret, who you meet as she sprints out from the shadowy shelves of the library, shrieking and blind with terror, only to be pulled back into the stacks by “Father”, flowing tears streaked with blood, urine running warm down her legs, to David, whose catalog is murder and war. Twelve lost, abused children, forced into viciousness almost beyond bearing.
Demigods, talking lions and barbarism, oh my. The book has lots of very well-written, very positive reviews, and looking at it from a strictly technical standpoint, I can see why. This is some very unique storytelling. It just didn’t grab me. If you like writers more toward the horror side, well, you would probably love this. Sometimes I like horror, sometimes not – this one, not so much.
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Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering. – Dalai Lama
Greed is not a financial issue. It’s a heart issue. – Andy Stanley
Cesar Hawke isn’t really much of a witch in the eyes of his coworkers at the Office of Preternatural Affairs. I mean, come on – the guy has massive sneezing attacks when he comes in contact with magic – nothing like a witch being allergic to magic. And he is a potions witch, not a pumped up spell slinger. Well, he ‘is’ pumped up with strength spells every morning, but that is neither here nor there – after all, being the new aspis for his boss, Director Fritz Friederling (and you really should read the previous book where he was awarded that dubious honour) he needs every leg up he can get.
It has been a really bad couple of months for Cesar, Fritz, and the OPA. And things are about to get a lot worse – especially for Cesar. Because his black-sheep brother, Domingo, is up to his old tricks again. And this time? Well, let’s just say death and destruction is once again raining down on Los Angeles – and Domingo is right in the middle of it. Cesar and his grandfather, Pop, tried to save Domingo in the old days. But this time? Well, this time there may be no saving him – or any of those who surround Domingo. Including his family.
Once again S.M. Reine has written a book of beauty and power that is both creative and interesting on many levels. Not only the paranormal writing level, but in her interest in and understanding of the lengths that family will go to in order to protect their members. Even when the member in question doesn’t really deserve their support.
There are convolutions on top of convolutions in this newest book of the Preternatural Affairs series (This is book 6, you can enjoy this one without reading the others, but the whole series is so enjoyable there is no reason not to read them all!)
About The Author:
Hi everyone! My name is Sara, and I’m the New York Times Bestselling Author of urban fantasy known as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). You can usually find me writing on my treadmill desk at 2am whilst listening to dubstep. Yes, dubstep.
If you would like to know the instant I have a new book available, you should enlist in my Army of Evil! I’ll only email you when I have a new release, which is generally no more than once a month. I can’t write any faster than that. 🙂 http://smarturl.it/armyofevil
List of my series:
WAR OF THE ALPHAS (coming soon)
SEASONS OF THE MOON (completed)
Six Moon Summer
All Hallows’ Moon
Long Night Moon
Gray Moon Rising
THE CAIN CHRONICLES (completed)
New Moon Summer
Blood Moon Harvest
Moon of the Terrible
Red Rose Moon
Of Wings and Wolves
THE DESCENT SERIES (completed)
The Darkest Gate
Deadly Hearts (prequel short story)
THE ASCENSION SERIES (completed)
Sacrificed in Shadow
Oaths of Blood
Ruled by Steel
Caged in Bone
Lost in Prophecy
Torn by Fury
Sins of Eden
PRETERNATURAL AFFAIRS (in progress)
Hotter than Helltown
Ashes and Arsenic
Once Darkness Falls (coming 2015)
TAROT WITCHES (in progress)
Winter Court (coming 2015)
Jade has never wanted more from her quiet life than cupcakes, dancing, and occasional witchcraft. But everything is about to change — the undead werewolves are on their way, and she’ll either have to step it up or be swallowed alive.
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Alright everyone, here is my teaser for Teaser Tuesday.
I followed his gaze across the dining room. A green-haired, slight-framed woman was leaning against the massive trestle dining table, balancing three pizzas boxes left over from our early lunch in one hand and eating a slice from the top one, which was open. She watched us as we entered.
“Emerald-green hair,” I murmured. Why did she look familiar?
“Werewolf,” Beau said, quiet and so, so scared. But it wasn’t the green-haired werewolf he was scared of. He was looking past her into the kitchen.
Meghan has created a spectacular world! Jade attracts magic like honey attracts bees. Appropriate, when she owns a bakery called Cake In A Cup a creates cupcakes with names like “Love in a Cup” and “Bliss in a Cup”. Of course, the “trinkets” she creates from found objects is just a hobby . . . but when a vampire shows up, staring into her shop window, well, let’s just say that things get ‘interesting’ for Jade. In a very interesting, Chinese, May you live in interesting times sort of way! Set in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the Dowser Series is a creative new take on Urban Fantasy.
Now, she adds to that world with I See Me: Oracle #1. In this new branch to the series, we meet Rochelle Saintpaul, a deeply disturbed, (so says everyone else) difficult (ditto) teen with wicked nasty psychotic breaks (Yep. So say the multitudinous shrinks she has seen over the years). But then . . . are they Really psychotic breaks???
Aged out of the foster system, Rochelle buys a 21-foot Brave RV with her earnings from her Etsy store, where she sells her drawings of the scenes she sees in her mind when she has ‘incidents’, and hits the road to freedom. But what she finds on her trip will strain all her meticulously organized plans, as she finds herself dumped into a world of magic and terror. Crossing paths with Jade, her world becomes ever more dangerous and fraught with weirdness. Can it be that all her psychotic breaks truly are something very, very different?
You can read this new branch of the series without reading the first three in the Dowser Series – but why would you want to?!
Proofreading will be finished for Oracle today, and it should be out very soon. The holidays are coming, people . . . (hint, hint) And Book FOUR!!!! of Dowser is coming out soon as well!
Of course, once you get hooked on Dowser and Oracle, well, you can wait for the next books in the series by reading Meghan’s other books. These are in publication order:
Molly Maddison grew up in a funeral home that unfortunately backed up to the largest Insane Asylum in the state. Very few understand what happens after death, Molly does. While other children were playing in the park with their living friends, Molly was in the cemetery playing with the dead. To say she is troubled is an understatement.
Now Molly has a new plan, to attempt to lead a normal life, and ban the contact with any of the dead. Realizing that she is madly in love with one of them was never part of that plan. However neither life or death ever go as planned and Molly is called upon to perform her role as the family Crypt Keeper…
Is she up for the task? Only time will tell.
About the Author
K.A. Young is a paranormal/fantasy romance author that lives with her family in the South. She began writing because her mind was swimming with incredible stories that were begging to be told. Her love for reading began as a small child when she realized that a good book was an instant escape to a mystical land that could be reached anytime and from anyplace.