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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.

 

GiveawaysfreeStuff

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 -- January 5th, 2011

The Mega Millions lottery is over $330 million and I broke down and bought a ticket last night.  Obviously, I didn’t win or I would be doing something totally different today.  Instead I’ll just kick back with a book or two today and enjoy what I do have.  Here’s what the WW Ladies have been reading and listening to over the holidays.

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joysann

joysann

In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz

Listened to by joysann

The new employee at Jones and Jones Paranormal Investigations in Scargill Cove, California, is a woman with secrets of her own, on the run for her life. Reclusive Fallon Jones quickly recognizes her talent as a valuable asset to his business, but more surprisingly realizes that Isabella Valdez understands the nature of his talent and his often paranoid thought processes. Together they work on recovering dangerous Victorian Era mechanisms of magic before they fall into unscrupulous hands, at the same time finding hope and passion in each other.

I am alway delighted when a new Arcane Society book comes out, whether it is historical (Amanda Quick), contemporary (Jayne Ann Krentz), or futuristic (Jayne Castle). In Too Deep is the first in the new Looking Glass Trilogy, and I was excited to find out more about Fallon Jones, an enigmatic presence in the other present-day stories. The story, which was mysterious and romantic, had me so engrossed that I hated to push the pause button.

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Michelle

Michelle

After the Evil by Cary Allen Stone

Read by Michelle

Jake Roberts is on leave after being shot and having to kill a young girl in the process.  Now there is a serial killer in town that brings Jake’s old flame Mika Scott and her team at the FBI to investigate.  The sexual tension mounts between Jake and Mika while they track a killer who is castrating their victims.

A gripping psychological thriller!  Each page I turned lead me deeper into the damaged mind of the killer.  I appreciated the pace as well as the easy banter of the characters.

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Melissa

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Wicked Highlander by Donna Grant

Read by Melissa

Trapped inside his enemy’s mountain, Highlander Quinn MacLeod seeks nothing but vengeance, and a way back to his brothers.  When the evil Deirdre casts the beautiful Marcail into the pit as bait, Quinn is quickly lured in by her beauty and innocence.

Donna Grant delivers another amazing Warrior tale, filled with a beautiful love story, while making me crave more of the warriors and their fight to overcome the evil Deirdre.  The world she’s built is dark, dangerous, and delicious!

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joysann

joysann

Danger in Red Dress by Christina Dodd

Listened to by joyann

Hannah Grey, a home care nurse, is falsely accused of murdering her wealthy patient, and, burdened with a valuable secret, must run for her life and freedom. Before the murder occurred security expert Gabriel Prescott had been charged with monitoring the invalid woman and Hannah to prevent that very scenario from happening. Now he’s out to capture Hannah at all costs, but his professional motives are mixed with the unexpected passion he’s developed for her.

It is very titillating to watch Hannah and Gabriel circle around each other with distrust confused with acute attraction. I enjoyed the tension as it developed, and the growing romance was provocative.  Christina Dodd’s contemporary romantic suspense makes a superb audiobook entertainment.

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Michelle

Michelle

Six Graves to Munich by Mario Puzo

Read by Michelle

American Michael Rogan has a vendetta.  There are seven men he needs to kill to avenge his wife’s torture and death along with their unborn child.  Rogan was tortured and humiliated by these men in order to give them access to the codes the U.S. Military was using during WWII.  What the men don’t know is that Rogan didn’t die when they executed him.  The struggles he faces with his own character along his journey and the search for humanity keep the pages turning.

I was entertained by the premise of the book and getting to know Rogan.  The story illustrates that happiness doesn’t come from getting even.

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Since I didn’t do a Free Giveaway Monday, I wanted to include this today:


From the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales: In January 2011, the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog celebrates its two-year anniversary with a month-long blogging party. The celebration features daily prizes along with our entertaining daily posts. The blog, created by a group of East Coast writers, serves a selection of writing and reading styles to satisfy any palate, from sweet inspiration to hot and spicy and everything in between. You’re invited to join in the celebration to see what’s cooking on the expanded Petit Fours menu.

Congratulations on your two year anniversary!

Bottom Line: Today is National Bird Day…really.  So go out and whistle a happy tune in honor of a bird.

RWA: Friday Frenzies

Barbara Vey -- August 1st, 2010
Here's one way to let everyone know you wirte for Blaze

Here's one way to let everyone know you wirte for Blaze

Friday is always the most crazed day at the Romance Writers of America conference.  There’s workshops, pitches, meetings with agents, editors, publishers and endless networking opportunities.  Add in the wonderful publisher book signings and flurry of parties to end the day and you’ve got a lot of people running around muttering, “Where am I supposed to be next?”  (Including myself!)

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Avon, Harlequin, Berkley and Pocket Books all offered up their authors to sign free books for the conference attendees.  The lines stretched down the hall and around the corner.  Personally, I think this is a brilliant way to build up readership, discover new authors and develop a rapport between readers and authors.   Happy readers left with boxes and bags of books, complaining about shipping them, but smiling all the way.

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Jayne Anne Krentz

Jayne Anne Krentz

Karen Rose’s workshop provided tips for Doing It With Dialogue, leaving your back story to conversation between characters, Use dialogue or a character’s inner dialogue to describe a character’s personality or mood, and that the best way to learn to write dialogue is to listen to how people talk to each other…a little eavesdropping in public places.

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Award luncheon speaker Jayne Ann Krentz talked about how you will have to reinvent yourself during the course of your career, and offered three rules for “surviving the writing biz”; 1. Identify your core story, and be prepared to adapt, 2. Know the Market, and 3. Understand the importance the fictional landscape is to readers.  Jennifer Cruiser was given the RWA Emma Merritt Service Award, but wasn’t able to attend.  This year’s Librarian of the Year is Jennifer Lohmann of the Southwest Regional Library in Durham, N.C. and Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year is Gail Link from Barnes and Noble in Delaware.

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Thea Devine, Betina Krahn, Laura Willig at the Berkley Party

Thea Devine, Betina Krahn, Laura Willig at the Berkley Party

After dragging all my signed books back to my room, it was time to change clothes for the blitz of Friday cocktail parties.  I started off with Berkley, who was nice enough to have their party in the hotel so I didn’t have to brave the heat.  Next up was the St. Martin’s event held at Disney’s Boardwalk.  I was toasted when I got there, but the music, appetizers and refreshments made it worth the trip.

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Third stop was Epcot.  I caught a boat taxi and once inside the park, made my way to the Living Seas for Avon’s party.  It was very atmospheric with the glass walls that offered an up close look “under the sea.”  There were even scuba divers to watch.  A bus shuttled us back to the hotel where we caught a cab to the Waldorf Astoria for the “must do” party of RWA sponsored by Harlequin.  With a picture theme in mind, there were large frames hanging all over where you could stand and have your picture taken.  There was also a digital photo place to take your picture and you could write

Marisa Corvisiero, Alexandra Hawkins, Louise Fury

Marisa Corvisiero, Alexandra Hawkins, Louise Fury

a message on it that would show up in the photo.  Scattered around the room were ice cream and sorbet stations.  The dance floor was packed and large screens flashed pictures of people at the party.   After sampling a chocolate mint ice cream pop and coconut sorbet, it was time for my coach to turn back into a pumpkin.

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Dancing the night away at the Harlequin Party

Dancing the night away at the Harlequin Party

Jennifer Lohmann (Librarian of the Year), Anna Campbell, Jeanne Adams at the Avon Party

Jennifer Lomann (Librarian of the Year), Anna Campbell, Jeanne Adams at the Avon Party

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Bottom Line: I was the one smiling at the end of the night because I wore flats instead of heels.