Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Simon Pulse It
Recommended by: My Guilty Obsession Blog
Genre: YA Steampunk
There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.
Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.
As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.
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.
- City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter (UF)
- Ticker by Lisa Mantchev YA Steampunk
- Minstrel’s Serenade by Aubrie Dionne (Epic Fantasy)
- Royal Bloog by Amity Cross (Erotica)
- Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake (PNR)
- FBF: Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Soul Enslaved by Keri Lake (PNR)
- Edge 1-4 by Jamie Magee
- Of Metal & Wishes by Sarah Fine (YA Steampunk)
Royal Blood by Amity Crosswin a $10 Amazon GCends 12.15
No Grits No Glory by Elaine Callowaywin the eboookends 12.16
Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blakewin print copiesends 12.27
Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walkerwin a $50 GC + Black Knights Inc. seriesends 12.29
Christmas Wonder Hopwin Amazon GC’s or Robid D. Owens’ series in printends 1.1.15
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…
Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…
A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.
While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life
Someone recently asked me to write a short story about how Beka Yancy, the Baba Yaga from my book Wickedly Wonderful, would go Christmas shopping. There was only one problem: Beka is a witch, from a long line of Russian witches, and therefore Pagans. In short, neither she nor the other Baba Yagas (like Barbara Yager from Wickedly Dangerous) would celebrate Christmas—they would celebrate the Winter Solstice.
It turned out okay, since I had a fun time writing a short short about Beka doing her Solstice shopping for her sister Babas, but in the process, it came to my attention that lots of people don’t know much about non-Christian holiday celebrations at this time of year, other than to agree that no one knows how to spell Hannukah. Er, Chanukah. I mean, Channukah. Nevermind. I grew up Jewish, and I still don’t know how to spell it.
But I can spell Yule, which is one of the better-known Pagan celebrations of the Winter Solstice, from which many of our current Christmas celebrations stem. Remember all those carols about “make the Yuletide merry” or maybe mentions of a Yule log? Those all come from the Old English word, and celebrations that took place in Germanic and Norse countries around that time of year, and then spread across Northern Europe. Modern Pagans often refer to the Solstice as Yule. (And yes, that’s what I celebrate, usually with a fancy sit-down Yule dinner party for friends both Pagan and otherwise.)
A little trickier to spell is Kolyada, the Russian Winter Solstice (and don’t even ask me to pronounce it—I may have Russian Jews as ancestors, but they’re not around to translate, and I refuse to hold a séance just to find out how to say Winter Solstice). Beka and her fellow Babas might well observe the holiday of Koliada (I told you it was tricky), which traditionally took place on the night of the Solstice. Bonfires and candles were lit on this, the longest night of the year, to encourage the return of the light. People went from house to house, singing traditional songs and collecting sweets along the way, a slight variation from the English traditions, where folks were usually given something alcoholic to drink at each neighbor’s house, which led to rather a rowdy holiday, as you might imagine.
|Kolyada, not mine|
These processions often involved masks and costumes, used to represent the spirits of the ancestors who had passed into the world beyond (remember, the nights were very dark), and it was also considered a good time for divination. In some traditions, people would act out the battle between Bielobog (the god of light) and Chernobog (the god of darkness). Thankfully, Bielobog always won, leading us into the time of year when each day brings a little bit more light until the springtime finally comes around again. (Here in Upstate NY where I live, that’s usually around, oh, June.)
Like the Pagans on the British Isles, the Russians had a version of an old man bringing gifts (in this case, he was called Polaznik, although in other lands he was sometimes known as Father Frost, or some other name). I’m not sure what kind of gifts Polaznik would bring to Beka and Barbara—maybe a new surfboard for Beka, and a nice pointy sword for Barbara. And, no doubt, a VERY large and meaty bone for each of their dragons-disguised as dogs, the Baba’s companion Chudo-Yudos.
Of course, Beka and her sister Babas are modern women (even if they were raised by powerful witches out of ancient Russian fairy tales), so they would probably mix a bit of the new with the old. My guess is that they would gather around a bonfire, decorate a living pine tree with magical lights and trinkets from their far-flung travels, and probably feast on roasted chestnuts (and a few s’mores for Beka’s dragon-dog Chewie, who is particularly partial to such things).
And then they would raise a glass of mulled wine to the returning of the light and to being in the company of those that they love—because no matter what your origins, that’s really what the holiday is all about.
Author of seven non-fiction books from Llewellyn. Circle, Coven & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice (2007), Everyday Witch A to Z (2008), The Goddess is in the Details (2009), Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) Witchcraft on a Shoestring (2010), Everyday Witch Book of Rituals, and The Witch’s Broom. I am also the author of the Baba Yaga series from Berkley Romance, including Wickedly Magical (novella), Wickedly Dangerous, and Wickedly Wonderful.
I live in a 120 year old farmhouse in upstate NY with five cats, and run an artists’ cooperative shop when I’m not writing.
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Source: via Tour Organizer
Recommended By: Candace’s Book Blog
He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?
Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.
As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Magic and mystery collide in this second installment of the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.
Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. With Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides though, they do not have an easy road ahead.
But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball — the biggest far event of the year — Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow’s father, Braziano, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die.
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Brianna fled to Savannah to escape the voices of the dead. Just when she thought she’d left all paranormal things behind, she discovers her house is haunted. Not just haunted, but haunted by Southern ghosts. These persistent beings not only hide her white shoes after Labor Day, but they leave grits-caked dishes in the sink, and swear to wreak havoc on her life – – unless she helps them.Steven put Savannah in his rearview mirror years ago to follow his passion for music. When his band splits up and he can’t reach his little sister for weeks, he races home—only to learn his whole family died in a mysterious house fire. The house Brianna now lives in.Together, Brianna and Steven learn who murdered Steven’s family and become caught in a web of intrigue that will risk their careers, their homes–but especially their lives.
1. No Gits No Glory is…
Ever have one of those days? The kind where you wake up and try to find your white shoes for work, but the Southern ghosts in your house have hidden them because people aren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day?
Yeah, that was only the start to my adventure in the South.
Admittedly, the ghosts are nice. Nice as they can be to a Yankee from Boston, I suppose. But they insist I bring their murderer to justice, which gets complicated in oh so many ways. I might lose my job, my home, even my life if I don’t play things just right.
Enter the distraction: the ghosts’ oldest son, a rebellious musician, who is still alive and wondering what I’m doing living in his family’s home. What am I supposed to do? It’s not like I can tell him I see and talk to dead people. Based on experience, that’s not the best way to get dates.
If I can only help these ghosts and not lose everything in the process, I might have a chance at the life I want…
2. My name is…
Hi, I’m Brianna. You met me in Question #1. To say I had a strange childhood would be an understatement. My parents ran a mortuary, so my days were surrounded by dead bodies while most children were surrounded by dolls and video games. I tried to move past my strange upbringing when I moved to Savannah. Never thought I’d run right into the ghosts and voices I’d been trying to avoid.
Being a longer, I work as a cosmetologist in a funeral home. Strange, I know. But you should’ve seen the woman who worked on my big brother. The caring, the empathy she had—not only for him, but for our family—well, let’s just say she was my ideal.
Most of the time, I keep my “gift” of being able to see and talk to the dead tucked away. People can’t seem to handle it. But I might need to tell Steven, since his dead family are the ghosts in my house, and I could help him move past his grief.
If he doesn’t turn me away for being crazy…
Hey everyone. I’m Steven. I bolted out of the South as soon as I could, joined up with a rock band in California and for years I lived the life of a king. Parties, clubs, you name it…but all good things come to an end. So when I did meander back home to check on my family, imagine my surprise to find a stranger—quite a beautiful one, actually—living in my family’s home.
I’m not going to let my family’s death be in vain. I will find out who killed them and why, and bring the person responsible to justice—even if it’s the last thing I do.
My name’s Sam Begley, and I own this town. Oh, it may not be official yet, but trust me, my name’s going to appear on every document come Hell or high water. Even if I have to inflict both on people who get in my way.
It’s just good business, and I won’t let a great city like Savannah be without the best leadership and ownership that it deserves.
Brianna and Steven are forced to come together and work towards a common goal: bringing the villain to justice and finding peace for Steven’s family. In the process, they go up against a web of intrigue that could cost them their jobs, their homes, and their lives.
Expect to enjoy the setting of Savannah, be caught up in the intrigue with Steven and Brianna, and cheer them on through the dark times.
Don’t expect this to be a story where a human and a ghost have a love relationship. Some books are based on that; this is not one of them. The ghosts in this book are related to and have interest in the main two characters, which adds a unique twist to the story.
Elaine Calloway is the Amazon.com bestselling author of paranormal and fantasy novels with elements of romance and desire. Her “tales of the living, the dead and the eerie in between” include the Elemental Clans Series, the Southern Ghosts Series and several short stories. A New Orleans native, Elaine grew up with a love of all things supernatural and enjoys visiting the “Crescent City.” She currently lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
A hit gone wrong, an impossible contract, revenge and the ultimate kicker… falling in love.
Mercy Reid is a runner.
She found the perfect place to hide, until it wasn’t.
Xavier “X” Blood always gets what he wants.
He had the perfect arrangement, until it wasn’t.
X is the mysterious tough guy from Royal Blood MC who gets shit done. Cross the Club and you get a visit from X. Only one person walks away at the end of it…and it isn’t you.
Mercy is hiding something. Something big. Looking to get lost, she runs from one hopeless situation right into the clutches of a monster.
When X and Mercy meet, something more electrifying than sparks fly. Something dangerous, passionate and forbidden.
When you deal in death, there’s only one way things can end…
Or is there?
If you like sparkly unicorns and hearts, Royal Blood IS NOT for you. If you like dark twisty anti-heroes and heart stopping roller coasters, Royal Blood IS for you. If you like teddy bears and kittens with whiskers, Royal Blood IS NOT for you. If you like unapologetic alpha males that drip sex and talk dirty, Royal Blood IS for you. You have been warned.
As a fan of Dark and gritty romances I have to admit I loved this book. It was not what I was expecting going in and that was fine but please heed the warning. If you don’t like dark romances this book is not for you. This book is raw, there is no other way to describe it. Amity has gone darker than she has before and the result of that is Mercy and X, two of the rawest characters you may ever meet.
Amity Cross isn’t my real name. That’s no secret.
I didn’t want my Mum and my workplace to find out I wrote about doodles and tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo.
I live in a leafy suburb of Melbourne writing about screwed up relationships and kick ass female leads that don’t take s**t lying down.
Insert more pretentious c**p here.
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: YA Steampunk
A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.
When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.
On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings…or is the motive more sinister?
Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.