Series Saturday: Patricia Briggs

Welcome to another Series Saturday!

Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors, and two of my favorite books are Masques and Wolfsbane~ part of her Sianim Series.  Patty is a wonderful storyteller, and I was immediately drawn into the story by the voice and vivid images her writing brought forth.

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Blurb:

After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. But her latest mission involves more peril than she ever imagined.

Agents of Sianim have asked her to gather intelligence on the increasingly popular and powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae’Magi. Soon Aralorn comes to see past the man’s striking charisma—and into a soul as corrupt and black as endless night. And few have the will to resist the sinister might of Geoffrey and his minions.

So Aralorn, aided by her enigmatic companion, Wolf, join the growing rebellion against the ae’Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is—or where he will strike next?

Blurb:

For the last ten years, shapeshifting mercenary Aralorn has led a dangerous existence—a far cry from her noble upbringing. Now she must return home under the most unfortunate circumstances. Her father, the Lyon of Lambshold, has passed away. But when Aralorn and her companion Wolf arrive, the combination of their magic uncovers something wonderful yet alarming—he’s not actually dead, but only appears so. Yet a dark mist is also very much alive within him…

The Lyon of Lambshold has been ensorcelled by the ae’Magi, who’s using him as a conduit to finally destroy Aralorn and Wolf. With her father as the pawn, can Aralorn overcome this mysterious mist with her magic? Or will she finally fall to the blackest of magic, losing not only her one true companion, but also her life…

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I cannot recommend this series enough for those who love fantasy. You can read sample chapters of both books, plus the other books in the series (that feature different characters), on her website: http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/

Special Guest: Linda Robertson

I’m very pleased to host Linda Robertson on the blog today 🙂 I loved her Persephone Alcmedi series, and can’t wait to read Jovienne.

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Excerpt:
EASTER SUNDAY  APRIL 4, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
 
The destroyed stained glass window looked like an open mouth showing pointy, irregular teeth. Inside, the church’s cavernous shape trapped the sound of the downpour like TV static that couldn’t be muted. Not even inside the confessional.
Having finally learned about the drama that occurred during the sunrise mass this morning, Andrei came to see for himself. He hadn’t expected that Father Everly would be taking confessions with the evening services only an hour away, but then he hadn’t intended to make one. He shifted, uncomfortable in the darkened box. “Forgive me father for I have sinned. It’s been ten years since my last confession.”
“Tell me my son, what brings you after all this time?”
Hearing the exhaustion in the old priest’s voice, Andrei’s cheeks flamed. He shouldn’t be taking the man’s time on this holy day when his church was in turmoil.
But he had to. Because of Jovienne. Maybe the urgency stemmed from not going to mass since she came into his life. Maybe it was the rain. One of the strongest memories he had of her occurred on an equally wet day almost a decade ago.
It had been autumn, and she’d finally grown strong enough to be out of her bed more than she was in it. She had asked every day for two weeks to go to the cemetery. He’d used the rain as an excuse to put off the trip, but she was insistent and he finally gave in.
 
“Wait here for me?” she asked as they approached the gates.
“I’ll help you find the headstones.” She’d still been in a coma when her family were buried.
“I can find them. Wait here.”
He’d decided when they first met to respect her determination. ‘I can’ defined her. She’d endured so much and her willpower had everything to with her surviving to this point.
It would be key to her survival long-term.
Her steps, unhurried but certain as she entered the dreary graveyard, led her from the paved road to cut across the grounds toward a certain set of stones like she had a homing beacon. He watched her kick away the fallen yellow leaves, clearing the ground before a small headstone. Then she did the same for the outermost of the graves in front of the adjacent tombstone-for-two. The green grass was a stark contrast to the bright deposits of foliage.
The center grave she left covered. Andrei was curious if it was her mother or her father that she did not reveal, and if she’d had a brother or a sister, older or younger. It didn’t matter; he didn’t need to know about her past to train her.
When she returned, her cheeks were wet but her eyes showed no sign of having wept. The drops on her face were only rain. He marveled, wondering if strength or the misunderstanding of youth locked away this child’s tears.
She seemed to understand his scrutiny. “The sky cried for me,” she said, “and the trees are weeping pretty blankets.” She glanced over her shoulder at her work, the grassy area easy to pick out. “But some graves ought to be cold.”
 
“My son?” Father Everly prompted.
Andrei poked at the buttonhole on his leather duster and questioned what he was about to do. Everything he thought he understood about Jovienne had been proven wrong. But Father Everly deserved to know who destroyed his church. And why.
“I know the demon who broke your window this morning, Father. I raised her.”
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Jovienne CD:
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~What People Are Saying~
“Linda Robertson’s JOVIENNE is a unique and twisted journey of action, horror, and urban fantasy, packed with cool ideas.  In a genre where so much feels the same, it’s a pleasure to encounter a writer who has found a different muse.”  Christopher Golden, NYT Bestselling Author
 
“Linda Robertson has created an intriguing world, a compelling narrative, and a strong, canny heroine you’ll be cheering on from the first page to the last. JOVIENNE rocks. Enjoy the ride.” — David B. Coe, author of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson
 
“Linda Robertson has written a masterful example on using religious lore and legend as inspiration for damn fine storytelling! JOVIENNE is both soul-soaring and heart-wrenching, a fresh take on high-octane Urban Fantasy.”  James R. Tuck – author of the Deacon Chalk series.
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Bio:
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. She won first place in the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition (2006). Since then, she’s earned a cum laude Associate of the Art’s Degree in English and published several novels and short stories.
 
In addition to the Immanence series, she is the author of the Persephone Alcmedi series. A lifelong musician, she also wrote, performed, and produced a musical score/CD for Jovienne. When not writing or composing, she finds time to dabble in costuming/sewing, crafting, and furniture renovation. 
 
She attends various writing conventions and book festivals, blogs, and gives workshops about the craft of writing. A mother of four boys, Linda is married and lives in Northeast Ohio.
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Over the River On Sale

Hello, my lovely readers 🙂

Over the River is on SALE this week for $0.99! So if you haven’t read it, or know someone who would love it, now’s the time to check the first Isles and West book out.

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Down a snowy dirt road, in a farmhouse filled with death and fear, there is a woman…

The Weatherby Mills history books paint Joslyn Faust as a kind and generous woman who was willing to help any of her neighbors in need. Weatherby Mills lore, however, holds her ghost responsible for the deaths of four men.

Delilah Isles knows all the legends of the tri-towns from the friendliest and nastiest of ghosts, to the dangerous and terrifying beasts and beings of the Dark and Glory. So when the case of the Faust Homestead lands on her desk, she is both intrigued and skeptical.

Working for the New England Spirit Society, she and her partner, Milly West, have seen spirits and non-human entities commit many brutal attacks. After all, the New England Spirit Society investigates the most violent and disturbing cases. However, even with the four assaults contributed to Joslyn Faust, Delilah isn’t certain the case is truly N.E.S.S. material. That all changes the first time she and Milly set foot on the Faust property and witness firsthand just how vicious the celebrated townswoman’s spirit could be.

Coming Soon…

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

I’ve just signed the contract for the audiobook version of THE DAMNED! The reader is just perfect- I love her voice ❤

What can I tell you now?

*The process was just started, as in I chose the reader today after hearing her audition the material. The contract was signed today.

*The audiobook will be available this summer! I’m hoping for a release date the first week of July!

I think you guys are going to LOVE this reader. Hearing her read just four pages of the book was amazing, and I was captivated. It was, admittedly, a little strange to hear my written words read out loud by someone else, but I’m very excited.

More news to come as the process continues! I hope you’re all as excited as I am 😀

Series Saturday: Strange Angels

Welcome to another Series Saturday!

Recently, I re-read the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow (aka, Lilith Saintcrow). I absolutely loved the series when it came out, and still adore it today. It’s one of the best YA series I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Honestly, these books made me remember why I love reading YA, and because of that, I found other series (such as Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamer series) that I highly enjoy and recommend as well (but that’s another post!).

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Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whoever—or whatever— is hunting her?

Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England School for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem— she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide….

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?

It’s a good thing Dru Anderson is fast. Because the sucker chasing her isn’t slowing down—and he won’t rest until he has tasted her blood and silenced her heart….

Graves, Dru’s best friend, and Christophe, her strange and handsome savior, are ready to help her take on the ultimate evil. But will their battle for Dru’s heart get in the way of her survival?

Now that sixteen-year-old Dru’s worst fears have come true, she’ll have to go on a suicidal rescue mission to bring her best friend back in one piece. That is, if she can put all of Christophe’s training to good use, defeat her mother’s traitor once and for all, and manage to survive another day…

Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru. She’s battled killer zombies, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a full-fledged svetocha — rare, beautiful, and toxic to all vampires — the worst is yet to come.

Because getting out alive is going to cost more than she’s ever imagined. And in the end, is survival really worth the sacrifice?

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Dru’s voice captured me from the very first word, and didn’t let go throughout the entire series. Graves and Christophe kept me reading as well, and their stories had me just as captivated.

If you love urban fantasy, YA, and a dash of romance, I highly recommend this series.

 

Tuck Houston on SALE!

Happy Sunday, my lovely readers! I’ve a treat for you 🙂

The Tuck Houston series is on sale for $0.99 the entire week! That’s right- you can get The Damned and Path to Damnation each for $0.99 🙂 Spread the word and enjoy!

AMAZON ~ EVERNIGHT PUBLISHING

Eight years ago, slayer Tuck Houston lost two of her closest friends to a Damned vampire named Josef Dragos—a beast who traded the sun for darkness and blood. She’s been hunting him since the day she walked into the carnage he created. But Josef has hidden himself well in the underground, from both slayers and other vampires.

 When slayers around the globe start disappearing in a familiar pattern—Josef’s pattern—she’s put on the hunt. And despite the painful memories and very real threat to her future that come with tracking him down, Tuck is certain of one thing: she is going to make Josef Dragos wish he’d never been born.

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AMAZON ~ EVERNIGHT PUBLISHING

“Come little slayer, into my lair, and we shall play a game…”

Ten months after the events with Josef Dragos, slayer Tuck Houston is in Iceland training with her strigoi guardian. The strigoi blood awakened in her gives her no choice but to do so. But her training is interrupted by the one Damned who keeps slipping out of her grasp—Penelope.

The beautiful Damned has finally come calling to finish the game she started with Tuck a little over sixteen years ago. But instead of retrieving Tuck herself, Penelope is sending her on a scavenger hunt. A hunt that Tuck’s more than ready to go on, despite the fact that it’s going to drive her deeper into the world of the strigoi and the darkness that birthed Penelope.

Tuck welcomes the darkness, knowing that at the end of it all that could spell her death.

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Series Saturday: Vampire Babylon

Happy weekend (and Happy Easter to those who celebrate!) 🙂 Welcome to another Series Saturday 🙂

The Vampire Babylon series by Chris Marie Green quickly became one of my favorite UF series after reading the first book. The series adds a nice little twist to the vampire myth, and the main character- Dawn Madison- is a fantastic lead. The secondary characters are wonderful, and their stories are each unique and just as interesting as Dawn’s.

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In this first book of an all-new trilogy, life proves stranger than the movies when a Hollywood underground coven of vampires comes to light-and gets targeted by the tough-as-nails daughter of a sexy screen siren.

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn’t been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting-caught on film-of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his odd colleagues, she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen.

Night Rising was only the beginning…

Dawn Madison reluctantly came to Los Angeles in search of her missing father and found instead a world of murder and the living dead she never imagined existed. When a new vampire slaying lures Dawn deeper into the underground, her alliances in the sunlit world shift. Now she has only herself to trust and her new found skills as “a spunky vampire slayer”

After facing off against the lethal Vampire Killer, Hollywood stuntwoman Dawn Madison and her friends are reeling. But for Dawn, the pain is much more personal. She?s learned more about her missing father and long-dead mother than she ever wanted to, and her conflicted feelings about both her enigmatic, never-seen boss, Jonah, and P.I. Matt Lonigan are only making things worse.

To save her father Dawn must enter the Vampire Underground, where she will encounter an unthinkable betrayal, and where the question of who is truly good and who is truly evil will become a matter of life, death, and undeath?

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The above is the first trilogy in the series. What she discovers in the first three books about her parents and the vampires was captivating. The second trilogy in the series has new twists concerning the vampires and Dawn herself. I truly loved what Chris Marie Green brought to the second trilogy, which I’ve decided I won’t spoil in this post 🙂

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When a new Vampire Underground is found in England, Hollywood stuntwoman-turned-vampire hunter Dawn Madison and her crack team are dispatched to carry the fight from the flash and dash of Los Angeles to the seemingly staid and stolid streets of London. Dawn knows by now how deceiving appearances can be-and she’s about to find out that it’s not only the beautiful people of Hollywood who are willing to bargain with evil.

Stuntwoman-turned-vampire hunter Dawn Madison is in London to find the local vampire Underground and wipe it out. But her own encounter with the bloodsuckers is beginning to affect her in some very sinister ways.

Dawn Madison has captured the master of the London Underground, but now must face her followers-a vicious pack of undead teenage girls who put the vamps in Los Angeles to shame.

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If those blurbs aren’t enough to lure you in, here are some book trailers for the first three books 🙂

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There are always a few novellas in this series…

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If you love Urban Fantasy, and haven’t read these books, I highly recommend giving them a try. I don’t think you’ll regret it 🙂