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Rec My Weekend #2 – Little Goddess

Posted May 25, 2013 By Jennifer

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Rec My Weekend is a new weekend feature here. A new way for me to share something I’ve discovered this week, or an old favorite, and a way for YOU to help me increase my already-taller-than-me “to be read” pile. Because, really, there is NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY BOOKS!! Feel free to share your “Rec My Weekend” recs in the comments below!

About once a year, I take advantage of having my own blog to direct readers to one of my very favorite series. Amy Lane’s Little Goddess series is near and dear to my heart. I love it, I love it, I love it.

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This is a love story. It’s Cory, Adrian, Bracken, and Green’s story; filled with fae, vampires, weres, and all manner of creature. Things get a little crazy for the girl who didn’t know about supernatural beings, and wanted nothing more than to make her way out of her sleepy little town. She finds the magic around her, in the form of Adrian, the vampire. Life isn’t always happy or easy, but it’s always worth the fight. And there is always love.

Amy tells the kind of story that makes you want to wrap the books up in a hand-knit blanket and snuggle with them at night. She’ll break your heart, then make it whole again. The dialogue is fantastic, and the worldbuilding is absolutely beautiful.

You’ll laugh, you’ll worry, you’ll want to smack people… and you’ll fall in love.

We’re waiting patiently (or maybe not so) for the next book in the Little Goddess series, Quickening. You’ll find a snippet, graciously provided by Amy to tide us over until the writing is done, HERE. This is DEFINITELY a spoiler for those of you who haven’t read the series yet.

Please, go… buy… read… and come let me know what you think 🙂

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Review: A MATCH MADE IN HELL (Nicky Styx, #2) by Terri Garey

Posted May 23, 2013 By kellysmithreviews
matchmadeinhellAuthor: Terri Garey
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Pages: 373
ISBN #: 9780061136160
FTC Disclaimer: Book was purchased by reviewer with no publisher or author involvement.
****SPOILERS****
Twenty-something, Goth/vintage bad gal Nicki Styx has a hot doctor boyfriend, a great business, awesome best friend, sees ghosts and helps disgruntled spirits cross over into the other side (while trying not to make herself look like a fool or mental hospital escapee to living humans) and she was adopted in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. Out of all those things, the one that might come to bite her in the ass the hardest is the fact that she was adopted…and that her boyfriend, Joe Bascombe, is actually in legal separation from his wife, who is off in the Peace Corps., saving the world. What do those two things have to do with each other? Maybe everything.
Nicki’s first customer in her vintage clothing shop is a ghost–a Southern lady who begs her to find the site of her car crash and rescue her daughter, whom she believes is still alive. When Dr. Joe arrives on scene, it isn’t the bloody mangled mess in the car that shocks Nicki, it’s his admission: the unconscious woman she saved? It was his ex wife…and her long-lost twin sister.
Nicki unlocks more than just family secrets as she gets to know her plain Jane sister, Kelly–she unlocks Hell itself when sexy Sammy opens a store across the street from hers. She spurns his advances (even though the Billy Idol look-alike is sexy as all Hell) and realizes what she’s getting into when a spirit she refuses to help follows her to her and Kelly’s grandmother’s house in Savannah. (…Or would that be grandfather…?) Sammy follows, too, and Nicki learns that whatever Samael wants, Samael gets…even if it costs her her love, her new-found family…and even her own life.
A Match Made In Hell took up more of a sexual bent, but it also upped the ante for being scared out of my wits and also succeeded in breaking my heart more times than I can count in all of its pages. I am usually not a fan of stories involving Satan, so I was worried this might take on a Satanic bent rather than simply remaining paranormal, but the morals in this story and the strength of the characters made my worries dissipate.
There is family drama, love drama, ex drama, ghost drama, demon drama and a lot of personal crises of faith in yourself and faith in humankind overall. This is a drama, made light by Nicki’s witty attitude and the sexual playfulness between her and Joe.
Kelly is a great character and gives a little spice with her ghost-hunting boyfriend, Spider (who probably watched too many Ghost Adventures marathons on Netflix!) and of course we can’t forget Grandma Bijou…the most eccentric and delightful of them all.
Nicki is a great heroine and needs no knight in shining armor to rescue her, and Sammy is the most delightfully delicious villain I have ever read about.
If you like a little darkness in your romance, pick up this book and you won’t regret a single second of time spent.
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The Ministry Initiative Blog Hop

Posted May 22, 2013 By Jennifer

Hello ladies and gentlemen! Grab your goggles and get yourself ready, because today, Books Make Me Happy is joining with some really creative, talented people to help make something AMAZING happen!!!

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From the creators:
Galileo Games and Imagine That! Studios have teamed up to bring you an ambitious steampunk project! The Ministry Initiative is a two-part creative endeavor that will not only premiere new fiction from the steampunk world of the Ministry but also present a brand new role playing game from the makers of Bulldogs! and the ENnie Award winning game Shelter in Place. Thrill to the tales in Ministry Protocol anthology, or join in as an Agent in The Ministry Initiative RPG.

Find out more about this endeavor and support the Kickstarter here: http://bit.ly/ministry-initiative

How cools is THAT!!!

PJ Schnyder, Tee Morris, and Philippa (Pip) Ballantine will all be participating in a BIG way with this project. If you’re a fan of alternate reality fiction (urban fantasy, steampunk) then you’ll be familiar with these names, and just how AWESOME this project will be!!! (And they’re not the only ones… you’ll be delighted to see who else is working on bits of this project with them!! I’m quite fond of all these lovely people, and am thrilled to help in any way I can!)

The blog hop is to help raise awareness for their Kickstarter program, and have some fun while doing it. Oh, and did I mention there are PRIZES?? The Ministry Initiative Kickstarter page outlines some great rewards for contributing to the campaign. In addition, I’m offering a SIGNED set of Ministry of Peculiar Occurances books to one of you!! (open internationally) I’ve got PHOENIX RISING and THE JANUS AFFAIR, autographed by Tee and Pip, available to one random commenter who checks out The Ministry Initiative Kickstarter page. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PLEDGE TO ENTER THIS CONTEST… but I would love it if you would consider contributing to this project. All you need to do to enter is click the link above (both the text link and the graphic will open a new window). Take a look around, find out more details, check out the generous gifts available for different levels of support. Pledge if you’re willing and able. Then, come here and let me know you did. (Yes, this is working a bit on the honor system. I’m certain I can trust all of you to participate honestly.) I’ll be choosing one winner, randomly, on May 29th at the close of the hop. Please be sure to include your name and email in your comments, AFTER you’ve checked out the Kickstarter page.

After you’re done here… be sure to check out all of the other blogs who have joined in support of this project. Lots of great places to visit, and really fun prizes to win!!! Share the links and The Ministry Initiative project info with your friends. We’re hoping to make something incredible happen, and every little bit helps. Thanks to you all!!

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences J.R. Blackwell Jared Axelrod
PJ Schnyder Leanna Renee Hieber Pete Woodworth
Tee Tate Karina Cooper The Galaxy Express
Tiffany Trent Alex White Delilah S. Dawson
Simply Ali Wicked Little Pixie Books Make Me Happy
MamaKitty Reviews Thats What Im Talking About Kathryn Camisa
Krista Cagg Seleste deLaney Pauline Creeden
The Pen Punks Melissa Jack Mangan
Pauline Baird Jones Vivid Muse Robert C Roman
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RecMyWeekend

Rec My Weekend is a brand new weekend feature here. A new way for me to share something I’ve discovered this week, and a way for YOU to help me increase my already-taller-than-me “to be read” pile. Because, really, there is NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY BOOKS!! Feel free to share your “Rec My Weekend” recs in the comments below!

For my first rec… I’m venturing a bit out of the typical UF/PNR area to share a magical realism book, from Menna van Praag. (As a superfangirl of Sarah Addison Allen, who writes stunningly beautiful magical realism, finding THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET absolutely THRILLED me!!)

067078463XFrom Menna’s blog:

Welcome to Hope Street, where literary ghosts give advice to the living, hot chocolate contains magical properties and hope is something you can hold in your hands.  Discover a mysterious house where women come to hide their secrets, heal their broken hearts and risk everything to change their lives forever…

You can read an excerpt on Menna’s blog HERE.

So, my lovelies… are you fans of magical realism?? I LOVE it. If you’re not familiar with the subgenre… I HIGHLY recomment Sarah Addison Allen. Others to check out are (aside from our featured author this week, Menna van Praag) Alice Hoffman, Celia Ahern, Laura Esquivel.

If you’re a blogger who’d like to join in this weekly feature, feel free to sign up with the tool below (and you can use the banner, as long as it remains unchanged) so we can all come see your “Rec My Weekend” recs! (Thanks to Laura from Little Read Riding Hood for helping with the linky link, *link*.)



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Review: DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY (Nicky Styx, #1) by Terri Garey

Posted May 16, 2013 By kellysmithreviews

829421Author: Terri Garey
Release Date: August 28, 2007
Pages: 372
ISBN #: 9780061136153
FTC Disclaimer: Book was purchased by reviewer with no publisher or author involvement.

It’s amazing how one little ad can allow a person to find a metaphorical gold mine. I was reading Gothic Beauty in the summer of 2007 and saw an ad for a book which had a cover of a tomb that read “Dead girls are easy…it’s the live ones who cause trouble!” Immediately, I was intrigued and went to see if the bookstore I was currently patronizing carried the volume.

When I realized it was an adult romance rather than straightforward paranormal/thriller, I became skeptical. I had read novels before which promised to give romance and paranormal equal importance in the story and then proceeded to disappoint in the “paranormal” department, but I decided to give Mrs. Terri Garey a try anyway. I am so glad that I did.
From the first page you are taken into the world of the Afterlife (Otherworld, Heaven, whatever you like to call it), as a girl views herself  on a hospital gurney and hears the machines long, flat, high-pitched wail, signaling that the patient has passed. When she realizes she is the woman on the gurney, her spirit jerks up, up and away through a tunnel of colors, with whirling, human-like shapes, beautiful music and a bright, pulsing white light at the end.
Like you hear on psychic TV shows, Nicolette (Nicki) Styx is told it isn’t her time and to go back and “do unto others as she’d have them do unto her”.
What she didn’t realize as she woke up to her best friend (and business partner) Evan Owenby’s worried face was that the people she’d have to “do unto” are not really people anymore. They’re dead.
Nicki gets her life back, but it isn’t as uncomplicated as before, when it consisted of sexy flings, mourning her adoptive parents and running her vintage clothing shop while reassuring customers that she is not a Goth…anymore. Now, given a new lease on life, she has to do that, sure, but she also has to get restless spirits to cross over and tell their mournful living loved ones that she really isn’t a lunatic. Easier said than done, especially when she can’t escape the eye of her sexy doctor, Joe Bascombe.
And then a friend gets murdered across the street from Nicki’s shop and needs her help to top it all off. But this spirit might not go as quietly as the others…
I enjoyed this story immensely as she touched on more paranormal issues rather than purely being a sexbook. The characters were all well-rounded and three-dimensional. Women (especially those who have dealt with broken hearts or had paranormal experiences) can relate to Nicki and her life. She is unlike many romance novel heroines in that she is a tough girl who doesn’t go out looking for love, but finds it anyway. And woman will also adore Joe. After all, who doesn’t like to play doctor?
I couldn’t find very many faults in a story like this. It contained the right amount of fear, love, hate, even jealousy. Mrs. Garey puts in so many accents to her characters, even having a LGBTQA relationship where those were still not as common even so few years ago. She researched voodoo, Heaven, and ghosts very well. If you believe in ghosts, you’ll enjoy the work put into this novel.
 
There were twists in the story, including something about Joe that I never in my life would have expected. I can clearly recall nearly dropping the book from my hand after reading it!
 
This was her first novel and it screamed “SEQUEL“. It spawned three books narrated by Nicki and one short story, each of which were better than the last. I went into this knowing nothing about the author nor this novel and came out a fan.
 
All in all, the romance was beautifully written, the paranormal aspects frightening enough to give even yours truly chills, and it came together leaving you begging for more.
For an excerpt of DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY — check out Terri’s website HERE!!
Dead girls, it turns out, are very easy to love!
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