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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review and ARC Giveaway: The Lady of the Storm by Kathryne Kennedy

A tale of struggles and romance in a magical kingdom.
The Lady of the StormThe Lady of the Storm by Kathryne Kennedy.
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402236530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402236532
Genre: Fantasy Romance
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0
Product Description
"Kennedy, quite simply, astounds. Her imagination will take you to places you've never dreamed and will never want to leave."
-Erin Quinn, author of Haunting Desire

There's a thin line between duty and desire...

Giles Beaumont is stuck in a role he never wanted, trying to safeguard a woman of incendiary powers who doesn't think she needs a protector.

Cecily Sutton has no idea of the enormity of her true task and no inkling of the effect she's having on Giles. But somewhere along their perilous journey together, they'll have no choice but to uncover the deep, dark connection that binds them one to the other...

Lose yourself in renowned author Kathryne Kennedy's gorgeous love story set in a lush world made of equal parts wonder and danger.
Review: This author presents romance in an imaginative fantasy world.

Cecily Sutton is a Halfbreed - the daughter of a human mother and the Elven Lord of Dewhame, who has power over water. When the magic of Halfbreed children is too strong they are killed.  As a young child, during her escape, Cecily called the power of the storms and killed many soldiers.  Traumatized by that event she has tried to live a quiet life with her mother in a cottage by the sea.  Her adoptive father, Thomas, is an active and key member of the Rebellion who seek to overcome the wicked Elven Lords.  Thomas is always off on missions and in his absence he assigned Giles Beaumont to protect Cecily.

Giles, who has some elven beauty but little magical power, has chaffed at being bound in a small village. He and his magical sword are eager to be off to battle for the Rebellion.  As a young teen Cecily was enamored of the handsome blacksmith and jealous of the other village girls he took to his room.  She tried to seduce him but was humiliated by his rejection. She has always treated him with a cold shoulder since that night.  Giles spent hours watching the lithe girl turn into a beautiful woman. Although he desires her, he knows that she is intended for someone better than him.

Cecily and Giles wield their powers to battle the enemy when their village is attacked by Elven soldiers .  Now it is no longer safe to stay in the village. Cecily and Giles set off to find one of the Rebellion leaders to seek help to find Thomas.  Giles fights hard to resist his desire for Cecily and she slowly recognizes that his reluctance to bed her is one more part of his protecting her. She just has to convince him that she doesn’t really need, or want, all of his protection.

They face obstacles, wicked magic and monsters on their quest for Thomas and their subsequent mission.  I really enjoy the fantasy world and the magical powers the author has created.  I liked the primary characters although I found the initial antagonism a bit dry. I really liked some of the secondary characters, some good and some evil. The first part of the book moved slowly for me but I zipped through the last third where it is packed with adventure and action.  This is the second book in the series and although it can be read as a standalone I recommend reading The Fire Lord's Lover first. I am still interested in future installments with the different powers in each of the seven kingdoms.
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I received this book from Sourcebooks for an honest review.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's Monday! What are you Reading August 29, 2011?

This meme starts at Book Journey!
What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Last week was strange - I actually took off All Wednesday to have a "girl day" with my sister, daughter and the granddaughters. Really rare for me to take off! Then I spent part of Saturday with my family.  :-)
I finished three books last week.  I posted three reviews, two with Giveaways.  As usual, I posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway; Saturday Sharing Beyond Books, and Sunday posts.

I did get to visit a dozen or so other Monday Reading posts last week.  These were last week's posts plus Winner posts not listed.
Finished Reading:
Print/Kindle:

The Vampire Next Door 
by Ashlyn Chase
Review and ARC Giveaway linked above.


Audio:
by Theodore Taylor
 This was a free summer download at 
AudioBook Community -
SYNC YA Listening.
I will post a review  this week.
Quite interesting!

When a freighter to the United States is torpedoed during World War II, an 11-year-old boy is blinded and stranded with an elderly black man who teaches him survival skills.
Phillip Enright lives with his parents on the island of CuraƧao where his father works for Royal Dutch Shell. There is a threat of a German invasion and Mrs. Enright decides to take Phillip back to the states. When the ship they are traveling on is torpedoed, Phillip is separated from his mother and left floating on a wooden raft with Timothy, a black man from the West Indies. The two drift to a small cay where they are left to survive with only a small amount of food salvaged from the ship. Phillip, who is blinded by a head injury, must depend on Timothy to stay alive. Though Phillip has been reared to be prejudiced against blacks, his attitude changes as Timothy teaches him to be independent in spite of his blindness.

I really like this series!
Product Description.
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?

Line Edits/Releases: 
We released The Gift by Kat Deacon last week.
All Seri Graham wanted for her sixteenth birthday was a date for junior prom and a car. Not much right? Seri goes from bubble gum and chick flicks to smiting demons and meeting her Gregori Watcher mother for the first time. Along with her two besties Maya and Lucy, using the gift from her mother, Seri tries to survive long enough to discover who and what she is and make it to the prom.




This week the fourth 
Prom Night Anthology Novella was released:
A Tale of Two Prom Dates by Evie Alexis. 
Victoria Reynolds is getting ready for prom. She has the dress, the shoes, even the beautician. The problem is: she has one too many dates.
One second, Victoria accepts the invitation from the star basketball player Randy Calhoun. After running into philosophic thinker, Scott Feldman, on a quick walk, she agrees to be his prom date.
Will Victoria be able to make up her mind in time, or will she hurt both boys as she struggles with “The Carmen Curse”?
La-la-la-la!.


Currently reading:
Print/Kindle:
The Lady of the StormThe Lady of the Storm 
by Kathryne Kennedy
I'm not sure why this has been a slow read...I like the fantasy world and the characters. I hope to finish and review by Wednesday.   Reading for Sourcebooks.
Product Description
Acclaimed for her world-building, in Kathryne Kennedy's new series love miraculously prevails over strife.
Storm lord's daughter Cecily Sutton's powers over sea and sky have put her life at risk. Giles Beaumont is reluctant to protect her, until he falls under her enchanting spell...
Print:

Midnight on Julia Street
by Ciji Ware
I like the story 
and the architectural detail in this.
Reading for Sourcebooks.
Product Description
from author site

This “stand-alone” prequel to A Light on the Veranda is a romantic novel of intrigue and suspense set in modern-day New Orleans with echoes of nineteenth century Louisiana, when Cotton was King.  Corlis McCullough, a take-no-prisoners TV journalist, late of Los Angeles, and her former UCLA nemesis, King Duvallon, an historic preservationist with deep roots in the Crescent City, are an unlikely pair to join forces to save a beautiful Greek Revival building with origins linked mysteriously to those of their own ancestors during the Golden Age in the Big Easy   Both must grapple with the unlikely concept of “genetic memory,” a force that appears to be intruding on their lives and thwarting any chance for ultimate happiness.
Print/Kindle:
Kingdom of Summer
Kingdom of Summer 

by Gillian Bradshaw 
I figure I will start this by the end of the week. Reading for Sourcebooks.
Product Description
On the path toward greatness, even a hero makes mistakes.
Armed with his magical sword and otherworldly horse, Gwalchmai proves himself the most feared and faithful warrior of Arthur's noble followers. But while defending the kingdom, he commits a grave offense against the woman he loves, leading her to disappear from his life and haunt his memories.
With his trusted servant, Rhys, a commonsense peasant, Gwalchmai tries to find her in the Kingdom of Summer, where Arthur has sent him. But an unexpected and most malevolent force of evil and darkness is loose-that of his mother, the witch-queen Morgawse-and Gwalchmai finds that the secrets of his past may deny him peace...
In the second book of Gillian Bradshaw's critically acclaimed trilogy, Sir Gawain comes to life as Gwalchmai, startlingly human yet fantastically heroic.

Audible/Audio 
Lonestar Secrets
This is our Ladies Book Club 
read for next Saturday.
Product Description
 Shannon Astor returns to southwest Texas to serve as the town's veterinarian, believing she's finally found the space to get her life back on track.
Then she catches a glimpse of Jack MacGowan, the man who ruined her life years before. But even more shocking is the sight of Jack's five-year-old daughter Faith, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Shannon's own daughter Kylie. Is it possible that their similarities could be more than just coincidence? Could Faith be the daughter that Shannon has believed to be dead for all these years?
As the truth emerges, everyone is forced to take sides--in a story with a heart as big as Texas.


Audio:
[Listening to The Screwtape Letters is on hold right now. We are joining with another Sunday School class for several weeks - one because we will be gone three weeks in September and two because it is an awesome study on the Antichrist and end times events.]

I am also listening to The Listener's Bible NIV 
read by Max McLean. I am at Job 3, Isaiah 45 and 2 Corinthians 8.

Line Edits: I have a break on edits for a week. Instead I am working on setting up print releases. If it's not one thing it surely is another. :-)


August Review Books - all accounted for. :-)

These were read and ready for reviews for Authors. I am sending out interviews for these. I hope to post them all in September.
Quest for Magic by Jean Hart Stewart - Read; review to be posted with interview.
Seeing for the First Time (What You See is What You Get) and 
To See (What You See is What You Get) by Nicole Zoltack - Both Read; setting up author interview with reviews.
Steamrolled by Pauline Baird Jone. Read; review to be posted with author interview.

Sunday Words of Encouragement August 28, 2011

Today was Cradle Roll Sunday when they bring all the children under 4 to the front introducing them, their parents and grandparents. They were so cute and sweet. It just put me in mind of the well known songs for children.

This entry is short today as we had Connect groups five families in our group met for lunch. We just got home and I am so ready for a nap. (I'm saving the sermon notes for a week during our trip next month.) :-)

I hope you will enjoy these simple childrens' songs.

A Verse for Today.
Psalm 127:3 New International Version (NIV)
Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.

We prayed this morning for children, for a couple going on a missions trip to Bolivia and, of course, for those suffering from Hurricane Irene.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sharing Beyond Books #11 August 27, 2011

Saturday night again! Thanks for your comments this past week.
I really enjoyed the shared comments regarding genres.  Most of us have been surprised by trying a new genre. I think we need to convince Louisa to try at least one nonfiction and make her pleasantly surprised. :-) Maybe we can give her recommendations... like the Get Er Done title I reviewed Friday.

Most of us try not to read the same genres at the same time; many of us do them in a row because they are part of our review queues. 
Also most of us who write reviews do not compare books in our reviews. But Ricki had really good points about comparing newer reads to classic books.

The Winner from SBB #10 comments is: #14 Aik Aik is overseas so I image she will pick GC or PayPall Credit. Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #11 Questions
I was backing down to two questions but sometimes the questions come in three like last week and again this week. :-)
 
Q1.  I saw this question at Mz Sazzy Angel's TGIF and thought it was a good one for us - Thanks Angelica! Which genre, authors, or particular books do you think people associate with your reading style?
A:  Hmmm - I'm pretty eclectic so I hope people associate me with variety although I probably do a lot of romance.  You can tell me truly - what do you associate me with?
 Photo from Underway Life

Q2.  Mariska asks the second question this week:  Do you suffer from any phobias? How do you cope with it?
No - I don't have any real phobia's. This question came up at good timing since I just finished The Vampire Next Door where the heroine suffers from agoraphobia.  

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Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask.  Input suggestions in this Suggested Question FormAt the end of each month I will draw from the suggestions I used the month before and that person will get a book choice or GC.  FOR AUGUST THE suggestions were offered by Winnie, Mariska, Winnie and Mariska. Random.org selected #2 so Mariska gets to pick a book or GC.

Your turn to share:
1. What genre, authors or particular books do people associate with your reading style? (Part 2 - what do you associate with me? :-)
2. Do you have any phobias? How do you cope with it?

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the remaining  Valentine and "Love" books or the remaining Christmas Giveaway Books - there are still about 17 books available plus 3 left in the Summer titles to choose from.

Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)
The one I have is hardcover.

One Reckless Summer: A Destiny Novel

One Reckless Summer: A Destiny Novel
This book is brand new, but will be gently read if I get to read it!



My copy is a paperback from 2006
with a different cover.
The Summerhouse
 Hmmm - this has a bit of magic in the plot.




A Summer Affair (Calhoun Chronicles)A Summer Affair (Calhoun Chronicles)
I love Susan Wiggs historicals!




SBB Rules: a) Must be a follower; b) Share a comment on any (or all) of the two/three questions above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.

I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made by Friday, September 2 at 10PM central. 

Winners: 3- Confessions of An Improper Bride; Venetia; Tears of Gold

Thank you to everyone who entered these three giveaways.
CONGRATULATIONS 
to the WINNERS

Three winners:
by Jennifer Haymore
Confessions of an Improper Bride (A Donovan Novel)
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Review Copy
Venetia 
by Georgette Heyer
Venetia
Glitter text

ARC Copy
 Tears of Gold 
by Laurie McBain
Tears of Gold

Horror and Fantasy fonts


Elaign, Vicki and Victoria please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form so I can let Hachette know.
Rachel and Joan please fill in the form so I can mail the books out. Please reply within 72 hours! 

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