Suped Up: Hammer of Angels by G.T. Almasi + Interview

Series: Shadowstorm 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Sci-Fi | Urban Fantasy
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In G. T. Almasi’s thrilling alternate reality, the United States, the USSR, and the Republic of China share a fragile balance of power with Greater Germany, which emerged from World War II in control of Europe and half of the Middle East. To avoid nuclear Armageddon, the four superpowers pursue their ambitions with elite spies known as Levels, who are modified with mechanical and chemical enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a kick-ass superheroine with killer Mods and an attitude to match. She’s considered one of America’s top Levels, even though her last mission nearly precipitated World War III. So now Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin, have been sent to Greater Germany to help sow the seeds of anarchy and prevent Germany’s defection to Russia and China.

But where Scarlet goes, chaos follows—and when her mission takes an unexpected turn, she and Darwin must go ever deeper into enemy territory. As Scarlet grapples with a troubling attraction to her new partner, explosive information comes to light about the German cloning program and one of its prisoners—a legendary American Level who just happens to be Scarlet’s father.


Shadowstorm by G.T. Almasi is one of my favorite sci-fi, YES! sci-fi, series. I’m not much of a sci-fi reader but Mr. Almasi’s books reads like movies, the visuals are simply fantastic and the action sequences heart stopping. I’m so happy to have him back to celebrate the release day of HAMMER OF ANGELS, the much awaited sequel to Blades of Winter. Whether you’re a fan or not, read up, book gossip is always good for the soul.


Hi G.T.! Welcome back to Talk Supe and congratulations on HAMMER OF ANGELS! Finally! Briefly, what was the delay about? I’m sure some of your fans were pretty upset when the publisher pushed back the release date.


G.T. ALMASI: First off, I’m really glad to be back on the ‘Supe! The delay was actually my doing. The manuscript was ready, but I knew I could write it a lot better, so I pulled it out of production and spent another six weeks with it. This gave me time to really tighten up the story, sharpen the characters, and lace in more of the made-up words I love using. For example, Scarlet sums up her adventures in Blades of Winter with the word “sheboomigans.”

Sheboomigans is very appropriate. Scarlet & Co. made my heart stop on several occasions. Twice now since I reread HAMMER OF ANGELS. So what does Alix Nico have in store for us this time around?


G.T. ALMASI: HAMMER OF ANGELS picks up two months after Blades of Winter’s final scene. Even though she’s still recovering from her previous mission, Scarlet takes it upon herself to investigate her father’s disappearance. Her plans change when every field agent at ExOps is dispatched to Europe to take part in Operation ANGEL, the largest initiative ever mounted by the U.S. covert community.

Operation ANGEL is planned to be a localized disturbance, but it mushrooms into a continent-spanning revolution. The fate of millions depends on the determination and skill of agents like Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin.

Speaking of Scarlet’s new partner, can you tell us a little bit of something about this new dude, Darwin?


G.T. ALMASI: Darwin steps into the role vacated by Scarlet’s first partner, Trick. She thinks Darwin is coming from out of nowhere, but he’s been more closely linked to her than she realizes.

Man, the way you ended Blades of Winter made me crazy! I’m like TRICK!! Then HAMMER OF ANGELS squashed that. Still I’m thankful for Darwin, he’s no Trick but he’ll do. Just a little recap, can you tell our Supies what Shadowstorm is about?


G.T. ALMASI: The Shadowstorm is my alt-history’s version of the Cold War. After the dust settles from my What-If? version of World War 2 there are four superpowers; Greater Germany, the United States, the Soviet Union, and the Nationalist Republic of China.

Technology and diplomacy take different paths in my alt-20th century. Instead of a nuclear arms race, the Big Four compete with biotechnology implanted in battalions of undercover action-agents. The constant stress of espionage and counter-espionage results in a more conservative political climate that allows Richard Nixon to remain President for four consecutive terms.

I’m not much of a technocrat and a sci-fi person and most definitely I don’t fancy Robocop and all that bionic shiznit but for some reason, your work hits a spot and hits it perfectly. Thanks for making this series “idiot-friendly” for handicapped people like myself. 


From the looks of it, I can tell that the series is far from drying up. How many more Shadowstorm books are you planning to write?

G.T. ALMASI: My editor and I have written out the Shadowstorm timeline from 1940 up through 2020. We’ve got treatments for movies, video games, and a TV series, plus I’ve already begun the third book in the series.

*lights up at movies, video games & TV series* I can totally see Shadowstorm going multi-media like that. What is the next book about? Do you have a working title already?


G.T. ALMASI: The working title for the next book is Legion of Scorpio. It will conclude the events that began in Blades of Winter and continued through HAMMER OF ANGELS, while opening the door to the next major chapter in the series.

As we’re a bookish crowd, what book are you currently reading and what are your thoughts about it?


G.T. ALMASI: I’m reading a biography of Robert F. Kennedy by Arthur Schlesinger, which is very illuminating about RFK specifically and the sixties in general. I also just re-read (again) Neuromancer to keep myself psyched up for my writing.

Aside from Legion of Scorpio, what other project(s) are you currently working on?

G.T. ALMASI: I’m writing Shadowstorm Book Three, Legion of Scorpio, and of course doing my thing at my day job. I’m also working on my German language skills, but that’s slow going. My grandmother and father each have a gift for languages, but I think that gift skipped my generation ;)

LOL, maybe Rosetta Stone can help you with that. Where can fans catch you?

G.T. ALMASI: I haven’t made a lot of appearances, but when Blades of Winter came out my publisher placed me on a panel at the NYC Comic-Con, which was a real blast. I’m based near Boston, Mass., so any events in the Northeast could be good opportunities.

I always check for fan mail and notes on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/GTAlmasi or I can be reached at gtalmasi@gmail.com. If anyone wants a signed copy of either (or both!) books, I’ll email them a snail-mail address to send their copy to. I’ll sign it and mail it right back.

Thanks again for sharing Shadowstorm gossip with me and Talk Supe’s readers. Expect another annoying invite from me when League of Scorpio releases! 


G.T. ALMASI: Thanks for having me on Talk Supe, and happy reading! :)

I need Kalmers! 
Once again, G.T. Almasi almost made my heart stop and my eyes flutter with his fast-paced, action-packed series, Shadowstorm. HAMMER OF ANGELS is the bomb diggity and Alix “Scarlet” Nico’s sheboomigans never fails to make me gasp, exclaim and clutch my ereader with a death-grip. HAMMER OF ANGELS is stuffed with fantastic spy adventures any reader will find it hard to put this baby down! This time around, Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin with the help of other agents go up against neo-Nazis in Germany. On top of this, clues to Scarlet’s father’s whereabouts is explored and led to such a jaw dropping discovery. Alix finally has closure over her dad, the best spy the agency ever had, Big Bertha, and his disappearance. She’s finally reunited with her old man unfortunately, he’s not exactly who Alix expected him to be. All I can say about that is that I need Legion of Scorpio NOW! Oh, and per usual, guns are blazing and bullets are flying everywhere complete with statement explosions designed to fire up our imagination. 
I can’t gush enough about Mr. Almasi’s amazing and very believable world building. The Shadowstorm world appears orderly on the outside but behind the scenes, spies are running the show. And oh how I love this spy game! A calculated ambush and carefully plotted missions executed by a chosen few can destroy a powerful organization or even topple a government. Plus the backstories are superb! Don’t be intimidated by this alternate world G.T. Almasi created which is based on facts because he will help you get acclimated to his version fast. I wish history was taught the same way it was related in the Shadowstorm novels. I think I would’ve learned to appreciate significant events better if it was told in the style G.T. Almasi used to catch us up with his alternate history. With every mission and key player introduced, a brief “historical background” is inserted into the story to help us understand current events. Historical backgrounds are in the form of articles, old-school textbook snippets and high level communications that slowly but effectively shape Scarlet’s world so one doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
Alix “Scarlet” Nico is one badass heroine you won’t get enough of. Aside from her wisea$$ remarks and combat skills, Scarlet’s attitude and approach on things is awe inspiring. First of all being a soldier, and a spy for that matter, Scarlet has seen a lot of gruesome things in her mission. Death is nothing new to her as she dances with the Grim Ripper on a regular basis. Scarlet is resilient and tough by nature but when she’s with her mom and faced with issues concerning her dad, Scarlet turns into Alix. Sheds her tough exterior and turns into a devoted, loyal and vulnerable young woman. The Alix/Scarlet contrast is well-played adding layers to an otherwise hard-ass character. 
I would also like to briefly mention Lil Bertha, Scarlet’s AI gun which used to be her father’s. I’m not a gun person but Lil Bertha made me do phantom trigger pulls! Scarlet’s baby is one heck of a weapon, it’s like a character on its own. 
As a side note, the romance is very minimal in this series which I love. I do appreciate a good romance but not every story requires it. There’s a play of attraction between Alix and her partners but it’s not the focal point of the stories. If anything, the relationship portrayed is that between partners and teammates. Friendships rather than romance which I think is way more believable as opposed to random humping in obscure places because the characters are high on adrenalin it translates to lust. 
HAMMER OF ANGELS is another powerful punch c/o G.T. Almasi. Like I said, the series reads like a movie and Alixandra Janina Nico will take you for an adventure you’ll never forget. So if you are fond of adrenalin, or should I say Madrenalin, infused tales, pick up Shadowstorm, you won’t regret it.

“I think fire will be very ‘in’ this season.” [Scarlet]
“Oh, most definitely,” he [Darwin] answers. “Nothing says ‘hip’ and ‘trendy’ like being wreathed in flames.”

“We’re Americans. If we need something, we’ll steal it.”

“Another day older and a mountain of dead motherfuckers.”


G. T. Almasi graduated from RISD and moved to Boston to pursue a career as a graphic designer. While he built his design portfolio, he joined a band as the bass player, and wrote and designed the band’s newsletter. Once his career as an art director took off, he continued to supplement his design talents by writing copy for his clients.

As a novelist, his literary influences include Robert Ludlum, Neal Stephenson, and Hunter S. Thompson. He also draws inspiration from John Woo’s movies and Todd Howard’s videogames. Almasi lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Natalie, and their lovably stubborn dog, Ella.

Stalk G.T.

Tour Stop + Giveaway: Walk On The Striped Side by Jessie Lane

Walk On The Striped Side

Big Bad Bite #2
Jessie Lane
Paranormal Romance
February 25th, 2014
Does he have his claws in her for good? Or is she just yanking his tail?

Elena Demos’s life has been turned upside down. Her mother has passed away, leaving Elena and her two half-sisters to deal with their mother’s will and the crazy stipulations it contains. For the three sisters to inherit the substantial amount of money left behind, they have to go to work with two aunts they’ve never met, in the family business they’ve known nothing about, Amazons Inc. If that isn’t bad enough, she runs into the man who once broke her heart, and it’s only their first day on the job.

Gage Ivanov is a stupid beast. He let the woman who should be his mate go because she couldn’t be told of his Other identity. Now, Elena’s back, but she refuses to give in to his demands for her to be his mate. The timing for all of this couldn’t be worse, either, because Gage and his circle of friends are trying to subdue a rogue pack of wolf shifters in Germany who threaten to out the Others to the world of humans. Will he be able to juggle the oncoming conflict and win back his mate?

Claws, love bites and handcuffs – OH MY!
Thanks, ladies! Talk Supe feels so special today because of this interview! Woot!

Big Bad Bite is here!!! So let’s cheat on the blurb a little bit and tell us what to expect from WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE.


JESSIE LANE: There’s a lot going on in WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE. Gage and his group are still trying to figure out the best way to go into Germany and rescue Marcus Corvus, the wolf Alpha being kept comatose and hostage from his rogue wolves. Elena piles more problems onto Gage’s plate when she waltzes back into his life to inform him of her newly discovered Amazonian heritage and that she now works for the family investigative business, Amazons Inc. Elena is looking for Gage’s sister Lulu because murder charges have been brought against her by the Ninth Circle Council, which is the ruling demon council in the Other Community. Gage’s biggest problem in this book is the fact that his mate, Elena, won’t give him the time of day. He broke her heart two years ago and now he’s manning up to admit he was wrong and try and win her back. Needless to say Elena doesn’t make that easy for him.


Sounds like a paaarrrtteeeyy!! Elena is an Amazon, which is sooo cool! I’m sure she’ll be fierce and difficult. Is she going all Wonder Woman on us or is she more like the man hating archetype especially since Gage already broke her heart in the past?

JESSIE LANE: Elena and her sisters represent my vision of the modern day Amazon. Strong enough to fight in a man’s world but feminine enough to admit they want someone to love them for who they are. You can say that they’re their own sort of Wonder Women. 


Going back to Gage, the dude sounds like he had a d-bag moment and I can tell that Gage Ivanov has a lot on his plate. When the blurb calls you stupid, you know it won’t be easy. What are his other redeeming qualities?

JESSIE LANE: I love Gage. I know authors shouldn’t have favorites, but Gage is mine. I adore him. He’s the epitome of the alpha male who’s determined to get his woman no matter what he has to do. Including kidnapping and handcuffs. But underneath Gage’s gruff exterior is a man with an intense love and need for his woman. He’d do anything for her… except let her walk away from him again. He’s sexy, he’s smart and loves Elena with every fiber of his being.


And you know we LOVE men like Gage! For those unfamiliar with the series, what is Big Bad Bite the series about?

JESSIE LANE: The Big Bad Bite Series focuses on the supernatural Other community that the humans are oblivious about. Each book features a different couple, but as a group of friends they face different obstacles together such as a threat of a rogue wolf pack that wants to expose Others to the world at large and take over. There’s also a wee bit of an issue about the heroine of WALK ON HE STRIPED SIDE who is an Amazon working for her families investigate business hired to apprehend and hand over the hero’s sister on the charges of murder.

Twitter style, sell WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE to the readers.


JESSIE LANE: Claws, love bites and handcuffs – OH MY! #WalkOnTheStripedSide

OR 

One stubborn Amazon + one determined tiger = smexy paranormal romance with fun! #WalkOnTheStripedSide

Very creative. All I can think of is THIS IS FUN GUYS! Ha! Which explains why I’m a blogger and you guys are writers. Thanks for the gossip, Jessie Lane!

Elena started bucking in his hold, trying to force him to drop her. Silly human. As if she could force him to do anything. When he tightened his grip on her to keep her secure against him and quickened his steps towards the hallway that led to his bedroom, her frustration gave way to an explosion of angry words.

“You mother fuckin’, ball lickin’, hairball coughin’, oversized alley cat, douche juicin’, bastard!”

“Douche juicin’? That doesn’t sound very appealing. I hear there are creams for that if you need them, babe.” Gage crossed the threshold to his bedroom and walked over to the corner where he had his large, king-sized bed against the wall. He set his wiggling woman on the edge of the bed and then turned her body so that she faced him.

Quick as lightening, Elena brought her knee up, trying her best to land a blow to his nuts. He was prepared for the move, though, so he blocked the strike and then used his body to pin hers to the bed.

Frustrated, Elena spat out between her teeth, “Do they have a cream to cure Asshatism? I could finally get rid of you then.”

Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!

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Hotshots Anthology feat. Stacey Kennedy + Giveaway

Hot Shots
Anthology
February 25, 2014
Aphrodisia
Contemporary Romance
“Fired Up” by Anne Marsh
Hannah Green watches for wildfires from an isolated fire tower in Sequoia National Park by day and radios Cajun firefighter Cole Henry at night to share carnal fantasies hot enough to start a forest fire. . .

“Sizzle” by Lynn LaFleur
When photojournalist Maysen Halliday arrives in Lanville to take calendar pictures of the sexiest firefighters in Texas, red hot Fire Chief Clay Spencer makes her want him for her own personal centerfold…

“Five-Alarm Masquerade” by Stacey Kennedy
With her home destroyed in a fire, Abby has only the muscular arms of a rock hard firefighter to hold her up and the dream of blazing hot nights of pure erotic pleasure to keep her going. . .

This book contains adult content
What Song Inspired Five Alarm Masquerade?
by Stacey Kennedy

Inspiration comes from some odd places sometimes, and other times it can be something as simple as a hearing a song. That’s what happened when I wrote the firefighter erotic novella, Five-Alarm Masquerade in the HOT SHOTS anthology.

Every time I listened to Rihanna’s song, Stay, featuring Mikky Ekko, it brought ideas! The song is so emotional and well, I’m an emotional writer so songs like that tend to hit a certain note with me. It puts me into the mind space that helps me feel what the singers are trying to portray…maybe even what the meaning of the song is, which usually ends up giving me an idea for a story.

Stay could have a hundred meanings, but it spoke to me on a level of needing a person beyond reason. That you can’t explain the pull to someone and you don’t want to—all you know is that you need the person in your life. Almost as if your world isn’t right without them in it. And that was the inspiration for my novella. Simply that the characters Abby and Gavin found something in each other that was special and something that they didn’t want to let go of.

So have a listen to the song that inspired my naughty firefighter novella:

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EXCERPT from Fire-Alarm Masquerade by Stacey Kennedy
On her tulip-lined pathway, Abby Hill stood, unable to move, barely able to breathe. She stared in horror as harsh smoke drifted through the air and fire licked out of the bedroom window of her Federal-style row house.
Firefighters passed by in a blur, portraying a sense of calm in the chaos. Though she’d heard things like possible electrical fire discussed among the men, the voices around her were distant. She wrapped her arms around herself, tears dampening her cheeks.
“Miss, you need to back up,” a low, smooth voice said.
“This can’t be happening,” Abby managed through her tight throat.
Firm hands gripped her arms and turned her to face warm green eyes with hints of brown around the irises. The firefighter, decked out in full work uniform with a 4 on his black hat, had dark soot on the right side of his squared jaw. His brows drew together with his frown. “Is this your house?”
Abby never thought of herself as a person who showed emotions to a stranger. Now, she could hide nothing. “Oh, God . . .” Hot sickness rolled through her and the world got dizzy, real fast.
His grip on her arms tightened. “I’m taking that as a yes.”
Before she could drop to the cement below, she found those firm hands belonged to strong arms as the fireman tugged her into his powerful body. He lowered her to the ground, settling her between his legs.
Abby pressed her head against his rough coat, which smelled richer with smoke than what lingered in the air. She held on tight to the coarse material, unable to let go.
Quick minutes passed, and soon the wooziness faded. All but sitting in his lap, she noticed the smoke wasn’t nearly as thick. When her spun around thoughts centered, that’s when she realized something didn’t make sense. “Why is my bedroom window broken?”
The firefighter’s thick thighs pressed against her, as did his arms. “We needed to break the window to evacuate the heat and smoke before we put out the fire.”
Somehow, being in his arms made facing what happened easier, or maybe the shock had worn off and she could process better. She noticed that no other windows were broken in her house. “Was the fire only in my bedroom?”
“Yes, you got lucky.” He shifted on his knees, yet didn’t move away. “The fire was contained to the master bedroom.”
She gulped. “Lucky?”
He hesitated, and all the pressure around her faded before he squeezed his arms. “I’m afraid you can’t enter your house until the chief gives you the all clear. Do you have someone you can stay with?”
She gripped his coat, resting her head against his arm, tears trailing over her hot face. Though she noticed the firefighters coming in and out of house, and heard the loud conversations going on around her, she didn’t care she sobbed in front of strangers. “It’s gone.”
He leaned away and his gentle eyes held hers. “Abby Hill? Is that what I heard the police say?” She nodded and he waited for the car with the loud muffler to pass before he added, “What you have is a partial loss, Abby. Yes, your bedroom is gone. The rest of your upstairs might have smoke and water damage, but your insurance will cover it.”
She understood why he looked to her as if she was overreacting. In the scheme of things, this didn’t seem all that bad. “I don’t care about the rest of the house.” Her voice cracked. “The photos of my family were in my bedroom.” Ten years ago, a car accident had stolen away her parents, younger brother, and older sister. “It’s all I had of them. There’s nothing left.”
He rubbed her back, giving an understanding nod. “I’m sorry.”
Somehow, his response was better than, “At least you weren’t hurt, or it could’ve been worse.” Though there were positives in her current hell, it didn’t change the fact that every picture she had of her family was likely destroyed. Nothing else remained that proved they’d ever existed, except for their gravestones.
A moment passed as his eyes searched hers. “You have no other family that would have some photos?”  “Both my parents didn’t have siblings. There are a few friends of the family . . .” Her chest ached. “Possibly they have some, but it’s not . . .”
“Not the special pictures of you and your family,” he offered.
Her chin quivered. “Exactly.”
His lips pinched with his regard of her. The firefighter excelled at serving the public, she actually believed he felt bad for her. While she knew she should let him go, being a complete stranger and all, she couldn’t find it in herself to tear herself away.
Staring into his piercing eyes, she had the oddest sense that he didn’t want her to either. Something so sweet and pure passed in the air between them. A sensation of understanding that at this moment she needed more than anything. And how did that make any sense?
Why was being in a stranger’s arms providing her with such warmth and familiarity, and more than anything making her feel this safe?
“Where is she?” a familiar feminine voice snapped. “And if you dare tell me again that I can’t see Abby, I’ll remove your manly bits, you giant ass!”
Abby glanced over her shoulder, catching sight of Sierra, dressed in her typical black skirt and red blouse. Abby didn’t know how Sierra found out about the fire, but she didn’t care; she needed her best friend.
Sierra’s blue eyes were narrowed and her bright red lipstick covered her frown as she gave the firefighter a glare promising a painful death. After a good stare down, the man gestured in Abby’s direction, then Sierra rushed forward. She yanked Abby into her arms. “Jesus, sweetie. Can you believe they wouldn’t let me through to see you?”
“It’s all gone.” Abby rested her head against Sierra’s shoulder, hugging her tight. “They’re gone.”
Sierra paused, then heaved a sigh. “Shit, this is awful. I’m so sorry, Abby.”
Of course, Sierra understood the depth of Abby’s despair. Sierra had been there the night they worked on their high-school assignment together. That fateful night Abby didn’t go for her brother’s special dinner to celebrate his touchdown at the football game, and the night where the car carrying her entire family collided with the transport truck.
Leaning away from Sierra, Abby looked into her best friend’s teary eyes. “That’s all I had of them.”
Sierra gathered Abby’s hands. “You don’t have any pictures in your attic or storage?”
Abby shook her head. “I kept everything in my bedroom in a memory box. I wanted to scan them all, keep them safe, but—”
“Don’t do that to yourself,” Sierra interjected with a soft voice. “You’re not to blame for this. It’s a horrible accident.”
Abby remembered hearing something similar from her therapist. Not that she thought she could’ve prevented the car accident that killed her family, but her guilt for not being with them that night had stayed with her for a long time.
With her therapist’s voice in her head reminding her she couldn’t stay in the past and mourn things she couldn’t change, she pushed off the cement pathway. She glanced around, seeing that the entire neighborhood was watching from the other side of the street, and she didn’t want to process the loss of photos under the scrutiny of onlookers.
Sierra must’ve read Abby’s thoughts, since she reached up and fixed Abby’s hair. There wasn’t a day that Sierra had let Abby walk out the door with a strand of hair out of place. She ran her fingers under Abby’s eyes, clearing away her mascara. “Let’s get out of here.” She gave a small smile, wiggling  her eyebrows. “Unless you’d rather stay in the arms of that sexy firefighter.”
Abby blinked. “Who’s sexy?”
Sierra snorted. “Seriously?” She grasped Abby’s shoulders. “When I found you, you were in the arms of that.”
Abby spun to face the house and she discovered a man whom she suspected was the fire marshal, dressed in a blue uniform. “Am I missing something, or are you suddenly digging older guys?”
“Older guys?” Sierra stepped in next to Abby, then she frowned.  “Ew, not that guy.” She gestured to the garden off to the right. “That guy.”
Abby followed Sierra’s direction and her mouth dropped open. Though the firefighter’s attire made the man look bulky, she wondered how much of that was the gear, or if his thickness was due to a muscular body.
Standing near her front window, he chatted to another firefighter, who was slightly shorter than him. The height difference made the taller firefighter look masculine. He’d clearly noticed them ogling, since he caught her gaze.
Under his direct stare, funny things happened low in her belly. Odd, strange happenings, considering seconds ago, a soul-crippling despair had overwhelmed her. The fireman’s features portrayed more than confidence, more than strength, but she thought that came from the sexy, arrogant twinkle in his eye.
The firefighter broke the connection, and Abby exhaled. He turned to the other man and exchanged words. Then hotness packaged in firefighter gear approached. Similar to when she watched her bedroom burn, she froze.
She knew, with total certainty, her reaction was absurd. Her bedroom was destroyed, along with precious pictures, but her body flared with a heat so addictive and intoxicating.
Over Abby’s shoulder, Sierra whistled. “Holy hell—all he needs is the fire burning behind him and we’d have one of those perfect calendar shots.”
“No kidding,” Abby agreed.
On his way down the pathway, Abby scanned over his black boots, to the thick pants she knew had suspenders, and images of a shirtless man filled her mind. She swallowed, forced herself to stop thinking in the gutter, and focused on appropriate places, like his face.
That didn’t help much—he had a chiseled face with masculine features, all making him way too noticeable. Lifting her gaze, she looked past his kissable lips that held a slight arch in the corners, and when his piercing eyes captured hers, she finally released the breath she’d be holding.
Whoa . . .
He was drop-dead gorgeous.
Once the firefighter reached her, he smiled. “You look like you’re feeling better.”
Abby blinked.
Sierra elbowed her in the side. “She’s much better, thank you.”
“Glad to hear it.” His voice wasn’t too deep, but low enough to sound smooth. “Do you have somewhere to stay, Abby?”
Her mind stuttered under how he said her name. As if he wasn’t stating a name, but the one word held powers making her feel like he noticed her, too. A hot shiver slid right down to her toes. “Um . . .
“She can stay with me,” Sierra interjected with a laugh. “Unless you’re offering—”
Abby jabbed Sierra hard in the side and Sierra cursed.
The firefighter chuckled, focusing on Abby. “Please give the chief the address and telephone number where you’ll be staying so he can get in touch with you. You’ll also want to contact your insurance company right away.”
She parted her lips to respond, yet closed them a second later.
Eyes squinting, lit with a twinkle of mischief, he said, “All right, Abby, you’re good to go.” His eyebrows creased. “Again, I’m sorry about your home.” He hesitated. “And your pictures.”
He turned, walking down her pathway.
Abby stared after him, her mind snapping into focus. On a gasp, she hurried to reach him. Just as he neared her front door, she grasped his bicep, giving his coat a tug. “Wait!”
Glancing over his shoulder, he looked at her hand before his gaze lifted. She nearly melted into a puddle of goo right there on her front porch. “Thank you for holding me like that. I know it’s not in the job description.”
He tipped his hat, giving a soft smile. “Maybe it should be.”

A professional technical writer, Anne discovered that getting laid off was actually A Very Good Thing. While looking for her next writing gig, she picked up her pen (well, okay, she used her writing as an excuse to buy a new Apple laptop) and started writing. She soon discovered that writing was uncomfortably similar to sit-ups: add a few more crunches each day, wake up sore, but, by God, you will fit into that bikini. Or finish the book (she’s still working on the bikini). Now she cranks out software manuals during the daylight hours– and writes about alpha shapeshifters the rest of the time.

Follow Anne
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Lynn LaFleur was born and raised in a small town in Texas close to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Writing has been in her blood since she was eight years old and wrote her first story for an English assignment.

As well as writing at every possible moment, Lynn enjoys reading, scrapbooking, photography, and learning new things on the computer. She’s a software junky and loves to try out new programs, especially anything to do with graphics.

After living on the West Coast for 21 years, Lynn now lives 17 miles from her hometown in Texas. She’s a romantic at heart and can’t imagine ever writing anything but romances. A full-time writer, she spends her days creating stories of people who find their happily-ever-after, sometimes with the help of an alien or psychic or vampire.

Follow Lynn
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USA Today Bestselling Author, Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Supernatural, True Blood, Lost Girl, and Sons of Anarchy.

Follow Stacey
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Hotshots Anthology feat. Stacey Kennedy + Giveaway

Hot Shots
Anthology
February 25, 2014
Aphrodisia
Contemporary Romance
“Fired Up” by Anne Marsh
Hannah Green watches for wildfires from an isolated fire tower in Sequoia National Park by day and radios Cajun firefighter Cole Henry at night to share carnal fantasies hot enough to start a forest fire. . .

“Sizzle” by Lynn LaFleur
When photojournalist Maysen Halliday arrives in Lanville to take calendar pictures of the sexiest firefighters in Texas, red hot Fire Chief Clay Spencer makes her want him for her own personal centerfold…

“Five-Alarm Masquerade” by Stacey Kennedy
With her home destroyed in a fire, Abby has only the muscular arms of a rock hard firefighter to hold her up and the dream of blazing hot nights of pure erotic pleasure to keep her going. . .

This book contains adult content
What Song Inspired Five Alarm Masquerade?
by Stacey Kennedy

Inspiration comes from some odd places sometimes, and other times it can be something as simple as a hearing a song. That’s what happened when I wrote the firefighter erotic novella, Five-Alarm Masquerade in the HOT SHOTS anthology.

Every time I listened to Rihanna’s song, Stay, featuring Mikky Ekko, it brought ideas! The song is so emotional and well, I’m an emotional writer so songs like that tend to hit a certain note with me. It puts me into the mind space that helps me feel what the singers are trying to portray…maybe even what the meaning of the song is, which usually ends up giving me an idea for a story.

Stay could have a hundred meanings, but it spoke to me on a level of needing a person beyond reason. That you can’t explain the pull to someone and you don’t want to—all you know is that you need the person in your life. Almost as if your world isn’t right without them in it. And that was the inspiration for my novella. Simply that the characters Abby and Gavin found something in each other that was special and something that they didn’t want to let go of.

So have a listen to the song that inspired my naughty firefighter novella:

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EXCERPT from Fire-Alarm Masquerade by Stacey Kennedy
On her tulip-lined pathway, Abby Hill stood, unable to move, barely able to breathe. She stared in horror as harsh smoke drifted through the air and fire licked out of the bedroom window of her Federal-style row house.
Firefighters passed by in a blur, portraying a sense of calm in the chaos. Though she’d heard things like possible electrical fire discussed among the men, the voices around her were distant. She wrapped her arms around herself, tears dampening her cheeks.
“Miss, you need to back up,” a low, smooth voice said.
“This can’t be happening,” Abby managed through her tight throat.
Firm hands gripped her arms and turned her to face warm green eyes with hints of brown around the irises. The firefighter, decked out in full work uniform with a 4 on his black hat, had dark soot on the right side of his squared jaw. His brows drew together with his frown. “Is this your house?”
Abby never thought of herself as a person who showed emotions to a stranger. Now, she could hide nothing. “Oh, God . . .” Hot sickness rolled through her and the world got dizzy, real fast.
His grip on her arms tightened. “I’m taking that as a yes.”
Before she could drop to the cement below, she found those firm hands belonged to strong arms as the fireman tugged her into his powerful body. He lowered her to the ground, settling her between his legs.
Abby pressed her head against his rough coat, which smelled richer with smoke than what lingered in the air. She held on tight to the coarse material, unable to let go.
Quick minutes passed, and soon the wooziness faded. All but sitting in his lap, she noticed the smoke wasn’t nearly as thick. When her spun around thoughts centered, that’s when she realized something didn’t make sense. “Why is my bedroom window broken?”
The firefighter’s thick thighs pressed against her, as did his arms. “We needed to break the window to evacuate the heat and smoke before we put out the fire.”
Somehow, being in his arms made facing what happened easier, or maybe the shock had worn off and she could process better. She noticed that no other windows were broken in her house. “Was the fire only in my bedroom?”
“Yes, you got lucky.” He shifted on his knees, yet didn’t move away. “The fire was contained to the master bedroom.”
She gulped. “Lucky?”
He hesitated, and all the pressure around her faded before he squeezed his arms. “I’m afraid you can’t enter your house until the chief gives you the all clear. Do you have someone you can stay with?”
She gripped his coat, resting her head against his arm, tears trailing over her hot face. Though she noticed the firefighters coming in and out of house, and heard the loud conversations going on around her, she didn’t care she sobbed in front of strangers. “It’s gone.”
He leaned away and his gentle eyes held hers. “Abby Hill? Is that what I heard the police say?” She nodded and he waited for the car with the loud muffler to pass before he added, “What you have is a partial loss, Abby. Yes, your bedroom is gone. The rest of your upstairs might have smoke and water damage, but your insurance will cover it.”
She understood why he looked to her as if she was overreacting. In the scheme of things, this didn’t seem all that bad. “I don’t care about the rest of the house.” Her voice cracked. “The photos of my family were in my bedroom.” Ten years ago, a car accident had stolen away her parents, younger brother, and older sister. “It’s all I had of them. There’s nothing left.”
He rubbed her back, giving an understanding nod. “I’m sorry.”
Somehow, his response was better than, “At least you weren’t hurt, or it could’ve been worse.” Though there were positives in her current hell, it didn’t change the fact that every picture she had of her family was likely destroyed. Nothing else remained that proved they’d ever existed, except for their gravestones.
A moment passed as his eyes searched hers. “You have no other family that would have some photos?”  “Both my parents didn’t have siblings. There are a few friends of the family . . .” Her chest ached. “Possibly they have some, but it’s not . . .”
“Not the special pictures of you and your family,” he offered.
Her chin quivered. “Exactly.”
His lips pinched with his regard of her. The firefighter excelled at serving the public, she actually believed he felt bad for her. While she knew she should let him go, being a complete stranger and all, she couldn’t find it in herself to tear herself away.
Staring into his piercing eyes, she had the oddest sense that he didn’t want her to either. Something so sweet and pure passed in the air between them. A sensation of understanding that at this moment she needed more than anything. And how did that make any sense?
Why was being in a stranger’s arms providing her with such warmth and familiarity, and more than anything making her feel this safe?
“Where is she?” a familiar feminine voice snapped. “And if you dare tell me again that I can’t see Abby, I’ll remove your manly bits, you giant ass!”
Abby glanced over her shoulder, catching sight of Sierra, dressed in her typical black skirt and red blouse. Abby didn’t know how Sierra found out about the fire, but she didn’t care; she needed her best friend.
Sierra’s blue eyes were narrowed and her bright red lipstick covered her frown as she gave the firefighter a glare promising a painful death. After a good stare down, the man gestured in Abby’s direction, then Sierra rushed forward. She yanked Abby into her arms. “Jesus, sweetie. Can you believe they wouldn’t let me through to see you?”
“It’s all gone.” Abby rested her head against Sierra’s shoulder, hugging her tight. “They’re gone.”
Sierra paused, then heaved a sigh. “Shit, this is awful. I’m so sorry, Abby.”
Of course, Sierra understood the depth of Abby’s despair. Sierra had been there the night they worked on their high-school assignment together. That fateful night Abby didn’t go for her brother’s special dinner to celebrate his touchdown at the football game, and the night where the car carrying her entire family collided with the transport truck.
Leaning away from Sierra, Abby looked into her best friend’s teary eyes. “That’s all I had of them.”
Sierra gathered Abby’s hands. “You don’t have any pictures in your attic or storage?”
Abby shook her head. “I kept everything in my bedroom in a memory box. I wanted to scan them all, keep them safe, but—”
“Don’t do that to yourself,” Sierra interjected with a soft voice. “You’re not to blame for this. It’s a horrible accident.”
Abby remembered hearing something similar from her therapist. Not that she thought she could’ve prevented the car accident that killed her family, but her guilt for not being with them that night had stayed with her for a long time.
With her therapist’s voice in her head reminding her she couldn’t stay in the past and mourn things she couldn’t change, she pushed off the cement pathway. She glanced around, seeing that the entire neighborhood was watching from the other side of the street, and she didn’t want to process the loss of photos under the scrutiny of onlookers.
Sierra must’ve read Abby’s thoughts, since she reached up and fixed Abby’s hair. There wasn’t a day that Sierra had let Abby walk out the door with a strand of hair out of place. She ran her fingers under Abby’s eyes, clearing away her mascara. “Let’s get out of here.” She gave a small smile, wiggling  her eyebrows. “Unless you’d rather stay in the arms of that sexy firefighter.”
Abby blinked. “Who’s sexy?”
Sierra snorted. “Seriously?” She grasped Abby’s shoulders. “When I found you, you were in the arms of that.”
Abby spun to face the house and she discovered a man whom she suspected was the fire marshal, dressed in a blue uniform. “Am I missing something, or are you suddenly digging older guys?”
“Older guys?” Sierra stepped in next to Abby, then she frowned.  “Ew, not that guy.” She gestured to the garden off to the right. “That guy.”
Abby followed Sierra’s direction and her mouth dropped open. Though the firefighter’s attire made the man look bulky, she wondered how much of that was the gear, or if his thickness was due to a muscular body.
Standing near her front window, he chatted to another firefighter, who was slightly shorter than him. The height difference made the taller firefighter look masculine. He’d clearly noticed them ogling, since he caught her gaze.
Under his direct stare, funny things happened low in her belly. Odd, strange happenings, considering seconds ago, a soul-crippling despair had overwhelmed her. The fireman’s features portrayed more than confidence, more than strength, but she thought that came from the sexy, arrogant twinkle in his eye.
The firefighter broke the connection, and Abby exhaled. He turned to the other man and exchanged words. Then hotness packaged in firefighter gear approached. Similar to when she watched her bedroom burn, she froze.
She knew, with total certainty, her reaction was absurd. Her bedroom was destroyed, along with precious pictures, but her body flared with a heat so addictive and intoxicating.
Over Abby’s shoulder, Sierra whistled. “Holy hell—all he needs is the fire burning behind him and we’d have one of those perfect calendar shots.”
“No kidding,” Abby agreed.
On his way down the pathway, Abby scanned over his black boots, to the thick pants she knew had suspenders, and images of a shirtless man filled her mind. She swallowed, forced herself to stop thinking in the gutter, and focused on appropriate places, like his face.
That didn’t help much—he had a chiseled face with masculine features, all making him way too noticeable. Lifting her gaze, she looked past his kissable lips that held a slight arch in the corners, and when his piercing eyes captured hers, she finally released the breath she’d be holding.
Whoa . . .
He was drop-dead gorgeous.
Once the firefighter reached her, he smiled. “You look like you’re feeling better.”
Abby blinked.
Sierra elbowed her in the side. “She’s much better, thank you.”
“Glad to hear it.” His voice wasn’t too deep, but low enough to sound smooth. “Do you have somewhere to stay, Abby?”
Her mind stuttered under how he said her name. As if he wasn’t stating a name, but the one word held powers making her feel like he noticed her, too. A hot shiver slid right down to her toes. “Um . . .
“She can stay with me,” Sierra interjected with a laugh. “Unless you’re offering—”
Abby jabbed Sierra hard in the side and Sierra cursed.
The firefighter chuckled, focusing on Abby. “Please give the chief the address and telephone number where you’ll be staying so he can get in touch with you. You’ll also want to contact your insurance company right away.”
She parted her lips to respond, yet closed them a second later.
Eyes squinting, lit with a twinkle of mischief, he said, “All right, Abby, you’re good to go.” His eyebrows creased. “Again, I’m sorry about your home.” He hesitated. “And your pictures.”
He turned, walking down her pathway.
Abby stared after him, her mind snapping into focus. On a gasp, she hurried to reach him. Just as he neared her front door, she grasped his bicep, giving his coat a tug. “Wait!”
Glancing over his shoulder, he looked at her hand before his gaze lifted. She nearly melted into a puddle of goo right there on her front porch. “Thank you for holding me like that. I know it’s not in the job description.”
He tipped his hat, giving a soft smile. “Maybe it should be.”

A professional technical writer, Anne discovered that getting laid off was actually A Very Good Thing. While looking for her next writing gig, she picked up her pen (well, okay, she used her writing as an excuse to buy a new Apple laptop) and started writing. She soon discovered that writing was uncomfortably similar to sit-ups: add a few more crunches each day, wake up sore, but, by God, you will fit into that bikini. Or finish the book (she’s still working on the bikini). Now she cranks out software manuals during the daylight hours– and writes about alpha shapeshifters the rest of the time.

Follow Anne
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Lynn LaFleur was born and raised in a small town in Texas close to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Writing has been in her blood since she was eight years old and wrote her first story for an English assignment.

As well as writing at every possible moment, Lynn enjoys reading, scrapbooking, photography, and learning new things on the computer. She’s a software junky and loves to try out new programs, especially anything to do with graphics.

After living on the West Coast for 21 years, Lynn now lives 17 miles from her hometown in Texas. She’s a romantic at heart and can’t imagine ever writing anything but romances. A full-time writer, she spends her days creating stories of people who find their happily-ever-after, sometimes with the help of an alien or psychic or vampire.

Follow Lynn
Website | Facebook | @lynn_lafleur | Pinterest


USA Today Bestselling Author, Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Supernatural, True Blood, Lost Girl, and Sons of Anarchy.

Follow Stacey
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Tour Stop + Giveaway: Walk On The Striped Side by Jessie Lane

Walk On The Striped Side
Big Bad Bite #2
Jessie Lane
Paranormal Romance
February 25th, 2014
Does he have his claws in her for good? Or is she just yanking his tail?

Elena Demos’s life has been turned upside down. Her mother has passed away, leaving Elena and her two half-sisters to deal with their mother’s will and the crazy stipulations it contains. For the three sisters to inherit the substantial amount of money left behind, they have to go to work with two aunts they’ve never met, in the family business they’ve known nothing about, Amazons Inc. If that isn’t bad enough, she runs into the man who once broke her heart, and it’s only their first day on the job.

Gage Ivanov is a stupid beast. He let the woman who should be his mate go because she couldn’t be told of his Other identity. Now, Elena’s back, but she refuses to give in to his demands for her to be his mate. The timing for all of this couldn’t be worse, either, because Gage and his circle of friends are trying to subdue a rogue pack of wolf shifters in Germany who threaten to out the Others to the world of humans. Will he be able to juggle the oncoming conflict and win back his mate?

Claws, love bites and handcuffs – OH MY!
Elena started bucking in his hold, trying to force him to drop her. Silly human. As if she could force him to do anything. When he tightened his grip on her to keep her secure against him and quickened his steps towards the hallway that led to his bedroom, her frustration gave way to an explosion of angry words.

“You mother fuckin’, ball lickin’, hairball coughin’, oversized alley cat, douche juicin’, bastard!”

“Douche juicin’? That doesn’t sound very appealing. I hear there are creams for that if you need them, babe.” Gage crossed the threshold to his bedroom and walked over to the corner where he had his large, king-sized bed against the wall. He set his wiggling woman on the edge of the bed and then turned her body so that she faced him.

Quick as lightening, Elena brought her knee up, trying her best to land a blow to his nuts. He was prepared for the move, though, so he blocked the strike and then used his body to pin hers to the bed.

Frustrated, Elena spat out between her teeth, “Do they have a cream to cure Asshatism? I could finally get rid of you then.”

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Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!

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Love It: The Clockwork Wolf by Lynn Viehl

Series: Disechanted & Co. 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal | Steampunk
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo 

As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life.

Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society—someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.

As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

THE CLOCKWORK WOLF, the second installment of Lynn Viehl’s steampunk series, Disenchanted & Co., is a wonderful sequel to a strong debut. Once again spell breaker, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge, takes us for a ride this time involving Clockwork wolves. Said wolves have been going going on a mad rampage around the city of Rumsen, murdering citizens, creating havoc and impregnating women with a single bite. Thanks to Kit’s cleverness, she saved the day and another bloody situation has been averted. Not only that, this big little adventure of hers opened a rather interesting love triangle between Kit, Deathmage, Lucien Dredmore, and, Scotland Yard Chief, Inspector Doyle. 

“No.” He turned me onto my back and rolled over to hold me down. “I want you, and I will do anything to have you. I never concealed that. And if for once you will cease pretending this indifference that you have never truly felt toward me, then you can admit it is the same for you.” – Lucien Dredmore

Now we’re all tired of this pesky love triangle but there are some authors who can manage to pull this romantic entanglement off. LViehl is one of those. And although I called out Kit for her slutty ways (I meant that in a fond way), this romantic development was expected, believable and organic. Kit has been the object of Dredmore and Doyle’s affection, the former even managed to take it one step further with Kit. To his credit, Tom Doyle is one eligible and gorgeous bloke and I’m not surprised that he managed to turn Kit’s head this time around. Kit and Doyle have known each other since they were kids and one can tell Doyle have always crushed on Kit, it’s just that Kit’s so oblivious to Doyle’s unusual demonstrations of his affections that she failed to pick up the signals until now. Kit’s found herself in quite the romantic pickle because at the end of THE CLOCKWORK WOLF, Kit’s forced to choose between Dredmore and Doyle or maybe even stay single and let them battle it out! I have to say I can’t choose a “team” at this point because both men have strong suits and either of them can be good for Kit. All I know is I am loving this brewing romantic conflict and I can’t wait what Kit’s BFF, Carina, has to say about this once she finds out!
As for the non-romantic parts, LViehl was relentless! There’s never a dull moment in THE CLOCKWORK WOLF. She really kept me on my toes here what with Kit’s investigation, verbal foreplay with Dredmore, entertaining conversations with her ghost grandfather, Harry, and her Madame BFF, Carina, and passive aggressive “courtship” with Tom Doyle via various case inquiries. The whole fiasco about the Aramanthans and their attempt for power by making these enchanted Clockwork Wolves was fascinating and creative on LViehl’s part. Backing it up with Native American magic was perfect and added an enchanting layer to the plot. THE CLOCKWORK WOLF‘s one heck of an adventure and I’m positive that the next book will be just as good if not better. 
To sum it up: I LOVE this series! I’ve read quite a few Steampunk series and Disenchanted & Co. joins the ranks of the best ones, that I can guarantee. The action/adventure isn’t overshadowed by the romance, the characters, and even the secondary characters, are fleshed out perfectly I won’t be surprised if one of the supporting cast gets their own novella or book in the future. The romance has the right amount of tension and passion to sexify LViehl’s Victorian province of Toriana. And Kit is such a fantastic heroine, she carries the series so well thanks to her attitude and drive. It’s quite impossible not to love her.

Love It: The Clockwork Wolf by Lynn Viehl

Series: Disechanted & Co. 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal | Steampunk
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo 

As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life.

Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society—someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.

As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

THE CLOCKWORK WOLF, the second installment of Lynn Viehl’s steampunk series, Disenchanted & Co., is a wonderful sequel to a strong debut. Once again spell breaker, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge, takes us for a ride this time involving Clockwork wolves. Said wolves have been going going on a mad rampage around the city of Rumsen, murdering citizens, creating havoc and impregnating women with a single bite. Thanks to Kit’s cleverness, she saved the day and another bloody situation has been averted. Not only that, this big little adventure of hers opened a rather interesting love triangle between Kit, Deathmage, Lucien Dredmore, and, Scotland Yard Chief, Inspector Doyle. 

“No.” He turned me onto my back and rolled over to hold me down. “I want you, and I will do anything to have you. I never concealed that. And if for once you will cease pretending this indifference that you have never truly felt toward me, then you can admit it is the same for you.” – Lucien Dredmore

Now we’re all tired of this pesky love triangle but there are some authors who can manage to pull this romantic entanglement off. LViehl is one of those. And although I called out Kit for her slutty ways (I meant that in a fond way), this romantic development was expected, believable and organic. Kit has been the object of Dredmore and Doyle’s affection, the former even managed to take it one step further with Kit. To his credit, Tom Doyle is one eligible and gorgeous bloke and I’m not surprised that he managed to turn Kit’s head this time around. Kit and Doyle have known each other since they were kids and one can tell Doyle have always crushed on Kit, it’s just that Kit’s so oblivious to Doyle’s unusual demonstrations of his affections that she failed to pick up the signals until now. Kit’s found herself in quite the romantic pickle because at the end of THE CLOCKWORK WOLF, Kit’s forced to choose between Dredmore and Doyle or maybe even stay single and let them battle it out! I have to say I can’t choose a “team” at this point because both men have strong suits and either of them can be good for Kit. All I know is I am loving this brewing romantic conflict and I can’t wait what Kit’s BFF, Carina, has to say about this once she finds out!
As for the non-romantic parts, LViehl was relentless! There’s never a dull moment in THE CLOCKWORK WOLF. She really kept me on my toes here what with Kit’s investigation, verbal foreplay with Dredmore, entertaining conversations with her ghost grandfather, Harry, and her Madame BFF, Carina, and passive aggressive “courtship” with Tom Doyle via various case inquiries. The whole fiasco about the Aramanthans and their attempt for power by making these enchanted Clockwork Wolves was fascinating and creative on LViehl’s part. Backing it up with Native American magic was perfect and added an enchanting layer to the plot. THE CLOCKWORK WOLF‘s one heck of an adventure and I’m positive that the next book will be just as good if not better. 
To sum it up: I LOVE this series! I’ve read quite a few Steampunk series and Disenchanted & Co. joins the ranks of the best ones, that I can guarantee. The action/adventure isn’t overshadowed by the romance, the characters, and even the secondary characters, are fleshed out perfectly I won’t be surprised if one of the supporting cast gets their own novella or book in the future. The romance has the right amount of tension and passion to sexify LViehl’s Victorian province of Toriana. And Kit is such a fantastic heroine, she carries the series so well thanks to her attitude and drive. It’s quite impossible not to love her.

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #89

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. 

Bought
from Amazon for 99c

Bagged

from Authors, Publishers & Tour Companies
WON from Danielle Doolittle: ROYAL PAIN tote, magnets, playing cards, book thong and copper rose ring.
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott | Twisted by Emma Chase
The Huntsman’s Prey by Marie Hall | The Girl Who Wasn’t by Heather Hildenbrand

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Leslea Tash is still looking for Goodreads/Blog reviewers to read BIRD AFTER BIRD. This is a full length contemporary romance novel with the release date still pending. If you are interested, leave a comment below with your email so I can contact you or you may visit Leslea’s FACEBOOK PAGE if you want to get in touch with her directly.

Leslea, aka Red Tash, is the author of TROLL OR DERBY. She’s has a wicked mind and even more wicked with a pen… errr keyboard… so you’re in good hands.

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Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #89

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. 

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from Amazon for 99c

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from Authors, Publishers & Tour Companies
WON from Danielle Doolittle: ROYAL PAIN tote, magnets, playing cards, book thong and copper rose ring.
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott | Twisted by Emma Chase
The Huntsman’s Prey by Marie Hall | The Girl Who Wasn’t by Heather Hildenbrand

STILL OPEN!

Leslea Tash is still looking for Goodreads/Blog reviewers to read BIRD AFTER BIRD. This is a full length contemporary romance novel with the release date still pending. If you are interested, leave a comment below with your email so I can contact you or you may visit Leslea’s FACEBOOK PAGE if you want to get in touch with her directly.

Leslea, aka Red Tash, is the author of TROLL OR DERBY. She’s has a wicked mind and even more wicked with a pen… errr keyboard… so you’re in good hands.

Last Week’s Reviews
Upcoming Reviews
Jennifer Estep
win a signed print copy of SPIDER’S REVENGE
ends Feb. 23

Maya Banks
win a print copy of LETTING GO
ends Feb. 25

win a print copy of WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT
ends Feb. 28
win ebooks, GC’s & an Egyptian Necklace
ends Mar. 2

Stacey Kennedy
win gift cards
ends Mar. 8

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.

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Carmel Talks: Things That Makes a Read Rabid

So excited to have fellow blogger and newly minted virtual tour organizer, Carmel, of Rabid Reads, on the blog today. I’ve been following her book review blog for quite some time now and have heeded to a few of her recommended reads (which always worked for me, BTW) and really enjoyed the content of her reviews and other discussions. 

What works and doesn’t work for you in as far as werewolf/shifter series are concerned? 

Each author’s approach to the various key werewolf elements that make up a furry series can be extremely different, and most writers choose to focus on a few canine specific traits rather than the animal as a whole. As a general rule, my favourite aspect of shifter fiction is the alpha (sometimes alpha couple) because this character is the epitome of what it means to be the top dog. I can’t say for sure where the dominating personality that’s prevalent throughout the paranormal genre originated, but if I had to hazard a guess, it would be the wolf. So, the next time you are mooning over your latest fictional crush, remember to thank this ultimate alpha, because without him your man-candy wouldn’t be what it is today!

Being the top dog isn’t just about being the strongest or the most assertive within a pack; it’s also about putting your family first, doing what’s best for the group, and making tough choices. The alpha werewolf is personally responsible for the survival and well-being of every single member under his care which makes this character one of the most complex and difficult to master in any shifter series. And, when an author does manage to successfully capture the very essence of what it means to be the leader of a pack, it is something truly magnificent to behold.

I have a love/hate relationship with the mate bond that can be found in pretty much every werewolf book ever published. I adore the concept of everyone having “one” fated partner, and when done right the connection between two soul mates has the potential to turn even the biggest cynic into a hopeless romantic. However, this is where things get tricky, and why insta-love is also one of my biggest pet peeves; too many authors have difficulty grasping this concept and take shortcuts which usually result in a lack of chemistry and just an overall non-credible relationship. Paranormal Romances are especially guilty of this mistake because each installment usually revolves around one central couple that changes from book-to-book which means that the writer only has one novel to convince readers of the authenticity of their characters’ connection.

Another crucial element in furry series that’s often times overlooked is the wolf POV. I absolutely love experiencing a story through canine eyes! In my opinion, when your character has two sides to his/her personality, it’s extremely important to demonstrate that by ensuring that there are at least a few scenes or chapters that are told from the animal’s perspective. Nothing annoys me more than an author who omits their protagonist’s other half. I read werewolf fiction specifically for the primal bits so when a writer somehow manages to “forget” what their character is —that’s a HUGE oversight on their part.

The pack is yet another aspect of this genre that I adore; I like the idea of having a family that would die for you—one that has your back no matter what. I love it when an author incorporates detailed shifter mythology into their world-building, and pack hierarchy and dynamics are huge parts of that. And, last but definitely not least on my long list of werewolf must-haves are primal sex scenes. I’m sure you all are familiar with the saying “to fuck like animals”, well in this case it’s actually true! I’m also not opposed to the occasional furry romp, but I do have to draw the line at bestiality. That’s just too out there, even for me!



Ultimate Rabid Reads


Bitten by Kelley Armstrong is of course, my all-time favourite werewolf book, but The Women of the Otherworld isn’t a werewolf series which is why it didn’t make this list. But, if you only ever read one shifter novel, this one should definitely be it!



Riley Jenson Guardian series by Keri Arthur: I read these books before I ever even started blogging, so the fact that they remain in the number one spot after all of this time is a testimony in itself. Arthur nails all of her wolf-y elements while still delivering top notch action, mind blowing sex scenes, and a story that’s in a league of its own.



The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater: Whenever I get asked for werewolf book recommendations, this series is always at the forefront of my mind. Stiefvater’s beautiful lyrical writing style is mesmerizing, and the relationships between her characters are downright magical.



Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs: I brought up the mate bond earlier in this post, and no author does it better than Briggs with Mercy and Adam. This series’ plot lines never disappoint and the shifter lore is first-class.



A Wolf’s Pride series by Cat Kalen: This author has mastered the art of writing from a wolf’s POV; her heroine is unforgettable and her story telling is without equal.
Naked Werewolf series by Molly Harper: You can never go wrong with a book by this author; her sense of humour is unmatched and, if you’re tempted to go the audiobook route, you won’t find a narrator more suited for her quirky characters than Amanda Ronconi.


If you want even more recommendations, see my top 10 werewolf books of 2013 & 2012.

Thanks so much for having me on Talk Supe, Braine, writing this post was a great refresher on the many reasons as to why I love werewolves!

Carmel is the owner, designer and main blogger behind Rabid Reads. Avid book reader, snowboard bunny, video gamer and Supernatural fan. I love all things paranormal, werewolves especially. I also offer virtual assistance to authors and webmaster services to bloggers. Oh, and I’m Canadian, eh!

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