Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Road to Olympia

http://amandacarrell.com/fusion/php-files/news.php

Buy here.

Two wounded hearts, one ancient mystery, and a love that’s more powerful than tragedy.

After the tragic murders of her entire family, Olympia Abbott vows to continue their generations-long search for The Statue of Zeus. There are only two problems standing in her way—she’s run out of money, and she’s lost the willpower to deny her feelings for her long-term research partner, Lucas Cole.

Lucas Cole is no stranger to vows. When his best friend, Troy Abbott, was brutally murdered, he had to swear to keep his hands off Troy’s sister. There’s only one problem with that—he can’t seem to fight his feelings for her any longer. He’s wanted her for too long, has loved her even longer.

With the discovery of the Statue of Zeus drawing near, they’re both running out of time. Who will make the first move, and what will it cost?

I can’t even begin to tell you how intrigued I was to find a book set not just in Greece, but at an archeological site!  Dr. Rafferty, my college geography teacher, was an anthropologist by trade and really instilled a love for archeology and anthropology in me.  That said, this story was entirely too short!  I want to know more!  What happened really to Olympia’s family?  What comes next?  I’m a greedy reader, I can’t help it.

However, The Way to Olympia is a fast-paced and highly enjoyable story.  Lucas is conflicted: he loves Olympia but he promised her brother, on his deathbed, that he wouldn’t touch her.  Olympia has her own ideas, having been in love with Lucas for as long as she could remember.  It seems that their hunt for the elusive Statue of Zeus is nearly as impossible as their coming together and becoming a couple. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Done for Today

Okay, so I think that’s about enough for today.  LOL  I even caught up my 100,000 Book Challenge Blog as well.  Yay me!

Still to come:

Turquoise Dreams – Betty Hanawa

New Moon – Stephenie Meyer (and I think I misspelled that LOL)

Vampaholic – Harper Allen

Cherokee Christmas – Sheri WhiteFeather

Letting Go – Viviane Brentanos

All Soul’s Night – Jennifer Armintrout (and a story about my FIL)

Neptune’s Lair – Dorothy McFalls

and most likely The Way to Olympia – Amanda Carrell – because it’s only 48 pages and shouldn’t take me long to read.

Other stuff I’m reading:

Finishing Tempt Me With Darkness by Shayla Black.  Eager to get into my ARC of Wicked Burn by Beth Kery, and I just got Crate and Peril by J. D. Warren (follow up to Bedlam, Bath & Beyond) in the mail today.

Night!

~TCBL

A Note on Joe Abercrombie

While perusing his website (www.joeabercrombie.com), I came across a contact link for this man that has so inspired my husband to plow through three books in record time.  So, being the author stalker that I am, I sent him an e-mail.

It read:

My husband has enjoyed The First Law books so much that, once he finished Before They Are Hanged, he went on a desperate search for Last Argument of Kings, only to discover it wasn't out here in the states yet.  So, being the good wife (and book whore) that I am, I ordered it from Amazon.com.uk just so he didn't have to wait.  He finished it last night and now he's sad.    Me?  I'm only just starting Before They Are Hanged, so I've got some time yet. 

Thanks - It's been too long since I've read such a great fantasy series.

How freaking surprised to you think I was to receive a reply from him just ten days later?

His read:

I’m glad I’ve made your husband sad.

Hopefully I can make you sad too, and him even sadder in the future.

Is that wrong of me?

Best,

Joe Abercrombie

Is it any surprise that I love this man?

~TCBL

The Blade Itself

www.joeabercrombie.com

Available at ALL your favorite bookstores…

Blurb:

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glotka a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

My husband stumbled upon this series and when he started raving about it, I just had to find out what was so exciting about it!  See, he’s not much of a reader (although he was so excited when I came home with Brisinger for him yesterday), so if he raves about a book, I know I have to read it.

Let me start by saying that, so far, Logen is by far my favorite character in this series.  He’s charming in a rough sort of way, funny, and very thoughtful.  Just what everyone wants in their barbarian, right?

This first installment in The First Law trilogy kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  I had such a hard time putting it down!  The characters are wide and varied in personality and background and yet, every one has their bit of appeal, good, bad or otherwise.  A central theme of humor runs through this classic fantasy tale, lightening up the seriousness just a bit.  I can’t wait to get into book 2, Before They Are Hanged, which is by my chair at home, waiting.

~TCBL

Bizenghast Volume 1

TokoyoPop manga, available pert near everywhere.

Dinah, a teen who lost her parents in a car accident, lives with her aunt in a decrepit house in a run-down mill town in Bizenghast, MA. Dinah, who was also in the car, suffers from fits that keep her on the brink of madness and allow her to see ghosts. Her only friend is Vincent, a dreamy blond boy, and together they sneak out of the oppressiveness of the house for adventures. On one such excursion they come upon Bizenghast's biggest secret–an abandoned church and graveyard that no one can prove is really there. The teens disturb the inhabitants, and the consequence for Dinah is either to help the otherworldly creatures to release lost souls or to become one herself. Dinah is an interesting character with a quirky sense of style that will appeal to followers of the burgeoning gothic Lolita look. The story has a dreamlike quality, and the hint of possible romance with Vincent adds to the suspense. This first volume is chillingly spooky and fans will look forward to the next installment.

The artwork is superb and I am hooked on the story already.  I can’t wait to see how it progresses.  Have volume 2 on my wish list at PBS and am #5 of 5 so far… LOL  The characters draw you in and the story really holds you.

The Long Road Home

www.carolwebb.net

longroadhome

Buy it here.

Travel across the country with her old lover, John McDonnell--and his girlfriend? Impossible. But Clarisse Madison is desperate. Terrified of flying and unable to drive long stretches because of a knee surgery, she sees no other way to get from New York to San Diego and her sister ’s wedding.

Three years ago, a plane crash disfigured her leg and destroyed her career as a model. Self-esteem crushed and fearful of rejection, Clarisse severed her relationship with John. Now, forced to travel across the country with him and his girlfriend, Vivian, she is determined to hide her disfigurement. Driving through state after state and mile after mile, though, she begins to fall in love all over again. But can anything come of it? Can she overcome her pride for the sake of love?

Again, another contemporary novel that I went into wondering why.  LOL  That’s what I get for telling them to ‘give me whatever’s next…” I suppose.  But I really did enjoy this story, even if I wanted to bitch slap Vivian and kick John in the ass!  I mean really, John!  I get that you were hurt, been there, done that, but get over yourself already!  LOL  (Sorry Ms. Webb, I couldn’t help myself there).

But seriously…

The Long Road Home is an emotional roller coaster of a story. The intense passion that immediately flares between John and Clarisse upon reuniting is snuffed by anger, fear, and regret, only to be relit again and again by genuine emotion and humor. A story of self-discovery and forgiveness, Ms. Webb weaves an intriguing tale of what you only think are two stereo-typical people. Vivian is a character that you will love to hate, but has her place and really forces the story along its path home.

So there self… take that and start reading more contemp! LOL

~TCBL (not to be confused with CBTL LOL)

Gateway to Heaven

www.bethkery.com

But it here or here if you’re lucky like me and have a Kindle.

Gateway To Heaven

Blurb: Life is rough when you’re gorgeous, rich, talented and so sexy that the media won’t leave you alone.

It’s certainly the truth in Christian Lasher’s case. He returns to the neighborhood of his childhood to escape the spotlight, hungering for a change in his creative endeavors. In the midst of his soul searching he meets Megan and is captured by the tantalizing hint of her hidden fires. Megan knows nothing about his wild, rebellious youth or his career as a rock star—and Christian would prefer to keep it that way.

There was much, much more to her than the role of a fragile victim.

Megan Shreve is a sculptor with creative depths and passions that tragedy had forced into the shadows. When she looks into Christian’s eyes she sees herself for the first time as an exciting, sexy woman. She longs to discover more of herself in Christian’s arms and in his bed.

Two passionate souls destined for one another—unless the stifling roles imposed by tragedy and fame rip them apart.

Having just recently read Beth’s steamy novel Subtle Magic, I found Gateway to Heaven to be a very pleasant surprise.  Moving from an erotic romance to a sweeter, contemporary wasn’t quite what I expected.

And I went in with a chip on my shoulder – contemporary stories of any kind aren’t generally my thing.  Somebody smack me now for ever ounce doubting.

Beth is an extremely versatile and amazing writer.  She has a way of creating tension – both emotional and sexual –that will leave you panting.  Especially when it comes between Christian and Megan – they don’t even need to get naked to take your breath away!  Take a chance and go click on the links above and buy this book!  The story, with it’s cast of crazy and intense characters, will sweep you off into another world from the first page.

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Morning and Welcome… Again

LOL

What can I say, I’m a freaking blog addict.  I mean, really.  I have my personal blog, Ali’s blog, Shana’s blog, my LJ blog, my Live Space cookbook, two MySpace pages and Facebook… do I really need this too?  Probably not, but um, well, here we go. LOL

I started this because I’m not sure how many people actually read my book reviews on my blog so I thought I’d separate them out and see.  Who knows, maybe this might just be a good thing?

Oh, and I currently have about 15 book reviews that I need to blog about, so beware…

~The Crazy Book Lady