I’m totally blown away by the response I got yesterday to the announcement of my upcoming Anniversary Party next month. Over 60 authors already pledged books, gift cards, gift baskets and more. Every day during the week of March 9th, the authors/publishers/publicists/editors/booksellers/bloggers will take over with decorations, food, entertainment and gifts for the readers of BHB. I’m so excited and you will be too when you see what they all have planned for you.
But until then, here’s the WW Ladies and the books that have kept them out of trouble this week.
Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry Read by Joysann Escaping a shady businessman’s vengeance when a new commercial venture goes awry, self-promoted local supernatural celebrities Amanda, Wendy and Gil hightail it out of town, acquiring an RV and an assortment of new companions along the way. Though Amanda and Wendy admit to satisfying their voracious appetites with the unsavory and unwanted, they are disturbed when they find their companions are being torn apart, not sure if it’s vengeance in pursuit, or a new mysterious element added to the travel agenda. Kooky and funny, gross and horrifying, fashionable and charming (okay, charming not so much), and certainly mysterious and suspenseful, Road Trip of the Living Dead is a fast and enjoyable supernatural romp. Mark Henry’s witty dialogue and mind-boggling imagination are highly entertaining. Amanda is an unlikely heroine, but reading this, her second adventure, I’ve grown fond of the the most fashion-conscious zombie in the Pacific Northwest, though I can’t help but think about the fable of the fox and the scorpion.
True Colors by Kristin Hannah
Read by Jan
Set in fictional Oyster Shores, Washington, three sisters who lost their mother to a sudden death, struggle to keep the family ranch going and to gain/retain the love of their father who has turned into a bitter unhappy man. Each sister has taken a different path seeking happiness. Winona, oldest and overweight, but according to her "the brightest penny of the lot" is a successful lawyer. Though love and marriage has passed her by, Aurora, the family peacemaker, is married to a doctor but feeels she may have "settled" for a dull marriage. Vivi Anne, youngest and still the apple of her father’s eye, is engaged to the town vet, but falls in love with the hired hand. The sisters remain devoted to each other, but jealousy and family turmoil threaten to tear them apart.
Kristin has written another great novel. One that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. I’ve been on a Kristin Hannah roll, reading every one of her books. So glad to find that she has kept up the pace. (As all her books are set in the Pacific Northwest, I feel I always need to keep my umbrella and yellow slicker handy to keep the pages dry!)
Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood
Read by Joysann
Starting with an investigation of people never exiting a haunted house, licensed witch Holly Carver and her sometimes partner, mysterious and gorgeous Alessandro Caravelli, discover evidence of demon summoning and power plays leading to war between supernatural factions. Issues of trust and honesty arise when the natures of their beings and secrets of their pasts become part of their struggles in the ensuing battles. Holly must face her own guilts and fears to control her powerful magics, and Alessandro’s voracious hungers for Holly endanger her life and his dreams.
Sharon Ashwood’s debut introduces an exciting new urban fantasy series, The Dark Forgotten. Though writing with a light hand, she’s created characters with enough darkness and conflict to make them compelling. I enjoyed this easy to read story a lot, and look forward to what comes next.
Driven by Desire by LuAnn McLane
Read by Marie
Alexia Spencer almost lost her high school sweetheart in a near-fatal accident when she asked him to choose between her or motocross racing. He chose motocross and rode off without a goodbye or a look back, devastating Alexia. She left to go away to college, ended up married to an older man, but divorced him 6 months ago. Jayden Michaels last saw Alexia as a teen and now she’s a mature, divorced woman he is determined to prove that he’s over. Jayden soon realizes that he still loves Alexia, but how best to convince her to open her heart and trust him again. He’s still involved in the dangerous sport that she asked him to give up and currently injured but training for the next big race. Can he give his career up for Alexia this time?
I was unsure going into this book because I know nothing about motocross and had to look up many phrases. But this book was hot and exciting and caught my attention from the very beginning. I loved the characters and the things that they have had to overcome in their lives to get back to where they started 10 years ago. It’s a wonderful story of first love and true love winning out no matter what. The supporting characters were also wonderful and I hope we hear more from Brianna and Colin.
The Storm by Jean Johnson
Read by Joysann
The Sons of Destiny are mages, four sets of twin brothers fated to live in exile as bachelors until each fulfills his part of the prophecy. The Storm is about the 6th brother, Rydan, who keeps to himself, wandering around at night and working stone with hammer, chisel and his magic. Rora and her sister have been pursued across a sea, fleeing evil mages who seek to contain her and control her special powers. Finding sanctuary and finding Rydan are one and the same to Rora, but only if she can calm his stormy nature.
Jean Johnson has an enchanting series going as each brother in turn meets his fate by finding a bride. The several books are really only one story about companionship, caring and love as the growing family establishes their own legitimate island country. I found each episode to be fun, romantic and sensual, entertaining and, well, magical.
Fault Line by Barry Eisler
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Read by Stacey
Two brothers divided by family tragedy. But when one is targeted by forces out to kill him, he turns to the one individual in the world who could help him through: his brother.
I love my thrillers, but I’m a sucker for books that are as brilliant with their suspense as they are with the characterization; with the action as well as the emotion. Both Alex and Ben are written so well, Eisler succeeds in making their struggle-with each other and with themselves, feel real. Even more importantly for me, it is secondary character Sarah who succeeds in giving this book it’s heart. I absolutely adore this new direction Eisler is taking and I cannot wait to see what he does next.
Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix
Read by Joysann
When Viking raiders invaded the British Isles, one band was eternally cursed to split the hours of day and night into hours as man or beast. Two hundred years later, as a Norman knight with an eagle coat of arms on his shield, Ivar claims the lands and lady given him by the king, allowing him his dream to live like a normal man, if only for a little while. Unexpected is the love that grows between him and his lady wife, making inevitable tragedy and heartbreak when he is forced to abandon her to keep his secret.
Lisa Hendrix has taken the elements of my favorite books and come up with a perfectly lovely story. There’s historical fiction founded in real history, there’s sword and sorcery fantasy, there is action, mystery, suspense, and, of course, romance. I was delighted from start to finish, and am pleased that Lisa will have more stories to tell about this band of enchanted Viking warriors.
The Edge of Desire by Stephanie Laurens
Read by Emily
Lady Letitia Randall’s husband is brutally murdered and when her brother is suspected she turns to her former lover to help clear her brother’s name. When Christian Allardyce, Marquess of Dearne get’s the letter requesting his help, he is stunned. He thought that he’d never see Letitia again, let alone have her ask for his help. Of course he cannot but stay away, and soon they are following the path of a murderer, and the path towards love.
Stephanie Laurens writes the kind of books that are great to read on a rainy day. Easy and exciting stories that always leave a smile on my face. This book is the seventh, and mayhap last book in the Bastion Club series.
Bottom Line: I saw picture of how Mark Henry decorated his house for Halloween and can just imagine what he has in mind for the Paranormal Monday party March 9th (well, I can’t really imagine it because he thinks on a whole different plane than I do).