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Historicals Have it All

Barbara Vey -- July 9th, 2013

I do love my historicals.  There’s just something magical about the Regency period that lets me close my eyes and see the crush of the balls, the magnificent dresses, the allure of the titled few who’s lives aren’t as idyllic as they pretend to be.  So, yes, lately I’ve been on an historical bender and loving itl

First up is What the Bride Wore by Jade Lee from her Bridal Favor Series.  Grant Benton, future Earl of Crowe, is a screw up.  He seems to be following in his father’s footsteps when a bet goes bad and he accidentally burns down a barn.  Trying to recoup his family finances he turns to trade (a no-no if you’re part of the aristocracy).  In the course of business, he comes across Lady Irene Knopp, who is a Regency type wedding planner.  His finances restored, Grant is ready to move on, but unforeseen things have happened in the years he’s been gone.  Lady Irene has her own secrets, but when danger calls, these two find themselves coming together to learn what really is important in life.

I have been hooked on this series from the beginning.  The women working to make the little bridal shop work under trying circumstances are brave and never give up all the while hiding their own secrets.  As a bonus, there is a novella about Grant’s brother, Winning a Bride.  I read them out of order, but enjoyed them just as much.  This series is high on secrets, redemption and the ultimate blazing love story.  Romantics rejoice!

 

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On a special note, while writing this series Jade Lee found herself living the bridal dream when her daughter, Sheri, announced her engagement.  Here’s a photo of Sheri in a more modern bridal shop trying on dresses.  Congratulations Sheri and Mom of the Bride, Jade!

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Next up was True Spies by Shana Galen.  Winn is a brilliant spy and has managed to keep this from his wife of 14 years, Elinor.  But Winn’s long absences have Elinor becoming lonely.  When she meets a handsome spy, Elinor has visions of adventure and excitement.  But things are never what they seem and having her husband find out wasn’t part of the plan.

This follow up to Lord and Lady Spy takes the same path.  The story runs along the lines of the movie True Lies, but set in Regency times, which makes it all the more fun.  I delighted in making the comparisons and trying to figure out how the next scenes would play out.  It’s imaginative, playful, adventurous and just plain fun, fun, fun!  Poor Shana, I’ll be hounding her to find out what is next because I know it’s a book I’ll read the day I get it.  Keep ‘em coming!

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Listening to books on my iPhone has become addictive, so I was thrilled to find one of my favorite historical series could be downloaded from the library.  If you haven’t read Amanda Quick’s Tobias March/Lavinia Lake series, you are missing a terrific story.  These characters have woven themselves into my heart and I don’t want to let them go.  I know it was a trilogy, but I long for more and listening to the stories added an extra dimension to those I already felt I knew.

The series starts with Slightly Shady where Lavinia meets Tobias in her antique shop while he’s chasing a murderer.  He’s says he’s a spy, but she’s always doubtful.  In future books, the two become reluctant partners as private inquiry agents where murder, mayhem and trying to find a romantic rendevous become everyday occurrences.  First book I’ve read where currants become a key part.  Enchanting, charming, with plenty of mystery thrown in, I know this series is on my reread list.

Bottom Line:  Moving on to some contemporary stuff where I’m sure there will still be love, romance and the occasional murder.

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From Susan Hanniford Crowley Nights of Passion Blog will be having their multi-author giveaways from July 7-14. Some of the authors are Melanie Meadors, Jeannie Moon, Tawny Weber, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Leia Shaw, Barbara Wallace, Toni Kelly, Rebecca Royce, Gerri Brousseau, Marian Lanouette, Kevin Symmons, and Misty Evans.  For details, visit Nights of Passion Blog.

Amanda Quick: An Auto-Read for Me

Barbara Vey -- April 2nd, 2013

the mystery woman

With the help of Joysann, who is visiting from Ohio, we opened 4 crates of books from the Post Office.  To my delight, there was an Amanda Quick book enclosed.  This is one of my auto-reads, keep me up all night books.  So, I scooped it up before Joysann saw it and I couldn’t wait to tear into it.

 

The Mystery Woman features Beatrice Lockwood, who has the uncanny ability to read people’s psychical footprints.  Anyone who has crossed a path she is near, shows up in her senses.  Beatrice feels their emotions, energies and health.  She uses her ability to do psych readings for The Academy of the Occult until she witnesses her employer’s murder.  Time for her to disappear into a new identity.

 

Joshua Gage was a premiere agent working for the Crown until an accident makes him unfit for the type of intrigue he was involved with.  It takes a crisis from his sister to bring him out of retirement.  Although he doesn’t believe in paranormal activities, he’s immediately attracted to Beatrice as soon as she whips out her small pistol from under her long, companion dress.  There is much more to this woman than meets the eye.

 

The Mysterious Woman is book 2 in the Ladies of Lantern Street series.  I was very dismayed to realize that I missed book one, but it in no way affected my delight in reading the second book first.

 

Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Amanda Quick (my favorite of her three aliases), takes Victorian London by storm.  Amanda Quick’s books always manage to give me a little bit of everything.  Mystery, suspense, light paranormal, but always romance that leaves me breathless.  No wimpy heroes need apply, these characters jump off the page and into my heart.  Definitely goes into my reread pile.

 

Do you have any books that are auto-reads?  Books that you must start reading when you get them, no matter what?  Books that make you feel like you can’t breath until they’re in your hands?

 

Bottom Line:  Off to search for Crystal Gardens, book one in the series.

 

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From Susan Hanniford Crowley: On Saturday, April, 6th, paranormal romance author Rebecca Royce will be giving away an ebook copy of her latest release Forever: The Dragon Wars – Book One to one lucky winner. Details at Nights of Passion blog.

 

 

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- July 13th, 2011

Finally unpacked from RWA and I’m not sure why it takes me longer to unpack then to pack.  I guess it’s because I’m leaving again next week for San Diego Comic Con, so some things will come out of the suitcase (dress shoes, sparkly jacket) and new stuff goes in (tennies, t-shirts).  And the basics will just stay where they are.  But, while I’ve been gone, the WW Ladies have been busy reading.


Heidi

Heidi


Playing for Keeps by LuAnn McLane

Read by Heidi

Noah Falcon may think he’s returning to Cricket Creek, Kentucky with his tail between his legs, but the town is excited to have their hometown celebrity back home! Now Noah is taking the lead in the community play opposite Olivia Lawson. Olivia likes to have her life in order, and a prim and proper attitude. With Noah’s return, her world has been turned upside down and she isn’t sure whether she really likes it topsy turvy or not.

I felt like I was living in a romantic fairy tale movie while reading this first book in the Cricket Creek Series. You have all the ingredients for a perfect dish: romance, spice, turmoil, misunderstanding, and a perfect ending. Ah, what a way to kick off some summer reading.

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joysann

joysann

Quicksilver by Amanda Quick

Brilliance Audio

Listened to by joysann

Though it looks like natural causes, glass light readers are being murdered, which puts the strongly Talented Virginia Dean in real danger. Owen Sweetwater is investigating these murders with the use of his paranormal powers, and finds himself quite keen to keep an eye on Miss Dean as he recognizes that the two compliment each other, both with their magics and with the passion that flares between them. But a mysterious killer has targeted Virginia, and Owen uses all the resources of his family and heritage to keep her safe.

Quicksilver is the newest of the Arcane Society novels, with their timelines of past, present and future. This one is historical, taking place in Victorian London, and narrator Anne Flosnik enchants with her rich, aristocratic sounding voice, giving a sense of the culture and bringing color to the characters. I found listening to Quicksilver a pleasure, with its perfect blend of magic, mystery, suspense, and passionate romance.

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Kym L

Kym L


Making Waves By Tawna Fenske

Read by Kym L.

Due to a phenomenally high I.Q. and short attention span, Juli has always found it difficult to fit in. Now her most recent job has ended with an offer of three weeks severance pay and a membership to the Scone of the Month Club. No matter. This will give Juli the opportunity to fulfill her Uncle’s dying wish that his ashes be scattered at sea. Unfortunately for her, a bad reaction to seasickness medication results in Juli becoming an accidental stowaway on Alex’s modern day pirate ship. But, Alex and his friends aren’t your average seafaring bandits. They’ve taken to the high seas to wreak vengeance on a crooked boss who left them high and dry and sans pension funds. Will the group become a real crew? Or will Juli be once more set adrift?

When I received the advance copy of Making Waves, I was thrilled. Though I enjoy other kinds of romance, contemporaries have always been my favorite, especially those that sparkle with humor. Fenske’s book fits the bill, and to find not only a new book, but also a new author was a real treat.


Ashley

Ashley


The Queen’s Gamble by Barbara Kyle

Read by Ashley

This Thornleigh adventure takes place during Queen Elizabeth’s first major crisis.  Isabel and her Spanish husband Carlos, return from the New World, to help the Thornleigh family and before they know it they are swept up in crisis in England. French troops have landed in Scotland and are now threatening England. Carlos and Isabel soon discover that they are forced to be on opposing sides in the war, and realize that if they make it out of the war alive, their marriage might not survive.

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The Queen’s Gamble is a fast- paced and action- packed adventure that expertly blends fiction with history. It is a pulsating story of valor and greed, love and passion, and the tremendous cost of loyalty. This book kept me on the edge of seat for the entire novel.

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Shelby

Shelby

Siren’s Call by Devyn Quinn

Read by Shelby
Tessa Lonike lives a life of solitude, hiding her secret on her family’s island while her two sisters live on the mainland, but one night when she witnesses a man, Kenneth Randall, go under the water during a storm and not come up, she jumps in to save him, using her mermaid tail and mermaid kiss to keep him alive. Later, he comes back into her life to somehow try to repay her.  Just as their romance blossoms,Tessa’s archaeologist ex-boyfriend Jack shows up, claiming  he has found proof of the family secret Tessa and her family have kept hidden for so long. Following Jake to the site of the dig in the middle of the ocean, Together they travel to battle the evil merqueen.

I love this book, with its mingling of fantasy and real life, never too sure who is good and who is evil. You think you know the characters but people in the story are always changing as are the situations and it’s a tangled web of action, hope, despair, mystery and romance. Overall a very enthralling novel that made me definitely want to keep reading!

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joysann

joysann

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Blackstone Audio

Listened to by joysann

The world has fallen apart, and, as a zombie, R can’t remember anything before, even any more of his name, though sometimes there are pieces of memory, usually after a dinner of human brain. After an unusually vigorous meal makes him aware of Julie, he rescues the young woman from certain consumption, and his association with her brings life and color into his dead world. R finds himself becoming more aware as their mystifying relationship becomes friendship, and he begins to conceive that a future might be possible.

I was surprised by how intrigued I was by this story, told in first person by the zombie. I started with misgivings about its unusual premise, but was quickly drawn in by the compelling, artful writing and the magic of narrator Kevin Kenerly’s beautiful voice. I’m sure it would be as fascinating in print, for Warm Bodies is a blend of horror and love story, a gruesome darkness redeemed by wonder, humor and hope.


Bottom Line: “‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book…” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson