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review 2016-09-12 15:50
quick unique read
Immersed: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella - Katie Hayoz

This book has a unique premise as well as a new spin on old school monsters. The world/character developments were surprisingly rich while the actual writing was run of the mill Meh. The Steampunk aspect was explored more here than most books I have read that claim to be in the Steampunk genre these days. The actual steam driven mechanical aspects were great for background ambiance and interesting footnotes but weren't key factors in the story, something I would have given more stars for. It was a super quick read and did leave me wanting...though wanting what was an enigma. I believe this is due to the fact that it felt rushed and thin instead of having slow(ish) to boil, suspensefuly percolating, nail biting, robust foundation and plot twists. I know that's a lot to ask for but for me an unforeseen plot twist/ pivot, or intricate weaving of character depth vs. trials vs. inventive ways of achieving success are what sets a book above the rest and therefore deserve 4-5 stars. Should you read it??? In hindsight I would have skipped it and unsurprisingly, I am foregoing any future books in the series.

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text 2015-08-21 00:51
I'm BAAAAAAACK!
Immersed: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella - Katie Hayoz
Yikes! I've been away from BookLikes and publishing for a long time.  But FINALLY I am back to both!   I intend to have several books see the light of day (or Amazon, actually) over the next few months.
 
The first is Immersed. I am soooo freaking excited about this novella.  I struggled like hell to write it, and struggled even more to describe it. But, in the end, I am super glad I brought Melusine and Levi to life.
   
Immersed is filled with things I love: Chicago, strange creatures, steampunk gadgets, a kickass heroine, seriously silly innuendo, tongue-in-cheek scenarios, characters drawn from medieval myth and a bit of romance.  I hope readers will enjoy this mashup.
 

 
 
What if love turned you into a monster?
Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine Doré prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living. The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she’ll take on a cyclops or a dragon and not even break a sweat.  But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon, comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface.  Melusine realizes she is in danger of something much more horrifying than facing blood-thirsty beasts – she’s in danger of falling in love.  Because love alone has the power to reveal a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.

Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed is a stand-alone novella, but the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine on her quest to rid the world of monsters…and her struggle to come to terms with every monstrous facet of herself.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

 

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text 2015-02-15 22:14
Never Too Late to Learn

Somehow Fortune has smiled on me and I've managed to fall in with some of the most awesome Indie authors around.  It happened with the Celestial anthology and now it's happening again. 

 

The Blazing Indie Collective writers have inspired and taught me so much over the past few months.  Although I think they were all born with super-human doses of energy and ideas -- and I can barely keep up -- I was able to sneak my way into an upcoming box-set of novellas that will be published this summer. Check out our FB page for the collection: Falling In Deep

 

I'm working on the book right now and, while I don't normally love research, I'm loving this!

 

The novella, Immersed, is Steampunk that takes place in Chicago circa late 1850s.  Now I knew that Chicago was built on marshland and was basically sinking into the muck.  And I also knew that disease was rampant in this environment, since the sewer system needed to be overhauled, and good.  But I didn't realize how the city streets were actually RAISED between four to eight feet to accommodate a new sewer pipes, gas pipes, etc.

 

This meant that since the streets and sidewalks were raised, the buildings needed to be as well.  Using jacks, buildings were lifted several feet and new foundations were laid underneath. But not all owners wanted to do this or could afford to do so.  Therefore, some decided instead to relocate entire buildings, pulling them down the street on rollers!  And others...well, others just decided to leave their homes as is.  That meant the ground floor became the basement, and the second story was now the first!  You can still see houses in certain areas of Chicago that were never raised:

 

from urbanohio.com /Pilsen Plus on photobucket

 

 

Now, seriously?  How cool is that?

 

Check out some blogs and webpages on the raising of Chicago streets:  An Illustrated History from Chicago Magazine, Street Grades from Encyclopedia of Chicago, Raising of Chicago on Wikepedia

Source: www.katiehayoz.com
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review 2014-07-13 02:47
Immersed in Pleasure
Immersed in Pleasure - Tiffany Reisz

After reading everything released in Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series, I decided to read this short by her. I’ve become a very fast fan so hopes were high. I wasn’t let down at all. This short managed to be both sexy and incredibly sweet. It also included one of my favorite characters, Kingsley Edge. He only had a few appearances, but I loved that connection to the Original Sinners. Derek has just about given up on women when he meets Xenia, a young virgin who works in one of Kingsley’s elite night clubs. Most of the short is Derek telling the story of meeting Xenia to his friends, so it doesn’t go into detail about their relationship, but it’s apparent they spend a lot of their time talking since they can’t have sex. It gets super sweet at the end and I really loved it. I think I might be a super fan now. I highly recommend this to lovers of erotic romance.

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review 2014-05-27 14:39
Immersed (Ripple Effect Romance #6) by Jennifer Griffith
Immersed (A Ripple Effect Romance Novella, Book 6) (Volume 6) - Jennifer Griffith

Can someone be too pretty? Apparently so - especially when people begin to think your language tutoring skills are actually a nice way to say "escort". But Lisette has that handled now - with her amazing make-under people are taking her seriously and her business is taking off. But then Erik Gunnarson walks through the door. 

He's everything a woman could want in a man - and he seems to like Lisette for herself. But Lisette still has a strict policy of no dating clients. I thought this situation brought up some very interesting and very humorous moments (don't you hate it when you forget to put your mole on the morning). This book sets up some amazing moments and both characters are fantastic. 

There is a bit of a surprise at the end that I didn't see coming. I'm going to be going back and re-reading a couple chapters just to see if the author was that sneaky or if I got caught up in the storyline and missed the big clue. Either way this was a great way to wrap up the series. It has become one of my favorites. 

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 

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