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review 2019-12-07 16:47
Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie,Bob Mayer

Next time I decide to read this it will probably be for Halloween bingo, because this hits a lot of squares, including Halloween itself and carnivals.

It's fall in small-town Ohio, and Mab is almost finished restoring the old rides and statues in a small amusement park that's being refurbished. Mab unwittingly sets free a demon, and then all Hell is breaking loose. There's a little murder, a lot of mayhem, sex, beer, demon-possessed teddy bears, and a nice array of weapons.

Crusie and Mayer work so well together: it's witty and clever and exciting and sweet, and flows smoothly through all of its moods without a false note.

In a perfect world, Crusie and Mayer would write more of this kind of thing, and they would all be optioned for Netflix. In a pretty good world, other writers would mine the same vein. Who doesn't want more banter and brawling with a side of hellmouth?

 

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review 2019-10-22 06:24
The Penguin Book of Mermaids
The Penguin Book of Mermaids - Cristina Bacchilega

 

 

TITLE:  The Penguin Book of Mermaids

 

EDITORS:  Cristina Bacchilega

                   & Marie Alohalani Brown

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2019

 

FORMAT:  ebook

 

ISBN-13:  9780143133728

 

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DESCRIPTION:

"Among the oldest and most popular mythical beings, mermaids and other merfolk have captured the imagination since long before Ariel sold her voice to a sea witch in the beloved Disney film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." As far back as the eighth century B.C., sailors in Homer's Odyssey stuffed wax in their ears to resist the Sirens, who lured men to their watery deaths with song. More than two thousand years later, the gullible New York public lined up to witness a mummified "mermaid" specimen that the enterprising showman P. T. Barnum swore was real.

The Penguin Book of Mermaids is a treasury of such tales about merfolk and water spirits from different cultures, ranging from Scottish selkies to Hindu water-serpents to Chilean sea fairies. A third of the selections are published here in English for the first time, and all are accompanied by commentary that explores their undercurrents, showing us how public perceptions of this popular mythical hybrid--at once a human and a fish--illuminate issues of gender, spirituality, ecology, and sexuality.
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This is a collection of short myths, legends, fairytales and folktales from around the world that involve merfolk.  The stories and their origins are interesting and entertaining.  The book would make a nice addition to collections that contain fairytales by the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Perrault.

 

NOTE:  There are no illustrations in the book.  It is not a little children's book.

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review 2019-10-17 10:55
Review! Mate of the Vampire (Blood Brotherhood #4) M.L. Guida!

 

 

Today, I am headed for the high seas to meet with a sexy vampire pirate who's receive an offer he can't refuse! Enjoy and don't forget to add MATE OF THE VAMPIRE by M.L. Guida to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS: A Pirate's Obsession

 

 

Temptation is coming…

He’s given an offer he can’t refuse.

 

Maimed in battle, Ronan Macmillian is tired of being a cripple. He wants to fight with his brothers again.

 

When a demon dangles his wish like a fish in front of him, Ronan is given a choice––a choice that could change his life forever.

 

But he didn’t count on the beautiful mermaid Angelica.

 

Pirates took everything she’s ever loved. Now, Angelica’s on the last place she ever wanted to be––a pirate ship.

 

She’ll fight to the death to regain her freedom, but what she didn’t count on was that a wounded vampire was her fated mate.

 

Wickedness is chasing them. If they’re not careful, seduction will lead them down a tempestuous sea and tear them apart.

 

 

Mate of the Vampire is the fourth book in Award Winning Author ML Guida’s Blood Brotherhood series, a collection of dark paranormal romance novels.

 

If you like heart pounding action, dark fantasy, and stormy love affairs, then you’ll love ML Guida’s Blood Brotherhood series.

 

Get Mate of the Vampire and dip into a tumultuous love today!

 

 

 

He’s tired of being a cripple and wants to fight with his brothers again and Ronan Macmillian is given a choice --- a choice that could change his life forever. Pirates took everything Angelica ever loved and now she’s on the last place she ever wanted to be – a pirate ship. Neither counted on the attraction between them but with wickedness chasing them, they’ll have to be careful or seduction will lead them down a tempestuous sea and tear them apart.

 

Vampires, pirates, dragons, witches and mermaids, oh my! This swashbuckling adventure is one heck of a ride with non-stop, edge of your seat suspense and excitement. The characters are strong, determined and vibrate with sizzling chemistry and personality and their relationship has sparks flying and turbulent emotions that really grab the readers’ attention and pull them into their story. Add in a little magic, rum and snark and readers are completely, undeniably entertained.  

 

The fast paced adventure has plenty of twists and turns that gets the adrenaline pumping and a demon with a plan, one that of course, could only benefit him. Hoist the sails and hold on tight as strong undercurrents, vicious battles and red hot passion keep the seas turbulent and readers biting their nails. With danger on the high seas and lurking under the water, readers can’t wait to add this sexy, entertaining and high octane read to their booty! 

 

 

 

 

 

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MATE OF THE VAMPIRE is the 4th book in the BLOOD BROTHERHOOD series (formerly know as Legends of the Soaring Phoenix)

 

 

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Sin of the Vampire     Shadow of the Vampire     Heart of the Vampire   

 

Mate of the Vampire     Claim of the Vampire     Destiny of the Vampire

 

Bite of the Vampire

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook & Kindle Unlimited

 

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Vampires, demons and witches! I love to write about these dark entities and the darker the better. My characters are plunged into worlds where they experience torture and mayhem, but even in a world of darkness, true love survives. I write both, sci-fi, contemporary and historical paranormal stories.

 

 

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review 2019-10-13 06:59
5 Star Mate of the Vampire
Mate of the Vampire - M.L. Guida

 

He’s tired of being a cripple and wants to fight with his brothers again and Ronan Macmillian is given a choice --- a choice that could change his life forever. Pirates took everything Angelica ever loved and now she’s on the last place she ever wanted to be – a pirate ship. Neither counted on the attraction between them but with wickedness chasing them, they’ll have to be careful or seduction will lead them down a tempestuous sea and tear them apart.

 

Vampires, pirates, dragons, witches and mermaids, oh my! This swashbuckling adventure is one heck of a ride with non-stop, edge of your seat suspense and excitement. The characters are strong, determined and vibrate with sizzling chemistry and personality and their relationship has sparks flying and turbulent emotions that really grab the readers’ attention and pull them into their story. Add in a little magic, rum and snark and readers are completely, undeniably entertained.

 

The fast paced adventure has plenty of twists and turns that gets the adrenaline pumping and a demon with a plan, one that of course, could only benefit him. Hoist the sails and hold on tight as strong undercurrents, vicious battles and red hot passion keep the seas turbulent and readers biting their nails. With danger on the high seas and lurking under the water, readers can’t wait to add this sexy, entertaining and high octane read to their booty!

 

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review 2019-09-26 01:55
The Unkindest Tide / Seanan McGuire
The Unkindest Tide (October Daye) - Seanan McGuire

Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.

When the Luidaeg—October "Toby" Daye's oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can't refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren't the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg's price...or face the consequences.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden's brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that's when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour.

Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?

 

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy spending time in October Daye’s world--the land of Faerie right adjacent to our own world. Where Hobs, Pixies, and Brownies (among many others) inhabit the land and Mermaids, Selkies, and octopus-headed Cephali live undersea in the Kingdom of Saltmist. I keep meaning to find some books on fairy folklore to brush up on my fae identification skills.

This book features the Luidaeg (the Sea Witch) prominently. As one of the First Born of Faerie, she has awesome powers and anyone with any sense is scared witless of her. Except for our dear Toby, who has seen through the Luidaeg’s thorny disguise to the caring person on the inside. Controlled by a geas laid on her by one of her sisters, the Luidaeg is compelled to only tell the truth and to help those who request assistance, although she is allowed to charge high prices for that help.

This is the point where shit gets real if you are a Selkie--the Sea Witch is calling in their chips and calling on Toby to seal the deal. Toby has a soft spot for the Selkies--her first fiance was Connor, a Selkie. Selkies also straddle the line between humanity and the Fae, just as Changelings do, so Toby can relate to that too. The trick is to find a way to both let the Luidaeg keep her word and to let her be merciful.

Seanan McGuire’s inventiveness never fails to please me. I am so glad that the next book is set up in the plot of this one. Forget Finding Nemo, we’re going to be Finding Simon.

If I have any frustration with this series, its the constant irritation of October’s estranged daughter, Gillian. October has been rejected by her, her father & step-mother (who, curiously is also October’s grandmother) for reasons that seem spurious to me. Toby has saved her repeatedly and gets zero credit for it. I’m not sure where McGuire is headed with this particular plot line, but I’m sure it’s not random. OMG, I’m like a soap-opera fan, I must tune in to the next installment to see what happens.

Please keep writing, Ms. McGuire! I will keep reading.

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