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review 2019-08-30 11:00
Book Tour, G*away & New Release Review! Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4 / Catalina Baylor #1) Ilona Andrews!

 

 

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TGIF Readers! Today I am visiting a world where magic is the key to wealth and power! Enjoy and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

 

 

 

 

Sapphire Flames

A Hidden Legacy Novel, Book 4

by Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews comes an enthralling new trilogy set in the Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines are the new currency of society…

 

In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

 

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

 

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart. 

 

 

 

Baylor House Prime, Catalina Baylor has been afraid to use her unique powers, but she will risk her reputation and safety to help her friend unravel the mystery when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered. Powerful forces are at work behind the scenes including Alessandro, her teenage crush and his motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to flame.  She will have to test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her house and her heart.

 

The Hidden Legacies continue in House Baylor as Catalina steps up to the plate and becomes the Head of the House and in this astonishingly powerful book, she shows readers that she is more than capable of being as ruthless as she needs to be. Readers loved Nevada and her die hard protection of her family and everything they had and they can’t help but smile in eager anticipation to discover if Catalina has what it takes. Well, the story starts off with excitement and continues to be a non-stop buffet of action, suspense, gripping emotions and snarky wit. And to spice things up even more, Catalina and Alessandro have a push- pull relationship full of sizzling chemistry and readers just know that they would be great together but this relationship has quite a few obstacles standing in its path, not the least of is just where Alessandro stands on the whole good or bad issue. 

 

This fast paced plots keeps readers hanging on to every word with lots of thrilling suspense, adrenaline pumping action and extraordinary magical battles that has readers’ eyes flaring wide open and gasps escaping in amazement as Catalina asks one question to many and finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of danger and deadly assassins. There’s no way to put this powerful, heart-pounding read full life altering twists down once they have begun.

 

 

 

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ILONA ANDREWS is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Time sand USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

 

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review 2018-11-10 11:05
Blog Tour with Excerpt, Giveaway & Release Week Review! Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5 / Catalina Baylor Trilogy #.5) Ilona Andrews!

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
Series Hidden Legacy Novella
Genre Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher Avon Impulse
Publication Date November 6, 2018

 

 


Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

 

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

 

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

 


Nevada and Connor is getting married and everyone is invited although they have strictly forbidden any summonings, weather manipulation or other magical activities. Catalina Baylor finds herself in charge of the wedding and in order to make it happen Catalina will have to do what she fears most…use her magic.

 

This super exciting and thrilling story is full of wonderful, bold characters that charm the pants off readers with the good guys of course stealing the show although those bad guys sure know how to get everyone’s attention as well. The plot is fast paced and there is never a dull moment to be found as Catalina tries to ensure that Nevada has her fairy tale wedding. There are plenty of twists and intriguing events which keep readers holding on to the edge of their seat with anticipation and fascinating use of magic. Readers will be excited to find that the Hidden Legacy series continues to wow readers with wicked and witty fun that they have come to expect and they will definitely be coming back for more.

 

 

 


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Diamond Fire is #3.5 in the Hidden Legacy series, #3.5 in the Nevada Baylor Trilogy series and #.5 in the Catalina Baylor series.

 

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1 Burn for Me
2White Hot
3 WildFire
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The 1st Catalina Baylor book is expected in 2019

 

 


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EXCERPT

 

Chapter 1

 

Catalina


I fought my way through the hallway of Mountain Rose house trying to dodge the children. Everything I ever read about my future brother-in-law on Herald suggested that Connor Rogan was a loner with no immediate family besides his mother and his cousin, Kelly Waller, who didn’t count.

 

Herald lied.

 

The gaggle of children was coming right for me.


I clutched my tablet to my chest and braced myself.

 

They ran around me in circles, giggling, and dashed down the hallway, leaving a little girl holding a stuffed unicorn in their wake. I let out a breath.

 

Rogan had oodles of relatives, scattered all over the Mediterranean, and all of them descended on his mother’s house to attend the wedding. I liked kids, but there were somewhere between twenty and thirty children under the age of twelve on the premises and they traveled in packs.


The last time I ran across this gang of preteens, they knocked the tablet out of my hands. Nothing could happen to the tablet. All of the wedding files were on there.

 

The little girl and I looked at each other. She was probably five and supercute, with brown hair and big dark eyes. She wore a pretty lavender dress decorated with tiny silk flowers. If Mom had put me into that dress when I was her age, it would be covered with mud and engine grease in about five minutes. When I was five, I either played outside or in Grandma Frida’s garage, while she repaired tanks and field artillery.

 

“Hi,” I said. “I’m Catalina.”

 

“Mia Rosa García Ramírez Arroyo del Monte.”

 

I had seen her before, I realized. She always seemed to follow Mrs. Rogan around. She trailed her to the porch, to the study, to the media room. She even wanted to sit next to her in the dining room.

 

Mia Rosa thrust her unicorn up. It was almost as big as she was and decorated with blue and silver plastic jewels the size of grapes and way too many sparkles.

 

“This is Sapphire.”

 

“She is very pretty.”

 

“She lives in the midnight clouds and her horn glows with moonlight.”

 

Of course. Jewel Legends. It was a popular kid cartoon with mythical animals. I was too old for it, but Arabella, my younger sister, caught the very beginning of it.

Everything had to be Jewel Legends for a while: notebooks, backpacks, phone cases . . . And then she went to high school and that was the end of that.

 

“I want a sparkly gun,” Mia Rosa announced in a slightly accented voice.

 

“Um, what?”

 

“There is a gun that lets you put more sparklies.”


“You want a bedazzler?”

 

Mia Rosa nodded several times. “Yes. My mommy said you were the go girl and I should ask you.”

 

Go girl. I hid a sigh. “I’ll see what I can do. What is your mommy’s name, so I know where to deliver the bedazzler?”

 

“Teresa Rosa Arroyo Roberto del Monte. Thank you. But don’t give it to mommy. Give it to me.”

 

Awww. She said thank you. “You’re welcome.”

 

She curtsied and ran after the kids, dragging her unicorn.


My phone chimed. I glanced at the text message. Arabella has written, “Where are you??? Get here!!!” and added a gif of a crying baby with photoshopped rivers of tears. I took off at a near run.

 

It all started with Nevada firing the wedding planner. The first wedding planner.

Usually my older sister was a perfectly reasonable person. Well, as reasonable as someone can be when she is a human lie detector. However, two weeks ago Simon Nightingale disappeared, and House Nightingale hired us to find him. Just three months ago our family registered as a House, and our small PI firm went from Baylor Investigative Agency to House Baylor Investigative Agency.


The Nightingale case was our first investigation. The entire Houston elite was watching us, and it drove Nevada a little nuts. A lot nuts. She was pretty much a nutcase.

 

The first wedding planner was fired because she argued with Nevada. My sister would explain the way she wanted things done and the planner would tell why they couldn’t do it that way. Most of the time “couldn’t” meant “we won’t do it because it’s a Prime wedding and it’s not the way things are done.” Finally, the planner explained to Nevada that it wasn’t really her wedding, but a wedding of House Rogan and she needed to stop impeding it with “ridiculous demands,” such as serving queso as an appetizer at the rehearsal dinner. The planner was promptly escorted from the premises.

 

The second planner was fired, because she kept lying. Her approach to wedding planning was to pacify the bride by pretending that everything was under control even when it wasn’t. She didn’t want to be micromanaged. But, my sister was an epic control freak and her attention to detail was legendary within the family.

Nevada would ask if something was a problem, and the planner would repeatedly assure her that things were fine, despite being warned that Nevada could sense her lies. Things came to a head when Nevada asked her point-blank if she and Mrs. Rogan had come to an agreement on the caterer. After being told for the tenth time to not worry about it, Nevada snapped. I realized that the second planner was let go when I saw her running to her car in five-inch heels with a look of pure panic on her face. My sister had burst onto the porch behind her, yelling, “Is it fine now? Is it still fine?”

 

We didn’t bother with a third wedding planner. Arabella and I took a weekend, armed ourselves with takeout, and after thirty odd episodes of Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and four seasons of Bridezilla, we decided to plan the wedding ourselves. It was that or there would be no wedding.

 

Unfortunately, while Rogan and his mother treated us with perfect courtesy, the rest of his family wasn’t quite sure about our status. Both Arabella and I were registered as Primes, but our records were sealed. Also, our family wasn’t wealthy, and Rogan was a billionaire. With me being eighteen and Arabella turning sixteen, they didn’t feel we had any authority. I had a feeling we ranked as “poor relatives who run errands,” somewhere just above hired help. Apparently, I was the go girl. I didn’t even want to know what Arabella was.

 

Just what I needed. I already felt like a clumsy trespasser in all of this beautiful luxury. This wasn’t my home. My home was in the loft of the warehouse. If there was any way to not be here, I would’ve taken it. But I loved my sister.

 

It would be a lot easier if we could do all this in Rogan’s house, but Rogan and Nevada declared Rogan’s home a wedding-free zone and hid there whenever they could.


I turned the corner and walked into a room where Nevada stood on a dais, wearing high-heeled shoes and the in-progress wedding dress, which currently was muslin marked with blue pencil lines. Two people crawled around her, pinning the hem.

 

Arabella stood in front of her, her arms crossed over her chest. Both Nevada and Arabella were blond, but Nevada’s hair was closer to clover honey, while Arabella’s resembled gold corn silk. I was the only brunette in the family, besides Mom. Right now the similarities between my two sisters were really apparent, and if you didn’t look at their faces, Arabella seemed like a shorter smaller copy of Nevada.

 

Ooo, I should tell her that next time we fought. She would hate that.

“What is it?” I asked.

 

“She wants lilacs in her wedding bouquet.”

 

“Okay . . .” Nevada had said she wanted carnations, but we could stuff some pretty pink lilacs in there. I didn’t see the problem.

 

“Blue,” Arabella squeezed out. “She wants blue lilacs.”


No and also no. “Nevada . . .”

 

“I had to hide in a bush of French lilacs yesterday and they were very pretty and smelled nice. The card on the tree said, ‘Wonder Blue: prolific in bloom and lush in perfume.’”

 

I googled French lilac, Wonder Blue. It was blue. Like in your face blue. “Why were you hiding in a bush?”

 

“She was being shot at,” Arabella said with a sour face.


“So you stopped to smell the lilacs while people were shooting at you?” I couldn’t even.

 

“Mmm. I was in a greenhouse and they made a lovely hiding spot.”

 

I decided to go with logic. My sister was a logical person. “You asked for a spring wedding. You chose pink, white, and very light sage green as your colors. There is no blue anywhere in the wedding.”

 

“Now there is.”

 

“Your bouquet has pink carnations, pink sweet pea flowers, white roses, and baby breath.” Three varieties of pink carnations, because she couldn’t pick one. And Nevada would never know the panic in the floral designer’s eyes when we told her it had to be a carnation bouquet. Apparently, carnations weren’t upscale enough for Mad Rogan’s wedding. Poor woman kept trying to suggest orchids.

 

“And blue lilacs,” Nevada said.

 

“It will clash,” Arabella growled.


I googled sage bridesmaid dress, held the tablet toward Nevada, and scrolled through images. “Look at the flowers. Pink and white. Pink. Pink. White. Pink and white.”

 

“I don’t care,” Nevada said. “I want blue lilacs.”

 

And I want to fly away from here, but that wouldn’t happen anytime soon, would it?

 

“Anyway, I have to get back to the office,” Nevada said. “Text me if anything.”

 

“The queen has dismissed us,” Arabella announced.

 

I dropped into a deep curtsy. “Your Majesty.”

 

“I hate you guys.”

 

“We hate you back,” Arabella told her.

 

“We hated you before the wedding.”

 

“Before it was cool to hate you.”

 

“Get out!” Nevada growled.

 

I walked out of the room.

 

Arabella caught up with me. “We can’t do lilacs. It ruins the theme.”

 

“I know.”

 

“What are we going to do?”

 

“Sleep on it,” I told her. “Let’s go home.”

 

“Catalina,” a woman called.

 

I turned toward the sound. Arrosa Rogan, Nevada’s future mother-in-law waved at me from the doorway, from her wheelchair.

 

“May I speak to you in private, dear?”

 

Oh-oh. This couldn’t be good. “Yes, ma’am.”

 

“I’ll wait for you outside,” Arabella said.

 

 


To celebrate the release of DIAMOND FIRE by Ilona Andrews, we're giving away one paperback set of the Hidden Legacy trilogy!

 

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GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open to internationally. One winner will receive a paperback set of the Hidden Legacy trilogy by Ilona Andrews. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 11/12/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per reader. Duplicates will be deleted.

 

 

 

ILONA ANDREWS is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Time sand USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

 

 


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review 2018-03-03 10:39
Un momento histórico decisivo y una narradora fascinante. Historia amena y memorable
Semillas de Granada: El deber de las hijas - Wendy J. Dunn

Tuve la suerte de leer la versión inglesa de esta novela, que me encantó,  poco después de su publicación y cuando la autora vio mi reseña, me comentó que iba a publicar la traducción al español y me pareció una idea estupenda. Me ofreció una copia avanzada de su novela que decidí reseñar, con mucho gusto. La opinión que comparto aquí es la traducción de mi reseña de la versión inglesa. He repasado por encima esta versión y la traducción me parece correcta, muy fiel al original, y un buen intento de reflejar el lenguaje de la época sin hacerlo excesivamente complicado o especializado, aunque no soy una experta en esa era.

Recientemente he leído varios libros sobre los Tudores, específicamente sobre Ana Bolena, y siempre me ha intrigado Catalina, la primera esposa de Enrique VIII (quizás porque soy española, pero también por todo lo que le tocó vivir y por sus conexiones familiares) y me alegré de tener la oportunidad de leer este libro.

Esta novela narra la niñez y primera juventud de la reina Catalina de Aragón, hija de la reina Isabel I de Castilla y el rey Fernando de Aragón (los reyes católicos), desde los cinco años hasta el momento en que sale hacia Inglaterra para convertirse en la esposa de Arturo, el entonces heredero al trono de Inglaterra. La historia está escrita desde el punto de vista de Beatriz Galindo, a la que llamaban La Latina, famosa por sus conocimientos del latín y otras materias, a la que la reina escogió para que instruyera a sus hijas (especialmente a Catalina) y como amiga personal. El personaje histórico de Beatriz Galindo es tan interesante como los miembros de la familia real española, y el autor consigue darles vida, convirtiéndolos en seres humanos, con sus amores, sus odios y mezquindades, sus opiniones (con las que podemos estar de acuerdo o no), y sus pérdidas que son muchas y muy personales.

La novela transcurre en un período fascinante de la historia de España, con la unión de los dos reinos (Castilla y Aragón), las batallas de la Reconquista, y más tarde los viajes de Cristóbal Colón a América. El usar a Beatriz, una mujer educada, con opiniones y sentimientos propios, cercana a la acción, como nuestra guía, nos permite ser testigos de primera mano de los eventos, a la vez que contamos con la suficiente distancia para poder especular y alcanzar nuestras propias conclusiones. A menudo querríamos saber por qué ciertos personajes hicieron ciertas cosas, pero a menos que hablen directamente con Beatriz y se lo expliquen, solo podemos especular o fiarnos de las opiniones de otros.

Aunque la historia está narrada desde el punto de vista de Beatriz, la novela está escrita en tercera persona, y el estilo es fluido y bello, con muy buenas descripciones no solo de lugares y eventos (incluyendo batallas y corridas de toros) sino también de personajes y comportamientos, incluyendo tanto las acciones de los miembros de la familia real como lo que de ellos se espera, sin concesiones a sus circunstancias personales. (No importa lo que estés sufriendo, no puedes olvidarte de quién eres. Aunque estés asustado, nadie debe enterarse jamás). El papel de las mujeres en esa época histórica, miembros de la familia real o no, es uno de los sujetos de discusión y es el motor impulsor de muchos de los eventos que se suceden y juega un papel fundamental en la difícil relación entre el rey y la reina. También hay escenas que nos hacen reflexionar sobre las guerras religiosas y los prejuicios. Hay momentos tristes y otros alegres y de aprendizaje. Esta novela nos proporciona una clara idea de la niñez de Catalina, de su educación, y de sus circunstancias, y nos ayuda a imaginarnos su evolución de niña e infanta a  futura reina.  

Disfruté de la forma en que está escrita esta novela, de la historia que narra, que es fascinante, y particularmente de la forma en que describe la relación entre las mujeres del libro: de la reina Isabel con sus hijas, con Beatriz y sus amigas, y también la de Catalina con María, su compañera de infancia, destinada a acompañarla cuando se vaya a Inglaterra. Algunos de los personajes históricos salen mejor parados que otros y recomiendo este libro a cualquiera que quiera descubrir más sobre Catalina de Aragón y sobre ese período histórico, en particular la corte española de la época, de forma amena y memorable.

Una advertencia: el libro contiene cierta violencia (no excesivamente gráfica) y una escena de sexo que aunque no es la descripción más gráfica que he leído) pero no ocurre detrás de una puerta cerrada.

 

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review 2018-01-17 22:29
Catalina: A Novel - Liska Jacobs

This was definitely a dark story. There were times that I just wanted to put it down, it was just so depressing what Elsa was going through. Then there were times when I just wanted to slap her. Unfortunately, there were too many times when I could relate. I had to follow her journey and see if she made it out alright.

I'm glad that I did continue on with Elsa's journey as I found it very interesting.

I would also like to commend the cover art work, beautiful job!

Thanks to Farrar, Straus & Girous and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2016-01-26 17:45
Swimming To Catalina - Stuart Woods

Entertaining, but not as good as previous Stone Barrington novels. I like the resourcefulness of Stone in these novels, plus he bags all the hot babes.

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