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review 2018-10-17 18:55
Guess who has a new favourite author?
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter

This was bloody amazing!

 

The writing was gorgeous, the braided in stories colorful and as bizarre as you could expect, and even when at their most tragic, always running this underground hilarity out of sheer cynicism and pragmatic pizazz. All seasoned with a good dose of feminism and magical realism.

 

I laughed a lot, but it actually ran me through the whole gamut of emotions and I did not want it to end. Loved it, will read more by the author, and will buy whatever of hers I can find around here.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-10-17 15:45
No one reads the same book twice
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

This has some mild spoilers, so read at your peril. I doubt that many people will end up reading this book, though, so I figured why not?

 

I had a unique perspective on this book - it was a book that made an indelible impression on me when I was around 12 years old. I had found it on my mom's bookshelves, she was a fan of these old-fashioned gothic romances, or maybe at the used book store, and I remember staying up late one night and reading it. The climactic scene on the Cluny Sands etched itself on my memory quite deeply.

 

I didn't remember the name of the book, or the author, or even a single character name (how could I forget Decima or Rohan?), but I remembered the sense of brooding suspense and the horror of being trapped in quicksand. I actually looked for this book for several years before stumbling on The Waiting Sands in one of my random searches. I initially thought that it was probably The Shivering Sands, but reading it ruled it out for me. If I had reviewed this when I was 12, I would've given it a breathless, terrified five stars.

 

But, as the expression goes, you can't read the same book twice. I'm not 12 anymore, drawn to unhealthy, and emotionally abusive, relationships. Things that I skipped right over when I was a girl were unable to ignore as a woman. I'm still giving it three stars, mostly for nostalgia's sake and because the writing was quite good and that climactic scene in the quicksand was still pretty intense.

 

The romance, though, was just a total no go for me. I was astonished when I read Rachel's self-confession of undying love for Daniel after knowing him for all of perhaps 36 hours, both because she barely knew him and because he'd been a monumental asswagon to her. And then her decision to, in essence, pledge herself to eternal celibacy because some guy that she thought was hot for about two days, who was all mixed up in a murder and whom she actually believed WAS the MURDERER, was no longer available to her made me snort aloud. 

 

I've known a fair few murderers, guys. None of them are worth three minutes of celibacy, much less a lifetimes worth.

 

All of the characters were basically vile. Howatch tries to redeem Daniel, and at least partially succeeds, but it's a bit too little too late for my taste. Rachel is a wet mop.

 

This is a test: You find yourself on the edge of quicksand with someone you believe to a be a murderer. You are in a completely isolated spot and there is no one else for miles. He has fallen asleep and you are able to grab the gun. Do you:

 

a. Scamper away and dump the bullets into the quick sand and then pretend you were asleep, too or

b. Hold the motherfucker at gunpoint until you can get back to the boat and escape

 

If your answer is a, you might be the heroine of a gothic romance. Because heaven forfend that you might try to save your ownself.

 

It was fun to reconnect with that moronic tween who used to think that guys like Daniel were romantic. I'm really glad I grew the hell up before I picked a spouse.

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text 2018-10-17 14:24
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

Well, that was unexpected.  (Not.)

 

 

Two of the main characters have just died

 

(spoiler show)

 

... and all I can think is, cool, we finally should be able to wrap things up now.

 

Seriously, this book has not aged well.

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review 2018-10-17 11:00
New Release Review! Not Quite Christmas by Sharon Kleve!

 

 

After years of being away during the holidays, all Adair Hutton wants is to spend Christmas with her family. As a travel nurse, she’s been all over the country and enjoyed every minute of it, but it’s time to come home for good.

 

It becomes more difficult than Adair has anticipated when she has to rely on a handsome stranger, a taxi, Greyhound bus, an Uber, and an airplane to make the journey home. Because the road home isn’t always as easy as planned.

 

Easton is a cartoon artist and can work from anywhere and isn’t in any hurry to reach Seattle. There’s no family waiting for him. When a beautiful stranger needs his assistance to get home for the holidays, he jumps in with both feet and maybe his heart too.

 

 

This holiday romance is delightfully sweet and puts cheer in the hearts of readers and scrooges. Adair and Easton are wonderfully strong, compelling characters that draws readers into their difficult journey home for Christmas story. The fast paced plot keeps readers holding their breath in anticipation of what will happen on this couple’s as they encounter each obstacle on their Christmas journey. Although the story is short, the romance is sweet and the chemistry sizzles with abandon while it puts smiles on reader’s faces and spreads Christmas cheer throughout.

 

 

Add to your shelves -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42036618-not-quite-christmas

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/not-quite-christmas-by-sharon-kleve

 

 

Not Quite Christmas was originally published in the


Coming Home for Christmas anthology, which released on October 11, 2018

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42279842-coming-home-for-christmas

 

 

Not Quite Christmas is available in ebook at -

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Not-Quite-Christmas-Coming-Home-ebook/dp/B07HM7V7FQ/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/not-quite-christmas

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/not-quite-christmas-sharon-kleve/1129616388?ean=2940156068951

 

 

Coming Home for Christmas is available in ebook at -

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JB6HLFB

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/coming-home-for-christmas-19

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/coming-home-for-christmas-sharon-kleve/1129730179?ean=2940156060788

 

 

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband and two cats. When not writing, and working full-time, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cats and a good book or in the kitchen making cheese or baking sourdough bread or bagels.

 

Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance with over twenty stories published in eBook, paperback, on audio and translated into six different foreign languages. She has written New Adult and Romantic Suspense, but what brings her the most joy is writing Romantic Comedies.

 

She loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few laughs and maybe a few bumps and bruises along the way.

 

I’m asked on a regular basis why I have some sort of animal in every one of my books. It is simple…I love animals and I love writing about them. It doesn’t matter what kind, shape, or size. I love them all!

 

Throughout my life I’ve had dogs, birds, frogs, lizards, rabbits and of course precious cats. My husband and I have a dozen bird feeders, two water fountains and multiple yard-art fixtures that we put food and water in for the critters.

 

Several years ago our cat of fifteen years passed away and we were going to wait awhile before getting another one but as the days went on we missed having a cat. It was during the winter so there weren’t any kittens available. I searched all the shelters and saw pictures of an eight-month-old female, shorthair cat.

 

When we picked up Ardy from the Bremerton, WA PAWS, they said we'd never be able to pick her up or touch her. She'd been abused. My husband played with her and instantly fell in love. We took her home and after many months of special care, she loves to be held. We laugh because she likes it so much she won't let you put her down.

 

All animals deserve a little time, patience and a good loving home.

 

Website - http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/SharonKleve

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/srkleve/boards/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5399389.Sharon_Kleve

 

LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sharon-kleve/56/ab/691/

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Kleve/e/B006JAH14S

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sharon-kleve

 

 

 

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review 2018-10-17 11:00
Recent Release Review! Flashfire (Dragonfire #8) Deborah Cooke!

 

 

He's lost all hope...until she changes everything.

 

Master illusionist Lorenzo wants nothing to do with the Pyr. His dragon nature is just another secret to hide and another detail to juggle, like ensuring that each of his Las Vegas magic shows is a true spectacle. Until he feels the burn of his firestorm and his whole world shifts....

 

Cassie Redmond is tired of photographing celebrities. She wants to pursue her dream of serious photography—despite the lucrative offer for a shot of a dragon shifter. Las Vegas is the last place she wants to be, but Lorenzo arouses more than her curiosity when he shifts shape as the finale of his show. Instead of forcing him to reveal his secrets, Cassie gets swept away by this illusionist’s masterful touch.

 

Lorenzo wants to satisfy the firestorm and put it behind him. But Cassie is hard to forget—and he can’t ignore the danger when Slayers target the mate Lorenzo didn’t believe he wanted...

 

 

 

This splendid Dragonfire novel is full of illuminating and thrilling events that keeps readers on the edge of their seats throughout. Lorenzo and Cassie are two strong, spunky characters that grab reader’s attention and holds on tight and they have the firestorm sparking with more intense heat than ever before. Both Cassie and Lorenzo are bound and determine to not only ignore the blazing heat and electrifying chemistry between them, but they are also determined to discredit the other. The relationship is one battle after another which keeps the emotional turbulence at an all-time high but the firestorm ensures that the passion is also at an all-time high, so the heat intensifies between Lorenzo and Cassie ensuring that readers stay glued to the pages.

 

The action is exhilarating in this fast pace plot that keeps the adrenaline pumping with lots of suspense and surprising twists that keeps everyone on edge. There is no way for readers to find a dull moment as the story enthralls readers with exciting battles between dragons and several fascinating, awe inspiring and death defying illusions. Lorenzo’s not the only illusionist in this story, so readers beware everything may not be as it seems as secrets are revealed. The Dragonfire series continues to fascinate and delight me with each new book, all of them are electrifying and sensual with passionate firestorms that compel readers to fall in love with the sexy characters.

 

 

 

Author's Book Page - https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragonfire/flashfire/

 



Add to your shelves -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39341266-flashfire

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/flashfire-the-dragonfire-novels-8-by-deborah-cooke

 

 

Flashfire is the 8th book in the Dragonfire series -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/45034-dragonfire

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/dragons/dragonfire/

 

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F42NMYF?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

The Dragonfire novels now have their own website at http://dragonfirenovels.com

 

which includes


Kiss of Fire #1 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Kiss of Fury #2 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Kiss of Fate #3 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Winter's Kiss #4 (re-release July 10, 2018)
Harmonia's Kiss #5
Whisper Kiss #6 (re-release July 24, 2018)
Darkfire Kiss #7 (re-release Aug 14, 2018)
Flashfire #8 (re-release Aug 28, 2018)
Ember's Kiss #9 (re-release Sept 11, 2018)
Kiss of Danger #10
Kiss of Darkness #11
Kiss of Destiny #12
Serpent's Kiss #13
Firestorm Forever #14


Here Be Dragons: A Dragonfire Companion (re-release Oct 23, 2018)

 

The story of the Pyr continues with the DragonFate series.
https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragonfate/

 

.5 An Elegy for Melusine
1 Hot Blooded (coming Feb 19, 2019)


There is also a spin off series The Dragon Diaries
https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragon-diaries/

 


AVAILABLE in ebook at -

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DDM67DQ/?tag=authdebocook-20

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/flashfire/id1335779099?mt=11&at=11lqeS

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flashfire-deborah-cooke/1101077565?ean=2940161590881

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/flashfire-7

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Deborah_Cooke_Flashfire?id=EO9qDwAAQBAJ

 

Direct from Deborah - http://bit.ly/1Ry2mTP

 

For more purchase options visit her Flashfire page (link above)!

 

 

 

Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc.

Currently, she’s writing paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke, and medieval romances as Claire Delacroix.


Website - http://deborahcooke.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005984.Deborah_Cooke

 

Blog - https://deborahcooke.com/blog/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/Cooke_Delacroix/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Cooke_Delacroix

 

SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/debclaire

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahCookeFanPage

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DeborahCooke_writer

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/deborah-cooke

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/deborah-cooke/author,391126

 

Claire Delacroix -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12694.Claire_Delacroix

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix/

 

Claire Cross -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74485.Claire_Cross

 

 

 

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