Thursday, 18 September 2014

Jaguar Hunt by Terry Spear

Jaguar Hunt (Heart of the Jaguar, #3)Jaguar Hunt by Terry Spear
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jaguar Hunt is a nice blend of mystery, intrigue, action and steamy romance. What more could you ask for? I have read Terry Spear's wolf shifter series so I thought I would give this a try. I was not disappointed.

Agent Tammy Anderson and Enforcer David Patterson team up on a mission that takes them to Belize. They are following two teen boys who may have information about a missing jaguar. Tammy and David soon learn that there is more to this mission than they originally thought...missing jaguar, mischievous teen boys and a budding romance. Will Tammy and David be able to keep their minds on the mission and their hands off of each other?

Tammy is one tough agent who is willing to do what it takes to get the job done. David is one sexy enforcer who knows how to protect his partner. The chemistry between Tammy and David quickly heats up in exotic Belize. I will never look at a waterfall the same way after this read. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy: Guest Post

The Tears of the Rose
The Twelve Kingdoms, #2
by Jeffe Kennedy

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: November 25, 2014

Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir;the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition;and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.

Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…

Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?

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Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website:, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.

Guest Post:
The Three Sisters

One of the reader comments I love to hear about my Twelve Kingdoms trilogy is how much people love that the story is as much about the three sisters and their relationship as anything else. I really wanted the story to be about them, what they share and how they’re different.

Ursula, Andromeda (Andi) and Amelia (Ami) are the three daughters of the High King. They were born five years apart and grew up essentially motherless. Queen Salena died when Ami was born. Andi, who was five at the time, barely remembers Salena and has been the only mother figure Ami has known. Ursula, ten when their mother died, assumed the mantel of responsibility for them all. Because their father is both remote and a – shall we say – difficult person to get along with, and because their elevated station in the realm isolates them further, the three sisters develop a strong bond, despite their age differences.

They share certain traits in common – both ones they’re aware of and ones that emerge over time. Because none of them knew their mother all that well, and because Salena kept many secrets, her legacy is less clear. All three of the sisters discover ways that they’ve inherited their mother’s magic, in very different capacities. They also find that, as they carry out Salena’s deeply laid plans, they possess much of the nobility and love that drove Salena to sacrifice her own happiness for the good of others.

All three sisters are, naturally, profoundly influenced by their father. They all have gained his ferocity, his lust for life and a tendency to assume command. His less happy qualities of arrogance and being quick to anger are part of them also – flaws the young women must learn to manage and channel for positive purposes.

And yet, each sister is very different also.

Andi, the middle princess, grows up seeing herself as the space between her far more interesting sisters. In fact, she thinks of herself as being what they are not. She is not the beauty or the warrior, not the eldest or the youngest. She’s unremarkable at best, abhorrent at worst. Over time, however, she discovers the ways in which she’s inherited her mother’s magic and how she’s learned to hide that behind appearing to be invisible. In many ways, she’s the most steady of the three sisters, once she finds her way. The moon goddess, Moranu, guides her path. She finds a sustaining love first and discovers her own sense of self. She manages her emotions and becomes a powerful bedrock to assist her sisters in their journeys.

The youngest, most beautiful princess, Ami, is both sweet-natured and terribly spoiled. She’s the indulged baby, the petted motherless child, a girl universally admired for her beauty and as the physical embodiment of the goddess of love, Glorianna. In many ways, she’s bought into her own press. It takes a lot for her to begin to understand what is truth and what is flattery. She believes herself to have no power of her own – only borrowed power from other people. Because she’s used to manipulating people to get her way, she doesn’t understand her own value beyond superficial prettiness. Over time Ami learns what she really has to offer, the real power of love and how to live in the moment. She brings that back to her sisters, the ability to savor life and live it to the fullest.

As the eldest, Ursula is the gatekeeper. She protects her sisters whether they want her to or not – and in ways they never suspect. She is the son her father never had and holds herself accountable to a high standard, always hoping to, if not make him proud of her, at least not disappoint him further. She believes herself to be a warrior first and foremost, and she looks to the goddess Danu and her bright sword of truth to guide her. She sees herself as her father’s daughter and only much later recognizes the profound ways in which she is very much her mother’s daughter. Ursula is all about being strong, but much of it is external. Only with the help of her sisters can she find her true core strength.

To me, the three sisters form the parts of a whole. Their strengths compensate for the others’ weaknesses and their love for and belief in each other is what enables them to eventually triumph.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Desired by the Deep by Lyra Fawn

Desired by the Deep (Claimed by the Alpha Dolphins, #2)Desired by the Deep by Lyra Fawn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The second installment of this series picks up right where the first left off. This installment was packed full of action and one seriously hot pool scene.

In order to keep Mona safe until they can get her home, Lucan and Dario have to figure out how to work together – something they are having trouble doing and they are not sure is possible.

I liked that we got to learn more about the Dolphinae, their politics, and their history. The story is quite interesting and unique. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Child of Lies by Eric Edstrom

Child of LiesChild of Lies by Eric Edstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW! Eric Edstrom delivered with the second installment in The Scion Chronicles. I did not want to put it down. This sci-fi, dystopian, action and adventure story is a must read.

We return to the Scion school in Child of Lies but with Jacey and Humphrey in charge trying to protect the scions. Humphrey is settling into his role as Dr. Carlhagen. Will he be able to maintain his cover when Senator Bentilius and her guards arrive unexpectedly? Jacey will have a hard decision to make. Will she save Summer from having her mind wiped and replaced by Senator Bentilius or allow it to happen to protect all the other scions? Will she make the right choice? Can the scions be saved?

The author does a great job of continuing to develop each character. Jacey really shines in her leader position even though she struggles at times with making the right decision. Quick thinking, compassion and love are the qualities the scions admire in Jacey. Despite his hatred of Dr. Carlhagen, Humphrey was able to play his part in the charade without wavering. Together they make a good team. What an interesting turn of events! I will have to say I wasn't sure how this one was going to turn out. Surprising twists and turns kept me wanting more. I am looking forward to the next adventure.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn + Interview

Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen
by Marlene Wynn

Chandrea Averill thinks she’s just like any other normal young woman. But, on the day of her 23rd birthday, her life changes forever. Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue,

Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she’s ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia.

Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?

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Marlene Wynn is a Utah native - fondly referred to as "Utonian" by a friend. She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been there ever since. Though she has worked in the benefits field for several years, she finally worked up the courage to chase her dream as an author.


Q & A with Author Marlene Wynn
Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Chandrea:  Chandrea Averill is born the crown princess of a royal, magical family. On the day she is born, her palace and homeland are attacked, and her parents brutally assassinated. To save her life, numerous spells are placed on the newborn princess, and she is sent through a magical portal to live in secrecy on Earth. On her 23rd birthday, the spell reverses itself and Chandrea suddenly finds herself once more on her birth world. Against her will, she is expected to take her place as queen of the ravaged kingdom of Averill, reunite the Triad, and gather an army to overthrow Leilah, the tyrant queen of Svara.

Leilah:  Queen Leilah of Svara has made it her life’s mission to obliterate the Averill line, and Chandrea is the only other remaining Averill alive. Leilah and her personal spies have spent the last two decades searching for Chandrea, killing thousands and overthrowing the major political structure of Lyrunia in the process. She has fully earned the title of the tyrant queen of Svara.

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
I dearly love graphic design, and have self taught myself through YouTube video tutorials and trial and error how to work in graphic art programs. I would call myself an advanced beginner. LOL. I really, really wanted to design my own cover art for my book, but no matter how hard I tried, no matter what I did, it still looked amateurish. After the millionth rendition of my cover art, I finally decided that I wasn’t going to be able to do what the professionals do, and started researching cover artists. I was very lucky to find Fiona Jayde ( She worked with me to come up with a much better rendition of the “child of two worlds” theme that I was trying for. Through lots of back and forth between the two of us, we finally reached a wonderful cover for my novel. Fiona was always very helpful and professional, even going so far as to let me know when my ideas might not work very well (gently and politely, of course!). That is a valuable asset to have in a cover artist. Someone who wants your book to look as good as it can.

What was your favorite scene to write?
It’s a tie between the scene in the jungle when Chandrea is small and is having a “payback” war with Shawn, and the scene where Chandrea realizes that Shawn saw her running through the jungle in all her…ah…naked glory. LOL

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Chaotic. “Mom…what’s for dinner?” “Mom, are you busy?” “Mom, there’s no food…you need to go shopping.” “Meow (my cats wanting love)” “Mom, I’m bored” “Meow (my cats wanting in my room)” “Mom, can you take me to so-and-so’s house?” “Meow (my cats wanting out of my room)”. Etc.

Describe your ideal writing spot.
Somewhere without kids or cats. LOL

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
Leilah, my antagonist, was based off of a woman I knew whose mercurial mood swings could leave your head spinning. One minute she was your best friend, chatting you up, smiling and laughing. The next minute, she could turn on you and verbally cut you to shreds without hesitation or remorse. And, while she was always right (why wouldn’t she be…after all, the universe did revolve around her, didn’t it?), she was never at fault. Needless to say, I was very happy to leave her company.

If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
I think I would be Denae, the hunter from La Shura. She is a dynamo, someone who takes charge and is a strong person. Oh, and she has great hair! J

What is the best compliment you have been given?
For over ten years, I sang barbershop in Sweet Adelines. While I was only in the first year or two, and really still learning how to sing, our chorus had a coaching session with an internationally renowned coach. When it was my turn to sing for her, she asked me to sing something…anything. As I didn’t know any songs in the voice part I had just been placed in, I couldn’t sing anything barbershop, so I chose “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady”, one of my favorite songs. After nervously singing a few bars of this for her, she looked at me for the longest time, then asked me very seriously, “Why aren’t you on Broadway?”. I’ve never forgotten that. J

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Though I love people, I am an introvert at heart. I need to be alone with soft music and a good book to “re-charge my batteries”.

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you choose and why?
I would love to be a fairy. Not only are they lovely, but they have great power and can fly. I can’t think of anything more thrilling than to be able to fly.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
Paperbacks. They are easier to hold and read, and they just feel right. I like to have a book in my hands…not an electronic device.

What book are you reading now?
Dean Koontz’s Odd Tomas series. I’m on the last one released, “Deeply Odd”.


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