Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reviewing Werewolf Whisperer by Camilla Ochlan & Bonita Gutierrez.

The Werewolf Whisperer (The Werewolf Whisperer #1) by 

Lucy Lowell, The Werewolf Whisperer, and her partner Xochitl Magaña are thrown into chaos when the Kyon Virus turns a disturbing number of Angelenos into werewolf-like creatures. As the outbreak expands to epidemic proportions, Lucy’s uncanny ability to control the creatures makes her “the silver lining in our werewolf apocalypse.” Battling their own personal demons born of family history and bad choices, the women join together in the pursuit of helping those afflicted. But all is not as it seems. Not for Lucy. Not for Xochitl. And not for a society just coming to grips with the new world order. 

My Review: At first I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book as it jumped from one timeline to another frequently. However it is such a page-turner of a story that it soon didn't matter to me as much as I'd feared. The talents of Camilla Ochlan & Bonita Gutierrez produce a story that includes intrigue, apocalyptic mayhem and strong characters. The friendship between the two quite disparate women makes for an interesting dynamic and the reader can't help but love the feisty Xochitl and the quieter Lucy.  Without giving too much away I will say that another of my trigger was nearly pulled when the ending was a minor cliffhanger and yet it was also a satisfying ending that was a little unexpected to me. I can't wait for these two talented ladies to turn up in book two, it will be such a rush to read more of their story.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Reviewing Shield Mate by Eressë.


Shield Mate (Chronicles of Ylandre #7) by Eressë  5*

BLURB: The respect of many pales beside the regard of one who matters above all else.
Ranael knew his obligations to family and society. As a scion of Ylandre’s most powerful House, he was destined for a life of service, albeit a privileged one. As the son of a wealthy fief-lord, he was supposed to bed or wed as befitted his station. With obedience to authority ingrained in him since childhood, Ranael hewed closely to what was expected of a royal-blooded aristocrat and a military officer. Thus, defiance of the strictures of his position never entered his mind. Until he came to covet Vaeren Henaz.

Vaeren did his duty to king and country despite attempts to put him in his place and keep him there. A survivor of neglect and frightful adversity before and after he fled the orphanage wherein he grew up, Vaeren refused to let his illegitimacy or lack of sufficient lineage stop him from fighting his way up the ranks of Ylandre’s hidebound army. Nor did he allow anything or anyone to trample on his dignity or his heart. Until he learned to love Ranael Mesare.

In the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre, two warriors of nigh irreconcilably dissimilar backgrounds battle their way through the vagaries of military conventions, social censure, and personal vendettas. All while struggling with an attraction that contravenes the traditions and expectations that shape life and love in the world of Aisen’s most powerful nation.

My Review: This series was my introduction to mpreg stories and it's still the best of it's kind for me. I love how the world building and story lines explain how and why men get pregnant and how caste is an important factor not gender. However through all 7 books (with a fair few more to come which delights me) the caste system is put under scrutiny and change. This particular story had me first wanting to smack Ranael upside his head, then hug him in comfort and, at the same time, like him, I fell in love with Vaeren. 
I don't want to give away to much above and beyond the blurb so I will just add that I loved meeting some of the old characters and seeing how their stories interacted with Ranael's and Vaeren's. If you like mpreg books or more especially Eressë's Chronicles of Ylandre then you are going to like this book. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bonus Post - An interview with BA Tortuga.

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing BA Tortuga author of Refired

Hi BA, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hey there! I’m the luckiest girl on Earth – I’m married to the woman of my dreams, I’ve got the best job in history and I live in the New Mexico mountains. I’ve been publishing romance novels for… whoa. Many years.

Refired is the story of recovering alcoholic, Josh McPhee, and Kris Cerny, high-powered businessman and rancher – two former lovers that own a failing Austin art gallery together.

When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break. Austin's booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways. They won't be reconciling, right? Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be an addict, and Kris can't take that chance again.
Josh isn't willing to sell. Not yet. He's discovered a new artist in Santa Fe he knows will put Two Spirits in the black, and if he can just make a success of the gallery, maybe he can earn Kris's respect, if not recapture his love. He need Kris to give him time for one more buying trip, one more gallery show. Josh wants nothing more than a final chance to make things right. Kris agrees to let Josh have this last ditch effort on one condition-- he wants to go along for the ride. On the way Josh hopes they'll find the next big thing in the art world as well as peace, forgiveness, and a love he thought was lost forever.

Do you have pictures that you use for your characters? Can you share them with us?

I have a Pinterest that I use to create storyboards, but I'm not huge on character pictures. My Pinterest can be found here (beware, I'm a Pinterest whore!)

What kind of book would you like to write that people would see as a huge departure for you?
Horror. Like crazy surreal Gen-X horror. I may have a lot of it languishing on hard drives…

Have you ever killed a character? Was it traumatic for you? If you have't killed one, would you ever consider it?
I have. I've killed a lot of them and I sobbed.
I still did it, but I sobbed.

Favorite location you've ever written about?
Oh, man… Glenwood Springs? No, wait. Santa Fe. Or Aspen. Rome. OMG.

What’s your favorite season and favorite activity for that season?
I love springtime best of all. I love to garden – to put my garden in, my roses, start the seven month puttering in my yard and making things grow.

Thank you so much BA. It was very nice to meet you and I (for one) look forward to you writing many, many more books.