Christina Henry series spotlight

This is one of my favorite series that I have read.  I love that this has all different species of the paranormal world, action that keeps you on the edge of your seat and a gargoyle that will make you giggle the entire time you are reading.  

CHRISTINA HENRY is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

Escorting souls into the afterlife leaves Maddy little time for socializing-until devilishly handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in her building. But when demons start appearing on Maddy’s front lawn, she realizes there’s more to her new tenant than meets the eye.

Madeline Black is an Agent of death, meaning she escorts the souls of people who have died to the afterlife. Of course, not everyone is happy to see her…

If obstinate dead people were all that Maddy had to worry about, life would be much easier. But the best-laid plans of Agents and fallen angels often go awry. Deaths are occurring contrary to the natural order, Maddy’s being stalked by foes inside and outside of her family, and her two loves-her bodyguard, Gabriel, and her doughnut-loving gargoyle, Beezle-have disappeared. But because Maddy is Lucifer’s granddaughter, things are expected of her, things like delicate diplomatic missions to other realms

Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago’s dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Agent of Death Madeline Black’s exasperating boss wants her to figure out why. And while work is bad enough, Maddy has a plethora of personal problems too. Now that Gabriel has been assigned as her thrall, their relationship has hit an impasse. At least her sleazy ex-fiance Nathaniel is out of the picture–or so she thinks..

COMING OCTOBER 31, 2012

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black deals with loss every day. But when tragedy touches her own life, Maddy will have to find the strength within to carry on… 

Devastated and grieving, Maddy unexpectedly finds hope with the discovery that she is pregnant. But Maddy’s joy is short lived when Lucifer informs her that he wants the baby, hoping to draw on the combined power of two of his bloodlines. Maddy is determined that her grandfather will never have her child, but she’s not sure what she can do to stop him.

Being pregnant is stressful enough, but Maddy suddenly finds herself at odds with the Agency—forbidden from meddling in the affairs of the supernatural courts. When a few of her soul collections go awry, Maddy begins to suspect that the Agency wants to terminate her employment. They should know by now that she isn’t the sort to give up without a fight…

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Darynda Jones Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet blog tour and contest

 

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Excerpt: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones

With renewed energy, I pulled back onto Academy— after hitting a

drive- through for a mocha latte— and had just started for home when

my phone rang.

“Yes?” I said, illegally talking on the phone while driving within the

city limits. Scoping for cops, I waited for Uncle Bob to stop talking to

whomever he was talking to and get back to me.

My uncle Bob, or Ubie as I most often referred to him, was a detective

for APD, and I helped him on cases from time to time. He knew I

could see the departed and used that to his advantage. Not that I could

blame him.

“Get that to her, then call the ME ay- sap.”

“Okay,” I said, “but I’m not sure what calling the medical examiner

ay- sap is going to accomplish. I’m pretty sure his name is George.”

“Oh, hey, Charley.”

“Hey, Uncle Bob. What’s up?”

“Are you driving?”

“No.”

“Have you heard anything?”

Our conversations often went like this. Uncle Bob with his random

questions. Me with my trying to come up with answers just as random.

Not that I had to try very hard. “I heard that Tiff any Gorham, a girl I

knew in grade school, still stuff s her bra. But that’s just a rumor.”

“About the case,” he said through clenched teeth. I could tell his teeth

were clenched because his words were suddenly forced. That meant he

was frustrated. Too bad I had no idea what he was talking about.

“I wasn’t aware that we had a case.”

“Oh, didn’t Cookie call you?”

“She called me a doody- head once.”

“About the case.” His teeth were totally clenched again.

“We have a case?”

But I’d lost him. He was talking to another officer. Or a detective. Or

a hooker, depending on his location and accessibility to cash. Though I

doubted he would tell a hooker to check the status of the DOA’s autopsy

report. Unless he was way kinkier than I’d ever given him credit for.

I found his calling me only to talk to other people very challenging.

“I’ll call you right back,” he said. No idea to whom.

The call disconnected as I sat at a light, wondering what guacamole

would look like if avocados were orange.

I finally shifted my attention to the dead kid in my backseat. He had

shoulder- length blond hair and bright blue eyes and looked somewhere

between fifteen and seventeen.

“You come here often?” I asked him, but my phone rang before he

could say anything. That was okay. He had a vacant stare, so I doubted

he would have answered me anyway.

“Sorry about that,” Uncle Bob said. “Do you want to discuss the

case?”

“We have a case?” I said again, perking up.

“How are you?”

He asked me that every time he called now. “Peachy. Am I the case? If

so, I can solve this puppy in about three seconds. I’m heading down San

Mateo toward Central in a cherry red Jeep Wrangler with a questionable

exhaust system.”

“Charley.”

“Hurry, before I get away!”

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October Books to read

I am going to post the books that I hope to read this month and then I will mark them out and review them also.  Hope you get some ideas on what to read and enjoy the reviews!!

This month I am going to go for 8 books and in no particular order

1.  Supernaturally Kissed by Stacey Kennedy

2.  Bag of Tricks 1: The Strix

3.  Deliver Me From Darkness by Tes Hilaire

4.  North of Need by Laura Kaye

5.  Touched by the Magic by Maxine Mansfield

6.  Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

7.  Hunted by Rebecca Zanetti

8.   An Alpha’s Path by Carrie Ann Ryan

9.  A Taste for a Mate by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

Series Spotlight ~Erin Kellison

 

 

 

 

Erin Kellison is the author of the dark fantasy romance ShadowShadow Touch, and Shadow Kissed series. Stories have always been a central part of Erin’s life. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, a dark fantasy adventure, and she still has those early hand-written chapters. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature and went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral storytelling. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction.

Note from Michelle:  I have loved this series since Michelle from Literal Addiction told us about it!  I had the first book read in no time at all!  It’s dark and wonderful with some smexy in there to boot!  I hope that if you haven’t read this yet, you will soon.

        Shadow Bound Release date: 6/29/2010

Death

Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.

Wraiths

Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.

Segue

Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.

Twilight

This is the place between life and what comes after – a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

                Shadow Fall release date: 7/27/2010

Sacrifice

Custo Santovari accepted pain, blood, even death, to save his best friend. But a man with all his sins just isn’t cut out to be an angel.

Mystery

One moment he’s fleeing Heaven; the next, he’s waking up stark naked in Manhattan. In the middle of a war. Called there by a woman who’s desperately afraid of the dark.

Shadow

It gathers around Annabella as she performs, filled with fantastic images of another world, bringing both a golden hero and a nightmare lover.

Wolf

He pursues her relentlessly, twisting her desires even as she gives herself to the man she loves. Because each of us has a wild side, and Annabella is about to unleash the beast.

Shadow Touch novella release date: 6/2011

Magic

It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Ellie’s problem is a very different kind of phenomenon…

Shadow

It ought to be attached to her; instead it has a life of its own. And her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help.

Science

Cam has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and the Hereafter. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.

Surrender

Who will give in first: the man struggling to unite two halves of one fascinating female; the shadow fighting for freedom to experience the thrill of every emotion; or the woman who is about to discover her own deepest desires?

                  Shadowman release date: 9/2011

Ghosts

They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.

Love

It survives even death. And Kathleen O’Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.

Shadowman

He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.

The Gate

Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken…

           Shadow Play release 5/2012

Shadow

The world is growing dark with it as mysteries from antiquity and legend creep into our time, bringing a new world of danger, beauty and…

Magic

Dr. Cam Kalamos has dedicated his life to studying its strange properties, but nothing is more intriguing than a woman whose soul is split in half, one part under her control, one part bent on…

Seduction

How can he resist the lure of a lover with no inhibitions and an insatiable desire to possess him? Both Ellie and her shadow want Cam, but there is an innocent child to be rescued from the forest and the strange fae creatures of…

Twilight

Love, loyalty, betrayal – which will rule? As Ellie sends her other self into the darkness, there is only one certainty: Trusting in shadows is a dangerous game.

                    Fire Kissed Release 7/2012

Fae Fire

It is Kaye Brand’s power to wield. But outcast from her kind, she’s been selling herself to the highest bidder – money for her survival in exchange for a magic glimpse into the flames of the future.

Angel Ice

One of the angelic Order, Jack Bastian has no use for a female like Kaye, as provocative and unexpected as her blazing beauty. Yet he has no choice but to hire her to uncover the secrets of his sworn enemy and her former fiance, Ferrol Grey.

Magekind

War is inevitable between the defenders of the Order and the mage Houses who threaten to engulf the world in Shadow. For Jack, mage-born Kaye is off limits, no matter how hot the impossible attraction between them. But in the coming darkness, beset by danger and desire, everything is about to change..

Cover reveal for Harvest Treats

 

The Journey Home

The Sharks’ star quarterback, Travis McCoy has it all, until an injury ends his season early. When he receives an invitation to attend the big homecoming game from his alma mater, Travis decides it’s time to face his past. The journey home sends Travis down a path that he never expects. Will he be able to come to grips when everything around him is spiraling out of control?

 

Love Something Fierce

 

Claire Beausejour is a single mother working two jobs, and putting up with the daily antics of her three roommates, as she tries to better the life she leads for herself and her daughter, Hope. That is until she meets Dawson Williams, best friend to Hope’s father. Despite the circumstances, a friendship begins to develop between Claire and Dawson, leading to events neither could have ever expected.

 

10 Days to Love

 

Richie Graham and Danielle ‘Dani’ MacDonald have been best friends for four years. Now that the time has come to leave Old Orchard Beach for college, the countdown begins to say goodbye. The race to close down her family’s motel for the season and for their hearts begins. With ten days left, will they see what’s always been right in front of them? Or is there too much left unsaid?

My Apple Tree

David Cleary and Katie O’Connell had the perfect love. When they are separated by tragedy, David is devastated and refuses to move on — until he meets Emily “Mel” Wallace. Gun-shy Mel understands how a heart can break in the aftermath of violence. Although neither of them want to love again, the attraction between them is difficult to resist. David wants to keep Mel safe, but first he will need to risk his heart.

 

That Voodoo You Do by Jodi Redford

I saw this book and the cover had me excited to pick it up to read the back!  I read the synopsis on the back and was like alright I NEED this book.

I must say that I had this book read in 4 hours and it was full of love, action, sex and greatness!  Jemma has a plan to seduce her best friend Griffin but doesn’t know that when this happens a whole chain of events are going to change her life for good.  Not only does the seduction happen but Jemma finds out after, that she is a witch and her BFF/lover is her familiar.  Not only that but she has a voodoo queen after her and started a zombie apocalypse.

This book had me from the very beginning to the very end and I highly recommend it!  Out of 5 Stars I give Jodi Redford 5 Stars!!

Lover’s Instinct by Katie Reus

This is a short novella that follow Esperanze and Nikan right after their packs united and two cousins passed.  Esperanze is going to a lecture of a former professor and Nikan is going as protection, or so she thinks.  While there her former professor runs into some problems and Nikan agrees to help him get his ‘human’ friend back.  Esperanze and Nikan end up in some action, and find love when they were just the best of friends.  

I highly recommend reading this book because it tells about some pack members you just hear about in other stories and I just love that it leads you into the second book of the series.  I have found some novellas don’t necessarily do that and this one totally made my day!  I love Katie’s writing and I can’t wait to read Primal Possession.  This series is heading into my top 10 I just love it!

I give this novella 4.5 stars

Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter, #1.5)

Review for Nexus by C.L. Parker

After reading Supernova and Cataclysm I could NOT wait for Nexus to come out!  Let me just say that this book was amazing and did not disappoint! I read Nexus in one day although I am very sad to see this Saga end this was a wonderful way to end everything.

Victoria Milena Cruz-Grayson is now 21 and the grown daughter of Kerrigan and Dominic.  It is also her turn to fulfill her destiny.  You will meet the old gang from the first 2 books and will meet a couple new in this book, including Dante, who is said to be Tori’s destiny.  The chemistry in this book will have you so wrapped up you won’t want to do anything else but read to see what will happen.

There is danger, excitement, laughter, love, action and sadness along with happiness.  You will be on a great ride of mixed emotions but gosh it feels so good!

I give this book a 5 star review and I can NOT wait to see what CL has in store for us next!

Maggie Shayne, The Portal Series

Today marks the opening of The Portal Series, new by Maggie Shayne!  So excited for this series to come out and for today only the first novella of the series is free on Barnes & Nobles and Amazon!  I have read the first book in this series and I am so excited for this one because it is the back story we’ve all been waiting for to take you into the next 3 stories of The Portal.  Maggie writes about witches, love, adventure and I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy this as much as I did!

Here are the links to get the enovella and remember TODAY is the ONLY day that this book is free!!!

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-of-the-Witch-ebook/dp/B0041KLDWY/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/legacy-of-the-witch-maggie-shayne/1111399591?ean=9781426875571

Legacy of the Witch