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Review: Kisses and Rogues: Four Regency Stories by Anthea Lawson

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Kisses & Rogues: Four Regency Stories by Anthea Lawson
My Overall Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Passion flared in his eyes, and he took her mouth again in a kiss that seared her to her soul. In a moment, they must pull apart, their two bodies un-melding, but for now she savored every second.

I breezed through this anthology because the stories were exactly what I needed at the time: short, lighthearted romances with a touch of historical ambiance and a guaranteed HEA. Without going into too much detail on such short stories, I’m just going to sum up a couple key points about each one.

Five Wicked Kisses: 2 of 5 stars – I kept getting really distracted (and upset) by the coercion in this story, which wasn’t long enough to dive into such morally fraught waters.

Maid for Scandal: 3.5 of 5 stars – While totally unbelievable, this story was hilarious. It would have had a slightly higher rating if I hadn’t been so annoyed at the heroine’s naivete, but I suppose that was also part of the story’s charm.

The Piano Tutor: 4 of 5 stars – This was definitely my favorite of the bunch, and I think it was because the heroine was more mature. The plot also worked excellently as a short story.

To Wed the Earl: 3 of 5 stars – Of all the stories, this was the one I most wanted to see developed into a full-length novel. I kept finding myself wanting to know more about the characters, the financial mystery, and the side relationships.

As someone who doesn’t often read historical romance, I was happy with how this one turned out. I have had Passionate on my TBR for about a year now, so maybe it’s time to give that one a try.

Minute Review: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp

The Dark Realm (Feyland, #1)Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp (Feyland, Book 1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You changed the rules! You can’t do that.” Jennet’s legs felt shaky as she edged back into her chair. She was so not prepared for this.

The queen laughed. It was the sound of ice shattering on a black lake. “Of course I can. This is my court. My realm. You are but a visitor. Please – drink.” She waved one delicate hand at the goblet.

“No thanks.”

The fantasy-lover in me thoroughly enjoyed the world Sharp created (both in-game and out), and the casual gamer in me loved all of the technology and geek culture.

Recommendation: Read this if you are intrigued by the idea of futuristic gaming, and how they fae might choose to exploit it.

Thirteen Days of Halloween: An Urban Fantasy Giveaway

I’m a few days late to the party, but when I discovered this I knew I had to pass it on!

What is it? It’s a two-week Facebook event open to everyone from now until Halloween! Thirteen Days of Halloween is being hosted by a bunch of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance authors, and it’s a great way to find some new favorites! (As far as I can tell, the list includes authors of YA, New Adult, and Adult.)

What makes it a party, exacty? Lots of fellow readers, authors, and TONS of free stuff. Who doesn’t want to go to that party? 😉

I’m sorry, did you say free stuff? Yes! There are drawings for all kinds of goodies (books, gift cards, candy, Kindle Fires, etc.) as well as lots and lots of books that are free for everyone in the days leading up to Halloween. Each day has a different line-up of author giveaways (the list is posted on top of the main event page). There is also a “Treat Bag” post where authors post links to event-long free books for anyone who’s interested.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of the downside of celebrating Halloween with a bunch of paranormal books and free goodies 😀

To further entice you to check it out, here are some of the Kindle books I discovered through this event in just one afternoon!

Darkangel (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill #1)  Aurora Sky (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #1)  Entangled (Spellbound, #1)  Bloodfire (Blood Destiny, #1)  Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, #1)

(In order from left to right: YA witches, YA vampire hunters, more YA witches, YA/NA shapeshifters, witches AND shapeshifters)

I wish everyone Happy Book Hunting and Happy Halloween!

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PS – I discovered this event through Anthea Sharp’s newsletter, one of the hosting authors. If you’d like to sign up yourself, check out this link to her website!

Passport to Romance 2015

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Last night, I was lucky enough to attend Passport to Romance, an inaugural reader appreciation event hosted by the Greater Seattle chapter of RWA. It was run by a wonderful bunch of romance lovers, and there were about 40 authors in attendance! There were tons of free goodies, books included, and my TBR list is now bursting at the seams…

They also had a vote for best cover photo, a raffle with a bunch of awesome bookish gift baskets, and a handful of cover models mingling with the crowd. All in all, it was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I had a chance to meet so many great readers, writers, and publishers. If you’re lucky enough to have an event like this in your area, I highly recommend attending!

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Check out all of my loot (ceramic bowl not included):

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And now I’d love to help spread the word about some of these authors and publishers. The two publishers I met are:

Tule Publishing – Check out their website for a ton of great-looking Contemporary Romance. I’m especially interested in a bunch of their holiday stories. Come December, I’m a sucker for a feel-good contemporary romance.

Booktrope – They publish a wide variety of genres, and of all the new books I picked up, the two I grabbed at the Booktrope table are among those I think I’m really going to like (TAG and Riversong).

Of all my new book additions, here are the ones I’m the most excited about:

Blood Hunger  The Dark Realm (Feyland, #1)  Immortal Flame (Hell to Pay)  Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors, #1)

TAG  Riversong (River Valley, #1)  Stone Guardian (Entwined Realms, #1)

Blood Hunger by L.E. Wilson – Adult Paranormal Romance in which a vampire teams up with a human to find their mutually missing loved ones

Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp – YA Fantasy in which an immersive Fae-themed computer game becomes real life (This eBook is currently free through a bunch of retailers!)

Immortal Flame by Jillian David – Adult Paranormal Romance in which our hero has sold his soul to the devil

Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley – Adult Paranormal Romance with immortal viking warriors fighting to protect humanity from the Norse god, Loki

TAG by Shari J. Ryan – New Adult Romantic Suspense with CIA family secrets

Riversong by Tess Hardwick – Contemporary Romance with a heroine hiding out in a small, Oregon town

Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch – Adult Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy with griffons, wizards, gargoyles, and more

If any of these sound intriguing to you, check them out! Most (if not all) of them are also available in eBook format, and many of these authors are lesser known, so let’s spread the bookish love!