Monday Morsel: Archangel’s Storm

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Mahiya was a mystery and Jason did not like mysteries.

So he would solve her.”

Pg. 35 from Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh.

Click on cover to go to site.

Review: Archangel’s Shadows

I couldn’t wait to get this book. Nalini Singh is one of my favourite paranormal authors. She has a way of creating amazing heroes. Men who are flawed but are still awe-inspiring and just a little scary.

Janvier is a little different from her usual terrifying heroes but he’s just what Ash needs. She’s a hunter recovering from a traumatic past and someone who won’t let a very grim future get in her way. I won’t go into specifics but I’ll say mention that, if life had dealt me those cards, I would have folded in. Ash, fights her way forward and I loved her for it.

We also get to see Raphael, Elena and the Seven which I adored. There are many characters that I truly love in this series and I was so glad we got to see bits of them.

The entire world that Ms. Singh has created is so appealing or maybe its just her magical writing. I don’t know. What I do know is that her next book in this series isn’t coming out until the summer and that’s a long time away.

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance, don’t miss out on Nalini Singh. She’s absolutely fabulous. You don’t have to follow this series if that’s not your taste, she also has another series on changelings that’s absolutely amazing. Click on the cover below and it’ll take you to her site.

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Monday Morsel: Archangel’s Shadows

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“”Ashwini!”

Janvier’s voice was the last thing she heard before the lights went out.” Pg.6 from Archangels’ Shadows.

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Note: click on cover to go to site.

Review: The King

How do you make a 600+ page book a page-turner? You get J.R. Ward to write it.

The King was a superb read. Like most of J.R. Ward’s books, there are multiple POV’s and story lines that only enhance the read. The pace is fast and there are many cliffhangers. It was the best kind of roller-coaster ride.

I had heard some negative things about this book and I picked it up with some misgivings. They were so wrong. For me, this was a fantastic read. It has a great love story–I love Wrath–and awesome secondary characters. Add in a dash of humour, some great writing and I’m hooked.

J.R. Ward has an uncanny way of catching my interest. Her characters are so human, so beautifully flawed, I can’t help but to love them. The way they rise above the challenges in their path, makes me cheer for them and the love story made me sigh. Most of them are so hard on themselves, they never, ever take the easy road out. That heroic characteristic doesn’t grow old, it just makes me love them even more.

There were twists and turns in this book, times when I thought: there’s no way this is ending well. I just couldn’t see how it was all going to get fixed. But there’s a happy ending and enough tantalizing bits about those secondary characters that I know I’ll pick up the next book in the series. Eagerly.

Both serious, and at times funny, J.R. Ward has a great sense of timing and that comes through in this book in spades. An absolute keeper, The King will join the other BDB books on my shelf. I highly recommend this one for anyone who is a fan and, if you haven’t tried J.R. Ward, I’d really encourage you to. She’s one of the best paranormal romance writers out there. And for good reason.

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Note: click on the cover to go to the site.

Monday Morsel

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“A loud crash out on the second-floor landing brought everyone’s heads around.

“What the fuck is that?” Wrath gritted.”

Pg. 56 from The King by J.R. Ward.

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A fantastic review for Olivia’s Choice!

What an awesome review! I’m over the moon.

Here are some of my favourite parts of the review:

“A fresh new fantasy with a brilliantly developed new world that exists along our own, Olivia’s Choice is a delicious paranormal romance with some steamy scenes you can literally sink your teeth into.”

“The characters are well developed and identifiable – my heart literally broke for Olivia, Klias both terrified and captivated me, and Baphrem … Well, he almost deserved he received.”

Want to read the entire thing? Here it is, so well written by Crystin Goodwin.

Wow! I’m so grateful for this awesome review! Just so grateful.

 

Another awesome review for Olivia’s Choice!

Olivia’s Choice just got another awesome review! I’m so grateful and excited! Here are some of my favourite  parts:

“The opening created a great sense of mystery about Olivia and why she didn’t want to go, but I also liked that Olivia was obviously a strong enough character to overcome what she feared. She was a really well written character, who I related to in many ways.”

“After being introduced to Baphrem, who I have to admit got my heart fluttering even after he chucked Olivia into a river, I got the instant sense of the dislike between the characters which fuelled the eventual attraction.”

“Overall, it’s a great read and definitely one worth checking out if you enjoy paranormal romance with well-developed characters and story.”

Want to read the entire thing? Check it out here.

A huge thanks to A Writer’s Life for Me for that awesome review!

Ode to excerpts

How I love excerpts. Let me count the ways,

1. They’re free. They require no financial commitment. No risk. You don’t have to pay a thing and yet, you get to sample. Awesome.

2. They’re small. No need to worry that it’s 500 pages and you don’t have to the time to read it. An excerpt is small, a couple of pages at most. It’ll take maybe a couple of minutes and you’re either hooked or not interested. Easy.

3. They’re fun. I hesitate to try horror or drama, but in an excerpt, I’ll try anything. Anything. Yes, even a cooking book.

4. They’re usually really, really good! The author picks a piece that’s tasty and interesting. Either we’re about to meet the hero or they find out something terrifying or you laugh. In any case, the excerpt is a good piece of the pie, worth savouring.

5. I get to find a new author I love. Authors that I love to read are like precious jewels. I hound their sites waiting for their next release. I read and re-read their books over and over. I write their release dates on my agenda and wait impatiently for that next book. They’re a treasure and a girl can never have enough of them. If an excerpt can give me a new author to love, I’ll be over the moon.

Want to try some? Hm? Don’t they sound yummy? Well, here are a few excerpts to wet your tastebuds. Hope you’ll find a new, fantastic author!

* Fool me Twice by Meredith Duran. Historical romance.

* It Happened one Wedding by Julie James. Contemporary romance.

The Benevolence Archives by Luther M. Siler. Science fiction.

The Escape by Mary Balogh. Historical romance.

Prophecy of Stones by Mishka Jenkins. Paranormal romance.

Oranges for Christmas by Margarita Morris. Fiction.

* Irrevocable by Skye Callahan. Erotic romance.

* Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh. Paranormal romance.

Dreamwalker by Deidra Alexander. Paranormal fiction.

The Scientific Method by Joey W. Hill. Paranormal erotic fiction.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Fantasy.

* It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis. Contemporary romance.

* Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt. Historical romance.

Have fun and enjoy! 😀

Taylor Grace in The Writing Process Blog Tour

Just today, I was selected for the writing process blog tour by Susanne Leist. I’ve never been on a blog tour…so this is pretty exciting! As far as I understand, I have to do these three things: Link to the blogger before, answer 4 questions, and nominate 3 bloggers to keep the hop going. Here are the bloggers I’m nominating:

Winter Bayne

Mishka Jenkins

Callum McLaughlin

 

1. Why do I write what I do?

I love romance. Short and sweet, it’s what I read and what I write. I particularly love historical, contemporary and paranormal romance. I write paranormal.

 

2. How does my writing process work?

It always starts with an idea–and don’t ask me where they come from. Then I almost immediately dismiss it. If it comes back, with a suggestion for how it’d work into a book, then I listen and write it down on a note. Eventually, I’ll flesh it out, consider characters and go from there. I tend to take one step forward, then two back. I find that I get a plot going, then think something is terrible and have to fix it. Start writing then find a scene doesn’t work and have to rewrite it. Until, little by little, the entire thing is written and I can edit.

3. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hm…Little known fact about me, I have a university degree in math. I think it helps me see patterns and symmetry. I really like circular ideas too.

4. What am I working on at the moment?

I’m working on editing those nasty extra words and superfluous comas in Olivia’s Choice and first-editing on Amy’s Choice. I’m also chewing over an idea I have for the next book or two. I just have to make up my mind about where I want to go next.

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Give the nominated blogs and our nominator a visit—See what answers they’ve come up with!

The awesome J.R. Ward

How I love this author. Let me count the ways.

1. She managed to create a series about vampires that was so cool, it actually made me fall in love with them all over again (and I was pretty over the entire vampire thing, let me tell you).

2. Her writing is not only easy to get into and fresh (she has great references to things happening in real-life), it’s also funny. I’ve literally laughed out loud.

3. Her books are thick. Thank the good gods above, she writes nicely filled books. I usually don’t want more than 100 000 words but, with J. R. Ward, I want as much as I can get. And she delivers

4. I love her heroes. They’re tough, mean, nasty sons of guns but so incredibly protective and possessive over their ladies, they just make me sigh with instant adoration (sighing right now). Plus, they’re fully fleshed heroes, with issues, flaws and defects.

5. One-liners that I want to memorize and use at work functions. J. R. Ward has one-liners that I want to print and plaque onto my wall. They’re just awesome…or hilarious. Depending where you are at in the book.

6. Multiple story lines. I like knowing more than one perspective and more than one layer in the story. I find it enriches the experience. J. R. Ward does that in spades.

7. Her stories are gripping. There are some (I won’t say what happens in them) that I had to read in slow bits because they were so emotionally powerful…then I had to read them again. And again.

8. Her books are paranormal romance. The love story isn’t forgotten, it’s the main attraction but the writing is amazing enough that I’ll get into the other story-lines.

9. She’s written another series The Fallen Angels…which means there are more books to love. And she writes as Jessica Bird too!

10. Her next book is coming out April 1st. And I CAN NOT wait. Just check out the incredible cover. It’s months away and I’m already drooling over it. Can’t wait…can’t wait…itching to get my little paws on it…

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