Friday, January 29, 2016

My Funny Valentine: A Lizzie Hart Novella by Caroline Fardig (Lizzie Hart Mysteries) (New Release)

Lizzie Hart is back! And she and Blake are celebrating her dream engagement as only she can: with murder. God, I've missed her ;-)

All Lizzie wants for Valentine’s Day is for her fiancĂ©
NOT to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation. 
Is that too much to ask?

Lizzie Hart is finally living the dream.  She’s engaged to the love of her life, Blake Morgan, and more importantly, she hasn’t even given a thought to dead bodies or murder investigations for an entire year.  The only hurdle in Lizzie and Blake’s way to wedded bliss is introducing their polar opposite families to each other at their engagement party.

Blake’s parents have thrown a lavish shindig, but the fun is quickly over when Blake’s brother arrives with an unexpected guest, the woman who left Blake at the altar years ago.  If that weren’t enough drama for one evening, Lizzie and Blake find the town mayor dead and the detectives on the case put Blake at the top of their suspect list.

It’s a race against the clock for Lizzie and Blake to find the real killer before the police decide to lock Blake up and throw away the key.

My Funny Valentine: A Lizzie Hart Novella can be purchased here.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dream of Me by A. Star (The Djinn Order #2) (Review)

Dream of Me by A. Star (The Djinn Order #2)
Publication date: January 19th 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk

Glory St. Pierre never thought so many lies could hold so much truth, especially when her entire life has been one of those lies. Now that she knows who she really is, she must find a way to come to terms with it before the Djinn sorcerer Rasputin and his steel army descend down upon the human and Djinn realms, wielding magic so dark even her own Djinn lover, Irving, is wary of it.
Their only hope to save the realms are a couple of hunters and the Lords of the Djinn Order, four powerful Djinn who have remained elusive for centuries. Armed with her only granted wish, a fabulous airship, and the Djinn she loves by her side, Glory will embark on a quest to find the four lords and enlist their help. But there is a reason the lords have been in hiding, and once this tiny band of adventurers awakens them from their slumber, they will set off a chain of events that has been in the making since the beginning of time.
There is no turning back now.

My Review:

The big reveal at the end of Wish For Me shed light on Glory's connections to the Djinn. Fair to say she might have a personal stake in their fate, but once the Djinn discover what they are, they are not going to be happy. No matter; the only Djinn she really cares about is Irving, and those two continue to steam up the pages, regardless of whether they're fighting or working together.

It's not enough that they have to worry about Hunters, a vengeful Djinn sect and some of Irving's snooty relatives. Not to give anything away, but Glory proves yet again that what you don't know really can hurt you and the people you love. Maybe she should be a little less reckless, but maybe Irving should be a little more forthcoming. But that's nothing compared to this installment's big reveal: let's just say Djinn riding on horseback is going to turn out to be one of the most terrifying things Glory has ever encountered.

I am loving this compact little series so far, and my hat is off to A. Star for her economical word building; these novels aren't super long, but you can immediately picture the world of the Djinn (and the other dimensions they visit). I mention this because one of the reasons I avoid paranormal is that I dread slogging through pages and pages describing an alternate universe, but the dread factor here is zero. Dare I say it, Star makes her new worlds sound like a lot of fun.

I can't wait to see what the final installment has in store for Glory, Irving and the rest of the rest of their motley band. Recommended for fans of steampunk.


(Book 1 - Wish For Me - will be 99¢ the week of the tour!)

Wish For Me:

Dream of Me:

A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She loves to read it, and she damn sure loves to write it. She is the author of the Mythos: Gods & Lovers series and the Djinn Order series. She is a night-owl and a coffee junkie, and the only sneaker she would be caught dead wearing are Converses.

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