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Rec My Weekend: Covet Titles On Sale & A Giveaway!!

Posted October 16, 2015 By Jennifer

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Normally my “Rec My Weekend” post will tell you about ONE book or series that I love, and/or think you should check out. Today’s post, however, gives you some variety!! Entangled Publishing’s Covet line (their paranormal titles!) is one sale! The sale has been running all week, and goes through the weekend. Not only that… but you can play along with fun trivia and games by following their Twitter, AND, there’s a contest you can enter at the bottom of this post!! I own a LOT of Covet titles. There’s a little bit of something for every paranormal reader in their selection. I’d love to see what you snag. Leave me a comment below to tell me if you pick anything up! Here’s a little more about Covet, and the sale…

 

 

A necromancer falling for a beautiful vampire socialite. The assistant who finds out her boss is really a demi god. A small town shapeshifter with a chip on his shoulder until a stranded traveler stirs up romantic trouble. 

This is Covet. Where Para is the new normal.


Find fresh paranormal romances where the Alpha heroes just might bite and the happily ever afters are always magical. Just 99¢ for a limited time at your favorite ebook retailer. Visit Entangled Publishing to find purchase links.

Don’t forget to join us on Twitter each day for a fun question of the day to more entries into our giveaway while meeting other Covet readers.

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Rec My Weekend is a weekend feature here, a way for me to share something new I’ve discovered, 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!

This week’s rec is playing double duty as a spotlight / interview with a Coastal Magic Convention Featured Author!! Eric R Asher has written a fantastic urban fantasy series, and I can’t wait to meet him in February. In the mean time, our friend Carol and I tag-teamed a “get to know you” interview. Below is that interview, and more about his necromancer, Vesik, series.

Carol: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing casually since high school. It was 2005 when I decided I wanted to write an entire novel. I spent a year writing an excessively long space opera. Then I read it! It was terrible, but what a great learning experience.

Jennifer: What happened in 2005 that made you “decide you wanted to write a novel”?

It wasn’t so much a singular event in 2005. I’d been wanting to do it for a while, and I finally had enough of a story jotted down in various notebooks that I thought could be expanded into a novel.

Carol: What kinds of books did you enjoy reading as a child and teen?

I was a Dr. Seuss kid, all the way. I found Fantasy and Science Fiction in my early teen years. Myth Adventures by Robert Asprin got me started, and once I read Northworld by David Drake and Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman, there was no going back.

Carol: What genres do you enjoy reading now?

My favorite genres now are pretty much the same. I like to read outside those genres a bit, too, just to see what else is out there. C.S. Friedman, Neil Gaiman, and Patricia Briggs are my perennial favorites, regardless of the genre they’re writing in.

Carol: Do you have a favorite secondary character to write?

I love writing strange creatures with big personalities, and not necessarily human personalities. Non-human critters that don’t speak, but have an unmistakable presence (like Bubbles the Cu Sith in the Vesik series; fur, teeth, and chaos), are the most fun.

Carol: Which do you find more difficult to write: humor or action?

They’re my two favorite things, so … yeah. I’m sure the folks who don’t appreciate my humor would definitely say I have a harder time writing humor. 🙂

Jennifer: Do you have a favorite action and/or comedic scene from the Vesik series? 

My favorite action scene so far is actually from the upcoming book, This Broken World. Since we can’t talk about that quite yet, I’d have to say my next favorite action see is the final battle in book 2. There’s a lot of emotion in that scene, and as hard as it was to write, I absolutely love reading it now. As far as comedic scenes, I’d probably have to go with the pigeons in book one. I get mixed responses to that one, but looking at it from Damian’s viewpoint just cracks me up.

Carol: What is one place you have never visited that you would really like to?

Ireland! I would love to go there one day. There are so many tales from Ireland that fuel our modern writings. I’d love to see it in person.

Carol: If you could have dinner with any writer living or dead, who would it be and why?

How can you pick just one?! Today we’ll go with Neil Gaiman. I’ve been a fan since I read the Sandman comics, and his novels have been just as stellar. But I may change my mind at any moment to C.S. Friedman, F. Paul Wilson, Patricia Briggs, David Drake, or, or, okay I’ll stop now.

Carol: What kinds of activities do you do for relaxation?

My spare time growing up was spent as a mallrat in the local arcades and bookstores. I’m still a bit of a gamer. Outside of games, I read, play the cello and guitar, and collect comic books and Transformers toys. Oh, and Worribles!

Jennifer: Worribles?

Yes, Worribles. Worribles are the creation of Andrew Bell of the Creatures in my Head. He does a lot of vinyl art and toys, and one of those happened to be Worribles. He teamed up with Squishable.com and created what is pretty much my favorite stuffed creature ever.

Carol: Do you ever attend fan conventions?

Yes indeed, and not always just for books. I enjoy going to comic and toy conventions as well. I ended up on Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter due to my extensive collecting problems, err, habits.

Carol: What is one question you never get asked in interviews, but wish you did?

What mythologies influenced the characters and creatures in the Vesik universe? I really enjoyed studying a large variety of legends and mythologies, which is why there’s such a diverse mixture inside Damian’s world.

Jennifer: Is there a specific myth or legend that you find particularly inspirational for this series? How much to you bend/change the original to fit into your world?

The Vesik series takes inspiration from a vast variety of myths and legends. You’ll find everything from the Native American Piasa Bird to the cu siths of Scottish and Irish folklore (technically cu sidhe in Irish folklore, but I picked a spelling and stuck with it). The cu siths are a great example where things were changed for the series. They’re almost pet-like in Damian’s world, with occasional reminders that they are very much not pets. Other figureheads from Egyptian and Mayan mythology also crop up here and there, with some of the usual suspects like fairies, werewolves, and vampires.

Eric R Asher’s Vesik Series

01_-_Days_Gone_Bad_-_400x600My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We’ve vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.

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02_-_Wolves_and_the_River_of_Stone_-_400x600Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?

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04_-_This_Broken_World_400x600An ocean of darkness lives in the journal of Philip Pinkerton. Ancient things with no place in our world are rising from the Abyss. Ezekiel, the arrogant, mad god has called us into battle. Does he think we can’t touch him, or does he know we can’t? I wish I knew. The world’s only hope lies in a forgotten weapon, the strength of our allies, and one necromancer of questionable ancestry. Yeah, this is going to end well.

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CoastalMagic2015Vertical4Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. While there IS a schedule, there is also ample time for authors and readers to just hang out together, this is what we’re here for! Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “paranormal” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. We’ve got a Featured Author lineup, over 50 amazing storytellers, that showcases not only NYT Bestselling favorites, but debut and “new to you” authors that are sure to catch your attention. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

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Rec My Weekend: PRIESTESS DREAMING by Yasmine Galenorn

Posted September 27, 2014 By Jennifer

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Rec My Weekend is a weekend feature here, a way for me to share something new I’ve discovered, 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!

This weekend’s recommendation is part of a new release blog tour, and comes from an author, and a series, that I’ve been following for a long time. Yasmine Galenorn “creates a world I never want to leave”, according to Sherrilyn Kenyon… and I happen to agree. The amount of world building, and character development, and just plain GREAT STORYTELLING in the Otherworld series is why it’s lasted this long, and why readers keep coming back.

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PRIESTESS DREAMING is the 16th book in the series, and D’Artigo sister Camille’s 6th book as the main point of view. In the series, the three sisters, Camille, Delilah, and Menolly, are each half fae, half “something else”. Camille is a Moon witch, who is, with her sisters and their partners, on continuing adventures to protect her family and friends, both on earth and in Otherworld, from a host of evil.

PriestessDreaming520We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. Menolly is a vampire married to a gorgeous werepuma. And me? I’m a Moon witch married to three gorgeous husbands, and I’m about to journey through the veils to search for a long lost legend…

With the war in Otherworld raging, the Queen of Shadow and Night summons me to her court. Aeval orders me to embark on a hunt through the mists to find an ancient ally she once knew. I must seek out The Merlin and wake him from his long sleep. But Morgaine and Bran are along for the journey, and the pair pose a threat to both me and my quest. Now, surrounded by danger on all sides, I must pray they are allies rather than enemies, as we undertake a perilous search through the labyrinth of time…

Don’t let all the heavy writeup fool you, though. This series has action and intrigue to spare, but it’s also got well timed wit, family ties that are at times both fragile and steadfast, and romantic relationships that anchor and story, and heat it up! This is a series that keeps me on the edge of my seat and makes me swoon. I can’t wait to see what PRIESTESS DREAMING adds to the story.

Here’s how YOU can pre-order your copy…

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I would definitely recommend reading the previous books in the series first. While each book does have a bit of a recap, there isn’t enough information (which would have to be considerable, honestly) to start this far into the story and fully understand all that’s going on. So, if you haven’t started the series, DEFINITELY pick up WITCHLING and get going!!! I promise, it won’t take you as long as you may think to get caught up. (Think marathon… order pizza for the family, and get comfy!!)

One way to start off… if you haven’t yet… is to WIN a copy of WITCHLING!!! To enter to win a print copy from the publisher, comment below with your name and, as a kickoff to Halloween, the most unusual costume idea you’ve ever seen for the holiday. (Was it something YOU wore?)

Also, you can click the rafflecopter link below to enter a tour wide goodie bag prize hosted by Yasmine!!! (including random goodies, swag, and a $50 Gift Card!)

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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more fun posts, interviews, reviews… every stop has more chances to WIN!! Also, check out Yasmine’s blog for another exclusive contest! Here are the rest of the blog stops leading up to PRIESTESS DREAMING’s release on Tuesday:

Wednesday 9/24
Literary Escapism (excerpt)
Books That Hook (interview)

Thursday 9/25
Bea’s Book Nook (excerpt)
Books, Life, Coffee Blog (review)

Friday 9/26
Vampire Book Club (guest post)
Romancing The Dark Side (guest post)

Saturday 9/27
I Smell Sheep (interview)
Books Make Me Happy (blog feature)

Sunday 9/28
Nerd Girl Official (review)
Binding Addiction (guest post)

Monday 9/29
LilyElement (excerpt)
Paranormal Haven (review)

Tuesday 9/30
Taking Time For Mommy (excerpt)
Book Lovin’ Mamas (guest post)

Witchling
Witchling
Book 1
Changeling
Changeling
Book 2
Darkling
Darkling
Book 3
Dragon Wytch
Dragon Wytch
Book 4
Night Huntress
Night Huntress
Book 5
Demon Mistress
Demon Mistress
Book 6
Bone Magic
Bone Magic
Book 7
Harvest Hunting
Harvest Hunting
Book 8
Blood Wyne
Blood Wyne
Book 9
Courting Darkness
Courting Darkness
Book 10
Shaded Vision
Shaded Vision
Book 11
Shadow Rising
Shadow Rising
Book 12
Haunted Moon
Haunted Moon
Book 13
Autum Whispers
Autumn Whispers
Book 14
Crimson Veil
Crimson Veil
Book 15
Priestess Dreaming
Priestess Dreaming
Book 16

About Yasmine:

Hi, I’m New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn.  In April 2012, I won a Career Achievement Award in Urban Fantasy at the Romantic Times Convention.

I write urban fantasy/paranormal romance for Berkley: the Otherworld Series, (aka Sisters of the Moon Series), the Indigo Court Series, andyg the upcoming spin-off series in the Otherworld altaverse–the Fly By Night Series.

And yes, I’m a shamanic witch and am considered an elder in the Pagan community, having been in the Craft since February 29th (yes, leap year day), 1980.  I walk an eclectic path and consider my life to be a blend of teacups and tattoos–the former in my china closet, the latter on my skin–I’m heavily inked.  I collect teacups, teapots, Old Country Roses china (Royal Albert), antlers and skulls (of the non-human variety), daggers and crystals.  And of course, my bookshelves are overflowing with books.  I cannot walk out of a bookstore without buying at least one book.  My TBR pile is huge!

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When more than half of my review team simultaneously FREAKS OUT over a book series, I know it’s something I’ve got to share!! Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series has taken readers (including my girls) for a fast, fun, intense ride through a military styled urban fantasy.
 

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This was their chat about book one in the THIRDS series, HELL & HIGH WATER :

 
Dolorianne:  First – what did you guys expect when you read the blurb for the first one … and did it live up to your expectations?
 
Lynn: Totally exceeded my expectations! As you know I’m not a fan of shifter stories and the whole “mine” thingy. This was refreshing.
 
Dolorianne:  Yeah … this was something completely different. I LOVED the world building and the different take on how/why the shifters exist. Because the background is more “science” instead of “magic”, I think she was able to cut out a lot of the shifter stereotypes.
 
Tina: I loved Dex’s character. Even when he was bringing comic relief to the team he was assessing how they were handling the death of their team member and how he could help. I also like the fact that the romance between him and Sloan appears to be developing over time.
 
Tina: I like that even though they are shifters the focus seems to be more on the mystery/solving of the crime
 
Dolorianne: I agree with all of that. The entire THIRDS series seems to be taking its time on a great overall story arc so it doesn’t need to rush theHellHighWaterHiRes200 endgame … whether that be the conflict or the romance. There are people who fall quickly, or who look at a batch of clues and can make sense of it all right away, but for the most part … I like that it is all happening in stages instead of all at the same time. Feels less convenient and more natural to me.
 
Tina: Exactly.
Dolorianne: And the humor is fantastic. There are times when it is used for comic relief in a tense situation … and others its just something goofy that doesn’t seem to have a specific purpose. Depending on the reader, there are a couple instances where the humor could seem a little over the top. Dex, specifically, is a little obnoxious at times … but I saw it more as a calculated risk.
 
Dolorianne: As you said, they had lost a team member and Dex’s personality jolted the entire team into living again.
Dolorianne: Does anyone have a favorite part of the book?
 
Tina: Baloo chasing Dex. LOL
 
Dolorianne: haha … that was an awesome scene!!! To have that scene coming out of nowhere was a great move … we, as the readers were put in the same place as the team … wondering what the hell was going on. 🙂
 
Tina: I also liked the ending… it was the “uh oh” when you thought things were settled
 

Dolorianne: It definitely made it obvious that things were much larger than we expected.


Dolorianne: 
About the mystery aspect … what did you think of the clues? Did you guess the bad guy early? Along the way? Or surprised at the end?
Tina: I guessed kinda early on.
 
Dolorianne: Guess, guess, or guess, know?
 
Tina: … and by early on, I mean after he was introduced and there were a couple of scenes involving him.
 
Dolorianne: I had a couple theories, some panned out, others got stronger as it went along. I suspected early on but I couldn’t figure out what the motivation was … that came later.
 
Tina: But I still loved it. Anyone who was around me saw me reacting to the different parts of the book. I love a book that causes me to feel different emotions
 
Dolorianne: Was there anything that didn’t make sense, was confusing, or that you didn’t like?
 
Tina: For me, no
 
Lynn: Me neither. 🙂
 
Dolorianne: Me either. It was really fun anyway you look at it. Lots of variety no matter what kind of stories you are interested in. She seemed to cover all the bases and anything left hanging should flow great into the next book.
 
Lynn: I liked it, and can’t wait for the next one.
 
Tina: There is nothing I would change and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!!
 
 
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Luckily, Dolorianne, Tina, and Lynn were able to check out book two with only a minimal wait. You can see their group review of BLOOD & THUNDER here!!
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Rec My Weekend – Sin City Collectors Series

Posted August 2, 2014 By Jennifer

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I love when authors are able to find new, fun ways to tell a story. It’s even BETTER if it’s two authors (or more) that I really enjoy, and they create an entirely new series with interesting characters and cool worldbuilding. That’s exactly what’s happening with Kristen Painter, Amanda Carlson and a few of their friends with the Sin City Collectors series!!

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Supernatural “bounty hunters”, in Vegas, with action and sometimes sexytimes. Yes, please… and THANK YOU! So far, there are two stories out, and they read… not so much as sequels, but as companions in the world. It’s refreshing to be able to read this series, with each starting and finishing on it’s own, without an “end of the world, quest to save all of the people” feeling. I DO love those epic types of series, with multi-book arcs and detailed backstories… but this is SO nice to have in contrast. I’m very excited to see what the next installments bring. There doesn’t seem to be a finite number of characters or situations to limit the series. They are novellas, at this point, but I’ve heard that full length novels may be in the works down the road.

In case the series is new to you… here’s the overall concept, and the blurbs for the first two book (from Kristen and Amanda’s websites)…

Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

*All Sin City Collectors Novellas are stand alone paranormal romance novellas, each with their own set of characters and happy endings, and are all set within the world of the SCC. Our goal is for you to sit back and enjoy the ride as each author presents their unique story. Places and characters will overlap, so be sure to look for your favorites and stay tuned for more novellas!

Aces Wild SmlNevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow–but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

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10492055_1446090692325759_8697339232947445464_nFeline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.

Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.

But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.

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Next up in the series is Amanda Carlson’s ANTE UP… coming very soon.

So… what do you all think?? Have you read these yet?? Are you a fan of multi-author collections like this? I tend to like these much better than just a bundle of books that might be themed, but aren’t related. (Those are fine… but I like this idea better.) Have you ever read a series like this before? What others should I check out?
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BONUS: If you’re checking this series out, or anything else from these ladies, and want to fangirl them in person, you CAN!! Both Amanda and Kristen will be in Daytona Beach, FL in Feburary, at Coastal Magic Convention!!! Check out the website for more info, including registration and other Featured Authors.

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