What I’m Reading: A Week in Review as NaNoWriMo Approacheth…. (10-26-13)

We’re getting us some culture! 😉

Mini Moe #2 and I are headed over the border today–to the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake to see Our Betters by W. Somerset Maugham. It’s kind of last minute–a friend had extra tickets. Their website says it’s similar to Downton Abbey, which we’ve both watched and liked…well, MM#2 liked it until she saw the season finale last year. Since then she’s been a little bitter; hopefully nothing like that will happen this afternoon. It’s recommended for ages 14 and up–fingers crossed that I won’t have to spend too much time covering her eyes.

NaNoWriMo begins this Friday! Don’t worry–still plenty of time to panic! (And sign up, if you haven’t yet. Just go here and join the insanity! And then add me as your writing buddy–my NaNo name is beckymmoe.)

On to the books…

This week I finished Hunter’s Moon by Lisa Kessler–loved it and reviewed it here. Lisa stopped by the blog on Friday with an awesome guest post–make sure you check it out if you didn’t already! Next I read Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris–very cute! My review is here. I moved on to Last Chance Book Club by Hope Ramsay next; it was the latest read for Harlequin Junkie’s HEA Book Club…this is definitely one series I’m going to be reading more from. Absolutely loving the small town vibe in it. I then moved on to Prevailing Life by Amaris Chapman, a YA paranormal. I’m almost finished–review coming later on this week.

Next on my TBR: Down the Aisle by Christine Bell, Falling for the Marine by Samanthe Beck, and Four Weddings and a Werewolf by Kristin Miller because I love the title. And I’m going to squeeze in Kristan Higgins’s new book, The Perfect Match, if it kills me. Must. Read.

In audio, I finished Emmaso I must be ready for NaNo, right? Right?

Finally, I started Rick Roirdan’s latest in the Heroes of Olympics series, The House of Hades. MM#2 has already finished it, and assures me there won’t be an agonizing cliffhanger ending to this one. She’d better be telling the truth, or she’s grounded for sure.

What are you reading this week? If you’re participating in NaNo, tell us about your novel!

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Rambling About Series: Guest Post and Giveaway with Lisa Kessler, Author of Hunter’s Moon

Rambling about Series

 

Hi everyone –

 

Big thanks to Becky for the blog spot today! 🙂

 

I’m a big time rambler, usually about books too! Since Hunter’s Moon is the newest addition to my Moon Series, I thought it would be fun to chat about series in general.

 

I’m a huge series reader. When I love a book, it makes it that much sweeter when I see it’s part of a series. It’s like knowing you’ll get to travel back to this same world again, sometimes even visit with the same characters you’ve grown to love. It’s addicting!

 

And as a writer, I now have two series out. The Night Series is my Mayan vampire series and now the Moon Series which is my werewolf and jaguar shifter series. There were some challenges I never expected when writing a series though.  Both of my series feature VERY different heroes, as well as different writing styles. The Night Series is written in third person point of view with mysterious immortal heroes, and my new Moon Series is writing in alternating first person with a very contemporary set of heroes in the Pack.

 

Sometimes when I’m editing a book in one series while trying to write a book in the other series, it takes me a while to shift gears in my head to get the feel! LOL.  However, it’s so much fun to have the freedom to write in both worlds!  I love it! 🙂

 

So as a reader, do you enjoy reading series?  What do you like (or hate) about series?

 

Thanks for chatting with me!

Lisa

 

Thanks, Lisa–great post! I love to read books in a series–when you “meet” characters from previous books in later ones, it’s like seeing old friends again; and when you really love a series story, it’s great to know there’s more where that came from!

In case you missed it, I reviewed Lisa’s newest book, Hunter’s Moon (book two in the Moon series) earlier this week–you can LisaKessler_HuntersMoon_1600RGB (1)read my thoughts here. Spoiler alert–I loved it!

(But seriously, check out that cover. How could I not love it, with inspiration like that in front of me? 😉 )

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Book Review and New Release: Hunter’s Moon by Lisa Kessler (Book two of the Moon series)

Come back on Friday, when author Lisa Kessler comes for a visit to talk about her love of series!

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Title: Hunter’s Moon
Author: Lisa Kessler
Series: Moon
Genre: Paranormal romance
Published: 2013
Pages: 340
Format read: ebook
Rating: A-

Hunter’s Moon is the second book in Lisa Kessler’s Moon series about werewolves and jaguar shifters. It was my first book from this author, but definitely won’t be my last!

Aren’s wolf pack is still reeling from the recent events that killed his father and left his twin Adam a married man and father of two–and their new alpha. Aren’s loyalty has always been with the pack and his family, but now he’s harboring a secret: the knowledge that the hired killer who played a major role in those events is actually his one true mate.

Sasha was once a homicide cop, until she was bitten and forcibly turned into a jaguar shifter and assassin for a shady group called the Nero Organization. Now she’s on the run from them, and hasn’t seen her sister Nadya–the only family she has left–in months. To complicate matters, the wolf she was supposed to have killed months ago but couldn’t bring herself to is currently following her, taking out the men that Nero has sent to bring her back in. A threatening text puts not only her life but that of her sister in danger–can Sasha trust the man she should have killed to help her keep Nadya safe, or is it too much of a risk?

Not having read Moonlight, the first book in the series, I did feel a bit behind times in the beginning of the novel, since so much of what is going on hinges on the events of book one. I quickly caught on to enough to get by, though, and was immediately drawn into the storyline. It definitely grabs you right away and doesn’t let go. Hunter’s Moon is not quite a standalone book, but it can function as such if you’re willing to put the work in.

(Naturally, though, I’m absolutely going to read the first book. I’d already added it to my Goodreads “to read” list before I even reached the fifty-percent mark of this one. You’ve been warned: you can read this one without having read the first, but you’re totally going to want to read book one anyway by the time you’re done.)

I really liked the way this story was told in dual first person point of view; it allowed the reader to really see the internal conflicts faced by both the hero and heroine. It also made for some highly entertaining dialogue, both internal and external, from the hero and heroine.

“Is this about the kiss?”

“No.” She shifted her weight to one foot, pushing her hip out slightly. “But I don’t think we should do that again.”

I raised a brow. “No?”

“We’ve got to get this guy, wolf.”

Apparently she still wasn’t going to call me by my name. But she wasn’t shooting me with a Taser either.

Baby steps.

Poor, poor Aren–for so much of the book his human instincts and those of his wolf just can’t agree. I liked what Kessler does with the “one true mate” concept in this world; it makes for an interesting duology. The fact that jaguars don’t necessarily mate for life just adds another layer of interest to the story. Neither Aren’s human side nor Sasha are completely on board with the idea of being mated for a good long while.

I opted to retreat and regroup, reaching for a way to change the subject. “But I guess this is actually a good cover. If we shifted here [at an anime expo] there’s a good chance no one would notice.”

He nodded. “You’re probably right.”

We sat in awkward silence for a moment, and I waited for him to say something. Preferably something not insane like “you’re my mate.”

But he didn’t say anything.

I really enjoyed both the voice of Aren and Sasha, and Kessler’s writing was witty and sharp. The action scenes have just the right amount of tension, and the relationship angst here is finely drawn. It definitely has all the marks of a good series: an interesting world with strong characters. There seems to be a lot to explore in the other pack members that we see here, and the ending of this book nicely sets up the next, which will feature Nadya and another member of Aren’s pack. Even before I read the excerpt at the end I knew I was going to be reading that one.

This raw, real love made me strong and weak, like a thrill ride and a cup of chocolate all at once.

Already, I was hooked.

Me too, Sasha. Me too.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Release Day Blast with GIVEAWAYS! Entangled Edge Has Four HUGE Releases Today!

I’ve got review copies of these–and feature posts coming up–and I can’t wait to share them with you! Read on for all the details, and don’t forget to enter the fabulous Rafflecopter giveaways at the end!

Edge, a digital-first single-title romance line from Entangled Publishing, takes its lead from our popular Select imprint but gives its novels an edge in the marketplace by bringing great stories to readers at reasonable prices in a quick-and-easy way. Whether sexy or sweet, traditional romance or love and lust with a women’s fiction bent, at the center of every Edge book is heart. From Urban Fantasy to Contemporary Romance to Science Fiction Romance, Edge has a book for all romance readers—and right at their fingertips! As they say, all’s fair in love and war. To find out more about our titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow us on Twitter, and like our Facebook page.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Edge’s October releases!!

 

 

Dark Angel by TJ Bennett

When young widow Catherine Briton is washed ashore, the sole survivor of a violent shipwreck, all she wants is to go home to London. But injured as she is, she can’t escape when a shadowy stranger rescues her and takes her to his castle—where she’s healed with suspicious, almost magical speed.

The more time Catherine spends in the castle, the more her curiosity rises where her fiercely handsome new “master,” Gerard, is concerned. As she begins to investigate, though, her discoveries only bring more questions. It seems Gerard isn’t the only one on the island keeping secrets…

The small town is full of strange mysteries and townspeople who know more than they should about her. And when a hulking beast that stalks the nearby hills and valleys catches up to her, Catherine must figure out what’s going on before it’s too late.

Far Too Tempting by Lauren Blakely

Jane Black has written the break-up album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break-up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

Hunter’s Moon by Lisa KesslerMoon #2

Sasha’s future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she’s on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin.

When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she’ll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.

Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she’s also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.

Undying Embrace by Jessica LeeEnclave #2

Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won’t let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul.

Gabrielle Steven’s sister is missing. Her hunt for clues brings her face to face with the one vampire she can’t forget. Their missions combine and thrust them into the heart of evil. Will their passion be enough to overcome the pain from their past, or will their dark desires destroy them both?


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What I’m Reading: Week in Review (10-20-13)

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Mini Moe#2, Cody Hodgson, and Mini Moe#1 after the walk (MM#1 is standing a little in front, but yes, he is taller than the professional hockey player. MM#2 keeps feeling the need to point this out)

All three Moes woke up bright and early this morning to drive down to (sunny, thank goodness–it’s been a rainy few days) Buffalo, New York to take part in the Gold and Blue Star Military Family Tribute Walk. All proceeds from the event will go towards a memorial for all the western New Yorkers (so far there have been 64) who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the sponsors was our very own Buffalo Sabres, and several current and former players were there to show their support. The Mini Moes cornered Cody Hodgson (a goal-scorer in Saturday night’s game, which MM#1 and I were at–that goal was a highlight, trust me) at the after party and got a picture. It was awesome to see so many players (Hodgson was joined by Steve Ott, Patrick Kaleta, John Scott, Jamie McBain, Andrew Peters and a few other former players, along with the voice of the Sabres, Rick Jenerett and Bandits lacrosse player Mark Steenhuis–I’m forgetting a few others, I know, so I apologize now) out there supporting the community. It’s been tough to be a Sabres fan so far this season, so it’s especially great to see them show up at something like this. Within stalking photo op-distance, too. 😉

We all walked 3.2 miles before lunch! No wonder I was ready for a nap before the Bills game even started. (Which they won! The “fish” have been squished!)

On to the books! I’m still listening to Emma right now to prepare for my NaNoWriMo novel. I’m taking it slow and only listening when I can really pay attention–currently I want to drop-kick Frank Churchill into the next century, so I’m really not sure he’ll be able to sufficiently make all of this up to Jane. We may be looking at an AU version….

I managed a bit more in ebook form this week. I read (and reviewed) Annie Seaton’s Outback Affair–a nice addition to the series. I also scored a copy of book one in the series–Holiday Affairthe only one I hadn’t read already–at the author’s Facebook release party on Monday (Tuesday, in Australia). Thanks, Annie!

Next I read Sweet Treason by Gail Ranstrom, which I also reviewed, and featured in Friday’s post. It was a very interesting take on the American Revolution time period. I’ll be interested to see what she writes next.

Finally, I read the upcoming (out tomorrow!) release Hunter’s Moon by Lisa Kessler. She’ll be joining us this Friday with a guest post, and I’ll be reviewing the book later on this week. I absolutely loved it–didn’t want to put it down, even for the hockey game last night! (I did, though, since we were there. Didn’t want to be rude. If I’d been at home, though….)

Up next: Seven-Day Fiance by Rachel Harris and the next HEA Book Club book pick for this Thursday’s meeting, Hope Ramsay’s Last Chance Book Club. Oh, and tomorrow’s Monday, which means more chapters released in Ruthie Knox’s NA novel Truly exclusively on Wattpad, and another episode of Emma Approved on YouTube! Happy days!(Except that it’ll still be Monday. All day long. But still, could definitely be worse–and there’s much to look forward to!)

What are you reading this week?

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