Soul Meets Soul on Lovers’ Lips

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Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

9th December – Soul Meets Soul on Lovers’ Lips – a cover with lips

And, my choice this week is Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor.  (I have this book on my shelves but haven’t read it yet – it’s such a beautiful book though.  Time to bump this one up the list.

and my winner:

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I love this cover.  It’s so striking and it just makes me want to keep looking at it.  The cover I own is the one with the fruit (could have used that one last week!)

Which is your favourite??

If you fancy joining in with the FFO the themes for the next few weeks are below.  

16 December – Give a Girl the Right Shoes and she can conquor the world – a cover with shoes

23rd December – The first noel… – a cover with angels

30th December –  Ho ho ho! To the bottle I go… – a cover with drink

My 2nd book: Final Stage: #SPFBO 16

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November 1st saw the start of the second stage of the SPFBO – the Self Published Fantasy Blog off organised by Mark Lawrence.  All the details can be found here.

Today I’m highlighting the second book that I will be reading for the SPFBO.  All the books have been drawn randomly and the second out of the hat was: Paternus by Dark Ashton. (The synopsis below taken from Goodreads):

paternus2The gods and monsters of myth have returned. In a breathtaking story that takes place in a single day, two ordinary humans are caught up in the final battle of a war that’s been waged since the dawn of time.

Gods, monsters, angels, devils. Call them what you like. They exist. The epic battles between titans, giants, and gods, heaven and hell, the forces of light and darkness. They happened. And the war isn’t over.

17 year old Fi Patterson lives with her stuffy English uncle and has an internship at a local hospital for the aged. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, misses her dead mother, wonders about the father she never knew. One bright spot is caring for Peter, a dementia-ridden old man whose faraway smile can make her whole day. And there’s her conflicted attraction to Zeke — awkward, brilliant, talented — who plays guitar for the old folks.

Then a group of very strange and frightening men show up for a “visit”…

Fi and Zeke’s worlds are shattered as their typical everyday concerns are suddenly replaced by the immediate need to stay alive — and they try to come to grips with the unimaginable reality of the Firstborn.

“Keep an open mind. And forget everything you know…”

Paternus has been called “American Gods meets The Lord of the Rings,” and claimed to be reminiscent of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light as well as Clive Barker’s Weaveworld.

Contemporary Fantasy / Mythic-Fiction. New Adult Fiction – as opposed to Teen or YA, though savvy 16 or 17 year olds might survive without permanent damage.

Book No 1: Shadow Soul by Caitlyn Davis.   Review here.

 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1) by Jen Williams

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we get to highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  My book this week is : Waiting on Wednesday: The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1) by Jen Williams.  I absolutely love Jen Williams Copper Cat series and can’t wait for this to be released.  Fortunately, not too long a wait: February 23rd 2017.

ninthrainThe great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall… 

I can’t wait for this book!  Literally, I’m jumping up and down!  It sounds so good.

 

Delighted and Enchanted

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Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.

New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

This is a nice easy list as my full year’s reading is all in one place!  So easy to check out which were new to me authors:

  1. Jeff Salyards – Scourge of the Betrayer, a dark and violent journey, a band of warriors and a bookish scribe – what could possibly go wrong!
  2. Jordanna Max Brodsky – The Immortals – Gods and a murder mystery, in the heart of NY.  Totally engaging, very entertaining, fantastic sense of place.
  3. Stephanie Burgis – A double whammy from Ms Burgis.  She burst onto my radar with the highly entertaining Masks and Shadows and then totally out did herself again with Congress of Secrets.  Both period/fantasty dramas that combine historical events and people into highly readable fiction.
  4. Madeline Ashby – Company Town.  Totally compelling reading.  Science fiction, futuristic and murder mystery all rolled into one.
  5. Laurence MacNaughton – UF with Demons and possessed cars.  Great start to a promising series – It Happened One Doomsday.
  6. Jon Skovron – Hope and Red – how to sum this one up.  It’s a bit like Gangs of New York meets Crouching Tiger!
  7. Drew Magary – The Hike surely had to be one of my most unexpectedly enjoyable and compelling reads this year.
  8. Silvia Moreno-Garcia – do we really need any more vampire fiction?  Hell yes if it’s anything like Certain Dark Things.  I loved this.
  9. Emily St John Mandel – Station Eleven.  I wanted to read this for such a long time but sometimes get a bit turned off by sci-fi but there was no need in this case – this was brilliant and unique.
  10. Beth Lewis – The Wolf Road was such a good read with one of the most readable characters ever in Elka.  Such a compelling storytelling voice.

Okay, I spoke too soon.  That wasn’t easy at all as I had over 30 new to me authors this year so narrowing it down to 10 was a bit of a task.  Anyway, there they all are.  I hope you get a chance to pick up a couple or ten of these – if you haven’t already done so.  And for all of you out there who like the pretty things:

 

Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey : Readalong week No.1

Posted On 5 December 2016

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CareyNamaahsKissToday is the first week of our readalong of Naamah’s Kiss.  Feel free to join in (the schedule is below) or to jump in with the comments.  This week I’m hosting the questions and it’s a fairly gentle start as we’ve only just begun.  Please be aware that spoilers may be lurking below for this and future books in the series so please be careful.

Firstly Carey has picked up the story a few generations down the line.  How do you think this will affect the story, if at all?

Well, I like her choice to move the timeline forward and I’m interested to see how it does move things forward, even if they’re only small things like slight changes in dress or customs.  It will be interesting to see what this new era will bring to Carey’s world.  I’m already enjoying all the references to characters that we’ve already met and it was interesting to revisit Clunderry – although I can’t say that much seemed to be different there – even right down to cattle raids (and all the dangers that they encompass.

We have a new female lead.  What are your first impressions of Moirin?
I’ve really enjoyed the story so far.  It was almost like a mini coming of age – even though the ending to it was quite sad and not a little bit tense with Moirin’s rite of passage and the potential that had to go horribly wrong.  I like Moirin so far.  It will be interesting to see how her own upbringing either helps or hinders her as her story progresses.  She has a very forthright way and I suspect her own sense of right and wrong will be a lot more direct than other people (or a lot less duplicitous depending on how you look at it) but we’ll see.
I enjoyed the return to Alba, and once again meeting the Maghuin Dhonn – what did you make of the coming of age ritual?
Very unusual.  I really enjoyed meeting them again and seeing the actual impact that Imriel’s story had on them.  The coming of age ritual – I always feel like a doubting Tom during these sort of affairs – like is she seeing a vision of a Goddess because she was drinking tea made from magic mushrooms!  But, that aside it was curiously tense and for one moment there I actually thought the Goddess would not appear.
The story already has the inclusion of magic and also visions of Gods – any predictions on what these visions and magic might bring to the story?
It seems that with each story much more magic has been incorporated – to me at least anyway.  Apart from the cloaking ability coming in very handy to sneak about under cover of night I’m not quite sure what to expect yet from the rest of the magic and visions of Gods.

Here is the current schedule:

Dec. 5th Week 1 – Chapters 1-12, Hosted Lynn’s Book Blog
Dec. 12th Week 2 – Chapters 13-26, Hosted by Dab of Darkness
Dec. 19th Week 3 – Chapters 27-36, Hosted by Books Without Any Pictures
Dec. 26th Week 4 – Chapters 37-48, Hosted by Tethyan Books
Jan. 2nd Week 5 – Chapters 49-60, Hosted by Dab of Darkness
Jan. 9th Week 6 – Chapters…
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