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Elizabeth Hunter´s `The Scribe´ is free on Amazon

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The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter

Series: Irin Chronicles

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson has never found a home. She’s traveled the world looking for answers, tormented by voices that threaten her sanity, but even in the ancient city of the Istanbul, answers remain elusive.

A chance meeting in the Spice Market puts Malachi on her tail. He’s reckless–resigned to his fate–but something about Ava catches his interest. While unseen forces circle them, Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

THE SCRIBE is the first book in the Irin Chronicles, the contemporary fantasy series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.
 

One of the most beautiful books you will ever read.

How to choose just one book boyfriend/girlfriend – `only one´ they say

I am almost certain that regardless of your age, gender, race, religion (or lack thereof), or marital status, every single person that reads fiction has at one time or another fallen in love with a fictional character. I have, often and with so many that it´s a good thing that they are fictional, the crush lasts as long as the book, but sometimes you miss that character and go back and reread the book.

The advantages of having a crush on a fictional character is that the reading experience is so much more emotional and fulfilling. When the character does something funny my laughter is sincere and loud (usually startling family members), when they are hurt the tears that stream down my cheeks are real (at this point family members are seriously considering putting me on medication) and when they are hurt my pain is heartfelt but when they do something stupid I blame the author. What can I say? Love is blind.

There is one blog that I follow on a regular basis, Vampire Book Club, it was created by Chelsea Mueller (also an author). From the blog: “Established in 2010, this blog is for all those who love escaping into novels filled with vampires, shapeshifters, demons, witches and even the fae.”

All this is good, there are some awesome book reviews, new releases and some good recommendations but there is one particular time each year that I really look forward to on VBC, it´s a time when my loyalty to my fictional character crushes are tested.  The Alpha Showdown!

In each round two extremely badass alpha characters compete for votes from readers, the problem is we love them all, how can you choose? It´s like putting someone in a field full of cute baby animals and tell you to take only one… only one? No! I want them all. That´s pretty much how it goes with the Alpha Showdown and I swear that every year it gets more difficult.

Anyway, so far I have cast two votes, the second one hurt slightly but Curran (that was said with a sigh) sadly I had to forfeit Bones for Curran. If you don´t know who I´m talking about you obviously haven´t read Ilona Andrews and Jeanine Frost.

Soooo… all this is to inform the uninformed that if you have a book crush (this is on a paranormal / urban fantasy level, which I assume you understood from the blog´s name) and you want to suffer like the rest of us attempting to remain loyal to the countless book crushes go on to the VBC and join the fun of voting for your favorite alpha on the Alpha Showdown and there are plenty of cool alpha females, so cool to see gender equality.

Just follow the link below and give it your vote, (I promise that it´s more fun than political voting).

Vampire Book Club – Alpha Showdown 2017

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Dannika Dark giveaway

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I haven´t read this series yet but I do like Dannika Dark´s writing and other series. From her official FB page here is a giveaway if you would like to try and win the Seven Series just follow the link.

Who wants the entire Seven series collection, including autographs?

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Open internationally, facebook does not sponsor/endorse this. Winner will be randomly selected Friday 4/28, and it is the winner’s responsibility to send me a PM with their mailing info within 48 hours of the announcement. So check back – the winner will be announced ON THIS POST. I willy reply to your private msg on the day I mail the items. Do you love the Seven series enough to want them all?

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There is a vampire, his name is Carwyn….

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A review of One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 3) by Ilona Andrews

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. However, that said, this book is the final and refined product of a weekly serial that is posted free online by the Ilona Andrews duo on their website Innkeeper Chronicles – Free Fiction from Ilona Andrews

Fiction, especially urban fantasy in the first person is not my favorite form of reading it, mainly, because it is so difficult to do it properly. There are a few exceptions however, and Ilona Andrews nails it every time in every book. The writing is fluid and in constant motion, in this case from Dina DeMille´s point of view.

Dina does not tell you story, she shows you, you can see and feel the story. Descriptions are detailed but manage to avoid being lengthly and tedious. The characters are complete with flaws and strengths making them authentic even though they are supernatural or alien. No two characters are the same or even similar in their personalities.

This book was surprisingly emotional, there were parts that made me laugh, who would have thought that Arland had a sense of humor? “Are you going to war Lord Marshal?” “No, I was attending a formal dinner. They make us wear armor to these things so we don´t stab ourselves out of sheer boredom.”

We get to meet Dina´s sister Maud and her niece Helen. I´m a mother and if Helen was my kid I would be a warrior too. Their relationship is interesting and it develops throughout the story. Maud´s relationship with Arland is feisty and fun to watch the battle of wills.

New worlds, new species and once again Dina and Gertrude Hunt find themselves in a sensitive situation once more. There is plenty of action and some serious “kick ass” fighting, love the swords. And Wing, must confess that I have a soft spot for Wing. Cute creature.

Speaking of Gertrude Hunt, that is one of the most amazing characters, yes the inn is a character, it feels, yawns (which I found amusing) and has a life of its own. Ah, now comes the “Grab your Tissues” moment, the seed. Let me say that this is pathetic, but never have I ever felt so much sorrow and sadness for a seed. As much as it costs me to say this, I did spill a tear or two for that seed.

Moving on, Sean, well yes, Sean loses control once or twice. Okay fine, a few times but he is after all a wolf and the development of his relationship with Dina is smooth and natural as it should be, nothing is forced or rushed. Everything about them happens when it should.

My question is about the cat, “Who the hell is Sebastien North?”

Book will be available on December 20th

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New release – One Fell Sweep

Looking for something special for the X-mas tree? Look no further, on the 20th of December is the release date of the third book in the Innkeeper Chronicles. If you don´t know them go on over to Ilona Andrews website for more information on these great books Ilona Andrews Innkeeper Chronicles

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One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 3) Kindle Edition (Amazon)

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has and may have to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that.

Urban Fantasy, where to start?

Part 1

Picking up a new genre is never easy and when you pick up one that usually includes vampires, shape-shifters, fae and other such interesting creatures, you really need to open that first page with an open mind. If there is a rule where to start, not only do I not know about it and to be honest neither do I care. Instead I will give you a list of my favorites over the years. So if you want to have a go here is some options for you to look at but there are so many good collections out there that I will continue the list at a later stage.

A Hidden Fire

A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

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One of my favorites is Elizabeth Hunter,  I am absolutely addicted to her books and have no qualms with this recommendation.

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mysterious manuscript he’s hunted for over five hundred years. He never expected a young student librarian could be the key to unlock its secrets, nor could he have predicted the danger she would attract.

Now he and Beatrice De Novo follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, though the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation hundreds of years in the making.

History and the paranormal collide in A Hidden Fire, the first book in the bestselling Elemental Mysteries series and semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012.

Magic Bites

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

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Another absolute favourite is the Ilona Andrews duo and their books are as good as it gets as far as reading UF goes.

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

Moon Called

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

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There is something about Mercy Thompson that once you start reading you won´t want to put it down.

Mercy Thompson’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by J.L. Murray

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J.L. Murray is an incredibly talented writer but unlike the above authors she has a little darkness in her pen. The story doesn’t go the way you expect and the results are startling to say the least. One of the most fun reads ever in UF.

Niki Slobodian sees things – things that aren’t supposed to be there. Labeled an Abnormal by New Government, her name is tacked onto the Registry, which seems to be getting longer these days. Now she can’t work or she’ll end up the same place as her father: in prison. But with no money coming in, Niki’s getting desperate.

Kindling the Moon

Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

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There is a special story about this book, when it first came out Amazon did not deliver to Mozambique and I didn´t have a kindle at the time. I emailed the author and asked if it was possible to buy directly from her, I was after all desperate to read this book. Jenn Bennett did better than that, she sent me a PDF to my email. I have since then purchased all the books but the PDF is still in my email, it is a special momento which I am not quite willing to let go.

Meet Arcadia Bellbartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

Storm Front

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Jim Butcher is a must if you read UF. Personally, I don´t think a UF list is quite complete without his name on it.

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get . . . interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

Hope that you find something that you like here, these, are in my humble opinion, worth your time and money.