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New Book from Shannon K. Butcher in the Sentinel Wars Series

Shannon K Butcher Sentine Wars Blood Hunt Bookcover Shannon K. Butcher has a new book coming in August as part of the Sentinel Wars series. The book is called Blood Hunt and it’s the fifth book in the series.

If you want to read a description and find out more about the book before it comes out (or after), just click one of the links.

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The Sentinel Wars Series Books

  1. Burning Alive
  2. Finding the Lost
  3. Running Scared
  4. Living Nightmare
  5. Blood Hunt

On the Hunt by Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Andersen, Deidre Knight

On the Hunt releases early next month and I’ve been lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this Signet Paranormal Romance for review from the publisher. Here’s what I think so far…

ON THE HUNT book cover

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On the Hunt

An Anthology by Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Andersen, Deidre Knight

I read Gena Showalter’s Ever Night from On the Hunt this morning, and although I haven’t had the opportunity to read the other stories in this book, I have to say, I think the book is worth buying for that story alone. Ever Night is excellent. The novella (~109 pages) caught my attention immediately and was an exciting, sexy, fast read that I did not want to put down (so I didn’t). ;-)

In Ever Night, Rose meets Vasili on the night of her eighteenth birthday when she discovers she’s a Dimension Walker, someone who travels between our dimension and another involuntarily once a year, every year. The other dimension is a nightmarish place.

The story is short, and because of that, I’m not going to give away anything else about the story, except to say that Vasili was spectacular and Rose was a heroine I could care about, strong, but not overdone, and interesting. I enjoyed all the characters in Ever Night and I hope to see them again in a full-length novel sometime…

I’ve bought several but never read any Gena Showalter books before. Looks like I’m going to have to pull them out and read them very soon. I think I now know why she’s such a popular author with spicy and erotic romance fans.

I think if you’re a Gena Showalter fan, you’re going to want to buy On the Hunt.

Other paranormal romance fans are sure to want to buy On the Hunt too!

This anthology promises to be worth the time invested and fans of the genre are almost certainly going to enjoy this book.

Now, off to do some work and maybe I’ll even have time to finish reading this book later tonight!

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Recent Reviews Added to the Website

I’ve been on a serious reading binge and have just posted reviews for a few of the books I’ve enjoyed reading over the past few weeks. Here are some links to help you find them. :-)

Burning Up is an anthology made up of stories written by four different writers of paranormal romance. Of the four stories in this excellent anthology, my favorite was Shifting Sea, but of course, since I’m a huge fan of Virginia Kantra’s Children of the Sea series, I’m partial to her tales. Read More

If I wasn’t hooked on Virginia Kantra’s Children of the Sea series before Immortal Sea, I would be now. But who am I kidding? I’ve loved this series ever since Sea Witch was released. Immortal Sea is the story of Morgan of the finfolk and Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez, a woman with whom Morgan spent one night of pleasure with about 16 years ago. Now Elizabeth has two children, and it becomes apparent quite quickly that Morgan fathered her teenage son, Zack. Morgan is sure Zack is also finfolk and wants only to take him and return to the sea. Only his desire for Elizabeth keeps him from doing just that. Read More

Body Master is a science fiction romance set on Earth after an alien ship has crash-landed on the planet. The aliens have the ability to use human DNA to reproduce human bodies for themselves and they’ve used that ability to blend into the human population. Some want only to build new lives for themselves…some want to take over the world. Read More

Don’t Kill the Messenger is an entertaining paranormal romance told through the eyes Melina Markowitz, a woman who operates as a Messenger for supernatural beings. Early in the story, Melina gets caught up in trouble and has to come to terms with that fact that she is eventually going to have to take a stand instead of letting everyone else deal with the problems that sometimes pop up. There’s a sexy vampire, but the real hero of this story is the normal human cop watching out for Melina. Read More

Counterpoint: Song of the Fallen (Volume 1 of 2) is an erotic tale of fantasy and romance between an elf and the prince who has captured him. Set on a world where elves and humans live apart because of a war waged between the two many years ago, this story has a well-built, full, and rich universe. Read More

Jungle Heat is a compelling revisit of Tarzan. During an expedition to Africa, James finds a man who has been living in the jungle, having apparently been raised by the Gorillas of the Congo. Odd One, or Michael as he’s later called, is drawn to James, who begins teaching him about Man. Read More

Some Recommended Books and How I’m Getting Along With My Nook

I’ve had my Nook for about a month now, I think, and I’m loving it. I do still occasionally read on my Palm powered phone, because there’s nothing as convenient as a backlit device when you’re reading in the dark, but with the addition of a book light, night reading is easy on the Nook.

I’ve loaded up quite a few books on the Nook over the past month and read quite a few too. I find it does make it just a bit harder for me to pick one book and stick too it. I’ve always been the kind of reader who lugs around 5 or 6 books at a time to wherever I’m sitting to read and pick through them until one catches my attention and doesn’t let go.

I almost never read only 1 book at a time. In fact, right now, I have bookmarks in 6 books that I still consider myself to be actively reading (mostly print at the moment).

However, I’ve just recently finished a few I would HIGHLY recommend and will be adding them to the highly recommended list this week. The level of heat varies but these are fabulous books!

Burning Up (An anthology, just bursting with reading pleasures! Made me take another look at Nalini Singh’s books and I’m currently reading Branded by Fire.)

Immortal Sea (Oh man, as I’ll say in my review, this book has cemented my love of this series. The Children of the Sea is one of my favorite series of all time at this point.)

Body Master (Sexy – very! – I cannot wait for the sequel, The Body Thief.)

Don’t Kill The Messenger (Not erotic romance, but great nonetheless! – At the moment, this trade sized paperback is for sale at a seriously bargain price at Amazon.)

The Demon in Me (Not enough sex by far, but a seriously great book anyway.)

Counterpoint: Song of the Fallen (Ends on something of a cliffhanger, but I loved the book anyway and look forward to the sequel! [Alt romance.])

Into the Crossfire – Lisa Marie Rice, the first in the new Protectors series from Avon Red

I received a copy of Into the Crossfire today from Avon Red. I find myself drawn to the story, if only because I enjoy the occasional action-packed, sexy romance and this book appears to be just that.

Into the Crossfire will be released on July 27, 2010 but it’s available for pre-order right now.

About the book: Into the Crossfire

Sam Reston is a former Navy SEAL who likes to keep to himself. He lives in a world that is uncertain, violent, dangerous…and there’s no place in it for the weak and helpless. Then the most beautiful woman in the world moves in next door to him….

A new business and an ailing father already complicate Nicole Pearce’s life. She doesn’t need to become involved with a hard-bodied, hardheaded, secretive neighbor. But Sam Reston leaves her breathless and her body alive with erotic desire. It takes every bit of her control to keep from offering her body to him with no strings attached. But she doesn’t know that Sam is working on a dangerous undercover assignment…and that she’s about to step into the crossfire.

Sam has never ached this badly for a woman, and he has never fallen in love. Now that Nicole is in terrible danger, he will guard and shield from danger the enticing body he longs to taste and touch. Because a terrorist plot hatched half a world away is heading to their doorstep–and only one man and one woman can derail it.

I’ll be adding Into the Crossfire, along with several other books, to the Avon Red page at the next update, but for now, you can buy the book through any of the links on this post if it sounds like something you’re interested in reading. It sounds pretty good to me!

Update: Into the Crossfire is now on the site!

Preorder Into the Crossfire by Lisa Marie Rice

You can see more Lisa Marie Rice books on the Lisa Marie Rice booklist and more Avon Red books on the Avon Red page.

Buy a Nook Cheap and Enjoy Ebooks Even More!

I got my Nook today from Barnes and Noble. The Nook WiFi went on sale about a week ago and I couldn’t pass up the cheap price because it was an awesome deal. Although I had been holding out for a Kindle, the truth is, when the price of the Nook WiFi dropped to $149, and I knew the 3G was worthless where I live, I made the decision to go with the Nook instead of the Kindle after all.

I also find the ability to use the R.E.A.D.S. library lending an added incentive to purchase the Nook instead of the Kindle because at the moment, the Nook supports those ebooks, but the Kindle doesn’t. Check out my comparison of the Nook and the Kindle.

Anyway, I might still someday pick up a Kindle because I still have soft and fuzzy feelings toward it, but at the moment, I’m too busy being in love with my Nook. :)

I added my entire ebook library to the Nook today, checked out some ebooks from the library and added them, and then started reading some of the many ebooks I’ve been wanting to read but couldn’t bring myself to sit at the computer long enough to do so. My phone works okay for ebook reading, but I was ready to graduate to some a little more serious… :) My 3×3 screen wasn’t quite cutting it these days, although I admit that having a backlight was nice for snatching a few pages of reading time before going to sleep. I think I’ll cope. I will probably have to buy myself a nice book light though. I’m not sure my LightWedge is going to work so well with the Nook, but we’ll see in a few minutes….

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My Tell All: Unfinished Reading

There’s a sad truth in my pile of to-be-read books. Some of the books in my pile just aren’t the kinds of books I enjoy reading.

Even some of those that were good just couldn’t hold my interest long enough for me to make it to the end of the book. Some books stalled sooner than later, and some I consider only temporarily stalled.

I’ve been known to stop in the middle of a book and then go back to it later and enjoy the book more than ever. I’ve even recommended some of those books, because who knows why I stopped reading in the first place? When I went back, I really did enjoy the book.

When I pick up a book I’ve put down unfinished, I never start reading back at the beginning. I prefer to make my way through the book from where I stopped previously. And maybe that’s some of the problem. If a book is that easy to start reading from the middle why was all that stuff included at the beginning anyway?

Don’t you often find that many books start too early in the story? I enjoy the occasional slow build up in a book, but most often, I find that some authors don’t want to leave anything for me to assume or conclude on my own. They want to explain every aspect of the story and characters, to the point where there’s no mystery left in the book at all. But I enjoy just jumping in and figuring out some of this stuff for myself.

In fact, I enjoy mystery in my reading, and I’m not talking about whodoneit. I’m talking about the mystery of uncovering character motivations. I don’t want to know everything at the outset of the book. I enjoy coming up with my own thoughts about why the characters might be doing whatever it is they’re doing and to have those assumptions either confirmed or ripped apart later by a great author who’s willing to leave a few things up to my imagination. What about you?

I thought it might be interesting to list a few of the books I haven’t finished so far this year and give some of the reasons why I put them aside. I make no judgment of the books that haven’t held my interest, because I haven’t finished them and because someday, I still might make it to the end.

Book Page I Stopped On Why I Set Book Aside Probability I’ll
Finish the Book
Casual Hex Page 155 I’m waiting until I’m in the mood for more light and fluffy reading. It’s been a charming story, but maybe it’s a little too slow for me right now? 80%
Witch Heart Page 178 I didn’t feel like the story was getting anywhere and I got a little bored with it. 30%
Runaway McBride Page 34 I think I just got tired of reading historical fiction… 80%
Revealed Page 48 I think I just got tired of reading historical fiction… 95%
Till There Was You Page 246 The book changed setting dramatically (it’s a time travel), and I’m not sure I like it as much now that it’s gone from the past to the present. 65%
Bound and Determined Page 102 At page 102, I still wasn’t sure if I liked Rafe. Since the hero is always the most important character for me in any book, this is a big stumbling block for me and the rest of this book. 70%
Highland Rebel Page 107 I couldn’t figure out this heroine, and she was starting to get on my nerves. 45%

Hard and Fast is not the way to read

…but it sure was a great book!

Okay, so I spent some serious time reading over the past month, and I’m definitely not staying on top of writing reviews for those books. I thought I’d mention them here though, because I’ve read some fabulous books lately.

Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy – It’s not available yet, but when it becomes available, you should run out and buy it right away. It was a wonderful book, full of all kinds of goodness. I absolutely loved Imogen and Ty, and usually the female characters are not my favorites. I’m all for the guys and I adore it when I find a female character I really love. I loved Imogen. This book is a (very, very) highly recommended read.

Kiss of Fate by Deborah Cooke – Okay, this one isn’t exactly erotic romance. But it was sexy. And exciting. And action-y. And FABULOUS. I hadn’t realized how much I might like reading about Dragon heroes until I read this book. Now I’m on the lookout for dragon stories…and buying the other books in the series I think I’m going to be addicted to.

Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole – Finally! If you’ve been around this site very much, you’ll probably realize I love, love, love the Immortals After Dark series. This is a wonderful addition to the series and Rydstrom and Sabine are now two of my favorite Immortals.

Raine by Elizabeth Amber – Oh, this one is hard to explain, but it was a great book. I loved Jordan and Raine. The only thing about the Lords of Satyr series is the darkness. I don’t like to read too many dark stories in a row, so I wouldn’t want to sit down and read all the stories at once, but I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. Definitely.

Oh, and right at this moment, I’m reading White Star, Never Been Witched, Everlasting Bad Boys, and a few others. I should really learn to focus on one book at a time…but then again, I might not enjoy reading so much if I had to follow rules about how I did it!

Goodness, there are still so many other books I’ve read lately, but many of them don’t fit the site, and I’m out of time right now!

What good books have you read lately?

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Reading: Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost

I started Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost the other night while in the bath, but for some odd reason, the book stayed behind when I left and I forgot to go back and get it until today. Which, thinking about it, is really odd, because I was really enjoying the story. I just made it to page 10 though so maybe the reason I didn’t go back for it was because I wasn’t that heavily invested in it yet.

That said, I loved the opening of this story.  Here’s an itty-bitty sampling of what I found so delicious about this beginning–it’s just a hint of the tone of the story, but it’s why I’m about to engage in a reading binge that’s sure to last me the rest of the evening.

“I’d never noticed before how small Jenna’s eyes were. If she were a shape-shifter, she’d be some kind of were-rodent. Not that I’d seen any shape-shifters except in books, but I knew they were out there. Aunt Mel’s favorite ex-husband had been eaten by one.”

I’m off to read…

Reading: I was supposed to be finished by now

I’m (still) reading Megan’s Mark. It’s about to drive me crazy that I haven’t been able to sit down with the book since last week, but that’s the truth. Tonight, I plan to read in bed (while I pretend to watch the Presidential Debate). As long as they stick to the usual political rhetoric, I’ll enjoy quite a bit of reading pleasure! Frankly, I’ve heard it all before in the other two debates (which I managed to watch without a book to keep me in a good mood).

Until then, I have site updates to do, so I’m ending this little note here.

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