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Sep
29

Saturday Conversations 09/29/2012

Saturday Conversations 09/29/2012 Magnificent Misfits Looking at the rather insane collection of books that line the shelves above my desk, it occurred to me that almost all of them have a good bit in common. One of those things is the use of that most relatable underdogs: the misfit. Be it the hero, heroine, or sidekick (especially when the sidekick gets their own book the next time around!!), a misunderstood protagonist makes for a yummy read. From John Matthew in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood to Nucking Futs Nix in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark, and Mina Wentworth in Meljean Brook’s The Iron Seas, misfits rock. Let’s chat… Who are your favorite...
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Aug
31

Quickie Review: Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook

Quickie Review: Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook “Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City” Author: Meljean Brook  Release Date: Aug. 7, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Iron Seas #1.5 ISBN: #978-1101564639 Genre: Steampunk Romance, Novella Format(s): e-book *it can also be found in the mass market edition of The Iron Duke (Jan. 2012) Book Source: Author About the book:      Eight months after The Iron Duke, can their marriage survive a new danger?      After Mina is called in to investigate the murder of an aristocratic bounder, her husband Rhys—known to the world as the Iron Duke—must overcome his fear for his new bride before his need to protect her tears them apart. But when she invites...
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Aug
30

Review: Riveted by Meljean Brook

Review: Riveted by Meljean Brook Riveted Author: Meljean Brook  Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Iron Seas #3 ISBN: #978-0425256046 Genre: Steampunk Romance Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher, Author About the book:      A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical—and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.      Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled....
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Feb
14

Review: Wild and Steamy

Review: Wild and Steamy Wild and Steamy Authors: Meljean Brook, Jill Myles, Carolyn Crane Release Date: Aug. 3, 2011 Publisher: self-published Genre: Steampunk, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Anthology Format(s): e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds What I’m talking about: “The Blushing Bounder” by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas Story) Summary: While the search for a killer puts Constable Newberry’s life in danger, he faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay? Twimom’s Take: If you are a fan of Meljean’s Iron Seas series, you will enjoy this brief look into...
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Nov
20

Sunday Snippet #85

Sunday Snippet #85 Heart of Steel Author: Meljean Brook  Berkley Sensation November 1, 2011 REVIEW HERE  “You have no idea who you’re up against.” His gaze left Yasmeen and fell to the knife at the actress’s throat. His lips curled. “Do you think I care whether she dies? Go on, slit her –” The crack of Yasmeen’s pistol cut off the rest. Mattson’s brains splattered against the foyer wall. His body dropped, gun clattering against the wood floor — and luckily, not discharging on impact. Eyes wide, Zenobia lifted her bound hands and touched the blood sprayed across her cheek and temple. She startled from her stupor and almost tripped over Mattson’s...
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Oct
27

Review: Heart of Steel

Review: Heart of Steel Heart of Steel Author: Meljean Brook  Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Trade The Iron Seas #2 ISBN: #978-0425243305 Genre: Steampunk Romance Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      As the mercenary captain of the Lady Corsair, Yasmeen has learned to keep her heart as cold as steel, her only loyalty bound to her ship and her crew. So when a man who once tried to seize her airship returns from the dead, Yasmeen will be damned if she gives him another opportunity to take control.       Treasure-hunter Archimedes Fox isn’t interested in the Lady Corsair — he wants her coldhearted...
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Oct
7

Review and Giveaway: Angels Of Darkness

Review and Giveaway: Angels Of Darkness Angels Of Darkness Authors: Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Sharon Shinn, Meljean Brook     Release Date: October 4, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation ISBN: #978-0425243121 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Anthology Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher “Angel’s Wolf” by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunters Story) Summary: Noel was a vampire of power and position within Archangel Raphael elite team. After an unspeakable act of violence left Noel shattered, he recovered physically, but not emotionally. He is sent to work for angel Nimra, who has a traitor in her midst. Once together, the two develop a close friendship and maybe something more. Twimom’s Take: Noel and Nimra are both strong (and feared)...
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Sep
21

A Look Ahead in books

A Look Ahead in books With the year almost 3/4 over, we’ve had some really great books to read in 2011. My favorites so far this year have been: But there are so many more great books that are still to come! At the top of my WANT list are the following: Those are only a few of the many books I want this fall! What have been your favorite books released in 2011? What titles are you still waiting for this fall? ALSO…. I wanted to point out a new feature at That’s What I’m Talking About… Do you see the new “STORE” link in my header? I’ve created a place at Amazon...
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Aug
31

Review: Demon Marked

Review: Demon Marked Demon Marked Author: Meljean Brook  Release Date: September 6, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation The Guardians #7 (does not include novellas) ISBN: #978-0425242698 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher   About the book:       Nicholas St. Croix is familiar with the evil of demons. After his father’s death, a demon took over his mother’s body and raised him. Six years ago, his “mother” was responsible for the disappearance of the woman he loved, and Nicholas swore he’d find her—even if he had to go to Hell and back. Except she finds him first—and with one tormented kiss, he knows she too is a...
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Aug
19

Authors After Dark 2011 Wrap up

Authors After Dark 2011 Wrap up Wow! What an amazing experience! That’s What I’m Talking About! I cannot even begin to tell you all how special this trip was for me.  It was my very first CON and I loved it.  First – I got to finally meet so many of the wonderful women I have been friends with for almost two years.  The highlight was finally getting a hug from my “twinnie,” Bells. She gives the BEST hugs and is so full of love (even when you may be drunk and singing Katy Perry’s FIREWORK). But also on my list of MUST HUG (or give the “Issac the Bartender” pointer fingers) were Marq, Kat...
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