Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bookworm News


The Locksmith by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn


The Locksmith by Susan Kaye Quinn
Zeph's world of mindjackers unlocks in Susan Kaye Quinn's The Locksmith. This short novella grabbed my attention from page one. Having read Open Minds set in the same universe, I loved delving into a new aspect in the world of mindreaders and mindjackers. It's easy to relate to Zeph. He's unique and different and yet he longs to be normal... just like everyone else. The tension ramps up throughout the story, and the ending brought tears to my eyes. I was as choked up as Zeph. I recommend reading Open Minds before this story because of spoilers, although this one is a standalone tale. The Locksmith by Susan Kaye Quinn is a must read and a great addition to her Mindjack universe.

The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn
Elijah Brighton longs to ascend to something better in Susan Kaye Quinn's The Legacy Human. This novel has a glimmer of The Hunger Games to it with a dystopian world, haves (Ascenders) and have nots (regular humans), and a highly competitive and dangerous games (Creative Olympics), but Quinn transcends the story from the familiar to the extraordinary. There is more to Eli, the artist and main character, than even he realizes. He's brave and compassionate, prone to jealousy and anger, and wants more than anything to save his mother from the disease that's killing her--that can be cured with ascenders' gen tech but denied to her because she's human. The friendship and love of family Eli has adds to the tension of the story. The stakes are high. This story is so intense I felt I couldn't get a proper breath. This novel seeps into a person's subconscious. Quinn's futuristic world feels real. The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn will stick with you after you finish reading and leave you pondering the question of technology and what makes up our humanity. I'm looking forward to the next book!


Christine Rains' geeky erotica novella is out. It's the first in the Dice and Debauchery series, and it's a fun, sexy read. I asked Christine, "If you could live in any geekdom, which one would it be and why?"

Christine says, "And if I could live in any geekdom, you know where I'd live: The Harry Potter World! The magic and wonder in every day life as a wizard or witch. To be able to go to school in a castle! A castle that is a character itself. I'd want to get to know every nook and cranny of Hogwarts. (I will refrain from rattling on how much I love that world! *LOL*)"

Who wouldn't want to live in Harry Potter's world after all? I know I would love to, as long as I'm a witch. Muggles are so boring.

I gave Loose Corset five out of five stars. Here's my review: Morgan's online role-playing game life comes to a head against reality in Christine Rains' Loose Corset. The strength in this novella lies with the characters. Morgan is smart and beautiful yet insecure and comes across as very real. Gorgeous Dean is a very sexy match for her, and yet I worried their real life obligations would get in the way of their budding desires. I laughed so many times at the geeky jokes Rains has sprinkled throughout. For erotica, the sex was steamy and inventive, but the plot was really what drew me in. I had to know what would happen to Morgan and Dean. Loose Corset by Christine Rains is a fun, steamy affair that'll titillate the geek in all of us.

Geek girl Morgan Reid has been to many conventions, but none that had her wishing it would never end.

Dressed as their characters from the online game Steampunk Quest, Morgan and her best friend meet the other players for the first time in real life. Morgan's attraction to the gorgeous Dean Bradley is immediate, making it difficult to breathe in her tight corset. Even after a few dice shattering orgasms, she doesn't believe this can be anything more than a con fling. But Dean is making her feel things she's only read about in books. Can Morgan let go of her cool-headed logic and allow herself to fall completely for the perfect geek guy?

Purchase links: Amazon / Nook / Ellora's Cave / Kobo

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. Please visit her website and blog.

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Silver Lining is the much anticipated conclusion to the Carbon Copy trilogy. Silver Lining picks up where Tin Roof, the sequel to Carbon Copy, leaves off. Lilly Allen and Grier Garrison are bound for Scotland and their new lives at Castle Garrison on the Isle of Skye. Lilly and Grier, now the new Marquess of Garrison, plan their lavish wedding which will make Lilly a marchioness! But first, Grier wants to rescue all the clones and bring them to the safety and freedom of his castle and tenant farms.

Silver Lining is full of surprises and new discoveries. Before they can even leave for Scotland, Grier’s father, Dr. Michael Garrison, drops a bomb which could keep Grier and Lilly apart. Before this is resolved, Lilly sneaks in a few passionate kisses with her beloved cameraman, Joe. Lilly is tormented with indecision between the two loves of her life—Grier and Joe. Who will she choose?

The companion book to the Carbon Copy Trilogy from Luke’s point of view
Coming soon from Wild Child Publishing
What if someone cloned you? And then abducted you twenty five years later? In Luke’s Lithium, handsome Luke Allen, a witty, yet shy trust brat, volunteers at the FDNY with his firefighting comrades. Luke has it all, except for love. Abducted by Create Life Technologies, along with 5000 others, Luke learns the shocking truth behind their cloning research and their evil intentions. But the loss of his freedom comes with a silver lining, he falls for beautiful Gretchen, another abducted Create Life Clone. Luke’s Lithium is full of surprises, new romances, rescues and a switcheroo. But will Luke and Gretchen ever be free of Create Life?

Luke’s Lithium is the much anticipated companion book/spin off of my Carbon Copy Trilogy, written from Luke Allen’s point of view. Luke is the twin brother of Lilly Allen, the heroine in the Carbon Copy Trilogy. Luke’s story covers the time frame of all three books in the trilogy, Carbon Copy, Tin Roof, and Silver Lining. 

Terri Talley Venters received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She lives on the water in Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and their two sons.

Carbon Copy is the 1st thrilling novel in the Elements of Mystery Series. The title of each novel will contain an element from the Periodic Table of Elements.  Carbon Copy, Tin Roof, Silver Lining, and Copper Cauldron are available from Wild Child Publishing. And Terri’s romantic/suspense novel, Body of Gold, is available from Freya’s Bower. Luke’s Lithium & Sulfur Springs—The Fountain of Youth are coming soon from Wild Child Publishing. Terri recently finished writing Cobalt Cauldron and Europium Gem Mine and is currently writing Calcium Cauldron.

For more about Terri’s upcoming releases, including purchase links and social media links, please visit her website Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones and Bred In The Bone which are also available from Wild Child Publishing.

Terri also posts free short stories on her blog website and blog. Follow her at she weaves her way through the Periodic Table of Elements.


The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
In Wilderness by Diane Thomas
Repeat by Neal Pollack
The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
Prairie Fire by E.K. Johnston
Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran
Of Blood and Sorrow by Christine Rains
Quest of the Artisan by Donna Hosie
Hunted by Liz Long
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately by Daniel Lubetzky
Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti
Stuffocation by James Wallman
Never Argue with a Dead Person by Thomas John
The Great Divide by Thomas Fleming
Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
One Hundred Thirty Stars by Shelley Sly
The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
Dark Screams: Volume Two by Robert R. McCammon, Richard Matheson
Cost of Life by Joshua Corin
The Kill Shot by Nichole Christoff
The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn
The One That Got Away by Simon Wood
Terminal by Kathy Reichs
The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare
Red by Alyxandra Harvey
Sacrifice of Greatest Price by Cyndi Tefft
Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone
Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale
#Player by Cambria Hebert
Ugly Young Thing by Jennifer Jaynes
The Night Crew by Brian Haig
Critical Vulnerability by Melissa F. Miller
Skewed by Ann McAneny
Key Witness by Sandra Bolton
Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross


Christine Rains said...

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Cherie! I really need to pick up Susan's newest novellas. They sound awesome! And whoa, March has a huge list of releases.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'd love to live in Harry Potter's world too. Congrats to Christine on her new book. And wow! Lots of books are being released this month.

Christine Rains said...

Thanks, Natalie! I think many of us are enchanted by the Harry Potter world. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm torn on if I'd want to live in Harry Potter's world or Doctor Who's. Which one is warmer? Because after this winter, that's all that matters. LOL
Congrats to Christine. I keep seeing the book everywhere and really need to pick it up.

Shelley Sly said...

I've heard good things about Christine's new book, and I've really enjoyed other books by Susan Kaye Quinn. Thank you for mentioning my new release, too! That was so nice of you! :)

Loni Townsend said...

Sounds like you've read some great books, Cherie!

Grats to Christine for earning a great review!

Christine Rains said...

Thank you, Patricia! I only want to live in Doctor Who's world if it is with the tenth Doctor and I live in the TARDIS with him! :)

Christine Rains said...

Thanks, Shelley!

Christine Rains said...

Thank you, Loni!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Five out of five for Christine - awesome!

Nas said...

Congratulations Christine!

Great book reviews, Cherie!

M Pax said...

Wow, that's a long list of releases for March. Congrats to Terri. Christine's Loose Corset was a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading it.

Christine Rains said...

Thanks, Alex!

Christine Rains said...

Thanks so much, Mary!

Chrys Fey said...

Christine, I'd live in the Harry Potter world too! We could have butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks together. ;)

I haven't read The Hunger Games books yet, but I plan to. I don't know if The Legacy Human was published before or after but with the success of The Hunger Games, I wonder how many books out there are like it. Kind of like so many vampire books came out after Twilight became mega popular.

Anonymous said...

I've read some of Susan's novellas and would like to read her novels.

I want to read Christine's latest book.

Christine Rains said...

Yeah! That would be awesome. :)

Christine Rains said...

Thanks, Medeia!

cleemckenzie said...

Here's to Christine's latest! Wishing her the very best, and I've marked it to read. Haven't read Susan, yet, but I'm looking forward to that experience.

Romance Reader said...

Wishing all the best to Christine!

Christine Rains said...

Thank you, Lee!

Christine Rains said...

Thanks so much!

DMS said...

Holy cow! Look at all the books released in March! Christine's book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway. Wishing Christine the best of luck!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats, Christine.

I'd live on McCaffrey's Pern. I've always wanted to my dragon to ride.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the reviews!!!

Misha Gerrick said...

The Legacy Human sounds amazing. I'm definitely checking it out.

You go, Christine! ;-)

Kelly Steel said...

Great news. Christine's book sound awesome.

alexia said...

Loose Corset sounds sassy and fun, and I'm excited about Christine's other book as well. Lots of good stuff coming out!

Romance Book Haven said...

Congratulations Christine!

Great book reviews, Cherie!

Carol Kilgore said...

Great reviews!
I'd love to go to Hogwarts :)