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Jan
31

Review: The Forests of Dru by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: The Forests of Dru by Jeffe Kennedy The Forests of Dru Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: The Forests of Dru continues the story of Oria and Lonen, who are now finally in Dru and facing new issues.  Overall Gikany and Una liked the story, although it is starting to have a serial short story feeling. Unlike the first book, which seemed like a complete novel, the subsequent books have felt more like novellas.  We could liken the format to a television series: the first episode is longer to set up the series and then the following episodes are shorter.  Each book ends in a cliffhanger. Although this series...
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Jan
15

Sunday Snippet: The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book The Edge of the Blade    Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Kensington Publishing Company Released:  December 27, 2016 Series:   The Uncharted Realms #2 Genre:  Fantasy Romance Author contact links:   Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, Book Depository,  iTunes, Kobo REVIEW Snippet: A strange sound cut across the ubiquitous creaking and snapping of a ship in full sail running before the wind. Something… animal? Zynda heard it, too, lifting her head in a way that reminded me of a predator pricking its ears into a downward wind. Or prey. I drew my blades, muscles singing from exhausted to hyperalert. “What is it?” “I don’t know. It sounded like...
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Jan
4

Review: The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy The Edge of the Blade Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: Since meeting Jepp in The Twelve Kingdoms series, Gikany and Una have been eager to experience her happily ever after.  After The Pages of the Mind, we were intrigued to see how Jepp would handle going from bodyguard and warrior, to spy and diplomat.  Overall we liked her story even though it was more of a cerebral than an emotional journey. Gikany and Una love this world, especially as the series has expanded to include other kingdoms and cultures.  Although we were given a glimpse of the Dasanarian culture in previous...
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Jan
4

Author Guest Post: Jeffe Kennedy

Author Guest Post: Jeffe Kennedy Please help me welcome Jeffe Kennedy to That’s What I’m Talking About. She’s here today celebrating her newest release, The Edge of the Blade (The Uncharted Realms #2, Kensington Publishing, December 27, 2016). If you haven’t picked up her amazing fantasy romance books, I strongly urge you to right away! From Jeffe: Hi Jen and everyone! It’s always a treat to visit one of my favorite blogs and I particularly enjoy popping in to answer Jen’s questions. Today, as I’m talking about the just released THE EDGE OF THE BLADE, she asked me how my heroine Jepp, became a leading lady. Amusingly enough, in the same way she became...
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Nov
1

Review: The Tides of Bára by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: The Tides of Bára by Jeffe Kennedy The Tides of Bára Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: This is going to be a pretty vague review as The Tides of Bara is in essence a transitional novel.  It follows Oria and Lonen as they flee Bara and attempt to reach the Destrye.  Although if felt like nothing really happened, Gikany and Una liked it. When we say that very little happened, we mean that none of the overarching plot lines are resolved.  There is a touch of action, quite of a bit travel, and a steamy interaction, but really, Oria and Lonen travel from Bara to Dru. What does...
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Oct
23

Sunday Snippet: The Tides of Bara by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: The Tides of Bara by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book The Tides of Bara    Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Self-published Released:  October 29, 2016 Series:   Sorcerous Moons #3 Genre:  Fantasy Author contact links:   Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, Smashwords REVIEW TO COME Snippet “We have to go back across the bay,” she said more loudly. “I’m going to pretend you didn’t say that,” he told her easily. “I can’t go to Dru.” “I think you’ll find that you can, because that’s where I’m taking you.” “You’re taking me to Lousá. Or one of the other sister-cities. I’m not sure which is closest.” “Uh huh.” Finished with the stallion’s grooming, Lonen checked his hooves for any...
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Oct
19

Review: Teeth Long and Sharp Anthology

Review: Teeth Long and Sharp Anthology Teeth Long and Sharp Authors: Grace Draven, Antioch Grey, Aria M. Jones, Jeffe Kennedy, Mel Sterling Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Teeth Long and Sharp is a chillingly lovely collection of short stories.  Each one stands alone and not everyone has a happy ending – well, depending on which character you align with.  Fascinating, suspenseful, ironically witty, this collection is perfectly timed for a Halloween reading. Ivories was a very short snippet of a contemporary story.  It reminded me of an impressionist painting, you are able to interrupt or derive what you will from it.  As I saw it, the girl and the piano had a...
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Aug
16

Review: Oria’s Gambit by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: Oria’s Gambit by Jeffe Kennedy Oria’s Gambit Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: After the cliffhanger in the previous book, Lonen’s War, Gikany and Una were eager to start Oria’s Gambit.  We enjoyed it though it was a completely different feel from the previous novel. We go from a fast-paced novel filled with battles, negotiations, and confrontations to one that is a battlefront of politics and maneuverings filled with anxious waiting and debating.  Though it was still very gripping, it was a change from the pace of the previous novel.  In Oria’s Gambit, Oria and Lonen race to obtain the throne in Baran in order to protect...
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Aug
14

Sunday Snippet: Oria’s Gambit by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: Oria’s Gambit by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book Oria’s Gambit    Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Self-published Released:  August 27, 2016 Series:   Sorcerous Moons #2 Genre:  Fantasy Author contact links:   Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seveen Blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. REVIEW TO COME Snippet “What do you know about hwil?” She sounded, and felt, stiff. “Juli told me some, last night when I brought you here.” “Juli shouldn’t have—” “Juli realizes that I’m going to need to know some of these things that you think to withhold from me. This is an important aspect of your life—and of...
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Aug
8

Review: Lonen’s War by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: Lonen’s War by Jeffe Kennedy Lonen’s War Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewers: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Lonen’s War is the debut novel in the new Sorcerous Moons series.  We enjoyed this new fantasy world and with the cliffhanger ending, we are eager for more. First and foremost we love this world.  The rich fantasy mythology that Ms. Kennedy created is mesmerizing. The sorcerous Baran is at odds with the non-magical barbarian Destrye.  The novel begins with the Destrye invasion of Baran.  We follow Lonen, the third son of King Archimago, leading one faction of the Destrye while Oria, the only daughter of King Tav sits fretting in her tower.  The story...
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