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text 2017-11-02 20:00
Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 210 pages.
Alliance In Blood - Ariel Tachna

This is a terrible book. Two days have gone by since it began. In that time:

- Orlando and Alain met.

- Orlando told Alain he would trust him if Alain would let him taste his blood. Alain agreed to let him. There was no indication that this act generally had any emotional significance for vampires - it was done for purely pragmatic reasons.

- Magical connection! Alain's blood allows Orlando to safely be exposed to sunlight. They literally spend chapters testing this. They technically haven't finished their tests yet.

- Another wizard arrives. Alain doesn't trust him and

tells Orlando to taste his blood to see if he's telling the truth. Even though this is exactly what Orlando did to Alain when they first met, suddenly Orlando feels betrayed. Drinking blood is like sex! Alain is whoring him out! How could he!

- Alain wants to make it up to Orlando and asks what he can do to make things right. Orlando says "Accept my mark." Meaning, "let me brand your neck." (I think it was his neck. I don't feel like going back to check.)

- Orlando hadn't actually expected Alain to allow himself to be branded, even though it had basically been framed like an ultimatum. He is beside himself at this evidence of Alain's trust in him.

- Alain thought that by accepting Orlando's brand he was marking himself as a submissive in their relationship. Orlando is shocked and dismayed. No, no, he never meant that!

- Whoa, wait. In reality, Orlando just put himself under Alain's power by branding him. Alain can now kill him simply by withholding his own blood, since Orlando can no longer tolerate anyone else's.

(spoiler show)

- Do any of these characters remember that Thierry's wife died less than 24 hours ago?

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text 2017-10-22 22:24
Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 210 pages.
Alliance In Blood - Ariel Tachna

The good:


- This is going to be a quick read, as long as I don't let myself get distracted by another book.


The bad:


- This book is missing pretty much every possible emotional note that isn't directly related to Alain (wizard) and Orlando (vampire) angsting over each other. Technically they've spent the past few chapters testing the ability of wizard blood to allow vampires to walk in sunlight unharmed, but it comes across more like Alain and Orlando are two horny teenagers who can't keep away from each other. There was a battle just a few hours ago that killed Alain's best friend Thierry's wife (estranged, but still). No one seemed to be very affected by all of those deaths, even Thierry. He got a little angry, and there was one line about him telling himself to keep it together, but that was it.


- There are chapter breaks, but no scene breaks. This has mostly just been a little jarring, but at one point it had the unfortunate effect of making it seem like Orlando was calmly drinking espresso at the edge of a bloody battle like it was no big deal.

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text 2017-10-22 06:30
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 210 pages.
Alliance In Blood - Ariel Tachna

I'm aiming for my first Bingo with a book I know for a fact has vampires in it. But I'm wary. I stopped buying Dreamspinner Press books after learning that they had zero problems publishing P2P fanfic. Although I still own quite a few books of theirs that I purchased before that point, I also don't read their stuff much anymore, since my tastes have changed and they just don't look as appealing to me now.


It starts off with an author's note. The beginning of the second paragraph: "I can very proudly state that I've never read a vampire story. Not Anne Rice, not Laurel K. Hamilton, not Bram Stoker. The closest I've ever come was a monologue I read in seventh grade called 'Dress of White Silk.'" Uhh. I'm not sure it's a good idea to say you've "proudly" never read any vampire stories when your books includes vampires as prominent characters, although I'm guessing this is supposed to indicate how original the story I'm about to read is going to be. And it's "Laurell," not "Laurel." So I'm raising an eyebrow at the editor too.

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text 2017-09-03 08:10
Cover Reveal - Searching For His Mate



Searching For His Mate

by Ariel Marie

Cover Reveal


For Stacia Sagona, it wasn’t easy being the personal assistant to the local bear clan alpha. He was grumpy, hard to work with and he just happened to be her older brother. Tardiness was a pet peeve of his but it was her specialty. What was meant to be a quick run to the bank before going into the office was anything but, thanks to the armed men who stormed into the bank with guns blazing.


A hostage situation at the local bank was just what SWAT Officer Izek Compano needed to keep his mind focused. Lately, he has felt such a disconnect from his bear that it has left him puzzled. A man should always be in sync with his bear. Each night his bear would demand to be let out so it could roam for hours in search of something. For what? Izek didn’t have a clue. The bank job revealed the culmination of his search, only to have her snatched from his grasp.


It’s a race against time to save the mate who his bear had apparently been searching for…

Releases November 14, 2017

Preorder→ https://books.pronoun.com/searching-for-his-mate/

Cover Designer→ https://www.selfpubbookcovers.com/Viergacht





About Ariel Marie:


Ariel Marie is an author who loves the paranormal, action and hot steamy romance. She combines all three in each and every one of her stories. For as long as she can remember, she has loved vampires, shifters and every creature you can think of. This even rolls over into her favorite movies! She love a good action packed thriller! Throw a touch of the supernatural world in it and she’s hooked!


She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children.


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review 2017-08-06 16:02
Inherit the Sky - Ariel Tachna,William James

Just as good the second around. I have no idea if William James is Australian, but the accent in this narration sounds absolutely perfect to me. I love listening to the audiobooks in this series.

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