Saturday, April 18, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Wicked Stitch

Wicked Stitch (Embroidery Mystery - Book 8) by Amanda Lee

Publication Date: 04/07/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Obsidian Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 336
ISBN-10045146740X
ISBN-13978-0451467409

(Received for an honest review from Obsidian Mystery)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, itunes

Amanda Lee on the WEB: website, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads

Books in the series

Embroidery Mysteries

1. The Quick and the Thread
2. Stitch Me Deadly
3. Thread Reckoning
4. The Long Stitch Goodnight
5. Thread on Arrival
6. Cross Stitch Before Dying
7. Thread End
8. Wicked Stitch

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Synopsis:

When murder strikes the small town of Tallulah Falls, embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer isn’t afraid of getting down to the knitty-gritty to clear her name....
 

For most small-business owners in Tallulah Falls, the upcoming Renaissance Faire is a wonderful way to promote their specialty shops. For Marcy’s nemesis, Nellie, and her sister, Clara, it’s an opportunity to finally put Marcy and her shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, out of business. Apparently the sisters like to make grudges a family affair and have set up competing booths right next to Marcy’s at the Ren Faire.

When Clara is discovered dead in her own booth—strangled by the scarf she had almost finished knitting—Marcy becomes the prime suspect. Now she has to do whatever it takes to keep her reputation from unraveling—and get to the bottom of a most deadly yarn....


Thoughts:

Amanda Lee takes readers back to Tallulah Falls just in time for the Renaissance Fair. Wicked Stitch is the eighth book in the Embroidery Mystery series and readers who love a good yarn will love this one. Marcy Singer, owner of The Seven Year Stitch is putting up a booth in the fair along with several other shop keepers including her enemies Nellie and Clara. Lee captivates with well drawn characters, more than one mystery and plenty of eclectic knitting, embroidering and other arts. Readers who want a cozy with some flare will find this one right up their alley. A good addition to the series!

This series has been kind of hit or miss for me. Some of the books have had engaging plots and plenty of suspense and mayhem and others, not so much. With Wicked Stitch, Amanda Lee starts out on a good track. The Renaissance Fair theme is unique and full of potential for lots of interesting havoc. I liked the fact that Lee puts Marcy up against the sisters who want to ruin her. Nellie and Clara are always up to some no good and they make for an entertaining read.

Lee's ability to write good characters is the salvation for this series. Not only is Marcy, multi-faceted and fun to read about, but so are the secondary characters in the series. Ted, Marcy's love interest is always there to help her investigate and this time the murder of Clara ties in with a cold case Ted has been working, so readers get a two for one. I love it when there is some secondary conflict that the reader can get into along with the main story line. Lee pulls that off well here.

Once the big reveal came at the end, the story starts to rush a long at a head long speed. Basically, you find the killer and the end of the book sneaks up on you. I wanted a little more explanation and time to see the direction the next book would take and I didn't get that here. But this was a very solid book in the series and I think Lee did a great job with it. 

Bottom Line:

This was a good book. It had a great theme with the Renaissance Fair and the murder wasn't easy to figure out. The characters as always were believable and down to earth. Ted and Marcy's romance is both sweet and comfortable. Even though there was a murder and an arson case, it just didn't heat up the pages for me. It was good... but perhaps not great. I recommend it to readers who are fans of the series and those who love embroidery. A good addition to the series!

Wicked Stitch is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!


About the Author:


Amanda Lee is a full-time cozy mystery writer and author of three cozy mystery series: the Myrtle Crumb mysteries, including When Good Bras Go Bad and Claus of Death; the Daphne Martin Cake mysteries, including Dead PanKiller Sweet Tooth, and Battered to Death; and the Embroidery mysteries, including Thread EndThe Long Stitch Good Night, Thread on Arrival, and Cross-Stitch Before Dying. She is married and has two gorgeous children. Like Marcy, she enjoys needlecrafts and pop culture.


Giveaway Details:

The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of Wicked Stitch by Amanda Lee.

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Review: Mate Bond

Mate Bond (Shifters Unbound - Book 7) by Jennifer Ashley

Publication Date: 04/07/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
ISBN-100425266052
ISBN-13978-0425266052

(Received for an honest review from Berkley)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, itunes

Jennifer Ashley on the WEB: website, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads

Books in the series

Shifter's Unbound

1. Pride Mates
2. Primal Bonds
3. Wild Cat
4. Mate Claimed
5. Tiger Magic
6. Wild Wolf
7. Mate Bond

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Synopsis:

Together but unbound, they must learn what it means to love completely, in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Wolf.

To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.

Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.


Thoughts:

Jennifer Ashley's Shifters Unbound series is fast becoming one of my favorites in the paranormal romance genre. Her latest book Mate Bond is ultimately my favorite of the series so far. Readers who looking for a mature romance, with couple who has been married for some time will love this one. Bowman and Kenzie may have a wonderful relationship but they do not share the mate bond that will keep them together forever. Their struggle to find an illusive foe hinges on their relationship and readers won't be able to put it down for a minute. A great addition to the series!

Ohhhh, I really liked this one! Jennifer Ashley is sooo good at world building. In Mate Bond readers get to see what the North Carolina pack's Shiftertown is like. We have seen other Shiftertown's in previous books, but this one was really interesting. If you are unfamiliar with the series, a Shiftertown is kind of like an Indian Reservation. The shifters have been forced to live in these towns away from the human population. Each one is unique and I loved learning about the Bowman and Kenzie's town. Ashley never ceases to amaze when it comes to her mythology and world building, it's one of the best parts of this series.

I liked the fact that this book wasn't a boy meets girl and falls in love story. Kenzie and Bowman have been together for a long time and even have a son, Ryan, who will one day lead the pack. It was a marriage of convenience that united the dissident parts of the pack, but it turned into something more. It is obvious that this couple loves each other very much, but they have yet to form the elusive mate bond that will ensure that they will be together forever. I liked the maturity of the story here. There problems were a lot more dynamic and deep than the problems a reader generally finds with a new relationship. I thought that was a great idea for the book and loved how it worked out.

Kenzie and Bowman are up against a really devious villain and the things he does are simply gut wrenching. He made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. That part of the book was cleverly put together and I think readers who like a story with substance will really find this one up their alley. This guy was a real piece of work and the way the hero and heroine solve the problems that comes with the bad guy was simply awe inspiring. I loved that part!

The romance is hot and steamy in this one and it seemed completely natural. You have two alpha shifters, which is a volatile combination in the first place. They have a lot of passion in and out of the bedroom and readers who like a little heat will not be disappointed. Ashley seems to really understand the kind of aggressive and fierce relationship that needs to happen in this kind of shifter society. Very well done.

Bottom Line:

This is my favorite book in the series so far. I am becoming a huge fan of this author and I think anyone who loves a good were story will fall in love with this one. Kenzie and Bowman were a mature couple with mature problems and I liked the fact that they knew exactly where they stood with each other. The romance was hot, the action was fast and readers will just have to hold on for dear life. A great new book from a very talented author.

Mate Bond is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I am giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!





About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical and paranormal romance as Jennifer Ashley; paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James; and mysteries as Ashley Gardner. Jennifer's novels have won RWA's RITA and RT Reviewer's Choice awards among others. 

For information on all her novels visit www.jennifersromances.com. Also see http://www.gardnermysteries.com (Ashley Gardner) and http://www.allysonjames.com (Allyson James) for her other works

Review: Kiss the Earl

Kiss the Earl (Geek Girls - Book 3) by Gina Lamm

Publication Date: 04/07/2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Casablanca
Genre: Historical/Time Travel Romance
Pages: 384
ISBN-101492607827
ISBN-13978-1492607823

(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, itunes

Gina Lamm on the WEB: website, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads

Books in the series:

Geek Girls

1. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl
2. Geek Girls Don't Date Earls
3. Kiss the Earl

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Except from Kiss the Earl, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature

Synopsis:


A modern girl's guide to seducing Mr. Darcy
When Ella Briley asked her lucky-in-love friends to set her up for an office party, she was expecting a blind date. Instead, she's pulled through a magic mirror and into the past...straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.
Patrick Meadowfair, earl of Fairhaven, is too noble for his own good. To save a female friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he's agreed to whisk her off to wed the man she truly wants. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride and kidnaps her instead.
Centuries away from everything she knows, Ella's finally found a man who heats her blood and leaves her breathless. Too bad he's such a perfect gentleman. Yet the reluctant rake may just find this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist...

Thoughts:

Gina Lamm continues her quirky time travel romance series, the Geek Girls with her latest book, Kiss the Earl. Lamm combines Regency England with a modern woman and comes up with an interesting and delightfully original novel. Readers who love a bit a humor with their romance will find this one endearing with a very sweet hero and a heroine that must make the decision to stay in the past or return to her life in the future. A very good addition to the series!

One of the things I like about this series is the fact that Gina Lamm doesn't apologize for her heroines. They don't try to mask who they are or try to fit into the Regency mold. Ella in Kiss the Earl doesn't even change the manner of her speech and I think that sort of detail is what makes this series so special. These modern women can't find the men they want in their own time and end up going to the past to find love. I think Lamm is onto something with this kind of time travel romance. It will appeal to the geek spirit in all of us. 

Ella was a great heroine. Sassy and full of spunk. A comic book artist, so she obviously had a sense of humor and a sense of the unusual. She had traveled to the past before so she wasn't completely clueless about what was going on, she just didn't expect to meet her own Mr. Darcy. I liked the fact that the decision wasn't an easy one for her. She didn't just throw away her career or her Mr. Right on a whim. She was the kind of heroine that you could believe in and I think that made all the difference in this book.

Patrick was a good hero. But he was a little too nice at times and it generally ended up getting him in trouble. His best friend Amelia was something else and he was always getting pulled into one scheme or another but when he accidentally kidnaps Ella instead of Amelia, he ends up meeting the woman of his dreams. I thought Lamm did a good job with this character, but he could have had a little more depth. He was just too nice... LOL! If that makes any sense.

Bottom Line:

Another very good book from Gina Lamm. I like the Geek Girl series for a lot of reasons. The time travel thing is a very of mine and seeing how these modern women face the challenges of the Regency period is always fun. I loved the heroine, Ella and found myself pulling for her to make the right decision, but the hero, Patrick was a little too Mr. Perfect. He could have had a little more depth and I would have liked it better.

Kiss the Earl is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I am giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!



About the Author:


Gina Lamm, a bellydancing, wisecracking, marshmallow-addicted geek, loves nothing more than penning funny, emotional tales of love, lust, and entertaining mishaps. Married to a superhero, she lives with her beloved family in North Carolina, surrounded by tobacco farms, possums, and the occasional hurricane. She also writes erotic romance for Ellora's Cave under the pen name Regina Cole. Visit www.ginalamm.net for more info.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Dark Chocolate Demise

Dark Chocolate Demise (Cupcake Bakery Mystery - Book 7) by Jenn McKinlay

Publication Date:  04/07/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
ISBN-100425258939
ISBN-13978-0425258934

(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, itunes

Jenn McKinlay on the WEB: website, twitter, facebook, goodreads

Books in the series

Cupcake Bakery Mysteries

1. Sprinkle With Murder
2. Buttercream Bump Off
3. Death by the Dozen
4. Red Velvet Revenge
5. Going, Going Ganache
6. Sugar and Iced
7. Dark Chocolate Demise

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Excerpt from, Dark Chocolate Demise, courtesy of the author's website. 

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble…

Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it’s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.

But the fun turns to fright when Mel finds a real dead body in a prop casket outside of the bakery’s truck—and the corpse looks alarmingly like a zombie of their own. Knowing that Joe, Angie’s brother and Mel’s former flame, has been working on a dangerous mob case, Mel worries that the murder is a hit gone wrong and that someone near and dear was the real target. To keep any of her friends from winding up six feet under, Mel will do whatever it takes to find a killer—no matter how scary things get...


Thoughts:

Jenn McKinlay fans are sure to love her latest book in the Cupcake Bakery series. Do you like zombies? Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? In Dark Chocolate Demise, the zombies get a little out of control and one ends up really, really dead. Readers who love this series will find this mystery just as tasty as the recipes in the back of the book. McKinlay never disappoints with her well rounded characters and sinister plots. This involves everything from zombies to mobsters and then some... A great addition to the series!

Jenn McKinlay is such a versatile author. She can write about just about anything and make it good. She has several different cozy mystery series' and every one of her books is so unique and different from the last. I like the fact that she doesn't rehash old plot lines and she gives her readers a fresh and original take on everything she does, even zombies as in the case of her latest book.

I will be the first to admit that I love any kind of paranormal elements in a book. The Cupcake Bakery series isn't really known for that sort of thing and the zombies in this book aren't supposed to be considered 'real' zombies. But believe it or not I don't like zombies, not in any sort of book, so I was very skeptical about whether or not I would like this one. McKinlay uses the zombie theme and it works well here. It hasn't changed my mind on the stupidity of zombies really, but I do think the people of this small town were having fun with it, until murder spoiled the party.

The mystery elements are well thought out. I couldn't put my finger on the killer until the big reveal and that tends to be fairly rare for me. I thought each clue was well placed and Mel's form of investigation was as usual pretty spot on. The one thing I did have issue with was Mel's attitude toward this particular investigation. She had a 'you can't tell me what to do' thing going on that was a bit distracting from the case. But we all get like that from time to time, why not a good heroine as well?

Bottom Line:

For a zombie type mystery, not too bad!. Certainly not my favorite paranormal character but I liked the fact that the town was getting into to it. I liked the casket prop and the ties to the mob in this mystery. I wanted Mel to be a bit more responsible and less obnoxious, but I'm sure in the next book she will have some other sort of attitude. That's one of the good things about an ongoing series! A great addition to the series.

Dark Chocolate Demise is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!




About the Author:


Jenn is the New York Times 
bestselling author of 
several mystery series. 
She lives in sunny AZ in a 
house overrun with kids, 
pets and her husband's
guitars.



Giveaway Details:

The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay.

~ You must be an email subscriber to participate.
~ US addresses only.
~ The deadline to enter this giveaway is Midnight EST, May 1st.

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Review: On the Run

On the Run (Sugarland Blue - Book 4) by Jo Davis

Publication Date: 04/07/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Signet
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 320
ISBN-100451467930
ISBN-13978-0451467935

(Received for an honest review from Signet)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, itunes

Jo Davis on the WEB: websitetwitter, facebook, goodreads

Books in the series

Sugarland Blue

1. Sworn to Protect
2. Hot Pursuit
3. In His Sights
4. On the Run

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Synopsis:

In the latest Sugarland Blue novel, Detective Tonio Salvatore always puts his job first—until a beautiful piece of trouble has him questioning the rules he’s sworn to live by…

Tonio knows that loneliness is the price he has to pay to avoid being hurt again. But the strictly by-the-book cop never expected to be blindsided by a woman who pulls him right out of his self-imposed isolation.

Angel Silva isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks—she’s on the wrong side of the law. She’s desperate to break free from her dangerous brother and his gang, but when a sexy new recruit joins them, Angel is more trapped than ever—because the ruthless Tonio Reyes isn’t what he seems. When she discovers the man she’s falling for is one of Sugarland’s finest, she’s forced to go on the run.

Instead of taking Angel into custody, Tonio finds himself risking his career to keep her safe. And as the beautiful woman tears down all his defenses, Tonio realizes he’ll risk his very life to set her free.


Thoughts:

Jo Davis knows how to write suspense and she has a knack for getting into the heads of the guys and gals in blue. The Sugarland Blue series continues with Davis' latest book, On the Run. Readers who are looking for a great romantic suspense series, featuring the police will love this one. You get the gritty, raw stories from the street, but you also get the loyalty and unity of the squad. This book is a great combination of love and war, as Tonio goes undercover and finds that he might have gone from the frying pan to the fire when he falls for the bad guys, sister! Explosive...

On the Run continues the story of Sugarland's finest and Jo Davis is at her best when she lets the story lead her. My one peeve about this whole book happens on the very first page. The prologue is really the end instead of the beginning. Then readers go back in time and get the rest of the story. I didn't need to know how it ended. It's a romantic suspense novel, I was already clued in and thought this was unnecessary and it took a little bit of the edge away from the story. It wasn't a deal breaker, but to happen at the very start of the book, made it a little disappointing. 

Davis is always a great author though, and the story itself went a long way toward redeeming itself. Having read about Tonio in previous books in the series, I knew his story would be intense. He is just the sort of guy who would find the good in just about any situation and he finds the good beneath the harsh demeanor and circumstances surrounding Angel. He's undercover, and he doesn't need to get too close, but he just can't help himself. Tonio was a great character and I thought Davis did a great job of making this story about him believable. Not many cops would fall for the enemy and I liked that take on the situation. 

Angel was not in a good place, but as a reader and in real life, I know that sometimes it takes the love of a good man or woman to turn someone around and Davis obviously knew this too. You put one hard nosed cop up against a hard nosed perp and you get a really intense relationship, inside and outside the bedroom. Angel was just what Tonio needed. But she was in trouble and he was bound and determined to protect her. He took protect and serve seriously and it really worked in this book.

Jo Davis is always great at making her books flow naturally. I didn't get the feeling that anything she wrote in this book was just for show or filler. Everything had a purpose. Every scene was well thought out, even the romance scenes which were really hot, by the way. I liked the fact that previous characters were important in this one and that the Sugarland crew was once again there for each other and for Angel. Great storytelling.

Bottom Line: 

A lot of action, a lot of intensity and plenty of hot loving! This book is a very good addition to the series, but I did not like the prologue. The end was literally at the beginning. I don't like the back tracking thing. It's a romantic suspense book, we know what is going to happen in a sense, but we don't need it spelled out for us. Beyond that pet peeve it was a good book. 

On the Run is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!



About the Author:


Jo Davis is the author of the Sugarland Blue novels, including In His SightsSworn to Protect and Hot Pursuit, the popular Firefighters of Station Five series, including Ride the FireLine of Fire, and Hidden Fire, and the dark, sexy paranormal Alpha Pack series written as J.D. Tyler. She has also been a multiple finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, a finalist for the Bookseller's Best Award, has captured the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and has been a two-time nominee for the Australian Romance Readers Award in romantic suspense. She’s had one book optioned for a major motion picture.

Review: Dark Heir

Dark Heir (Jane Yellowrock - Book 9) by Faith Hunter

Publication Date: 04/07/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Roc
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
ISBN-100451465962
ISBN-13978-0451465962

(Received for an honest review from Roc)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, itunes

Faith Hunter on the WEB: website, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads

Books in the series

Jane Yellowrock

1. Skinwalker
2. Blood Cross
3. Mercy Blade
4. Raven Cursed
5. Death's Rival
6. Blood Trade
7. Black Arts
8. Broken Soul
9. Dark Heir

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Excerpt from, Dark Heir, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature

Synopsis:

Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.


Thoughts:

Faith Hunter returns with her ninth book in the Jane Yellowrock series, Dark Heir. Jane and her partners at Yellowrock Security are up against their most dangerous foe yet. The Son of Darkness has escaped Leo's basement and he is about the reek havoc on New Orleans. Hunter once again shows readers what it takes to make a series thrive, with super intense action, multi-faceted lead and secondary characters and an ever changing plot, this book rocks! Readers get a little bit of humor, a taste of romance and most importantly one kick-butt heroine. A great addition to the series!

Jane Yellowrock is probably one of my favorite paranormal heroines. She's a shapeshifter, a Cherokee and a vampire hunter. What a combination! It means that as a character she is one tough cookie. But in Dark Heir, Faith Hunter gives readers a different side of Jane. With the addition of a love interest, readers see a Jane that is a little softer a little more vulnerable and dare I say, a little bit sweet. Jane is still the same renegade readers have loved since the beginning of the story, but this adds another layer to her character that is very intriguing.

Jane is up against the baddest of the bad in this installment of the series, the Son of Darkness and he has a bone to pick with her. Of all the things in Leo's basement, this one might be the scariest. An older than dirt vampire on a rampage. This is probably one of Hunter's best baddies so far. One of the things I particularly like about this series... never the same bad guy and this one is unique and simply maniacal. I loved the intensity this villain brought to the story.

Another thing I loved about Dark Heir was the evolution of Jane's relationship with Beast. From the beginning of the series, Jane has fought with Beast, essentially fighting herself at every turn. In this book she is more centered, more in tune with that part of herself. She has accepted her dual nature and learned to live with it. I think that's what allowed her to let Bruiser in and allow him to become a part of her life. That touch of romance was unexpected and amazing!

Bottom Line:

If you love this series, you will love this book. If this is your first book in the series, it will leave you thirsting for the first eight. This is a well written, intensely action packed book, that will make you rethink what you know about this series. One of the best so far from Faith Hunter. 

Dark Heir is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!





About the Author:


 Faith Hunter, urban fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SciFi, fantasy, and gothic mystery. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time (about 50 hours a week) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast. 

The dark urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock is composed of Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, the compilation e-book Cat Tales, Raven Cursed, the compilation e-books Have Stakes Will Travel, Death's Rival, Blood Trade, the Jane Yelloworck World Companion, Black Arts, and Broken Soul.


Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock Novels, including Broken SoulBlack ArtsBlood Trade and Death's Rival, as well as the Rogue Mage novels, including BloodringSeraphs and Host.






Thursday, April 16, 2015

Winner's Post: March Mysteries

Hello, everyone! I haven't posted for a few days, I've been super busy and a bit under the weather. I will be back on track tomorrow. 

I hope you are having a wonderful April and I wanted to make it even better by announcing the winners of the March mysteries!

Remember that all giveaways are sponsored by the publisher and books will be sent to you directly from them. I am not responsible for books that don't show up, but I will help you if I can to receive everything. 

Giveaway winners are chosen by random number generator and each person only gets one entry, unless otherwise stated in the giveaway details. 

Winners will be notified by email shortly and publishers in the next few days.

Thank-you for your participation and look for more great mystery giveaways in the coming months.

Here's the good stuff:

Murder Ties the Knot by Christy Fifield
Winner: Theresa Norris






Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz
Winner: Nancy Luebke






Aloha Betrayed by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
Winner: Rita Wray





Borrowed Crime by Laurie Cass
Winner: Alicia Farage






A First Date With Death by Diana Orgain
Winner: Angela Holland





Dying for a Cupcake by Denise Swanson
Winner: Deb Soliz






A Wee Murder in my Shop by Fran Stewart
Winner: Brooke Bumgardner





How to Catch a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
Winner: Lisa Brown






A Horse of a Different Killer by Laura Morrigan
Winner: Lisa Wine





Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer
Winner: Kimberlee Gibbs






Suspendered Sentence by Laura Bradford
Winner: Jeanie Dannheim

Thanks a bunch!