Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Great read by Cynthia Eden

Cynthia Eden delves into the dark realms of the Others, where desires and dangerous games await the unsuspecting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Assistant DA Erin Jerome has a secret. Make that two. One: She's not entirely human-she's Other, desperately trying to keep her supernatural strength under wraps. Two: she's got a killer stalking her-an Other rogue set on gifting her bloody corpses, not to mention nights lying awake in terror. Small wonder she's been having bad luck with men.
But the bounty hunter on her new case isn't worried about any of that. Jude Donovan is a shapeshifter himself, and the new DA's midnight hair and addictive scent tell him all he thinks he needs to know: She's gorgeous, she's definitely not human, and she's bringing out the animal in him in a really good way. He might have to track a psychotic Other stalker through half of Louisiana. But he might also get the chance to watch Erin's wild side come out and play.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758234287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758234285
  • Available at Amazon.com

 My Thoughts...........

I really enjoyed this book. This is the first time read for me of Cynthia Edens books and won't be the last. Like her style of writing. This book was very fast paced that kept you interested. Erin hired a Bounty Hunter Jude who is a notorious bounty hunter who is a shapeshifter who turns into a deadly tiger who is hired to track and killer and who is also stalking Erin. The attraction between Erin and Jude is forming almost from the get go and is very intense.Erin although hesitant tries to fight her attraction from Jude as she is hiding a secret that she does not want uncover.But who can fight the attraction not her.Once Erin's home as invade and she terrorized she flees to Jude arms where the start the quest together to solve this puzzle and crime. A lot of twists and turns and the ending had me guessing but I didn't really have a clue the book after all ended it was a surprise ending which made the book more exciting ! A must read for your To Read Pile...

Lord of The Isles by Debbie Mazzuca

After traveling to Scotland on business, the bed of a highland laird is the last place Ali Graham expected to wake up. But there's no mistaking the irresistibly masculine Scottish Highlander whose chamber she's accidentally infiltrated - or the severe wound he's suffered in battle. As a doctor, Ali knows how to heal his injury, how to nurse his body back to health. What she doesn't know is how to heal his heart...A proud warrior and the leader of a powerful clan, Rory MacLeod is ready to fight to the death to protect his homeland. After all, ever since tragedy robbed him of his wife, he has had nothing to lose. Yet the mysterious woman sent to tend his wounds is beginning to reawaken something inside him - something that he'd rather stay buried. But when true passion is mixed with Scottish magic, even the most fearsome warrior could begin to fall.
My Thoughts....
This is the first time reading this author and I really loved this book.You could not but love the characters in this book and the slow developing romance between Rory and Ali. This was and adventurous time travel with some twists along the way that I was not expecting which was a real treat. Ali visits  Scotland where she end up at a Bed in Breakfast that was mistaken for the Inn she was booked at. The owner a sweet old man lends a hand to to invite her to stay and get out of the rain and remain there to dry off and get something to eat. He lends her the old Laird 's bedroom to take a nap and ends of in the bed of a hurt and injury laird Rory MacLeod in another time just in time to save his life. Ali learns later on that Rory's friends and family raised the Fairy Flag in hopes of saving him. While Rory is waiting for the Laird to awaken she sets forth to help his people around the castle in need to put to rights his home. The family has to hide the truth of how Ali came to be from the Laird by making up a story of where she came from. Ali abides her time in order to figure a way home . But her knowledge of healing sets tongues talking that she is a witch. Rory comes to her defense and saves her this time  but Rory's intending Betrothal-ed stirs more havoc  in the household of more accusations of being a witch and knows she must find a way home before she is burned at the stake.But while there Ali learns a few surprises about herself  does she carry  fairy blood  that she new she new had ?After all that maybe what she needs to be able to summon the King of the fairies in order to get  herself home or she already home? Look forward to reading other books by Deborah. I book to add to your read pile.....

A Witch In Time (A Bewitching Mystery) by Madelyn Alt

Stony Mill, Indiana's newest witch, Maggie O'Neill, has been attached at the hip to the smoking-hot Marcus Quinn. Things couldn't get any better- until her sister Mel gives birth to not one, but two babies...
Maggie's visiting Mel in the hospital when a whispered conversation in a cafeteria sends chills down her spine. She can't make out what they're saying, but Maggie knows malice when she hears it. The next night, death visits the hospital...twice. Nobody bats an eye, but Maggie knows something sinister is haunting the hospital. Now she'll need help if she's going to tie two murders to one killer.

My Thoughts....
This book is part of  a series the 6th installment.While attending her sister Mel  and the birth of her children  she over hears a conversation of a crime being committed of a member of the Watkins family.So she sets her sites about solving the crime and turning up suspects as she goes along the way side by side with that hunk of a man Marcus. While Maggie thinks she now had the mystery figured out up pop a few new clues to turn her head from her first suspect. Fast pace and easy read had it finished in a couple of hours.Check out the rest of Madelyns witch series that is available at Amazon.com. Discovered Madelyn books while browsing  my local library. Her series and been full of fun and laughs...

  • Hardcover: 304 pages .Also available in paperback and kindle
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425232611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425232613

Other Books Available by Madelyn

Monday, October 25, 2010

And Interesting Read by Olivia Starke

Fiesty and independent Cassie Archer moves into her late grandmother's home after inheriting it along with a beat up old truck, a nearly as old deaf Yorkshire terrier, and two goats. Her mundane life in the little Kansas town is upended when she meets level headed (and incredibly sexy) Sheriff Garrett Daniels. Suddenly the two are dealing with Cassie's estranged ex-con father, a witch's ghost, and a Book of Spells. Is there one last healing spell in the works for Cassie's jaded heart?
Original Language: English
Publisher: Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Country: USA
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60088-473-3
Page Count: 41
Available through Amazon.com

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kate Douglas's Thoughts

I dunno if piracy is the culprit or maybe just the poor economy, but I'm hearing from so many people asking me WHY Wolf Tales is ending after twelve novels and nine novellas over the past five years, and I wanted to give my take on it. The long and the short of it is, my publisher wants me to wrap it up. Sales have dropped off and it's time to end it. The question is, why have sales fallen so precipitously that I'm penning the final book in the series?

I've got my own theory, and it's not a pretty picture. I think digital piracy is to blame.

Wanting to write my stories and being able to afford to write them are two different things--and it's my publisher's call as to whether or not the books are selling well enough for them to be profitable. I'm not sure how much of the problem is due to piracy--stolen digital copies of our books--but the problem of pirated copies is rampant, and no one seems to realize that by downloading a free book, which is stealing a book (there IS no other name for it) they're taking the money directly out of the author's pocket. Those stolen copies affect sales and then the publisher can't afford to produce the book, and the series dies. It's a horribly unfortunate fact of life.

What's really awful is that I know there are readers of mine, insisting that the series HAS to keep going, who have never paid for a copy. They steal them. I know this because I see them talking about it on other lists and it infuriates me--especially when they're often the same people who write and complain about the poor quality of their pirated ebook! Other readers of mine are the guilty parties who are uploading my books to pirate sites--they buy their copy and share it with every thief around who wants to download a book. I'm not sure why they think their online generosity is so important that they would risk an author's career to make a few points with online friends, but it happens. A lot.

Is it frustrating? Yes, very, but, we live in an age of entitlement where too many people want something for nothing. Unfortunately, as an author living off her writing income, I can't afford to write a series and give it away, which is what I'm doing when people steal my books.

Kensington Publishing has hired a company to monitor piracy, but it's like playing whack a mole--you stop it at one site and someone else uploads the same file a day later. It makes me very angry and very sad, to think that something I love as much as I love writing Wolf Tales may be ending because too many people are stealing my books, but until people realize that stealing a pirated book is NOT a victimless crime, it's going to continue to be a problem. Trust me, I'm not the only victim here--the readers who want the series to continue are losing out, too. Content is not always free, no matter how much you want it to be. Someone has to create it, someone has to produce it, and that someone has to put food on the table and pay the bills.

Think about that next time you decide to download a free copy of a favorite book, just because it's there.

Okay...rant over. It's just been a very difficult week for me, writing these final scenes, and then when my "Google Alert" message showed up a bit ago, it was filled with sites making my pirated books available to anyone willing to steal a copy. On days like this, I wonder why I even try anymore.