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Review: Wolf Bride

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Title: Wolf Bride Author: Elizabeth Moss Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Published: May 5, 2015 Ebook, ARC ASIN: B00Q3269J0 Genre: Historical Romance Source: NetGalley Summary: England, 1536 Bound to him against her will... Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors. Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who - though she is loath to admit it - frightens her not a little. Then comes that first kiss... It awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees first-hand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives. Dare she surrender her body and her heart? My Thoughts: I love historical fiction, and especially historical fi

Giveaway: Nova by Margaret Fortune

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*36:00:00* The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am. My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place. And I am a genetically engineered human bomb. Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sor

A Discovery of Witches Re-read

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A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance

The Scoundrel and the Debutante Excerpt and Giveaway

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THE SCOUNDREL AND THE DEBUTANTE by Julia London Harlequin; May 1, 2015 352 pages; $7.99 US/$8.99 CAN ISBN-978-0-373-77951-2 “Julia London writes vibrant, emotional stories and sexy, richly-drawn characters.” –  New York Times  “Exceptionally entertaining…sinfully sexy.” –  Booklist  “London’s story is satisfying as it builds on the excellent chemistry of the leads, gracefully unfolding with the perfect amount of tension.” – Publishers Weekly  “This phenomenal story is written to perfection. The characters are endearing, smart, funny and full of emotion.” – RT Book Reviews  “As always Ms. London has created characters so real that you think you could call them up and have a conversation with them.” – Harlequin Junkie  “London weaves her usual magic with a deft touch and a sense of fun.”  – Romance at Random Excerpt Blackwood Hall, 1816 It was an unspoken truth that when a woman reached her twenty-second year wit

Giveaway: The Centurions and The Histories

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THE CENTURIONS By Jean Lartéguy Foreword by Robert D. Kaplan Translated by Xan Fielding The subject of counterinsurgency is as relevant today as it was when Jean Lartéguy first published  THE CENTURIONS  (Penguin Classics; On-sale May 19, 2015; $18.00; ; transl. Xan Fielding) in 1960, hugely successful in his native France and still a military cult classic. As military and foreign policy expert Robert D. Kaplan writes in his foreword, this story about French paratroopers in Vietnam and Algeria in the 1950s has been used within the military to exemplify small-unit leadership principles, and is credited by David Petraeus, Stanley McChrystal, and the Green Berets .  Penguin Classics is thrilled to put this book back in print. Over the course of the 20 th  century, conventional modern warfare—that precise theatrical art cultivated by Napoleon—was supplanted by irregular fighting, guerrilla tactics, and counterinsurgency. No fictional account better depicts this histori

Cover Reveal: Wild Blue Yonder

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Synopsis: IN A WARPED HEAVEN, SHE MUST CHOOSE HER FATE: OBEDIENCE OR REBELLION When Scarlett Blake chose life-after-death as a Cerulean, she expected to grieve for all she left behind: her boyfriend, her best friend, her mother, her home. But at least Cerulea, her heaven, would be… well, heavenly. Right? Wrong. The world in which Scarlett awakens is very far from her idea of a utopia. Picturesque, sure, and serene. But there can be no paradise within the unforgiving walls of a prison, be they of cold, hard stone or beautifully blue water. Now Scarlett faces her hardest decision yet: be a good, dutiful Cerulean, or be true to herself and fight for freedom. And if she can find a way to escape, what then? Can she finally reunite with her lost sister? Can she save Sienna from the murderous Fallen? Can she evade her destiny with the Ceruleans? Can Scarlett Blake ever reclaim her life-before-death… or must she let go of all she loves? Author Bio: Once upon a time a little g

Review: The Clockwork Crown

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Title: The Clockwork Crown Author: Beth Cato Publisher: Harper Voyager Published: June 9, 2015 Ebook, ARC ISBN13: 9780062313997 Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk Source: Edelweiss Summary: Rich in atmosphere, imagination, and fun, the action-packed, magic-filled sequel to The Clockwork Dagger is an enchanting steampunk fantasy, evocative of the works of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger. Narrowly surviving assassination and capture, Octavia Leander, a powerful magical healer, is on the run with handsome Alonzo Garrett, the Clockwork Dagger who forfeited his career with the Queen’s secret society of spies and killers—and possibly his life—to save her. Now, they are on a dangerous quest to find safety and answers: Why is Octavia so powerful? Why does she seem to be undergoing a transformation unlike any witnessed for hundreds of years? The truth may rest with the source of her mysterious healing power—the Lady’s Tree. But the tree lies somewhere in a rough, inhospitable te

Review: Aoléon The Martian Girl: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia

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Book Title: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur Category:  Middle-Grade, 130 pages Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy Publisher: Aoléon Press Release date: February 1, 2015 Content Rating: G Book Description: Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination - Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots. Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them. They finally meet Pax - the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they unco

Feature: SPELLED by Betsy Schow

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Spelled  by Betsy Schow Sourcebooks Fire June 2, 2015 Advance Praise for S pelled “ A  cute adventure  with romance set in a world full of fairy-tale mash-ups. Readers will love Dorthea’s evolution from spoiled princess to strong, confident heroine… For Oz fans, this work is a  great clean-read  alternative to Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die.” - School Library Journal “This  wickedly funny ,  fast-paced  adventure has it all:  brains, courage, and heart.  (Plus a kickin’ pair of heels.) .” --Jen Calonita, author of  The Secrets of My Hollywood Life and  Fairy Tale Reform School  series “Fairy tale survival rule #1, do NOT read this book late at night.  You will wake up your entire family with loud laughter.  Fairy tale survival rule #2, if you love the Wizard of Oz, clever fairy tale mash-ups, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing what will happen until the very end,  you MUST read Spelled .” --J Scott Savage, award winning author of  Farworld ,  Case Fi