Tuesday, August 30, 2011
ARC from Amazon Vine
In Bed With A Highlander kicks off a new series for Maya Banks ~ and her first foray into Historical Scottish romance.
The heroine, Mairin Stuart, is the illegitimate daughter of King David ~ who is now dead, widely thought to have no heirs. Mairin has been secreted away in an abbey for most of her life to help keep this deep secret ~ but there are some who know of her, and search for her. When she is kidnapped from the Abbey in an attempt to score her hand in marriage, and in doing so secure an heir & her dowry, Mairin fights from the second she's taken ~ and plots her escape. But when a small child is found trying to steal a horse from her captors, she quickly puts his safety and welfare before that of her own...
Ewan McCabe, the oldest of three McCabe Highlanders, searches for his missing son, Crispin ~ he's vowed revenge on anyone who would harm his child, and is frantic to find his son alive. When his brother brings back not only his son, but a woman as well, and they are both closed mouth about who she is and how they came to be together, it's Ewan's job to find out the truth ~ and the fact that Mairin's secrets can be only a boon to his clan, who has suffered from an attack years ago, can only be a good thing...
I adored this book ~ I'm such a fan of Highlanders any time, but Maya truly brings to life the characters, the life they led by necessity ~ Ewan decides on Mairin first because it will benefit his clan, and second because she is great with his son ~ putting himself and his needs last. Yes, he's attracted to her, and the story is a treasure to see them get to know one another, and fall for one another, but you really 'feel' the sense of what came first in Ewan's life.
The sex scense are smokin' hot, the characters leap off the page, and the love story will make your heart twist and swell ~ I've really come to expect all these from Maya Banks, but was truly thrilled to get that added...SOMETHING that up to this point I get when I read only a hand full of authors, and I can only say this book made me think over and over of how thrilled I was to find someone else who can write historicals like Julie Garwood.
Monday, August 29, 2011
I have been waiting and waiting for Galen's book ~~ do you follow The Dark Sword series by Donna Grant?
OMG, if you don't, you are so missing out ~ her Warriors rock, and are something that noone else has
out there ~~
The Dark Sword series captures all the power, passion, and magic of Scotland’s legendary warriors—sworn to fight for victory, in battle and in love…
HE CAN FEEL HER MAGIC
Sent on a dangerous mission into the shadowy world of the Druids, Galen must find a powerful ancient relic to defeat the enemies of MacLeod Castle. But what he discovers is far more powerful—and far more dangerous. A Druid lass whose beauty is as spellbinding as any magic...
Reaghan is the most enchanting woman Galen has even met—and the most enigmatic. She alone is immune to his mind-reading gifts. He alone makes her feel safe and secure. But Reaghan holds a secret power deep inside her that could destroy them both. And if Galen hopes to hold this captivating woman in his arms every night, he must defeat the darkness that draws closer around her every day...
She's got a snippet up here you can check out, but on Heroes and Heartbreakers you can actually read the first THREE chapters!!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
ARC from NetGalley.com
Lord of The Vampires by Gena Showalter kicks off a new series from Harlequin Nocturne ~~ a series of 4 books by some awesome authors filled with Paranormal creatures & suspense.
I've been intrigued since I heard about it, and could NOT wait to get my hands on these books!!
The series is built around the Royal Kingdom of Elden, and it's ruling family ~ in each book we'll get the story of one of the children, who were magically cast out into their paranormal world by their parents when their Kingdom was under attack from the Evil Blood Sorcerer ~ as a last act, before their death, each parent sent magical spells upon their 4 children ~ one was casting them out and away from the castle under attack to safety, and the other was an urge for vengeance.
In Lord of The Vampires we get the Crown Prince Nicolai' story ~ Nicolai has ended up on the sex slave market and has been bought up by the Princess Odette of the Kingdom Delfina. Odette takes him home where she, and her evil sister use and abuse him ~ and take away his memories of his family, and his kingdom, and bind his magic.
But in a twist, Nicolai is able to use his magic to send a book to woman in another world ~ our world. In the book, he includes a message that he needs her help ~ and she's seen him in her dreams. How can Jane Parker refuse this man? And what does she have to lose?
When Jane arrives in the Kingdom of Delfina, it is under Nicolai's magic that she appears ~ as Odette to everyone but him. She has the power to release him ~ the power to save him. Jane and Nicolai quickly find themselves unable to resist one another...
OK, so first I have to say I love Gena Showalter ~ I've read so many of her books and adored them!!
And I did like Lord of The Vampires, but I have to say it was a luke warm like. For some reason, no matter how sexy Nicolai was, I just could NOT warm up to him & Jane ~ I liked the story itself, and espcially liked the parallels to fairly tales ~ We had the Queen of Delfina as the Queen of Hearts, and Jane, much like Alice, finding herself 'falling' into another world ~ but over all I just wasn't vested in this one...didn't feel the sexual tension, the anticipation for Jane & Nicolai to find their way to a happy ending I usually feel.
BUT I have to say I turned the last page and was curious enough about the over all story line to head straight to Book 2, Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe.
So as whole the series is GO for me!!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Shadow Highlander Release Contest
Shadow Highlander Release Contest ~ LOTS of prizes, with
1 GRAND Prize of ALL 4 SIGNED
Dark Sword books by Donna Grant ~
Dangerous Highlander, Forbidden Highlander, Wicked Highlander, and Untamed Highlander!
And each day we'll give away 2 of the following awesome prizes to one commenter ~~
7 Darkest Highlander Cover flats
5 B&N $10 gift cards
Come and read the exclusive Sneak Peek teasers from Shadow Highlander
Donna is sharing all the way up 'til release day, twice a day, and
comment for a chance to WIN!!
Check back Here ~> http://www.donnagrant.com/forum/showthread.php?70-Shadow-Highlander-Release-Contest&p=309#post309each day, twice a day, for new teasers and a chance to WIN!!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
BIG Chance to win some great books ~~
Five huge romance fans who just happen to be romance authors as well have decided that we want to give you the opportunity to receive complete, SIGNED backlists of one of your very favorite authors (and yes, that means EVERYTHING they’ve ever written).
The romance fans/authors who are participating are:
Ashley March, Shana Galen, Lila DiPasqua,
Vanessa Kelly, and Heather Snow.
The complete, SIGNED backlists they’re giving away are books from the following authors
(henceforth known as “The Amazing Authors”):
Before we can give these awesome prizes away, though, we need you to show how fanatical of fans you are. Since we know that you’re already following The Amazing Authors on Facebook (you are, aren’t you??), all you need to do is follow the authors who want to give away these complete, signed backlists to you. We all have to reach a certain number of followers; once that happens, then we will run a Facebook giveaway on our individual pages where you can enter to win the complete, signed backlists from the Amazing Authors.
(Please note, you must follow and enter on each of the five Facebook pages to be eligible to win each backlist. The giveaway won’t happen until AFTER the goals are met for ALL of us, and the giveaways will be open to US and international residents! All books will be in English as print books; if any books in the Amazing Authors’ backlists are currently our of print, used books will be purchased for those titles so that the backlist will be complete.)
(must reach 2500 total “Likes” in order to give away Lisa Kleypas backlist)
(must reach 2000 total “Likes” in order to give away Julia Quinn backlist)
(must reach 3500 total “Likes” in order to give away Elizabeth Hoyt backlist)
(must reach 2000 total “Likes” in order to give away Cynthia Eden backlist)
(must reach 2500 total “Likes” in order to give away Julie Garwood backlist)
Those are the rules! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell any fellow romance fan you know. Soon, 5 lucky winners will win a complete, signed backlist from a favorite author!