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WW Ladies/Men Book Club

Barbara Vey -- February 8th, 2013

Today joysann wrote an insightful piece on the book she read (blurb below), Schooled by Deena Bright on my website.  Deena is yet another teacher being scorned for the books she writes and actually lives close to joysann.  We also welcome new readers Alice and Autumn today.  Thanks for your contributions and I hope we see many more.

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Alice

Warrior Betrayed by Addison Fox

Read by Alice

After the death of her father, Montana becomes the leader of his shipping company. Strange things start happening, including her mother reappearing after 20 years missing, talking about curses, immortal warriors and Mt Olympus. She hires and begins to fall in love with handsome security expert Quinn Tanner as her life changes and she discovers the truth behind her mother’s words, and finds he is part of it all.

Warrior Betrayed was a fast paced good read with lots of romance and intrigue. I couldn’t put it down. It was easy to relate to the characters, and I’ll be picking up the next book in the series right away, Warrior Enchanted.

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Ashley

Ashley

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie DickersonFairestBeauty

Read by Ashley

Sophie is a poor kitchen maid in the evil Duchess Ermengard’s castle. The Duchess is known for her evil and hateful antics toward all the servants, especially Sophie. Sophie often dreams of escaping the terrible castle, but she has no family, no money and nowhere to go. Then one day a young handsome man named Gabe shows up at the castle claiming she is the betrothed to his brother and life as Sophie knows it gets  flipped upside down. They plan a daring escape and begin  a frightful journey back to Gabe’s castle, where they  must not only protect each other from the dangers around them, but  also protect their hearts as a romance together is impossible.

The Fairest Beauty is a masterful retelling of the fairy tale Snow White. It has everything that a great romance needs, a young forbidden love, an action-packed adventure, and a happily ever after ending. The Fairest Beauty was unique enough from the classic fairy tale that it kept totally engrossed throughout the entire novel. I can’t wait to read more books like this!

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joysann

joysann

Schooled by Deena Bright

Read by joysann

High school teacher Jenelle Garrity suddenly finds herself out of her marriage and alone, but handsome Briggs Alexander, a popular sports celebrity, is happy to keep her company. So is compelling Leo Cling, a brilliant, up and coming businessman. Problem is, both young men are her former students from years ago. But the college grads aren’t boys anymore…

Deena Bright’s erotic contemporary is a delightful escape from ordinary life with the not-so-plausible circumstances sparking a woman’s imagination. The double controversy of a) former students and b) two hunky men makes for good conflict, and the likeable characters make the story titillating. I think it is a fun, sexy entertainment, and I’ll be watching for the sequel.

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Joe

Joe

Ever After by Kim HarrisonEAhcCover

Read by Joe

The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.

I’ll admit I haven’t read all of the previous ten books in this series, but this was an easy book to slide into with even no knowledge of all the players. Also, it is a testament to the writing that even in the eleventh book in a series you can introduce evolution in the characters. Because to follow a series and group of characters for that long you need to have an attachment to the characters. And while the ending had a truly epic feel to it, the whole thing was handled with a grace that wouldn’t unbalance the worlds they live in for the next installment in the series. A truly excellent read.

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Autumn

Autumn

Blood Promise by Richelle MeadBlood Promise

Read by Autumn

From a young age the fiery dhampir Rose Hathaway vowed to always protect her best friend Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi princess and the last of her line. But this vow was made before the mysterious and handsome Russian guardian Dimitri Belikov entered into Rose’s life as her private combat instructor. Soon the physical closeness of their combat training turned to a heated love affair with Dimitri always on Rose’s mind. After an attack on the academy by the sinister Strigoi, resulting in Dimitri being turned, Rose had to make the hardest decision of her life- leaving Lissa’s side to set out on a vigilante mission to set Dimitri’s soul free from the irreversible Strigoi curse. But if Rose finds Dimitri, will she be able to look at the face of her lover and kill him?

Blood Promise is a mesmerizing and emotional page turner full of suspense, longing, seduction, and deception.  I could not put this book down and jumped straight into the next book of the series; the anticipation was killing me!

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Ashley

Ashley

By the Blood of HeroesByTheBloodofHeroes
The Great Undead War: Book I
By Joseph Nassise

Read by Ashley

During World War I, the desperate Germans introduce a new gas to the battlefield. This gas nicknamed the “corpse gas” changes the entire war; the gas resurrects the bodies of the dead, giving the Germans an unlimited source of troops. When famous Allied pilot Major Jack Freeman is shot down and taken captive by the Germans, only one veteran officer is crazy enough to attempt a rescue mission.  Captain Michael “Madman” Burke is fearless and wild enough to go behind enemy lines and attempt a vital mission.
 
By the Blood of Heroes is not what I would normally read, but after reading this, I am now totally in love! I am ecstatic that I found a new genre! It’s a full-on action packed adventure, filled with lots of blood, guts, and gore. A thrilling ride of a novel, historical and adventure readers will enjoy!

Bottom Line:My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.”  ~Thomas Helm

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- December 29th, 2011

I hope everyone is enjoying Christmas week.  For me it’s an excuse to turn on the holiday lights, have some Baileys and coffee (with whipped cream, of course) and cozy up with a good book.  I know the WW Ladies have (although I’m not sure about the Baileys).  And this week we welcome two new readers.  Molly, an aspiring writer and Beth, a music store owner.  Both love to read and share their books with you.

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joysann

joysann

Pirate King by Laurie R. King

Listened to by joysann

At the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell goes undercover with a movie company to discover if they might be selling arms and drugs on the black market. She sets sail to help film a silent movie about a film crew filming The Pirates of Penzance overtaken by pirates, only to be overtaken… by pirates? With a crew including a cast of thirteen blond beauties and thirteen pirates and a handful of imitation police constables, and confusion on the high seas, Russell wistfully wishes she was partnered with her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, so together they could save the day.

Mary Russell is one of my all-time favorite characters, and the series of her “memoirs” are always clever, fascinating and suspenseful. Pirate King is all that, plus a lot of fun. Putting on my earbuds and listening to Jenny Sterlin give her usual excellent performance makes it all the better, and a real pleasure.

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Molly

Molly

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

Read by Molly

Natalie Stewart has just returned to New York after spending years at the Connecticut Asylum.  She desperately wants to find a way to fit in.  The problem is, since she was four years old, she hasn’t been able to speak and has no connections in New York’s society.  Given a job by her father at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in acquisitions, she comes face to face with the mysterious and devilishly handsome portrait of one Lord Denbury, that is scheduled to be auctioned off.  By a stroke of luck, the painting will be displayed in the museum for all to see.  But strange things begin to happen as the painting starts to change and call out to her, begging her to touch it.  Lord Denbury is trapped within the painting and yet she sees him walking by day among the streets of New York.  Dark forces are at work that could affect the world.  Only Natalie has the power to help set all to rights and rescue this handsome nobleman from his prison.  But what can one girl do when she has no voice to cry out against the demons that dwell in the dark?

I absolutely adored this book.  The pacing and constant action at every moment kept my pages turning.  I loved both Natalie’s and Lord Denbury’s personalities and I felt like I standing beside them every step of the way.  Hieber keeps the reader on her toes as the mystery deepens.  The vibrancy of Victorian New York that she creates is alive.  I highly recommend this book!
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Beth

Beth

Within the Flames by Marjorie M. Liu

Read by Beth

Lyssa is a shapeshifter hiding in the tunnels below New York.  The last of her kind, she is pursued by evil so great, no one has any defenses against it.  Eddie is sent by Dirk & Steele, a psychic detective agency that’s really so much more, to help her out.  After being alone so long, Lyssa is wary of getting help from anyone, let alone a handsome stranger with abilities of his own.  The race is on as they try to combat the dark forces that threaten human kind.

The Dirk & Steele series is one of my favorite, but I love that each book works well as a stand alone so I can pass them off to my friends.  This book packs a punch and Lyssa’s other self is very special, which makes Eddie’s ability a necessity.  Definitely not to be missed, Within the Flames is intriguing, alluring and heart-thumping.

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Molly

Molly

Twice Fallen by Emma Wildes

Read by Molly

Lady Lillian Bourne found herself the object of scandal four years ago due to a botched elopement.  Now, back in London, she is trying to keep scandal at bay and find a husband.  Unfortunately, scandal seems to follow her as she finds herself locked in a library with one of England’s former spies, Lord Damien Northfield.  They find themselves reacquainted when Damien is summoned to help with some mysterious murders among the elite London society, but Damien finds himself distracted by this beautiful woman who has caught his attention.

I was captivated by this book from the extremely witty dialogue to the wonderfully painted scenery.  I especially found Lillian’s spunk and willingness to march to the beat of her own drummer fantastic.  Emma Wildes tells a beautiful story of passion, mystery and romance set amidst the glittering ballrooms of Regency England.
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Beth

Beth

Nightwalker by Lisa Kessler (E-Book)

Read by Beth

Kate Bradley is a woman scorned.  Her ex is a cheat and she’s done with men.  Calisto Terana has different ideas.  He’s been searching for Kate for hundreds of years and now that he’s found her, he will do everything possible to win her love…again.

This debut novel by Lisa Kessler has everything going for it.  Long lost love given another chance, a man drawn to his soul-mate and a world destined to keep them apart.  Suspenseful and romantic.

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joysann

joysann

The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison

Read by joysann

Since Hollows Gazette reporter Devin Crossman lost all his hair when he got caught in the crossfire of magical charms during an official bounty-hunter chase, he’s been trying to do an investigative report on the witch agent, Rachel Morgan. Vindictively determined to prove she’s a danger to society, he digs into everything; her work history, her personal associations, whatever magical experience records he can find, and tries to get his suspicions printed and Rachel indicted/convicted of wrongdoing with black magic. The Hollows Insider is the record of all his research and his personal conclusions, plus confidential interoffice memos from Kalamack Industries, Inc., classified descriptions of supernatural species, spells, charm and cookie recipes, and more.

Those of us readers who have been enthralled by Rachel Morgan’s world already know of these things, but this delightful volume brings us details and descriptions that give it more clarity, and makes it a more interesting place to visit. It really is a must-read for fans. If you’re not a constant reader, there are spoilers here, but I find so much enjoyment in the series, I suggest it for all urban fantasy readers.

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Bottom Line:  Yikes!  Out of whipped cream I’ve still got some Baileys left…Santa, where are you?

San Diego Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 22nd, 2011
Just a small section of the convention center

Just a small section of the convention center

I cannot express the importance of a good pair of shoes at Comic Con. The amount of walking and standing is indescribable. Someone told me it’s 6 football fields long and there are 2 floors. I don’t know if that’s true, but it sure feels like it when I’m finally done for the day and I can take my shoes off.

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Typical Comic Con fan

Typical Comic Con fan

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Thursday was a very busy day as the full convention was underway. Fans came decked out as their favorite characters and it’s funny to think of walking by Captain Jack Sparrow or Dr. Who and not even giving them a second look because that’s the norm around here. I do get a kick out of the little kids who are in awe of everything. A couple of them were in front of me with their weary mother and they were jumping up and down screaming, “Robots! Robots! Robots!” They wanted their pictures taken with the two girls who just had clunky, colored boxes on, but the kids saw amazing robots.

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No Damsels in Distress Here

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One panel I didn’t want to miss was No Damsels in Distress Here with Kathy Reichs, Carrie Vaughn, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Marie Lu, Chloe Neill, Jeanne Stein, Merrie deStephano and Seanan McGuire.  They talked about kick-ass heroines but by the time I got there, it was already at capacity and they wouldn’t let anyone else in. I did manage to beg to be let in so I could at least get one (and they stressed I could only take one) picture.

All the lines were horrendous with people sitting on the floor because it’s not uncommon to wait a couple of hours to get into certain sessions. Although there were many I would have liked to attend, I couldn’t justify the wait time.

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Felicia Day and me

Felicia Day and me

I did have a fan girl moment though when I caught Felicia Day as she was at The Guild booth about to sign autographs. Although she was too busy for a video interview, I found myself gushing about her amazing web series, The Guild (go watch it if you haven’t already since each episode is only a couple of minutes long…hilarious!), her quirky guest appearance on Eureka (it’s on Hulu.com if you don’t have cable) and her super fun Tweets and musings on Google+. I did snag a picture with her just because I’m sure she’d want it for her scrapbook. Delightful, lovely person.

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Lyle Underkoffler VP, Digital Media and

Lyle Underkoffler VP, Digital Media and Carlotta Quattrocolo

An extra treat for me was being invited to the Disney party. You all know I used to work for Disney for a while and I’m a bonafide Disneyholic, so it waslike traveling into fantasyland. But a very techno fantasy land. They had stations set up with iPads and demonstrations about the Disney app and how to get Disney comics on your iPhone, iPad and iTouch. The really cool thing is that along with new stories, they also have the old, original comics that remember as a kid. I used to own a lot of those comic books (why did you throw them away, Mom?). Although you can buy them individually or as bundles, they also offer free comic books and they have several special ones exclusively for Comic Con. While you are reading them, if something unexpected happens, you may hear a “zonk” or “pow” or some kind of sound effect. Just a cute little touch. In talking to Lyle, my head started to spin when he was telling me about all the new ideas that are out there to make the reading experience for you and your kids even more entertaining, but he was quick to stress that digital isn’t the only game in town. Traditional comic are here to stay, but even those will find a way to be interactive and inovative. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

I ended the night with a stop at the Avon party. Lucky for me it was held at the same hotel (my feet were doing the happy dance). I caught up with Kim Harrison for the first time. We did a great video, but after viewing it found it too dark and poor quality, so I’ll try to find her again. We did talk about this being her first San Diego Comic Con, but she felt she was among her “people.” Kim was signing her new graphic novel.

Bottom Line: I have a very ambitious schedule mapped out for today, but I haven’t told my feet about it yet.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 26th, 2010
Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey

Unfortunately I won’t be attending BEA (Book Expo America) this year.  It is very depressing for me.  I just got back from Florida helping my brothers work on my mother’s home.  We painted and threw out stuff (so far over 500 sets of salt and pepper shakers that my aunt and uncle collected).

I’m just sick thinking about not seeing the Babs (Barbra Streisand).  This would be a dream come true.  When would I get that opportunity again?  And then, over 500 authors there and I’m not.  That is so wrong.  I feel like I’m in withdrawal.

Luckily, I have my books to get me through and here’s what the WW Ladies have been reading this week.

JoysannBlack Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Listened to by joysann

Things have only gone from bad to worse for Rachel Morgan, since being shunned by the witch covens, which accuse her of using black magic and dealing with demons. Though they’re not wrong, that’s no excuse for them trying to kidnap her, imprison her for life, or even kill her. Surprisingly, it’s the unwelcome worst of her companions who are her best chances for keeping safe.

Kim Harrison just keeps the story moving in this 8th book in the Rachel Morgan series. It’s a great blend of suspense, humor, horror, romance and sorrow, and, as usual, I couldn’t put it down. Listening to Marguerite Gavin’s audio performance just made it much more exciting.

HeidiKnock Me for a Loop by Heidi BettsKnock Me for a Loop by Heidi Betts

Read by Heidi
Grace Fisher can’t forgive her ex-fiancée Zack Hoolihan. No matter how many times he denies that he didn’t cheat on her with the tramp she found in his hotel room, she knows he has to be guilty. With her heart broken, she is moving on. That is, until Zack gets hurt and needs help. Grace is protecting her broken heart but the rest of her doesn’t want to protection.
This was the perfect book to enjoy in a weekend while sitting outside enjoying the nice weather. Fun, witty and hard to put down, a great combination.
LorettaJetty Man by G.W. Reynolds IIIJetty Man by G W Reynolds
Read by Loretta

The author, G.W. Reynolds III wrote a trilogy, featuring the three stages of Jason’s young life -  He began with his childhood, then into the milestone of his 16th birthday and finally to his 21st year.  Some of the characters appear in each segment, others are left behind in a haze of anger, hate, cruelty, violence and death. Jason often withdraws into himself by silence and apathy; not sure if he had a bad dream, wondering if some of the ugly and mean treatment really happened.  His mother wonders if he is “not quite right”, but he is liked by everyone, especially the young girls in town and complimented for his work ethic by his bosses.

To me, this was delicious reading of a masterful and mesmerizing tale.  It was difficult to put the book down.  Everyone of the 478 pages had an unexpected twist or turn right up to the shocking ending.  Is a sequel to a trilogy called a “quartology”?  I sure hope G.W. Reynolds III writes one so I can read more about Jason and his amazing life.

DeniseAlmost Perfect by Susan MalleryAlmost Perfect by Susan Mallery
Read by Denise

When Liz Sutton was in high school, she was a girl from the wrong side of the tracks that fell in love with Ethan Hendrix who was from the other side of the tracks.  He said he was in love with her and he was her “first time”.  He betrayed her and everything that meant anything to them.  She left town and started a life of her own.  Now years later, she has had to return to take care of her two nieces.  Little does Ethan know that when she left 11 years ago, she was pregnant with their son.  She has become a successful writer and has done a good job of raising her son, but the small town still sees her as the “girl from the wrong side of the tracks.”

A very soul searching story of a woman who has to decide if family is more important than her pride.  I suffered with Liz through the gossip when she comes back to her hometown and finds a fight on her hands as Ethan and his family find out that he has a son.  Lesson to be learned, sometimes it is best to swallow your pride and find that true love can withstand a small town and all the gossip.

Bottom Line: Sheila Clover English saw Babs last night and promised to write up a tell-all blog for BHB.  Can’t wait!