Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Heart Sick ~ Chelsea Cain

You can find Chelsea here and her books everywhere.

51pd59w7fSL__SL500_ Det. Archie Sheridan led the Beauty Killer Task Force for ten years, before the Beauty Killer (Gretchen Lowell) caught him, tortured him for ten days and then mysteriously let him go and turned herself in.  Now it’s two years later and Archie, addicted to pain pills and still obsessed with Gretchen, is called off medical leave to hunt a second serial killer.  Pink-haired girl journalist Susan Ward is assigned to profile Archie.  She knows he’s hiding something.  But what?  (It’s bigger than a breadbox.)

What a sick and twisted story! Gretchen is a psycho woman to be sure, but she really draws you in and you want to listen to her, need to listen to her... The entire cast of characters in this novel are interesting and intriguing. From Archie Sheridan, the cop Gretchen held hostage and tortured to his partner Henry. From the young and exciting reporter, Susan Ward, to her wayward mother, Bliss. Every last one of them will keep you turning the pages at mach speed! You'll not be able to put this book down!

I also have to add in here that I won this book in audio format in an online contest.  I’m not sure if this was the proper book to introduce me to the wide world of audiobooks because, well, it’s just downright creepy (aren’t all serial killer novels supposed to be?)… and I’d be driving down the freeway, making faces at my steering wheel. LOL 

The Second Date ~ Mary Lydon Simonsen

You can find Mary here and you can grab The Second Date here.

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Sonia Amundsen looks like a Nordic goddess on the outside, but her heart, soul, and stomach are all Italian. She is also a successful professional who is about to celebrate her 30th birthday. Although friends have been setting her up on blind dates for two years, she never goes out on a second date with any of them because she is still looking for that perfect guy. The problem is that she has very specific criteria as to who Mr. Right is. Sonia is beginning to think that such a man is not out there until.... Set in the late 1980s, Sonia is surrounded by an extended Italian family, a caring, but over-bearing mother, warring aunts who use family funerals to stage full-blow tragedies, and a close friend, whose main goals in life are to get pregnant and to help Sonia find true love. The Second Date explores friendship and love in the heart of the Italian-American community where food is second importance only to love.

A wonderful story about how two seemingly opposite families come together and grow throughout the years. The story focuses on young Sonia who, at almost 30, is still not married, much to her mother's horror. The Second Date details her courtship with the charming Nick Santangelo and shows just how true love can conquer the worst of mistakes, as well as obnoxious family members.
Whether you're Italian or not, you're sure to love this novel. It's full of sweet stories, family togetherness and a lot of laughs. Ms. Simonsen's style of writing puts you in mind of a documentary, but you experience none of the disassociation you experience while reading one. And while that may not make any sense to anyone other than myself, I do believe her unique writing style is the biggest charm hidden within this novel.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fun and Contests at Bitten By Books!

Hi everybody!

It is a HUGE week for us at BBB!

Today: Lynda Hilburn
http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=11998

Tomorrow with Author PC Cast!
RSVP HERE: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=11900

Wednesday Erica Hayes
RSVP HERE: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=11651

Thursday Charlaine Harris
RSVP HERE: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=11942

RSVP's to follow later in the week!
10/22 - Bring Your Cover Model To Work Day - Carey Hope Interview/Contest
10/23 - Eva Gordon - Release Party

THANKS!

~Crazy Book Lady

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Succulent Slavery ~ Crystal Brewton

You can find Crystal here and purchase Succulent Slavery here.

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After a lifetime at the hands of uncaring masters, she finds herself on the auction block once again. She is bought at an incredibly high price by a woman. Her first female Master gives her an intriguing offer. If she cannot please the slave in seven days enough for the slave to stay enslaved willingly, the slave will be emancipated. What decision will the young slave woman come to?

 

The sweetly erotic story of a nameless slave girl who has been passed around, used and sold.  When she once again finds herself up upon the block she has no idea of what to expect… and even if she had, she wouldn’t have ever guessed that this would be the answer.

In the safe and skilled hands of her mistress, Carus, and her companion slave, Aquila, she is taught to enjoy her body and to trust in others.  Fed, clothed, loved, and safe, the nameless slave girl is introduced to a new life and an entirely new world.

Beautifully written and masterfully handled, Crystal Brewton evokes strong emotions from all three women.  Each personality is developed and displayed wonderfully.  I’m constantly amazed at her ability to set the stage and develop her characters in so few pages.  Yet another must-read story from Ms. Brewton.

Alienation Victim ~ Crystal Brewton

Crystal can be found here and you can purchase Alienation Victim here.

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David Succaar sometimes felt his name really did classify him. His name was often mispronounced 'sucker', and he was often accused of being just that. It had never occurred to him that his own children could be turned against him by his angry and spiteful ex-wife. He had never heard of Parental Alienation Syndrome, but he learned... and he learned the hard way.

What an anguishing story!  David Succaar just cannot catch a break – and so much of that is his own fault.  Even when you think things are finally going his way – a new life, new wife, new family – it still all comes crumbling down around him. 

His is both victim and instigator.  There is no doubt he is seriously victimized by his cruel and vindictive ex-wife, however, he ups the ante all on his own by turning his rights as a father into an ongoing obsession that cannot possibly end well for anyone involved.

Ms. Brewton’s stark prose brings the bleakness of the situation to light in a beautifully dark manner.  You feel David’s pain and frustration in vivid detail as you are swept away as his life unfolds before your eyes. 

Can David possibly get his happily ever after?  You’re going to have to read and find out then, aren’t you?  Otherwise you may just never know whether this well-meaning but misguided man will find peace in the end. 

A definite must-read that is currently (as of this posting) free at Lulu.com.  So, you see, there isn’t any reason to dawdle and not go pick it up. 

~The Crazy (Sickly) Book Lady

Friday, October 9, 2009

Beautiful Mess The Story of Diamond Rio ~ Diamond Rio with Tom Roland

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Country music super group Diamond Rio took six very different men, melded them together and became an award winning act. Despite their differences, many serious setbacks, and a lot of tough challenges, they managed to pull through even the hardest of times and not just stick together but stay friends as well. This is their inspiring story of how they did just that.

I was absolutely amazed at the perseverance and complete faith shown by all six of these men. Through numerous lineup changes in the beginning to a year full of disasters, never once did they let themselves or their group down. When one was having trouble, the other five rallied around to help and support them.

I also enjoyed the way the book was set up – you start with the problem that almost destroyed the group and then you moved into the beginnings of Diamond Rio’s core. From there, you are treated to a short bio on each of the members and after that, you come back to the problem that almost pulled the group apart at the end.

As you see in the resolution, they weathered even that horrible storm to stick together for twenty-five years. They are just an amazing group and I am totally in awe of all they have gone through for the sake of their music. A truly inspiring story that will bring you to tears at points and have you laughing out loud at others.

(book provided by publisher)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eragon ~ Christopher Paolini

Eragon, as well as the two current sequels Eldest and Brisingr, are available at all major bookstores, Target, online retailers, etc…

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When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands....

A wonderfully written epic fantasy in the making. Answered just enough questions to keep you from going nuts and raise just a few more to keep you interested. Fun and interesting characters and a well thought out fantasy world.

Being a long-time lover of a good fantasy novel, I am always rather wary when entering new realms.  I cut my teeth on the Dragonlance novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman as well as the ever-popular Shannara books by Terry Brooks.  After reading such masters, you are often left disappointed.  Christopher Paolini certainly did not disappoint me one bit.  His word is large and varied and his characters endearing, aggravating, and fun to hang around with. 

I am anxious to start Eldest!

Sapphire and Gold ~ Penny Rader

Penny Rader can be found here and you can purchase her book here.

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In 1752 Philadelphia, Alexandra Whittaker overhears the man who has raised her—and intends to marry her—admit to kidnapping her. She then uncovers a locket containing a portrait of herself as a child. Confused and frightened, she flees, heading for Williamsburg, Virginia, the place inscribed on the back of the locket. On her way out of Philadelphia, she stumbles across a bear and ends up in the river.

Sea Captain Derek Tremaine is guilt-ridden over the disappearance of a small girl left in his care as a youth. Always searching for her, he hears she may be alive and travels to Philadelphia where he discovers an unconscious young woman in the river. She bears a strong resemblance to the mother of the missing girl who has haunted his dreams. He is drawn to assist and protect her as she sails with him to Williamsburg in her hunt for answers about her life. But will the truth give them peace and allow their growing love for one another to blossom? Or will it drive them apart?

Very well-written and intriguing. Love a story that has a bit of mystery mixed in with the romance. And while I really wanted to smack Lexie at times, I did truly understand why she was so insecure and stubborn.  Her world was shattered by one overheard conversation changing everything she once thought true and right about her life.  Thankfully, for her sake, she does grow and overcome her insecurities, thanks to Derek Tremaine. 

All in all, a really good historical read that I would highly recommend to anyone.  This is the first historical novel that I’ve read that takes place at least partially on a ship.  And get this… it has nothing to do with pirates. LOL 

The Lost Symbol ~ Dan Brown

If you can’t find this book, then you’re just not looking.  LOL

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The Lost Symbol is the third installment in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown. 

My short review because I enjoy these books a lot and might let a spoiler slip.  LOL

While not nearly as action-packed as either of the first two Robert Langdon novels, The Lost Symbol was still an engrossing story stuffed full of mysticism and those bizarre trivial facts that Dan Brown is so fond of. There were also a few 'OMG, you just did not do that!' moments as well as one 'Holy guacamole, I didn't see that one coming!’ Well, at least for me, I didn't see it coming. I know of at least two people who will, after they read this, tell me they knew since page such-and-such that that was what was going to happen... but whatever, I think I'm digressing yet again...

If you enjoyed either Angels and Demons or The DaVinci Code then you should enjoy this one as well. Great read!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Rick & Bubba’s Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage ~ Rick Burgess & Bill “Bubba” Bussey

This book can be found at any major retailer or online at Amazon.com and other similar stores.

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Who says that the subject of marriage has to strike fear into the hearts of men and women?  Rick and Bubba show you how to make your marriage work without taking it all too seriously.  They keep a lighthearted approach to a very serious subject.

Filled with a ton of helpful advice, things I hadn’t ever really considered before and laugh after laugh, the authors caught and held my attention all the while reminding me why we did this crazy thing in the first place.  A definite must-read for anyone who is married or has been thinking of getting married.  Even if you already have that Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I Love One of My Co-Workers

A lot. 

Why?

Because I arrived to work this morning and, after a rough start, I found a bag of about thirty books.  A handful of them hardback.  And a bunch of them by one of my favorite authors, James Patterson.  And amazingly, only two of them are books I’ve already read.

A list:

Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marillier

The Partner – John Grisham

Strangers – Dean Koontz

All Around the Town  - Mary Higgins Clark

The Perfect Husband – Lisa Gardner (this title made me LOL)

See How They Run – James Patterson

L. A. Dead  - Stuart Woods

Dead Sleep  Greg Iles

Plum Island – Nelson DeMille

The Runaway Jury  - John Grisham

Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve – Lewis B. Smedes (I have no idea how this fits in LOL)

Desperation – Stephen King

Nothing Lasts Forever – Sidney Sheldon

The Music of the Spheres – Elizabeth Redfern

The Midnight Club  - James Patterson

Cross – James Patterson

The Dark Tide  - Andrew Gross

Born in Death  - J. D. Robb

Beach Road  - James Patterson

Judge & Jury – James Patterson & Andrew Gross (2 copies, both hardback!)

Red Storm Rising and The Cardinal of the Kremlin – Tom Clancy

The Messenger – Daniel Silva

Step on a Crack – James Patterson (read)

2nd Chance  - James Patterson (read)

Finding the Dream  - Nora Roberts

Holding the Dream  - Nora Roberts

Summer Pleasures  - Nora Roberts

Nice selection, huh?  The only problem is, I’m not exactly sure where they came from.  I’ve asked everyone in the office, but no one seems to have any idea.  I have an idea of whom the culprit is, but I won’t know for sure until he wanders through this afternoon.  Either way, I’M VERY VERY HAPPY, THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!

~The Crazy Book Lady, on overload

P. S. If you’re interested in any of these books, keep a look out on my bookshelf at PaperBackSwap!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Two ARC’s

My husband cringes every time I tell him I’ve won a book.  Because well, obviously just buying them isn’t bad enough.  And then add into it the fact that I review books and well, danger ensues.

So, this week, I have two ARCs – Advanced Reader Copies.  And I just love these things… nothing sweeter than reading a book months before it arrives in stores, right?

The first of these two books is Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen.  Previously published under the name of Pemberley Remembered, it is a sequel of sorts to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

40927418 Maggie Joyce, a 22-year old American, arrives in London in the summer of 1947. Although the war has been over for two years, the British are still recovering from six long years of war. Despite continued rationing and evidence of the destruction caused by German bombs, Maggie, who grew up in a Pennsylvania coal town, is delighted to be living in one of the great capitals of the world. After weeks of touring the sights in London, Maggie visits Montclair, an 18th Century Georgian country house located in the Peak District of Derbyshire, because she has been told that the former residents of the mansion, William Lacey and Elizabeth Garrison, were the inspiration for the characters of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride & Prejudice, and that Montclair is the novel’s Pemberley.

During her visit to the nearby Village of Crofton, Maggie meets Beth and Jack Crowell, both of whom have ties to the Lacey family and Montclair, and who know if the legends associated with the house and Fitzwilliam Darcy are true. Maggie is befriended by the Crowells, and they share stories of the real people who inspired the Darcys, the Bennet sisters, Lady Catherine De Bourgh, and many of the other memorable characters portrayed in Pride and Prejudice. As their friendship matures, the Crowells reveal the devastating impact that the First World War had on their families—effects that are still being felt 30 years later.

While learning about the romance of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, Maggie falls in love with Rob McAllister, an American who served as a navigator on a B-17 heavy bomber and who flew 30 missions over Nazi Germany. The effects of seeing planes being shot down or burst into flames is seared into his memory, and Rob’s wartime experiences have left him with a reluctance to make any decision that affects anyone other than himself, and that reluctance has consequences for his relationship with Maggie,. This might provide an opportunity for Michael Crowell, who comes out of nowhere and completely throws her off balance. Does he have a chance with Maggie?

Now, this book intimidated me a bit as I know zero about Pride and Prejudice.  However, I’m a little over one hundred pages into it and am enjoying it thoroughly.  Will update again once I’ve finished it.  Searching for Pemberley will be released from Sourcebooks in December 2009.

The second ARC I won in a Twitter contest via St. Martin’s Press.  It’s a dark fiction novel called The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom.  I love a good, dark novel, so I am very anxious to get into this one.

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Conrad and Joanna Harrison, a young couple from Los Angeles, attempt to save their marriage by leaving the pressures of the city to start anew in a quiet, rural setting. They buy a Victorian mansion that once served as a haven for unwed mothers, called a birthing house. One day when Joanna is away, the previous owner visits Conrad to bequeath a vital piece of the house’s historic heritage, a photo album that he claims “belongs to the house.” Thumbing through the old, sepia-colored photographs of midwives and fearful, unhappily pregnant girls in their starched, nineteenth-century dresses, Conrad is suddenly chilled to the bone: staring back at him with a countenance of hatred and rage is the image of his own wife….

Thus begins a story of possession, sexual obsession, and, ultimately, murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present, turning Conrad and Joanna’s American dream into a relentless nightmare.

An extraordinary marriage of supernatural thrills and exquisite psychological suspense, The Birthing House marks the debut of a writer whose first novel is a terrifying tour de force.

The Birthing House is scheduled for release from St. Martin’s Press this Tuesday, August 4, 2009.  It’s secured its place to be read next. 

You can find Mary Lydon Simonsen here and her books at all major retailers.

You can find Christopher Ransom here and his books at all major retailers. 

I look forward to sharing my reviews with you all soon!

~The Crazy Book Lady with a bunch o’free books

Friday, July 10, 2009

Street Magic ~ Caitlin Kittredge

Street Magic can be found in any brick and mortar bookstore or at Amazon.com and the like.

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Her name is Pete Caldecott. She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life  mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Pete’s eyes—or so she thought. Now a detective[MSOffice2] , Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipster’s chilling prediction has led police directly to the child…but when Pete meets the informant, she’s shocked to learn he is none other than Jack. Strung out on heroin, Jack a shadow of his former self.  But he’s able to tell Pete exactly where Bridget’s kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fey.  Even though she’s spent years disavowing the supernatural, Pete follows Jack into the invisible fey underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridget—and what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago…

I really don’t know where to start with this novel since there are just so many appealing aspects…

I guess I will start with the voice – this is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Kittredge and I am now a fan.  Plain and simple.  The style of writing she uses with this story is just magical.  Very old world with a present-day feel.  I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone but me, but there it is.  When I first began reading, I almost expected it to be set in the past with the way the style made me feel.  I was in for a pleasant surprise, however.

Next you have Pete and Jack.  Pete is a detective inspector with more troubles than she cares to count.  Pete is gritty, tough, but often insecure and unsure of what she’s doing.  She’s very endearing with the way she never gives in or gives up and just keeps plugging along.  Jack… what can I say about Jack aside from the fact that he’s an ass?  But, he’s the kind of ass we all have in our lives – the one we can’t just say no to, the one that we love despite the fact we want to pop him in the jaw at any given time.  Together, he and Pete make up an otherworldly dynamic duo, fighting the paranormal and saving children.

All in all, Street Magic is a wild ride through both mundane London and Black London – London’s secret magical side.  A wonderfully written and intense urban fantasy.  If this first novel of the Black London series is any indication, it’s going to be a great series. 

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Most Lamentable Comedy ~ Janet Mullany

Available in the United Kingdom on July 23, 2009… no idea when it will be available in the United States, however.  You can buy it here.

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1822, England: Lady Caroline Elmhurst is twice-widowed, down on her luck and pursued by creditors. But she’s optimistic about finding a new husband – or if necessary, a rich lover – and when she meets handsome, mysterious Nicholas Congrevance at a house-party in the country, she sets out to entice him. For his part, Nicholas simply sees Lady Caroline Elmhurst as just the sort of woman he’s used to exploiting – rich, available, and gullible. Neither realizes the other is penniless and neither has any intention of falling in love…

Billed as ‘regency chick lit’, A Most Lamentable Comedy is a sure-fire hit.  I have never laughed so hard at a historical novel as I did with this one.  I was completely reminded of a regency-era Bridget Jones’ Diary sort of thing.  The best part had to be the ‘edited’ letters that are written throughout the course of the novel, leaving you to see what might have been said and what really was said…

Lady Caroline would totally fit in with today’s society.  Completely absorbed with obtaining a comfortable life for herself, she never once stops to think that maybe, just maybe, the object of her affection is conning her too…

Nicholas Congrevance is a gigolo for all ages.  Having hired out his manly services in the past, he’s ready to find himself a wealthy woman to settle down with…  And I’m sure you can see just where this is headed.

Insanity ensues and you are whisked right along with the players.  Even more entertaining is that its not just the main characters plotting and scheming but everyone involved in the story!  Really and truly a wonderful novel sure to brighten your spirits.

Rain at Midsummer ~ Teresa Noelle Roberts

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An escaped slave daunted by freedom. A nobleman fighting his destined birthright. Their love defies logic, but when the spirits of the land speak, you’d better listen.

Nikos curses the day his brother died and left him as Lord of Thermanae. What’s an educated man to do in a place so backward his tenants expect the Lord and Lady of the estate to bring rain through sex-magic? Jaenna, a runaway Kulchu slave, curses the fate that forced her to flee a murderous master to the neighboring Soranian Empire. Freedom means frightening choices for a woman whose entire life has been spent serving men’s sexual whims, and she can’t communicate with the spirits of the land enough to work the healing magic that might earn her a respectable place here.

The forbidden desire that burns between Nikos and Jaenna could save them both, if they see beyond what they think they know. But it takes desperate need—and advice from a madwoman who may be crazy like a fox—for Nikos to see that magic isn’t merely a metaphor and Jaenna to learn that love is the most powerful magic of all.

Note: Rain at Midsummer is set in the same world as Lady Sun Has Risen and is part of the Seasons of Sorania cycle.

This was a different kind of story, but in a good way.  Reminds me a bit of when I first started reading books from the Dark Sun realm of Dungeons & Dragons – a desert world with few oasis here and there… and while the world that Rain at Midsummer is set in isn’t quite that desolate, it still put me in mind of that.  But then, I’m known for making strange associations now and again…

All in all, the story was well-written with a likeable hero and heroine.  Jaenna, an escaped slave, is intelligent, eager, and adapts to her new role as a free woman quickly.  Nikos, the Lord of Thermanae, isn’t happy in his role as the new lord, but he doesn’t exactly shirk his duty either.  He is the perfect compliment to the shy and insecure Jaenna. 

I think that if you like fantasy worlds and stories about finding love in unexpected places (like the woman falling at your feet maybe?), you’ll enjoy this novella.  Ms. Roberts creates a familiar world that holds so many surprises and possibilities.

Next, I would really love to see a story about Dela and her love.  I really liked Dela and would love to read more about her and how she and Nikos came to be such good friends.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Red-Headed Stepchild ~ Jaye Wells

You can find Jaye Wells here.  And Red-Headed Stepchild can be found in all good bookstores. 

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In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn’t really fit in. And being an assassin – the only profession fit for an outcast – doesn’t help matters. But she’s never brought her work home. Until now.

Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex, and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she’s on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life-changing, but together, they could be fatal …

This time, it’s personal.

Sabina Kane is not the kind of girl you mess with.  Not unless you want to die.  Painfully.  Horribly.  And quite possibly, slowly.  She truly is one kick-ass heroine who knows what she’s doing.

Usually. 

Because Sabina has her doubts and insecurities as well.  She’s a real person, for an assassin-vampire, that is.  I love a good hero or heroine who has their faults.  Especially one that’s paranormal like Sabina.  Its good to see them struggle with things.  After all, you do get to celebrate with them at the end when it’s all worked out.

Sabina’s cast of supporting characters is just as fun and interesting as she is.  From her cranky grandmother, to her new-found friends along the way, they’re all keepers.  Even the mean and nasty ones.

Red-Headed Stepchild is an action-packed, fast-paced urban fantasy romp that you can’t put down.  Sabina’s wise-cracking style reminds me a lot of early Anita Blake who was notorious for firing off one-liners while battling a horde of angry vamps.  You’re sure to laugh your tail-end off (or in my case, secure yourself a place in the monthly random drug test line if you read it at work) and that’s not all.  Jaye Wells will take you through every emotion possible before you’ve finished with this book.

So, now go on and pick it up.  And good luck putting it back down. :)

~TCBL

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dangerous Ties: Liaison ~ Anya Howard

c23253 My apologies, I have no blurb for this last story in the Dangerous Ties anthology.  Both the book cover and the website have inaccurate information regarding Ms. Howard's contribution.

That said, I think that Liaison might just be my favorite of the three.  Written in an archaic style reminiscent of Dracula and Carmilla, Anya Howard takes you back to a secluded village in Germany where odd things have been known to happen.

Marcel arrives to take a teaching position instructing the women of the village.  Not long after his arrival, he spies four of his students engaging in a sexual ritual outside his cottage.  Soon after, one of his students begins acting oddly.

From there, the quest begins.  Carina comes to him, offering herself to him.  For the sake of propriety, he turns her down... and nearly costs her her life.  A very well-written and engaging tale of vampires and magic, Liaison is a sure-fire pleaser to anyone enjoying a good old-fashioned vampire tale in the style of folklore and not popular fiction.

And this concludes the Dangerous Ties anthology.  Up next are:

Man After Midnight by Devyn Quinn

and

Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells.  Check back soon for my opinions on those and the nine million others I have yet to share.

~TCBL

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dangerous Ties: Captive Heat ~ Jodi Lynn Copeland

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“Captive Heat” by Jodi Lynn Copeland

Leia is compelled to explore her innermost desire: to be held captive by a dark, sensual god of a man. Sebastian’s uncommon sexual skills are so potent she is ready to submit to him in every way…

In this unique and emotional story, Leia is forced to face her past and come to grips with the girl she really is.  In the face of her ex-husband's suicide, she is found by Sebastian, a sexy dark god eager to help her unleash her inner goddess.

Stuck somewhere between heaven and hell, Sebastian resides.  Bringing Leia along with him, he and his band of skin shifters coax her hidden self into being.

A beautifully written, erotic romp that brings tough times, hard choices, and painful emotions to the forefront of Leia's mind.  Definitely worth the read.

Only one story left and I'm done - next up is Anya Howard's Liaison.

Highland Rebel ~ Judith James

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this lovely book, due out in September 2009.  Please visit Judith James online to learn more about this book and more. 

feature Amidst the upheaval of Cromwell's Britain, Jamie Sinclair's wit and military prowess have served him well. Leading a troop in Scotland, he impetuously marries a captured maiden, saving her from a grim fate.

A Highlands heiress to title and fortune, Catherine Drummond is not the woman Jamie believes her to be. When her people effect her rescue, and he cannot annul the marriage, Jamie goes to recapture his hellcat of a new wife...

In a world where family and creed cannot be trusted, where faith fuels intolerance and war, Catherine and Jamie test the bounds of loyalty, friendship, and trust...

Jamie Sinclair is a man of his time.  Good with the women, killer at poker, and a military master.  His happy, easy-going manner gets him through many a scrape and bad situation. 

And then he discovers Cat Drummond.

Cat is a highland heiress mistaken for a camp follower, taken captive by the English.  In a hasty bid to save her from a worse fate, Jamie steps in and offers her marriage. 

Combining a spitfire and a man with nothing to lose is a recipe for disaster, or so it would seem.  However, once discovering that she'll never rule her clan as her father intended, unless it was at the elbow of a domineering husband, Cat leaves Scotland for England, bound to find her husband, Jamie, and seek an annulment - and then get on with her life.  And her freedom.

Thrown together by bizarre circumstances, Jamie and Cat come together and make a promise benefiting them both.  But the more time they spend in one another's company, the more attracted they become.  And less bent on divorce.

A true love story of polar opposites forced together, only to find that they feed each other's hottest fires, Highland Rebel is an enjoyable read.  It's a story where the romance is the theme but not the rule.  You're introduced to the intrigue and politics of British court, as well as the action on the back alleys of London.  And interwoven into all the action, war, and politics is the budding love of two very different people.

~TCBL

Dangerous Ties: Personal Possessions ~ Devyn Quinn

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“Personal Possessions” by Devyn Quinn

A bad girl on the run meets a master of domination in a mysterious town called Helle—and Nikki Malone is about to be introduced to the most exquisite sensations by a man like no other. Jackson Sullivan meets her more than halfway …

If this first story is anything to judge by, then the entire Dangerous Ties anthology is going to be a scorcher!

Devyn Quinn is a master of the dark erotic novel.  She has a way of taking something scary and/or unhappy and turning it into a beautifully written, heart-wrenching story of steaming passion.  Personal Possessions is no exception.

Nikki Malone believes that she is the toughest of the tough and that nothing can ever stand in the way of her obtaining her heart's desire.  And then she meets Jackson Sullivan. 

Jackson is sultry, sexy, and horny.  And he's so much more than he seems.  Will he be Nikki's match or will she roll right over him?  Only time will tell.

A wonderfully erotic and different beginning to what promises to be an exciting collection of stories.

Next in line - Captive Heat by Jodi Lynn Copeland.  Stay tuned. :)

~TCBL

Kiss & Hell ~ Dakota Cassidy

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Hell’s not the only thing that’s hot in the sinful new novel from the author of Accidentally Dead.

Delaney Markham doesn’t just see dead people, she hears them too. And FYI—communicating with tortured souls all day can really wreak havoc on your love life. Sans boyfriend, Delaney makes the best of her gift by holding séance's to make ends meet—that is until one incredibly annoying ghost just won’t go away.

Besides being sinfully hot—in a college professor sort of way—all signs point to Clyde Atwell being much more than the ordinary spirit. In fact, he’s a newbie demon whose first assignment is to take Delaney back down to hell with him. Yeah, like that’s going to happen on the first date.

(I don't think there are any spoilers below, but I suck at that kind of thing so consider yourself warned.)

Delaney has got to be my favorite of Dakota's characters to date.  She's the most well-rounded and amusing woman I've read in a long time.  Now, I'm not knocking Marty, Nina or Wanda (the gods only know, I don't want Nina to unleash that sharp tongue of hers on ME), but the were, admittedly, pretty self-absorbed, which is precisely what their stories needed them to be.  Delaney, while being focused on herself, was also dedicated to her brother Kellen, her six mutant dogs, and her best friend, Marcella...who has issues of her own.  And the times that she turned inward and thrust the hero violently away, well, you got it.  I mean, he IS a demon after all, right?

And Clyde... what can I say about Clyde?  I'm a lover of geeks to begin with, so a smart man with a hot bod is like my total dream date.  Add to that the reality that he spouts useless trivia (something I've been known to do) and seems to know every 80's song ever released (says she who is listening to the 80's on 8, XM Channel 8, All 80's all the time) and you have a fun, annoying, hot and amusingly irritating man for the new Ghost Whisperer.  Did I mention he was hot?  And good in bed?  I did?  Oh.  Sorry. 

One of the things I love best about Dakota's novels is something I tend to find so rarely - her side characters, the supporting actors, if you will, are just as well-developed and just as interesting as the main couple.  They have their own stories and are just begging to have them told.  So often the supporting characters are just there to help the story along and you know that that's all they're there for.  You don't hardly notice them, nor do you care.  Not so in this case.  I want to know more about Kellen, Marcella, Delaney's mom and hell, even Satan interested me!  Sequel anyone?  Please?  I really wanna know what Marcella did...

I think that, in the end, with every book Dakota becomes a stronger writer, and a better writer.  Not saying that the first three Accidental books are crap, they're not - they're all fabulous stories on their own.  I'm just saying that Kiss & Hell has just raised her proverbial bar.  It's my new DC favorite and I'm positive it'll become one of yours as well. 

Dakota?  I love you, you know I do.  Thanks again for another laugh-riot of a novel.  Princess is rubbing her hands, biding her time until she's 30 so that she can start reading them as well.  Her first reaction when I showed her Kiss & Hell?  "Mommy!  It's not an Accidental book!  Isn't she writing them anymore?"  LOL  An accidental fan in training, that girl.  But, I pacified her by letting her know that The Accidental Demon is forthcoming.  She's a happy Princess now. 

~Til Later,

The Crazy Book Lady, an Accidental Fan if there ever was one

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bitten by Books Contest with Anya Bast!

It is live and it’s here!

http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=7985

Go check it out – and in case you’re wondering… YES, you CAN win – I’ve won twice!! 

So, why are you still here?

~The Crazy Book Lady

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday to Friday Contest!

Jeaniene Frost is graciously hosting a wonderful series of contests over on her LiveJournal blog.  This week's contest is a chance to win an ARC of Vicki Pettersson's CITY OF SOULS, due out June 30th.  CITY OF SOULS is the fourth in Vicki's SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC series. 

You can find the contest here.

Now, go forth and enter, what do you have to lose?

(P. S. You get a bonus entry if you blog about it!)

~Your Free Book Source and More Crazy Lady

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Awesome Daring Time Contest

I'm a bit behind the times on this one, but there is still time to enter Beth Kery's wonderful contest kicking off the release of her next eagerly anticipated novel, DARING TIME.  Just scroll to the bottom of this here blog (since I wasn't smart enough, even with instructions to figure out how to shrink it to fit the sidebar) and click on the purty widget.

And in case you are wondering if it's worth it?  Well, here are some of my book reviews of Beth's other books:

Subtle Magic (coming SOON in PRINT people!)

Gateway to Heaven

Wicked Burn

So, whatcha waiting for?  Go clicketh the link.   Like now.  And check out her blog for some of the contests still to come!

~Crazy Promo Ho'ing Lady

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Some New-to-Me Books

Just made another haul of books and thought I'd share.

Nothing to Fear ~ Lacey Savage

Available here.

Three women haunted by horrors from their pasts. Four men who want to show them there’s Nothing to Fear...

In the Air
If Kirk Healey hadn’t threatened to steal her biggest client, Meadow Gardiner would never have boarded another plane. In flight, only Kirk’s smoldering touch keeps Meadow from succumbing to soul-numbing fear. As kisses lead to a frantic encounter in the airplane lavatory, Meadow must trust her greatest rival to see her safely back on solid ground.

In the Dark
When a total blackout forces Shelly O’Rourke to face her paralyzing fear of the dark, she’s rescued from engulfing terror by the scorching caress (and occasional spanking!) of her estranged-and presumed dead-husband. Making love to a memory forces Shelly to confront her deepest fears...and some are just as menacing by the light of day.

In their Arms
Jennifer Meehan has no qualms about taking two lovers. A long history of cruel betrayal has taught her that unbridled sex is the only way to guard her heart. But the men she’s been seeing separately have joined forces, and now the time has come to reveal all: her body, her soul, and every secret fear she harbors in her heart.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual interaction, ménage (m/f/m), mild spanking.

Redheaded Stepchild ~ Jaye Wells

In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But, her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she's on. She's never brought her work home with her---until now.
This time, it's personal.

Bewitched, Bothered & Bevampyred ~ Various Authors

Welcome to Brokenoggin Falls, where the housewives are not only desperate, they're Witches! (And one of them might be a Harpy) The spells cast by moonlight frequently go awry. And there are times when toads and Chihuahuas seem abundant as black flies in the summer, the dragons are a little touchy, the Forest Trolls are in danger of extinction from teeny-boppers, the Gryphons need help conceiving and...the scientist are crunchy and good with ketchup...

Dangerous Ties ~ Devyn Quinn, Jodi Lynn Copeland and Anya Howard

This title includes three stories that include "Personal Possessions" by Devyn Quinn, "Captive Heat" by Jodi Lynn Copeland, and "Rapture Bound" by Anya Howard. "Personal Possessions" - a bad girl on the run meets a master of domination in a mysterious town called Helle - and Nikki Malone is about to be introduced to the most exquisite sensations by a man like no other. Jackson Sullivan meets her more than halfway..."Captive Heat" - Leia is compelled to explore her innermost desire: to be held captive by a dark, sensual god of a man. Sebastian's uncommon sexual skills are so potent she is ready to submit to him in every way..."Rapture Bound" - Gillian Nordstrom doesn't fear Bruce Wolff's hard body or his masterful touch. She craves the intense pleasure that only a dominant lover can give...and in return, she willingly obeys as he strips her down and satisfies all her secret desires...

The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium ~ Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger

(Couldn't find a good blurb about this book, but this review sums things up nicely).

In this book, Lacey and Danziger break the year 1000 into twelve chapters, one for each month, and include important events preceding and following that year. The authors then take you back in time to live the life of an anglo-saxon peasant (contrasted with the life of the privileged) on a month-by-month basis. Having read a great deal of English and European history, I found the book well written, accurate (scholarly in its research while almost casual in its style) and placed in such an "every man" perspective as to be an engrossing read. It is a quick read with interesting period illustrations kicking off each chapter/month.

And I think that's enough for now, don't you?  LOL

~Your favorite book whore deluxe, off to go read  Nothing to Fear.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tempt Me With Darkness – Shayla Black

You can find Shayla here and Tempt Me With Darkness in all fine bookstores.

He’s an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction. . . .

As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray, he’s sure they met in eons past. He’s felt her soft, gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own powerful body. . . Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur’s warriors, has endured a terrible curse the witch cast upon him when he spurned the witch.

She’s a modern woman about to discover ancient magic. . . .

Olivia shares a mystical—and irresistible—connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her, demanding she uncurse him. Their intense passion is more powerful—and intimate—than either of them has ever known. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the diary that will break Morganna’s hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returned from exile is building an army of evil. When he discovers Marrok and Olivia have the diary, only their love—with the help of a powerful group of magical Brethren—can save them.

I will admit this much to you.  I stumbled upon this book by accident.  I was subscribed to Ms. Black’s newsletter.  Or someone’s newsletter and saw the announcement for this new, upcoming book.  It looked good, so I went and added it to my pre-order queue at Amazon.com and promptly forgot about it.

And then it arrived.

Wow, am I glad that I ordered this book! 

While racing against time, Marrok and Olivia try to find the secret to opening the Doomsday Diary and thus freeing Marrok from Morgana’s curse of immortality. They are also forced to exchange energy – through sex – in order for Olivia, an untransitioned mated witch – to remain strong and healthy.

I’m probably going to get yelled at for this but, at times there was a bit too much sex and not quite enough action for my tastes.  But then, honestly, I’m a relatively new convert to romance of any kind, so take that with a grain of salt.  If the sex helps to advance the story line, then I’m all for it.  But there were some times when I was wondering if it was more to fill the pages than anything.

However, with a strong story and likable characters – as well as those you love to hate and even one you’re not so sure about – you almost don’t even notice the bumps in the road along the way to the exciting conclusion. A definite must-read for any fan of the Arthurian legends and Morgan Le Fay.  I’m very excited for the rest of this series. 

Dark Lotus – Fiona Jayde

You can find Fiona here and Dark Lotus here.

Magik Ink: Dark Lotus by Fiona  Jayde

He has been cold for nearly two centuries. A tattoo artist by day and an assassin by night, Kyoto Hajime must kill the ones chosen by Magik to keep the gift from twisting into something dark. Ensuring that monsters like his brother cannot consume the dark power they crave.

Jim’s ink will denote Magik’s choice. He must kill Tia Morse, the woman he had marked with the Dark Lotus -- a Vegas bartender whose touch gives him the warmth he has not felt in years.

Duty must come before desire. But years of discipline may crumble when passion’s fire burns through ice and Magik’s choices are no longer clear.

Dark Lotus is a dark urban fantasy laced with intense emotions and scorching hot sex.  With such an original concept, how could you go wrong?  In a word, you can’t.  You cannot go wrong with this short story packed full of action and desire. 

I think I have mentioned before how impressed I am with the way Fiona Jayde can so completely develop her characters in so few pages.  When you leave one of her stories, you take them with you.  This short is no different.  You feel for Jim and are torn between his duty and what his heart is telling him, just as much as he is.  .

And you fear and worry for Tia.  Will he do it?  Will they just ride off into that lovely desert sunset?  Or will love overcome and defeat the evil of the magick?  Guess you’re going to have to wait and see for yourself.

Yeah, I’m evil, and I’m not even Inked.

Sorely Behind

In my reviews.  My apologies.  I am going to start working on that NOW (just don’t tell anyone that I still have reviews from LAST YEAR that I didn’t write yet…)

~The Crazy Behind Book Lady

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jamieson Wolf x 2

You can find Jamieson here.

In-between novels, I decided to read a couple of shorts I had stored on my Kindle to pass the time.  I found two by Jamieson Wolf. 

The first, The Wakeful Book of Desire, was a free read I picked up somewhere, although now, I couldn't tell you just where.  LOL  It was an odd sort of collection of mini-mini stories that all flowed together.  Very unique and very well done.

The second, Starlight, Starbright, is a free read available at Jamieson's Yahoo group, here.  It tells the story of what happens when wishes do come true.  And at 42 pages, it is steamy, steamy, steamy!  A very cute and well written short that I highly recommend.  And now, I need to go and buy some new books!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Attention Horror Lovers!

There’s a new forum for those of us who love a good scary story, movie, whatever.  It’s called THE HAUNT and is sponsored by Horror Mall

Horror Mall is your one-stop shop for all things scary, gruesome and gory.  Specializing in independent fiction, here you can find all those wonderfully icky things that the mainstream book stores wouldn’t even dare to carry.  Not to mentions movies, magazines, and limited-edition novels of all sorts.

I belong to the Delirium Book Club and have gotten a wide array of intriguing and exciting horror books I’d have never found otherwise.

The link to my page is waaaaaaaay at the bottom of my blog since it wouldn’t fit on the side bar.  ::sigh::  I’ll have to play with that a bit and see if I can find something that works better.  Until then, you can check out my rather bare page here

So, why not come join me?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Anything for Charity

Story is here.

Stolen from the site:

Anything for Charity (NC-17) by oldenuf2nobetter | Reviews - 57 | Words: 9269 | Completed: Yes

Hermione Granger has a wonderful idea for raising money for her favorite charity. Draco Malfoy thinks it’s brilliant, but his dark-haired lover is less than thrilled….

Chapters: 1
Published: 2007.09.06

Category: One-Shot (Adult)
Updated: 2007.09.07

Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Content
Genres: Fluff, Humour, Romance, Smut

An extremely sexy and sultry story, it’s also filled with a ton of great one-liners from both Harry and Draco.  A great flip-flop from the usual lighthearted Harry and dour Draco.  Instead you get a more serious, reserved Harry and a rather light-hearted Draco.  Nice to see the opposite sides of these two for a change.   

If you enjoy this story, there is another by this same author that I enjoyed, For My Darling Harry…

Enjoy!

~TCBL (and now crazy fanfiction lady, although, I always have been…)