• Review: Kitty Saves the World Kitty Norville, #14

    Kitty and her adventures have always been amusing to me. I was introduce to her and her brood by a friend. Kitty is one of those people that you just like and I have enjoyed seeing her grow in this series. Carrie Vaughn has such a way with words, she...

  • Review: The Dragon's Descent An Ether Novel, #3

    This is a wonderful middle grade book that is part of a series of books that tells the story of a young guardian angel named Vero. We first met Vero in Laurice E. Molinari’s first book in the series called The Ether: Vero’s Rising. It tells the story...

  • Review: Revisionary Magic Ex Libris: Book Four

    Stellar action and mischief abound in this latest masterpiece by Jim C. Hines! Just when you're thinking it can't get better than this: it does! Timing is essential and Hines has it spades down! Government intrigue combined with magic book mischief makes...

  • Review: Air and Darkness The Books of the Elements, #4

    An excellent author’s talent lies in being able to create believable situations that engage the reader and invest him or her in the struggle being described. This can be even more challenging when the world being described is a fantasy construct, as one...

  • Review: Jarek Dragons of Preor, #1

    This is a spinoff of the Ujal series. Jarek is a Preor, or dragon shifter to us humans. He has a past that haunts him and has made him feared and even hated by his own people. He’s on the mission to Earth to find brides as a commander only. He’s not “shopping”...

  • Review: Blood In Her Veins Nineteen Stories From the World of Jane Yellowrock

    In today’s world of e-books and anthologies, it is hard to keep up and keep track of a favorite author or character. Faith Hunter and her publisher have done something I wish more would do; collect the stories in chronological order and publish them in...

  • Review: The Alchemy of Chaos Maradaine Novels, #2

    This story is an exciting fantasy that combines elements of magic with a complex war on drugs that has an insidious effect on the society of Maradaine. The fragile balance between those who have divided up the town is in flux due to the events that took...

  • Review: Dreaming Death A Palace of Dreams Novel, #1

    Some stories grab you from the first page and never let you out from under the spell, starting with a single thread and adding others until there is a complex tapestry of characters and events. The deft unfolding of this story and the breadth of conflicts...

  • Review: Grave Visions An Alex Craft Novel, #4

    I absolutely love Kalayna Price and her Alex Craft series. Ms. Price has a way of weaving a world so vivid and addicting that once you pick up the book, you are unable to put it down until the end. The Alex Craft series has everything that an Urban Fantasy...

  • Review: Winterwood Rowankind, #1

    On the British throne sits Mad King George. Hammering at the door is Bonaparte. In spite of repercussions, magic users have not all registered with the Mysterium. Bondservants, which no one knows where they originally came from are part of most every...

  • Review: In Constant Fear

    In Constant Fear, by Peter Liney, pulls your attention from the very first page. I didn't realize that this was book three in a series until almost the end of the book when a few references to the past were made. In Constant Fear is definitely a stand...

  • Review: Shallow Graves

    What would you do if you woke up one night to a man digging you out of a grave? What if the evil inside him compelled you to drain him of his life force before you could comprehend what you were doing? If you are Breezy, a teenager whose life was stolen...

  • Review: Graveyard The Mutant Files, #3

    Detective Lee is focused on one thing, catching the Bonebreaker and bringing him in to be punished for his crimes. Unfortunately, political forces have culminated in an attack on LA by the Aztec Empire. In the confusion of the assault, Lee must rescue...

  • Review: The Brimstone Deception A SPI Files Novel, #3

    I love Lisa Shearin’s books and couldn’t wait to read more about the adventures of Makenna, her partner, Ian and the rest of the SPI agents. An added plus are sexy goblins and elves. Mythical and magical creatures abound in this story which is the point...

  • Review: Necessary Evil and the Greater Good

    Wow. There are no other words that suffice. Necessary Evil and the Greater Good is novel of good and evil, truth and lies, and ultimate hilarity. Author Adam Ingle has created a novel that encompasses the entirety of Heaven and Hell, while still making...

  • Review: The Geomancer A Gareth and Adele Novel, #1 / Vampire Empire, #4

    This is a great standalone novel with a good arcing storyline. Not only that, but the cast of characters are well-established making this rollicking tale an easy read. If you're looking for a good plot, diverse characters with their subplots, many vistas...

  • Review: Virtues of War The Astral Saga, #1

    Virtues of War is a refreshing military science fiction read. It focuses on three key crew members of the Rapier—Lt. Katha Emmes, Sublt. Jack Mallory, and Lt. Commander Thomas Kane. The book transports us into the 26th century where there are long-established...

  • Review: Michael Midas Champion #1

    “Michael Midas, Champion: Book One”, written by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and illustrated by Scott Beefiel, details the origin of Champion, told through a collaborative effort between a young boy and his grandmother. The drawings are vivid and the story is...

  • Review: The Rebirth Soldiers of the Craft Series, #1

    This awesome debut novel is the perfect introduction to a series, or at least I hope it becomes a series. While some of the characters and situations may feel over the top, over all this story is truly well written. The introduction almost feels like...

  • Review: The Society of Blood Obsidian Heart, #2

    Alex is a likable guy who is just trying to save his little girl. Along the way, he is trying to take care of another post-abused girl with the help of Clover who is sassy but has to pretend to be a good subservient Victorian wife. The dialogue is genuine...

  • Review: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

    This story was alright. When I began reading it I looked forward to reading a Gothic mystery/horror. It had some elements but was lacking something. I do like YA and hoped this would be a new favorite. On the positive, the characters were all unique and...

  • Review: Meeting Infinity

    What does the future hold? If you could imagine what the future would be like, what kind of story would you tell to describe it? For many sci-fi writers, they often write about what the future might be like. But what if the future is now? For such writers,...

  • Review: Mercury Striking The Scorpius Syndrome, #1

    I am so excited that New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has started a new series. Unlike her wildly popular romantic suspense Sin Brothers’ series, this time Rebecca has entered the world of Urban Fantasy to create a deeply...

  • Review: The Night Clock

    The Night Clock is a disjointed horror/fantasy novel chock so full of characters, rich imagery and dream details it was hard to keep track of everything and tie it all together, though in the end everything comes full circle...even if it took the long...

  • Review: Thunderbird

    If anyone has ever wondered what might happen if we ever made first contact with extraterrestrials, it might be a good idea to read the new sci-fi novel, Thunderbird, by Jack McDevitt. This novel was so good! Once I started reading it, it was hard to...

  • Review: Conspiracy of Angels Shadowside, #1

    When I realized Michelle Belanger was trying her hand at writing fiction, I knew I had to check it out. The books she wrote before were all non-fiction topics on the paranormal and so it just seems right that she would follow along that path with her...

  • Review: The New Order Elementia Chronicles #2: An Unofficial Minecraft-Fan Adventure

    Well I knew that my eleven year old was going to grab this one as soon as she came home. Well it came on a Saturday and yup she was home I didn’t even get it out of the package before she screamed, ripped it out of my hand, and ran off to read. This is...

  • Review: Unforgiven Fallen, #5

    I haven’t been that much of a fan of this series and with the ending of book 4 I wasn't too sure about this one. But with the movie coming out shortly I knew that I would need to revisit this world of fallen angels. This new story finds us in Cam's POV...

  • Review: Nexis

    This book reminded me of another book called Elusion, where people go to a virtual world to escape. This book was pretty inventive and really felt like a wonderful blend of cyborg tech and a girl who is all natural. In the world, everyone dreams of being...

  • Review: Imperfect

    Let me just say that I am sure this is a good story. I liked what of this book I read and the only major flaw I had with it is NOT something that is “wrong” with the book. I am not saying that at all. I mean, I was annoyed by the gigantic info-dump about...

  • Review: Minotaur

    This was an interesting young adult adventure story. Thera is a rebellious teen who is dropped at the home for wayward girls when her grandmother decides she can't handle her anymore. Thera is difficult even by her own admission and is more villain than...

  • Review: Born of Betrayal The League: Nemesis Rising, #8

    Sherrilyn Kenyon has done it again. I think she sits around wondering how she can make her fans want to kidnap her so we don't have to wait for the next book. Each one of these ends but in such a way to rip your heart out so you are a walking zombie until...

  • Review: Robot Universe

    I saw this book come in and was really excited to give it a review. As I am working on a Virtual Reality project involving our robot friends (or foes), the timing was perfect! Ana Matronic's Robot Universe is a beautifully made, full color dive into the...

  • Review: Doctor Who: City of Death

    Whovians are in for a real treat when they read the latest Doctor Who novel, City of Death, by Douglas Adams and James Goss. Once I started reading this book, it was hard to put down. I LOVED it! The beginning of the story was filled with mystery and...

  • Review: The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015

    The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 edited by Joe Hill is a fantastic anthology of short stories. For someone new to the genres it provides snippets and pieces of the different types of stories involved in both genres. The stories range...

  • Review: Magic Shifts Kate Daniels, #8

    The duo writing team of Ilona Andrews does it again. I have written a review on most, if not all, of the books in this series and I find myself running out of things to say. Each book is different in its own right, but all are deep, full of humor, multi-layered...

  • Review: the Aeronaut's Windlass The Cinder Spires, #1

    This exciting and mesmerizing fantasy epic introduces a beautifully rendered world that combines steampunk, incredible battles, skin-crawling threats, and imagination-stretching scenarios in one delightful Saturday matinee adventure of a read. I love...

  • Review: The August 5

    The August 5 had a lot going for it. It has some great topic starters about colonization and conquering. The only issue I had was that the book was fairly slow and that the female characters had more depth vs the male characters. The story itself had...

  • Review: An Ancient Peace Peacekeeper, #1

    For me, a great story is both entertaining and thought-provoking. If it is part of the science fiction genre, it provides fantastical scenarios that seem very plausible and realistic. This author definitely satisfies those requirements in such a way that...

  • Review: Carter & Lovecraft

    I chose Carter and Lovecraft because I was looking for something different. Well, I am glad to say that I found it! To me, this book had a Sleepy Hollow feel to it. The TV show, not the original story. Lovecraft is to Carter what Crane is to Mills. I...

  • Article: Zombies, Something New For Me by Sheri Velarde

    Code Black is a departure for me in my writing. Until recently I wrote only romance of some shape or form, some spicier than others and usually with a paranormal twist. My previous release this past summer, Summer Interrupted started me down the path...

  • Article: A Different Perspective: Diverse Books by Falguni Kothari + Giveaway

    I was born and raised in Mumbai and have lived in the United States only since the turn of the millennium, which means the terms “diverse books” and “diverse authors” mean something entirely different to me. I grew up reading Enid...

  • Review: The Cave Wind Cave, #1

    Kate has longed to spend some alone time with Percy for years. She spends tons of time with him in the lab and they have been great partners and friends but he has never seen her romantically. She on the other hand cannot stop thinking about him. When...

  • Review: Press Start to Play Vintage Original

    There’s never been a better time to be a nerd, than today with the multitude of items devoted to fandoms galore. “Press Start to Play” goes with that as a collection of short stories featuring a love of video games. A variety of authors contributed stories,...

  • Review: Tower of Thorns A Blackthorn & Grim Novel, #2

    This mesmerizing variation of a popular fairy tale provides an exquisite combination of fantasy and mystery, and continues to explore two deeply scarred individuals who epitomize a struggle between positive and negative motivations. The artistry with...

  • Review: Against a Brightening Sky

    Against a Brightening Sky is a wonderful book and I couldn't put it down. I loved the historical background to the story and the descriptions were beautiful! I loved her characters and Delia has become such a strong woman. I did not feel like this was...

  • Review: The Martian War

    Mr. Anderson brings together an interesting cast of characters in The Martian War such as H.G. Wells, Percival Lowell, Doctor Moreau, Doctor Hawley Griffin, Doctor Selwyn Cavor, and Jane Robbins. Some are real figures, one or two have been featured in...

  • Review: Lord Kelvin's Machine Langdon St. Ives

    Lord Kelvin's Machine has been this reader's introduction to James P. Blaylock and a very good one. The reason(s) for this involve good characters, an interesting storyline, and, naturally, steampunk. While the last may not necessarily be every reader's...

  • Review: Time's Last Gift Wold Newton Prehistory

    Time's Last Gift has been my introduction to Philip Jose Farmer. I had heard of the author prior to reading the book, just not had the opportunity to read his books previously. The book was, for me, a nice surprise. The story's team (a group of four scientists...

  • Review: People of the Black Sun A People of the Longhouse Novel / North America's Forgotten Past

    Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear have come out with another stellar book in their North America's Forgotten Past series. As with the other books that I have read by the authors, People of the Black Sun pulled me in right off the bat into the story....

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Alien Mate by Cara Bristol

I'm Starr Elizabeth Conner. Earth's government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.

But I'm no barbarian’s 'mail order bride,' even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either--it's written all over his chiseled face. He'll be truly angry if he ever learns what my 'crime' was.

I am Torg. I have waited 34 rotations for a mate of my own. With this shipment, I was sure to get a fine, sturdy mate who'll bear me many daughters. Instead, I receive a small, curvy, pale-haired female who looks at me with anger and fear.

It is only when we 'kiss' that I believe things may work out between us. But I'm hearing rumors that Starr and her shipmates are law-breakers. To survive, Dakonians must obey all laws … or be exiled into the frozen wasteland. Just when I have found her, will I have to send my mate to die?

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The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy


A HAWK’S PLEDGE

The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders—until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .

Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .