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Fiction Friday — “it’s been forever” edition

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these! I’ve been pretty busy. But to make up for it, I have LOTS of books to review today. So let’s get started!

As a reminder, here is my rating system:

Double yay – Astounding read! Perfect in every way! Get thee to a bookstore NOW.
Yay – I recommend with no reservations. Guaranteed good read.
Maybe – Read at your own risk. A mixed bag
Nay – DNF (Did Not Finish) or sucky or both. I do not recommend.

And all links in this post are affiliate links. If you buy a book using my links, I will get a tiny little commission from it.

 First up is Die For Me by Dan Rix. A double yay for sure. I am a HUGE fan of Dan Rix because his books are so amazing. They are mostly sci-fi, and this one kind of is too. There is a big mystery. A girl commits suicide and she leaves TWO suicide notes. Her best friend and boyfriend race against time to find out what really happened and why she did what she did. This book had me in such a stranglehold that I even put off dinner (which I never do) so I could finish it. The ending has quite the twist.  Link to my review.

Next is the Nashville series by Inglath Cooper. A yay.  I actually read the 10-book boxed set, which was the entire series. I can’t find it on Amazon so here’s the 4-book set. I’m not much into contemporary romance, but my mom was raving about how great it was so I decided to give it a whirl. It’s about these four people who are trying to make it as singers/musicians in Nashville. In the opening scene, the main character for that book, Cece, ends up with a car on fire and nowhere to go. She’s picked up by two guys (also musicians/singers) and they form a kind of family by choice type thing. There’s romance, heartache, crazy stuff, and fun stuff. I enjoyed it a lot.

Next up is Blood Fury by J. R. Ward. A solid yay. I have been a fan of J.R. Ward since the beginning (2006 or thereabouts). This book is part of her Black Dagger Legacy series which is a spin off of her amazingly awesome Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I really enjoyed this one. It’s about this guy (vampire) who’s an aristocrat and a girl who is one of his fellow classmates in the training program. I really loved their romance because it started with wild monkey sex but then they had to catch up to what each other was feeling. And the female lead gets injured, and he’s there for her, but as always, there are complications. Of course! But it does end happily.

And now we have Queen Takes Queen by Joely Sue Burkhart. Double yay. Vampire reverse harem, sexy as hell, and bloody! This is book 3. The series is about this young woman who’s part vampire but doesn’t know it. But she’s also a queen, and she has several yummy, sexy men guarding her and feeding her and doing other things with her. She is trying to gain more power because The Triune (all the most powerful vampires) has caught wind of her and will want to kill her. This book also features her first female/female pairing. There isn’t a lot, but it is there. I personally like that so it wasn’t a problem. But some may not, which is why I’m mentioning it. A great book and a great series. Link to my review.

Next we have Shattered Memories by V.C. Andrews. A maybe. This is the final book in her Mirror Sisters trilogy. As I’ve mentioned before, I was a fan of hers in the 80s and 90s but drifted away for a long time. When I saw book 1, The Mirror Sisters, I was intrigued. This series has been pretty good overall, but I almost felt like it could have been two books instead of three. This book deals with the aftermath of what one of the twins did to the other. And the synopsis says something like, “…but her twin isn’t through with her yet..” and I was gearing up for something epic. I was a bit let down when that epic thing did not happen. But a good book overall.

And now we come to Painless by Marty Thornley. Double yay. This was a horror/sci-fi book and it was just dark enough to catch my interest. It’s about this scientist who is experimenting with eliminating pain. Like, for example, if someone has a back injury, or a bad knee. He brings a group of people into his remote compound for treatments and finally surgeries, but something goes really wrong and…well, I’ll just let you read it. It’s a bit gory, so be warned.

And finally, we have The Treasurekeeper by Joely Sue Burkhart, which is part of the Shamrocked anthology. A yay. It’s a reverse harem, but it’s really unique in that it’s based in Irish lore. This woman wakes up after a night of partying and finds this statue of a gargoyle in her room. And it talks to her inside her mind. It wants her to find it (there’s an extremely sexy man trapped in another, larger statue) and also find four other “treasures.” They are also sexy Irish men. The one in the gargoyle has been cursed and must be released or the world will fall to demons. No pressure, right? She’s the treasurekeeper which is a big deal. They are destined to love her and have wild sexytimes with her. After the gargoyle is released, of course. Loved it. It’s the beginning of a new series so stay tuned. Link to my review.

And that’s it. 🙂

Fiction Friday – the “it’s colder than cold” edition

It’s pretty cold in my part of the world. Thank God for hot chocolate, heat, and covers to keep warm.

Alrighty, let’s get this party started. Once again, a reminder about my rating system:

Double yay – Astounding read! Perfect in every way! Get thee to a bookstore NOW.
Yay – I recommend with no reservations. Guaranteed good read.
Maybe – Read at your own risk. A mixed bag
Nay – DNF (Did Not Finish) or sucky or both. I do not recommend.

Also, fyi, these are affiliate links.

NEED by Joelle Charbonneau – A yay. This was a good book, and a fast read. It’s about this school, and a new social network called NEED. The students post anonymous requests for things they “need” (and stuff they really don’t, frivolous things) and they are asked to do one little thing, and are given the thing they requested. Seems relatively harmless, until someone ups the stakes. Soon, people are being asked to do more dangerous things. People are dying. And you’ll never guess who the mastermind is. 😉 I think it’s really cool and very relevant with all the focus on social networking these days. Made me think for sure.

Queen Takes King by Joely Sue Burkhart – A yay. Book 2 in her amazing Their Vampire Queen series. Blood, politics, and lots of hot sex! More Blood came to Shara’s call, as well as a mysterious king that’s been held captive in a cave for thousands of years. Shara is growing in power, and she’s starting to find out who her enemies are. Great book, great series. Link to my review 

Midnight Rain by Kate Aeon – Double yay. This is actually a reread. I had read this book years ago in paperback. When I saw the Kindle edition was free, I snapped it up. The story STILL hunts me to this day. It’s about this woman psychic who left her abusive husband, but not before he injured her and killed two kids. She’s been hiding and running ever since. She reads tarot cards for a psychic hotline and one day her husband calls her. Except…he’s in a coma. WTF, right? READ THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it. (Just FYI, this book was previously published under the name Holly Lisle. This is apparently a pen name she’s using to separate the different genres she writes. She’s an amazing author, no matter what name she’s using).

And that’s it for today’s edition. Check these out.



Fiction Friday — the “it’s snowing” edition

Here’s this week’s Fiction Friday! Let’s get this party started!

My rating system:

Double yay – Astounding read! Perfect in every way! Get thee to a bookstore NOW.
Yay – I recommend with no reservations. Guaranteed good read.
Maybe – Read at your own risk. A mixed bag
Nay – DNF (Did Not Finish) or sucky or both. I do not recommend.

Tiny Tales of Terror by Rudy Perez – Has the dubious distinction of being my first Nay. I did not even finish it. The stories I read were not scary at all and weren’t very interesting. Save your time and pass this one up. I’m only linking it in case someone feels like a masochist.

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – Yay! Book 2 in her Everlife series. Things are heating up! Our lovely protagonist has to cope with where she picked to be after death (I’m not telling!) and various other things. I am dying to read book 3!

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – My first double yay. OMG this book was amazing! It’s about this girl who’s betrothed to a prince (a political marriage) and she needs to learn how to ride the special warhorses so the prince’s sister teaches her and….things get complicated. I loved everything about this book, from the slow-burn romance of the two girls, the lyrical prose, and what an ending! Read it NOW. You won’t be disappointed.

Annnd that’s it for now. Happy reading!



Fiction Friday – it’s been awhile edition

I’ve finally got some more books to talk about, yay!

A reminder about my rating system:

Yay – Great book. I recommend it with no reservations.
Maybe – A mixed bag. Read at your own risk.
Nay – A DNF (Did Not Finish) or a book I do not recommend.

Here we go!

Broken Glass by V.C. Andrews – Yay. As I mentioned before, I stopped reading V.C. Andrews many years ago but this series caught my eye. This is book 2. I really enjoyed it and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This book continued the story of the twins Haylee and Kaylee, who were separated by something that one of them did (trying to avoid spoilers!). It does end happily, with a hook into book 3, Shattered Memories.

FirstLife by Gena Showalter – Yay for sure! This series I believe is utterly unique in that it deals with the afterlife. Basically, there are two realms fighting to the death for people to “make covenant” with them (ie, agree to join the realm when he or she dies). Except our main character, Ten, is very unique and important to both realms so they are trying to “win” her. And there’s a love interest, naturally! You will not believe who she decides to make covenant with and why. And it’s also interesting that the FIrstlife — that is, when you are alive — is not as important as your Everlife (where you go when you die). And it’s kind of sad b/c families sometimes get broken up and fight against each other for control. Very cool world, though.

Cold Memory by Harvey Church – a total yay. It’s about this man who loses his memory every 30 days. And he’s trying to find a way to stop that from happening. He and his wife founded a company for cryopreservation (freezing) but with a twist — the idea that you can go to a special state of consciousness and live out a lifetime within until you are able to be woken up and cured of your condition (because the people who do this are typically dying of a terminal disease). But there’s so much more to it. My only complaint? It ended on a cliffhanger and book 2 does not exist yet!

Well, that’s it for this edition. Happy reading!




Fiction Friday on a Sunday!

It seems like forever since I’ve done one of these. Wanted to get caught up.

So let’s dive right in, shall we?

Rating system:

Yay – Highly recommended read.
Maybe – A mixed bag. Read at your own risk.
Nay – Did Not Finish (DNF) or did finish, but do not recommend

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories by various (anthology) – This one’s a solid maybe. There were two really good stories that were scary. The rest really weren’t.

Road to Helltown by SM Reine (ARC)  –  A yay for sure! Last book in her Preternatural Affairs series. Must read books 1-8 first, though. Lots of action, hard decisions, betrayals, and a twist I didn’t see coming. Link to my review (spoilers herein)

Blood War by KJ Colt – Yay! Book #5 in her Healers of Meligna series. Really good. Kept me on my toes. Where is book #6? Must have it NOW.

Death Plague by KJ Colt (prequel to Healers series. Published as part of the Dominion Rising boxed set) – A yay for sure. Kind of sad. It explains what happened before the Healers series, and showed a different side of things.

Fool Proof Dictation by Christopher Downing – a yay for sure. I’ve been using dictation to write for years, but have never gotten totally comfortable with it. This book gives some neat ideas for how to get comfortable and helps look at it from a different perspective.

Queen Takes Knights by Joely Sue Burkhart (ARC) – MMF menage with vampires. A yay. A different take on vampires and the sex was hot, hot, hot. Can’t wait for book 2. Link to my review

And that’s it for now!

Fiction Friday – Friday the 13th edition

Today, I only have two books for you. I’m starting to speed up some, but apparently I am not going fast enough yet.

A reminder of my rating system:

Yay – Highly recommended read.
Maybe – A mixed bag. Read at your own risk.
Nay – Did Not Finish (DNF) or did finish, but do not recommend

Suicide Queen by SM Reine – A definite yay. Final book in her Dana McIntyre Must Die series. Lots off twists and turns and surprises. You do need to read the first three books to get what’s going on. A truly epic ending. Link to my review – WARNING: spoilers herein

Letters to an English Professor by Joely Sue Burkhart – Yay. Been meaning to read this free prequel* to her Dear Sir, I’m Yours but never got to it until now. Really good. But try to have Dear Sir, I’m Yours handy because you’ll want more!

*Free on her website, http://www.joelysueburkhart.com

I am also reading a horror anthology called Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and so far, I am not impressed. I’m about 60% in so maybe as I get further into it, I’ll like it more. Maybe.

And that’s it for this installment.


Fiction Friday – Aug 25th edition

It’s been awhile. As usual, I am totally behind on my reading. However, I have four books for you today.

Once again, my rating system:

Yay – Great book, would recommend.
Maybe – Read at your own risk.
Nay – Was a DNF (Did Not Finish) or finished but would not recommend.

Let’s do this!

Cashing Out by SM Reine – Another solid yay. Book #3 in her new Dana McIntyre Must Die series. You would need to start at the beginning because there’s a lot of stuff that starts in previous books and is now coming to a head. Really enjoyed it. Link to my review.

Mirror Sisters by V.C. Andrews – Yay. I used to be a rabid V.C. Andrews fan back in the 80s and 90s (along with Danielle Steel). But I started moving away from her stuff and over to fantasy, paranormal romance, and sci-fi. I just never found anything else that interesting until this book. It’s about these twins that are more or less forced to be identical in every way by their neurotic (possibly mentally ill) mother. And let’s just say that one of them doesn’t like that and takes some very drastic action. It was somewhat predictable — the final twist I had figured out in two seconds — but I enjoyed it and will be getting book #2 in the trilogy.

Vile Magic by Holly Hook – #4 in her Abnormals Underground series. A yay. I liked it because it forced the main character, Alyssa, to face a pretty big revelation and things are heating up story-wise. Lots of action. There’s one more book coming, I believe.
Link to my review

Mine to Break by Joely Sue Burkhart – a solid yay. I’m a longtime fan of Joely’s and just love her stories. This one also features BDSM, but a bit lighter than she normally writes. And the romance was awesome! I loved both main characters and what they went through to get their HEA. (If you haven’t read her Connaghers series, you are missing out!) Link to my review

And that is it, unfortunately. I have a few books on my radar, including:

A Demon Bound by Debra Dunbar
Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Fiction Friday 7/21/17 – and a surprise!

fey touched
Fey Touched, book #1. A queen fleeing from her people. A Hunter searching the stream of time. Forbidden love.

Today’s Fiction Friday is kind of special. It’s because my debut novel, Fey Touched, is on Amazon for FREE right now for the very first time. Don’t delay! The promo runs till Sunday, and then it will go back up to its usual price.

So what would I say about Fey Touched? A definite yay, of course, but I’m probably biased!

A reminder on my rating system:

Yay – A must read
Maybe – Read at your own risk
Nay – Do not recommend or was a DNF (Did Not Finish)

Let’s get started, shall we?

Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs – A yay. I’ve been reading her books for quite awhile, and they do not disappoint. This one had a complex mystery that had me stunned as to who was the culprit. And I love the character Tempe Brennan’s narrative voice. So much fun! (Also? The show Bones, which recently ended, is loosely based on these novels.)

Kill Game by SM Reine – A huge yay. Book 2 in her new series. Dana McIntyre is still searching for a cure for vampirism, and there’s a mystery involving imported iron into Vegas. Also, one of the villains is creepy and fascinating and I’m curious to see what her next move is. Great book!

Save Me, Sinners by Jess Bentley – So far, a yay. This one is actually 4 stories in one, and I still have yet to read the last one. But I will talk about the first three briefly:

Save Me, Sinners – It’s about this religious cult that has their women “claimed” by men at a certain age, and the two men to do it are the clergy. Yeah, a bit controversial if that’s not your thing. But anyway, the main character captivates both clergymen and neither want to give her up…and, well, it’s very interesting how they solve that problem. My only complaint is that it was too short! I wanted to know more!

Save Me, Daddy – A young college girl is trying to get into a sorority and has to auction off her virginity as part of the pledging process. She is saved by an unlikely hero and they develop a relationship. An interesting one. Again, a bit too short but it was a good story.

Heat – This was probably my favorite. A woman who owns a popular restaurant is in direct competition with this guy’s restaurant across the street. The guy’s father, who’s narcissistic and rich, tells him he needs to seduce the woman so he can ruin her business. The guy does what his father commands, but learns that sometimes a game can turn real.

And that’s it for today. I am now taking recommendations! So leave recommendations or thoughts in comments.

Fiction Friday – at least for another 1 hour, anyway

I am a bit late posting this due to life being weird, I guess. Today was the last day of my vacation from work and my decided I needed more sleep than I thought which put me behind all day. #nofair

Annnyway, here’s today’s reviews.

As a reminder here is my reviewing system:

Yay – a definitely good read and I recommend highly.
Maybe – Read at your own risk.
Nay – Do not read or a DNF. Do not recommend.

I only have three books for you today. I have been so slow as of late.

~Fire Magic by Holly Hook (ARC) – Book 2 in her Abnormals Underground series. A definite yay. Very exciting, lots of action, and more development between the two main characters (I’ve been shipping them so hard, y’all). Stay tuned for my more complete (and hopefully more coherent) review on Amazon.

~Heads Will Roll by Joanie Chevalier – This one’s a maybe. I bought it on a whim because it dealt with head transplantation. Yeah. It’s fiction, and I was intrigued by the blurb. This book takes place in an unspecified time when head transplantation is now reality and there is an evil scientist doing it for the general public. There are three main characters who want it badly: a trophy wife looking for a new body (and the one she has is fine, apparently), a guy who’s in a wheelchair who has a condition that will kill him if he doesn’t get a new body (I don’t recall if his condition was ever named), and an Oriental girl whose father feels she is too overweight and won’t find a good husband, and so wants her to have the surgery. And they all feel they are worthy, but the doctor only does it for certain people. (I believe. The details are hazy now). I would have liked to see the aftermath of the surgeries more. Most of the book was about the various schemes and machinations of these three people trying to get the doctor to do the surgery on them. One takes very drastic action. It’s actually kind of scary. And what we do see of the aftermath…at the very end…let’s just say that the grass is not always greener on the other side. An okay book. I just wasn’t terribly moved by it. But it’s a quick read and you won’t be bored, at least.

~How to 3X Your Productivity Within a Month by Steve Pavlina – Nonfiction. A definite yay. It’s short and sweet, and my only real complaint is that it’s too short! But the methods Pavlina talks about are great, and are immediately able to be implemented if one so chooses. Good stuff.

And that’s it for this edition. Hopefully I’ll have more soon!

Fiction Friday – May 19th edition

Today I’ve got three books to discuss. I used to read faster than this, I swear!

A reminder of the grading scale:

Yay – Phenomenal book, could not put down, amazing. A winner for sure.
Maybe – Not quite a yay, but not horrid either. Read at your own risk
Nay – For whatever reason, I didn’t like it. Would not recommend.

Affiliate disclaimer: Yes, the links used in this post are Amazon affiliate links, fyi.

Okay, here we go!

The Chosen by JR Ward – OMG, a total yay! I’ll admit, this is an ongoing series, and I wasn’t a fan of the heroine. Or the hero, actually. They both grew on me. It was actually a great story. Of course, there are several subplots progressing, and those were good, too.

This was basically a story of forbidden love. The hero committed treason against his king, and the heroine knowingly saw him in secret…and when the secret is revealed…oh boy…you have to read it to believe it. It ends happily though. 🙂

If you haven’t checked out this series, what are you waiting for? Sexy vampires, a fallen angel, scary villains, love stories that’ll knock your socks off and make you cry at times…yeah, they’re that good. Start with Dark Lover, book 1. That one had me totally hooked. (And I still love Wrath, the hero of that book, the best. And his mate, Beth.)

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer – A definite yay! This one caught my eye because it is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty…but…it’s about sisters. One of them lost her sight to a faerie when she was 2, and the other lost her sense of touch and voice to another faerie at birth. They are inseparable…until one has to marry the prince of a nearby kingdom. The sister left behind runs away…and then is pricked by a spindle…and falls asleep…but there’s so much more to it then that. There are two faeries, twin sisters, who are important in the story. It is a story of love, and sacrifice, and sisterly bonds. It wowed me. Warning though: it does end on a cliffhanger. There is a sequel called Winter Glass.

Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe – This one is a paranormal young adult book about a girl who can see and speak with ghosts. Apparently the only one. Her sister, who died 4 years earlier, is still hanging around. When one of her classmates wants her to find and talk to his deceased mother for him, it sets a whole chain of events into motion. I had to feel for the protagonist, Cass, because she was an outcast and had been bullied — just like I had been when I was in school. (Except without the ghosts, of course!). Cass uses the ghosts who inhabit her school to get dirt on other people, and she calls them on their nefarious deeds. And…she discovers that that might not be the wisest — or most important — thing. I really enjoyed it, and really liked the ending. A definite yay.

Okay, you get a bonus one. I’m going to start reading book 2 of this series, so here’s my thoughts on book 1:

Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand –  A yay for sure. This book is about “imitations” – people who are basically clones of important people. They are created to be used if the important person gets killed, needs an organ, etc. They study their “Authentic” so they can be completely believable if they have to take the Authentic’s place. And this is what happens to Ven, the Imitation of Raven, the daughter of an Important Person. There’s a threat to her life, and Ven is called into service. But all is not what it seems, and there are secrets to be uncovered. And of course, there’s a romance, too. 😉

So I’m diving into book 2, Deviation, soon. Stay tuned for my thoughts on that.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What are you reading right now? Got any recommendations?