Monthly Archives: December 2013

Review: The Alchemist of Souls – Anne Lyle

  • Title: The Alchemist of Souls
  • Author: Anne Lyle
  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • Why: The Author is active on Fantasy Faction so I checked her out, and I liked the pitch of the book.
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods–and a skrayling ambassador–to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?

Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally–and Mal his soul.

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Update on the WiP

So, since this will be my last proper post for the year (I’ve got one more review to link to, but that’s not a proper post) I figured I’d give an update on my Work in Progress. My hope was that I would have the first draft of book three done by the end of the year, but that’s absolutely not going to happen.

It’s not a project lost though. I have seven chapters finished and hope to have chapter eight done before I break up for Christmas. It is very much a first draft right now and will probably get some extensive rewriting, but that’s a worry for later.

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Likes, Loves and Influences: Nora Roberts

Yet again a post which really ought to have happened yesterday, but I felt it was more important to reblog my friend’s announcement of the publication of her second book. One of these days I’ll get back into the rhythm, but it won’t be until next year now. I’m taking a break over the holidays, so this will be my last should-have-been-Monday post for the year.

Anyway, this post is part thirteen in my 26-Week Book Challenge, and what I’m giving you today is a favourite author. Note that I don’t say my favourite author, just a favourite author. This distinction is important, because I’m sure you can guess that I don’t have just one favourite author, just like I don’t have just one favourite book.

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Book 2 — Published

I was sure I reblogged this earlier, but apparently not. Anyway, my friend, editor and partner in crime has just released her second novel, and everyone should go and buy it. Buy her first one too, if you’ve not read that, because this is the sequel. They’re both awesome!

The War of Memory Project

The Splintered Eye, now on sale at Amazon — e-version only.

Physical version coming soon.

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Review: Unveiled – Courtney Milan

  • Title: Unveiled
  • Author: Courtney Milan
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Why: I’ve quickly become a fan of Courtney Milan.
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Description: Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family – and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….

Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy – the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties – and the tantalizing promise of passion….

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Too much suspension of disbelief

Yet again I am a day late in posting (blame Read Tuesday – I had to get the word out that my first and second novel are discounted), and yet again I am posting an interlude to my 26-Week Book Challenge rather than a proper challenge question. Still, since last week’s Twilight rant was my response to ‘a book you hated’, this week is the appropriate time to discuss why I will not be giving you a book everyone hated but which you loved.

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