Winter is Here!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m over at Paranormal Romantics today, gushing all over the new season of Game of Thrones. Come see me!

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Poison Gardens…It’s an Evil Thing

Hope you’re Monday is swell so far! I’m over at Paranormal Romantics today with the makings of a poisonous garden. Sometimes, you just gotta let your evil side out. Swing by and say hey!

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Moon Magic

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m over at Paranormal Romantics today, where it’s all about the moon – musings, interesting tidbits, and the perfect day to get ready for swimsuit season…according to the moon. Hope to see you there!

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Into the Woods…an Unexpected Vacation

Happy Wednesday, people! I’m over at Paranormal Romantics today telling ghost, hiking, and witch tales. Come see me!

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Spring into Romance Winner!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! The Spring into Romance blog hop is over (dang), and the list of books everyone is excited to read was fabulous. Thanks to everyone who joined in! And now I have more books than ever I want…sigh. But most importantly, the winner of my blog prize is:

Nicole C.!

An email is headed your way – congrats!

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Huge Paranormal Shifter Romance Giveaway

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ve teamed up with more than 55 fantastic paranormal shifter romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner! Enter the giveaway by clicking:

** HERE **

See how easy I made it for you? 🙂 The contest goes from April 10 – 17, so run on over, do your thing, and good luck!

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Paranormal Romance Book Fair!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! In case you’re looking for some super-awesome paranormal romance on sale, it just so happens I can help you out. 🙂 Love Books, Love Authors set up a book fair, and from today until Sunday, all the books below are on sale for only 99 pennies. Head on over to Love Books, Love Authors and pick up a few! To make your week even brighter there are a couple of $25 Amazon gift cards up for grabs too. You’re welcome.

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Spring Into Romance Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Spring into Romance blog hop (and big THANK YOU to Anna of Herding Cats & Burning Soup for setting it all up)! I have stacks and stacks of books I want to read, and we won’t even talk about the hundreds of ebooks waiting oh-so-patiently on my kindle…so many good books, so little time!

But there is a handful of authors who are on my must buy and must read RIGHT NOW list, and when there’s a new release, these jump to the top of my TBR pile.

Anne Bishop.

Since reading the first dark fantasy in her Black Jewels world books, I was hooked. Then there were books in some different worlds, Tir Alain and Ephemera, which I loved equally, so I was PSYCHED when she started writing urban fantasy with The Others. Gah! I couldn’t stop reading, and hated, hated waiting for the next book to come out. The last in the first 5-book installment was Etched in Bone, and it left me a very happy reader. I’ll read anything written by Anne Bishop. Anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah J. Maas

Besides waiting for Etched in Bone (which I devoured in two days), I’ve been DYING while waiting for A Court of Wings and Ruin, the next installment in A Court of Thorns of Roses. It’s not out until May 2…too far away! This series put Sarah J. Maas on my must buy, must read list. Which brings me next to…

More Sarah J. Maas

While biding my time for A Court of Wings and Ruin, I took it upon myself to check out her other series, The Glass Throne. Just as her Court books, this series starts out good and gets better…and better…and frickin’ BETTER. She has a few novellas out in this world (I suspect to keep readers from grumbling so much while waiting for the next installment), but the final book won’t be out until May of 2018. Grumble.

And last but not least…

Ilona Andrews

I’m brand spakin’ new to the Kate Daniels series, as in I just read Magic Bites last week. So even though there’s nothing new in this series, I can’t wait to read Magic Burns…maybe it will tide me over until A Court of Wings and Ruin gets here, right?

So in honor of my most-anticipated Spring romance-ish reads, I’m giving away one of the above to a random commenter, winner’s choice. And if you’ve already read them, we’ll figure out an alternative. To be eligible to win, all you have to do is answer my question by commenting: What book are you dying to read right now?

Thanks for stopping by, and happy hopping!

 

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The Best Dream Songs Ever

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m over at Paranormal Romantics today talking about dreams. And music. Together. Hope you stop by!

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Book Review: Don’t Kill the Messenger by Eileen Rendahl

Melina Markowitz is a Messenger, a go-between for paranormal forces and supernatural creatures. Problem is, when a girl’s a go-between, it’s hard not to get caught in the middle…

When ninjas steal an envelope from Melina, her search leads her to a Taoist temple in Old Sacramento, where the priests seem to practice Zen and the art of mayhem. Melina learns from the handsome ER doctor (and vampire) who gave her the envelope that it contained talismans created by the priests to control Chinese vampires, who are attacking gang members to spark a street war.

Although he may look more like a surfer than a cop, Ted Goodnight is dead serious about investigating the surge in gang violence. At every turn he runs into Melina, a very attractive-and very mysterious-young woman. Can Melina enlist his help to battle something he doesn’t even believe in without blowing her cover?

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First off, I have to thank my lovely friend Patricia Rickrode for gifting me with this book. She had a great idea to give books away to everyone who commented on her blog (which I obviously did), reinforcing the importance of readers leaving reviews. I thought that was a creative way to share books while selflessly garnering reviews for other authors. Genius! If you don’t follow her blog, you should.

So…Don’t Kill the Messenger is the first book in the Messenger series, and for me, it was a mixed bag.

WHAT I LOVED…

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THE UNIQUE WORLD. This is urban fantasy, but the concept was something fresh and fun. Our main character, Melina, basically died when she was 3 and returned…with Messenger responsibilities. This isn’t really explained, but that’s okay. It’s urban fantasy, after all. But a Messenger was a new and interesting concept I hadn’t read before, so that was intriguing. As a Messenger, Melina is tasked with making no-questions-asked deliveries between all the supernatural beings in the world. And that’s another thing I loved–the full range of supernaturals. There are vampires, werewolves, witches, imps, zombies, gnomes, everything! But if she doesn’t make the deliveries, she’s plagued with bad luck until the delivery is made (she learned that the hard way, of course).

MARTIAL ARTS. I’m a martial arts girl, so the fact Melina not only practiced martial arts but taught kids at her local dojo…I was IN. All the lingo and brand names and struggles that go along with it had me nodding. Oh yeah, I felt her pain.

NINJAS. ‘Nuff said, because…ninjas.

CHINESE VAMPIRE ZOMBIES. Seriously. How could you not want to read about Chinese vampire zombies? That went right along with the unique world Melina deals with on a daily basis.

ROMANCE: There was just enough romance to make me happy, and I was definitely on board with the person Melina chose to get a little frisky with, although she did have a few other options that probably would’ve been just as fun.

THE GANG: Once Melina’s individual friends from all her different worlds converged, I really liked them together. They were fun and they squabbled and made each other a little crazy, but their care for Melina made a common cause. I would’ve loved to see them together more on the pages.

WHAT I WASN’T SO CRAZY ABOUT

First person POV isn’t generally my favorite, but it won’t make me shy away from a book I really want to read. Melina’s introspection was often entertaining, not gonna lie. The problem for me, though, was there was just too much introspection and not a lot of action, especially at the beginning of the book. Even though I liked Melina’s character, I eventually got bored with her inner monologue, simply because there was so much of it. And maybe the problem was that Melina was mostly investigating by herself for a good portion of the book. Who else is she going to talk to, right?

I also didn’t feel completely immersed in the story until the end, and that was probably due to the combination of too much introspection and first person POV. Until the gang got together, I felt as if I was being told the story by Melina more than being in the story with her, which made it hard to enjoy the read as much as I wish I could have.

Melina’s job as a supernatural Messenger is initially what leads her to trouble in the story, but the side missions felt unconnected to the main plot line, which pulled me a little more out of the story. They were sorta fun, true, but didn’t tie in with figuring out how to stop the villain and his creatures.

All in all, Don’t Kill the Messenger had a lot going for it with a unique world, fun protagonist, and interesting supernatural creatures. It’s the first in a 3-book series, and I’m sure Melina will have a lot more opportunities to get into trouble.

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