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The Case of the Disappearing Blogger!

““No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

It is amazing to realize just how long it has been since I last published. As we all know, life has a tendency to get in the way of where we want our present and future to go. Instead, we are at times forced onto other, more winding paths, often into a bleak landscape we fear to tread.

Other times we must put our heads down and hook up to our own personal plow, digging the rows of life, planting crops we wish to one day reap. I can’t say all my rows are planted, but I can say that I am seeing my way through. It will require discipline to start up again, but I can’t tell you all how much I am looking forward to it.

I have been editing books by various authors, Susan Bliler and Michael Angel in particular. If you haven’t checked out their works, I highly recommend them. I have also been editing business manuscripts, as well as supporting COBRA client agents. COBRA is a continuing program which allows employees to continue their benefits after they leave their previous position until they are insured by another employer or health insurance plan. And yes, that does veer wildly away from my love of books, but you do what you can to retain a steady income, right? I have been given the opportunity to work with a publishing house to edit for them, and I am thrilled about it! I will still be soliciting books from Indie Authors, so if you have a book that needs a keen eye, my rates are good! (Hint Hint)

So. I will be posting reviews again, though not steadily I imagine – at least for a while. I have to ‘get my feet under me again’ and get organized, but I am working on it. Currently, I am reading Bad Magic: 10 Novels With Demons, Djinn, Werewolves, Vampires & Rogue Gods . . .”  if you haven’t picked it up yet, I can Highly Recommend it so far. I Have read Chosen The Djinn Wars: Book 1, and Dead Rising The Templar – Book 1 so far, and both were wonderful stories. I am getting ready to start Hidden Blade Soul Eaters #1. I wasn’t familiar with the first story, but I have added the series to my reading list. The second I had already read, as I am a big fan of Debra Dunbar, but that was the only one of the series I had read. Both of these series are going on my “to read” list. If you previously followed my blog you will know that I have widely ranged, very eclectic tastes in books, and a bad case of “Oooooooo! Shiny!!!” so series often drop by the wayside when I find a new toy.

The last anthology I just finished was From the Shadows: 13 Tales of Urban Fantasy, Witches, Werewolves, Magic, Romance, Shifters, Fae, Demons, Vampires, Dark Fantasy & More!  While I can’t say that I will love all the books in any one anthology (who does?) this one was, in a word, stunning. With eleven different authors offering thirteen stories (Annie Bellet offers The First Three!!! of her The Twenty-Sided Sorceress books!) there are plenty of stories here to please anyone with an interest in strong, well-developed female characters, males who don’t run over the top of them but stand by their sides, and storylines that grab your interest and hold it. While I discovered that I am not really a Dannika Dark fan based on the story in the anthology, that is simply a matter of taste, not a snark against the writer. To each her own.

As I have gotten more into reading again after a long drought, I have read books by a wide range of authors, from Margo Bond Collins’ Under Her Skin to Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic series books one and two.

My favorite stand alone recently was Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (With A Body 


Count) by R.J. Blain. I adore R.J. anyway, and this start to a new series is a Hoot!

“You really are a one-track mind when you’re a unicorn.”

Yep. Get it. Read it. Review to follow 😉

Besides, it is free on Kindle Unlimited, and only $0.99 to purchase.

OH! And I read the first three of SM (Sara) Reine’s Preternatural Affairs Series (again!) and purchased the next three books in the series. If you haven’t read it, and you are fond of supernatural policing, this series is wonderful. I know I wouldn’t want to be a witch allergic to magic!

So, that is it for now. Reviews to follow. And if you need an editor or just a beta reader, be sure to drop me a line!




A Note From Kerry Adrienne – And A New Anthology!


I got a note from Kerry Adrienne – check out Wicked Legends – it’s on pre-order for only .99!

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Review: Wicked Magic (7 Wicked Tales Featuring Witches, Demons, Vampires, Fae, and More)

26873641(NOTE: I had read and reviewed this anthology previously, so if you remember reading my review, well, this one is a bit more ‘up to date’ than the one I did in October of last year. I just finished it again last night as I wanted to start my read of some ‘second in the series’ books whose first books were in this anthology. Carry on… 😉  )

Ah Anthologies. What a Joy! And with a cover like the one for Wicked Magic, who can resist picking it up? Then you add the authors and it was a no-brainer to add it to my collection.

There are two authors I have read before who contributed to the anthology. Debra Dunbar offers A Demon Bound, the first book in the Imp series. I 17979809love getting first books in a series in anthologies. If I love the first story, it gives me a new, or new to me, author to add to my stacks. The imp in question in this case is Samantha Martin. As the intro puts it, “She throws her gum on the floor of five start restaurants, bounces inflatable holiday decorations down the highway at rush hour, and clips jaywalking pedestrians with her car.” Add to that the fact that Samantha is a slum lord and, yep, not exactly the right person to get on the wrong side of. At least being a ‘bit of a devil’ makes collecting the rent from gang bangers and drug dealers a bit easier, so it’s not so bad, right? Well, except for the angels. Uptight, self-righteous . . . ummm, well, you get the point, right? I won’t tell you about the story, (it is too funny to ruin it for you!) but if you like your women characters both tough and funny, with a wicked streak a mile wide, you will enjoy this book. I hadn’t been interested in reading the series before, though I have seen it advertised often, but I added Ms. Dunbar to my read list after this book.

17348062The other author I have read before is Deanna Chase. Her Influential Magic is the first of the Crescent City Fae series. While I have read the series, it was still nice to reread this first series book. If you haven’t read her works, Deanna’s series is set in the Crescent City itself, New Orleans, and sports a varied cast of well written characters and well plotted story lines. Willow Rhoswen is a fairy (yes, she really has wings, though humans can’t see them) who owns a cupcake bakery called The Fated Cupcake and works part time for ‘the Void’ as a vampire hunter. When she returns from taking care of her mother, having just spent hours sitting in a metal cylinder flying though the sky at umpteen miles an hour (metal is really not good for fairies!) she is immediately drawn back into the job without even having been able to drop her suitcase at home. A vampire is stalking Saint Louis Cemetery and Willow is needed right away. Sucks that she is still so weak from metal poisoning. Sucks more when Willow finds her ex-boyfriend hanging around, (Yeah, the one who dumped her in a text before she left to help her mom. Bastard.) and not only is he where he shouldn’t be – he is What he shouldn’t be. Oy. I really liked Willow and all the characters, but mostly? I lurve Link, Willows Shih Tzu who can turn into a big-ass Wolf! Awesome . . .

23211040Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards is a fast-action thrill-ride. When we first meet Thierry Thackeray she is kicking butt and taking names – namely, her instructor Shaw’s butt on the scrapyard-slash-training grounds where her final exams for the Marshal Academy are being held. Well, kicking his butt may not be the appropriate terminology. More like upper cut to the face, foot to the eye – you get the picture. Of course, Incubi don’t play fair . . . but neither do half-breed fae! You Rock, Thierry! As does Mable, the scrappy carrier of the infamous “neon-pink love child of shag carpeting and a carry-on suitcase” of a purse. Thierry is only eighteen, so you could realistically call this a ‘YA’ read, which I don’t normally care for (Hey, been eighteen. Didn’t like it then, wouldn’t like to repeat it. Although, if I could repeat it knowing what I do now . . . OK, back to the review!) but I really got into the story. The characters are different and interesting (Mable is a Bean-tighe, a ‘gentle spirit bound to a building’ who is attached to the marshal’s office) and Thierry herself is snarky, smart mouthed, and entirely likeable in her struggle to fit in and survive in a world pretty darned determined to make her as uncomfortably dead as possible. Well, when your father is ‘THE’ Black Dog, a death omen, and you are as well? Yea. Of course, the fact that he knocked up your human mom then scurried out the door like his proverbial tail was on fire, it doesn’t exactly engender a whole bunch of warm and fuzzy feelings about who, and what he is. Imagine that.

23656424Forbidden by Selene Charles. Uh. Sorry, I didn’t read it. Come on, the first thing you learn about Flint DeLuca is that she is wearing a ‘I love sparkly boys’ T-Shirt, goes to high school, and has a crush on a guy who may, or may not, be a vampire. Meh. Not my cup of tea, but if it sounds like something you would like, have at it! It may be awesome for you.

On the other hand, Dire Straits by Helen Harper, was right up my alley. Not having read her work before, I found I truly liked Bo Blackman as a person. Add to that a world populated by both humans and tribers, various and sundry types of demons. Bo is an employee of Dire Straits, a PI firm specializing in the ‘odd’ job or two. But when her whole office is slaughtered while she watches from her hidey-hole in the ceiling, things get bad. Especially when everyone seems to think Bo is the one who did the slaughtering. Now, Bo has to figure out why a trusted friend has become the enemy, why he has set up a rookie like her for the fall, before absolutely everyone decides the best place for Bo is in the ground. Yep. As Shrek says, Onions have layers. Ogres have layers! And the story line here has layers upon layers that it was great fun to peel back to discover the next. Another author added to my list.

All for a Rose (The Hidden Kingdom #1)All for a Rose by Jennifer Blackstream is a classic “Beauty and the Beast” tale, although this time the Beast is a naga lord, half-human, half-wyvern, with a temper growing more and more out of control. Magic spells, a changeling, and of course, a Rose. If you like the Dark Ages sort of castles, monsters, rich families reduced to peasants sort of thing, this is a well written one from my perusal, though the genre is not a favorite of mine. I did enjoy the references to herb usage, such as medicinal, and deadly, uses of Mountain Arnica for humans and fae creatures such as vampires. What turned me off the most was the spoiled sister, Corrine, who Maribel, the ‘nice’ sister, is so desperately trying to heal at the cost of everything. Meh. Not my thing, but again it may very well be perfect for you.

17802151Finally, and most ‘interestingly’ we find The Keepers, the first book in the Alchemy Series by Donna Augustine. Josephine “Jo” Davids, has had a brutally hard life. Abandoned as a child, she lived through the hell of the foster system, shuffled from home to home, lasting at the most a few months before her foster parents tossed her back into the system for being too “weird.” Once she hit eighteen and was dumped out of the system she enrolled herself in college and is fighting for her medical training, living in a rundown trailer in a rundown park on the outskirts of Vegas, working as a waitress and sleeping rarely. With great practice she has mostly been able to pack the weird away. Getting a job at a popular casino helps to bring in more cash than she made at the café, and she is as happy as can be expected for a worn down waitress with bills, student loans, and really sore feet. That is until she garners the interest of the scary casino owner. And sees something she shouldn’t have seen. Of course, when ‘Scary Boss Dude’ Cormac orders her shot, he really has no idea what a mistake that is . . . Here is the thing. Jo is one broken chick. Her life has been nothing but pain, suffering and loneliness, a deep crushing loneliness that defines her very existence. Cormac ordering her shot in the head was bad enough, but now her life is spinning out of control, and for someone who is used to controlling every second of her life in order to keep herself safe, well, let’s just say she isn’t taking it well. I stayed up, literally, all night long, forcing my eyes to focus, in order to finish this book. Then I downloaded the other three in the series. We will see if I like them as much as I did the first, though I have a feeling the level of angst and argument may get on my nerves eventually. But, they are all on KU, so I can just return them if I give up, so it’s all good!

And there you have it. Wicked Magic (7 Wicked Tales Featuring Witches, Demons, Vampires, Fae and More) has its ups-and-downs, at least in my estimation, and you might not like all of them. But then again, maybe you will. Whatever the case, Anthologies are Awesome!

Nightshade (Karma 0.1) An Anthology


Of the anthologies I am reading now, this one has been my favorite. Lots of “new-to-me” authors I intend to follow through on!

The Agency – Donna Augustine: Normandy, France, 1350s. The Black Plague is in full swing, Death reigns. And Fate has a job to do. Make sure Some Girl doesn’t die of the plague. She won’t. But it isn’t anything Fate does. This is one special girl, and she doesn’t need anyone to hold her hand. Nor does her next incarnation. Or the next. But this one? No matter what Fate thinks, some things will simply not be stopped. I will be going back to read a Donna Augustine short I found in another anthology I haven’t read as yet, The Keepers: Alchemy Series Book One I found in Wicked Magic (7 Wicked Tales . . . ) 5 of 5

De Facto – Annie Bellet: Verity Li is bored with her life as a bureaucratic cog in the magical world. Just going through the motions, catch em’ and bag em’. Then it’s SEP: Somebody Else’s Problem. Until she interrupts a kidnapping next door. Now, she must rely on a former arrestee to help her find a little boy. A new author to me, Ms. Bellet writes the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series. 5 of 5

Venom – Sarra Cannon: Rend has crossed the Shadow Barrier for a very important reason. A reason that he is willing to give his life for. But now, Rend is on the run from a coven of witches determined to capture and enslave him. Stopping them not only saves his life – but could save the life of thousands of others. Can he save himself in order to save others? 4 of 5

Honeysuckle Memory – Selene Charles: Scarlett Smith’s on a mission to track down the man who sentenced her to an eternity of purgatory, but first she needs to pass the mental health assessment board of the paranormal investigative department. And unless Dr. Elijah Monroe accepts that Scarlett is no longer a mass murderer, she can’t join the Silver Creek PD’s paranormal investigative unit. Well, it is hard to not be a mass murderer when you are turned into a vampire and then abandoned by your sire. But finding said vampire who turned her is now the whole point of Scarlett’s undead life. 4 of 5

Spirits of Bourbon Street – Deanna Chase: It’s Halloween and time to party in New Orleans. But the past won’t go away for Jade Calhoun and her friends. And in order to save them all, the past and present must come together and old debts must be paid. I am a big Deanna Chase fan, and this is as good as the rest of her Bourbon Street series. 4 of 5

The Ghost & Mrs. MacKay – Kate Danley: It’s Kate Danley, so it has to be good! In this Halloween tale, Maggie is once again guilted into attending her mother’s “All Ghosts, All the Time” party. But a poltergeist seems determined to destroy the party, and all of Main Street. But finding out what has the poltergeist’s plasma in a twist may be much more important than anyone could have thought. 5 of 5

Full Moon Mischief – Debra Dunbar: All Sam wanted to do is enjoy her most recent prank. Watching the chaos when the politicians piss Phenazopyridine red. But noooo. Instead, she gets summoned. Summoned, by the way, by an eight year old boy and his maybe six year old sister. Admittedly, I am not an Imp fan, per se. But I got a kick out of this one. Maybe I will try more of her work in the future. 4 of 5

Dog Days of Summer – Hailey Edwards: I read another Thierry story, Dog With A Bone, in Wicked Magic. This is YA, but not to the extreme “OMG” mentality. Thierry is older than her age, strong and determined. A paranormal marshal, she had handled some hard cases. But chasing a stinky cockatrice on foot is apparently the job for the day. But when her partner Shaw comes rolling up with their second job in the same neighborhood, well, things get complicated. Oh, and funny as well. This is part of the Black Dog series. 4 of 5

Atomic – C. Gockel: Sigyn is prophesied to be the consort of a king. Instead she marries a fool. Centuries after his chaos destroys their marriage, the fallout begins. Didn’t read this one, right now I am not into the whole swords and knights thing, so I can’t say if it was good or not.

Victoria Gardella: Vampire Slayer – Colleen Gleason Blurb: Balls, beaux, dance cards….and stakes? Lady Victoria Gardella must juggle her responsibility as a debutante in 19th century London Society while fulfilling her family legacy as a vampire hunter. I am not a historical person, so this one I didn’t read. Personal tastes.

Highland Magic – Helen Harper: The Veil has kept the Highlands of Scotland free from demons for centuries, and ensured relative peace for the Sidhe Clans. However, a strange encounter on a dark, heather-strewn hillside might mean all that is about to change. Haven’t read this one yet, but Helen writes Bo Blackman, so it must be good, I just accidentally skipped over it in the anthology. I will pull it up later and give it a read. If it is as good as the last Harper story I read, I will enjoy it.

Contents May Have Shifted – Shawntelle Madison: I enjoyed this one. I hadn’t heard of Shawntelle before, but I will want to read more of her works based on this little story. Natalya Stravinsky, werewolf shopkeeper in a mystical flea market, gets more than she expected in an antique trunk. A trunk containing deadly merchandise with a mind of its own and an axe to grind. And apparently Natalya is the axe it wishes to grind. 4.5 of 5

Illusions – Christine Pope: Connor Wilcox has a problem. His brother, Warlock Damon Wilcox, is plotting to kidnap the most powerful witch in a rival clan. Angela McAllister is just twenty-one, an innocent. And Damon is anything but. Now, Connor needs to develop plans of his own to save the beautiful girl he dreams of. 4 of 5

Dying Night – SM Reine: Set in the world of Sara’s Preternatural Affairs, this story focuses on Elise and James. Kopis and Aspis, they are at a hard spot in their partnership after an “incident” in Copenhagen. Now, Hell’s trying to squeeze its way onto Earth via the Grand Canyon, and everything that is wrong with their partnership is coming to a brutal head. As with all of Sara’s works, I loved this story. 5 of 5

Brea’s Tale: Arrival – Anthea Sharp: She was once human. But that was long, long ago. Now returned to the mortal world by the Dark Queen on a mission, she must learn to

survive in a world completely different not only from the fae lands, but from the world she knew so very long ago. Survival means becoming more mortal. But mortal means her fae powers suffer. This story falls between Sparks and Royal in the Feyland series. Being a “middle” story, I really couldn’t lock into the tale, it was simply too confusing. 3 of 5

Angels and Demon – Colleen Vanderlinden: Another new author for me, I really liked this story – though I really couldn’t make myself like the hero as much as many probably do. A mysterious woman known only as “Angel” haunts the streets of Detroit, dishing up her own version of vigilante justice. She Rocks the whole vigilante thing, and the people she takes down more than deserve it. But Nain is convinced she could end up being the city’s biggest nightmare, and should be put down. Well, when you are a reformed demon I suppose you really are a “glass half empty” sort of fellow. I am going to want to read more of the Angel’s story. Just have to figure out which series Angel and Nain are featured in – 😉 4 of 5

Dragon’s Fury – Phaedra Weldon: Crwys Holliard has a long, and bitter, history. And now, that past is catching up with him. Now, the tragedy and horrors of his past is revealed when his lover becomes a target in a serial killer’s vendetta against women who have crossed Crwys’s path. Unfortunately, this also makes Crwys the prime suspect in their deaths. This was an interesting story, one with depth and a painful, and yet hopeful, storyline. 4 of 5

The Reaper and the Cop – Mina Carter

The Reaper and the Cop is the first book in the anthology Wicked After Dark: 20 Steamy Paranormal Tales . . . I like Mina. She writes quite a bit with Celia Kyle, and I have always enjoyed their funny, relaxed writing with a heavy dose of sexy. The Reaper and the Cop isn’t as funny as some of her work, but I still enjoyed it. Laney Larsen is a Reaper. Oh, she may be tiny and human, but Reapers are darn hard to kill. And that is a good thing. Since rolling into Liberty, Oakwood (OK, is it Liberty, or is it Oakwood? Can’t figure out the whole Liberty, Oakwood thing, but that is just me being weird.) Anyway. Following the lines of what is apparently going to be a bloodbath badly in need of a Reaper, Laney finds something more than she expected. First, the Lycans are a big problem in Liberty. And second? Well, after getting her backside handed to her by a Lycan, the Young and Driven cop Laney pinpoints as her ‘in’ to the coming slaughter is quite a bit different than she expected. And when her Grimm decides to take a hike and leave her to her own devices, things heat up quickly between her and the cop. But then, when the Lycan shows up again with a bad attitude and flashing claws, things may be a lot more than they seem. And the whole cop Troy being the owner of a nice shiny silver, almost-ready-to-reap lifeline, may spell some pain in the overall.

This is the first in a series, and it is now on my list. Again, it wasn’t as much fun as some of the others she has written with Celia, but I liked it well enough to mark it as “To Read” on goodreads.

I’ve only read “The Reaper and the Cop” from this anthology so far.

Wicked Magic (7 Wicked Tales Featuring Witches, Demons, Vampires, Fae, and More)

Wicked Magic (7 Wicked Tales Featuring Witches, Demons, Vampires, Fae, and More)Anthologies. What could be better? I have found some truly wonderful “New to Me” authors in anthologies, as well as exclusive stories by authors I love. Wicked Magic doesn’t disappoint my expectations.

Dire Straits by Helen Harper. I have had Bo Blackman on my “Read” list for quite a while, but haven’t had the opportunity to try yet. This story is the first in the Blackman series, and I loved it. We first meet Bo as she sits in a truly nasty neighborhood, waiting to serve papers on an errant halfbreed daemon. Well, needing to pee may have saved her this time. But who seems to want Bo locked away – and the world to change in cruel and terrifying ways. Helen jumps to my “Gonna Read for Sure” list. 5 of 5

Dog With A Bone. Hailey Edwards. Thierry’s story is a YA. The daughter of Death, literally, Thierry has a very specialized, and very dangerous, skill. One that means she is a Paranormal Marshall – or she leaves her home in Texas for the wilds of faerie. The story itself is quite good, though the whole “Eighteen-year-old girl finds love and hot nookie with a man decades her senior” thing sort of creeps me out. Enjoyed it, but I am not a YA lover, so won’t add the series to my lists. 3 of 5

A Demon Bound. Debra Dunbar. The first in the very popular Imp series. Samantha Martin is a slum lord. Well, an Imp as well. So, the whole ‘slum lord’ thing really sort of works, right? I was surprised at how much I liked Samantha. Quirky, mischievous, and generally likable, even if she is a minor demon. Besides, anyone who loves hellhounds and horses can’t be all bad, right? 4 of 5

Influential Magic. Deanna Chase. IM is the first in a series subtitled Crescent City Fae. This new series stars Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void. Oh, and she is also a faery – complete with wings and flight capabilities. Well, when she isn’t around vampires, whose walking death drains her earth magic, and thus her life force. A very uncomfortable position to be in when your evil faery auntie, who is also the Director of the Void policing agency partners you with a vampire in order to investigate dastardly deeds by the local vampire corporation. Especially when that vampire happens to be your ‘used-to-be-human’ boyfriend. A boyfriend, who suddenly dumped you with a quick text message (jerk!), then turns up later turned – literally. I read and reviewed previously, and own the whole series. Any series that includes a Shi Tzu who turns into a wolf is worth a read! 4 of 5

Forbidden. Selene Charles. In my absolutely firm intention to not read books I don’t want to (Book Reader FlameOut is a depressing!) I didn’t read this one. If you like YA, give it a try. No rating.

All for a Rose. Jennifer Blackstream. Another I didn’t read. Violent naga, rich girl turned poor. It simply didn’t spark my interest, though that is no reflection on the book. It just didn’t strike my fancy. No rating.


Nightshade: An Anthology Available for Preorder!

NightshadeI got an email from Sara Reine reminding me that Nightshade is coming out September 21st! The anthology has some GREAT authors on offer, including two of my favorites, Kate Danley and Deanna Chase – and of course, Sara herself! The other authors I haven’t read, and how cool is that?? I get to check out new authors!

The book is only .99 and is on preorder at Amazon.

Here’s the skinny:

17 original stories by some of today’s bestselling urban fantasy authors.

The Agency-Donna Augustine: Before Karma joins the agency, she’s just another assignment handed to Fate from the Universe. But she’s destined to become more than that.

De Facto-Annie Bellet: Verity Li’s just a bureaucratic cog, going through the motions until she interrupts a kidnapping next door, and now all the problems are hers.

Venom-Sarra Cannon: On the run from a coven of witches determined to capture and enslave him, Rend must overcome the limitations of the human world and embrace his true demon power. But will he survive?

Honeysuckle Memory-Selene Charles: Scarlett Smith’s on a mission to track down the man who sentenced her to an eternity of purgatory, but first she needs to pass the mental health assessment board of the paranormal investigative department.

Spirits of Bourbon Street-Deanna Chase: It’s Halloween and time to party, but when a spirit traps everyone in the past, white witch Jade Calhoun’s forced to forgo the cocktails in order to save those she loves.

The Ghost & Mrs. MacKay-Kate Danley: It’s Halloween and Maggie’s mother has invited all the ghosts of the neighborhood over for a party. Unfortunately, one of the ghosts is wanted by the Other Side’s finest. It’s up to Maggie and Killian to find out what caused this soul’s unrest and return him to his happy haunting ground.

Full Moon Mischief-Debra Dunbar: Getting summoned on Halloween isn’t any demon’s idea of fun especially when yanked from a rocking party into a coat closet. But rules are rules and Imp Sam must find a way to get rid of a gold-digger hussy then hope the pint-sized mage sends her back before the party’s over.

Dog Days of Summer-Hailey Edwards: When a fae boy goes missing, Thierry is called to lead the hunt for the rogue. But the closer she gets to locating the boy, the further she gets from the truth.

Victoria Gardella: Vampire Slayer-Colleen Gleason: Balls, beaux, dance cards….and stakes? Lady Victoria Gardella must juggle her responsibility as a debutante in 19th century London Society while fulfilling her family legacy as a vampire hunter.

Atomic-C. Gockel: Sigyn is prophesied to be the consort of a king. Instead she marries a fool. Centuries after his chaos destroys their marriage, the fallout begins .

Highland Magic-Helen Harper: The Veil has kept the Highlands of Scotland free from demons for centuries, and ensured relative peace for the Sidhe Clans. However, a strange encounter on a dark, heather-strewn hillside might mean all that is about to change.

Contents May Have Shifted-Shawntelle Madison: Return to the Coveted universe in this tale featuring werewolf Natalya Stravinsky. Two werewolf shopkeepers in a mystical flea market encounter deadly merchandise that has no intention of being sold.

Illusions-Christine Pope: Warlock Damon Wilcox is plotting to kidnap the most powerful witch in a rival clan. But Damon’s brother Connor has plans of his own.

Dying Night-SM Reine: Hell’s trying to squeeze its way onto Earth via the Grand Canyon. Elise and James, a demon hunting team, haven’t spoken about that thing that happened in Copenhagen for six months. With all the pressure boiling under the surface, something’s sure to blow.

Brea’s Tale: Arrival-Anthea Sharp: When a faerie girl is sent on a mission to the mortal world, she must learn to navigate the intricacies of life among humans – but will she survive undetected?

Angels and Demons-Colleen Vanderlinden: A mysterious woman haunts the streets of Detroit, dishing up her own version of vigilante justice. If the stories about her are true, she could end up being the city’s biggest nightmare.

Dragon’s Fury-Phaedra Weldon: A tragic part of Crwys Holliard’s past is revealed when his lover becomes a target in a serial killer’s vendetta against women who have crossed Crwys’s path. Unfortunately, this also makes Crwys the prime suspect in their deaths.

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Mina Carter – The Reaper and the Cop
Julia Mills – Her Dragon to Slay
Stephanie Rowe – Darkness Unleashed
PM Briede – Spark
Jami Brumfield – Remote Paranoia
Claudy Conn – Dark Love
Eden Elsworth – Frippe House
Nicole Garcia – A Love for Somnus
Lane Hart – Let Him Reign
Tracey Jane Jackson – Bound by Fire
Melanie James – Conjuring Darkness
Gena D. Lutz – Chasing Magic
Michelle Mankin – Strange Magic Part I, II
Marie Mason – You Lucky Witch
A K Michaels – The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire
Angela Snyder – Vampire Next Door
Candice Stauffer – Exquisite Breath of Darkness
Melissa Stevens – Change
Izzy Szyn – Bite Thy Neighbor
C.A. Tibbitts – Shifter In Training

Review: Buzz Books and Buzz Books YA 2015

Buzz Books 2015: Fall/WinterSo many books! Every year hundreds of books show up on the market. But how do you weed through them all? One way is by checking out the suggestions of the good people at Publishers Lunch. The seventh edition of Buzz Books includes an amazing array of fiction and nonfiction books that have caught the attention of the publishing world this year. Included are major writers such as Geraldine Brooks, Lauren Groff, Alice Hoffman, Janice Lee, Ron Rash, and Adriana Trigiani. And new voices such as Virginia Baily (Early One Morning) and Claire Vaye Watkins (Gold, Fame, Citrus).

Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult focuses on only YA books of esteem. Well known specialty authors, such as James Dashner, Jennifer Donnelly, Patrick Ness, and Lauren Oliver are featured here, but there are also books by authors best-known for their adult books, such as Eleanor Herman and CammieBuzz Books 2015: Young Adult Fall/Winter McGovern.

Each of these volumes include extensive excerpts from the stories, and many include links to receive the books themselves from NetGalley. Overall, these volumes are an exceptional way to gain an insight into some of the most talked-about books of 2015.

I received these volumes from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

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