RhiReading News

Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! Check out the latest events in the sidebar! It's time for me to do some sprucing up around here. My code got badly damaged when I made the derpy mistake of copying and pasting stuff from a word doc a tour company sent without sticking it into Notepad to clear the crap Word stuff. Very technical and boring but sadly catastrophic. So things are gonna look messy for a while as I try and find the damage and repair it. But yay for starting work on a new layout and graphics!

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently CLOSED for review requests for anything other than Young Adult or Urban Fantasy. I have promotional openings for July and August. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

♥ -- Rhi


Weekend Reading [08/26-08/28] :: Stuck in Limbo + Review Catchups

And so the weekend begins...

As August winds down I've found myself in a weird personal life limbo. The kind that begs a fast forward button so you can move past the waiting.

The upside to being stuck waiting for things to change is that it has given me time to dump a lot of energy into review catch-up. I have a goal right now to get reviews done for every title I received on NetGalley that has been archived. By the end of the month. It's pretty daunting but I'm down to only 7 left. One I only half-read so I hope to finish it and one got archived before I read it so I don't think I can review it without buying it or borrowing it from the library but I'm doing well. I had almost 20 unreviewed archived books so I figured it was time to tackle them. Of course, I have 16 others to finish and review or just review that haven't been archived. I actually read a lot more than I write and talk about here and on Goodreads.

This weekend I'll be finishing Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas) by Zoraida Cordova. I've been really eager to read it since seeing Cordova on a panel about diversity at RT. Barring nothing big happens to make me not like it it's going to get a positive review. It's been really enjoyable so far. I'll also be starting on The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. I confess, it's a title I hesitated to accept but between the pretty cover and my love of futuristic stuff... I caved. But it's long and I've seen some pretty negative reviews already. Wish me luck!

What are YOU reading this weekend? If you're in the mood for graphic novels or non-fiction I've reviewed quite a bit over on The Rhialist in recent weeks. Have a fab weekend! -- Rhi


Preorder the Alpha Beta Omega Box Set & enter to win!

10 Sizzling Shifter Stories From Today’s Hottest, Bestselling Authors
On PreOrder Now – Alpha Beta Omega: A Shifter Box Set

Release Date: September 13, 2016

Alpha Beta Omega: A Shifter Box Set 
Anthology Authors: Lia Davis, K.N. Lee, Marissa Dobson, Beth Caudill, Misha Carver, Xandra James, Laxmi Hariharan, Bethany Shaw, Nicole Morgan, Lily Marie

From today’s hottest USA Today and Bestselling authors comes a collection of 10 novellas, featuring hot alpha, beta, and omega shifters. If you like tigers, bears, wolves, and more you’ll love this box set. Each story is either a first in a series or a stand-alone novella.

AND it’s only on sale for a limited time so be sure to grab while it’s available. #99cents
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

What’s inside: 

A Tiger’s Claim by Lia Davis 
As the Alpha’s only daughter Shayna Andrews has always been treated like a rare gem, protected like royalty, and she’s suffocating. Her longing to be independent has driven her to sneak out one evening after dinner. After relishing in being able to run free without an escort, she finds herself face-to-face with the enemy, miles from home, and nearly loses her life until a lone wolf comes to her aid. But when he discovers she wears the enemy’s brand, things will go from bad to worse.

The Scarlett Legacy by K.N. Lee 
Wizards. Shifters. Sexy mobsters with magic.


Let's talk favorite YA Retellings! [+ Giveaway!]


Get Back-to-School Ready with this YA Retellings Blog Blast!

Recently, we asked several Entangled TEEN authors of YA Retellings the following question, "What book or story would you like to see updated for the young adult market?", and where possible, we've shared their responses below with you!

Review: Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Urban Fantasy, Supernatural
Print/Digital/Audio (112 pages, SUBTERRANEAN)
Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells itand furthermore, he knows he can handle it. When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it's part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren't too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it's up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy! Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear. But if he's going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes. At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world's finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins? The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne's New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.
Author Site: website

Even cat lovers will like this one. (5 stars)

Waiting for new IDC novels is hard. Fortunately, author Kevin Hearne, is not only wonderful at engaging with his fans, he can write fantastic IDC short stories for fans to nibble on. I never read the blurbs for Hearne's books so I wasn't sure what to expect from The Purloined Poodle. What was delivered was even more awesome than I could have anticipated—Oberon dominates this kidnapping and murder mystery.

For a short story this felt pretty story rich and made me chuckle a lot. Oberon fans are sure to delight in his desire to be Sherlock Holmes. Short and lighter than most IDC stuff but a terrific diversion to entertain while one waits for the next novel I thoroughly loved it and recommend to all fans.


Review: Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi

Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi
Notes: I received an audio review copy from the author for review.
Historical Romance, Special Needs
Digital/Print/Audio (423 pages)
Jesse Best is a simple man with simple ambitions, his own dog, his own gun and a woman. Althea Winsloe is a young widow. All she wants is to give her son a better childhood than her own. But a young woman sitting on a prime piece of farmland is bound to draw attention from envious neighbors and swains on every side. Interfering relatives and the confession of an illicit kiss force her to make her choice of a new husband by Christmas Day. Chock full of Ozarks vocabulary, mountain culture and characters that you are sure you know, Simple Jess is a unique and beloved romance novel that no reader should miss. (Narrated by Kevin Clay)
Author Site: website

An unexpected romance gem I solidly recommend! (5 stars)

I'm not much of a historical romance reader. On the surface this book is pretty much the opposite of what I read and review. When I perused NPR's 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances in search of a gem or two that I might like it was the one that stood out. I'm an advocate for diversity in romance but it's still very rare to find characters with mental handicaps. Since it was so well reviewed I felt quite confident that Jesse was going to be treated as a person with the same dreams and desires as any man. I took the plunge and this book blew me away.

I listened to it on audio and at times the narrator was so good he was annoying but he brought the Ozarks and Marrying Stone to life. Morsi is a phenomenal writer. Not one word ever feels extraneous or like filler. The characters are vibrant, lively, and felt like they were real people, not caricatures. The plot is a bit of a classic, I could easily see this made into a Hallmark movie. Althea is impressively strong and flawed but someone with a good heart. Jesse may have ruined all future romance novel heroes for me. He's such a good man and so deserving of the love he finds.

If you're looking for an engrossing, heart-felt romance that is pretty unique please do yourself a solid and read Simple Jess. Even though it's not a book I would have ever found on my own it would make my own top 100 for it's beautiful contributions to the romance genre.

Blog Tour: QUANTUM by Jess Anastasi [Excerpt]

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Today we have the blog tour for Quantum by Jess Anastasi! Check it out and grab your copy of this great new romance today!

Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Zander's convinced his attractive assistant knows more than she's willing to say, and if he can stop running long enough, he'll find out exactly what she's hiding. Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros is determined to keep her CO safe. Before she tips her hand, however, Mae has to figure out if the alluring man she's protecting is the real Captain Admiral Graydon. Or an alien shape-shifting imposter.

On the run and no one to trust…not even each other.

Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.

It's no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She's taken the job as the admiral's assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.

Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
  Get your copy of QUANTUM today:


Graydon looked up and met her gaze. In that one glance, she saw everything she shouldn’t want, everything she knew she couldn’t have with this man. He stepped closer to her, making her breaths too shallow.
This was totally irrational. Things had become too complicated, unclear out here where they were stuck with each other and couldn’t gain perspective. What would they do when they got back to reality, when the question of whether or not he was even human rammed right into her?
But as his large, slightly roughened palm stroked over her lower leg, she couldn’t believe that he was anything but human.
There was a good chance she was going to regret this. But as he let go of her calf and came closer, she couldn’t think of anything except that it would be totally worth it.
For once, she wanted to think of nothing—not her promise to Rian, not the certainty that if UAFA or the IPC found out what she was doing here she’d think herself lucky for only getting sent to Erebus, nor the truth that it’d been too long since she’d let anyone get close to her and it was easier to always be detached. God, how she wanted to think
of nothing and simply feel.
Rain started falling faster, chattering on the surface of the water around them, a cool contrast to the warm springs.
He shifted closer and finally, finally, his chest brushed her breasts, making the ache within her deepen.
“This is a bad idea,” she managed to get out, even though she’d apparently forgotten how to breathe.
“I know. It’s probably the worst idea I’ve ever had.” He reached up and cupped her face, the water from his hands tracking down her neck and making her shiver.
“Then we shouldn’t.” Her words weren’t much more than a whisper as he leaned down toward her.
“No, we definitely shouldn’t,” he murmured a split second before his mouth landed on hers.
Unlike their last kiss, this one wasn’t filled with frustration and confusion. The near-combustible heat was definitely still there, but this time they came together in a harmony instead of furious discordance.
She reached up to frame his face, the two days’ worth of whiskers on his cheeks pricking her palms. His hands splayed across her lower back, and she pushed herself closer to him, winding her arms around his shoulders to anchor herself to him. The kiss deepened, became a little wilder, and his tongue sliding into her mouth dragged a moan from deep within her soul.

About the author:

Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two hyper-active border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.

  Connect with Jess
 Author Website: www.jessanastasi.com Author Blog: www.jessanastasi.blogspot.com Author Twitter: @JessAnastasi Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jess-Anastasi-Author-Page-129441077081452/  

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