Friday, 28 August 2015

Master of the Opera - Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of the ever awesome Jeffe Kennedy I have a signed copy of Master of the Opera for one reader of my blog.

Read all about this book, that's now available in print as well as an e-serial, and enter the giveaway with Rafflecopter.
I will also include some swag for the lucky winner!


Master of the Opera
by Jeffe Kennedy


An aria for lost souls

Fresh out of college, Christine Davis is thrilled to begin a summer internship at the prestigious Santa Fe Opera House. But on her first day, she discovers that her dream job has a dark side. Beneath the theater, ghostly music echoes through a sprawling maze of passageways. At first, Christy thinks she’s hearing things. But when a tall masked man steps out of the shadows—and into her arms—she knows he’s not a phantom of her imagination. What she can’t deny is that he is the master of her desire. But when her predecessor—a missing intern—is found dead, Christy wonders if she’s playing with fire…

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About Jeffe Kennedy:

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

http://jeffekennedy.com

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeffe.Kennedy

https://twitter.com/jeffekennedy

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1014374.Jeffe_Kennedy


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Thursday, 27 August 2015

On McPig's Wishlist - Earth

I loved Granger's World of Ash trilogy, so I might have to try this series sometime.


Earth (Elemental #1)
by Shauna Granger


Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start.

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it's only a ploy to draw her out; she can't let someone die because of her.



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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Last Flight - Book Review


Last Flight (Dragon Age #5)
by Liane Merciel


What is it about:
Return to Thedas, the setting of BioWare's award-winning Dragon Age dark fantasy rpg, and discover what dark, forgotten secrets lurk in the history of the legendary Grey Wardens.

The Grey Wardens are heroes across Thedas once again: the Archdemon has been defeated with relative ease and the scattered darkspawn are being driven back underground. The Blight is over. Or so it seems.

Valya, a young elven mage recently recruited into the Wardens, has been tasked with studying the historical record of previous Blights in order to gain insight into newly reported, and disturbing, darkspawn phenomena. Her research into the Fourth Blight leads her to an encoded reference scrawled in the margins of an ancient map, and to the hidden diary of Isseya, one of the last of the fabled griffon riders. As the dark secrets buried in Isseya's story unfold, Valya begins to question everything she thought she knew about the heroic Grey Wardens...


What did I think of it:
After reading and enjoying The Calling, a prequel novel to the Dragon Age games, I was hungry for more Dragon Age novels. Of the ones written Last Flight sounded the most intriguing. Yes: I'm a Grey Warden Fanpiggy! I wanted to find out more about them.

And this book is so good!

Isseya starts out being idealistic. She's barely out of her training when she is given a griffon and told to join the war against the darkspawn. The war is difficult however, and as years pass Issenya changes and learns that at times you have to make very, very difficult decisions.

Argh! Isseya's story tore my heart out! It's desperate, intense, and dark.

When playing Dragon Age I usually make the 'good' choices. Trying to save everyone, doing what is right. This story makes it so easy to understand why someone would chose otherwise, why someone might do things during a war that in peace time would be unthinkable.

Isseya's journey into darkness made me root for her, and it made me cry. It showed me a side of the Grey Wardens I hadn't seen yet, but that fits with the things mentioned throughout the game. And the griffons! I have wondered why the griffons disappeared into legend. This story tells you about them, makes you love them, and makes you even more sad about the fact they're extinct.

The ending is bittersweet. The Fourth Blight isn't made for happy endings, still the link to Valya's story makes that you can hold a little hope. And if there's going to be a fourth Dragon Age game: this books hints at what that game might bring.

You can bet this book is keeper and will be reread. I will also investigate what other books Merciel has written.

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful and intense Fantasy read.


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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Teaser Tuesdays - Fragments

So far I'm really enjoying this book. I'm almost halfway through.


"Glad to see you two getting along so well," said Heron. "Anything you want to tell me before you stab Samm in the face?"

(page 268, Fragments by Dan Wells)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Liar's Island - Book Review


Liar's Island (Pathfinder Tales)
by Tim Pratt


What is it about:
Having unseated Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder RPG is the world's bestselling tabletop roleplaying game -- now available in a series of novels

In the the tradition of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (if one were a talking magical sword) Rodrick and his blade Hrym are accomplished con artists and occasional adventurers—as long as it means easy money. When they get called to the court of an exotic southern island, they become pawns in a dangerous game of political intrigue. The only way to survive is to locate and "liberate" a legendary artifact.


What did I think of it:
This book is part of a series of novels based on the roleplaying game Pathfinder.

I haven't played Pathfinder, but played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons, and read my fair share of novels based on roleplaying games, so I was sure any knowledge of the setting wasn't necessary.

And indeed: This story is easy to follow without any knowledge of the world (or roleplaying in general), and even without having read Liar's Blade, an earlier Pathfinder novel that also features Rodrick and Hrym.

The story begins in the middle of action and soon you get a feel of Rodrick and Hrym. I must say there were no surprises there: Charming rogue with a snarky talking sword. Been there, done that. Anyone who has read some Fantasy novels, or has played a Fantasy RPG will be familiar with this trope.

But I can't say I minded: Rodrick and Hrym are a fun pair of unlikely heroes to read about. After an action packed introduction, the story slows down a bit to set up the main plot, but it never gets dull. And once Rodrick and Hrym manage to get themselves in trouble, the action starts up again and they have to be resourceful to stay alive.

As with many Fantasy settings, the Pathfinder world borrows heavily from mythology, in this case both from Eastern and Norse mythology that I noticed, and I might have missed some references. Again: this is not a bad thing. It makes for interesting world building, and certain elements of the story being familiar, makes that you can easily picture the setting and the people and creatures Rodrick and Hrym encounter.

Overall this is fun and very enjoyable read. I can advice this book to anyone who likes an entertaining Fantasy romp. I might give Liar's Blade a try if I come across it. I will also investigate what other books Pratt has written.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining Fantasy read.


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Friday, 21 August 2015

Dark Secrets - A First Look at one of the Stories

I have exciting news:
On September 29 Dark Secrets will be released.

Dark Secrets is an anthology with stories by six amazing authors. Today I'll tell you about one of the stories, and it might not be a surprise to those who know me that it's the one by Jeffe Kennedy!

But don't fear: you can be sure I'll share more about this anthology next month, and that I'll post a review.


Dark Secrets - Anthology

Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule.

With stories by:
Rachel Caine
Cynthia Eden
Megan Hart
Suzanne Johnson
Jeffe Kennedy
Mina Khan

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Heart’s Blood by Jeffe Kennedy
(A Twelve Kingdoms Novella)


A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name.

Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage with firm resolve to make a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix.

With broken vows, anguish and dark secrets between them, Cavan and Nix struggle to find the magic to restore what’s gone terribly wrong... if it ever can be.


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You'll be able to preorder this anthology soon.
Keep an eye out for it at Jeffe Kennedy's author pages:

Amazon
BN
iBooks
Kobo

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About Jeffe Kennedy:

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

http://jeffekennedy.com

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeffe.Kennedy

https://twitter.com/jeffekennedy

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1014374.Jeffe_Kennedy

Thursday, 20 August 2015

On McPig's Wishlist - Deceptions

I love this series, so I'm going to order this book the next time I have some money to spare.


Deceptions (Cainsville #3)
by Kelley Armstrong


TRUST NO ONE

Olivia Jones is desperate for the truth. The daughter of convicted serial killers, she has begun to suspect that her parents are innocent of their crimes. But who can she trust, in a world where betrayal and deception hide in every shadow?

RISK EVERYTHING

Liv does have one secret weapon: a mysterious sixth sense that helps her to anticipate danger. The trouble is, this rare power comes with its own risks. There are dark forces that want to exploit Liv's talents - and will stop at nothing to win her to their side.

FACE THE TRUTH

Now Liv must decide, before it's too late. Who does she love? Who is really on her side? And can she save herself without burning down everything that matters most?



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