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“If you guys don’t stop making out, I’m going to be sick.”
Estep begins her third installment to the Mythos Academy
series right after the end of winter break. Gwen and her usual gang are doing
some research on ancient artifacts when a group of Reapers led by Loki’s
champion attack. Gwen discovers that they are looking for the Helheim Dagger,
which her mother had hid. Now Gwen must unravel the clues that her mother has
left for her and discover the dagger before the Reapers get a hold of it and
let loose Loki upon the world. She must also discover who Loki’s champion is,
and it is starting to look like it is someone that is close to Gwen.
Gwen and Logan’s relationship is as complicated as ever.
Logan is scared that Gwen will discover his secret with her gypsy gift. Gwen’s
gift does seem to get in the way a lot even after they get past the “secret”;
Gwen discovers something new about her powers that scares her to death and
causes her to shy away from Logan.
This series is definitely addicting. I love the non-stop action
that Estep is known for in her books. She throws in some intense scenes and
some heart-breaking moments. Another aspect I love about Estep’s writing is
that her characters are always growing. In this book Gwen and Logan’s
relationship and personal lives grow and Gwen's best friend, Daphne, starts to come into her own
also. Even though some parts of the book were predictable, Dark Frost will
captivate any YA reader that loves Greek mythology.
Kensington has so graciously offered to give one copy of the first book, Touch of Frost, to a lucky reader of my blog! This is the perfect opportunity to start this great series!! Open to US and Canada. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
I told Kat to fetch a chair and be my dragon, to sit outside
my bedroom chamber door and guard my lair after I was gone.
Told from the POV of Amy Dudley and also Elizabeth I, the
reader is taken on a touching journey. The beginning has you wondering if the
entire story is going to be told from obviously the mind of a very sick and mad
woman who has been scorned by her husband. Amy Dudley's cancer has spread and seems
to be the cause of her paranoia. The reader doesn't know if this feeling
is real or if it is just a dying woman's wild imagination.
As the story progresses we flash back to happier days when
Robert Dudley and Amy first met and instantly fall in love. Even though
everyone tells Robert that he is marrying beneath him, the lusty 17-year old
wants no one but Amy. Amy is a country girl at heart and not one of the lofty
court women. Amy loves to work on the farm and make her jellies. As time goes
on and Elizabeth I, Robert's child playmate, takes the throne, Robert sees that
his youthful decision was not a wise one and has hurt his ambitions to be great.
Robert becomes a disgusting character. He is greedy, abusive
and narcissistic. He is constantly belittling Amy and embarrassing her in front
of others so that everyone's perception of Amy is that she is a country
bumpkin. He starts to slowly take everything away from Amy until she has
nothing left but her every trusty handmaiden, Pirto. Amy, still thinking, that
she has to hold onto Robert, tries to win back his love only to have it thrown
in her face. Her attempts at times are hard to read because they are so
pathetic and you just want Amy to grow a backbone.
The reader starts to think of Elizabeth as a home wrecker
until her POV comes into play. Robert’s duplicity is shown and how he is
playing both women against each other. Elizabeth feels devotion to Robert
because of their past but as we all know; Elizabeth swore she would never
marry. England was her husband. But once Elizabeth finds out about Roberts lies
and betrayals after Amy's mysterious death, the fiery red head gets her revenge
for both the deceased Amy and for herself.
The Queen's Pleasure started out shaky for me but ended with
me feeling fulfilled. All that I hoped for came from this lengthy novel of the
Elizabeth/Robert Dudley/Amy Dudley triangle. I enjoyed reading the unique
writing of Purdy. If you are a lover of Tudor fiction you will be enamored with this version of the story of Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley's rumored affair.
Since I have become a remote reviewer for Kensington Books I have been
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I have to say I was pretty excited to start reading a book about
Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife. I've read a lot about many of the
others but I haven't found a good historical fiction about Catherine yet. After
reading Gilt, I am still looking for a good one. I am not saying that
Longshore's juvenile historical fiction was bad, just wasn't over the top
Gilt is told from the POV of Catherine Howard’s closest
confidant, Katherine "Kitty" Tylney. Kitty and Cat grew up together
and their characters really offset each other. Cat is selfish and very
manipulative and Kitty is basically a doormat. She is very passive and her
unwavering devotion to Cat becomes almost unbearable to read at times. After
Cat marries Henry we see even more of that manipulative behavior from Cat as
she tries to stay in the good graces of Henry (and we all know how hard that
is). Kitty strives to be more but whenever it seems that Kitty is about to
strike out on her own, Cat pulls her back into the games of the Court.
Kitty also has a couple of prospective love interests. William,
who she holds near and dear, and Edmund, who is everything that she has always
desired. I wouldn't call it a love triangle in the true sense that we have come
to know them but both men enter and leave her life at different times
fulfilling that specific need that Kitty has at the moment. The two really
couldn't be more different. William wants nothing to do with Court and since
Kitty will always be devoted to Cat; her place is at Court at Cat's side.
Edmund lives and breathes the games and fun that Court has to offer him.
Gilt, I felt, was thoughtfully researched but had a very
modern dialect that will resonate with the juvenile reader (of which the book
is marketed) and hopefully will encourage them to continue reading historical
fiction in the future. The characters could have been fleshed out a bit more
but all in all, a satisfactory read for me.
Thank you, Kels, for having me back on Kelsey’s Book Corner.
I really appreciate the opportunity to give your readers a sneak peek at my new
romance novella,The Cruise – All That Glitters.
Remember the old adage, “getting there is half the fun?” Not
so for Dean, a mid-thirties bachelor on his way to Florida to take his
first cruise. Sitting aboard an airplane with a “talker” on one side and a
screaming child on the other, he’s beginning to re-think his choice of a dream
vacation. In this excerpt, his flight is about to encounter some turbulence in
the form of a youngster named Sheila.
Here’s an excerpt:
At the front of the plane, people were dragging
their bulky carry-ons down the narrow aisle, trying to find an empty overhead
compartment. One of them, a pleasant looking woman in her mid-thirties, didn’t
appear to have any baggage, but was definitely pulling something behind her. As
she moved closer, I saw she had a child in tow—a little girl who was grabbing
everything she could get her hands on, leaving a tornado trail of coats, bags,
and pillows in her wake.
There were plenty
of seats left, so I wasn’t concerned.
But they kept
Finally, with only
a single row remaining between us, I held my breath, praying for fate to intervene.
But in one motion, the woman turned, picked up her kid and sat down next to me,
dropping a squirming load of hyper-daughter into her lap.
“Hi,” she said.
“I’m Rhonda. And this is my daughter, Sheila. We’re going to meet my sister and
her husband in Miami, and then we’re all going on a cruise. Are you going on a
I glanced down the
aisle, desperate for another seat, away from surely-divorced Rhonda and her
offspring. “Ah, no,” I said, lying. I glanced over at crater-head. “Me and my partner
here are registered male nurses. We’re on our way to Miami to buy used medical
equipment. Rectal probes.”
“I see.” She
smiled and looked at me thoughtfully.
As the plane
pushed back from the gate, the flight attendant dispensed the standard safety
rhetoric and I began paging through the in-flight magazine. Occasionally, I
glanced over at little Sheila, who appeared settled in for the ride and was
busy making faces at the passengers across the aisle. The plane began to taxi
onto the runway. The child started to squirm.
“No, Sheila, no!
I looked up from
my magazine to see Sheila’s pudgy little arms and legs quickly building speed.
In seconds, she was up and over the armrest, her body now a whirling blur of
kicks and punches. Torn pages from my magazine flew into the air as her fists
and feet acquainted themselves with my most vulnerable body parts.
mother yelled. “Stop that! Get back here now!”
screamed. Locking onto one of my ears, the devil child attached her other hand
to the left side of my face. Digging both feet into my gut, she began to climb.
In a frantic
attempt to regain control of her daughter, Rhonda yanked at her seatbelt and
shot to her feet. “Sheila! You leave that nice man alone.”
daughter’s flailing legs, Ronda stretched her child into a perfect horizontal,
but the little bitch seemed to instinctively know that a second fistful of hair
would make a better handhold than my ear.
“Let go of him!
You need to listen to me, young lady.”
face-to-face with the now rabid Sheila, I could see she was determined to ride
it out in her semi-flying position.
Hoping for better
leverage, Rhonda managed to wedge herself between my knees and the seat in
front. “I think I’ve got her. I’m really sorry. Sheila, you tell the nice man
The snarl on Sheila’s face convinced me that indeed, she was not sorry, and she
confirmed it with another ear-splitting shriek as she successfully extracted
several dozen of my best hair follicles.
More screaming. I
realized some of it was coming from me.
It’s love on the high seas for Dean, a thirty-something bachelor taking his first cruise, hoping for a shipboard romance. On the prowl for the elusive hard-body, he quickly becomes disillusioned, wondering if his expectation of a boatload of beautiful sea nymphs is something found only in travel brochures.
Until he meets Angel.
She is the girl of his dreams, brought to life as a bewitching goddess, ready to engage in every sensual delight. Quickly lured into submission by Angel’s seductive charms, Dean is ready to surrender his heart and soul to this provocative beauty.
Jaye Frances is the author of the new romance novella, The Cruise – All That Glitters, a humorous take on a shipboard romance, and the paranormal-occult romance book The Kure, the first novel in The Kure series. She is also a featured columnist for the NUSA SUN magazine. Born in the Midwest, Jaye readily admits that her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which find their way to her website. Her other works include The Possibilities of Amy, a coming-of-age story about a high school romance, and an upcoming book titled Journeys From Above and Below the Belt, a collection of adult fiction novellas and short stories, scheduled for a Summer 2012 release. Jaye lives on the central gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes. For more information, visit Jaye’s website at www.jayefrances.com, or Jaye’s Blog at http://blog.jayefrances.com
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