Tuesday, September 2, 2014

*****~Elemental Magic Series~ by Brynna Curry

 Earth Enchanted
Elemental Magic #1

Blurb: Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack’s wife turns out to be after him too.

Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!

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To Take Up The Sword
Elemental Magic #2

Blurb: Missing diamonds and a killer on the loose…will a schoolteacher and FBI agent escape with their lives and hearts intact?

After the acquittal of Gueraldi's right hand and favored killer for hire, Ashton Smythe, Special Agent Gabriel Spiller takes time away from his work with the FBI. Having failed in his mission to avenge his lost would be lover, Serena Roarke, Gabe returns to Alabama in search of the missing diamonds needed to reopen the investigation and to lay low from the death threats he's received since Smythe went free.

Almost two years after her sister's death, Leannan O'Neal feels the loss of Serena more now than ever. A secret meeting between them before she died left Lea with an ugly figurine and nothing but questions. Hang-up calls at work and a trashed house reminds her of the card Serena gave her. "If you find yourself in trouble, go to him and only him" were the last words her sister spoke to her.

With Smthye out for revenge and hot on her heels, Lea goes on the run in search of Serena's 'Angel', but how long can Gabe keep her alive, and is the cost worth more than her life?

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Wait for the Wind
Elemental Magic #3

Blurb: Kate O'Connell grew up loved by the Corrigan family, all the while suffering from the inescapable reality of her own alcoholic father. At a young age she gave her heart and innocence to Ryan Corrigan. For once happiness seemed within her reach, until in one horror-filled night, the monster she called 'Daddy' changed everything.

Too many misunderstandings forced Kate and Ryan apart, but now Kate's come home to open her clinic and raise her daughter, Allaina, closer to his family. Will she be able to open Ryan's heart to his magic?

Ryan is glad to be back on Irish soil, but the reason he left still haunts him. As he tries to build a new life and redeem his past, can he forgive Kate and reclaim his healing gift in time to save his sister and her twins?  

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Sea’s Sorceress
Elemental Magic #4

Blurb: Love can come along at the most inconvenient times...
Skye Corrigan treasures family above all else. Standing by his best friend Rhia while she suffers the heartache of losing her father to cancer has strengthened their childhood bond. Lately Rhia affects him in ways she never has before. 
Rhiannon O'Malley shares Skye's past and hopes for a future with him, but love must come with a willing heart. Her father's terminal illness has left her in charge of the family pub. Skye has always been there for her, but when their relationship changes, will she find the courage to claim the future? Or will a thousand-year-old curse keep its grip on two hostage hearts?

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Fire’s Ice
Elemental Magic #5 (series end)

Blurb: Ultimate power, or endless love? 

Born the son of a Scottish laird a thousand years ago, but now trapped by his cousin's spell, Devin McLoch has seen countless battles and death. The erstwhile thief has turned away from darker pursuits to lead a life of peace, protecting those he loves and considers part of his clan.
However, there is one woman he can never forget, who must be given a chance to change, to accept her heart and his.

Arianne Farrell is just as dangerous and intoxicating as her power. Imprisoned in an ancient stone dance more than a thousand years ago, her only chance at freedom from the spell is through love—a love she denied. When Devin asks for her aid to save another from imminent death, she realizes there is more at stake than just her freedom or her heart.

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About the Author: 

Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line. After living all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her salvation during the hardest times in her life.Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity. 
 
When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure.

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Giveaway:
 $10 Amazon or B&N gift card to be given away on 10/1 during the kickoff of 31 Days of Halloween 1 digital copy of series
3 digital copies of Earth Enchanted

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**** I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe


I Shall Be Near to You 

 I Shall Be Near to You

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (September 2, 2014)
In I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU, McCabe introduces us to newlywed Rosetta Wakefield. More accustomed to working as her father’s farmhand and happiest doing what others might call “man’s work,” Rosetta struggles with how to be a good wife to her childhood beau and new husband, Jeremiah. When Jeremiah leaves home to join the Union army, Rosetta finds the only way she can honor Jeremiah is to be with her husband—no matter what..

Cutting off her hair and donning men’s clothing, Rosetta enlists in the army as Private Ross Stone so that she might stand beside her husband. Joining, however, is the easy part, and now Rosetta must not only live and train with her male counterparts as they prepare for imminent battle, but she must also deal with Jeremiah, who is struggling with his “fighting” wife’s presence, not to mention the constant threat of discovery..

In brilliant detail, inspired by the letters of the real Rosetta Wakeman, McCabe offers a riveting look at the day-to-day lives of these secret women fighters as they defied conventions and made their personal contributions to history. Both a tender love story and a hard look at war, I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU offers a unique exploration of marriage, societal expectations, and the role of women in the Civil War through the lens of a beautifully written novel..


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authorphotoAbout Erin Lindsay McCabe

Erin studied literature and history at University of California, Santa Cruz, earned a teaching credential at California State University, Chico, and taught high school English for seven years. Since completing her MFA in Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College of California in 2010, Erin has taught Composition at St. Mary’s College and Butte College. A California native, Erin lives in the Sierra Foothills with her husband, son, and a small menagerie that includes one dog, four cats, two horses, numerous chickens, and three goats.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's list topic:

September 2: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table (you know...back to school theme)

1. Alina Starkov-The Grisha Series (She'd be fun to hang around with, especially if Nikolai shows up!)
2. Yorick from Y: The Last Man (Comic) -He'd have to bring Ampersand though.
3. Tie between Mal and Genya from the Grisha series. (Genya can do my hair/make up!)
4. Lestat-do I need to explain?
5. Stu Redman from The Stand
6.  Bones from the Night Huntress series-again do I need to explain? lol
7. Michonne from the Walking Dead comics *cuz KATANA!*
8. Gandalf
9. Zeddicus  Zu'l Zorander-Sword of Truth series
10.  Stephen King! *He counts since he's written himself into him books a couple of times!*


Man! This was tough! I love SOOOO many books and so many characters, picking just ten was a challenge! I liked it though!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Not Here For a Bit *Update*

I hate that I have to write this.

My Dad left this world on Wednesday. From what we know he went very peacefully in his sleep, so we have that to comfort us. He had been having some health issues the last month or so, but was at home and recovering.

I will be taking a little blogging break. My posts are scheduled to go up on the days that they are set, but reviews and such will be missing. I WILL fulfill my obligations to review, I just cannot focus on anything right now. I'm sure you all understand.

Everyone hug your loved ones as many times as you can and let them know all the time how much you love them.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

~Fallen by Laury Falter~


Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: April 1, 2009


Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.






Laury Falter

Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She is also an animal rights activist, a sailor, a one-handed golf putterer, and a Colorado River conqueror.
She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~ Naughty Spotlight on Rescued by her Alien Warriors by Doris O'Connor~

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Rescued by her Alien Warriors (The Warriors, 2)
BY DORIS O’CONNOR
  Blurb:
 A warship is no place for a human mother and her child. However, Drakan Commander Alzaar and his second in command, Bentaan, have no choice but to bring Sapphyre and Jayde on board. Not least, because their instincts scream at them, that she is the one woman who can turn them into a family again.   Sapphyre just wants to keep her daughter safe. How on earth does she do that surrounded by droolworthy Aliens, when her libido keeps leading her astray? It is abundantly clear that Alzaar doesn't want her on board ship. At least Bentaan does and the sex is out of this world. If only her heart wasn't involved, and she didn't want both of them.  

When the Tamarillion is attacked, Sapphyre has to fight for her men and the ship she now calls home. Without her all would be lost, and Alzaar finally shows his emotions.   However, when regulations and their pasts collide, can they rescue each other?   


Authors Bio:

Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris... at least that's what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to toddler and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies, and one very understanding and supportive husband. Domestic goddess she is not.   There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her characters tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps.  

She likes to spin sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get. From contemporary to paranormal, BDSM to F/F, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.  

 Writer of sensual, sassy, sexy romances

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Spotlight on ~Comic Books~ This Week's Pick is: Saga



Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and is based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts a husband and wife from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series. (from wikipedia)

I stumbled upon this series one day while browsing through my local Books-a-Million store. I picked it up, and flipped through it quickly..then went back and started to read it slowly. This isn't a child friendly comic, but it is amazing. The artwork is weirdly beautiful and unique. The story lives up to it's name! It's a very intensely emotional story of a couple that is bringing up their child in a world that wants to tear them apart (both literally and figuratively)

This is purely fantasy but has a very clear statement about acceptance that can be applied to real life. I love that Alana and Marko have their differences and have roadblocks, but they come together for each other and their kid. The secondary characters are pretty spiffy too. I'm definitely a new fan and I am totally in love with this series!

If you are looking for a new comic book series, this is definitely one to check out!


Next Week I'll Focus On My Favorite Movie
come back next Wednesday to find out what it is!