Year 3.2: Remedy Series by Debra Doxer + Series 101 & Giveaway

Remedy Series
Debra Doxer
2013-2014
Paranormal Romance
CreateSpace
Keep You from Harm (Remedy #1)
Secrets…
They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.
There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.
Then I meet Lucas…
His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.
But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.
To Have and to Harm (Remedy #2)
She kept everyone from harm, except herself…
Raielle’s life was shrouded in secrets. Her power was a secret and so was her past. When she came to Fort Upton, everything changed. She discovered her family, and she found the boy who would own her heart forever. But it couldn’t last. Knowing so little about her power nearly destroyed her. She had to leave and break both their hearts.
Now she’s back in California, and she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore. But there is no relief in that because she’s drowning in regret. She knew it would take a miracle or a sin to save her, and there was no miracle. Her survival came at too high a price. She found her father, but she can’t go back to Lucas until she finds redemption.
She saved him. Then she left him…
She came out of nowhere and changed him forever, then she disappeared and left him reeling. Her whole life, she never had anyone who really loved her. Until him. Did she think he wouldn’t come for her? Did she believe she wasn’t worth it?
Lucas leaves everything behind to follow Raielle. When he finds her, she’s a pale shadow of the girl he remembers. Her power is betraying her and so are the people around her, but one thing hasn’t changed. She selflessly wants to save the world, and he just wants to save her.
With more secrets to uncover and dark truths to face, Raielle and Lucas must make sacrifices for each other. But in the end, will those sacrifices bring them closer together or tear them apart? When he’s forced to make the ultimate sacrifice, will she turn her back on everything she believes in to save him again?
I’ve seen reviews of KEEP YOU FROM HARD and TO HAVE AND TO HARM sporadically in the sphere. Bloggers who’ve read it, liked the books so I was elated when Debra Doxer agreed to join my blogoversary celebration. Even if (unfortunately) I won’t be able to read the books right now, I still want to pick her brains about the series and what it’s about.


Remedy is…

It’s about a brave girl and the boy who loves her.

The Remedy series is a romance with a big dose of mystery and a dash of paranormal thrown in. It includes themes about staying true to yourself and being completely selfless in a world where selfishness is king. It’s also about overcoming adversity and opening your heart to love. If you like stories with strong heroines who occasionally need some saving but do a lot of saving in return, you’ll like the Remedy series.

Remedy has…

There are no otherworldly creatures, exactly. The characters in this story could be your next door neighbors. They seem completely normal, but they’re not. Unless they choose to reveal themselves to you, you would never know!


(Ooh I love that! I just have a new neighbor so maybe they’re one of them)


It’s Unique

I’m not sure there is an archetype anymore. I can tell you that the main character, Raielle, is not based on anything I’ve seen or read anywhere before. I like to think the characters and their powers are unique.


The People

The series follows two main characters, Raielle and Lucas. They’re the focus of both books.



One Can Relate 

I think readers can relate to Raielle’s struggles. She’s a young person with a strong moral compass. But it’s not always easy to do the right thing in a given situation, and Raielle suffers as a result of the difficult choices she makes. I think her struggles are very human ones, despite her inhuman abilities.



What To Expect

Now that I’ve left the characters dangling over the proverbial cliff, the second book drops you right into the story where Keep You from Harm left off. But book 2, To Have and to Harm, raises the stakes considerably. Everything you liked about book 1 is in book 2, but there’s lots more of it and everything is heightened. Also, readers get the answers to all the questions raised in Keep You From harm. And for anyone who didn’t love Lucas in the first book, I think this second book will change your mind. You get his POV too this time. You’re able to hear what’s going on behind those intense blue eyes of his.


Series Length 


I don’t know the answer to that, but To Have and to Harm does not end in a cliffhanger. The story could wrap up at book 2 quite nicely. Of course, if readers want more, I have more to tell. I love the characters of Raielle and Lucas. I’m working on something else right now, but I wouldn’t mind spending more time in the Remedy world. 

(OK fans, this is where you come in. Do you want a duology or more?)

Remedy is like…

Wow, that’s really hard. I didn’t write this story with other PNRs in mind. Mostly, I wanted to write a PNR where the PN was secondary to the R. I wanted a story based mostly in reality that seemed like it could actually happen. I don’t think I’ve seen anything else quite like that, but if you know of any series I’d love to hear about them so I can read them too!


(I guess Remedy is in a league of its own. That’s always a good thing right?)

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

Stalk Debra
Website | Facebook | @debradoxer | Goodreads

Debra is doing a two layered giveaway for y’all! Woot! Aside from the REMEDY ebook bundle which is open internationally, she’s also giving away a signed print set to one lucky US follower. Isn’t that generous?!

Below is the INT’L form and the US only link is located on the blogoversary banner. 

Year 3.2: Silver Series by Cheree Alsop + 101 & Giveaway

Cheree Alsop
Young Adult
2011-2014
The Silver Series is a series about teenage werewolves trying to survive in today’s world. They face the trials and joys that come with being a teenager, as well as the additional challenges of a werewolf. The Silver Series consists of seven books. I have finished the first six and am currently writing the seventh.
Trivia: Cheree Alsop is one of the first indie authors I’ve featured when Talk Supe was still in its wee year. This lady’s books need more lovin’ because Cheree is a fantastic storyteller! Here’s more about her just concluded YA-Werewolf series, SILVER.

Silver

by Jaze Carso

“Werewolves hide among you; it’s a secret we have fought for centuries to keep. We were almost wiped out once, and know better than to let the secret out again. But just like humans, werewolves are impulsive and sometimes uncontrollable. That’s where I come in. My job is to protect the werewolves and help them live full and happy lives. There are Hunters and others who don’t believe werewolves have rights and should be hunted and exterminated like animals. I’ve done what I can to smooth Hunter-werewolf relations, but extremists, fighting rings, and covert agencies feel that the fate of werewolves should be to die, be forced to fight for the entertainment of humans who watch the mutilation and bloodshed like it’s a sport, or be experimented upon to unlock the secrets of our superior strength and increased healing capabilities.

I have seen things that would break me if I didn’t remember what I was fighting for. I found my father hacked apart by Hunters, and have rescued friends and comrades from fates worse than death. I feel a noose closing in as though those I care about are in danger, but I can’t find the source of it quickly enough to save them. There are so many werewolves in trouble, and though my team and the Hunters and werewolves that make up what some consider my private army work night and day to rescue them, it’s not enough. We need to do more, and so I am creating a team strong enough and smart enough to stop the threats hurled against us by ignorant humans who fear what they don’t understand.

I am a high school student, and my attempt to live a normal life is shadowed by the werewolves who need my help. Charts of recent werewolf activity hang from my bedroom walls in place of posters. A computer tracking the rogue packs that intimidate the local wolves and endanger innocent humans sits by my bed. In place of text books, pens, and paper, my backpack is filled with guns, knives, and the occasional bag of beef jerky (you don’t want to mess with a hungry werewolf). Instead of studying for classes, my friends spend their days creating high-tech monitoring devices and tracking down the locations of fighting rings, torture chambers, and laboratories.

I have loved with all of my heart, which is the way of the wolf. I have tracked through fields lit by the light of the full moon as it rested upon my shoulders like a cloak of strength. I have suffered to see the pains other werewolves have gone through, and almost died saving a human girl who stole my heart and gave me my life back. I live in the hopes of avenging my father’s death by saving those in pain, and I give every day-”

A sound reverberated through the room. Jaze Carso set down his pen and a smile spread across his face. The curtains to either side of the open window swayed gently in the breeze to create dancing trails of moonlight across the page. Jaze opened his hand and let it play across his palm. A welcome shudder ran through his body. He stood as the howl sounded again, more persistent this time. He took off his clothes and didn’t fight the phase. His joints shifted, pulling him onto his hands and knees. His ears elongated and moved to higher points on his head while his muzzle grew and sharp canines lengthened. Jet black fur ran up his arms and down his body, covering his shoulders and back in a soft undercoat followed by the thick, longer guard hairs. It felt good to be in wolf form again, like putting on a pair of worn shoes molded by time to fit only the wearer’s feet. Jaze shook to settle into his wolf form, then stretched.


Another howl rose and other voices joined it. The notes took on the warm, rounded tones of his pack ready for a night run beneath the welcome embrace of the full moon. Jaze pushed aside the curtain with his muzzle and the moonlight cast his brown eyes with a golden glow. Stars glittered within the inky blanket of night and the full orb above washed the city in an other-worldly glow. Eyes watched him from below, one pair dark blue, another deep crimson red, one set violet, and the last golden and deep with the secrets of the wild. Jaze gave a wolfish grin and leaped from the window.

Cheree Alsop is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and adding depth to the stories. Cheree is currently working as an independent author and mother. She enjoys reading, riding her motorcycle on warm nights, and playing with her twins while planning her next book. She is also a bass player for their rock band, Alien Landslide.

Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great adventures, and never stop dreaming.

Stalk Cheree!
Website | Facebook | @chereealsop | Goodreads

Cheree is giving away TWO sets of the SILVER series, all 7 books, via Smashwords. Codes will be provided to the winners. 

Also, don’t forget to enter the print giveaway bonanza! There are 18 books up for grabs so the odds are very much in your favor. 

Liked It: A Ghostly Ménage: Werewolf Paranormal by Eve Langlais

Series: Stand-alone

Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Erotica | Paranormal Romance

Forget ghosts with rattling chains, try dealing with ones who like to grope.

Desperate for change, Jenna buys a repossessed home on a whim. The townsfolk claim it’s haunted, but Jenna’s pretty sure all it needs is some TLC to stop the drafts. It doesn’t take long before she realizes there’s more going on than the vagaries of an old house. Something, or someone, is playing poltergeist with her house, and whatever it is keeps stroking her with ghostly fingers and haunting her dreams.

Derrick and Mark learned the hard way not to piss off a witch. But in their defense, as cocky werewolves, they weren’t used to anything actually defying them. Unable to ask for help, they’re forced to haunt their own home, which turns out to be less boring than expected when their fated mate suddenly becomes the new owner.

Disembodied or not, they end up taking haunting to a whole new erotic level.

A pair of werewolves, a witch, a spell, a writer and Halloween. These are the ingredients in the cauldron that is Eve Langlais’ GHOSTLY MENAGE: WEREWOLF PARANORMAL.
Gist: Werewolf best friends, Mark and Derrick caught the eye of a local witch who tried to seduce them so she can use their powers for whatever purpose she deemed fit. The wolves declined and got cursed. For six years they’re live ghosts, haunting their house, scaring the neighbors away. Until out of towner, Jenna, bought the place, attracted the men and helped them put an end to the curse.
Warning: You won’t find a sweeping love story here. This is more of a hook-up menage between two hot Alpha Werewolves and their mate. GHOSTLY MENAGE: WEREWOLF PARANORMAL‘s an insta-love/insta-lust kind of story where the tale lingered more on the sex than on the romance and the plot is secondary.
GHOSTLY MENAGE: WEREWOLF PARANORMAL is more of a nooner/bedtime novella. Like I said, this is a hook-up story that is fun and entertaining. You won’t find an awesome world building or even a backstory. ELanglais wrote this one for pure entertainment and for an hour, I was very entertained.
A print copy of GHOSTLY MENAGE by Eve Langlais is up for grabs. The book also goes with a nice little tote courtesy of Eve.

Year 3.2: One Night in Vegas by Hildie McQueen + One Night Stand Tips & Giveaway

One Night in Vegas
Hildie McQueen
Contemporary Romance
Pink Door Publishing
February 17, 2014
The morning after Amy Leigh Paisley, from Sweetgum, Georgia is left behind in Las Vegas, she wakes up with not only a huge hangover, but with a husband who happens to be Trent Mulherin, Charleston’s most eligible bachelor.
His father thinks she’s a gold-digger, her mother wants her to be one and all Amy Leigh wants, is to stay married to the hot man for just a bit longer and maybe another night of great sex.

Hi there, Hildie McQueen here! I’m stopping by today to talk about One Night in Vegas, a book about a girl from a tiny town in Georgia who’s left behind at the airport in Vegas. She ends up in a messy situation, okay a big mess. Wakes up to find she’s married to Charleston’s most eligible bachelor. What’s worse, she texted drunk selfies to his mother. His father thinks she’s a gold digger, her mother wants her to be one and all Amy Leigh Paisley wants, is another great night of sex.


I went to Vegas with five friends and come back baring advice!

Vegas. What can I say about that town. The thing you need to know about partying in Vegas first and foremost is that it’s super crowded, so plan to be pushed and even stepped on. Wear comfortable shoes, I mean it, I don’t care if you think you can walk ten miles in heels, this is not the place to try it.

The locals are great! I struck up conversations with strangers (I know shocker). I talked people at convenience stores, the hotel workers and taxi drivers and they all helped my friends and I find the best places to eat and go to that are off the strip. We ate at an amazing Asian restaurant. I can’t remember the name because it was in Chinese or something, but you should try it. If in doubt as a local. Gambling is fun, but don’t go overboard and the coolest thing is they bring you free drinks while you’re losing your pennies!

5 Do’s and Don’t’s on One Night Stands

  • First – wear a condom! – I know I should say make sure he’s not an ax-murderer, but let’s face it, if you’re asking, your panties are already down so too late to look for an ax. (Oh the things I can add here. But I won’t – snort.) 
  • Number Two – Do it in an expensive hotel. If you’re putting out, he needs to pay for it. Kind of like a hooker only you get to spend the night in a fancy hotel and he doesn’t hand you cash.

  • Number Three – Leave first. I don’t care if you have to shove Mr. Hunky out of they way. I hate when the guy leaves first and does the whole “finger pointing” thing and says “I’ll call you.” Big Fat Hairy Liar! 

  • Number Four – Don’t have a fling with a big fat hair guy…unless you’re into that kind of thing (ewww). I like hair, but not on the backs or butts. I’ll leave what to do about that for another day.

  • Number Five – **Lean in and listen carefully** Wait until afterwards to give him your number. If he sucks in bed, then give him the wrong one. If he’s good and asks for it, not only give him the right one, but make him text you on the spot so you can stalk him later.


If I were going on a date with hunky 6’2″ Trent Mulherin, I’d love to do the do dinner at the Society Cafe in the Wynn hotel on the strip. Then take in a show like Cirque du Soleil. We’d round out the evening with dancing at TAO at the Venetian. Since we’re already there, we’d tip toe on up to a suite overlooking the boulevard for some Cirque of our own Soleil. Before you tell my husband about this date. Keep in mind that I’m 52 and would probably fall asleep after the show. But in my mind, I am 27 and single while planning my date.

We saw hunks everywhere, I took pictures of one at the airport, but had to stop when he headed toward security. Most of the men walked along the street in groups. We did see groups of them at the Señor Frogs. Go to casual places. Just sayin’.

Now go on, leave already and send me pictures.



Me and the hunky guy at the airport! :-)

Hildie McQueen loves the strange and unusual, pair that with humor and you’ve got an idea of what her writing is like.

She makes sure action, intrigue, and sizzling romance add up to an escape that her readers won’t soon forget. Hildie is a member of Georgia Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. She resides in a beautiful small town in Georgia with her super-hero husband, Kurt, and two unruly Chihuahuas.

Stalk Hildie
Website | Facebook | @HildieMcQueen | Goodreads

Hildie’s giving away a $10GC & a copy of Blue Horizon to one lucky follower.

And don’t forget to enter the print giveaway (US Only)! Link is below the blogoversary graphic.

Year 3.2: Soldier On by Sydney Logan + 80’s Obsession & Giveaway

Soldier On
Sydney Logan
New Adult
June 20, 2014
Will his call of duty break both their hearts? Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.
Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make  his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed. 
When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?
I love music. Books and a playlist goes hand-in-hand much like movies and soundtracks. Sydney Logan was kind enough to share a bit of both. Check out SOLDIER ON‘s book trailer and the beats Sydney clacked her keys with as she writes her military romance novel. 

My 80s Obsession
by Sydney Logan



To say I love the 80s would be an understatement. The music, movies, and television shows of the 1980s pretty much defined my childhood, and it’s a love that continues to this day. That obsession love tends to creep into my writing, and that’s definitely the case with my latest novel, Soldier On

Steph, my heroine, adores the decade so much that she named her cat, Bangle (after the girl group, The Bangles). I make several 80s pop culture references in the book, so I thought it would be fun to compile an 80s playlist for the story, which you can find below. The first video in the playlist is the book trailer for Soldier On. After that, you’ll find songs that were mentioned in the book, along with some songs that were recommended by my readers that simply fit the story. 
Soldier On is a New Adult, Military Romance, and will release on Friday, June 20. Buy links will be available on www.sydneylogan.com.
Enjoy the book trailer & playlist! :)

Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also the author of four short stories – Mistletoe Magic, The Little Drummer Boy, Force of Nature, and Stupid Cupid. A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Stalk Sydney
Website | @SydneyALogan | Facebook | Goodreads

Sydney’s giving away a digital copy of SOLDIER ON and it’s bundled with other goodies for your reading pleasure.

Don’t forget to enter my US only giveaway to win more print books! Check out the blogoversary graphic for the link.

Year 3.2: Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett + Roaring Twenties Giveaway

Series: Roaring Twenties 2

Format: Mass Paperback
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Historical | Paranormal Romance

It’s the roaring twenties in foggy San Francisco. Prohibition is on, inhibitions are low, and dark magic is rolling into town…

Archaeologist Lowe Magnusson is packing something everyone wants. The djed amulet, a priceless Egyptian artifact, will fetch Lowe a hefty paycheck from one of San Francisco’s wealthiest. But when the handsome Swede runs into his patron’s uptight daughter, what he once considered easy money becomes a maddening complication… Cursed with deadly spirits as her constant companions, curator Hadley Bacall must keep calm to hold her dangerous specters at bay and prevent them from lashing out at anything—or anyone. Trouble is, Lowe is driving her crazy, but her father needs the artifact he’s transporting. While Hadley can feel the amulet’s power, she can’t fathom the destruction—or the desire—it’s about to stir up.

The verdict is in and the previous reviews didn’t lie, GRIM SHADOWS by Jenn Bennett is as roaring as the first one, Bitter Spirits, if not more. Egyptian curses, art forgers, magical creatures, amulets, a viking for a hero and a goth heiress as the heroine, could it get more exciting than this?! And yes, it’s a Jenn Bennett kind of day here at, Talk Supe, and the party just got better because of it. 
GRIM SHADOWS is filled with amazing paranormal goodness! These Magnusson brothers are so hot and I think I like Lowe even more than Winter, he’s more precocious than his older, naughtier, funnier, a “bad boy” complete with a sick motorcycle, Lulu. Underneath this rough persona, Lowe is an academic, a certified Egyptologist, he can read hieroglyphs and knows his way around Egyptian myths and artifacts. Hadley Becall is just as interesting, I call her a goth heiress because she’s always garbed in black like she’s going to a funeral and her sharp black bob and haughty attitude isn’t helping things either. Underneath the darkness and fur, Hadley is a woman beyond her time. Before lingerie became cool, Hadley already have quite the collection and she has a nice pair of buttocks to fill her fancy knickers. Lowe’s gone wax poetic about it, even comparing it to basketballs which isn’t exactly literary but funny just the same.
Lowe and Hadley are like night and day and I won’t have it any other way. The tension was tight and palpable from the start and JBennett sure teased us with several heavy petting before the main event. The romance is perfect, realistic given the situation, slow burning even considering the amount of back and forth these two did before they took the plunge. 
On to the paranormal side of things. Aside from jazz, booze and flappers, this era also had an extreme fascination with the occult and Egyptian artifacts. JBennett didn’t make use of the usual myths about Osiris, Isis and the rest of their pantheon. She explored the not-so-popular lore to base her story on. It’s very refreshing because one can get tired of reading the same thing told in different ways. Like her just concluded urban fantasy series, Arcadia Bell, the myth of GRIM SHADOWS is simplistic but rich. The conflict is complicated but was presented in a very concise manner while the resolution is action-packed, suspenseful and gripping. The climax of GRIM SHADOWS was well played, sequenced perfectly and wonderfully directed.
I love this series, I know it’s been only two books but I have no complaints at this point. Not only can the books be read as stand-alone (although I still encourage you to read both because they’re great reads), I also love the combination of not so popular myths with modernity. So far JBennett utilized Chinese and Egyptian myths, I wonder which pantheon is next. Hindi? Zoroaster? Celtic? No matter what it is, you can be sure that I’ll be anxiously anticipating the next one because I know that it’ll be another wonderful escape. JBennett’s books are certified winners! 

1920’s isn’t nicknamed Roaring Twenties for nothing. The decade was practically a multi-layered revolution if you ask me! So what better era to set a paranormal romance series right? Jenn Bennett tells us more.

Women and the Roaring Twenties


My Roaring Twenties books are sexy, standalone romances that take place in 1920s San Francisco. They feature members of a wealthy bootlegging family, the Magnussons, and each one has its own unique paranormal mystery—ghosts, cursed objects, and strange magic, oh my! All are chock-full of adventure, humor, and characters that charm each other’s pants off. What more could you want?

I’ve always been attracted to the 1920s, especially in America—Prohibition, flappers, and jazz. It’s a romantic period, bright with post-war prosperity and change. The beautiful clothes. The gorgeous cars. The beginning of Art Deco… What’s not to love, yes?

But for me, as a writer, the most interesting thing about this era is that it was a decade in which women broke social barriers and ventured into institutions that were previously regarded as Men Only. Women got their hair bobbed at the barbershop, smoked cigarettes, and sat at the bar alongside men. They moved to big cities to find work. Drove cars. Voted. They were pioneers, learning how to be independent.

I love pioneering women. They are exactly the kind of heroines I like to write. And the men who love them are my favorite kinds of heroes. Nothing is sexier than partners who are equally matched. And when you throw in a French bob and a perfectly tailored tuxedo? That’s the cat’s meow.

JENN BENNETT is the author of: the Roaring Twenties series (Berkley Sensation) and the Arcadia Bell UF series (Pocket Books). Her first YA contemporary romance, THE NIGHT OWLS, will debut in 2015 (Macmillan). She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs.

Stalk Jenn
Website | Facebook | @Jenn_Benn | Goodreads | Pinterest

Two print copies of GRIM SHADOWS (US Only) are up for grabs! You know the drill, Supies!

Suped Up: Arcadia Bell Series by Jenn Bennett

Jenn Bennett
Pocket Books
Urban Fantasy
2011-2014

Quotable Quotes:

“Passion without joy is so draining.” -David, Kindling Moon

“My dear, if the good Lord has helped me resist temptation this long, I assure you that your Mrs. Marsh would not be the thing to send me over the edge.” -Father Carrow, Kindling Moon

“Tell Foxglove ‘Squirrel’. That’s her command to attack. Don’t feed her, and stay out of Cady’s underwear.” -Lon to Bob, Summoning The Night
“I will take from you what you took from me. An eye for an eye… A heart for a heart.” -Enola Duval, Binding The Shadows
“Screw you.” [Arcadia Bell]
“You have no idea how much I’d love to.” -Lon, Binding The Shadows
“You might have trouble believing this, but I spend most of my time being grateful you’re near me or counting the minutes until you will be again.” -Lon, Binding The Shadows
Dad had gone all Hellboy, Cady had turned into a black and white reptile. -Jupe, Binding The Shadows
Yet another great series that’s ended *cue It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday by Boyz II Men*. I had another bout of a series binge read and my time was right on target with Jenn Bennett’s ARCADIA BELL series. It was a good week just getting lost in Cady’s curse and redemption and I loved how JBennett ended it on a high note instead of selling-out and dragging the story way past its expiration date. Just one solid arc which ended nice and tight, can’t get better than that. 
THE GIST: Arcadia Bell’s the embodiment of a prophesy. Thanks to a ritual done by her lunatic magician parents, Cady is the fated Moonchild, destined to do great things one of which is bridging the world of demons with ours. Only problem is, Cady’s great powers came late and as soon as she got them, her cray-cray mother is on her ass, wanting the powers for herself. This ensued a bitter battle between mother and child and it’s a bloody one.
THE URBAN FANTASY: One of the best myth building I’ve ever read. I’ve had the pleasure of reading “good” demons but JBennett’s Aether and Earthbounds are very memorable in it’s unique simplicity. She didn’t riddle her world with italicized jargon and complicated cosmology and rather interspersed her growing world with the superb character development. I love how Earthbounds or demons are distinguished based on auras and though her sorcerers are called magicians, they are far from the hat and the bunny kind. They’re more of a cross between Dumbledore and Voldemort sans the wands, ceremonial robes is a must though. 
THE ROMANCE: was angst-free! Cady is such a normal girl… errr… even if she transforms into this thing… her personal troubles are enough excitement for her and she didn’t allow it to carry over her relationship with Lon even if the latter is also her partner in terms of vanquishing her evil mother. They kept it drama free as much as they can with the occasional lovers spat because no relationship is perfect right? Banishing The Dark was a little hard to read though because something happened here that had Cady and Lon freezing things in the romance department all for the greater good. I know I’m being cryptic but trust me, you don’t want any spoilers at this point anyway because what I’m referring to is VERY CRUCIAL to the resolution of the story as a whole. Wonderful love fest aside, I love that Lon is much older than Cady with a teen son to boot! The modern family vibe did wonders in terms of bringing the human element into the story and how the three of them slowly became their own family is such an amazing side story. There’s nothing like kids to bring a couple closer together!
HEROES: For a heroine whose greatest nemesis is her mother, Cady didn’t throw a huge pity party, she remained focused on her mission without being numb and really knew her priorities and what mattered to her the most. Lon not only is a great romantic interest for Cady, he’s also an awesome mission partner. Even if their relationship and other personal stuff got in the way of their working relationship, his loyalty to Cady was unquestionable. Lon never wavered when it comes to Cady and Jupe, he’d sacrifice himself without hesitating for the woman he loves. Awww!!
Special mention goes to Jupe, Lon’s tenacious son. This boy is a scene stealer! For a secondary character, he sure can command a scene with his unfiltered observations, charming meddling, funny quips, and daredevil actions. I think Cady fell in love with him first before she did Lon which is no surprise because anybody would want Jupe to be their stepson. He can be a pain sometimes though but he gets really sweet especially when he knows he’s in trouble.
The rest of the characters are just as great and memorable even if a lot of them only made short appearances. Cady’s mom is a wonderful villain, she’s so affecting you’d want to reach through the pages and strangle her yourself. 
Again, I’m sad to say goodbye to ARCADIA BELL, this is one of the best UF series out there. Everything is solid from the plot, character development down to the conflict and resolution. JBennett is a great storyteller and I hope that she has something new in the works because I sure love getting lost in her world. It’s a unique experience you won’t want to miss.

Steampunk Sundays: The Kraken King IV by Meljean Brook & Lady Jessica: Monster Hunter by Keith Dumble

Series: Iron Seas 4.4

Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Intermix
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Steampunk

The Kraken King has declared that Zenobia Fox is under his protection—and with her identity revealed, she needs that protection more than ever. But it comes with a price when Ariq demands that Zenobia reveal her secrets in return.

Ariq wants nothing more than for Zenobia to trust him, and he knows exactly which sensual tricks will breach her defenses. But although she urgently desires the powerful governor, Zenobia isn’t a woman who will be easily won with a few passionate kisses.

When his ambush goes awry, Ariq discovers just how deeply he can hurt her—but the real danger to Zenobia is one that he never expected

The Inevitable Abduction

It’s been three weeks since I last read The Fox’s Den, part 3 of Meljean Brook’s THE KRAKEN KING serial, book 4 of her Steampunk series, The Iron Seas. I didn’t have a hard time going back in the figurative saddle with Zenobia and Ariq as these two picked up where they left off the last time I was with them. 
Let me start with the romance, there’s still some push and pull but Zenobia is getting more bolder, even making the first move on Ariq, and Ariq is still consistent with his seductions. I know the tension is torture but there is virtue in holding off and not putting out at the first opportunity. As for the emotional side of things, these two are obviously falling for each other but they’re still testing the waters somehow. Zenobia is naturally cautious, Ariq however is such a curious individual, he doesn’t necessarily find Zenobia extraordinarily attractive but her personality and air of mystery is what’s drawing him in. At least he’s looking for Zenobia’s substance and not focusing on the superficial stuff right? The best part is their secrets are finally out and hopefully their confessions will strengthen their bond and get this two rolling in the right direction.
The world building is marvelous! The places MBrook creates and takes us to is so vivid I can see it clearly in my head and sketch it out for you if I have the knack for drawing. This time she takes us to The Living City where infrastructures are built with coral strengthened by steel and much of it is growing. Good heavens, Dubai pales in comparison I tell you! 
Now this part is entitled The Inevitable Abduction for a reason. I  know I mentioned it in my previous review but once again [yawn!], Zenobia’s been abducted. Really?! It’s almost comical at this point. If not for Ariq’s promise of a rescue I’d totally be pissing all over this one. Let’s see what happens next and hopefully Zenobia’s streak of getting kidnapped ends here.

Series: Lady Jessica 1.3

Format: Mobi
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Publisher: McAlpin Press
Source: Author
Genre: Steampunk

After a series of strange deaths in the ponds of Hampstead Heath, Lady Jessica and her companions are called to investigate. The killings are believed to be the work of a malevolent water spirit, but there is also a black trail of suspicion which leads all the way to the heart of the Empire itself…


Dark Waters
And so Lady Jessica book 1 ends and as per usual, it was riddled with suspenseful action, devious villains, clever plotting and counter plotting with the bad guy caught in the end by The Black Diamonds led by Lady Jessica McAlpin. Like the previous two episodes I love the action sequences, it’s fast paced and very episodic. I have no complaints on the fantasy part of the tale, it’s perfect and very exciting. Keith Dumble doesn’t dawdle with his stories and I won’t have it no other way.
However, KDumble still hold back in as far as showing us the human face of Lady Jessica and the rest of her crew for that matter. The characters remained one dimensional which is disappointing because they are quite an interesting group along with the rest of the cast of characters. I’ve been waiting for Lady Jessica’s other layers, her backstory and her other facets to give her a personality if you get my drift. Unfortunately I’m left wanting in this area and Lady Jessica haven’t changed or evolved in book 1.



Year 3.1: The Elsker Saga by ST Bende + Vikings & Giveaway

Elsker Saga
ST Bende
April 14, 2013 | April 22, 2013
New Adult – Fantasy
TUR
Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all — great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.
Some things are worth fighting for.
TUR is an Elsker Saga novella. It is approximately 10,000 words long.
ELSKER
You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way. Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. He’s an honest to goodness Norse God – an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms. Her orderly life just got very messy.
I love Norse myth. There’s only a few book series I’ve read where the myth is based on this Viking lore and quite a few of them are really good. Plus I’m sure you’ve met Thor aka God of Thunder and Chris Hemsworth playing the god sure made the myth relevant and attractive. 

So when I stumbled upon ST Bende’s series in Anya Breton‘s blog, I knew that ELSKER will be a great addition to the blogoversary party. 

Happy Blogiversary TalkSupe!! 


*yay! Thanks!*

I’m SO excited to be here to celebrate Braine’s blogiversary!! I’ve been a longtime reader of the blog, and it’s super fun to get to join the party. Skål, y’all!

I write the (sweet) New Adult Paranormal Romances of The Elsker Saga. The books follow Thor’s stepson Ull, a twenty-ish year old cutie pie (give or take a few centuries) who happens to be the Norse God of Winter. With Asgard on the brink of war, Ull’s besties drag him off for a little R&R at Cardiff University in Wales. There, the stoic Asgardian assassin falls head over heels for girl-next-door, Kristia Tostenson, a human who happens to have a few quirks of her own. Now it’s up to Ull, Kristia, and the collective Norse pantheon to stop the mythological apocalypse of Ragnarok . . . or die trying.

Playing with real-life gods within a fictional framework is awesome. The only things the myths tell us about Ull are that he’s the son of Sif, the stepson of Thor (yep, the Thor), and that once upon a time, he was worshipped as the God of Winter and Skiing. Think Bode Miller and Alexander Skarsgard wrapped up in one delicious package. Double yum. My re-imagined Ull has an affinity for #ChurchWaffles (a savory anytime treat, best served with jam), an aversion to board games, and a closet full of tight, cashmere sweaters… because when one imagines a Nordic deity, one simply cannot imagine him in baggy clothing. Ull is rarely without his BFF Gunnar, a crossbow-toting warrior, who lives to heckle his oftentimes-uptight counterpart. And due to a string of unfortunate experiences, Ull is fiercely protective of everyone he loves. Since I have it on good authority he really likes Braine, I volunteered him to play bodyguard for the Blogiversary party. Let the festivities begin!


*huh, so THAT was Ull! I kept on wondering who the blond dude was. Thanks, man!*

Let’s get today’s party started with a fun giveaway. We’ve got two e-book sets of Tur and Elsker up for grabs, and an autographed print copy of Elsker. How about a little God of Winter to heat up your summer?

Happy Blogiversary, friends!!

Coming July 17, 2014
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.
Follow ST
Plus make sure you click the blogoversary banner so you don’t miss out on any giveaway. The odds are in your favor!

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #104

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron’s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning’s smash hit series, Fever. 

Bagged
from publishers, authors and tour organizers

Big & Small
Gayle Foreman fans, the first of a few trailers for IF I STAY has been released! 
Last Week’s Reviews
Upcoming Reviews
Current Giveaways
Giveaways every day for the whole month of June! US Only and INT’L Giveaway links on the header. 
The odds are in YOUR favor, make sure you enter!

Check out these other fabulous blogs that participate in 
Bought, Borrowed & Bagged:

NOTE: There’s a new linky created for this year and please note that you have to use your LABEL links (i.e. book haul) on the form below NOT the post link.

document.write(”);