Reviewer Book requests

Would you like to get one of my books for FREE? Then you can already start celebrating like this:

 

If you do not have a blog, remember that first preference will be given to you if you’ve reviewed books of mine at Amazon or Goodreads. There are also some foreign language titles in here, so be sure to spread the word among all of your bilingual peers.

 

Here are some of the titles you can request:

Silver Mirrors

Enclave – SPANISH Language Edition.

Horde – SPANISH Language Edition.

Horde – FRENCH Language Edition.

Let the Requests & Reviews commence!

 

Note: as it says on the form, signing up also adds you to my newsletter. Which only comes to your inbox to remind you to buy my latest release. This offer will last until the books are gone. Void where prohibited, no purchase required, first come, first served, results may vary.

Also, this time I’m limiting the giveaway to the US. If I have a lot of foreign editions left, I will open it up internationally later.


Blogger/reviewer special

I have some books to give away. How excited are we? This excited! crazy-dance

If you’re interested, sign up here:

First preference will be given to those willing to write reviews. Yes, it counts if you post on GoodReads or Amazon but don’t actually have a blog. There are also some foreign language titles in here, so make sure to spread the world to your international peers.

Here are the titles you can request:

Silver Mirrors – Advance Readers Copy
Perdition – Advance Readers Copy
Bronze Gods
Horde
Outpost
Enclave – SPANISH Language Edition
Enclave – FRENCH Language Edition
Outpost – FRENCH Language Edition
Skin Game – GERMAN Language Edition

Let the requests & reviews commence!

Note: as it says on the form, signing up also adds you to my newsletter. Which only comes to your inbox to remind you to buy my latest release. This offer is good until the books are gone. Void where prohibited, no purchase required, first come, first served, results may vary, do not taunt happy fun ball.

Blogger / Reviewer special

After the resounding success of my last giveaway (I mailed 144 books, woohoo!), I’m ready to do it again, this time with a twist. I just got my author copies of ENDGAME, and I’d like to get them into blogger / reviewer hands. You should know, going in, this is book six in a series. So there’s that.

If I send you a copy, it’s with the understanding you’ll review it. I’d appreciate if you cross-post: your blog, Shelfari, Library Thing, Goodreads, Amazon, basically any book-related social media site you belong to. I understand things happen, but if you request a review copy, and then just sit on it, I may not send another book your way down the line. My assistant will be following up, too; that’s why I’m asking for your website or blog, so we can keep track.

Finally, this isn’t first come, first served. I’ll decide who gets the review copies, and simply asking doesn’t guarantee you get one. These will be signed and personalized. Note: you don’t have to have a blog if you really want a signed copy and are willing to review on Goodreads and/or Amazon. Just note that in the website line.

Now that’s all settled, you just need to fill in the form below to get things started.

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Movie Review: Star Trek

I have been secretly in love with Spock for years.

There, I said it. Go ahead and laugh, but I imprinted on him when I was a kid and I first saw the old Star Trek series in reruns. When I saw that episode where his passions are unleashed and he goes from icy control to primitive sex beast, my pre-teen self went melted-y-melty-melt. Yes, that is the technical term for what occurred.

Sadly, the movies never focused enough on Spock for my tastes. He always seemed more as a foil for Kirk, who I think is a bit of a man-whore. I don’t hold it against him, of course, because he’s scrappy and charming, but he doesn’t move me on any visceral level. Spock, on the other hand, is a man torn between two cultures: one that demands iron emotional discipline and another, that of his mother, that asks him to lead with his heart. Oh, the delicious internal conflict! You will see echoes in Spock in my heroes, particularly the one in Skin Tight. He too demonstrates iron control and complete discipline, except where one woman is concerned. Nalini Singh’s Judd was spock. All the untouchable dukes …are Spock.

Heaven almighty, do I love Spock.

So imagine my delight when I went to see a new Star Trek movie, a JJ Abrams film that hit me as if Mr. Abrams has been reading my secret “I Love Spock” diary, where Spock gets the girl. With my great and unholy love for Fringe, I am starting to feel toward Mr. Abrams the way some people (I believe) feel toward Joss Whedon. Alas, I cannot worship at the altar of Joss, for my heart belongs to JJ. And Spock.

Let’s get back to Spock.

First, Zachary Quinto was insanely hot. For about the first ten minutes I saw him, I kept thinking, what is Sylar doing with Spock hair, but within a very short time, he was no longer Sylar to me; he was Spock. Pitch-perfect, and so sexy-tough-controlled-icy-vulnerable that… well, I think it best that I don’t go into further detail. Let’s just say my love for Spock has reached a new level.

Yes, there were other people in the movie. They were all amazing. The casting was spot-on. I loved Simon Pegg as Scotty; he was brilliant. Bones was wonderful. Chekov, Sulu — both fabulous. And the fact that Spock is carrying on a secret affair with Uhura? Magically delicious. Everytime she touched him and he closed his eyes, a little tic in his jaw as if he was fighting dark urges and I just went, ohhhhhhh

Leonard Nimoy offered a beautiful gravitas to the project. I am so thankful he gave his blessing to it and participated. One moment in the film is positively breathtaking, like seeing two sides of a mirror. If you’ve seen it, you likely know what I mean. If you haven’t seen it, GO RIGHT NOW. Get a ticket.

Other stuff. The pacing was perfect. This flick began with a bang and just kept banging. There were no dead spots. No lulls. For the time I was in the theatre, I belonged utterly to that film. And there’s no higher praise.

As for the alternate reality premise, that was nothing short of brilliant. They have, indeed, reinvented the franchise and can imbue a whole new generation with love for Star Trek.

As for me, I think I might start watching Heroes again. Just to stare at Zachary Quinto, my one true Spock.

Live long and prosper, yo.

September Hot Read – Pleasure Unbound

Pleasure Unbound cover

The Squee

I’m not even a huge paranormal reader, but the romance between Tayla and Eidolon hit all the right notes for me. What an amazing book! I’ve never read anything so delicious in my life. The writing … lovely, powerful, evocative and edgy. The characters? Strong, compelling and memorable. The plot? Tight as a drum, break-neck pace.

It’s also chock full of interesting secondary characters, who don’t seem like sequel bait so much as an important part of the protagonists’ lives. Ms. Ione also manages something very difficult; she does a compelling job with the world-building, giving us just enough to let us understand what’s going on, but there’s never an info dump. I’d say this is one of the most original paranormal romances I’ve read all year. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s about the demonic underworld, centered around a hospital that takes care of otherworldly injuries. Genius! Her execution of this creative premise is nothing short of genius.

I picked this book up after I finished my draft of Doubleblind and I devoured it in one sitting. The passion between to the two leads is explosive, and the sex is set-fire-to-the-pages hot. Ms. Ione has also set up some of the best tension I’ve ever seen between two leads. You know how sometimes in romances, the reason the hero and heroine don’t get together seems a bit manufactured, full of dime-store angst? In this book, there’s a serious Romeo and Juliet vibe. If I’d emailed her a list of my criteria before she wrote this book (and I didn’t), telling her what I want in a paranormal romance, she couldn’t have written a novel more perfectly suited to my tastes.

For me, this book was an A+. If you like dark, gritty, edgy, intensely emotional and erotic romances with a rocket ship full of genuine conflict and angst, you don’t want to miss this book. I’m now a total fangirl (and that doesn’t happen too often). I can’t wait for the next installment. (Aside to Ms. Ione: I’m willing to barter any arc of mine for a sneak peek. I have Doubleblind… I also have Blue Diablo ready to go. Patricia Briggs called it, “…gritty, steamy and altogether wonderful urban fantasy. Outstanding and delicious.” Maybe we can make a deal? Email me, okay?!)

Anyway… moving on…

The Contest

You knew this was coming. Whenever I love a book this much, I give away copies of it. So that’s it. I’m buying two of these and mailing them to random winners. So get in comments and show Ms. Ione some love. Tell me how awesome she is and why you want to read this book. That’s right; I want shameless sucking up and heavy-handed flattery. Winners posted on Tuesday, Sept 9. You have until Monday at 11:59 p.m. to get your name in here.

Like a Thief in the Night

Like a Thief in the Night
As soon as I realized yesterday was Bettie Sharpe’s release day, I headed over to Samhain and picked up my copy of this novella. And though I had other things I really needed to be doing, I sat down and read it right then.

Why? Well, if you’d read any of her work, you wouldn’t need to ask. See, Bettie has a visceral quality to her writing. She sinks a fist into your gut and won’t let go until the roller coaster stops. Yet she also possesses a certain literate elegance in her use of language. World-building? Check. She gives just enough detail in a novella that we have a sense of place, but without anything like an infodump.

But enough esoteric stuff.

In Like a Thief in the Night, neither protagonist is terribly likable. In fact, I suspect some readers might be put off by the level of violence and the way the hero and heroine relate to each other. I’m not going to give away any details that will spoil, but if you read it, you know exactly what I mean.

But it worked for me. This is a kickass futuristic story, no doubt about it. The action left me breathless, and the dialog is top-notch: quick, witty, and oh-so-smart.

I loved Arden. I also loved that Ms. Sharpe didn’t turn her hardcore heroine into a spun sugar princess, transformed by the power of love. The hero was a match for the heroine, but honestly, this was Arden’s book. Usually it’s the hero I’ll remember, but not in this case. Arden is fierce, people, downright feral in some instances, and Ms. Sharpe conveys the difference in her psyche with a deft, masterful hand.

She also imbues this hard-edged story with a surreal, almost mythic atmosphere. I can’t quantify anymore, except if I were giving it a series title, I might call it something like Grimm’s Cyberpunk. I find myself hoping she’ll write Jack’s story — Arden’s protégé is definitely intriguing.

In conclusion, Ms. Sharpe is an author to watch. If you like gritty, dark, dangerous stories where the threat is real, and things really do go thump in the night, then you want this novella.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go buy it!

Bits and pieces

First, I’m excited to report that I’m now official at Two Sisters Promotions. We’ve been working on this for several weeks now, and all the details are squared away. If you’re unclear on what this means, well, I have a publicist! As of yesterday, it’s a done deal.

Second, a new review came in for Boundless. Ordinarily, I don’t make a to-do about reviews, good or bad, but I really liked what Lindy said. Check this out:

“She takes a very dark character and makes him not just palatable but kind and even gentle. Once again I see why Annie Dean is one of my favorite authors. Her creative flair and likable characters take a dark and seemingly impossible scenario and turn it into a tender love story with a wonderful depth.”

You can read the entire review here.

I can’t accurately depict the awe and wonder that comes over me when I read these words: “…Annie Dean is one of my favorite authors.”

My first reaction is me? Really? ME?

See, I have favorite authors. People I think are insanely gifted and whose words make my breath catch in my throat, whose books captivate me and keep from getting other things done. So when someone comes along and tells me that, for them, I do the same thing, I don’t know what the hell to say. I want to gush like a fangirl yet I check myself so I don’t come off like a giant rubber bouncing goober. I say, “I appreciate hearing that” sedately and add, “I’m so happy you enjoyed the book” (warning, warning, Will Robinson, understatement meter overload!) and then, “thanks so much for taking the time to write me.”

Whilst inside me there’s “EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” going on. This doesn’t change. No matter how often I hear it, I still have that reaction. There’s a five-year-old in my head, running circles with overexcited glee. You know how kids do that until they fall down? In my head, I so do that when someone tells me they enjoyed a book, a story, or that they like my writing. And when someone says I’m one of their favorite authors, OMG. Picture the five-year-old sucking down a Pixie Stick first. Then commence the running. I know, right?

I know this makes me an enormous geek. But I figure it’s better to own it. I am an enormous geek. And you readers thrill the pee out of me on a daily basis. Well, not literally. Y’know. Except at the usual times.

I love British humor, sci-fi flicks, superhero movies / TV shows, hot emo boys, alternative music, and all kinds of books. I’d rather buy books than anything except possibly purses (and yes, that includes shoes). I’d rather stay home with my husband than go to a club. I am what I am.

Thanks for liking me this way.

A quickie… for your pleasure

Not reviews, per se, but a review of my vacation books, a roller coaster ride of reading fun. I won’t go into detail, just my basic reactions.

I think you may be surprised by what I devoured in one short week. Ready? This’ll go fast. You sure you’re set? K, hang on tight, here we go!

Ebooks

By Bonnie Dee
The Warrior’s Gift Meh.

Moon Over Bourbon Street Fun. Gabriel Knight in book form. Recommend.

Home Bound Crazy-hot. And kinda wrong. But hot. Recommend.

Blackberry Pie Holy crap, was this hot. Too short. Wanted a whole damn book. So hot I got a sunburn. And so beautifully written it brought tears to my eyes. BUY THIS.

By Charlene Teglia
The Gripping Beast Good writing. Fun way to kill a few hours. Plus…VIKINGS. Minus points for weird title that made me think it had hentai in it.

By Lauren Dane
Giving Chase Fresh baked bread, wholesome. Great heroine. Minus points for making me fall in love with one brother, and then turning him into a dick. Kinda suffered from dual hero syndrome. But worth reading.

Taking Chase Great! But it wasn’t a keeper because Shane was such an ass in book 1 that I couldn’t forgive him too readily. If you read these back to back as I did you may have the same problem. Cassie’s issues were written beautifully. Warm chocolate chip cookies feeling from reading it and a happy sigh at the end. Even if I was still kinda mad at Shane.

Chased Not as powerful as book 2. Worth reading, though.

By Pepper Espinoza
Mad World Crap on a cracker, this is the shit. But dark, terrible, ugly, and dysfunctional. Hero is a corrupt cop just this side of insane vigilante and the heroine is a sociopathic hooker. KEEPER! Not for the faint of heart.

Rayne of Love Meh. Good idea, shaky execution. Writing was engaging, needed tighter editing.

New Frontier Hello, genuine frontier story. Outlaw, pioneer woman, Old West, hot sex? What could be better? I liked.

By Dee Tenorio
Betting Hearts Rocked me. SEP, look out. Fuckin’ loved this. Buy this one!

Paperbacks

Still Waters
Tami Hoag
Tired, dated. Everybody smoked. The only interesting character, well, I won’t spoil you. But meh. Yawn.

Moonshine
Rob Thurman
Better than the first one. Didn’t make me sing out in awed delight like Patricia Briggs, but readable.

The Scent of Shadows
Vicki Pettersson
Gack.

Private Arrangements
Sherry Thomas
A very pretty, artfully written historical romance. Clever. It was a sugar cookie, a Quinn, not a Kinsale. PS — haha! I have it and you don’t.

You Belong to Me
Patricia Sargeant
Good writing. Great hero. Romantic suspense, and I’m not prone to love those. But I enjoyed it.

Forever Odd
Dean Koontz
Love the characters, love his writing and sense of humor. Hated the plot/story. I won’t give up on Odd Thomas, but the first book was the best to date.

Got questions? You can ask in comments or email me. Feel free to disagree. As always, this is only my opinion, which doesn’t matter for shit.

Eyes of Crow

Eyes of Crow
by Jeri Smith-Ready

This isn’t a review so much as homage. I finished this book earlier, and I’ve been mulling it over all day. Above all, Eyes of Crow is a book that stays with you. Haunting, that’s a good word for it. After reading her tragic masterpiece, Requiem for the Devil, I was somewhat prepared for that when I opened this book, which I bought at Nationals.

I haven’t read it before now partly because I was saving it, like a child tucks away a treasure or a sweet to savor during that perfect moment. And partly because I didn’t want to — because once I did read it, I would no longer have the anticipation of reading to look forward to. Many of you know, I read insanely fast. It’s both a gift and a curse.

Well, today, I found myself home alone during a thunderstorm. Andres had to work, and the kids are in Cancun with their grandmother for another day. All the signs augured ideal confluence, so I went and got the book from its place of honor on my nightstand, and then returned to my office to curl up in my favorite armchair.

I can’t express what Jeri Smith-Ready has done with this book. As all fantasy ought to be, it is simultaneously beautiful, heartbreaking, and transportive. I ceased to hear the rain outside my windows, creating a soft rush in the tires of passing cars. I did not hear the hail drumming on my roof or the hungry rumble of the thunder god.
For a space of about three hours, I visited a world that exists only in the imagination of Jeri Smith-Ready.

The heroine, Rhia, is a woman of ethereal fragility, bolstered by inexplicable strength. A dark dance, that of light and shadow, life and death, weaves through her very soul. I experienced the story with anger, wonder and sometimes trepidation. By that I mean, the author moved me. I can offer no greater compliment.

And when I finally surfaced, I felt like a dreamer awakening from a dream that was not my own. Somnolent, aching for something that was never mine, but the glory and glamor of it brushed me briefly and left an echo of its shine. This is a book that leaves you with a hole in your chest, tears in your eyes, and aching for more.

Voice of Crow? I’m so there.

Making Chase

Whenever I read a book I love, I run off to my blog to tell people about it. This has been a longstanding tradition for me. The fact that I haven’t done it in a while just means I’ve been writing more than reading lately. However, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Making Chase by Lauren Dane.

Here’s the blurb.

Tate Murphy is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She grew up a million miles away from the easy life Matt Chase has had. She’s spent her life pulling herself and her siblings up and out of that trailer by the railroad tracks and she hasn’t looked back. Matt Chase is a dream of a guy and she’s certainly not going to turn down a short fling with one of the most handsome men she’s ever seen!

Matt Chase has watched each one of his brothers find love and he knows he’s ready for that too. It’s all a matter of finding the woman who captures his heart. He’s certainly sampled his fair share of them but none has moved him the way Tate Murphy does when he goes to her shop to thank her for some cookies and a thank you note.

But as Matt gets to know Tate and appreciate her strength and unique beauty, he also realizes she’s got some big self esteem issues about her past. To build a future, he’s got to find a way past some big road blocks.

Dude. Making Chase was un-put-downable, exactly the kind of book I love. It reminded me of the most heart-warming of Nora Roberts’s family sagas. In fact, some of the interactions between Tate and Matt reminded me a little of Eve and Roarke. I don’t mean it’s derivative, just that these characters have that same perfect chemistry, married to marvelous banter. Tate isn’t all melty-girly; she’s more likely to say, “Then fuck me, bub” than anything more subtle. No hearts and flowers for her. She’s a realist, not a romantic.

I didn’t mean to devour it in one sitting; I really didn’t. I opened the file to make sure the pdf downloaded correctly, and lost the whole morning. I was supposed to be writing, dammit! I want to read the first three now, but I cannot buy any books until I finish WANDERLUST, because as I have just demonstrated, I have no willpower.

I love Lauren’s writing–she has such a charming style. A couple of my favorite bits were “the visual donut” and her creative cursing. Of those inventive phrases, I giggled most heartily over “fuckadoodledoo.”

You don’t want to miss this one.