Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Infernal Detective by Kristen Weiss


Hello, my dears!

I have a lovely introduction to make to all of you PARANORMAL mystery fans out there. This one's gonna be good!


Kirsten is giving away copies of THE INFERNAL DETECTIVE (winners choice of eBook or signed paperback) along with a bookmark and handmade book charm to FIVE (5) lucky winners. See the bottom of the post for the Rafflecopter to enter!


THE INFERNAL DETECTIVE

Misterio Press introduces THE INFERNAL DETECTIVE, by Kirsten Weiss.  A paranormal mystery where nothing is quite as it seems, and where magic lies just beyond the veil.
THE INFERNAL DETECTIVE, the fourth book in the Riga Hayworth series, published by misterio press, will be available on Amazon May 21, 2013.
When Riga Hayworth finds a dead body in her bedroom a week before her wedding, it’s par for the course. When the corpse drives off with her fiancée… That’s a problem.
Riga knows dead. More intimately than she’d like. So when a murdered photographer gets up and walks away, she’s believes there’s necromancy afoot. And when she discovers that several of her wedding guests are under the influence of dark magic, she’s certain. But how can she catch a killer and stop a necromancer when even her nearest and dearest are lying to her?
THE INFERNAL DETECTIVE is a fun, fast-paced paranormal mystery based in wintertime Lake Tahoe.







About The Author

Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy,The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, and The Shamanic Detective

Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone.  Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking good wine.

You can connect with Kirsten on:
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Kirsten Weiss' The Infernal Detective Book Blast Tour Schedule
May 13 - 31

5/13 - Curse of the Bibliophile

5/14- Little Read Riding Hood

5/15- Curling Up With A Good Book

5/16- Page Flipperz

5/17- Book Lovin Mamas

5/18- Confessions of the Paranormal

5/19- You Gotta Read Reviews

5/21- United by Books

5/22- FUONLYKNEW

5/23- Queen of All She Reads

5/24- Jessie's Book Place

5/25- Mythical Books

5/26- Auggie Talk

5/28- Toot's Book Reviews

5/30- Over The Edge

5/31- Book Monster Reviews


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Love doves!

I've MADE A DECISION.

Because I'm trying to be more concious of my spending habits I've given myself a budget and a savings goal for the rest of this year. This includes really watching where my money goes. I noticed that I have an entire bookshelf FILLED with TBR books! Books I haven't even read yet!

So... in an effort to help myself save money AND to keep myself entertained I'm pledging to FINISH READING ALL OF THE TBR BOOKS IN MY BOOKSHELF THIS YEAR!

That's right.

I know it's a big goal... but I already set my goal at 100 books in 2013 and all of these will be a big help. Some of them are large books which I've been avoiding because they look like they're going to take a while, but... it's time to get them read so I can start a NEW TBR pile!

I'm going to be making an explanation video of this personal challenge soon. So keep a look out!

Woo! So excited!

Now for a REVIEW!

REVIEW:
Dead Ever After
by Charlaine Harris
Title:  Dead Ever After
Author:  Charlaine Harris
Genre: Supernatural Romance/Mystery/Action
Publication:   May 7, 2013
Pages:   338

Synopsis:
 

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...


Oh. My. Goodness.


I have spent years loving the Sookie Stakhouse novels and waiting patiently for them to be released one after another. Though I didn't find them until after 2005 (the first was published in 1999) I became a big fan of Sookie and have enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse saga.


I was not disappointed with this last book necessarily. Well, not at all... as you can see I gave it a 5/5. It was a great ending to a phenomenal series. I'm just not 100% positive I gel with the person she ended up with. Not that I don't like the character the ends up being "The One" for Sookie. He's great! I just don't feel like Ms. Harris got you warmed up enough to the idea before throwing you in to it.


Needless to say, I consider Sookie Stackhouse to be one of my best literary friends and I wish her fictional-future to be nothing but happy!


Dead Ever After was a great final book. Not only does Ms. Harris tie up a BUNCH of loose ends that were just blowin' in the wind there for a while... she does so with enough finality to make the readers comfortable with leaving Sookie alone. There's hope for her having a happy life after all.


I was surprised by (though shouldn't have been) by the sheriff swap. I wasn't sure what was going to happen in that department but it came together nicely.




Also... WHAT THE HECK, NIALL!?


Alright. Anyway. Ms. Harris uses her last book as an opportunity to reintroduce characters that the reader hadn't heard from in a while... she also takes great care in making sure that each of Sookie's love-interests are either "off-limits" enough or "out-of-mind" enough for there never to be any future requited love issues going on there. Which is good... because Sookie sure did know how to fall for some pretty dangerous guys! Yoiks!


In the series Sookie dated 2 vampires, a werewolf, a were tiger, and a shape-shifter. She was also pursued by multiple other-creatures including fairies. I mean, yikes. This girl had an interesting love-life and, honestly, I'm going to miss hearing about it!



Sookie Stackhouse was a brave, unique, sassy, and out-of-the-norm heroine. Not only is she a SOUTHERN girl... she's also been described as being a size 10 with a healthy appetite. I could go on and on about how I appreciate a book with a main character that isn't "slim waisted", "waiflike" or "athletic".


Ms. Harris managed to create a female character that could stand up for herself without coming off too cold or bitchy. She made Sookie juuuussst vulnerable enough to make us feel like we weren't reading about a stone-cold, emotionless female. However, I never felt like Sookie was the "Rescue me" damsel in distress, either. She knew how to take care of herself and when to let others help take care of her.

The entire LGBT underline was well done and perfectly displayed. Though these books were romance/action/mystery/supernatural all woven together in a harmonious saga of awesome... they were also a commentary on today's human rights movements.


Anyway... I'm sad that the series has ended but I'm happy that I got a chance to enjoy it for 13 full books. Also, I'm happy to hear that Ms. Harris will be releasing a book with information about the fates of many of her characters after the end of the series.

This book is called "AFTER DEAD" and will be released October 29, 2013. 






If you're a fan of supernatural books and you HAVEN'T read any of the Sookie Stackhouse books then you need to GET ON IT! NOW! But, if you're like me and thousands of other Sookie fans you'll be anxiously awaiting the next Charlaine Harris book... whatever its topic may be. I'll help pass the time by reading her Aurora Teagarden mysteries for now!



 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sovereign by E.R. Arroyo

Hello, darlings.

Oh I KNOW. Again with the huge gap between posts but I took that time off to officially settle in to my new place. I moved all of my stuff from one city to another and have been unpacking everything for the past week and settling in to my new job. I'm very happy with the move and with the opportunities that being in a bigger city offer.

Now that everything is unpacked (though, I'm missing SO MANY THINGS! WHERE DID THEY GO?) and my schedule is getting worked out I have time to finally dedicate to more than just tours. Fun announcement tomorrow!

Today's fun and games comes to you from GLITERARY GIRL MEDIA.  It's a heart racing dystopian about an out-law girl living on the edge... changing the world by accident. You know.

Give it a look see and enter the Rafflecopter below for the chance to win an AWESOME prize! 



Gliterary Girl Media Presents

SOVEREIGN
by E.R. Arroyo




“…because of this book I kinda want to create some sort of special shelf for books that go above and beyond genre tropes or something, I’ll think on that more later.”
-        WhimsicallyYours.com

“…this is a well written book with plenty of twists and unexpected turns that will keep you up at night reading under the light of the moon.”

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ER FRAMED ABOUT E.R. Arroyo
E.R. Arroyo is an entertainment junkie, equally passionate about books, movies, and music.  In October 2012 she self-published her debut novel, Sovereign.  She looks forward to the future of her career and connecting with more people in the years to come.  E.R. especially hopes to publish more books, and maybe even land a traditional book deal some day   (dream big!).  









ABOUT  Sovereign (Book #1) 
Chemical warfare has obliterated most of the world, including America, and the survivors have turned into feral beasts, save one colony, Antius, the last remnant of civilization. Seventeen-year-old Cori (aka Citizen 1206) only longs for wide-open spaces and freedom. But Antius has no use for such things, just mindless drones to serve in a place with walls, fences, and laws. A lot of laws, which Cori constantly breaks. So she’s spent years plotting her escape, which is the only thing that will save her from the colony’s deranged leader, Nathan. She isn’t looking to be a hero, and she certainly isn’t looking to fall in love, but she just might do both.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Judas Kiss" by Angela Graff

(Note: I apologize to those who left comments earlier. They were accidentally removed because I wasn't paying attention and pressed the "delete" instead of "publish" button. Your comments mean a lot, so I'm very sorry!) 

 
Happy Thursday, my dolls! 

It's a great day to start going through boxes to get organized for the big move! Woo!

It's also a great day for a blog hop and I've got Virtual Tours "THE JUDAS KISS" by Angella Graff for you today. Enjoyable read. Find book and author information below along with my review of the work and a Giveaway! 

  

The Book

The Judas KissTitle: The Judas Kiss
Author: Angella Graff
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Excerpt: Mark’s Story

Booksellers: Amazon, Createspace

Synopsis: 

Judas’ Kiss haunts him 2 millennia into his unending existence. Torn between petty gods and their hunger for power, a faithless police officer slips further into machinations that have already cost the life of someone he loved. Mark’s story finally begins to unfold in the newest volume of Angella Graff’s well received series: The Judas Curse.

Just as Detective Ben Stanford is ready to put the past at rest, he’s pulled down once again into the chaos of gods, theology, and mystery. Told that his sister is alive and the two immortals, Mark and Judas, have been kidnapped by the treacherous goddess, Nike, Ben must find a way to rescue the pair before she can harness their powers.

While Mark waits alone, forced to write out the story of how their powers came to be, and Judas lay tortured by the angry Goddess, a reluctant Ben must enlist the help of an unwilling being from the ancient Norse Pantheon.

Time is ticking, and the hard-headed detective must use everything he learned in the past to prevent another disaster, which could potentially wipe-out the human race.


About the Author

Angella Graff was born and raised in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. She married and became a mother very young, and after getting started with her family, began her University studies where she found her passion for creative writing, history and theology.

She now resides in Tucson with her husband Joshua, three children, Christian, Isabella and Adia, and their three cats, Archive (Ivy), Lasciel and Fix. She prefers to spend her days writing, gardening, and reading non-fiction theology theory books. Angella is also an avid, if not fanatic fan of Doctor Who and BBC Sherlock, which tend to dominate her dry, sarcastic humor, a lot of which is apparent in her writing.

Currently Angella is working on an Urban Fantasy series called The Judas Curse, involving extensive research into Mythos, Christianity and history. The first book of The Judas Curse, The Awakening, was released November 2012.

For more information, visit Angella’s website, Amazon page and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

To learn more about the author and her work visit our author showcase and In a Nutshell interview.


Auggie's Review

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I have to admit that at first I was a little lost, but that was no fault of the author. I hadn't gotten the opportunity to read the first in this series, so picking up and reading the second right off sent me at first into a bit of a tail spin. 

Happily, though, I can announce that I still enjoyed the book despite having missed some vital background information. Ms. Graff does just enough to recap the former events so that her readers remember what might have been long stored in "I read that last year" memory. She does this without being TOO detailed and making it boring for old readers who might remember every detail just fine, thank you. 

Aside from that I have to say that I offer a congratulations to Ms. Graff for constructing a book with a very interesting concept that obviously demanded many research hours. The interesting idea of Gods using bodies as hosts calls back to the "Body snatchers" concept minus the Aliens. Well... perhaps the Gods could be considered such in another line of thought but that's for another blog post!  

 Writing style is pretty straightforward and simple and the concepts are easily grasped. The storyline is interesting and moves at a descent clip so you're never left too long in one scene wondering "What the heck is supposed to be happening"? 

There are plenty of great myth qualities to this book. You've got the Greeks, you've got some Norse myth, and then you've got Christian myth/history. Actually I was rather surprised at the spin that Ms. Graff put on the Jesus/Judas story. I enjoy total reconstructions of history/myth/legend concepts and this one was very interesting.

 I have to say that I wasn't really a fan of the main character until much later on in the book. This might have something to do with the fact that I didn't get to really know him from the first book so it took me a minute to get around his disbelieving attitude, but eventually I did. 

 Nike. The winged goddess. Goddess of victory. Fantastic antagonist just because you wouldn't normally expect her to be one! She makes a downright sinister one too... not sure if I would have imagined her this way but that's one of the great things about fiction and imagination. 

All in all I would say that this book is worth the read if you're a fan of myth twists and retellings. 

 Well done, Ms. Graff. 


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That's all for today, loves! Have a happy Thursday!

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