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Monday, September 15, 2014

To Be Read & Currently Reading

The last couple of months have been really bad reading wise.  I want to read but just can't find enough time or energy to really get into a book and do some serious reading.  This last week I have been fighting a cold and it has left me very drained after a day in work.  No book is amazing enough to keep me awake enough to concentrate on it when I am feeling so worn out.

However this week I am feeling a bit better and I am making a huge effort to read more.  I already managed to finished two books over the weekend and this new week has started off with two more.  Here is my Currently Reading list and below is my To Be Read list.

Currently Reading :

I love this author and her Books by the Bay Mystery series is a favourite cozy of mine.  So it is no surprise that I pre-ordered the first in this new series, Murder in the Mystery Suite.

What struck me straight away about this debut is that the main character is a working mum with a lot of responsibilities and not the single woman cliche.  Twins should be enough for anyone to handle but Jane also manages Storyton Hall, a delightful book orientated hotel with enough libraries to make any book lover swoon.

I am about halfway through and there has been some very exciting developments surrounding Storyton Hall.  The history and the contents of the place is quite interesting and the plot is keeping me hooked.

Loving this one so far!  Looking forward to cuddling up with it some more this week!

Currently Listening :

I would really like to be listening to the next book in the Mudbug series but it seems it isn't available.  Yet?  If anyone knows something please let me know!

Anyway I wanted to listen to something shortish and hopefully a little funny and this one has been on my pile for a while.  So far I am not too disappointed in the story but more in the production itself.  The narrator sounds older than the character and it sounds like she is sitting in a bathroom or metal container.

Despite the bad quality (maybe I have been spoilt by my previous audio experiences) and the slight 'makes me cringe' voice the story is getting interesting and the main character is amusing.

This one should be finished with this week.  I already listened to nearly an hour and a half today.

The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I need to read and review but because they don't release for another couple of months/weeks.

Last week a few new releases I had on pre-order appeared on my Kindle!  I have already read a couple of them but I still have a couple on my pile.  It is really hard not to just read the new books and forget the rest of the 'To Be Read' Pile!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

99) Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

The Blurb :

When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone's emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon's impact is especially strong for Kate who's wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon.

After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.

My Thoughts :

I wanted to read this book in one big yummy bite but work, a cold and other commitments kept hindering me from really sitting down and getting this book finished.  So in reality it took me three weeks to read Cursed Moon.  Which is a huge shame because it is definitely going to be in the top ten of the best books I read this year.

I already enjoyed the first book in this new series by Jaye Wells. Dirty Magic was new, original and had a certain wow factor just like the Sabine Kane series that got the author into the Paranormal Urban Fantasy scene.  Now this sequel has me convinced that Prospero's War is the better of the two.  Quite a shock statement if you go back and read my reviews of the Sabine Kane novels!  I didn't think that it was possible to out do the Sabine Kane saga but it was and Jaye Wells has done it with bells on.

There is something about this series that has me excited and giddy about the future of this author.  While the Sabine Kane series was brilliant and unforgettable there is something about Kate and this dirty magic concept that has me loving it more than Gighul and red-headed vampires.  It is more mature, raw and emotional with lots of elements you, as a reader, can relate to.  Addiction, family problems, friends depending on you, a job that sucks your life away, demons that come back to haunt you and finally a love that you want and another you can't get rid of.

While this series is filled with magic and takes place in a fictional place and time, it is easy to relate to the problems Kate is faced with.  Her strength and courage is infectious and you can't help but like her even if she is making mistakes.  The author has surprisingly given the main character a brother who she has to care for and while it makes more problems for Kate it is refreshing to have a leading lady having someone who is dependent on her and the reason she keeps doing what she does.

This time around the plot gets very edgy and wild but the Blue Moon will do that to you.  If you don't like watching the gritty stuff with blood, guts and sex then you can stay away from this one.  If you don't mind things getting a little heavy while keeping things realistic then you won't mind the few scenes that make the story really stand out.  The police procedure mixed with magic is a good combination and this is one of those series that you can really imagine being a great TV hit.

I eagerly await book three in the series and hope that there are more Prospero stories to come.  There seems to be a good amount of story left in this one and I am going to be pre-ordering anything that comes along.  Make sure you give this amazing story a try and pass it on to your friends.  The Paranormal Urban Fantasy genre has been throwing me some boring, unoriginal and bland books lately but Cursed Moon is the complete opposite and has me left me hopeful for the future.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

98) Missing in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon

The Blurb :

After an eventful first week on the job, Game Warden Jadyn St. James is happy the small bayou town of Mudbug, Louisiana, seems to have fallen back into its normal routine. But when FBI agent Raissa Bordeaux is kidnapped, Jadyn is certain the short-lived peace has come to an abrupt end. Statistics don’t lie, and Jadyn knows that the longer Raissa remains missing, the less likely she’ll be found alive.

Sheriff Colt Bertrand knows the FBI won’t let him participate in their investigation, but is certain the federal agents aren’t as qualified as he is to locate someone missing in the swamps surrounding Mudbug. And although he’s been avoiding the beautiful game warden, Colt is sure that teaming up with Jadyn gives him the best chance of finding Raissa.

With the clock ticking, Colt and Jadyn defy FBI orders and launch their search, but can they find Raissa before it’s too late?

My Thoughts :

Yes there hasn't been much action over here lately and I am sure there aren't many people left who actually read the blog but there are lots of reasons for the lack of posts but be happy in the knowledge that I am still reading and am definitely still listening to books!  While I haven't had much time to actually sit and read I have had time to listen to the next Mudbug book while on my way to and from work.  Book five in the Ghost-in-Law series was just as good as the previous four and it has made my travel time really fly by and my work week more enjoyable.

I am still loving Mudbug with its fun bunch of characters and resident ghost!  Once again I was not disappointed in the continuing story of the Mudbug residents and it was nice to be following Jayden and Colt once more but once again it was a bit of a joint effort with other characters telling their side of the story when needed.  Sometimes this doesn't work very well and can end up giving the reader a headache.  Jana DeLeon has written this series so well that you won't be reaching for an aspirin.  Having spent so much time with all the characters it is easy to keep track.  If you listen to the audio versions, like I have been doing, then it is the great narrator who keeps things straight and stops you from getting a sore head.

There was, as always, a lot of action and mystery.  Helena was funny as always and Mildred really does keep the group focused and cared for.  The other characters added tons of support and it was great to see Jayden and Colt tiptoeing around their attraction instead of getting together quickly like the previous couples.  It will be interesting to see what happens with them, as well as the rest of the characters, in the next installment.

Once again I loved the plot with its very interesting and dramatic twists and turns.  It could be seen as over the top but it always makes for great reading.  The author manages to make the story light and fun but also keep it serious.  I find myself shocked and amazed and then giggling the next minute as I listen to this well narrated audiobook.

My stay in Mudbug, Louisianna seems to be over for now! I would have downloaded the sixth installment ready to start on Monday but it doesn't look like there is an audio version yet!  I am loving this series so much and I am very disappointed that the next book isn't available on audio despite being released back in June.  I would have expected it to be out already.  I could give in and read the sixth part but Johanna Parker does such an amazing job of narrating the books that I can't switch to another format.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cover Reveal : Chasing Daybreak by Ranae Glass


Release Date: March 3, 2015

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

Series: Dark of Night Novels (Book #1)

Isabel Stone wanted a normal life. But when the unexpected death of her father leaves her at the helm of the family business, things quickly go from weird to worse. Vampires are on the loose and out of the coffin, and only Isabel can walk the fine line between the world of the living and the world of the undead.

Torn between letting go of her past and embracing her future, Isabel will have to decide who she can trust, and be willing to use all the weapons at her disposal, to get to the bottom of a terrifying string of deaths that lead right to her doorstep—before she becomes the next victim. In a city where nothing is what it seems, ending up the target of a deranged killer might actually be the high point of her week. Because in this town, the things that go bump in the night… just might kill you.



Ranae Glass writes New Adult Paranormal Romance. A southern girl at heart, Ranae loves feeding people, gardening, and sweet tea. She hails from Oklahoma and lives with her family out West where she spins tales of vampires, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. You won’t find any ‘vegetarian’ monsters here, her books are best served bloody and are not for the faint of heart. Ranae is the author of the Dark of Night novels from Crimson Tree Publishing.
Ranae Glass is the pen name for a popular YA author. She uses this name for her NA and adult novels.

More Dark of Night Novels Coming Soon:

Chasing Daybreak (2015)

Chasing Midnight (2015)

Chasing Dawn (2016)...

Chasing Nightfall (2017)



Sunday, September 7, 2014

97) Resurrection in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon

The Blurb :

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bayou…

Jadyn St. James is excited to start her job as game warden in Mudbug, Louisiana, and hopes it is the beginning of a new and improved life. She expected to run across any number of odd occurrences in the small bayou town, but she never thought her life would be in danger within a matter of days. And that’s not even the worst thing.
Helena Henry was hell on wheels—both alive and dead—when she resided in Mudbug, and a year in heaven hasn’t improved her one bit. Now, she’s back and has brought trouble with her.

When it becomes apparent that a major crime is occurring in Mudbug, Colt Bertrand is more than frustrated to be saddled with an inexperienced game warden, especially one who looks like Jadyn. But it soon becomes apparent that they need to put their differences aside if they expect to solve the crime, and more importantly, stay alive.

My Thoughts :

My lack of posts may make you all believe that I am not reading anything but in fact I am.  The fresh new school year has, as usual, sucked away all my reading time and I am way behind on my reading goal for this year.  While I haven't had much time to actually sit and read I have had time to listen to the next Mudbug book while on my way to and from work.  Book five in the Ghost-in-Law series was just as good as the previous four and it has made my travel time really fly by.

 I am absolutely loving Mudbug!  Once again I was not disappointed in the continuing story of the Mudbug residents and all the secrets they hold.  The Ghost-In-Law twist this time around was funny because everyone thought Helena Henry was gone and the story took place a year later.  The POV in this book was a new character but now and again a couple of other characters took the reins.  More of a joint effort and a great way to catch up with what all the previous characters are up to.

This time around the plot centered around Jaydn the new game warden and the local police detective Colt.  The majority of the other characters from the previous books were all present as they both try and stop the new trouble in the Bayou which starts with money flying around and continues with some dead bodies turning up.

I loved the plot with its very interesting and dramatic twists and turns.  It could be seen as over the top but it made for great reading.  The author manages to make the story light and fun but also keep it serious.  I find myself shocked and amazed and then giggling the next minute as I listen to this well narrated audiobook.

My stay in Mudbug, Louisianna isn't over! I have the fifth installment ready to start tomorrow and hope that part six will also appear on the audible site soon!  I am loving this series so much that I can't stop myself from continuing.  This cozy paranormal mystery is a hoot and if you like Molly Harper's books then you will also love what Jana DeLeon has going on in Mudbug.  Well worth checking out and definitely worth listening to with Johanna Parker (Sookie Stackhouse Audibles) reading this story like a pro!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

September Pre-orders & Recommendations

Summer is over...well what ever that was is over.  I wouldn't call it Summer but there were a few sunny days in there but not much free time.  I hope you all got some reading done and are up to date with your goals for this year because 2014 is quickly coming to an end.  I am three books behind but I am trying my best to catch up.  Hopefully by the time October comes around I will be back on track.

Anyway, once again it is time for the monthly post featuring the books I read over the previous month that I highly recommend. Also in this post is a selction of upcoming releases that I have on pre-order.  Take a look and maybe you will find something that you also want to add to your basket!

The "My Recommendations" widget lists the books I really enjoyed over the last month and I highly recommend you read. Of course there will always be something you don't fancy and there may even be an ARC or two thrown in there but you can quickly click over to Amazon and see what the book is about or when it releases.

The Pre-order list is exactly that!  A Selection of the books I have on pre-order. If you are looking forward to a certain book on the list you may want to go pre-order it yourself. It also gives you an idea of what books I am planning to read and which ones I really want so much that I order them in advance.  Some of the books on this list may already be on my Kindle because I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Copy.

Every month I try and update the lists and post them on the blog so you can all see they have been updated and what is on them.

Take a look at this months My Recommendations and Pre-orders! Let me know if you see something you like! Or maybe there is something you think I have forgotten!?

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

96) Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

The Blurb :

For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire... and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.

While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.

My Thoughts :

Keri Artur is one of the first authors I started reading in the Paranormal genre.  Her Riley Jenson series was the werewolf story that made me pick up others instead of sticking to vampires and witches.  So I knew from research that Keri's writing career didn't start with that series but a few others that had mostly gone out of print.  Luckily, now that she has become a big name, her older books are being re-released and fans can now get there hands on the early works of a great Paranormal and Urban Fantasy writer.

Memory Zero is the first book in the Spook Squad series (trilogy as far as I know) and has been on my Kindle for a while.  I wanted to read it before the release date this week but I kept putting it off and before I knew it Memory Zero was back on the shelves again and I was running late!  So I curled up with it over the last couple of days and dived into another interesting and unique Australian based tale filled with paranormal wonders.

What surprised me at first was that this series is Sci-fi.  Well it is based in the future and there is mention of futuristic gadgets but the Science Fiction is not over bearing.  The Supernaturals elements are somewhat unusual but there are familiar types with some twists to make them Arthur's own.  It isn't easy getting to grips with the lay of the land but the author helps you find your way as the story progresses. The style is exactly what I have come to expect from Artur and it is easy to sink into the story and feel at home.

The fact that this was first released over ten years makes the depth and originality of this concept really special.  I may not be a huge Sci-fi lover as far as reading is concerned but this one was interesting enough to keep me reading till the end and wondering about how things will continue.  I don't want to give the plot away but it was a nice change to have two characters end up together in a non romantic and sexual way.  It may come to that in the next book or further down the line but anyone who has read any books by this author will know what I mean because she really does like her hot and heavy scenes and writes them really well.

Definitely worth checking out if you like this author and didn't get to read this series the first time around.  The second book Generation 18 is due out next month and the third book in October.  So there is hardly any waiting around and you have the chance to read them all in one go if you want to.  If you haven't already had the please of reading anything by this author then you can't go wrong with starting here with Memory Zero.  A well thought out adventure with lots of promise and enough unanswered questions to have you eager to read the sequel.

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