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2.27.2015

Weekend Reading [02/27-01/01] :: What do you geek on?

I'm in a total hurry today Rhireaders! Fridays are often errand days for me in addition to them being my Nerd Night. So I've got to find time to workout, shower, make a grocery list, do the shopping and other errands, fix something to take to the Nerd Night, make dinner, and then the actual Nerd Night. Not including anything that comes up in between or this post... lol

What's your crazy busy day of the week? Do you ever actualy get time to read on your busy day? I usually do not.

So what are you going to be reading this weekend? I've had an ARC for Kevin Hearne's HEIR TO THE JEDI for ages now and have been so swamped with other reading I'm having to smoosh it in last minute before next week's release day. Yes, I am a huge Star Wars nerd. Like ridiculously so. It's one of my favorite things. What do you get really nerdy about that most people would not expect? 

Speaking of geeking out about pop culture. If you don't follow me on Instagram you've missed out on lots of neat #geekmail posts this week. I finally got my backer rewards from the Espionage Cosmetics kickstarter—which I'll be sharing more photos of soon—and February's Fandom of the Month Club package which was Divergent themed! As you can see it was a clever set of jewelry this month. Now, if you're a fellow Whovian next month's theme is going to appeal to you and rumor has it a previous fandom is getting a repeat in April (I'm guessing Harry Potter since the club runner is a huuuuge HP geek).

Well then... I better get going so I find time to get everything done today. Have a fabulous weekend and don't forget to comment with your weekend reading plans! -- Rhi

Blog Tour: LOCKED IN STONE by Tory Michaels [Guest Post]

Hi, I’m Tory and I’m here today as part of my new release, Locked in Stone’s blog tour. Locked is a paranormal romance from Entangled’s Covet imprint and it just came out on Monday. There are gargoyles, half-angels, and half-demons, with a few vampires, witches, and a ghost for flavor! See – I don’t discriminate against paranormal critters at all. But my vampires are not the good guys.

I was asked by the blog owner if I were going to get my dream cast for an audio version of Locked in Stone, who would I love to have do the voices. I adore the question and it’s funny (to me) to realize that the faces I might put on the characters don’t necessarily match the voices. So, let’s go to it!

Rose Johnson (Sacred Mother Gargoyle, Heroine): I’d never thought about it before, but in my head, she sort of sounds like Madonna, with that low, husky voice of hers. Oh, she can go high, but it’s the lower tones that really, strike a pose so to speak, with me.

Cal Levesque (Sentinel, Hero): Sorry, gotta go with my visual match on this one – totally hear Taylor Kitsch in my head when I imagine him, both physically and vocally.

Lucas Rollins (Sentinel): Gerard Butler with an American accent, not his Scottish one. But, that could also partially be because, once again, that’s the physical appearance I have attached to him, and the voice is just part of the whole package. Still, he could talk to me for hours.

Angela Gorshin (Sentinel): Jodi Benson as she sounded when she Ariel in Little Mermaid.

Mr. Ray (Angel): As Mr. Ray in his incognito appearance, Dustin Hoffman for the voice. As Mr. Ray the full-blow, all-out angel – Liam Neeson.

Tom O’Malley (Ghost): Ashton Kutcher. The voice is pretty much spot-on for Tom’s somewhat whimsical tendencies.

Giles Jester (Twisted One): Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold from Once Upon a Time, among many, many others).

Madra (Gargoyle): Oh shoot me, here comes my Gargoyles: The Series geek. Kate Mulgrew (she played Titania in the cartoon series). Her gravely voice fits a gargoyle’s perfectly, to my mind. I didn’t like her voice when I first saw her on Star Trek: Voyager, but it grew on me, just like a fungus. Heh.

Dennis (Gargoyle): Vin Diesel. Absolutely, 100% Vin Diesel. Of course, then I deal with the “I am Groot” thing (yeah, total Marvel movie universe geek here, I admit it), but his voice is perfect for a male gargoyle.

Vasiliu (Gargoyle): Geordie Johnson with his Dracula: The Series accent.

So – here’s a question to all of you. Do you ever have a voice in your head for a character that is totally at odds with an actor you might picture playing the role?


About LOCKED IN STONE:

Her enemy is her only hope…

Rose Johnson’s adoptive mother was murdered, and Rose is next. She may be the last gargoyle in the world—the last being who stands between this world and the evils of Otherworld. In order to keep her existence a continued secret, Rose needs to find the stone that holds her adoptive mother’s soul. Which means enlisting the help of her enemies the Sentinels…

Sentinel Cal Levesque never forgave himself for failing Rose’s family years ago. Seeing Rose alive is shock enough, until the stunningly beautiful gargoyle attacks him upon sight. As they strike an uneasy peace—and unexpected and escalating attraction—Cal knows he’ll have to tell Rose who really betrayed her family. And with Rose’s life in greater danger than ever, Cal has a chance to make up for the past…as long he doesn’t fall in love.


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About Tory Michaels:

Originally from the Sacramento Valley, Tory packed up and moved all the way to Southwest Florida in 2004 with her husband (a Florida native) under the premise that ‘hurricanes almost never hit that part of the state.’ That year, 4 blasted the area. 4 more came the following year, and her husband blames her for bringing the hurricanes. She now resides in Jacksonville and is relieved that, thus far, no more hurricanes have followed her around.

She began writing in kindergarten when a turnip wished to be human and, other than a hiatus shortly after getting married, has never stopped. Her love of vampires began somewhere in junior high, and combining the two loves didn’t take long. She loves music, considers herself a ‘book slut’ whose reading habits would break her family financially if given free reign, and is (usually) delighted to be a mommy of twin Shrimpettes and a Shrimp.

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2.26.2015

Spotlight: YEAR OF LIVING BLONDE by Andrea Simmone [Excerpt + giveaway!]



BLURB:
A funny and sizzling romp about discovering your inner pin-up girl... 
Plain-Jane bakery owner Natalie Anderson has always followed the recipe for a safe life. When her husband dumps her for a seductive older woman, it’s time to throw out that recipe and start from scratch. She cooks up a plan to transform herself from mousy brown to sexy blonde. Meanwhile, she’s trying to expand her Seattle bakery, La Dolce Vita, but runs into an obstacle in the form of her irritatingly handsome landlord. 
Astronomer Anthony Novello’s good looks and charm usually guarantees him a free pass with women, though that’s not the case with his new tenant, Natalie. Plain, plump, and persnickety—he’s never met a woman more annoying. But when Anthony returns from a telescope observing run, he makes a discovery of the non-celestial kind. Natalie has changed. He’s amazed to find himself attracted to her. Sparks fly as he tries to convince her there’s more to him than meets the eye. 
However, when Natalie’s ex-husband decides to win her back, she’s forced to choose. Is her year of living blonde over? Or is this the start of a new and much sweeter life...
Purchase YEAR OF LIVING BLONDE at Amazon.


EXCERPT:

Natalie grins. “And what is this I hear about my cookies in Hawaii?”

Anthony rolls his eyes in mock exasperation. “All right, I admit it. I took a dozen with to Mauna Kea.”

“I’m honored.”

“You should be. It was right after you called me an asshole and I didn’t want go back into the bakery, so I had to ask Maya to buy them for me.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Natalie shifts uncomfortably. “I apologized for that. Should I apologize again?”

“It can’t hurt.”

“I’m sorry.”

He doesn’t say anything, just puts new coordinates into his telescope’s keypad.

“Can I ask you something?” she asks.

“Sure.”

She bites her lip. “Why do you like me?”

Anthony continues what he’s doing, a smile playing around the edges of his mouth. “What

makes you think I like you?”

“Because you invited me here tonight. What is it you see in me, exactly?”

“I don’t know.” He attaches the keypad back to the telescope. “In truth, I’ve wondered about it

myself.”

“What kind of answer is that?”

Anthony chuckles. “I’m just being honest. You’re not exactly easy to get along with.”

“I’m not sure why I’m always giving you such a hard time.”

“I am.”

“Why is that?”

“It’s because you’re into me.”

Natalie’s face grows warm. “No, I’m not.”

His hand is still on the telescope. He gazes over at her. “Yeah, you are.”

“I’m not.”

Anthony lets go and moves closer. She can smell him again, his woodsy soap. He’s taller than her and she has to look up at him.

“I’m not into you,” she insists, though her pulse quickens.

Their eyes meet. He’s so near now, she can see the dark fringe of his lashes. The stubble of his beard. She shivers with anticipation.

“Yeah, you are, but it’s okay,” he says softly, leaning close, “because I’m into you, too.”

And then he kisses her. Natalie is dizzy with shock.

Anthony is kissing me!

About the author:

Andrea Simonne grew up as an army brat and discovered she had a talent for creating personas at each new school. The most memorable was a surfer chick named "Ace" who never touched a surf board in her life, but had an impressive collection of puka shell necklaces.

Eventually she turned her imagination towards writing. Andrea still enjoys creating personas, though these days they occupy her books. She currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.

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Blog Tour: HER FALLEN PROTECTOR by Nichole Severn [#Playlist + #giveaway!]



Her Fallen Protector Playlist

A good majority of authors use playlists to keep their creativity running, plot out the book or fill out characters. Mortal Eclipse had a very solemn/emo playlist. The whole idea for the series came from the movie Constantine and I wanted to keep the book in that emotional vein.

So here’s my playlist:

“Missing” by Evanescence
“My Immortal” by Evanescence
“Seven Devils” by Florence + the Machine
“Howl” by Florence + the Machine
“Come on Closer” by Jem
“E.T.” by Katy Perry
“Broken Pieces” by Apocalyptica
“Ugly Side” by Blue October
“Walking in Circles” by Dead by Sunrise
“Walk Away” by Five Finger Death Punch
“All Around Me” by Flyleaf

As you can see, “Missing” by Evanescence is at the top of my list and really played a bigger role in the draft of this book than any other song. I call it my theme song. It holds the exact emotions and message I was hoping for and really took the book to a whole new level. A specific scene this song helped with was Damien’s revelation that according to the mortal world, Vdarra Jansen had been murdered and nobody would be missing her.

Florence + The Machine has a great vibe when it comes to helping me draft my paranormals, especially their Ceremonials release. Every song on that CD covers inner demons, religious aspects, and sorrow exactly the way I imagined Mortal Eclipse would. “Seven Devils” and “Howl” helped me draft when it came to getting into my demons’ heads.

And the song that inspired the book in the first place, “E.T.” by Katy Perry. I’m not a huge fan of hers, but the lyrics in this song really pushed the book along from Vdarra’s point of view as she’s trying to get her memories back and figure out what/who Jacob really is. He’s definitely not alien though.

Hope this helps you experience my process in writing Mortal Eclipse and maybe even get you in the mood to go buy it!

Hey, I gotta try.


Release Day: THE HIDDEN LIBRARY by Heather Lyons [Excerpt + #giveaway!]

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We are dying to jump back down the rabbit hole with Heather Lyons' THE HIDDEN LIBRARY! THE HIDDEN LIBRARY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the second book in Heather’s The Collectors' Society Series! Check out the latest fantastic installment in this series that brings you some of the classics with a twist.

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Excerpt:
We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”
One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”
There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”
He wants to court me.
Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.
I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.
He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.
I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.
I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.
He wants to court me.
And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.

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  ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY:

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.


Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!

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Author Photo   About Heather Lyons: Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.        

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Spotlight: PARANORMAL PICKS from Lyrical Press [+ giveaway!] #dragons #werewolf #magic #scifi #romance



My dearest RhiReaders,

It's a gloriously great and perilous time to be a reader! When a promo opp like this comes across my desk I could simply cry because every single one of these titles sounds like something I want to read. Dragons and mutants and revenge and romance and magic? It's a mix of titles featuring some of my favorite things. Alas, there's never enough time to fit everything I want to read in, so instead I'm sharing them with you in hopes you'll find a new series to love that you can come back and tell me about! Check them out my lovelies and please leave a comment letting me know which one you'd most like to win and, of course, don't forget to enter the giveaway. 

-- Rhi

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Love, Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox
Mutants # 1

Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.

Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...

Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story.



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About Sandra Cox:
Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA fantasy, historic and paranormal romance and metaphysical nonfiction. Sandra lives with her husband, a menagerie of pets, and an occasional foster cat in sunny North Carolina. To see the brood go to her website www.sandracox1.com and click on the cat tab.


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Enchanter’s Echo by Anise Rae

Mayflower Mages # 2


Aurora Firenze lives a quiet life hiding in a junkyard. Her repair shop is the last hope for gadgets and gizmos before they get tossed onto the trash towers. Fortunately, Aurora can fix almost anything, including mages, though repairing people with metal enchantments is highly illegal.

Edmund Rallis, heir to the Rallis senate seat, has spent months hunting down his errant enchantress. He’ll play every game he knows to win her back and entice her to share the secrets she hides. But he’s inadvertently put her on the frontlines of a new game, one with an opponent who’s determined to destroy Rallis Territory and drive the Republic toward war. If the new enemy isn’t stopped in time, Edmund will lose his enchantress again—and this time there won’t be another chance.



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About Anise Rae:

Anise Rae grew up among the cornfields and soybeans of Ohio, dreaming of being a ballerina, an astronaut, and a romance writer. With no turn-out and a soul deep love of chocolate, her ballerina dreams floated away as high as the moon, equidistant with the astronaut aspiration. She stuck with writing. After 22 years, she got the call. Or rather, she got the email. Syphon’s Song, a 2012 Maggie Award of Excellence finalist, will be released March 3, 2014 from Lyrical Press.
Now transplanted to the South, Anise lives in Georgia with her family and a cast of characters that flit around in her head. A select few of those imaginary people are ever so grateful for their chance to escape into the real world of books. The remaining characters, enough to form an army, still clamor for freedom.
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Black Wolf’s Revenge by Tera Shanley

Silver Wolf Clan # 2

He’ll risk it all to bring her home.

Morgan Carter witnessed her sister’s murder, has been turned into a werewolf and is now raising her young niece. Then her fiance, Greyson Crawford, proves he wants to be with her for the wrong reasons, and she knows her life couldn’t be any stranger. Devastated, she retreats to her cozy house in the city with her sister’s little girl, Lana. There, they’ll have normalcy, and maybe eventually, even happiness.

But Morgan’s the only living silver wolf. Her uniqueness—the ability to produce werewolf offspring—means, without Grey’s protection, she’s unknowingly put herself and Lana in deadly danger. Other werewolves want to claim her for their pack, and she’s the easiest, most tempting prey ever.

When they strike, Grey has to find her and rescue her before it’s too late. Not so simple a task; he has only the uncontrollable beast inside him, Wolf, and an unlikely pack of allies he’s forced to rely on. Can he get to her in time? And if he does, can he convince her he’s there for the right reasons, saving them both?



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About Tera Shanley:

Born and raised in small town Texas, Tera Shanley grew up in books. Her cousin gifted her a signed copy of Beauty by Bill Wallace when she was young and that was it for her. So smitten was she with getting lost in a story, that while other eleven year olds her age were groaning at the accelerated reader program in school, she was racking up the points just for fun.
Balancing chronic book-wormyness is her devotion to the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping - her soul is happiest out of doors. And lucky for Tera, her family feels the same. She grew up a wild child helping her grandma ranch cattle, and has a hundred memories out in the wilderness which tend to influence her books.
When she's not eating chocolate, slinging rifles, or soaking up some sun, she's lost in a book, but these days it's more often one she's writing. From historic western romance, to paranormal romance, to apocalyptic (zombie) romance, the genre doesn't matter quite as much to her as the love story.
She currently lives with her husband and two young children, and is owned by two crazy mini-cujos.
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Windburn by Juliette Cross
Nightwing # 2

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian, brother of Lucius Nightwing. Seductive and iron-willed, Lorian is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?





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About Juliette Cross:
Juliette Cross calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home, where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read Jane Eyre as a teenager, she fell in love with Gothic romance—brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own. Visit her website at www.juliettecross.com.
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Spotlight: BITTEN BY A HELLCAT by Felicity Heaton [Excerpt + giveaway!]

Felicity Heaton's Bitten by a Hellcat Blog Barrage

Bitten by a Hellcat, the sixth book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book. This book works as a standalone, so it’s perfect for those new to the series too.

2.25.2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian
Ebook/Print/Audio (401 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Author Site: website

Anyone can betray anyone... (4 stars)

I made the mistake of reading a very negative review of RED QUEEN not long after I had begun it. Because we all have a reviewer/blogger/etc. with whom we tend to share similar opinions I figured I'd give it a look and was shocked that the reviewer vehemently hated it. Naturally, this only made me more eager to finish it and see if I would—as I often do—agree. Alas, while I found a lot of issues with the world building and some plot holes, I still found it an enjoyable read.

As RQ is quite long and quite involved I want to get my major issues out of the way first. In a world where people are literally divided up by the color of their blood I am totally confused how certain characters who pretend to be the other color can pass. Their skin colors/tones would be distinctly different. One of the Silvers is even described as having purple bruises at one point to which I went 'huh?' because anyone with a basic knowledge of what a bruise is would know that silver blood would not make a purple bruise. I found all of the literal biological stuff like this very poorly thought out in terms of basic stuff like that. It was distracting to say the least. My other major issue is the war being waged. There is constant discussion of a war being fought that has seemingly been fought for at least two generations and yet... never any really good explanation as to what is being fought over. Since Reds being sent to fight this war is such a major plot point I found it was info that I really needed if I was going to be sympathetic to the cause of the Reds. While I had other issues beyond those, they were the two big ones I found problematic enough to point out in a review.

The characters were far from being special, they were the same archetypes that YA is awash in, and that was okay with me. I don't mind the comfort of familiar character types. I had really hoped that I was wrong in having seen the 'twist' from very early on, if you've read this type of story before you'll find it sadly predictable. I would have loved to see the author twist it in the opposite direction just for the sake of it being a nice change of pace but at the same time everything that leads the characters up to it does make it extra exciting when it happens.

This is a hard review to write without spoilers so let me just say that unless you're sick of love triangles, characters who are similar to other fantasy and dystopian types, and a plot that, while done somewhat differently, is still the same old song and dance I think it's an enjoyable read. A lot of reviews and early buzz talked about RQ as if it was really original and ground-breaking but it's really not and that's totally okay! Sometimes you just need a really formulaic read. If you love the backstabbing families on GoT, liked The Selection series, found the contrasts of cultures in The Jewel enjoyable, and enjoy a good X-Men comic or film I would recommend giving RQ a read.



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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

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Cover Reveal: BLOOD STITCHES by Erin Fanning



It’s called El Toque de la Luna–The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving–or devastating–the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head–until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

2.24.2015

Review: One Percenter by D.R. Graham

One Percenter by D.R. Graham
New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Ebook (241 pages, EMBRACE)
99% of bikers obey the law. The other 1% make their own...
Eighteen-year-old Tienne Desrochers grew up in the rough world of the Noir et Bleu. Bikers. Outlaws. But after her dad's murder, Tienne decides she's had enough. She refuses to end up like her junkie mom. So she grabs her younger brother and leaves it all behind...including her boyfriend, Aiden Gyllenhall.
More comfortable in the middle of a bar fight than at a country club, living with her wealthy aunt and uncle is an adjustment, to say the least. No swearing. Designer shoes that pinch. And pretty, preppy boys like Leland Crofton instead of super-sexy, tattooed Aiden. But even the upper class can't escape the rancid touch of underworld violence. And this time, Tienne won't just learn who she really is—she'll learn how to fight for what's hers.

Author Site: website

Fast-paced, angsty, and really enjoyable. (4 stars)

I'd been hearing some behind-closed-doors buzz about ONE PERCENTER what feels like ages ago and I definitely think it was well earned. New Adult doesn't tend to lure me often but the plot sounded too good to resist. Sometimes you just need an angsty read and who better to deliver than a girl who's grown up in a biker family?

Before I say anything about the characters I've got to say that Graham managed to tug the rug right out from under my feet. I thought I had figured out who the funeral at the beginning was for but dang was I off. I should have seen it and didn't, so I was quite surprised which is very hard to do to me with a book. I honestly wasn't even sure where the romance thread would ultimately go because the blurb made it a bit questionable. I think this might be one of the few times when I actually wished I wasn't reading a romance because I kinda liked the idea of Tienne telling both Leland and Aiden to go shove it while she went off and became a famous actress, she's the kind of character who could have and I would have cheered.

Which brings me around to the characters... I liked Tienne a lot, I'm not sure most readers will relate to some of her life experiences but as someone who could I liked that she'd grown strong out of so much bad. Sometimes I thought she was a bit of an idiot in how she treated others or how she chose to handle things but they fit with who she was and she was ultimately true to herself and that made me like her. Leland was really unlikable and I disliked him right away so I was nervous about her relationship with him and yet in contrast I liked Aiden a lot but felt like his choices and eventually where his piece of the story went felt too... well, simple.

While I wasn't pleased with some of the LGBT character representation in OP, I think my issues were minor. Graham is a great storyteller and I will definitely be looking for more of her work in the future. OP was a fast-paced, emotional story that is sure to please NA genre fans and possibly those who like MC romances, though this really isn't one. I'd recommend it for anyone in need of a page-turner with a kick butt heroine who refuses to be anything but her father's daughter.



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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

Spotlight: A STOLEN SEASON by Tamara Gill [Excerpt + #giveaway!] #romance #timetravel



Time-traveling archaeologist Sarah Baxter just left a piece of 21st-century equipment in 19th century Regency England. Unfortunately, when she goes back to retrieve it, she makes an even bigger mess of things—resulting in the death of an English earl. Now his brother is not only out for revenge, but he also has Sarah's device. Now Sarah must find a way to steal back her device, hide the truth about the earl's brother and—most importantly—to not fall in love...

EXCERPT:

“You will have to sleep with him.” Richard threw his cheroot into the unlit hearth. “I thought you planned on doing that anyway. You like him, and he obviously likes you, so what’s the problem? It’s not like you’re a virgin.”


Sarah shushed him and sat down on the opposite chair. “That’s not the point. I can’t just jump his bones; women of this era don’t work that way. He has to court me, woo me.” She sighed at Richard’s disgusted expression. “I know it sounds lame, but it’s actually quite nice to have a gentleman sweep you off your feet.”

2.23.2015

Review: Locked in Stone by Tory Michaels

Locked in Stone (Hearts of Stone #1) by Tory Michaels
Paranormal Romance, Gargoyles
Ebook (209 pages, COVET)
Her enemy is her only hope...
Rose Johnson's adoptive mother was murdered, and Rose is next. She may be the last gargoyle in the world—the last being who stands between this world and the evils of Otherworld. In order to keep her existence a continued secret, Rose needs to find the stone that holds her adoptive mother's soul. Which means enlisting the help of her enemies the Sentinels...
Sentinel Cal Levesque never forgave himself for failing Rose's family years ago. Seeing Rose alive is shock enough, until the stunningly beautiful gargoyle attacks him upon sight. As they strike an uneasy peace—and unexpected and escalating attraction—Cal knows he'll have to tell Rose who really betrayed her family. And with Rose's life in greater danger than ever, Cal has a chance to make up for the past...as long he doesn't fall in love.

Author Site: website

Fresh but flawed. (3 stars)

I like to call myself the Covet imprint's biggest fan and LOCKED IN STONE—in spite of my rating—is a good example of why. Paranormal romances might be waning in popularity with the band-wagoners who came on when a certain books-to-movies thing happened but die-hard lovers of the genre like me are always ready for something fresh and cool. LIS brings a really neat gargoyles and angels and demons world building set into the genre but I'll admit I felt like the category romance format quashed it a bit. I definitely wanted more out of it than I got.

While I liked the concept and generally most of the book, the romance itself was really unenjoyable. It's billed as an enemies-to-lovers kind of romance but I never really felt like Rose and Cal were enemies, more like they made shaky excuses constantly why they weren't allowed to be together or why she was angry with him. I also found the idea that he was an adult protector of her mother back when she was a little kid kind of squicked me out in terms of them having a relationship. With most paranormal stuff I can get past a certain amount of age difference but there's just something about this particular set-up that made it not work for me. I had to skim the love scenes because they made me uncomfortable.

Now, my quibbles aside, I think it's a pretty interesting concept that really deserved more fleshing out. There were certainly areas I think would have added to the overall story that might not have directly influenced the romance but would have made the series arc more ready for continuation. I really enjoyed the secondary characters, Tom in particular, and hope they'll play into the next pair of stories well.

Overall, I think LIS would be a good place for a paranormal romance newbie who hasn't gone beyond vampires and werewolves to get started. I had my issues with it but I feel like they're in many ways the result of being PNR reader for more than a decade.



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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

Release Day: HER FALLEN PROTECTOR by Nichole Severn [+ #giveaway!] #paranormalromance

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It's release day for Her Fallen Protector by Nichole Severn!! I am so excited to share this new paranormal romance with you!! Nichole is sharing new teases with us and giveaways, so be sure to check out all of the info!

2.20.2015

Weekend Reading [02/20-02/22] :: Heading toward a big batch of reviews...

Happy weekend RhiReaders!

I hope everyone has been having a good week. Can you believe it's already the 20th of February? Where did the month go?

I get the feeling no one would have noticed my presence online is declining because my blog and social media tend to be extremely quiet compared to most. But for any who might have I want you to know that it is going to continue for a while. I'm not sure how long but I'm going to write a post about what's going on early next month. I'm just not ready to talk about it and my ego can't really handle the feeling that no one is listening if I wrote about it.

I'm buried under review reading right now which is always pretty stressful but kind of great too because I love having a series of reads without gaps. I'll probably be posting reviews on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday so be on the look out! This weekend I'm finishing up Her Fallen Protector, One Percenter , and Red Queen... could I have a more polar set of books to be chewing on? I doubt it. So far I'm enjoying all three so hopefully I will get plenty of reading time this weekend and can finish them all up.

What are you reading over the weekend? I hear that the East coast and parts of Canada are super snowy and cold so I hope you're bundled up and enjoying something warm to drink instead of being stuck doing errands or shoveling walks. Leave a comment telling me what you're up to! -- Rhi

Cover Reveal: ONE LAST TIME by Denise Daisy







When it comes to love, time is all they need…

2.19.2015

Spotlight: BLACK DOG BLUES by Rhys Ford

Ever since he’d been part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figured he’d used up any good karma he had when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races were left with a messy, monster-ridden world and Stalkers were often the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy and dark moved into the neighbourhood.
There certainly were no shortage of monsters or people stupidly willing to become lunch for one.
It was a hard life but one Kai liked. And he was good at it. Killing monsters was easy. Especially since he was one himself.

After an accident retired Dempsey out, Kai set up permanent shop in San Diego, contracting out to the local SoCalGov depot. It was a decent life, filled with bounty, a few friends and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him he wasn’t really human.

That was until a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego and Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It was supposed to a simple run; head up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary with the new Court then back to San Diego. Easy, quick and best of all, profitable. But Ryder’s “simple” run leads to massive trouble and Kai ends up being caught in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich by being a Stalker. But then hardly any of them got old either. The way things were looking, it didn’t look like Kai was going to be the exception.

2.17.2015

Spotlight: HOT TEXAS DAYS Box Set by Jessie Evans [#Review + #giveaway!]


Dear RhiReaders,

I'm sure you've noticed a bit of social silence on my part over the past couple of weeks. I'll probably be writing about what's going on early next month. It's personal stuff and not blog related but it is affecting my overall online presence and reading time a lot. I think I was supposed to review DIAMONDS AND DUST for today's post but ya know what? It didn't click until after I'd spent this past weekend listening to LEATHER AND LACE, which had just released on audio. *doh* 

So guess what? You get my L&L review now and hopefully D&D sometime next month. In the meantime why not do yourselves a favor and grab the boxed set? This is a great deal and I love the characters Evans writes. If you enjoy cowboys, quirky small towns, and the kind of sex scenes that will make your husband give WTF-are-you-reading? commentary when he overhears what you're listening to while cooking... you will love the HOT TEXAS DAYS box set. Be sure and follow the tour too for more reviews and excerpts!
-- Rhi


Hot Texas Days Box Set
Lonesome Point, Texas, Books 1 – 3
By: Jessie Evans


Hot Texas Days, Hotter Texas Nights…

Three full-length hot, suspenseful novels by New York Times Bestselling author Jessie Evans, featuring rugged, alpha cowboys and the women feisty enough to tame them. Welcome to Lonesome Point!


LEATHER AND LACE

Cowboy bikers, fireworks, and romance, oh my…

Wild girl, Mia Sherman, has a secret—she isn’t as fearless as she pretends. Descended from Lonesome Point, Texas’ founding family, Mia grew up hearing tales of an ancient Irish curse that followed the Shermans to America. The first-born daughter of every generation is cursed to lose her husband on her wedding night, which is one of the many reasons Mia has sworn off relationships. Until the fateful day rancher Sawyer Kane rides his Harley into her life …

Can true love conquer all, even a centuries-old curse? Mia and Sawyer will be the first to find out.

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Excerpt from LEATHER AND LACE:
Sawyer searched Mia’s face in the glow of the moon, the soft light making her look even sexier than she had in the yellow bulbs strung above the farmer’s market. “I really like you. A lot.”“I like you, too,” she said, her full lips curving at the edges.“But I meant what I said before, about not being ready for anything serious.” The words tried to stick in his throat, but Sawyer forced them out. He owed Mia honesty, and he wanted to make damned sure they were on the same page before things went any further. “I want to make sure that’s still okay. I wouldn’t ever want to hurt you.”Her smiled faded, but her eyes remained soft, unguarded. “You won’t hurt me.” She ambled down the stairs, stopping on the stair above his, putting them face-to-face and their lips inches apart. “I’m fine with a night, or a week, or the summer…however long feels right. And when it stops feeling right, we go our separate ways, no anger, no regrets.” She lifted her arms, twining them around his neck, sending arousal surging through his body. “This is exactly what I need, Sawyer. You are what I need, and I can’t wait to touch you. Everywhere.”Any hope of resisting vanished as that last word feathered between her tempting lips. Sawyer closed the distance between them, claiming her mouth as his arm wrapped tight around her waist, crushing her body to his. Her breasts flattened against his chest and her body heat caressed him, making his pulse spike and a moan sound low in his throat. He wanted this woman—badly. And he was past ready for them to be alone in a room with a bed, a door, and a lock to keep the rest of the world out.Sawyer lifted Mia off her feet, carrying her through the shop entrance before kicking the door shut behind them.“Up the stairs,” she whispered against his mouth. “Bedroom’s up there.”

My Review of LEATHER AND LACE:

I started my Jessie Evans fangirling with her small town sweet romances. She writes such great characters and small towns that it was only a matter of time before I caved and snapped up her Lonesome Point, Texas series books. I'm not really into the whole Texas or cowboy thing but sometimes I'll make an exception with an author I love already or a plot element that's hard to resist. I'm thrilled to find that while LEATHER AND LACE is far more suspenseful and very steamy, it's just as enjoyable as previous Evans' books I've read.

I think that—like most romance readers—I have a special spot in my heart for heroes with a sad back story. There's something about seeing a guy who has had a tough life become a courageous, gentle man instead of a thug. Sawyer could so easily have become that. He's a big bald guy who rides a motorcycle and wears a Stetson and I found him surprisingly sweet and gentle. Mia's so full of sass it's a wonder any guy could get past her emotional defenses—'cause she's had her own bumpy past when it comes to relationships. Together they just combust. 

I actually wound up snagging the audiobook for L&L because it was a steal since I owned the Kindle copy already. If you're an audio reader I think it's a great listen. I almost died of red-face though because I was listening without headphones and it got to the first love scene—which was pretty long and very dialog-heavy—and my husband got to hear the whole scene. If you love a high-heat romance I'm pretty sure my husband's disgusted reactions to the male narrator reading the scene are an indication you'll enjoy it. lol 

If you're into romantic suspense genre, there is a mystery and a suspense element to the overall story, but I'll admit I wasn't expecting them based on the blurb and they were kind of meh to me. I just wasn't feeling them, kinda felt a little like they detracted from the small-town romance mood in a way that just didn't work for me. But, if you dig the genre you might love it, it's just not my thing outside of the paranormal shelves.

Overall, it was a terrific read on audio but I think I would have been just as happy reading it myself. I'm really looking forward to diving into SADDLES AND SIN as well as DIAMONDS AND DUST because I adored Bubba and Tulsi as secondary characters. If you wind up rooting for secondaries to get their own books I definitely recommend picking up the HOT TEXAS DAYS box set which features the first three books in the series! (4 Stars)


SADDLES AND SIN

Even sweet cowboys have a sinful side…

Robert Lawson—Bubba to his friends—is six feet, four inches of tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, with a panty-melting voice and a face made to launch a country music career. But when his family’s ranch hands go down with the flu, Robert cancels his high-profile auditions and returns home to help out. Marisol Medina has been looking for her golden ticket since she became a country music manager, but she refuses to mix business and pleasure, even if it will be hell, resisting temptation while spending a week at the Lawson family ranch with her star client.

But as Marisol and Robert grow closer and the passion between them ignites, Marisol must decide if a chance at forever is worth breaking all her rules.

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DIAMONDS AND DUST

The home run neither of them expected…

Pike Sherman is a legend in Lonesome Point, a hometown boy who made it to the big leagues. Literally. Professional baseball acquired one hell of a pitching arm and it’s latest celebrity bad boy when the gifted Pike was drafted seven years ago. Pike’s broken heart came along for the ride, too, but he kept that private. Tulsi Hearst knows she should stay far away from the brooding man her summer love has become, but she can’t resist a dance with the only man who ever made her blood rush.

After a few days back in Lonesome Point, Pike can’t imagine life without the girl he left behind, but when Tulsi’s secret is revealed, his heart is broken all over again. The only thing worse than losing Tulsi, is losing six years with the daughter he didn’t know he had.

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About Jessie Evans:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.
She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.
When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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