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    Friday
    Apr022010

    Friday's Fiendish Reads...delish reads for the week!

    Ahhh, my Fiendish Reads for the week are actually much larger than this but I am slowing the pace down a bit to allow for reading, reviewing, research, and blogging. All of these can be quite time consuming. It's exactly like shopping for that perfect shoe...I'm on the hunt for the perfect book. Always!

    I recently got a pile of dishy arcs to add to my TBR and I am very excited about getting into them especially since a few are already on my hand-picked lists.

    The Last River Child by Lori Ann Bloomfield

    Is a selection for our monthly Blogger's Unite Book Club. This is something I am looking forward to reading because I don't have enough general fiction in my literary diet. Bloomfield's story centers on a small town's superstitions during World War I about one of their residents who is "destined to bring bad luck to those around her".
    Find out more about Lori Ann Bloomfield at her blog here.
     

    Marked by Elisabeth Naughton

    If you like Sherrilyn Kenyon, or J.R. Ward you’ll find Elisabeth Naughton’s Argonaut’s series an equally compelling and sensual read.

    Here’s the back cover synopsis: From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life-silky, shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for someone. Her. She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year old descendant of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull of her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body. As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

    Find out more about Elisabeth Naughton on her Webpage here.

    Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson

    Gibson takes us back to the Seattle Chinook’s series made popular in her novels Simply Irresistible, See Jane Score, and True Love and Other Disasters. I am a big fan of these hockey romances, and it you are a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago Stars series you will adore Gibson’s take on the sports romance as well.

    Here’s the back cover synopsis: Superstar Mark Bressler is injured, and he’s not a good patient-at all. So when the team sends him his newest personal assistant. Mark tried to chase her off, just like he did all the others. But Chelsea Ross is no wimp. She was once known as the best “scream queen” in Hollywood, the first girl killed in countless horror flicks. Now its time for a change, and she’s determined to collect the bonus she’s been promised for sticking it out with Mark. But then trouble arrives-in the unexpected form of passion….and love.
    Find out more about Rachel Gibson here.
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    of Nothing But Trouble

    Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley

    If you like Christine Warren’s Others series or Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, you will like Ashley’s take on shifter lore.

    Here’s a back cover synopsis: To most, they are animals-even when in human form. They are to collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And DA Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair. It’s her job to defend those in need. But there’s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can’t disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed. Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She’ll let him claim her-for her protection, for her pride and for a passion that knows no bounds.
    Find out more about Jennifer Ashley here.

    The Curseworkers: White Cat by Holly Black

    I am a big Holly Black fan because she is amazingly talented. This new series looks absolutely riveting.

    Here’s the back cover synopsis: Cassel comes from a family of curse workers-people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all mobsters or con artists. Except for Cassel. He’s the straight kid in a crooked family, if you ignore one small detail-he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. Now Cassel is having nightmares, terrifying dreams about a white cat that seems to want to tell him something. He’s starting to notice other things, too-the strange behavior of his two brothers, who seem caught up in a secret plot. As Cassel starts to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

    Find out more about Holly Black here.

    Friday
    Mar052010

    Friday's Fiendish Reads...thru aching wisdom teeth!

    I am a tad behind on my reading because the god of wisdom teeth struck back at me. And yes...I will be strapped to a chair next week having a wonderful dentist dig the tooth out. Oh joy. (If I could only get the picture of Dr. Giggles or The Dentist out of my mind...)

    But on the positive side of things I have a great list I have been digging (yeah pardon the pun) through with some additions.  I have to say that the best read I have read this year is one I am nearly finished with: Maneater by Thomas Emson. This book is absolutely brilliant.

    So here is this weeks' lists (I have included links to excerpts [if available] if you are the tiniest bit curious and want to check them out.):

    • Prey by Thomas Emson (Click for Excerpt)
       
    • Maneater by Thomas Emson-Fiendishly delicious read! (Click for Excerpt)
       
    • The Weaving by Gerald Costlow (Click for Excerpt)
       
    • Servant of the Underworld-Aliette De Bodard (Click for Excerpt)-Came highly recommended to me.
       
    • Fire & Rayne by Kate Cann-Second in the series of "Possessed" which I reviewed last month.
       
    • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Click for Excerpt)
       
    • A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters-of which I am almost finished and has a few meaty bits from some fab authors like Lilith Saintcrow, and Jeanne C. Stein. 
       
    • Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien (Click for Excerpt)

     


    Friday
    Feb262010

    Friday's Fiendish Reads...thru snow, rain and sleet!

    We. Are. Buried. In. Snow.

    After last nights' deluge the streets are covered in alabaster, frothy goodness but enough is enough man! No more snow! But noooo...Mother Nature has us in her grips and she's squeezing..another storm is now bearing down and we're heading out for lasagna making items, tons of provisions and dessert treats.

    Despite the frozeny-goodness, it's Friday babee! Tonight we'll be perched in front of the telly for family Caprica-night interspersed with cheesy Movies that Don't Suck, simultaneously typing on our laptops while seriously macking out on food that's bad for us!

    Here are the reads I am currently diving into right now and over the course of the next week. Some of them I am so excited about reading and reviewing and exploring new worlds and characters. I'll be adding more of course because I just found out some new authors I'm researching. 

    Happy Reading!


    Saturday
    Feb062010

    Currently Reading (uh devouring...)

    Here is the huge pile I am trying to get through right now!

    It's the leaning tower of books threatening to crush me...ouch!

    Of course I will be setting all aside for Jeaniene Frost's First Drop of Crimson because gotta get more of that Spade...;)

    What I really want to know is, who the heck was Spade's model for the cover and where is he?