Finished Demon Crown, the 13th book in the Sigma Force series by James Rollins, and all I can say is WOW. Simply bone-chilling. Possibly one of the best in the series. What I love about this series is that James always finds a way to keep the story fresh and entertaining, even after more than 10 books. The science and history that he weaves into each book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Fascinating. Add the element of suspense and adventure and what you have is an epic thriller that takes you on the roller coaster ride of your life. Beware: If you’ve got some type of insect phobia, this book might give you nightmares. My skin is still prickly with goosebumps.
On my Coffee Table
For quite some time I’ve been ranting and raving about my love for the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. I think everyone who knows me is probably tired of me trying to shove the series down their throat. Can you blame me? It’s only the bloodydamn awesomest sci-fi book series out there. I know. That’s a pretty broad statement, but my fellow Howlers would agree. Pierce Brown has weaved an epic space opera which many (me) would compare to the love child of a Star Wars and Game of Thrones marriage.
Don’t love Star Wars or Game of Thrones? Then we need to talk. Later.
Some friends have opted for the blue pill (Damn Pixies!), but those who took the red pill have been forever changed. Once you go helldiving deep into the tunnel colonies of Mars, you come back carved into a different breed of human—a Howler.
What’s a Howler you say? Well, I guess you’re gonna have to read the gorydamn books!
All joking aside, Pierce Brown is a brilliant author who has captured the heart of thousands upon thousands of fans who have self-proclaimed themselves Howlers, Pierce’s own band of wolf-cloaked crazed followers who are deeply in love with the rich story and unforgettable characters—from villains to heroes, there’s’ no shortage of action packed scenes and gut wrenching emotion. This series will leave you twisted and in need of serious therapy. Talk about book hangover. You’re gonna need rehab after Morning Star, the third book in the trilogy. I still experience tremors when I think about “that” scene.
Prepare to roar into battle only to ugly cry by the next chapter. This series is the mother of all rollers coasters. Red Rising is a story about love, friendship, loyalty, honor, hate, greed. What it means to be human. It’s a philosophical and psychological mind twist, a story that stays with you long after you’ve finished the last book. Once it has claw-drilled itself into our flesh, it never lets go.
Thankfully, we have a special group for that. Once you are done reading all three books, join us over at the Fecebook group Hic Sunt Leones where we will nurse your wounds, and where, short of handing you the next installment of the series, satiate your hunger for all things Red Rising.
I discovered Amy Cecil via the Facebook readers group Wicked Dirty Girls 2.o https://www.facebook.com/groups/1717824691570104/ Let’s start by saying that WDG is your source for sexy romance by fresh new writers. Check them out and also check out their blog https://www.facebook.com/maureenkathiread/
Via WDG, I participated in one of their author read-alongs where interested readers get to join a weekend private chat with the author to discuss the book as they read. It was a new experience for me. Very interesting. I loved it.
Ice by Amy Cecil was a fun and entertaining read. There was drama, suspense, humor, and steamy sex! This story takes you for a spin with all its twists and turns. The last few chapters will keep you at the edge of your seat and the mini cliffhanger will leave you coming back for more. Thank goodness book 2 is out! For fans of MC romance, this is the book for you.
A few months back, I was doing some research on a literary contest I was looking to enter. It was my first writing contest and I was a bit hesitant, but I was curious to see how the first 5000 words of my urban fantasy WIP would be received by a group of judges. It is scary to send your baby out there, especially before it is complete. Heck, it’s scary even once it’s complete and ready to be sold.
The point is, I wondered who the winners were for the previous year and whether or not they’d published those stories. I looked up the three finalists in the Paranormal/UF/SFR/FR category. Out of all three, only one really caught my attention: E J Frost. As I read through her blog and learned about her books, I felt compelled to pick up one of her novels. What drew me to Snowburn was the fact that it was a sci-fi romance. I’d never actually read that subgenre of romance, but I knew I liked sci-fi in general. Plus, I’d recently finished reading Morning Star by Pierce Brown, the 3rd book in his sci-fi Red Rising series and was on a serious book hangover. (I need a whole new post dedicated just to the Red Rising saga. We’ll go back to that at some point.)
Anyway, I was thrilled to have found a mashup between two of my favorite genres, so I set out on my quest to discover this new author and purchased the book.
Snowburn begins a far-future, sci-fi/romance series set on the Deep Frontier.
I’m the biggest monster on the planet.
Hale Hauser is a Company killer. Perfectly engineered, highly trained, superbly effective. But when ordered to assassinate his own kind, Hale rebels, and the Company buries him in a hole so deep that no one has ever escaped.
After escaping, Hale hides on Kuseros, a backwater Colony on the Deep Frontier. He begins a new life as Sandringham Snow, pilot and smuggler. Hired by Kez, a local runner, to retrieve a box of black-market glands, Hale follows her through the maze of strange loyalties and twisted customs of Kuseros’ underground gangs. In payment, he takes the one thing only a woman can give him, and discovers the one thing his new life is missing.
But Kez has a secret, which will threaten them both. To protect her, Hale must unleash the monster. Can he control the killer inside long enough to discover the truth before it destroys them? Or will he lose everything just as he’s found it?
I loved Snowburn from beginning to end. It was fascinating on many different levels. First, most romances I’ve read have been from the female point of view. This was told strictly from Hale’s point of view, and what was most interesting was that while some authors might struggle writing first person from the opposite sex, Ms. Frost expertly teased out Hale’s personality and flawlessly brought forth his voice.
The writing was edgy and dark. This is not your typical roses and champagne type of romance. Nope. This was gritty and dirty, extremely sexy and scorching hot. While romance was at the core, there was so much story, you could easily forget you were reading a romance novel. The book is replete with expansive world building, tons of awesome geeky talk, and loads of interesting characters.
Unfortunately, the sequel to Snowburn is not out yet, but thankfully E J Frost had another book out to hold me over. Neon Blue is the first book in her fantasy series.
My name is Tsara Elizabeth Faa, and I have a demon problem. A very serious demon problem. My ex-best friend has summoned an incubus, and left me to deal with him. Now he’s after my soul.
Thing is, the more time I spend with him, the more I want to give it to him.
I love a well-crafted supernatural romance and this one had me reading until the wee hours of the night. It is a serious page-turner. I’ve read the typical vampire, werewolf, and fae romance books, but this was something completely different. Reading about a sexy demon had me feeling a bit naughty, all while still having fun laughs. Tsara and Jou are crazy entertaining, endearing at times (yes, even demons have a sweet side it seems) and oh boy, the sex is wicked hot. I’m dying for the second book Blood Yellow, but that one is not yet released—which is a real bummer 🙁 I need answers!
I’ve enjoyed getting to know E J Frost, her books, and her writing style. I can’t rave enough about it. I am so happy I stumbled upon her work and am anxiously waiting for the sequels to her books.
If you’re interested in learning more about this author and her work, visit her website and follow her on social media.