Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review - Prince of Shadows by Tes Hilaire

Prince of Shadows
Tes Hilaire
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
December 2013

Valin a Paladin warrior and Gabriella, a part-succubus part-vampire make an unusual couple. Valin whose gift of manipulating shadows causes him to not quite fit in with his fellow warriors of Light. Gabriella, given by her own succubus mother to the vampire who destroyed the goodness in her, seeks nothing more than vengeance against the dark forces that surround her.

Valin discovered Gabriella as he tried to rescue Karissa (book 1) but an explosion of Light causes him to lose her. However, he remains convinced that she survived - he just doesn't know where. Then he discovers her again. Only this time she's different. Older. Darker. And definitely his true mate. He resolves to get to her before one of his Paladin brothers catch and kill her because she's a vampire.

Gabriella, guides a group of gifted humans in warfare against the demons and vampires that prey on humans. She knows she's being hunted but she wants nothing to do with the sexy, dark Valin. She simply wants to kill her vampire maker for destroying her chance at a life in the Light. She refuses to take blood because she wants nothing to do with being a vampire…even if it means she'll die.

The characters were well-developed and worked well together. My heart ached for Gabriella and the hurt she felt at her mother's betrayal. Valin, while super hot and sexy, seemed more self-centered at first but he rapidly won me over as I grew to know him. I wanted both of these characters to have their happy ending but confess that I had no idea how Ms Hilaire would accomplish that.


Overall, it was enjoyable, exciting read with plenty of action, emotionally charged and hot scenes between Gabriella and Valin. I look forward to the next book  this series. This is definitely a recommended read.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Guest - Sara Humphreys

Good morning! This will be our last guest post for the year so it's terrific to have author Sara Humphreys come visit us. Grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and a plate of cookies, then pull up a comfy chair. Oh and before I forget, Sara's publicist, the lovely Danielle, is offering 1 copy of Unclaimed to one reader (US and Canada only). All you have to do is send me an email with Unclaimed in the subject line and your name and address in the body. Send it to Lynda@LyndaKScott.com. On Friday, I'll have my alien kitten Wookie select a winner. Good luck and Enjoy today's interview!

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Have you ever wept over a character?
Sara: Yes. I can’t say exactly what happened in that scene because I don’t want there to be any spoilers but it involved Steven. He’s a supporting character in UNCLAIMED but the poor guy gets put through the ringer.

Have you ever had to kill off a character? How did you make that choice? Or was that choice taken from you by the story/characters?
Sara: I haven’t killed off any main characters or former heros/heroines but the opposite happened. I was going to kill off Steven but then I decided that I liked him too much and now he’s become a fan favorite. Readers are clamoring for his book and I hope to give it to them soon.

Have you fought with your characters? Who usually wins?
Sara: Yes, and they do. The characters drive the story and if I don’t listen to them then things come to a screeching halt.

What genres (or sub-genres) have your explored? Which do you find the most challenging? Why?
Sara: I’m about to dive into my first contemporary romance series, The McGuire Brothers and while I’m really excited, I’m also kind of nervous because all of my other books are paranormal. The luxury when writing PNR is that I get to create the entire world and make all the rules—which is really liberating. There are no limits in paranormal romance other than the rules that I create but with contemporary romance, I have to work within the rules of the real world.

Which sub-genre of Romance do you feel the most comfortable writing in? Why?
Sara:  Paranormal because I love building the world and making the rules up for my characters. It’s such a blast!

How do you know when you’ve hit your zone?
Sara: I block out everything else and it’s kind of like being in a time warp or being abducted by aliens. If I’m in the zone then I can write for four or five hours straight and when I look at the clock, it’s shocking to see how much time went by.

Do you have a daily writing ritual?
Sara: Coffee. Writing. Repeat. Oh, and laundry is usually sprinkled in throughout the day. I have four boys, so there’s LOTS of laundry.

Thanks so much for having me here today!

UNCLAIMED BY SARA HUMPHREYS – IN STORES DECEMBER 2013 

Tatiana Winters loves the freedom of her life as a veterinarian in Oregon. It's only reluctantly that she agrees to help cure a mysterious illness among the horses on a Montana ranch—the ranch of the Amoveo Prince. Tatiana is no ordinary vet—she's a hybrid from the Timber Wolf Clan, but she wants nothing to do with the world of the Amoveo shifters.

But There's No Escaping Destiny…

Dominic Trejada serves as a Guardian, one of the elite protectors of the Prince's Montana ranch. As a dedicated Amoveo warrior, he is desperate to find his mate, and time is running out. He knows Tatiana is the one—but if he can't convince her, he may not be able to protect her from the evil that's rapidly closing in... 

About The Author
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information about her books and to join her street team, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com, follow her on Twitter, @AuthorSara, and find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Sara-Humphreys/343671709071178.

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Guest - Isabel Cooper

Good morning! It's chilly here in SE Michigan but any day you can hear the birds sing the sun up is a good day ;-) We have peppermint coffee and triple chocolate coffee cake on the table. So help yourself and grab a seat for a special author today - Isabel Cooper. We also have a giveaway of one (1) copy of her latest book, Legend of the Highland Dragon for one reader (US or Canada only). Simply send an email to me Lynda@LyndaKScott.com with Dragon in the subject line and your snail mail addy in the body. On Friday, Wookie, my alien kitten, will choose a winner.

Good luck and enjoy!

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What draws you to romance?
Isabel:  A couple things. One is that each book is pretty self-contained. I carry a couple of elements over into sequels, but generally speaking, I write a story and I’m done: there’s no need to come up with a ten-book Epic Quest. (I love The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Tower, and I think A Song of Ice and Fire is very well-written, but at this point in my life, I’d much rather finish a book and go on to the next thing.) I’m also crazy about the variety you can get with romance. You can have a million different character dynamics and complications, and romance blends really easily with other genres, so it’s a lot of fun to mess around with combinations. 

Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to?
Isabel: I actually got my start in fantasy and horror, and wrote almost entirely in those genres, albeit generally with strong romantic subplots, up until No Proper Lady, the first actual romance novel I wrote. I still do write straight fantasy on occasion, as one-off projects: I occasionally post snippets on my blog.

What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Isabel: That’s a hard one! I *think* it’s of being upset at a party when I was very young. I remember wearing patent leather shoes, and screaming a lot, and having my grandmother try to calm me down.  Some variety of plaid taffeta party dress figures into it too.  Anyhow, I was clearly troublesome from the start, and am amazed I survived to adulthood. :)

If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would it be?
Isabel:  Chris Hemsworth. He’d need darker hair and eyes, but we have the technology. That said, I’m really very fond of the cover: cannot go wrong with a shirtless guy, for the right variety of guy.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing?
Isabel:  Roleplaying—tabletop and live-action—and video games, because I’m actually an enormous nerd. I also read a lot, of course, and I take the occasional ballroom dancing class. I used to take martial arts as well, but got all slackertastic about it a few years ago.

How do you spend a typical writing day?
Isabel: At my day job! Generally speaking, I’ll have an hour-or-so lull sometime in the afternoon, when I’m waiting for replies to all the email I sent in the morning. I try and write a thousand words or so then. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll go home and do my thousand words while I’m waiting for the rice cooker to beep. It’s all about flexibility for me.

Have you ever experienced a paranormal event in your life?
Isabel: Nothing that I could really put my finger on, or through. There have been a few very odd moments, and I’m not discounting any explanation for those, but I wouldn’t go on the Discovery Channel with any of them either.


LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON BY ISABEL COOPER – IN STORES DECEMBER 2013


He Guards a Ferocious Secret…

In Victorian England, gossip is often as precious as gold. But the Highlanders are a more mysterious bunch. And if anyone found out that Stephen MacAlasdair really was, he'd be hunted down, murdered, his clan wiped out. As he's called to London on business, he'll have to be extra vigilant—especially between sunset and the appearance of the first evening star.

Mina just wanted to find out more about the arrogant man who showed up in her employer's office. Some might say it was part of her job. She never thought the stranger would turn into a dragon right in front of her. Or that he'd then offer her an outrageous sum of money to serve as his personal secretary. Working together night and day to track a dangerous enemy, Mina comes to see a man in love is more powerful and determined than any dragon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Isabel Cooper is the author paranormal historical romances No Proper Lady, a Publishers Weekly and a Library Journal book of the year in 2011, and Lessons After Dark. Both titles were also nominated in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards. During the day, Isabel maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing outside of Boston. For more, visit www.isabelcooper.org.


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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Review - Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper

Legend of the Highland Dragon
Isabel Cooper
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
December 2013

In LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON, Lord Stephen MacAlasdair is hunting for  an old enemy who has returned to England with diabolical magical powers. His first stop takes him to an old friend Professor Carter but Carter employs Cerberus as the guardian of his door. Actually, Cerberus, while apt in some ways, doesn't describe Miss Mina Seymour, Carter's secretary.

Mina has taken it upon herself to improve her diction, her knowledge and her ability to be a good secretary. So when Lord MacAlasdair comes demanding access to Carter, she understandably wants to protect her employer from the mysterious but handsome Scottish Lord. To find out more about MacAlasdair, she goes to his home to take tea with his cook. And that sets the plot into motion leading to paranormal entities, Lord MacAlasdair's secret and a love that grows from interest to blazing passion.

This is my first Isabel Cooper book and I fell in love with the characters and the story almost from the very first page. There's a droll humor and witty repartee that I love and the mix of adventure and romance is just perfectly entertaining.

Yes, there are tiny quibbles but nothing that stopped me from enjoying the story. For example, it seemed implausible to me that Mina would take tea with Stephen's cook so that she could get more information about him. This is explained, quite well, in the story but still…for me it was a stretch. Nevertheless, I was able to read on with barely a break in my attention.


I recommend Legend of the Highland Dragon. It's definitely worth a read or three and I look forward to the next book in the series (possibly Stephen's brother.)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Guest - Kathryne Kennedy

Good morning! Did you do well at the Black Friday sales or did you barely survive? I don't do the Friday sales anymore but I can scorch the Internet with my speed and clickability on Cyber Monday :-) But enough of that, there's chocolate hazelnut coffee and raspberry scones on the table. We have a great interview with author Kathryne Kennedy today.

Oh and by the way, her lovely publicist, Danielle, is offering one copy of Kathryne's latest book, Everlasting Enchantment, to one reader (US and Canada only). Simply email me at Lynda@lyndakscott.com with Enchantment in the Subject line and your Name and address in the body. My alien kitten, Wookie, will pick a winner on Friday. 

Enjoy!

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What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer? How would you answer it?
Kathryne: My favorite question is: “Where can I buy your books?” And my answer is, “At your favorite online and brick-and-mortar bookstore…or you can visit my website at www.kathrynekennedy.com.” I know that the person is truly interested in my writing when they ask that question. :}

If you were doomed to spend the rest of your life on an island with only one book, one person, one food (coconuts and fish aside), and one object from the modern world (computer, deodorant, etc.), what would they be?
Kathryne: Hmm. Bible, My Husband, chocolate, and my computer, given that is has an internet connection…and a really good battery.

Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you’ve written? If so, who is it and why is s/he your favorite?
Kathryne: My favorite characters are always the ones I just finish writing about, because I am still in their hearts and heads…until I start my next book. So it would have to be Gareth, the knight who’s been trapped in one of Merlin’s relics for centuries. He has that code of ethics and morals from the dark ages, and a bit of that romanticism. And then there’s my heroine, Millicent. Such a strong person, and yet vulnerable in so many ways.

Describe your writing process.
Kathryne: My writing space must be neat and tidy, nothing to distract me from my work. I have to fix the setting and characters in my imagination, and tell my readers what I see, what evolves from that point.

Do you use current events to help create plots? If yes, describe some you've used. If no, describe how you get/create plot ideas.
Kathryne: As far as items from the news, I haven’t used any that I can recall. I do lean heavily on old myths and legends, as evidenced from the Relics series, where I borrow the Merlin character. I have also been inspired by characters from The Lord of the Rings, a springboard for my Elven Lords series. Tolkien leaned heavily on the old myths of the Sidhe…so I guess art inspires art.

What draws you to write paranormal?
Kathryne: My love of mystery, of creating new worlds and letting them unfold to my reader bit by bit. The first book I remember reading was a collection of fairy tales, and I guess that first love never died.



EVERLASTINGENCHANTMENT BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY – IN STORES DECEMBER 2013

Powerful Magic is Afoot
Millicent Pantere has lived her entire life in the notorious London Underground. She cares nothing for the problems of the crown or the intrigues of society. But the ladies of the realm are acting strangely, and Millicent is coerced into tracking down the rumors of a mysterious man—a magic man who comes in the night and disappears at dawn.

And So the Hunt Begins
Millicent's search leads her to one of Merlin's legendary relics and the seductive knight whose fate is bound up with it. Centuries ago, Sir Gareth Solimere made the mistake of seducing the wrong woman, and he has been trapped ever since by a diabolical curse. He's looking for the one who can break the enchantment—but in this world, there is no love without betrayal...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathryne Kennedy is a critically acclaimed, bestselling, award-winning author of magical romances. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Glendale, Arizona. For more information and ongoing contests, please visit www.kathrynekennedy.com.

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Review - Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy

Everlasting Enchantment
Kathryne Kennedy
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
December 2013

Millicent Pantere, a citizen of the dark and notorious London Underground, isn't used to the glittery magic and bright lights of above ground. And she certainly isn't used to the intrigues of a society filled with magic. That's the reason Millicent finds herself on the arm of the Duke of Ghoulston…to find out what's causing the unusual behavior of certain ladies of society. Ghoulston is convinced the effect is due to one of Merlin's relics, magical devices created by the master himself. But Millicent, part panther and part human, is immune to magic and should be able to pass herself off as a lady long enough to find the relic.

Then she's given a special bracelet to wear with the instructions to return it the next day. Millicent tries to leave the soiree but discovers she's being pursued by the Baronets whose duty it is to capture all of Merlin's Relics. She escapes to safety but doesn't expect the bracelet to work - to bring the world's greatest lover to her bed until the sun rises. She's immune to that sort of thing after all. Imagine her surprise when Sir Gareth, a medieval knight appears.

Long, long ago, Sir Gareth made the mistake of loving the wrong woman and as punishment was imprisoned inside the bracelet. What he finds is a beautiful woman who refuses to sleep with him. He's never been rejected and Millicent becomes, not a conquest, but a friend. He's been trying to determine how to end his curse hundreds of years. Is Millicent the answer? She can't remove the bracelet so there's something there, something in the magic that recognizes Millicent but what?

Friend or lover, Millicent is the answer to his curse. But convincing her will be the hardest quest he's ever taken. And without her, his curse will be worse than it ever was.


I LOVE this series and LOVE the concept behind it. It's completely fresh and original in a way I haven't seen in a long while. The characters are intriguing and enthralling. The plot is fresh and exciting. Love scenes? Oh yes, hot and steamy and they add so much to the characterization and plot.. Definitely worth a second or third read!