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Jan
29

Review: Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden

Review: Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden Gossamer Wing Author: Delphine Dryden Reviewer: Una Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Gossamer Wing is the debut novel in a new steampunk series.  The Steam and Seduction series is science-light and romance driven, with some espionage on the side. I recommend visiting the author’s website to get an overview of this series before you start Gossamer Wing.  It is advantageous to learn some background that you cannot glean from reading.  This is an alternate universe – one in which the American Revolution did not occur.  Not that this is a key element to the plot line, but it clears up some minor confusion I had while reading regarding...
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Jan
26

Sunday Snippet: The Wanderers by Jessica Miller

Sunday Snippet: The Wanderers by Jessica Miller  About the Book The Wanderers  Author:  Jessica Miller Publisher:   Amazon Released:  December 6, 2013 Snippet The next night I stayed in and spent time on my home work for Monday.  Josie had a date with one of the boys from the fraternity.  She was definitely making her rounds.  I warned her she was not allowed to bring him back to the room tonight. Around midnight I decided to take a break from my studies and go grab a soda from downstairs since Josie drank the last one and didn’t refill the fridge, again. When I stepped out of my room, some girl nearly knocked me over running down the hall....
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Jan
19

Sunday Snippets: Hurricane Crimes by Chrys Fey

Sunday Snippets: Hurricane Crimes by Chrys Fey  About the Book Hurricane Crimes  Author:  Chrys Fey Publisher:   The Wild Rose Press Released:  March 5, 2014. Snippet On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news.  She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth.  It was about  a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago.  Beth shook her head.  Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane. She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit.  Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was...
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Jan
16

Review: The Magic Between Us by Tammy Falkner

Review: The Magic Between Us by Tammy Falkner The Magic Between Us Author: Tammy Falkner  Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: The latest novel in the Faerie series, The Magic Between Us, was not exactly what I was expecting.  Although I liked Marcus and Cecelia’s story, reading it was a bit more tedious than the previous two novels.  As much as I found their story compelling – I was confused throughout the novel causing me to reread sections. First let me say, I liked Marcus and sympathized with his struggle.   I was also overcome with pathos over Cecelia’s plight and situation.  I loved how Marcus’s family stepped in to help him follow his heart. ...
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Jan
12

Sunday Snippet: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin

Sunday Snippet: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin  About the Book Nightlife  Author:  Matthew Quinn Martin Publisher:   Pocket Books Released:  October 21, 2013 REVIEW HERE Snippet Beth padded over quietly and took the place against the rail next to him.  She pulled a pint bottle wrapped in a brown paper sleeve from her coat pocket.  Hoping it was his brand, or that he wasn’t picky, she set it within easy reach. The man eyed the bottle suspiciously.  “I said, what you want?” “I want to know why you’re spray-painting those messages.” The man grabbed the bottle, twisted off the plastic cap, and took a deep draught.  “It’s a warning.” “A warning?  A warning of what?” “Can’t you read?”...
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Jan
5

Sunday Snippet: Hell Bent by Devon Monk

Sunday Snippet: Hell Bent by Devon Monk  About the Book Hell Bent Author:  Devon Monk Publisher:   Roc Released:  November 5, 2013 REVIEW HERE Snippet I bought the boots, the statue, and a pack of cigarettes.  Made my way toward the front of the store.  Passed in front of a stockroom door and noted a guy walking out of it. Walked past him before I heard the click. I turned. Did not expect the Taser in that man’s right hand, nor the gun in his left.  I also didn’t expect the other two guys who strode out of the sporting goods and household paint aisles I called on magic, just as the guy with the guns raised them both...
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Dec
29

Sunday Snippet – Sing for the Dead

Sunday Snippet – Sing for the Dead  About the Book Sing for the Dead Author:  PJ Schnyder Publisher:   Carina Press Released:  November 4, 2013 REVIEW HERE Snippet “I’d best be heading back to headquarters before Maisie decides to call and see if I’ve eaten the two of you.”  Seth took a step toward Sorcha, hands outstretched. A rumbling growl rose up in the room.  Startled, Sorcha stared at Kayden. “The tabby.  Just retrieving the tabby, or Maisie’ll have my hide.”  As reasonable as Seth’s words were, his voice had dropped deeper as well, the words rougher. Sorcha handed over the purring cat before the two men abandoned civility and settled whatever the remaining issue was with violence.  A part of her...
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Dec
25

Merry Christmas & Snippet

Merry Christmas & Snippet Since snippets usually are my purview, I (Una that is) asked Jen to let me post the Christmas snippet this year. On this Christmas Day, I wish to treat you with a poem from a novella by Louisa May Alcott, A Christmas Dream and How it Came True. From our happy home Through the world we roam One week in all the year, Making winter spring With the joy we bring For Christmas-tide is here. Now the eastern star Shines from afar To light the poorest home; Hearts warmer grow, Gifts freely flow, For Christmas-tide has come. Now gay trees rise Before young eyes, Abloom with tempting cheer; Blithe voices sing, And...
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Dec
22

Sunday Snippet – The Lair

Sunday Snippet – The Lair  About the Book The Lair  Author:  Emily McKay  Publisher:   Berkley Trade Released:  November 5, 2013  REVIEW HERE Snippet “This is where you seek sanctuary?  In a freezer in Wal-Mart? You can’t be serious.” “Serious as airtight, reinforced steel doors.” “Airtight, reinforced steel doors–” She paused to grab the handle and swing the door open.  “That open from the outside.” He smirked.  “Yeah.  Handles on the inside, too.  Besides, I haven’t met a Tick yet who actually thinks to try that.  They lose interest in what they can’t see or smell.  They’re animals.  Once you disappear into that box, you no longer exist to them.” She took a step closer to the door. ...
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Dec
19

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Clean Sweep Author: Ilona Andrews  Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: The writing team know as Ilona Andrews decided to give their fans (and blog followers) a treat: they released a serial story on their website.  The story started with a girl and her broom and went from there.  Well, the genius that is Ilona Andrews took “a girl and her broom” and turned it into Clean Sweep, a delightful and fascinating tale of a girl, her broom, and a world we could only hope to dream of.  What took place over months, a chapter a week release, is now available as a full e-book.  I did...
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